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Bordered by the Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the island of Ireland has many treasures — both old and new — packed into its compact territory. During your 10-day tour, discover the historic architecture, quaint riverside charm, and modern edge of Dublin. Enjoy the magnificent, varied landscapes as you traverse from coast-to-coast admiring the unspoiled wilderness before you. And soak up the famous Irish hospitality throughout our curated accommodations in Dublin, Kilkenny, Killarney, and Adare, as well as among the locals.
April 14-23, 2024 From $4,300 (departing USA April 13, 2023)
June 16-25, 2024 From $4,820 (departing USA June 15, 2023)
July 14-25, 2024 From $4,820 (departing USA July 13, 2023)
October 13-25, 2024 From $4,300 (departing USA October 12, 2023)
Pricing is per person, double occupancy. Based on 14-20 passengers. Single Supplement: April/October $1500, June/July $1800.
Highlights of Dublin (2 Nights)
Upon your arrival in Dublin, discover Ireland’s capital is an intriguing melting pot of international cultures, eclectic architecture, warm and welcoming locals, and an invigorating nightlife. Prior to checking into your accommodations at the 5-Star The Westbury Hotel*, experience a panoramic tour of Dublin to discover the main sites and landmarks, such as Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Bow Street, Parnell Square, the Hugh Lane Gallery, and the Irish Writer’s Museum. Enjoy the cobbled streets as you make your way to a traditional lunch at a classic pub and relax in its welcoming atmosphere. Check in and enjoy the balance of your day at leisure to stroll through the Temple Bar area or along the south bank of the River Liffey, which is Dublin’s cultural quarter.
Throughout your two-night stay, you will experience this city’s traditional Irish culture, fascinating folklore, rich literary history, and ancient churches, castles, and monuments, as well as its state-of-the-art skyscrapers and glitzy shopping. On Day 2 enjoy the Old Library and the Book of Kells, which is the 9th-century manuscript of the gospels, at Trinity College. Follow with a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, the seven-story visitor experience dedicated to the history of making this world-famous beer. Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure. In the evening, enjoy an Irish dinner show complete with traditional music and Irish dancing. Leave Dublin with a balanced perspective of this vibrantly modern 1000+-year-old capital.
Highlights of Glendalough — Kilkenny (1 Night)
Following breakfast, travel through Wicklow, known as Ireland’s Garden Country, en route to 5-Star Lyrath Estate* in Kilkenny, dubbed the “Oasis of Ireland.” Along the way you will pass through the Wicklow Mountains with a stop in historical Glendalough (time permitting). Glendalough is the 6th-century monastic home of St. Kevin, which is surrounded beautiful gardens where time has stood still. Visit the medieval city of Kilkenny and visit the 13th-century Kilkenny Castle, which has been completely refurbished in recent years. Check into the lush surroundings of Lyrath Estate, your home for the night. Spend some time at leisure exploring the 170 acres of Irish countryside, complete with picturesque lakes, historic gardens, and emerald woodlands. Enjoy dinner at Yew Restaurant on property and enjoy the seasonal produce and the finest Irish ingredients.
Highlights of Blarney — Kinsale — Clonakilty — Skibbereen — Killarney (3 Nights)
The beautiful city of Blarney and the villages of Kinsale, Clonakilty, and Skibbereen are on the agenda en route to Killarney today. Visit the Blarney Castle — built nearly 600 years ago and famous for the Blarney Stone — at leisure (optional) or join the group to explore the famous Blarney woollen mills established in 1823. Head to the colourful village of Kinsale for a walking food tour with time to browse the artisan streets of this food capital. Following lunch, enjoy the port of Clonakilty — with its shores dotted with castles and its shopfronts with hand-painted signs revealing the contents within — and a visit to the Drombeg Stone Circle, known locally as The Druid’s Alter and dates to around 900 B.C. The circle of 13 stones is in a magnificent setting with beautiful sea views. After a brief visit to the capital of West Cork, Skibbereen to explore this vibrant hub and possibly visit The Heritage Centre to learn about the great famine that devasted Ireland between 1845-1849 (optional).
