Irish Adventure: Belfast, Dublin & the Northwest Counties

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Departure Date: March 16, 2019
Duration: 16 Days / 15 Nights
Price from: $4,395
Single Room Supplement: Waived
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This trip will be operated on behalf of Gutsy Women Travel (GWT) clients by award winning Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT). There are 5 Twin bedded rooms and 6 single accommodations rooms with no single supplement blocked on this trip. Once single rooms are sold out, women can secure a guaranteed share in a twin room accommodation. This trip is opened up to OAT clients & is co-ed. However the group size will always be capped at no more than 16 participants. There will be a dedicated OAT licensed, local travel director assigned to this GWT group block departure.


Highlights & Inclusions

  • Be sure to mention booking code G9-25972 to receive all the Gutsy benefits!
  • Airport transfers are included when you purchase our operator's International air to coincide with trip's day by day agenda.
  • International airfare, airport transfers, government taxes, fees, and airline fuel surcharges unless you choose to make your own air arrangements*
  • All land transportation
  • Accommodations for 15 nights
  • 30 meals—14 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 9 dinners (including 1 Home-Hosted Dinner)
  • 11 small group activities
  • Services of a local O.A.T. Trip Leader
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit toward your next O.A.T. adventure


Itinerary

DAY 1 Depart

Depart the U.S. today for your overnight flight to Shannon, Ireland.

DAY 2 Arrive County Clare, Ireland


MEALS: D
OVERNIGHT: Temple Gate Hotel or similar

We’ll arrive in County Clare today, where an O.A.T. representative will escort us to our hotel to meet travelers from our County Kerry: Killarney & Dingle pre-trip extension. Tonight, we'll gather at a local restaurant to enjoy a Welcome Dinner with the whole group.

DAY 3 County Clare • Discover the Cliffs of Moher


MEALS: B L
OVERNIGHT: Temple Gate Hotel or similar

After breakfast and a Gaelic lesson with a native speaker this morning, we’ll have a welcome briefing. Then, we'll depart for one of Ireland's most definitive landscapes: the Cliffs of Moher. Estimated at 300 million years old, the cliffs have factored into local lore since the Celtic Age. For five miles, the cliffs outline the Atlantic, rising 702 feet at their highest point. Irish weather can be fickle, but on a cloudless day, you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, and the mountains of Connemara from here.

This afternoon, we’ll enjoy lunch at a local pub in Ennis, where our small group will have a chance to mingle with locals. Following a city tour, the rest of the day will be at leisure, and dinner is on your own tonight. Perhaps you'll stroll past some of Ennis' architectural wonders, such as the Ennis Friary, which features structures dating back to the 13th century. Or, delve into the town's status as a mecca of traditional Irish music by stepping into one the locals' favorite shops, Custy's Music shop, where custom-made instruments are sold, and Ireland's musical tradition is on display.

DAY 4 Explore County Clare • Optional Aran Islands Tour • Home-Hosted Dinner
MEALS: B D
OVERNIGHT: Temple Gate Hotel or similar

Today, we'll enjoy a full day at leisure to explore County Clare. Perhaps after breakfast, you'll visit the Ennis Friary. Founded in the 13th century, the Friary boasts dozens of 15th- and 16th-century limestone sculptures, including one of St. Francis displaying stigmata, as well as scenes from the Passion story.

Or, perhaps you'll join us for our optional Aran Islands tour. If weather permits, we’ll board a ferry to cross the water to Inis Oirr, the smallest of the islands where 250 residents still speak Gaelic and practice Celtic customs in their daily lives. We’ll meet with local artisans who weave beautiful traditional clothing and will show a display of the fabric. After we explore the island on a guided tour, we'll enjoy lunch together before our return to the mainland.

