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Motorcycle Tour
Emerald Ireland - 14 days

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With your own motorcycle through Ireland and Northern Ireland! The island on the western edge of Europe entices with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Lush, park-like landscapes alternate with barren mountain ridges and rugged coasts, white sandy beaches with breathtaking cliffs.

Pricing

- The prices indicated are Bed and Breakfast minimum prices for the low season. Please ask for an individual offer for your desired travel date. - (Bed & Breakfast variant: You will usually stay in typical bed and breakfast accommodation - private guest rooms with shower/WC. "Bed and breakfast is the classic way to live in Ireland. In private houses we offer you comfortable rooms with shower/WC. Legendary is the Irish breakfast, which is also served with warm meals. Please note that bed-and-breakfast accommodation can also be located outside built-up areas. If necessary, restaurants or pubs are within "riding distance". )
Price per rider in double room and 2-bed cabin €1,299.00 $1,445.08 ?
Price per rider in single room and 1-bed inside cabin €2,189.00 $2,435.17 ?
Price per person with pillion passenger in double room and 2-bed inside cabin €1,089.00 $1,211.47 ?
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- The indicated prices are hotel minimum prices for the low season. Please ask for an individual offer for your desired travel date. - (Hotel option: You will usually stay in middle class hotels, in smaller towns sometimes also in bed and breakfast accommodation. In Dublin, we usually deliberately choose a hotel just outside the city centre, but make sure that it is connected to public transport and has good parking facilities. This has the advantage that you do not have to cross the city centre, and parking is scarce and expensive. Hotel prices in Dublin's city centre have also risen dramatically in recent years. )
Price per rider in double room and 2-bed inside cabin (rider) €1,689.00 $1,878.94 ?
Price per rider in single room and 1-bed inside cabin (rider) €2,849.00 $3,169.39 ?
Price per person with pillion passenger in double room and 2-bed inside cabin €1,469.00 $1,634.20 ?
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Bookable options:
Surcharge for the transport of a motorcycle with sidecar on the ferry/ferries. Price per vehicle and trip. €24.00 $26.70 ?
Evening buffet on the ferry Amsterdam (IJmuiden) - Newcastle. Evening buffet on the ferry. Price per person and route. Not subsequently bookable, only directly possible with booking the trip! €24.00 $26.70 ?
Breakfast buffet on the ferry Amsterdam (IJmuiden) - Newcastle. Breakfast buffet on the ferry. Price per person and route. Not subsequently bookable, only directly possible with booking the trip! €10.00 $11.12 ?
Cabin, 1-bed outside €40.00 $44.50 ?
Cabin, 2-berth outside (double bed) | Occupancy with min. 2 persons €20.00 $22.25 ?
Cabin, 2-berth outside (single beds) | Occupancy with min. 2 persons €52.00 $57.85 ?
Cabin, 2-berth inside (double beds) | Occupancy with min. 2 persons €12.00 $13.35 ?
Evening buffet on the ferry Newcastle - Amsterdam (IJmuiden). Evening buffet on the ferry. Price per person and route. Not subsequently bookable, only directly possible with booking the trip! €24.00 $26.70 ?
Breakfast buffet on the ferry Newcastle - Amsterdam (IJmuiden). Breakfast buffet on the ferry. Price per person and route. Not subsequently bookable, only directly possible with booking the trip! €10.00 $11.12 ?

Included

Ferry passages Amsterdam (Ijmuiden) - Newcastle - Amsterdam (Ijmuiden) in a 2-bed cabin inside (bunk beds) with shower/WC (without on-board catering)
Ferry crossings Cairnryan - Belfast, Killimer - Tarbert and Dublin - Holyhead (no cabin, no catering)
Motorcycle transport on the ferries
11 nights in hotels or bed and breakfast accommodation in rooms with bath or shower/WC
Breakfast (except on departure day in Dublin)
Route description and GPS data
Maps and information material
one travel book per room
Not included
Everything that is not listed under features
Parking fees
Toll
optional excursions and visits
local tax

