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Ireland: Splendors of the Emerald Isle 2019


9 days from $6,995

Limited to 18 guests

Revel in the finest traditions of Irish hospitality on this indulgent luxury journey through Ireland. Thrill to magnificent scenery, including the Ring of Kerry, and enjoy heartfelt country welcomes as you take in a sheepdog demonstration, enjoy tastings of Guinness and whiskey, and stay at some of the country's best hotels.

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Discover the essence of Ireland’s culture and cuisine, and stay in peerless luxury at the finest five-star accommodations

Enjoy a tranquil, before-hours tour of the Old Library at Dublin’s Trinity College and gaze upon the Book of Kells

Tour the gloriously restored Kilkenny Castle to view its stoic 12th-century battlements and splendid Victorian-era interiors, including the on-site Butler Art Gallery 

Privately explore the Jameson’s Distillery, enjoying a tasting; and dine at renowned Ballymaloe House

Immerse yourself in a privately guided tour and lunch at Bantry House, hosted by its owners

Venture along the scenic coast of County Clare and look out from atop the soaring Cliffs of Moher

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Arrive Dublin, Ireland
Day 2
Dublin | Viewing the Book of Kells
Day 3
Kilkenny | Restored Medieval Grandeur
Day 4
Cobh & Cork | English Market & Irish Whiskeys
Day 5
Kenmare | A Private Visit to Bantry House
Day 6
Kenmare | Around the Ring of Kerry
Day 7
Newmarket-on-Fergus | Lunch with a Farm Family
Day 8
Newmarket-on-Fergus | The Tastes of Galway Bay
Day 9
Depart Shannon

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Travel Privately with A&K | For a private journey consider Tailor Made Ireland: Coastal Vistas & Country Lanes or customize an Irish journey just for you.

Day 1
Arrive Dublin, Ireland

Arrive in Dublin, where you are met and privately transferred to your hotel. Gather this evening for a welcome briefing, followed by dinner.

The Marker Hotel
Meals: Dinner
Day 2
Dublin | Viewing the Book of Kells

Begin your day with a private, before-hours tour of the Long Room of the Old Library at Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells, one of the finest illuminated medieval manuscripts in existence. Then, tour the sights of Dublin, stopping for lunch at a traditional pub in the Temple Bar area, accompanied by live Irish music. Afterward, enjoy an afternoon at leisure, relaxing or exploring the city on your own.

The Marker Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
Kilkenny | Restored Medieval Grandeur

Travel south to Kilkenny, ancient capital of Ireland, and tour the imposing Kilkenny Castle. Then, explore the town in more depth and stop for lunch at your leisure. Arrive at your country resort at Castlemartyr before dinner.

Castlemartyr Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4
Cobh & Cork | English Market & Irish Whiskeys

Today, visit Cobh, one-time point of embarkation for countless emigrants leaving for America and other far-off lands. Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre to gain insight into this exodus, and learn about the town’s links with ill-fated ‘Titanic.’ Then, Ride Like a Local by train to nearby Cork to visit its famous English Market. After time for lunch at your leisure, explore Jameson’s Distillery and enjoy a premium tasting of their classic Irish whiskeys. Later, relax at your resort before gathering for dinner at Ballymaloe House, one of Ireland’s finest restaurants.

Castlemartyr Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5
Kenmare | A Private Visit to Bantry House

Drive Ireland’s wild southern shore through rugged West Cork. Enjoy a privately-guided tour of Bantry House followed by lunch in their tearooms. Later, stop for a treat at Lorge Chocolatier, in rural Bonane. Arrive in charming Kenmare, set on the banks of its namesake river, check in to your hotel and savor a Scenic Sundowner overlooking the water.

Sheen Falls Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Kenmare | Around the Ring of Kerry

Cross through Killarney National Park, en route to the bustling town of Killarney. Ride in a traditional jaunting car to venture even closer to this natural beauty. Then, set out on the famed Ring of Kerry for a breathtaking coastal drive, where every turn in the road reveals new and ever-more-stunning vistas. Pause to peruse local handicrafts in the Gap of Dunloe, then enjoy a demonstration of Irish sheepdogs and see why they are indispensable for local farmers.

Sheen Falls Lodge
Meals: Breakfast
Day 7
Newmarket-on-Fergus | Lunch with a Farm Family

This morning, make a personal connection to Ireland when you visit a traditional family dairy farm. Hear about the rural life of the nation from family members, and then join them for a home-cooked farm lunch. Stop in Adare, often voted Ireland’s most beautiful village, to take in its charms, before continuing to majestic Dromoland Castle.

Dromoland Castle
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8
Newmarket-on-Fergus | The Tastes of Galway Bay

Journey to busy Galway, gateway to western Ireland, and then on to small, coastal Clarinbridge, where a special tasting introduces you to the quintessential pairing of Guinness Stout with fresh Galway Bay oysters for lunch. Afterward, drive the coast of County Clare, stopping to stand atop the soaring Cliffs of Moher before returning to Dromoland. Tonight, join your fellow guests for an elegant farewell dinner.

Dromoland Castle
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Depart Shannon

After breakfast, transfer to Shannon airport and board your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Travel Privately with A&K | For a private journey consider Tailor Made Ireland: Coastal Vistas & Country Lanes or customize an Irish journey just for you.

Belfast Pre-Tour Extension

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Day 1

Arrive in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Gather for a welcome briefing and dinner.

Grand Central Hotel
Meals: Dinner
Days 2-3

Tour Belfast; visit Titanic Belfast, in the shipyards that launched ‘Titanic’; and enjoy a tasting and dinner at a local brewery. Explore the epic Giant’s Causeway and savor local cuisine.

Grand Central Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner (Day 2); Breakfast, Lunch (Day 3)
Day 4

Visit Saint Patrick’s Heritage Centre and tomb; view Celtic High Crosses en route to Dublin, Ireland.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • May 31 - Jun 08
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  • Jun 21 - Jun 29
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  • Aug 16 - Aug 24
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  • Sep 06 - Sep 14
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  • Oct 04 - Oct 12
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Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 5:30 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 8.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Travel Privately with A&K | For a private journey consider Tailor Made Ireland: Coastal Vistas & Country Lanes or customize an Irish journey just for you.


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