V.2 Trufflepig - Platz- September

Di Cronin Platz & Michael Platz, Janis & Roger Ward

Wednesday 11th September – Saturday 21st September 2024

Number of Travellers: 4
Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights


Picturesque coastal towns and villages, green pastoral fields, soaring cliffs, wild barren landscapes, the crash of the ocean, the laugh of a local. Ireland is romantic, authentic, a home away from home where both old and modern seem to cohabit seamlessly on a small island in the middle of the sea. Packed with history and tradition your days are spent exploring the island of Ireland’s famous and of the beaten track sites of natural, cultural and political interest. A world renowned food scene means your evenings are spent dining in style and with the promise of a pub just around the corner, music and laughter are never far away. Your trip to Ireland will surprise and delight you but the people of Ireland will stay with you, long after your journey has taken you home.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Wednesday 11th September - Welcome to Dublin

Arriving in Ireland today, a private transfer will pick you up from the airport and whisk you into the city to your 5 star hotel in the city centre. Check-in will be available straight away allowing you to rest, refresh, grab a bite to eat and start exploring.

Today is yours to relax and rest or explore as you wish. Dublin is a compact city with a lot of the museums and sights within easy walking distance of your central hotel.Grab a take away coffee and go for a stroll in the nearby Merrion Park, check out the National Gallery of Ireland around the corner from your hotel, visit The EPIC Experience or The Little Museum of Dublin for an insight into Ireland’s history or check out the Guinness Storehouse, for that iconic Dublin Tour. We have plenty of recommendations for you to choose from.

This evening, we recommend a local restaurant and pub where you will find a live Trad. Session to enjoy. The perfect welcome to Ireland.

Overnight: Dublin | The Westbury Hotel
Room Type: 2 x Delxue King
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Thursday 12th September - Morning Walking Tour Dublin - Free Afternoon

Meet a local walking guide this morning to enjoy a walking tour through this vibrant capital city, with its mix of 1,000 years of architecture from the mediaeval to Georgian to modern. See the Georgian style Merrion Square, lush St. Stephen’s Green and Fitzwilliam Square, as well as O’Connell Street, the site of the ‘1916 Uprising’ that led to Ireland’s independence in 1922. Your guide is also a historian who will bring the city to life with colourful tales of life in the city in times gone by.

We have some excellent recommendations for lunch spots before your free afternoon exploring Dublin and a local dinner this evening with restaurants offering fine dining or casual menus a plenty.

Overnight: Dublin | The Westbury Hotel
Room Type: 2 x Deluxe King
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Friday 13th September - Dublin to Belfast

This morning your private guide/ driver will greet you at your hotel and after some short introductions, its time to hit the road and head north, to Belfast City. On route your dive into Ireland’s history deepens as you stop at one of our most important megalithic sites, Brú na Boinne. The three main sites at Brú na Boinne, Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth hold the largest concentration of prehistoric megalithic art to be found anywhere in Europe. Take a guided tour here where access to the chamber at Newgrange is also included.

Back on the road, the total drive time Dublin to Belfast is roughly 2 hours which means you will be getting into the city late afternoon with plenty of time to see some sights before checking in. Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast in 1898 and grew up in family homes on Dundela Avenue and Circular Road in the east of the city. Visit some of the important sites connected with C.S and his childhood in Belfast including C.S. Lewis Square, containing 7 Narnia inspired sculptures before retiring to your hotel for your first evening in Belfast.

This evening we recommend checking out one of Belfasts’s top restaurants.

Overnight: Belfast | The Merchant Hotel
Room Type: 2 x Victorian Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Saturday 14th September - Titanic and Troubles

Built in Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyards, the ill fated Titanic and Belfasts history are linked forever. This morning before it gets busy, visit Belfast’s Titanic Quarter to enjoy some time in the self guided interactive experience. The Titanic Experience walks you through 10 galleries taking your though the story of the ship from conception and building right through to her final hours. You also have the option to also step onto the decks of the last remaining White Star Line vessel – SS Nomadic and view the two giant cranes used to build the ship, Samson and Goliath.

Following a local lunch, we join a local guide and explore Belfast from the comfort of a traditional black cab. Unpack the complicated history of The Troubles. See the city’s murals and peace walls, hear stories of life in Belfast at the height of the troubles, check out historical photographs and enjoy narration from your local guide many of whom played active parts during the Troubles.

We have some fantastic dinner options to recommend this evening for you as well a an iconic 1820’s Liquor Saloon.

Overnight: Belfast | The Merchant Hotel
Room Type: 2 x Victorian Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Sunday 15th September - Famine Walk & Causeway Coastline

Northern Ireland is often known best for its coastlines, but the vast green expanse of the country’s interior is an underrated gem. There’s no better way to encapsulate the region’s combination of natural and cultural significance than by meeting a local guide for a walk along a trail taken by emigrants escaping the famine, set in the beautiful Sperrins an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Your guide will share history and stories of those who walked the trail, and we recommend finishing up at her local pub for a hearty lunch before finishing your drive to the northern coastline. As you journey along the Causeway Coastal Route, you are treated to stunning views of rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, and charming villages. You make several stops along the way, including the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, a geological wonder of hexagonal basalt columns that attracts visitors from around the world. There are plenty of opportunities to spot filming locations from Game of Thrones as you travel before check in this evening where we recommend dining on site followed by a cocktail in The Cellar.

