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7-Night Five Star Ireland Retreat

Price: From $998 Per Person - 50% savings through July 31st

Relax and unwind in the Irish Countryside on our 7-Night Irish Wellness Retreat. With overnight stays at three luxurious properties, this Ireland vacation is sure to leave you feeling refreshed. 

Your tour begins with your arrival into Dublin. Once you have collected your rental car, you will head south, towards Kilkenny. Along the way, veer off course a little to visit Powerscourt House and Gardens - voted No. 3 garden in the world by National Geographic - and perhaps take a drive through the stunning Wicklow Mountains National Park. Your first day ends at Lyrath Estate, in Kilkenny. Settle in and discover Tupper’s Bar (onsite), renowned for its cocktails. During your 3-night stay at Lyrath, you will be treated to admission at Kilkenny Castle and Rothe House and Gardens - both a convenient 10-minute drive from the Lyrath Estate. You will also have a full day to spend as you wish. If you feel like getting out to explore, we recommend taking a day trip to the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal or the Dunbrody Famine Ship. For those who prefer to relax, unwind and enjoy the surroundings we highly recommend booking a treatment at the multi-award-winning Oasis Spa at Lyrath Estate or enjoying one of walking paths that circle the estate. 

On your fourth day, continue your journey southwest, towards the Wild Atlantic Way. Along the way, be sure to visit the historic Rock of Cashel (entrance included) and save time to stop by Blarney Castle. Wrap up the day by checking-in at the breathtaking Sheen Falls Lodge - your accommodation for the next three nights. Your time at Sheen Falls Lodge features ample time to explore the property and its surroundings. We recommend a day trip along the magnificent Ring of Kerry, or a visit to Killarney National Park. Be sure to save time to enjoy the amenities at Sheen Falls Lodge. Meander along the riverside and forest pathways, go salmon fishing on a private stretch of the River Sheen, marvel at the cascading waters of Sheen Falls or enjoy a horseback ride in the surrounding areas. If the property’s enchanting surroundings haven’t worked their magic, a visit to Easanna Spa will. Feel free to book one of their many holistic treatments. 

Your tour wraps up with one night at Cliff at Lyons - a beautiful countryside retreat just outside of Dublin. Following your drive from Sheen Falls Lodge, we suggest booking a treatment at Well in the Garden - an award-winning spa set in the beautifully restored Carriage House building at Cliff at Lyons - to relax after your days of exploration.

One of our destination experts can assist you in creating your perfect customized wellness retreat by booking spa appointments or anything else you may need to ensure you make the most out of your time in Ireland.

Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • 6 nights at Ireland's Top 5-Star Properties
  • 1 night at a 4-Star Countryside Retreat

TRANSPORTATION

  • Compact Automatic Rental Car including our Exclusive Reduced Excess Insurance Package

DINING OPTIONS

  • Breakfast each morning after your stay

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Entrance to Kilkenny Castle, Rothe House & Gardens, and the Rock of Cashel

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Discover the Varied Landscape of Wicklow Mountains National Park
  • Marvel at Powerscourt House & Gardens
  • Visit Saint Canice's Cathedral - Ireland's second-largest medieval cathedral
  • Uncover 1100 years of history from the Vikings to the Victorians in Ireland's oldest city, Waterford
  • Experience the sights, smells and sounds of an 1840s emigrant vessel on the Dunbrody Famine Ship
  • Peek into the highly skilled method of crystal manufacturing at the House of Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre
  • Rock of Cashel - Visited by St. Patrick in 450, and Brian Boru was crowned King of Ireland here in the 10th century
  • Explore the charming town of Cahir - situated on the River Suir & developed around the magnificent 13th-century Cahir Castle
  • Stop at Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone - a tradition said to bestow “The Gift of the Gab.”
  • Bask in the Breathtaking Scenery on the Ring of Kerry
  • Visit Killarney National Park - Ireland's oldest National Park
  • Wonder at Molls Gap - a panoramic passageway through the bleak bog land and mountainous terrain of the Ring of Kerry
  • Take in the Ring of Beara - quieter and more relaxed yet equally as stunning as the Ring of Kerry
  • Stroll through the charming coastal towns of Glengarriff and Bantry
  • See Adare - Widely recognized as one of Ireland's prettiest villages
  • Visit the Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens - Home to a number of magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens renowned throughout the world

Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Arrive at

Arrive at Dublin Airport, County Dublin

Arrive at Dublin Airport after your overnight flight if you are coming from the U.S. or Canada.

