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Ireland Gay Grand Tour

Ireland Gay Grand Tour

Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Galway, and more!

9 Days from/to Dublin, Ireland

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Ireland gay tourA small island with a big reputation: breathtaking landscapes and fascinating, friendly people, whose lyrical nature is expressed in the warmth of their welcome. Everything you’ve heard is true: Ireland is a stunner. The locals need little prodding to proclaim theirs the most beautiful land in the world, and can support their claim with many examples. Given the sometimes old-fashioned reputation of the country, it is normal to wonder about the state of Gay Travel in Ireland. Travel in Ireland is generally problem-free, whatever your sexual orientation or identification might be as long as you are as safety-conscious as you would be in any foreign city or country.

 

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Dublin Ireland gay tour

 

Ireland Gay Grand Tour Highlights

• Individual & Small Group suggested tour

• Featuring: Dublin - Belfast - Cork - Galway

• Discover the secrets behind Oscar Wilde's life

• Visit the ancient library at Trinity College in Dublin

• Re-live the history of Titanic Experience in Belfast

• Explore the Kilkenny Castle

• Marvel at the Cliffs of Moher

• Tour the amazing cities of Cork and Galway

• LGBT Friendly Tour Guide for Gaily Tours and Excursions

 

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Ireland Gay Grand Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Dublin, Ireland
Dublin gay trip• Arrival transfer from airport to your hotel.
• Accommodation and free time for shopping and dinner.
• Overnight at your hotel.

Dublin, capital of and gateway to the beautiful island of Ireland. A city of history, culture and friendly people.

Gay Dublin is a unique, vibrant and welcoming city—one of Europe’s fastest-growing destinations for LGBTQ tourists looking for alternatives to the normal Berlin, Amsterdam, London etc scene. But like any tourist to Dublin will discover, there is so much more to the Dublin’s gay scene than just the traditional gay bars and club events.

There is so much to do here – but we found our favorite memories were tasting Irish whiskey in a small pub, exploring historic castles or getting lost only to find beauty in the strangest of places.

 

Day 2 - Dublin Gay Tour
Dublin gay tour• Buffet Breakfast and enjoy the attractions of this vibrant town.

• This morning be ready for a LGBT Tour of Dublin, exploring gay history from the medieval period right up to modern day.

• Follow the steps of Oscar Wilde from his childhood home to his statue in Merrion Sq. you’lllearn about his early days in Dublin, his works, life in London’s social scene, imprisonment and death.

• Continue to Irish Parliament Building - Leinster House. Here we’ll talk about the laws addressing homosexuality, from the law tracts of early medieval Ireland, to 20th Century Ireland.

• Discover more about the General Post Office’s Rising, Irish fight for Independence and Sir Roger Casement, one of the key figures in Ireland's independence movement, human rights advocate who authored the first report detailing atrocities committed in King Leopold's Congo Free State, and was executed in London for his participation in the Easter Rising (rumours and contested evidence of his homosexuality likely played a deciding role in his death sentence).

• Afterwards have an overview of the Irish LGBT modern history, a country which became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage by popular referendum. During the tour you will admire all the historical sites of Temple Bar, Dublin Castle and more. The walking tour shows off the usual Dublin stops, with the added layer of queer history. From monks to revolutionaries, Dublin will not look the same afterwards.

• Lunch on your own.

• In the afternoon continue on your own to other special attractions of this cosmopolitan capital. Don’t miss Trinity College, the most famous university in Ireland founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1st of England and the scholarly home to many classical and contemporary Irish writers. Here you will see the world-famous Book of Kells, an early Christian illuminated manuscript, handwritten and beautifully decorated by Irish monks. The magnificent old library hall “The Long Room” will also impress you.

• Make sure you don’t miss the world-famous Guinness Brewery. The Guinness Storehouse offers a unique experience where you will discover what goes into making a pint of Guinness. Glass walled lifts whisk you from floor to floor, through a fascinating exhibition that uses words, music, images, sounds and smells to bring to life the rich splendor of the Guinness story. Finish with a pint in the breathtaking view of the Gravity Bar, the highest bar in Dublin, which gives a 360-degree view across Dublin and its surroundings.

