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10 Day Deluxe Manor House Tour

10 Day Deluxe Manor House Tour

Tour Details
Valid From01-01-2011
Valid To01-02-2016
Days Touring9
Reference:ICTS001437
Tour Inclusions
  • Private Guided Transport
  • Transfers & Orientations
  • Driver Guide Expenses
  • Bed & Breakfast at Hotels
  • Activities & Events Listed
  • 24 Hour Concierge Service
Not Included
  • International Flights
  • Meals excluding breakfast
  • Entrance to Attractions
  • Cancellation Insurance
  • Gratuity / Tipping
  • Card Processing Fees
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Tour Description

Tour Summery
Luxury Castle and Manor House Tour of Ireland is our premium customized touring itinerary. This tour offers a luxury range of accommodations from 5 Star Castles and City hotels to more rural Manor House Hotels. The most popular hotels on this tour are The Merrion or Westbury Hotel in Dublin, Ashford Castle and Dromoland Castle in the West or Cahernane House and Park Hotel in Co Kerry. The scenery on our tour is a blend of Ireland's most beautiful landscapes, historical castles and estate houses and of course the highlights and must see destinations in the Emerald Isle. Scenic Highlights include the Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, and Connemara & Dublin City Highlights.
Tour Highlights
Orientation Tour of Dublin City Centre
Dublin City Self Guided Historical Tour
Dublin City Centre at Your Leisure
Wicklow Mountains, Gardens & Lakes Tour
Kinsale Town, Charles Fort and Old Head
Cork City Centre & Old English Market
West Cork Coastline Towns and Villages
Kenmare Town, Waterfalls & Bay Tour
Muckross House, Gardens & Torc Waterfall
Highlights of the Ring of Kerry Tour
Bunratty Castle, Park & Town at Leisure
West Clare, Cliffs & Burren Region Tour
Connemara National Park & Kylemore Tour
Galway City Centre Exploring & Shopping
Midlands Lakes, Bogs & Clonmacnoise Tour
Trim Castle, Kells & Hill of Tara Tour

Suggested Overnights
2 x Nights at The Merrion Hotel Dublin
2 x Nights at Hayfield Manor Hotel in Cork City
2 x Nights at Killarney Park Hotel in Killarney
2 x Nights at Ashford Castle Hotel in Connemara
1 Night at Dublin Airport Hotel

Transport Details

Day 1 to 9

Driver Guide/s - Your Expert Ireland Touring Driver Guide

All of our driver guides are experts on the areas you will be visiting on your tour of Ireland. We bring experienced driving skills, expert touring routes as well as knowledge and insight into the places you will be visiting and staying on your tour. Our driver guides will also recommend places to shop, have a drink, and dine in the various towns and villages and cities of Ireland. Your driver guide can arrange all kinds of activities, events and generally show you the country in such depth and quality is only possible using a local expert. It is simply the most enjoyable and carefree way of travelling with style.

Day 1 to 9

Mercedes Luxury Minivan - Mercedes Luxury Touring Minivan

Mercedes Luxury Viano is a superb, all-round, multi-purpose chauffeur vehicle. Our models are all extra long wheel base for extra leg room, comfort and luggage requirements. The windows are slightly tinted with privacy glass to enjoy the beautiful scenery without the glare of the sunshine. The captain seats are individual leather with armrests and reclining options. Vehicles have air conditioning and music players as standard. This is the ideal transportation for a small group on a tour of Ireland.

Day 1

Orientation Tour of Dublin City Centre

Our Dublin Based Driver Guide will give you a Panoramic Tour of Dublin City's highlights based on your expressed interests. He will point out the major attractions and places of historical and cultural importance from the monuments of the Phoenix Park, Custom House, Millennium Spire and Trinity College in the City Centre. Once you are familiar with the city our driver will take you to your hotel to relax after your flight. You may also be dropped at any of the attractions in the city centre such as the Guinness Storehouse or Trinity and your luggage taken to your Hotel.

Dublin City Centre at Your Leisure

Dublin City Centre is a compact and perfect for exploring on foot or with a private walking guide. In the city centre is the famous Trinity College with The Book of Kells and magnificent Long Room. We recommend visiting the National Museum of Ireland, History Museum & the National Gallery of Ireland located in and around Merrion Square. If you like to shop please try Grafton Street for high end stores, Dame Street for arts and antiquities as well as Nassau Street for all things Irish. If you would like pub, theatre or dining recommendations or bookings please ask our concierge team. We can also arrange a walking guide or a specialist guide for shopping, genealogy or literary walking tours.

Day 2

Dublin City Self Guided Historical Tour

In the centre of Dublin the major attractions are Trinity College and the Book of Kells, perhaps the worlds most beautifully illustrated book. In the same area there is also St Patrick's Cathedral, Christchurch and the famous Guinness Brewery . There are a host of shopping and museums and galleries to explore on foot. We highly recommend the National Museum, Natural History Museum and the National Gallery to name a few.

