Red Carnation Hotels Ashford Castle, Ireland
12 Days
2 Countries

Northern Ireland, Ireland

18 Cities

Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Londonderry, Strangford, Dublin, Glendalough, Kilkenny, Cashel, Blarney, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Adare, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Ashford Castle, Shannon

18 Meals

5 Dinners, 11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunchs

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 20
Tour brand Luxury Gold
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Castle & Château Stays Tours

Experience the royal lifestyle with an enchanting stay in a castle or château. Immerse yourself in the grandeur and allure of historic properties like Ashford Castle, Ruthin Castle, and Château De Fonscolombe. Enjoy luxury accommodations while discovering the rich heritage of these magnificent destinations.

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From the Titanic shipyards in Belfast to the dance halls in Killarney, this tour of the Emerald Isle is guaranteed to delight. In Dublin, step into the Little Museum for a private after-hours meeting with esteemed author and museum founder Trevor White. Arrive at Ashford Castle in regal style as you’re escorted over the drawbridge by a lone piper. Then choose between a private tour of the 800-year-old castle, or a one-of-a-kind falconry experience at Ireland’s oldest falconry school.

The Activity Level of this tour is Leisurely, meaning there is 1 to 2 miles of walking per day on primarily flat surfaces with some stairs.

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Day 1

Welcome to Energetic Belfast

On arrival, your private chauffeur will be waiting to take you to your luxury hotel. Visit The Observatory Bar and take in glittering views of the city stretching into the distance, before savoring an a la carte dinner of Northern Irish favorites to celebrate your Ireland luxury tour.

Sculpture statue in front on the Titanic Experience in Belfast, N.Ireland
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Grand Central Hotel

About the Hotel

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Perfectly placed in the Linen Quarter, this luxury hotel with art deco nods and high ceilings is simply beautiful. Wine and dine at the Seahorse restaurant or head up to The Observatory, Irelands tallest bar and marvel at the spectacular views of Belfast and beyond.

Hotel Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Exceptional Dining Enjoy a hearty meal at your Welcome Dinner in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast Welcome Dinner

Introduce yourself to Belfast the right way, with a hearty meal. Check in to the luxurious Grand Central Hotel and let your Travel Concierge take y...

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Day 2

Highlights of Belfast

Join a Local Guide for a vivid picture of the past at the world-class Titanic Museum, before customising your time in Belfast. Step out with Local Expert and explore the City Hall, prestigious Queen's University and Parliament Building at Stormont or meet a local artist to discover Belfast’s progressive street art.

Republican murals in Falls Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Grand Central Hotel

About the Hotel

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Perfectly placed in the Linen Quarter, this luxury hotel with art deco nods and high ceilings is simply beautiful. Wine and dine at the Seahorse restaurant or head up to The Observatory, Irelands tallest bar and marvel at the spectacular views of Belfast and beyond.

Hotel Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Passport Moments Titanic museum Belfast, Northern-Ireland
Titanic Belfast Museum Visit

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 leadi...

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Passport Moments

Personalise your day Belfast City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast City Tour

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...

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Personalise your day

Personalise your day Salvador Allende's mural in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast Street Art Tour with Local Artist

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 ...

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Founder's Collection Ballywalter Park
Meet Lord or Lady Dunleath at their grand home, Ballywalter Park

Enjoy the unique opportunity to meet Lord or Lady Dunleath in their grand home at Ballywalter Park. Greeted with a glass of sparkling wine, embark ...

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Founder's Collection

Day 3

Giant's Causeway and Londonderry

Experience Northern Ireland's most spectacular geological wonder, the UNESCO Listed Giant's Causeway on a private tour with a Local Ranger. On arrival in Londonderry, Local Guide Ronan, one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, will captivate you with his deep knowledge of history and politics.