• Dinner on your own and overnight in Dublin.

Rainbow Tips: Live the vibrant atmosphere of the Temple Bar, which has preserved its medieval street pattern, with many narrow-cobbled streets. The area comes alive after dark, with many pubs, restaurants and nightclubs to choose.

 

Day 3 - Dublin - Belfast
Belfast gay tour• Buffet Breakfast and departure to Belfast with your LGBT friendly driver.

• After arrival, accommodation and free time for lunch on your own.

• Then enjoy a walking tour of all the highlights of this vibrant city including the famous shipyard of Harland & Wolff where the “Titanic” was built, the historic Queen’s University, The Linen Hall Library and Belfast Castle.

• See the new developments along the Lagan River with the Waterfront Hall and the impressing Odyssey Complex.

• You will also see Belfast’s famous City Hall, home of the Belfast County Council and a fine example of Classical Renaissance style of Portland stone with a most ornate dome, a grand staircase, an oak furnished Council Chamber.

• Don’t miss to have a drink in the famous Crown Liquor Salon the most perfectly preserved Victorian pub interior in the province and a landmark in this city. The pub is also the only pub owned by the National Trust.

• Dinner on your own and overnight at your hotel in Belfast.

Rainbow Tips: Live the vibrant Gay Athmosphere in Union Street Bar, Maverick Bar and Boombox Bar, and dance the night away in Kremlin and Taboo Clubs.

 

Day 4 - Belfast
Belfast gay tour - Titanic Museum• Buffet Breakfast and free day in Belfast.

• Explore on your own this exciting city and enjoy the Titanic Museum (entrance fee included). Titanic Belfast, located at the heart of Titanic Quarter - only a short walk from Belfast’s city centre, is not only an architectural triumph for the city, but it houses the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience. The self-guided Titanic Experience extends over nine interpretive and interactive galleries, which explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of RMS Titanic, as well as the city and people who made her.

• Lunch on your own.

• In the afternoon don’t miss the opportunity to take a tour to see the political murals for which the city is known.

• Dinner on your own and overnight in Belfast.

 

Day 5 - Belfast - Kilkenny
Kilkenny Gay tour• Buffet Breakfast and departure to the medieval city of Kilkenny.

• Explore the Kilkenny Castle, a 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands which was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde. Due to major restoration works, the central block now includes a library, drawing room, and bedrooms decorated in 1830s splendour as well as the beautiful Long Gallery. The old Castle kitchen operates as a tea room during the summer. A suite of former servants rooms is the Butler Art Gallery, which mounts frequently changing exhibitions of contemporary art.

• Lunch on your own.

• Afterwards also visit the Kilkenny Design Centre and see some of the artisanal crafts for which this town is known.

• Dinner on your own and overnight in Kilkenny.

 

Day 6 - Kilkenny - Cork
Cork Ireland gay tour• Buffet Breakfast and departure to Cork.

• Enjoy this delightful vibrant city. See famous sights like St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, St. Anne’s Shandon, Cork City Gaol, English Market, Grand Parade, Custom House and the City Hall.

• Lunch on your own

•. Afterwards enjoy some free time in Cork City where you shouldn’t miss the old English Market, a covered market for fish, fruit, meat and vegetable. The origins of the market can be traced back to James 1st in 1610. The present building dates from 1786.

• Dinner on your own and overnight at your hotel in Cork.

 

Day 7 - Cork - Cliffs of Moher - Galway
Cliffs of Moher gay tour• Buffet Breakfast and departure to famous Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's most spectacular sights.

• Standing 230 metres above the Atlantic Ocean at their highest point and stretching for 8km along the rugged coastline, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara. A walk along the cliffs is not to be missed.

• You will then travel through the magnificent landscape of the Burren. This fascinating lunar like landscape is an area of sedimentary limestone and shell. The unusual geological formation has produced an astonishing botanic variety harbouring some 2000 species of rare plants and flowers, some unique to the Burren.

