Ireland: Splendors of the Emerald Isle
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Ireland: Splendors of the Emerald Isle

Starting at $7,395

Destinations & Sightseeing
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Revel in the legendary hospitality and warmth of the
Irish people on this comprehensive journey across
the Emerald Isle. Take in world-famous scenic
backdrops, bask in traditional songs and stories, and
celebrate a culture cherished on both sides of the
Atlantic, staying in five-star hotels along the way.

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Map for Ireland: Splendors of the Emerald Isle

Destination & Sightseeing


Day 1 - Arrive Dublin, Ireland
Arrive in Dublin, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner.

Day 2 - Dublin
Begin your day with a privately led exploration of Trinity College, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. Then, enter the Old Library to view the legendary Book of Kells, one of the finest illuminated medieval manuscripts in existence. Afterward, discover more of the city with your expert guide, followed by an afternoon at leisure.

Day 3 - Kilkenny
Travel south to the heart of County Kilkenny. Visit a family-owned country pub, meet the owner and his family, and receive a hands-on introduction to the national Irish sport of hurling. Listen to a seannachi (traditional storyteller) spin tales and play music; eat a hearty lunch; and learn how to pull a pint of Guinness, for a full-on classic Irish pub experience. Arrive at your country resort at Castlemartyr before dinner.

Day 4 - Cobh & Cork
Today, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities. Sample Classic Irish Whiskeys on a premium tour and tasting at Jameson’s Old Midleton Distillery. Play a Round of Golf or Relax with a Spa Experience, taking full advantage of your hotel’s diverse amenities. Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre to learn about the lives of emigrants to America, and visit the English Market in Cork. Later, dine at Ballymaloe House, one of Ireland’s culinary treasures, for a delectable Chef’s Table experience.

Day 5 - West Cork
Drive Ireland’s wild southern shore through rugged West Cork to visit a third-generation family-owned emporium that specializes in locally produced food products — meats, cheeses, chutney, preserves and more. Meet some of the shop’s suppliers, and eat a lunch sourced completely nearby. Proceed to Kenmare and check in to your hotel, set beside rollicking Sheen Falls. Then, savor a Scenic Sundowner, gazing over the sparkling cascades.

Day 6 - Kenmare
Cross through Killarney National Park, en route to the town of Killarney. Ride Like a Local in a traditional jaunting car for a closer look at the park’s 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, and marvel at a demonstration of Irish sheepdogs and their indispensable skills.

Day 7 - Newmarket-on-Fergus
Make a personal connection to Ireland when you visit a traditional family dairy farm. Hear about rural life here from family members, and then join them for a home-cooked farm lunch, on this A&K-exclusive experience. Stop in Adare, often voted Ireland’s most beautiful village, before you continue to your majestic hotel.

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. After lunch, drive the coast of County Clare, stopping to stand atop the soaring Cliffs of Moher. Tonight, join your fellow guests for an elegant farewell dinner.

Day 9 - Depart Shannon
After breakfast, transfer to Shannon Airport and board your onward flight.

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