Sunny Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
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Grand Central Hotel

About the Hotel

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Perfectly placed in the Linen Quarter, this luxury hotel with art deco nods and high ceilings is simply beautiful. Wine and dine at the Seahorse restaurant or head up to The Observatory, Irelands tallest bar and marvel at the spectacular views of Belfast and beyond.

Hotel Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Passport Moments Sunset at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland
Giants Causeway Private Tour with Wildlife Ranger

Visit this astounding natural phenomenon on a private tour with a wildlife ranger. Hear more about the formation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site ...

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Passport Moments

Passport Moments The Guildhall in Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Londonderry City Tour

Meet Ronan McNamara, the finest storyteller in Northern Ireland, with a tale for every corner of his hometown. Alongside Ronan, enjoy a tour of bea...

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Passport Moments

Day 4

Strangford Lough and Vibrant Dublin

Sweet aromas and a slow food ethos await at Tracey's Farmhouse. Explore the organic farm and learn how to make traditional Irish soda bread before enjoying a farm-to-table lunch. Continue to Dublin for a tour of the city’s key sights including a tasting experience at the Guinness Storehouse or create your own cocktail at Pearse Lyons Distillery.

The Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland
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Dylan Hotel

About the Hotel

Dublin, Ireland

Welcome to Dublin's leading five-star boutique hotel. Situated in an exclusive Victorian neighborhood, the Dylan Hotel, offers luxurious, contemporary comfort. From its extravagant entrance to its chic bedroom décor, you'll be placed just moments away from Dublin's top restaurants, shops and night life. The hotel also houses the award-winning Tavern Restaurant and Dylan Bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry

Style

  • Boutique
Exceptional Dining Tracey's Farmhouse Lunch Belfast, N.Ireland
Belfast Farm-to-Table Lunch at Tracey's Farmhouse

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...

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Exceptional Dining

Personalise your day Guinness Storehouse Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Guinness Storehouse Visit

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 ...

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Personalise your day Enjoy creating your own cocktail in Dublin, Ireland.
Create Your Own Cocktail

Discover a world of flavors and create your own cocktail at Pearse Lyons Distillery, home of cocktail exploration and modern Irish whiskey. 

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Personalise your day

Day 5

A Truly Irish Experience

A visit to Trinity College unveils the 9th century Book of Kells. At a VIP, after-hours visit to the Little Museum of Dublin, sip prosecco with the founder before dinner.

Explore traditional irish pubs in Dublin, Ireland
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Dylan Hotel

About the Hotel

Dublin, Ireland

Welcome to Dublin's leading five-star boutique hotel. Situated in an exclusive Victorian neighborhood, the Dylan Hotel, offers luxurious, contemporary comfort. From its extravagant entrance to its chic bedroom décor, you'll be placed just moments away from Dublin's top restaurants, shops and night life. The hotel also houses the award-winning Tavern Restaurant and Dylan Bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry

Style

  • Boutique
Curated Experiences Hotel study in Dublin, Ireland
After Hours Tour of The Little Museum of Dublin with Trevor White

Meet esteemed author Trevor White on a rare, personal after-hours tour of The Little Museum of Dublin, which he founded. You'll learn about his wor...

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Curated Experiences

Passport Moments The Long Room in the Old Library at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland
Visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells in 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...

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Passport Moments

Passport Moments Custom House in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin City Tour

Take a tour through the cobbled streets of Dublin with your Travel Concierge, who’ll share stories and facts about the local area. See O’Connell St...

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Passport Moments

Exceptional Dining Dine at Roly's in Dublin
Dublin Dinner at Roly's

Dine at a hand-picked gastropub in the heart of Dublin. Discover the favorite dishes of local people and enjoy a hearty meal in the unique ambiance...

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Exceptional Dining

Day 6

Glendalough to Kilkenny

After a Relaxed Start of breakfast-in-bed if you choose, explore Glendalough, the "glen of two lakes" with a Local Expert. Stroll Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile linking Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice’s Cathedral. Your own historic residence, Lyrath Estate, is set within sprawling acres of lakes, gardens and woodlands. Tonight, revel in Georgian elegance at the Michelin-starred Lady Helen Restaurant.

