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Irish Elegance Luxury Chauffeur Tour

 8 Day/7 Night Private Chauffeur Tour from $2439.00*

The Irish Elegance is an 8 Day private guided tour with stays in Ireland’s finest & historic country manor homes & castles.

This tour includes:
1 night at Rathsallagh House, Co. Wicklow – standard room
1 night at Dunbrody House, Co. Wexford – superior room
2 nights at Carrig Country House, Co. Kerry – lake view room
2 nights at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Co. Galway – standard room
1 night at Bellinter House, Co. Meath – standard room
Service of a Private Driver/Guide for 8 Days in a luxury vehicle {Mercedes Viano or similar}
Full Irish Breakfast Daily {7 breakfasts – not included on morning of arrival}
Entrance fee to Cliffs of Moher
Heritage Island Discount Pass  – Discount Pass & access to over 70 of Ireland’s Premier Attractions such as the House of Waterford, Titanic’s Dock, Bunratty Castle & much more!
Offices in both Ireland and the USA, offering 24 hour coverage while traveling.
All Taxes & service charges

 

Touring Itinerary:

DAY 1: ARRIVE DUBLIN AIRPORT TO WICKLOW

Arrive into Dublin Airport where you will be met by your private driver/guide and transferred to your luxury vehicle. Traveling south towards County Wicklow, you can visit Russborough House in Blessington.

Russborough offers one of the finest guided tours in Ireland. It was built between 1740-1750 and has magnificent views of Blessington Lakes and the Wiclow Mountains. From art lovers to historians to the curious passer by our tour will leave you feeling fulfilled and inspired. There are so many things to admire on our tour from the beauty of the Lafranchini ceilings to a wonderful collection of world class art and furnishings. Ornaments such as a microscope gifted to Marie Antoinette on her wedding day to silver, china and furniture from Louis XV’s time are all on view during on our guided tour. Having survived robberies in the 70s and 80s and a fire in 2010 the house lives on for us to enjoy through the expertise of our wonderful house guides.

You may wish to stop at the National Stud Farm and Japanese Gardens in Kidare. Established in 1946, the Irish National Stud combines an active role in the development and promotion of Irish bloodstock with its role as one of the country’s major tourist attractions and it is the only Stud farm in Ireland open to the public. The Japanese Gardens at Tully were created between the years 1906-1910. Devised by Colonel William Hall-Walker (later Lord Wavertree), a wealthy Scotsman of a famous brewery family and laid out by the Japanese Eida and his son Minoru.The Gardens, planned to symbolise the ‘Life of Man’, are now of international renown and are acclaimed as the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe.

Continue to Rathsallagh County House for overnight.

Day 2: Wicklow to Wexford

After a full Irish breakfast at Rathsallagh County House depart and travel south to County Wexford. An age-old gateway into Ireland, County Wexford is steeped in history dating back to the Stone Age, over 6000 years ago. Wexford boasts 221 kilometers of coastline featuring golden sandy beaches, rocky headlands, cliffs, more beaches and sandy preserves. Visit Enniscorthy Castle in the heart of Enniscorthy town built in the 13th century and has been home to Anglo Norman Knights, English Earls and local merchant families. Time permitting visit the Irish National Heritage Park which takes the visitor on an unexpected adventure through 9000 years of Irish history. In New Ross County Wexford you can visit the Dunbrody Emigrant Ship. Board the Dunbrody and walk in the Footsteps of Irish Famine Emigrants on their journey of hope across the Atlantic Ocean.

Traveling south you can visit Hook Lighthouse in Fethard On Sea, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world.

Overnight at Dunbrody County House Hotel.

Day 3: Dunbrody to Kerry

Depart Dunbrody this morning and travel west to Waterford City. The City was founded by Viking traders in 914 and it has an exciting medieval flavor and riverside bustle. The Waterford Museum of Treasures tells the 1000-year-story of Waterford from the treasures of Viking Waterford at Reginald’s Tower, (the oldest civic urban building in Ireland), to the story of Georgian Waterford at the Bishop’s Palace from 1700 to 1970.

You may wish to visit the House of Waterford Crystal, and get an up close and personal insight into the centuries old tradition of Waterford Crystal making.

Continue west to Middleton in County Cork. The award winning Jameson Heritage Centre is a lovingly restored 18th century distillery. A tour of The Old Midleton Distillery is a journey through the story of Irish whiskey via an audio-visual presentation. Follow the old distillery trail through mills, maltings, corn stores, stillhouse, warehouses and kilns and view the largest pot in the world prior to sampling the renowned Jameson Whiskey in the bar On offer too is an opportunity to become a qualified Irish whiskey taster, with presentation of certificate.

Or you can visit the town of Cobh, famous for its colourful exteriors Cobh was the last port of call for the Titanic on its first and last voyage. It is also renowned as the main departure point for the many emigrants of the great famine of 1846 – 1848 whose story is told in The Queenstown Story Heritage Centre. Follow the Titanic Trail or visit the memorial to victims of the Lusitania, which sank off the coast nearby, to understand these important pieces of maritime history.