Arrive in Killarney on the scenic shores of Lough Lean Lake in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. The town is surrounded by spectacular scenic landscapes — from cascading waterfalls, sparkling rivers, lush woodlands, to glittering lakes and soaring peaks. Killarney and The Great Southern Hotel Killarney is the next destination on this epic tour of Ireland. Check in for your three-night stay and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure to relax, indulge in activities at the hotel, or explore Killarney at leisure.
Following breakfast on your first morning in Killarney, take in one of the most famous drives in Ireland — the Ring of Kerry, Ireland’s famous circuit that takes you through rugged and majestic landscapes. Enjoy plenty of opportunity to explore this mystical and unspoiled region, including Bog Village and Glenbeigh, with lunch “on the Ring.” Enjoy the balance of the afternoon at leisure in Killarney before enjoying dinner in a traditional Irish pub that has been entertaining tourists and locals for decades with the best traditional music and Irish dancing.
On your last day in the Killarney region, discover the magnificent coastline and scenery of the Dingle Peninsula. The journey begins in the little town of Dingle, which is straight out of a story book with fishing boats in the harbour and tiny, brightly painted pubs. Enjoy the local seafood chowder with freshly baked brown bread. View the beehive-style huts (originally inhabited by 12th-century monks) that overlook the rugged Blasket Islands en route to Slea Head, the westernmost part of the Dingle Peninsula with dramatic headlands broken by sandy beaches. Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of the area before returning to Killarney for the evening at leisure.
Highlights of Adare — Limerick (3 Nights)
Dubbed Ireland’s “prettiest village,” the small town of Adare is situated southwest of Limerick and is a charming designated heritage town of Ireland. As you travel toward your final accommodation, The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, you will experience Adare’s old thatched cottages, colourful gardens, Norman Adare Castle, the Franciscan Friary ruins, and various historic monuments along the way. With time for lunch at leisure, you will quickly learn why Adare is also considered the “gourmet village” in the Midwest of Ireland. Possibly indulge in an elegant afternoon tea at the Adare Manor or visit the Adare Heritage Center (optional). Arrive at the 4-star Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge to check in for your final three nights on this epic tour. Enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant, legendary for its superfood and warm hospitality.
Following a delicious Irish breakfast, drive through the mighty landscapes of the Burren — Ireland’s stony place (Bhoireann). Burren is home to dozens of megalithic tombs, Celtic crosses, and a ruined Cistercian Abbey dating from the 12th century. Travel on to gaze at the breath-taking Cliffs of Moher, 700 feet above sea level and stretching for almost five miles. The best location from which to view the Cliffs — a natural phenomenon — is from O’Brien’s Tower. From this vantage point, see the Aran Islands, The Twelve Pins, and the Maum Turk Mountains. Enjoy lunch at leisure in the seaside village of Liscannor before spending free time to explore the medieval city of Ennis. Your evening will be free at the Mustard Seed.
Spend your final day at leisure to enjoy the property before a Farewell Dinner at the famous Dromoland Castle.
After your 10 days in Ireland, may you return safely home and may the wind always be at your back.
**IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Itinerary subject to change. Premier Tours & Travel reserves the right to modify programs and itineraries (including arranged sightseeing, accommodations, dining experiences, aircraft, trains, vessels, and so forth) at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond Premier Tours & Travel’s control, including force majeures. In the instance our Expert host cancels due to unforeseen circumstances, Premier Tours & Travel has the right to substitute another Expert host, such as a chef, in such an emergency (timing allowed) and/or the tour will continue in its entirety. Every effort is made to operate our itineraries as planned but alterations may need to be made after the final itinerary has been issued. Airfare is not included. Deposits are utilized to secure services on your behalf and are nonrefundable. Deposits are transferrable to a future Expertly Done Culinary & Wine Travel tour. Wine is included as noted otherwise alcoholic beverages are the responsibility of each adult guest. Guests are limited to one carry on and one checked baggage and will be responsible for any additional fees charged for additional luggage. Please see Key Items to Know Before You Leave Home in Terms & Conditions. One glass of wine is provided with the Welcome and Farewell Dinners; additional beverages will be the responsibility of each passenger at the time of service. Airfare is not included. Transportation is provided if your flight arrives during the designated time for group transfers; if not, transportation from the airport will be your responsibility.
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