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Ireland and Northern Ireland: Dublin to Belfast

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Total Duration: 9 days

Rugged, misty, and eerie: this trip takes in some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland's west and north. Kick off your trip in Dublin before heading west to Galway, then pay your respects to Yeats in Sligo. In Northern Ireland you'll combine hip city experiences with some of the most otherworldly natural landscapes; and who knows, you might even spot one of the "little people."

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Food and Wine
  • Architecture
  • Art and Culture
  • Natural Beauty
Days 1-2
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1 Dublin

Literary Treasures

  • Pay homage to Dublin's great literary history and its most illustrious native son, James Joyce
  • Explore the elegant grounds of Trinity College, home to the rare illuminated manuscript the Book of Kells
  • Soak up the Georgian architecture and lively dining scene
  • Nightlife
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
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Days 3-4
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2 Galway City

City of Arts

  • To get a feel for the place, start at Eyre Square, the heart of the city, and continue to the medieval quarter
  • See the charming fishing village where the Claddagh ring was created
  • Galway City is home to one of the finest remaining examples of a 16th-century fortified house
  • Nightlife
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
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Day 5
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3 Westport

Prettiest Town in County Mayo

  • Start at the central Octagon to explore the city; traditional shops line the streets leading to it
  • The showpiece of the town is the Westport House and Country Park, a stately home on the shores of a lake
  • Clew Bay has 36 islands, and the biggest and most interesting is Clare Island, once the stronghold of a pirate queen
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
  • Natural Beauty
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Day 6
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4 Sligo Town

Yeats Territory

  • Learn all about W. B. Yeats (and refuel on scones) at the Yeats Memorial Building
  • Hike the Yeats trail to see the landscapes and quiet spots that inspired the poet
  • Catch a performance at the Model Arts Centre and Niland Gallery, one of Ireland's premier arts venues for visual and performing arts
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
  • Natural Beauty
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Day 7
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5 Derry City

A Taste of Northern Ireland

  • Derry is Ireland's only walled city; stroll its thick parapet walkway for great views
  • Learn all about Derry's history in the Tower Museum, housed in a reconstructed medieval fort
  • The Museum of Free Derry pays homage to the events of the Bloody Sunday Massacre
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
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Day 8
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6 Giant's Causeway Coast

Otherworldly Rocks

  • Explore the Giant's Causeway, a collection of 37,000 basalt pillars with flat tops
  • See the skeletal remains of Dunluce Castle, one of North Ireland's most evocative ruins
  • Explore the Glens of Antrim, nine lush, wooded river valleys near the shore
  • Natural Beauty
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
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7 Belfast

Capital City

  • Walk along the Golden Mile, home to some of Belfast's most historic buildings and important sights
  • Visit the Titanic's Dock and Pump-House to see where the legendary liner was built
  • Relax and admire the flowers at the Botanic Gardens
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
  • Shopping
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