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Luxury and style on the Emerald Isle! Revel in sophisticated 5-star properties prized for their spa escapes, partake in plentiful pampering, explore gorgeous gardens and investigate iconic castles on this incredible 7-night Ireland vacation.
Upon arrival in Dublin, collect your rental car and head south, stopping to visit the stunning Powerscourt House and Gardens. Wend your way through the wondrous Wicklow Mountains National Park en route to Kilkenny. Here, Lyrath Estate, set amidst 170 acres of wander-worthy parkland (featuring a lake, a variety of wildlife and ancient trees), awaits as your home away from home for three restful nights. Visit the Oasis Spa during your stay to unwind and begin your getaway blissfully relaxed.
On Day Two, explore Kilkenny Castle and the famous Smithwicks Brewery, both convenient to your accommodation and with admission included. Day Three is yours to spend at leisure, with a recommended day trip to the House of Waterford Crystal. The Dunbrody Famine Ship and Viking Triangle are two other fascinating sightseeing suggestions.
Continue your travels southwest toward the Wild Atlantic Way on Day Four, visiting the breathtaking Rock of Cashel (entrance included). Afternoon Tea awaits on arrival at the luxurious Sheen Falls Lodge. Experience penultimate hospitality, a mature whiskey tasting and dinner in their award-winning Falls restaurant, pure sublime relaxation for three nights! Located just outside the heritage town of Kenmare, all rooms and suites boast exceptional views. The Ring of Kerry, Killarney National Park, and Beara Peninsula are accessible and outstanding locations for sightseeing.
For your last full day in Ireland, visit Adare, touted as the country’s prettiest village, before making your way to an overnight stay at the fabulous countryside retreat of Cliff at Lyons. Take some time to rejuvenate at the award-winning Well in the Garden spa before departing from Dublin the following morning feeling well-rested and relaxed.
Included Unique Activities
Rock of Cashel
Afternoon Tea at Sheen Falls Lodge
Mature Whiskey Tasting at Sheen Falls
Dinner At The Falls at Sheen Falls
3 NightsLyrath Estate
Spread across 170 acres of Irish countryside, Lyrath Estate is a beautiful sight to behold. With historic gardens and picturesque lakes in the city of Kilkenny, Lyrath really is the best of both worlds. The 17th Century Estate House sits alongside its modern extension, and together they are home to 139 unique bedrooms (each luxurious, air-conditioned, contemporary and stylish), the multi-award-winning Oasis Spa, and Kilkenny Convention Centre. To complement the breathtaking accommodations, Lyrath Estate is home to some of the best restaurants Kilkenny has to offer. Guests can choose from the enticing menu at Yew Restaurant (a unique dining experience with an international twist), The Grill & Bar featuring a Fresh Oyster Bar and Lobster Tank, Tupper's Bar, and afternoon tea at The Atrium.
Lyrath Estate is home to some of the most supreme accommodation in Kilkenny. All 139 air-conditioned bedrooms offer splendid views, be they over the estate or its gardens.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- His/Her bath & walk-in shower
- Separate toilet to bathroom
- Under floor heating in the bathroom
- Luxury bath robe and slippers
- Amenities by the Irish Handmade Soap Company
- Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet
- In-room safe
- Iron and ironing board
- Nespresso machine & tea making facilities
- 43-inch flat screen TV
- Views of parkland, garden or lake
The varied, flavorsome, and enticing menu at Yew Restaurant uses seasonal produce and the best of Irish ingredients, flourishing under an international twist. Whatever the occasion, Yew is a unique dining experience.
The Grill & Bar
Located on the mezzanine level, The Grill & Bar offers views of both the Atrium foyer and the expansive estate parklands. The Grill offers a unique and incomparable dining experience including a Fresh Oyster Bar and Lobster Tank. Discover bold flavors from signature dishes prepared in a Charcoal Grill including the “Tomahawk Steak” and “Portuguese Espetada” skewers.
