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7-Night Whiskey & Wellness

Price: From $1,298 Per Person

“Whiskey is liquid sunshine,” stated the Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw. Discover why on this fabulous Ireland vacation that perfectly balances recreation and relaxation.

Receive a luxurious private transfer to the Davenport Hotel upon arrival. Located in the heart of Georgian Dublin, you’ll instantly feel the elegance of this gorgeously restored accommodation. Stroll through St. Stephen’s Green, Ireland’s best known Victorian public park, to stretch your legs. Or, if shopping is your thing, head to bustling Grafton Street. The Jameson Whiskey Maker Experience, where you will blend your own whiskey to take home, is included on Day Two. Perhaps visit O’Connell Street, located in the heart of Dublin City, to see the symbolically important GPO (General Post Office). Day Three brings the ‘ultimate taste bud tingler’ for a Guinness fan; an included tour of the Storehouse, followed by the Connoisseur Experience. Check out the vibrant nightlife of the Temple Bar District, close to your hotel and chock full of pubs and restaurants.

On Day Four, collect your rental car and head south, stopping to behold the Rock of Cashel. Visit the heritage town of Cahir as you make your way to the gourmet town of Kenmare. Your last stop is Sheen Falls Lodge, a true oasis of tranquility. Perhaps take a few laps in the heated pool before sampling “the water of life” at a unique Mature Whiskey Tasting experience. Five-star luxury is yours for three nights. The neighboring 300-acre Sheen Falls Estate offers an abundance of activities—make use of the lodge’s complimentary bicycles, ride horses, play golf, or go salmon fishing—just for starters. A bevy of therapeutic spa treatments are available at the Easanna Spa. Explore the Kerry leg of the Wild Atlantic Way with the lodge serving as a convenient base. Experience the Ring of Kerry’s mysticism and the Ring of Beara’s breathtaking beauty. Marvel at the McGillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range, in Killarney National Park.

Drive east on Day Seven to visit Adare. Dating back to the early 13th century, it’s widely regarded as “Ireland’s prettiest village”. En route to your accommodation is the Irish National Stud, the only stud farm in Ireland open to the public, and the lovely Japanese Gardens. Spend your final night at Leixlip Manor, built in 1798. You may be greeted by the manor ponies as you meander the emerald green grounds. Spend some peaceful moments in the Victorian walled garden before it’s time to say goodbye to Ireland the following morning.

Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • 3 Nights Dublin City Heritage Hotel
  • 3 nights Five Star Kenmare Bay Retreat
  • 1 night Restored Luxury Manor House

TRANSPORTATION

  • Private Chauffeur Transfer from Dublin Airport to your Downtown Hotel
  • Rental Car including our Exclusive Reduced Excess Insurance Package

DINING OPTIONS

  • 7 Full Irish Breakfasts

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Jameson Whiskey Maker Experience
  • Guinness Connoisseur Experience
  • Mature Whiskey Tasting at your 5 Star Retreat

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Historic Bow Street Distillery
  • Iconic Guinness Storehouse
  • Trinity College & The Book of Kells
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral & Dublin Castle
  • Experience driving through the rolling hills of the Irish Countryside
  • Stay in the picturesque gourmet town of Kenmare
  • Kenmare Bay & the Ring of Kerry
  • The lesser travelled breathtaking Beara Peninsula
  • Killarney and its stunning National Park
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens

Dublin, County Dublin

Accommodation

Davenport Hotel - Dublin, 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.


Included Experiences

Meet & Greet Private Airport Transfer - Dublin

Dublin, County Dublin

Your tour includes a luxurious private transfer from Dublin Airport to your Downtown Hotel. Once you have collected your luggage, proceed through to the Arrivals Hall, and look for your driver. He/She will be holding an iPad with your name thereon, and will quickly escort you outside, where your ride awaits. Before you know it, you will have arrived at your Dublin City Center Hotel, and your Irish adventure can truly begin! That's right, no endless searching for the right airport shuttle, bus or taxi. No trying to figure out where you're going or which bus stop is yours. Just the perfect start to a well-deserved, relaxing vacation... All part of our Authentic Vacations 5-star Customer Service!


