Emerald Elegance

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    Emerald Elegance

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    Emerald Elegance

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    Emerald Elegance

Tour length

8 days

From

1949.00$1949.00

NEW for 2021!

Elegance and comfort combined with genuine hospitality
Arrive in Dublin and meet your private driver who will take you to your Dublin city hotel, where you will relax for two nights and enjoy the buzz of Ireland's capital city.  Head south to medieval Kilkenny, and discover the Ancient East. From here travel west towards Killarney & stop for a visit to Blarney Castle. Travel the famous Ring of Kerry or the Dingle Peninsula, and then on to County Clare before heading back to Dublin, staying in the lovely seaside town of Malahide for your final night.

Itinerary


Day

1

Arrival

Saturday

Arrive in Dublin airport where you are met and assisted by one of our friendly drivers to transfer you directly to your pre-booked hotel.

Intimate as a village, sophisticated as a metropolis and friendly as a pub, the capital of Ireland is a centre of infinite interest and variety. Monuments in literature and stone mark the history, writers, poets and people of Dublin. Mediaeval, Georgian and modern architecture provide a backdrop to a friendly, bustling port which can boast literary giants such as Shaw, Joyce, Yeats, Beckett and O’Casey as native sons. Spawned by the need to ford the River Liffey, fortified by the Danes, developed by the Normans, adorned with fine buildings by the Anglo—Irish, the city has grown in stature and elegance over the centuries.

Overnight – Radisson Blu Royal, Dublin
 


Day

2

The Charm of Dublin

Sunday

A hearty Irish breakfast in your hotel and then you are free to explore Dublin’s ‘Fair City’ on your own.  A Dublin Bus Hop on / Hop off ticket is an easy way to do this. 

Fine museums and galleries chronicle the long and colorful heritage of this city. Fashion shops and boutiques rival the best in Europe. The theatres and concert halls attract prestigious national and international artists, while the pubs buzz with traditional entertainment, cabaret, jazz sessions and, of course, friendly and exuberant Dubliners.

Overnight – Radisson Blu Royal, Dublin


Day

3

Irelands Ancient East

Monday

After picking up your car this morning you can visit the Irish National Stud and Horse Museum in Kildare, or you can stop off in Glendalough for stunning views of the Irish countryside before making your way to Kilkenny. Kilkenny’s mediaeval heritage gives this beautiful city, dominated by the 17th century former Butler Castle, a unique atmosphere. Conducted walking tours will take you to many finely preserved buildings and Kilkenny Design Workshops. The 12th century Cistercian Abbey at Jerpoint, near Thomastown is a must for visitors as is the picturesque village of Inistioge and the beautiful Nore valley.

Overnight – Mount Juliet Hunters Yard, Kilkenny
 


Day

4

Cork

Tuesday

Today you will travel west to the Kingdom of Kerry. A great route with beautiful scenery is along the south coast via Yougahl, Midleton, Cork City and the village of Blarney where you can gain the ‘gift of eloquence. The coastal and Blackwater Valley routes from Cork westward offers some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery in Europe. Imposing green—clad hills and mountains in haphazard perfection flank the sheltered harbours and villages. Along the route are colourful villages with lyrical names like Ballydehob, Skibbereen and Glengarriff.

Overnight - The Dunloe Hotel, Killarney


Day

5

The Ring of Kerry

Wednesday

A full day to explore the magnificent scenery of Kerry including the Lakes of Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, or Dingle. 

The Ring of Kerry, a 160 km route around the Iveragh Peninsula, is one the great scenic drives. This route, an amazing mixture of rugged mountains, winding valleys and dramatic seascapes, begins and ends in Killarney. Famed in song and story, the Lakes of Killarney live up to expectations.

Overnight - The Dunloe Hotel, Killarney
 


Day

6

Cliffs of Moher

Thursday

Today you journey north to the Shannon region. Take a tour of Limerick with its turbulent past and the evidence of this is seen in King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone. Or, if you want to take a more direct route, head toward Tarbert and take the ferry across the mouth of the River Shannon and then follow the winding coastal roads through the Burren to the Cliffs.

Overnight – Dromoland Castle, Clare


Day

7

Burren, Bogs & Bottles

Friday

After breakfast today, you can head from the Burren to the bog to the bottle on your way to Dublin. During your journey through the midlands why not stop for a tasting and tour at Kilbeggan Distillery, Ireland’s oldest licensed distillery. Here you will learn everything about making Irish Whiskey, uisce beatha—the water of life. Then continue on to the coastal village of Malahide overlooking the Irish Sea where you will sadly be spending your last evening with us.

Overnight – The Grand Hotel, Malahide


Day

8

Tour Ends

Saturday

One last full Irish breakfast before dropping off your car to the airport which is only a 20-minute drive away.


Availability

Room Type DoubleTripleSingle2 x Twin
Jan 1-Mar 25$2109.00$2109.00$1949.00$1949.00$3969.00$3969.00$2049.00$2049.00
Mar 26-Apr 6$2279.00$2279.00$2059.00$2059.00$4289.00$4289.00$2129.00$2129.00
Apr 7-May 31$2109.00$2109.00$1949.00$1949.00$3969.00$3969.00$2049.00$2049.00
Jun 1-Jul 11$2149.00$2149.00$1979.00$1979.00$4029.00$4029.00$2079.00$2079.00
Jul 12-Aug 9$2309.00$2309.00$2089.00$2089.00$4359.00$4359.00$2159.00$2159.00
Aug 10-Aug 31$2149.00$2149.00$1979.00$1979.00$4029.00$4029.00$2079.00$2079.00
Sep 18-Dec 5$2109.00$2109.00$1949.00$1949.00$3969.00$3969.00$2049.00$2049.00
Dec 6-Dec 31$2279.00$2279.00$2059.00$2059.00$4289.00$4289.00$2129.00$2129.00

Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars.
Please inquire for child rate (2-11 years, when sharing with 2 adults)
Note: Easter & Christmas supplements may apply​

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Tour Highlights

  • Wicklow Mountains
  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Waterford Crystal
  • West Cork
  • Blarney Castle
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Adare, one of Ireland's prettiest villages
  • Limerick
  • Spanish Point
  • Bunratty Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • The Burren
  • Clonmacnoise
  • Birr Castle
  • Book of Kells
  • Dingle
  • Guinness Storehouse

Tour Inclusions

  • 5 day “ROYAL COVERAGE” self-drive standard car rental
  • 7 nights pre-booked accommodation as per itinerary in First Class Hotels, Castles & Manors
  • Full Irish breakfast daily
  • Private chauffeur transfer on arrival
  • Touring map of Ireland
  • Ireland Discount Booklet

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