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Arrival & Departure Location: Dublin International Airport

Hotels

  • Grand Central Hotel, Belfast (3 nights)
  • Lough Eske Castle, Co.Donegal (1 Night)
  • Ashford Castle, Cong (2 Nights)
  • Glenlo Abbey, Galway (1 Night)
  • Adare Manor (1 Night)
  • The Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney (2 Nights)
  • Hayfield Manor, Cork (1 Night)
  • Merrion Hotel, Dublin (2 Nights)

Points of Interest

  • Transfer From Dublin (ROI) to Belfast (NI)
  • Gobbins Cliff Pass Walk, Visit Carrickfergus Castle, Explore Belfast, Visit Titanic Belfast
  • Drive Through Dark Hedges, Carrick-a rede-rope bridge, Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle
  • Guided Tour Marble Arch Caves, Visit Belleek Pottery Visitors Centre & Tea Room, Visit Donegal
  • Visit Fairy Bridges, See Benbulbin, Visit Sligo Town, Visit Cong Village, Pat Cohen’s Bar
  • Visit Joyce Country Sheepdogs, Visit Kylemore Abbey, Scenic drive though Connemara National Park, Drive the Sky Road, Clifden
  • Island Cruise from Ashford Castle, Visit & Explore Galway
  • Burren Walking Tour, Burren National Park, Cliffs of Moher Experience
  • Slea Head Drive, Dingle, Visit Slea Head, Dunquin, Ballyferriter, Visit Inch Beach
  • Explore the Ring of Kerry, Drive through Killarney National Park, Drive through Moll's Gap, visiting Sneem Village, Caherdaniel, Waterville, Cahersiveen Town, Visit Cahergal Stone Fort, Rossbeigh Beach
  • Visit Kenmare, Visit Blarney Castle, Visit & Explore Cork City, Visit English Market
  • Visit Rock of Cashel, Tipperaray, Visit Kilkenny, Visit Kilkenny Castle, Arrive in to Dublin
  • Private half day walking Tour of Dublin, Visit Dublin Castle, Temple Bar Neighbourhood, Trinity College & Book of Kells, Guinness Storehouse Connoisseur Experience

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 / Dedicated Travel Co-ordinator
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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Dublin > Transfer to Belfast

Accommodation – Grand Central Hotel, Belfast (3 Nights)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.


Arrival and Introduction to Belfast

Morning to Afternoon: Arrival at Dublin Airport and Transfer to Belfast
Upon arrival at Dublin Airport, your personal Irish Chauffeur will greet you, marking the commencement of your Irish escapade. You’ll be whisked away to Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital, in the comfort of a luxury vehicle, equipped with amenities to ensure a pleasant journey. The drive to Belfast offers a scenic route, introducing the lush Irish landscapes.

Afternoon: Check-in at the Grand Central Hotel, Belfast
Your destination, the Grand Central Hotel, stands as a beacon of luxury in Belfast. Upon arrival, you will be enamoured by its elegant facade and prime location, promising an unforgettable stay. As you step inside, the grandeur of the lobby, adorned with crystal chandeliers and plush furnishings, welcomes you. Your room, a haven of opulence, offers views over the city or the distant hills, complete with all the modern comforts befitting a grand hotel.

Evening: Dinner at The Seahorse Restaurant
After unwinding in your lavish accommodation, prepare for an evening of culinary delight at The Seahorse Restaurant. The Seahorse, within the hotel, offers a dining experience that embodies the essence of Belfast’s maritime heritage. The menu, a symphony of locally sourced ingredients, presents an array of traditional dishes with a contemporary twist, served in an ambiance of understated elegance.

Day 2Gobbins Cliff Pass Walk, Visit Carrickfergus Castle, Explore Belfast, Visit Titanic Belfast

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


Northern Exploration and Titanic Tales

Morning: Gobbins Cliff Path Adventure
After a restful night and a sumptuous breakfast at the Grand Central, your driver will escort you to the Gobbins Cliff Path for a morning of exploration. The Gobbins is a dramatic coastal walk along the basalt cliffs of County Antrim. The path wraps around rugged cliffs, over bridges, and past caves, offering thrilling views of the Irish Sea and a chance to spot local seabirds in their natural habitat. The fresh sea breeze and the sound of waves crashing against the cliffs will invigorate your senses.

