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6-Night Spirit of Ireland

Price: From $998 Per Person
 

Discover Ireland’s heritage on our 6-Night Spirit of Ireland tour. With two nights in Dublin, three nights in Connemara and one night at the iconic Fitzpatrick Castle, this Ireland vacation is the perfect way to dive into the unique culture of the Emerald Isle. 

Your tour begins with a private transfer from Dublin Airport to your centrally-located Dublin hotel. Your time in Dublin features a visit at EPIC Ireland (The Irish Emigration Museum), where you can discover the far-reaching influence of Irish history and the impact the 10 million Irish men and women who left Ireland had on the world. You will also be treated to a Musical Pub Crawl and entrance to the iconic Guinness Storehouse. Be sure to spend some time wandering the streets of Dublin on your own. Stop by St. Patrick’s Cathedral - the Cathedral for the Church of Ireland - or enjoy a pint at one of the many pubs in the historic Temple Bar. 

Leave the city behind on day three and head west, towards the rugged countryside of Connemara - one of the few remaining Gaeltachts (Irish-speaking areas) in Ireland..don’t worry, they still speak English here! Your 3-night stay at the award-winning luxury Manor, Screebe House, puts you right in the heart of Connemara. Here, you will visit Kylemore Abbey & Gardens and be treated to a return ferry ride to Inis Mor - the largest island of the Aran Islands and home to the Dun Aengus Fort. You will also have plenty of time to take in the gorgeous scenery. Keep an eye out for some freely-grazing sheep, as Connemara is home to a huge population of these fluffy animals. 

Your last night will be spent at the beautiful Fitzpatrick Castle, overlooking Dublin Bay, before heading to the Dublin airport for your departure. 

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 6-Nights in Unique & Boutique Properties including:
    • 2 Nights Central City Hotel in Dublin
    • 3 Nights Luxury Manor in Galway
    • 1 Night in an Irish Castle Hotel in Killiney

TRANSPORTATION

  • Meet & Greet Private Airport Transfer on Arrival
  • Rental Car with Automatic Transmission & Authentic’s Exclusive Car Insurance Cover

DINING OPTIONS

  • Full Irish Breakfast Each Morning

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • EPIC Ireland - The Irish Emigration Museum
  • Dublin Musical Pub Crawl
  • Entrance to Kylemore Abbey & Gardens
  • Aran Islands Ferry from Rossaveal

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • St Patrick's Cathedral
  • Christchurch Cathedral
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Jameson Distillery
  • O'Connell Street
  • General Post Office
  • Temple Bar
  • Kilbeggan Distillery
  • Athlone
  • Clonmacnoise
  • Clifden
  • Sky Road
  • Connemara National Park
  • Inismor
  • Dun Aengus Fort
  • Galway
  • Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens

Dublin, County Dublin

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

Ashling Hotel - Dublin, County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Included Experiences

EPIC Ireland

Dublin, County Dublin

EPIC Ireland is an extraordinary new visitor experience, showcasing the unique journey of the Irish nation. Located in the iconic CHQ building, an historic stone and iron warehouse, built in 1820, EPIC Ireland tells the amazing story of the Irish people’s dispersal throughout the world over the ages. At EPIC, you will be taken on a journey that begins on the island of Ireland, and ends with the global presence of the Irish today. The state-of-the-art exhibition is spread across 21 galleries, categorized into four thematic groups - Migration, Motivation, Influence & Connection. The aim is to bring to life the story of Ireland’s communities overseas - past, present and future – in a way that is highly entertaining, engaging and educational. The story is told using innovative techniques and cutting-edge interactive technologies, in combination with more traditional photographic, film, sound recordings and historic objects. A truly immersive, multi-sensory experience awaits!


Dublin Musical Pub Crawl

Dublin, County Dublin

The Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl is led by two professional musicians who perform tunes and songs while telling the story of Irish Music and its influences on contemporary world music. The Crawl is best described as a moving concert, at which everyone is guaranteed a seat in the privately booked pubs. The Crawl is a highly entertaining and informative evening of music and song. The musicians explain the history of Irish music and share their personal stories of the how Irish people interact with the music as its played today. You will visit famous pubs and bars in the Temple Bar area. All pubs are privately booked, with private bar and are in close proximity to one another. Tours take place every night April to October and Thursday thru Saturday in other months. Your tour begins at 7.30 pm and typically lasts 2.5 hours.

