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From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher and Galway City Full-Day Trip

1. From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher and Galway City Full-Day Trip

Witness the dramatic features of the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren on a full-day guided tour of Ireland’s west coast from Dublin. Explore the vibrant city of Galway and enjoy a pub lunch in Doolin. Depart from Dublin and learn about the region from your guide as you go west. Arrive at the Cliffs of Moher and follow the cliff path to the edge for breathtaking views over the Atlantic. Breathe in the ocean wind and hear the waves crashing below you. Explore on your own for 1.5 hours. Get a bird's-eye view of the cliffs and see the underwater caves on a large multimedia screen at the interactive Visitor Centre. Continue to the charming village of Doolin for lunch in a local pub and spot the Aran Islands in the distance along the way. Stop at The Burren for 15 to 20 minutes and get photos of its otherworldly landscape. See rare orchids and admire views of the Baby Cliffs.  Then, explore the vibrant city of Galway, known for its strong tradition of Irish music, language, and dance. You will have around 1 hour to explore on your own. Finish your day with the scenic journey back to Dublin. Expect jolly commentary, anecdotes, and even some Irish music to keep you entertained on the road back to the capital.

Dublin: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges & Titanic Guided Tour

2. Dublin: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges & Titanic Guided Tour

With an early start in Dublin this tour is designed to take you to the best locations in Northern Ireland to ensure with the limited time you have that you will make the most of the day ahead. Enjoy a relaxed journey and listen to the stories and history from the guide as we take you on an adventure you will never forget. The first stop of the day is at the Giant’s Causeway. This UNESCO world heritage site is truly a view to behold. With Thousand of interlocking basalt columns spreading across the coastline you will discover how the strange rock formation was formed thousands of years ago due to a volcanic eruption. Or maybe it is the legend Finn McCool himself that created the rock formation as he battled with the Scottish Giant? Dunluce castle is just around the corner. Spend 10 min here taking in the views from the Atlantic Ocean and hear the waves crash against the rocks. Experience the castle from a spectacular angle. Situated on the sheer cliff edge the ruins are truly majestic and have a lot of history and myths locked up in the walls. A perfect spot for a memorable photograph! As we travel through the Glens of Antrim we will visit the Dark Hedges. Made famous (Not that it was needed) by the hit TV series “ Game of Thrones” as the Kings road you will have the opportunity to walk along the avenue of Beech trees. Planted over 200 years ago as a stunning entrance to James Stuart’s new house it still lives on and still impress visitors today. Reaching Belfast we have one last stop and definitely another highlight of the day. The world renowned Belfast Titanic Exhibition extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition. From special effects, rides, full-scale reconstructions and interactive features you will explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day in the Ocean Exploration Centre. With the entrance ticket included in the price of the tour this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this attraction. When time allows we will stop in Belfast city to have a quick break before heading back to Dublin, where you will be home in good time to have a great night out to finish a great day out!

Dublin: National Wax Museum Plus Entrance Tickets

3. Dublin: National Wax Museum Plus Entrance Tickets

Go to Dublin’s National Wax Museum Plus to experience a museum unlike any other. Whether you are young or old, a culture vulture or fun seeker, male or female, star struck or star studded, the National Wax Museum is the ultimate entertainment experience. Wander the galleries to try out the exciting interactive attractions, including a salute to the legacy of Dublin’s literary heritage in the Writers Room, and the stages of Irish history in the Time Vaults.   Located in the heart of Dublin City Centre, at 22-25 Westmoreland Street, the museum is housed over 3 floors and covers 13,000 square feet in a historic Lafayette landmark building. Designed to deliver the most thrilling interactive experience possible, attractions include an enchanting children's wax world, Ireland's only dedicated tribute to its top scientific inventors, a Father Ted room and all the exceptional lifelike waxwork characters you can imagine.

Irish Whiskey Museum: Guided Tour and Whiskey Tasting

4. Irish Whiskey Museum: Guided Tour and Whiskey Tasting

Embark on a journey through time in a historic setting, as the intriguing tale of Irish whiskey is revealed. Learn about its rise to glory, its dramatic fall and of course, its current revival. Experience a story never told before in such a unique setting, during an hour-long interactive experience. Daily guided tours unveil the humble beginnings of Irish whiskey, when a foul tasting liquid was used to ease the woes of a troubled and poor nation. Known originally in Gaelic as uisca beatha, over time it was translated to whiskee, and then to whiskey, as it is known today. Enjoy listening to entertaining storytellers as they take you through the magical tale. At the end of the tour there’s a generous whiskey tasting led by experienced master whiskey tasters, giving you the opportunity to sample a range of excellent Irish whiskeys and learn the subtle differences between them, discovering the unique flavors locked inside.

