Experience Ireland with this incredible 7 Day tour that will give you in-depth exposure into the history and culture of the Emerald Isle.
“Going to Ireland with Professor Campbell was a highlight in my life. Not only were the planned excursions absolutely incredible, but his knowledge regarding the history of each site and the nuances of Irish culture made the trip that much more enjoyable. Campbell is an amazing tour guide and his tours will surely change your life!” -Sarah A.
Day 1: Monday (6/21) to Athlone- Settle into accommodations, visit Clonmacnoise, Althone Castle and take a brief walking tour of the town
As with most international travel, the first day of a trip can be the most taxing. Lines, customs, long walks to the gate to catch your plane, not so comfortable seats during the flight etc. etc. With that in mind, we at FFC Tours will attempt to take the additional stress away once you get through baggage at Dublin Airport. Our first leg of the trip will take you to Athlone. A beautiful Gaelic town located right in the center of the Emerald Isle. Before we reach Athlone, we will stop and visit Clonmacnoise. Founded in 544, the monks who lived in this location created amazing works of illuminated manuscripts and became a point of pilgrimage for scores of Christians from around the world. There are great photographic opportunities of the ruins and the Shannon River that runs alongside the site.
We will then reach Athlone. We will give give you time to settle into the accommodations, freshen up and even catch a quick nap if so inclined. We will then head out into this amazing town. We will hit a pub lunch, we will take a short walking tour around Athlone, learn about the Siege 1691, visit Sean’s Pub which is the oldest licensed pub in the world and walk through Athlone whose rich history will help you appreciate this town.
Day 2: Tuesday (6/22)- Visit Galway, visit Galway Cathedral, Walking tour.
Galway is an important harbor city located on the west coast of the Ireland. Our day will hit the old and the new. Galway Cathedral (a fairly new edition to the city), contrasts well with St. Nicolas Collegiate Tour (Columbus worshiped here prior to his trans-Atlantic voyages). We will slowly meander down the River Corrib (a very short walk), to the center of town. We will visit the Spanish Arch and learn about Galway’s deep history. For the afternoon you are free to visit the Galway City Museum, grab an amazing lunch in Galway’s walking district, and do some shopping.
Day 3: Wednesday (6/23)- Dublin- Visit Christ Church Cathedral, the Garden of Remembrance, pub lunch in Temple Bar neighborhood and visit the National Archeology Museum
Our day will start with Christ Church Cathedral. Over one thousand years old, this cathedral has been witness to some amazing historical moments, You will learn about the highlights of this beautiful structure. Our visit to the Garden of Remembrance will discuss the modern. A short walking tour of the area, will help you understand the independence movement of the early 20th Century.
For lunch, we will end up in one of Dublin’s most iconic neighborhoods, Temple Bar for a delicious pub lunch in one of its world famous pubs.
After lunch we will stop in the National Museum of Ireland- Archaeology. It has some the most amazing pieces from Ireland’s ancient and medieval past. Everything from dugout canoes to some of the most intricate gold jewelry and religious pieces. You are free to wander the galleries as you please.
After this jam packed day, we will give clients a few free hours to hit any bucket list locations that you wish to go and see. FFC Historical Tours will be happy to help you make arrangements and work out logistics.
Day 4: Thursday (6/24)- Day trip to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher
The beauty of Ireland is on showcase on this day, The Burren is a moonlike landscape in the west of Ireland that hides one of the most bio diverse environments in Ireland. While in the Burren we will stop at a grand passage tomb Poulnabrone Dolmen which archeologists date to 4200 BC. On the edge of coast are the Cliffs of Moher. Towering over 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, there is a reason why this is consider one of the most beautiful locations in Ireland and the most visited outside Dublin.
Day 5: Friday (6/25)- Day trip to Limerick, visit King John’s Castle and the Hunt Museum
Limerick has a rich history that is showcased in King John’s Castle. Two major events, covered in the castles museum, sealed Ireland’s fate for over 400 years, keeping it from becoming an independent country. After climbing the turrets and walls, you will appreciate its position in Irish history. The Hunt Museum has the largest collection of Celtic artifacts outside of Dublin in the world. It also has modest, but impressive collection of artwork and religious artifacts connected to Ireland.
Aside from these two impressive sites we will see other important locations such as the Treaty Stone where Irish lords signed away their rights to the English, and St. Mary’s Cathedral built in 1168 which is the oldest building in Limerick and has amazing architectural features.
Day 6: Saturday (6/26)- Visit Trim Castle and Newgrange
In the east of Ireland, Trim Castle is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in the world. Used as a film set for Braveheart, we will climb the keep to see a grand view of the Irish countryside. This tour will give you a good idea of Irish history and culture and help you appreciate the complicated relationship between the Irish and the English.
In the afternoon our travels will take us to Newgrange, a massive Neolithic passage tomb built around 3200 BC the UNESCO World Heritage site. The outside will impress and once you enter the tomb, Irish pre-history and mythology will come alive.
Day 7: Sunday (6/27)- Return Home
All good things unfortunately come to an end. FFC Historical Tours, will to get you to the Dublin airport in time to get your tickets and through security. We hope the experiences you had will give you memories to last a lifetime, and we hope to have the honor of escorting you on future trips. As the Celts say in Gaelic: An té a bhíónn siúlach, bíonn scéalach, (He who travels has stories to tell) We at FFC Historical Tours hope you will have many stories to tell about your trip to the Emerald Isle.
Pricing: $2400 double occupancy ($2700 single occupancy)
What is Included
Trips include all accommodations, all transportation in country (flight to Ireland not included), entry to all sites and museums, all tours, and all breakfasts. Also, some lunches and dinners included (these vary on individual trips)