12-day land tour including Belfast!
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 parts of Ireland’s Ancient East, over to the the Wild Atlantic Way and up to the North West coast to Belfast, and back to Dublin.
Walk on the historic Walls of Derry, and enjoy a pint of Guinness in the Storehouse visitor center. Enjoy two overnights at the historic 5-star luxury Dromoland Castle. Other highlights include touring the Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Garnish Island, Gap of Dunloe and a Black Taxi tour of Belfast.
Exclusive Insider Experiences as detailed in the day-by-day itinerary
Hand-selected, 4 and 5-star accommodations with check-in and porterage handled for you
11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 9 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.
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.
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.
Dromoland Castle Spa Hotel in Ireland has developed an international reputation of excellence over the years. It is located just 15 minutes from the Shannon Airport. At this castle hotel you will get a chance to experience 5-star castle living at its best. From luxury to beauty and high-end services, Dromland Castle hotel has been made to offer you everything. The massive structure was erected in the 16th century and is reminiscent of the Renaissance style. Dromoland was originally the ancestral home of the Royal O Brien Clan, direct descendants of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland. The present castle was built in 1835 in baronial neo-gothic style with four castellated turrets. Today Dromoland is a 5-star hotel overlooking a beautiful lake and wooded demesne.
Harvey’s Point hotel offers lakeside tranquility and natural beauty combined with calm seclusion and the finest in cooking and accommodation — all this in a modern, gleaming family-owned property.
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 Morgan Hotel was opened in 2001 and is renowned for its personalized service, and its genuinely warm Irish welcome. The Morgan Hotel offers elegantly stylish and contemporary bedrooms.
After lunch at Bushmill’s Distillery, 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.
Tonight, we enjoy dinner together at Deanes Meat Locker, before settling into the 5-star Merchant Hotel for a relaxing night. (B/L/D)
47 Elizabeth Bay Road
Elizabeth Bay NSW
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