 

*Note: Children under 18 years of age may not attend the Musical Pub Crawl*


Overnight Location

Dublin, County Dublin

On the Map: Dublin, Ireland's Capital City is located on the east coast of the country, and is well served by infrastructure linking it to all parts of the Emerald Isle.

Dublin is a lively cosmopolitan city brimming with culture. You could spend your time strolling the streets soaking up the atmosphere, relaxing in its cafes and bars or you could check out its myriad historical, literary and cultural delights. The 8th century illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells, must be viewed. It is on display at the impressive Trinity College, Ireland's first university (founded 1592) in the heart of Dublin. For the rest of your time, it is up to you how much you want to pack in. Phoenix Park (twice the size of New York City's Central Park), Georgian Dublin around Stephen's Green, Dublin Castle, the National Botanical Gardens, National Museum, Kilmainham Gaol and the Hugh Lane Municipal Art Gallery are all highly recommended stops on your tour. Then there's the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery.  A visit to Dublin's Temple Bar to experience the lively Dublin pub culture is a must, though many of Dublin's best bars can be found outside this area in the streets and laneways around Grafton Street, the shopper's street of choice. Purchasing a 'hop-on, hop-off' Dublin Bus Tour ticket is a great way to get around and see all the major sites at a very reasonable cost.


Must-See Sites

Christ Church Cathedral, County Dublin

Christ Church Cathedral (founded c.1028) is the spiritual heart of the city, and one of the top visitor attractions in Dublin. Step inside and you can enjoy the cathedral’s beautiful interior and fascinating medieval crypt. There’s so much to see and discover at Christ Church Cathedral. Here are a few ideas to get you started...
Explore the Crypt:
Follow the steps that bring you beneath the cathedral and explore the medieval crypt, one of the largest in Britain & Ireland, and the earliest surviving structure in the city. The crypt houses fascinating memorials, the cat and the rat, The Treasury, an audio visual presentation, the cathedral shop and the Cathedral Café. The crypt can also be hired for events.
Follow in the Footsteps of Pilgrims:
Christ Church Cathedral was a major pilgrimage site in the medieval period, with an important collection of relics ranging from a miraculous speaking cross to a piece from the crib of Jesus. Today, it is still possible to see one of these relics, the heart of Laurence O’Toole, patron saint of Dublin.
Visit the ‘Cat & the Rat’:
A mummified cat & rat are the most unusual inhabitants of the crypt, but also the most popular. Mentioned by James Joyce in Finnegans wake, they are known locally as ‘Tom & Jerry.’
Experience Evensong:
The choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, enjoys an enviable reputation as one of Ireland's finest choirs, and is constantly in demand to perform in concerts, on tours and on radio broadcasts nationwide. Tracing its origins to 1493 with the founding of the choir school, the cathedral choir has always been highly regarded in Dublin's musical life and took part in the first performance of Handel's Messiah in Dublin in 1742. The choir sings Evensong four times a week during term time.  
Treat yourself to tasty delights in the Cathedral Cafe in the atmospheric 12th Century Crypt Relax after your visit with tea and coffee and culinary delights in the Cathedral Café. You can enjoy delicate sandwiches, scones with cream, a sumptuous variety of cakes as well as a selection of coffees and teas.


Guinness Storehouse, County Dublin

On The Map: The Guinness Storehouse is centrally located in Dublin City at St. James Gate, just off Crane Street and south of the River Liffey. The Storehouse is a leisurely 20 minute stroll west of Trinity College.

Come and explore Ireland’s top visitor attraction, providing an unforgettable welcome and a magical journey deep into the heart of the world famous Guinness brand and company. The Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery at St James’s Gate, Dublin. Housed in an old fermentation plant, the seven-story visitor experience tells the epic tale of Ireland’s iconic drink and brings to life the heritage of Guinness from early days to growth as a global brand, known all around the world. The experience starts standing at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass, which rises through the building.  It’s a dramatic story that begins over 250 years ago and ends in The Gravity Bar where visitors will receive a complimentary pint of Guinness while relaxing and enjoying spectacular views over Dublin. 


