STAR COLLECTOR: ENCHANTING EIRE & GERMANY WITH KIEL CANAL

  • Star Legend
  • 20 days
  • Copenhagen to Dun Laoghaire (Dublin)
From $ 9,199 pp
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Star Collector: Enchanting Eire & Germany with Kiel Canal

  • Star Legend
  • 20 days
  • Copenhagen to Dun Laoghaire (Dublin)
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From $ 9,199* pp

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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3 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

biking

essentials
Amsterdam, Bike through the Waterland
From the ship you will bike to the ferry, which leads you away from the busy city and into the  particular beauty of Holland while passing vast and enormous green fields. Since the beginning of time, the Dutch people always have had a love-hate relationship with the water that is surrounding them. In the past a lot of flood disasters gave the Dutch people a hard time to live this close to the seaside. However, thanks to these floods Holland now has a spectacular scenery with green fields, waterways and polders everywhere. The water has created a beautiful, enchanting landscape! During this bike tour you'll discover this landscape yourself. You'll pass typical Dutch scenery with cows, windmills and flowers and you'll be able to see beautifully charming villages like Broek in Waterland and Zunderdorp. Biking through these villages you'll see that time stands still in these authentic towns. All this only a few kilometers outside Amsterdam!

Please note: Tour needs to be confirmed 1 week in advance. Final number of bikes is required 2 days in advance. Guests will use public ferry to cross the river. Venue for drink stop can change depending on availability.


price $89
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1.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

unesco

concierge
Amsterdam, Conierge Collection: Amsterdam from the Sky
If you could only use one word for this excursion it would be: spectacular! From the port you will drive to the Heli Platform, which is only a 30-minute drive. Here you will board the helicopter for a fantastic and spectacular flight of the area. You will see the famous World Heritage listed canal belt from the sky and be amazed by the Amsterdam Skyline. There is no better and unique way to see the city! After approximately 30 minutes your flight will come to an end and you will be taken back to the ship. This excursion will leave you with any amazing pictures you take and memories of this beautiful city.

Please note: Max. 4 passengers; the total weight of all guests is max. 320kg (705 lbs.); guests are advised to not wear loose clothing or hats; only small bags are allowed in the aircraft; final confirmation 5 days in advance; finals numbers 3 days in advance, complete with names and weight of the participating guests.

 

price $1599
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

essentials
Amsterdam, Painting Workshop Through the Lens of Van Gogh
Board your coach for a short transfer to the magnificent Van Gogh Museum, a dramatic architectural marvel. The Van Gogh Museum consists of two buildings : the main structure designed by Gerrit Rietveld which opened in 1973, and the Exhibition Wing by Kisho Kurokawa, which was completed in 1999. The architecture of the museum is complex and stunning, a visual feast just from the outside. Step inside for a truly unique experience. You will be welcomed in the museum's studio for a short introduction to Van Gogh. Next, your workshop tutor will take you on a tour through the museum to get acquainted with Van Gogh's unique style. After getting inspired, its back to the museum studio to try your hand at painting. With acrylic paint and a brush, you can create your own work of art on canvas. Your tutor will offer advice and assistance. You will take your own painting with you in an portable box (A3 size). Paintings cannot be sent to home addresses. At the completion of your workshop, re-board your motorcoach for a scenic drive back to the ship.

Please note: The minimum number of participants is 8. Bookings can be made until 2 weeks before the planned date of the museum visit. You may notify the museum of any changes in the number of participants until 2 weeks before the date of the planned visit. Cancellations may be made until 2 weeks before the date of the planned visit. In case of a no-show or late cancellation, cancellation costs will be 100%. Guests will take their own painting with them in an portable box (A3 size). Paintings cannot be send to home addresses.


price $159
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4 HRS

Moderate

unesco

sightseeing

boating

essentials
Amsterdam, This is Holland
This excursion will show you all the delights the capital of Amsterdam has to offer. From the pier you will have a short ride by coach to your first stop: the Amsterdam Lookout! Located on the building’s 20th and 21st floors and accessible via a high-speed lift. Be amazed by the view on the deck which provides a 360° view of Amsterdam, as far as the eye can see. After you have taken enough pictures you will return back to the ground to continue to your next unique experience; a simulated flight over all the must-see attractions in the Netherlands! Fly like a bird and be amazed by the diversity, beauty, and wealth of the Low Countries. Special effects like wind, mist and scent complete this unique experience. After “flying” around  enjoy a 1-hour canal cruise through the canals of Amsterdam. Experience why they are on the World Heritage list of UNESCO and enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of the capital. 

Please note: This tour is not available to people with mobility issues and it is necessary to get in and out of the canal boat unassisted. This tour is for intransit guests and begins and ends at the ship.


price $139
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

unesco

essentials
Amsterdam, Visit of Haarlem
Haarlem is the capital of the province of North Holland and the second biggest city in this province after Amsterdam. In Early Modern Times Haarlem became an important scene for industrial (textile) and artistic (painters) development. Nowadays it is a dynamic city with charming streets, a vibrant shopping area and beautiful churches. During your guided city walk in Haarlem you’ll pass beautiful crow-stepped gable houses with idyllic gardens. Along the way your guide will explain the history of Haarlem and the Netherlands. During the guided walk, the charm of the houses will be reinforced by the small canals running through the city. The highlights of this city walk are the market square with the town hall and a visit inside the St. Bavo Church. This Gothic church with a tower of 75 metres (246 feet) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and displays magnificent stained glass windows. Furthermore, it is home to one of the world’s most historically important organs built by Christian Müller (an Amsterdam organ builder). Upon completion it was the world’s largest organ. Many famous musicians played on the organ (Mozart, Händel, Mendelssohn). After this visit you can enjoy some free time in the center of Haarlem before boarding the coach back to Amsterdam.

Please note:  For safety reasons, guests must be able to enter/exit the coach independently.


price $119
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

boating

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Amsterdam, Visit Rijksmuseum with Canal Boat Cruise
Amsterdam has been a great artistic center for centuries. Even to this very day, the city is renowned for its celebrated museums. Experience Amsterdam's greatest museum. You’ll start at the ship with a short transfer to the Museum Square where the Rijksmuseum is situated. The Rijksmuseum accommodates more than 8,000 objects, with some very well-known masterpieces by Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals and Rembrandt. A tour in this beautiful city would not be complete without a cruise along the city's waterways. You will float through the historic canals passing graceful merchants mansions, churches and warehouses from to the 16th and 17th century. Your canal boat will drop you off as close to the ship as possible.

