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Tour Details

Looking for a luxurious Irish Tour that immerses you in the Celtic culture? Then look no further.
Think vibrant cities, charming little towns and villages, Irish heritage aplenty, magnificent accommodations, historic sites, iconic scenery, awe-inspiring driving routes, fine dining…this is our Celtic Splendour Tour.

Departure & Return Location

Dublin Airport / Shannon Airport

Points of Interest

  • Dublin: The Garden of Remembrance, The Custom House, The General Post Office, Dublin Castle.
  • Trinity College Library & Book of Kells, Guinness Storehouse
  • Malzards Pub & Hurling Experience
  • Jameson’s Old Midleton Distillery, Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Blarney Castle, Bantry Bay, Mannings Emporium, Kenmare
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Slea Head Drive
  • Cliffs of Moher, Burren National Park, Galway, Adare

Hotels

  • The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin (2 Nights)
  • Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny (1 Night)
  • Castlemartyr Resort, Cork (1 Night)
  • Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare (2 Nights)
  • Adare Manor, Adare (1 Night)

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
Itinerary

Day 1Driving tour through Dublin

Accommodation – The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin, Ireland
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Driving tour through Dublin

Upon your arrival at Dublin Airport, you will be met by your Luxury Ireland Tours driver and taken for a driving tour of Dublin. You will weave past such iconic venues as The Gardens of Remembrance, The Custom House, and The General Post Office. Perhaps the most iconic venue of all is Dublin Castle. This architectural masterpiece has fulfilled many historical roles over the years. The castle was originally the primary means of defence for the city but is now a government complex.

After passing the major sites in Dublin, you will be dropped off at The Shelbourne Hotel. This luxurious 5-star hotel is based in the heart of Dublin and all the major attractions are just a short walk away. You will be encapsulated by the interior design, which includes sparkling chandeliers, marble floors, and glitzy bars. The gourmet menu is also absolutely sumptuous.

Day 2Trinity College Library & Book of Kells, Guinness Storehouse

Accommodation – The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin, Ireland
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Dublin: Trinity College Library & Book of Kells, Guinness Storehouse

After a luxurious breakfast, you will be met by your friendly walking guide and make the short walk to the Trinity College Library. On your tour of the college you will visit the four major squares and delve into the college’s 400-year history. You will visit the famous Book of Kells, a world-famous artefact which was written over 1000 years ago and is a hand decorated copy of the 4 gospels.

After your fascinating tour of Trinity College Library, we suggest dining at The Winding Stair. Enjoy good, old-fashioned, wholesome Irish home cooking in this restaurant that overlooks the River Liffey and the Ha’penny bridge. Packed with character it even has it’s very own book shop downstairs, which is among the oldest operating independent bookshops in the city.

Once you have enjoyed a hearty meal and few glasses of wine you will be taken to the Guinness Storehouse, where you will learn about Ireland’s most iconic beer. You will explore all 7 floors, each offering something a little bit different. The first couple of floors focus on the production and history of Guinness. Moving through the floors you will see a variety of interactive displays. Finally, you will enter the gravity bar at the very top of the storehouse. The glass walls of the gravity bar are striking, and you can enjoy panoramic views of Dublin while enjoying a sip of a freshly poured Guinness.

Day 3Malzards Pub & Hurling Experience, Kilkenny

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

Activities – Malzards Pub & Hurling Experience, Kilkenny

After breakfast, you will bid farewell to Dublin and travel south to Kilkenny. Along the way, you will stop at Malzards Pub, in the town of Stoneyford, where you will enjoy a traditional Irish pub experience. From learning how to pull the perfect pint of Guinness, to playing traditional Irish instruments with the guidance of local musicians, you will be immersed in Irish culture. You can try the traditional Irish sport of hurling in a relaxed and safe environment; think Lacrosse but slightly more ferocious!

Finally, you will be treated to a storytelling session by an Irish seanchaí who will eloquently tell tales of Irish legend and mythology.

After a great day experiencing Irish pub culture, you will 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.

Day 4Jameson’s Old Midleton Distillery, Cobh Heritage Centre, Cork

Accommodation – Castlemartyr Resort, Cork
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Jameson’s Old Midleton Distillery, Cobh Heritage Centre

After a luxurious breakfast, your personal chauffeur will be waiting and you will route south through the ancient east of Ireland. Your first stop of the day will be Jameson’s Old Midleton Distillery. You will take part in the “Jameson Experience Tour & Premium Whiskey Tasting”, which will expand your knowledge about the history of the distillery and how the distillery has transformed over the years. You will see the craftsmen at work and tour the building, learning about the whisky making process from start to finish. At the end of the tour, you will be treated to a tasting session where you can try four of the distillery’s finest whiskies.

You will then make the short trip to Cobh Heritage Centre, where you will learn about Irish Emigration. There are many fascinating interactive exhibitions which include learning about the tragedy of the Titanic and exploring life on convict and coffin ships.

After exploring the Cobh Heritage Centre, you will be taken to Castlemartyr Resort. This 17th century Manor House is based in 220 acres of rolling Irish countryside. Enjoy luxuriant gardens, shimmering silver lochs, and a warm Irish welcome.