Old Jameson Distillery, County Dublin

On The Map: The Old Jameson Distillery is located in the Smithfield area of Dublin City. Walking from Trinity College (approx 20 minutes), head west on Dame Street to Lord Edward Street to Christchurch Place. Carry on past Christchurch Cathedral and take the next right onto Bridge Street. Head straight over Merchants Quay and Fr. Mathew bridge across Arran Quay. Walk up Church Street past St. Michans Cathedral and then take the next left onto May Lane /Bow Street. Alternately, the Distillery is Stop 20 on the 'hop-on, hop-off' Dublin Bus tour.

Set in the heart of Ireland’s thriving capital city, Dublin, The Old Jameson Distillery captures the imagination and the spirit of Ireland. Originally built in 1780, this Distillery was once considered one of the largest and finest Distilleries in the world. Tours operate 7 days a week all year, except selected dates at Christmas. The journey begins with an audio visual presentation. Expert guides then lead you through the fascinating story of Jameson, one of the world’s most famous whiskies. Follow the path through malting, milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling and maturing. The journey is completed with a visit to the Jameson Discovery Bar where you can enjoy the ultimate whiskey tasting experience - a complimentary glass of Jameson and mixer plus a chance for selected volunteers to become a "Qualified Irish Whiskey Taster". After your tour, browse in the gift shop or lunch in the restaurant or bar and soak up the unique atmosphere.


Saint Patrick's Cathedral, County Dublin

On The Map: Saint Patrick's Cathedral is located in the heart of Dublin City, just south of the River Liffey, and west of such landmarks as Trinity College and Grafton Street. The Cathedral is located at the junction of Patrick Street and Upper Kevin Street.

Built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has contributed much to Irish life since its founding in 1191. The Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well, at which St Patrick himself reportedly baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. The writer and satirist Jonathan Swift was Dean of Saint Patrick's from 1713 to 1747, and is buried within the church. In a romantic twist, Esther Johnson (Stella) is buried next to Swift. Although never married, Swift had a life-long, intense and mysterious relationship with Stella, and she was an inspiration for much of his work. Handel's Messiah received its first performance there in 1742, sung by the combined choir of Saint Patrick's and Christ Church. Music has played an integral part in the life of Saint Patrick's since its foundation and it is the only cathedral in these islands to sing two services every day. Living Stones, the cathedral's permanent exhibition, celebrates Saint Patrick's place in the life of the city, its history and its role at the dawn of the third millennium. It emphasises that the cathedral is not a museum, but a building embracing the past to herald the future.


Dublin, County Dublin

Accommodation

Ashling Hotel - Dublin, County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Must-See Sites

GPO (General Post Office), County Dublin

On The Map: The GPO is located in the very heart of Dublin on O'Connell Street, just north of the River Liffey.

The GPO, headquarters of the Irish postal service, moved several times before finding its current place at the centre of Dublin’s O’Connell Street. Construction of the present building began in August 1814, and was completed in January 1818, at a cost of £50,000. The building was designed by Francis Johnston, an architect with the Board of Works, in Greek revival style. The main section was made with Wicklow granite and the portico, the roof structure over the entrance, of Portland stone. The statues on the roof, by sculptor John Smyth, are of Hibernia, a classical representation in female form of the island of Ireland, with Fidelity to one side and Mercury (the messenger of the gods) on the other. The GPO holds a place of particular symbolic importance for the Irish people. It was the headquarters of the men and women who took part in the famous Easter Rising against British rule in April 1916. While that rebellion ultimately ended in failure, it was the catalyst that led to Irish independence and the creation of a new State in 1922. During the 1916 Rising, the GPO was one of three Dublin landmarks used by the rebels — the Four Courts and Custom House being the others. The GPO was destroyed in the fighting, but was rebuilt and reopened in 1929.


Temple Bar, County Dublin

On The Map: Temple Bar lies in the heart of Dublin City. Located on the south bank of the River Liffey, and just west of Trinity College and Grafton Street.