Please note:  For safety reasons, guests must be able to enter/exit the coach independently. Max. 15 guests per guide


price $119
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5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

refreshments

essentials
Amsterdam, Windmills and Edam
Explore the Dutch countryside, shop for souvenirs and learn about one of Holland's most delicious exports, gourmet cheese. Venture north out of Amsterdam to visit the authentic old village of Zaanse Schans, which is a working open-air museum, as well as Edam, best known for its town's scarlet-skinned cheese.Your scenic drive out of Amsterdam will pass pastureland dotted with farmhouses and grazing animals. Zaanse Schans is a quaint Dutch windmill village which has been fully recreated to resemble an 18th century Zaan community. As you stroll through the quaint streets watching the craftsmen practicing the trades of yesteryear, you'll get a glimpse of how Dutch life once was. There were once over 600 windmills in the Zaanstreek, but now only a handful have been preserved. Take the opportunity to witness the old Dutch craft of clog making, or simply relax in an outdoor café. Continue onto the typical Dutch village of Edam and stroll through the town's cobblestone streets. View the unique bell tower and the many beautiful canals that crisscross the village as well as the drawbridges that connect them to the city. A stop will be made at a local cheese factory, where you can enjoy a complete Dutch cheese tasting

Please note:  For safety reasons, guests must be able to enter/exit the coach independently.


price $89
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Zeebrugge (Bruges), Belgium



6 HRS

Moderate

dining

unesco

sightseeing

walking
Bruges & Belgian Beer Tasting
There is no doubt that Belgium is the country of beer since it offers more than 450 varieties of brew. After a 30-minute drive from the port, you will arrive in Bruges where your guided walk will begin. Bruges gives the impression that you have stepped back in time. Your guide will lead you through the narrow, twisting cobblestone streets, passing by picturesque ancient buildings, tree-lined canals and gabled facades. See the bustling marketplace, Belfry Tower, the Town Hall and the Chapel of the Holy Blood. The highlight is undoubtedly a lunch combined with a beer tasting of 4 different types of beer. Together with your expert guide, you will explore the tastes and flavors of four different beers. Bruges is filled with lace, chocolate and beer shops, so your free time will allow you to search for the perfect souvenir or treat. Your motor coach will return you to your ship.

Please note: Guests must be 21 years old to participate in the beer tasting. For safety reasons, guests must be able to enter/exit the motor coach independently. Wear comfortable walking shoes. The itinerary might be reversed to accommodate extra capacity.


price $149
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

unesco

essentials
Bruges, Bruges on Your Own
A guided transfer to the heart of Bruges with a full day to explore, sightsee and shop. Arguably the capital of chocolate, savor a taste of what’s to come and enjoy authentic Belgium chocolates as you are whisked from your ship to Bruges. The perfect opportunity to plan your day, you’ll receive a Bruges City Map and your local guide will highlight the iconic activities and attractions - their insider’s insights will help you build an expertly planned itinerary. Arriving on the outskirts, your guide will remain at the coach park for up to 1 hour to answer any questions, to assist you in planning your day. Afterwards, the time is yours to enjoy at your leisure. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bruges is simply stunning. Climb the 13th century Belfort for a breathtaking view and catch your breath afterwards (there are 365 steps to climb) with a Belgian beer at one of the award-winning breweries or many canal side beer cafés. Wander through quaint lanes adorned with countless chocolate and lace shops or join a canal tours - a hugely popular way to see the city as they crisscross the center and have rightly earned Bruges the nickname, ‘Venice of the North.’ With so much to see and do, and so many tempting cafés, restaurants and shops to while away the hours in, it’ll feel like no time at all before you meet your guide back at the coach park. 

Please note:  The drive each way to Bruges is approximately 30 minutes. As coaches are not permitted in the city centre, all coach transfers from Zeebrugge drop at the same coach park, this is a scenic 20 minute stroll into the centre, with a few steps en route. At the end of your free time in Bruges, your meeting point will be at the coach car park in the same location as you disembarked the coach.


price $85
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Bruges, Flemish Countryside & Castle of Loppem
Tour through the typical Flemish countryside with a scenic drive to the quaint village of Damme. This Flemish village is steeped in traditional Flemish character. Use your free time here to stroll and explore or to sit down at a café and enjoy one of the many different kinds of beer Belgium produces (at your own expense). Damme is also known as a book town, with numerous bookshops and regular book fairs. Afterwards, you will drive through the outskirts of the historical city of Bruges for a view of the windmills and the impressive medieval city walls.  You will travel south of Bruges, where you will have the chance to visit the impressive Castle of Loppem. This castle has a particular and homogeneous style, in this sense that the architecture and the interior were kept in their original state. It was in 1856 that the future castellans, Baron Charles van Caloen and his wife, Countess Savina de Gourcy Serainchamps, appointed the English architect Edward Welby Pugin (whose father, August Welby Northmore Pugin, participated in the building of the Westminster Houses of Parliament) with the task of designing the plans. Loppem Castle later came to play a prominent role in the political history of Belgium at the end of World War I.

Please note: This excursion does not enter the city walls of Bruges, you only visit the outskirts of the city. This tour is ideal for guests who prefer minimal walking. For safety reasons, guests must be able to enter/exit the coach independently.


price $99
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7.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

boating

walking

unesco

essentials
Bruges, Ghent & Bruges
Visit two of Flanders best preserved medieval cities, Ghent and Bruges.  You will board your coach for an approximate 1-hour drive through the scenic Flemish countryside to historic Ghent. Upon arrival, your guided walking tour will begin at St. Michael's Bridge where you will have impressive views of the historical city center. From this vantage point, you can see the old port with gabled houses, the Castle of the Counts and the famous "Row of Three Towers." Cross the bridge and pass the Belfry Tower to reach St. Bavo's Cathedral. Inside, see the ornate wooden pulpit and the world famous oil painting of "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by the Van Eyck brothers.  Reboard your coach and travel to the charming city of Bruges, often called "Die Scone" or "The Beautiful." Step back in time as you join your guide for a walking tour through the narrow, twisting, cobblestone streets passing picturesque scenes of ancient buildings, tree-lined canals and gabled facades. See the bustling marketplace, Belfry Tower, the Town Hall and the Chapel of the Holy Blood. After this guided walk you will enjoy a relaxing canal boat ride along the city’s romantic canals. Your excursion will include 45 minutes of free time in Bruges to shop for souvenirs, Belgian chocolates, tapestries, and Flemish lace. Afterwards, your coach will bring you back to the ship.

Please note: In the autumn of 2012, a long process of 5 years started to renovate the panels of “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.” Throughout the whole process, the panels that are not being restored at that moment, are still available to see in St Bavo's Cathedral for the public. The others are being replaced by copies.  For safety reasons, guests must be able to enter/exit the coach/boat independently. Itinerary might be reversed to accommodate extra capacity. St Bavo’s Cathedral is closed on Sunday mornings and for unforeseen religious ceremonies. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $169
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5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

boating

essentials
Bruges, Ghent – Medieval City
As one of the most beautiful historic cities in Europe, Ghent is definitely worth a visit. Board your motor coach for the one hour drive from Zeebrugge.  You will arrive in the Old City of Ghent where you will meet your tour guide and begin your walking tour to St. Michael’s Bridge with its spectacular view of the city, the Castle of Counts, and the Row of the Three Towers.  Your tour will continue passing the old port, the Meat House, and the City Hall as well as St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Your guide will lead you to the pontoon where you will board a canal boat for a fun and thorough exploration of the city. As you cruise through the historic city see highlights such as the impressive castle of the counts, the Fish Market, 13th century monasteries and the ancient port of Ghent along with its mercantile houses. Once your canal cruise ends, you will have plenty of time to independently explore this gracious city. You may choose to enjoy a locally brewed beer in one of the stylish bars, or maybe a coffee in one of the waffle houses (at own expense). Strolling along the narrow streets, many of which are pedestrian, you will be enthralled by the unique architecture, while the shops will tempt you with their fine chocolates, Flemish lace and other locally crafted wares. Lastly, you will enjoy your second canal boat cruise back to the motorcoach for the journey through more enchanting Flemish countryside, and on to the port at Zeebrugge. 

