Majestic Ireland Tour

8 Day Guided Tour of Ireland

Our 8 day Guided Tour takes you through some of Ireland’s most magical and historic sites. This Tour is carefully designed to offer you the perfect balance of luxury properties, historic sites and magical scenery. Experience the warmth of true Irish hospitality. Soak up the magical atmosphere on your castle stay evenings. Travel along Ireland’s East and South Coasts before experiencing the West’s Wild Atlantic Way!

8 days from just €3300 per person sharing for 2 pax in Mercedes S Class with driver / guide.

8 days from just €1950 per person sharing for 10 pax in Mercedes Sprinter with driver / guide.

Your guided / tour vacation Includes:

Itinerary:

DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN DUBLIN

Glendalough Monastic City, Co. Wicklow

You will be met at Dublin Airport by our Tour Guides. You will then be brought to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland – Glendalough in Co. Wicklow. This early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and from this developed the “Monastic City”. Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries. Close to the monastic city is the interactive centre. The centre features an audio visual and has a model of the monastic site on display. You will be welcomed by a friendly and knowledgeable staff where all your questions will be answered – http://www.glendalough.ie/

We will then whisk you to the magnificent 5 Star Cilff House Hotel in Ardmore Bay for your first overnight stay – http://www.thecliffhousehotel.com/

Overnight: Co. Waterford at the 5-star Cliff House Hotel

DAY 2 – Titanic Centre and Blarney Castle

Co.Cork

After a scrumptious breakfast, we will travel along Ireland’s South Coast to the historic seaside town of Cobh in Co. Cork. Here you will visit the ‘Titanic Experience’ and witness the last stop of the ship’s tragic journey. See http://www.titanicexperiencecobh.ie/ for more info.

Next stop is the world famous Blarney Castle. Here you will visit the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the tower. Kiss it and you’ll never again be lost for words. http://www.blarneycastle.ie/

You will then be transferred to the 5 Star Europe Hotel in the bustling town of Killarney for the first of two night’s stay. http://www.theeurope.com/

Overnight: Killarney – The Europe Hotel 5 Star

DAY 3 - Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s best-known and most scenic circuits, skirting the edge of the Iveragh Peninsula – the middle and largest of three fingers of land reaching out into the Atlantic on the island’s south-west extremity. This 120-mile route encounters some of Ireland’s finest landscapes, a breathtaking mosaic of rugged, storm-bashed coast, steep mountains, velvety green fields, historic sites, slate-coloured glacial lakes and welcoming towns and villages. Visit the home of Daniel O’Connell, the Liberator. www.heritageireland.ie

Overnight: Killarney – The Europe Hotel 5 Star www.theeurope.com

DAY 4 – Dingle Peninsula

The Dingle Peninsula or Corca Dhuibhne stretches 30 miles (48 kilometres) into the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland’s south-west coast.

The peninsula is dominated by the range of mountains that form its spine, running from the Slieve Mish range to Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest peak.

The coastline consists of steep sea-cliffs, broken by sandy beaches, with two large sand spits at Inch in the south and the Maharees to the north.

The Blasket Islands lie to the west of the peninsula.

The peninsula has something to offer to everyone. Among other things: sandy beaches safe for swimming, walking routes for all abilities, a thriving Irish language community, a rich musical tradition, fine dining, sea angling, arts and film festivals, talented craftspersons and some of the best surfing in Ireland.

Overnight: Dingle Skellig Hotel www.dingleskellig.com

DAY 5 – Cliffs of Moher

Leaving Killarney, we will cross Ireland and the UK’s longest river – The Shannon. We will take the ferry from Tarbert in Co. Kerry and cross the Shannon to Killimer in Co. Clare. From there we will travel North along the West Coast of Clare through seaside towns such as Kilrush, Kilkee, Doonbeg, Spanish Point and Lahinch to the breath-taking UNESCO World Heritage Cliffs of Moher.

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. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years.

We will then travel east to the fairytale Dromoland Castle for an overnight stay

Overnight: Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare – 5 Star www.dromoland.ie

DAY 6 – Galway & Connemara

From Dromoland Castle we will head north to the Harbour City of Galway. Galway City is a thriving, bohemian, cultural city on the western coast of Ireland. Along with being a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches and long winding promenade, it also has a buzzing cosmopolitan city centre. The city is a joy to explore with its labyrinthine cobbled streets, colourful shop facades and busy café/ bar culture.

Heading west from Galway along the famous Galway Bay, our personalised tour takes you through Spiddal, Rosmuc and along the rugged shoreline to Roundstone and Clifden. Our experienced driver guides will show you the hidden gems of Connemara, including the Alcock & Brown landing site, the breathtaking Sky Road, romantic Kylemore Abbey and native Connemara Ponies.

After a busy few days, why not stay in the 2015 Best Hotel in the World? Ashford Castle – The Virtuoso World Hotel of the Year 2015 – awaits for a 2-night stay to round off your tour!

Overnight: Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo – 5 Star www.ashfordcastle.com

DAY 7 – Achill Island and Westport

Our final full day takes us to Ireland’s largest Island – Achill. Lashed by the ocean, carved by the wind and swept by the rain, Achill is one of Ireland’s most spectacular and beautiful places.

Achill’s rugged landscape features dramatic cliffs, soaring mountains, remote lakes and secluded beaches – including no fewer than five Blue Flag beaches.

On our way back from Achill, we will stop off at the beautiful town of Westport. A designated Heritage Town and three-time overall winner of the National Tidy Towns Competition, the words picturesque and Westport go hand in hand. A safe haven, Westport kisses the South East shores of the Atlantic inlet of Clew Bay and lies against the backdrop of the protective Croagh Patrick – under the watchful eye of the chapel at its peak.

Overnight: Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo – 5 Star

DAY 8 - Depart Shannon or Dublin