A journey through Ireland, a Celtic Island steeped in legends, myths and folklore. Come with us for an unforgettable experience, exploring the small towns and hidden corners of Ireland. Travel with us along the coastal roads through enchanting mountains, lakes and peat bogs. Visit Achill Island as we drive the raw and barren coastline stopping to feel the wind in your hair as you struggle to focus your camera. In Killarney and Westport, spend time in the shops and pubs to hear the stories and music of the local musicians that bring an evening to life. Engage in the tales of warriors and red haired maidens. Ireland is a land, a wonder and a spiritual awakening for you to explore.
JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS AND INCLUDED VISITS
Our Professional Guide, Joe Fahy authentically connects you to the people and places of Ireland
Guidance of Tour Leader, Sandy Lidka, manages the details of the tour, arranging priority access, ensure seamless hotel check-ins and taking care of the details so you can simply enjoy
Experience smaller and midsize towns without the crowds
Powerscourt House and Gardens: Enjoy the magnificent 47 acre gardens, voted #3 best in the World by National Geographic. The gardens offer a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes, secret hollows and rambling paths.
Glendalough:, A monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 700’s. Experience the spectacular scenery, rich in history, archaeology and home to an abundant of wildlife.
Garnish Island: Located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay. Renowned for its mythical gardens,stunning specimen plants and seal colony.
Dingle Peninsula: Rugged cliffs and coastline and the small town of Dingle boast a thriving Irish culture.
Cliffs of Moher: Majestically facing the Atlantic, 700 feet above the ocean, their beauty not to be missed.
Burren National Park: Approximately 1500 hectares in size, a lunar landscape created by the moving glaciers 250 million years ago. The word “Burren” comes from an Irish word "Boíreann" meaning rocky place.
Kylemore Abbey: Beautifully restored period rooms and fascinating visitor experience. A retreat residence of romance and tragedy set in the wilds of Connemara.
Doolough Valley: A unique experience of scenic beauty, embedded in a mountainous landscape of unspoilt nature, brought to life with mountains reflecting the moving clouds overhead.
Achill Island: Experience one of the wildest, most enchanting and culturally rich coastal routes in the world. Achill epitomises all that is dramatic and wild about the route, with ancient castles, prehistoric sites, towering cliffs, windswept beaches and untamed landscapes.
Foxford Woolen Mills: Take an interactive tour of the woollen mills, founded in 1892 by an Irish nun. Learn of the intriguing tale woven in the West of Ireland. See the mill as it’s run today and learn about the techniques passed down through generations.
Ulster American Folk Park: Immerse yourself in the story of the brave emigrants who made the journey across the Atlantic to America hundreds of years ago. Wander through the thatched cottages and log cabins and meet costumed characters who will show you traditional crafts and tell you a few stories
Glenveagh National Park: A remote and hauntingly beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains and pristine lakes. , tumbling waterfalls and enchanted native oak woodland. In the centre of the park stands Glenveagh Castle, a late 19th century castellated mansion built as a hunting lodge.
Welcome Dinner at the Lake Hotel dining room, much of which was built as part of the original house in 1820. It has impressive high ceilings, large ornate mirrors and cornice work which reminds one of the great country houses of the past. The vast windows, which span the full room remind us of the breathtaking scenery just beyond the hotel.
Ashford Castle Dinner at Cullen’s Cottage is a traditional thatched cottage, once the Cong Cinema, today provides a relaxed dining experience with a casual dress code in which to enjoy international and local dishes inspired by owner Beatrice Tollman.
Knockranny Hotel exclusive group dinner with menu selections designed by multiple award winning, head chef, Seamus Commons.
Harvey’s Point Cabaret Dinner is truly a night of song, dance, fun and great entertainment along with a fabulous 5-course dinner – the perfect evening!
Dining Inclusions: 10 Irish Breakfast, 4 Dinners all including tea & coffee
(Meals not included provide an opportunity to experience a variety of Ireland’s culinary delights).
DELUXE ACCOMMODATION – HAND PICKED HOTELS
Mount Juliet, Hunters Yard, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Mount Juliet Estate is Ireland's leading country estate with 2 luxurious properties, The Manor House and Hunter’s Yard, offering a five star service and hospitality for which Mount Juliet Estate is internationally renowned. Hunter's Yard a 93 bedroom chic country retreat offering laid back luxury with a twist. Every room is fully equipped with all modern amenities and designed to encapsulate laid-back luxury - a welcoming haven of tranquillity where guests can escape and unwind.
