Day 1 – Dublin Arrival Welcome to Dublin. After you pick up your car, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon you can explore this capital city with its many historic buildings, Georgian streets and colourful gardens. Take the opportunity to visit some of its many attractions such as the Christchurch Cathedral. You can also visit the Guinness Storehouse. Opened in 1904, the Storehouse was an operational plant for fermenting and storing Guinness. Today it houses a very fine exhibition dedicated to the Guinness story. After visiting the exhibition, you are invited to the Gravity Bar to enjoy your pint of Guinness. This evening why not enjoy dinner in one of Dublin’s many restaurants? Overnight: Dublin area

Day 2 – Dublin & Wicklow Today visit Butler’s Chocolate Experience which is located at the Butler’s Chocolate factory in north Dublin, close to the junction of the M1 and M50 motorways. Enjoy a 90 minutes interactive tour which allows you to experience the key elements of chocolate production. There are work stations set up where guests get an opportunity to be a chocolatier and decorate their own novelty to bring home. At all stages of the tour, there is lots of chocolate sampling! Leaving Dublin, travel along the east coast through Bray before arriving in Ashford and on to Ballyknocken Country House & Cookery School. Ballyknocken House is a charming Victorian farmhouse operating as a 4* guesthouse. Run by Catherine, the third generation Byrne to reside there, Catherine also runs Ballyknocken Cookery School and entertains with Brown Bread Making Demonstrations and Cookery Courses. Overnight: Wicklow area

Day 3 – Wicklow After breakfast you may have the opportunity to participate in a class at the cookery school (not included in the price and subject to availability). In the afternoon you can use Ballyknocken House as a base to explore Wicklow, known as the Garden of Ireland. Visit the Glendalough Monastic Site. The English name Glendalough originated from the Irish “Gleann Dá Locha”, which translates as "The valley of the two lakes". It was
here that St. Kevin, son of the king of Leinster, founded a monastery in the 6th century. From a simple beginning the site grew to become famous as a centre of learning throughout Europe. Standing for 600 years it was destroyed in 1398. Much of what is to be seen today dates from the 10 to 12th century. One of the most attractive features is the fine 34m high round tower. A cathedral, stone churches and decorated crosses also survived albeit as ruins. Beautifully scenic walking trails take visitors on a circular route by the lakes from the Car park. Glendalough has an excellent visitor's centre and display area, which is located at the entrance to the Valley. It houses a very comprehensive exhibition on Glendalough detailing the history, archaeology and wildlife of this area of Wicklow. An entrance charge applies to the visitor centre. Overnight: Wicklow area

Day 4 – Waterford & Cork This morning, travel south from Wicklow to Waterford. Visit the Harty Oysters Farm, located in the scenic area of Dungarvan Bay. Jim Harty was a pioneer of Irish oysters as he was one of the first people in the country to recognise the potential for growing oysters in the Celtic Sea. The Harty family aim to give their customers the highest standard of oyster and they consider their oysters to be one of Ireland’s top luxury food products available today. Leave Waterford and travel the short distance to Shanagarry and stop at Ballymaloe Gardens which surrounds Ballymaloe Cookery School and the Garden Café, which is run by TV chef Darina and Tim Allen. Ballymaloe includes a Herb Garden, formal Fruit Garden, a formal Vegetable Garden and Water Garden. Overnight: Kinsale area

Day 5 – Cork This morning, take some time to 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. Developed and still owned by Cork City Council, the Market is one of the oldest municipal markets of its kind in the world. Continue on to the Cork Butter Museum which dominated the world
butter trade in the 18th and 19th centuries and the museum explores the development of the exchange and the history of dairying in Ireland. Afterwards, why not travel to Kinsale. Make a few visits including Desmond Castle and the Wine Museum. Built as a custom house by the Earl of Desmond in circa 1500, Desmond Castle has had a colourful history. Before completing your tour of Kinsale, a visit to Charles Fort just outside the town is a must. Constructed in the late 17th Century, Charles Fort is a classic example of a star-shaped fort. In the evening enjoy dinner in Kinsale, known as the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland”. Overnight: Kinsale area

Day 6 – Kerry Today, travel towards the Dingle Peninsula and pass by the Killarney National Park. The Killarney National Park features beautiful lakes and mountain sceneries. The park is famous for its native natural habitats and species including oak holly woods, yew woods and red deer. The National Park visitor centre (located at Muckross House) and the information point at Torc Waterfall provide information on all aspects of the park. This afternoon you will explore the Dingle Peninsula, famous for its Celtic, preChristian monuments and Christian churches. It is also a “Gaeltacht” – Irish speaking area, where the Irish language and traditional ways of life are preserved. Dingle town itself is a thriving fishing town and offers plenty of opportunity for shopping or simply savouring the atmosphere of a typical country Irish town with its plentiful pubs, narrow streets and busy harbour. Visit Murphy’s and taste real handmade Dingle ice cream. They are only using natural ingredients and have very special flavours like Brown Bread and Sea Salt. The road between Dunquin and Slea Head is dotted with beehive huts, forts and church sites. Prehistoric Dunbeg Fort is on a cliff top promontory with a sheer drop to the Atlantic and had four outer walls of stone. Inside are the remains of a house and a beehive hut as well as an underground passage. Beehive huts are circular stone buildings shaped like a beehive which was lived in by the Kerry monks. Overnight: Dingle area

Day 7 – The Burren & Galway Depart DIngle this morning and travel via Adare. Adare, County Limerick, is a village dating from the time of the Norman
Suggested

Suggested Visits:  Guinness Storehouse  Butler’s Chocolate Experience  Ballyknocken Cookery School  Glendalough Monastic Site  Harty Oysters Farm  Ballymaloe Cookery School  English Market  Cork Butter Museum  Desmond Castle  St Tola’s Goat Farm  Cliffs of Moher  Burren Smokehouse  Rathbaun Farm  Kilbeggan Distillery   Guinness Storehouse  Cork Butter Museum

Price Includes:  8 nights sharing a double/twin room in mixed accommodations (Pre-booked Accommodation)  Heritage Island Guide  Service Charges & taxes at exiting rates

Example Hotels (or Similar):  Dublin – 3* Maldron Newlands Cross Hotel  Wicklow – 4* Ballyknocken House Hotel  Kinsale – 3* B&B  Dingle – 3* B&B  Connemara – 4* Ross Lake House Hotel  Dublin – 3* Maldron Newlands Cross Hotel

PRICES 

 

LOW SEASON

MID SEASON

HIGH SEASON

PEAK SEASON

 

01 FEB- 31 MAR

01 NOV – 30 NOV

01 APR – 30 APR

01 OCT – 31 OCT

01 MAY– 10 JUL

21 AUG – 30 SEP

11 JULY – 20 AUG

         

DOUBLE

$979

$999

$1149

$1255

SINGLE

$1659

$1679

$1829

$2039

TRIPLE

$939

$959

$1119

$1169

CHILD *based on 1 child 3 – 12 years sharing with 2 adults

$470

$470

$520

$520

OPTIONAL EXCURSION PACK

$270

$270

$270

$270