Midday: Carrickfergus Castle Historical Journey
Your next stop, Carrickfergus Castle, is a Norman stronghold with over 800 years of history. As you tour the well-preserved walls and robust towers, you’ll be transported back in time. The castle’s storied past includes sieges, battles, and political intrigue. Its strategic position overlooking Belfast Lough has made it an important military stronghold throughout the centuries.

Afternoon: Titanic Belfast Experience
In the afternoon, you will delve into the Titanic Belfast Experience. This award-winning visitor attraction stands on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard, where the Titanic was built. Through interactive exhibits, you will discover the stories of the Titanic, from conception to tragic end. The galleries bring to life the craftsmanship, ambitions, and dreams surrounding the ill-fated liner. The experience is both a tribute to the shipbuilding heritage of Belfast and a poignant remembrance of the lives touched by the Titanic’s voyage.

Evening: Gastronomy at OX Restaurant
Conclude your day with an exquisite dinner at OX, a Michelin-starred restaurant known for its innovative approach to cuisine. Situated by the River Lagan, OX combines seasonal local produce with modern techniques to create a truly memorable dining experience. The ambiance is contemporary and inviting, with views of the open kitchen that allow you to observe the culinary artistry at work. The tasting menu, paired with fine wines, is a journey through the flavours of Ireland, crafted with passion and precision.

Late Evening: Return to Grand Central Hotel
As dusk falls over Belfast, you will return to the sanctuary of the Grand Central Hotel. The city lights twinkle below as you retreat to your luxurious room for another night of comfort.

Day 3Drive Through Dark Hedges, Carrick-a rede-rope bridge, Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle

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


Antrim Coastline and Castles

Morning: Dark Hedges Scenic Drive
With the dawn of a new day, your chauffeur will guide you through the mystical Dark Hedges. This enchanting avenue of intertwined beech trees, planted in the 18th century, creates a natural arched tunnel that is picture-perfect. Featured in film and television, the Dark Hedges is a magical stop, where the morning light filters through the branches, casting shadows and illuminating a path that seems to lead into another world. It’s a perfect moment to capture photos that embody the ethereal beauty of Ireland’s countryside.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge: A Thrilling Passage
Next stop is the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. This famous suspension bridge near Ballintoy in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede. Spanning 20 metres (66 ft) and suspended almost 30 metres (98 ft) above sea rocks and the Atlantic Ocean, crossing it is an exhilarating experience that is not for the faint-hearted. Feel the bridge sway slightly with the wind, hear the waves crashing below, and take in the breathtaking views of Rathlin Island and Scotland in the distance. This area is an outstanding natural beauty spot, celebrated for its cliff-top walks and abundant bird life.

The Giant’s Causeway: A Geological Marvel
Your adventure continues to the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This natural wonder is composed of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. Legend has it that the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. They reappear in the island of Staffa in Scotland. Witness the power of nature at this iconic spot, where the symmetrical columns rise starkly against the wild Atlantic surge. It’s a photographer’s paradise, with the hexagonal patterns making for unique and memorable photographs.

Dunluce Castle: Echoes of the Past
As the day wanes, visit the hauntingly beautiful ruins of Dunluce Castle. Perched dramatically on the cliffs of the North Antrim coast, it offers one of the most picturesque views imaginable. Its history is as captivating as its location, with tales of a lost village and banshees woven into its fabric. Dating back to the 14th century, the castle has borne witness to a long and tumultuous history, including battles and sieges. Walking through its remaining structures, one can almost hear the echoes of the past, as the ocean winds whip through what was once a grand family estate.

The Muddlers Club: A Culinary Finale
Conclude your day with a visit to The Muddlers Club, nestled in the heart of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. This hidden gem, named after the secret society that met there over 200 years ago, offers an intimate and contemporary dining experience. With its open kitchen, the restaurant provides a unique atmosphere where you can watch the chefs at work, creating modern dishes that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate. The menu is a testament to local produce and seasonal flavours, often featuring a creative twist on classic Irish cuisine. The Muddlers Club is the perfect place to unwind and reflect on the day’s adventures, with a glass of fine wine or a bespoke cocktail in hand.

