Classic Ireland

Ardmore, Kerry, Clare, Ashford Castle, Dublin

From $8000 Per person in low season
From $9400 Per person in high season

based on 11 nights & daily experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Daily experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

  • Private Guide

 

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At a Glance

  • Experience the very best of Ireland from East to West in authentic style

  • Discover the incredible landscapes of Kerry and the Burren

  • Enjoy the vibrant culture of Dublin

  • The services of a top private driver-guide have been included throughout.

  • A great option for both couples and families

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It is very difficult to predict the weather in Ireland - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but Ireland does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1764 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

Including many of Ireland’s most quintessential sights and experiences from Dublin to the bewitching beauty of Ireland’s west, this privately guided luxury journey makes, we think, an authentic, stylish and enchanting introduction to the Emerald Isle.

  1. Days 1-3: Dublin & the East of Ireland

    Arriving in Dublin, you will be met by our superb team on the ground and driven into town for two nights at a central Dublin hotel. In this fairest of cities, your guide will take you to explore the loveliest parts, including St. Stephen's Green, Trinity College with its famous illuminated manuscript The Book of Kells, and its most beautiful Georgian Squares, not forgetting of course the chance to sample a pint or two of the national drink; Guinness. If you'd like to explore around Dublin, then Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains and the Neolithic monuments of Newgrange and Knowth in the Boyne Valley are both very rewarding.

    Accommodation: The Merrion (2 nights)

  2. Days 3-5: Co Waterford

    Leaving Dublin, you'll travel by road in considerable comfort down to the small town of Ardmore in County Waterford on Ireland's southern coast, where we've suggested wonderful Cliff House Hotel as your stay - a luxury Relais & Chateaux property sensationally set on a cliff-top overlooking the Irish Sea. In addition to enjoying Michelin-star dining and spa pampering, you can explore the coast in a sea kayak, go surfing and sailing, or gallop a horse along the beach, while keen golfers have a number of world-class nearby courses to choose from. If you'd prefer to take things a little easier, explore one of Ireland’s finest round towers, shop for Waterford crystal or take a guided foraging trip for edible plants along the shoreline. Between October and March, the hotel's resident marine biologist offers cliff-top walks to spot dolphins, porpoises and fin whales.

    Accommodation: The Cliff House Hotel (2 nights)

  3. Days 5-7: Ring of Kerry

    Continuing on through County Cork, you'll have a chance to kiss the Blarney stone at Blarney Castle, have a gourmet seafood lunch in Ireland's gastronomic Mecca of Kinsale and explore the centuries-old English Market in Cork, before arriving into Kerry. Staying at Ard Na Sidhe, one of Ireland's finest country house hotels, you'll be able to explore the lovely Dingle Peninsula with your guide, take a boat out to beautiful Great Blasket Island and learn about the unique Gaelic-speaking community renowned for its literature, and of course follow the classic Ring of Kerry.

    Accommodation: Ard Na Sidhe Country House (2 nights)

  4. Days 7-9: Co Clare

    Heading north, you'll pass through Limerick en route to County Clare with its extraordinary limestone landscape, the Burren. Staying at the small, stylish country retreat of Gregans Castle, the secrets of the Burren will slowly be revealed as you explore its prehistoric dolmens, fabulous wildflowers and holy wells. The remote Aran Islands, themselves a continuation of the Burren, make an absolutely wonderful excursion if you have an extra day to spare, while an evening stroll along the top of the huge Cliffs of Moher offers extraordinary views and thousands of seabirds wheeling beneath you.

    Accommodation: Gregans Castle Hotel (2 nights)

  5. Days 9-11: Co Clare

    Continuing on, you'll have a chance to stop for lunch in beautiful Galway City before heading into the wild and remote mountains and lakes of Connemara. This is truly Ireland at its most magnificent, and you'll meet Gaelic-speaking crofters and explore atmospheric Kylemore Abbey before you arrive at the sumptuous Ashford Castle on the shores of Lough Corrib. Parts of the castle date to the 13th century, and its rich history, idyllic lakeside position and five-star service make it a wonderful base in Connemara. We'd highly recommend enjoying the pampered luxury that Ashford Castle offers, and perhaps partaking in one of the estate activities such as learning the noble art of falconry horse riding or hanging a line from a boat on Lough Corrib.