The lively and vibrant Temple Bar District - Dublin's Cultural Quarter, is well worth a visit. Best known for being Dublin’s major nightlife center, Temple Bar comes alive after dark, with many pubs, restaurants and nightclubs to choose from. For those visiting during the day, the area boasts a timeless charm, with narrow cobbled streets and a plethora of cultural organizations, such as the Irish Film Centre & Project Arts Centre. There are also a variety of small galleries and stores - perfect for a day of shopping. While Temple Bar after dark might not be for everyone, the area is the perfect spot to spend a sunny afternoon. 


O'Connell Street, County Dublin

On The Map: Located in the heart of Dublin city, the street's layout is simple but elegant. Within O'Connell Street and it's side streets you'll find endless historical monuments, dining choices and shopping districts, both traditional and high street.

O'Connell Street has often been centre-stage in Irish history, attracting the city's most prominent monuments and public art through the centuries, and formed the backdrop to one of the 1913 Dublin Lockout gatherings, the 1916 Easter Rising, the Irish Civil War of 1922, the destruction of the Nelson Pillar in 1966, and many public celebrations, protests and demonstrations through the years – a role it continues to play to this day. State funeral corteges have often passed the GPO on their way to Glasnevin Cemetery, while today the street is used as the main route of the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, and as the setting for the 1916 Commemoration every Easter Sunday. It also serves as a major bus route artery through the city centre.

Attractions:

General Post Office (GPO), Statue of Daniel O'Connell, The Spire, Staute of James Stewart Parnell, Clery's Department Store, Major Shopping Districts.


Connemara, County Galway

Accommodation

Screebe House - Connemara, County Galway

Manor
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is between 3:00pm & 9:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out 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!


Overnight Location

Connemara, County Galway

On the Map: Connemara encompasses a large area northwest of Galway City in the west of Ireland. It is most easily accessed via the N59 road that loops around the region and connects the cities of Galway (to the southeast) & Westport (to the northeast).

Northwest of Galway lies the rocky, barren, but breathtakingly stunning region of Connemara. This area is one of the few remaining in Ireland where the native tongue (Gaeilge) is still fluently spoken as a first language. Stop off in the fishing village of Roundstone, where currachs, old style featherweight rowing boats are still in everyday use. The village also boasts an impressive crafts complex, selling everything from teapots and sweaters to traditional Irish music instruments. Clifden, Connemara's capital is well worth a visit and the scenic Sky Road drive just outside town should not be missed.  From here travel north to see the exquisite neo-gothic Kylemore Abbey, nestled in a lush forest on the edge of Kylemore Lake. However long you spend in Connemara you will be constantly enchanted by the ever changing scenery of mountains and valleys, lakes and beaches and bays. This is Ireland's big sky country.


Must-See Sites

Athlone, County Westmeath

On the Map: Athlone is situated in the very middle of Ireland. The N6/M6 road connecting the cities of Dublin (in the east) & Galway (in the west) passes right by Athlone's town centre.

Athlone in County Westmeath, has been a strategic crossing point on the River Shannon for many centuries. Because of this position Athlone has played a prominent role in many Irish battles. Today Athlone is a busy boating centre as cruising on the Shannon has become very popular in recent years. During the summer months there is a constant stream of crafts of all size navigating up and down the river and through the loughs in the town. This makes Athlone seem more like a bustling port than an inland town. The town also has some great shopping with a vast array of knitwear, celtic crafts and souvenirs can be found. The town's most imposing historical feature is Athlone Castle situated on the west bank of the Shannon. It was built by the Normans in 1210 on the site of an older wooden fort. Also, do not miss the impressive monastic site of Clonmacnoise which is situated on the banks of the Shannon south of Athlone in County Offaly and dates back almost 1,500 years. St. Ciaran, the son of an Ulsterman who had settled in Connaught, chose the site in 545 AD because of its ideal location at the junction of river and road. You will see that he chose wisely.


