On this tour of Southern and Northern Ireland we begin in Dublin with its fine Georgian squares and lively pubs.
Dublin has been home to many of Ireland's greatest authors who immortalized their country in poetry and prose: Wilde, Shaw, Swift, O'Casey, Behan, Joyce, Yeats, Samuel Beckett and more. For such a small island the literary traditions and legacies are astounding.
Venturing south from Eire’s capital we explore regal cities, Gothic cathedrals, medieval castles and picturesque villages. We then move to the northern coastline and highlands of Donegal's National Park, with visits to Derry and the wondrous Giant’s Causeway. We continue through the idyllic glens of Antrim ending our tour at the foot of the Mountains of Mourne and a visit to the Capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast, a delightful city with magnificent Victorian architecture.
As we tour the Emerald Isle we will enjoy the variety of spectacular scenery for which it is known: heather-cloaked moors, soaring cliffs, deep blue lochs and rolling green hills - about fifty shades of green!
We will also experience the magic and mystery of this historic land which celebrates its past in poems, traditional dancing and beautiful music. We will kiss the Blarney Stone (an option!), sing at a traditional Ceilidh and listen to the myths and legends. We stop at local inns and pubs to join the friendly Irish in a pint or two of Guinness or a tot or two of Irish whiskey. All of this, combined with the genuine warmth of Ireland's people, will have you singing the praises of the Emerald Isle.
*** Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.