Dublin: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum Entrance Ticket

5. Dublin: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum Entrance Ticket

Explore the emigration history of Ireland at the world's first fully digital museum in Dublin, winner of Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction at the World Travel Awards 2019, 2020, and 2021. Learn how 10 million people have left the island over the centuries through the amazing exhibitions at the EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Follow the dramatic story of how the people of Ireland have left home to settle around the globe, and how they changed the world along the way. Immerse yourself in the stories of some of the most remarkable tales of sacrifice, endurance, adventure and discovery the world has ever known as you explore the 20 state-of-the-art galleries. Located in the CHQ building in the historic docklands, the museum brings these amazing stories to life in a unique and spectacular way. Experience this digital and interactive award-winning technology and receive a souvenir passport to take home at the end of your visit.

Irish Whiskey Museum: Whiskey Blending Experience

6. Irish Whiskey Museum: Whiskey Blending Experience

Enter the Irish Whiskey Museum in Dublin for a fully guided tour and interactive tasting experience. Learn the origins of Irish whiskey and its rise to glory and dramatic fall before the current revival of the industry. Listen to wonderful stories told by entertaining guides as they take you back through the ages of Irish whiskey. See a unique collection of Irish whiskey memorabilia that dates back to the 1800s, mixed with a modern twist. This is one memory you are sure to savor. After your 45-minute tour, relax over 4 types of Irish whiskey in the modern tasting bar. Listen to a master blender's explanations about everything you need to know about producing and tasting whiskey.  Put your knowledge into practice and become a master blender yourself! Spend time crafting and sampling your own unique blend of Irish whiskey, and take home a personalized miniature bottle as a keepsake.

Dublin: Jeanie Johnston Tallship Emigrant Experience

7. Dublin: Jeanie Johnston Tallship Emigrant Experience

Take a guided tour of the Jeanie Johnston tallship in Dublin’s Custom House Quay, and learn about the experiences of Irish emigrants in the 19th century. Hear about the daunting transatlantic passage they took, full of hope and desperate to escape the hardship in Ireland during the years of famine. Daily tours take place on board the ship, located downriver from the International Financial Services Centre and across the road from Jury’s Inn Hotel. Once on board, you will be transported back in time 150 years and more to join the poverty stricken Irish emigrants as they boarded the sturdy ship for the difficult voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World. Descend to the dimly-lit quarters below deck to see the grim realities that faced the passengers. In extremely cramped conditions, up to 250 frightened people were abruptly thrown together, completely unfamiliar with the conditions they would face on their sea passage. Life-sized figures in the museum below deck are based on actual passengers who sailed, from the 15 year old girl (Margaret Conway) traveling with her 12 year old brother, to the father of 11 (James Stack) whose livelihood was ruined by the famine. Back on deck, marvel at the ingenuity and craftwork involved in re-creating this genuine replica of a wooden tallship, one of the last of its type to sail the Atlantic in the 19th century. After the tour, you are free to visit the Famine Memorial Statues, located close by on Custom House Quay.

From Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast Titanic with Ticket

8. From Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast Titanic with Ticket

Discover the natural splendor of Ireland’s UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway and explore the Titanic Museum in Belfast with an included admission ticket on a guided day trip from Dublin. Travel by bus, stopping at the Dark Hedges and Dunluce Castle, with free time in Belfast. Visit the Titanic Museum and spend 1.5 hours learning the story of the Titanic ocean liner and her ill-fated maiden voyage. The story comes alive with innovative technology, scale models, and more. See the Giant's Causeway, comprising about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Spend 1.5 hours getting up close to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, often referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World. You will have the time to walk along the cliffs overlooking the Causeway taking stunning pictures, before going for a stroll on the Giant's Causeway itself. Make a photo stop at the magnificent Dunluce Castle. This 13-century castle ruin is one of the most photogenic landmarks in Ireland. Stop at the Dark Hedges for 15-20 minutes. This centuries-old lane of beech trees has been featured in films (Transformers) and on television (Game of Thrones). Explore Belfast for around 30 minutes. See the Big Fish, Albert's Clock, St. Anne's Cathedral. You will have time to do some shopping and buy some food before heading back to Dublin.

Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast (Titanic or Black Taxi)

9. Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast (Titanic or Black Taxi)

Travel through the Boyne Valley on a full-day scenic tour from Dublin, and discover the home of the 5,000-year-old Hill of Tara, the ancient capital of the High Kings of Ireland. Upon arrival in Belfast you have the option to take a political sightseeing tour in an iconic black cab (taxi) or visit the Titanic Experience (the museum will be closed from 2nd January - 28th February 2023) For the black cab tour you will see sites that have played a key role in the city’s political history, such as the Falls and Shankill neighborhoods. Learn about the industrial roots of Belfast, and the 4 decades of civil unrest in the late 20th century. Sign the peace line, the towering wall that divides the communities, and read the political murals. A guide will relate their own family experiences to give your tour a more personal touch. Alternatively, go to the world’s largest state-of-the-art Titanic experience in Belfast’s new Titanic Quarter, located in the former shipyards of Harland and Wolf. This option is unavailable in january and february 2023 Relive the liner’s tragic voyage, sinking, and eventful discovery on the seabed, via exhibits that explain her construction, launch and history in 9 different galleries. Typically the tour would visit the Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge. However, it is currently closed for tour operators and it is not yet clear as to when it will reopen. As an alternative attraction, visit the very popular Dun Luce Castle. Enjoy this historic castle that dates back over 500 years and which is dramatically positioned on the edge of a cliff over the Atlantic. Discover this castle which has been used to film things like Game of Thrones. Visit and peruse the castle and grounds for 45 minutes. Arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Giant’s Causeway, formed over 60 million years ago by volcanic eruptions. Admire its distinctive rock formations that span nearly 18 miles of coastline. Hike to the formations known as “The Wishing Chair”, “Giant's Boot”, and “Giant's Organ.” Learn the legend of the Irish giant Finn McCool, said to be the Causeway's creator. This is where you have the option to have lunch in a number of venues located at the Causeway. With 2 hours there is ample time to lunch and walk this fabulous coastal landscape. Continue along the Antrim Coastal, driving past spectacular scenery of stony shores, wooded glens and sheltered harbors. See the remains of Dunseverick Castle, and admire views of the Mull of Kintyre. On a clear day, see Scotland in the distance. The route back to Dublin is different than the route taken to the Causeway earlier in the day, giving you different scenery to enjoy. Arrive back in Dublin City Center at 20.30 and enjoy the rest of your evening. The tour guide will be on hand to help you with any directions or information you need.

Dublin: Skip-the-Line Little Museum of Dublin Ticket

10. Dublin: Skip-the-Line Little Museum of Dublin Ticket

Arrive at a historic Georgian townhouse located on St Stephen's Green, situated in the heart of Dublin City. Walk up the front steps, and be greeted by a smile and warm welcome.  Start your visit by exploring a series of self-guided exhibitions. Explore exhibitions which tell the story of famous Irish band U2, the Irish Times Newspaper, and the "Golden Age" of Dublin. Within each room, discover fascinating stories and anecdotes about Ireland's capital city. Then, meet with a guide who will take you through a collection donated by the people of Ireland to tell the story of their capital. After about 29 minutes, you will have a comprehensive understanding of Dublin's long history. As your visit to the Little Museum comes to an end, be sure to chat with your guide. Get specialized recommendations depending on your interests, and discover the best that the city has to offer during your stay.

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The excursion was great, our guide was awesome! You have to have a good level of English to understand everything he says but if necessary we can ask him questions and he answers us without problem. I had seen lots of notices about not having much time to eat lunch but that was not the case for us, he dropped us off at a pub in Doolin where we ate. The day was really great and the stop in Galway was enough to drink a coffee and quickly visit the city. I recommend this excursion with your eyes closed.

Easy pick up, your guide Bud was excellent, great knowledge and a good laugh! Cliffs are lovely, the local pub for lunch was a great touch and Galway was well worth seeing. Recommend

Driver was excellent and did counts multiple times to ensure nobody was left behind. He gave good info about sights on the way.

This was the perfect way to travel across the Irish west coast. I cannot recommend enough.

Wonderful Trip, especially our driver/guide Berry was brilliant!