3* Ireland's Ancient East - Ireland Package (5 nights)


Travel Dates
01/04/2024 - 05/11/2024

R19439 pp

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The Experience

Famous cities, sights, historical locations, varying accents and dialects, stunning scenery, cosy pubs, haunting music, humorous and friendly locals - all accompanied by Ireland's gloriously unpredictable weather! This Ancient East Ireland self-drive itinerary is the perfect way to experience the beautiful Emerald Isles.

LAND ONLY PACKAGE INCLUDES: 5 Nights stay in 3* Hotels Irish Breakfast daily - 2 Nights area Dublin (Riversdale B&B, or similar) - 2 Nights area Waterford/ Wexford (Cloneen B&B, or similar) - 1 Night area Kilkenny/ Carlow (The Rise, or similar)

Unlimited mileage All taxes & fees 1 Additional driver Damage Waiver

  • High Season rates may apply over certain dates - please request a quote based on your intended dates of travel.

Day 1. Welcome to Dublin! 2x overnight in Co. Dublin Arrival to Dublin. Take time to enjoy what Dublin has to offer before getting off the beaten track to see, hear, touch and feel the imprints of the millennia of settlers in Ireland: Ancient Man, Early Christians, Medieval Lords, Colonial Settlers and their descendants have all been seduced by these most lush, green and fertile lands. But at the moment, get to know Ireland's capital by visiting iconic places like Dublin's Castle, St Patrick's cathedral or Trinity College, relax in St Stephen Green's Park and spend the evening in a Dublin pub in Temple Bar, Dublin's cultural and creative quarter.

Day 2. Boyne Valley - Newgrange Today you will go north of Dublin in an area known as Boyne Valley, which is famous for its cultural and historic heritage. Visit the site of Bru na Boinne, which is home to Ireland's oldest neolithic passage tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, which date back to 3200 BC. It is also here in Boyne Valley that one of Irelands biggest historic battles took place - the crucial Battle of Boyne. where King William III and his European Protestant allies defeated his Catholic father-in-law James II supported by France. The Battle of Boyne Visitor Centre in Drogheda highlights the events of the battle and its significance in the historic context in an exhibition and a short audiovisual.

Day 3. Glendalough - New Ross - Waterford 2x overnight in Co. Waterford/ Wexford. Today your journey continues in the East of Ireland, an area which has been subject to strong Christian, Viking and Norman influences over time. First visit the glacial valley of Glendalough, 'honeypot' of the Wicklow Mountains National Park with its spectacular sceneries, home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland, founded in in the 6th century.your road to the South. Ireland saw its biggest human catastrophe in the mid 19th, when the potato crop failed a couple of years in a row and resulted in the big Famine between 1845 - 1849, that left around one million Irish people dead and saw a couple of million people emigrate until 1900. The Dunbrody Famine Ship & Emigrant Experience in New Ross is an authentic reproduction of a 19th century emigrant vessel, which houses world class themed exhibits and the America Hall of Fame. You will follow the footsteps of those who left during the famine by guided tours and costumed performances.

Day 4. Waterford - Lismore Visit the Viking quarter in Waterford city: a tranquil place, characterised by narrow streets, atmospheric public spaces and an array of cultural & heritage attractions. Head in the Southwest and explore Lismore, a historic town filled with medieval history. The Lismore Castle or the Ballysaggartmore Towers nearby, are truly ravishing. Alternatively visit Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. It was purpose built 800 years ago by Knight William Marshal. Overnight in Co. Waterford/ Wexford.

Day 5. Rock of Cashel - Kilkenny Head northwest and take time to stop at the Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary. The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman Invasion.The picturesque complex is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic artarchitecturebe found anywhere in Europe. Then get to Kilkenny and visit medieval historic buildings such as Kilkenny Castle,. Canice's Cathedral. Overnight in Co. Kilkenny /Co. Carlow.

Day 6. Return to Dublin and departure - Slan abhaile!! On your return to Dublin, make a stop in County Carlow to take a look at the impressive Brownshill Dolmen, amegalithictomb listed as National Monument and built between 4000 and 3000 BC by some of the earliest farmers to inhabit the island. Head to the airport for your departure.

What's Excluded

Flights, airport taxes, visas, travel or medical insurance, drinks and meals not mentioned and items of a personal nature.

Specific Terms

Prices are from a starting price per person sharing, subject to change, airfare increase, currency fluctuations and availability. Taxes are estimated and based on the current exchange rate and are subject to change. Please note that airport taxes, fuel levies & surcharges are approximate and subject to change, the exact amount will be confirmed at time of booking. Valid for dates as specified. Thompsons Standard Terms and Conditions may apply. For standard terms and conditions refer to www.gatewaytours.co.za E&OE


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