Return to Grand Central Hotel: A Night of Rest
As the evening draws to a close, you’ll return to the luxurious comfort of the Grand Central Hotel. After a day of exploration, this is the ideal place to rest. The hotel’s sumptuous beds and tranquil ambiance ensure a peaceful night’s sleep. As you drift off, the experiences of the day will replay in your mind like a dream, the perfect end to a day spent discovering the natural wonders and historical treasures of Northern Ireland.

Day 4Guided Tour Marble Arch Caves, Visit Belleek Pottery Visitors Centre & Tea Room, Visit Donegal

Accommodation – Lough Eske Castle, Co. Donegal (1 Night)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.


Caves, Crafts, and Castle Luxury

Marble Arch Caves: Subterranean Splendour
Your journey begins with an exploration of the Marble Arch Caves, located in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands. This fascinating natural underworld is a network of limestone caves, sculpted over millions of years by flowing water. On a guided tour, you’ll traverse walkways and take a boat ride through the cave’s water-filled passages, marvelling at the stunning rock formations, stalactites, and stalagmites. The calm, otherworldly atmosphere is highlighted by the gentle drip of water and the soft illumination of the caves’ features, making this a truly memorable experience.


Belleek Pottery Visitors Centre: Artisanal Heritage
Continuing east, your next destination is the renowned Belleek Pottery Visitors Centre. This historic pottery, established in 1857, is famous for its delicate porcelain and the skill of its craftspeople. During your visit, you can witness the intricate processes of moulding, firing, and hand-painting, which result in the exquisite pieces that are cherished around the world. The centre also houses a museum displaying pieces dating back to its founding, showcasing the evolution of styles and techniques.

Donegal Town: A Charming Stopover
En route to your evening’s accommodation, take the opportunity to explore the picturesque town of Donegal. This Irish town is known for its friendly locals, traditional Irish pubs, and the Donegal Castle, which stands as a proud reminder of the area’s Gaelic heritage. Enjoy a leisurely wander through the town’s quaint streets, or relax with a coffee as you soak up the atmosphere of this charming locale.

Lough Eske Castle: Regal Repose
Your day’s travels culminate with your arrival at Lough Eske Castle, a five-star castle hotel that promises an indulgent stay. Nestled within a wooded estate, this meticulously restored castle combines historical grandeur with modern luxury. The castle’s rooms and suites are the epitome of elegance, with plush furnishings and views of the surrounding natural beauty. Its award-winning spa and tranquil gardens offer further opportunities.

Culinary Opulence at Cedars
As the moonlight bathes the enchanting grounds of Lough Eske Castle in a silvery glow, guests are beckoned to indulge in an evening of unrivaled opulence at Cedars Restaurant. Nestled within the regal embrace of the castle’s historic walls, the dining experience transcends mere sustenance to become a symphony of culinary artistry.

Day 5Visit Fairy Bridges, See Benbulbin, Visit Sligo Town, Visit Cong Village, Pat Cohen’s Bar

Accommodation – Ashford Castle, Cong (2 Nights)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.


Mythical Bridges, Majestic Mountains, and Medieval Splendour

Fairy Bridges: Whispers of Old Lore
Your fifth day in Ireland commences with a delightful breakfast before you set off southward with your attentive driver. Your first destination is the Fairy Bridges, a hidden gem near Bundoran. These natural sea arches, along with the Wishing Chair, form a breathtaking coastal spectacle steeped in myths and legends. Folklore suggests that the Fairy Bridges were a favoured haunt of ethereal beings, offering an enchanting start to the day’s explorations.

Benbulbin: The Table Mountain of Ireland
As you journey on, the unmistakable outline of Benbulbin, part of the Dartry Mountains, comes into view. Known as Ireland’s Table Mountain, Benbulbin’s distinctive flat top dominates the landscape. This geological formation was shaped during the Ice Age, and its imposing cliffs and lush green slopes make for a stunning photo opportunity. The mountain has been an inspiration to poets and painters and continues to awe visitors with its majestic presence.

Sligo Town: A Cultural Heartland
Your route then takes you through Sligo Town, a vibrant hub that has long been associated with the poet W.B. Yeats. The town is nestled between the mountainous backdrop and the meandering Garavogue River, offering a rich tapestry of culture and history. Here, you can indulge in a coffee break or stroll through its lively streets, perhaps visiting the Yeats Memorial Building or the Model, a contemporary arts centre.