This evening, we'll get a taste of Irish cuisine and culture when we regroup for a Home-Hosted Dinner with a local family. Aran Islands - $115/person

At the mouth of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands enchant visitors with reminders of a way of life from long ago. Today, we board a ferry to cross the water to Inis Oirr, the smallest of the islands, but still large enough to be home to a three-story 16th-century castle and monuments from the Bronze age. After we explore the island on a guided tour, we’ll lunch together before our return to the mainland. If weather conditions prohibit an island visit, we will visit Limerick, where we'll enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Frank McCourt Museum, a tribute to the famed, Pulitzer prize-winning author of Angela's Ashes.

DAY 5 Galway • Connemara


MEALS: B L
OVERNIGHT: Clifden Station House or similar

We’ll transfer to Connemara after breakfast at our hotel today, stopping in Galway en route. Long a trade capital, Galway was especially influential as a port for France and Spain during the Middle Ages. Historians say Galway is a modern spin on the word Gaillimh, which means "stony" and refers to the nearby riverbed. But, popular lore says the town is named for a chieftain’s daughter who drowned here.

This morning, we'll first get to know Galway by delving into its citizens' favorite pastime: sports. From Gaelic football to hurling to camogie (an Irish sport played with a stick and ball), we'll learn about—and perhaps play—some of the games that so brightly color Galway's local culture. Then, we'll enjoy a walking tour through the city. Among its familiar sites are the Spanish Arch built in the 16th century and the Medieval city walls. You'll see remnants of 900 years of history, from 13th-century lanes to modern boutiques, and soak up centuries of Irish tradition in the riverside city.

After lunch in a local restaurant, you'll have some time to explore Galway at your leisure. Then, we'll depart for Clifden, where we'll stroll through town before checking into our hotel. Dinner will be on your own.

DAY 6 Connemara • Kylemore Estate & Abbey tour


MEALS: B L D
OVERNIGHT: Clifden Station House or similar

We'll depart after breakfast at the hotel this morning for Connemara. Referred to as a “savage beauty” by Oscar Wilde, sparsely populated Connemara is a scenic delight. A patchwork of bogs, lakes, and mountains adorns the interior peninsula, while secluded beaches, coves, and seaside villages hug the coastline. We’ll experience some of these unique landscapes when we walk through Ireland’s bogs along the Marconi boardwalk, located near Marconi Station—which transmitted wireless communications in the early 1900s.

We continue with a visit to the Kylemore Abbey. Founded in 1920, this Benedictine monastery sits on a 1,000-acre estate, adjacent to a six-acre, walled Victorian garden. We'll enjoy lunch together and then embark on a guided hike through the expansive gardens, winding our way through trails flanked by woods and water on either side. Then we'll enjoy a tour of the Abbey, whose restored rooms reveal tales both romantic and tragic, and whose rich, complex history predates its use as a spiritual and educational center by half a century.

The rest of the day is at leisure, and we’ll reconvene for dinner together at a local restaurant. This evening you'll have the option of attending a screening of an Irish movie at a private theater.

DAY 7 Sheep farm visit • Drumcliff • Overland to Donegal


MEALS: B L D
OVERNIGHT: Mill Park Hotel or similar

We begin our discoveries today with a visit to a sheep farm. With a group as small as ours, we'll enjoy the unique opportunity to get hands-on shearing experience, enjoy discussions with local farmers about life in rural Ireland, and witness a sheep dog demonstration. We'll watch as trained Border Collies act as nimble shepherds, working in perfect harmony with their human masters. After the demonstration, you may have a better appreciation for why dogs are beloved as man’s best friends.

Then, after lunch in a local restaurant, we'll visit the nearby village of Drumcliff, where W.B. Yeats was laid to rest, his burial marked with a plaque bearing his famous lines, “Cast a cold eye on life, on death. Horseman, pass by!” Once we arrive in Donegal, we’ll check in to our hotel before enjoying dinner together as a group.

DAY 8 The Donegal Coast • Mullaghmore & The Donegal Coast


MEALS: B L
OVERNIGHT: Mill Park Hotel or similar

This morning we depart for St. John's Point, where we'll visit a mother- and daughter-run hand-weaving center set in an authentic, traditional Irish cottage. Donegal is the home of traditional tweed-making, and because of our small group size, we'll get to interact with the family who owns the place, and witness a demonstration of hand weaving as it has been done for centuries.

