Experience Northern Ireland
like never before with
Donegal Square!

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July 2 to 9, 2018

Our deluxe coach bus tour will take in the spectacular scenery, culture, and history of Northern Ireland. Beginning in Dublin, then traversing north along the coast to reach Belfast. From Belfast, we will travel north-west to some of the most spectacular scenery that Northern Ireland has to offer. Traveling slowly through small villages, winding hills and rugged coastlines, and ending back in Dublin seven days later.

We will be staying in some of the best-situated hotels in Ireland and will be visiting many small craft vendors and artisans along the way. The main theme in all of our Donegal Square tours is that we get a nice blend of culture, history and fun in a very easy-going fashion. Our itinerary is not overly full, allowing us to add impromptu treasures and opportunities that you don't usually find on a group tour.


Reserve your space now!

To book space on our 2018 July tour, please print out and complete the Registration Form and mail it in with your deposit check, made payable to Donegal Square, to 534 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. For any questions regarding Donegal Square Travels and the tours offered, please get in touch with Neville Gardner at Donegal Square via phone – 610.866.3244 or email info@donegal.com

 Horses along the Ireland coast

Horses along the Ireland coast

 

Tour Includes

• Two knowledgeable tour guides, native to the country • Guided walking tours to Belfast and Derry cities, offering balanced overviews to the social, cultural, and religious histories, both past and present • A visit to The Titanic Centre • A step back in time to the Ulster-American folk park • Whiskey Tasting at the Bushmills Whiskey distillery and the Echlinville Distillery • Glenveagh National Park • Donegal Castle and Gardens • Some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland at the Giant's Causeway and Slieve League Cliffs • A visit to Leo's Tavern - starting venue for Enya, Clannad, and Moya Brennan • Entrance to various museums and heritage sites • Pubs, history and more pubs! • Accommodations at some of the best Hotel locations in Ireland • Full Irish Breakfast each morning.

 Temple Bar in Dublin

Temple Bar in Dublin

Optional One-Night Stay in Dublin • Sunday, July 1

We’re taking off bright and early for our tour on July 2, from Dublin Airport. If you are not an early bird, or want to spend some time exploring the city before getting on the bus, consider signing up for the optional one-night stay in Dublin. You will be put up in a central Dublin hotel, and we can pick you up from the hotel at 9am on July 2. 


"Traveling with Neville and seeing his country through the eyes of a native Irishman is magical! It is so personal, meeting friends, artisans and authors, sharing experiences we would not have had traveling in a larger group. The flexibility allowed us to venture off the beaten path and discover hidden gems we might not have known existed."
– the Barry clan

Rates

7-Day Tour of Ireland
$2,495 per person
• Land Only.
• Based on double occupancy for accommodations. 
• Single Room Supplement is $500.

Optional One-Night Stay in Dublin
Before 7-Day Ireland Tour

$400 per room.
• Hotel Only.
• Includes breakfast.

 

* Rates are for land only. Air travel is not included in the above prices; assistance with arranging and booking flights is available.
• Above rates are per person, based on the number of people booked.
• For the most up-to-date details and rates, call Donegal Square at 610.866.3244.
• All services and rates are subject to availability at time of booking.

Trip Insurance available


7-Day Northern Ireland Tour Itinerary

Experience Ireland Like Never Before with Donegal Square and Gerry Timlin

 The titanic centre

The titanic centre

Day 1

Monday, July 2 – Dublin to Belfast

Pick up at your Dublin hotel. Travel to Belfast City. Belfast is an enchanting and welcoming city with something to offer even the most diverse and demanding of visitors. Recently voted “Europe’s Friendliest Regional Capital” it is a compact and charming city of contrasts, in addition to being an epicentre of political, cultural and historical intrigue.

Upon arrival in Belfast continue to Newtownards to visit Echlinville Distillery. Echlinville Distillery became Northern Irelands first licensed distillery in over 125 years distilling its first spirit in 2013. Our Ethos “We will not compromise in our desire to produce the finest whiskey conceivable. We will give it authenticity and provenance. It will tell the story of the land from which it originates, and of those who brought it to life.” Following your tour return to Belfast City and visit the Titanic Centre, located in the heart of Belfast, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship’s construction. Housed in an iconic, 6-floor building, this state-of-the-art visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end. After the tour, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in your Belfast Hotel.

 Belfast City Hall

Belfast City Hall

Day 2

Tuesday, July 3 – Belfast

Full Irish breakfast at your hotel.

After breakfast this morning, enjoy a city tour of Belfast. On your panoramic city tour you will take in all that the city has to offer from the University Quarter where architecture & academia combine, to the notorious political murals of East & West Belfast depicting the turbulent events of the ‘Troubles’. Following your tour, enjoy some free time and perhaps explore George’s market. Overnight in your Belfast Hotel.

Day 3

Wednesday, July 4 – Belfast to Ballycastle

Full Irish breakfast at your hotel.

