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Ultimate Ireland

Operated by: Luxury Gold

12 Days from $7,795 per person
APR - 0CT 2022
Ashford Castle with piper in front, Ireland

Countries Visited

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Locations Visited

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  1. Day 1 Welcome to Energetic Belfast.

    Welcome to Belfast, the memorable capital of Northern Ireland. On arrival at Belfast International Airport, a complimentary transfer will take you to your luxurious hotel for the next three nights. Located in the heart of Belfast city centre, you'll have time to get settled in before joining your Travelling Concierge and fellow travelling companions at 18:00 for a delicious Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

    hotel Grand Central Hotel, Belfast.
  2. Day 2 Highlights of Belfast.

    Delve into Northern Ireland's inspiring and heartbreaking history in Belfast. Begin the day by heading to the Titanic Belfast Museum - located on the site where the RMS Titanic was built from 1909 to 1912. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to join a Local Expert and enjoy a panoramic tour as they explain as they explain the city's turbulent history, evolution and current prosperity. On this tour, you'll see the City Hall, Queen's University, and the Parliament Building at Stormont. Alternatively, join a local artist and discover Belfast through its street art and learn how this art form plays an essential role in forging a new narrative for this progressive city. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Why not ask your Travelling Concierge for tips on exploring the area or their advice on the best restaurants for trying local delicacies?

    hotel Grand Central Hotel, Belfast.
  3. Day 3 Giant's Causeway and Londonderry.

    See Northern Ireland's most spectacular geological wonders at the Giant's Causeway on a private tour. During this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience a local ranger will explain its ancient history and impressive formation. Next, you'll head to Derry to meet Ronan, a Local Expert and one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers. The evening is yours at leisure, so why not head back to your luxury hotel and make the most of its amenities?

    hotel Grand Central Hotel, Belfast.
  4. Day 4 Strangford Lough and Vibrant Dublin.

    This morning travel to the banks of Strangford Lough in County Down, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Step inside Tracey's Farmhouse, an enchanting cottage, for a home-hosted culinary experience. Get to know Tracey as she shows you around her organic farm and explains her cooking philosophy. During this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, learn how to make traditional Irish soda bread before indulging in a seasonal, Farm-to-Table lunch. After your immersive dining experience, continue to Dublin. A haven for literary enthusiasts and Guinness lovers, Ireland's unique capital is a hedonist's dream. Take a city tour with your Travelling Concierge to see O'Connell Street, the Custom House and St. Patrick's Cathedral. End you day by relaxing in your luxury boutique hotel.

    hotel Dylan Hotel, Dublin.
  5. Day 5 A Truly Irish Experience.

    Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to visit the iconic Guinness Storehouse, where you get to explore the venue before it opens to the public, with a private opportunity to learn how to pull the perfect pint. Alternatively, visit the interactive EPIC Irish Emigration Museum and discover why 10 million Irish people left and what impact they had on the world from music and dance to literature. Continue with a Local Expert to the 9th century Book of Kells and a walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College. In the afternoon, enjoy some time at leisure. Tonight, head to the Little Museum of Dublin for an after-hours visit with its founder, respected author Trevor White. Enjoy a glass of prosecco with him as you learn more about the lives of Dubliners. This evening enjoy the best of Irish cuisine at the Cellar Bar, set in an 18th century wine vault.

    hotel Dylan Hotel, Dublin.
  6. Day 6 Glendalough to Kilkenny. Relaxed Start

    Enjoy a leisurely morning before heading to Glendalough, a glacial valley in County Wicklow, where you'll explore with a Local Expert. Continue to the medieval town of Kilkenny, also known as the Marble City. Take a stroll on the Medieval Mile, a scenic a trail that links Kilkenny Castle to St. Canice’s Cathedral. Your hotel for the night is Lyrath Estate, a beautiful, historic residence where you'll spend the night. End the day with a Michelin-starred dinner at Lady Helen and savour a menu prepared using locally sourced ingredients. The dresscode at the establishment is smart (no jeans) and dress shoes are required. Gentlemen must also wear a jacket.

    hotel Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny.
  7. Day 7 Banter in Blarney.

