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Tour Details

This sensational private 10 Night Southern Adventure features magnificent hotels and estates, mesmerising scenery, iconic castles, rich history and culture, and lots more along the way.

Arrival & Departure Location:

Dublin Airport

Hotels

  • The Merrion Hotel, Dublin (2 Nights)
  • Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny (1 Night)
  • Hayfield Manor, Cork (1 Night)
  • The Europe Hotel, Killarney (3 Nights)
  • Ashford Castle, Galway (2 Nights)

Activities & Sites Included

  • Driving Tour of Dublin
  • Walking Tour of Dublin, Guinness Storehouse
  • Powerscourt Estate, Glendalough, Kilkenny Castle
  • Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, Old Head of Kinsale Viewpoint
  • Bantry Bay, Kenmare, Killarney National Park, Muckross House and Gardens
  • Ring of Kerry
  • The Slea Head Drive
  • Adare, Cliffs of Moher, The Burren Hike, Burren Perfumery
  • Galway, Clifden, Hike through Connemara National Park
  • Westport House, Achill Island Tour

Included:

  • Personalised itinerary
  • Executive vehicle (Mercedes V-Class or similar) & knowledgable chauffeur driver for route according to itinerary
  • Services of private local guides in activities according to itinerary
  • Admissions to all sites according to itinerary
  • Accommodation according to itinerary
  • Breakfast at all Hotels Included
  • Co-ordination and support / 24 h. assistance during the trip
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Itinerary

Day 1Driving Tour of Dublin

Accommodation – The Merrion Hotel, Dublin
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Activities – Driving Tour of Dublin

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by your friendly private driver. Your luggage will be taken care of and a gift bag will be waiting inside your vehicle. Your Irish adventure will be officially underway with a short driving tour of Dublin.

As you weave through the city, you will see the Garden of Remembrance, a commemoration for those who died fighting for Irish freedom. You will then pass the General Post Office on O’Connell Street, the site of one of the most important battles in Irish history. Your driver will then take you past The Custom House. This architectural masterpiece defines neoclassical buildings and now houses various government departments.

After getting a tantalising taste for this magnificent city, you will be taken to The Merrion Hotel. Perfectly positioned in the heart of Dublin, this luxurious 5-star hotel is within walking distance of The National Gallery and National Museum of Ireland, as well as the Golden Mile of bars, shops, and cafes. Timeless luxury and elegant décor are wrapped in Irish charm. The hotel has a fine array of services on offer, such as fitness suites, swimming pool, spa, not one but two period gardens, and numerous restaurants and bars, including the renowned, 2-Michelin star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud where you will be served food of the utmost quality. We promise you will not be disappointed.

Day 2Walking Tour of Dublin, Guinness Storehouse

Accommodation – The Merrion Hotel, Dublin
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Activities – Walking Tour of Dublin, Guinness Storehouse

After a luxurious breakfast, you will embark on a morning walking tour of Dublin. Your walking guide will meet you at reception before heading to the first stop of the day which will be Dublin Castle. The castle was originally built in the 13th century and was a headquarters for the English in Ireland. Following Irish independence, Dublin Castle passed over to the Irish Government. This grand building is steeped in history and your guide will explain all the juicy details of the buildings captivating past.

Your next stop will be Trinity College Library. The college was opened in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth and is the oldest university in Ireland. The old library was constructed in the 18th century and to this day is home to many ancient manuscripts. You will get the chance to visit the Book of Kells exhibition. The world-famous Book of Kells was written over 1000 years ago and is a hand-decorated copy of the 4 gospels.

You will then stop off for a well-earned lunch at Trocadero. This prestigious Irish restaurant is a favourite among tourists and locals alike. Famous as a treasured spot of stars of the stage and screen, the relaxed atmosphere of the “Troc” is the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Their menu boasts confit duck, 28-day dry aged Irish Angus beef, and Wicklow Lamb.

After lunch, you will head back to The Merrion to freshen up before being escorted by your driver to the Guinness Storehouse. Your driver will provide your “skip the queue” tickets and you will explore the 7 floors of Guinness history. On the ground and first floor you will learn about the Guinness brewing process, the key ingredients, and barrelling process. The following floors tell the Guinness story through virtual and interactive displays. Finally, you will reach the gravity bar, where the glass walls allow for panoramic views of the city, and you will be treated to a refreshing free pint of Guinness.

You will then return to The Merrion for an evening of relaxed dining, sampling more of the delights on offer at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud.

