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Tour Details

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

Arrival & Departure Location:

Shannon Airport

Hotels

  • The Killarney Park Hotel, Killarney (3 Nights)
  • The Trident, Kinsale (1 Night)
  • Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny (2 Nights)
  • The G Hotel, Galway (3 Nights)

Activities & Sites Included

  • King John’s Castle, Hunt Museum, Killarney National Park
  • The Slea Head Drive - Wild Atlantic Way, Dingle Bay, Dunbeg Fort, Beehive Hut, Ballyferriter Village, Gallarus Oratory, Inch Beach
  • Ring of Kerry - Rossbeigh Strand, Cahersiveen, Sneem Village, Moll’s Gap, Muckross House
  • West Cork Tour - Bantry House, Wild Atlantic Way, Kinsale,
  • Cork, Blarney Castle, Cobh, Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny
  • Walking Tour of Kilkenny - Kilkenny Castle, St Canice's Cathedral - Waterford Factory Tour, New Ross & Inistioge
  • The Burren National Park, Cliffs of Moher, Galway
  • Connemara Tour - Patrick Pearse’s Cottage, Derrigimlagh Bog, Kylemore Abbey, Killary Harbour, Aasleagh
  • Aran Islands Tour - Ferry to Inishmore, Dun Aengus, The Worm Hole, Dun Eoghanacht

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 1Arrival. King John’s Castle, Hunt Museum, Killarney National Park

Accommodation – The Killarney Park, Killarney
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Activities – King John’s Castle, Hunt Museum, Killarney

Upon your arrival at Shannon Airport you will be met by your friendly private chauffeur. You will be helped with your luggage and escorted to your luxury vehicle. Your Irish adventure is officially underway as you head south. The first stop of the day will be King John’s Castle. This archaic fortress is situated on “Kings Island” and has seen over 800 years of Irish history unfold in front of it. You can explore the visitor centre, enjoy the interactive displays, and have a cup of tea in the courtyard.

You will then make the short trip to the Hunt Museum to enjoy the highlights tour during which you can view the work of Picasso, Renoir, Gauguin, Giacometti, and Yeats. There is also a range of weapons and tools from the Celtic era on display. From the Mary Queen Of Scots Cross to a Greek coin which, legend has it, was one of the “thirty pieces of sliver” received by Judas for deceiving Jesus, there is so much to see.

You will continue to weave south through Adare village. Known as the “prettiest village in Ireland”, you will see the famous thatched houses. Journeying south through Killarney National Park, you will cut through the oldest national park in Ireland, where you will have many a photo opportunity. The shimmering lakes and lush scenery will leave you absolutely awestruck.

After a long day of travelling and touring, you will be taken to The Killarney Park. This family owned, 5-star hotel is set by the national park, and effortlessly combines man-made finery with mother nature. It is no secret that Killarney Park is one of the finest hotels in Ireland and was voted the best hotel in Ireland by Trip Advisor in 2018. Enjoy an evening of luxury, fine dining, and first-class service.

Day 2The Slea Head Drive - Wild Atlantic Way, Dingle Bay, Dunbeg Fort, Beehive Hut, Ballyferriter Village, Gallarus Oratory, Inch Beach

Accommodation – The Killarney Park, Killarney
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Activities – The Slea Head Drive – Wild Atlantic Way, Dingle Bay, Dunbeg Fort, Beehive Hut, Ballyferriter Village, Gallarus Oratory, Inch Beach.

After a relaxing breakfast, your private driver will be waiting and you will route west. You will enjoy the beautiful “Slea Head Drive”, one of the most scenic segments of the Wild Atlantic Way. Travelling along the epic coastline, you will reach Dingle Bay. This stunning bay is one of the westernmost points in Ireland and is a fantastic photo stop.

From Dingle Bay you will continue down the coastline until you reach Dunbeg Fort. This iron age fort is perched on the cliffs looking over the Atlantic Ocean. Up next is the Beehive Hut. Dating back to the Bronze Age, you will get a glimpse into ancient Irish history.

Along your journey, you will stop in Ballyferriter Village for a spot of lunch. This quaint Irish village has awe-inspiring views over the Three Sisters. These three peaks are shrouded in Irish mythology and legend has it that Lindbergh’s first glimpse of Ireland was the Three Sisters.

You will then start to drive inland, stopping at Gallarus Oratory. This is a must visit on the Dingle Peninsula as the ancient stone chapel dates back to the 15th century and is extremely well preserved. You will meander back east along the coast, stopping at Inch Beach. One of the most scenic beaches in Ireland, you can relax and soak up the ocean views.