Dublin is Ireland's main airport - located just north of Dublin City.
If you are heading downtown, it takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes from the airport, depending on traffic.
There are 2 terminals at Dublin Airport, the second of which opened to air traffic in November 2010.
Most flights from the U.S. (on Aer Lingus, Delta, United, US Airways & American Airlines) arrive into Terminal 2.


Accommodation

Lyrath Estate - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Manor
Room Type: 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.
The hotel will try and accommodate early check in where possible - please contact the hotel directly on 056 776 0088.


Enroute Sightseeing

Wicklow Mountains National Park, County Wicklow

Wicklow Mountains National Park covers part of a mountain range that extends over most of County Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland. The upper slopes and rounded peaks are blanketed with heath and bog. The open vistas are interrupted only by forestry plantations and the winding mountain roads. Fast-flowing streams descend into the deep lakes of the wooded valleys and continue their course into the surrounding lowlands.
The primary purpose of Wicklow Mountains National Park is the conservation of local biodiversity and landscape. The Park is also an invaluable recreational space for locals and visitors alike. Over one million visits are estimated to be made each year. The most visited area is the scenic Glendalough Valley where the ancient monastic settlement of St. Kevin is located. Escape from the summer crowds is possible for those coming properly equipped to explore the uplands on foot, where a sense of wilderness and isolation can readily be found.

Enroute Sightseeing

Powerscourt House and Gardens, County Wicklow

On the Map: Powerscourt House & Gardens is located in County Wicklow in the east of Ireland. Powerscourt is accessed via the R117 road, which intersects with the main M11/N11 approx. 30 kilometres south of Dublin City.

One mile long and lined by over 2,000 beech trees, even the avenue leading to the Powerscourt House echoes the magnificence of the whole estate. In addition the 47 acres of gardens are remarkable for their grandeur of scale, at the same time combining great delicacy and refinement of detail. The house was gutted by fire in 1974 but recently has been reborn as an exceptional tourist destination. An exhibition brings to life the rich history of the estate, while the double height Georgian ballroom has been restored and hosts weddings and corporate events. The house is now home to the best of Irish design in gifts, clothes, and furniture in the Avoca Stores and the Interiors Gallery. You can also treat yourself to a dish from the Avoca Cookbook in the Terrace Cafe. Or you can visit the Powerscourt Distillery onsite as well.  The gardens at Powerscourt, recently voted Number 3 in the entire world by National Geographic, were laid out in two main periods. When the house was rebuilt in the decade after 1731, the surrounding grounds were also remodelled. The design reflected the desire to create a garden which was part of the wider landscape. To the north formal tree plantations framed the vista from the house, while a walled garden, fish pond, cascades, grottos and terraces lay to the south. Walks wound through the wooded grounds and a fine tree-lined avenue was created.


Overnight Location

Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

On the Map: Kilkenny City is located in County Kilkenny, in the southeast midlands of Ireland. Kilkenny is well-served by a good network of roads - the M9/N10 from Dublin (to the northeast) and N9/N10 from Waterford City (to the south).

Kilkenny, or the Marble City as it is known, is one of Ireland's oldest towns, and proud of it. Its array of ancient buildings is unrivalled. It is renowned for being a vibrant cultural center, devoted to the musical and visual arts. Its two most impressive landmarks are Kilkenny Castle, founded in 1172 and privately owned until 1967, and St. Canice's Cathedral. The current structure of the cathedral dates from the 13th century, though this is nowhere near the beginning of its story, which is rich in folklore and legend. There is no shortage of pubs to explore and enjoy in Kilkenny and during the summer the city is always full of life. The summer also sees the city host an Arts Festival and a very highly regarded Comedy Festival called the Cat Laughs.


Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Accommodation

Lyrath Estate - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Manor
Room Type: 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.
The hotel will try and accommodate early check in where possible - please contact the hotel directly on 056 776 0088.


Included Experiences

Rothe House

Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Nestled in the centre of Ireland’s Medieval Mile, Rothe House and Garden is one of Kilkenny’s hidden gems. A visit is high on the list of things to do in the Marble City.

Built between 1594 and 1610 on a plot of land (“burgage plot”) formerly owned by the Cistercian order. It became then home of the renowned merchant, landowner and Mayor of Kilkenny City, John Rothe Fitz Piers, his wife Rose Archer, and their eleven children. After John’s death in 1620, his son Peter took over the business and followed in his political footsteps.
 
The complex is owned by the Kilkenny Archaeological Society (KAS) and managed by Rothe House Trust.

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Kilkenny Castle is perched dramatically on a strategic height that commands a crossing on the River Nore and dominates the 'High Town' of Kilkenny City. Over the eight centuries of its existence, many additions and alterations have been made to the fabric of the building, making Kilkenny Castle today a complex structure of various architectural styles.  The original Anglo-Norman stone castle was built for William Marshal, 4th Earl of Pembroke (c.1146-1219) during the first decade of the  thirteenth century. Kilkenny Castle later became the principal Irish residence of the powerful Butler family for almost 600 years. The Butler ownership began when James (c.1360-1405), 3rd Earl of Ormond, purchased the castle in c.1391, and lasted until 1967 when Arthur, 6th Marquess of Ormonde (1893-1971), presented it to the people of Kilkenny in return for a token payment of £50. The buildings have been in the care of the Office of Public Works since 1969, and many important programmes of archaeological excavation, conservation, and restoration have since been carried out. No need to pre-book - use your included admission voucher to visit anytime today!


Must-See Sites

Saint Canices Cathedral, County Kilkenny

On The Map: St Canice’s Cathedral is located in the oldest part of Kilkenny City – an area known as Irishtown, located just north of downtown.

St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower are an essential part of the structural heritage in the vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny. This ecclesiastical site was founded in the 6th century and named after St Canice. Worship has taken place at this site for over 800 years. The Cathedral has wonderful stained glass that includes two windows from the Harry Clarke Studio, Dublin. Local stone masters The O’Tooneys carved some of the tombstones many of which are unique to the Cathedral and Kilkenny. The See Chair of the Bishop of Ossory dating back to 1120 can be seen inside the Cathedral. The Round Tower is the oldest standing structure in Kilkenny City. Tourists can enjoy climbing the Round Tower capturing great views of the city (weather permitting). St Canice’s Round Tower is one of only two Round Towers that visitors can climb in Ireland.


Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Accommodation

Lyrath Estate - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Manor
Room Type: 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.
The hotel will try and accommodate early check in where possible - please contact the hotel directly on 056 776 0088.


Must-See Sites

Dunbrody Famine Ship, County Wexford

On The Map: The Dunbrody is situated on the waterfront in New Ross, Co Wexford in the Southeast of Ireland. From Waterford, take the N25 heading northeast, from Kilkenny, the R700 heading southeast (via Thomastown)

The Dunbrody Famine Ship is an exact replica of the original vessel, which carried many thousands of immigrants from Ireland to North America between 1845 & 1851 (during and after the Great Famine). Many of the passengers were the evicted tenants of Lord Fitzwilliam's Wicklow estates and Viscount de Vesci's Portlaoise estates. The Visitor Experience at Dunbrody provides a unique insight into a period of history which shaped modern day Ireland and America. You will explore the ship, fitted out exactly as it would be for a voyage. You will encounter actors, playing the role of emigrants, in their cramped quarters with their meagre possessions. They will tell you their harrowing stories of being forced to emigrate. A member of the crew will tell you the story of other voyages and all about life on board a sailing ship. This authentic recreation… complete with actors, sound effects and smells, will truly transport you back in time.