Scenic view of Glendalough, Ireland
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Lyrath Estate

About the Hotel

Kilkenny, Ireland

A history lover's paradise, the dreamy Lyrath Estate offers guests an elegant, old-world stay with all the modern amenities that can be expected from its five-star rating. With sweeping views of the Irish countryside and esteemed spa facilities, you'll not be disappointed with this decadent venue and its fairy-tale grounds.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service

Style

  • Historic
Passport Moments Chapel in Glendalough, Ireland
Glendalough Visit

Enjoy visiting Glendalough (the valley of two lakes) where a Local Expert will guide you through this early medieval monastic site, which has a ric...

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Passport Moments

Day 7

Banter in Blarney

See classic Ireland in Cashel, famous for its medieval structures. Visit Blarney Castle to take part in the legend of kissing the Blarney Stone. This evening join the locals at a home hosted dinner with entertainment and dancing.

Scenic fields below Rock of Cashel, Cashel, Ireland
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The Dunloe

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Killarney, Ireland

Set on a luxurious, 64-acre estate, The Dunloe is a striking hotel set among the ruins of a 12th century castle. Its facilities offer guests the opportunity to horse ride, swim, fish, play tennis or simply relax in its spa. Food lovers can indulge in its restaurant, which offers locally-sourced delicacies including wild Atlantic fresh fish and Kerry lamb.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Exceptional Dining Join locals at their home for dinner
Blarney Home Hosted Dinner

Join locals at their home this evening for dinner with entertainment and dancing. 

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Exceptional Dining

Passport Moments Rock of Cashel with dark sky, Cashel, Ireland
See the Rock of 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 K...

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Passport Moments

Passport Moments Blarney Castle a medieval castle in Blarney, Ireland
Blarney Castle Visit

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...

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Passport Moments

Day 8

Scenic Ring of Kerry

Journey into Killarney National Park, winding along the iconic Ring of Kerry. Explore the town of Kenmare before indulging in a gourmet lunch at the Park Hotel. Travel back in time with a traditional jaunting car ride, enjoying views of Ireland's highest Mountain Range, the MacGillycuddy Reeks.

Guests enjoying a jaunting car ride in Killarney, Ireland
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The Dunloe

About the Hotel

Killarney, Ireland

Set on a luxurious, 64-acre estate, The Dunloe is a striking hotel set among the ruins of a 12th century castle. Its facilities offer guests the opportunity to horse ride, swim, fish, play tennis or simply relax in its spa. Food lovers can indulge in its restaurant, which offers locally-sourced delicacies including wild Atlantic fresh fish and Kerry lamb.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Passport Moments Scenic landscape and mountains on The Ring of Kerry in Killarney, Ireland
The Ring of Kerry Scenic Drive

Take in the beauty around you as you explore The Ring of Kerry on the Iveragh Peninsula, passing through whimsical coastal villages and magnificent...

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Passport Moments

Exceptional Dining Enjoy a Gourmet Lunch in Kenmare
Kenmare Gourmet Lunch

Let your tastebuds be delighted with a delicious lunch at the historic Park Hotel, set among manicured gardens running to the lapping shores of Kenmare Bay.

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Exceptional Dining

Day 9

Exploring Limerick

Admire dramatic mountains and windswept sands along Dingle Peninsula. In Adare, discover the charming thatched-roof cottages, castles and abbeys before continuing to Limerick to see the best of the city including St. Mary's Cathedral and Limerick's Treaty Stone.

