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4-Night Castle Chauffeur Tour

Price: From $3,998 Per Person.
4 Nights

This 4-Night Ireland Castle Chauffeur Tour is the perfect itinerary for those who want a chauffeured, luxury experience in Ireland in a limited time frame. Meet your chauffeur in Dublin and head out to your accommodation for the next two days at the award-winning 13th-century Ashford Castle, stopping for sightseeing at Adare Heritage Village and the Quiet Man Cottage Museum. Day two focuses on an unforgettable visit to Kylemore Abbey, where you'll see the restored rooms of the Abbey, learn about its rich history, and explore the Victorian Walled Garden and walking paths that take you around the beautiful 1,000 acre estate. Spend the rest of the day sightseeing around the Connemara region before heading South to your next luxury accommodation at Dromoland Castle, widely recognized as one of the finest 5 Star Hotels in Ireland. Enjoy the many activities and fine dining the grounds has to offer, before retreating to your Executive Deluxe Room for the night. Day four with take you on a Cruise of the world-famous Cliffs of Moher, where you'll get to see the natural giants from below, before heading to the Exhibition Centre for a different perspective! The remainder of your day can be spent sightseeing around Co. Clare's Stone Megaliths and the town of Lahinch. Enjoy your last night on the lovely Dromoland Castle Estate, including dinner at The Earl of Thomond Restaurant. Transfer to Shannon Airport in the morning.


ACCOMMODATION

  • 4 Nights 5-Star Luxury Castle Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • 4 Full Touring Days of Knowledgeable and Friendly Chauffeur Transportation
  • Shannon Airport Transfer at the end of your tour

DINING OPTIONS

  • 4 Breakfasts - Sumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts Each Morning
  • Farewell Dinner at The Earl of Thomond Restaurant in Dromoland Castle

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Cliffs of Moher Exhibition Centre
  • Boat Cruise around the base of the Cliffs of Moher
  • Entrance to Kylemore Abbey in Connemara

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Adare Heritage Village
  • Quiet Man Cottage Museum
  • Connemara National Park
  • Sky Road, Clifden
  • St Nicholas Collegiate Church
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Poulnabrone Dolmen & Caherconnell Stone Fort
  • Lahinch Seaside Village - Global Surfing Mecca

Cong, County Mayo

Accommodation

Ashford Castle - Cong, County Mayo

Castle
Room Type: Deluxe Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Enroute Sightseeing

Adare Heritage Village, County Limerick

On the Map: Adare is located just 20km southwest of Limerick City / 43km south of Shannon Airport. The main N21 road (connecting the cities of Limerick & Tralee/Killarney) passes right through the centre of the village.

Adare is a quaint picturesque place, lined with traditional thatched-roof cottages. Snuggled in a wooded and lush countryside setting, Adare is widely regarded as being Ireland's prettiest and most unique village. Situated on the river Maigue, a tributary of the Shannon river, Adare (Gaelic name: "Ath Dara" - the "ford of the oak" - from the combination of water and woodland) dates back, at least, to the early 13th century. Adare village has a rich wealth of heritage, as well as architectural and scenic beauty. Two groups of world famous, ornate, thatched cottages line part of the village's broad main street, punctuated with beautiful stone buildings, medieval monasteries and ruins. Situated in the centre of County Limerick, with just 15 minutes from Limerick City and 45 minutes from Shannon Airport, Adare Village is an ideal base from which to explore County Limerick's many visitor attractions such as Lough Gur and King John's Castle.


Overnight Location

Cong, County Mayo

On the Map: Cong is located in County Mayo in the midwest of Ireland. The village is 45 minutes/ 43km north of Galway City, and is most easily accessed via the R334/R346 road that intersects with the main N84 road connecting Galway & Castlebar cities.

Cong is without doubt most famous for being the location of John Ford's 1951 classic, "The Quiet Man", starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. The Quiet Man Cottage Museum allows visitors to relive the movie as if actually on-set.  Painstaking effort has ensured that all the furnishings, artifacts, costumes - etc. are authentic reproductions. The majestic remains of Cong Abbey are the relics of an Augustinian abbey founded in the 12th century by Turlough O'Connor, King of Connaught and High King of Ireland.  The Cross of Cong, an ornate processional cross intended for the abbey, is now in Dublin's National Museum. Ashford Castle, perhaps Ireland's most exquisite castle hotel is located just outside the village.


