Tour of Ireland June 2 - 5, 2017

Day 1: Friday, June 2

Dublin-Kilkenny-Cork

Morning arrival at Dublin Airport where after clearing customs we meet our Driver Guide in the arrivals hall. We drive through Dublin and head south. We first pass via Glendalough, monastic settlement of St. Kevin in the 6th century. We continue to the Medieval City of Kilkenny, where we enjoy an optional visit The Kilkenny Castle which has been completely refurbished in recent years. The impressive Victorian building was erected in the mid-19th century when it served as a home to the Hackett family. We enjoy a panoramic tour of Cork City, home to several magnificent churches including St. Ann’s and St. Finbar’s cathedral. Cork City is the second largest city in Ireland and takes its name from the Irish word Corcaigh meaning “marshy place”. The ancestral home of America’s automobile pioneer, Henry Ford is located here.

Accommodations: Overnight Hayfield Manor

Each unique, spacious bedroom at Hayfield Manor Hotel is individually designed with your comfort in mind. Each guest room contains beautiful antique furnishings and exquisite fabrics to indulge your senses and provide luxury accommodation for you on your visit to the city of Cork. Equipped with all the modern amenities you expect from Cork's premier 5 star hotel, bedrooms still retain the distinct magical charm of a Manor House. Each bedroom is individually styled with a character all of its own. When an occasion calls for that little something extra special, our willing and dedicated staff are more than happy to arrange a myriad of special touches such as chocolates and champagne to enhance your stay with us.

Day 2: Saturday, June 3

Cork-Blarney-Killarney

Morning departure from Cork. Our next stop, Blarney Castle, is home to the blarney stone, which legend has it bequeaths the “gift of eloquence” to all who kisses it. Time to shop at the woolen mills or stop in Christy’s Pub for a Pint! Our journey takes us east over the Kerry and Cork Mountains to Macroom where we pause for a short visit. This is the main market town for the Gaelic speaking region to the west. Macroom Castle dates from the 13th century and was the seat of the McCarthy’s of Muskerry. Oliver Cromwell granted it to Admiral Sir William Penn whose namesake son spent much of his childhood here and later founded the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We arrive Killarney. Time permitting, we may visit Victoria Muckross House.

Accommodations: Two options are available, overnight at:

1. Overnight at The Killarney Malton Hotel

Spectacular architecture melded with effortless service and genuine hospitality has made The Malton Killarney an iconic retreat for over 160 years. Originally opened as The Railway Hotel in 1854 & later named The Great Southern Hotel, now The Malton Killarney stands proudly as Killarney’s Premier Historic Hotel. The Malton Killarney enjoys an impressive history, throughout which the hotel has fortunately retained its striking original Victorian features, as well as developing a deluxe guest experience with beautifully appointed accommodation & guest facilities including The Garden Room Restaurant, The Punchbowl Bar, The Killarney Wine Rooms, Afternoon Tea in The Grand Foyer & the beautifully restful, Reading Room Residents’ Lounge. The Malton Killarney is also home to Killarney’s premier events centre, with a choice of venues in which to host prestigious events & intimate or grand-scale weddings. Surrounded by 6 acres of beautiful gardens right in the centre of bustling Killarney town, within a moment’s walking distance of the sublime Killarney National Park, & favourable located directly adjacent to Killarney Railway Station, The Malton Killarney also presents a truly unrivaled location.

2. Killarney Park

The Killarney Park Hotel is one of the finest luxury hotels Ireland has to offer. Perfectly located in the heart of Killarney town centre , set in mature grounds and framed by the legendary surroundings of Killarney National Park, this is a Five Star Hotel really like no other. This proud Leading Hotel of the World member hotel offers a warm and welcoming retreat for guests in search of exceptional comfort with all of those little extra touches. Old-world elegance meets modern day luxury in the family-owned Killarney Park Hotel, where you can look forward to the solace and comfort from a real log fire and the very best of Killarney hospitality and flawless service after your journey. Our knowledgeable Guest Relations Manager and Concierge Team shall assist you with any aspect of your Killarney itinerary. Complimentary high speed WiFi and Car Parking is available to all Guests.

