Private luxury tours in Ireland

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Luxury Ireland Tours

Discover Ireland
(6 days)
Dublin, Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)

Essence of Ireland
(10 days)
Dublin, Kenmare, Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle), Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)

West Coast of Ireland Tour
(8 days)
Dublin, Kenmare, Co. Clare, Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)

Introduction to Ireland
(7 days)
Dublin, Kenmare, Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle)

Highlights of Ireland
(10 days)
Dublin, Kilkenny, Killarney, Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle)

Luxuries of Ireland
(11 days)
Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle), Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle), Kenmare, Co. Laois (Ballyfin)

Family Tour of Ireland
(13 days)
Dublin, Kenmare, Co. Clare, Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)

Dublin & Beyond
(6 days)
Dublin, Co. Laois (Ballyfin)

Culture, Crafts & Cuisine of Ireland
(15 days)
Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Kenmare, Killarney, Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle), Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)

Multi-country Tours

Dublin, Edinburgh, London
(10 days)
Dublin, Edinburgh, London

Highlights of Ireland & England
(13 days)
Dublin, Kenmare, Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle), Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle), London

Exclusive Ireland, Scotland & England
(18 days)
Dublin, Kenmare, Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle), Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle), Edinburgh, Highlands (Gleneagles), London

Essence of Ireland

(10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Dublin, Kenmare, Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle), Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)

This luxury tour of Ireland combines the culture and history of Dublin, the scenic beauty of western Ireland and luxury castle resort hotels. Enjoy private touring and transfers, accommodation in Ireland’s best hotels, and customized activities such as hiking, whiskey tasting, architecture and garden tours, and visits to historic sites.

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. Enjoy a private tour of the Old Jameson Distillery, followed by a private tasting of the distillery’s finest products, or tour the Guinness Storehouse and opt for a pint in the on-site bar, which has views over the rooftops of Dublin. 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, or perhaps cross the River Liffey to walk along historic O’Connell Street. Additional touring options in Dublin include the 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.

One day, enjoy a private excursion to idyllic County Wicklow. Tour the stunning gardens at Powerscourt House and Gardens. Pass through verdant farmland and rolling hills to Glendalough, a beautiful glacial valley with the ruins of an ancient monastery set among lakes. Also tour historic Avoca Mill, where some of Ireland’s finest and most colorful textiles have been produced for centuries.

En route to Kenmare in County Kerry, opt to stop by Kilkenny, an atmospheric riverside town, to tour Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice’s Cathedral; visit the imposing Rock of Cashel, an important hilltop religious complex dating from the Middle Ages; or travel through the bucolic countryside of County Cork, stopping at historic Bantry House & Garden.

Continue 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, such as a sheep shearing and sheepdog demonstration, hiking or biking.

Next, continue to historic Dromoland Castle, a luxurious destination hotel on expansive grounds in southern County Clare. En route, drive through the heart of Killarney National Park. If desired, tour the estate and grounds of Muckross House 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. 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. During leisure time at Dromoland Castle, enjoy on-site activities such as golf, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, falconry, tennis, archery and more.

Next, 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 that’s a wonderful place to experience Irish culture and cuisine. One day, enjoy a scenic private 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.

 

Itinerary Overview
Day 1

Arrive Dublin
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights

Day 2

Dublin
Full-day private city tour

Day 3

Dublin

Full-day private excursion to Powerscourt and Glendalough
Day 4

Dublin – Kenmare
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights with touring en route

Day 5

Kenmare

Full-day private excursion to Ring of Kerry or Beara Peninsula
Day 6

Kenmare – Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle)
Private transfer to hotel for 1 night with touring of Killarney National Park or Dingle Peninsula en route

Day 7

Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle) – Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)
Full-day private touring of the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren en route to hotel for 3 nights

Day 8

Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)
At leisure to enjoy activities at the hotel

Day 9

Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)

Private excursion to Connemara National Park

Day 10

Depart Shannon

Private airport transfer

Hotels
Dublin:

The Merrion or The Shelbourne

Kenmare: Park Hotel Kenmare
Co. Clare: Dromoland Castle
Co. Mayo: Ashford Castle

Cost
$11,320 Per person (double occupancy)