Please note: It is approximately an hour each way to Ghent. Guests will be given a Quiet Vox headset. The guide will speak through the microphone in order for the guests to hear the guide during the walking tour.  There are three steps to board the motor coach and stairs to climb at the workshop.  Comfortable shoes are recommended and there are cobblestones. This tour is also not recommended for limited mobility.
 

price $99
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6 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Bruges, Treats of Ghent
Ghent is a dynamic city with a center straight out of the Middle Ages. After a 75-minute drive passing the typical Flemish countryside, you will arrive at the medieval city of Ghent. Before enjoying the beautiful city of Ghent you’ll have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the taste of a real Belgian waffle at a local waffle house. Your guided walking tour starts at the bottom of St. Michael's Bridge. On top of St Michael's Bridge you will have the most impressive view of the historical city center. From that point you can see the Old Port with gabled guild houses, the age-old Castle of the Counts and the famous "Row of Three Towers," St. Nicolas Church, the Belfry tower and St. Bavo's Cathedral. Pass the Old Port, the Meat House and the City Hall to reach St. Bavo's Cathedral. The guide will lead you past one of the most famous stores in Ghent, where the same family has been making and selling mustard since 1790. You will also get the chance to taste the famous Cuberdon candy, or as the locals call it: "little noses." This very sweet treat is a popular local delicacy in Ghent, that you just have to try.

Please note: For safety reasons, guests must be able to enter/exit the coach independently. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour unavailable on Wednesdays


price $125
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London, England



4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

essentials
London, Panoramic London
This detailed panoramic tour of London will take you past some of London’s most famous landmarks in the comfort of your luxury air-conditioned motor coach. Debark your ship at Tower pier. Driving along the embankment, first enter Trafalgar Square. Travel along to Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park Corner then to Piccadilly Circus. Enter Parliament Square where you will see the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.  Pass Haymarket and the West End.   Enjoy 1 hour of free time at a central location to explore the sights independently or perhaps enjoy some shopping time.  After your free time return to your coach and from the monuments of Trafalgar Square and return to the ship. 

Please note: This tour is post-cruise and is wheelchair accessible.


price $199
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

essentials
London, Panoramic London with Transfer to Airport
This detailed panoramic tour of London will take you past some of London’s most famous landmarks in the comfort of your luxury air-conditioned motor coach. Debark your ship at Tower pier. Driving along the embankment, first enter Trafalgar Square. Travel along to Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park Corner then to Piccadilly Circus. Enter Parliament Square where you will see the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.  Pass Haymarket and the West End.   Enjoy 1 hour of free time at a central location to explore the sights independently or perhaps enjoy some shopping time.  After your free time return to your coach and from the monuments of Trafalgar Square, rejoin the embankment and head to the airport.

Please note: This tour is post-cruise and is wheelchair accessible. Available only to guests with flights 4 pm or later for Heathrow Airport only.  


price $189
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

essentials
London, Panoramic London with Transfer to Windstar Hotel
This detailed panoramic tour of London will take you past some of London’s most famous landmarks in the comfort of your luxury air-conditioned motor coach. Debark your ship at Tower pier. Driving along the embankment, first enter Trafalgar Square. Travel along to Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park Corner then to Piccadilly Circus. Enter Parliament Square where you will see the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.  Pass Haymarket and the West End.   Enjoy 1 hour of free time at a central location to explore the sights independently or perhaps enjoy some shopping time.  After your free time return to your coach and from the monuments of Trafalgar Square, rejoin the embankment and head to the Windstar hotel.

Please note: This tour is post-cruise and is wheelchair accessible.


price $189
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

essentials
London, Panoramic London
This detailed panoramic tour of London will take you past some of London’s most famous landmarks in the comfort of your luxury air-conditioned motor coach. Debark your ship at Tower pier. Driving along the embankment, first enter Trafalgar Square. Travel along to Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park Corner then to Piccadilly Circus. Enter Parliament Square where you will see the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.  Pass Haymarket and the West End.   Enjoy 1 hour of free time at a central location to explore the sights independently or perhaps enjoy some shopping time.  After your free time return to your coach and from the monuments of Trafalgar Square and return to the ship. 

Please note: This tour is post-cruise and is wheelchair accessible.


price $199
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

essentials
London, Panoramic London with Transfer to Airport
This detailed panoramic tour of London will take you past some of London’s most famous landmarks in the comfort of your luxury air-conditioned motor coach. Debark your ship at Tower pier. Driving along the embankment, first enter Trafalgar Square. Travel along to Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park Corner then to Piccadilly Circus. Enter Parliament Square where you will see the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.  Pass Haymarket and the West End.   Enjoy 1 hour of free time at a central location to explore the sights independently or perhaps enjoy some shopping time.  After your free time return to your coach and from the monuments of Trafalgar Square, rejoin the embankment and head to the airport.

Please note: This tour is post-cruise and is wheelchair accessible. Available only to guests with flights 4 pm or later for Heathrow Airport only.  


price $189
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

essentials
London, Panoramic London with Transfer to Windstar Hotel
This detailed panoramic tour of London will take you past some of London’s most famous landmarks in the comfort of your luxury air-conditioned motor coach. Debark your ship at Tower pier. Driving along the embankment, first enter Trafalgar Square. Travel along to Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park Corner then to Piccadilly Circus. Enter Parliament Square where you will see the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.  Pass Haymarket and the West End.   Enjoy 1 hour of free time at a central location to explore the sights independently or perhaps enjoy some shopping time.  After your free time return to your coach and from the monuments of Trafalgar Square, rejoin the embankment and head to the Windstar hotel.

Please note: This tour is post-cruise and is wheelchair accessible.


price $189
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Bantry, Ireland



7 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

dining

walking

essentials
Bantry, A Jaunt Through Killarney National Park
After arriving in the enchanting Bantry Harbour you will board your awaiting motor coach and in the company of your local guide you will depart for a tour of Ireland’s world renowned beauty spot – Killarney. Travel the winding roads of West Cork, through the Caha Mountains to Kenmare, a heritage town nestling on the shore of Kenmare Bay.  At Kenmare you will join the Ring of Kerry. Turn north to Moll’s Gap and enjoy the spectacular scenery.   A photo stop will be made at Ladies View – probably the best place in which to photograph the beautiful Lakes of Killarney. Upon reaching Killarney, join your jarvey (driver) and jaunting car (horse and carriage) to travel through the magical Killarney National Park. Killarney, is the touchstone against which all other beauty spots in Ireland are popularly measured. It is a charming landscape of lakes and wooded vales, rolling sandstone hills and rich green pastures. Monarchs, poets, artists, writers and composers have visited and been inspired by the unique and unsurpassed beauty of the region. After this unique experience, a stop will be made at Muckross House. Take time to independently enjoy this magnificent Victorian mansion (inside visit not included) and one of Ireland’s leading stately homes, which is located within Killarney National Park.  The gardens are perfectly manicured and can be seen if you stroll through the grounds. Rejoin your coach and guide and travel to Killarney town. Lunch will be served in a local establishment before some free time is allowed to explore independently. 

