Amazing scenery and lovely local people on both sides of the Irish Sea
7 days beginning/ending in Dublin
Great for school/alumni groups!
This is a suggested tour itinerary for private departures, adjustable to best suit your specific wishes. Price based on how many travelers, your chosen package inclusions and your chosen level of accommodation.
This tour begins and ends in Dublin.
Depart the lovely city of Dublin at approximately 09:00. The Wicklow Mountains are the beautiful ‘backyard’ of Dublin’s fair city. This is an area that has long exercised an attraction on those seeking solitude and contemplation. Monks settled here as early as 545 AD.
Passing through the Wicklow Gap, we’ll enter into the secluded and seductive valley of Glendalough and the beautiful Glendalough National Park. Remains of an 11th century cathedral, several churches and a 110ft (33m) round tower are all that’s left of the monastic settlement that called this area home. Given Ireland’s bounty of natural beauty, Glendalough must surely be one of its loveliest retreats.
Overnight: Wexford area, Eastern Ireland
Rosslare – Pembroke FERRY: 08.45/12.46 ferries times subject to change based on current schedules
An early start today as we take to the sea, from the Emerald Isle across to Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Our introduction to Wales will be a scenic drive around the coast of St Brides Bay, from Pembroke Port to Britain’s smallest city of St David’s. Set in a valley below the tiny city, the splendid Cathedral and Bishops Palace have an inspiring atmosphere. Pilgrims have been welcomed here for centuries. We can also see the nearby chapel of St David at St Nons.
Overnight: St David's area, West Wales
Through the Preseli Hills, reputedly the source of the stones for Stonehenge, is the famed site of Pentre Ifan burial chamber. This is Pembrokeshire’s flagship ancient site and is deservedly famous. The chamber is set on the side of Carn Ingli and overlooks sweeping Newport Bay.
Nevern is another important sacred destination and we’ll spend some time in the church, with its ‘bleeding’ Yew tree and Celtic cross. We will also see some very important inscribed Ogham stones.
The rest of today will be spent in the lovely wonders of the coastal Pembroke National Park. Our touring options include Neolithic remains, ancient burial chambers, Celtic and Christian heritage sites, a working woolen mill and some lovely towns and villages along rugged coastlines with stunning sea views. A great opportunity to sample the fresh local seafood for lunch! For those that wish, a walk along the coastal path is possible too.
Overnight: St David’s area, West Wales
We’ll be exploring the mystical West Wales coastline, an area full of tales of legendary Welsh heroes, an area alternatively rugged and pretty with its quaint harbours and towns such as the Victorian resort of Aberystwyth, known for its university.
This afternoon, some driving through the amazing scenery of Snowdonia National Park. This is one of dominating peaks, the highest in England and Wales, featuring narrow mountain passes, flowing streams, cascading waterfalls, sheep-covered uplands and verdant, hidden valleys. Certainly, an ancient Welsh culture and language still thrives here, waiting for you to discover!
Subject to availability, we can visit the Colwyn Male Voice Choir rehearsal this evening. Their regular schedule is practice on Wednesdays and Sundays pending any concerts they might have scheduled.
Overnight: Llandudno, North Wales
Today, you will have the whole day to relax and explore your surroundings at your leisure. Your guide will be on hand for an optional walking tour and advice for the day’s options but what you do today is totally up to you!
Llandudno, our overnight location, is an elegant Victorian seaside resort. The pier is a lovely place for a walk, dotted with cafes and a nice place to watch the boats go by. Then there’s a pier-side theatre, the wide, flower-filled promenade, the imposing Victorian buildings that face the sea and the covered shopping streets are all reminiscent of a bygone age. The town also boasts a funicular railway that you may choose to ride to the top of the Great Orme, where you’ll get splendid views of the Snowdonia countryside.
It’s just a short distance to the charming town of Conwy via the hop-on/hop-off bus or local public transport. Conwy’s wall was erected in the 12th century by Norman conquerors and with the massive castle dominating one corner, it makes this harbour town one of the most interesting in the UK.
Alternatively, you can hop on a train and spend time in the English town of Chester, another walled city, founded by the Romans along the River Dee. There’s plenty to enjoy here such as a fine cathedral, Roman remains including part of an amphitheatre and shopping opportunities in the unique mediaeval ‘rows.’
Overnight: Llandudno, North Wales, same property as above
Garden lovers are in for a treat visiting Bodnant Gardens. Quoting from their own website, it’s “one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK”, spanning some 80 acres and situated above the River Conwy. The upper garden around Bodnant Hall consists of the terraced gardens and informal lawns shaded by trees. The lower portion, known as the “The Dell,” is formed by the valley of the River Hiraethlyn and contains ‘the wild garden.’
Later, visit Bodnant Farm to sample the best of local Welsh food specialties. Dedicated to showcasing the very best of Welsh food and drink, Bodnant Welsh Food features both in-house and carefully selected local producers. Within the centre, our group can visit the award winning farm shop and sample Bodnant’s own produce, local cheeses and treats such as Welsh cakes.
The remains of our day can be spent around Snowdonia National Park. There are a variety of natural wonders to explore and several heritage attractions available to ‘Meet the Locals’ as time permits. In our small vehicle, it is easy to get off the beaten track, down paths that will have you gasping! We might choose to visit one of the local craftspeople – a local Welsh winery, a cheese farm, a woolen mill or a Lovespoon wood carver.
Overnight: Llandudno, North Wales, same property as above
The iconic castle of Caernarfon, a fairy tale like structure built as part of Edward I domination programme of the 13th Century, is our first port of call today. Caernarfon is possibly the most famous of Wales’s 641 castles. Its sheer scale and commanding presence easily set it apart from the rest, and to this day, still trumpet in no uncertain terms the intention of its builder. The castle’s majestic persona is no architectural accident, it was designed as the dream castle, ‘the fairest that ever man saw’ of Welsh myth and legend.
This ancient and mystic island of Angelsey offers an astounding wealth of attractions including prehistoric burial chambers and monuments, Celtic and Viking settlements, fabulous flora and forna, and the village with the World’s longest name – Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerchwyrndrobwllllandysilliogogogoch. The island’s geography is a natural haven for birds, with its wildly contrasting variety of sheer cliffs, sheltered coves, estuaries, dunes, heaths, wetlands, lakes and woodlands. We have most of the day to explore before setting sail on the Swift ferry back to Ireland.
Holyhead – Dublin FERRY: 17.15/19.05 ferries times subject to change based on current schedules
This evening back in Dublin, perhaps a private a Literary Pub Crawl with your guide?
Please note: All attraction opening times are correct at time of printing this website. While we will do our utmost to include all of the properties mentioned as central visits, we reserve the right to change an attraction should it become impossible to deliver a planned visit due to changes in opening days or times beyond our control.
Please note that your final day to day itinerary may fluctuate to accommodate variable opening times/days for listed attractions, special events and places of interest. Please discuss your needs with us for an individual itinerary with rate quote.
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This is a suggested tour itinerary and can be modified to best you your individual wishes.
Suggested tour package includes: # of touring days with vehicle & exclusive services of your driver/guide/companion, your accommodation for # nights while on the tour including full breakfasts, all taxes and tips other than those you may wish to give your guide. Your price also can include dinners and/or entrance fees to attractions or these items can be left out of the up front package/to be paid directly for maximum flexibility. Airport transfers, accommodation pre and post tour, scheduled city day tours/attraction passes/transport passes or theatre/event tickets can be added to your package as you wish, subject to availability.
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