Private luxury tours in Ireland

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Luxury Ireland Tours

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

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

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

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, Killarney, Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle), 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. Clare (Ashford Castle), Edinburgh, Perthshire, London

Highlights of Ireland

(10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Dublin, Kilkenny, Killarney, Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle)

This private Ireland tour is a popular itinerary for travelers wanting to experience the best of this amazing country: interesting cities, well-preserved medieval architecture, local crafts, dramatic coastal landscapes, and a luxurious castle hotel.

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. Take a culinary walking tour to sample treats at top local food markets and shops. Enjoy a private tour of the Old Jameson Distillery, followed by a private tasting of the distillery’s finest products.. 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, or stop by the Guinness Storehouse and opt for a pint in the on-site bar, which has views over the rooftops of Dublin. 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.

En route to Kilkenny, tour the highlights of County Wicklow: the stunning gardens at Powerscourt House and Gardens; Glendalough, a beautiful glacial valley with the ruins of an ancient monastery set among lakes; and historic Avoca Mill, where some of Ireland’s finest and most colorful textiles have been produced for centuries. Continue to Kilkenny, an atmospheric riverside town of medieval streets and the center of Ireland’s burgeoning local crafts movement. Tour Kilkenny Castle, a popular landmark from the 13th century. Next see St. Canice’s Cathedral—a noted Gothic church—and the ancient Round Tower that sits among the Celtic cross tombstones in its churchyard. Also visit Kilkenny Design Centre, a showcase of locally produced crafts such as textiles, ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry and leather goods. Additional options include visiting the workshop of local glass artisans, seeing the ruins of Jerpoint Abbey or Kells Priory, or shopping for crystal in Waterford.

En route to Killarney, visit the imposing Rock of Cashel, an important hilltop religious complex dating from the Middle Ages; or stop by Kilkenny, an atmospheric riverside town, to tour Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice’s Cathedral.

One day, enjoy a private excursion around 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. Another option is driving the renowned Ring of Kerry, a dramatic route atop the sea cliffs and through the mountains of the Iveragh Peninsula.

Explore the heart of Killarney National Park at Muckross House. Tour the estate and grounds, and then take a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through the woods to Ross Castle. Alternatively, visit Bunratty Castle, an impressive 15th-century fortress and neighboring Bunratty Folk Park, a charming recreation of a 19th-century Irish village. Pass through Adare, a postcard-perfect village of thatched-roof houses and shops. Continue to historic Dromoland Castle, a luxurious destination hotel and resort on expansive grounds. During leisure time, enjoy on-site activities such as golf, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, falconry, tennis, archery and more.

One day, explore the geological wonders of County Clare during a private excursion to the eerie Burren, a rocky karst landscape punctuated by ancient archaeological sites, and the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, which rise hundreds of feet above the sea.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1

Arrive Dublin
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 2

Dublin

Full-day private city tour
Day 3

Dublin & Co. Wicklow – Kilkenny
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights with touring en route

Day 4

Kilkenny
Full-day private tour of city and environs

Day 5

Kilkenny – Killarney
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights with touring en route

Day 6

Killarney & Dingle Peninsula or Ring of Kerry

Full-day private excursion
Day 7

Killarney – Co. Clare
Private transfer to Dromoland Castle for 3 nights with touring en route

Day 8

Co. Clare & environs

Full-day private tour
Day 9

Co. Clare

Day at leisure
Day 10

Depart Shannon

Private airport transfer

Hotels
Dublin:

The Merrion or The Shelbourne

Kilkenny: Mount Juliet
Killarney: Killarney Park Hotel or The Europe
Co. Clare: Dromoland Castle

Cost
$10,195 Per person (double occupancy)