The Emerald Isle

12 Day Small Group Tour from Dublin to Dublin with Back-Roads

Read 8 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Back-Roads 12 Day The Emerald Isle. From north to south, this is one Irish journey that delves into the Emerald Isle's fascinating history, rich traditions and cultural heritage like no other. Starting with the legendary Giant's...read more

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Small Group Tour Starts In
Starts In
Dublin
Small Group Tour Ends In
Ends In
Dublin
Accomodation
Accomodation
Boutique
18
Max Group Size
18
Small Group
Trip Style
Small Group
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Ireland, Northern Ireland
Trip Operated By:
Back-Roads
Back-Roads
89 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.8 out of 5
8 Reviews
Trip Code:
BEHEIDD

Itinerary

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1 Dublin - Belfast
Warm, welcoming and unmistakably charismatic, Dublin is where we'll meet the group and begin our adventure. But we won't stick around for long – the fascinating Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is calling. After a history-filled day (a taste of what's to come), we'll move on to Belfast – where we'll get to know each other a little better over a welcome dinner. (D) Stay: Malone Lodge Hotel (or similar)
2 Belfast - Londonderry
You don't have to delve deep into Northern Ireland's past to see its influences on contemporary culture - and this morning's Black Cab tour of Belfast's street art and political murals will serve as proof. We'll make another stop at the Titanic Museum, where we'll discover the personal stories surrounding the infamous ship's fateful journey, before continuing to Ballyscullion Park (a private country house) for lunch. Then: we'll take some time to explore Ireland's natural geological wonder, the Giant's Causeway, before arriving at our accommodation in Londonderry. (B/L) Stay: Beech Hill Country House (or similar)
3 Londonderry - North Irish Coast - Londonderry
After a morning spent strolling along Londonderry's old city walls, we'll board the mini-coach and head to the North Irish Coast for the day. At the Isle of Doagh, we'll visit the Famine Village and Visitor Centre – where we'll gain an insight into Irish life during the time of the Great Famine. (B)
4 Londonderry - Roscommon
More fascinating history is on the cards today! After breakfast, we'll kick things off with a visit to the Ulster American Folk Park, where we'll learn why two million Irish people sailed away to start a life in the New World. This afternoon we'll visit the Belleek Pottery Centre (the home of Ireland's oldest working fine china pottery) before moving on to Roscommon, where we'll regroup for dinner. (B/D) Stay: Kilronan Castle (or similar)
5 Roscommon - Connemara - Galway
The morning will see us taking a wander around the award-winning Connemara Heritage and History Centre – where we'll learn a thing or two about the area's culture and traditions from a local family. After visiting the homestead of Dan O'Hara (he of the famous ballad), we'll hit the road to the harbour city of Galway for an evening of leisure. (B) Stay: Park House Hotel (or similar)
6 Galway
Today we'll see the likes of the Spanish Arch, Galway Cathedral and Eyre Square on a walking tour of the city. Then: the afternoon will be yours to spend exploring brightly coloured pubs, tasting local seafood and listening to the ever-present throng of tuneful street performers. Buzzing, bohemian and utterly charismatic, you're sure to fall for Galway's many charms! (B)
7 Galway - The Burren - Dingle Peninsula
Out of Galway and onwards to the karst landscapes of the Burren – where the exceptionally well-preserved Caherconnell Stone Fort awaits us. Here, we'll be fortunate enough to witness the local sheepdog trials in action. Before we reach our accommodation in the Dingle Peninsula, we'll round off the day with a visit to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. (B/D) Stay: Dingle Benners Hotel (or similar)
8 Dingle Peninsula
Today will begin at one of the Dingle Peninsula's most famous landmarks: the Gallarus Oratory, a unique stone chapel that resembles an upturned boat. After that, there's one more stop in store – the fascinating Blasket Centre, which celebrates the history of the beautiful Great Blasket Island – before we return to Dingle for the evening, where we'll have plenty of free time to explore the quaint fishing port. (B)
9 Dingle Peninsula - Kenmere - Cork
Peaks and lakes are on the menu today! First, we'll take in the views across the stunning Lakes of Killarney as we travel to pretty Kenmare, the ‘head of the sea'. Then, we have an appointment to keep with a true Irish icon: Blarney Castle. Legend has it that you'll be blessed with the ‘gift of the gab' if you kiss the famous Blarney Stone – a block of limestone built into the castle's battlements. Tonight, we'll make the most of our new-found eloquence over dinner in Cork. (B/D) Stay: The Kingsley Hotel (or similar)
10 Cork - Kinsale - Cork
After boarding the mini-coach in Cork, the port and fishing town of Kinsale will be our first stop of the day. Here, we'll get the lay of the land on a walking tour before turning our attention to Charles Fort, one of Europe's best-preserved star-shaped forts. We'll return to Cork this evening – but before that, there will be plenty of time to soak up Kinsale's laid-back atmosphere in the local pubs and restaurants. (B)
11 Cork - Tipperary - Kilkenny
As we approach the final few chapters of the tour, we'll find ourselves travelling through rural Tipperary on the way to Kilkenny – Ireland's ‘most perfect' medieval city. A walking tour will help us to orient ourselves before we come together for our last hurrah: a delicious farewell dinner. What an adventure it's been! (B/D) Stay: Kilkenny River Court Hotel (or similar)
12 Kilkenny - Avoca - Dublin
After breakfast, we'll have two more stops to make before we say goodbye: the imposing Huntington Castle, where we'll be treated to a guided tour, and the famous copper mining town of Avoca. After that, we'll return to cosmopolitan Dublin – where our tour will come to a close. (B) Stay: Kilkenny River Court Hotel (or similar)

