Luxury small group tour of Ireland - Dublin & South West Ireland 7 day tour

Guaranteed Tour - Starting: 31st August to 7th September 2024

Immerse yourself in our well-paced experience of Dublin, and the magnificent beauty of South-West Ireland. Panoramic ocean views, unspoilt wilderness, national parks. And what a way to experience the world-famous hospitality of the Irish. You’ll stay in hand-selected, premium hotels, including a castle, rich in ancestral history. Your friendly driver-guide will be with you throughout your trip, making every day incredible.

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€4995 per person sharing a double or twin room

Book by 30th May 2024 and we will include a Dinner in Dublin, a pre show Dinner in Killarney and a Gourmet Farewell Meal in the Earl of Thomond restaurant at the 5 star Dromoland Castle

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Tour Highlights

  • The Book of Kells
  • Walking Tour of Dublin
  • The Rock of Cashel
  • Jameson Experience
  • The Ring of Kerry
  • The Dingle Peninsula
  • Dromoland Castle
  • The Cliffs of Moher

Day 1

Arrive in Dublin. Céad Míle Fáilte!

As your plane touches down at Dublin airport, your driver-guide is waiting to welcome you to Ireland, with a luxury vehicle. Step into another world and relax. When you’re ready, we’ll accompany you from here, your every need attended. You won’t worry about a thing.

Dublin centre is just 10km from the airport and if you wish, you’ll enjoy a short orientation tour of the centre, en route to your hotel. Subject to traffic and times, your driver-guide may show you O’Connell Street and the General Post Office; the Proclamation was read here for the first time on Easter Sunday 1916.

Your short tour might also include the Garden of Remembrance and The Custom House. Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to see more tomorrow, once you’re rested.

Arriving at your 5-star hotel, The Intercontinental, you’ll stay here for two nights. Your driver-guide will help you check in to your room, then leave you to settle in, rest and relax.

Should you need recommendations for dinner, you only have to ask. With local knowledge and a love of the city, we’re armed with delicious ideas.

More about your driver-guide

From a team of employed professionals, your driver-guide will soon become a firm friend. Relaxed and flexible, their job is to ensure you have a memorable experience and a very enjoyable time. Some have likened it to winning the lottery or feeling like royalty.


They’ll accompany you for eight hours a day, taking an hour for lunch. They’ll safely transport you in your luxury vehicle and manage the daily detail. Most importantly, you’ll find our driver-guides offer a wealth of knowledge about Ireland, new and old. Listen to their stories, experience Irish character first-hand, and see hidden sights only the locals know. Our driver-guides are what makes your trip so very special.

Day 2

Dublin: a walking tour and time to explore

After your first Irish breakfast, you’ll meet our friendly local guide in your hotel lobby. They’ll take you on an informative, private three-hour walking tour of Dublin city. Offering a fascinating insight into Ireland’s capital, you’ll learn more about life in Dublin.

Rest assured, we can tailor our tour to meet any mobility needs or specific interests.

Key highlights include Dublin Castle – an impressive 13th century building, now a major government complex since independence in 1922. You’ll also see The Custom House near Dublin Port. Opened in 1791, it’s awash with neoclassical splendour. And no visit would be complete without experiencing the Georgian doors of Dublin first-hand. Colourful and decorative, they’re now part of Dublin’s DNA.

Your walking tour will end at Trinity College Library: home to the Book of Kells. Nestled in the heart of Dublin along ancient cobbled stone lanes, we’ve included your entrance fee to admire this lavishly decorated and most historical book. Crafted from vellum, it contains the four Gospels in Latin, dating back to 384AD. The book is famous throughout the world.

In the afternoon we explore further, with a panoramic tour of the city including Phoenix Park and the Garden of Remembrance and we include entrances to The Guinness Storehouse. The rest of the evening is free to relax and explore the city.

Day 3

Dublin to Cork: the land of saints and scholars

Today, your Irish adventure leaves Dublin behind. There’s so much more to discover!

In the safety of your luxury vehicle and with the company of your trusted driver-guide, you’ll travel south-west towards Cork. There’s 265km of scenery to soak in along the way. We include entrance fees to the following two sites as you travel.

The Rock of Cashel – a historically significant group of medieval fortifications on prominent limestone outcrops in the Golden Vale. This is the site where St Patrick chose to make the head of his church in Ireland.

The Jameson Experience at the Midleton Distillery – enjoy a spot of Irish whiskey tasting whilst learning about the heritage of the Jameson brand. See the maturation process for yourself and walk among thousands of wooden whiskey casks, all housing the world-famous Jameson Whiskey.