The Viking Triangle, County Waterford

The Viking Triangle is Waterford City’s Cultural and Heritage quarter of Ireland's oldest city where the Vikings first settled in 914 A.D. The cultural and heritage attractions embrace nine national monuments including a 13th century underground wine vault and three world-class museums; The Viking, Medieval and Georgian; The Viking Museum is housed in Reginald's Tower, the oldest civic urban structure in Ireland . Tranquil & charming, the quarter is characterized by narrow streets, historic architecture and atmospheric public spaces. Home to the global brand Waterford Crystal since 1783, the retail store showcases the world's largest collection of Waterford Crystal. Over 1,100 years of history unfold in just 1,000 paces in this authentically charming location.


Waterford Crystal Factory, County Waterford

On The Map: The Waterford Crystal Factory has recently relocated and is now situated in The Mall, in the very heart of Waterford City.

Waterford Crystal has moved to a magnificent new home in the heart of Waterford City. The highlight of any visit, the factory tour, gives you an up close and personal insight into the centuries old tradition of Waterford Crystal making. You will feel the heat of the furnace and marvel at the skills of the craftsmen. The factory tour includes the following traditional production areas: Wooden mould making, crystal blowing and furnace, quality inspection, finishing & crystal cutting. Also crystal sculpting, engraving and design inspiration. After the tour indulge your passion for the world’s most famous crystal in the lavish retail store, housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal found anywhere in the world. The in-house exhibition of sporting trophies and statement pieces is an absolute must see attraction.


Kenmare, County Kerry

Accommodation

Sheen Falls Lodge - Kenmare, County Kerry

5 Star
Room Type: Double

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

Rock of Cashel

Cashel, County Tipperary

One of the most visited sites in Ireland, The Rock of Cashel is a spectacular group of medieval buildings set on a rocky outcrop of limestone, looming above the town of Cashel, County Tipperary. There is a 12th Century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century castle and the Hall of the Vicars. Long before the Norman invasion, The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster, although there is little structural evidence of their time here. Most of the buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries when the Rock was gifted to the Church. The complex has a character of its own, unique and native, and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. No need to pre-book - use your included admission voucher to visit anytime today!


Enroute Sightseeing

Cahir, County Tipperary

On The Map: Cahir is located in the southern midlands of Ireland in County Tipperary. The town is in very close proximity to both the M8 motorway (connecting Dublin & Cork) and the N24 road (connecting Limerick & Waterford)

Cahir is a small heritage town, with a nice shopping area centred around the town square. Up to very recently, Cahir stood at the intersection of two of Ireland's busiest national routes: from Dublin to Cork, and Limerick to Waterford. As a result, the town was perennially plagued by heavy traffic, until it was eventually by-passed by newly constructed roads and motorways in the last few years. Cahir is now a far more pleasant location to visit and spend time in. Cahir is best known for the impressive Cahir Castle, located in town on an island of the River Suir. The castle is one of the largest & best-preserved in Ireland, and was originally founded in the 12th century. Much of the current structure dates from the 13th century. An audio-visual presentation of the castle's long and varied history is available on-site. The other location of note in Cahir is the Swiss Cottage. The 'Ornamental Cottage' was constructed around 1810, and primarily used for guest entertainment on the Cahir Estate.


Enroute Sightseeing

Blarney Castle and Stone, County Cork

On the Map: Blarney is located in County Cork in the south of Ireland. The village is a mere 20 minutes/ 11km northwest of Cork City. It is accessed via the R617, which intersects with the main N20 (Limerick City to Cork City) road just north of Cork City.

The impressive Blarney Castle, perched on solid limestone, dates from 1446 and is situated on magnificent grounds. The castle was constructed by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention beyond Munster ever since.To acquire 'The Gift of Gab' one must kiss the Blarney Stone - located just beneath the battlements at the very top of Blarney Castle. This involves bending over backwards at quite a height - perhaps not to be attempted by the faint-hearted! Rumor has it that if you kiss the legendary 'Stone of Eloquence', you'll never again be lost for words!


Overnight Location

Kenmare, County Kerry

On the Map: Kenmare is located in scenic County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. The town is accessed via the scenic N71 road that connects the cities of Killarney (to the north) & Glengarriff (to the south).