Mullaghmore, an Irish fishing port, is our next destination. Here, our small group will meet and have a discussion with a local fisherman to learn about the impact of the European Union on Ireland’s fishing industry. After lunch, we’ll return to our hotel, and this evening dinner is on your own.

DAY 9 Donegal • Optional Glenveagh National Park tour
MEALS: B D
OVERNIGHT: Mill Park Hotel or similar

Today, you may enjoy a day at leisure in Donegal. Or, join us on our optional Glenveagh National Park tour, during which we'll explore the castle and enchanting gardens left behind by the infamous John Adair. For those who don't choose to take the , your Trip Leader will be happy to provide suggestions for activities to fill your free time. Perhaps you'll arrange a day trip out to the stunning Cliffs of Slieve Leage, which, though perhaps lesser known, are nearly three times as high as the Cliffs of Moher. This evening, we'll get dinner in a local restaurant. Glenveagh National Park - $105/person

This takes us to the enchanting Glenveagh National Park, where we’ll explore the park’s gardens, surrounding mountains, lakes, and waterfalls; and its crowning centerpiece: the magnificent Glenveagh Castle. Because of the circumstances surrounding its inception—namely that John Adair forcefully evicted hundreds of residents in order to build his own personal hunting estate—Glenveagh Park was shrouded in a veil of infamy for quite some time. And though the castle was built under his watch, Adair would never live to see his pipe dream fully realized, as he died suddenly in 1885 before completing his estate. Today the castle still stands, and its well-preserved, lavish architecture—and the idyllic beauty throughout the entire park grounds—evoke images in visitors’ minds of the Victorian retreats that inspired its design.

DAY 10 Derry, Northern Ireland


MEALS: B D
OVERNIGHT: Maldron Hotel or similar

Today, we’ll transfer to Derry after breakfast. Divided by the River Foyle, which runs through the city's heart, Derry is one of Europe’s last walled cities, and the only one in Ireland still fully intact.

We'll begin our discoveries today at the Museum of Free Derry, where we'll enjoy a guided tour of the many murals inspired by the nearly-three-decade-long time period that has come to be known as “the Troubles,” or the Northern Ireland Conflict. Beginning with the Battle of the Bogside in 1969 and ending with the Belfast Good Friday Agreement in 1998, the Troubles were characterized by political unrest, riots, hunger strikes, and violence stemming from nationalistic disagreements over the constitutional status of Northern Ireland.

After a visit to Derry's Guildhall, an important building for both social and political gatherings, you'll enjoy some time at leisure to get lunch and explore on your own. This evening, we'll gather for dinner together at our hotel.

DAY 11 Derry • The Antrim Coast • Giant’s Causeway


MEALS: B
OVERNIGHT: Maldron Hotel or similar

We begin our day with a scenic train ride shortly after breakfast that takes us from Derry to Coleraine. Heading east along the Antrim coast, we’ll stop first at the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. Roughly 100 feet high and 70 feet long, the bridge, originally constructed by late 18th-century salmon fishermen, connects Carrick-A-Rede Island to mainland Ireland. Perhaps you’ll challenge yourself to walk across the bridge and back, taking in dramatic views of Scotland and Rathlin Island as its wind-swayed rope handrails shiver within clenched fists. Or enjoy a nature stroll, appreciating the area’s exotic flora and diverse array of seabirds including fulmars, kittywakes, and guillemots.

From here, we’ll transfer by coach to visit Giant’s Causeway where you’ll have time for lunch at leisure before we explore. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, Giant’s Causeway is an unforgettable landscape formed by volcanic eruptions dating back millions of years. Here, hexagonal basalt columns line the coast, forming natural stairs leading from igneous rock cliffs into the sea.

Tonight, we return to our hotel for an evening at leisure and dinner is on your own.