Cong Village: Echoes of ‘The Quiet Man’
Next, you’ll visit the quaint Cong Village, which is forever etched in cinematic history as the filming location for John Ford’s classic film ‘The Quiet Man’. With its traditional thatched cottages and historic ruins, Cong exudes old-world charm.

A stop at Pat Cohen’s Bar provides a warm welcome; it’s a place where you can raise a glass in an establishment that celebrates the village’s connection to the iconic film. Enjoy the hospitality and imagine the Hollywood stars who once walked these streets.

Ashford Castle: A Royal Retreat
As evening nears, you will be welcomed at Ashford Castle, your sumptuous home for the night. This 13th-century castle turned five-star luxury hotel is set on a 350-acre estate with woodlands, lakes, and rivers. Ashford Castle is the epitome of opulence, blending its historic structure with lavish interiors that offer modern comfort while retaining an old-world charm. The castle’s rooms are individually designed, featuring unique touches such as ornate fireplaces and exquisite antique furniture, ensuring a stay that feels like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale.

George V Restaurant: A Gastronomic Experience
Conclude your day with a meal fit for royalty at the George V Restaurant, named after the king who visited the castle in 1905. This fine dining experience is held in a grand dining room with sparkling chandeliers and rich, panelled walls. Under the guidance of acclaimed chefs, the restaurant serves exquisite dishes that blend Irish tradition with contemporary flair. The finest local ingredients are transformed into culinary masterpieces, accompanied by a selection of the world’s best wines. It’s the perfect setting to reflect on your journey through Ireland’s natural beauty and historic splendour, all while being enveloped in the luxury that has become a hallmark of your travel experience.

Day 6Visit Joyce Country Sheepdogs, Visit Kylemore Abbey, Scenic drive though Connemara National Park, Drive the Sky Road, Clifden

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


Shepherding Skills, Abbey Ruins, and Connemara Charm

Joyce Country Sheepdogs: A Dance of Discipline
Your sixth day begins with a hearty breakfast at Ashford Castle, after which your driver will whisk you away to Joyce Country Sheepdogs. Here, you’ll witness the intelligence and agility of border collies as they expertly herd sheep following their master’s whistle commands. The demonstration is not just entertaining but also an educational glimpse into traditional Irish farming practices. Watch in admiration as the dogs navigate the sheep through various obstacles with remarkable precision and teamwork.

Kylemore Abbey: A Tale of Love and Devotion
Kylemore Abbey, your next destination, stands as a symbol of romantic architecture. Nestled at the base of Druchruach Mountain and on the edge of Lough Pollacapull, this Benedictine monastery was originally built as a castle and private home for Mitchell Henry and his wife, Margaret, in the late 1800s. The Abbey’s history is a poignant story of love, tragedy, and spirituality. The Victorian Walled Garden, chapel, and Gothic church are set against the backdrop of Connemara’s dramatic landscapes, offering a peaceful and reflective experience.

Connemara National Park: Wild Irish Beauty
As you traverse the heart of Connemara National Park, prepare to be captivated by its rugged beauty. This is a land of contrasts, with mist-covered mountains and expansive bogs, heaths, and woodlands. The Park is home to a variety of wildlife and the famous Connemara ponies. Photo opportunities abound as you encounter the Twelve Bens mountain range, providing a dramatic skyline, and the rich valleys with their serene lakes that reflect the ever-changing sky.

Sky Road and Clifden: Scenic Vistas and Quaint Charm
Continuing your journey, you’ll take the scenic Sky Road, renowned for its panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Clifden Bay, and the islands of Inishturk and Turbot. The winding route offers a visual feast, with each turn revealing yet another spectacular vista. In Clifden, the ‘Capital of Connemara’, you’ll find charming boutiques, artisanal shops, and cozy cafés. This quaint town is a delightful blend of traditional Irish culture and modern amenities, perfect for a leisurely exploration or simply enjoying a cup of tea while taking in the local atmosphere.

Return to Ashford Castle: Serenity Anew
After a day immersed in the natural and cultural beauty of Ireland, you will return to the tranquility of Ashford Castle. The castle’s warm, stately ambiance invites you to relax and rejuvenate. Take a stroll through its manicured grounds, or perhaps enjoy a quiet moment by the lake before preparing for the evening’s culinary adventure.