The Lake Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Situated in a magnificent setting along the shore of Lough Lein in Killarney, The Lake Hotel is a family owned, four-star accommodation that has been offering guests a warm, Irish welcome since 1820. While staying at The Lake Hotel, travellers can spend the day exploring Killarney Town, just two kilometres away, and the adjacent National Park.
The Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, Co. Claire
A beautifully restored 18th century manor house hotel in Ennis town centre. The idyllic Four-Star Manor House Hotel has played its part in the Republics tumultuous beginnings. There are three excellent dining options each with a unique atmosphere and experience. The Brendan O'Regan Restaurant is an elegant space that features seasonal, local produce produced by a talented team of chefs. The Town Hall bistro is one of the town's most popular eateries serving creative dishes for lunch and dinner in an historical space surrounded by original art. Traditional music features regularly in the Poet's Corner Bar where an excellent a la carte menu is available from 12 to 9 daily.
Ashford Castle Hotel, Cong, Co. Mayo
Your royal adventure begins when you enter through the grand stone gates. Discover the rich history of Ashford Castle, extending back to 1228 and once home to the famous Guinness family. An award winning 5-Star property that offers a truly private retreat in the breath-taking surrounds of the West of Ireland. A wealth of estate activities and state-of-the-art spa. As a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, Ireland’s first Forbes five-star and former home of the Guinness family.
Knockranny Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo
Set in secluded grounds on a hillside, this luxury 4-Star hotel stands proudly overlooking the picturesque town of Westport and enjoys breathtaking views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay’s islands to the west and the Nephin Mountains to the north, one of the best Westport hotels locations. The welcoming atmosphere at Knockranny House Hotel Westport begins with the open log fires in the reception hall, and is carried throughout the property with its antique furniture, excellent spa facilities, superb cuisine and friendly service, creating a genuine sense of relaxed warmth and hospitality.
Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal, Co. Donegal
Harvey’s Point is a welcoming, four-star hotel located on the shores of Lough Eske at the foot of the Bluestack Mountains just 6km from Donegal Town. Renowned for excellent cuisine and a warm Irish welcome in a truly special location. The elegant traditional suites feature high ceilings and rich fabrics, and come equipped with 42-inch flat screen TVs. At Harvey’s Point, the Lakeside Restaurant is the heart and soul of the hotel. The drama of the theatre style open kitchen is balanced by the calm waters of Lough Eske, often with swans gliding by while you dine.
Iveagh Garden Hotel, Dublin, Co. Dublin
A modern take on traditional luxury, the four-star Iveagh Garden Hotel is an urban oasis just steps from Grafton Street. Opened in February 2018, the Iveagh Garden Hotel offers the lowest carbon footprint of any Irish Hotel and is Europe’s first sustainable hotel. This warm hotel in a brick building next to historic, landscaped Iveagh Gardens is a 2-minute walk from a tram stop and a 7-minute walk from the shops along Grafton Street.
Accommodations: 10 Nights Deluxe Accommodation
Please note: Should accommodations change, accommodations of a similar status will be substituted.
· Professional Local Guides
· Gratuities for all guides and services included
· Luxury coach – travel in comfort
· Taxes & Porterage charges included
· Complimentary WiFi in hotels
· Seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery to your room
· Complimentary private transfers in destination at start and end dates of tour
SMALLER GROUP BENNEFITS
Optional 2 Night Northern Ireland*
2 Nights Belfast staying at the Culloden Hotel
Titanic Museum Experience
Belfast City Tour visiting the Peace Walls, Giants Causeway and the Antrim Coast
Full Irish Breakfast included
*Based on minimum of 10 - Inquire
September 13th – Belfast
Arrive Dublin and begin your Ireland experience making our way to Belfast, the vibrant capital of Northern Ireland. Explore the unique culture during a city tour, including visits to the political murals of the Falls and Shankill Road area. A graphic story of what has been called "The Troubles" in Ireland's recent history. See the Peace Wall, built to keep Nationalists and Loyalists apart, dividing the communities. This afternoon visit the Titanic Museum, explore the shipyard, experience the excitement of launch day and walk the decks of the nine interactive galleries bringing to life the Titanic story. The day is a relaxing start and the evening at your leisure.
