East Coast Excursion | 9 Day Self-Drive

Program Includes

Accommodation

  • Clayton Hotel - Belfast (2)
  • B&B near Drogheda (1)
  • Brooklodge & Wells Spa - Wicklow (2)
  • Whites of Wexford (1)
  • The Imperial Hotel - Cork (2)

Breakfast each morning except day of arrival

Transport 

Hertz manual compact car with unlimited mileage, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), theft protection (TP), value added tax (VAT), third party liability and location service charge (LSC)

Other Inclusions

  • Discount book, travel wallet, luggage tags and driving map.
  • Expert travel assistance throughout.

Optional Extras

  • Visitor Attractions
  • Room Upgrades
  • Car Upgrade
  • Chauffeur Driver
  • City Tours

Price is per person based on double occupancy during low season and is subject to availability at the time of booking.

 

Superior & First Class Hotels

Starts in Dublin/ Ends in Shannon

Tour Highlights

9 Days / 8 Nights

Titanic Belfast

Carlingford Lough

Drogheda & Newgrange

Glendalough & Wicklow Mountains

Dunbrody Famine Ship

Waterford & Cobh

 

 

Not as wild as the West but just as wonderful.

This is not a tour for tourists - it is a tour for wanderers, for dreamers, for poets. The West of Ireland gains much of its beauty from the battering it receives from the wild, untamed Atlantic Ocean. While the East doesn't have quite so defined a coastline, it is no less spectacular, charming, and alluring. Get lost in the beauty surrounding Carlingford and Strangford Loughs,   Learn of Ireland's bloodiest battle in Drogheda and see the ancient passage tombs at Brú na Bóinne that have stood there for longer than the ancient pyramids. Hide out in the Wicklow Mountains for a couple of days and hike through its hills, streams and bogs. Taste the wares at the fishing villages in Wexford and Waterford. Sample live music and stay at a castle.

9 Day East Coast Excursion Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin to Belfast

Leave Dublin this morning for the short trip to Belfast. Driving time is around 90 minutes. You will be making your way back down this way again in a couple of days so there is no need for stops. Get to Belfast and set about exploring it. The city's star attraction is Titanic Belfast. Titanic Belfast extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way. The Titanic was built at the H&W shipyard adjacent and so lends a lot to the city's history. Other highlights include Belfast City Hall and Belfast Castle but mostly take in a city that has healed from the Troubles and is undergoing a considerable expansion and regeneration in recent years. Overnight in Clayton Hotel, Belfast

Day 2: Strangford Lough & Downpatrick

Today you will take a very scenic route to Downpatrick before returning to Belfast for the night. This route is around Strangford Lough. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Strangford Lough is Northern Ireland’s first marine nature reserve and is the British Isles’ largest inlet, internationally renowned for its marine, plant and wildlife. When you get to Portaferry, take a short ferry ride to Strangford and continue on to Downpatrick. Here might be a good place to grab some lunch before visiting Castle Ward and St. Patrick Centre. The Centre is an exciting interpretative exhibition which tells the fascinating story of Ireland's Patron Saint. Return to Belfast for a final night in the city. Overnight in Clayton Hotel, Belfast

Day 3: Carlingford & Drogheda

The Carlingford area where you will spend most of your time today is steeped in mystery, history and mythology and provided the inspiration for The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. Its mythology tells of the resting place of the giant Finn McCool, its lands embrace the spirit of the fierce Celtic warrior Cuchulainn and it is home to the faint whisperings of the last leprechauns of Ireland. Here you will find giant's graves, pre-historic sites, dolmens and Norman castles. Wind through the Mourne Mountains and around the Lough stopping wherever catches your eye before you arrive at your B&B for the night. Overnight in a B&B near Drogheda.

Day 4: Drogheda & Newgrange

Today you will be driving down the East coast of Ireland all the way to the Wicklow mountains. At the Battle of the Boyne Centre in Oldbridge County Meath learn of the historic battle between two kings which occurred on 1 July 1690 (11th of July according to our modern calendar). At this battle site on the banks of the River Boyne two rival monarchs did battle, King James II and his son in law, William III. You can also take a slight detour to see the passage tomb at Newgrange, a structure that pre-dates the Pyramids at Giza. Bypass Dublin and the Wicklow Mountains as you continue down along the East coast to your hotel. Overnight at BrookLodge & Wells Spa

Day 5: Wicklow Mountains

The Wicklow Mountains are one of the most scenic areas in the entire country. These mountains have are a very popular filming location for many tv shows and movies - Braveheart, PS I Love You, and Vikings to name a few. See Russborough House (reputed to be the longest house in Ireland and home to two fine art collections), Glendalough (an early Christian settlement founded in the 6th century), Powerscourt House and its wonderfully sculpted gardens, and Avondale House (the birthplace of Charles Steward Parnell). All the while you can enjoy the incredible scenery along the Wicklow Gap and the Wicklow Way before you return to your hotel. Overnight at BrookLodge & Wells Spa

Day 6: Dunbrody Famine Ship & Hook Head

Your next hotel is a little over an hour away but you have the entire south east corner of Ireland as your playground for the day. Pass Curracloe Beach where the opening scene to Saving Private Ryan was filmed. Have a fish 'n' chip lunch in Kilmore Quay. Journey all the way out to Hook Lighthouse. Take a tour of Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross. Centred on an authentic reproduction of an 1840’s emigrant vessel, it provides a world-class interpretation of the famine emigrant experience. Make your way to your hotel and wander Wexford town for the evening. Overnight at Whites of Wexford

Day 7: Waterford & Cobh

Leave your hotel in Wexford today for one in Cork city. Waterford city and Cobh will be your two major stopping points today. Spend a couple of hours exploring Waterford. Visit the Choristers’ Hall Museum filled with medieval treasures and the elegant 18th century Bishop’s Palace. Stop for lunch in Dungarvan. Cobh - the last port of call for the ill-fated Titanic - is where the last 123 passengers boarded the supposedly unsinkable luxury liner and there are some great tours you can take including Titanic Experience and a wonderful walking tour. Cobh was also the point of emigration for millions dreaming of a better life during and after the Great Famine. Overnight at The Imperial Hotel Cork

Day 8: Cork City

Take a walk to the English Market this morning and enjoy the hustle and bustle atmosphere. You can spend the day in the city of you wish. Visit the Gaol, the Opera House and get some shopping done. If you have a desire to get into the car again, the Blarney Stone is a short drive away as is Kinsale, Ireland's Gourmet Capital and a nice little fishing town that would be a very suitable place for lunch. Overnight at The Imperial Hotel Cork

Day 9: Return Home

Make your way from your hotel to Shannon Airport where you will return your rental car and fly home.

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