Kenmare, with its pastel coloured houses, is along with Killarney, a usual starting point for the Ring of Kerry round trip. The small charming town, founded by a handful of Englishmen in 1670, has every tourist convenience imaginable, including 2 of the most luxurious hotels in Ireland, both of which have been awarded much coveted Michelin stars: The Park Hotel and Sheen Falls Lodge. Kenmare boasts a remarkable number of excellent restaurants and quality pubs for a town of its size, and has garnered a fantastic reputation as a gourmet destination in recent years. Owing to its enviable location adjacent to Kenmare Bay and the River Finnehy, all set against the backdrop of the Kerry Mountains, Kenmare's picturesque aspect is hard to match.


Kenmare, County Kerry

Accommodation

Sheen Falls Lodge - Kenmare, County Kerry

5 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

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


Must-See Sites

Moll's Gap, County Kerry

 Moll's Gap is named for Moll Kissane who ran a shebeen, a small pub, on a rocky breach during the construction of the original Kenmare Killarney road in the 1820s. She became popular for selling home brewed poitin, whiskey, to the hardy men who worked on the road. For cyclists this 6.3 mile climb reaches a summit of 860 feet where you can see the Black Valley and further down on the descent you will find Ladies View and the Killarney lakes.


Killarney National Park, County Kerry

On the Map: Killarney is located in County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. The town is reached via the N22 from Tralee/ Limerick (to the north) and the N22 from Cork City (to the southeast).

On the southwestern edge of Killarney Town lies an untamed, rugged & mountainous country. The area includes the McGillycuddy's Reeks, Ireland's highest mountain range. At the foot of these mountains nestle the world famous lakes of Killarney. Here, where the mountains sweep down to the lake shores, their lower slopes covered in woodlands, you'll discover the 26,000 acre Killarney National Park . The distinctive combination of mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls under ever changing skies, lends the area a special scenic beauty. The Park contains many features of national and international importance such as the native oakwoods and yew woods, together with an abundance of evergreen trees and shrubs. A profusion of bryophytes and lichens thrive in the mild Killarney climate. The native red deer are unique in Ireland, with a presence in the country since the last Ice Age. At the heart of the National Park is Muckross House and Gardens. The house, a late 19th century mansion features period furnishings and artefacts and is a major visitor attraction in itself. Killarney National Park was designated as a Biosphere Reserve in 1981 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).


Ring of Kerry, County Kerry

On the Map: The Ring of Kerry (Iveragh Peninsula) is in County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. Killarney is the usual starting point for people completing the Ring, although Kenmare is another good option for this purpose. The N70 road encircles the entire peninsula.

The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most scenic touring routes. At 110 miles long, it circles the awe-inspiring Iveragh Peninsula. You’ll feel as if you have moved into nature’s mystic arena, and truly you have, as you pass between soft mountains, through forest glades, around bogs, rivers, lakes and pristine beaches. The road between the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountains presents secret passes and valleys dotted along the fabled shores of Dingle and Kenmare Bays. Ireland’s natural beauty sings throughout the Ring of Kerry. You may wish to explore several charming villages along the route, including Glenbeigh, Waterville, and Sneem. Stroll and talk to people—this is what makes your travel experience unique. The Ring attracted Ireland’s first settlers, and has a wealth of ancient sites. A 6th century monastery, clinging to the windswept cliffs of the Skellig Islands, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Staigue Stone Fort is an Iron Age stronghold dating from 300BC. This is also an area of Ogham Stones, the first mysterious forms of writing and art, nestled along the Ring. Follow the drive to Killarney by way of the Ladies View and the legendary Lakes of Killarney and the National Park. The Ring of Kerry is the stuff of dreams and lifelong memories.


Kenmare, County Kerry

Accommodation

Sheen Falls Lodge - Kenmare, County Kerry

5 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

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


Must-See Sites

Bantry, County Cork

On the Map: Bantry is located in the southwest of Ireland in west County Cork. The town is accessed via the scenic N71 road that connects Cork City (to the east) & Kenmare, County Kerry (to the north).

