Featuring: Belfast, Derry, Giant’s Causeway, Dublin, Kilkenny, Wicklow and Glendalough
April 14 – 23, 2023 (10 Days/8 Nights)
$3729*with 20-24 passengers on the departure
$3599*with 25-29 passengers on the departure
$3489*with 30-34 passengers on the departure
$3399* with 35 or more passengers on the departure
*Rates are for payment by cash or check. See reservation form for credit card rates. Rates are per person, twin occupancy, and INCLUDE $358.27 in air taxes,fees, and fuel surcharges (subject to change).Join us as we journey to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland!
A great trip for singles, couples or families with something to do for everyone.
OUR 10-DAY/8-BEST OF THE REPUBLIC & NORTHERN IRELAND ITINERARY
DAY 1 – BOSTON~DUBLIN
Depart Boston’s Logan International Airport aboard our overnight flight to Ireland, with meal and beverage service, as well as stereo headsets, available while in flight.
DAY 2 – DUBLIN~BELFAST:
Upon arrival in Dublin, we will be met and greeted by our Tour Escort, who will assist with our transfer to Northern Ireland. Once in Belfast, we enjoy a guided panoramic city tour to discover Belfast City. The tour will take in the leaning Albert Memorial Clock tower, Ireland’s answer to the Tower of Pisa, and the Opera House, which is one of Belfast’s great landmarks. We will pass by the City Hall, The Crown Bar, Queens University, the Botanic Gardens and more! From here, continue to Maldron Hotel (or similar) for check-in. This evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. Overnight. (D) Hotel website: https://www.maldronhotelbelfastcity.com/
DAY 3 – TITANIC BELFAST & HILLSBOROUGH CASTLE
This morning, following breakfast at our hotel, we depart for a visit to Titanic Belfast. Located in the heart of Belfast, the Titanic Belfast recreates the story of the world’s most famous ship in an iconic, six floor building right beside the historic site of the original ship’s construction. The self-guided journey begins on entering the building's giant atrium, where the visitor is surrounded by the four ‘ship’s hull’ shaped wings which house the Titanic Experience. As we journey through the nine large galleries of the interactive exhibition, we will uncover the true story of the Titanic, from her conception through her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history. After free time for lunch on our own, we will visit Hillsborough Castle, which holds a unique place in the history of Northern Ireland. Since it was built in the 18th century, the castle has gone from being a simple country house for the Hill family to becoming the official royal residence in Northern Ireland. Look out for the statue of Ossian outside the main entrance, the Lady Alice Temple, the Quaker Burial ground and the Ice House. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
DAY 4 – CAUSEWAY COAST, GLENARM CASTLE & GIANTS CAUSEWAY
This morning after breakfast, we will depart for a journey along the Causeway Coast. En route, we will visit Glenarm Castle and estate, the family home of the Earls of Antrim for over 400 years and the setting of a glorious Walled Garden. Situated 40 minutes from Belfast, in one of the beautiful Glens of Antrim, Glenarm is a place of outstanding natural beauty and a superb example of built and rural heritage. Afterwards, we will visit Giants Causeway. According to legend, Finn McCool created the Giants Causeway by building stepping stones to Scotland to challenge the Scottish giant Benandonner! This stunning UNESCO World Heritage site features 40,000 basalt polygonal columns formed 60 million years ago after a volcanic eruption. In the Visitor Centre, there are various interactive exhibits and short video, and the self-guided visit will culminate with a spectacular two minutes audio-visual projection of a volcanic eruption flowing over the walls and onto the floor. Afterwards, we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
DAY 5 – DERRY
This morning after breakfast, depart Belfast and journey to Derry. Enjoy a walking tour of the City Walls of Derry, followed by some free time for lunch. Afterwards, we will visit Glenshane Farm, set high in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains. There, the fourth generation of family sheep farmers, offer a hands on authentic experience of an Irish working farm. We will enjoy Sheepdogs at work with an option of shearing the wool while taking in the delights of the beautiful countryside. Return to Belfast for dinner and overnight at our hotel. (B, D)
DAY 6 – BELFAST TO DUBLIN