Day 3Powerscourt Estate, Glendalough, Kilkenny Castle

Accommodation – Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Activities – Powerscourt Estate, Glendalough, Kilkenny Castle

After another fantastic breakfast, your first stop of the day is Powerscourt House, Gardens, and Waterfall, a truly unforgettable experience. With gardens that were voted the 3rd best in the world, one of the top ten houses in the world, and the highest and most beautifully dramatic waterfall in Ireland, you are sure to have a wonderful time here. If you get hungry, you can always enjoy lunch in the Avoca Terrace Café which enjoys panoramic views of the gardens and Sugarloaf Mountain in the distance. After lunch, why not take a stroll through the Japanese gardens and on to The Pepperpot Tower which you can climb and enjoy views across the entire estate.

The next stop is Glendalough, home to one of Ireland’s most impressive natural landscapes known as ‘the valley of the two lakes’. However, the stunning scenery is not the only attraction here, as this is also the site of an early medieval monastic settlement which dates back to the 6th century. There are numerous ancient buildings to explore, including the distinctive Round Tower, St. Peter and St. Paul’s Cathedral, St Mary’s or Our Lady’s Church, and Reefert Church. If natural wonders are more your thing, there is also Poulanass Waterfall and River to explore and marvel at.

From there it’s a short journey into Kilkenny and as you will have likely worked up an appetite with all your exploring, we recommend Paris Texas, a gastro pub like no other, with its wood smoking oven and fusion of American Southwest and New Orleans French Quarter cultures and cuisines. We suspect there may be a chance of over-eating, with such delights on offer as buffalo wings, smoked ribs, tequila prawns, jerk chicken, and Louisiana paella. It’s comfort food with class.

From there you will pay a visit to Kilkenny castle, which dates all the way back to the Norman conquest of Ireland. Kilkenny castle has a colourful history; it has constantly been adapted over the years, with many different uses and occupants. It nestles within some glorious scenery, including parkland, woodlands, rose gardens, and a lake.

You will then be chauffeured to Lyrath Estate. This luxurious 5-star hotel is set in a 170-acre countryside estate. The 17th century manor house is steeped in grandeur and provides the perfect setting to unwind after a day of touring. You will dine in the Yew Restaurant, which gets its name from the protected ancient yew trees within Lady Charlotte’s Garden. This two AA rosette setting offers a relaxed yet sophisticated environment and a menu which is sure to leave you wanting to sample absolutely everything available.

Day 4Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, Old Head of Kinsale Viewpoint

Accommodation – Hayfield Manor, Cork
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Activities – Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, Old Head of Kinsale Viewpoint

After a relaxing breakfast, your chauffeur will be waiting and you will venture south. Your first stop of the day will be The Rock of Cashel, a fascinating group of medieval buildings set on a rocky outcrop of land in the Golden Vale. You will visit the 12th century round tower, which is the oldest building on the outcrop. Other highlights include the 13th century gothic cathedral and the 15th century castle.

You will then meander south, through the breath-taking Irish countryside until you reach Blarney Castle. Blarney castle dates back to the 12th century but was rebuilt by the McCarthy family in the 15th century. The castle is famously known for the “Blarney Stone”. According to ancient tradition, if you kiss the stone you inherit the “gift of the gab”. The castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens, each with a different theme. From the Fern Garden to the Poison Garden, you will be constantly mesmerised as you stroll through the enchanting Blarney Gardens.

You will then continue your journey onwards to Old Head of Kinsale. Described as being on the “edge of the world”, this outcrop into the ocean is the official start of the Wild Atlantic Way. Make sure to have your camera at the ready, as the ocean views are simply spectacular.

After an eventful day of exploring, you will be chauffeured to the award-winning Hayfield Manor in Cork. This luxurious 5-star hotel sits just on the edge of the city centre, 15 minutes from the city’s many attractions. Hayfield Manor is a family owned and run hotel, so you will receive the warmest Irish welcome and be treated to service which is second to none. The Beautique Spa offers a chance to unwind, with a range of treatments available, as well as an indoor heated pool, outdoor jacuzzi, steam room, and sauna. To round off the evening you will dine in one of Cork’s premium restaurants, Orchids. Delicate lighting, excellent service, and the finest Irish cuisine guarantee a meal you will not forget. From the pan seared Irish scallops to the Duo of Midelton lamb, there’s sure to be something to enjoy.

Day 5Bantry Bay, Kenmare, Killarney National Park, Muckross House and Gardens

Accommodation – The Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Activities – Bantry Bay, Kenmare, Killarney National Park, Muckross House and Gardens

After breakfast, your private driver will be waiting and you will say goodbye to Killarney. Today you will tour West Cork which is thought of by many as one of the last bastions of “old Ireland”. You will weave south through the rugged Irish countryside. You will meander past Bantry Bay which runs for 35km and looks out towards the Atlantic Ocean. Behind are high mountain ridges which make the bay postcard perfect.

You will then double back, heading north-east to Kenmare. This quaint town is the perfect spot for lunch, enjoying panoramic views of Kenmare Bay, and soaking up the atmosphere of one of the most authentic towns in Ireland.