Bantry is surrounded by a region of lush vegetation, palm trees and semi-tropical flowers. Hemmed in by high mountain ridges, an azure blue sea and cascading mountain streams, it is a place of unparalled beauty where the landscape changes with every mood of wind and sky.  Also resident in this pretty coastal town is Bantry House, the ancestral house to the Earls of Bantry.  A proud resident here since the 17th Century,  this wonderful house contains an important collection of furniture, tapestries and objets d'art which is open to the public to view.  It was the first Earl of Bantrys son, Viscount Berehaven who traveled extensively and amassed an eclectic collection of tapestries, paintings, furniture and artifacts.  The gardens of this house are also a spectacular sight, resembling the“palazzo” style most seen on the continent.  All in all, well worth a visit.


Glengarriff, County Cork

On the Map: Glengariff is located on the Beara Peninsula in the west of County Cork, in the southwest of Ireland.

The name comes from "An Gleann Garbh" - the rugged glen - which is derived from the rugged beauty of the mountains and wooded valleys surrounding the village. Magnificent views of the Caha Mountains and the bulk of Sugarloaf can be seen from the numerous viewpoints along the roads which hug the coastline or wind along the steep sided valleys. No introduction to Glengarriff would be complete without mention of Garnish Island -   Ireland's most outstanding garden island with its internationally famous collection of plants and world-renowned for its Italian Gardens. Whilst making the short crossing of the placid waters of the inner bay, the visitor is rewarded by further views of the mainland, and a host of walks, from strolls in the forest with its rivers and glades of oak, to more ambitious treks up the peaks. As well as abundant natural beauty and an inherent "old world charm, Glengarriff makes an ideal centre for exploring further afield. The wild scenery of the Beara Peninsula starts here, whilst the peace and beauty of the Lakes of Inchigeela, Gougane Barra and the Borlin Valley are only a short drive away.


Beara Peninsula, County Cork

On the Map: The Beara Peninsula is in the west of County Cork on Ireland's Atlantic coast. It is located just south of the more famous 'Ring of Kerry' Iveragh Peninsula.

Home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland, the appeal of the Beara Peninsula lies in its startling beauty, perhaps best experienced by climbing the hills & cycling the roads.  It’s a lot bigger and much wider than Sheeps Head Peninsula to the south and occupies part of both Counties Cork & Kerry.  While there is lush greenery (reminiscent of the Ireland imagined by long departed emigrants) amid rocky scenery on the Mizen Head and Sheeps Head Peninsulas, the Beara is a desolate, harsh, rocky landscape.  It makes wonderful walking country and is littered with pre-historic rocks, stone circles including Uragh Stone Circle and old tombs. Those lucky enough to visit this hidden gem will encounter lush natural beauty, wild landscapes, unspoilt seascapes and the warm welcome of the Irish people.


Celbridge, County Kildare

Accommodation

Cliff at Lyons - Celbridge, County Kildare

4 Star
Room Type: Estate Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time: 3 PM - 11 PM
Check-out time is 12 PM
 
The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 10 PM
 
 
Minimum check-in age is 18

Enroute Sightseeing

Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens, County Kildare

On the Map: The Irish National Stud is located in County Kildare in the eastern midlands of Ireland. The Stud is accessed at Kildare town, just off the M7 motorway, which connects Dublin to the east and Limerick to the west.

Established in 1946, the Irish National Stud combines an active role in the development and promotion of Irish bloodstock. One of the country's major tourist attractions, it is the only Stud farm in Ireland open to the public. The farm encompasses The Irish National Stud - home to some of Ireland's finest thoroughbreds, Japanese Gardens - the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe, Saint Fiachra's Garden featuring woodland and lakeside walks, and the Horse Museum - a state of the art modern exhibition where the Sport of Kings comes to life. 
 


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

Celbridge, County Kildare

On The Map: Celbridge is located 23 miles west of Dublin City. It is most easily accessed by the R403 & R405 roads, which intersect with the main M4 Motorway connecting Dublin & Galway Cities.

