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Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle

10 Days 1 Country 4 Cities

Spend a night in stately Ashford Castle during this leisurely Country Explorer trip.

"I met such great people"

Bernadette from USA

About this trip

The highlight of this crafted itinerary is a night in the breathtaking Ashford Castle – a luxurious and historic 13th century castle owned and operated by our sister company The Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… gaining an insight into rural farm life in Ireland. Following a bagpiper over the drawbridge of the iconic 13th century Ashford Castle. And meeting our local expert, Linda, at Torc Waterfall, for a walk in Killarney National Park.



Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: BRAC

9 Nights

accommodation

16 Meals
  • 9 full breakfasts.

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

  • 6 dinners.

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Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle

Your Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland

Day 1

Arrive Dublin (2 Nights)

Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Day 2

Dublin Sightseeing & Free Time

Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland

Day 3

Dublin – Co. Kilkenny – Kinsale

Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 4

Kinsale – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights)

Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 5

Ring of Kerry Excursion

Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

Day 6

Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Connemara (2 Nights)

Kylemore Abbey, Co. Galway, Ireland

Day 7

Connemara Excursion

Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Day 8

Connemara – Ashford Castle (Cong)

Dublin, Ireland

Day 9

Cong – Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

Day 10

Depart Dublin

Day 1

Arrive Dublin (2 Nights)

Welcome to the Emerald Isle. This afternoon drive south to Powerscourt Gardens. These spectacular gardens first began to take shape in the 1740s. The superb blend of sweeping terraces, fine statuary and ornamental lakes together with secret hollows, rambling walks, walled gardens and over 200 variations of trees and shrubs are a delight to behold. Together they form one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland. Returning to Dublin, raise a glass over a light meal at a Welcome Reception.

Hotel

Clayton Ballsbridge

Meals

  • Welcome Reception
Dublin, Ireland

Day 1

Day 2

Dublin Sightseeing & Free Time

This morning, a Local Specialist takes you on a city tour. You'll visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, where Jonathan Swift was once Dean. Then on to admire the colourful doorways in stately Georgian Squares and stroll along the cobbled courtyard of Trinity College to see the ornate Book of Kells. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore this welcoming city at your own pace.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Day 2

Day 3

Dublin – Co. Kilkenny – Kinsale

Leave the city life behind as you travel to County Kilkenny. Visit Newtown Jerpoint, one of Ireland's best surviving examples of a deserted, 12th century Medieval town and reputedly the final resting place of St. Nicholas. Then relish a Be My Guest lunch with Joe and Maeve O'Connell at their home, Belmore House. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this rural setting and be ready for a few surprises. Continue south to picturesque Kinsale, hailed as the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland”. Your evening is free and there's no shortage of cafés, pubs, and restaurants to explore.

Hotel

Trident

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining
Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland

Day 3

Day 4

Kinsale – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights)

Meet a Local Specialist this morning for a walking tour of the historic town of Kinsale. On to Blarney Castle to kiss the fabled Stone that bestows the “gift of the gab”. Then head west to Killarney, the gateway to magnificent Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry.

Hotel

Killarney Towers

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner
Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 4

Day 5

Ring of Kerry Excursion

Enjoy a relaxing morning in Killarney or you can join a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk at Torc Waterfall. Later take in views of the famous “forty shades of green” as you travel around the Ring of Kerry. This unspoiled area has inspired artists and poets for centuries. Please Note: The walk travels over wooded paths. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers need to be reasonably fit and have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and raingear. Approx. 3 miles/2 hours.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 5

Day 6

Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Connemara (2 Nights)

Traveling north, stop for a walk along the Cliffs of Moher. These iconic cliffs rise some 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic. The views of endless ocean are awe-inspiring. Continue on your drive, calling in for afternoon tea and freshly baked scones at a traditional farmhouse. Here, you'll get a Cultural Insight into farm life in rural Ireland. Next up is Galway, for an orientation including impressive Galway Cathedral. End the day in Connemara.

Hotel

Connemara Coast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner
Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

Day 6

Day 7

Connemara Excursion

Discover why some consider this rugged realm of mountains, lakes, rivers and little towns to be the real emerald of Ireland. Stop for a visit to Kylemore Abbey with its beautiful lakeside setting, then gain a Cultural Insight at the Connemara Marble Factory, crafters of Connemara marble for generations.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner
Kylemore Abbey, Co. Galway, Ireland

Day 7

Day 8

Connemara – Ashford Castle (Cong)

Board 'The Isle of Innisfree' for an exclusive cruise on shimmering Lough Corrib. Captain Patrick, Ashford Castle's Local Specialist, will share his local knowledge as you glide through the peaceful waters. Disembarking, a lone piper will escort you over the drawbridge to Ashford Castle. Tonight gather in the castle's sumptuous restaurant for an elegantly royal dining experience (gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket). The walk travels over wooded paths. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers need to be reasonably fit and have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and raingear. Approx. 3 miles/2 hours.

Hotel

Ashford Castle Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner
Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Day 8

Day 9

Cong – Dublin

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a stroll on the estate before returning to Dublin. The afternoon is free for last-minute shopping or sightseeing on your own. This evening celebrate a memorable trip as you relish a delicious Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel

Ballsbridge Towers

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner
Dublin, Ireland

Day 9

Day 10

Depart Dublin

You will be transferred to Dublin Airport where your holiday must come to an end. Slán go fóill – goodbye until we meet again! Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
Dublin, Ireland

Day 10

Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 19 Reviews

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Excellent. It was very targeted to this particular tour and our specific group members, and all arrangements, including rest stops, were well planned. I felt my grandson and I were in good hands, especially with the amazing Sally Creegan at the helm..Product : Connemara coast

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    Service:

    We felt the service was very good. Our tour director was excellent and knew Ireland history and geography well. She did an excellent job of making our tour very special. Our bus driver was excellent and we felt very safe. The hotels were good and the service we received was good. We felt

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    Excellent and professional

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    Service rating : Our experience was fantastic. The local expert in Kinsale was amazing! I may have liked our hotel in Dublin to have been closer to downtown so that we could have strolled through some shops. The Ashford Castle experience was unexplainable! We loved every single minute of it.

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    Service:

    Service rating : it was good.Product : The itinerary was good but we felt a little rushed with some stops. The stay at the Ashford Castle was great. it would be nicer if we could stay two nights so that we can really enjoy the surroundings. We did not have enough time to walk around the castle

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    For included sightseeing in Dublin, Kinsale, Killarney and Ashford Castle.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit a traditional sheep farm and see first-hand an Irish farming family carry out their day to day chores.
    Visit a Connemara Marble factory to see how this local stone has been crafted into jewellery and figurines for generations.

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy lunch at Belmore House and discover a” lost” town from the 12th century.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Ashford Castle, Ireland Dating back to 1228, Ashford Castle has housed earls, princes and even the Guinness family. Recently reopened after refurbishment, this fascinating Authentic Accommodations is owned and operated by our sister company The Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Dublin and Kinsale

    • Orientation of Killarney and Galway

    • Visit Powerscourt Gardens, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College in Dublin, Blarney Castle, Torc Waterfall, the Cliffs of Moher and Kylemore Abbey

    • View Galway Cathedral

    • See Dublin's Georgian Squares and Phoenix Park

    • Scenic cruise on Lough Corrib

    • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 full breakfasts.

    • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

    • 6 dinners.


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Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Services of a professional Irish Travel Director.


    Airport Transfers

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