An itinerary custom designed to introduce you to Dublin and the South West of Ireland.
ARRIVE IN DUBLIN. CEAD MILE FÁILTE.
ARRIVE IN DUBLIN. CEAD MILE FÁILTE. Upon arrival at Dublin airport, you will be met by one of our top class driver/guides and escorted to a luxury vehicle and privately transferred into Dublin City. Your driver/guide will conduct a short orientation tour of the city including some of the major sights. You will see O’Connell Street and the General Post Office which was the location where the Proclamation was read for the first time on Easter Sunday 1916, you will see the Garden of Remembrance, The Custom House and get a feel for this great city. Accommodation is included for 2 nights at your choice of hotel (please note supplements apply the 5 star) The Shelbourne Hotel: The Merrion Hotel: The Westbury Hotel or The Dylan Hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to rest and relax and enjoy Dublin’s Fair City.
Our Guide and Driver/Guide Services: We provide only the very best of local guides and driver/guides (One Person) who will be with you for 8 hours per day with an hour for lunch. During your trip, you will discover a wealth of detailed information about Irish history, about the cities, towns and villages along the route. You will learn about the heritage of Ireland its complex history back to 13,000BC. Through an intricately woven timeline you will see first-hand the influences that have come together to make the Irish who we are. Most importantly your driver/guide is there to make your trip through the Real Ireland as memorable as possible so we will be flexible to allow you to experience and feel the Real Ireland. You will be taken to those real places where you can immerse yourself in the culture, feel the character and meet the characters.
DUBLIN. A WALKING TOUR OF THE CITY
After your full Irish breakfast this morning, at 9am you will meet an expert local guide in the hotel lobby. We include a 3-hour walking tour exploring the city centre. Your tour will focus on the highlights of the city centre and give an informed and fun perspective of life and history in Ireland’s capital. The walking tour will end at Trinity College Library where we include entrance fees to see the famous Book of Kells. In the afternoon you may choose to visit St Patrick’s Cathedral perhaps Kilmainham Gaol, The Guinness Storehouse, The Dublin Writers Museum or any of the great museums and galleries. In the evening, there is the option to include a private transfer for the superb Celtic Nights Dinner and Irish dancing show at the Arlington Hotel. Your driver will collect you after dinner and drop you back to the hotel.
DUBLIN TO CORK: THE LAND OF THE SAINTS AND SCHOLARS
Meet with your driver/guide this morning and travel along via The Rock of Cashel to Cork and Blarney Castle. The site where St Patrick chose to make the head of his church in Ireland The Rock of Cashel is a spectacular group of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale including the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral. After your visit, you will continue to Blarney Castle where you will have the chance to kiss the famous Stone of Eloquence and time to pillage the adjacent woollen mills. Later you will continue to Kinsale. Where you will check into the stunning Perryville House or similar for an overnight in a deluxe king bedded room. Situated right in the heart of beautiful Kinsale the evening is free for you to relax and explore Kinsale and try any of the fine restaurants that make Kinsale known as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland.
CORK TO KILLARNEY. THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY
After breakfast you will meet with your driver/guide and depart Kinsale. You will travel along the wild and rugged south and west coast, part of Ireland’s famous tourist route the Wild Atlantic Way. First you can make a stop to view the breath-taking scenery at the Old Head of Kinsale and travel along the coastline to Skibbereen and around Bantry Bay One of the world’s largest natural harbours. Today is all about the very best of Irish scenery truly breath-taking panoramas that present a new vista with every mile. There will be plenty of photo stops. There will be time for lunch in the picturesque village of Kenmare. In the afternoon you will be driven along the most stunning part of the Ring of Kerry, along the lakes and through the national park to the popular town of Killarney. Here you will check in for 3 nights at The Aghadoe Heights Hotel (located just 10 minutes from Killarney) in a lake side deluxe room or the Killarney Park Hotel (located in the heart of town) in a premium room. The evening is free and you can take the hotel shuttle to town to enjoy Ireland’s most famous tourist town and all of the great pubs and restaurants.
THE RING OF KERRY
After breakfast today meet with your driver/guide for a full day tour of the Ring of Kerry. You will travel from Killarney to Killorglin and via Glenbeigh, here we include a sheepdog demonstration with Brendan Farris. You will continue to see dramatic views over Dingle Bay to Cahirciveen, the birth place of Daniel O’Connell – Ireland’s Great Liberator. Take a detour to see Valentia Island and the Skellig Ring where you can see stunning coastal views out to the Skellig Island (used in the latest Star Wars film). There be time to enjoy an optional lunch in Waterville and take a stroll on the sandy beach past Charlie Chaplin. Later continue your journey with some of the most beautiful sights in Ireland, through Sneem and via Molls Gap and along ladies view and along the 3 lakes arriving in Killarney in the mid-afternoon. Perhaps visit Muckross House and Gardens or take a short hike to the Torc Waterfall before returning to your hotel. Tonight we include the Celtic Steps Irish Show with round trip transfers included.