Dungeon Restaurant: Culinary Delights in Historic Quarters
Your day concludes with dinner at the Dungeon Restaurant. Located in the castle’s original dungeon, this atmospheric dining spot offers a robust menu featuring the best of Irish cuisine. The stone-clad walls and heraldic decorations transport you back in time, while the contemporary Irish menu brings the best of local flavours to your plate. Indulge in dishes crafted from the finest ingredients, sourced from the West of Ireland’s lush countryside and clear waters, and pair your meal with a selection from the extensive wine list. It’s an epicurean experience that perfectly encapsulates the blend of history and luxury that Ashford Castle embodies.

Day 7Island Cruise from Ashford Castle, Visit & Explore Galway

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


Nautical Ventures and the City of Tribes

Two-Hour Island Cruise: Serenity on Lough Corrib
Begin your seventh day with a serene two-hour island cruise from the private pier of Ashford Castle. As you glide across the placid waters of Lough Corrib, Ireland’s second-largest lake, you’ll be treated to stunning views of wooded islands and verdant shores. Keep an eye out for historic sites along the way, such as ancient monastic ruins. The captain’s commentary will enrich your understanding of the area’s rich history and the significance of the islands you pass, many of which have stories and legends attached to them. This peaceful morning cruise is the perfect way to bid farewell to the grandeur of Ashford Castle.

Galway: A Cultural Tapestry
In the afternoon, your journey leads you to the vibrant city of Galway, known as the “City of Tribes” due to the fourteen merchant families who led the city in its Hiberno-Norman period. Galway exudes a bohemian vibe that blends harmoniously with its medieval past. The city’s history is palpable in its cobblestone streets, which lead to landmarks like the Spanish Arch and the imposing Galway Cathedral. Take time to explore the bustling streets with their colourful shopfronts, the lively pubs, and the vibrant street performers that add to Galway’s dynamic atmosphere.

Glenlo Abbey Hotel: A Stately Retreat
The day’s adventures conclude as you arrive at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel, your sanctuary for the night. This luxurious 5-star hotel, just a stone’s throw from Galway city, is a restored 18th-century manor house that offers elegance and comfort. Set on a 138-acre estate with the stunning backdrop of Lough Corrib and the West of Ireland landscape, the hotel’s rooms and suites are designed with an eye for historical detail combined with modern luxury. Unwind in your opulent room or take a gentle walk around the estate, perhaps enjoying a round of golf or simply soaking in the panoramic views.

Dinner at the Pullman Restaurant: A Journey Through Culinary Excellence
As the evening descends, prepare for a unique dining experience at the Pullman Restaurant, located within the Glenlo Abbey Hotel grounds. This distinctive restaurant is set aboard two original Pullman carriages, which have been lovingly restored to their former glory. One of the carriages, the Leona, dates back to 1927 and served on the original Orient Express.

As you step into the carriage, you’re transported to a bygone era of luxury train travel. The rich mahogany panelling, opulent fabrics, and vintage lighting set the stage for an unforgettable meal. The Pullman Restaurant offers a menu that combines the tradition of the land with the elegance of fine dining. Ingredients are sourced from the best local producers, ensuring that each dish not only pays homage to Irish culinary heritage but also presents it with a contemporary twist.

Day 8Burren Walking Tour, Burren National Park, Cliffs of Moher Experience

Accommodation – Adare Manor, Adare (1 Night)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.


The Burren’s Lunar Landscapes and Cliffs of Eternity

The Burren National Park: A Rocky Realm
Your eighth day in Ireland takes you to the Burren National Park, a remarkable vista of karst limestone that stretches over 1,500 hectares. Walking through the Burren is like exploring another planet. The cracked pavement of limestone has been eroded into a lunar-like landscape, hosting a surprisingly rich array of flora and fauna. Orchids, gentians, and avens bloom between the rocks; this is a botanist’s wonderland where Arctic, Alpine, and Mediterranean plants grow side by side due to the unique environmental conditions. During your half-day tour, you’ll learn how this extraordinary terrain was formed and why it has fascinated geologists and nature lovers alike.

