Luxury 14 day tour of Ireland - Grand tour experience to the real Ireland
A 14-day, private tour on a grand scale. Discover Ireland in all directions whilst relishing uncompromising luxury. You’ll be totally smitten with this hospitable island after your 14-day grand tour. You’ll experience wilderness and wonder coupled with modern-day cities, historical landmarks and no shortage of that upbeat Irish warmth we all talk about.
Our luxury tour includes hand-selected, premium hotels. Your every comfort is assured – and a few more besides.
Accompanying you throughout the tour, your friendly driver-guide is there to make every moment incredible. They’ll take the best routes, uncover hidden gems and act as the guide book money can’t buy. All whilst providing enjoyable company and many an ancient tale.
Dublin welcomes you. Céad Míle Fáilte.
The moment you touch down at Dublin airport, your driver-guide and luxury vehicle are waiting to welcome you. Everything is set for an adventure on a grand scale. It’s all organised, and you’ll be accompanied at every stage.
The airport is just a short drive from the city. It’s opportune to enjoy a short orientation tour as you head to your hotel. Your driver-guide will point out many key sites (dependent on traffic). You might spot O’Connell Street and the General Post Office, for example. Maybe the Garden of Remembrance, Custom House. And tomorrow, you’ve got an entire day to see more of Dublin; it’s history and culture.
You’ll spend your first two nights at one of our selected 5-star Dublin hotels The Shelbourne Hotel, The Merrion Hotel, The Westbury Hotel or The Dylan Hotel. Your driver-guide will ensure you check in safely and have suitable recommendations for dinner this evening. It’s time to relax now, it’s been a long day.
Dublin City: Your walking tour and time to explore
After breakfast, you’ll be greeted by a local guide in the hotel lobby. We’ve planned a private three-hour walking tour, just for your party (tell us about any specific mobility needs or sites of interest).
It’s an interesting and enjoyable tour of central Dublin, touching on both history and local life. You’ll see 13th century Dublin Castle, today a major government centre. In the Dublin Port area, you’ll marvel at the neoclassical architecture of Custom House, originally opened in 1791. And you’ll admire some of the Georgian doors of Dublin. Colourful and decorative, they’ve become part of Dublin’s DNA.
Your walking tour will conclude at Trinity College Library. It’s in the heart of Dublin, down worn, cobbled lanes. And it’s home to the world-famous Book of Kells. Crafted from vellum and ornately decorated, the book dates to the 9th Century. Historically significant, it contains the four Gospels in Latin.
During the afternoon and evening, you’re free to explore the capital as you wish. Your driver-guide can help you plan your time. And if you wish to keep him (and your vehicle) we can arrange this too. There’s lots to discover, including: The National Gallery, The Irish Immigration Museum, The Guinness Storehouse, and St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Of course, Dublin is excellent for soaking up the vibrant Irish culture and a spot of shopping too. The choice is yours.
Dublin and Cork: Historic Land of Saints and Scholars
This morning, you’ll say farewell to Dublin and head towards Cork – with much interest along the way. From the safety and comfort of your luxury vehicle, you’ll get your first taste of Ireland’s incredible scenery. There’s plenty more to come.
Your first stop will be The Rock of Cashel. Situated on remarkable limestone outcrops within the Golden Vale, this is the spot St Patrick chose to make the head of his church. An intriguing group of medieval fortifications and buildings, it’s extremely significant in Ireland’s history.
You’ll see the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, the 13th century Gothic cathedral, the 15th century castle, and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral.
As you continue to travel south-west, you’ll stop at Blarney Castle. Have you heard about the legendary Stone of Eloquence? Since 1446, it’s been safely resting in the 600-year-old tower at Blarney Castle. A world landmark in Ireland, the story goes that if you climb the tower and kiss the Stone of Eloquence, you’ll never be lost for words again!
After an enjoyable journey, your driver-guide will take you to Kinsale Harbour, where you’ll check in to Perryville House (or similar) for one night. Dating to 1820, this lovingly restored building now houses a luxurious boutique guest house. You’ll enjoy a deluxe room, with every possible comfort.
Relish an evening in Kinsale. It’s a pretty town with a deserved reputation of being the gourmet capital of Ireland.
Cork to Killarney. The Wild Atlantic Way
It’s on with your journey today. After breakfast, your driver-guide will first take you to the Old Head of Kinsale. No tour to the south-west can omit such a breath-taking ocean view. It’s also the start of the Wild Atlantic Way – an iconic coastal route you’ll keep returning to over the coming days.