THE DINGLE PENINSULA
THE DINGLE PENINSULA. After breakfast today you will meet your driver/guide for a tour out to Ireland’s most westerly point. The day tour to the Dingle Peninsula is a journey that takes in the wild and rugged beauty of the Slea head Drive. Once cited as ‘the most beautiful place on earth’ by the National Geographic and was voted among the top 100 destinations in the world by Trip Advisor. The peninsula is littered with Archaeological remains and secluded sandy beaches, here you can walk on one of them and feel the splendid isolation that the Neolithic settlers must have felt in 4,000 BC when they made the area their home. Dingle Town is one of Ireland’s quickly disappearing Gaeltacht regions where Irish is the first language and one can almost sense the difference here. Your driver/guide will teach you a “cupla focal”, a few words in Irish. An optional seafood lunch can be enjoyed in any of the towns’ superb restaurants. Later you will travel over the Conor Pass one of Ireland most dramatic journeys across the peaks to Tralee and then back to Killarney for an evening at your leisure.
THE CLIFFS OF MOHER
After breakfast today you will meet with your driver/guide and travel north with a short stop in the pretty town of Adare regarded as one of Ireland’s prettiest towns. Later you will to The Cliffs of Moher – a sheer precipice that stretches for 5 miles along the Wild Atlantic Way. The Cliffs of Moher rise to a height of 668 feet above the Atlantic and is one of the most impressive coastlines in Ireland. In nesting season, the cliffs are home to a variety of seabirds. Entrances to Cliffs of Moher Visitors Centre included. In the afternoon there will be time to see the Burren National Park. This is a remarkable landscape of Limestone and littered with Neolithic sites dating back 6,000 years. There will be time for an optional lunch and in the late afternoon you will check into Dromoland Castle for an overnight stay in a deluxe room. With a reputation built on its unparalleled warmth and hospitality, you will understand just what a special experience it is to stay at one of the finest 5 star hotels in Ireland.
Today we include a private departure transfer to Shannon airport for your return flight to the USA.
NOTE: All of our itineraries can be customised. You may find that its more convenient to depart from Dublin airport at the end of your trip, we can amend the schedule to finish with a final overnight back in Dublin (perhaps close to airport for early departures) Please fill in the “design your own tour” from below and we can begin planning your very own Irish experience. Please email us email@example.com with any questions.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR REAL IRISH EXPERIENCE WITH IRISH LUXURY TOURS
PRICING: All itineraries are subject to availability
Prices are Per Person starting FROM (seasonal rates apply)
2 passengers from €3495 to €4295 per person sharing
4 passengers from €2895 to €3695 per person sharing (Two rooms)
6 passengers from €2495 to €3295 per person sharing (Three rooms)
Other prices on request. Please note a single supplement applies for a single room and a single person travelling
HOTELS: 7 nights Bed and full Irish breakfast is included at the following 5 star hotels.
- The Shelbourne Hotel or similar Dublin: 2 nights in a deluxe room
- Perryville House Co. Cork: Overnight in a deluxe king bedded room.
- The Aghadoe Heights Hotel Co. Kerry: 3 nights in a lakeside king room OR or the Killarney Park Hotel 3 nights in 1 premium king room
- Dromoland Castle Co. Clare: 1 night in a deluxe room.
DRIVER/GUIDE SERVICES: Using a luxury saloon vehicle for 1 – 2 passengers, 1 luxury minivan for 3 – 5 passengers and a range of luxury vehicles to suit any group size.
- Private meet greet and arrival transfer including panoramic Dublin City tour
- 5 complete days of driver/guide services,
- Private departure transfer.
WALKING TOURS: With an expert local guide
- Private 3 Hour Walking Tour of Dublin City
ENTRANCE FEES: Are included to the following sites
- Trinity College for the Book of Kells
- The Rock of Cashel
- Blarney Castle
- The Celtic Steps Irish Show
- Bunratty Castle and Folk Park,
- The Cliffs of Moher including the Atlantic Edge Experience
All communications costs, hotels taxes and fees are also included and the services of our professional travel experts on the ground are available to you 24 hours a day 7 days a week throughout your trip
WHATS NOT INCLUDED:
Flights from the USA or Europe, Gratuities and Tips to driver/guides and local guides and anything not mentioned above.
The itinerary is subject to availability and we have superb alternates in all locations if an issue for you chosen dates. To secure the above itinerary, a 30% deposit is due to confirm. This can be paid for by credit card (Please note a 3% handling fee applies to credit card payments) or by bank transfer (no fee applies, details on request).
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