More details

Arrival Please note that the ferry from/to Amsterdam is included in the price. The tour will be ridden with your own motorcycle.
Meals on the ferries On the ferries meals are offered in the on-board restaurants - payable on the spot. On some ferry routes we offer pre-bookable meal packages. You will then find these under the optional services in the price section of the trip and can only be booked directly in connection with the trip, a subsequent booking is not possible.
Parking spaces: We generally use hotels that have parking spaces on this trip. We reserve a parking space for you when booking (where possible, no claim). Parking fees may apply, which you are kindly requested to pay on site. The amount of the parking fees can vary greatly depending on the location and hotel.
Tolls Ireland: Please note that the Dublin Ring Road (M50), as well as other roads and tunnels in Ireland, are subject to tolls. You will be automatically registered when passing through and will then pay the fee either online or at one of the registered payment points. The fee must be paid by 8pm the following day.
Optional excursion programs: You can add bookable excursions and city tours to your individual trip.
Entry requirements Great Britain: For entry to Great Britain (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), German nationals require an identity card or passport, each with sufficient validity. Other nationals should enquire at the embassy concerned. Children need their own identity document, the entry in the parents' passport is no longer accepted.
Entry requirements Ireland: Ireland is a member of the EU, but not of the Schengen area. German citizens need an identity card or passport with sufficient validity for entry. Other nationals please enquire at the embassy concerned. Children need their own identity document, the entry in the passport of the parents is no longer accepted.
Please note that you are responsible for your own compliance with entry requirements and that entry requirements are subject to change at any time.
Health requirements: Please contact your family doctor regarding vaccination advice for the destination.
Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. Please enquire for language options.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Description

With your own motorcycle through Ireland and Northern Ireland! The island on the western edge of Europe beckons with spectacular views of the Atlantic. Lush, park-like landscapes alternate with barren mountain ridges and rugged coasts, white sandy beaches with breathtaking cliffs. Embedded in this grandiose natural spectacle are interesting witnesses to human history: passage tombs, Stone Age dolmens, early Christian monasteries, defiant castles next to elegant palaces and stately homes. In the evening, the local pub beckons with typical Irish live music - sometimes melancholic, then again fiery and rousing!

Tour character:

In Ireland, you always ride on well-maintained roads. However, these are often narrow and winding and the asphalt is somewhat rougher than in Ireland. In lonelier regions also four-legged friends take part in the traffic (sheep). If you take it easy and relaxed, you can enjoy the Irish roads wonderfully. The daily stages of the trip are deliberately not chosen too long, here and there you can choose alternatives of different lengths. At the end of the trip, in England, there is a longer motorway stage.

Day 1: Arrival

Individual arrival at the ferry port Amsterdam (IJmuiden), embarkation and departure (approx. 17.30 hrs) towards Newcastle in Great Britain. Overnight stay on board.

Day 2: Newcastle - Lowlands (approx. 250 km)

Arrival in Newcastle (Northern England) in the morning (approx. 09.15 hrs). Disembarkation and ride through the "bottleneck" of Great Britain to the Scottish Lowlands. Overnight stay in the Lowlands.

Day 3: Lowlands - Belfast - Antrim Coast (approx. 240 km + ferry passage Scotland - Ireland)

After breakfast ride through the Galloway Forest Park to the ferry port of Cairnryan and ferry passage to Belfast in Northern Ireland. You will leave the city "on your left" and ride on the coastal road along the Antrim Coast. The Antrim Coast Road is one of the most beautiful coastal roads in Europe. On the coast, near Bushmills, you will also find Giant's Causeway: More than 40,000 basalt columns form the cliffs and plateaus near the sea. In Bushmills you can visit the famous whiskey distillery. Overnight stay on the Antrim Coast.

Day 4: Antrim Coast - Letterkenny - Donegal (approx. 290 or 370 km)

On the coast it is worth stopping at the ruins of Dunluce Castle. Part of the castle collapsed centuries ago with the cliff into the Atlantic. Via Londonderry/Derry you reach County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland. Londonderry/Derry is the only town in Ireland whose medieval town wall is still completely preserved. County Donegal is one of the loneliest regions of the Emerald Isle. Via Letterkenny and along the Glenveagh National Park you will reach the Slieve Leagues, which at over 600 metres are among the highest cliffs in Europe. Overnight stay in/near Donegal.

Day 5: Donegal - Achill Island - Westport (approx. 270 or 360 km)

Today we continue south along the coast. In Sligo the ruins of Sligo Abbey (13th century) are worth seeing. Near Sligo, in Drumcliff, is the grave of the poet William Butler Yeats. With an optional detour via Achill Island - where Heinrich Böll wrote his "Irish Day Book" in the 1950s - you continue to Westport. Overnight stay in/near Westport.

