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Arrival & Departure Location: Dublin International Airport

Hotels

  • Clontarf Castle, Dublin (2 Nights)
  • Mount Juliet, Kilkenny (2 Nights)
  • Galway Bay Hotel, Galway (2 Nights)
  • Cabra Castle, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan (1 Night)

Points of Interest

  • Arrive in Dublin
  • Transported to the heart of Dublin, Starting the day off with Viking Splash Tour, Private Walking Tour of Dublin, Visit Dublin Castle, Temple Bar Neighbourhood, Trinity College
  • Visit Castlecomer Discovery Park, Visit Jerpoint Park, Private Sheepdog Demonstration at Jerpoint Park. Then visit Jerpoint Abbey
  • Spend the morning on Mount Juliet Estate, Explore their Fairy Garden and enjoy a private falconry experience, Visit Waterford and the Waterford Viking Triangle, Visit Waterford Treasures: Medieval Museum (Treasures of Medieval Waterford)
  • Visit Kilkenny and Kilkenny Castle, Visit and Walk the fairy trail (fairy avenue) in Lough Boora Discovery Park (1.5km trail), Arrive in to Galway
  • Burren National Park, Visit Hazel Mountain Chocolate, Cliffs of Moher Experience and Boat Cruise
  • Visit Athlone & Athlone Castle

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

Accommodation – Clontarf Castle, Dublin (2 Nights)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur

Dublin’s Historic Welcome

Arrival at Dublin Airport
Your journey begins as you touch down in Dublin, where your private driver greets you with a beaming smile and the warmth only the Irish can offer. The adventure has just begun!

Clontarf Castle Hotel
Your chariot awaits to whisk you away to the splendid Clontarf Castle Hotel. A stone’s throw from the heart of Dublin, this 12th-century castle turned luxury hotel is steeped in history and elegance. The fusion of ancient architecture and modern comforts makes it a regal retreat. Imagine four-poster beds, opulent decor, and the whisper of ancient tales echoing through the grand halls.

Dining at Fahrenheit Restaurant
The culinary journey starts at Fahrenheit Restaurant, where the atmosphere is as refined as the menu. Imagine feasting on locally sourced ingredients, each dish a celebration of Irish flavours with a contemporary twist, all the while surrounded by the castle’s historic charm.

Day 2 Transported to the heart of Dublin, Starting the day off with Viking Splash Tour, Private Walking Tour of Dublin, Visit Dublin Castle, Temple Bar Neighbourhood, Trinity College

Accommodation – Clontarf Castle, Dublin
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur

Dublin’s Delights

Viking Splash Tour
After a hearty Irish breakfast, dive into Dublin’s spirit with the famous Viking Splash Tour. It’s a thrilling ride through the city in a World War II amphibious vehicle, with a guide who knows every tale and secret Dublin holds. You’ll roar like a Viking as you splash into the Grand Canal Basin, the city’s liquid heart.

Walking Tour of Dublin
In the afternoon, a private guide will lead you on a walking tour that will unveil the charm of Dublin. You’ll meander through the cobbled streets of the Temple Bar neighbourhood, teeming with pubs and cultural spots. Then, it’s on to the historic Dublin Castle, where stories of power and intrigue abound. Your stroll will continue to Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells and a library that would make even the most seasoned bibliophile’s heart skip a beat.

Evening at Fahrenheit Restaurant
Your day concludes with another exquisite meal at the Fahrenheit Restaurant back at the Clontarf Hotel, where the dishes will once again take you on a gastronomic tour of Ireland’s finest produce.

Day 3Visit Castlecomer Discovery Park, Visit Jerpoint Park, Private Sheepdog Demonstration at Jerpoint Park. Then visit Jerpoint Abbey

Accommodation – Mount Juliet Hotel, Kilkenny (2 Nights)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur

Countryside Capers

Castlecomer Discovery Park
Bid farewell to Dublin as your driver takes you south to Castlecomer Discovery Park. Here, the family can engage in outdoor activities like treetop walks, zip-lining, or boating on the lake. It’s a place where the laughter of children mingles with the song of the forest.

Sheep Dog Demonstration at Jerpoint Park
The next treat is a visit to Jerpoint Park for a sheepdog demonstration. It’s a chance to witness the intelligence and skill of these incredible canines as they artfully herd sheep at the whistle of their trainer, a ballet of instinct and discipline that’s both heart-warming and impressive.