Please note:  Wear comfortable and flat walking shoes and warm waterproof clothing. Bring local currency and your camera.


price $249
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5.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Bantry, The Magical Ring of Beara
This breathtaking tour will take you to the Ring of Beara - the least commercial and most spectacular peninsula of the South West peninsulas with its rugged land and craggy shores - an inspirational paradise for both artists and photographers alike. Here there are blue waters far below on one side and the majestic 'wall' of the incredibly folded Caha Mountains on the other. The further you go the more dramatic the sea views and the more torturous the mountains. A stop will be made in Castletownbear for photographs. See McCarthy’s Bar. This bar was made famous by Pete McCarthy, author of the book “McCarthy’s Bar.” In this amusing and affectionate homage to Ireland, McCarthy recounts his rollicking adventures around the Emerald Isle in search of his Irish roots. Next, see the village of Eyeries which overlooks the Atlantic with its beautifully painted houses.  The television series "Falling for a Dancer" was shot here in 1997.  Eyeries is also the home of the international award winning "Milleens" cheese. From here you will continue to the beautiful town of Kenmare for light refreshments. Afterwards, enjoy some free time. Founded in 1670, though many generations have passed since then, the unique charm and inherent beauty of the town remains unchanged. Rejoin your motor coach and guide for a delightful drive through the mountains back to rejoin your awaiting ship in Bantry.

Please note:  Wear comfortable and flat walking shoes and warm waterproof clothing. Bring local currency and your camera.


price $115
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3 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

walking

boating

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Bantry, Whiddy Island Experience
Resting between peninsulas in Bantry Bay, Whiddy Island enjoys a superb strategic position in one of the world’s finest deep water harbors. It boasts an intriguing naval history too. During World War One, seaplanes from a US navy base on Whiddy patrolled Fastnet Rock. More recently, the island has served as a Gulf Oil terminal for berthing supertankers. It was here, in 1979, that the French tanker Betelgeuse exploded in what remains the biggest maritime disaster in Irish history. Today Whiddy Island is a place where walkers can absorb a landscape steeped in history and – in the summer months – wreathed in red and purple fuchsia. It’s a hideaway where bird-watchers can break out the binoculars; an escape where everyone can grab a well-earned drink at the welcoming island pub. Today your local guide, Tim, who is also the local publican, postman and all round hospitality King for Whiddy Island, will greet you with a warm welcome into his pub located just off the shoreline. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy some locally farmed mussels. Don’t forget to say hello to Jeffrey, the Island’s cat that has many tales to tell through his owner Tim. Enjoy a baking demonstration, where afterwards you can take time to sit back and enjoy the delights of the day along with a refreshing drink. Return to Bantry Bay via ferry.

Please note:  Wear comfortable and flat walking shoes and warm waterproof clothing. Bring local currency and your camera.


price $99
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Limerick, Ireland



4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Foynes, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Depart from the pier in Foynes and travel about an hour through the glorious Counties Limerick and Clare before arriving at Bunratty Castle. A visit to the castle will introduce you to the history and lifestyle of a bygone era. The site on which Bunratty Castle stands was originally a Viking trading camp in AD 970. The present structure is the last of four castles to be built on the site. Robert de Muscegros, a Norman, built the first defensive fortress (an earthen mound with a strong wooden tower on top) in 1250. His lands were later granted to Thomas de Clare who built the first stone castle on the site. Around this time, Bunratty became a large town of 1,000 inhabitants. Bunratty Castle and its lands were granted to the Studdart family. They left the castle in 1804 and it fell into disrepair. Their new home is Bunratty House, and is open to the public in the grounds of the Folk Park. Bunratty was restored to its former splendor when Viscount Lord Gort purchased it in 1945. The extensive restoration work began in 1954 with the help of the Office of Public Works, the Irish Tourist Board and Shannon Development. It was then opened to the public in 1960 as a National Monument. It is the most complete and authentically restored and furnished castle in Ireland. The adjacent Bunratty Folk Park recreates rural and urban life in 19th century Victorian Ireland. There is an extensive array of vernacular buildings indicative of all of the social strata from the poorest one-roomed dwelling to Bunratty House itself, a fine example of a Georgian residence for the gentry. Costumed characters recreate traditional jobs and crafts -- milling, forging, pottery, printing, baking, and farming. Bunratty Folk Park includes Hazelbrook House (1898) -- home to the Hughes brothers who produced HB ice cream and became a household name in Ireland.

Please note:  Tour order may vary but all sites will be covered.Surfaces are mostly paved and even footpaths with a few uneven areas. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Bring a rain jacket or umbrella, local currency and your camera.


price $129
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7.75 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

walking

dining

essentials
Foynes, Dingle Peninsula Scenic Drive
The Dingle Peninsula drive is one of the most interesting and picturesque routes in Ireland. Atlantic waves crash on the shore of this Irish-speaking enclave in western Ireland. The area served as a location setting for the 1970 Robert Mitchum film Ryan's Daughter and, more recently, Far & Away starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. Depart from Foynes and drive for 75 miutes via Tarbert and Listowel to Tralee, with a tea or coffee stop en route. At Tralee you will begin your panoramic drive along the Dingle Peninsula -- an area of outstanding scenic beauty. This mountainous arm of land jutting into the Atlantic Ocean has supported various tribes and populations for almost 6,000 years. Because of its remote location and lack of specialized agriculture, there is a remarkable preservation of more than 2,000 monuments. It is impossible to visit the Dingle Peninsula and not be impressed by its archaeological heritage. When one combines each site's folklore and mythology passed orally from generation to generation through the Irish language, the pictures emerge as to how complex the history of this peninsula is. Upon arrival at the town of Dingle, you will continue your drive around spectacular Slea Head -- the most beautiful and rugged part of the peninsula. This drive will loop back and you will stop for lunch. In 1984, the Dingle Harbour lighthouse-keeper first noticed a lone wild dolphin escort the town's fishing boats to and from the port. The dolphin is now a permanent resident and self-appointed 'pilot' of the fleet. The Dingle dolphin, or Fungie, the name given to him by the fishermen, is a fully grown, probably middle-aged, male bottlenose and he is quite the character. Enjoy some free time to take photos of the pretty town. Re-join your coach and guide for the journey via Derrymore and Blennerville to Tralee, site of the famous annual Rose of Tralee Festival, and through the towns of Listowel and Tarbert en route your waiting ship in Foynes.