Today, you’ll first head to the pretty village of Kenmare for a spot of lunch. You’ll gaze at scenic splendour this morning. And your driver-guide knows all the best photo-stops. Such unspoilt, natural beauty – it’s hard for a camera to do it justice. Make sure you capture this for your memories too.
On your approach to Killarney, you’ll enjoy some stunning views from The Ring of Kerry. Don’t worry, there’s more to see tomorrow. You’ll travel along the lakes, through Killarney National Park, eventually arriving at the popular town of Killarney.
Nestled on the shores of Lough Leane, Queen Victoria visited here in the 19th Century. With its dramatic mountainous backdrop and immense natural beauty, you’ll appreciate why it’s a favoured destination for many.
You’ll enjoy three nights in Killarney. Staying at one of our preferred hotel either The Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Where warm Irish hospitality meets modern comfort. With a lakeside deluxe room, this 5-star hotel affords magical views from every corner. It’s such a serene and relaxing place. Yet, just a short hotel shuttle into the heart of town. Alternatively you can choose The town centre, 5 star Killarney Park Hotel where you’ll stay in a premium room. This wonderful 5-star hotel is just a few minutes walk to the pubs and restaurants on the high street.
We can recommend some ideas for dinner tonight or see what tempts you. There are characterful Irish pubs and fine restaurants to choose from in Killarney. You’ll have a wonderful time.
The Ring of Kerry
What a day awaits you. Safely accompanied by your driver-guide, you’ll explore The Ring of Kerry today. It’s a circular coastal route forming part of The Wild Atlantic Way in this westerly corner of Ireland.
There’s so much to take in. Have your heart open and your camera charged.
Travelling via the small coastal village of Glenbeigh, you’ll first stop in Killorglin. It’s known for one of the best sandy Atlantic beaches on our small island. A great spot to kick your shoes off, if you fancy.
Should you like to see a sheepdog demonstration, you can stop by Brendan Farris, en route to Killorglin. He trains Irish border collies and his work is known across the land.
On you’ll go. So much beauty to see. Dingle Bay is a fabulous place to take it all in. What with towering cliffs and crashing waves falling onto endless sandy beaches. Your driver-guide will find the views that matter most to you.
Cahirciveen is along the route. It’s the birthplace of Daniel O’Connell, Ireland’s Great Liberator. And if you’d like a little extension, some say Skellig Ring is more remarkable than The Ring of Kerry. This additional route winds round to Valentia Island, from where you’ll catch sight of Skellig Island – one for Star Wars fans (it was a key filming location).
Heading up towards the mountains, you’ll then travel through Sneem village and on to Molls Gap. You’ll enjoy scenic glory in all directions as your driver-guide masters this winding mountain pass through the peaks. What a view! Never-ending rugged beauty.
You’ll head back down into Killarney National Park next. If you chose not to discover Skellig Ring, you might have time for Muckross House and Gardens. Or a walk to Torc Waterfall. Alternatively, head back to the hotel and relax in the sheer luxury of this fabulous place.
If you’d like to experience some Irish music and dancing, your driver-guide can take you to The Celtic Steps in Killarney tonight. It’s a memorable family evening. Should something a little quieter be preferred, we can help to arrange that too.
The Dingle Peninsula
On the most western edge of Ireland is Dingle Peninsula. And today, you’ll discover just how incredibly serene it is. Your trusted driver-guide will take charge of the route; you’ll just immerse yourself in this wild and rugged landscape. It’s quite an experience.
According to TripAdvisor, Slea Head Drive is one of the top 100 destinations in the world. And it’s right here on the Dingle Peninsula. National Geographic once called it “the most beautiful place on earth”. We tend to agree.
Slea Head Drive is a circular route that starts and finishes in Dingle town. You’re truly getting away from it all here. Secluded golden beaches, fascinating archaeological sites and weather-beaten landscape is everywhere. All as nature intended.
If you’re a photographer, you’ll welcome the natural light. If you’re looking for peace, there’s nothing better than a barefoot walk on the beach. Just imagine how the Neolithic settlers made this magical land their home in 4,000BC.
When it comes to lunch, Dingle can tempt you with plenty of local seafood. This is one of Ireland’s Gaeltacht regions and Irish is the first language. Your driver-guide is on-hand to help you out. If you’re looking for an authentic, traditional location, Dingle is an ideal choice.
