Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin
This modern, bright property offers guests style and comfort with modern amenities. The bright, contemporary guest rooms feature king or twin beds, air conditioning and high-speed internet. The Pavilion Restaurant serves a superior quality breakfast buffet, with traditional full Irish breakfast as well as other choices. Located in the upmarket suburb of Ballsbridge, the Herbert Park is a 30-minute walk to the city center and is adjacent to the peaceful Herbert Park, U.S. Embassy and RDS Showgrounds.
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Knightbrook Hotel & Golf Resort, Trim
Knightsbrook Hotel is a lovely 4 star property situated in the historic town of Trim and in the shadows of the ruins of Trim Castle and St Mary’s Abbey. Trim Castle was used in recent years for the filming of Braveheart with Mel Gibson. The hotel features stately common areas and rooms decorated in muted tones to provide a tranquil retreat.
11 hot breakfasts, 1 lunch and 9 dinners including Taylors Three Rock Pub with live show, and the Walled City Brewery Restaurant.
Authentic Local Experiences:
Visit the Brú na Boinne Visitor Center to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange, which remain mysterious marvels to this day
Enjoy a special brew designed exclusively for your tour at Walled City Brewery in Derry.
Relax as you take in a special step dancing display at the Cabra Castle Hotel.
Herbert Park Hotel - Dublin (2 Nights)
The River Lee Hotel - Cork (1 Night)
Killarney Plaza Hotel - Killarney (2 Nights)
The Galmont Hotel & Spa - Galway (2 Nights)
City Hotel - Derry (2 Nights)
Cabra Castle Hotel - Kingscourt (1 Night)
Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort - Meath (1 Night)
Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt
This castle’s history dates to 1760 and gives a mature, cultured air to the magnificent hallways and stairwells. Stay in one of 80 historical and richly designed bedrooms, most of which are situated in the courtyard development, a restoration of the original working areas. Play golf on the 9-hole course or walk around the extensive grounds. Located outside the town of Kingscourt, 50 miles northwest of Dublin city and 45 miles from Dublin Airport.
City Hotel, Derry
This modern hotel features an open-plan lobby opening out to Thompson’s Restaurant and Coppins Bar. All 146 guest rooms have been designed to the most exacting standards of contemporary styling. The health and fitness club features a swimming pool and gym. Located in downtown Derry, within easy walking distance of Derry’s famous medieval walls and the city’s shops and pubs.
Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney
Overlooking Killarney National Park, this classic hotel is within 5 minute walk from the town center. Along with 3 restaurants, this hotel has a full-service spa and an indoor pool. Stylish, spacious and fully air conditioned, each room offers an unique style with comfortable accommodations.
The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway
Established in 2001 in Galway City Centre, The Galmont is one of Ireland’s finest 4 star hotels. Just a three-minute walk from the central Eyre Square and overlooking Galway Bay, The Galmont (formerly the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway) stands in the heart of the city. With a range of guest rooms to choose from, the hotel is home to the award-winning spirit one spa and the best events facilities in the west of Ireland. Whether you’re in Galway for a weekend getaway, a family trip or on business, this hotel’s central location, helpful team and excellent facilities will make your stay one to remember.
12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
Day 1: DUBLIN TOUR & KILMAINHAM GAOL
Tour begins 2:00 PM, Dublin hotel. Set out on a tour of Dublin’s highlights to view Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the General Post Office. Visit Kilmainham Gaol where many of Ireland’s leaders, including Robert Emmett, Eamon DeValera and Padraig Pearse, were imprisoned during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.
