Your Tour Itinerary - Ireland - The Emerald Isle

Day 1 Dublin – Belfast

From Dublin, we venture to the prehistoric site of Newgrange and visit the Battle of Boyne for an exciting preview of what to expect over the days to come. Tonight, we arrive in Belfast and enjoy a delicious meal together. (D)

Day 2 Belfast – Londonderry

You don’t have to delve deep into Northern Ireland’s past to see the influences on contemporary culture. This morning begins with an escorted Black Cab tour to Belfast’s unique street art – its political murals followed by a visit to the Titanic Museum, where we discover the personal stories that surround this fateful ship. We continue to Ballyscullion Park, a historic private country house, where lunch will be waiting for us. Later, we explore Ireland’s natural geological wonders – the Giant’s Causeway, before arriving in Londonderry. (B, L)

Day 3 Londonderry – North Irish Coast – Derry

Today, we stroll along the old city walls of Londonderry and then continue the journey to the Isle of Doagh where we’ll learn of the local population’s experience of the devastating Irish Famine. (B)

Day 4 Londonderry – Ballyfarnon

More fascinating history is on the cards today at the Ulster- American Folk Park, where we learn why two million people sailed from Ulster to embark on a fresh life in the New World and make time for a pottery demonstration. The day ends in Ballyfarnon where we regroup for an evening meal together. (B,D)

Day 5 Ballyfarnon – Connemara – Galway

The morning sees us in Westport, before visiting the award-winning Connemara Heritage Centre to gain a unique insight into Ireland’s past. As the day draws to a close, we’ll complete our journey with a walking tour through the harbour city of Galway. (B)

Day 6 Galway

Today is yours to enjoy as you wish in buzzing, bohemian Galway. (B)

Day 7 Galway – The Burren – Dingle

We meet with the picturesque area of Caherconnell and witness local sheepdog trials in action. We continue across the Burren and round off the day with a visit to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, rising high above the Atlantic. (B,D)

Day 8 Dingle Peninsula

We’ll begin in south-west Ireland’s jewel in the crown – the Dingle Peninsula before stopping off at the Blasket Islands Centre. The afternoon gives us plenty of free time in the town of Dingle. (B)

Day 9 Dingle – Kenmare – Blarney

Peaks and lakes are on the cards today. Time to take in the views across the stunning Killarney Lakes and onwards to Kenmare before the adventure continues with a visit to the iconic Blarney Castle. Legend has it, if you kiss the Blarney Stone you will be blessed with the gift of eloquence. Tonight, make the most of your new found eloquence over dinner at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 10 Blarney – Kinsale – Blarney

The port and fishing town of Kinsale is where we’ll start our walking tour through history and a stop at Charles Fort before returning to Blarney for the evening. (B)

Day 11 Blarney – Tipperary – Kilkenny

As we approach the final few chapters of our tour we find ourselves at rural Tipperary and Swiss Cottage to then carry on through to Kilkenny, Ireland’s ‘most perfect’ medieval city. (B,D)

Day 12 Kilkenny – Avoca - Dublin

Our last day sees us reach the ‘fair city’ of Dublin with a stop via Avoca and Huntingdon Castle where our tour ends. (B)

Departure Dates & Prices 2018 Ireland - The Emerald Isle - Tour code IRL

Back-Roads Brochure Price in Black

Travel 55 Discount Price in Red

Tel Back-Roads Reservations on 0208 9870 990 and quote Travel 55 ref: T55BR + Tour Code IRL

Date

Twin/Double

Single

March 5

£2799
£2660

£3399
£3230

April 9, 16, 19, 23g, 30

£2849
£2707

£3449
£3277

May 3g, 7, 10g, 17g, 21g, 24g, 28g, 31g

£2899
£2755

£3499
£3325

June 4g, 7g, 11g, 14g, 18g, 21g, 25, 28g

£2899
£2755

£3499
£3325

July 2g, 5, 9g, 12, 16g, 26g, 30

£2899
£2755

£3499
£3325

Aug 2g, 6, 9, 13g, 20, 23g, 27g, 30

£2899
£2755

£3499
£3325

Sept 3, 6g, 10g, 13g, 17g, 20, 24, 27

£2899
£2755

£3499
£3325

Oct 1, 4, 7, 8

£2849
£2707

£3449
£3277

g=guaranteed departure. Prices are per person based on two sharing a twin room. Single supplemets as shown.

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Back-Roads Touring
Ireland - The Emerald Isle

12 days / 11 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £2660

From North to South – step into Ireland’s colourful past, starting with the legendary Giant’s Causeway and Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. You will visit Ireland's jewel in the crown, the Dingle Peninsula, the iconic Blarney Castle and Kinsale. 

To book this wonderful 11 day Ireland - The Emerald Isle tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 code T55BR to receive the 5% discount. 

You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price 

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Discover Northern Ireland's dramatic history in an escorted Black Cab tour of Belfast’s unique street art and political murals

  • Marvel at the mysterious Giant’s Causeway

Tour Inclusions

  • 11 nights’ in boutique accommodation

  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Full Irish breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L), 5 evening meals (D)
  • Black Cab tour of Belfast
  • Entrance included to: Battle of the Boyne site, Titanic Museum, Giant’s Causeway, Ulster American Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher, Charles Fort, Connemara Heritage Centre, Swiss Cottage, Huntington Castle

Small groups up to 18

With tour sizes of up to 18, our tour leaders can ensure a more personalised experience. Smaller group sizes also mean we can guarantee our tours will run once we have just four guests booked.

Why Back-Roads Touring?

Mini-Coaches

On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches, equipped with comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.
Along the way, your Tour Leader can offer intriguing insights about the views we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.

Scenic back roads not motorways

Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.

Authentic Local Experiences

Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each spectacular region.

Culinary Discoveries

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.

Boutique Hotels

Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.

Leisurely Paced Travel

Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.


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