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1Stop At: Hop On Hop Off Tour Dublin 

We will meet at the hotel and give you your Hop On Hop Off ticket for you to explore Dublin at your own pace for the afternoon. 

Duration: 2 hours 

 

Stop At: Bram Stoker's CASTLE DRACULA, Dublin, Dublin, County Dublin The Bram Stoker Festival playfully celebrates the gothic, the mysterious, the after-dark and the thrill of Halloween, and delves into the legacy of one of Ireland’s most treasured authors. The packed programme of events devilishly mixes family-friendly adventures with late-night antics for mates, dates and everything in between. From unforgettable, spectacular parades to pop-up Victorian fun parks, with intimate performances in unusual spaces, live music, workshops, theatre, podcasts, audio tours and a whole range of film, literary and once-off events, Bram Stoker Festival is full of surprises. 

Duration: 4 hours 

No meals included on this day. 

Accommodation included: Overnight Dublin stay in a 4-star hotel.

Day 2 :  Dublin - Kilmainham Goal, Trinity College, Book of Kells, St. James' Gate, Guinness!

Stop At: Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, County Dublin 

Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland's emergence as a modern nation from the 1780s to the 1920s. Attractions include a major exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. The tour of the prison includes an audio-visual show. 

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes 

 

Stop At: The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, Dublin, County Dublin Located in the heart of the city centre in Trinity College Dublin, the Exhibition displays the Book of Kells, a 9th-century manuscript that documents the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ. The Book of Kells is Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. The Exhibition also features access to the Long Room, one of the world’s most beautiful libraries, that houses 200,000 of Trinity College’s oldest books. 

Duration: 1 hour 

 

Stop At: Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, County Dublin 

Christ Church Cathedral is Dublin's oldest building, a leading visitor attraction and a place of pilgrimage for almost 1,000 years. Renowned for its beauty, architecture and exquisite floor tiles, it is home to the famous 12th Century crypt, one of the oldest and largest in Britain and Ireland. Perfectly located in the heart of Medieval Dublin, it was founded in 1030 by Sitriuc, King of the Dublin Norsemen and was incorporated into the Irish Church in 1152 and eventually led by the famous Archbishop and patron saint of Dublin, Laurence O’Toole. 

Duration: 1 hour 

 

Stop At: Dublinia: Experience Viking and Medieval Dublin, Dublin, County Dublin Dublinia is history brought to life in an exciting way for all to engage, learn and share. With our four exciting exhibitions, you can visit Viking and Medieval Dublin, see Archaeology as a History Hunter and climb the medieval St Michael’s Tower. At Dublinia, see Dublin from a new perspective and come away knowing more about its citizens throughout the ages! 

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes 

 

Stop At: Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, County Dublin The journey begins at the bottom of the world's largest pint glass and continues up through seven floors filled with interactive experiences that fuse our long brewing heritage with Ireland's rich history. At the top, you'll be rewarded with a pint of perfection in our world-famous rooftop Gravity Bar. Now that's our kind of higher education. 

Duration: 2 hours 

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch 

Accommodation included: Overnight in Dublin at a 4-star hotel.

Day 3 :   Scenic Drive, Tullamore Dew Distillery Tour, Leap Castle

Stop At: Tullamore Dew, Tullamore, County Offaly 

After we wind our way through the scenic beauty of Ireland, we find ourselves in Tullamore. Here we will have a tour of the Tullamore Dew Whiskey Distillery followed by lunch at The Bond Restaurant. Take our tour and savour almost two centuries of our distillery’s history. Learn about the art of Irish whiskey-making and discover the secret that gives Tullamore D.E.W. its unique complexity. Hear tales of the characters who made Tullamore Dew whiskey world famous, see how they trick the barley into growing and find out why the angels always get their share. 

Duration: 3 hours 

 