Please note:  Tour order may vary but all sites will be covered.Surfaces are mostly paved and even footpaths with a few uneven areas. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Bring a rain jacket or umbrella, local currency and your camera.


price $189
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4.5 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Foynes, Limerick Walk & King Johns Castle
Limerick, with its magical blend of city and countyhood, is a place where the bustle of city life fits easily with the relative tranquility of its charming countryside. The city of Limerick offers a glittering selection of shopping opportunities and a multitude of cultural, artistic and sporting events to be experienced and enjoyed. From the King's Island with its castle, cathedral and museum, to the elegant splendor of the Georgian 'new town,' Limerick brims with delightful historical and architectural surprises. Leave your coach to begin a guided walking tour past the Hunt Museum, which contains exquisite exhibits of Ireland's greatest private collections of art and antiquities. Cross the Matthew Bridge to King's Island, or Englishtown, where the Vikings settled in the 9th century. View the 12th century St Mary's Cathedral and continue past City Hall, the Courthouse and the old potato market. Stroll along the river to King John's Castle, a 13th century castle on King's Island, for an inside visit (self guided). Between 1690 and 1691, the Williamite sieges led to the signing of the Treaty of Limerick. From the castle battlements, the Treaty Stone, said to be the site of the signing of the document, can be seen clearly on the far shore.  After your visit, rejoin you coach and guide for your return journey to port. 

Please note:  Tour order may vary but all sites will be covered.Surfaces are mostly paved and even footpaths with a few uneven areas. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Bring a rain jacket or umbrella, local currency and your camera.


price $125
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

refreshments

essentials
Foynes, Qaint Adare and Limerick City
Depart from the pier in Foynes and travel to the nearby city of Limerick -- Ireland's 4th largest city -- situated on the River Shannon. An ancient city with a Charter pre-dating that of London, the City of Limerick is dominated by King John's Castle (1210), regarded as one of the finest examples of fortified Norman architecture in Ireland. On a panoramic drive, watch for other important city landmarks, including the Treaty Stone, where the treaty was reputedly signed ending the siege of 1691, St Mary's Cathedral (1194) with its Gothic and Romanesque architectural styles, and the much-later Gothic St John's Cathedral completed in 1859. Modern Limerick epitomizes Ireland's industrial and cultural renaissance, and you will have to look very hard to find any traces of Angela's Ashes here. It boasts galleries, theaters, excellent restaurants and a world-class museum housed in the restored Customs House. Continue your drive outside the city to the picturesque village of Adare. Set in a lush wooded and countryside, Adare is widely regarded as Ireland's prettiest village. It lies on the River Maigue, a tributary of the Shannon River, and dates back to the early 13th century. During its long history, Adare's strategic location has been the subject of many conquests, wars and rebellions. Today, the village has a wealth of heritage, as well as architectural and scenic beauty. Two groups of world-famous, ornate, thatched cottages line part of the village's broad main street, punctuated by beautiful stone buildings, medieval monasteries and ruins. You'll stop for a cup of tea or coffee and freshly baked scones at the facility housing Black Abbey Crafts, Kerry Woollen Mills and Curran's Heraldry. There are a number of small antique shops in the village. You will have time to shop or visit the exhibition which explains this area's history from 1233 to the present day. The story is told through realistic model enactments and an audio-visual.

Please note:  Tour order may vary but all sites will be covered.Surfaces are mostly paved and even footpaths with a few uneven areas. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Bring a rain jacket or umbrella, local currency and your camera.


price $115
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7.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

dining

essentials
Foynes, Spectacular Cliffs of Moher
In 1939, Pan American Airways' luxury Flying Boat, the Yankee Clipper landed at Foynes, ushering the Golden Age of aviation whose splendor has never been recaptured, and this quiet little town on the River Shannon became the focal point for North Atlantic air traffic. Your tour today will set out from this small but justifiably renowned village. A motorcoach will transport you to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher -- majestic cliffs rising from the Atlantic Ocean to nearly 600 feet and extending five miles from Hag's Head to O'Brien's Tower. You will visit the Atlantic Edge Visitor Centre. This underground building features a huge domed cave containing images, exhibits, displays and experiences such as a virtual-reality cliff-face adventure, The Ledge, shown in the audio-visual theater. Experience life at the cliff-face both above and below sea level, meeting a cast of characters from among the native bird and sea life.You will stop for lunch at Doolin. This charming seaside village on the northwest coast of County Clare is the traditional music capital of Ireland. Following lunch, sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you travel through the breathtaking counties of Clare and Limerick before returning to Foynes.

Please note:  Tour order may vary but all sites will be covered.Surfaces are mostly paved and even footpaths with a few uneven areas. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Bring a rain jacket or umbrella, local currency and your camera.


price $199
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Galway, Ireland



4.25 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

refreshments

essentials
Galway, Farm Life
A scenic 45-minute drive through County Galway will bring you to visit the welcoming Rathbaun Farm. Rathbaun boasts a picturesque 150-year-old farmhouse. This is the perfect spot for learning how to bake the most perfect traditional homemade scones and savor a hot cup of tea while your hosts take you on a narrative journey through Irish farming history. The Connolly family, still farming to this day, will introduce the many phases this land has seen over the centuries, from famine to prosperity to the Ireland of today. You will be invited to hand-feed the newborn lambs (in season) and watch the farmer maneuver his flock with the help of his trusty sheepdog. Life on a farm, is it for you? Perhaps this fabulous experience will help you make up your mind.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and waterproof clothing. Bring local currency and your camera. Itinerary is subject to change.


price $189
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3.75 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

refreshments

essentials
Galway, Galway City & Countryside
Depart from the pier for the short drive to Galway's City Centre. Upon arrival, pass by the famous Eyre Square, the crown jewel of Galway. From here, proceed for a photo stop and brief visit at the beautiful Galway Cathedral. One of the largest and most dominating buildings in Galway and the largest church in Ireland made from stone, the Cathedral is located on the site of the former city jail and features an approximately 145-foot-high (about 44-metre-high) dome.  Leaving the city, you will proceed through some of County Galway's most beautiful countryside. Along the way, pass through the seaside resort of Salthill, situated on the northern inner shore of Galway Bay. The Aran Islands are visible to the right, and Galway City to the left. Directly across Galway Bay is the Burren area of County Clare, and to the west are the bogs and mountains of Connemara. Continuing through Salthill, pass through the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) area of Spiddal before turning north through the eastern edge of Connemara. Marvel at the ever-changing landscape of this truly wondrous locale as you pass through and continue to the small village of Maam Cross where you will stop for tea/coffee and scones. Your return journey will then pass through the village of Moycullen before arriving back at Galway Harbour and the pier. Time-permitting, photo stops will be made along the way.

