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This itinerary can be completely customized to give you the exact vacation that you want.

Are you dreaming of a luxurious adventure that tantalizes the taste buds yet soothes the soul? Look no further than the 8-Night Culinary and Castles of Ireland package crafted by Authentic Vacations. This Ireland tour features a trifecta of treasured 4-star properties, complete with a sumptuous Irish breakfast each morning.

After arriving in Dublin, you will collect an automatic rental car (with our exclusive reduced excess insurance package) before departing on a short drive south to County Wicklow, the “Garden of Ireland”. You will spend three blissful nights at beautiful BrookLodge & Macreddin Village, home of The Strawberry Tree, Ireland’s first certified organic restaurant. Afternoon tea is available upon arrival, and one superb dinner with wine is included. The opportunity to participate in a fascinating Food Heritage Master Class is available on select dates throughout the year. In lieu of the Master Class, you will be immersed in the resort’s organic and wild foods ethos, including a post-dinner visit to their Wild Foods pantry and a sampling of the delectable Irish cheeses stored within. During your stay, look out for the full-time food forager in the fields and forests surrounding Macreddin Village. While based here, one full day will be devoted to seeing Dublin sights, including admission to the exclusive Guinness Connoisseur Experience.

From BrookLodge, you will head north for a 3-night stay at Galgorm Resort and Spa, awarded the “Global Luxury Spa Hotel of the Year 2018”. The resort is situated on 163 acres of lush parkland, located only 30 minutes from Belfast. All tensions will be forgotten as you enjoy the Riverside Tub and Champagne experience. A delicious dinner is included while at Galgorm, as well as a tour of Old Bushmills (Ireland’s oldest licensed distillery) and entrance to the amazing Giant’s Causeway.

Your last two nights will be spent at the majestic Kilkea Castle, steeped in over 800 years of history and nestled in the glorious County Kildare countryside. Splendid rooms, stunning surroundings, and a platinum standard staff await. Engage in unique activities such as archery and falconry, followed by an unforgettable dinner on the last evening. This handcrafted tour will leave you excited to plan your next Authentic Vacation.

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Included Unique Activities

Dinner at the Strawberry Tree

Dinner at the Strawberry Tree

Guinness Connoisseur Experience

Guinness Connoisseur Experience

Afternoon Tea in the Waterside Lounge

Afternoon Tea in the Waterside Lounge

Wild Food Pantry & Organic Ethos Tour

Wild Food Pantry & Organic Ethos Tour

Dinner at Galgorm Resort

Dinner at Galgorm Resort

Bushmills Premium Tasting Experience

Bushmills Premium Tasting Experience

Giant's Causeway Admission

Giant's Causeway Admission

Riverside Bathing Experience

Riverside Bathing Experience

Accommodation

3 Nights

Brooklodge at Maccredin Village

3 Nights

Galgorm Resort & Spa

2 Nights

Kilkea Castle

Transportation

  • Compact Rental Car with Automatic Transmission & Authentic’s Exclusive Car Insurance Cover

Points of Interest

  • Powerscourt House & Gardens
  • Powerscourt Waterfall
  • Avoca
  • Wicklow Mountains National Park
  • Glendalough Monastic Settlement
  • Temple Bar
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Dublin Castle
  • Rathfarnham Castle
  • Howth Castle
  • Ashtown Castle
  • Castlewellan Castle
  • Killyleagh Castle
  • Belfast Castle
  • Gosford Castle
  • Maynooth Castle
  • Book of Kells
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Dunluce Castle
  • Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge
  • The Dark Hedges
  • Boyne Valley
  • Newgrange
  • Trim

Ashtown Castle , County Dublin

Wicklow Mountains National Park, County Wicklow

Glendalough, County Wicklow

Rathfarnham Castle, County Dublin

Titanic Belfast, County Antrim

Castlewellan Castle, County Down

Killyleagh Castle, County Down

Belfast Castle and Cave Hill, County Antrim

Low Season

Available Tour Dates

Jan - Mar | Nov - Dec

From $2,998 per person

Mid Season

Available Tour Dates

Apr - May | Sep - Oct

From $2,998 per person

High Season

Available Tour Dates

June - August

From $3,348 per person

PLEASE NOTE: This tour is only available for a minimum of two people traveling, please contact your agent if you would like to custom design a solo traveling package

 

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 8-Nights in Luxurious 4-Star Properties

