Experience some of the finest Castles and Manors in Ireland and a private driver-guide.
Ireland Castles and Manor Sample Itinerary
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Arrive in Dublin following an over-night flight from the USA. Ready to experience Ireland castles and manors you’ll pick up a Hertz Rental Car at the airport. Heading for Cork, you’ll pass by the iconic “Rock of Cashel”, a wonderful first stop on any tour of Ireland. This legendary throne of The Kings of Munster includes a collection of 12th and 13th century buildings that have been wonderfully preserved and the view from the top of the hill is amazing on a clear day.
Dublin to Cork is an easy drive on modern expressways and the trip takes about 3 hours. Once in Cork, you’ll be welcomed at the wonderful Hayfield Manor Hotel. A familiar fixture in Conde Nast and Trip Advisor’s top ranked hotels of Ireland, the 5 Star Hayfield Manor combines world-class luxury with the warm welcome of a fine family home. Overnight: Hayfield Manor (B)
Cork is a vibrant modern city and welcomes many international visitors from Europe. Take in shopping in the city center or perhaps venture out to the nearby “Jameson’s Whiskey Experience” in Middleton and then on to Waterford, home of the famed crystal makers and a center of Irish arts and crafts.
Overnight: Hayfield Manor (B)
There may be no better way to get to know the heart and soul of a city than through its food. If you have a few hours we recommend the Cork Tasting Trail, here you’ll take a leisurely stroll (about 2-3 hours) dropping in on some of the city’s leading eateries.
Head towards the stunning beauty of Southwest Ireland and County Kerry. If you’re up for it, a slight detour through Killarney National Park is well worth the time. See lakes and mountains as you set off from the park headquarters at Muckross House, itself a wonderful example of Victorian finery. Enjoy the evening in the heart of town at the charming Killarney Royal hotel. Overnight: Killarney Royal (B)
No tour to Ireland is complete without a drive along one of the stunning peninsula routes, and from Killarney you can have your choice of the legendary Ring of Kerry route or the stunning Dingle Peninsula. Return to Killarney this evening and stroll the town for a night of traditional music and enjoy a pint in one of the many lively and fun pubs in town. Overnight: Killarney Royal (B)
|Service of experienced travel planner
|Full Irish Breakfast daily
|8 nights accommodations,
2 nights at Hayfield Manor 5* Superior Room
2 nights Dromoland Castle 5* Deluxe Room
2 nights Ashford Castle 5* Corrib Lake View Room
2 nights The Royal in Killarney 4* Deluxe Room
|8 Days Private Driver Guide and luxury vehicle.
Make your way to charming County Mayo, where you are sure to find wonderful examples of traditional Irish music, rugged landscape, and friendly people. Your stay tonight is at the wonderful Ashford Castle, once home to the Guinness family. Explore the resort including beautiful Lake Corrib and discover over 100 acres of state-owned forest land. Resident musicians will entertain you with traditional music, stories, and songs. Overnight: Ashford Castle (B)
Enjoy a day on the grounds at Ashford – perhaps a cruise on the lake or a round of golf. Or let your driver lead you on an adventure into the rugged Connemara region for a glimpse of traditional Irish culture in a place largely unchanged over the decades. Overnight: Ashford Castle (B)
Today venture along the iconic Cliffs of Moher and marvel at the view, on a fine day, your driver can direct you to a walking trail for a unique view of the vista, and collect you again at the Visitor Center. Continue your journey to the stunning Dromoland Castle. Overnight: Dromoland Castle (B)
A signature end to the Castle and Manor House stay is in store at Dromoland. Enjoy a final day in Ireland in the luxury of one of the nation’s finest accommodation. Delight in the activities and amusements of the Castle, or perhaps fit in one (more) round of golf. Overnight: Dromoland Castle (B)
As your amazing Ireland vacation winds down, your are only a short drive from the convenience of the Shannon Airport and we highly recommend this easy to use facility for your departure point. Alas, it’s only a couple more hours beyond to Dublin airport if your plans are fixed that way. Now well rested, filled with a lifetime of stories and memories, we wish you a “safe home” as you return to the USA.
|# of passengers
|Jan - Feb 2023
|March, Apr and Oct 2023
|May - Sept, 2023
|Chauffeur Drive - Private Driver/Guide and luxury vehicle suited to number of travelers
|For groups of 5 or more, please call for a custom quote.