Enchanted Intimate Ireland
A Small Coach Escorted Tour
(Limited to 12 Passengers)
Our Intimate Ireland is limited to 12 passengers. Enjoy the Hidden Back Road Treasures of Ireland in the luxury of our Mercedes Midi Coach. Stay in all four and five star hotels with five dinners included.
USA-Dublin. Depart USA for overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner is served shortly after take-off.
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 our Five Star Dublin hotel all 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. Hammond will select the five star hotel from the following: the Shelbourne, Westbury, Fitzwilliam, Intercontinental or Westin Hotel.
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. 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. Overnight at The Europa Hotel. (Optional Admission to famed Titanic Museum)
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 Europa Hotel
Belfast-Derry-Donegal. To really experience Derry’s history, we stroll along the parapet walkways as we do the “Walled in City Tour”. The history of this area and the fact that Derry is one of the last fully intact walled in cities left in all of Europe makes this a must for every visitor. We continue to Donegal. Today, Donegal Town is the center of activity for South County Donegal. The town center, known as “The Diamond” is where the Killybegs, Ballyshannon and Ballybofey Roads converge and it is here that you are likely to meet almost anybody; usually with a smile on their face and a few ready words. Dinner and overnight Solis Lough Eske Castle
Donegal. After breakfast we visit Donegal Castle. The castle is first mentioned in 1544 in connection with wars between the sons of MacSweeney Doe. Wrecked sailors from the Spanish Armada were granted refuge here in 1588. By 1600 it had been taken over by Eoghan Og MacSweeny, an ally of the English, who was unsuccessfully besieged there by his brother Rory in 1601. Red Hugh O'Donnell attacked the castle unsuccessfully in 1601, but shortly afterwards the castle was granted by the Crown to Rory O'Donnell In the Williamite wars it was captured by Donough Og MacSweeney but was taken by the English again shortly afterwards. It was extensively repaired by Hart at the end of the 18th century and inhabited by his family until 1843, after which it was deserted. There may have been an early Christian monastery in the valley where, according to tradition, St. Columbkille banished demons who enveloped the valley in a fog. The most conspicuous remains are the pillars decorated with cross-motifs and geometric designs, which are now the centers, or 'stations' of the pilgrimage which takes place on the Saint's feast day on 9 June. The pillars are spread over an area in the valley 3.5 miles long, and the pilgrimage takes as many hours to complete. Dinner and overnight Solis Lough Eske Castle
Donegal-Burren-Limerick. Today after breakfast we may take a tour of Ireland’s stony place - the Burren (Bhoireann). Continue traveling through the rugged Burren. 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. It is then onto Limerick, Ireland’s 3rd largest city and home to author Frank McCourt who wrote Angela’s Ashes. 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. Dinner and overnight Limerick Strand or Clarion Hotel.
Limerick-Killarney. We continue south to Killarney. Sites of interest in the town reflect its strong religious and educational history. Killarney was a monastic settlement from the 5th or 6th Century and house settlement began here from around 1500. Explore colorful laneways, a fine cathedral and experience the ambience of busy streets in the town centre. Nestled amidst deep, lake filled valleys with astounding sights such as the famous Ladies' View (Named after Queen Victoria's Ladies' in Waiting) and the MacGillicuddy Reeks - Ireland's largest mountain range, home of Carrauntoohil the country’s largest peak. Upon arrival we visit Victorian Muckross House in Killarney National Park. Dinner and overnight Malton Hotel
Dingle. After breakfast we depart Killarney 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 portray a time that has continued to stand still. The population of 1500 people and only 52 pubs are ready to welcome you this afternoon. Worth the wait is the native seafood chowder served up at lunch time with freshly baked brown bread. 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. The awe inspiring beauty of this particular area is unmatched. There is no other landscape in Europe. Overnight atThe Malton Hotel
Killarney- Glengarriff-Bantry-Skibbereen-Clonakilty-Kinsale-Cork. After breakfast we depart Killarney. We then head to Glengarriff. Its sheltered position nurtures luxuriant Mediterranean flowers such as fuchsia and arbutus. Bantry sits at the head of one of Ireland’s most beautiful bays with a harbor that reaches right into the town center. Skibbereen is rightly known as the capital of West Cork. It is the "hub" from which the many "sparkling jewels" of the area can be reached. Eight miles southwest the little fishing village of Baltimore is located. It is onto Clonakilty where castles dot the shores of the bay and The Catholic Church is fine example of gothic architecture. Kinsale in County Cork is one of the most picturesque, popular and fashionable resorts of the south-west coast of Ireland. Famous for its beautiful yachting, sea angling, gourmet restaurants and golf Driving into Cork City, we are able to get some of the best seafood of the world, and shop the artistic streets alive with authentic Irish music pubs and shops. Time permitting we may visit nearby Blarney. Dinner and overnight Hayfield Manor.