Day 6: Westport - Connemara - Galway (approx. 220 km)

Through the lonely high moorland in County Mayo you ride to Connemara, one of the most romantic landscapes in Ireland. Pass Killary Harbour, the picturesque Kylemore Abbey, the small town of Clifden - the tourist centre of Connemara - and the Twelve Bens mountain range on your way to Galway. Overnight stay in/near Galway.

Day 7: Galway - Burren - Cliffs of Moher - Kilrush (approx. 230 km)

Today you ride into County Kerry - passing two scenic highlights. You get to the Cliffs of Moher, which plunge more than 200 meters vertically into the Atlantic. A unique sight! In the immediate vicinity is the extensive karst region of the Burren. A treeless landscape of limestone stretches out seemingly endlessly. Overnight in/near Kilrush.

Day 8: Kilrush - Dingle Peninsula - Killarney - Kenmare (approx. 270 km)

A small ferry across the River Shannon takes you to Tarbert in County Kerry. Then you can take in the Dingle Peninsula. The coastal road leads to the cliffs of Slea Head, the Gallerus Oratory and the colorful fishing village of Dingle. Dingle is already in the Gaelic-speaking area of Ireland, the so-called Gaeltacht. Here many locals - mainly older ones - still speak the Irish language, which has been almost completely replaced by English. Dingle is also known for its vibrant music scene. Continue towards Killarney. A visit to the Muckross manor house, situated between two lakes, with some of the original furnishings from the Victorian era, is exciting. Overnight in/near Kenmare.

Day 9: Iveragh Peninsula & Ring of Kerry (approx. 200 km)

The Iveragh Peninsula is on the programme today! The Ring of Kerry is Ireland's most famous panoramic road, running between the Atlantic Ocean and Ireland's highest mountains, the Mcgillycuddy Reeks. The Ring offers unparalleled views and small detours are always worthwhile. The picturesque village of Sneem is worth a stop and a little stroll through the centre. And the Staigue Stone Fort is a ring fort at least 2,000 years old. You can reach it via a small side road. A little off the Ring of Kerry, the Skellig Coast Road takes you to the far west of the peninsula and finally to the small port of Portmagee. Overnight stay in/near Kenmare.

Day 10: Kenmare - Rock of Cashel - Kilkenny (approx. 230 km)

From Kenmare you first ride to Cashel with the famous "Rock of Cashel", which plays an - in the truest sense of the word - outstanding role in the history of Ireland. The ruins of important buildings from different eras are gathered in a very small area. The ruins of Hore Abbey (13th century) lie picturesquely in the view over the plain. Your destination for the day is Kilkenny with Kilkenny Castle. Overnight stay in/near Kilkenny.

Day 11: Kilkenny - Wicklow Mountains - Dublin (approx. 170 km)

For the last stage you follow a really beautiful route through the Wicklow Mountains. Highlights include the early Christian monastic district of Glendalough, the ride along the old military road and the huge park of Powerscourt House. Then continue to the Irish capital, where you'll have time to explore. Dublin is divided into southern and northern halves by the River Liffey. Important stops in the south of the city are Trinity College with the famous "Book of Kells", the elegant Georgian houses, Christ Church and St. Patrick's Cathedral. In the north of Dublin, O'Connell Street stretches out with representative buildings such as the Post Office, also many shopping opportunities can be found here. If you want to learn something about Irish Whiskey, visit the Jameson Experience Center. You can end the evening in a pub in the Tempel Bar district. Overnight stay in Dublin.

Day 12: Dublin - Holyhead - Yorkshire Dales (approx. 260 km + ferry passage Ireland - Wales)

In the morning the ferry leaves for Holyhead in Wales. From here a slightly longer motorway stage leads into the north of England. At the foot of the Yorkshire Dales, a stop in the picturesque Skipton on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal is worthwhile. Overnight stay in the Yorkshire Dales.

Day 13: Yorkshire Dales - Newcastle (approx. 180 km)

Ride over smallest roads through the Yorkshire Dales. Then embarkation on the ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam and departure (approx. 17.00 hrs). Overnight stay on board.

Day 14: Arrival in Amsterdam

In the morning (approx. 9.45 a.m.) arrival in Amsterdam (IJmuiden) and individual journey home.

If applicable, the times of day and times mentioned are subject to change.