Ireland Chauffer Driven Guided Tour – Northern Elegance
Enjoy Ireland castles, cities and scenic countryside with personal driver guide.
Northern Elegance is a Six (6) Night Tour of Ireland originating in Dublin, ending in Shannon.
Enjoy a private, guided tour of Ireland, customized to your personal preferences and desires. Hammond Tours will design a custom tour that will include luxury accommodations at your choice of Ireland castles 4 or 5 star Ireland hotels, Country manor inns or bed and breakfasts.
Ireland chauffeur-driving, custom tours are prepared with great attention to detail, including special touches to make your trip to Ireland one you'll remember fondly for a lifetime.
These tours of Ireland offer the ultimate in personal service at very competitive rates. Your irish driver will be highly experienced and exceptionally accommodating, offering their expertise to guide you through a once-in-a-lifetime Irish experience.
All guided tours are designed to maximize sightseeing and use of your personal guide and driver. Combine Northern Elegance Tour of Ireland with the Southern Elegance Tour for our most requested Ireland vacation…The Breath of Elegance!
Northern Elegance Guided Tour of Ireland - Day 1 - USA-Ireland
Depart from USA for overnight flight to Ireland.
Northern Elegance Guided Tour of Ireland - Day 2 – Dublin
Morning arrival at Dublin Airport where after clearing customs, you transfer on own via taxi to your Dublin City Centered Hotel. We then check into the Five Star Shelbourne Hotel a Renaissance Hotel located in the very heart of Dublin City. Within walking distance to many shops, restaurants pubs and theatre. The rest of the day is free to browse this 1000 year old city on your own. Overnight Dublin at theShelbourne Hotel.
Northern Elegance Guided Tour of Ireland - Day 3 – Dublin-Monasterboice-Belfast
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. We 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.
Northern Elegance Guided Tour of Ireland - Day 4 – Belfast-Glens of Antrim-Giant's Causeway-Bushmills-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. Our first stop is the oldest licensed distillery in the world, Bushmills, where we savor a sample of this renowned amber liquid. 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.
Northern Elegance Guided Tour of Ireland - Day 5 – Belfast-Armagh-Enniskillen-Donegal
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.
Northern Elegance Guided Tour of Ireland - Day 6 – Donegal-Sligo-Cong
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.
Northern Elegance Guided Tour of Ireland - Day 7 – Cong-Connemara-Galway-Cliffs of Moher-Newmarket-On-Fergus
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. Words cannot begin to express the unique splendor of the west coast of Ireland, where Gaelic is still spoken. We travel through Spiddal to Galway town, where our driver/guide takes us on a city tour. In the middle ages, Galway was a principal port of trade for Spain and France. 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 our final destination, Dromoland Castle. Built in the 16th century, Dromoland Castle is the ancestral seat of the O'Briens who are one of the few native Gaelic families of royal blood. Time today to enjoy this Five Star Deluxe property and its entire splendor. This evening, we partake in a marvelous "Farewell Dinner" with our new friends and toast a magnificent time had by all! Overnight will be in one of the 75 deluxe guest rooms. Dinner and overnight at Dromoland Castle..
2014 Northern Elegance Dates & Rates"Northern Elegance" is a 6-night tour originating in Dublin and ending in Shannon.
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Your vacation trip to Ireland can be as grand or simple as you desire. John and Michele Hammond know Ireland well and will plan your travel itinerary from arrival to departure to suit your personal interests, budget and desires.
Several chauffer-driven guided Ireland tour itineraries are provided below to serve as possible itineraries.
You are invited to select the Ireland destinations that are of interest to you to create a unique Ireland travel experience. Of course, any tour itinerary, if it's just right for you, can be booked as-is.
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