10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Dublin, Kenmare, Co. Clare, Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)
This the ultimate luxury family tour of Ireland, featuring beautiful landscapes, luxurious castle hotels, and a variety of activities that will appeal to family members of all ages.
Begin in Dublin, the capital of Ireland and the perfect starting point for an overview of the country’s long and storied history. During touring with your private guide and driver, marvel at the iconic Book of Kells and the Long Room in the Old Library at Trinity College, and tour St. Patrick’s Cathedral, one of the most important churches in Ireland. Walk in the footsteps of Irish literary giants such as James Joyce and Oscar Wilde in Georgian Dublin, a neighborhood of well-preserved architecture set around leafy St. Stephen’s Green. Depending on interests, stroll through the Temple Bar entertainment district, browse the upscale shops on Grafton Street, perhaps cross the River Liffey to walk along historic O’Connell Street. Additional touring options in Dublin include the Old Jameson Distillery, the Guinness Storehouse, National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kilmainham Gaol and Chester Beatty Library. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can also arrange theater tickets and reservations at Dublin’s best restaurants for contemporary Irish cuisine.
Next, transfer to Kenmare, a colorful village with a prehistoric stone circle and access to the beautiful peninsulas that define southwest Ireland. One day, enjoy a private excursion to the renowned Ring of Kerry through the dramatic landscapes of Iveragh Peninsulasc. Alternatively, opt to visit the breathtaking (and lesser visited) Beara Peninsula, a wild landscape of jagged coastlines, craggy mountains and sparkling lakes. One afternoon, enjoy an artisanal chocolate making class or other special interest activities based on your family's interests.
Next, continue to County Clare. En route, opt to drive through the heart of Killarney National Park. If desired, tour the estate and grounds of Muckross House & Gardens Traditional Farms and take a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through the woods to Ross Castle. Alternatively, drive the spectacular Dingle Peninsula, taking in awe-inspiring views of the coastline and mountains, or visit with a friendly dolphin. Along the way, explore ancient ring forts and other prehistoric sites, wander through quaint seaside towns, and visit shops featuring crafts created by the many local artisans. Another option includes a visit Bunratty Castle, an impressive 15th-century fortress and neighboring Bunratty Folk Park, a charming recreation of a 19th-century Irish village. Continue to a luxury family-friendly resort for two nights. Enjoy time to take advantage of on-site activities such as golf, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, falconry, tennis, archery, kids club programs, and more.
Explore the country charm and geological wonders of County Clare en route to Ashford Castle. Walk along the tops of the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, which rise hundreds of feet above the sea. Explore the eerie Burren, a rocky karst landscape punctuated by ancient forts, tombs and other archaeological sites. Pass through picturesque villages with brightly colored houses and shops. Stop at a local smokehouse famous for smoked Irish salmon, and enjoy lunch at a nearby pub. Other options include hiking or a visit to a local artisanal perfumery.
Conclude in County Mayo at Ashford Castle, a historic lakefront castle hotel and resort that’s a wonderful place to experience Irish culture and cuisine. One day, enjoy a beautiful scenic excursion to Connemara National Park, a rugged landscape of mountains, moors and bogs. Along the way, pass through tiny villages, admire views of the sea, drive along the coast of Ireland’s only fjord, and visit Kylemore Abbey, a beautiful stone building and gardens set on the edge of a lake. During leisure time, enjoy activities on the surrounding estate, such as golf, fishing, horseback riding, falconry, kayaking and more.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Full-day private city tour
Dublin – Kenmare
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights with touring en route
Full-day private excursion to Ring of Kerry or Beara Peninsula
Kenmare – Co. Clare
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights with touring of Killarney National Park or Dingle Peninsula en route
At leisure to enjoy activities at the hotel. Upon request, an excursion to Bunratty Castle can be arranged
Co. Clare – Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle) Private touring of the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren en route to hotel for 3 nights
Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)
Private excursion to Connemara National Park
Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)
At leisure to enjoy activities at the hotel
Private airport transfer
Park Hotel Kenmare
Trump International Doonbeg
or Dromoland Castle
Per person (based on four travelers/two rooms)
Per person (based on two travelers/double occupancy)
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