This tour captures the best of Ireland, at the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

Experience a festive atmosphere like no other, and enjoy the best that Ireland has to offer, in this Luxury 7-night tour of Ireland over Christmas and New Year.

Starting in the capital city of Dublin, famed for its friendliness, nightlife, and great shopping, you will stay 2 nights at the 5-star Merrion Hotel. Perfectly located within walking distance of all of Dublin’s main attractions, and situated in a beautifully restored Georgian townhouse, with walls adorned with the most amazing art, The Merrion is our chosen hotel for the ultimate in luxury. Get to know Dublin with a personalized guided tour of Dublin city, finding the capital’s major attractions such as Trinity College, the Book of Kells, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Christchurch Cathedral, and the Guinness Storehouse.

The next stop is Cork, in the south of Ireland, with a 2-night stay in the 5-star Hayfield Manor. Christmas comes alive in this beautiful city, and you will be swept up in the festive atmosphere with seasonal shopping in the renowned English Market, Christmas Carols with the Glow Christmas festival and an array of award-winning restaurants and bars to choose from.

Finally, the trip rounds off with a 3-night stay in the 5-star Killarney Park Hotel. A town renowned for it’s warm and welcoming atmosphere, Christmas and New Year really is a special time, a highlight being the New Year celebration. Exploring the historic Muckross House and hiking through Killarney National Park are great ways to shake off the cobwebs the next day!

This is just a suggested itinerary, and can be tailored to meet your specific interests and travel plans – just contact one of our Travel Advisors now, who will be happy to assist you!

NB: Driver Guides unavailable on Christmas Day or St Stephen’s Day/ Boxing Day.

 

Highlights

  • 2 Nights in Dublin 5-star hotel
  • 2 Nights in Cork 5-star hotel
  • 3 Nights in Killarney 5-star hotel
  • Personalized Dublin city tour
  • Shopping in Dublin’s Grafton Quarter
  • English Market In Cork
  • New Years celebrations in Killarney
  • Hotel Suggestions: Merrion Hotel in Dublin, Hayfield Manor in Cork, Killarney Park Hotel in Killarney
  • Suggested Airport: Dublin Airport
  • Regions Visited: Dublin, Killarney, Cork
  • Extended tour: Add 3 nights to explore Northern Ireland & Donegal in depth
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Accommodation

Merrion Hotel, Dublin

Merrion Hotel, Dublin

Merrion Hotel, Dublin

Merrion Hotel, Dublin

The Merrion Hotel Dublin

Hayfield Manor Hotel, Cork

Hayfield Manor Hotel, Cork

Hayfield Manor Hotel, Cork

Killarney Park Hotel, Kerry

Killarney Park Hotel, Kerry

Killarney Park Hotel, Kerry

Drawing room at the Merrion Hotel Dublin

Merrion Hotel, Dublin

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Many of the 142 bedrooms and suites overlook period landscaped gardens. Guests can dine in the 2-star Michelin Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud or The Cellar Restaurant and Bar. The intimate No 23 cocktail bar waits as does the Tethra Spa which boasts an 18m pool, steam room, fully equipped gymnasium and two private treatment rooms. The Merrion offers six private dining and meeting rooms. Visit Website

Hayfield Manor Hotel, Cork

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Hayfield Manor Hotel is Cork City’s only five-star Hotel located in the leafy and tranquil University Region. The hotel is positioned in mature gardens with fine oak trees, a private garden, and an aviary. The hotel has a wonderful fine dining restaurant which we highly recommend as well as a newer bistro-style venue for more informal dining options. Hayfield Manor is celebrated for Corks most spacious and luxurious rooms ranging from Manor House to Executive Suites. There is also a swimming pool and spa for those who wish to really relax and unwind after a day’s touring. The city centre is a ten minutes walk through the university quarter and along the banks of the River Lee. Visit Website.

Killarney Park Hotel, Kerry

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The Killarney Park located in the centre of Killarney Town has for many years being the destinations leading 5 Star Hotel. The hotel combines excellent services with intimacy and friendly staff who make staying at the hotel a memorable experience. The hotel has an excellent spa facility, music in the bar on summer nights and a choice of excellent restaurants. Located in the centre of town this is an ideal base to enjoy the nightlife of Killarney at leisure and perhaps an evening show. Visit Website.

Luxury Christmas & New Years in Ireland

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Transport

When you tour Ireland with Ireland Chauffeur Travel, you travel in style and luxury. We provide the very best touring transport so your private chauffeur driver will guide you around Ireland in the latest luxury Mercedes and Land Rover Range Rover vehicle models.

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Experiences

Why not enhance your tour with some of these recommended Experiences along the way! These can be arranged with your Travel Advisor when customizing your itinerary (please note Experiences are not included unless requested)

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Fireside Storytelling

Ireland is the land folklore, legends and storytelling. At Ireland Chauffeur Travel, we adore Ireland’s famed fireside storytelling sessions and we want to share that with you. We will arrange an authentic, engaging and private storytelling and music session with one of our favourite famed storytellers … and all in the comfort of your hotel or local pub

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Guinness Storehouse

Wander through the seven floors that make up the Home of the Black Stuff, and learn about its rich heritage and see how our famous drink is actually brewed. Once you reach the top you’ll get to sit back and enjoy a pint of perfection as well as an unequaled panoramic view of the city.

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Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

Established in 1796, Kilmainham Gaol is a former prison in Dublin where numerous revolutionaries were locked up and executed. The guided tour of Kilmainham Gaol starts off at the prison’s chapel, where Joseph Plunkett married Grace Gifford shortly before being executed for participating in the Easter Rising. Visit the cells, still gloomy and dank and continue to the patio where the prisoners were executed. Kilmainham Gaol continues to be an iconic symbol for most of the Irish population, as a symbol of their rebellion against British domination.

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National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland is in the heart of Georgian Dublin. It houses over 2,500 paintings and approximately 10,000 other works in different media. The Yeats museum is a special favourite, with works by Jack B Yeats, his father John Butler and other members of this artistic family. We can arrange private guided tours as well as a very special after-hours tour of the gallery.

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Shopping Spree

Love fashion and shopping? Dublin’s Grafton Street has you covered with big name favourites and an institution of Irish fashion – Brown Thomas. Let us arrange a local stylist to accompany you on your shopping trip to introduce you to Irish designers and ensure you are dressed to impressed!

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Food Delights

Ireland is a food island and each corner represents a different part of our food heritage. Whether in Belfast, Dublin, Donegal, Galway, Cork or the Causeway Coast, we can arrange a customized walking Food Tour of the area to introduce you to the local produce and producers…with tasty samples of course too!