The development of Celbridge commenced with the building of Kildrought House in 1720. The present day houses on Main Street and in the town center were built over the subsequent two hundred year period. Celbridge boasts several important historical buildings and famous sons. Number 22 Main Street was for a time occupied by Richard Guinness and his son Arthur was born there. Arthur went on to form the Guinness Brewery. Castletown House (pictured), was constructed in 1722, and is situated at the end of an avenue extending from the main street of Celbridge. Castletown is Ireland's largest and arguably finest Palladian Country House. Two features of particular note are the 80-foot blue and gold Long Gallery, and the main cantilevered staircase. Reputedly, only three staircases of this kind were ever constructed, and one lies at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, aboard the doomed Titanic. Celbridge Abbey was built in 1703, and is another beautiful structure, with many tales of woe to tell. In recent years Celbridge has expanded dramatically, yet most of the towns services and amenities still center on the single main street.


Depart From

Depart from Dublin Airport, County Dublin

Return to Dublin Airport at least two hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure. 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 Dublin Airport. With an extensive range of stores, bars and cafes, any spare time you have will fly!


LOW SEASON
October - December
From $998 per person
MID SEASON
May / September
From $1,598 per person
HIGH SEASON
June - August
From $1,865 per person


TO AVAIL OF OCTOBER TO DECEMBER SPECIAL OFFER PRICING:

  • $998 per person applies for travel between October 1st & December 15th 2019.
  • Must book before June 30, 2019 (a 20% deposit secures your tour!)
  • Vacation must begin in Ireland on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday to avail of the Special Offer price.
  • A $100 Per Person Supplement applies to arrive Wednesday thru Saturday.
  • Promotional Price cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts

Your Price Includes:

ACCOMMODATION

  • 6 nights at Ireland's Top 5-Star Properties
  • 1 night at a 4-Star Countryside Retreat

TRANSPORTATION

  • Compact Automatic Rental Car including our Exclusive Reduced Excess Insurance Package

DINING OPTIONS

  • 7 Full Irish Breakfasts

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Entrance to Kilkenny Castle, Rothe House & Gardens, and the Rock of Cashel

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Discover the Varied Landscape of Wicklow Mountains National Park
  • Marvel at Powerscourt House & Gardens
  • Visit Saint Canice's Cathedral - Ireland's second-largest medieval cathedral
  • Uncover 1100 years of history from the Vikings to the Victorians in Ireland's oldest city, Waterford
  • Experience the sights, smells and sounds of an 1840s emigrant vessel on the Dunbrody Famine Ship
  • Peek into the highly skilled method of crystal manufacturing at the House of Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre
  • Rock of Cashel - Visited by St. Patrick in 450, and Brian Boru was crowned King of Ireland here in the 10th century
  • Explore the charming town of Cahir - situated on the River Suir & developed around the magnificent 13th-century Cahir Castle
  • Stop at Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone - a tradition said to bestow “The Gift of the Gab.”
  • Bask in the Breathtaking Scenery on the Ring of Kerry
  • Visit Killarney National Park - Ireland's oldest National Park
  • Wonder at Molls Gap - a panoramic passageway through the bleak bog land and mountainous terrain of the Ring of Kerry
  • Take in the Ring of Beara - quieter and more relaxed yet equally as stunning as the Ring of Kerry
  • Stroll through the charming coastal towns of Glengarriff and Bantry
  • See Adare - Widely recognized as one of Ireland's prettiest villages
  • Visit the Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens - Home to a number of magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens renowned throughout the world

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“Last Minute Trip”

Jul 17, 2019 by Dylan. Your Hometown: Nashville

I had a last-minute work trip that I added a vacation too. Authentic Vacations were quick and found me exactly what I needed. They worked within my budget and it was seamless when I got to Ireland!