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

St Stephen's Green, County Dublin

On The Map: St Stephen's Green is located in the heart of Dublin City, at the southern end of bustling Grafton Street - the city's premier shopping street. The famous Stephen's Green Shopping Centre is adjacent to the northwestern corner of the Green itself.

Stephen's Green is Ireland's best known Victorian public park. Originally enclosed by a wall in 1664, access to the 22 acre Green was restricted to local residents until 1880. The Green has been maintained in the original Victorian layout with extensive perimeter tree and shrub planting, as well as spectacular spring and summer Victorian bedding. The herbaceous border also provides colour from early spring to late autumn. Sanctuary from inclement weather can be obtained in the Victorian lakeside shelter or in the Victorian Swiss shelters in the center of the park. Over 3.5 km of pathways are accessible for all users. The waterfall and Pulham rock work on the western side of the green are worth of a visit, likewise the ornamental lake which provides a home for waterfowl and a garden for the visually impaired. A number of sculptures are located throughout the green. A children's playground is a popular attraction of the park. Lunchtime concerts are performed during the summer months.


Grafton Street, County Dublin

On The Map: Grafton Street runs from Saint Stephen's Green in the south to College Green in the north

Grafton Street is without doubt Ireland's premier shopping street - in terms of retail rent, it's the fifth most expensive in the world! With beautiful historic buildings housing iconic Irish businesses such as Brown Thomas, Weir & Sons and Bewley’s Grafton Street Café, Grafton Street offers an experience that cannot be found elsewhere in the country. Since the 1980s, the street has been mostly pedestrianized, with the exception of a short stretch that runs between Nassau Street and College Green and contains the 18th century Trinity College Provost's House, home to the head of the college. If shopping's not your thing, Grafton Street is still worth checking out. It's a bustling, atmospheric spot, and high quality street performers including musicians, poets and mime-artists commonly perform to the shopping crowds.


Trinity College, County Dublin

On The Map: Trinity College is located in the heart of Dublin City. Just south of the River Liffey, the campus grounds are bordered by Grafton, College, Pearse, Nassau & Leinster Streets.

Time spent in Dublin would not be complete without a visit to Trinity College. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1st, it is one of the oldest universities in the British Isles, and the very oldest in Ireland. Standing on a self contained site in the very heart of Dublin, the College itself covers some 35 acres of cobbled squares and green spaces surrounded by buildings which represent the accumulated architectural riches of nearly three centuries. Although Trinity offers much of interest to the visitor, the crown jewel is without doubt the Book of Kells. The Book is an 'illuminated manuscript', globally celebrated for its lavish decoration. The manuscript contains the four Gospels in Latin based on a Vulgate text, written on vellum (prepared calfskin), in a bold and expert version of the script known as 'insular majuscule'. Written in the 9th century, it has been on display in the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin from the mid-19th century, and attracts over 500,000 visitors a year.


Dublin, County Dublin

Accommodation

Davenport Hotel - Dublin, 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.


Included Experiences

Jameson Whiskey Maker Experience

Dublin, County Dublin

The Whiskey Makers experience is a whiskey masterclass which provides a 90 minute, in-depth exploration of Jameson Original three other whiskeys that comprise the Whiskey Makers Series: Distiller’s Safe, Cooper’s Croze and Blender’s Dog. Each was developed by a Jameson Master Whiskey Maker and represents their ideal expression of a whiskey. A knowledgeable Jameson Ambassador will guide you through a tasting experience that teaches you how to deconstruct the ingredients, craft and differentiate flavour profiles of each whiskey. Your new-found knowledge will come in handy when you get to blend your own whiskey to take home. Jameson's motto is ‘fear a bit less, live a bit more’ and to that point, blending your own whiskey in the home of Jameson is surely one for the bucket list. Most whiskey blenders spend decades learning their craft, so ninety minutes is a pretty handy shortcut! The whiskey tour culminates in the Maturation Warehouse where you’ll have the rare opportunity to sample whiskey straight from the cask.