Accommodation: Culloden Hotel (2 nights)
Included Visits: Belfast City Tour, Titanic Museum
September 14th – Belfast
Set off for the Giants Causeway, one of Ireland's most dramatic landscapes and a recognized UNESCO World Heritage site. The Giants Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. After leaving the Giants Causeway drive the Antrim Coast, taking in the Green Glens of Antrim as we approach Belfast. Evening at your leisure.
Included Visits: Giants Causeway
Meals: Full Irish Breakfast
September 15tth - Morning departure to Dublin to pick up the arriving group and set off for the main tour.
Meals: Full Irish Breakfast
September 14 – Depart Toronto
Depart Toronto on an overnight flight to Dublin
September 15th - Arrive Dublin
Depart the city onboard our luxury 41-seat coach. We take a short drive to the Wicklow Mountains. Here we visit Powerscourt House and Gardens, which overlook the breathtaking Sugarloaf Mountains and voted #3 in the world by National Geographic for their well-kept aristocratic gardens.
After a relaxing visit to Powerscourt House, experience Glendalough, a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul. For hundreds of years people have been drawn to ‘the valley of the two lakes‘ for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife.
Accommodation: Mount Juliet Hunters Yard (1 night)
Included Visits: Powerscourt House and Gardens, Glendalough
September 16th – Killarney
Enjoy a full Irish breakfast before departing for Garnish Island (Ilnacullin Garinish or Garnish) (island of holly) located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay, in Southwest Ireland. Garnish is world renowned for its gardens and stunning specimen plants which are rare in this climate. While taking a sheltered ferry trip to the island, you will see the wonderful seal island and the very tame seal colony. For history buffs the Island also boasts a Martello tower on its southern shores, which has been restored by the OPW. Leaving Glengarriff we head for Kenmare through the heart of the Cork and Kerry Mountains coming into Killarney by part of the Ring of Kerry stopping at ‘ladies view’, the site which Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting visited during the royal visit in 1861. This evening join your group for a Welcome Dinner, overlooking the woodlands.
Accommodation: The Lake Hotel (2 nights)
Meals: Full Irish Breakfast, Welcome Dinner
Included Visits: Garnish Island
September 17th – Killarney – Dingle Peninsula
This morning, experience one of the prettiest drives along the most western point of Europe, the Dingle Peninsula. Always Magical (I gCónaí Draíochtúil), the coastline of the Dingle peninsula consists of steep sea-cliffs, broken by sandy beaches. Enjoy free time in the little town of Dingle, a thriving Irish language community and known for their rich musical tradition. Return to Killarney for a relaxing afternoon/evening. You may like to take a jaunting car through Killarney National Park or enjoy a pint in one of the local pubs. The choice is yours.
Meals: Full Irish Breakfast
Included Visits: Dingle Peninsula
September 18th – Ennis
Depart this morning, making our way to the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s natural attraction – 700 feet above the Atlantic coast, the precipitous Cliffs of Moher are home to thousands of seabirds, including puffins.
As we continue our journey making our way to Co. Clare, we visit one of the most stunningly unique natural heritage regions – 259 square kilometres of dramatic limestone karst know today as the Burren Region. The word “Burren” comes from an Irish word “Boíreann” meaning a rocky place. It’s a karst landscape of bedrock incorporating a vast cracked pavement of glacial-era limestone, with cliffs and caves, fossils, rock formations and archaeological sites. This area of Ireland was largely sculpted over the last 250 million years by glaciers, through the exposure and submergence of its landscape to ice, ocean and the plate movements.
In the afternoon, we visit John Davoren for a sheepdog demonstration. The sheepdog is an integral part of farming culture and here you will see just how much a well-trained Border collie can help its master.
Accommodation: The Old Ground Hotel (1 night)
Meals: Full Irish Breakfast
Included Visits: Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Sheepdog Demonstration
September 19th – Ashford Castle
Today your royal adventure begins as we make our way to Ashford Castle, a remarkable 800-year-old castle. A National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, Ireland’s first Forbes five-star and former home of the Guinness family. For hundreds of years, the grounds of Ashford Castle have provided a vast playground for its owners and their friends. The expansive 350 acre Ashford Estate lends itself perfectly to a range of activities, from country classic pastimes such as horse riding, fishing, falconry and shooting, to more modern activities such as golf, cycling and kayaking. So whether you are the active type or prefer to relax and soak up the scenery, you are spoilt for choice at Ashford Castle. This evening join us for a Group Dinner at Cullens Cottage.
