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Get ready to experience the very best of Ireland with Luxury Ireland Tours.
Our team appreciate just how important this vacation is to you.
Our attention to detail from your initial enquiry will ensure the most special luxury tour of Ireland.

You will be assigned your very own tour designer to shape your perfect travel itinerary.
All of our tours are fully customisable to suit your specific needs, tastes and interests.
Our drivers and guides are full of charm and busting with knowledge. Alongside our stunning accommodation partners we are able to offer exquisite tours of Ireland that create memories galore.

Let us know your Ireland wish list, your hobbies and interests, combining this with our expert local knowledge and unrivalled experience you are assured the best service at all times.

Arrival & Departure Location:

Dublin International Airport

Hotels

  • The Shelbourne, Dublin (2 Nights)
  • The River Lee, Cork (1 Night)
  • The Europe Hotel, Killarney (3 Nights)
  • Ashford Castle, Galway (2 Nights)
  • Lough Eske Castle, Donegal (2 Nights)
  • Merchant Hotel, Belfast (2 Nights)
  • The Shelbourne, Dublin (1 Night)

Points of Interest

  • Dublin: The Garden of Remembrance, The Custom House, The General Post Office.
  • Walking Tour of Dublin: Dublin Castle, Trinity College Library (Book of Kells), Guinness Storehouse
  • The Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle
  • Old Head of Kinsale, Kenmare, Killarney National Park
  • The Ring of Kerry: Rossbeigh Beach, Cahersiveen, Sneem Village, Moll’s Gap, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Muckross House & Gardens
  • The Slea Head Drive: Dingle, Wild Atlantic Way, Dunbeg Fort, Beehive Huts, Ballyferriter Village, Gallarus Oratory, Inch Beach
  • Adare, Cliffs of Moher, Burren National Park, Galway
  • Connemara National Park, Clifden, Kylemore Abbey
  • Hennigan’s Heritage Centre, Benbulben, Sligo, Donegal
  • Slieve League, Glencolmcille, Ardara, Assaranca Waterfall, Maghera Beach
  • Walking Tour of Derry/Londonderry, Titanic Visitor Centre
  • Glens of Antrim, The Dark Hedges, The Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce Castle
  • Newgrange & The Boyne Valley, Dublin

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 1 Arrive in Dublin

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

Activities – Tour through 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 is officially underway and you will take 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 Shelbourne Hotel. Perfectly positioned in the heart of Dublin, this luxurious 5-star hotel has been the life and soul of the city for decades. Timeless luxury and elegant décor is wrapped in Irish charm. The hotel has a fine array of suites, a la carte restaurants, and cosy bars. We promise you will not be disappointed.

Day 2Walking Tour of Dublin

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

Activities – Walking Tour of Dublin.

After a luxurious breakfast, you will embark on a morning walking tour of Dublin. Your walking guide will meet you at reception and your Dublin adventure will begin. The first stop of the day 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. We highly recommend dining at Hatch & Sons, situated near The Shelbourne. This traditional Irish restaurant is a favourite among tourists and locals alike. Famous for serving classic Irish dishes, such as Beef & Guinness Stew and a range of Blaas options.

After lunch, you will head back to The Shelbourne to freshen up. Your driver will then escort you to the Guinness Storehouse. Your driver will give you 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 Shelbourne for a relaxing evening.

Day 3The Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, Cork

Accommodation – The River Lee, Cork.
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Activities – The Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle.

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.

After an eventful day of exploring, you will be chauffeured to the River Lee Hotel in Cork.  This luxurious 4-star hotel is perched on the banks of the River Lee and is a 5-minute stroll from the city centre. You will receive a warm Irish welcome and the service is second to none. 

Day 4Old Head of Kinsale, Kenmare, Killarney National Park

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

Activities – Old Head of Kinsale, Kenmare, Killarney National Park.

After breakfast, your chauffeur will be waiting to continue your journey south 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.

You will then double back, heading north-east to Kenmare. This quaint town is the perfect spot for lunch. You can enjoy panoramic views of Kenmare Bay and soak 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 reach the town of Killarney. Built around the banks of Lough Leane, the town is surrounded by a mountainous backdrop.

Finally, you will be dropped off at The Europe Hotel. This luxurious 5-star hotel enjoys splendid views over the Lakes of Killarney. Enjoy some of Europe’s best spa’s, exceptional dining, and a warm Irish welcome.