Must-See Sites

Quiet Man Cottage Museum, County Mayo

The Quiet Man Cottage Museum is a novel concept which offers visitors a complete Quiet Man experience - as if you were actually ‘on-set’! The Cottage is located by the river at Circular Road, Cong - between actual locations used during filming. The ground floor of the cottage has been designed as an exact replica of ‘White-o-Mornin’ Cottage. Painstaking effort has ensured that all the furnishings, artifacts and costumes are authentic reproductions. The four poster bed and the tables and chairs which Mary Kate cherished, the thatched roof, emerald green half door and white washed front combine to charm all those who visit it. The Quiet Man Museum is a must for any Quiet Man enthusiasts, who can read local newspaper articles describing what it was like when Hollywood took over the village of Cong in 1951! This museum was visited a number of times by John Wayne’s family and by Maureen O’Hara.  John Wayne’s widow, Josephine, wrote in the Museum’s visitor’s book – “Duke would have loved this!”. The Gift Shop is also not to be missed with charming Quiet Man memorabilia and souvenirs at the best rates in Cong. Museum and Gift Shop opening times: 10am to 4 pm


Cong, County Mayo

Accommodation

Ashford Castle - Cong, County Mayo

Castle
Room Type: Deluxe Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Included Experiences

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

Connemara, County Galway

Set in the Connemara mountains is Kylemore Abbey, a beautiful neo-Gothic Castle. Given it's picture-perfect location, Kylemore is often touted as Ireland's most romantic castle. Built by the English industrialist Mitchell Henry in 1868, visitors to the three reception rooms in the Abbey are touched by its history steeped in romance and tragedy. Kylemore Castle was sold to Benedictine nuns fleeing war-torn Belgium in 1920 and the Castle became an Abbey. Mitchell Henry built the recently re-opened Neo-Gothic Church between 1877 and 1881 as a memorial to his wife following her untimely death. The Church, a ‘Cathedral in Miniature’, is a centre of reflection and prayer for many visitors. Visitors can explore the 6-acre Victorian Walled Garden with it’s magnificent restored buildings. Discover woodland walks, lakeshore walks & nature trails throughout the 1,000 acre estate. Visitors can also see the Mausoleum where the original owners are buried. In the A.V. Room, attached to the Visitor Centre, get a sense of the history of Kylemore Abbey & Garden while viewing the twelve-minute video. No need to pre-book - use your included admission voucher to visit anytime today!


Must-See Sites

Connemara National Park, County Galway

On The Map: Connemara National park is located in County Galway in the west of Ireland. The main park entrance is close to the village of Letterfrack on the main N59 road that connects Clifden to the south, and Westport to the northeast.

Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park's mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980. Much of the present Park lands formed part of the Kylemore Abbey Estate and the southern part of the Park was at one time owned by Richard 'Humanity Dick' Martin, who helped form the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals during the early 19th century. The Park has a Visitor's Centre (open March to October), that offers an audio-visual presentation about the region. 4 rewarding hiking trails begin at the centre, and a tea-room, playground and picnic area are also available. As well as its great natural beauty, many remains of human presence can be found in the Park. The oldest are megalithic court tombs some 4,000 years old. There is also an early 19th century graveyard about which little is known. Ruined houses, a disused lime kiln, old sheep pens, an ice house, drainage systems and old walls in various parts of the Park, are all evidence of a greater population and more extensive use of these lands in the past.


Sky Road, Clifden, County Galway

On The Map: The Sky Road drive begins in Clifden Town. Clifden is located on Ireland's west coast in the Connemara Region of County Galway. Clifden is reached via the N59 road from Galway to the southeast, and Westport to the northeast.

The Sky Road is an exhilarating 11km/7ml circular drive west of Clifden Town. The Sky Road is well signposted from Clifden. You will first pass Abbeyglen Castle Hotel (on your left), and after approx 400 metres beyond the hotel, take a look back towards Clifden. The 12 Bens mountains provide a wonderful backdrop to the town, and its two church spires, complete Clifden's distinctive skyline. The scenery along the Sky Road is quite simply, stunning. As you travel, the Sky Road separates into the lower and upper roads. The lower road takes you along the shoreline, and although pleasant, the upper road is more popular, owing to the commanding views it offers over the entire area. As the upper road rises, you are treated to breathtaking island & coastline views. There is a good-sized car park at the highest point of the upper road for wonderful photo opportunities. If you continue along the Sky Road thereafter, you will eventually join the main N59 Road, a few kilometres north of Clifden.


