A small country with a big reputation, helped along by an breathtaking ancient landscape and fascinating, friendly people, whose lyrical nature is expressed in the warmth of their welcome.

Ireland of the Postcard

Don’t think the Ireland of postcards is just a two-dimensional fiction: it very much exists. You’ll find it along the peninsulas of the southwest, in the brooding loneliness of Connemara and the dramatic wildness of County Donegal. It can be uncovered in the lakelands of Counties Leitrim and Roscommon and the undulating hills of the sunny southeast (‘sunny’ of course being a relative term). Ireland has modernised dramatically, but some things endure. Brave the raging Atlantic on a crossing to Skellig Michael or spend a summer’s evening in the yard of a thatched-cottage pub and you’ll experience an Ireland that has changed little in generations.

Tá Fáilte Romhat

On the plane and along your travels you might hear it said: tá Fáilte romhat (taw fall-cha row-at) – ‘You’re very welcome’. Or, more famously, céad míle fáilte – a hundred thousand welcomes. Irish friendliness is a tired cliché, an over-simplification of a character that is infinitely complex, but the Irish are nonetheless warm and welcoming. Wherever you meet them there’s a good chance a conversation will begin, pleasantries will be exchanged and, should you be a stranger in town, the offer of a helping hand extended. But, lest you think this is merely an act of unfettered altruism, rest assured that the comfort they seek is actually their own, for the Irish cannot be at ease in the company of those who aren’t. A hundred thousand welcomes. It seems excessive, but in Ireland, excess is encouraged, so long as it’s practised in moderation.

Why I Love Ireland

By Fionn Davenport, Writer

There’s an unvarnished informality about Ireland that I cherish, based on an implied assumption that life is a tangled, confusing struggle that all of us – irrespective of who we are and how we worship – have to negotiate to the best of our abilities. We’re all in this together, come hell or high water, so we may as well be civil and share a moment when we can.

Tread Carefully…

History presents itself everywhere: from the breathtaking monuments of prehistoric Ireland at Brú na Bóinne, Slea Head in Kerry and Carrowmore in Sligo, to the fabulous ruins of Ireland’s rich monastic past at Glendalough and Clonmacnoise. More recent history is visible in the Titanic museum in Cobh and the forbidding Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. And there’s history so young that it’s still considered the present, best experienced on a black-taxi tour of West Belfast or an examination of Derry’s colourful political murals.

A Cultural Well

Throughout your travels you will be overwhelmed by the cultural choices on offer – see a play by one of the theatrical greats in Dublin, experience a traditional music ‘session’ in a west-Ireland pub or attend a rock gig in a Limerick saloon. The Irish summer is awash with festivals celebrating everything from flowers in bloom to high literature.
Source: Lonely Planet

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Arrive in London || Ride on London Eye

Welcome to London. On your arrival, you will be welcomed by our experienced tour manager at the arrival hall, who will also escort you to your hotel. Check-in to the hotel Evening take a ride on the London eye. The largest observation wheel in Europe, the London Eye has become, just over a decade after it opened, a potent icon of the capital, as clearly identified with London as the Eiffel Tower is with Paris. And indeed, it performs much the same function -- giving people the chance to observe the city from above. Passengers are carried in 32 glass-sided ‘pods’, each representing one of the 32 boroughs of London, which make a complete revolution every half-hour. Along the way you'll see bird's-eye views of some of London's most famous landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the BT Tower, St. Paul's, the ‘Gherkin’, and of course, the River Thames itself. You're free to move around inside the pod during its voyage, although everyone tends to congregate in the northern half to look out over the river and the heart of sightseeing London. ‘Night flights’, when you can gaze at the twinkling lights of the city, are available in winter. Enjoy dinner at an Indian restaurant. Return for your overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2 - London Sightseeing || London guided city tour, Visit Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum

After breakfast, proceed on a guided city tour of London with photo stop at few of the attractions such as Buckingham Palace to see the parade and the change of guards (subject to operation). Thereafter, we head to the London Bridge, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and Tower Bridge. Later we proceed to visit the famous Madam Tussaud’s wax museum. Enjoy free time at the famous Oxford Street. Enjoy dinner at an Indian restaurant. Return for your overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3 - London - Stratford Upon Avon - York || Visit Shakespeare’s Birth Place

Post a continental breakfast, check out and proceed to Stratford upon Avon. the birth place of William Shakespeare. On arrival visit the traditional Elizabethan cottages, Shakespeare’s Home, the Gower Memorial and a walk to the Holy Trinity Church. Later proceed to York. York is a walled city in northeast England that was founded by the ancient Romans. Its huge 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, has medieval stained glass and 2 functioning bell towers. The City Walls form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse. The Monk Bar gate houses an exhibition tracing the life of 15th-century Plantagenet King Richard III. Arrive York and check into the hotel. We then head for dinner at an Indian restaurant and return for your overnight stay at the hotel in and around York / Leeds area.

