Ireland is a beautiful land of rugged coastlines, shimmering lakes and rustic towns full of history and unique local flavours. Located geographically close to the UK, with a similar, yet unique culture, this is a country which combines incredible green scenery, delicious cuisine and unparalleled hospitality to provide a perfect short-haul getaway destination. Let’s take a look at some escorted tours which will allow you to view the very best highlights of the Emerald Isle over the course of a week or two.
Belfast to Dublin with Titan Tours
Your tour begins in Belfast, where you will experience some four-star hospitality and a three course meal before experiencing one of Northern Irelands most impressive sites the following morning. The Giants Causeway is a world heritagr site which was created by a volcanic eruption hundreds of years ago and consists of interlocking basalt stones which look as if they have been laid carefully to form a perfect, giant cobbled path beside the sea. Following a jaunt through some powerful Catholic symbols in Sligo, you’ll then find yourself 700 feet above the sea on the impressively beautiful Cliffs of Moher in Clare, en route to Cork. If the cliffs look familiar, it might be because you have recognised them as the back drop to many a film set. Harry Potter, the Princess Bride and the Guns of Navarone are just a few of the films made here. Your trip continues into the incredible landscape of the Ring of Kerry before finishing in the picturesque and cultural capital of southern Ireland; Dublin.
Southern Ireland with Trafalgar
The tour begins and ends in Dublin. It includes two of Ireland’s most popular highlights; the Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry, but in addition to the same sights visited on the Titan Tour, it offers you the chance to visit Galway, Connemara and Roscommon. Galway cathedral will take your breath away, as will the sight of the magnificent Twelve Bens Mountain in Connemara. Roscommon is home to a castle with a royal connection, where you’ll be staying the night, before embarking on a river cruise along the Shannon. Discover walled gardens, ancient stories and a charmed way of life with this beautifully scenic tour.
Have an Irish experience with Insight Vacations
Following a similar route through Ireland’s main attractions, Insight’s tour of Ireland is a great one for foodies. In the Ring of Kerry, you’ll enjoy home cooked Irish food from the kitchens of John Sheehan, as well as the opportunity to meet the chef and his wife for a Q and A session about traditional Irish recipes. Plenty of care has been taken over the meals you’ll experience during this tour and we think you’ll particularly like the celebration dinner in Cork! To experience Ireland for yourself and take part in a magical week long tour, please give our friendly team here at Aspen Travel a call.