When it’s time to head back to Killarney, you’ll take the Conor Pass to Tralee. A winding mountain pass, the views are magnificent, the scenery so unspoilt. Enjoy the journey as your driver-guide returns you safely to your hotel.
The evening is free to relax and explore Killarney and enjoy any of the great pubs and restaurants.
The Cliffs of Moher and Burren National Park
It’s a prompt start today: we suggest 8.30am. You’ll say goodbye to Killarney and head north; first to Adare. A designated Heritage Town, this pretty village dates to the 9th century. Adorned with thatched cottages and rich in history, you’ll have time to take a stroll and see for yourself.
When you’re ready, The Cliffs of Moher await you. You’re back on The Wild Atlantic Way again. Towering to an incredible 668 feet high and 5 miles long, The Cliffs of Moher are a UNESCO Global Geopark. Their sheer scale puts everything into perspective.
With uninterrupted views across the mighty Atlantic Ocean, you can wander along the cliff tops and catch sight of basking sharks and dolphins below. There are Kittiwakes and Razorbills, not to mention a myriad of wild coastal flowers to admire. Your driver-guide knows the best spots to enjoy.
If you’d like to explore the visitor centre, your entrance fee is included. Alternatively, we can arrange a coastal cruise to take in the cliffs from the water.
During the afternoon, your journey will continue into the Burren Region. Home to Burren National Park, it’s a curious Geosite. You’ll find a limestone landscape that was naturally formed some 300 million years ago. Look out for intriguing mushroom-like structures. You’d be forgiven for thinking they’re manmade. They’re not – they’re all naturally shaped over millions of years
You’ll also discover Neolithic monuments dating back 6,000 years. It’s an area that’s abundant in archaeological history. And your driver-guide has all the details for you.
Your remarkable drive continues along The Wild Atlantic Way, via Galway, arriving in Cong, County Mayo. For the next two nights, you’ll stay at Ashford Castle Hotel 5-star luxury with an incredible 800-year history behind every door. Once home to the Guinness family, you’ll certainly be impressed by the sheer decadence of this award-winning hotel.
Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey
More striking scenery today as you travel into Connermara National Park with your driver-guide this morning. Rich in natural beauty, you’ll find gleaming lakes tangled with rugged heathlands and striking mountainous backdrops. The Twelve Bens is one to look out for.
The Roundstone Boglands are on your route and you might spot some wild ponies that make this land their home. It’s a wonderful place.
You’ll eventually reach Clifden. It’s such a pretty market town, packed with Irish hospitality, music and arts. Why not take in the atmosphere on foot for a while?
When you’re ready, the sky road is a “must”. It’s a 10-mile circular driving route on the Kingstown peninsula. And it’s yet another fabulous section of The Wild Atlantic Way. You’ll quickly become lost in the coastal splendour and unspoilt landscape as your driver-guide drives you round. And at the highest point – what a view! You don’t want to miss a single moment of this.
During the afternoon, you’ll visit Kylemore Abbey and walled gardens (entrance fees are included). It’s a story of romance and tragedy. Following their honeymoon in Ireland, Mitchell Henry built Kylemore Abbey in 1867 as a gesture of love for his wife, Margaret. Sadly, she died three years after its completion. Today, the 13,000-acre estate is home to the Benedictine nuns. There’s a calm and peaceful spirit at this special place.
As the day draws to a close, your driver-guide will safely return you to Ashford Castle. Another night of luxury awaits you.
An authentic Hennigan's Heritage Experience
Travelling to Swinford, your first destination today is Hennigan’s Heritage Farm. We’ve organised a private tour of the smallholding for you, with the owner, Tom Hennigan. Today, a historian and a poet, Tom is also a Seanchai (Gaelic for “custodian of traditions”).
This was Tom’s family home for 150 years (until 1990). Back then, County Mayo was badly affected by famine and hunger. Tom and his family will provide a first-hand account of life during that time. They’ll show you the basic tools used on the land and talk about how the area’s big houses worked.
You’ll see where Tom was born. You’ll walk around the tenants’ houses and you’ll enjoy a traditional farmhouse lunch in the 1870 thatched farmhouse. If you have ancestry in Ireland, Tom’s story will certainly strike a chord.
We’ve made a short video that features Tom Hennigan. Click here to view it.
