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Intimate Castle Tour

Ireland, An Intimate Castle Tour

A Small Coach Escorted Tour

(Limited to 12 Passengers)

Day 1

USA-Dublin. Depart USA for overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner is served shortly after take-off.

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 WestburyHotel a Leading Hotel of The Worldlocated 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 the Shelbourne Hotel. .

Day 3

Dublin-Killaloe-Adare. After breakfast we meet our Driver Guide in the lobby of the hotel. We depart and travel through Naas, home to the Irish National Stud Farm. We make our way to Killaloe and The Brian Boru Heritage Center. The Center provides vivid reminders of the central role played by this delightful town in the era of Ireland's mighty High King, Brian Boru, over a thousand years ago. The imaginative exhibition charts the history of Killaloe and its Celtic and nautical significance. An important feature is the place of Brian Boru (940-1014), who was born in Killaloe. It is on via Limerick, Ireland's third largest city and home to author Frank McCourt who wrote Angela's Ashes. We make our way to the town of Adare, which has been voted "The Prettiest Town in Ireland" primarily because of its authentic thatched roof cottages, which are still in use today. We then arrive at Adare Manor, a five star ***** property, dating back to 1464. It stands at the northern end of Adare town and boasts deluxe amenities with authentic charm. This evening we have an opportunity to experience the five star ***** dining at this one of the "Leading Hotels of the World". Retire to your luxuriously appointed room for overnight. Dinner and overnight at Adare Manor.

Day 4

The Dingle Peninsula. After breakfast, experience the true beauty of Ireland on this full day tour to the breathtaking Dingle Peninsula. Traveling via Tralee and The Slieve Mish Mountains we will stop in the sleeping fishing village of Dingle before heading out to see Slea Head and the ominous views of The Blasket Islands With its 12th century Bee Hive Huts, its ominous views of the Blasket Island originally home to Irish Monks, we have been told by many travelers that the awe inspiring beauty of this particular area has left them with a truly spiritual feeling.. Suggested lunch stop in Dingle is Maria DeBraae, right on the main street, Dingle. We depart Dingle and travel via Tralee where every August the famous Rose of Tralee Festival is held. Overnight Adare Manor. Dinner is on your own with suggestions provided.

Day 5

Adare-Burren Tour-Cong. Today after breakfast we may take a tour of Ireland's stony place - the Burren (Bhoireann). It is home to rare alpine plants, delicate wonders that grow in the thin soil and crevices - gentians, orchids and maidenhair ferns amongst others. The survival of both alpine and Mediterranean plants in this unusual habitat continues to arouse and to delight its visitors. The Burren contains dozens of megalithic tombs, Celtic crosses and a ruined Cistercian Abbey dating from the 12th century, Corcomroe. You can find villages abandoned since famine times and green roads on which you can walk for miles without ever seeing a car. Continue on and gaze at the majestic awe of the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs, a spectacular natural phenomenon, rise 660 feet above the Atlantic. O'Brien's Tower is the best location from which to view the Cliffs. From this vantage point one can see the Aran Islands as well as The Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk Mountains to the north in Connemara. As you leave the cliffs you'll travel through the little village of Liscannor and just across the bay, you'll see the beautiful seaside village and golfers' mecca, Lahinch. We make our way north to Cong and Ashford Castle. This Estate dates back to the 13th century. Plenty of time this afternoon to enjoy the many amenities this property has to offer. Among the activities are golf, horseback riding, skeet shooting, tennis or fishing. Perhaps you want to rejuvenate yourself in the state of the art health center. You might decide to walk among the three million species of shrubs, trees and flowers that the spectacular gardens have to offer. Tonight we enjoy a gourmet dinner in the George V Dining Room. Sleep like a king or queen tonight in your luxurious bedroom. Overnight Ashford Castle.

Day 6

Connemara Tour: 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. Today we take in the magnificent views of the Connemara region, Ireland's treasure of wild, natural beauty where, in some places, Gaelic remains the only spoken language. We travel first to Clifden. Situated on the west coast of Ireland against the backdrop of the 12 Ben Mountains and beautiful rugged coastline, the town is known locally as the Capital of Connemara. Clifden is a lively location full of shops, pubs, restaurants and cafés. The Sky Road in Clifden is one of the best tourist attractions in the entire Connemara region. The circular route is 11km long and takes you out west from Clifden. Simply put, the scenery along the Sky Road is stunning. Very few places in Ireland can match the rugged beauty and range of scenery that can be seen from the Sky Road. The route is well signposted from Clifden and easy to find. We then join the main road and our journey takes us via Leenane to Westport taking in more of the most exalted scenery Ireland has to offer. Westport enjoys the designation as one of Ireland's Heritage Towns. It is situated in the shadow of Croagh Patrick, overlooking Clew Bay. One of the few planned towns in the Country, Westport was designed in the 18th Century by James Wyatt. Westport has many outstanding features, most notably the beautiful tree lined boulevard known as The Mall. Afterward we make our way back to our accommodations for the night, Ashford Castle. Dinner is on your own Suggestions Provided.

Day 7

Cong--Mullingar-Dublin. After a leisurely breakfast fit for a King we depart Ashford and make our way via Mullingar. Mullingar was a borough by 1210 and a parish by 1205. In 1227 an Augustinian Friary was established in Mullingar and a Dominican Friary was founded in 1237. There was also a building called the Frank House which belonged to the Knights Hospitalliers Order. You might enjoy an optional stop at Belvedere House. Throughout the gardens there are acres of beautifully kept greenery, lakeshores and woodlands. The house is an 18th century hunting/fishing lodge. There are tours available to show you all around the house while telling you its history. It is onto Dublin. Overnight Shelbourne Hotel.

Day 8

Dublin-Dublin Airport. This morning we make our way to Dublin Airport for our flight onwards. In the true Irish tradition we wish you a "Safe Home"

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Your Distinguished Small Group Tour Includes:

  • Professional Irish Driver Guide with Deluxe Vehicle from Day 3 depart Dublin till arrive Dublin Day 7
  • Accommodations for 6 Nights as follows or similar
    Location Hotel
    Dublin-The Westbury Hotel-1 Night ***** www.doylecollection.com
    Adare-Adare Manor-2 Nights ***** www.adaremanor.com
    Cong-Ashford Castle-2 Nights ***** www.ashford.ie
    Dublin-The Westbury Hotel-1 Night ***** www.doylecollection.comm
  • Full Irish Breakfast Daily
  • Dinner at Adare Manor-1, Ashford Castle-1
  • Admission to Brian Boru Heritage Center, Cliffs of Moher
  • Fully escorted sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Porterage of one suitcase per person (plus one carry-on bag)
  • All Driver's Expenses
  • Hotel tips and taxes (Except to Driver/Guide)

Not Included:

  • Any items of a personal nature.
  • Dinners and suggested optional sightseeing that are not mentioned as included in itinerary.

 

LAND RATES

2014 TOUR DATES & RATES
"Intimate Ireland Caste Tour"
"A Small Coach Escorted Tour limited to 12 Passengers"
DATES Rates Per Person Sharing Single Supplement TOUR CODE
May 17-24, 2014 $2649 $1499 II0517
June 28-July 5, 2014 $2875 $1699 110628
July 19-26, 2014 $2875 $1699 II0719
August 16-23, 2014 $2875 $1699 II0816
September 20-27, 2014 $2875 $1699 II0920
October 25-November 1, 2014 $2649 $1499 II1025
November 15-22, 2014 $2275 $999 II1115

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