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Breath of Elegance – A luxury tour of beautiful Ireland

Ireland castles, scenic landscapes and luxury accommodations for a trip to remember.

Nothing captures the romance, architecture and history of Europe like the castles of Ireland do. The Breath of Elegance Tour offers a magical step into the past, with all the amenities you expect from a luxury tour with modern conveniences. "Southern Elegance" is a 6-night tour originating in Shannon and ending in Dublin. "Northern Elegance" is a 6-night tour originating in Dublin and ending in Shannon. Both tours combined constitute the "Breath of Elegance" tour, which is 11 nights in duration beginning and ending in Shannon.

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Breath of Elegance - Classic Ireland Tour Itinerary

Irish Breath of Elegance Tour - Day 1
Northern Elegance Tour Day 1

Depart from USA for overnight flight to Ireland.

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 2
Northern Elegance Tour Day 2
Morning arrival at Dublin Airport.  After clearing customs we transfer on own (10 minute taxi ride- taxi stand outside of baggage claim) to our five star city centered hotel.  Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sites of this 1000+ year old city. Overnight Dublin. Hammond will select the five star hotels from the following: Shelbourne, Fitzwilliam, Intercontinental or Westin Hotel.

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 3
Northern Elegance Tour Day 3
After a hearty breakfast we meet our Driver Guide in the lobby of the hotel.  We travel north via Drogheda to Monasterboice. This former monastic settlement dates back to 923AD and is the home of the largest collection of carved stone high crosses in all of Europe. We then travel through Dundalk and on to Belfast. You may want to take time today (if time permitting) to tour the new Titanic Museum. We then enjoy a panoramic tour, with a stop at the Renaissance Revival City Hall, and on to our home for the next two nights, the magnificent Hastings’s Culloden Hotel.  This five-star 19th century “Scottish Baronial Estate” which offers all modern amenities, including an indoor pool, leisure center and beauty salon. Overnight at The Culloden Hotel.  (Optional Admission to famed Titanic Museum)

breath of elegance ireland group tour Breath of Elegance Tour Day 4
Northern Elegance Tour Day 4
Belfast-Glens of Antrim-Giant’s Causeway-Belfast.
Today we experience one of Ireland’s magnificent scenic routes. The Coast Road takes us through the Nine Glens of Antrim, which offers wonderful views of mountains, valleys and the coastline. We then travel the coast to visit the Giant’s Causeway. This impressive area of hexagonal columns was formed over 60 million years ago by cooling lava. Legend also has it that the Giant’s Causeway was built by the ancient giant, Fionn Mac Cumhail. We then return to Belfast via Ballymena. Overnight at The Culloden Hotel.

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 5
Northern Elegance Tour Day 5
After a hearty Irish breakfast we depart for Armagh, the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. It Is here that St. Patrick founded a church and the town has remained a religious center. We continue our journey west through Enniskillen, the capital of County Fermanagh, where the town center sits on an island between the upper and lower Lough Erne. Next, on to the famous Belleek Pottery, which has been in existence since 1857. Belleek produces Irish Fine Parian china, sold worldwide for generations. An Irish tradition is to give a newlywed couple a piece of this china so they will be blessed with lasting happiness. We continue on to Overnight at Solis Lough Eske Hotel.

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 6
Northern Elegance Tour Day 6
After breakfast today we visit Drumcliffe, the burial site of William Butler Yeats. Our journey continues through the northern end of Lough Corrib to the tiny town of Cong, where much of the John Houston classic The Quiet Man was filmed. We arrive at Ashford Castle, a five-star hotel and one of the Leading Hotels of the World. This 13th-century fairy-tale castle overlooks a picturesque lake and is considered to be one of the most luxurious castle hotels in all of Ireland. Once on the grounds of the estate, you will feel transported back in time. Ashford was once home to the world-famous Guinness family, renowned for their brewing expertise. Perhaps you will choose to walk among the 3 million species of shrubs, trees and flowers that the spectacular gardens have to offer. Ashford Castle also offers an equestrian center, a spa and a 9-hole golf course. Tonight we enjoy a gourmet dinner in the George V dining room. Sleep like a king or queen this evening. Dinner and overnight at Ashford Castle.