    Start your day in pretty Cashel, a small town in the south of Ireland, famous for its medieval buildings. See the spectacular Rock of Cashel, or St. Patrick's Rock, the traditional seat of the High Kings of Munster. Those looking to keep up with local Irish banter will enjoy a visit to Blarney Castle. Legend has it that kissing the Blarney Stone, a block of limestone built into the castle, gives you the gift of the gab. In the evening you'll enjoy dinner at the family-run Treyvaud's restaurant, which specialises in international cuisine. Meet the stars of the Gaelic Roots show for a private dance class before settling in to your front-row seats to watch the show.

    hotel The Dunloe, Killarney.
  8. Day 8 Scenic Ring of Kerry. Relaxed Start

    Enjoy a morning at leisure in the comfort of your luxurious, five-star hotel, before travelling through beautiful Killarney National Park, where sweeping mountains, lush lake lands and valleys await you as you drive along the iconic Ring of Kerry. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to explore Killarney National Park with a scenic jaunting carriage ride, Irleand's most traditional mode of transport. Alternatively, take in the pristine scenery from a relaxing boat ride.

    hotel The Dunloe, Killarney.
  9. Day 9 Exploring Limerick.

    Take in the fresh, sea air as you drive along the Dingle Peninsula. The area's craggy clifftops and rolling hills have inspired films such as 'Ryan's Daughter.' Head on to the village of Adare. Famous for its thatched-roof cottages and charm, this heritage town is worthy of exploration. Your travels continue to Limerick where your Travelling Concierge leads you on an orientation of the city. While here, you'll see St. Mary's Cathedral, the oldest and most historic building in Limerick, and the city's stone, where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691.

    hotel The Savoy Hotel, Limerick.
  10. Day 10 Regal County Mayo.

    Travel through beautiful Country Clare to admire the breathtaking views of the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Continue to Galway, a harbour city that prides itself on its bustling streets and pubs, boutiques and quirky art galleries, where you'll explore with your Travelling Concierge. Journey on to the pretty village of Cong in County Mayo. Quaint in size but grand in character, this beautiful destination houses the famous Ashford Castle, where on arrival a lone piper escorts you over the drawbridge. This luxury hotel is where you'll stay the next two nights. Formerly home to the Guinness family, the hotel boasts sumptuous rooms, antique furniture and unique historic features at every turn. The castle is set upon an idyllic 350-acre estate, making it a dreamy location for a relaxing and picturesque retreat. This evening you will dine at Cullen's at the Cottage, a charming restaurant set upon the grounds of Ashford Castle, serving delicious Irish specialties.

    hotel Ashford Castle, Cong.
  11. Day 11 Majestic Ashford Castle. Relaxed Start

    Enjoy a relaxed start in your stately abode. During your leisure time, why explore the castle grounds and take in the country air? Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to take part in a unique falconry experience at the oldest established falconry school in Ireland. Alternatively join a guided historical tour of the 800-year-old Castle, that was once the home of the Guinness family. Your final day culminates with a Celebration Dinner at the esteemed George V Dining Room. Built specially for King George V in 1905, this room bestows a grand sense of occasion. Dine like royalty and share stories from the journey with your newfound friends, over dinner and wine.

    hotel Ashford Castle, Cong.
  12. Day 12 Depart Shannon.

    It's time to say goodbye or 'slán' to your fellow travellers, as a transfer takes you to Shannon Airport.

Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • Complimentary, airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight. Complimentary, private train station transfers are included when train travel is included within the itinerary. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Belfast: Join a Local Expert and enjoy a panoramic tour as they explain the city's turbulent history, evolution and current prosperity. On this tour, you'll see the City Hall, Queen's University, and the Parliament Building at Stormont.
  • Belfast: Join a local artist and discover Belfast through its street art and learn how this art form plays an essential role in forging a new narrative for this progressive city.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Dublin: Visit the interactive EPIC Irish Emigration Museum and discover why 10 million Irish people left and what impact they had on the world from music and dance to literature.
  • Dublin: No trip to Ireland would be complete without a taste of the black elixir of Ireland. Explore the Guinness Storehouse before it opens to the public and learn how to pull the perfect pint.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Killarney: Take your seat in a horse-drawn jaunting carriage and travel to the parts of Killarney National Park where no cars are permitted. Explore the Irish countryside, from the lush lake lands to its sweeping mountains, in the most charming way possible.
  • Killarney: A gentle boat ride can be the perfect way to appreciate Ireland's pristine scenery. View the beautiful rolling hills, mountains and greenery from your relaxing cruise.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Ashford Castle: Take part in a unique falconry experience at the oldest established Falconry School in Ireland.
  • Ashford Castle: Join a guided historical tour of the 800-year-old Castle, that was once the home of the Guinness family.

