12-day land tour including Belfast! (Additional Ireland Tour to be announced soon.)
Enchanting Ireland resonates with a rich history, proud people and breathtaking landscapes. As we tour Ireland, magical settings unfold that will never be forgotten. Ribbons of mist glide gracefully past small villages, over forests, moors and countryside. Medieval castles stand regally along the fertile banks of deep blue lakes. Sophisticated Dublin teems with vibrant energy and modern neighborhoods blend with historic buildings and majestic cathedrals. All around are hidden delights waiting to be experienced, captivating us with their beauty and charm. This Brand g tour is designed to make the most of Ireland.
This 12-day tour of Ireland is a journey of discovery, highlighting not only the many renowned sights, but going off the beaten track as well – with adventures that take you from Dublin to Belfast, over to the North West coast and the Wild Atlantic Way, and back through parts of Ireland’s Ancient East.
Walk on the historic Walls of Derry, and enjoy a pint of Guinness in the Store house visitor center. Have a night of fun in a whiskey distillery. Have a lunch at the spot in Sligo where the world’s first “take way” was created over 4000 years ago. And mix with the local characters as you gain special insights into the hidden and best Ireland offers its guests.
Exclusive Insider Experiences as detailed in the day-by-day itinerary
Hand-selected, 5-star accommodations with check-in and porterage handled for you
11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 8 Dinners
Travel by spacious, luxury air-conditioned coach with panoramic windows, reclining seats and restroom onboard
Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
The services of Local Travel Director and Brand g Escort
September 01 to September 12 – $7,899.00 USD
A deposit of $850 per person is required to secure a reservation with final payment due by May 6, 2019. Pre-paid gratuities of $250 per person are additional. All reservations are subject to Brand g’s Terms and Conditions.
Duration: 12 days
Start in Dublin, Ireland
End in Dublin
Attire is casual and comfortable during the day, with sturdy footwear for excursions. Evening wear consists of open-neck shirts, slacks, skirts or similar attire. Fleece jackets or sweaters are advisable for cool evenings. Jackets and ties are required attire for gentlemen at Ashford Castle past 7pm. Other items to consider: shorts, swimsuit, hat, sunglasses and rain jacket.
We will make every effort to accommodate special dietary requests. Please inform our office at least 60 days prior to departure of these requests.
The voltage in Ireland and the U.K. is 240 volt currency. To use any electrical product from the US that is not dual voltage, you will need an electrical converter. We recommend bringing an adapter for use in the hotels. To plug in your device, you need an electrical plug adapter. The technical name is Type G. This can be purchased at a hardware or home store.
Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done. It is our goal to ensure that the service you receive is as wonderful as the sites you visit. While we have collected pre-paid gratuities with your reservation, at your own discretion you may choose to provide additional tips. Ireland is somewhat of a non-tipping country. If you think someone did an excellent job and you want to tip, people would accept the tip with much gratitude. In pubs, the bartender does not expect a tip. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip. In nicer restaurants, you may see a “Service Charge” on the bill. This equals a tip.
Ireland is in the Greenwich Mean Time Zone which is 5 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time. The 24 hour clock is commonly used for air, bus, and railroad timetables.
To enter Ireland, you need a valid passport with an expiration date of at least 6 months after your return date.
U.S. and Canadian citizens do not need a Visa to enter the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland (U.K.).
If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please check with your local authority regarding Visa requirements for travel to Ireland.
The Euro (€) is the official currency of the Republic of Ireland. In Northern Ireland (U.K.), the British Sterling Pound (£) is the official currency. U.S. dollars are not accepted.
Our recommendation is to use ATMs and credit cards, and avoid travelers checks. Banks have odd opening and closing times and smaller towns may not have the capability to exchange foreign currency. Some banks in Ireland no longer cash travelers checks. When using your credit card, you may be asked if you’d like the amount processed in US dollars or the local currency, Euros (Republic of Ireland) or Pound Sterling (Northern Ireland). We recommend choosing the local currency so you will get the best exchange rate. If you choose US dollars, typically a 3.5% additional fee is added to your total.
For current exchange rates: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/
The temperature in Ireland in September tends to be in the 60s — sometimes a bit warmer (into the 70s) and sometimes a bit cooler (high 50s). Planning to wear layers is the key to smart packing for Ireland. Also, Irish weather is quite unpredictable – it can be windy, sunny, and rainy all in one day!
On an exclusive Victorian street, the Dylan Hotel is nestled in the heart of Dublin city center’s most sophisticated quarter. This 5 star boutique city center hotel is located 10 minutes walk from Grafton Street, St. Stephen’s Green, the Aviva Stadium and the RDS and is in the epicenter of Dublin’s happening cultural scene. The luxury boutique hotel is steps away from the chicest Dublin restaurants, shopping and night life and houses the award winning Dylan Restaurant.
The AA 5-Red-Star Merchant Hotel in Belfast is situated in the heart of Belfast city center’s historic Cathedral Quarter. The grandeur of the original building is complemented by an elegant Art Deco inspired wing with a multitude of exciting amenities.
This striking Belfast Hotel includes a stunning luxury spa, a rooftop gym with panoramic city views, a dedicated meeting and events suite, and a fabulous jazz bar. The Merchant Hotel Belfast is located a short distance from a host of Belfast Attractions, including Victoria Square shopping center, the Ulster Museum, the Titanic Quarter and The Waterfront Hall.