Day 4 - York - Edinburgh || Guided tour of Edinburgh Castle and City

Post a continental breakfast, check out and proceed to Edinburgh. After arriving in Edinburgh, take a Guided tour to visit the famous Edinburgh Castle with its fine state apartments and ancient Scottish crown jewels. Descend the hill and cross the Royal Mile to see St Giles’ Cathedral and its crown shaped spire. We then head for dinner at an Indian restaurant and your overnight stay at the hotel in Edinburgh area.

Day 5 - Edinburgh - Fort William - Inverness - Edinburgh || Visit the gorgeous Nevis Range at Fort William, Visit Lochness

After continental breakfast, begin your scenic drive to Fort William, to visit the Nevis Range. On arrival enjoy the ascent to the summit by cable car whilst enjoying breathtaking scenery of the surrounding mountains (visit to Nevis Range is weather permitting). En route visit a local whisky distillery for a short tour. Continue on to Inverness and en route see the Loch Ness, home to the famous Monster Nessie. Return to Edinburgh in the late evening. We then head for dinner at an Indian restaurant and your overnight stay at the hotel in Edinburgh area.

Day 6 - Edinburgh - Lake District - Manchester / Liverpool || Lake Windermere with boat cruise and Visit Grasmere

Post a continental breakfast, check out and proceed to Lake District , home of the Romantics, William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter Enjoy a beautiful scenic cruise on the largest body of water in the Lake District, Lake Windermere. Later visit Grasmere, the final resting place of poet William Wordsworth. Drive down to Liverpool or Manchester. We then head for dinner at an Indian restaurant and return for your overnight stay at the hotel in Manchester/Liverpool area.

Day 7 - Manchester / Liverpool - Holyhead - Dublin || Dublin orientation

Post a continental breakfast, drive to Holyhead for the ferry crossing to Dublin. Arrive Dublin and proceed on an orientation to see the main streets to see historic buildings such as Trinity College, where the Book of Kells is housed; the evocative figures of the Famine Memorial followed by a photo stop at St. Patrick’s cathedral. We then head for dinner at an Indian restaurant and return for your overnight stay at the hotel in Dublin.

Day 8 - Dublin-Cork || Guided visit to Dublin Castle, See Rock of Cashel

Post a continental breakfast proceed on a Guided tour of Dublin Castle which takes you through the elegant State Apartments, which are filled with elaborate Waterford crystal chandeliers and portraits of prominent Irish leaders. Later we drive to Cork. En route stop to view the stately church ruins atop the Rock of Cashel, rising high above the surrounding plain. Continue your drive south and, just a few miles outside Cork; visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Arrive Cork and proceed for dinner at an Indian restaurant and return for your overnight stay at the hotel in Cork area.

Day 9 - Cork - Ring Of Kerry - Lakes of Killarney || Visit the most famous Ring of Kerry area, Skelling Experience

Post a continental breakfast proceed on a day excursion to Ireland's most popular scenic drive of 100 miles - the Ring of Kerry. This winding route reveals breathtaking sights of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks as well as coastal views of beaches and cliffs. As you travel along, you will have stops for photos at the best exotic points. Visit the Skelling Experience to learn about the nearby rocky islands where early Christian monks lived in austere conditions and today they form a thriving bird sanctuary. See Charlie Chaplin’s hideaway at Waterville. Stop to walk around Sneem, where brightly-painted houses are grouped around a central green. Stop at Moll's Gap for a view of the Three Lakes of Killarney with the town in the distance. Return to Cork in the evening and proceed for dinner at an Indian restaurant and return for your overnight stay at the hotel in Cork area.

Day 10 - Cork - Dublin

Post an early continental breakfast proceed to Dublin Airport, to board your flight back home.