Cliffs of Moher: Ireland’s Natural Wonder
Next, prepare to be awed at the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most visited natural attractions. Rising to a height of 214 meters at their highest point, these sheer cliffs plunge into the Atlantic Ocean, offering breathtaking views that stretch for miles. Feel the sea breeze and watch the seabirds soar as you stand at the edge of this majestic natural fortress. The cliffs also offer an exhibition center, which provides valuable insights into their formation, wildlife, and the surrounding environment.

Adare Manor: A Luxurious Legacy
Your day concludes as you arrive at the magnificent Adare Manor, a lavishly appointed luxury hotel that was once the family seat of the Earls of Dunraven. This neo-Gothic manor is a testament to the best of Irish craftsmanship, set amid sweeping gardens and lush parkland. The stately grandeur of the exterior extends to the interior, where sumptuous rooms and suites await, offering unparalleled comfort and style. The estate also features a world-class golf course and a luxurious spa, ensuring that every moment of your stay is imbued with relaxation and refinement.

The Carriage House Restaurant: Culinary Excellence in a Rustic Setting
In the evening, you will dine at The Carriage House Restaurant, located on the grounds of Adare Manor. This restaurant offers a sophisticated yet relaxed dining experience, with a menu that showcases the best of local produce. The ambiance combines rustic charm with chic elegance, and the attentive staff ensure that every detail of your meal is perfect. From the succulent meats grilled to perfection to the freshly caught seafood and artisanal cheeses, each dish is a celebration of Irish culinary traditions with a modern twist.

Day 9Slea Head Drive, Dingle, Visit Slea Head, Dunquin, Ballyferriter, Visit Inch Beach

Accommodation – Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney (2 Nights)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.


Dingle Peninsula – A Journey Through Time and Nature

Slea Head Drive: A Panoramic Voyage
Your day starts with an enchanting journey around the Slea Head drive route, known for its dramatic landscapes that are quintessentially Irish. The route takes you along the Atlantic coast, where each turn presents a vista more striking than the last – steep cliffs plunging into the relentless ocean, rolling hills dotted with sheep, and ancient, beehive-shaped huts that whisper tales of a bygone era.

Gallarus Oratory: An Architectural Wonder
The first landmark on this scenic drive is Gallarus Oratory, believed to be an early Christian church. Its precise dating is uncertain, but it’s thought to be over a thousand years old. The structure is famous for its dry-stone construction, with corbelled stones stacked so precisely that it’s been waterproof for centuries. Its simplicity and the endurance of its design will leave you in awe, as will the tranquillity of its rural setting.

Ballyferriter Village: A Glimpse of Traditional Ireland
Next, you’ll discover the charm of Ballyferriter Village, nestled in a Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region, where the language and culture of the Emerald Isle thrive. This village is a treasure trove of Irish history, with its welcoming pubs, local craft shops, and museums that echo the traditional way of life.

The Great Blasket Centre: A Cultural Legacy
Continuing your adventure, visit The Great Blasket Centre, which celebrates the unique community and literary heritage of the Blasket Islands. Here, through interactive exhibits and poignant personal accounts, you’ll gain insight into the isolated island life and the rich Gaelic culture that inspired so many Irish writers.

Dunquin Pier: A Photographer’s Dream
Dunquin Pier is your next stop, a visually stunning spot that offers one of the most iconic photo opportunities in Ireland. The narrow, winding path to the pier seems to descend into the sea, with the backdrop of the Blasket Islands and the vast Atlantic creating a breath-taking scene of natural beauty.

Dingle and Dingle Bay: A Harbour of History
Arriving in Dingle, a bustling fishing town with a storied history, you’ll be greeted by colourful buildings, lively streets, and the welcoming spirit of the locals. Dingle Bay is not just a picturesque harbour; it also holds a significant place in maritime history and is a gateway to understanding the area’s connection to the sea.

Inch Beach: A Strand of Serenity
Inch Beach, your final stop, is a sweeping 5-kilometre stretch of golden sand that faces the Atlantic. The beach is a paradise for walkers, surfers, and those simply wishing to take in the vast, open views. The rolling waves and the fresh sea breeze make Inch Beach a rejuvenating stop before you head to your accommodation.

Europe Hotel: Lakeside Luxury
After your day’s exploration, you will arrive at the Europe Hotel, where luxury and nature seamlessly intertwine. This 5-star resort offers stunning views of the Lakes of Killarney and the surrounding mountains, providing a tranquil escape. The hotel’s rooms and suites are designed to offer comfort and elegance, many featuring balconies where the beauty of the Irish countryside can be savoured in privacy.