Please note; Wear comfortable walking shoes and waterproof clothing. Bring local currency and your camera. Itinerary is subject to change.


price $109
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3.75 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

essentials
Galway, The Burren & Ailleww Cave
Galway is the capital of the west of Ireland. The streets and buildings of this ancient town have many interesting features, and its position on the edge of the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking area) makes it the gateway to magnificent places such as The Burren, Connemara, Corrib country, and the Aran Islands. The city itself is a continuing center of growth with its university, Institute of Theatres and cathedral. Traveling south through the towns of Oranmore and Kilcolgan, you will enter The Burren region at Kinvara. The Burren, named from the Gaelic word Boireann, is an area of limestone rock that spans the imposing, majestic mountains and tranquil valleys with gently meandering streams. A deeply peaceful atmosphere, extraordinary array of flora and wildlife, and megalithic tombs and monuments older than Egypt's pyramids, create a tapestry of color and a seductively magical aura that keeps visitors coming back for more. At Ballyvaughan, visit the impressive Aillwee Cave -- the most important cave in Ireland. The story of Aillwee began millions of years ago. It is a stunning creation of nature formed by the melting waters of a prehistoric Ice Age. The cave, carved out of limestone, cuts into the heart of the mountain -- an underground treasure waiting for you to discover it. Following your memorable visit to the cave, rejoin your motor coach and guide for your return drive to Galway and your waiting ship.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and waterproof clothing. Bring local currency and your camera. Itinerary is subject to change.


price $125
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Killybegs, Ireland



7 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

dining

concierge
Killybegs, Concierge Collection: Beautiful Lissadell House & Sligo
Driving through the scenic countryside of Donegal, you will soon enter the neighboring county of Sligo. A stop will be made for you to visit and tour Lissadell House. Lissadell is famous as the childhood home of Constance Markievicz, her sister Eva Gore-Booth and her brother Josslyn Gore-Booth. Constance was one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, and was the first woman to be elected to Dáil Eireann, where she served as Minister for Labour (thus becoming the first woman minister in a modern Western European democracy), and was also the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons at Westminster, London (where she declined to take her seat). Eva was a poet of distinction and an active suffragist, clashing with the young Winston Churchill over barmaids’ rights in 1908. Josslyn created at Lissadell one of the premier horticultural estates in Europe. This horticultural enterprise has now been recreated at Lissadell. The great poet W. B. Yeats was friendly with the Gore-Booth sisters and stayed at Lissadell in 1892 and 1893. When Robert Gore-Booth built the house at Lissadell in the 1830s, Yeats’ great grandfather, John Butler Yeats, was Rector of Drumcliff. As children, both William and his brother Jack visited Lissadell for cricket matches and horse racing; and as a young man William made friends with the Gore-Booth sisters Constance and Eva. He immortalized Lissadell and the Gore-Booth sisters in his poetry. Re-join your motor coach and guide and travel to Sligo town for lunch. After lunch time will be permitted to explore the town independently before making your return drive to Killybegs and your awaiting ship.

Please note: Bring local currency and camera and wear warm comfortable waterproof clothing and non- slip flat soled shoes. Order of sites visited may vary.


price $199
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

essentials
Killybegs, Discover Donegal
Depart the pier in Killybegs for a scenic drive to Donegal town. The town was invaded by the Vikings in the 8th century and they used it as a port. This invasion is where the town got its Gaelic name, Dun na nGall, which means ’Fort of the Foreigners.’ The centre of the town is called 'The Diamond' and markets were held here until 1967. In the Diamond stands an Obelisk in memory of 'The Four Masters.' Your first stop will be at the Olde Castle Bar where you will enjoy a traditional Irish coffee served by the O’Toole family and their team, with a smile and a Cead Mile Failte! After your Irish Coffee, enjoy some free time in Donegal town, perhaps you might like to visit Magee 1866. Magee specializes in designing and weaving luxury natural fiber fabrics in the Mill in Donegal. Their designers work closely with some of the world’s leading fashion brands to create colorful, intricately designed fabrics. They still hand-weave using lambs wool, alpaca and cashmere yarns that result in a beautifully soft handle. Or a visit to Donegal Castle, built by the O'Donnell chieftain in the 15th century, beside the River Eske, the Castle has extensive 17th century additions by Sir Basil Brooke. Rejoin your coach and travel to the Killybegs International Carpet Making & Fishing Centre, situated within what was once the famous Killybegs Carpet Factory. The Heritage Centre is home to the largest hand-knotted loom in the world. Enjoy an AV about the history of this skill and Donegal. Afterwards, you will watch a live demonstration of weaving of the hand-knotted carpets, with a chance to meet and talk with one of the few hand-weavers remaining in this part of the country. Enjoy a step-by-step account of how each carpet is individually designed and produced. You will be taught the unique craft of hand-knotting, and have the opportunity to try your skills at one of the hand-looms on display in the Factory.

Please note: Bring local currency and camera and wear warm comfortable waterproof clothing and non- slip flat soled shoes. Order of sites visited may vary.


price $89
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4.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Killybegs, Spectacular Scenery of Donegal
Long valleys drop down from the mountains to a coast of rocky headlands, fishing villages and sweeping sandy beaches. It is a landscape of immense beauty. Donegal has always had a unique character of its own and the political divisions of the 20th century have only helped to isolate it further. Here is a picturesque landscape of mountainous beauty, russet-hued like its famous tweed. Departing the pier in Killybegs you will travel in a northerly direction through sleepy towns to an area known as The Rosses or ’Na Rosa’ in Gaelic meaning ‘the headlands.’ Villages are scattered along the rocky and barren coast. Here aspects of traditional Irish life that have largely vanished elsewhere are preserved. The capital (although a very small one) of The Rosses is Dungloe and it is here that the annual ’Mary from Dungloe International Festival’ takes place. Onwards to the village of Crolly, home of internationally acclaimed singer Enya and her siblings who form the traditional Irish group Clannad. A stop will be made here to enjoy an Irish coffee. Afterwards, rejoin your motor coach and guide for your return journey to Killybegs. Sit back and relax to enjoy the wonderful, breathtaking scenery. Photo stops will be made along the way at the many opportunities that arise.

Please note: Bring local currency and camera and wear warm comfortable waterproof clothing and non-slip flat soled shoes. Order of sites visited may vary.


price $95
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3 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

essentials
Killybegs, The Magnificent Sliabh League
Depart from Killybegs port and travel through the small villages of Kilcar and Carrick to the Tí Linn Café & Craft Shop. It is here you will transfer to a mini-bus to the viewing point for the Slieve League Cliffs, believed to be Europe's highest sea cliffs rising almost 1,969 feet (600 m) from the Atlantic. Even more spectacular than the Cliffs of Moher, there is nothing else like it in Europe. Due to its remote setting, Slieve League can boast an unspoiled raw landscape and your trip to this almost inaccessible location will be more than worth it when the breathtaking expanse of natural beauty comes into view. The mini-bus will bring you to the viewing point and you will spend time here marvelling at the spectacular scenery while your guide provides some information. This is a great opportunity to take photographs of the scenery and it is a sight you won’t want to forget. The mini-bus will then bring you back to the Tí Linn Café & Craft Shop for a browse where you will find a selection of local and national crafts from photographic work and knitwear to jewelery and rustic furniture. The Tí Linn Art Gallery also has works on display by resident artists and exhibitions and workshops by visiting artists working in various media.