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 7
Northern Elegance Tour Day 7
Southern Elegance Tour Day 1
Cong-Connemara-Galway-Cliffs of Moher-Limerick

After enjoying a gourmet breakfast, we depart from Ashford Castle and begin our journey on the northern edge of Lough Corrib and on to the Connemara region, one of the most scenic and unspoiled areas in the country. Next a pit stop in Galway.  We continue our drive to the Cliffs of Moher.  This majestic site climbs some 700 feet above the unforgiving Atlantic Coastline. We then continue on to Limerick. The Savoy Limerick City Hotel, is a luxurious boutique property ideally located in the heart of Limerick City. Dinner and overnight at Savoy Limerick

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 8
Southern Elegance Tour Day 2

After breakfast we depart Limerick for the Dingle Peninsula. The journey begins with some of the most magnificent scenery in all of Ireland. The little town of Dingle is straight out of a story book. The fishing boats in the harbor and tiny brightly painted pubs reflect a place where time has continued to stand still.  We continue on to Slea Head. Along the way, we will see bee hive style huts, originally inhabited by 12th century monks, which overlook the rugged Blasket Islands.  There is no other landscape in western Europe with the density and variety of archaeological monuments as found on the Dingle Peninsula.  It is then onto Killarney for our overnight. Overnight in Killarney at the Killarney Park Hotel.

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Breath of Elegance Tour Day 9
Southern Elegance Tour Day 3
Ring of Kerry

After breakfast we enjoy an optional tour to The beautiful Gap of Dunloe in the Killarney National Park. We then start on a full day tour of “The Ring”. There is an unspoiled nature to Ireland's most beautiful region and the Ring of Kerry provides many unforgettable memories as it passes through the many picturesque villages such as Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem and returns via Ladies View and the famous Lakes of Killarney.   Overnight Killarney Park Hotel.

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 10
Southern Elegance Tour Day 4

After breakfast we depart Killarney and head towards Cork City. Our next stop, the picturesque town of Blarney, is the home of Blarney Castle and the Blarney stone (optional admission), which legend has it bequeaths the “gift of eloquence” to all who kiss it. Time to shop at the historical woolen mills or stop in Christy’s Pub for a Pint!  We depart Blarney and travel to Cork City. Driving into Cork City, we are treated to a panoramic tour before reaching our final destination, the five-star Hayfield Manor. A sanctuary in the city, the Hayfield Manor is set among two acres of park-like grounds.  Overnight at the Hayfield Manor.

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 11
Southern Elegance Tour Day 5

We depart Cork after breakfast traveling northeast. We stop for a photo opportunity in County Tipperary at the historic Rock of Cashel. The Rock of Cashel is a stone fort poised 200 feet above the town. Built in the 5th century, it is said to be the site where St. Patrick illustrated the sacred trinity to the Kings of Munster using the modest shamrock. It is on through Kildare, home of the famous Irish National Stud, where horse breeding and racing is an art (optional admission).  Our final stop today is Dublin. This time is on our own to explore all the shops and pubs via the famous pedestrian walkways.  Overnight Dublin. Hammond will select the five star hotels from the following: the Shelbourne, Westbury, Fitzwilliam, Intercontinental or Westin Hotel.

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 12
Southern Elegance Tour Day 6
Today you tour the town of Dublin on your ownI would suggest a Hop On Hop Off Dublin Bus Pass.  You will be sure to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral where writer Jonathan Swift gave his sermons, The G.P.O. on O’Connell Street scene of the 1916 Easter Uprising where the bullet holes still remain to this day.  Drive through famous Phoenix Park where the Pope said Mass in late 70’s and finally Trinity College to view the 8th century manuscripts, The Book of Kells, still preserved as they were when the Monks produced them all those centuries ago.  Why not visit Guinness Storehouse for a peek at the makings of this world famous brew.   Make sure to visit Dublin’s oldest Pub this afternoon, The Brazen Head.  You might enjoy a Literary Pub Crawl this evening after dinner.  Overnight Dublin. Hammond will select the five star hotels from the following: the Shelbourne, Westbury, Fitzwilliam, Intercontinental or Westin Hotel.

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 13
Southern Elegance Tour Day 7
Dublin-Dublin Airport

Morning departure from Dublin hotel via taxi on own to Dublin Airport (please ask concierge to arrange a taxi pickup at your desired time) for our flight onwards.

In traditional Irish spirit, Hammond Tours wishes you a safe journey home.
Reserve the Breath of Elegance Ireland Tour Today!