Your day will continue north to the town of Sligo. Known for its literary heritage, you’ll be able to stop and see the grave of poet, W.B. Yeats.
And now, County Donegal beckons. We call it God’s County. It topped the National Geographic Cool List in 2017. With good reason.
You’ll be off the beaten track again, surrounded by castles, rugged coastline and mountain peaks. An escape from it all – and the route to Lough Eske Castle. – home for the next two nights.
This secluded, 5-star hotel is on the edge of Donegal town. Not surprisingly, there’s plenty of history to the site, with close links to the O’Donnell Clan. Today, this award-winning hotel is a place of sheer decadence in every sense. You’ll remember your stay here for years to come.
As an alternate to the castle we also offer the luxurious Harvey’s Point Country Hotel, absolutely stunning suites and incredible hospitality with award winning food in their lovely restaurant.
Exploring Donegal County
There’s lots to discover in Donegal County today and you’ll have your driver-guide to help you. Travelling via Killybegs – Ireland’s largest fishing port – you’ll continue along Donegal Bay to Kilcar. This is a gorgeous part of The Wild Atlantic Way. You’re never far from coastal wonder in this part of the country.
You’ll first stop at Slieve League. They’re the highest sea cliffs in Europe at almost 2,000 feet. Standing on what could be the edge of the world, you’ll feel the might of this landscape, the Atlantic Ocean swirling far below your feet. Take some time to drink in the astonishing views from such height. Feel at one with nature.
When you’re ready, you’ll next head to Glencolmcille. It’s a pretty little village, sitting firmly in a Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) area. Ask your driver-guide to teach you a few phrases on the way. You’ll enjoy a memorable experience if you do.
And so, your tour of Donegal County continues. The tiny, traditional town of Adara is next. Look out for Loughros Point and its stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean.
If you’d like to experience a hand-weaving demonstration, we can organise that for you today. You’ll also stop at a real Irish pub for a genuine pint of the black stuff or a glass of Bushmills, if you prefer. And there’s locally caught seafood when you’re feeling hungry.
Returning to Lough Eske Castle after a fabulous day, you’ll want to relax and indulge in the many luxuries this evening.
Derry and Belfast
This morning, your driver-guide will take you to Derry (also known as Londonderry). The second largest city in Northern Ireland, it’s completely walled with seven gates. A complex history dates back some 1,500 years, whilst the city boasts a vibrant and modern culture today.
You’ll experience an award-winning walking tour of Derry, learning more about the Bogside, The Bloody Sunday Story and The Peoples’ Gallery. It’s an insightful tour that also stops at many vantage points across the city’s architecture.
Back in your luxury vehicle, you’ll next travel to Belfast – a city that needs little introduction. Your driver-guide will complete a tour with you, highlighting the historic architecture and social history of Belfast. You’ll also tour the political districts with your driver-guide and see murals created by both loyalist and republican communities. Learn about both sides of this troubled and testing history.
Lunch in the city will showcase its lively atmosphere today. Then it’s on to the Titanic Visitor Centre.
Birthplace of the world-famous Titanic ship, Belfast’s maritime heritage is clear. The visitor centre was opened in 2012 and we include entrance into it. You’ll discover nine interactive galleries, many special effects, and full-scale reconstructions. Wander through the shipyard and learn about the skills that built the Titanic. And imagine the horror and despair of the disastrous outcome.
Later in the afternoon, you’ll check in to at the Merchant Hotel for a two-night stay. This is certainly one of Belfast’s finest 5-star hotels. Located in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, it couldn’t be more convenient. A Grade A listed building with an art deco inspired wing, it’s a truly remarkable building, with gorgeous décor and bespoke furnishings inside.
The Glens of Antrim and the Giant's Causeway
Today, you’ll travel north through the glorious Glens of Antrim. It’s a striking landscape that covers 80 miles of rugged cliffs and nine different glens (deep valleys), each with a distinct, historical name. Some sites were used for the filming of Game of Thrones and if you’d like, your driver-guide will point them out.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is your next destination. The Giant’s Causeway. There are over 40,000 hexagonal basalt pillars stacked vertically together. It almost looks manufactured, and yet, it was the work of a volcanic eruption – 60 million years ago.
Legend would tell another story. Ask your driver-guide about the fight between two giants: Fionn mac Cumhaill and big Scot, Benandonner.
