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.

Included Unique Activities

  • Heritage Food Master Class (dates and time of year permitting)
  • Riverside Tub and Champagne Experience
  • Tour of Ireland's Oldest Licensed Distillery
  • 12th Century Castle Experience; Archery & Falconry
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

Heritage Food Foraging Masterclass

Heritage Food Foraging Masterclass

Dinner at Galgorm Resort

Dinner at Galgorm Resort

Bushmills Premium Tasting Experience

Bushmills Premium Tasting Experience

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

Riverside Bathing Experience

Riverside Bathing Experience

Accommodation

3 Nights

Galgorm Resort & Spa

2 Nights

Kilkea Castle

Transportation

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

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

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

Avoca Village, County Wicklow

Powerscourt House and Gardens, County Wicklow

Powerscourt Waterfall, County Wicklow

Ashtown Castle , County Dublin

Wicklow Mountains National Park, County Wicklow

Glendalough, County Wicklow

Rathfarnham Castle, County Dublin

Titanic Belfast, County Antrim

Low Season

Available Tour Dates

Jan - Mar | Nov - Dec

From $2,698 per person

Mid Season

Available Tour Dates

Apr - May | Sep - Oct

From $2,758 per person

High Season

Available Tour Dates

June - August

From $2,848 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 & Reduced Excess Insurance*

* 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

  • Heritage Food Master Class (dates and time of year permitting)
  • 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
  • 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.

"Great Experience"

Anne

East Leroy

Amanda did an excellent job booking our driving tour. She made arrangements for everything we knew we wanted to see and had suggestions for other great places as well. Accommodations were great. The one slight snag was handled efficiently and completely to our satisfaction. I recommend Authentic Ireland and Amanda. We would certainly use them again.

"Amazing Customer Service"

Rebecca Mullikin

Maryland, US

I cannot express more how amazing the customer service has been with this company. Jocoya has truly gone above and beyond for us. We had a few hiccups in our travel arrangements and with a quick turnaround, she did her absolute best to accommodate us. I would be thrilled to use this company again in the future.


Thank you Jocoya! You are a star!

"Wonderful Ireland Vacation"

Jackie

This specially designed package designed for myself and my granddaughter by Anastasia was perfect! Everything from the rental car to the B & B's and hotel was splendid! The food at our lodging areas was superb!! I needed to contact our customer representative, Anastasia, while we were in Ireland. She responded quickly and it was on the weekend! You cannot ask for better service than that, in my opinion!!! I will definitely book with this company again!!!

"Great way to book your trip"

Joanne

I was very happy with the whole experience. The hotels booked, recommended destinations and sights to see and the rental car all exceeded expectations. It was very easy to book the trip with this company. The consultant I worked with was very friendly and professional. I highly recommend this company.

"Perfect Honeymoon"

Joel

This company gave us the perfect honeymoon that we've been dreaming of. Everything was smooth from the B&B's to the experiences that they've pre-booked, it's as if everything was just waiting for us to come. Can't recommend them enough!

Their customer service was top notch, very personal and will not leave you hanging. They support each other and really want you to get the best experience.

"Beyond our expectations"

Beth

My traveling companions and I were over the moon with excitement upon going to Ireland!!! Michaela, our travel agent, was tremendous in planning the trip according to our hopes and dreams and budget. Our lodging in Enis, County Clare, was a beyond our expectations, so lovely, comfortable and cozy. It was so nice to come home too after our day travels. Ireland is beautiful and stole my heart.

"AMAZING TRIP"

Janna

Our first trip to Ireland could not have been more beautiful or amazing. Alaina went above and beyond to make our trip wonderful for us on very short notice. She assisted with unexpected issues on the fly and found us places with air conditioning, which is not easy. Our 7 night vacation consisted of driving from Dublin and seeing the southern half of the Republic. Each place Alaina arranged for us to stay and each customized adventure was wonderful. We throughly enjoyed the people, culture and beauty. We celebrated our 28th Anniversary with our “dream” vacation. We look forward to our next vacation to see Northern Ireland!

"Authentic trip"

Patty

Our 30th anniversary trip to Ireland was simply wonderful! Jocoya did an awesome job picking all the wonderful places, B&Bs, etc. We felt it truly was an “authentic” Ireland trip. Thank you so much! I will definitely recommend you guys again and again.

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