Day 3

South Tipperary & Rock of Cashel Tour

South Tipperary is renowned for its rustic castles and ancient abbeys and lush farming landscapes. The World Heritage town of Cashel lies at the foot of the world famous Rock of Cashel. This towering monument has a unique collection of medieval buildings including a Fortified Castle, atmospheric Cathedral, Romanesque Chapel and Round Tower. The town of Cahir is famous for its Norman fortification, Cahir Castle as well as the associated Hunting Lodge, known simply as the Swiss Cottage. Also in the immediate area there are the remains of once thriving monasteries at Cashel, Holy Cross and Attassel. Tipperary is also associated with evergreen valleys and mountainscapes of the Glen of Aherlow and the Vee Valley Drives.

Wicklow Mountains, Gardens & Lakes Tour

We will collect you in Dublin and take you on a tour of the highlights of the magnificent Dublin and Wicklow Mountains . The highlights of this day tour will be the wonderful St Kevin's Monastery and two lakes at Glendalough, Powerscourt House, Gardens and Waterfall that is the highest in the British Isles. We will also explore the Wicklow highlands and the Sally Gap with its breathtaking vistas. Finally we will return to Dublin over the Dublin Mountains and visit Johnny Fox's Pub for food along with the spooky Hell Fire Club (time permitting).

Day 4

Kinsale Town, Charles Fort and Old Head

Kinsale Town is known throughout the world as the gourmet capital of Ireland and has an enviable amount of pubs, restaurants and cafes. Charles Fort on the hillside outside the town was designed just for the purpose of protecting this historical trading town from invaders. The streets are colourful and eclectic with influences from the English, Italian and French visitors. Around the town there are many beautiful beaches as well as the Old Head Golf Links, perhaps the most spectacular golf course location in the world.

Cork City & Old English Food Market

Corks Old English Market is a unique covered food and artisan market that dates back to the middle ages. The origins of the market can be traced back to James 1st in 1610, but the present building dates from 1786. The centre is populated with some of Irelands finest gourmet restaurants and a trip to the English Market the heart of the city is a must. Here local artisans have been trading local delicacies under charming Victorian decor for almost two centuries. Among the speciality foods sold at the market are buttered eggs, pigs' feet known as Crubeens, tripe in milk and a host of specialty local fish.

Day 5

West Cork Coastline Towns and Villages

The lovely West Cork coastline is among the most indented, varied and lush in Ireland. Among the highlights of this tour is the ancient Drombeg Stone Circle and the nearby quaint fishing villages of Glandore and Union Hall. There are also seaside towns of Baltimore and Schull with lots of nice shops and cafes to browse through. Further on are Bantry and Glengarriff is located at the foot of the Caha Mountains that separate Cork from Kerry. It is a dense lush sub-tropical valley that is famous for a seal colony and Italian Gardens visited by boat from The Blue Pool in Glengarriff.

Kenmare Town, Waterfalls & Bay Tour

Kenmare is one of Irelands prettiest towns nestled between the imposing Ring of Kerry Mountain Range and the Caha Mountains on the Kenmare River. The town has numerous shops that specialize in all kinds of fine antiques, laces & linen, gourmet food and fine arts. Close to the town is Kenmare Stone Circle, an unusual egg shaped circle and one of the oldest and largest in the South West. In summer boats trips from the pier that tour the magnificent Bay of Kenmare can be arranged. There are wonderful tree lined walks from the 5* Park Hotel to the Bay via pretty inlets. On the outskirts of the town are the pretty waterfalls on the Sheen River, where the Sheen Falls Hotel is located.

Day 6

Muckross House, Gardens & Torc Waterfall

Muckross House and Gardens is the finest Victorian Mansion and Estate in Ireland. Its position overlooking the Lakes of Killarney becomes impossibly romantic when the Rhododendrons are in full bloom. The House documents the history of all the influential families who dominated local life and politics for centuries. The estate can be walked on foot or admired from the many jaunting cars which are about. Close to the estate is the Torc Waterfall located in an enchanted wooded area which makes a small hike into the National Park very rewarding.

Highlights of The Ring of Kerry Tour

Our Highlights of The Ring of Kerry Tour takes in the very best of this magical landscape in a unique and unforgettable drive through the gems of the Killarney National Park. From Killarney and the Muckross Estate the narrow road winds up to Ladies View and Molls Gap where panoramic view of the lakes and distant peaks form a picturesque stop. Returning to the town of Killarney the beautiful Ross Castle is nested on a serene lakeshore with small wooden boat trips available to the nearby islands. A walk through the lively streets of Killarney is also recommended with many fine craft stores in the town centre.

Day 7

Bunratty Castle, Park & Town at Leisure

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park is one of the finest medieval attractions in Ireland with a wonderful Banqueting Hall which relives the lifestyle of Ireland in Medieval Times. Attached to the Castle is a restored Folk Park with building dating back three hundred years, perfectly restored to their original decor. There is excellent shopping in the area at Blarney Woollen Mills and Meadows and Byrnes. Durty Nelly's on the banks of the River Fergus has been serving Ale since the middle ages and today the dark lighting and sawdust floors retain its air of authenticity. It serves both bar and restaurant food as well as the option to pull your own pint.