Cork-Dublin. After breakfast we depart Cork. We travel via Cashel, where legend has it St. Patrick crowned the High Kings of Ireland in the 5th century for a photo op!. We continue to the Medieval City of Kilkenny, where we enjoy a visit to The Kilkenny Castle which has been completely refurbished in recent years. The impressive Victorian building was erected in the mid-19th century when it served as a home to the Hackett family. We continue into County Wicklow, The Garden of Ireland. We visit Glendalough, monastic settlement of St. Kevin in the 6th century. Overnight Dublin. Hammond will select the five star hotel from the following: the Shelbourne, Westbury, Fitzwilliam, Intercontinental or Westin Hotel. (Upon arrival at the hotel, we bid farewell to our driver guide who has become like a member of the family)
Dublin. 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. Overnight Dublin. Hammond will select the five star hotel from the following: the Shelbourne, Westbury, Fitzwilliam, Intercontinental or Westin Hotel.
Dublin-Dublin Airport. This morning we make our way to Dublin Airport via taxi 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 12
- Accommodations for 11 Nights as follows or similar
Dublin-The Shelbourne, Fitzwilliam, Westin, Intercontinental or Westbury Hotel-1 Night *****
Belfast-Europa Hotel-2 Nights **** www.hastingshotels.com
Donegal-Solis lough Eske Castle-2 Nights ***** www.solishotels.com
Limerick-Strand Hotel or Clarion Hotel-1 Night ****
Killarney-The Malton Hotel-2 Nights **** www.themalton.com
Cork-Hayfield Manor-1 Night ***** www.hayfieldmanor.ie
Dublin-The Shelbourne, Fitzwilliam, Westin, Intercontinental or Westbury Hotel-2 Nights *****
- Full Irish Breakfast Daily
- Dinner at Solis Lough Eske(2), Limerick Hotel (1) Malton Hotel Killarney(1) Hayfield Manor(1)
- Admission to Giant’s Causeway, Walled in Derry City Tour, Donegal Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Muckross House, Kilkenny Castle, Glendalough
- Fully escorted sightseeing as per itinerary
- All Driver’s Expenses
- Hotel tips and taxes (Except to Driver/Guide)
- Any items of a personal nature.
- Dinners and suggested optional sightseeing that are not mentioned as included in itinerary.
Tour Dates & Rates
"Enchanted Intimate Ireland"
"A Small Coach Escorted Tour Begins and ends in Dublin"
PLEASE NOTE DEPARTURE DATE FROM USA IS FIRST DATE
|DATES ||Rates Per Person Sharing ||Single Supplement ||TOUR CODE |
|October 15-27, 2016 ||$4129 ||$1929 ||II1015 |
|November 5-17, 2016 ||$3979 ||$1778 ||II1105 |
|February 11-23, 2017 ||$4325 ||$1899 ||II0213 |
|March 11-23, 2017 ||$4325 ||$1899 ||II0313 |
|April 08-20 2017 ||$4425 ||$1999 ||II0409 |
|May 6-18, 2017 ||$4495 ||$1999 ||II0507 |
|June 10-22, 2017 ||$4595 ||$1999 ||II0611 |
|July 08-20, 2017 ||$4595 ||$1999 ||II0709 |
|August 12-24,2017 ||$4595 ||$1999 ||II0813 |
|September 9-21,2017 ||$4595 ||$1999 ||II0910 |
|October 14-26, 2017 ||$4475 ||$1949 ||II1015 |
|November 4-16, 2017 ||$4210 ||$1799 ||II1105 |
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