2018 Castles And Manors 8 days

A complete circle of Ireland including fairytale castle and manor house stays. Visit the ancient city of Dublin, the wild Cliffs of Moher and the island's 'emerald' countryside. See the wilderness of Connemara and stay in Galway's Ballynahinch Castle, built in the 1580s by Donal O'Flaherty, the first husband of Ireland's fearsome pirate queen, Grace O'Malley.

  • HIGHLIGHTS
    SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS
  • City tour in Dublin
  • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry and through Connemara
  • Orientation of Killarney, Galway and Sligo
    See Dublin's Georgian Squares
  • View Torc Waterfall and the grave of W.B. Yeats in Drumcli
  • Visit Irish National Stud, Rock of Cashel, Cliffs
    of Moher, Clifden, Kylemore Abbey and Strokestown Park House

DINING

7 full breakfasts
1 lunch
(Be My Guest)
4 dinners

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or
  • alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Services of a professional Irish Travel Director
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVE DUBLIN – AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING
Set your watch to the lively pace of Ireland's capital city - the springboard for our in-depth Hidden Journey
through the lush landscapes and enduring charm of Ireland. Our exploration of Dublin with a Local Specialist
will see us view St. Patrick's Cathedral and the colourful Georgian Squares. Spend some time at leisure
meandering through Dublin's pretty cobblestone streets before joining your travel companions and Travel
Director for a Welcome Reception celebrating traditional Irish avours.
HOTEL Clayton Ballsbridge
MEALS Welcome Reception

DAY 2 - DUBLIN – KILDARE – CASHEL – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS)
We traverse picturesque landscapes to Kildare, delving into Ireland's thoroughbred industry at the Irish
National Stud during a Cultural Insight where we'll have a rare opportunity to see the foaling unit, museum
and of course the magnicent
stallions that continue to make racing history. Our journey south brings us to
the haunt of St. Patrick and the spectacular Rock of Cashel where we will view its majestic ecclesiastical ruins
with a Local Specialist. We continue to Killarney, with its beautiful lakeside setting and enjoy an evening at
leisure to soak up the lively atmosphere of one of Ireland's friendliest towns.
HOTEL The Malton Authentic Accommodation
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 3 - RING OF KERRY EXCURSION
Enjoy a slow start to your morning by joining a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk at Torc Waterfall,
meandering over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. We embark on an epic drive, exploring the enduring
beauty of the Ring of Kerry whose enchanting coastal landscapes have inspired writers and poets for centuries.
Please Note: This leisurely paced walk meanders over wooden paths and lakeshore trails. Walkers should wear
good walking shoes for a stroll through picturesque surrounds.
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 4 - KILLARNEY – CLIFFS OF MOHER – GALWAY – CONNEMARA (2 NIGHTS)
The beautiful views continue as we visit the Clis
of Moher that rise imposingly up from the Atlantic, 700 feet
above the waters below. Continue to County Galway and visit the Connemara Marble artisan workshop for a
fascinating Cultural Insight where you will learn rst-hand
about the famous green jade-like marble for which
the area is so famous. Your home for the next two nights is Ballynahinch, one of the nest
luxury castles in the
world. Admire the beautiful Twelve Bens Mountain range in the background as you relax in sumptuous
surrounds.
HOTEL Ballynahinch Castle Authentic Accommodation
MEALS Full Breakfast Dinner

DAY 5 - CONNEMARA EXCURSION
Drive through the "savage beauty" of Connemara, as described by Oscar Wilde who was inspired by the
region's craggy mountains, shimmering lakes and endless shades of green. We stop in the picturesque town of
Clifden before visiting Kylemore Abbey, a magnicent
castellated structure built as a family home and now
inhabited by a group of Benedictine nuns. Venture into the secret nooks and crannies of its extensive walled
Victorian garden before returning to your castle accommodation for a delicious dinner.
MEALS Full Breakfast Dinner

DAY 6 - CONNEMARA – SLIGO – ROSCOMMON
Our Hidden Journey continues north to Sligo. Here, amid the hills and loughs that inspired the lyrical lines
penned by William Butler Yeats, we join Damien and Paula Brennan for a hearty and heart-warming Be My
Guest lunch, some Irish craic and the beautiful poetry of W.B. Yeats against the enchanting backdrop of Lough
Gill. We journey to Roscommon, where our hotel this evening is the ancestral home of the Tenison family andlegendary Colonel King Tenison. Wander through the grand halls and admire the luxurious furnishings of Kilronan Castle Hotel - an up-close encounter with royal heritage. A leisurely afternoon could see you take a
luxurious relaxing cruise on the River Shannon.
HOTEL Kilronan Castle Authentic Accommodation
MEALS Full Breakfast Be My Guest Dining

DAY 7 - ROSCOMMON – STROKESTOWN – DUBLIN
Our first stop is a visit to Strokestown Park House, a magnicent
18th century mansion with original furnishings and fabric. We delve into Ireland's tragic potato famine history, gaining a Cultural Insight into the plight of starving Irish tenants, many of whom died or emigrated to the New World in the 1840s. This evening
we return to Dublin for a Farewell Dinner celebrating an intimate encounter with the natural beauty and fascinating heritage of Ireland.
HOTEL Roganstown
MEALS Full Breakfast Farewell Dinner

DAY 8 - DEPART DUBLIN
We say a fond farewell to our newfound friends and Dublin today. You will be transferred to the airport, where
your Hidden Journey through the Emerald Isle comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
MEALS Full Breakfast

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