7-night tour originating in Shannon and ending in Dublin
Luxurious properties in magnificent settings, customized sightseeing and the secret ingredient, the Irish People being themselves!
Our “Southern 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 Southern Elegance Tour of Ireland with the Northern Elegance Tour for our most requested Ireland vacation…The Breath of Elegance!
Your Tour Includes:
- Sightseeing via deluxe new Luxury Mercedes Benz Executive Midi Coach throughout your tour from Day 3 Limerick until Day 7 arrive Dublin
- Tour Cliffs of Moher Day 2
- Deluxe room accommodations in luxury castles, country homes, hotels and manors.
- Accommodations for 7 Nights as follows or similar:
- Limerick- Adare Manor - 1 night
- Kerry - The Killarney Park Hotel - 2 Nights
- Cork - Hayfield Manor - 1 Night
- Dublin - The Shelbourne, Westbury, Fitzwilliam, Intercontinental or Westin Hotel Dublin - 2 Nights
- Full Irish breakfast daily
- Dinner at Adare Manor (1), and Hayfield Manor (1)
- Admissions to the following are INCLUDED on this tour:
- Cliffs of Moher
- Muckross House
- Cobh Heritage Center
- Rock of Cashel
- Concierge Services at your hotels throughout
- 5 Star Service from Hammond Tours travel professionals
- 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
"The Southern Elegance" is a 7-night tour originating in Shannon and ending in Dublin.
Southern Elegance 2018 land tour dates and ratesDeparture date from USA is first date (Airfare Additional)
|Dates||Rates per person sharing||Single supplement|
|April 13-21, 2018||$3159||$1499|
|May 11-19, 2018||$3499||$1729|
|June 15-23, 2018||$3499||$1729|
|September 21-29, 2018||$3499||$1729|
|November 9-17, 2018||$2895||$1249|
Example small escorted public group itinerary
Depart from USA for overnight flight to Ireland.
Upon arrival at Shannon Airport, make our way via taxi to Adare Manor. You 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
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 for our overnight. Overnight in Killarney 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 center, 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 we enjoy 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. We bid farewell to our driver guide who has become like a member of the family.
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