Day 3: Sunday, June 4

Dingle

After breakfast we depart Killarney for the Dingle Peninsula. The journey begins with some of the most magnificent scenery in all of Ireland. The little town of Dingle is straight out of a story book. The fishing boats in the harbor and tiny brightly painted pubs portray a time that has continued to stand still. The population of 1500 people and only 52 pubs are ready to welcome you this afternoon. Worth the wait is the native seafood chowder served up at lunch time with freshly baked brown bread. We continue on to Slea Head. Along the way, we will see bee hive style huts, originally inhabited by 12th century monks, which overlook the rugged Blasket Islands. The awe inspiring beauty of this particular area is unmatched. There is no other landscape in western Europe with the density and variety of archaeological monuments as found on the Dingle Peninsula. OR Ring of Kerry. After breakfast we enjoy an optional tour to The beautiful Gap of Dunloe in the Killarney National Park. We then start on a full day tour of “The Ring”. There is an unspoiled nature to Ireland's most beautiful region and the Ring of Kerry provides many unforgettable memories as it passes through the many picturesque villages such as Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem and returns via Ladies View and the famous Lakes of Killarney. We continue to Kenmare and Molls Gap where we visit (optional) the Kissane Sheep Farm. This traditional Farm has approximately 1000 sheep. Time permitting you might also enjoy an hour of Horseback Riding at the Killarney Stables. Be sure and visit one of the three Lakes of Killarney, Lough Leane, The Upper Lake and The Lower Lake which is near the town.

Accommodations: Two options are available, overnight at:

1. The Killarney Malton Hotel

2. Killarney Park

Day 4: Monday, June 5

Killarney-Cashel-Dublin

After a full Irish Breakfast, we depart Killarney and travel north to Cashel. We visit the impressive Rock of Cashel. The Rock of Cashel, with its well preserved ecclesiastical remains, is one of Ireland's most spectacular landmarks, rising above the surrounding plain and dominating the land route southward. The large Cathedral, ancient round tower and the very early Romanesque Cormac's Chapel, perched on a dramatic outcrop of rock, were silent witnesses to many of the stirring events of Irish History; St. Patrick converted the local King Aenghus, here in the 5th century; Brian Boru was crowned King of Ireland on this spot in the early 11th Century. We continue north through Naas, home to the Irish National Stud Farm where many of the world’s famous race horses are bred. Continue to Dublin. Dropped off at client hotel.

Trip Summary

Included:
  • Professional Irish Driver Guide from June 2 Dublin Airport till June 5 Dublin City in luxury Mercedes vehicle
  • Ireland Accommodations for 3 Nights as follows or similar
  • Cork Hayfield Manor-1 Night
  • Killarney Malton Hotel-2 Nights
  • Or Killarney Park Hotel-2 Nights (+$85 per person, for two nights)
  • Full Irish Breakfast Daily
  • Fully escorted sightseeing as per itinerary
  • All Driver’s Expenses
  • Hotel tips and taxes (Except to Driver/Guide)
  • Hotel Taxes
Not Included:
  • Any items of a personal nature.
  • Dinners and suggested optional sightseeing that is mentioned in itinerary. All admissions suggested in the itinerary are not included in the rate are paid directly to sightseeing venues unless otherwise requested prior to departure. As a Chauffeur- Drive Tour is meant to be flexible it is our concern that you would pay for a venue that you would then decide not to visit
Rates:
  • Per Person Chauffeur-Drive LAND ONLY Tour: $1970.00 Per Person sharing based on TWO ADULT passengers sharing ONE ROOM & Driver Guide with Deluxe Vehicle including all Driver related expenses
  • UPGRADE TO KILLARNEY PARK HOTEL ADD: $85.00 Per Person for 2 Nights
  • All Hotel Rooms Standard, upgraded rooms and or hotels available at additional cost
  • All inside admissions additional and paid on site if any
Grand total for two travelers: $3,940.00 (Without hotel upgrades or travel protection)

**Prices and availability are not guaranteed until a booking is confirmed and a deposit paid. Airfare, in particular, is highly volatile and will change from moment to moment.

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