Destination Ireland - vacations and travel
|from $1,295* per person||8 Days||Year-round|
|Comfort accommodations||Exertion level: 3|
|Operator: Destination Ireland||24 people max|
- Culture & Nature trips
Elegant Ireland features Ireland's finest manor house properties and Dublin's finest hotels. The Elegant Ireland tour offers the discerning visitor the opportunity to explore the quiet beauty of rural Ireland with an Irish Chauffeur while enjoying the high standards of traditional hospitality, accommodations and cuisine. Experience genuine friendliness and old fashioned courtesy in warm and relaxing surroundings. Enjoy a quality of life that is fast disappearing.
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ItineraryDay 1: Arrive Ireland
Enjoy a Private Car transfer to your centrally located downtown Dublin hotel. Relax after your journey. Perhaps enjoy a Horse and Carriage ride through some of Dublinís historic Georgian Squares or Walk through the Temple Bar area, which is fast becoming Dublinís Left Bank! (Westbury Hotel, 2-Nights)
Day 2: Dublin City, Wicklow
Explore Dublin City. Highlights include Trinity College and Dublin Castle. Stroll down Grafton Street, Dublinís premier shopping area. Visit St. Stephenís Green, Europeís oldest and most beautiful Georgian Square. Later Explore one of the most famous and enchanting places in Ireland, Glendalough (the valley of the two lakes) which is home to some of Irelandís oldest and most interesting monastic ruins. The spectacular hidden mountains and barren boglands at Sally Gap will leave you breathless.
Day 3: Kilkenny/ Cork
This morning meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel. Visit Kilkenny, Irelandís best example of a medieval town. It is beautifully situated on the river Nore, which forms the moat of its magnificently restored castle. Arrive at Waterford and visit the House of Waterford Crystal, a fascinating visitor centre and opulent retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world. Take a guided factory tour, giving you first hand access to all areas of traditional crystal production. Continue on to Hayfield Manor, Co. Cork for a 2-night stay. (Hayfield Manor, 2-Nights)
Day 4: Cork City
Tour Cork City and include a visit to the Shandon Bells, the gothic style University College, St Finbarrís Cathedral, City Market and the Crawford Art Gallery. Head to Blarney to see the castle and kiss the famous stone. Shop at the Blarney Woolen Mills. Perhaps take in a cookery demonstration in the afternoon.
Enjoy Ireland at its best on our Elegant Ireland tour
Elegant Ireland tour
Day 5: Kinsale & Killarney
Visit the colorful and picturesque fishing town of Kinsale, Irelandís cuisine capital. Visitors are captivated by the townís setting, its long waterfront, narrow streets, and slate-clad houses. The bulk of Compass Hill rises sharply behind the town, overlooking a natural harbour of great beauty where the Bandon river turns south towards the sea. This afternoon Drive west to Killarney. (Cahernane House, 3- Nights)
Day 6: Killarney & Gap of Dunloe
Enjoy a tour to the famous Gap of Dunloe, see Kate Kearneyís Cottage and the lakes of Killarney which are situated in the National Park. Lough Leane, the largest of the Lakes of Killarney has approximately 30 islands nestled in its waters. Enjoy some spectacular views of the lakes and surrounding countryside from Aghadoe.
Day 7: Killarney & Ring of Kerry
Today tour the world famous Ring of Kerry. For centuries artists and writers have celebrated this kingdom of Kerry, where the contrasting mountain, lake, and coastal scenery is at its most spectacular. This trip promises some of the most celebrated, scenic attractions in Ireland, rugged landscapes, antiquities and attractive villages. From Waterville you can see the Skellig Islands, once raided by the Vikings in 810 AD, this former monastery is now home to one of the biggest gannet colonies in the world.
Day 8: Departure (Optional Add-on Tour)
Transfer to Shannon Airport for your flight back to the U.S.
Days 8: Optional Add-on Tour:
Enjoy a tour of the rugged Dingle Peninsula featuring Slea Head, Connor Pass and the colorful fishing town of Dingle. (Dingle Skellig, 1-Night)
Day 9: Burren, Co. Clare
En route visit the Cliffs of Moher which stretch dramatically 700 feet above the Atlantic. We recommend a stop at Ailwee Cave to see the underground river and waterfall. Explore Co. Clareís lunar-like Burren region, famous for its unique flora and fauna, geology, and archaeology. (Greganís Castle, 2- Nights)
Day 10: Aran Islands
Visit the Aran Islands. Take a ferry to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. The island is dissected by winding, hilly lanes that meander between mazes of stone walls, enclosing fields of pasture or potatoes. The island houses the ruins of four prehistoric forts, and its north side is liberally dotted with the ruins of monastic sites and old churches.
Day 11: Shannon
Enjoy a Private Transfer to Shannon for your return flight home. Slan abhaile!