There’s more information at the visitor centre and their audio tour is very interesting. Make some time to admire this natural creation from many vantage points too. Many consider The Giant’s Causeway to be the eighth wonder of the world. We think you’ll see why.
This area of Northern Ireland is also home to the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery at Bushmills. The town is well worth a visit and you might choose to partake in a wee dram whilst you’re there.
You’ll also see the cliff-top ruins of Dunluce Castle. Dating to 1513 in written records, this medieval fortification is accessible by bridge, due to the steep, rocky drops on all sides.
Once your day’s tour is complete, you’ll head back to luxury at The Merchant Hotel for your second night in central Belfast. If you want dining or entertainment recommendations, just ask your friendly driver-guide.
Newgrange and the Boyne Valley
This morning, you’ll bid farewell to Belfast and travel south, in the company of your driver-guide. First stop is Brú na Bóinne (Boyne valley tombs) visitor centre. It’s a significant UNESCO World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Boyne.
The historic location preserves over 90 Neolithic monuments – and the largest collection of megalithic art in Western Europe.
You’ll enjoy a guided tour of Newgrange. A 5,200-year-old passage tomb, it was built by Stone Age farmers. 85 metres (93 yards) in diameter and 13.5 metres (15 yards) high, it covers an area of almost one acre. The passage and chamber align with the rising sun at Winter Solstice. And your tour will recreate this event for you. Can you imagine how this felt in Neolithic times? It’s an incredible place to experience first-hand.
When you’re ready, you’ll continue your journey south, arriving in Dublin again. You’ll check in to the Shelbourne Hotel (or similar) for an ultimate night, ahead of your journey home. Finish your shopping or visit a final highlight in the city. Then relish a memorable last dinner together. For this trip, anyway.
Has it flown by? We think so too. You’ve experienced an incredible two weeks in Ireland. Now you return home, richer with historical and ancestral knowledge, happy times and special memories to treasure.
We’ll organise a private transfer from your hotel lobby, direct to Dublin airport. You’ll check in to your flight, stress-free, and soon be on your way.
We’ll miss you. And we’d love to host you again in our fair land. There’s much more to see and do; so many experiences to enjoy together. Come and visit us another time soon. We’ll be waiting!
All our suggested tours are created by locals, using years of country knowledge. It’s your tour though. That’s why any of our itineraries can be tailored to exactly suit your needs. And that might mean fitting it to your budget. Do you have a particular destination in mind, or wish to visit an ancestral town? We can include any specific request, so please ask.
What is included in your real Irish experience with Irish Luxury Tours
Hotels: You’ll enjoy 13 nights’ bed and full Irish breakfast in the most sumptuous rooms:
- The Shelbourne Hotel or similar. Dublin: 2 nights
- Perryville House (or similar). Kinsale: 1 night
- Aghadoe Heights Hotel OR The Killarney Park Hotel. Kerry: 3 nights
- Ashford Castle. Co Mayo: 2 nights
- Lough Eske, Donegal: 2 nights
- The Merchant Hotel (or similar), Belfast 2 nights
- The Shelbourne Hotel (or similar). Dublin: 1 night
You’ll have exclusive use of our professional driver-guide services for 11 days. One driver-guide will accompany you for the touring part of your trip. You’ll be safely returned to the airport on your return.
A party of up to two passengers will travel in a luxury saloon vehicle. We’ll provide a luxury minivan for three to five passengers. For a larger group, we’ve got many luxury vehicles to suit your needs. For 2 guests is a luxury Saloon Car and for 4 guests in a Luxury Mercedes Viano.
- Private arrival transfer, including a short orientation tour of Dublin
- Dublin city three-hour walking tour with local guide
- Private walking tour of Derry City Walls
We also include hotel taxes and fees, communication costs and the help of our local travel experts throughout your trip; 24/7.
We simply want you to focus on having an incredible time. It’s that simple.
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
All itineraries are subject to availability
Prices per person starting from (seasonal rates apply):
2 passengers from €8495 to €9995 per person sharing
4 passengers from €7495 to €8995 per person sharing
6 passengers from €6795 to €8795 per person sharing
Let us know if you need prices for a different party-size. A single supplement will apply for single rooms and if you’re travelling solo.
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 Dancing Show
- The Cliffs of Moher including the Atlantic Edge Experience
- Kylemore Abbey and Walled Gardens
- Hennigan’s Heritage Centre
- The Giant's Causeway
- The Titanic Experience
- Newgrange Visitor Centre
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.
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