Day 2: EPIC IRELAND & TAYLOR’S THREE ROCK PUB
Visit EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum, the world's only fully digital museum, and discover the story of the 10 million people who have left Ireland in the last 1,500 years. Then enjoy the afternoon exploring on a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour with admission to one of Dublin’s key visitor attractions. Later, enjoy dinner and entertainment at Taylors Three Rock Pub. (B, D)
Day 3: FARMHOUSE VISIT & HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL
Travel through Kildare to visit a traditional farmhouse and learn about country living while enjoying tea and scones. Drive south to Waterford to tour the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch experienced craftspeople through the various stages of production, from glass blowing and cutting to the final polishing of pieces to make them sparkle. Continue along the south coast to Cork for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: BLARNEY CASTLE & KILLARNEY
Start your day with a local guide on a brief walking tour of Cork and the English Market. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or stroll through the lovely gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at Blarney Woollen Mills. Enjoy the scenery in Counties Cork and Kerry as you head to the colourful town of Kenmare. Stop at Moll’s Gap for great views of part of the Ring of Kerry and watch trained dogs herding sheep.
Day 5: JAUNTING CAR RIDE & DINGLE PENINSULA
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle to view Lough Leane, largest of Killarney’s lakes. Travel on to discover the beauties of the scenic Dingle Peninsula and experience views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach and rocky headlands. Stop at Slea Head to admire the views and take photos. Enjoy an early dinner at a charming pub in the town of Dingle before returning to Killarney.
Day 6: CLIFFS OF MOHER & GALWAY
Sample tea and scones in a pub in Listowel, associated with the writer, J. B. Keane. Embark on a ferry ride across River Shannon Estuary and drive along the coast of County Clare. View the famous Cliffs of Moher, which soar 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk to O’Brien’s Tower for views of Connemara and the Aran Islands. Join a local guide for a walking tour of Galway.
Day 7: CONNEMARA & CORRIB CRUISE
Travel through Connemara for sweeping views of misty mountains and shimmering lakes. Take a scenic cruise on Lough Corrib and sip some creamy Irish coffee. Stop at Kylemore Abbey for a walk through the elegant mansion set beside a tranquil lake. Enjoy a casual lunch before returning to Galway, where the rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing and dining.
Day 8: BALLINTUBBER ABBEY & BELLEEK POTTERY
Travel north to Claremorris to visit Ballintubber Abbey, known as "the Abbey that refused to die." The abbey has the unique status of being Ireland's only royal Abbey, which has been in continuous use for more than 780 years. Visit Belleek Pottery, then follow the Atlantic shoreline of Donegal Bay to the town of Donegal for some free time. Continue your drive through the majestic Barnesmore Gap to Derry.
Day 9: GIANT’S CAUSEWAY & DERRY WALK
Visit the Causeway Coast Discovery Centre for tea with scones and a turf-cutting demonstration. Explore the Giant’s Causeway, huge hexagonal basalt columns formed over 60 million years ago. The oversized rocks have given rise to many legends. Back in Derry, join a local guide for a short walk around the medieval city walls that completely encircle the old city centre. Complete your tour at the Walled City Brewery Restaurant where you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.
Day 10: TITANIC BELFAST & CABRA CASTLE STAY
Head to Belfast for a panoramic city tour followed by a visit to Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Travel to Kingscourt and your castle hotel, built in 1760. Arrive mid-afternoon so that you can enjoy this lovely property. After dinner in the Court Restaurant, enjoy a display of Irish step-dancing.
Day 11: MEGALITHIC TOMBS & FAREWELL DINNER
Visit the Brú na Boinne Visitor Center to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange. See how primitive people managed to align huge boulders precisely. Enjoy some free time on your own. In the evening, share a farewell dinner.
Day 12: TOUR ENDS IN DROGHEDA
Your tour ends after breakfast. Transfers need to be arranged.
Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre
Cliffs of Moher
The River Lee Hotel, Cork
This hotel offers modern design combined with warmth, charm and great facilities. The spacious lobby, bar and dining areas are enhanced by river views. Guest bedrooms soothe the senses with muted colors, simple lines and superb amenities. Dine in the chic Bistro, pamper yourself in the luxurious day spa or work out at the leisure center. Located on the banks of the River Lee near the city center. 10 minutes’ walk to the historic English Market and Patrick Street with its shops, restaurants and pubs.