At the end of an incredible day, you’ll check in to your room at the 5 star Hayfield Manor. Your stay included full Irish breakfast.

Day 4

Cork to Killarney: The Wild Atlantic Way

Following breakfast, you’ll say goodbye to Kinsale town and continue along your route.

There are many ways to reach Killarney – some coastal, others inland. With the help of your trusted driver-guide, today head west to Glengarrif and meet the Wild Atlantic Way, we include a stop at Mannings Emporium where you can sample some o fthe most amazing local produce.  There will be time for a morning coffe or ealry lunch in the picturesque village of Kenmare.

Afterwards you'll be taken onto the most stunning section of the famous Ring of Kerry with time for lots of photo stops.

You’ll arrive in Killarney during the afternoon (a little earlier if you choose a shorter route). It’s a pretty town boasting many 18th century buildings of interest. Situated on the shores of Lough Leane, it’s flanked by Killarney National Park. This is your Irish home for two nights at stunningly located 5 star The Aghadoe Heights Hotel

Relax and have fun in Killarney this evening. The town has plenty to offer and as ever, your devoted driver-guide will be on-hand with recommendations to help you make the most of it.

Day 5

Killarney National Park, A Jaunting Car Ride, A Boat Trip on Lough Leane and Time to Hike.

It’s another fine day for stunning scenery as your attentive driver-guide tours you around Killarney. We include a jaunting car ride with a local jarvey,  a true charcetr full of stories and local legends.  The journey takes you through part of Killarney National park.  At Lough Leane you will have time to view Ross Castle and we include a scenic boat tour on the lake.

In the afternnon its onto Muckross House & Gardens, time to take short hike to Torc Waterfall and possibly an optioonal sheepdog demonstration

We include the Celtic Steps show in Killarney this evening, if you wish to experience some magnificent Irish music and dancing.

Day 6

The Dingle Peninsula

You’ll be glad of your driver-guide today as they take you to marvel at the very best views on the Dingle Peninsula. It’s Ireland’s most westerly point and rich in wild and rugged beauty.

Slea Head Drive will be the highlight: once cited as “the most beautiful place on earth” by National Geographic. And one of the top 100 destinations in the world by TripAdvisor. Tucked away in gorgeous Ireland.

The drive is a circular route that starts and finishes at the pretty harbour town of Dingle. You’ll see fascinating archaeological remains intertwined with secluded sandy beaches and wild open countryside. If you want to escape from it all, there’s no better place. The air is clear, the natural light is captivating. You’ll feel a sense of peace and calm from beginning to end.

Walk on the beach and squelch the sand in your toes if you fancy. Imagine how those Neolithic settlers felt in 4,000BC. This was home to them.

We also include a delightful 2-hour Food tasting tour of Dingle, visiting some wonderful artisan food shops. With Irish as its first language, this ancient town sits within one of the Gaeltacht regions. Be assured that your driver-guide will escort you through and ensure you enjoy your experience of traditional Irish life.

In the afternoon You’ll travel over the Conor Pass to Tralee. It’s a dramatic journey of peaks and winding climbs. With views to match. Just sit back and take it all in.

This evening you will check into the stunning 5 star Dromoland Castle for a two night stay in a deluxe room.

Day 7

County Clare including The Cliffs of Moher & The Burren National Park

This morning after a sumptous breakfast you will travel west join another section of The Wild Atlantic Way. Your first destination? The Cliffs of Moher.

It’s easy to see why The Cliffs of Moher are a UNESCO Global Geopark. You’ll be struck by their staggering height (up to 668 feet) and endless stretch (5 miles). Such a natural landmark makes you feel humble in the world we live.

Enjoy the far-reaching views across the Atlantic Ocean, take a wind-swept stroll along the cliff tops, spot basking sharks and dolphins in the waters below (on a calm day). Your driver-guide will advise you on the most memorable beauty spots and particular things to look out for. Like Kittiwakes and Razorbills. Coastal sea pinks and pretty wildflowers.

Entrance to the visitor centre is included, enabling you to learn more about this natural Irish wonder. Alternatively, you might opt for a coastal cruise to take in the mighty cliffs from the sea.
Your journey continues north through the Burren Region; a Geosite that’s home to Burren National Park. With curious limestone landscape formed 300 million years ago, you’ll spot intriguing mushroom-like stone formations and structures – all naturally formed by the wild, Irish environment. Rich in archaeological history, you’ll see many ancient monuments and Neolithic sites. Your driver-guide will fill in the detail as you go.