Overnight: Donegal | Lough Eske Castle
Room Type: 2 x Superior Deluxe
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Monday 16th September - Derry Walls & Troubles Experience

About an hour from your hotel is the city of Derry. Scene to many historical events associated with the Troubles and civil unrest in Northern Ireland. Today you will visit Derry for a bespoke insiders tour with a local expert. Derry City is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe. Built in the 17th century, the walls, approximately 1.5km in circumference, form a walkway around the inner city and provide a unique promenade with which to view the layout of the original town.

Your private expert guide today will incorporate a t0ur of the walls with the tragic events of Jan 30th 1972 when a peaceful protest turned violent leading to the killing of 14 unarmed men and boys along with the injury of many other in an event knows as Bloody Sunday into your guided experience.

Take a step off Derry’s 400-year-old City Walls and step inside the delightfully Dickensian Craft Village – the Jewel inside Derry’s crown. The reconstructed 18th Century streets meets a 19th century square, packed with an inviting mix of artisan shops, home to local crafters, restaurants and coffee shops. The perfect lunch/ afternoon tea activity before returning to the castle.

Overnight: Donegal | Lough Eske Castle
Room Type: 2 x Superior Deluxe
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Tuesday 17th September - Foraging the Northwest Shores of Sligo

From Donegal, we head south into Sligo, last resting place of W.B Yeats. Sligo is blessed with some stunning coastline and this morning you will explore Streedagh, with it’s miles long sandy beaches on the north Sligo coast. At low tide it’s the perfect opportunity to explore the rock pools and coves that flank the beach and you will be joined by local foraging expert and author Prannie Rhatigan who knows these shores inside and out. Prannie is a world renowned expert on seaweed and her insight into the natural heritage of the Irish coast is unparalleled.  Keep an eye out from sand-feeding seabirds that flock along this stretch of coastline.

From Sligo we continue south into Galway and to the wild region of Connemara. Surrounded by the Twelve Bens Mountain range, miles of pristine coastline, Connemara is where time has stood still. With a long day and many miles to cover we recommend you enjoy dinner at the hotel’s fine-dining Owenmore restaurant, overlooking the salmon river.

Overnight: Connemara | Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Room Type: 2 X Luxury King
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Wednesday 18th September - Connemara National Park

This morning visit one of Trufflepig’s favourite friends,  a working sheep farm where you will witness a live sheep dog demo. Experience these remarkable and intelligent collies who follow their owners commands using nothing but a whistle and hand signals, rounding the flock and transferring them from field to pen. An experience not to be missed.

With your driver-guide visit Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery and iconic visitor attraction set in 1,000 acres of mountainside with a beautiful walled garden.
Afterwards, explore charming villages like Clifden or Roundstone, where traditional pubs and artisan shops beckon with their authentic charm.

We suggest a local dinner in Clifden followed by some live local music as a great way to round off the day.

Overnight: Connemara | Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Room Type: 2 x Luxury King
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Thursday 19th September - Ashford Castle

This morning with your driver-guide we’ll head to the pretty little village of Cong to follow in the footsteps of John Wayne in the iconic “Quiet Man”.  After a great pub lunch, in the actual pub used in the film, you can head over to your nearby home for the next couple of nights – the 800 year old Ashford Castle.
Your guide will say goodbye to you at Ashford where you will enjoy the castle and grounds over the next couple of days.

In the afternoon (weather permitting) head out for a boat cruise on lovely Lough Corrib, perhaps with a tour of the St. Patrick’s 5th century monastic site and the Church of The Saints, built by the Augustinian Monks of Cong.

We recommend Cullen’s at The Cottage this evening for casual dining at Ashford.

Overnight: Cong | Ashford Castle
Room Type: 2 x Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 - Friday 20th September - On site at Ashford Castle

Ashford is timeless, with origins dating back to the 13th century, magnificent Ashford Castle has witnessed a rich and storied history, evolving from a medieval fortress to a grand retreat. Ashford is so beautiful you may never want to leave.
Make the most of your day at Ashford today exploring and enjoying some of the fantastic activities available onsite.

We suggest you take the morning at leisure to enjoy the property and all its wonders. Depending on your interests, you could try your hand at falconry, take a guided walk around the lovely grounds and there’s even a 9-hole golf course where Roger can play a round.

This evening, we recommend you dine in style in the George V dining room for your final celebration dinner in Ireland.

Overnight: Cong | Ashford Castle
Room Type: 2 x Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 - Saturday 21st September - Depart

Departing Ashford, your guide will take you to Shannon Airport for your departing flights home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 11
  • Most meals as indicated above, breakfast daily, lunch days 3 to 9 with your guide. No evening meals included
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 3 to Day 9
  • Ground transportation from Day 3 to Day 9
  • Airport transfers on arrival Dublin
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Historical Walking Tour Dublin
  • Guided tour Brú na Boinne
  • Tour C.S Lewis sights with driver\ guide
  • Tickets Titanic Experience
  • Private Black Cab Experience
  • Tour Causeway sights with driver/guide
  • Private Derry Walls & Troubles Tour
  • Private Emigrants Walk Experience
  • Private Foraging Experience
  • Private Sheep Dog Demo
  • Tour Kylemore Abbey
  • Bout Tour Ashford Castle
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
Optional Upgrades Read More

Room upgrades may be available depending on dates