Jerpoint Abbey
Later, you’ll step back in time with a visit to the serene ruins of Jerpoint Abbey. This 12th-century marvel boasts some of the most intriguing and best-preserved medieval carvings in Ireland. The storied cloisters and elegant sculptures make for a photographer’s paradise.

Mount Juliet Estate
As the sun dips lower, Mount Juliet Estate welcomes you. This 5-star hotel is the epitome of luxury, with its sweeping grounds and majestic manor house. The estate promises tranquillity and opulence, with a touch of Irish hospitality that’s second to none.

The Hound Restaurant
As the sun begins to dip below the lush Kilkenny countryside, prepare yourself for an evening of gastronomic finesse at The Hound Restaurant. Nestled within the Mount Juliet Estate, this dining gem is where the essence of Irish hospitality melds with the art of fine dining.

Your table, set within the manor’s original stone walls, is both a nod to tradition and a ticket to a contemporary dining experience. As the soft murmur of fellow diners blends with the clinking of glasses, you’ll know you’re in for something special.

The menu is a love letter to local produce, featuring modern twists on Irish classics that will tantalise your taste buds.

Day 4Spend the morning on Mount Juliet Estate, Explore their Fairy Garden and enjoy a private falconry experience, Visit Waterford and the Waterford Viking Triangle, Visit Waterford Treasures: Medieval Museum (Treasures of Medieval Waterford)

Accommodation – Mount Juliet Hotel, Kilkenny
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur

Magic and Medieval Marvels in Waterford

Mount Juliet Estate – A Morning of Enchantment
Wake to the birdsong and fresh country air at Mount Juliet Estate. After a gourmet breakfast, meander through the enchanting fairy garden, letting the whimsy of Irish folklore charm you. Then, engage with the majestic birds of prey during a private falconry experience, feeling the ancient bond between man and raptor on the manicured grounds of the estate.

Waterford Viking Triangle – Stepping Back in Time
In the afternoon, your journey leads to the historic city of Waterford. Here, in the Viking Triangle, you’re transported back to the time of Norse settlers, with ancient fortifications and cobbled streets telling tales of conquest and trade. The city, Ireland’s oldest, is a treasure trove of heritage, with the Viking Triangle being the heart where history comes alive.

Medieval Museum – A Treasure Trove of History
Discover the Treasures of Medieval Waterford at the Medieval Museum, a remarkable venue showcasing splendid artefacts, including opulent ecclesiastical vestments and the Great Charter Roll of Waterford, dating back to 1373.

The Lady Helen Restaurant – Culinary Excellence
Return to Mount Juliet to dine at the Michelin-starred Lady Helen Restaurant. With each course, embark on a culinary journey that fuses local produce with international flair, all while overlooking the serene River Nore.

Day 5Visit Kilkenny and Kilkenny Castle, Visit and Walk the fairy trail (fairy avenue) in Lough Boora Discovery Park (1.5km trail), Arrive in to Galway

Accommodation – Galway Bay Hotel, Galway (2 Nights)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur

Kilkenny’s Castles and Galway’s Charm

Historic Kilkenny – A Tapestry of Time
The next morning, explore the medieval richness of Kilkenny. Stroll the winding laneways, soak up the vibrant arts scene and feel the pulse of history at every turn.

Kilkenny Castle – A Monument to Nobility
Tour the grand Kilkenny Castle, an emblem of Norman occupation and a cornerstone of Irish history. Marvel at its imposing walls and beautifully restored rooms that echo with the tales of the Butler family, who resided here for centuries.

Lough Boora Discovery Park – Fairy Trails and Nature’s Calm
Travel to Lough Boora Discovery Park, where the whimsical fairy trail awaits. Wander the 1.5km path surrounded by enchanting sculptures and lush landscapes, a serene escape that captures the imagination of both the young and the young at heart.

Galway – The Cultural Heart of Ireland
Arrive in the bustling town of Galway, a hive of cultural richness where traditional Irish music spills from every pub, and the streets are a canvas of historical narratives. Explore Quay Street with its vibrant array of shops and cafes, the perfect spot for a coffee and people-watching.

Galway Bay Hotel – Seaside Splendour
Settle into the Galway Bay Hotel, your coastal retreat offering stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Unwind in comfort with the charm of Galway on your doorstep.