Your Luxury Tour Includes:

  • Sightseeing via deluxe new luxury Mercedes Benz Executive Midi Coach with leather seating throughout your tour
  • Services of professional Blue Badged Certified Irish Driver/Guide from Day 3 depart Dublin until Day 12 arrive Dublin
  • Deluxe room accommodations in luxury castles, country homes, hotels and manors for Eleven (11) nights.
  • “Breath of Elegance” Tour: Shelbourne, Fitzwilliam, Intercontinental or Westin Hotel Dublin(1 Night), Culloden Hotel Belfast (2 Nights), Solis Lough Eske Hotel (1 Night),  Ashford Castle, Cong (1 Night), Savoy Limerick (1 Night),The Killarney Park Hotel (2 Nights), Hayfield Manor (1 Night), Shelbourne, Fitzwilliam or Westin Hotel Dublin(2 Nights),
  • Full Irish breakfast daily
  • 2 Dinners at Ashford Castle & Savoy Limerick
  • Admissions to the following are INCLUDED on this tour: Giant’s Causeway, Belleek Pottery, Cliffs of Moher, Victorian Muckross House, Rock of Cashel
  • Fully escorted sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Porterage of two suitcases per person (plus one carry-on bag)
  • Options for pre-booked activities such as golf and spa services
  • Hotel tips and taxes throughout (Except tips to your personal Driver/Guide)
  • Deluxe portfolio of travel documents professionally executed by Hammond Tours
  • Expert travel arrangements provided from your city of origin to commencement of tour in Ireland. (Additional cost for airfare)
  • Expert advice and arrangements to other European cities or other areas in Ireland available before and after your “Breath of Elegance” tour.

Breath of Elegance Tour Dates & Rates

Originates and ends in Dublin.

DATES Rates Per Person Sharing Single Supplement TOUR CODE
October 6-18, 2016 $4899 $2199 BE1008
November 5-17, 2016 $5669 $2199 BE1105
April 8-20, 2017 $5299 $2199 BE0409
May 6-18, 2017 $5699 $2199 BE0507
June 10-22, 2017 $5699 $2199 BE0611
July 8-20, 2017 $5699 $2199 BE0709
August 5-17, 2017 $5699 $2199 BE0806
September 16-28, 2017 $5699 $2199 BE0903
October 14-26, 2017 $4899 $2199 BE1008
November 4-16, 2017 $4699 $2199 BE1105


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Southern Elegance Tour Dates & Rates

"Southern Elegance" is a 6-night tour originating in Shannon and ending in Dublin.

DATES Rates Per Person Sharing Single Supplement TOUR CODE
October 11-18, 2016 $2779 $1399 SM1013
November 10-17, 2016 $2459 $1399 SL1110
April 13-20, 2017 $2679 $1399 SM0414
May 11-18, 2017 $2899 $1399 SH0513
June 15-22, 2017 $2899 $1399 SH0616
July 13-20, 2017 $2899 $1399 SH0714
August 10-17, 2017 $2899 $1399 SH0811
September 21-28, 2017 $2899 $1399 SH0908
October 19-26, 2017 $2779 $1399 SM1013
November 9-16, 2017 $2459 $1399 SL1110


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Northern Elegance Dates & Rates

"Northern Elegance" is a 6-night tour originating in Dublin and ending in Shannon.

DATES Rates Per Person Sharing Single Supplement TOUR CODE
October 6-13, 2016 $3299 $1499 CM1008
November 5-12, 2016 $3299 $1499 CL1105
April 8-15, 2017 $3099 $1499 CM0409
May 6-13, 2017 $3129 $1499 CH0507
June 10-17, 2017 $3299 $1499 CH0611
July 8-15, 2017 $3299 $1499 CH0709
August 5-12, 2017 $3299 $1499 CH0806
September 16-23, 2017 $3299 $1499 CH0903
October 14-21,2017 $3299 $1499 CM1008
November 4-11, 2017 $2749 $1499 CL1105


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About Hammond Tours

John and Michele Hammond are your Ireland travel experts, ready to design your dream vacation to Ireland. Whether a chauffeur-driven guided Ireland tour with accommodations for two at an historic irish castle, an Irish countryside family vacation, or custom group tour of friends, our love of Ireland is showcased in each and every detail of your vacation holiday experience from the moment you arrive until you return safely at home.

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