Clonmacnoise, County Offaly

On the Map: Clonmacnoise is located on the banks of the River Shannon in the very middle of Ireland. The major town of Athlone is only a few miles to the north, through which the main M6 road passes. The M6 connects Dublin City (to the east) and Galway City (to the west)

The ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise is situated at the crossroads of Ireland in County Offaly and dates back almost 1,500 years. St. Ciaran, the son of an Ulsterman who had settled in Connaught, chose the site in 545 AD because of its ideal location at the junction of river and road travel in Celtic Ireland. The location borders the three provinces of Connaught, Munster and Leinster. The monastery is on the east side of the River Shannon, in what was then the Kingdom of Meath, but occupying a position so central it was the burial-place of many of the kings of Connaught as well as those of Tara. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th  -13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian grave-slabs in Western Europe. The original high crosses and a selection of grave-slabs are on display in the visitor centre. The long and varied history of Clonmacnoise is recounted in an audiovisual presentation shown in the visitor centre. There are also exhibitions that are dedicated to the flora, fauna and landscape of the region.


Kilbeggan Distillery, County Westmeath

The Kilbeggan Distillery is the oldest licenced distillery in Ireland. Dating back to 1757 a visit today lets you discover real artisanal Irish whiskey distilling at its finest.


Connemara, County Galway

Accommodation

Screebe House - Connemara, County Galway

Manor
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is between 3:00pm & 9:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Must-See Sites

Connemara, County Galway

On the Map: Connemara encompasses a large area northwest of Galway City in the west of Ireland. It is most easily accessed via the N59 road that loops around the region and connects the cities of Galway (to the southeast) & Westport (to the northeast).

Northwest of Galway lies the rocky, barren, but breathtakingly stunning region of Connemara. This area is one of the few remaining in Ireland where the native tongue (Gaeilge) is still fluently spoken as a first language. Stop off in the fishing village of Roundstone, where currachs, old style featherweight rowing boats are still in everyday use. The village also boasts an impressive crafts complex, selling everything from teapots and sweaters to traditional Irish music instruments. Clifden, Connemara's capital is well worth a visit and the scenic Sky Road drive just outside town should not be missed.  From here travel north to see the exquisite neo-gothic Kylemore Abbey, nestled in a lush forest on the edge of Kylemore Lake. However long you spend in Connemara you will be constantly enchanted by the ever changing scenery of mountains and valleys, lakes and beaches and bays. This is Ireland's big sky country.


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.


Clifden, County Galway

On The Map: 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.

Northwest of Galway leads you through the rocky, barren, and breathtakingly stunning region of Connemara. This area is one of the few remaining in Ireland where the native tongue (Gaeilge) is still fluently spoken as a first language. Stop off in the fishing village of Roundstone, where currachs, old style featherweight rowing boats are still in everyday use. The village also boasts an impressive crafts complex, selling everything from teapots and sweaters to traditional Irish music instruments. Finally arrive in the quaint and beautiful town of Clifden, Connemara's capital.  From here travel north to see the exquisite neo-gothic Kylemore Abbey, nestled in a lush forest on the edge of Kylemore Lake. This abbey is the only one in Ireland that is run entirely by nuns.


Connemara, County Galway

Accommodation

Screebe House - Connemara, County Galway

Manor
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is between 3:00pm & 9:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Included Experiences

Aran Islands Ferry from Rossaveal

Galway, County Galway

Located in the heart of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands offer visitors a glimpse into a way of life that has long since disappeared from most of the country. The Islands' raw beauty and charm leaves visitors longing to return again and again. While the Southwest coast of the islands battle with the Atlantic, the Northeast coast offers smooth passage for visitors from Rossaveal, County Galway. The Islands defy their size when one considers all they have to offer: Breathtaking scenery, ruins from early Christian times, medieval castles, spectacular sea cliffs, prehistoric stone forts (including the famous Dun Aengus Ring Fort - pictured), sandy beaches, clean air, unique flora and fauna and a rich folklore that the islanders are proud to recount. On the islands, you can immerse yourself in the rich Celtic culture among people who speak Gaelic as their first language, and experience a whole different way of life. Your Aran Islands Ferry voucher includes roundtrip ferry from Rossaveal to Inishmore.


Must-See Sites

Inishmore, County Galway

On The Map: Inishmore is one of western Ireland's Aran Islands. It sits at the mouth of Galway Bay and is actually an extension of the Burren. The terrain of the island is composed of limestone pavements, formed as sediments in a tropical sea approximately 350 million years ago.