Your final destination today is Carrig County House where you will overnight for the next two nights.

Day 4: Ring of Kerry

Explore Ireland’s most famous peninsula today – The Ring of Kerry Tour takes you through spectacular coastal and mountainous scenery along the base of the highest mountain range in Ireland, The MacGillycuddy Reeks, and the highest peak being Carrantuohill rising 3,414 feet. The journey takes you through villages and towns depicting typical rural life in Ireland. As you descend into Killarney, fabulous views of the three Lakes of Killarney are afforded from ‘Ladies View’, named after Queen Victoria’s visit at the beginning century. Continue to Killarney’s National Park and the Muckross House Estate for a visit.

Muckross House, is a 19th century manor house, majestically situated on the shores of Muckross Lake. Now a major visitor centre, the House has two main themes, the environment of the National Park and the folklore of County Kerry in the 19th and 20th centuries. The gardens informal in size, are noted for their fine collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, which bloom in May/September, extensive water gardens and an outstanding rock garden of natural limestone.

Return to Carrig County House for overnight.

Day 5: Kerry to Galway

Depart Carrig County House and travel north to Connemara. En route you can visit Kerry County Museum in Tralee. The Museum brings to life the story of Kerry from the earliest times to the present day. Priceless treasures are on display illustrating the rich heritage of County Kerry. Travel back 600 years in the Geraldine Experience and you will see hear and smell medieval Tralee.

Travel north to Quin in County Clare and visit the magnificent medieval Knappogue Castle and Walled Garden. In Quin you can also visit Craggaunowen, The Living Past. During the Bronze Age people protected themselves by building their homes on lakes, an example of such a dwelling or “crannog” can be seen at Craggaunowen. The project also includes a Castle and a “Ring Fort”, a true reproduction of a farmer’s house dating from the 4th or 5th century.

Continue via the town of Ennis and travel west to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher. Situated in County Clare and bordering the Burren Area, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights. Standing 600ft above the ground at their highest point and 5 miles long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. . Travel north via the Burren Region.

Your final destination today is Ballynahinch Castle Hotel where you will overnight for the next two nights.

Day 6: Connemara

Today you may like to experience the Connemara region of Co. Galway. Connemara is a wild and beautiful region of mountains, lakes, tumbling streams undulating bog, unspoiled beaches and panoramic views. It is a Gaelic- speaking region and has attracted many artisans, who can be visited at work in their studios. Here you may like to visit Kylemore Abbey & Walled Gardens, ‘Ireland’s most romantic castle’ originally built as a gift in 1867.
Alternatively you can take the Killary Cruise and enjoy the unspoilt splendor of the Killary, Ireland’s only Fjord. This 9 mile inlet has some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland.

Return to Ballynahinch Castle for overnight.

Day 7: Connemara to County Meath

Depart Connemara and travel east to Meath. En route (south) you can stop in Galway City. Galway is both a picturesque and lively city with a wonderful avant-garde culture and a fascinating mixture of locally owned, specialty shops, often featuring locally made crafts. The city was founded on the east bank of the river late in the 12th century by the Anglo-Norman family de Burgo. It attracted many Welsh and Norman merchants who enclosed the city within a defensive wall. Under the control of the fourteen leading families, known as the ‘tribes’ an extensive trade developed, not only with the continent, importing French and Spanish wine, but also with the West Indies. Highlights of the city include Eyre Square, Lynch’s Castle, St. Nicholas’ Church, O’Brien’s Bridge, Spanish Arch, the Famous Claddagh, beautiful Galway Bay, Salthill Promenade, University College, Salmon Weir Bridge, Court House and the Municipal Theatre.

In the afternoon travel east to County Meath. Here you can visit Trim Castle. Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, was constructed over a thirty-year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter. Hugh de Lacy was granted the Liberty of Meath by King Henry II in 1172 in an attempt to curb the expansionist policies of Richard de Clare, (Strongbow). Construction of the massive three storied Keep, the central stronghold of the castle, was begun c. 1176 on the site of an earlier wooden fortress. This massive twenty-sided tower, which is cruciform in shape, was protected by a ditch, curtain wall and moat.
Your final destination tonight is Bellinter House where you will spend your last night on the Emerald Isle.

Day 8: Depart Dublin

Your private driver will transfer you to Dublin Airport for your departure flight to the US…Slan Abhaile….

Suggested Flight Plan -Arrival and Departure from Dublin Airport. Tour can be altered to accommodate alternate flight plan.

2019 PRICING:

Low Season 2019:

$3950.00 USD Per Person Sharing {based on 2 people traveling}
$2439.00 USD Per Person Sharing {based on 4 people traveling}
[January 1-April 30, 2019]

Mid Season 2019:

$4229.00 USD Per Person Sharing {based on 2 people traveling}
$2789.00 USD Per Person Sharing {based on 4 people traveling}
[ October 1- December 22, 2019]

High Season 2019:

$4650.00 USD Per Person Sharing {based on 2 people traveling}
$3039.00 USD Per Person Sharing {based on 4 people traveling}
[May 1 – September 30, 2019]

*All prices are per person based on double occupancy.

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