West Clare, Cliffs of Moher & Burren

West Clare is among Irelands most rugged and dramatic landscapes with shifting and sculpting stone creating unforgettable scenery such as the Cliffs of Moher, Burren Plateau and Islands. We recommend a visit to visit to the spectacular Aillwee Caves in Ballyvaughan at the heart of The Burren. The ancient Dolmen at Poulnabrune is a relic to the intelligence of the first settlers in this remote lunar like landscape. The villages of Ballyvaughan and Kinvarra are quaint and two of the most pleasant and photogenic in Ireland.


Day 8

Connemara, Sky Road and Kylemore Valley

In the morning we will head west of Galway and the beautiful Connemara landscape which is rugged and dramatic as sheep overtake cows as the main curious onlookers. After the trail we will continue through Leenane village where the movie "The Field" was filmed. You will visit Kylemore Abbey, the only home of the Benedictine nuns in Ireland. We will travel through Letterfrack, and the coastline taking the Sky Road back to Clifden.

Galway City Centre Exploring & Shopping

Galway is Ireland's cultural, language, traditional music and artistic Capital. The city centre is famous for its lively ambience, street entertainment, shopping, cafes and pubs. As the centre of the city is all walking streets this is best explored on foot starting at Eyre Square and ending at The Claddagh Quay or vice versa. Shoppers in Galway will find an eclectic range or local goods from the Aran Sweaters to the Claddagh Rings. The Latin Quarter is veritably buzzing from the eclectic legacy of a European influenced maritime past which starts at the Spanish Arch. Dining and pubs numerous and the Quays Bar, Naughton's Pub and Mc Donaghs seafood restaurant are all favorites. We also recommend a quick stop at Lynchs Castle in the centre of Shop Street, a magnificent Gothic style castle with a macabre history.

Day 9

Clonmacnoise Monastic City & The Shannon

The Midlands of Ireland is an area rich in a landscape of blanket bog dispersed with lakes, castles and historic towns. The highlights of the region include the wonderful gardens at Birr Castle with its turn of the century telescope and beautiful walks. Leap Castle is reputed to be Irelands most haunted building and can be visited on request. Clonmacnoise is one Irelands golden age of monastic centres of learning, a sixth century city built by St Ciaran. There are many other stops of interest including Kilbeggan which has a fantastic distillery tour and Glasson which also makes a great dining break.

Trim Castle, Kells & Hill of Tara Tour

County Meath is an archaeological voyage of unparallel importance which has many attractions dating from very ancient to medieval times. The Hill of Tara stands in the centre of this fascinating county with commanding views in all directions this was the seat of the ancient Kings of Ireland. Little remains today of the ancient capital with the exception of raised mounds, a giant "Stone of Destiny" and a Chamber for Hostages. Trim Castle to the west however is almost perfectly intact and one of Irelands most interesting castles. Used for many film sets including Braveheart the castle sits proudly on the banks of the Boyne and has many ruins in the area that make an interesting walk.

Day 1 - 2

Merrion Hotel Dublin

Merrion Hotel, Dublin, a five star Manor Hotel is our preferred hotel in Dublin City Centre and quite simply one of the very best hotels in Ireland. It combines the convenience of location, a wonderful choice of restaurants and the finest private art collection in Dublin. The hotel has a quiet and refined sophistication with large drawing rooms, an enclosed garden as public areas. On the doorstep are some of Ireland's finest restaurants and music pubs on the lively and fashionable Baggot Street. For those wishing to unwind there is the option to get pampered in the Tethra Spa.

Day 3 - 4

Hayfield Manor Cork

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 ten minutes walk through the university quarter and along the banks of the River Lee.

Day 5 - 6

Killarney Park Hotel

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 .

Day 7 - 8

Ashford Castle Hotel

Ashford Castle Hotel is a 5 Star Luxury Castle on the Banks of Lough Corrib and is perhaps Irelands most quintessential and beautiful castle hotels. It has everything a person could want on a vast estate of 350 acres of woodlands, park and Lakelands. The hotel boasts two fine dining restaurants, a beautiful oak panelled bar, fishing, falconry, clay pigeon shooting and a host of other activities on its extensive estate. Many of our visitors to Ireland remark afterwards that a stay at Ashford was a once in a lifetime experience.

Day 9

Northwood Hotel Dublin

Dublin Northwood Crowne Plaza is a luxury four star hotel located five minutes from Dublin Airport. The hotel is positioned in 85 acres of Woodlands and has a wonderful feeling of space for a hotel located so close to Dublin Airport. The rooms are well furnished and spacious and there are a number of restaurants to choose from at the hotel including Touzai which focuses on Asian Fusion cuisine. There is a complimentary shuttle service from the hotel to the airport which runs from 5am to midnight each day.

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