Ireland Tours & Scotland Vacations – Isle Inn Tours

Gardens of Ireland

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This tour will delight those interested in Classical architecture, as well as those who wish to explore the beauty of the Irish garden. 

This delightful tour will captivate you with some of Ireland’s most impressive estates, gardens, and follies. Designed for an intimate group of eight whimsical people. This tour will delight those interested in Classical architecture, as well as those who wish to explore the beauty of the Irish garden.  Spend eight nights in Ireland on this custom designed tour, which begins and ends in Dublin.

Day 1 – Arrive in Dublin to meet your driver/ guide.  First you will stop at Killashee House for tea and scones. After a refreshing break, you will journey south into Wicklow Co. where you will visit Powerscourt Estate.  This magnificent property is well recognized as one of the world’s greatest gardens.  After a visit and tour, you will journey to Mount Juliet Estate. After checking into your room and freshening up a bit, you will have a short tour of the property, and a visit with the hounds.  This intriguing mansion is synonymous with horses.  The hunting dogs on site are one of the most adoring attractions you will encounter during your stay.  This evening you will enjoy sparkling wine and hors d’ouvres in the drawing room before dinner.  Overnight: Mount Juliet, Kilkenny (D) Powerscourt Gardens

 

Day 2 – Today after breakfast you will visit Dunbrody Abbey, where you might lose yourself in its intricate yew hedge maze.  Continue on to Woodstock Gardens & Arboretum on the banks of the River Nore whose features include the Monkey Puzzle Walk.  The next stop will be Newtownbarry House & Gardens designed by Sir Charles Lanyon for a tour followed with afternoon tea at Newtownbarry House.  Dinner will be at the estate this evening.  Overnight:  Mount Juliet, Kilkenny (B, D)

 

Day 3 – Journey into the heart of the Blackwater Valley and arrive at Longueville House in time for lunch and a walk on the grounds. The oak trees on the front lawn date from 1815 and are planted in the formation of the battle of Waterloo. Each tree represents a regiment in the armies of Wellington and Napoleon. Continue on to Seaview House in Ballylickey, your home for the next two nights.  Remainder of afternoon will be free to relax before dinner.  Overnight: Seaview House, Cork (B, D)

Includes:
Services of Irish Driver/Guide
6 nights Manor House hotels
2 nights 5-star hotel accommodation
Full Irish breakfast daily
Isle Inn Tours flight bag and luggage tag
Deluxe document holder with information package

Day 4 – After a “Country House” breakfast one of the highlights of this trip is a visit to Garnish Island, an island garden of rare beauty.  The gardens are landscaped with Neo-Classical follies and planted with sub-tropical flora.  Perhaps you might see the seals that frequent the rocks on the southern shore.  Then on to Bantry House, the ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry where you could have some light refreshments on your own before taking a self guided tour of the house, which contains an important collection of furniture, art, and tapestries. The “Cardinal Rule” in planning this estate was that the house, garden, and site represent a single unit. One could not have been conceived without the other.  Dinner will be at the hotel this evening.  Overnight: Seaview House, Cork (B, D)

 

Day 5 – Today you will leave West Cork and travel into the  “Kingdom of Kerry” and arrive for a tour of Muckross House and Gardens, an imposing Victorian mansion in the Elizabethan style.  You will arrive mid afternoon at Adare Manor, a luxurious hotel that occupies a magnificent Victorian Gothic mansion.  Tonight you will dine and sleep in one of the great houses of Ireland.  Overnight: Adare Manor, Adare (B, D)IrishGardens1

 

Day 6 – The once forgotten Vandeleur Walled Garden at Kilrush House is where you visit today. This garden specializes in many unusual plants that thrive in the area’s unique climate.  Afterwards, you will cross the Shannon River by car ferry. You will arrive back at Adare for some free time to enjoy the Manor before dinner.  Overnight: Adare Manor, Adare (B, D)

 

Day 7 – Today you will travel to Dublin and enjoy more follies! Stop at Barberstown Castle for lunch on your own and then continue on to Castletown House, which is said to have influenced the design of the White House.  There are two follies on the grounds, The Conolly Folly or Obelisk and The Wonderful Barn.  You will continue into the city and arrive at the Westin Dublin. Remainder of the afternoon is free to explore this cosmopolitan city independently.  Dinner will be on your own tonight.  Overnight: Westin Dublin, Dublin City (B)

 

Day 8 – This morning after breakfast you will be given a driving tour of the city en route to Dublin Castle.  While visiting the castle, you will have a tour of the State Apartments.  At the conclusion of your visit you may choose to take a stroll down Grafton Street for that last minute shopping.  Remainder of afternoon and evening will be free for you to shop, tour or stop into one of the many quaint pubs for a taste of the local fare.  Dinner will be on your own this evening.  Dublin is home to Ireland’s oldest pub, The Brazen Head.  Interested participants have the option to add-on a night on the town to enjoy a candlelit dinner at this establishment while being entertained with mesmerizing storytelling of Irish folklore.  Overnight: The Merrion, Dublin City (B)

 

Day 9 – Depart for the airport following breakfast with time for last minute duty-free shopping and a leisurely airport check-in. (B)

Vehicle Type (or similar)# of passengersJan - MarApr - OctNov - Dec 15, 2015
Mercedes Sedan2$4,099$4.429$4,149
Mercedes Viano4$3,199$3,529$3,249
Mercedes Sprinter6$2,899$3,229$2,949
*The above pricing grid is based on the following itinerary. We are happy to customize your chauffeur tour to suit your interests. All rates are per person and based on double occupancy.

 

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