Westport, County Mayo

On the Map: Westport enjoys a coastal location in County Mayo, in the west of Ireland. The town is accessed via the N59 road from Clifden (to the south), or N5 road from Castlebar (to the east).

Westport is a postcard-pretty town with as lovely a main street as you'll be likely to find anywhere in Ireland. The town lies in the shadow of Croagh Patrick with Clew Bay and its 365 islands just to the west. While in Westport be sure to visit Westport House and climb at least a little of Croagh Patrick. Westport House dates from 1730 and offers everything from a dungeon to a zoo! Croagh Patrick is a 765-meter hill where St. Patrick is said to have banished the snakes from Ireland. This hill is climbed (often barefoot) by thousands of Catholic pilgrims each July. South of Westport are some stunning scenic drives leading into the Connemara region. A trip northwards will bring you to remote Achill island which is accessible by a small bridge. Even further off the beaten path is Belmullet in the northwest corner of County Mayo. Westport also boasts a great selection of traditional pubs, among them Matt Molloy's of the Chieftains. 


Dromoland, County Clare

Accommodation

Dromoland Castle - Dromoland, County Clare

Castle
Room Type: Deluxe Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3.00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Enroute Sightseeing

Galway, County Galway

On the Map: Galway is a coastal city, located in County Galway in the west of Ireland. Galway is well-served by a good network of roads - the M6/N6 from Dublin (to the east) and M18/N18 from Limerick & Cork (to the south).

In a recent nationwide survey the people of Galway were found to be Ireland's happiest! And visiting Galway City, the capital of their county it is not hard to see why. It is a lively university city of narrow streets, quaint shopfronts, bustling pubs and stunning surrounding scenery. It has always attracted a bohemian mix of musicians, artists and intellectuals and that attitude is palpable as you walk the streets. Galway has been commercially important since the 11th century when it was a centre for trade with Spain and Portugal. In 1477 Christopher Columbus paid a visit. Galway earned the title “City of the Tribes” around that time, when it was ruled by 14 wealthy merchant families. Today it is lively, with loads of things to do, and is so popular that it can get very crowded in summer, especially during the annual Galway Races. The annual Arts Festival also attracts thousands, especially for its street parade, organized by the multi-award winning production company, Macnas. Its famous Druid Theatre produces and stages plays and has toured internationally, winning awards, including Tonys on Broadway.


Enroute Sightseeing

Spiddal, County Galway

On The Map: Spiddal, is a small seaside village located just 18 kilometres west of Galway City, in County Galway in the west of Ireland.

Spiddal (An Spidéal in Gaelic), is a vibrant & friendly town where the most local people speak both Irish and English. Signposts are all in the Irish language and you will hear it spoken in the shops, pubs and restaurants. Spiddal is probably best known for Colaiste Chonnacht to which students come from all over Ireland and the world to learn the Irish language, culture and traditions. At the Spiddal Craft Centre, you can observe skilled Artisans creating unique handmade gifts crafts. The Craft Centre consists of a range of workshops, including candle making, leather work, pottery, screen-printing and Siopa Gaeilge (Irish Shop), weaving, celtic jewellery, bodhran making, wood-turning and a Restaurant. Spiddal has two beautiful beaches on Galway Bay. Tra na mBan has been designated a Blue Flag Beach - in a peaceful, rural, but easily accessible location.


Enroute Sightseeing

St Nicholas Collegiate Church, County Galway

The Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas is located in the heart of medieval Galway City, and boasts a rich, diverse history. Construction was completed in 1320, at a time when Galway was a small new town - a frontier settlement in the wild west. There are many fascinating monuments and memorials in the church. The baptismal font is over 400 years old and the dog carved into its side still keeps an eye on Galway’s newest citizens as they are baptised. The oldest inhabitant of the church is Adam Bures, whose grave marker dates from the 13th century and is fondly known as the Crusader. Items of interest also abound on the church's exterior, where one can observe a variety of carvings and gargoyles. The church has received many famous visitors through the centuries, including Christopher Columbus who prayed here during a visit to Galway in 1477. Less welcome were the Cromwellian troops who used the church as a stable for their horses after the siege of Galway in 1652. They are blamed for the headless and handless state of most of the carved figures inside the church. The church is open all day, every day, and visitors are most welcome.