After a long day, you will return to The Killarney Park for a well-earned rest.

Day 3Ring of Kerry - Rossbeigh Strand, Cahersiveen, Sneem Village, Moll’s Gap, Muckross House

Accommodation – The Killarney Park, Killarney
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Activities – Ring of Kerry – Rossbeigh Strand, Cahersiveen, Sneem Village, Moll’s Gap, Muckross House.

After a luxurious breakfast, you will embark on the famous Ring of Kerry drive. You will make your way through the towns of Killorglin and Glenbeigh before reaching Rossbeigh Strand. The beach is over 7 miles long and is perfect for a relaxing stroll with breath-taking views. You will weave south, eventually reaching Cahersiveen, an iconic village as it is the birth place of legendary Irishman Daniel O’Connell. You will head past The Old Barracks and the Daniel O’Connell memorial church. We recommend stopping for lunch and taking your time to enjoy this traditional seaside town.

You will route around the coastline until you can see Valentina Island. If you are a Star Wars fan, you will be interested in the uninhabited Skellig Islands which featured in “The Force Awakens”. These lie 8 miles off the coast and on a clear day you will be able to see the famous islands. You will then continue to route around the ring, until you reach Sneem village. This part of the route is known as the “knot” because it is where the mountains and water collide. Keep your eyes peeled for fairies as legend has it that this “is the way the fairies went”.

You will continue to route north, passing through 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. From Molly’s Gap you will weave through Killarney National Park. 

Last, but by no means least, you will stop off at Muckross House. This elegant Victorian mansion was built by Henry Arthur Herbert for his wife and famous Scottish architect William Burn was recruited to help with the design. The house has hosted many royals and aristocrats, including Queen Victoria in 1861. You can tour the mansion and pristine gardens which look out over Muckross lake.

Your driver will then escort you back to The Killarney Park Hotel for a relaxing evening.

Day 4West Cork Tour - Bantry House, Wild Atlantic Way, Kinsale

Accommodation – The Trident Hotel, Kinsale
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Activities – West Cork Tour – Bantry House, Wild Atlantic Way, Kinsale

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 enjoy a stop at Bantry House, a glorious stately home, for a delicious afternoon tea. Stroll around the Palazzo-like gardens which were designed by the Earl of Bantry to reflect the iconic garden architecture he saw when travelling to the continent.

After exploring Bantry House you will pass Roaring Water Bay and thread your way through the towns of Schull, Ballydehob, and Mizen Head. Make sure to have your camera at the ready, because this leg of the journey is scenic even by the high standards of the Wild Atlantic Way.

You will continue to route around the coastline until you reach Kinsale. This traditional Irish town is famous for fine dining and its rich history. You will tour through the town going past such historic venues as the Garden of Remembrance and St Multose Church.

Your driver will then drop you off at the Trident Hotel. Situated on the banks of Kinsale Harbour you can enjoy epic views of the Wild Atlantic Way. You will be met with a warm Irish welcome by staff who have unrivalled attention to detail.

Day 5Cork, Blarney Castle, Cobh, Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny

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

Activities – Cork, Blarney Castle, Cobh, Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny.

After a luxurious breakfast, your personal chauffeur will be waiting to drive you north to Cork. If you so wish, you can enjoy a driving tour of Ireland’s second biggest city. If you are an art lover you might want to take a tour of the Crawford Gallery which houses art work from many of the greatest Irish artists, including Paul Henry and Dorothy Cross.

From Cork, you will continue driving north until you reach Blarney Castle. Blarney Castle dates back to the early 1200’s, however it was rebuilt in the 15th century by the notorious McCarthy family. You will tour round this great castle and gardens. At the top of the castle you will find the “Blarney Stone” — legend has it if you kiss the stone you will be granted the “gift of the gab”.

You will weave round the coast until you reach the harbour town of Cobh. Cobh was the final stop for the Titanic and if time permits you can visit the Titanic Experience where you will take part in a virtual journey that outlines the Titanic’s maiden voyage.

You will then continue north until you reach the Rock of Cashel; an archaeological masterpiece, hosting a variety of medieval buildings. You can explore the 12th century round table tower, the 13th century gothic cathedral, and the 15th century castle.

Finally, you will be taken to the 5-star Lyrath Estate Hotel in the town of Kilkenny. Nestled in 170 acres of pristine countryside, the hotel blends cosmopolitan and Georgian architecture as the original 17th century mansion sits seamlessly within the modern extension. You will be treated to fine dining, exquisite surroundings, and a very homely room.