Day 5The Ring of Kerry

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

Activities – The 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 the 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. From Moll’s Gap you will wind through Killarney National Park. If time permits, you can 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 touring Muckross House, you will make the short trip back to The Europe Hotel, where you can enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 6Slea 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.

Your next stop will be Gallarus Oratory. This ancient church has left archaeologists slightly confused as there is no hard evidence of when the church dates back to. Some believe the 12th century while others believe it was a Christian establishment built between the 6th and 9th century.

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.

Day 7Adare, Cliffs of Moher, Burren National Park, Galway

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

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

You have a long day ahead, so we advise an early start. You will bid farewell to Killarney and 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 Irelands most famous beauty spot.

From the Cliffs of Moher, you will travel inland until you reach Burren National Park. This stunning national park is home to an obscure limestone landscape, that looks almost manmade. The swirling and circular limestone structures demonstrates the creativity of Mother Nature.

You will continue to venture north, passing through the famous town of Galway. If time permits, you can enjoy a quick stroll and take in this authentic Irish town. You will keep heading north up the coast until you reach Ashford Castle. 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. You will enjoy a warm Irish welcome and be treated to outstanding service.

Day 8Connemara National Park, Clifden, Kylemore Abbey

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

Activities – Connemara National Park, Clifden, Kylemore Abbey

After a scrumptious breakfast, you will travel west until you reach Connemara National Park. The park consists of natural heathlands and glinting lakes. You will journey through the Roundstone Boglands, where you might catch a glimpse of wild ponies.

You will then stop off for a spot of lunch at Clifden, a quaint marketplace town. Your driver will take you round Kingstown peninsula.
This ten-mile circuit showcases some of the finest natural landscapes in Ireland.

As you move east you will tour Kylemore Abbey. Situated in a 13000-acre estate, the abbey is left as a permanent memory 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 round the manicured walled gardens and explore the archaic walls of the Abbey.

After another eventful day of touring, you will return to Ashford Castle for a relaxing evening.

Day 9Hennigan's Heritage Centre, Benbulben, Sligo, Donegal

Accommodation – Lough Eske Castle, Donegal.
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Activities – Hennigan’s Heritage Centre, Benbulben, Sligo, Donegal.

After a luxurious breakfast, you will bid farewell to Ashford Castle having enjoyed a fabulous stay. Your driver will take you north until you reach Hennigan’s Heritage Centre. You will enjoy a private tour and be introduced to the smallholding owner Tom Hennigan. Tom’s family have stayed in the smallholding for the last 150 years, living off the land. You will tour the smallholding and learn how the surrounding land was farmed. You will be treated to a traditional Irish lunch in a thatched farm house before continuing your Irish adventure.

Routing north, you will tour through the town of Sligo. You will pass the famous Benbulben, a famous limestone mountain that stands at over 500 meters high. Your next stop will be Carrowmore, a Neolithic site home to more than 30 Cairns. Some of Cairns are older than the pyramids. There is a restored tomb that was built over 5500 years ago and, if you have the nerve, you can venture inside the head of the tomb.

From Sligo you meander north into County Donegal, or as many call it, Gods Country. Weaving through the sculpted coastline and mountainous terrain, you will eventually reach Lough Eske Castle. This luxurious castle hotel sits in isolation on the edge of Donegal town. The castle was a seat of the revered O’Donnell clan for many years, and is steeped in Irish history. The hotel has a long list of accolades, including “Luxury Hotel of The Year”. This castle hotel has it all, a marvellous interior, an archaic outer shell, manicured gardens, and mouth-watering fine dining.

Day 10Slieve League, Glencolmcille, Ardara

Accommodation – Lough Eske Castle, Donegal.
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Activities – Slieve League, Glencolmcille, Ardara.

After breakfast, your personal chauffeur will be waiting as you embark on another adventure along the Wild Atlantic Way. You will travel past Killybegs, the biggest fishing port in Ireland. Then, continuing west, you will drive past Donegal Bay, where you will be treated to stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. You will then stop at Slieve League, cliffs which stand at 600 meters above the choppy Atlantic Ocean below. To put the size of these cliffs into context, they are three times as high as the Cliffs of Moher that you visited on day 7.

You then continue to travel through the awe-inspiring Irish countryside until you reach the coastal town of Glencolmcille. We suggest visiting the local craft shop which has an array of handmade knitwear, tapestries, and a homely tearoom.

