Ireland Small Group Escorted Tour

Enjoy Ireland castles, cities and scenic countryside.

Tour Description

Our “Northern Elegance” Tour 2018 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! 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.

All guided tours are designed to maximize sightseeing and use of your personal guide and driver. Combine Northern Elegance Tour of Ireland with the Southern Elegance Tour for our most requested Ireland vacation…The Breath of Elegance!

Tour Details

Your Luxury Tour Includes:

  • Sightseeing via deluxe new Luxury Mercedes Benz Executive Midi Coach throughout your tour from Day 3 depart Dublin till Day 8 arrive Limerick
  • Deluxe room accommodations in luxury castles, country homes, hotels and manors
  • Accommodations for 7 Nights as follows or similar:
    • Dublin - The Shelbourne, Fitzwilliam, Westin or Westbury Hotel - 2 Nights
    • Belfast - Culloden Hotel - 2 Nights
    • Donegal - Solis Lough Eske Hotel - 1 Night
    • Cong - Ashford Castle - 1 Night
    • Adare - Adare Manor - 1 Night
  • Full Irish breakfast daily
  • Dinner at Taylor three Rock (1), Solis Lough Eske (1), Ashford Castle (1), Adare Manor (1)
  • Admissions to the following are INCLUDED in this tour:
    • Titanic Museum
    • Giant’s Causeway
    • Bushmills Distillery
    • Belleek Pottery
    • Cliffs of Moher
  • Fully escorted sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Services of professional Blue Badged Certified Irish Driver/Guide
  • Concierge Services at your hotels throughout
  • 5 Star Service from Hammond Tours travel professionals
  • 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
Pricing

"The Northern Elegance" is a 7-night tour originating in Dublin and ending in Shannon.

Northern Elegance 2018 land tour dates and rates

Departure date from USA is first date (Airfare Additional)
DatesRates per person sharingSingle supplement
April 7-15, 2018$3399$1499
May 5-13, 2018$3799$1855
June 9-17, 2018$3799$1855
July 7-15, 2018$3799$1855
August 4-12, 2018$3799$1855
September 15-23,2018$3799$1855
October 13-21,2018$3399$1499
November 3-11,2018$2989$1399

Example small escorted public group itinerary

Day 1 - 2

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

Day 2
Dublin
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.

 

Day 3

Dublin
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 Rock 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

Day 4

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. 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 19
th century “Scottish baronial Estate” which offers al modern amenities, including an indoor pool, leisure center and beauty salon. Overnight at The Culloden Hotel.

Day 5

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 Culloden Hotel.

Day 6

Belfast-Armagh-Enniskillen-Donegal
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, this 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.

Day 7

Donegal-Sligo-Cong
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 Ireland. 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.

Day 8 - 9

Cong-Connemara-Galway-Cliffs of Moher-Limerick-Adare
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 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 this one of the “Leading Hotels of the World”. Dinner and Overnight at Adare Manor.

Day 9
Shannon Airport
Transfer on own via taxi to Shannon Airport

 

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