Enchanted Intimate Ireland - A Small Coach Escorted Tour
(Limited to 12 Passengers)
An Intimate setting for your tour of Ireland which is limited to 14 passengers. Enjoy the Hidden Back Road Treasures of Ireland in the luxury of our luxury vehicle. Unlike most coach tours we stay in all four and five star hotels. Our properties are selected for maximum comfort, with regard to the ideal location in every town. This is not your typical coach tour.
Your Distinguished Small Group Tour Includes:
- Professional Irish Driver Guide with Deluxe Vehicle from Day 3 depart Dublin till arrive Dublin Day 13
- Accommodations for 13 Nights as follows or similar
- Dublin-The Shelbourne, Fitzwilliam, Westin, Intercontinental or Westbury Hotel – 2 Nights
- Belfast – Europa Hotel – 2 Nights
- Donegal – Solis lough Eske Castle – 2 Nights
- Limerick – Clayton Hotel – 1 Night
- Killarney – The Great Southern Hotel – 2 Nights
- Cork – Hayfield Manor – 2 Nights
- Dublin – The Shelbourne, Fitzwilliam, Westin, Intercontinental or Westbury Hotel – 2 Nights
- Full Irish Breakfast Daily
- Dinner at Solis Lough Eske (2), Great Southern Hotel Killarney (1) Hayfield Manor (1)
- Admission to Guinness Storehouse, Titanic Museum, Bushmills Distillery, Giant’s Causeway, Walled in Derry City Tour, Donegal Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Cobh Heritage Center, Kilkenny Castle, Hop on Hop off Bus Pass
- Fully escorted sightseeing as per itinerary
- All Driver’s Expenses
- Hotel Taxes
- Tip to Driver Guide
- Any items of a personal nature.
- Dinners and suggested optional sightseeing that are not mentioned as included in itinerary.
The “Enchanted Intimate Ireland” small coach escorted tour begins and ends in Dublin”
Enchanted Intimate 2020 land tour dates and ratesDeparture date from USA is first date (Airfare Additional)
|Dates||Rates per person sharing||Single supplement|
|February 8-22, 2020||$4975||$2199|
|March 7-21, 2020||$4975||$2199|
|April 4-18, 2020||$5155||$2250|
|May 2-16, 2020||$5655||$2755|
|June 13-27, 2020||$5655||$2755|
|July 4-18, 2020||$5655||$2755|
|August 8-22, 2020||$5655||$2755|
|September 5-19, 2020||$5655||$2755|
|October 10-24, 2020||$5155||$2250|
|November 7-21, 2020||$4975||$2199|
Example small escorted public group itinerary
USA – Dublin
Depart USA for overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner is served shortly after take-off.
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.
After a hearty Irish breakfast we meet out driver guide in the lobby. We take a half day panoramic view of Dublin. Included is a visit to Guinness Storehouse. 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. Overnight in Dublin.
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 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. Overnight at The Europa 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 views in all of Ireland, which offers wonderful views of mountains, valleys and the coastline. 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 Europa Hotel
To really experience Derry’s history, we stroll along the parapet walkways as we do the “Walled in City Tour”. Derry is home to one of the last fully intact walled in cities left in all of Europe, makes this a must for every visitor. We continue onto Donegal Town 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. For Dinner and overnight tonight is Solis Lough Eske Castle, which is located on a secluded lakeside estate dating back to the 1400’s.
After breakfast we visit Donegal Castle. The castle which was built by O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century is located on the glorious river Esk. The castle is furnished with magnificent French tapestries and Persian rugs. It’s also adjacent to Glenveagh National park. Located on 40,873 acres of mountains, lakes, glens and woods, with herds of red deer running wild. Dinner and Overnight Solis Lough Eske Castle
Today after breakfast we may take a tour of Ireland’s Burren (Bhoireann). The survival of both alpine and Mediterranean plants in this unusual habitat continues to arouse and delight its visitors. The Burren contains dozens of megalithic tombs, Celtic crosses and a ruined Cistercian Abbey dating from the 12th century, Corcomroe. Continue and gaze at the majestic awe of the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs, a spectacular natural phenomenon, rise 660 feet above the Atlantic. 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. Overnight Clayton Hotel Limerick
After breakfast we head to Killarney. It is one of Ireland’s leading tourist destinations because of the abundant lake and mountain scenery in Killarney National Park. It is also situated on the scenic drive of the Ring of Kerry. Dinner and Overnight Great Southern Hotel.
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 Great Southern Hotel.
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. We travel onto Cork City stopping at The English Market, which is an indoor food market offering a Victorian wonderland of exotic imported goods and delicious local produce. Dinner and Overnight 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. After Kinsale we travel onto Blarney, stopping at the woolen mills. This is one of the best-known Irish shops in the country – the actual mills are located in here, within sight of the famous castle. This stop shouldn’t disappoint, with a particularly wide range of cut crystal, porcelain presents and its trademark woolly things. While here you can stop to plant your lips on the Blarney Stone, (extra charge) which supposedly gives one the gift of gab. Overnight at The Hayfield Manor
After breakfast we depart Cork. 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. Continue to Dublin. 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)
Included is 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. Overnight Dublin. Hammond will select the five-star hotel from the following: the Shelbourne, Westbury, Fitzwilliam, Intercontinental or Westin Hotel.
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”
Actual locations dependent upon Itinerary.