We will stop in Galway for coffee to break the 2-hour journey arriving early at Ashford Castle.
Accommodation: Ashford Castle (1 night)
Meals: Full Irish Breakfast, Group Dinner Cullen’s Cottage (Ashford Castle)
September 20th – Westport
Today we visit Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery found on the grounds of the Kylemore Castle. Visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history of tragedy, romance, education, innovation and spirituality.
As we continue making our way to Westport, we travel across the scenic Doolough Valley (one of Ireland’s most poignant drives. Learn of the Great Famine which occurred in Ireland during the mid 19th century, marking one of the most tragic periods in Irish history. As we come into Westport – an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean where multi-coloured shops jostle for attention, you will see Croagh Patrick which overlooks Clew Bay and considered the holiest mountain in Ireland, renowned for its Pilgrimage in honour of Saint Patrick.
This evening join us for a Group Dinner.
Accommodation: Knockranny Hotel (2 nights)
Meals: Full Irish Breakfast, Group Dinner
Included Visits: Kylemore Abbey, Doolough Valley
September 21st – Westport – Achill Island
Achill Island is another one of Ireland’s spectacular and beautiful places. Majestic mountains, breath-taking landscapes and miles of unspoilt Blue Flag beaches. The imprint of past generations is everywhere, from megalithic tombs to ancient forts, historic churches to deserted villages. Afternoon is yours to enjoy Westport.
Meals: Full Irish Breakfast
Included Visits: Achill Island
September 22nd – Donegal
Visit the award winning Foxford Woolen Mills. Learn of the origins of the mill from the late 1800’s right through the working mill as it is run today, where you can see first-hand the mastery of tradition, design and craftsmanship.
Our next stop is the Ulster American Folk Park - - an open-air museum just outside Omagh, in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The museum tells the story of three centuries of Irish emigration. Immerse yourself in the story of the brave emigrants who made the journey across the Atlantic to America hundreds of years ago. Wander through the thatched cottages and log cabins, as costumed characters bring to life the stories of the past. We make our way to Donegal, where you will stay at Harvey’s Point Hotel, a unique, luxurious 64-Suite hotel hidden in the hills of the Bluestack Mountains and nestled on the stunning beauty of Lake Eske. More than a hotel, it is a place to stay and enjoy genuine Donegal hospitality. Tonight enjoy a special Cabaret Dinner show.
Accommodation: Harvey’s Point Hotel (2 nights)
Meals: Full Irish Breakfast, Cabaret Dinner Show
Included Visits: Foxford Woolen Mills, Ulster American Folk Park
September 23rd – Donegal
Today we will visit Glenveagh National Park -16,540 hectares (40,873 acres) of mountains, lakes, glens and woods, with a herd of red deer. A Scottish style castle built in the years 1870 – 1873, is surrounded by one of the finest gardens in Ireland, which contrast with the rugged surroundings. Evening at leisure.
Meals: Full Irish Breakfast
Included Visits: Glenveagh National Park
September 24th – Dublin
Enjoy leisurely drive as we make our way to Dublin, stopping for lunch in the town of Sligo, known for its literary heritage and rugged countryside and home of the burial site of William Butler Yeats, an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of the 20thcentury literature. Evening at leisure.
Accommodation: Iveagh Garden Hotel (1 night)
Meals: Full Irish Breakfast
September 25th – Dublin
This morning transfer to the airport ‘OR’ extend your stay in Ireland.
Meals: Full Irish Breakfast
Tour cost in Canadian Dollars
All inclusions as outlined in the itinerary
Land only $4790 per person
Rates are per person based upon double occupancy
Air Inclusive: Flight options are available to book on this tour. Air tickets are payment in full at time of issuance. Please inquire.
Single room supplement add $1590
(limited single rooms)
Prices are based on a minimum of 18 passengers. Maximum group size of 22.
Deposit amount: $550.00 per person
2nd Deposit: $750 per person due March 15, 2021
Balance due: June 12, 2021
Please note: should accommodations change, a similar status will be substituted
120 days or more - deposit is non refundable / 119 - 90 days prior - 30% of tour price isnon refundable / 89 - 60 days prior - 70% of tour price is non refundable / 59 days -0 days prior Or no show - 100% of tour price is non refundable. Air ticket policies and penalties apply based on the terms and conditions of the airlines. Air tickets are non refundable at time of issuance.
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