Northern Ireland & The Republic

Trip Schedule: July 14 - 22, 2024

Join Jerry Sorkin on this special trip to Ireland, visiting both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Included are some incredible experiences as alternatives. This includes a walking tour of one of Ireland’s most historic towns, Drogheda, given by formerly homeless guides. Explore the historic archaeology of the island and many truly wonderful experiences that will offer a unique perspective on Ireland.

We have included a nice mix of some of Ireland’s most unique and traditional experiences, such as pint pouring in Ireland’s oldest pub, a visit to The Giant’s Causeway, traditional bread baking in a local farmhouse, and a half-day visit to the St. Patrick’s Centre for peace and reconciliation talks given by two local nuns.

We will also delve into the historic Northern Ireland Accords, which finally brought peace to the island.



Arrive at Dublin Airport

Meet with your English-speaking guide and driver and transfer to Belfast city centre. On route enjoy a walking tour of Drogheda. 

My Streets Walking tour of Drogheda. 

The “My Streets Walking Tour of Drogheda” is a captivating exploration of the town’s history and contemporary culture, led by local guides who have experienced homelessness. These guides provide a unique perspective on Drogheda’s past and present, offering personal insights and stories that add depth and authenticity to the tour. It’s the perfect way to uncover the town’s unique charm and its people’s stories while supporting a meaningful cause.

Continue to your hoteland check in.

*May not be possible until 15h00.

Enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Overnight, dinner, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Belfast or area (D)


This morning enjoy a Black Cab Tour of Belfast with a local guide.

A Belfast Black Cab Tour is a unique way to explore the city’s history and culture. Led by local drivers, you’ll visit key historical sites and murals, gaining insights into Belfast’s past, including The Troubles and the peace process. The tours are personalized and offer an engaging way to connect with the city’s narrative, making it an essential experience for anyone visiting Belfast.

Afterwards enjoy a visit to Titanic Belfast.

Titanic Belfast is a captivating museum and visitor center that tells the remarkable story of the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Situated on the very site where the iconic ship was built, this award-winning attraction offers an immersive journey through the ship’s construction, its tragic maiden voyage, and the maritime history of Belfast. With state-of-the-art exhibits, interactive displays, and stunning architecture, Titanic Belfast provides a powerful and poignant experience that pays tribute to this legendary vessel and its passengers.

Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Belfast or area. (B)


Enjoy your morning at the Saint Patrick’s Centre in Downpatrick for a half day peace and reconciliation chat.

Afterwards take the short journey to Tracey’s Farmhouse for a break baking class and lunch. Lunch will be in a local farmhouse.

Based in Comber, County Down on the shores of Strangford Lough, Tracey Jeffrey has a beautiful traditional cottage where she provides a traditional Irish bread making experience. Soda bread will be made, with various alternative ingredients, including treacle, currants, sultanas or cinnamon. Tray-bakes are a typical sweet treat from Northern Ireland and are delicious served with tea or coffee. Guests will take home a bag filled with their handmade products and all of the recipes.

Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Belfast or area (B, L)


This morning, we depart to Belfast and journey to Derry.

Visit Corrymeela Ballycastle for a peace and reconciliation talk.

Corrymeela, situated in Ballycastle, graces Northern Ireland’s Antrim coast. This retreat and conference center stands as a symbol of peace and reconciliation in a region known for its historical conflicts. With a warm welcome and inspiring program, Corrymeela provides a serene space for individuals and groups to engage in spiritual reflection and meaningful dialogue. It’s a place where people from diverse backgrounds come together to foster unity, empathy, and a shared commitment to peace in a harmonious and beautiful environment.

Afterwards stop off at the Giants Causeway for a visit.

Encounter Northern Ireland’s favorite giant Finn McCool at the new Giants Causeway Visitor center on the North Antrim coast which opened in the summer of 2012. According to legend Finn McCool created the Giants Causeway by building steppingstones to Scotland to challenge the Scottish giant Benandonner! The new Visitor canter explores the major themes of mythology, geology, landscape, ecology, culture and social history based on the UNESCO World Heritage site that consists of 40,000 basalt polygonal columns formed 60 million years ago after a volcanic eruption. There are various interactive exhibits and short video presentations within five designated interpretive exhibition areas and the self-guided visit will culminate with a spectacular two-minute audio-visual projection of a volcanic eruption flowing over the walls and onto the floor. Other services and facilities include a large craft and souvenir shop, Tourist Information and restaurant. To enhance the wider visitor experience around the site, a handheld audio guide is available in a range of languages which will bring the wider World Heritage Site to life and inform visitors of unique features to look out for across this amazing landscape. Guided tours of the site are also available.

Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Derry or area (B)

DAY 5: 2024 – DERRY DAY

Today enjoy your day exploring Derry city and the surrounding are. Start with a walking tour of the city and its famous walls.

Based in the heart of the historic city, the award-winning Martin McCrossan Derry city tours showcase the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland. These famous walls which date back to the early part of the seventeenth century have been a place of several sieges. There are fine views from the top of the walls, which encircle the old city, a circuit of one mile. By walking on Derry’s Walls, you have splendid views of cathedrals and churches, you will learn about the historical events that shaped the city and explore attractions such as The Bogside, The People’s Gallery: The Murals, The Diamond, the Tower Museum and the Guildhall.

After lunch enjoy a visit to Glenshane Country Farm, situated high in the picturesque Sperrin Mountains, has been owned and operated by a family of sheep farmers for four generations. They provide guests with an opportunity to partake in an immersive, genuine Irish farm experience. With a thriving flock of over 250 sheep, visitors can observe the farm’s skilled Sheepdogs in action. All against the backdrop of the breathtaking countryside. Those who explore this farm leave with smiles on their faces and a collection of heartwarming stories and memories to share with loved ones back home.

Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Derry or area (B)


This morning, we depart to Derry and journey to Galway.

Enjoy a visit to the Marble Arch caves in Fermanagh on route.

Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark is host to one of the finest show caves in Europe. Visitors are guided through a fascinating natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers while stunningly beautiful cave formations glisten all around.

Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Galway or area (B)


This morning travel to Rossaveal port to catch the ferry to the Aran Islands.

Your visit to Inishmore includes a delightful mini-bus tour, allowing visitors to comfortably explore the island’s rich cultural heritage, stunning natural landscapes, and unique charm all within a single day. Highlights of the trip typically feature a visit to the ancient Dun Aonghasa fort, perched dramatically on the island’s cliffs, as well as encounters with friendly locals who are often fluent in the Irish language. Travelers can also appreciate the traditional stone walls and picturesque vistas that make Inishmore an unforgettable Irish experience, all while enjoying the convenience of a guided mini-bus tour.

Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Belfast or area (B)



This morning, we depart to Galway and travel to Dublin, with a stop at Sean’s Bar in Athlone for a pint-pouring experience, offers a blend of Irish culture, history, and beautiful landscapes. The journey begins in lively Galway, and after checking into your Dublin hotel, it continues with a historic pit stop at Sean’s Bar, known as one of the world’s oldest pubs, where you’ll learn to pour the perfect pint of Guinness.

On arrival in Dublin Discover over 800 years of history and awaken your senses with whiskey tours and tastings at Pearse Lyons Distillery. Located in the former St. James’ Church in Dublin’s city center, this small and intimate family-owned distillery offers guests a unique blend of Irish history, culture and the very best of whiskeys. Winner of the Irish Tourism Industry Award for Dublin’s Best Visitor Experience 2019, Pearse Lyons Distillery is a working distillery like no other. See how Pearse small batch Irish Whiskey is made and can chat to the team of distillers. Each tour and tasting experience celebrate the Irish tradition of storytelling.

Afterward check in to your Dublin hotel for the night. (B)

Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Dublin or area (B, L)


DAY 9: 2024 – DUBLIN DAY

Start your day today with a walking tour of Dublin city.

Explore the heart of Dublin on a captivating walking tour that includes two iconic landmarks. Begin your journey with a visit to Trinity College, where you’ll have the privilege of admiring the mesmerizing Book of Kells, a beautifully illuminated medieval manuscript. Then, meander through the historic streets of Dublin to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a magnificent gothic masterpiece, and learn about its rich history and stunning architecture.

After lunch visit the EPIC Museum.

The EPIC Museum in Dublin is a captivating journey through Ireland’s history, culture, and global influence. This interactive museum uses state-of-the-art technology, engaging storytelling, and a wealth of artifacts to showcase the incredible achievements and contributions of the Irish people throughout the world. From literature to sports, science to music, and beyond, EPIC provides an immersive and insightful experience, celebrating Ireland’s remarkable heritage and the extraordinary impact of its diaspora. Enjoy your “Farewell Dinner” tonight!

Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Belfast or area (B, D)


This morning depart your hotel and travel to Dublin airport. (B)


  • Belfast: The Malone, The Stormont
  • Derry: The Everglades Hotel, City Hotel Derry
  • Galway: The Galmont Hotel, The Salthill Hotel
  • Dublin: Camden Court Hotel, Ashling Hotel