TRANSPORTATION

  • Compact Rental Car with Automatic Transmission & Authentic’s Exclusive Car Insurance Cover

* Upgrade to a Private Chauffeur for an Additional Cost, Please Inquire for Details

DINING OPTIONS

  • Full Irish Breakfasts Each Morning
  • 4 Unique Dining Experiences:
    • Afternoon Tea in the Waterside Lounge  
    • Dinner & Wine at the Organic Strawberry Tree Restaurant
    • Dinner at the Award Winning River Room
    • Dinner at a 12th Century Castle

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Wild Food Pantry & Organic Ethos Tour
  • Riverside Tub and Champagne Experience
  • Tour of Ireland's Oldest Licensed Distillery
  • 12th Century Castle Experience; Archery & Falconry

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Powerscourt House & Gardens
  • Powerscourt Waterfall
  • Avoca
  • Wicklow Mountains National Park
  • Glendalough Monastic Settlement
  • Temple Bar
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Dublin Castle
  • Rathfarnham Castle
  • Howth Castle
  • Ashtown Castle
  • Castlewellan Castle
  • Killyleagh Castle
  • Belfast Castle
  • Gosford Castle
  • Maynooth Castle
  • Book of Kells
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Dunluce Castle
  • Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge
  • The Dark Hedges
  • Boyne Valley
  • Newgrange
  • Trim
Prices Based On
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. Just Ask Us for a Single Supplement Price.

"Couple's Vacation in Wales"

Kellie H.

Texas

We have just booked our 3rd trip with Lauren to Wales next summer and we expect that as usual it will be amazing. Lauren has previously sent my husband and I to Ireland and Scotland and we know that with her everything will go absolutely perfect. She really goes above and beyond to tailor our trips to our personalities and she knows what we like to do. Every hotel or B&B we've stayed in have been perfect. We have never worried about logistics etc... It is so wonderful to go on a trip and know that when you get there absolutely everything is taken care of and all there is left to do is enjoy! We will continue to call upon Lauren for future vacations and cannot wait for our next adventure!

"Awesome Yellowstone Vacation"

Duane K.

Thank you, Josi! What a wonderful trip it was. I cannot tell you how happy we are you made dinner reservations. We ate at all the best spots, but we watched them turn away customer after customer because they were over booked. Great weather! It snowed a bit the day we arrived, and was in the 70’s/80’s and sunny the rest of the time. Just beautiful. Did you order the weather too? Spring Creek was great. The Yellowstone tour was awesome (Bison, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Elk, Moose). Paddleboard company was great. Also, the Hotel in Salt Lake is 5 star. I’ve stayed in the nicest hotels in New York, Chicago, LA and this one is a classic. My appreciation to you!

"Ireland Vacation"

Nicole A

What an amazing trip! Michelle was amazing at assisting in the planning. Our hotels were amazing. The recommended itinerary suited exactly what my family and I wanted to experience on our trip to Ireland. I would definitely utilize Authentic Vacations again!

"Driving through history"

Ed

Edmonton

We had an excellent trip. Absolutely no problems with bookings that Donna arranged. Driving Ireland and seeing it at your own pace lets you stop to admire ruins not normally on a tour. Only thing we would do differently is upgrade the car. As someone who enjoys driving I regret not having something a little more sporty!

"Christmas in Ireland"

William

We talked to Lainie about what we were looking for. She listened to our wishes offering suggestion and developed our plan. We got exactly what we were looking for. Made sure we were happy and answering a million questions. We couldn’t be happier. Thank you Lainie !

"An epic solo road trip!"

Anthea O.

Singapore

Just want to say a big thank you to Anna for all her help and patience in supporting my free and easy solo road trip across Ireland, chasing writers poets and thin places. The bed and breakfast choices were fantastic. I don't usually go through an agent to help with booking accommodation etc. but I had little to do so myself so am glad that I had Anna to take that load off me. I appreciate too that Anna was on WhatsApp with me and very responsive. I felt very supported. Thank you.

"Ireland birthday trip"

Stephanie S.

Minnesota

Josi was an immense help. From the beginning with her planning based on our wishes and prompt replies we felt very confident everything was covered. And it was! beautiful locations great suggestions for sites to see we could not have been more pleased with the whole Adventure. It was so nice to have all the reservations set and the car rental covered it made the whole experience stress free. I will definitely reach out to Josie for my next vacation.

"Destination Vacation"

Peter L.

Boston

Great trip thanks to Michelle's great work!

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