Panorama Restaurant: A Culinary Crescendo
Your day concludes with dinner at the Panorama Restaurant, aptly named for its spectacular views of the lakes and mountains. The restaurant offers a fine dining experience that blends local flavours with international techniques, resulting in a menu that’s both innovative and deeply rooted in the region’s gastronomic traditions. The attentive service and the sophisticated ambience will complement the exquisite dishes, ensuring that your meal here is as memorable as the landscape it overlooks. Each course is a testament to the chef’s dedication to quality, with locally-sourced ingredients crafted into dishes that are a feast for the senses. The restaurant’s extensive wine list offers the perfect pairing to round off a day full of discovery and delight.

Day 10Explore the Ring of Kerry, Drive through Killarney National Park, Drive through Moll's Gap, visiting Sneem Village, Caherdaniel, Waterville, Cahersiveen Town, Visit Cahergal Stone Fort, Rossbeigh Beach

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


The Enchanting Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry: A Symphony of Landscapes
The tenth day of your Irish odyssey begins with the exploration of the Ring of Kerry, a circular route known for its overwhelming beauty. Your journey will take you through the evergreen Killarney National Park, where the local red deer might catch your eye amidst the ancient woodlands and serene lakes.

Killarney National Park to Moll’s Gap
The drive through Killarney National Park leads you to the panoramic Moll’s Gap. This mountain pass offers awe-inspiring views of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, and on a clear day, the vista stretches as far as the eye can see. The landscape here is a dramatic blend of rugged mountain slopes and gentle, verdant valleys.

Sneem Village to Caherdaniel
Your next destination is the picturesque Sneem Village, a kaleidoscope of colourful houses and a river that playfully meanders through it. Continuing to Caherdaniel, you’ll find a quaint hamlet that serves as a gateway to some of Kerry’s most unspoiled beaches.

Waterville to Cahersiveen Town
The route leads to Waterville, nestled between Balinskelligs Bay and Lough Currane. It’s a favoured spot for anglers and those who seek a connection with the wild Atlantic. Then on to Cahersiveen Town, rich with history, it is the birthplace of Daniel O’Connell, known as ‘The Liberator’ for his work towards Catholic emancipation.

Cahergal Stone Fort to Rossbeigh Beach
Not far from Cahersiveen lies the impressive Cahergal Stone Fort, a well-preserved ring fort that stands as a testament to the engineering prowess of early Irish settlers. Absorb the history before heading to the unspoiled sands of Rossbeigh Beach, where the Atlantic waves are a call to serenity, and the views are as invigorating as the sea breeze.

Return to Killarney and the Europe Hotel
After a day rich with the sights of Kerry, you’ll return to the comfort of the Europe Hotel. Here, you can rest and reflect on the day’s adventures against the backdrop of Killarney’s lakes and mountains.

Brasserie Restaurant: Culinary Comfort
In the evening, the Brasserie Restaurant offers a more relaxed but no less sophisticated dining experience. With a focus on local and seasonal produce, the Brasserie presents dishes that are both comforting and inventive, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploration.

Day 11Visit Kenmare, Visit Blarney Castle, Visit & Explore Cork City, Visit English Market

Accommodation – Hayfield Manor, Cork (1 Night)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.


From Kenmare to Cork – A Tapestry of Experiences

Kenmare: A Kenmare: A Treasure Trove of Heritage
The following morning, a scenic drive leads you to Kenmare, a haven nestled at the junction of the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara. Known for its prehistoric sites and a lace-making tradition that dates back to the 19th century, Kenmare is a town that weaves heritage with the charm of its pubs and artisanal shops.

Blarney Castle: The Gift of Eloquence
No trip to Ireland is complete without a visit to Blarney Castle, the home of the famed Blarney Stone. Kiss the stone and, as legend has it, you’ll be endowed with the gift of eloquence. The castle’s grounds are a delight to explore, with lush gardens and mysterious rock formations.

Cork: A City of Culture
Your journey continues to Cork, a city renowned for its cultural vibrancy, cobbled streets, and the iconic Shandon Bells. Explore the bustling avenues, and soak up the atmosphere of this dynamic urban landscape.