Please note: Bring local currency and camera and wear warm comfortable waterproof clothing and non- slip flat soled shoes.


price $85
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Killybegs, Traditional Ireland
Depart Killybegs and take the short drive to the village of Ardara. Ardara, one of the five designated heritage towns in Donegal, is situated in the beautiful southwest region of Donegal. The name Ard a’ Ratha which means ‘high hill of the fort’ comes from the earthen ring-fort, which crowns the hill to the northeast of the town. Ardara has been long associated with the tweed and knitwear industries. From the 1870s this trade became a cottage industry with home spun and hand dyed woollen and tweed items being created. The Ardara Heritage Centre, formally the town Courthouse, profiles the development of the tweed industry. To this day several shops in the town still sell high quality tweed and knitwear. Your first stop will be a visit to John Molloy Woollen Mills. Here you will see a demonstration and learn about the tweed industry. Enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and a homemade scone while learning about the details of weaving tweed. Rejoin your guide and continue to the Corner House Bar where you will learn the time-honored tradition of baking bread – enjoy a demonstration given by a local. After your bread making demonstration, it is time to experience something rather different. Perhaps not your average visitor experience, the Irish Wake is none-the-less a huge part of old traditional Ireland. It is one of the best known funeral traditions associated with Ireland: The Wake - the glorious send-off of departed loved ones and a prominent feature of Irish funeral traditions. It is seen less and less in modern Ireland and is now almost unknown in the cities. The Wake conducted will re-enact the traditional Irish custom of celebrating the life that just passed, a "send-off" to the next life. Take part in the customary “sniffing of the snuff” and “tasting the poitín.” As the Irish have always loved a good party - the wake descends into a celebration of life, food, drink and music. Guests are offered a drink of choice and local musicians will provide the entertainment. After this celebration of life, take some time to discover the town of Ardara, before returning to your awaiting ship.

Please note: Bring local currency and camera and wear warm comfortable waterproof clothing and non- slip flat soled shoes. Order of sites visited may vary.


price $85
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Belfast, Northern Ireland



8.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

unesco

sightseeing

essentials
Belfast, Antrim Coast & Giants Causeway
Depart the port of Belfast and drive 75 minutes inland through the Northern Counties of Down and Antrim. Stop to photograph Dunluce Castle, a dramatic and picturesque ruin on a rocky headland. Next,you will arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Giant’s Causeway Site. The Interpretative Centre  there will allow you to decide for yourself which explanation of how the causeway’s 40,000 basalt stones were formed is most likely (or simply most interesting!). To stroll the Giants Causeway is to voyage back in time. Your imagination will travel along stepping-stones that lead to either the creative turbulence of a bygone volcanic age or into the myths and legends of the past. You can board the “Causeway Coaster” minibus to bring you to the causeway itself.  Enjoy lunch at a nearby hotel.  Your return journey will take you along Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast  Some of the worlds most spectacular and unspoiled scenery is to be found in the county of Antrim. A stop will be made for you to view Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge. Spanning a chasm some 80 feet deep, its construction once consisted of a single rope handrail and widely spaced slats. The single handrail was subsequently replaced by a two-hand railed bridge, the current cage bridge was installed during Easter 2000.  Travel via the Coast Road to reveal an unrivaled seascape, towering cliffs, white sandy beaches, tranquil glens and lush forest parks. From the magnificent vantage point at Fair Head and Murlough Bay, on a clear day you can enjoy uninterrupted views of Scotland’s Mull of Kintyre, as well as the wild and mysterious island of Rathlin just seven miles off the coast. 

Please note:  Wear flat, comfortable shoes preferably with non-slip soles. Order of sights visited may vary. Bring your camera, local currency and a  waterproof jacket.


price $249
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4 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing

essentials
Belfast, Ards Peninsula & Grey Abbey Ruins
The Ards Peninsula, an area of immense beauty and spectacular scenery, curls around the western shore of Strangford Lough and at 18 miles long is one of the largest sea inlets in the British Isles. A place of great natural beauty, the peninsula is a bird sanctuary and wildlife reserve, and is home to many species of marine life.  You will  have a 60-minute drive to Newtownards, the principal town of this area situated at the northern top of Strangford Lough. From here, you will drive along the coast road to Grey Abbey. You will stop to view the substantial remains. From Grey Abbey, you will head to Ballywalter. Formally a fishing village, Ballywalter is now typical of the tranquil lifestyle enjoyed by the inhabitants of this area. Local fishermen still lay pots or creels for lobsters and crabs during the summer months. Continue on the coastal route through the town of Millisle before arriving in Donaghadee. A stop will be made here, to visit a local hostelry where you will enjoy an Irish coffee. Afterwards, you will have a little free time to explore this pretty little hamlet independently. From Donaghadee you have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views across the Irish Sea when, on a clear day, you can see all the way to Scotland. In the harbor is Donaghadee's impressive lighthouse, built in 1836 and the first lighthouse in Ireland to be lit by electricity. Rejoin your motor coach and guide for your return drive to Belfast.

Please note:  Wear flat, comfortable shoes preferably with non-slip soles. Order of sights visited may vary. Bring your camera, local currency and a  waterproof jacket.


price $109
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing

essentials
Belfast, Belfast Panoramic & Titanic
This panoramic tour of Belfast will introduce you to the many varied features of Northern Ireland’s largest city. Built with 19th century industrial money, many fine buildings from this era grace the city still and are reminders of its prosperous past.  Your guide will provide insights as you see the Grand Opera House and the Albert Memorial before passing Queen’s University, home to the Botanic Gardens.  Located in these gardens is the Palm House – a superb structure of cast iron and curved glass panels. You will drive past Belfast City Hall – an impressive building with a 300-ft.-long façade of Portland stone. A stop here will allow you to photograph what is perhaps the most noteworthy of the statues here - the marble figure of "Thane,” commemorating the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. Visit the Titanic Belfast, the signature building telling the story of Titanic  that contains nine galleries with a variety of interpretative materials and media. Take a ride though the visual gantries where the Titanic was under construction. The adventure begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building's giant atrium surrounded by the four high impact ‘hull’ shaped sections which house the experience.  You will experience a thrilling ride through the re-construction of the shipyards and the Titanic under construction. The stories of passengers, crew and the heroes of the day will be told in an exciting and modern way. At the conclusion, you can visit the wreck at her resting place on the floor of the North Atlantic. Rejoin your motor coach and guide for your return drive to the port and your awaiting ship.

Please note:  Wear flat, comfortable shoes preferably with non-slip soles. Order of sights visited may vary. Bring your camera, local currency and a  waterproof jacket.


price $139
book tour


3 HRS

Easy

refreshments

culture

sightseeing

concierge
Belfast, Concierge Collection: Black Taxi Tour Belfast
You will be taken on a tour by a local Black Taxi. These drivers are a gold mine of historical and anecdotal information related to the history of Northern Ireland and will give you a personalized tour that will both inform and entertain. Belfast is a city best explored with those who have lived through its ups and downs and can share with you its wonderful secrets. Your excellent and informative driver takes you deep into the underbelly of the streets of Belfast with an exciting ride in the world famous Black Taxi. Arrive at Stormont and drive through the iron gates, up the long drive to this historic edifice where a photo opportunity will be provided. Stop at a local pub for an Irish Coffee.

