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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

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 2021 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.

"Fantastic trip In Ireland"

Scott F.

Long Island, NY

Our trip started in Dublin and we went north to Belfast and went “counter clockwise“ to the west coast and back to Dublin. Fantastic trip.


Here is why you book your trip through Authentic Vacations; unforeseen problems. All of the accommodations were great—Brooks Hotel in Dublin, Europa in Belfast (great hotel), Manor House, Clontarf Castle, Lough Eske. One hotel was a disaster. Within one hour of contacting Michelle she changed our accommodation to The Bushmills Inn. That is the value that Authentic Vacations provides.

"We had a wonderful time In Scotland"

Richard C.

Wilmington, DE

We started in 2019 planning a May, 2020 vacation to Scotland. Then Covid hit and we ultimately had to postpone our trip 3 times until we finally were able to go in September, 2021. We were very impressed with the way that Authentic Vacations (AV) worked with us to make modifications over that 2 year period. We worked with AV to modify the basic itinerary as we learned more about the Covid restrictions and changed our plans to adapt to these restrictions. The people we worked with at AV were terrific and were always quite helpful with good recommendations. We even worked with AV to plan an alternate itinerary to Ireland when we thought that Scotland was not going to open up for visitors in a timely manner. Ultimately, we were able to go to Scotland and we had a wonderful time.


We couldn't be more pleased with how adaptable AV was in coping with the ever-changing environment caused by Covid rules and restrictions as well as their own staffing challenges during the pandemic. We highly recommend Authentic Vacations and will be using them for our future travel planning.

"Anniversary In Florida Keys"

Timothy T.

Florida Keys

We received all we wanted on this trip, sun, water, excellent hotels, and tours! Naomi did an excellent job planning our stays at resorts that let us relax and take in the local tours and places to see. Everything was arranged and we had no issues when arriving at a hotel or a tour. Naomi also recommended some awesome tours aboard the African Queen (Key Largo) and a sunset sail cruise (Key West) on the Appledore Star!


We look forward to using Authentic Vacations to make our Ireland trip just as great!

"Beautiful Ireland Vacation"

Sandra P.

Alabama

Ireland is so beautiful. Loved the Rock of Cashel, the Viking Triangle, Kilkenny Castle, and green, green, green. The only thing... if you are not an exceptional driver, be prepared to take a nerve pill! The roads are way narrow and driving on the left...well, you can see the difficulty.


It was worth it though. Such lovely buildings and scenery.


Amazing trip.

"Family Vacation to Ireland"

Ronald K.

Il

It was very satisfactory. This trip was delayed twice over 18 months because of Covid. They kept the communication lines open and made the overly complicated process simple.

"Definitely worth the wait!"

Helen P

Texas

I started planning this Ireland trip in late 2018. It’s been rescheduled several times due to covid. Josi was the best travel agent I could ask for through the whole process. She was so patient and answered all of my questions the best she could. I finally made the trip this month and it was better and more beautiful than I could have ever hoped for. I did the pub tour and plan to go again some day. Definitely worth the wait!

"Wonderful trip in Iceland"

Paula S.

We had a wonderful trip. The hotels were lovely with excellent restaurants and very attentive staff. The location in Reykjavik was perfect. Lots of shops and restaurants and the bus stop within a few blocks. 


We enjoyed all of the tours very much, especially the glacier hike and zodiac boat iceberg tour. 


Everywhere we went was filled with gorgeous scenery. It’s sort of like Scotland and Hawaii combined. 

"Amazing Ireland Vacation"

Christine W.

Colorado

I started planning my trip in May of 2019, planning to budget out and get a good idea of what a 2 week trip to Ireland would cost. Josi was incredible in helping me get a cost outlined early on, and when 2020 hit and things were changing by the week we were able to plan some things out further. Come the month before my vacation we had all the excursions and sightseeing outlined, everything set, and I was able to have an amazing experience in Ireland. I hope to go back again and see more of what I only got a sampling of.

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