Dun Laoghaire (Dublin), Ireland
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Approximately 4½ Hours
Meals not included
Departing the harbour town of Dún Laoghaire, your drive will take you into the heart of bustling Dublin -- the Fair City. Bustling, cosmopolitan and ancient (though young at heart), Dublin is one of Europe's liveliest centers. Medieval and 17th-century buildings stand comfortably amid all the trappings of a 21st-century city.
Your day begins with a transfer to the River Liffey, upon which Dublin was built. Board the Liffey Voyager for a gentle and relaxing cruise along the river. Hear the story of Dublin, from the arrival of the Vikings a thousand years ago to the rapid development of the city during the 18th and 19th centuries. The redevelopment of Dublin's Docklands will amaze you.
Here the story behind the iconic Ha'penny Bridge as well as Gandon's masterpiece -- the majestic Customs House.
Follow the story of Dublin's Royal and Grand Canals and see where Oliver Cromwell landed in 1649. Learn how much of present-day Dublin now sits on reclaimed land, including Trinity College and the Spire in O'Connell Street.
Back on dry land, re-board your motor coach for a narrated panoramic drive through the city. See the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam and stop to photograph the renowned Doorways of Dublin.
Continue to St Patrick's Cathedral to snap some more photos before driving past the renowned Guinness Brewery; home of the 'black stuff' for which Dublin is famous.
At Phoenix Park, Europe's largest enclosed public park, watch for the homes of Ireland's President and the US Ambassador, and on the north side of Dublin's River Liffey you will pass the Four Courts -- center of Ireland's justice system.
Return to Dún Laoghaire.