Stop At: Leap Castle, Roscrea, County Tipperary 

Here we will tour the worlds most haunted castle! One of the longest continually inhabited Castles in Ireland, Leap Castle has a rich and fascinating history. Leap Castle is thought to have been built in the early 1500’s by the O’Bannon clan. The O’Bannon clan were the secondary chieftains under the ruling of the O’Carroll clan. The current building is thought to have been built over an earlier castle. Before that the site was used by Druids for initiation ceremonies. The castle has been home to much bloodshed and violence over the centuries. Originally named Leim Ui Bhanain meaning ‘Leap of the O’Bannons’. Legend has it that two O’Bannon brothers were contesting the chieftainship of their clan. The only way to settle this argument was a display of strength and bravery. They were to both jump off the rocky outcrop where the castle was to be built. The survivor won the honour and right to be Chieftain. Thus the castle was built, fueled by blood and death. Leap Castle was used as a principle stronghold of the O’Carroll clan. It was used to guard the pass through the Slieve Bloom Mountains and has been said that no castle was more well fortified than Leap. The O’Carrolls were a fierce and brutal people, bent on domination. They were known for their ruthless tactics, often killing others and each other on the path to supremacy. The O’Carolls called Leap Castle their home until it was wrenched from their hands in 1642 by an English soldier of the Cromwellian forces named John Darby. 

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes 

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch 

Accommodation included: Overnight in Tullamore at a 4-star hotel

 

Day 4 :  Athlone, Drum Heritage Center, St. Brigid's Well, Ballinahown Craft Village

Stop At: Athlone Castle Visitor Centre, Athlone, County Westmeath Athlone Castle was first built to defend the crossing point on the River Shannon and evolved into a bold defensive structure over the centuries. Elements of the original castle can still be seen today. We tell the story of settlement in this part of Ireland’s Ancient East, from the Neolithic period through Viking, and Medieval ages to modern life in Athlone. During your visit you will discover tales of bitter battles fought, territories won and lost and hear stories of bravery. Prepare to walk in the steps of monks, kings, soldiers and generals. We will tell you their stories and the story of Athlone Castle through a series of modern exhibitions, authentic museum artefacts, interactive games and an intense 360º cinematic experience of the Great Siege of Athlone. 

Duration: 1 hour 

 

Stop At: Drum Heritage Centre, Athlone, County Westmeath Discover the feeling of ancient Ireland when you walk the hallowed ground of the Monastic Site and pathway leading to St. Brigid’s Well and the ancient dolmen that dates back to 3500 BC. After we will go to Ballinahown Craft Village in the heart of Ireland lies the award-winning Ballinahown Eco-Craft village. This quaint country village on the outskirts of Athlone Town is a creative hub for Irish designers and makers. Explore Celtic Roots Studio, renowned for carving stunning sculptures and jewellery made from authentic Irish bogwood. Take a tour in the Economusée, and learn the history of Ireland through the eyes of the ancient bog oak. Have a go and try your hand at the art of bogwood sculpture and feel 5,000 years of history in your hands. 

Duration: 3 hours 

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch 

Accommodation included: Overnight in Athlone at a 4-star hotel.

Day 5 :  Scenic Journey to Ulster American Folk Park, Irish Music Session and Dinner

Stop At: Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland 

Follow the trail of thousands of emigrants from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full-scale emigrant sailing ship to the log cabins of the American Frontier. 

Duration: 3 hours 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Accommodation included: Overnight at a 4 - star hotel.

 

Day 6 :  Derry Halloween!

Stop At: Visit Derry - Visitor Information Centre, Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland 

Today is the day! Halloween! We will make our way to Derry where we will do some local sightseeing by day including a guided walking tour. By night we will party the night away at Derry Halloween! The carnival-like atmosphere will blow the cobwebs away and you will have the time of your life complete with fireworks! 

Duration: 8 hours 

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch 

Accommodation included: Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Derry.

Day 7 :  Giants Causeway, Belfast Shopping and Farwell Dinner

Stop At: Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre, Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland 

The Giant's Causeway is steeped in myths and legend. The setting is a spectacular, dynamic coastal landscape of Atlantic waves, rugged cliffs, fascinating geographical antiquity, secluded bays and magnificent views. It forms a jagged headland of neatly packed columns which point towards Scotland. Visitors can walk along the basalt columns which are at the edge of the sea, just over 1km from the entrance to the site. They say the Giant's Causeway was the stomping ground of giant Finn McCool, who lived in these parts nearly two thousand years ago. How else can you explain the chimney stacks that mark his house? The organ he built for his musical son Oisín? Or the giant boot he left on the shore? 

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes 

 

Stop At: Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland We will have some time to do a bit of souvenir shopping in the beautiful Victoria Square Shopping Centre before celebrating our Farewell Dinner. 

Duration: 2 hours 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 

Accommodation included: Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Belfast.

Day 8 :  Depart to Dublin Airport

Stop At: Dublin Airport

After breakfast, we will depart for Dublin Airport and say goodbye. 

Duration: 1 hour

 

Meals included:

• Breakfast

No accommodation included on this day.