Day 5Blarney Castle, Bantry Bay, Mannings Emporium, Kenmare

Accommodation – Sheen Fall Lodge, Kenmare
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Blarney Castle, Bantry Bay, Mannings Emporium, Kenmare

After breakfast, your chauffeur will be waiting and you will weave east through the cosmopolitan town of Cork. Cork is the second biggest city in the Republic of Ireland and is famous for its Crawford Gallery, which is home to many influential pieces of artwork. It you are an art lover we highly recommend touring the gallery.

As you leave Cork behind, you will head slightly north until you reach Blarney Castle. Situated by the idyllic River Martin, the castle dates back to the 12th century but was re-constructed in the 15th century by the influential McCarthy family. The castle is best known for the Blarney Stone and legend has it that if you kiss the stone you will inherit the “gift of the gab”. You will enjoy a tour of the archaic castle and the pristine gardens.

Your driver will then take you west, meandering around the breath-taking Bantry Bay. The bay stretches for 35km and looks out towards the Atlantic Ocean. If you are a keen photographer, we promise you will not be disappointed.

Your next stop will be Mannings Emporium, where you will get the chance to explore the food and culture of West Cork. The tour includes meeting local farmers and cheese makers, along with a chance to sample some of the region’s finest culinary delights.

After an exciting day touring, you will be dropped off at Sheen Falls Lodge. Set on the outskirts of Kenmare, this picturesque 5-star hotel looks over Sheen Falls. The interior of the hotel is outstanding, with roaring fires, marble flooring, and sparkling chandeliers. We promise you an unforgettable stay at Sheen Falls Lodge.

Day 6Ring of Kerry

Accommodation – Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Ring of Kerry

On the 6th day you will take a scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry. You will pass through Killorglin and Glenbeigh, before reaching the beautiful Rossbeigh Beach. Continuing around the coastal route, we suggest stopping at the charming town of Cahersiveen for lunch. Interestingly, the town of Cahersiveen was the birthplace of Irish legend Daniel O’Connell.

Driving around the ring you will see Valentina Island. The island famously featured in the “The Force Awakens” and is a great photo opportunity for any avid Star Wars fans. As you head inland, you will pass through Sneem Village, or as it is known locally “The Way The Fairies Went”. Enjoy exquisite views of mountains and lakes.

Routing north, you will pass through Moll’s Gap. This mountain pass cuts through MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains and provides breath-taking views of the Ring of Kerry.

Finally, you will reach Killarney National Park which is laden with lush scenery and glinting lakes. You will stop off at Muckross House & Gardens. Designed by revered Scottish architect William Burn, this 19th century mansion is steeped in history and grandeur. Tour the fine gardens and learn about the mansions chequered past.

After a great day touring round the Ring of Kerry, you will return to Sheen Falls Lodge for a relaxing evening.

Day 7Slea Head Drive

Accommodation – Adare Manor, Adare
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Slea Head Drive

Make sure to have a hearty breakfast, because you have an exhilarating day of touring ahead! Your private chauffeur will take you west, following the “Slea Head Drive” route. This has to be one of the most scenic stretches of the Wild Atlantic Way. You will pass Dingle Bay, which boasts stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Routing along the coast, you will shortly reach Dunbeg Fort. Nestled on the cliffs, this iron age fort faces the Atlantic Ocean and is perfect for a postcard worthy photo. Your next stop is a set of Beehive Huts that date back to Bronze Age. Visiting the huts, you will get a glimpse into ancient Irish lifestyle.

As you travel back inland, you will stop at Ballyferriter Village, a charming town which is the perfect stop for lunch. The village has 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 make the short journey to Gallarus Oratory. This 15th century chapel is a staple visit on the Wild Atlantic Way as it is extremely well preserved and has a fascinating history.

After a long day of touring, you will drive north and be dropped off at Adare Manor. Ireland has many 5-star country estate hotels but Adare Manor is a cut above them all. In 2019, the venue was voted the best resort in Europe by “Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards 2019”. Set in 840 acres of perfect parkland, the hotel boasts a Michelin Star Restaurant and one of the best parkland golf courses in Ireland. The service is outstanding, the hotel is breath-taking, and the surrounding scenery is simply divine.

Day 8Cliffs of Moher, Burren National Park, Galway, Adare

Accommodation – Adare Manor, Adare
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Cliffs of Moher, Burren National Park, Galway, Adare

You have unfortunately reached your last day of touring, but you still have an exciting day ahead. Your chauffeur will take you north until you reach 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 sweep down the Wild Atlantic Way until you reach the Cliffs of Moher, Irelands number one tourist attraction. The cliffs span 5 miles and tower 700 feet above the waves of the Atlantic Ocean that crash below. Take a deep breath, absorb the fresh sea breeze, listen to the waves ripple below, and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Mother Nature.

As you head inland you will reach Burren National Park. The national park is famed for its quirky limestone landscape. The hundreds of circular limestone rocks appear to be manmade, but they just go to show how diverse the natural landscape of the Wild Atlantic Way is.

After a magical final day of touring, you will return to Adare Manor to relax before your morning flight.

Day 9Departure

Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

After a breath-taking tour of the Emerald Isle, you will sadly have to bid farewell. Your private chauffeur will escort you to the Airport in plenty time to catch your flight home. Hopefully we will see you again soon.

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