“Summer vacation with wife and 14 yr old daughter”

Jul 17, 2019 by C.J. Driggers. Your Hometown: GILBERT, SC

We had an awesome trip to the wonderful island of Ireland. Everything went smooth for us and our agent Lonna set us up with great accommodations. It seemed each hotel/b&b got better as the trip went along! We went for 8 days with 2 in Dublin, 1 in Kinittey, 2 in Killarney, 1 in Dingle, 1 in Doolin, and 1 in Trim before departing for home. My wife and daughter liked Dingle the best, while I thought Killarney offered the best of all worlds. I will say as an American, driving over there is an adventure. Major roadways are not a problem, but I've been on golf cart paths wider than some of the rural 2-lane roads found in the countryside. The only piece of advice I could offer is that when in Dublin, take the hop-on/off tour bus 1st thing around the entire city. Then get off the bus and explore the parts of the city that seem interesting to you. If you stay at the Ashling Hotel, walk across the bridge in front of the hotel and go around the corner of the train station to your right to get on the convertible bus. Knowing this would have saved us several hours as we wasted half a day trying to figure this out on our own.

Jul 17, 2019 by Nancy Foldesi. Your Hometown: Simi Valley

This was our second trip with Authentic Ireland and we loved it even more than our first trip. Aran Islands was a great spot. Rugged and beautiful! Our driver for the 3-day portion was great. Very helpful with great ideas. Our stay in Sheen Falls was magical. The cottage and villa were stocked with everything we needed to make a fantastic breakfast!! Also wine and candy 😎 Michelle was so helpful and gave me wonderful advice. She booked our perfect meal at The Lime Tree!! Perfect family vacation!!

“Ireland Trip 2019”

Jul 17, 2019 by Meghan Fahey. Your Hometown: Vermont

We booked a 10 day stay in Ireland. My boyfriend and I made our first international trip together. We had a great time! I had been to Ireland before, but the itinerary AV made was outstanding. The pace was great for a cross-country road trip and Michael was excellent at listening to our expectations and our wishlist. The Mystical Rose and Mena House were our very favorite B&Bs! Ring of Kerry was spectacular! We never had a bad meal! IT was outstanding to have all the planning stream-lined in one document. We just got back July 1st, and are already talking about Scotland! I had never been to Galway-what an addition to the trip. We saw everything we planned and had enough time to try other experiences. Ireland is getting more touristy by the second, so I would highly recommend planning and booking in advance for as much as possible. There were 2 B&Bs that we were not overwhelmingly enthused by, but they got the job done. We could not have had better weather-only one day of rain! The Blarney Castle was fantastic and driving ourselves was not even that bad. All in all, a great experience!

“40th Anniversary Trip”

Jul 10, 2019 by Kenneth Elder. Your Hometown: Katy, TX

My wife and I spent 16 days traveling all over Scotland. We had an amazing trip! We had read many of Con's blogs and planned many of our activities based on his blog.

Con and his team set up the hotel/B&B stops for us along the way and my wife and I drove the rental car over 1500 miles touring the countryside, castles, distilleries, and sites around Scotland, as we pleased.

Most of the accommodations were very nice, but, like most anywhere you travel in Europe, many of the showers in the bathrooms are more like a phone booth. Very cramped.

Except for being a little warmer than we anticipated, the weather was perfect. Out of 16 days, we had two days of rain.

Driving on the wrong side of the road, from the wrong side of the car, on some of the narrow, single lanes, winding coastal roads, with your wife navigating and yelling at you to slow down, was an adventure all by itself. I wish we had taken a "GoPro" camera to put on the dash to record some of the roads we drove on! Make sure you have an international phone plan or a GPS! Google Maps worked great for us.

As someone else mentioned in their review, the "Spirit of Scotland" dinner show was underwhelming, as was the food, but it was already included in our package. Probably could have spent those 2-3 hours doing something more interesting.

Con was very helpful in helping arrange our trip and gave some very useful tips and insight.

One suggestion I would make to Authentic Vacations for those who are renting a vehicle and driving in Scotland is that they provide some explanation of road signs and some details about highway speed limits. Such as, unless posted differently, the speed limit on Scotland highways is 60 MPH.

AND, in Scotland, the speed limit is in MPH, not Kilometers. Speed cameras are used extensively in Scotland, so mind your speed.

Thanks, Con and Authentic Vacations. We had a wonderful vacation!

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