Bay Brasserie – A Taste of the Ocean
Dine at the hotel’s Bay Brasserie, where the menu highlights the freshest seafood caught from the waters visible from your table. Each dish is a celebration of Galway’s maritime heritage.

Day 6Burren National Park, Visit Hazel Mountain Chocolate, Cliffs of Moher Experience and Boat Cruise

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

The Wilds of the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher

Burren National Park – A Lunar Landscape
Begin your day with a trip to the Burren National Park, a karstic plateau that defies the typical green image of Ireland. This lunar landscape, dotted with rare flora, underground caves and archaeological sites, is a wonder to explore.

Hazel Mountain Chocolate Shop – A Sweet Interlude
Stop off at Hazel Mountain Chocolate Shop, where artisanal chocolates are crafted. Taste the confections made from the finest ingredients – a sweet treat amidst the wild Irish scenery.

Cliffs of Moher Ferry – A Nautical Perspective
Take to the waters with the Cliffs of Moher Ferry from Doolin, offering a unique vantage point of the cliffs’ sheer majesty from the heaving Atlantic swell.

Cliffs of Moher – Ireland’s Natural Wonder
Prepare for a breathtaking experience as you visit the Cliffs of Moher. Stand atop these towering sea cliffs and capture the panoramic views that stretch across the horizon, with the Atlantic Ocean thundering below – a true spectacle of nature’s power.

Exploring Galway and Dining at the Black Cat
Back in Galway, spend the evening soaking up the city’s dynamic atmosphere before retreating to the Black Cat Restaurant. Here, indulge in a menu that’s a fusion of local ingredients and Mediterranean Cuisine.

Day 7Visit Athlone & Athlone Castle

Accommodation – Cabra Castle, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan (1 Night)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur

Discovering Athlone’s Charm and Cabra Castle’s Elegance

Morning in Athlone
Your seventh day begins with the first rays of sunlight filtering through your curtains, heralding a day of exploration and historical immersion. After a hearty Irish breakfast, your journey takes you eastward to the heart of Ireland, where the charming town of Athlone awaits. Nestled on the banks of the River Shannon, Athlone is a picturesque settlement brimming with cozy ambiance. Its streets are a tapestry of quaint boutiques, traditional pubs, and vibrant local life, all inviting you to partake in the town’s rich culture.

Athlone Castle Tour
A gem in Athlone’s crown is the magnificent Athlone Castle. Your visit here isn’t just a walk through a medieval structure; it’s a step back into Ireland’s storied past. The castle, a bastion of history, stands proudly as a testament to the country’s resilience. Originally built in the 12th century for defense, it has witnessed numerous battles, sieges, and reconstructions. Today, it serves as a museum, showcasing artifacts and exhibits that tell the tale of Athlone, from its strategic military significance to its local folklore.

Cabra Castle Stay
As afternoon shades into dusk, your driver will navigate the Irish countryside to your final majestic destination for the day – Cabra Castle. Residing in County Cavan, this castle-turned-hotel is a piece of living history. Its ivy-clad walls enclose luxuriously appointed rooms, each with its own character, blending antique charm with modern comfort. The castle grounds are an idyllic retreat, with manicured gardens, serene woodlands, and even a resident Irish wolfhound to greet you.

The Courtroom Restaurant Experience
Your evening culminates in a gastronomic delight at The Courtroom Restaurant. Located within the castle, the restaurant offers an exquisite dining experience. The setting is regal, with grand chandeliers and period features that hark back to the castle’s noble past. The cuisine is a celebration of Irish culinary finesse, with each dish crafted from the finest local ingredients and presented with artistic flair. The ambiance is enriched by the attentive service, ensuring that your meal is a memorable part of your Irish sojourn.

Day 8Departure

Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Farewell to the Emerald Isle

Departure from Dublin Airport. As all adventures must come to an end, so does your Irish escapade. On the eighth day, you bid farewell to the emerald landscapes and the warmth of Irish hospitality. Your driver, who has become more of a friend, will escort you to Dublin Airport. The drive is a chance to reflect on the memories made, the history learned, and the beauty experienced. Dublin Airport, a modern and bustling hub, is your gateway back home. As you prepare for departure, the spirit of Ireland, with its castles and towns, its tales and traditions, stays with you, a treasure trove of moments that will call you back to its shores.