A thatched Cottage in Adare, Ireland
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The Savoy Hotel

About the Hotel

Limerick, Ireland

Set in the riverside city of Limerick, the Savoy Hotel offers luxury boutique style accommodation and warm Irish hospitality. Why not enjoy a relaxing spa treatment after a day of exploring near by iconic sights like the Cliffs of Moher.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Business Centre
  • Pool
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Boutique
Passport Moments Peninsular drive in Dingle, Ireland
Dingle Peninsula Scenic Drive

Enjoy a scenic drive around the dramatic Dingle peninsula, a magical landscape of sandy beaches and craggy sea cliffs. These winding roads and aest...

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Passport Moments

Passport Moments Thatched Cottages in Adare, Ireland
Adare Orientation

Admire the beauty of the charming village of Adare during a village with your Travel Concierge. Famous for its thatched-roof cottages and pretty st...

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Passport Moments

Passport Moments King John's Castle, Limerick, Ireland
Limerick Orientation

Delve into the history of Limerick, one of Ireland’s oldest cities, founded by the Vikings, during an orientation with your insightful Travel Conci...

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Passport Moments

Day 10

Regal County Mayo

Breathtaking views continue through County Clare to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway. Your stay at the 5-star Ashford Castle begins with a royal welcome as a lone piper escorts you over the drawbridge to this estate, once home to the Guinness family. Tonight, savor specialties from a seasonal menu at the Castle’s Cullen's at the Cottage.

 

 

Garden leading up to Ashford Castle, Ireland
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Ashford Castle

About the Hotel

Cong, Ireland

The remarkable 800-year-old Ashford Castle is Ireland’s only Forbes five-star hotel and was once home to the Guinness family. Meticulously restored to its former glory, guests are warmly welcomed to discover beautifully restored castle interiors, original artwork and antiques, delicious dining in the magnificent George V Restaurant and special entertaining venues including a billiards room with cigar terrace, a 24-seater cinema and under-ground wine cellars for private dining and wine tasting experiences. There are over 35 estate activities including falconry and horse-riding, lake cruising and fishing and an award-winning spa and wellness center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Castle
Passport Moments Sun setting on the, Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Cliffs of Moher Visit

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 ...

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Passport Moments

Passport Moments Colourful pedestrian streets in town centre, Galway, Ireland
Galway Orientation

Take in the lively atmosphere of this cultural destination on an orientation of Galway with your engaging Travel Concierge. You'll find bustling st...

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Passport Moments

Passport Moments A bagpipe player welcomes guests to Ashford Castle, Ireland
Ashford Castle Drawbridge Arrival with Lone Piper

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...

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Passport Moments

Exceptional Dining Enjoy dinner at Cullen's at the Cottage in the grounds of Ashford Castle, Cong, Ireland
Ashford Castle Cullen's at the Cottage Dinner

Dine in the cozy surrounds of Cullen's at the Cottage, a traditional thatched cottage where you’ll be greeted with delicious aromas. Savor freshly-...

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Exceptional Dining

Day 11

Majestic Ashford Castle

Indulge in another Relaxed Start with the option of breakfast in-bed room service. Get acquainted with elegant birds of prey at the oldest established falconry school in Ireland or delve into the Castle’s history on a guided historical tour. Then treat yourself to a spa or stroll the magnificent castle grounds. End the last full day of your Belfast to Shannon luxury tour dining in style at the esteemed George V Dining Room.

Restaurant Ashford Castle, Cong, Ireland
Ashford Castle View Hotel Details
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Ashford Castle

About the Hotel

Cong, Ireland

The remarkable 800-year-old Ashford Castle is Ireland’s only Forbes five-star hotel and was once home to the Guinness family. Meticulously restored to its former glory, guests are warmly welcomed to discover beautifully restored castle interiors, original artwork and antiques, delicious dining in the magnificent George V Restaurant and special entertaining venues including a billiards room with cigar terrace, a 24-seater cinema and under-ground wine cellars for private dining and wine tasting experiences. There are over 35 estate activities including falconry and horse-riding, lake cruising and fishing and an award-winning spa and wellness center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Castle
Personalise your day
Ashford Castle Falconry Experience

Take part in a unique falconry experience at the oldest established Falconry School in Ireland.

Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Personalise your day Historical lobby in Ashford Castle, Ireland
Ashford Castle Guided Tour

Join a guided historical tour of the 800-year-old Castle, that was once the home of the Guinness family.

Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Exceptional Dining Tradtional meal in Ashford Castle George V dining room, Cong, Ireland
George V Dining Room Dinner

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 1...

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Exceptional Dining

Magnificent Stays Historical lobby in Ashford Castle, Ireland
Ashford Castle

The remarkable 800-year-old Ashford Castle is Ireland’s only Forbes five-star hotel and was once home to the Guinness family. With its spectacular ...

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Magnificent Stays

Day 12

Depart Shannon

Conclude your travels in Ireland with a private transfer to Shannon Airport.

Depart Shannon
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Passport Moments
Titanic Belfast Museum Visit

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 leadi...

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Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Belfast City Tour

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...

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Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Belfast Street Art Tour with Local Artist

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 ...

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Included in Trip
Founder's Collection
Meet Lord or Lady Dunleath at their grand home, Ballywalter Park

Enjoy the unique opportunity to meet Lord or Lady Dunleath in their grand home at Ballywalter Park. Greeted with a glass of sparkling wine, embark ...

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Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Giants Causeway Private Tour with Wildlife Ranger

Visit this astounding natural phenomenon on a private tour with a wildlife ranger. Hear more about the formation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site ...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Londonderry City Tour

Meet Ronan McNamara, the finest storyteller in Northern Ireland, with a tale for every corner of his hometown. Alongside Ronan, enjoy a tour of bea...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Dublin Guinness Storehouse Visit

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 ...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Create Your Own Cocktail

Discover a world of flavors and create your own cocktail at Pearse Lyons Distillery, home of cocktail exploration and modern Irish whiskey. 

Included in Trip
Curated Experiences
After Hours Tour of The Little Museum of Dublin with Trevor White

Meet esteemed author Trevor White on a rare, personal after-hours tour of The Little Museum of Dublin, which he founded. You'll learn about his wor...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells in 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...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Dublin City Tour

Take a tour through the cobbled streets of Dublin with your Travel Concierge, who’ll share stories and facts about the local area. See O’Connell St...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Glendalough Visit

Enjoy visiting Glendalough (the valley of two lakes) where a Local Expert will guide you through this early medieval monastic site, which has a ric...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
See the Rock of 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 K...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Blarney Castle Visit

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...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
The Ring of Kerry Scenic Drive

Take in the beauty around you as you explore The Ring of Kerry on the Iveragh Peninsula, passing through whimsical coastal villages and magnificent...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Dingle Peninsula Scenic Drive

Enjoy a scenic drive around the dramatic Dingle peninsula, a magical landscape of sandy beaches and craggy sea cliffs. These winding roads and aest...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Adare Orientation

Admire the beauty of the charming village of Adare during a village with your Travel Concierge. Famous for its thatched-roof cottages and pretty st...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Limerick Orientation

Delve into the history of Limerick, one of Ireland’s oldest cities, founded by the Vikings, during an orientation with your insightful Travel Conci...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Cliffs of Moher Visit

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 ...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Galway Orientation

Take in the lively atmosphere of this cultural destination on an orientation of Galway with your engaging Travel Concierge. You'll find bustling st...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Ashford Castle Drawbridge Arrival with Lone Piper

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...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Ashford Castle Falconry Experience

Take part in a unique falconry experience at the oldest established Falconry School in Ireland.

Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Ashford Castle Guided Tour

Join a guided historical tour of the 800-year-old Castle, that was once the home of the Guinness family.