The island is known for its ancient sites, like the prehistoric, cliff top fort Dún Aonghasa. Nearby is the Worm Hole, a rectangular natural pool. The medieval Christian ruins of the Seven Churches are in the northwest. Clochán na Carraige is a stone structure with a beehive roof. Kilmurvey Beach is known for birdlife and a nearby seal colony. With over 50 different monuments of Christian, pre-Christian and Celtic mythological heritage, visitors won't get far before discovering themselves somewhere where there’s something of historical interest and little reason to question its importance in modern Irish Culture.


Dun Aengus Fort, County Clare

Dún Aonghasa is the best-known of several prehistoric hill forts on the Aran Islands of County Galway, Republic of Ireland. It lies on Inishmore, at the edge of a 100 metre high cliff. A popular tourist attraction, Dún Aonghasa is an important archaeological site.


Killiney, County Dublin

Accommodation

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel - Killiney, County Dublin

4 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.


Overnight Location

Killiney, County Dublin

On The Map: Killiney is a suburb of Dublin City in South County Dublin. Killiney is a coastal town to the southeast of downtown Dublin, and most easily accessed by the N11 Road.

Killiney Hill Park was opened in 1887 as Victoria Hill in honour of Britain's Queen Victoria's 50 years on the throne. The park boasts magnificent views of Dublin Bay, Killiney Bay, Bray Head and the mountain of Great Sugar Loaf (506 m), stretching from the Wicklow Mountains right across to Howth Head. The Park's topography is quite dramatic and its highest point, at the obelisk, is 170 metres above sea level. Other attractions include Killiney Beach, Killiney Golf Club, a local Martello Tower, and the ruins of Cill Iníon Léinín, the church around which the original village was based. The coastal areas of Killiney are often favourably compared to the Bay of Naples in Italy. This comparison is reflected in the names of surrounding roads, like Vico, Sorrento, Monte Alverno, San Elmo, and Capri. On clear days, the Mourne Mountains of County Down can be seen. Killiney is located just 5 minutes from the Dalkey DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) Station, offering quick and convenient access to Dublin's City Center.


Must-See Sites

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.


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. 
 


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.

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
Oct - Nov '19
From $998 per person
MID SEASON
April - Sep
From $1198 per person
HIGH SEASON
Feb - Mar '20
From $998 per person

 

PLEASE NOTE: Minimum traveler age for this tour is 16+

Screebe House will be closed in December and January

Traveling Alone? No Problem. Solo Travelers pay a single supplement price from US$598.

 

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 6-Nights in Unique 4-Star Accommodations

TRANSPORTATION

  • Rental Car with Automatic Transmission & Authentic’s Exclusive Car Insurance Coverage

DINING OPTIONS

  • Full Irish Breakfasts Each Morning

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Entrance to Dublin Castle
  • Admission to EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • See the Home of Ireland's Famous Brew at Guinness Storehouse
  • Take in Christchurch Cathedral - Dublin's most historic building
  • Visit the heart of Irish whisky at Jameson Distillery
  • Learn about Archaeology, Decorative Arts & History, or Natural History at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin
  • Gaze upon the beautifully illustrated Book of Kells at Trinity College
  • Explore the cobbles lanes of Temple Bar and shop along Grafton Street
  • Journey through the Boyne Valley and the heritage town of Kells
  • Walk in the Trail of W.B. Yeats in Sligo and visit his grave at Drumcliffe
  • Wonder at romantic Glencar Waterfall - Featured in W.B. Yeats poem The Stolen Child
  • Behold 12th-century decorated stonework at Boyne Abbey
  • Take in the spiritual significance of the Hill of Uisneach - Ireland's mysterious Sacred Centre
  • Visit the medieval town of Athlone and it's 13th-Century Castle
  • Marvel at the Celtic high crosses and tower of Clonmacnoise
  • Take a step back in time at Kilbeggan Distillery - Ireland's oldest licensed distillery
  • Pass by stunning Belvedere House and Gardens and Castletown House
Prices Based On
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.