Your driver will take you north-east until you reach Ardara. You will weave through Glengesh Pass enjoying tremendous views. If time permits, your driver can take you to Assaranca Waterfall and Maghera Beach. Make sure you have your camera at the ready, both are flawless natural beauty spots.

After a great day of touring, you will return to Lough Eske Castle for a relaxing evening.

Day 11Walking Tour of Derry/Londonderry - Belfast & Titanic Visitor Centre

Accommodation – Merchant Hotel, Belfast.
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Activities – Walking Tour of Derry/Londonderry & Titanic Visitor Centre.

After a relaxing breakfast, you will bid farewell to Lough Eske Castle and travel north-east to Derry/Londonderry. You will meet a knowledgeable walking guide who will show you round this walled city. You will visit the famous Derry Walls, which are 1.5km in circumference and guard the inner city. The walls were built in the 1600’s and were used to defend against Scottish and English settlers.

You will then visit the Bogside, where you will learn about the Bloody Sunday story in Derry. You will then visit the nearby Peoples Gallery to see the 12 large scale murals which are the city’s most popular tourist attraction. Your local guide will explain the complex history which surrounds Derry/Londonderry and Northern Ireland.

You will head to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, where you will stop for lunch.
We highly recommend visiting Fish City, a renowned traditional fish and chip shop that recently won the national fish and chip awards.

After lunch, you will visit the world’s largest Titanic experience. There are 9 interactive galleries in total which include walking the decks, exploring the shipyard and uncovering the slipways where the titanic was built. We promise this is one of the best visitor attractions in the world.

After another long day of exploring, your driver will take you to the Merchant Hotel. This luxurious 5-star hotel is a Grade A listed building set in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter. The hotel includes a stunning spa, bespoke furnishings, cocktail bar, a quintessential Irish Pub, and The Great Room restaurant that provides a wonderful fine dining experience.

Day 12Glens of Antrim, The Dark Hedges, The Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce Castle.

Accommodation – Merchant Hotel, Belfast.
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Activities – Glens of Antrim, The Dark Hedges, The Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce Castle.

After a luxurious breakfast, you will embark on a costal adventure. You will zigzag north through the Glens of Antrim which span 80 miles of sculpted glens and wind-beaten cliffs

Your chauffeur will drive you north through ‘The Dark Hedges’ before you reach The Giant’s Causeway. The best way to the describe The Giant’s Causeway is basalt columns piled up vertically that jut out into the Atlantic Ocean. There are over 40,000 of these basalt, hexagonal-shaped rocks which date back over 60 million years. Make sure to have your camera at the ready, as many argue the Giant’s Causeway is the 8th wonder of the world. If time permits, you can explore the visitor centre and enjoy an audio tour.

You will then enjoy a tour of Bushmills Distillery. Bushmills is the country’s oldest working distillery. The stream that runs by the distillery is combined with Irish barley to make a great tasting whisky that has been a favourite of many for hundreds of years. After the tour, you will be treated to a few of Bushmill’s finest drams.

Finally, you will visit Dunluce Castle. This archaic castle was built in the 1500’s by the MacQuillan family. Dunlunce Castle has a turbulent history and you will hear of legendary tales about the banshee and the night that part of the kitchen collapsed into the sea.

You will return to Merchant Hotel for your final evening.

Day 13Newgrange & The Boyne Valley, Dublin

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

Activities – Newgrange & The Boyne Valley, Dublin.

After a fantastic time exploring Belfast, you will say goodbye and head south. On the way, you will visit Boyne valley tombs, an acclaimed heritage site that is located by the River Boyne. You will be able to explore over 90 Neolithic monuments and see an array of megalithic art. You will take a guided tour of Newgrange Tomb. This huge tomb is 85 meters wide and 43 meters high. Described by many as the jewel in the crown of the ancient east, you will not be disappointed by your Neolithic adventure.

You will meander south until you reach Dublin once again. Perhaps use the rest of the day shopping for souvenirs or relax in the luxurious surroundings of the Shelbourne Hotel.

You will return to Merchant Hotel for your final evening.

Day 14Departure

Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur

After a wonderful trip around Ireland, it is sadly time to head home. You will leave the Emerald Isle enriched with historic knowledge and a deep understanding of Irish culture. Your private chauffeur will transfer you to the airport and you will bid a final goodbye to Ireland. We hope to see you again soon.

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