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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

Elegant Eco-Hotel

3 Nights

Luxury Pakland Spa

2 Nights

Enchanting Castle Resort

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

Mid Season.

Available Tour Dates

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

From 3,598 per person

High Season.

Available Tour Dates

Jun, Jul, Aug

From 4,018 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 2022 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.

"Christmas in Ireland"

Julia H.

Shreveport, LA

This Ireland trip was amazing, and Jennifer did a wonderful job planning it! We booked it fairly last minute (booked the experience Nov 1st for a departure date of Dec 20th), but despite that, Jennifer was able to create an itinerary that covered everything we wanted to do and stay in amazing locations. All of the pre-booked events worked out flawlessly, never ran into any issues! Jennifer was super helpful and answered all my questions; she made traveling during these Covid times way less stressful. Thank you, Jennifer and Authentic Vacations for an amazing Christmas in Ireland!

"Ireland Anniversary"

Paige C.

Milwaukee, WI

This trip exceeded our expectations on every single level. Adina planned the absolute PERFECT Irish experience that enabled us to celebrate our third wedding anniversary better than we ever could have imagined. Every single step of the planning and booking experience was straight-forward, and we were always able to contact her if we had a question or concern. Michaela was also another agent we worked very closely with and her kindness is something I will always remember. I have already recommended AV to everyone I know, and we will absolutely be taking more trips through this agency in the future. This was the trip of our lives!!

"Experience family roots in Scotland"

Sue O.

Muskegon, MI

It took a while to get there after dealing with multiple delays because of Covid, but we finally made it to Scotland. Authentic Vacations worked with us so well for the initial plan and with all the necessary revisions. Our hearts were happy to see where my husband's grandmother was born. The accommodations were just right for us, and the experiences that they arranged were great and helped us to enjoy the beautiful country. Thank you!

"Beautiful Florida Vacation"

Marti L.

Florida

I had never used Authentic Vacation before. They were great my trip was exceptionally well planned.  Lonna was excellent to work with, she had all my answers and put us in beautiful hotels, she had also arranged all of our outings. Things went extremely smoothly. They are an exception to the rule.

"California Getaway/Wedding"

HOWARD N.

NY

After the cancelation of our Ireland trip, we were supposed to do just as everything closed down, I thought we would never get away. It took a while to get things figured out with this company but in the end, they came through and help me plan a trip to California. The hotels were perfect and everything else went as planned. Thanks, Lauren for helping us figure this all out.

"Worth The Wait - Birthday In Ireland"

Jennifer S.

IN

After two reschedules due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we were thrilled to finally be able to make it to Ireland. It exceeded our wildest expectations. From quaint seaside B&Bs to a night in a castle to lovely boutique hotel, we had a varied and beautiful experience. We loved the ability to modify our itinerary as we went so that we could discover things on our own time. But, the planned pre-booked events all worked out flawlessly. Couldn’t Recommend Michele more. She helped us select a location for a return Covid PCR test and was available for any questions.

"Fantastic 46th Anniversary In Ireland"

Ed & Marie C.

Florida

Finally, after postponing our trip twice due to COVID-19 we were finally on our way! Michelle, our Authentic Expert, was fantastic & everything was perfect! Our hotels were magnificent & everything was in order. We had absolutely no issues.


After our 3 nights stay at the luxurious Shelbourne, we set out for the following for a magnificent, unforgettable 12 days with Jimmy. We traveled 2058km through Galway, Connemara, Derry, Bushmills, Belfast, Trim & back to Dublin.


The highlights of the trip, besides the grand Jimmy, were the Wild Atlantic Coast, Connemara area, and the coast of Antrim which was absolutely incredible, some of the most beautiful scenery we have ever seen. The bonus was Jimmy’s audible historic narrations throughout our trip. We consider Jimmy a friend & will keep in touch.


Succinctly stated the only way to see Ireland is bypass. Having a personal driver was the only way to travel Ireland.


Ashford Castle was beyond our expeditions! So elegant and absolutely beautiful! The spa is a must. Walking the ground was stunning! I did the Hawk walk! I had my own Hawk, walked through the woods & let him go, a few minutes the Hawk flew back & landed on my arm. I cannot say enough about this experience. Afternoon Tea was certainly a must!


All the hotels recommended by Authentic Vacations were a very high standard.

"Hawaii Honeymoon & Birthday"

Kristy S.

7

Considering All, and COVID messing up a Scottish trip. Hawaii was lovely. Although the Hotel had troubles with their book keeping and no meals (continental breakfasts) were served due to Covid mandates. We did enjoy the place and getting a room on the water side with a lanai was key. Otherwise you would have a view of a parking lot or local road. Lots of wild roosters crowing around 3am. Very rustic and local.

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