Irish Gems

12 night Pre-booked Tour – ‘Experience the best of Irish hospitality across the Emerald Isle’

Day 1 – Dublin City
Welcome to Dublin Airport. After picking
up your hire car transfer into the city
centre and check into your hotel.
Depending on your arrival time spend
some time exploring this historic capital
city. Perhaps visit Trinity College to see the
famous book of Kells, or maybe get to
know the Guinness Storehouse.
Today stay in the Brooks Hotel, one of
Dublin’s most desirable addresses – an
oasis of calm just a couple of minutes walk
from Grafton Street. A ground floor bar,
lounge and restaurant all link together,
making an extensive public area that is
quietly impressive on arrival - the style is a
pleasing combination of traditional with
contemporary touches, using a variety of
woods, some marble, wonderful fabrics
and modern paintings - and, while a grand
piano adds gravitas, there's a welcome
emphasis on comfort.
Overnight: Dublin area

Day 2 – Cork
On your way to Cork visit Kilkenny.
Kilkenny's heritage is evident in the city
and surroundings including the historic
buildings such as Kilkenny Castle, St.
Canice's Cathedral and round tower, Rothe
House, Shee Alms House, Black Abbey and
St. Mary's Cathedral. One of the most
instantly recognised buildings in Ireland,
Kilkenny Castle has been an important site
since it was built by the Anglo-Normans in the
12th century. The castle has been remodelled in
Victorian times and set in extensive parklands
which was the principal seat of the Butler family,
Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde.
In Cork arrive in the Inchydoney Island
Lodge and Spa. One of Ireland's first
seawater spa destinations, this famous
hotel enjoys great views over the two ‘Blue
Flag’ beaches at Inchydoney, which bring
crowds to the area in summer, so many
guests prefer it off-season. Most of the
generously sized bedrooms have sea views
and all have been completely redesigned
recently. The exceptional health and
leisure facilities make this a special
destination for many returning guests;
these include a superb Thalasso-therapy
Spa, which offers a range of special
treatments.
Overnight: Cork area

Day 3 – Killarney
Before you leave Cork explore the English
Market. Situated in the heart of Cork City,
the English Market is a
roofed food market and has
been trading since 1788.
Alternatively visit the
Titanic Experience in Cobh.
The location marks the
departure point for the last
123 passengers who
boarded the Titanic on its fateful maiden
voyage to America.
Continue onwards to The ‘Kingdom’ of
County Kerry. Tonight, spend the night at
the Parnasilla Resort & Spa in Sneem. This
magical hotel has captured the imagination
of many; its name invokes a scene so
beautiful it takes your breath away, a
haven of rest and relaxation, an escape
from stress, a luxury Kerry Hotel as
inspiring as it is spectacular.
Overnight: Kerry area

Day 4 – Ring of Kerry
Today depart for the town of Killarney and
visit Killarney National Park and onward to
the Ring of Kerry Tour. The Ring of Kerry
brings you along the Atlantic Coast and is
one of the highlights of a trip to Ireland.
Quiet valleys and idyllic spots await along
the way. The breath-taking beauty of the
landscape on the peninsula will delight
you. Above all, the Ring of Kerry provides
an amazing insight into the ancient
heritage of Ireland - see the Iron Age Forts
& Ogham Stones, Old Monasteries and a
landscape carved out of rock by the last Ice
Age 10,000 years ago. In the evening
return to your hotel.
Overnight: Kerry area

Day 5 – Dingle Peninsula – Limerick
This morning enjoy another beautiful
scenic route. The Dingle Peninsula has
something to offer to everyone. Among
other things: sandy beaches safe for
swimming, walking routes for all abilities, a
thriving Irish language community, a rich
musical tradition, fine dining, sea angling,
arts and film festivals, talented
craftspersons and some of the best surfing
in Ireland.
Before you arrive in Limerick pass by Adare
and visit Desmond Castle. This evening stay
in the Dunraven Arms Hotel. The hotel
has earned an unrivalled
reputation for the quality and value of
short breaks offered, and there is an
ongoing determination to combine
personal service and quality with value,
which makes Dunraven Arms an
outstanding example of contemporary Irish
hospitality at its best.
Overnight: Limerick area