• Continue to Galway a medieval city, which is a whirlwind of activity with pubs and restaurants, arts, crafts and culture, full to bursting with things to do and people to meet.

• Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight at your hotel in Galway.

 

Day 8 - Galway - Dublin
Galway Ireland gay tour• Buffet Breakfast and be ready to explore Galway with our LGBT walking tour.

• Lunch on your own.

• In the afternoon travel back to Dublin.

• On the way visit Kilbeggan Distillery situated in the heart of Ireland. This old distillery, which had closed in 1954, is now once again distilling and maturing whiskey and is open to visitors all year round. It is the oldest continually licensed distillery in Ireland and has enjoyed the good times, but also the tough times for Irish whiskey, over its 250 year history.

• Enjoy a guided tour and see the many artefacts of the distillery are the 19th century water wheel, still in use, and the steam engine, which is still fired up on special occasions.

• The tour ends with a complimentary sample of Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey.

• Arrival in Dublin.

• Dinner in your own. Overnight at your hotel in Dublin.

 

Day 9 - Dublin Departure
• Breakfast in the hotel and transfer to the Dublin airport.

 

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What's Included:

• 8 Nights Accommodation in selected gay friendly hotels
• All Breakfasts
• Private Transfer by Car or Minibus from Dublin Airport to Dublin Hotel
• Private Transfer by Private Car or Minivan for the itinerary: Dublin - Belfast - Kilkenny - Cork - Cliffs of Moher - Galway - Dublin
• Private Transfer from Dublin Hotel to Dublin Airport
• Half Day – Gaily Tour with LGBT Friendly Tour Guide of Dublin (3h)
• Entrance Fee - St Patrick’s Cathedral
• Entrance Fee - Trinity College
• Entrance Fee - Guinness Storehouse
• Public Transportation Ticket 24 h – Dublin
• Half Day – Gaily Tour with LGBT Friendly Tour Guide of Belfast (3h)
• Entrance Fee – Titanic Museum Experience
• Entrance Fee – Kilkenny Castle
• Entrance Fee – Cliffs of Moher
• Half Day – Gaily Tour with LGBT Friendly Tour Guide of Galway (2h30)
• Entrance Fee & Tour (1 Hour) – Kilbeggan Distillery
• Private Transfer by Car or Minibus from Dublin Hotel to Dublin Airport
• LGBT Friendly Tour Guide for Gaily Tours and Excursions

 

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Hotel Samples

Jurys Inn Christchurch Dublin Hotel, Dublin, 3*
Jurys Inn Christchurch Dublin HotelJurys Inn Christchurch is opposite Christchurch Cathedral and less than 500 m from Temple Bar and Dublin Castle. It has en suite bedrooms, a restaurant, and Costa Coffee.

Grafton Street, Trinity College, the Guinness Storehouse and O’Connell Street are all under half a kilometer from the hotel. Heuston Train Station is one kilometer away, and shuttle buses to the O2 stop at Jurys Inn.

Jurys Inn Christchurch Dublin Hotel roomJurys Inn has contemporary, spacious rooms with Dream beds, flat-screen TVs with Freeview, spa toiletries and spacious bathrooms. There is a workspace area and tea and coffee-making facilities. Some rooms also have views of the cathedral.

A hot and cold breakfast buffet is available daily with a selection of a la carte dishes. Organic coffee, Twinings tea and Bonne Maman preserves are offered. The contemporary restaurant offers an international dinner menu. The bar serves lunch, snacks, and coffee.

 

Holiday Inn Express Belfast City Hotel, Belfast, 3*
Holiday Inn Express Belfast City HotelIn the centre of Belfast’s lively Queen's Quarter, this modern hotel offers stylish rooms with flat-screen TVs and free WiFi access throughout. The restaurants of Botanic Avenue are close by. Both Belfast Central Rail Station and the ferry port are a 5-minute drive from the Holiday Inn Express.

Each spacious room at the Holiday Inn Express Belfast has satellite TV channels, a work area, a private bathroom and a seating area with a sofa.