This morning, following breakfast and hotel check out, we will depart Belfast and journey to Dublin. En route, we will visit Tracey’s Farmhouse Kitchen. Based in Comber, County Down on the shores of Strangford Lough, Tracey Jeffrey has a beautiful Irish cottage where she provides a traditional Irish bread making experience. Afterwards, we continue on to Dublin, where we enjoy a panoramic tour upon arrival. Afterwards, we will check in to Riu Plaza: The Gresham (or similar) for dinner and overnight. (B, D) Hotel Website: https://www.riu.com/en/hotel/ireland/dublin/hotel-riu-plaza-the-gresham-dublin/
DAY 7 – EPIC & GUINESS STOREHOUSE
This morning, we will enjoy breakfast in our hotel before departing on a visit to The Irish Emigration Museum EPIC. This state-of-the-art interactive experience is located in the beautiful vaults of the 1820 Custom House Quarter building in Dublin’s Docklands, the original departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants. It will inspire and guide you on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern day. Later, we continue on to a visit to the Home of Guinness, a high point of any trip to Dublin. At the Guinness Storehouse you will discover all there is to know about the world famous beer. It’s a dramatic story that begins over 250 years ago and ends in Gravity, the sky bar, with a complimentary pint of Guinness and an astonishingview of Dublin City. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
DAY 8 – KILKENNY: Today, after breakfast at our hotel, we will depart on a day trip to Kilkenny. Capital of County Kilkenny, the town of Kilkenny is often referred to as “the Marble City”. It is the most interesting and best preserved of the medieval Irish cities. It owes its immense charm to the various impressive historical monuments. A medieval city of 24,000 people it is characterized by many beautifully restored buildings and winding slipways ~ it is small and compact, yet full of fascinating historical buildings and contemporary shops, design galleries and restaurants. Here, we will enjoy a visit to Kilkenny Castle, one of the most instantly recognized buildings in Ireland. Afterwards, we will have some free time for individual sightseeing, shopping and lunch (on our own). Later, we return to Dublin for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
DAY 9 – WICKLOW & GLENDALOUGH: This morning, enjoy breakfast at our hotel, prior to boarding our motorcoach for a trip up to the scenic Wicklow Mountains, including Glendalough. Home to Powerscourt, Mount Usher and Russborough, county Wicklow is known as “the Garden of Ireland”. The region features all the various types of scenery that makes Ireland so beautiful. The coastline is bordered by charming sea resorts such as Bray or Greystones. We will stop for lunch (on our own) and have a chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery prior to returning to our hotel. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)
DAY 10 – DUBLIN~BOSTON: After breakfast and hotel check-out, transfer to Dublin Airport for our return flight to the U.S. with meal and beverage service, as well as stereo headsets, available while in flight. (B)
OUR BEST OF NORTHERN IRELAND TOUR INCLUDES ALL OF THE FOLLOWING
Special meet-and-greet service and assistance at Logan Airport by a Durgan Representative.
Round-trip regularly scheduled flights Boston-Dublin and Dublin-Boston, with meal and beverage service, as well as headsets available while in flight.
All transfers and touring aboard a private, deluxe, temperature-controlled motorcoach, with expert driver.
Porterage of luggage at the hotel.
8-nights’ accommodations at the hotels listed in the above itinerary (or similar), based on twin occupancy. The single supplement is an additional $799 per single. Limited availability – may be unavailable or subject to surcharge. Triples are available at the twin rate.
Full Irish Breakfast Daily (B) and dinner (D) daily.
Comprehensive sightseeing package as described in the itinerary, including entrance fees, where applicable.
Full services of a professional Tour Escort, who will accompany our group throughout the tour.
Expert step-on tour guides where required.
All room and meal taxes, as well as gratuities to bellmen. A small per-night city tax may be payable directly to the hotel.
Complimentary Durgan Travel flight Accessory and complete packet of required travel documents.
A $500 DEPOSIT IS DUE WITH SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION. THE BALANCE IS DUE 75 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DAY