Return to your castle in the early mid afternoon to enjoy the estate and the facilities, perhaps the Hawk Walk?

Day 8

Farewell for now: your adventure is complete

Has the time flown by? What an incredible journey. What an experience of Ireland’s best and finest. And yet, today, it comes to a close. Treasure those memories and special times. You’ll be sad to leave our gregarious and charming land, but you can always return. There’s more to discover and we’d love to see you again!

As ever, your dear driver-guide is on-hand to drive you to Shannon airport for your return flight. They’ll drop you just where you need to be, ensuring your departure is stress-free and easy. After some fond farewells, you’ll be safely on your way.  need to be transferred to Dublin Airport instead?  Not a problem we have you covered.

Details

There is a maximum of 12 guests. Ideal for couples to book and travel with other guests and experience the Real Ireland guided by an expert.

This tour starts with arrival at Dublin Airport on 31st August 2024 and end on 7th September, its a guaranteed tour.  We can book pre nights in Dublin if preferred and there are options to extend the tour at the end should you choose

What’s included in your 7-day LUXURY SMALL GROUP tour of Dublin and south-west Ireland

Hotels: On this trip you’ll enjoy seven nights’ bed and full Irish breakfast at the finest 5 star hotels as listed below.

  • The Intercontinetal Hotel Dublin: two nights in a king or twin room.
  • Hayfield Manor, Cork: overnight in a superior king or twin room.
  • The Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Killarney: two nights in a lake side king or twin room.
  • Dromoland castle, Co Clare: 2 nights in a deluxe king or twin room.

Driver-guide Services: You’ll have exclusive use of our professional driver-guide services for five days. One driver will meet you straight from your flight to Dublin and provide the transfer. You’ll then have an expert driver/guide to accompany the group. A local driver will safely transfer you to Shannon airport on Day 8.

The vehicle will be a luxury executive Minicoach with leather reclining seats, air conditioned, water is provided daily and there is free wifi on board (subject to coverage).

Dublin walking tour

We organise your three-hour tour with an expert local guide.

What’s Not Included:

  • Your flights to and from the USA or Europe
  • Gratuities and tips to driver-guides and local guides
  • Anything that we’ve not mentioned above

Booking Terms and Conditions:

The price is €4995.00 per person sharing a double or twin room.

A 20% deposit is required to book and confirm the tour, this is non refundable as is required to confirm your hotels. Once your payment is processed a receipt will be issued with your confirmed itinerary. The balance of payment is due 30 days prior to departure and we will be in contact a few weeks prior with a reminder.

Book by 30th May 2024 and we will include a Dinner in Dublin, a pre show Dinner in Killarney and a Gourmet Farewell Meal in the Earl of Thomond restaurant at the 5 star Dromoland Castle

We also include hotel taxes and fees, communication costs and the help of our local travel experts throughout your trip; 24/7

To book and confirm you place on this wondrful small group tour we require full payment, for 2 people travelling, the total cost is €9990.00, to book this tour a 20% deposit per couple is required which is €1998. Please click BOOK NOW. once payment is processed we will issue a receipt and your confirmed itinerary your places on the tour. The balance will be due by 15th July 2024

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Please email us with any questions or if you would like to chat with one of our experts.

Price

The Price is €4995 per person sharing a double or twin room

Entrance fees are included to the following sights:

  • Trinity College for the Book of Kells
  • The Guiness Storehouse
  • The Rock of Cashel
  • The Jameson Whiskey Experience
  • Mannings Food Emporium, Tasting Experience
  • Jaunting Car Ride in Killarney National Park
  • Scenic Boat Tour on Lough Leane
  • The Celtic Steps Irish Show
  • The Cliffs of Moher including the Atlantic Edge Experience

Book by 30th May 2024 and we will include a Dinner in Dublin, a pre show Dinner in Killarney and a Gourmet Farewell Meal in the Earl of Thomond restaurant at the 5 star Dromoland Castle

We also include hotel taxes and fees, communication costs and the help of our local travel experts throughout your trip; 24/7

To book and confirm your place on this wonderful small group tour we require full payment, for 2 people travelling, the total cost is €9990.00, to book this tour a 20% deposit per couple is required which is €1998. Please click BOOK NOW, once payment is processed we will issue a receipt and your confirmed itinerary your places on the tour. The balance will be due by 15th July 2024

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Please email us with any questions or if you would like to chat with one of our experts.

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