Back-Roads Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Discover Northern Ireland's history on a Black Cab Tour of Belfast's street art and political murals
  • Set foot on the basalt columns of the legendary Giant's Causeway
  • Discover the moon-like landscape of the Burren
Trip Inclusions
  • 11 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
Included Meals
  • 17 Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.

Reviews (8)

12 Day The Emerald Isle reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Excellent tour of Emerald Isle with Back-Roads”
- QLD, Australia Jul 2019 3 Helpful Votes

Ireland surely is "40 shades of green", absolutely stunning and beautiful. Back-Roads was able to take us to out of the way places that larger coaches would not be able to do. The Titanic Museum was very impressive; we loved the walled city of Derry and the day excursion to Malin Head, County Donegal. Sadly we missed the beautiful south-west because of an unscheduled "excursion" to the Galway University Hospital but caught up again with the tour in Cork. The day trip to the beautiful port village...read more

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“Fabulous Holiday with Back Roads Touring in Ireland”
- QLD, Australia Apr 2019 3 Helpful Votes

From start to finish our holiday to Ireland with Back Roads Touring was perfect. From Peter our wonderful Guide, his assistant Guide Gearoid (hope that's spelled right) and our very experienced and wonderful Driver Brent. We wouldn't change a thing, we went everywhere on the itinerary and had some surprise places added too. There were many laughs, some hilarious times, yes talking about you Gearoid...
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“Back Roads Tour of Ireland”
- QLD, Australia Jun 2018 6 Helpful Votes

Excellent Tour director and driver. Hotels were good to excellent. They need thicker black out curtains with day being so long. Enjoyed the tour.

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“Excellent tour hitting all the highlights of Ireland”
- QLD, Australia Jun 2018 5 Helpful Votes View Photo

The tour was amazing taking us right around Ireland mostly via backroads - the scenery was breathtaking. The coach was great and there were 18 passengers in total. The driver and tour director were the best and went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect. The accommodation was of a high standard and we had a number of 2 night stays which is always a bonus. I have no hesitation recommending this tour, it gives you a good sample of the Irish scenery, history and culture. This is the...read more

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“Back roads of Ireland ”
- NSW, Australia Jun 2017 8 Helpful Votes

Loved the whole trip. New small bus full of wonderfully friendly people. Well organised with interesting stops along the way. The guides and our tour leader were fountains of knowledge. All the accommodation was if high standard with a couple of nights being a real stand out.

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