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Southern Elegance

Southern Elegance Tour of Ireland - Chauffeur Driven Guided Tours

Our “Southern Elegance” Tour 2017 combines luxurious properties in magnificent settings, customized sightseeing and the secret ingredient, the Irish People being themselves! Each property is selected for its amenities and ambiance. Sightseeing tours are designed to give you the quaint and the extraordinary. At the end of this tour, you will be inspired to return to see all of the other wonders the Emerald Isle has to offer!


USA-Ireland
Day 1
Depart from USA for overnight flight to Ireland. 

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Day 2 – Shannon-Limerick
Upon arrival at Shannon Airport, make our way via taxi to Limerick City, Ireland’s third largest city. Limerick is an area steeped in history. The origin of Limerick city dates back to the 9th century a site settled by the Vikings. Limerick City is known as "City of the Broken Treaty", due to the treaty which was signed surrendering the city to William. The terms of the treaty included respect for the rights of Catholics were immediately breached. The treaty was signed on the Treaty Stone which can still be seen today. King John’s Castle is a fortified 13th century Castle on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick. The castle overlooking the river Shannon opens an exciting window on the lives and stories of the people through political upheaval, war and famine. Archaeological excavations open to the public roll back the mists of time to pre-Norman houses which predate the castle by 100 years, as well as siege mines, garrison and soldiers quarters and sallyport all found under the level of the present courtyard. The castle itself features an imaginative exhibition spanning the castle’s history. Welcome dinner and overnight at Savoy Limerick

Southern Elegance Guided Tour of Ireland
Day 3 – Limerick-Dingle-Killarney
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.

Southern Elegance Guided Tour of Ireland
Day 4 – Ring of Kerry
After breakfast we enjoy an optional tour toThe 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.

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Southern Elegance Guided Tour of Ireland
Day 5 – Killarney-Blarney-Cork
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.

Southern Elegance Guided Tour of Ireland
Day 6 – Cork-Cashel-Kildare-Dublin
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.

Southern Elegance Guided Tour of Ireland
Day 7 – Dublin
Today you tour the town of Dublin on your own. I 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.

Southern Elegance Guided Tour of Ireland
Day 8 – 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.

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Visit Ireland and enjoy the best this Ireland Tour has to offer!

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…who will be at your beckon call!

Your Tour Includes:

  • Sightseeing via deluxe new Luxury Mercedes Benz Executive Midi Coach throughout your tour
  • Services of professional Blue-Badged Certified Irish Driver/Guide
  • Concierge Services at your hotels throughout
  • 5 Star Service from Hammond Tours travel professionals
  • Deluxe room accommodations in luxury castles, country homes, hotels and manors for Eleven (11) nights.
  • “Southern Elegance” Tour: Limerick Savoy (1 night), The Killarney Park Hotel (2 Nights), Hayfield Manor (1 Night), The Shelbourne, Westbury, Fitzwilliam, Intercontinental or Westin Hotel Dublin (2 Nights),
  • Full Irish breakfast daily
  • Dinner at Savoy Limerick
  • Admissions to the following are INCLUDED on this tour: 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 tour

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
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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