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.


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.


EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, County Dublin

EPIC tells the dramatic story of the people who have left the island of Ireland, how these people spread around the globe, and how they influenced and shaped the world. It is a story of rich and poor, destinations near and far. It is a story of 10 million epic journeys.

EPIC connects the 70 million people around the world today who claim Irish heritage and ancestry. Using state-of-the-art technology these stories are vividly brought to life through video, images and sound to create a powerful and emotional experience.

The Irish influence in the arts, from literature, dance, music and design is world renowned. See how Irish culture has travelled and adapted on its journey across the globe, and how its traditions have been adopted and celebrated in many countries around the world.

Retrace the journeys of over 300 people, past and present, and relive some of the greatest achievements and accomplishments in the world of art, design, science, politics, sport & music.


Dublin, County Dublin

Accommodation

Davenport Hotel - Dublin, 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.


Included Experiences

Guinness Connoisseur Experience

Dublin, County Dublin

The Connoisseur Experience is the ultimate tasting experience for the ultimate Guinness fan. Gather in the luxurious private bar, discreetly tucked away in a secluded area of the Guinness Storehouse where you will embark on a journey through tastes, traditions, and stories of the most popular variants of Guinness beer - Guinness Draught, Guinness Original, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, and one of the beers from The Brewers Project range. You will also have the opportunity to learn the craft of how to pour the perfect pint of your very own Guinness. This experience is an exclusive added feature to the general admission tickets which include a self-guided tour of the visitor experience and a complimentary pint of Guinness or soft drink.


Must-See Sites

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 Castle, County Dublin

Since its foundation in 1204, Dublin Castle has been at the heart of the history and evolution of Dublin.  Today, spanning an area of over 44,000 square meters (11 acres), the site contains 2 museums, 2 cafés, an international conference centre, 2 gardens, Government Buildings and the State Apartments (the most important state rooms in the country). The grounds of the Castle are free to explore, as is the Chapel Royal, the Chester Beatty Library, the Garda Museum and the Revenue Museum.  Access to the State Apartments is by guided tour only and tickets may be purchased from the Apartments in the Upper Castle Yard.


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. 


Kenmare, County Kerry

Accommodation

Sheen Falls Lodge - Kenmare, County Kerry

5 Star
Room Type: Deluxe 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

Mature Whiskey Tasting at Sheen Falls

Kenmare, County Kerry

Enjoy an introduction to some of Ireland’s more mature whiskeys and get the opportunity to taste some for yourself! There's no better place to learn about whiskey - the word 'whiskey' (or whisky) itself comes from the Irish 'uisce beatha', meaning water of life. 


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

Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary

On the Map: Cashel is located in County Tipperary in the southern midlands of Ireland. The main M8 motorway connecting the major cities of Dublin (to the northeast) and Cork (to the southwest) passes right by the town.

The Rock of Cashel (Carraig Phádraig), more formally St. Patrick's Rock, is also known as Cashel of the Kings. One of the most visited sites in Ireland, The Rock 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 buildings represent both Hiberno-Romanesque and Germanic influences in their architecture. 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.


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: Deluxe 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

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).


Killarney, 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).

Killarney lies on the edge of the astoundingly beautiful Killarney National Park, with its three magnificent lakes and the spectacular MacGillycuddy Reeks mountain range. The park is also home to Muckross House and Gardens. Killarney is a wonderful base for all manner of activities including angling and water sports, golf, riding, orienteering, hiking, cycling, and canoeing. The town itself is quite small but full of charm - this you will soon see as you walk down the brick footpaths and pass curious old-style shop fronts. Killarney is well known for its excellent shops, restaurants and cosmopolitan appeal. It is also renowned for its evening entertainment including many singing pubs, cabarets, dancing venues, and banquets. Traditional Irish music can also be heard in many of the local pubs on a nightly basis.


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: Deluxe 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

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.


Garnish Island, County Cork

On The Map: Garnish Island is located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay, in Southwest Ireland.