The sublime scenery only gets better as you travel north through Killarney National Park; the first national park in Ireland and arguably the most beautiful. You will weave through glorious countryside and glistening lakes, with your driver stopping off at all the best photo opportunities. You will then tour Muckross House and Gardens. Set in the heart of the national park, near Muckross lake, this 19th century mansion was designed by the famous Scottish architect William Burn. After that it’s off to the town of Killarney. Built around the banks of Lough Leane, the town is surrounded by a mountainous backdrop.

Your chauffeur will then escort you back to The Europe Hotel for a relaxing evening. For dinner, you will be heading The Porterhouse. This cosy spot offers it all, with delicious food, a wonderful ambience, and a huge selection of drinks on offer, including specialised whisky and gin. Simply tell your server what your favourite flavours are and they will come up with the perfect cocktail for you.

Day 6Ring of Kerry

Accommodation – The Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Activities – Ring of Kerry

After breakfast, you will begin your journey around the famous Ring of Kerry. You will weave through Killorglin and Glenbeigh, stopping off to view the breath-taking Rossbeigh Beach. Enjoy the sandy beach, fresh sea breeze, and views of the Atlantic Ocean. You will then continue down the coastline until you reach Cahersiveen. This authentic Irish town is a great stop for lunch and the birthplace of Daniel O’Connell, one of Ireland’s most revered political figures.

You will then snake your way down the coast until you can see Valentina Island. If you are a Star Wars fan, make sure to have your camera at the ready. You will pass the famous Skellig Island, which featured in “The Force Awakens”. You will continue to journey around the awe-inspiring coast until reaching Sneem Village. This charming, quaint town is nicknamed “The Way the Fairies Went”, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled. While you might not see any fairies, the views are certainly exceptional on this stretch of the Ring of Kerry known as the “knot” as it ties together where the mountains and water meet.

You will continue north until reaching Moll’s Gap. This famous mountain pass cuts through the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains and is one of the most popular photo stops in Ireland.

Having seen so many wonderful sights, you will be hungry for a spot of lunch at Camo’s, a charming little restaurant and wine bar offering a wide range of food, including the crispy battered fresh fish of the day. From there you will make the short trip back to The Europe Hotel, where you can relax for a while before enjoying dinner at the Panorama Restaurant. Look out for the oysters, wild seabass, and lamb reared on the hotels own farm.

Day 7The Slea Head Drive

Accommodation – The Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Activities – The Slea Head Drive

Make sure you have a hearty breakfast, as you are about to embark on one of Ireland’s most scenic drives. You will weave west along the coastline until you reach the town of Dingle, where you will begin the Slea Head Drive Route. This circular route, which is part of the Wild Atlantic Way, is dripping in beauty and history. You will make your way around the coastline until you reach Dunbeg Fort, the ruins of which date all the way back to the Iron Age. Take a look back at ancient Irish history while enjoying sweeping views over the Atlantic Ocean.

You will then make the short journey to the Beehive Huts. These Bronze Age dwellings have been well preserved and offer a glimpse of what life was like in the Bronze Age. You will then route around the coastline until you get views of the Basket Islands. These islands lie just off the coast and were inhabited until 1953. On a cold, wet, and windy day, the Basket Islands are battered by the elements and many people are astonished the island used to be inhabited.

After that, you will reach Ballyferriter Village, which provides beautiful views of the Three Sisters. These three peaks are draped in Irish mythology and legend has it that Lindbergh’s first sight of land after crossing the Atlantic was the Three Peaks. This will also offer you a chance to fill your belly as you pay a visit to Tigh Ui Mhurchu, or Murphy’s. Don’t be fooled by an understated exterior because the food on offer at Murphy’s will have you wanting to go back again and again. If the sun is out, why not enjoy a cold Guinness in the beer garden.

Your chauffeur will then drive you back to The Europe Hotel. If time permits, however, you can stop at Inch Beach to soak up the amazing views, before returning to the hotel for a relaxing evening. In the evening, dinner will be served in The Brasserie, a sleek, stylish restaurant offering flame-grilled steaks that are cooked in front of you.

Day 8Adare, Cliffs of Moher, The Burren Hike, Burren Perfumery

Accommodation – Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Activities – Adare, Cliffs of Moher, The Burren Hike, Burren Perfumery

You have a long day ahead, so we advise an early start and a hearty breakfast. You will head north until you reach Adare. This historic village is a great venue for a refreshing coffee and stroll to stretch your legs. You will see thatched roof houses and traditional Irish pubs. Weaving through the Irish countryside, you will reach the imposing Cliffs of Moher, voted Irelands favourite tourist destination in 2019 and 2020. The cliffs tower above the Atlantic Ocean at over 700 feet high and span 5 miles. For bird watchers, the cliffs are a paradise, with over 20 species of seabirds. Take a deep breath, listen to the waves crashing below, and bask in the ambiance of Ireland’s most famous beauty spot. You may have built up an appetite by now, and a great spot to get some lunch is the Cliffs View café. This eco-friendly spot focusses on serving up the tastiest local produce County Clare has to offer.