“Awesome Trip to Scotland”

Aug 21, 2019 by Maggie McCoy. Your Hometown: Hopkinton, MA

This was our visit trip to Europe in years and the first time our 14-year-old daughter was out of the country. It was a fantastic trip. Amanda spent so much time with me planning and arranging our itinerary. I asked for boutique type of places to stay and that is exactly what we got. We also got a driver who was absolutely fantastic. He was so knowledgeable and took us to some lovely out of the way places, away from all the tourists...he became part of our family. Every day was an adventure and so much fun....my husband was able to get on the Old Course at St Andrew's totally unexpectedly and Edinburgh, the Highlands, Oban, and Machrihanish were all wonderful. We did not want to come home!!

“Heart of Scotland”

Aug 14, 2019 by Jennifer. Your Hometown: CT

This was our second trip through Authentic Ireland (the first one was to Ireland 7 years ago), and we thoroughly loved the experience. Yes, driving is challenging because we were driving on the "wrong" side of the car and on the "wrong" side of the road, but you'd be surprised at how quickly you adapt and how much having your own transportation allows you to see so much more than you would with a bus or guided tour. All of our hotels were in converted homes or castles, which made the experience so much more, well, authentic. We were able to go to all of the sites on our itinerary, saw a large amount of the country, and were able to experience the local cuisine. Our agent, Tim, was great at answering any questions and providing all of the travel documents well in advance of the trip. We will definitely be going back to Ireland and Scotland one day, and I have no reservations about going through Authentic Ireland again.

“Amazing Family/10 Year”

Aug 14, 2019 by Kilipaki Harris. Your Hometown: Skagway AK/Yuma AZ

We just spent 14 amazing days in Ireland. It was myself, spouse, a 14-year-old and a 9-Year-old. Talk about amazing, Amanda did such a great job at planning our trip for us. Each day was something new and exciting. All I did was give a few details and somehow this magician was able to pull off the best trip we have ever had. There were multiple things for all of us each day just about. So not only was my 9-year-old saying every day was EPIC, my 14-year-old even had an amazing time. The only suggestion I can give is to get the rental car added into your package. Don't be like me and try and get it cheaper, it will not work. Other than that such a great time. Thank you.

“Bucket List Trip to Ireland 2019”

Aug 8, 2019 by The Beckham's. Your Hometown: Carthage,TX

So Ireland has been on my bucket list for over 25 years. Something about there has always drawn my interest. We usually are headed to some beach and sun destination, but this year we agreed to check Ireland off the list. We started off by talking to friends that have been there about where and what to do. Of course, that led us to decide we needed to not go to a spot, but rather tour the whole island to see it all for ourselves. I am a big Game of Thrones fan and had to add Northern Ireland to the trip to see many of the sets and exhibits that were available during our trip. Jackie Daniel was who we ended up talking to and she was amazing!. we went back and forth a few times on adding this and changing that, but she put us together with a well-rounded trip!. We probably drove more than the average person would want to, but we wanted to see it all. Jackie put down things to do in every town and even things to try and go see between destinations. We had an amazing trip and just enjoyed the country. We did find out that due to cooler weather that a lot of hotels did not have Air Conditioning, but were gracious enough to provide fans. We had one B&B that just was not a good fit for is and sent Jackie an email asking what we could do. It was probably 0200 AM her time when we sent it due to the time change but she immediately responded and solved our problem on the spot. Her customer service was outstanding and would recommend her to anyone first time Ireland visitor. Ireland showed us the parts that were most to our liking and we will return next time and have more time to enjoy the street life both during the day and night. We did the whole country driving in 12 days but would suggest maybe 14 would allow a little more time in each place. Please do not fly to Dublin and not go to the countryside! That's where the real Ireland is!!

“Wonderful Week in Ireland”

Aug 7, 2019 by Laura Casper. Your Hometown: Battle Ground

My husband and I took our first trip to Ireland this month and had a wonderful, busy experience. Lainie Shaver put together a great self-guided road trip. Lainie spent a lot of time on the phone with me before our trip, explaining all the necessary details. She even walked me through Google maps to make sure I was comfortable with its use. Our lodging was top notch on large estates. There were more suggested places to visit than we could manage day by day so we picked our favorites before heading out each day. The extremely narrow country roads and frequent roundabouts didn't faze us after a few close calls! One of the best parts we weren't expecting but were pleasantly surprised about was the upgraded airfare to premium economy. We had so much space on our flights to and from Europe which were much appreciated and well worth the added expense. I highly recommend using Authentic Vacations to put your trip together.

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