We will pick you up at Dublin airport and bring you to The Merrion Hotel, in Dublin city centre. After checking in and refreshing, your tour would begin with a visit to the Guinness brewery, followed by a visit to Trinity College, where the famous Book Of Kells is on display, then to Dublin Castle and last but not least to Saint Patricks Cathedral.
In the evening you would enjoy traditional Irish music and dinner in the famous Templebar area of Dublin. Here there are a variety of pubs and restaurants to choose from and practically every pub will have live music playing.
Saint Patricks Day!
Dublin is the place to be on St Patrick’s Day and the Merrion is perfectly positioned right in the heart of Dublin City centre. You can enjoy your day, the parade and all the festivities without your car chauffeur/guide on this day, however we will have a full recommended itinerary for you and your party.
Your Car and Chauffeur will be waiting for you at a time of your choice and you travel to the famous heritage sight of New Grange and the Boyne Valley, a passage tomb that predates the pyramids by almost 2,000 years.
From New Grange you will travel to Belfast, where we will arrange tickets for you to tour the incredible new Titanic Museum. You will then overnight in the 5 star Merchant Hotel, Belfast.
Your car and chauffeur /guide will be waiting for to take you on a tour of the North Antrim coast and to visit and tour one of the wonders of the world, “The Giants Causeway “You would then travel on to The oldest whiskey distillery in the world “Bushmills” and stop for lunch at the highly recommended Bushmills Inn.
If you wish you can spend the evening here or alternatively travel along the coast to Donegal and Lough Eske. www.solishotels.com/lougheskecastle
Your chauffeur/guide will bring you through “Yeats” country in Sligo onto Croagh Patrick, where Saint Patrick is said to have done 40 days of penance. This mountain overlooks Clew Bay which has an Island for everyday of the year.
You would then visit the village of Cong, which is where the famous film “The Quiet Man” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’ Hara was filmed. You would overnight at Ashford castle and take full advantage of it spectacular setting. Ashford has been voted one of the best hotels in Europe and has won awards for Best chef and has been recommended by Georgina Campell , Golfers guide and Time and leisure for its very high standard.
On this day you would tour Connemara and The Sky Road to Clifden, which is arguably one of the most scenic and beautiful drives in Ireland. Clifden itself has much to offer and is a picturesque town full of traditional Irish pubs, Restaurants, cafes, antique shops, art galleries and handmade crafts.
You would then tour the Burren , before arriving at Dromoland Castle. www.dromoland.ie where you would spend your evening. Adare Manor is another option www.adaremanor.com .Both places are of a very high standard and offer a variety of activities and dining options.
Your car and driver would be waiting to take you to “The Kingdom of Kerry” as it is fondly known in Ireland. This area is well known for its beauty and there is a variety of places to tour. The Ring of Kerry , The Gap of Dunloe, The Dingle Peninsula, where Saint Brendan set sail for America circa 500ad. We would recommend staying at The Europe Hotel Killarney. This is a 5 star hotel and it has spectacular views overlooking the lakes. It has a state of the art spa and the food is excellent.
The tour begins travelling from Kerry to “The Rebel County” Cork. Here you will be brought to kiss the Blarney stone, visit the Jameson distillery in Midleton and travel on to Ardmore, where Saint Declan who predates Saint Patrick first brought Christianity to Ireland. Saint Declan is buried here. Ardmore is the first Christian settlement in Ireland. You would overnight at the 5 star Cliff House hotel.
Your chauffeur/guide will bring you on tour to Lismore, which is a 12th century university town. Its castle is still lived in by the Duke of Devonshire and you can tour its gardens and visit its many antique shops and art galleries, perhaps stopping for lunch in one of its many traditional pubs.
You would then be taken on the scenic Copper coast drive to Waterford, where you can visit the famous House of Waterford Crystal. Your driver/guide would then take you back to Dublin and to the Merrion hotel for a final night in Ireland.
As with all our tours this can be customized in any way to suit you and your party.
The English market is a must when in Cork, filled with fish markets, olives, breads, meat stalls and when The Queen of England was in Ireland in 2011 she made special stop to visit the market. Brown Thomas has a wonderful store in the main street. There is a huge variety of top class boutiques and the day can be spent shopping and perhaps in the afternoon you could take a tour of the Jameson distillery in Middleton before travelling on to the Historical seaside town of Ardmore where Saint Declan, who first brought Christianity to Ireland, is buried and then visit Lismore Castle, where the Duke of Devonshire still resides for part of the year.
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