Garnish is world renowned for its gardens which are laid out in beautiful walks and it boasts some stunning specimen plants which are rare in this climate. Acccessed by a short ferry trip, Garnish Island is a place that truly has to be seen to be believed. The island is plays host to a multitude of plant variations, and the blanket of Summer colouring which covers the Island creates a rainbow of colour. The Island has a wonderful history and its unusual micro-climate allows a range of exotic subtropical plant species to flourish. There are a number of walks and interesting buildings on the Island.  The gardens of Ilnacullin owe their existence to the creative partnership, some seventy years ago, of Annan Bryce, then owner of the island and Harold Peto, architect and garden designer. The island was bequeathed to the Irish people in 1953, and was subsequently entrusted to the care of the Commissioners of Public Works.


Ring of Beara, County Cork

On the Map: The Beara Peninsula, Ring of Beara 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. The R574 regional road crosses the Caha Mountains via the (Tim) Healy Pass. It runs from the R572 at Adrigole in County Cork to the R571 near Lauragh in County Kerry. The Peninsula is 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 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.


Leixlip, County Kildare

Accommodation

Leixlip Manor - Leixlip, County Kildare

Manor
Room Type: Manor Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time: 2 PM

Check-out time: 12 PM 


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.


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. 
 


Overnight Location

Leixlip, County Kildare

On the map: The name "Leixlip" comes from the Old Norse Lax Hlaup which means "salmon leap". The was the name given to the area by Vikings when they established a settlement near the confluence of the river Liffey and Rye Water in the 9th century. The salmon leap itself was a pair of large waterfalls which are now gone from view following the installation of a hydroelectric power station in the mid-1940s.

After the Vikings, the Normans arrived and built a Castle overlooking the two rivers in 1132 known as Leixlip Castle. In 1732, the nephew of Speaker Connolly, William Connolly, bought the castle, and in the same year, Arthur Guinness began a small brewery on the banks of the Liffey beside the Main Street. The brewery moved to St. James’s Gate, Dublin in 1759 and has become one of the best- known global brands.

Thomas Connolly’s wife, Lady Louise, was responsible for the building of The Obelisk between Leixlip & Celbridge known as Connolly’s Folly, in 1740 and the Wonderful Barn, built in 1743.


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ACCOMMODATION

  • 3 Nights Dublin City Heritage Hotel
  • 3 nights Five Star Kenmare Bay Retreat
  • 1 night Restored Luxury Manor House

TRANSPORTATION

  • Private Chauffeur Transfer from Dublin Airport to your Downtown Hotel
  • Rental Car including our Exclusive Reduced Excess Insurance Package

DINING OPTIONS

  • 7 Full Irish Breakfasts

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Jameson Whiskey Maker Experience
  • Guinness Connoisseur Experience
  • Mature Whiskey Tasting

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Historic Bow Street Distillery
  • Iconic Guinness Storehouse
  • Trinity College & The Book of Kells
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral & Dublin Castle
  • Rolling Green Hills of the Irish Countryside
  • Picturesque Gourmet Town of Kenmare
  • Kenmare Bay & the Ring of Kerry
  • Lesser traveled equally breathtaking Beara Peninsula
  • Killarney and its stunning National Park
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens

Prices Based On

  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. Just Ask Us for a Single Supplement Price.

Destination Vacation

byPeter L PavlinaAuthentic Ireland Travel
Your Hometown: Boston

Great trip thanks to Michelle's great work!

Ireland Vacation

byJessica BrewerAuthentic Ireland Travel
Your Hometown: St. Cloud

We had a FABULOUS vacation! Jacoya was great to work with. Highly recommend!

Dream Vacation!

Your Hometown: Coronado

Our trip to Ireland was an absolute dream! Thank you, Tam, for taking the time to create a personalized, affordable trip for us. I highly suggest using Tam at Authentic Vacations to plan your trip to Ireland! You will have the time of your life! :)

Great Vacation. Fabulous Vacation Planner

Your Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

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.

Beautiful Ireland

byGwendolyn A GodfreyAuthentic Ireland Travel
Your Hometown: Zephyrhills

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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