Day 6 – Galway
On the way to Galway you will cross the
Burren region, which is often likened to a
moonscape because of the lack of
vegetation. Soon after that you will arrive
at the Cliffs of Moher – majestic cliffs
which rise 215 metres out of the Atlantic
and stretch for more than 7 kilometres.
From this vantage point you can see the
Aran Islands and the mountains of
Connemara.
Stay in the Ballynahinch Castle. This
crenellated Victorian mansion is renowned
as a fishing hotel and enjoys a most
romantic position in 450 acres of ancient
woodland on the banks of the Ballynahinch
River. It is also home to one of
Connemara’s oldest gardens. Set out
among mature trees and shrubs, on many
levels, the extensive landscaped gardens
here have long been a point of pride and
are open to the public every day
throughout the season. Although
impressive by any standards, the
atmosphere is relaxed and the castle
would make a very comfortable base for a
few days.
Overnight: Galway area

Day 7 – Connemara
Discover the wilderness of Connemara
today. Connemara, whose inhabitants still
speak Irish, is without doubt the wildest
and most romantic part of Ireland.
Bewitchingly hidden between mountains
and lakes and surrounded by
Rhododendrens, lies the gothic style
Kylemore Abbey. Afterwards visit
Connemara National Park. This impressive
park is situated at the foot of the Diamond
Mountain, which is 727 metres high. The
park includes 1,500 hectares of forest,
swamp, highland moors and heaths.
Overnight: Galway areaDay 8 – Sligo
On your way trough Sligo you can visit the
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery.
Carrowmore Cemetery has over 60 stone
circle and passage tombs making it one of
the largest Stone Age cemeteries in
Europe.
For overnight stop at Harvey’s Point
Country Hotel. Blessed with one of
Ireland’s most beautiful locations, on the
shores of Lough Eske, this wellmanaged
hotel was first opened by the Gysling
family in 1989, when chalet-style buildings linked by
covered walkways and pergolas created a
distinctly alpine atmosphere reminiscent of
their native Switzerland - a style that suited
the site well, with the open low-level
design allowing views of the lough and
mountains from most areas of the hotel.
Overnight: Donegal area

Day 9 – Donegal
Today why not visit the Slieve League Cliffs.
Europe's highest sea cliffs, although less
famous than the Cliffs of Moher in Co.
Clare, Slieve League's Cliffs reach almost
three times higher, but you won’t really
notice. As most part of Co. Donegal this
site is largely untouched by tourism and
walks through a largely unspoilt landscape
gives you a spectacular view of the coast
and the cliff face.
Also you can visit the Glenveagh National
Park. A spectacular 16,500 hectares
(40,000 acres) of scenic mountains, lakes,
glens and woods, with a herd of red deer,
Glenveagh is one of Ireland's protected
natural parks managed by the State. A
Scottish style castle within the estate is
surrounded by one of the finest gardens in
Ireland, which contrast with the rugged
surroundings. The Visitor Centre houses
exhibitions and an audio-visual show on
the area.
Overnight: Donegal area

Day 10 – Derry
Travel towards Derry. Derry has a heavy
historical past and has suffered a lot
through violence. Today Derry enjoys the
advantages of the new peaceful
atmosphere in Northern Ireland politics
and its city centre is again lively and
pleasant. You will appreciate a walk in the
colourful and well looked after historical
city, which boast good shopping, pubs and
cafes.
Stay in the Beech Hill Hotel. Just south of
Londonderry, surrounded by 32 acres of
peaceful woodland, waterfalls and
gardens, this house dates from 1729 and
retains many of its original details. Beech
Hill is an ideal destination for anyone who
enjoys being in restful surroundings and
yet close to the city. The lovely gardens
and woodlands are the main attraction for
many and, as well as 6km of woodland
trails, there are picnic areas for fine
weather and a new outdoor gazebo and
terrace at the main pond area.
Overnight: Derry area