Overnight Location

Dromoland, County Clare

On the Map: Dromoland Castle is located in County Clare in the west of Ireland. The castle is reached via the R458, a country road that intersects the M18 motorway between the city of Ennis (to the north) and Shannon Airport/ Limerick City (to the south).

Dromoland Castle is one of Ireland's grandest hotels and also one of its best-loved. The ancestral home of the O'Briens, barons of Inchiquin and direct descendants of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, it is one of the few Irish estates tracing its history back to Gaelic royal families. Today, Dromoland is an oasis of tranquility. The grandeur of the castle itself, its magnificent furnishings and the surrounding lakes and parkland offer guests an experience almost impossible to find at other luxury hotels. It is a truly enchanting place.


Dromoland, County Clare

Accommodation

Dromoland Castle - Dromoland, County Clare

Castle
Room Type: Deluxe Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3.00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Included Experiences

Cliffs of Moher Cruise

Doolin, County Clare

The world-famous Cliffs of Moher are the crowning glory of County Clare's spectacular coastline. The cliffs provide an unrivalled view across the vast boiling wildness of the Atlantic Ocean - a world unchanged since the pre-Celtic masters of magic - the Tuatha Dé Danann, ruled Ireland. The Cliffs span 8km / 5 miles, varying in height from 400 to 700 feet. From Doolin Pier take a cruise under the cliffs and enjoy viewing them from a completely different perspective. The Cliffs of Moher are home to Ireland’s largest seabird colony, and have been designated as a Special Area of Conservation by the European Union. They are home to about 30,000 birds. The most famous seabirds are the Atlantic Puffins, which live in large colonies on isolated and grassy parts of the cliffs - you may see some of these on your cruise!


Cliffs of Moher Exhibition Centre

Doolin, County Clare

The Cliffs of Moher stand at 214m (700 ft) tall at their highest point and range for 8 kilometres (5 miles) over the Atlantic Ocean. O'Brien's Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. On a clear day, one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins & Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. The state-of-the-art Atlantic Edge Interpretive Centre is an exciting and recent development at the cliffs. Housed at the centre of the underground building is a huge domed cave containing images, exhibits, displays & experiences that will delight young and old alike. Visitors enter via a viewing ramp which provides access for all to the main dome. You will 'walk on water' as you enter and follow the bird’s feet from there. The dome is organised into four principal themed areas exploring different elements of the mighty Cliffs of Moher: OCEAN, ROCK, NATURE and MAN. No need to pre-book - use your included admission voucher to visit anytime today!


Dinner at The Earl of Thomond Restaurant

Dromoland, County Clare

This evening, you'll enjoy a culinary treat at The Earl of Thomond Restaurant, an award-winning establishment of international renown. Elaborately decorated with oak wainscoting and other formal features, the restaurant offers a relaxed but elegant dining experience. The Earl of Thomond features innovative cuisine, served with tradition and a hint of creative flair. Every detail is attended to, from the use of locally sourced, quality-assured produce to customized wine recommendations from the Castle Sommeliers.


Must-See Sites

Poulnabrone Dolmen and Stone Fort, County Clare

On The Map: Poulnabrone Dolmen & Caherconnell Stone Fort are less than 1 kilometre apart, in the dramatic limestone Burren Region of County Clare, in the west of Ireland. Both sites are located just off the R480 road, which connects the towns of Corofin (to the south) and Ballyvaughan (to the north).

Poulnabrone Dolmen (pictured) is a Portal Tomb, and one of the most famous megalithic monuments in Ireland, mainly due to its memorable shape and easy access from the road. The thin capstone sits on two 1.8m (6ft) high portal stones to create a chamber in a 9m (30ft) low cairn. The site was excavated in 1986 and the human remains of more than 20 adults and children, plus other artefacts were discovered. Examination of these items allowed archaelogists to date the tomb to approx 3000 B.C. Just how the people of the time managed to get the truly massive capstone in place is unknown. Just 1 kilometre south of the dolmen, lies the impressive Caherconnell Stone Fort. Caherconnell is almost a perfect circle, and 140-145 feet in external diameter. It's walls are 12 feet thick and from 6-14 feet high, and it is an exceptionally well preserved example of stone ring-fort. The fort is in its original state, and its location, overlooking virtually all-surrounding areas, suggests a defensive settlement. This may not have been defensive in a modern military sense, but more for personal security from wild animals and raiders. Ringforts such as Caherconnell are thought to have been inhabited from 400-1200A.D.


