Dublin, bushmills, & Causeway Coastal
May 3-10, 2024
Not the sort to watch the world go by? This tour is perfect if you enjoy getting out in the world and being on-the-go! Enjoy longer walking tours and days full of fun activities punctuated with time to rest.
Welcome to the vibrant city of Dublin, Ireland! This trip will take you on a mesmerizing journey through the heart of the Emerald Isle, where you’ll encounter a tapestry of rich history, lively culture, and breathtaking landscapes. Dublin, the capital city, is a perfect blend of old-world charm and modern vibrancy, offering a unique experience for every traveler. From iconic landmarks like Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the lively streets of Temple Bar and the bustling shops on Grafton Street, Dublin is a city that effortlessly captivates all who visit.
Venture beyond the city limits and find yourself on scenic drives along the stunning Antrim Coast, where the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway and picturesque Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge await. Immerse yourself in Irish folklore, indulge in traditional music and dance, savor the flavors of hearty Irish cuisine, and create lifelong memories in this captivating city. Get ready to explore Dublin’s rich heritage, embrace its warm hospitality, and immerse yourself in the magical ambiance that makes Ireland truly unforgettable.
Day 1 – May 3 – Upon your arrival at Dublin International Airport (DUB), be greeted by your private transportation, eagerly waiting to whisk you away. Check in to your accommodation, and settle in before joining your fellow travelers for welcome drinks and a sumptuous dinner, creating the perfect opportunity to forge new friendships and kick-start your memorable journey.
Note: We recommend leaving the US on May 2 so that your flight arrives the morning of May 3 – early enough to participate in Day 1’s activities. Should you wish to arrive on May 2 instead, pre-trip hotel charges will be added to your final bill.
Day 2 – May 4 – Embark on a private guided tour through the streets of Dublin to uncover its fascinating history and vibrant culture. Begin at the prestigious Trinity College to delve into its rich heritage and explore its renowned library. Discover the awe-inspiring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which dates back to 1191, and Dublin Castle, established in 1204, to behold their captivating history, beautifully manicured gardens, and libraries that hold treasures of knowledge. As we navigate the bustling riverside neighborhood, we will make a stop at the renowned shopping center of Dublin, Grafton Street, before indulging in traditional pub food. No visit to Dublin would be complete without savoring an authentic pint of Guinness. Treat your taste buds to the iconic Irish stout and experience the centuries-old craftsmanship that goes into creating this beloved beer.
Day 3 – May 5 – FREE DAY – Embrace the freedom of today in Dublin. Revisit the allure of Grafton Street, exploring high-end boutiques for a retail therapy session. Discover hidden fashion gems that suit your style. Or if it’s tranquility you seek then enjoy a leisurely stroll through captivating St. Stephen’s Green. Immerse yourself in its vibrant gardens, meandering pathways, and serene lake. For art enthusiasts, visit the National Gallery of Ireland to see timeless works by Caravaggio and Monet. End the day by rejoining your group for a local dinner in Dublin
Day 4 – May 6 – Journey to Northern Ireland and experience the stunning Causeway Coastal area. Here, you’ll find the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting a massive basalt cliff. Witness the dramatic sight of around 40,000 black basalt columns emerging from the sea. En route to Belfast, you will stop at local historical sights followed by a refreshing pint and a brief tour of Belfast itself. After a day’s journey through Northern Ireland and an incredible adventure at the Giants Causeway, we will arrive at our new accommodation in Bushmills.
Day 5 – May 7 – Treat yourself to a morning excursion to the enchanting Dark Hedges, a captivating avenue of beech trees made famous by its appearance in the Game of Thrones series. Then traverse the bridge and soak in the panoramic beauty of the rocky shoreline, a walk on the Antrim Coast Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and take in the beauty of Dunluce Castle. This experience will ignite a desire to explore more of Ireland’s scenic shores. where the cliff views undoubtedly take your breath away. The remainder of the afternoon you will explore Bushmills at your own pace. Stay in town and embark on a tour of the famous Old Bushmills Distillery, where you can uncover the secrets behind their renowned Irish whiskey. For a scenic escape, visit Portrush Whiterocks Beach, surrounded by white limestone cliffs and the invigorating Atlantic Ocean breeze. Afterward, head into town for a delightful pub dinner, savoring the flavors of the local cuisine.
Day 6 – May 8 – Prepare to be captivated by the scenic beauty of central Northern Ireland as we make our way back to Dublin. You will be treated to a guided tour of Derry city walls and Bloody Sunday murals offering the perfect blend of history and architectural wonder. This journey takes you to the prehistoric passage tombs of Knowth and Newgrange before stopping for afternoon tea an hour outside Dublin. Back in the lively Irish city of Dublin, you will enjoy a farewell dinner with newfound friends celebrating unforgettable memories with another pint.
Day 7 – May 9 – Conclude your stay in Dublin by checking out of your accommodation. Private transportation will be arranged to take you back to Dublin International Airport (DUB) for your return flight to the US. Alternatively, if you wish to extend your adventure, consider joining WTA for a short flight to Scotland, where a new chapter of exploration awaits.
Note: If you are joining the subsequent trip to Scotland your airfare from Dublin to Edinburgh is organized & purchased by WTA.
*Please note that this is a tentative itinerary and it is subject to change.
- 7 days & 6 nights’ accommodations
- Single occupancy, boutique hotels
- Airport transfer
- Local transportation
- Guided Dublin City Tour
- Visit to Causeway Basalt Columns
- Visit Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
- Visit to Dark Hedges
- Tour of Guinness Storehouse
- FREE DAY to explore
- Daily breakfast
- Daily group lunch (excluding FREE DAY)
- Daily group dinner
- COVID antigen testing for USA re-entry, if applicable
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Roundtrip airfare to Dublin International Airport (DUB)
- Travel Insurance
- Items of personal nature
- Spa treatments
- Meals not listed above
- Optional excursions and tours not listed above
- Gratuities and tips for personal services
Yolima is a horticulturalist originally from Colombia. She lived in Spain and traveled Europe extensively for many years in the early duration of her career. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and dabbles in Italian and French. She enjoys traveling the world and is always up for new adventures! With her extensive knowledge of Europe and South America, and willingness to explore and learn new things, she is unquestionably an adventurous WTA host.
Your trip is a BIG investment. If you cannot afford to lose the money you have invested to travel, for whatever reason, WTA strongly recommends you consider travel insurance. We encourage you to do your due diligence by researching and finding the best plan for YOU.
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- Traveler must make a NONREFUNDABLE deposit payment of $400 at time of registration to secure her spot.
- Monthly minimum payment of $400 is required on the first of every month until paid in full to keep your reservations current.
- Final payment must be made 90 days before the trip date.
- A 50% refund can be requested prior to 6 months before the trip start date found in your invoice.
- No refunds for cancellations within 6 months of the trip date found in your invoice.
- A $250 penalty will be charged for any outstanding balance after the final payment date found in your invoice.
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