Well-being

  • : Your Well-Being Director takes a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met. On tours fewer than 15 guests, your Traveling Concierge will act as your Well-Being Director.
  • : Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travelling Concierge's, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Exceptional Dining

  • Belfast: Introduce yourself to Belfast the right way, with a hearty meal. Check in to the luxurious Grand Central Hotel and let your Travelling Concierge take you for an à la carte Welcome Dinner in a specially selected local restaurant.
  • Belfast: On the banks of Strangford Lough in County Down, an area of outstanding natural beauty, step inside Tracey's Farmhouse, an enchanting cottage for a home hosted culinary experience. Get to know Tracey as she shows you around her organic farm and explains her cooking philosophy. Learn how to make traditional Irish soda bread before indulging in a seasonal, Farm-to-Table lunch. This MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience focuses on seasonal produce, organically grown ingredients and sourcing from the immediate community. Tracey's Farmhouse is actively practicing and encouraging the slow food movement and doesn't rely on air miles.
  • Dublin: Dine at the cellar Bar, set in an 18th century vine vault. Discover the favourite dishes of local people and enjoy a hearty meal in the unique ambiance of this thriving city.
  • Kilkenny: Combining gourmet dining with opulent ambience, the Michelin-starred Lady Helen restaurant will capture all your senses with its ambitious and impressive dishes. Named after its previous owner, the current custodians maintain her standards for discerning taste and kindness.
  • Killarney: Enjoy a tasty two-course dinner at Treyvaud's restaurant in Killarney. This family-run venue promises an intimate and relaxed experience with mouth-watering international cuisine prepared with the finest locally sourced meats and seafood .
  • Ashford Castle: Dine in the cozy surrounds of Cullen's at the Cottage, a traditional thatched cottage where you’ll be greeted with delicious aromas. Savour freshly-cooked local and international dishes in this former cinema, which premiered ‘The Quiet Man’ before Hollywood.
  • Ashford Castle: Celebrate in royal style amongst the chandeliers and panelled walls of the historic George V Dining Room, named for the monarch who dined here in 1906 when he was the Prince of Wales. Chef Philippe Farineau presents a delicious menu for your evening.
  • Dining Summary: 11 Breakfast (B), 6 Dinner with Wine (DW), and 1 Lunch (L)