Lahinch, County Clare

On the Map: Lahinch is a seaside town in County Clare, on Ireland's rugged western coast. The town is accessed via the N85 road from Ennis (to the southeast), or the more coastal N67 road from Lisdoonvarna (to the north) and Miltown Malbay (to the south).

The village of Lahinch is world renowned for two things: golf and surf. Lahinch Golf Club was founded in 1893 and has been confounding golfers from all over the world ever since. Matched only by Ballybunion in the famous links stakes, Lahinch is a must for anyone who loves the game of golf. The long sandy beach at Lahinch has long been a centre for surfing in the west of Ireland, but the recent discovery of a giant wave in the shadow of the Cliffs of Moher a few miles up the coast has brought dare-devil surfers flocking to Lahinch from as far away as South Africa and Hawaii. The result is that the village’s population of 800 swells to ten times that number each summer. The mix of golfers, surfers and bemused locals makes Lahinch a very unique place indeed.


Depart From

Depart from Shannon Airport, County Clare

Return to Shannon Airport three hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure. Shannon is a small, convenient airport, so this will allow ample time to check in for your flight home.

After check-in and passenger security, browse the array of shops on offer at 'The Loop' in Shannon Airport.
Shannon is proud of its 'Duty Free' shops, and it should be: The concept of Duty-Free shopping was invented at Shannon in 1947!


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Your Price Includes:


ACCOMMODATION

  • 4 Nights 5-Star Luxury Castle Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • 4 Full Touring Days of Knowledgeable and Friendly Chauffeur Transportation
  • Shannon Airport Transfer at the end of your tour

DINING OPTIONS

  • 4 Breakfasts - Sumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts Each Morning
  • Farewell Dinner at The Earl of Thomond Restaurant in Dromoland Castle

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Cliffs of Moher Exhibition Centre
  • Boat Cruise around the base of the Cliffs of Moher
  • Entrance to Kylemore Abbey in Connemara

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Adare Heritage Village
  • Quiet Man Cottage Museum
  • Connemara National Park
  • Sky Road, Clifden
  • St Nicholas Collegiate Church
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Poulnabrone Dolmen & Caherconnell Stone Fort
  • Lahinch Seaside Village - Global Surfing Mecca

Prices Based On:

  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Single Supplement Price Available for Solo Travelers
  • All Taxes & Fees Included.

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I cannot speak highly enough about the vacation planning services we received from Amanda. With only 8 days lead time before we were to get on a plane, Amanda arranged a 9 day vacation that will long be remembered. She was patient, kind and had a wonderful sense of humor that remained in place even as I constantly changed parameters on her. I would not hesitate to use Amanda or Authentic Ireland Vacations. I will certainly do so in the future.

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We worked with Lauren who arranged a fabulous Ireland trip for us and every detail was taken care of from start to finish. The hotels were wonderful and the Irish people are the very best. Don't hesitate to contact Lauren to plan your Irish vacation, you'll more more than satisfied.

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Amazing!! Every single detail was taken care of for us! Heather did a great job! It was so nice to not have to worry about logistics and we could just enjoy Ireland. I would highly recommend if you are renting a car to get an automatic. I drive a standard in the states, but it would have been way to much to think about and would have prevented me from enjoying the county side.

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My husband and I went to Ireland for our honeymoon and it was AMAZING! Heather helped us and honestly, we had such a fun time. We didn't do a lot of the mentioned or planned items because we tend to just like to explore places but the set up to be able to do that if we wanted to or not was amazing!

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I am a travel agent and I had the opportunity to work with Tim LeGris which was a wonderful experience . The trip was for a 10 day chauffeured trip for an older couple who wanted to see and stay at castles and manors in Ireland. Tim put together the perfect trip. I had lunch with the couple when they returned. They said it was the best trip ever. Tim, thank you for your expertise and the amazing job you did on such a short notice trip to Ireland!

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