Day 11 – Belfast
En route to Belfast visit the Giant’s
Causeway. The new Visitor centre explores
the major themes of mythology, geology,
landscape, ecology, culture and social
history based on the UNESCO World
Heritage site that consists of 40,000 basalt
polygonal columns formed 60 million years
ago after a volcanic eruption. There are
various interactive exhibits and short video
presentations within five designated
interpretive exhibition areas and the self
guided visit will culminate with a
spectacular two minutes audio-visual
projection of a volcanic eruption
flowing over the walls and onto the floor. In
2015, Conde Nast Traveler magazine
included hopping the stones of the Giant's
Causeway as one of the '50 things to do in
Europe before you die'.
Also you can visit the Old Bushmills
Distillery. A guided visit commences with
an excellent short film on the history and
distillation of Irish whiskey, followed by a
20-minute tour of the distillery. The visit
finishes in the distillery pub with a tasting.
This evening stay in The Merchant Hotel. It
is situated in the heart of Belfast city
centre's historic Cathedral Quarter and is
Belfast’s most dramatic and beautiful
hotel. All guest rooms are elegantly and
opulently appointed and offer air
conditioning, black out curtains, WiFi, flat
screen television, and spacious marbled
bathrooms with many extras.
Overnight: Belfast area

Day 12 – Dublin
Depart for Dublin and visit the Boyne
Valley. The Boyne Valley is a World
Heritage Site and is the largest and one of
the most important prehistoric megalithic
sites in Europe.
Spend your evening in Dublin City and stay
at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel. Set in 21
acres of woodland and gardens on
the Meath- Dublin border,
this 18th century mansion has
been stylishly developed with the original
building, a large 3-storey over basement
country house, very much the dominant
feature in the overall design of the present
4* hotel. The fine interior has been
carefully restored and the two main
reception rooms are impressive in scale
and have many original features.
Overnight: Dublin area

Day 13 – Departure
Transfer to the airport and take your flight
back home.

Suggested Visits:
 Trinity College
 Guinnes storehouse
 Kilkenny Castle
 Titanic Experience Cobh
 Desmond Castle
 Cliffs of Moher
 Kylemore Abbey
 Carrowmore Cemetery
 Slieve League Cliffs
 Giant’s Causeway
 Old Bushmills Distillery
 Boyne Valley

Price Includes:
 12 nights sharing a double/twin
room at specified properties (Prebooked Accommodation)
 Heritage Island Guide
 Service Charges & taxes at exiting rates

Hotels (or Similar):
 Dublin – 4* Brooks Hotel
 Cork – 4* Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa
 Killarney – 4* Cahernane House Hotel
 Limerick – 4* Dunraven Arms Hotel
 Galway – 4* Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
 Donegal – 4* Harvey’s Point Country Hotel
 Derry – 4* Beech Hill Hotel
 Belfast – 5* The Merchant Hotel
 Dublin – 4* Clontarf Castle Hotel

 

  Low season   High Season
  01JAN - 31APR   01May - 10Jul
  01OCT - 31DEC   21Aug- 30SEP
DOUBLE $2919   $3439
SINGLE $4769   $5289
TRIPLE On request   On request
CHILDREN On request   On request

Notes:
 Please note all clients that they
should check-in to their hotel/bed
and breakfast accommodation
no later than 6pm. If clients are going
to be later than 6pm, they should
call their accommodation
and advise of their approximate check
in time. Failure to do this could result
in their reservation being cancelled
and rooms released.
 Child Policy: Child supplements apply
when a child between 3 and 11
years incl. is sharing with 2 full
paying adults to a maximum of 2
children in the room. A child
sharing with a single adult is
charged the normal per person
rate. Children sharing 0-2 years
incl. are free and meals paid directly