Please note:   Order of sights visited may vary. Bring your camera, local currency and a  waterproof jacket. Tour is conducted by a local English-speaking taxi driver.  4 guests max per taxi. When 4 guests in 1 taxi, 2 guests are required to sit facing backwards on fold down seats. Stormont may close unexpectedly due to government events.



price $399
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

essentials
Belfast, Experince Game of Thrones
Embark on a journey to the Castle Ward Estate situated on the picturesque Strangford Lough where you will participate in an exciting behind-the-scenes look at many of the locations where the hit television series Game of Thrones is filmed. Upon arrival at the Castle Ward Estate you will be able to test your skills in the medieval sport of archery.  Then you will have the exclusive opportunity to view a big screen clip of the special effects that turn this site into what fans of the show will recognize as the land of Winterfell.   After your introduction to the special effects, you will board a mini-coach and venture to Audley’s Castle where you will visit the famous filming site. Here, you will see where numerous scenes from the series have been filmed.  Your knowledge of the series will also be tested, as you are invited to identify different filming locations from screenshots of the set.   Before departing, you will have a photo opportunity with actual costumes from the series, giving you a great sense of what it is like to be in the Game of Thrones. You will rejoin your motor coach for the return journey to the ship.

Please note: It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Bring raingear in case of rain. The terrain around various sights may have varying gradations. An inside visit to the Castle Ward House is not included.


price $229
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Belfast, Full Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. Sites to see include  the Giants Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol, Bushmills Distillery and Georges Market.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1249
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Belfast, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. Sites to see include  the Giants Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol, Bushmills Distillery and Georges Market.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours.  Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $849
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Belfast, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. Sites to see include  the Giants Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol, Bushmills Distillery and Georges Market.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $949
book tour


4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

essentials
Belfast, Hillsborough Castle & Belfast City
The North’s largest city is an eclectic mix of charming Victorian and Edwardian buildings, engaging attractions and a grand history that’s on display around every corner. Your tour will begin as your coach travels through stately Donegall Square in the heart of Belfast.  Among the square’s architectural treasures is City Hall. Completed in 1906, the 300-foot long main façade is topped with a copper dome that rises 173 feet. As you make your way around the city you’ll see many more Victorian buildings with the same distinctive verdigris green domes. Also in the square stands Belfast’s oldest library, the Linen Hall Library, which was established in 1788. Continuing on, you’ll journey past Queen’s University, renowned for its world-class achievements in cancer research and environmental research. Marvel at the thoroughly modern Waterfront Hall, a concert venue , housing development and hotel. Just 12 miles from Belfast in the historic village of Hillsborough sits the distinguished Hillsborough Castle. Built in the 1770s, the mansion is the official residence of the British Royal Family when they’re visiting Northern Ireland. You’ll set out on a guided tour through this lovely 2-story late Georgian manor adorned with beautiful furniture and master pieces of art.  Visit the State Room, where all visiting dignitaries are formally welcomed.  Next door is Candlestick Hall where the panels around the room, made in the early 19th century, are made from hand-painted wallpaper and depict scenes from Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Visit the castle’s two dining rooms: the Red Dining Room, which looks out over what is claimed to be the largest rhododendron bush in Europe, and the State Dining Room where official state dinners are served. You will also visit the Throne Room, where citizenship ceremonies are held; the State Drawing Room, which overlooks the Jubilee garden; and Lady Grey’s Sitting Room. At the conclusion of the tour, feel free to meander through the lovely gardens or stroll to Hillsborough village before rejoining your coach for the ride back to your ship.

Please note: It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes.

price $115
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3.5 HRS

Strenuous

walking

sightseeing

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Belfast, Ulster Whiskey
You will depart from Belfast port drive to Belfast City Centre. The history of Whiskey is both fascinating and elusive. Ulster occupies a unique place in the history of Whiskey. From having the world’s oldest distilling license, granted in 1608, to the stories of Irish monks crossing the “Narrow sea” to Scotland and taking with them the water of life, the most northern part of Ireland has always played a part in the story of Whiskey. “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough” – Mark Twain. Join local Irish whiskey reviewer Marty McAuley for this whiskey walking tour of Belfast city and a visit to a local whiskey retailer.  After your walking tour enjoy a whiskey tasting in one of Belfast’s oldest pubs where an array of whiskeys will available for tasting (3 tastings included in this tour). There are also food pairings that might surprise you during your private whiskey tasting. It isn’t just wine and beer that can be taken with food!

Please note:  Bring your camera, cruise card, local currency, and wear flat non-slip soles and a waterproof jack.


price $169
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Dun Laoghaire (Dublin), Ireland



4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

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Dublin Highlights with Transfer to Airport
Your tour today will leave from the harbor town of Dún Laoghaire and travel by motor coach to Dublin where you will enjoy a panoramic drive showing you some of the highlights of this delightful city.  You will ride past the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam to see the famous “Doorways of Dublin.”  Then, it’s on past the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings, and St Stephen’s Green. You will also see The Old Parliament House which is now home to the Bank of Ireland and across the road, Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest college, founded in 1592. Located in its library is the world famous Book of Kells, a hand illuminated manuscript of the Gospels. Your tour of the city will continue past Dublin Castle, City Hall, and Christchurch Cathedral en route to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St. Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean there from 1713 to 1745. Your tour will conclude at the airport.

Please note:  Guests with physical difficulties must be accompanied as the tour guide cannot undertake responsibility for them.


price $85
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4 horus

Moderate

sightseeing

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Dublin Highlights with Transfer to Windstar Hotel
Your tour today will leave from the harbor town of Dún Laoghaire and travel by motor coach to Dublin where you will enjoy a panoramic drive showing you some of the highlights of this delightful city.  You will ride past the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam to see the famous “Doorways of Dublin.”  Then, it’s on past the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings, and St Stephen’s Green. You will also see The Old Parliament House which is now home to the Bank of Ireland and across the road, Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest college, founded in 1592. Located in its library is the world famous Book of Kells, a hand illuminated manuscript of the Gospels. Your tour of the city will continue past Dublin Castle, City Hall, and Christchurch Cathedral en route to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral.   Founded in 1190, St. Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean there from 1713 to 1745. Your tour will conclude at the Windstar Hotel.

Please note:  Guests with physical difficulties must be accompanied as the tour guide cannot undertake responsibility for them.


price $85
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

refreshments

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Dublin, A Taste Of Dublin & Guinness with Transfer to Windstar Hotel
Your tour today  will leave from the harbor town of Dún Laoghaire. Your panoramic drive of the city takes you past Dublin Castle, City Hall and Christchurch Cathedral before a visit the Guinness Storehouse, located in the heart of the Guinness brewery in Dublin city. The tour of the Storehouse will be followed by an opportunity to taste the world famous stout.  In the Guinness Storehouse, you will discover what goes into making a pint of the “blackstuff” – the ingredients, the processes, the effort. It is a dramatic story that began over 250 years ago and will end in Gravity, the sky bar, which has astonishing views of Dublin.  Often surprising, always entertaining, the adventure begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building’s giant, pint shaped heart of glass.  You’ll “meet” Arthur Guinness and find out how the drink that carries his name has traveled around the world. You will also have the opportunity to spend some time in the Advertising Gallery in the Storehouse, where you will find a display of all Guinness advertising material past and present.    At the end of the tour, discover how important it is to “pull the perfect pint “ the way to hold the glass, the speed it enters the glass, the time for the pint to settle and the final touch that gives the pint a creamy head. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the Guinness and the view. Your tour will conclude at your Wiindstar hotel.

Please note:  Entry to the brewery itself is not permitted. Wear warm comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Bring your camera and  sunscreen when necessary. Guests must be 18 or older to consume alcohol.


price $95
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