English Market: A Culinary Crossroads
In the heart of Cork, the English Market awaits. This covered market has been serving the populace since 1788 and today is a mosaic of local and exotic produce, artisanal bread, and the freshest of Irish seafood.

Hayfield Manor: An Oasis of Luxury As the day wanes, you will arrive at Hayfield Manor, an exquisite 5-star hotel that promises luxury and tranquility in equal measure. Tucked away within beautiful gardens, the hotel stands as an escape from the bustle yet is conveniently close to Cork’s city centre.

Perrotts Garden Bistro: A Modern Twist on Classics Dinner at Perrotts Garden Bistro is a fitting close to your day. Located within Hayfield Manor, this charming eatery is known for its contemporary menu that pays homage to traditional Irish and international cuisine. The bistro overlooks the manor’s gardens, providing a tranquil setting for a meal that celebrates the best of local ingredients, each dish crafted with flair and served with a warmth that is truly Irish.

Day 12Visit Rock of Cashel, Tipperaray, Visit Kilkenny, Visit Kilkenny Castle, Arrive in to Dublin

Accommodation – Merrion Hotel, Dublin (2 Night)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.


Castles and Capitals – From Cashel to Kilkenny to Dublin

The Rock of Cashel: Echoes of Medieval Majesty
Your twelfth day in Ireland commences with a northern journey to the Rock of Cashel, an iconic historic site also known as St. Patrick’s Rock. The Rock of Cashel, with its well-preserved medieval buildings, stands imposingly on a limestone hill rising from the plain. Explore the round tower, the cathedral, and the chapel, which feature some of the finest Celtic art and medieval architecture in Europe. The site is also reputedly the place where St. Patrick converted the King of Munster to Christianity.

Kilkenny: The Marble City
Continuing to Kilkenny, you will find a vibrant town affectionately known as ‘The Marble City’ due to its distinctive black marble. The town is a dynamic blend of rich history, with its narrow slipways, and the animated energy of its bustling shops and pubs.

Kilkenny Castle: A Fortress of History
A tour of Kilkenny Castle provides a window into the Norman occupation of Ireland. The castle, with its grandiose structure, has stood since the 12th century. Its opulent rooms and manicured gardens tell stories of both grandeur and siege, reflecting its strategic importance through the centuries.

The Merrion Hotel: Dublin’s Georgian Elegance
Arriving in Dublin, you will be welcomed at The Merrion Hotel, a luxury accommodation set within restored Georgian townhouses. The hotel’s rooms exude an elegance befitting its grand architecture, with intricate plasterwork and period furnishings.

The Garden Room: An Enchanted Culinary Garden
Dine at The Garden Room, where the ambiance is casual yet chic, with views over The Merrion’s beautiful period gardens. The cuisine is a celebration of local produce, served with a touch of modern flair.

Day 13Private half day walking Tour of Dublin, Visit Dublin Castle, Temple Bar Neighbourhood, Trinity College & Book of Kells, Guinness Storehouse Connoisseur Experience

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


Dublin’s Historic Heartbeat

Private Walking Tour: Dublin’s Rich Tapestry
A half-day private walking tour after breakfast is the perfect introduction to Dublin’s history and culture. Visit the historic Dublin Castle, the social hub of Temple Bar, and Trinity College, home to the hallowed Book of Kells.

Guinness Storehouse: A Taste of Ireland
The Guinness Storehouse experience is an immersive journey through the history of Ireland’s most iconic stout. Learn about the brewing process, the history of the brand, and conclude with a pint at the Gravity Bar, offering panoramic views of Dublin.

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud: A Michelin-Starred Feast
Conclude your day with a meal at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin’s only two-Michelin-starred restaurant. The dining experience here is exquisite, with meticulous attention to detail and a menu that is both innovative and deeply rooted in French culinary traditions.

Day 14Departure

Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Farewell to the Emerald Isle

Departure from Dublin Airport
Your journey through Ireland’s landscapes, history, and culture comes to an end. You will be taken to Dublin Airport, where you will bid goodbye to the Emerald Isle, taking with your memories of a land rich in beauty and tradition. Your experiences from the rugged coastlines to the heart of its capital city will linger long after you’ve departed, a testament to the enduring charm and warmth of Ireland.