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Luxury Castle & Manor Tour of Ireland

Luxury Castle & Manor Tour of Ireland

Tour Details
Valid From01-01-2011
Valid To31-12-2011
Days Touring8
Reference:ICTS000750
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

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, Connemara & Dublin City Highlights.

Transport Details

Day 1

Mercedes Luxury Minivan - Transfer to City with Orientation Tour




Day 1

Luxury Castle & Manor Tour of Ireland

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 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, Connemara & Dublin City Highlights.

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

Newgrange & Ancient Boyne Valley Tour

Just one hour North West of Dublin city is Newgrange an ancient wonder of Neolithic Age in Europe. Newgrange is a large grass covered mound covering an area of over one acre with large kerbstones which are richly decorated with megalithic art. The tour of the monument involves travelling though a chamber into the centre of the tomb. Here you will experience a reenactment of the magical process of the centre chamber lighting up with a thin shaft of early morning winter sunshine. There is an exhibition of ancient life in the Boyne Valley to support the monument that is worthy of a visit as well as an excellent audio visual show. The tour can be combined with visits to the lesser known monuments of Knowth and Dowth and also Ireland's most important battle site where the Battle of the Boyne took place in 1690.

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 3

Kilkenny Castle & Medieval City Tour

Kilkenny is Ireland foremost medieval city with a beautiful castle, cathedral, narrow cobbled streets and its own brewery. It is a wonderful walking city with the river running through the centre of its streets and a beautiful park located north of the Castle. Near Kilkenny are the beautiful villages of Graignamanagh and Inistoige where the movie "Circle of Friends" was filmed. Kilkenny County is also great for artisans with leather, pottery and contemporary designers populating the countryside. Kilkenny Design Centre is one of Irelands most authentic shopping experiences.

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.

Day 4

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 5

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.

Quintessential Ring of Kerry Coastline

The Ring of Kerry is the quintessential Irish peninsula touring experience for good reason. Within the 100-mile tour you will experience a range of attractions from mountains, lakes, quaint villages, coastal and cliffs, islands and the endearing locals en route. The highlights are the village of Sneem, Ladies View, Muckross House and Gardens as well as the million views dotted along the narrow roads of the Killarney National Park .


Day 6

Cliffs of Moher Sea Cliffs Experience

The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland's most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of up to one million visitors every year. Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. From the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry. 'OBriens Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years.

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 7

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.

Ashford Castle Estate Activities & Cong

On completion of the day touring you may take the afternoon at leisure on the grounds of the castle where multiple activities such as falconry, clay pigeon shooting and horse riding / walks are available on request. It is recommended to take a boat ride on Lough Corrib and perhaps stop on the Island of St.Patrick to view the ruins of an ancient monastery.There is often evening entertainment available in the Dungeon Bar at Ashford Castle.


Day 8

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.

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.

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

Hayfield Manor Cork

Larger in dimension than Superior Rooms, the opulent design of Deluxe Rooms offer a little bit of extra luxury for special occasions or romantic getaways. Each Deluxe guestroom is unique in design, with luxurious comfort a constant in all.
Deluxe Room Features Include:
-360 Spacious Relaxation area with comfortable armchairs
25 Channel TV with DVD and CD Player
Luxurious Bathrooms with extra Elemis Spa Toiletries
Heated Towel Rails
Room Attendance Twice Daily
Work Desk with Complimentary High Speed Internet Access
Complimentary Selection of Soft Drinks

Day 4 - 5

Cahernane Hotel Killarney

The Cahernane House Hotel is simply one of the great gems of Ireland's hospitality industry and was our Hotel of the Year for 2008. Its superb location on the edge of The Killarney National Park coupled with a wonderful Victorian d\'e9cor makes it touring favorites in Ireland. The property is a traditional Manor House which was the property of the Earl of Herbert, brother to Lord Kenmare of Muckross House and Gardens. Paintings of royal ancestors adorn the oak paneled walls of the lovely reception, library and public lounge areas. Fine dining and excellent wines are a specialty of this luxury four star hotel. You will also enjoy the very personal attention given to you by the friendly local staff.



Day 6 - 7

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 8

Carton House Hotel

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Pricing

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