Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
ARRIVE DUBLIN, IRELAND
Upon arrival at Dublin International Airport, you are met by your A&K Guardian Angel and transferred to your accommodations.
DUBLIN | CITY OF ST. PATRICK
Join your local guide for a tour of the Irish capital. At Trinity College, discover the antiquarian texts of the Long Room Library, including the eighth-century Book of Kells — an exquisitely detailed example of early Irish manuscript illumination. Continue to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church, built near the famous well where St. Patrick is said to have baptized converts.
DUBLIN | MOORS, MONASTERIES & GARDENS
Today, embark on an excursion to the Wicklow Mountains. Cross the moorlands to Glendalough, a former monastic community dating back to the Dark Ages. View the ruins of the churches and a perfectly preserved round tower. On the way back to Dublin, stop at the renowned Powerscourt Gardens. From the terrace, admire the postcard-worthy panorama that leads to Sugarloaf Mountain. Inside the house, view an interpretation of the gardens’ design.
THOMASTOWN | THE MAKINGS OF A THOROUGHBRED
Depart Dublin this morning and head south to Castletown House, Ireland's largest and earliest Palladian-style house. Continue on to the Irish National Stud, training ground to some of the world's top thoroughbreds. In addition to its magnificent stallions, mares and foals, the Irish National Stud is also renowned for its stunning Japanese gardens. Afterward, proceed to your hotel in Thomastown, County Kilkenny for an evening at leisure.
WATERFORD | A LEGACY OF CRAFTSMANSHIP
Today, enjoy a private factory tour at the world-renowned House of Waterford Crystal. Get a firsthand look behind the scenes as Waterford’s master craftspeople ply their trade. Continue on to Kilkenny, Ireland's best-preserved medieval town, exploring Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice's Cathedral and the Kilkenny Design Center — home to a flourishing school of pottery and textile design. Return to your hotel, where the evening is yours to spend at leisure.
KILLARNEY | THE HIGH CROSSES OF CASHEL
This morning, set off for the southwestern counties of Tipperary and Kerry. Pause for a visit to the haunting Rock of Cashel. Its stone towers and monuments comprise one of the most impressive collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture found anywhere in Ireland. Next, explore Blarney Castle. Dare to kiss the Blarney Stone, built into the castle’s steep battlements and said to bestow the “gift of the gab” upon all who do. Continue along the Lee Valley and through the Derrynasaggart Mountains to your hotel in County Kerry.
RING OF KERRY | ICONIC COASTAL VISTAS
Today, experience one of the world’s most celebrated coastal drives: the Ring of Kerry. Hug the shoreline of the Iveragh Peninsula as you pass through mountains and moorlands to the Ring of Skellig, a less-frequented scenic route of steep passes and dramatic overlooks. Next, climb a hill affording the highest vantage of the route, a vista spanning the Skellig Islands, Dingle Peninsula, Blasket Islands and the rugged inland mountains.
DINGLE PENINSULA | SEA-SWEPT SUMMIT
This morning, take in more spectacular coastal views as you follow the shores of the Dingle Peninsula. Pass through the long-established fishing community of Dingle Town to join the Slea Head Drive. This clifftop route reaches out to the westernmost tip of the mainland, affording breathtaking views of the Blasket Islands. Pause at the Blasket Islands Heritage Center to learn about the fascinating culture and heritage of this Gaelic-speaking region. Continuing back to your hotel, pass Mount Brandon, one of Ireland’s highest peaks.
DROMOLAND | THATCHED COTTAGES OF ADARE
Head inland this morning, making your first stop in Adare, a charming village of thatched cottages, antique shops and cafés. Continue into the town of Limerick and peruse the Hunt Museum’s collection of antiquities, including Neolithic flints and Bronze Age weapons. Next, visit Bunratty Castle, a grand 15th-century tower house boasting a collection of medieval tapestries. Later, check in to Dromoland Castle for an evening at leisure.
COUNTY CLARE | THE CLIFFS OF MOHER
Today, head northward along the coast to sample some of Ireland’s most iconic scenery. First, venture out to the towering Cliffs of Moher. Soaring up to 700 feet and spanning five miles, this dramatic vista is sure to quicken even the steadiest of pulses. Then, traverse the Burren, a lunar-like karst landscape rich in archaeological and geological treasures. Time permitting, continue up the coastal road to Galway, a lively port town with an avant-garde culture. Return south to your accommodations later in the evening.
Transfer to Shannon Airport where your A&K Guardian Angel assists with check-in for your international departure or begin a post-tour extension.
Enhance Your Journey
Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.
Sample Ireland’s Iconic Stout & Whiskey
Begin at the Guinness Storehouse, where you learn how this world-famous stout has been crafted since 1759. After a tour and perfectly poured pint in the scenic Gravity Bar, continue on to the Old Jameson Distillery. Here, learn the time-honored secrets that transform water, barley and yeast into Jameson Irish Whiskey, a smooth, golden spirit enjoyed throughout the world.
Children’s Irish Cooking Class
Introduce your children to classic Irish recipes as they prepare a two-course meal and picnic basket with help from a local Dublin chef. Kids pick the menu, with options including colcannon, Irish stew, leek and potato soup, apple tart, soda bread, and buttermilk scones.
Visit a Glassblower’s Workshop
In Killarney, visit an expert glassblower’s workshop to watch bespoke pieces take shape from recycled glass.
Escape to Your Own Island Castle
Board a motor yacht and voyage out from the Shannon coast to a private castle set on a remote island. Join your hosts to learn how they lovingly restored this grand property into a spectacular summer home, enjoying a full tour and 16th-century-inspired Chef’s Table Experience on the rooftop terrace.
Summit Torc Mountain
Begin your ascent through the mist of the Torc Waterfalls, joining your guide for the two-to-three-hour scenic hike to the summit of Torc Mountain. Your summit is rewarded with breathtaking views of Killarney National Park, Killarney Lakes, Killarney town, Muckross House and Macgillycuddy’s Reeks.