Experience some of the finest Castles and Manors in Ireland with special amenities including whiskey tasting, afternoon tea, and more.
Ireland Castles and Manor Suggested Itinerary
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. Get settled in and enjoy a complimentary welcome Whiskey or Local Craft Beer in the hotel bar or while relaxing around the inviting lobby. 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. And don’t forget your Isle Inn Tours vacation includes a “stout tasting” in The Manor Bar when you’re back at the hotel. 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.
This afternoon, depart the south of Ireland and head towards Newmarket-on-Fergus. If you’re up for it, a slight detour through Killarney National Park is well worth the trouble. See lakes and mountains as you set off from the park headquarters at Muckross House, itself a wonderful example of Victorian finery and a wonderful way to prepare for your arrival at the fabulous Dromoland Castle.
The Dromoland Castle exemplifies Irish luxury accommodations with a world-class golf course on property, wonderful spa facilities, and beautiful walled garden. The wonderful staff will welcome you as a special guest of Isle Inn Tours. Overnight: Dromoland Castle (B)
Start the day with a round of golf or a well-deserved spa break before you head in to the quaint village of Adare with its thatched-roof cottages and shops. Picture taking opportunities abound. Dromoland Castle is a great place to simply be on vacation and take advantage of all the resort has to offer. Overnight:Dromoland Castle (B)
|Automatic car rental|
|6 nights accommodations,
2 nights at Hayfield Manor 5*
2 nights Dromoland Castle 5*
2 nights Cabra Castle 4*
|Full Irish Breakfast daily|
|Service of experienced travel planner|
|Deluxe document holder|
|Map of Ireland|
|Special amenities as noted in itinerary|
On your drive today may we suggest the amazing Cliffs of Moher. Then a stop in at one of the wonderful towns like Doolin, famous for traditional Irish music and great views of the Cliffs. As you head towards Dublin, passing through Burren National Park with its stark contrasting landscape is sure to intrigue. You will then pass through the rich farmland of Irelands interior before you arrive at Cabra Castle.
Situated between Dublin and Belfast, the original castle was built in the 19th century and has a rich history and today provides elegant accommodation. Overnight: Cabra Castle (B)
As your Ireland vacation winds down, perhaps a trip to “The North” (Northern Ireland, UK) to the cosmopolitan city of Belfast is in order along with a visit to The Titanic Museum. Prefer to stay closer to the Castle? The UNESCO World Heritage Site at Newgrange is only a short distance away and a wonderful site to see – its pre-historic mound dates to 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge or the Pyramids and it is simply amazing to walk along the grounds. Overnight:Cabra Castle (B)
Now rested and relaxed, and full of Irish history and hospitality – not to mention great food and drink – it is time to return home. Dublin Airport is an easy drive of less than an hour along a modern motorway. You’ll clear US Customs and Border formalities in Ireland in most cases, allowing you to arrive in the USA as a “domestic” passenger making for easy flight connections.
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|Self Drive option, Hertz Car suited to number of travelers, including Super CDW insurance coverage|
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|4 travelers, category G|
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|6 travelers, category T|
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