In-Depth Explorer trips have you living like a local in cultural hotspots around the world. Get swept up in the magic of the Emerald Isle on this fantastic jaunt around stunning Ireland. Enjoy cosmopolitan Dublin and its many bars, learn about the tragic history of "the troubles" in Belfast and Londonderry, before enjoying the scenery and good times in the South. More info
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My sisters and I experienced the trip of a lifetime when we traveled across Ireland with Contiki. We had always known that half of our blood was Irish and yet never had the chance to explore our roots until this trip!
"One of the most beautiful stops on our tour was Giant’s Causeway, located on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland. Legend has it that an Irish giant named Fionn was challenged to a fight by a Scottish giant named Benandonner. Fionn accepted the challenge and built the causeway to go across the North Channel and thus, meet his opponent. I carefully skipped along the hexagonal stones and dipped my hands into the pools of water splashing in from the sea. The magic of this coast is in the air and everywhere you look. I imagined myself retracing Fionn’s steps which slowly disappear into the ocean. As I walked on the stones, I was transported to a time long before anything we now know even existed!" - Marié Digby
The colorful streets of Galway, where Gaelic is still spoken in the streets, give you the opportunity to encounter street performers, magicians and traditional musicians outside colorfully-painted buildings, such as this man that Marié Digby encountered on her trip.
"Another one of my favorite destinations on the tour was the mystical Aran Islands. After a quick boat ride and a few hot chocolates along the way, we arrived and promptly met our friendly guide, Thomas. He took us to the towering cliffs and forts of Dun Aengus and even called over a horse we spotted along the way! There is a certain charm to the Aran Islands and the people who live there. A word to the wise, despite all of the Island’s charm, proceed with great caution as you walk along the edges of the skyscraper cliffs! They can literally take your breath away =)" - Marié Digby
Thousands of people flock to Ireland every year to get the chance to “kiss the Blarney Stone” at Blarney castle. Legend has it, if you kiss the ‘Stone of Eloquence’ you will never be at a loss for words, or you’ll be blessed with the gift of gab. So bend over backwards and give that stone a smooch!
Fun Fact – The Cliffs of Moher (pictured here, with Marié Digby) were used as the backdrop for the “Cliffs of Insanity” in Rob Reiner’s swashbuckling film, “The Princess Bride” and featured in a pivotal scene from “Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince,” filmed on location in 2007.
No visit to Ireland is complete without a visit to the world-famous Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Learn the history of Ireland’s most famous beer as you enjoy beer tastings and a rooftop view of the city below.