    Accommodation: Ashford Castle (2 nights)

  6. Days 11-12: Dublin & the East of Ireland

    Returning back to Dublin, you'll be able to explore the evocative sixth-century monastic complex of Clonmacnoise en route before enjoying a final night at The Merrion. A fine way to bid goodbye to Ireland is to let us arrange a private dinner for you with a seannachie or Irish story-teller, who will entertain you with folk tales and legends that stretch back into dim mist of Irish history.

    Accommodation: The Merrion (1 night)

Experiences

  • Blarney Castle

    Famed for its Blarney Stone, which by kissing will bestow the gift of eloquence, Blarney Castle was built over six hundred years ago by Cormac McCarthy, one of Ireland's greatest chieftains. But don't forget to explore the castle and gardens too.

  • Clay Shooting & Archery

    Experience this Irish tradition, followed by kings and lords for centuries. Test your skill against a bolting rabbit, springing teal or wily woodcock. Or aim for the bull's eye on an archery target.

  • Cliffs of Moher

    Soaring over 700 feet, the Cliffs of Moher are a magnificent 8-kilometer stretch of sea cliffs along the Atlantic coast of Clare. Wonderful views and fabulous seabird colonies make the Cliffs of Moher a must-see natural attraction in the west of Ireland.

  • Clonmacnoise Abbey

    Drive the beautiful route to Clonmacnoise, an early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon.

  • Discover Cong

    Cong is a village on the borders of Counties Mayo and Galway. Situated on an island formed by a number of streams, Cong is famous for its medieval abbey and as the location for the Oscar-winning movie The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne.

  • Glendalough

    Glendalough, in the heart of the beautiful Wicklow Mountains, is a wooded valley with two mysterious lakes, famed for its charismatic early seventh-century monastic complex and round tower. You can also enjoy beautiful walks in the woods and mountains.

  • Horse-drawn carriage ride in Dublin

    The charming carriages line the edge of St Stephen's Green and the chatty drivers and their sturdy horses make for a relaxing way to sightsee.

  • Irish Farm and Sheep Dog Herding

    Head out for a day on the farm to experience first hand the intriguing art of sheepdog farming and watch in awe as the farmer and pup work together seamlessly as the perfect team to corral the wandering sheep.

  • Magical Skellig Michael

    Skellig Michael, a towering sea crag rising from the wild Atlantic Ocean around eight miles off the coast of Kerry, is a mind-blowing destination whose stark spirituality and skirling seabird colonies will live in your mind long after you have returned.

  • Private Walking Tour of the Burren

    The Burren landscape, with its unusual limestone rock formations, fascinating prehistoric archaeology and renowned flora and fauna, provides a spectacular terrain for a guided walk. Explore its secrets on a half-day walking tour with your private guide.

  • Rock of Cashel

    Sometimes known as Cashel of the Kings, the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary is a spectacular collection of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone rock.

  • Teelings Whiskey Distillery

    Teelings Distillery is Dublin's first new whiskey distillery in over a century and currently the only one in the city. Visit Teelings and taste three award-winning whiskeys for yourself.

  • The Gardens at Birr Castle

    The award-winning gardens at Birr Castle in Offaly are one of the most extraordinary gardens in Ireland. With abundant rare plants, the world’s tallest box hedges, and plenty of kid-friendly activities, a visit to Birr Castle makes a superb day out.

  • The Ring of Connemara

    The Ring of Connemara is a circuit taking you through the wild beauty of Galway and Mayo. Famed for its lakes, mountains and rivers, the breathtaking scenery and isolated crofts and abbeys provide a stunning glimpse of rural Ireland.

  • The Ring of Kerry

    Snaking more than 120 scenically captivating miles in a circular route around the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry, The Ring of Kerry takes in rugged and verdant coastal landscapes, lakes and mountains and charming seaside villages.

  • Trinity College & The Book of Kells

    Trinity College is Dublin's oldest university and its cobbled front square and collection of historic buildings is a must see. The magnificent Old Library building houses the Book of Kells - a 9th-century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world.

  • Visit The Guinness Storehouse

    Visit the famous brewery of the iconic drink that has shaped much of Dublin's history, as well as discovering what goes in to making the perfect pint of Guinness.

Location

Ardmore, Kerry, Clare, Ashford Castle, Dublin

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1764 to start planning your vacation.

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