Journey Highlights

  • Belfast: Let your Local Expert guide you through the Titanic Belfast museum to see the poignant tribute to the ill-fated liner, now one of the world's leading attractions. Tread the site where the RMS Titanic was built and discover its fascinating history.
  • Belfast: Join a Local Expert and enjoy a panoramic tour as they explain the city's turbulent history, evolution and current prosperity. On this tour, you'll see the City Hall, Queen's University, and the Parliament Building at Stormont.
  • Belfast: Join a local artist and discover Belfast through its street art and learn how this art form plays an essential role in forging a new narrative for this progressive city.
  • Giant's Causeway: Visit this astounding natural phenomenon on a private tour with a wildlife ranger. Hear more about the formation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site around 50 million years ago and the fantastic folklore that surrounds it. On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience learn about the conservation efforts in place that support the natural habitat and animal populations.
  • Londonderry: Meet Ronan McNamara, the finest storyteller in Northern Ireland, with a tale for every corner of his hometown. Alongside Ronan, enjoy a tour of beautiful Londonderry, one of the finest walled cities in Europe.
  • Dublin: Take a tour through the cobbled streets of Dublin with your Travelling Concierge, who’ll share stories and facts about the local area. See O’Connell Street with the imposing General Post Office, the neo-classical Custom House and historic Dublin Castle.
  • Dublin: Visit the interactive EPIC Irish Emigration Museum and discover why 10 million Irish people left and what impact they had on the world from music and dance to literature.
  • Dublin: No trip to Ireland would be complete without a taste of the black elixir of Ireland. Explore the Guinness Storehouse before it opens to the public and learn how to pull the perfect pint.
  • Dublin: Join a student for a guided exploration of historic Trinity College, which was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. Visit the iconic Book of Kells, the beautiful manuscript hand painted by monks, that dates back to ca. 800 AD.
  • Glendalough: Enjoy visiting Glendalough (the valley of two lakes) where a Local Expert will guide you through this early medieval monastic site, which has a rich history. The glacial valley also offers beautiful scenery to explore.
  • Cashel: Reputed to be where St. Patrick converted the King of Munster to Christianity in the 5th century, Cashel is a pretty medieval town where the High Kings once sat. See the spectacular Rock of Cashel, the well-preserved fortress that dates from the 11th century.
  • Blarney: Explore the grounds of Blarney Castle and its gardens built nearly six hundred years ago by the MacCarthy branch of the Kings of Desmond. See where so many have kissed the famous stone to get the legendary gift of the gab.
  • Killarney: Take your seat in a horse-drawn jaunting carriage and travel to the parts of Killarney National Park where no cars are permitted. Explore the Irish countryside, from the lush lake lands to its sweeping mountains, in the most charming way possible.
  • Killarney: A gentle boat ride can be the perfect way to appreciate Ireland's pristine scenery. View the beautiful rolling hills, mountains and greenery from your relaxing cruise.
  • Ring of Kerry: Take in the beauty around you as you explore The Ring of Kerry on the Iveragh Peninsula, passing through whimsical coastal villages and magnificent landmarks such as Ross Castle. This scenic drive is one of the most famous in Ireland.
  • Dingle Peninsula: Enjoy a scenic drive around the dramatic Dingle peninsula, a magical landscape of sandy beaches and craggy sea cliffs. These winding roads and aesthetic ruins have inspired films such as "Ryan’s Daughter" and "Star Wars: Episode VIII".
  • Adare: Admire the beauty of the charming village of Adare during a village with your Travelling Concierge. Famous for its thatched-roof cottages and pretty streets, this quaint haven offers idyllic photo opportunities.
  • Limerick: Delve into the history of Limerick, one of Ireland’s oldest cities, founded by the Vikings, during an orientation with your insightful Travelling Concierge. You'll get to see St John’s Castle, St Mary's Cathedral and the Treaty Stone, signed in 1691.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Gaze across the waves of the Atlantic Ocean from the Cliffs of Moher as you stop along the Wild Atlantic Way. Call into the Visitor Experience and catch panoramic views from the 185-year-old O’Brien’s tower at the edge of the 800-foot cliffs.
  • Galway: Take in the lively atmosphere of this cultural destination on an orientation of Galway with your engaging Travelling Concierge. You'll find bustling streets, fun boutiques and quirky art galleries in this quintessentially Irish harbour city. Don’t be surprised if someone bursts into song!
  • Ashford Castle: Arrive to the famous Ashford Castle, where you’ll be escorted over the drawbridge by a lone piper, in a manner fit for royalty. This haunting sound echoes the signal given to troops in battle announcing the end of the day.
  • Ashford Castle: Take part in a unique falconry experience at the oldest established Falconry School in Ireland.
  • Ashford Castle: Join a guided historical tour of the 800-year-old Castle, that was once the home of the Guinness family.

Chairman's Collection

  • Dublin: If you are traveling on a Chairman's Collection departure, on Day 5 Patrick Guinness joins you at the Little Museum, after hours, for a glass of sparkling along with museum founder Trevor White. You will learn from Patrick about Irish history and the origins of his ancestor Arthur Guinness' brewing empire.

VIP Experiences

  • Dublin: Meet esteemed author Trevor White on a rare, personal after-hours tour of The Little Musuem of Dublin, which he founded. You'll learn about his work, his life as a Dublin local and what it means to be a Dubliner.
  • Killarney: Learn Irish dancing from some of Ireland’s brightest young talent in a private dance class. The energetic performers of Gaelic Roots will show you some simple steps before you watch them take to the stage from your front row seats.

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Suzanne Quinn
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
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Professional, friendly, helpful.
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Really enjoyed the trip. Tarryn Liddell is an A+. Would take any other trip with her as the tour director.
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