The Grade A listed building was built in the 1850s. The formidable structure makes it one of the most historical hotels in Belfast. The building was purpose built as the headquarters of the Ulster bank and designed to appear elegant, substantial and prosperous, traits that still stand clear today.
The lovely Shipquay Boutique Hotel features views of the Derry City Walls, and neighbors Richmond Shopping Centre, and is just 280 m from Foyleside Shopping Centre. Each room includes a flat-screen digital TV, tea/coffee services, free wifi. bathrobes, slippers and organic Irish toiletries. Some rooms offer landmark views. Interconnecting rooms and rooms with disabled access are available. Shipquay Boutique Hotel features a restaurant and wine bar, as well as the separate ‘Lock & Quay’ downstairs bar, which offers a cocktail menu. The Guildhall is 200 m from Shipquay Boutique Hotel, & the Diamond is 100 m away. The Millennium Forum can be reached in 5 minutes’ walk.
Ashford Castle, in a magnificent 350-acre estate on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib, is one of Ireland’s most impressive hotels. With a history stretching back almost 800 years, it provides acclaimed hospitality on a grand scale.
The 82 individually-designed rooms retain many original features, yet offer the latest modern amenities. Enjoy exceptional dining in the George V Dining Room, and Afternoon Tea in the Connaught Room with spectacular views across the estate.
There are plenty of activities to be enjoyed, including fishing, a falconry school, equestrian center, 9-hole golf course and a newly opened spa. Visit www.ashfordcastle.com for more information about Ireland’s finest castle hotel.
One of the most modern, luxurious and historic hotels in Killarney is home to twenty-nine stunningly stylish and comforting Rooms and Suites. For delicious and fulfilling bites, dine in the renowned Cellar One Restaurant and the Lane Cafe Bar, where you can idle the time away sipping the best of Killarney cocktails, chilling to the latest sounds on Spotify and savoring the finest of local produce prepared by our head chef, Ian McMonagle. Being right in the heart of Killarney town, we are close to nature and the multitude of Killarney tourist activities that you can indulge in, all at your own pace. Trip Advisor has recently named Killarney as the #1 Destination in Ireland, so it’s no idle boast when we say that Killarney has it and it’s right on your doorstep.
Set on a picturesque bend in the river, just a short walk from Cork city center, The River Lee Hotel occupies a unique position in this charming, historic city. The River Lee is one of Cork’s leading business and social destinations. All aspects of Cork local life are played out here, from business events and family celebrations, to casual get-togethers in the hotel’s highly popular Weir Rooms including the Weir Room Restaurant, Bar and Terrace on the Weir; a key location in Cork’s growing food scene. Resident guests also have complimentary access to the hotel’s in-house health and fitness club, with a 20m swimming pool and spa.
On arrival in Belfast, enjoy a Black Taxi Tour of the city, including Shankill and Falls Road, and learn of how things were during The Troubles. See the wall murals that are known all over the world. Every mural tells a story, which will be explained in great detail. Then, we will take you to the famous peace wall that separates the Protestant and Catholic communities, where you’ll get a chance to sign your name on the wall. Tonight, we enjoy dinner together at Deanes Meat Locker, before settling into the Merchant Hotel for a relaxing night. (B/L/D)
Next, we explore the unique Giant’s Causeway. Flanked by the wild North Atlantic Ocean on one side and a landscape of dramatic cliffs on the other, for centuries the Giant’s Causeway has inspired artists, stirred scientific debate and captured the imagination of all who see it. Experience the famous basalt columns with our knowledgeable guide. Climb the Shepherd’s Steps and take a hike along the cliff-top trail for bird’s eye views of the causeway coastline – famed worldwide for its beauty.
Next, we stop in the pretty town of Bushmills where you will enjoy lunch at Bushmills Inn.
We continue to the walled city of Derry where you can have dinner at your leisure tonight before settling into a restful sleep at the Shipquay Boutique Hotel. (B/L)
Continue to majestic Ashford Castle, the jewel in the crown of Ireland’s most iconic hotels. The estate is set on 350 acres, including the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib. Dating back to 1228, the castle now enters a new chapter in its history, as part of the prestigious Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Hear about the illustrious history of the castle and about the Castle’s recent refurbishment, with guest rooms and public areas restored precisely to their former glory. Tonight we enjoy dinner together at Cullen’s
in Ashford Castle. Jackets and ties are required for gentlemen after 7pm. (B/L/D)
Following lunch, we have a two-hour cruise of the Lough Corrib, to explore the beautiful lake shore, with a guided stopover on the Isle of Innisfree. This evening, dine like royalty in Ashford Castle’s George V Restaurant. Jackets and ties are required for gentlemen after 7pm. (B/L/D)
Next, the Burren is an area of karst landscape in County Clare. The word “Burren” comes from an Irish word “Boíreann” meaning a rocky place. This is an extremely appropriate name when you consider the lack of soil cover and the extent of exposed Limestone Pavement. However, it has been referred to in the past as “Fertile rock” due to the mixture of nutrient rich herb and floral species. Tonight, we check into the boutique Ross Hotel, and you have the opportunity to enjoy dinner at your leisure. (B/L)
47 Elizabeth Bay Road
Elizabeth Bay NSW
02 8667 3336