DAY 12 Explore Glenariff Forest Park • Belfast


MEALS: B L
OVERNIGHT: Maldron Hotel or similar

We’ll check out of our hotel this morning and transfer to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. On the way, we'll visit Glenariff Forest Park, where we'll walk along a beautiful nature trail, admiring peaceful rivers and waterfalls. After lunch together, we'll continue our drive.

When we arrive in Belfast later this afternoon, we’ll set off on a panoramic bus tour of the city. Despite it being a center of conflict during the Troubles, Belfast has a long history and lasting legacies. The city inspired stories like the Chronicles of Narnia and Gulliver’s Travels and, as an industrial center in the 19th century, is the birthplace of the Titanic—which was designed, built, and launched in Belfast.

The balance of the day is yours at leisure and dinner is on your own.

DAY 13 Belfast


MEALS: B D
OVERNIGHT: Maldron Hotel or similar

Belfast is a city with a turbulent history and rich culture. And today you’ll get to explore it like a local: in Belfast’s famed black taxis. In groups of three or four per car, we’ll get a very personal look at the city through our drivers’ eyes as they share their perspectives on the city's political turmoil and religious divides.

Perhaps you’ll take the opportunity to ask your guide about Northern Ireland’s troubled past or discuss the age-old conflict between Catholics and Protestants, which continues to affect life here today, during our mural taxi tour. We’ll visit the dividing line between West Belfast’s Protestant and Catholic neighborhoods, where murals on each side depict contrasting sentiments about the deep-rooted conflict.

Lunch is on your own today, and the rest of the afternoon is yours to make your own discoveries. Perhaps you’ll choose to visit Titanic Belfast, a memorial to the famed ship and museum chronicling Belfast’s maritime heritage, or pay a visit to the Crumlin Road Jail. Maybe you’ll stroll through Belfast’s scenic botanical gardens, or the regal campus at Queen’s University. Or, you could always choose to post up in one of the city’s many pubs, mingling with locals and sampling Irish beers. We’ll meet for dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

DAY 14 Overland to Dublin, Ireland


MEALS: B L
OVERNIGHT: Brooks Hotel or similar

Today we transfer to the final destination of our adventure: Dublin. We’ll begin our exploration at Navan Fort, the centerpiece of an ancient archaeological complex and ceremonial grounds. As we explore, we’ll learn more about the legends surrounding the monument.

Afterward, we'll depart for an apple orchard, where we'll get hands-on experience making fresh apple cider. After lunch at the orchard, we'll check into our hotel in Dublin. Following an orientation walk with your Trip Leader, the evening is at leisure and dinner is on your own tonight.

DAY 15 Dublin


MEALS: B D
OVERNIGHT: Brooks Hotel or similar

Today we’ll enjoy a city tour of Dublin, focusing in part on the landmarks that tell the story of Ireland’s ill-fated Easter Rising of 1916. Also known as the Easter Rebellion, the Rising was a six-day armed uprising against British rule that left Dublin’s inner city in ruins. After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll visit the General Post Office, where Irish rebel forces set up their headquarters and attempted to proclaim their independence. We’ll also visit Dublin Castle and Stephen’s Green, two main battle sites during the conflict.

The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore Dublin on your own, and we’ll meet this evening for our Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 16 Return to the U.S.


MEALS: B

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home, or begin your Dublin, Ireland post-trip extension.

Accommodations

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Please note this departure is not exclusive to women but will be comprised of Gutsy Women Travel participants co-sharing the overall trip capacity with members of OAT resulting in a larger group size compared to the traditional Gutsy Women Travel trips designed exclusively for women.

This trip will be operated on behalf of Gutsy Women Travel (GWT) clients by award winning Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT). There are 5 Twin bedded rooms and 6 single accommodations rooms with no single supplement blocked on this trip. Once single rooms are sold out, women can secure a guaranteed share in a twin room accommodation. This trip is designed for GWT clients however if room block is not sold by 120 days prior to departure date, the trip can be opened up to OAT clients and will be co-ed. However the group size will always be capped at no more than 16 participants. There will be a dedicated OAT licensed, local travel director assigned to this GWT group block departure.

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