Holiday Inn Express Belfast City Hotel roomA tasty continental and hot buffet breakfast is served daily in the dining lounge. Locally-brewed Harp lager is served in the hotel's chic bar. Free Wi-Fi is available in the air-conditioned meeting rooms, as well as all other public areas.

The hotel is within 20 minutes’ walking distance of the waterfront and city centre, with the Belfast Cathedral, shops and many restaurants.

 

Kilford Arms Hotel, Kilkenny, 3*
Kilford Arms Hotel, KilkennyIn the heart of Kilkenny, The Kilford Arms Hotel offers free parking and comfortable rooms with en suite bathrooms and Satellite TVs. Kilford’s White Oak restaurant serves the best of local produce.

The Kilford Arms Hotel is a short walk from the rail and bus station. In the city centre discover Kilkenny Castle, Rothe House and Black Abbey.

Kilford Arms Hotel roomMost rooms have baths and all provide tea/coffee making facilities as well as hair dryers, creating a home from home atmosphere. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas.

The White Oak restaurant serves traditional Irish food. O’Faolain’s pub is set over three levels and features stunning architecture which incorporate the ruins of a 16th century church.

 

Blarney Woolen Mills Hotel, Cork, 3*
Blarney Woolen Mills Hotel, CorkThe Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel is just 500 m from the world famous Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone. It offers a bar and restaurant, and a fitness suite.

Rooms feature elegant furnishings as well as a flat-screen TV and free WiFi. Large bathrooms include baths and showers and some rooms have views of the castle.

Blarney Woolen Mills Hotel roomThe Mill Restaurant serves modern Irish cuisine and guests can enjoy a classic afternoon tea in the foyer. The lively Christys Bar serves light snacks, lunch and dinner.

The well-equipped gym has modern equipment and there are also squash courts on site.

 

Connacht Galway Hotel, Galway, 3*
Connacht Galway HotelThe Connacht Hotel is located close to Lough Atalia, 2.4 km from the city centre. It boasts a leisure centre with a 20 m pool, spacious rooms, free Wi-Fi. There is a bus stop outside of the hotel with regular services to the city centre. Greyhound Greyhound Stadium and Connacht Rugby are 1.2 km away and Galway Racecourse is a 10-minute drive away.

Rooms at The Connacht are bright and modern in design and feature free internet access, a daily newspaper and an in room safe. They also include a hairdryer, ironing station and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Connacht Galway Hotel roomBreakfast and dinner is served in Reubens Restaurant, which has a warm and friendly atmosphere. Bar Solo offers a bright and spacious area that is perfect for mid-morning tea and scones, lunch or an evening snack with regular live music.

Active Leisure & Fitness offers a sauna, steam room, hot tub and a gym. There is an on-site café serving light refreshments.

 

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Ireland Gay Grand Tour Prices

Tour Date Description Guests
Per person
€ (EUR)

9 Days Tour Only in Low Season (January; February; March; November; December), Per Person, Double Occupancy. Single supplement - EUR 470

2 Persons

€ 2,800

4 Persons

€ 1,800

6 Persons
€ 1,500

8 Persons
€ 1,300

10 Persons
€ 1,200

12 Persons
€ 1,000

9 Days Tour Only in Mid Season (April; May; June; September; October), Per Person, Double Occupancy. Single supplement - EUR 470

2 Persons

€ 2,900

4 Persons

€ 1,900

6 Persons
€ 1,600

8 Persons
€ 1,400

10 Persons
€ 1,300

12 Persons
€ 1,100

9 Days Tour Only in High Season (June; July; August), Per Person, Double Occupancy. Single supplement - EUR 470

2 Persons

€ 3,000

4 Persons

€ 2,000

6 Persons
€ 1,700

8 Persons
€ 1,500

10 Persons
€ 1,400

12 Persons
€ 1,200

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Prices are per person in EUR.

Payment card charges may apply.

* The itinerary is on request and rates are subject to the availability of the hotels at the time of booking. Prices are subject to change if travel occur during trade shows, bank holidays or special events and supplements may be applied.

** Please note that city tourist taxes are not included and have to be paid by the guest directly to the hotel at the time of check in. The amount of the taxes depends on the category of the hotel and length of stay.

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