Day 6Walking Tour of Kilkenny - Kilkenny Castle, St Canice's Cathedral - Waterford Factory Tour, New Ross & Inistioge

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

Activities – Walking Tour of Kilkenny, Waterford Factory Tour, New Ross & Inistioge.

After a relaxing breakfast, you will be taken on a guided walking tour of Kilkenny. You will explore the medieval streets before your guide takes you to Kilkenny Castle — which is over 800 years old and has been remodelled on various occasions. You will tour round this grand country house and the 50 acres of manicured gardens that surround it. The cathedral church of St Canice is a must visit. Founded in the 6th century, the round tower is the oldest building in Kilkenny. Your knowledgeable guide will tell you all about the rich history of this ancient cathedral.

After lunch, your chauffeur will take you to Waterford where you will take a tour of the crystal factory. The tour takes about 50 minutes, during which time you will learn how the factory creates beautiful crystal giftware. Watch the master craftsman display fine cutting and engravement skills in front of your eyes. After the tour you might want to visit the retail store and pick up a souvenir.

You will then head back to Kilkenny passing through New Ross, which is famously the birthplace of John F. Kennedy’s ancient bloodline.

After a long day of touring, you will return to Lyrath Estate Hotel to relax and unwind.

Day 7The Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Galway

Accommodation – G Hotel, Galway
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur

Activities – The Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Galway

After breakfast, your personal chauffeur will be waiting and you will commence your 7th day of touring. You will sweep east across central Ireland, passing through the town of Limerick before stopping at The Burren National Park. This revered beauty spot really has it all, including limestone rockeries, glistening lakes, woodland, hazel scrubs, and rugged cliffs.

You will continue to journey east until you reach the Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs of Moher were voted Irelands favourite tourist destination in 2019 and 2020. The cliffs tower above the Atlantic Ocean at over 700 feet high and span for 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 bathe in the ambiance of Irelands most glorious beauty spot.

You will continue weaving your way up the Wild Atlantic Way passing through the charming towns of Lisdoonvarna, Ballyvaughan, and Kinvara before reaching the town of Galway. You will be dropped off at the G Hotel. This luxurious spa hotel is nestled right into the Wild Atlantic Way. The spa is great for unwinding after a long day of touring and the double AA rosette restaurant uses local ingredients to produce culinary delights.

Day 8Connemara Tour - Patrick Pearse’s Cottage, Derrigimlagh Bog, Kylemore Abbey, Killary Harbour, Aasleagh

Accommodation – G Hotel, Galway
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur

Activities – Connemara Tour – Patrick Pearse’s Cottage, Derrigimlagh Bog, Kylemore Abbey, Killary Harbour, Aasleagh

After a luxurious breakfast, you will route east and stop at Patrick Pearse’s cottage. Patrick Pearse was a legendary Irish writer and you will tour the visitor centre that has an interactive exhibition that explores Pearse’s legacy. You will drive through the quaint town of Roundstone before stopping at Derrigimlagh Bog, one of the signature wildlife discovery spots on the Wild Atlantic Way. You can stroll around the peat bogs and look out for the diverse wildlife.

You will continue to route around the coastline until you reach Kylemore Abbey. Situated in a 13000-acre estate, the abbey stands as a permanent memorial of a tragic love story. Mitchell Henry built Kylemore Abbey in the late 1800’s for his beloved wife, who unexpectedly died three years after the abbey was finished. Stroll around the beautiful walled gardens and marvel at the archaic walls of the Abbey.

Your next stop will be Killary Harbour. This is Irelands only fjord and extends 10 miles from the Atlantic to Aasleagh. Make sure to have your camera at the ready, the views are extraordinary.

After a great day exploring Connemara national park, you will turn back to the G Hotel for a relaxing evening.

Day 9Aran Islands Tour - Ferry to Inishmore, Dun Aengus, The Worm Hole, Dun Eoghanacht

Accommodation – G Hotel, Galway
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur

Activities – Aran Islands Tour – Ferry to Inishmore, Dun Aengus, The Worm Hole, Dun Eoghanacht

Make sure you have a hearty breakfast, as you will be getting a ferry to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. You will visit Dun Aengus, a stone castle perched at the top of a 100-meter cliff that looks down on to the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Next up you will visit the worm hole. This naturally formed rectangular hole plunges into the sea below and was made famous when Red Bull used the venue for their diving competition.

If time permits, you can also visit Dun Eoghanacht a circular stone fort situated on the western head of the island. From stunning beaches to Neolithic archelogy there is plenty to do on Inishmore.

You will then take the ferry back to the mainland and be chauffeured back to the G Hotel.

Day 10Departure - 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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