A luxury tour of beautiful Ireland
Ireland castles, scenic landscapes and luxury accommodations for a trip to remember.
Our 2018 “Breath of Elegance” Tour of Ireland 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. This tour is the perfect mixture of escorting and leisure time for each client. Each tour has no more than 14 passengers which assures you of an intimate setting. You will receive the lap of luxury touring Ireland in our Mercedes Midi coach that can travel to the places not accessible to the large coaches.
If self-guided tours of Ireland are more your speed, we offer this package as a self-drive private option as well. This way you can enjoy a self-drive Ireland vacation by yourself or with your own small group and still have luxury accommodations.
Your Luxury Tour Includes:
- Sightseeing via deluxe new luxurious Mercedes Benz Midi Coach with all leather seating from Day 3 Dublin until Day 13 Dublin
- Services of professional Blue Badged Certified Irish Driver/Guide
- Deluxe room accommodations in luxury castles, country homes, hotels and manors
- Accommodations for 13 Nights as follows or similar:
- Dublin - Shelbourne, Fitzwilliam, Intercontinental or Westin Hotel Dublin - 2 Nights
- Belfast - Culloden Hotel - 2 Nights
- Donegal - Solis Lough Eske Hotel - 1 Night
- Cong - Ashford Castle - 1 Night
- Adare - Adare Manor - 1 Night
- Killarney - The Killarney Park Hotel - 2 Nights
- Cork - Hayfield Manor - 2 Night
- Dublin - Shelbourne, Fitzwilliam or Westin Hotel Dublin - 2 Nights
- Full Irish breakfast daily
- Dinner at Taylor’s Three Rock (1), Solis Lough Eske (1), Ashford Castle (1) & Adare Manor (1), Hayfield Manor (1)
- Admissions to the following are INCLUDED on this tour:
- Titanic Museum
- Giant's Causeway
- Bushmills Distillery
- Belleek Pottery
- Cliffs of Moher
- Victorian Muckross House
- Cobh Heritage Center
- Rock of Cashel
- Fully escorted sightseeing as per itinerary
- 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
Originates and ends in Dublin
Breath of Elegance 2018 Land Tour Dates & Rates
Departure date from USA is first date (Airfare Additional)
|Dates||Rates per person sharing||Single supplement|
|April 7-21, 2018||$5795||$2675|
|May 5-19, 2018||$6399||$3155|
|June 9-23, 2018||$6399||$3155|
|July 7-21, 2018||$6399||$3155|
|August 4-18, 2018||$6399||$3155|
|September 15-29, 2018||$6399||$3155|
|October 13-27, 2018||$5795||$2675|
|November 3-17, 2018||$5075||$2255|
Example small escorted public group itinerary
USA – arrive in Ireland.
Depart USA for overnight flight to Ireland.
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.
After a hearty Irish breakfast we meet out driver guide in the lobby. We take a half day panoramic view of Dublin. Your driver will drop you off at Grafton Street in the heart of Dublin where you can enjoy lunch in one of the many pubs or restaurants. As you walk along, you're bound to find yourself mesmerized by the dozen or so street performers and musicians hoping to entertain you. You may want to venture to Temple Bar; the neighborhood is Dublin's famous party hub for a Guinness. This evening the driver guide will transport you to Taylor’s Three Rocks for a rip roaring evening of song and dance accompanied by great selections of Irish food to delight your palate. Overnight Dublin. Hammond will select the five star hotels from the following: Shelbourne, Fitzwilliam, Intercontinental or Westin Hotel
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 take time to tour the new Titanic Museum. This is truly one of the best museum experiences you will ever have. We then enjoy a panoramic tour of Belfast. Then onto our home for the next 2 nights, the magnificent hasting’s Culloden Hotel. This 5-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.
Belfast-Glens of Antrim-Giant’s Causeway-Belfast
Today we travel The Coast Road, which takes us through the Nine Glens of Antrim; this journey is considered one of the most beautiful in all of Ireland. Which offers spectacular views of mountains, valleys and the coastline at every turn in the road. On a clear day you can see Scotland. 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. We then return to Belfast via Ballymena. Overnight at The Culloden Hotel.
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. Dinner and Overnight at Solis Lough Eske Hotel. The Hotel is located on a secluded lakeside estate dating back to the 1400’s.
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 Europe. 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.
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 you will take 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 where we enjoy a panoramic tour. 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 one of the “Leading Hotels of the World.” Dinner and Overnight at Adare Manor.
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. Overnight at the Killarney Park Hotel. The Killarney Park Hotel is one of the finest luxury hotels Ireland has to offer. Perfectly located in the heart of Killarney town centre set in mature grounds, and framed by the legendary surroundings of Killarney National Park, this is a Five Star Hotel really like no other.
Ring of Kerry
After breakfast 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.
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.
After breakfast we travel to the Cobh Heritage Center. Over three million Irish people emigrated from this port. Learn about Irish Emigration story, trace your ancestors, hear about the ill-fated Titanic and the Lusitania, and immerse yourself in Irish naval and military history at Cobh Heritage Centre Then we travel on to Kinsale for lunch. The picturesque yachting harbour of Kinsale is one of many colorful gems strung along the coastline of County Cork. Narrow, winding streets lined with galleries and gift shops, lively bars and superb restaurants, and a handsome natural harbour filled with yachts and guarded by a huge 17th-century fortress make it an engrossing place to spend the day. Dinner and Overnight at The Hayfield Manor
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.
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.
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.
Actual locations dependent upon itinerary