Travel along the Antrim Coast to visit the Glens of Antrim and the towns of Cushendall, Cushendun, Ballycastle and Bushmills. Visit the Giants Causeway. Volcanic activity 60 million years ago led to the formation of the 38,000 basalt columns that make up the Giant’s Causeway. Hexagonal in shape, the stones stretch far out into the sea and some stand as tall as 36 feet.

You will then visit the Bushmills Distillery. In 1608 Sir Thomas Phillips was granted a license to distill whiskey by James 1 of England, however, mentions of distilling traditions in the surrounding environs date back to 1276.The brand portfolio includes five award-winning whiskeys: Bushmills, Black Bush, Bushmills 10 year Malt, 16 year Malt and 21 year Malt. Bushmills is the only distillery in Ireland to make triple-distilled malt whiskey. This is at the heart of all Bushmills whiskeys and creates a unique combination of smoothness and richness. Continue to Ballycastle to check-in to your hotel. Overnight and dinner in your Ballycastle hotel. (D&B&B basis)

 Walls of Derry

Walls of Derry

Day 4

Thursday, July 5 – Ballycastle to Donegal

Full Irish breakfast at your hotel.

Travel to Derry City for a Guided Walking Tour of the Walls of Derry. Derry City Tours operated by Sharon McCrossan the wife of the late Martin McCrossan who both hail from Derry and from different cultural and religious backgrounds, is able to offer a balanced overview of the social, cultural and religious history, past and present, of this beautiful and ancient country. The River Foyle curves picturesquely around the old walled town of Derry, creating a cozy setting, which jars horribly with the reality of this city’s recent troubled history. The old centre of Derry is the small walled city on the west bank of the river, with the square called the Diamond at its heart. Barbed-wire barriers detract from the magnificence of the city walls, though also giving resonance to their history. From the top there are good views of the Bogside and its defiant murals and the Free Derry monument. Some free time in Derry before traveling to Glenveagh National Park. Some 16,540 hectares of mountains, lakes, glens and woods with a herd of red deer. A Scottish style castle surrounded by one of the finest gardens in Ireland, which contrast with the rugged surroundings. Continue to Donegal. Overnight and dinner in your Donegal hotel. (D&B&B basis)

 Leo's Tavern

Leo's Tavern

Day 5

Friday, July 6 – Donegal

Full Irish breakfast at your hotel.

Visit Slieve League Cultural Centre - Slieve League cliffs are the highest sea cliffs in Europe, sheering out of the Atlantic to a height of 600m. The Slieve League Cultural Centre explores the history and archeology of the area, which is dotted with monuments, ranging from Neolithic tombs to 16th-century ruins. The Centre also has a craft gallery, which showcases jewelery, rustic furniture and the knitwear for which Donegal is famous. A café claims to serve the best coffee in Donegal. Other treats include homemade cakes and bread. Travel to Leo’s Tavern, renowned for its music being the birthplace of world famous musical talents Enya, Clannad and Moya Brennan. Return to Donegal for free time in Donegal Town. Overnight in your Donegal hotel. (B&B basis)

 Ulster-American Folk Park

Ulster-American Folk Park

Day 6

Saturday, July 7 – Donegal to Newcastle

Full Irish breakfast at your hotel.

After breakfast, visit Donegal Castle and Gardens, located in the centre of Donegal town. Built by the O’Donnell chieftains in the 15th Century, beside the river Eske, Donegal Castle was rebuilt in Jacobean style in the 16th Century by Sir Basil Brooke, after Hugh O’Donnell burnt it to the ground rather than let it fall into enemy hands. In 1898 the castle was handed over to the Office of Private Works by its owner the Earl of Arran. You will depart Donegal and return to the East Coast. 

Travel inland through Armagh and Omagh, you will visit the Ulster-American Folk Park. The Ulster-American Folk Park is an outdoor museum of emigration which tells the story of the millions of people who emigrated from these shores throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Old World and the New World layout of the Park illustrate the various aspects of emigrant life on both sides of the Atlantic. Traditional thatched buildings, American log houses and a full-scale replica emigrant ship help bring a bygone era back to life. Overnight in your Newcastle hotel. (B&B basis)

 Megalithic cairns at Loughcrew

Megalithic cairns at Loughcrew

Day 7

Sunday, July 8  – Newcastle to Dublin

Full Irish breakfast at your hotel.

Travel south to Loughcrew Estate and Gardens and the Megalithic sites. Just a short distance from the estate home are the 5000 year old passage tombs. Then on to Dublin, a place where tradition and cultural heritage have merged seamlessly over the centuries to create a unique atmosphere. Enjoy some free time.

Overnight and Farewell dinner at your Dublin hotel. (D&B&B basis)

Day 8

Monday, July 9 – Dublin Airport

Early morning breakfast at your hotel. 

Private transfer to Dublin Airport to bid farewell to the Emerald Isle. Safe Journey Home!


Your Ireland getaway is waiting...

To book space on our 2018 July tour, please print out and complete the Registration Form and mail it in with your deposit check, made payable to Donegal Square, to 534 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. For any questions regarding Donegal Square Travels and the tours offered, please get in touch with Neville Gardner at Donegal Square via phone – 610.866.3244 or email info@donegal.com


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