Included in Trip
Magnificent Stays
Ashford Castle

The remarkable 800-year-old Ashford Castle is Ireland’s only Forbes five-star hotel and was once home to the Guinness family. With its spectacular ...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

Enjoy seamless personal assistance throughout your journey. From securing exclusive reservations, to organising transportation, your Travel Concierge ensures every aspect of your travel is tailored to your tastes and preferences. 
In select destinations, our network of Local Expert Guides will illuminate your journey on a deeper level.  ​
Included at all hotels. 
Hotel taxes, porterage and tips, as well as tips for included dining experiences, are included.
Enjoy breakfast every morning, and an array of incredible dining options throughout your journey, infused with discovery and adventure.  
On days where a Relaxed Start (RS) is indicated, you can select to indulge in breakfast in bed.​
Enjoy complimentary hotel WiFi. And, on select coaches, onboard WiFi may also be available.
Transfers are included on your journey start and end dates, and where additional accommodation has been booked in advance through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city as the itinerary, may be requested.

Authentic Dining

5 Dinners, 11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunchs

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Belfast Welcome Dinner

Introduce yourself to Belfast the right way, with a hearty meal. Check in to the luxurious Grand Central Hotel and let your Travel Concierge take you for an à la carte Welcome Dinner in a specially selected local restaurant.

Belfast Farm-to-Table Lunch at Tracey's Farmhouse

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 Dinner at Roly's

Dine at a hand-picked gastropub in the heart of Dublin. Discover the favorite dishes of local people and enjoy a hearty meal in the unique ambiance of this thriving city. 

Blarney Home Hosted Dinner

Join locals at their home this evening for dinner with entertainment and dancing. 

Kenmare Gourmet Lunch

Let your tastebuds be delighted with a delicious lunch at the historic Park Hotel, set among manicured gardens running to the lapping shores of Kenmare Bay.

Ashford Castle Cullen's at the Cottage Dinner

Dine in the cozy surrounds of Cullen's at the Cottage, a traditional thatched cottage where you’ll be greeted with delicious aromas. Savor freshly-cooked local and international dishes in this former cinema, which premiered ‘The Quiet Man’ before Hollywood.

George V Dining Room Dinner

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Republic of Ireland, also known simply as Ireland, is a sovereign nation located in the northwestern part of Europe. It occupies most of the island of Ireland and is an independent country separate from the United Kingdom, with its own government, institutions, and culture.
  • When referring to the two distinct regions on the island of Ireland, "Northern Ireland" is used to describe the region that is part of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland). This term specifically denotes the six counties in the northeastern part of the island.
  • Language of Ireland: Irish is the official language of the Republic of Ireland, and you'll hear it spoken in Northern Ireland as well.
  • Currencies used in Ireland: Euro (€) is used in the Republic of Ireland, the British Pound Sterling (£) is used in Northern Ireland
  • Capital Cities: Dublin (Rep. Ireland), Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  • Time Zone(s) in Ireland: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1) during daylight saving time

Ireland passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Ireland
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The weather in Ireland is heavily influenced by its maritime location, resulting in mild, temperate conditions. The climate is characterized by frequent rainfall and changeable weather patterns throughout the year. Winters are generally mild, with average temperatures ranging from 4°C to 8°C (39°F to 46°F), while summer temperatures average between 14°C to 20°C (57°F to 68°F) in coastal areas. Rainfall is frequent throughout the year, with the western and northwestern coastal regions experiencing higher precipitation levels. The weather is often changeable, with a mix of sunny spells, rain showers, and cloud cover. The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream influence Ireland's climate, helping to moderate temperatures.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.
  • Type G outlets are used throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    Adapters are used to change the plug style from American-style plugs with two flat prongs to fit into these outlets, which take three rectangular prongs.
  • You will need a plug adapter and voltage converter to use your appliances in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in European and United Kingdom hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.
  • Most hotels in Europe or the UK can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport Transfers for Europe flights not arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold 
  • Your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings

Airport Transfers for Europe flights arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold
  • You booked your land tour and flights as a land/air package through GET. If you book your flights independently via London Heathrow, you can *purchase a transfer through us.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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