Revel in the finest traditions of Irish hospitality on this indulgent luxury journey through Ireland. Thrill to magnificent scenery, including the Ring of Kerry, and enjoy heartfelt country welcomes as you take in a sheepdog demonstration, enjoy tastings of Guinness and whiskey, and stay at some of the country's best hotels.
Day 1 - Arrive Dublin, Ireland
Arrive in Dublin, where you are met and privately transferred to
your hotel. Gather this evening for a welcome briefing, followed
Day 2 - Dublin
Begin your day with a private, before-hours tour of the Long
Room of the Old Library at Trinity College, home to the Book
of Kells, one of the finest illuminated medieval manuscripts in
existence. Then, tour the sights of Dublin, stopping for lunch at
a traditional pub in the Temple Bar area, accompanied by live
Irish music. Afterward, enjoy an afternoon at leisure, relaxing or
exploring the city on your own.
Day 3 - Kilkenny
Travel south to Kilkenny. Stop en route to enjoy a demonstration of Irish sheepdogs and see why they are indispensable for local farmers. Continue to the ancient capital of Ireland, where you have time for lunch at leisure before touring the imposing Kilkenny Castle. Arrive at your country resort at Castlemartyr before dinner.
Day 4 - Cobh & Cork
Today, visit Cobh, one-time point of embarkation for countless
emigrants leaving for America and other far-off lands. Visit
the Cobh Heritage Centre to gain insight into this exodus,
and learn about the town’s links with ill-fated ‘Titanic.’ Then,
Ride Like a Local by train to nearby Cork to visit its famous
English Market. After time for lunch at your leisure, explore
Jameson’s Distillery and enjoy a premium tasting of their classic
Irish whiskeys. Later, relax at your resort before gathering for
dinner at Ballymaloe House, one of Ireland’s finest restaurants.
Day 5 - Kenmare
Drive Ireland’s wild southern shore through rugged West Cork. Enjoy a privately-guided tour of Bantry House followed by lunch at a local emporium featuring the bountiful produce of West Cork’s farms. Later, continue past verdant valleys through the rural town of Bonane to charming Kenmare, set on the banks of its namesake river. Stop for a treat at Lorge Chocolatier, then check in to your hotel and savor a Scenic Sundowner overlooking the water.
Day 6 - Kenmare
Cross through Killarney National Park, en route to the bustling town of Killarney. Ride in a traditional jaunting car to venture even closer to this natural beauty. Then, set out on the famed Ring of Kerry for a breathtaking coastal drive, where every turn in the road reveals new and ever-more-stunning vistas. Pause to peruse local handicrafts in the Gap of Dunloe before returning to your hotel.
Day 7 - Newmarket-on-Fergus
This morning, make a personal connection to Ireland when you
visit a traditional family dairy farm. Hear about the rural life
of the nation from family members, and then join them for a
home-cooked farm lunch. Stop in Adare, often voted Ireland’s
most beautiful village, to take in its charms, before continuing
to majestic Dromoland Castle.
Day 8 - Newmarket-on-Fergus
Journey to busy Galway, gateway to western Ireland, and then on
to small, coastal Clarinbridge, where a special tasting introduces
you to the quintessential pairing of Guinness Stout with fresh
Galway Bay oysters for lunch. Afterward, drive the coast of
County Clare, stopping to stand atop the soaring Cliffs of Moher
before returning to Dromoland. Tonight, join your fellow guests
for an elegant farewell dinner.
Day 9 - Depart Shannon
After breakfast, transfer to Shannon airport and board your