The next adventure is a hike in the intriguing, rocky area that is The Burren. There are a wide range of walks available, from coastal strolls to strenuous hill walks, so there will be something for everyone to enjoy the many features of this wonderfully peculiar landscape. 

After your walk you will get the chance to visit The Burren Perfumery, an ideal place to possibly pick up some gifts for friends or family back home. This small, family run company specialises in producing perfumes and cosmetics that are inspired by the surrounding landscape. They have everything from perfumes, creams, and body lotions, to balms, oils, and candles, all coming in a range of different scents.

Your journey will continue until you reach your accommodation for the evening, Glenlo Abbey. This magnificent hotel sits within a 138 acre estate of glorious natural landscape, allowing for perfect peace and tranquillity as you admire the shores of Lough Corrib. You may only be 5 minutes away from Galway City, but you will feel like you’re in a different world as the rugged beauty surrounds you. There is a spa and numerous estate activities, including golfing, falconry, a movie theatre, fishing, cycling, and horse riding.

Day 9Galway, Clifden, Hike through Connemara National Park

Accommodation – Ashford Castle Hotel, Galway
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Activities – Galway, Clifden, Hike through Connemara National Park

Your chauffeur will firstly take you to the delightful town of Galway. As you take a stroll through this traditional Irish town, we highly recommend visiting some of the pubs and cafes that serve traditional local cuisine. If time permits, you could visit the Galway City Museum, view the Spanish Arch, or check out the local market that sits in the shadow of the wonderful St Nicholas’ Medieval Church.

You will then stop off in Clifden, a quaint marketplace town which is an ideal spot for some lunch at Mitchell’s Restaurant. Don’t worry if it’s a cold day, two open fires will be on hand to warm you up while you tuck into a nice bowl of fresh homemade soup and a range of delicious sandwiches.

After a scrumptious lunch, you will travel west until you reach Connemara National Park where you will be going for a hike through the park’s stunning natural heathlands and glinting lakes. You will journey through the Roundstone Boglands, where you might catch a glimpse of wild ponies.

After another eventful day of touring, you will be driven to Ashford Castle for a relaxing evening. One of Ireland’s grandest castles, it was originally built in the 1200’s. It has seen many a brutal battle over the years but eventually became a hunting lodge before being sold to the Guinness family in 1852. Ashford Castle is now a luxury hotel resort, with sprawling gardens, picture perfect fountains, and a blend of Medieval and Victorian architecture.

Day 10Westport House, Achill Island Tour

Accommodation – Ashford Castle Hotel, Galway
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Activities – Westport House, Achill Island Tour

On your final day of touring, you will first of all visit Westport House, one of Ireland’s most majestic historic houses. Sublime architecture, pristine gardens and grounds, and a backdrop of rivers and mountains combine to provide a sense of being in a truly magical place. We highly recommend taking a relaxing stroll through the ancient woodland which surrounds Westport House. There is a 3.5km circular walk which takes in the woodland, a lake, and sea views, and which is sure to leave you feeling calm and refreshed.

You will then embark on a tour around Achill Island, which is the largest of the Irish Isles and home to roughly two and a half thousand people. You will arrive in the small village of Achill Sound and cross a swing bridge that joins Achill Island to the Irish mainland. From late May onwards, Achill Island welcomes you with plentiful displays of blooming pink rhododendrons. You will then be taken along the Wild Atlantic Way to enjoy the island’s rugged landscape, dramatic cliffs, soaring mountains, remote lakes, and golden sandy beaches. On the way, you pass one of the castles of the legendary pirate queen, Grace O’Malley. You’ll feel as though you have entered a different world as you set eyes on one of the most idyllic beaches in the country – Keem Bay. As you walk along the beach, barefoot if you wish, and take it all in, your worldly worries will seem to disappear, forgotten in the magnificence of the scenery. From here it’s a short drive to the northern side of the island, passing German writer and Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Böll’s cottage in Dugort, as well as two Blue Flag beaches – Silver Strand and Golden Strand, which face out over the sea and over to Blacksod Bay and the remote Belmullet Peninsula. There are many excellent places to have lunch on Achill Island and you can choose from these as we drive along.

Having explored the marvellous Achill Island, you will return to Ashford Castle to enjoy a relaxed final evening.

Day 11Departure - Transfer to Airport

As your luxury tour draws to and end it will now be time to bid a fond farewell to the Emerald Isle. Your personal chauffeur will escort you to Shannon airport.

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