Tupper’s Bar is part of Lyrath Estate’s original 17th Century Manor House. Food served Mon -Thurs 12-9pm, Fri/Sat 12-7pm and Sunday 12-7pm (Limited menu on Sundays).
Kilkenny, or the Marble City as it is known, is one of Ireland's oldest towns, and proud of it. Its array of ancient buildings is unrivalled. It is renowned for being a vibrant cultural center, devoted to the musical and visual arts. Its two most impressive landmarks are Kilkenny Castle, founded in 1172 and privately owned until 1967, and St. Canice's Cathedral. The current structure of the cathedral dates from the 13th century, though this is nowhere near the beginning of its story, which is rich in folklore and legend. There is no shortage of pubs to explore and enjoy in Kilkenny and during the summer the city is always full of life. The summer also sees the city host an Arts Festival and a very highly regarded Comedy Festival called the Cat Laughs.
3 NightsSheen Falls Lodge
Sheen Falls Lodge
- Free Internet Access
- King Bed with Siberian White Goose Down Duvets
- Cotton Bed Linens custom-made in Denmark
- Entrance Hall for added Quietness & Privacy
- TV with satellite channels & VCR
- A selection of books placed in the room by our Librarian
- CD Stereo System
- Videos and Music CDs available complimentary from our Library in Reception
- 3 Telephones
- Personal Safe
- Iron with Press & Hairdryer
- Same-day Laundry & Dry-Cleaning Service
- Overnight Shoe Cleaning Service
- Turndown Service
- 24-hour Room Service
- Complimentary Mineral Water
- Fresh Fruit Bowl
- Superb Views!
1 NightCliff at Lyons
Cliff at Lyons
Set in rural Kildare - a 30-minute drive from Dublin - Cliff at Lyons is an unusual collection of historic rose-clad buildings, including a mill and former dovecote. The property offers three types of accommodations: apartments for families or couples, 39 hotel rooms set in a number of historic buildings, and cottages with views overlooking the property's historic buildings. Guests are invited to relax and unwind at the property's luxury award-winning Well in the Garden Spa, set in the beautifully-restored Carriage House building. The property is also proud to offer two healthy dining options: Trellis - relaxed dining with Irish produce beside the Grand Canal, and The Orangery - botanically-themed menus in an elegant glass walled setting.
There are 39 Rooms at Cliff of Lyons - all individually designed, spread out in a number of different historic buildings.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Radio and Ipod docking station
- Direct-dial international telephone
- Chrome kettle
- Iron and ironing board
- Daily maid service with turndown
- Sizeable wardrobes
- High-quality Egyptian Cotton bed linen
- 40-inch flat screen satellite TV
- Nespresso coffee machine
- Electronic safe
- Complimentary water
- Anne Semonin bathroom amenities
- Underfloor heating in bathroom
- Bathrobes and slippers
Here, you will find a relaxed, informal style of dining in a warm, cosy space where it is easy to enjoy a snack, coffee or a light lunch with friends. You will also feel comfortable sitting here alone with a good book as company.
A botanical-themed menu based on each day’s produce. The Orangery, dominated by glass walls and a domed ceiling, is as elegant in construction as the simple design of each daily menu.
County Kildare is home to the National Stud and three racecourses, at The Curragh, Naas & Punchestown. This inland county has areas of low-lying bogs on its western bountary. To the east, the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains meet its unique fertile plain, the Currage, which has 6,000 acres of grassland and; if up in the early morning, you can see beautiful throoughbred racehorses excerising. Visitors to Kildare can walk the countryside, play golf, fish, ride or cruise its waterways. One of the best ways of exploring this county is by following the canals, either walking their towpaths or cruising their waters. Away from the main roads, its a peaceful county with plenty of wild fowl, birds and animals in its river valleys, bogs, woodlands & canals.
Points of Interest
Kilkenny, County Kilkenny
Saint Canices Cathedral, County Kilkenny
Dunbrody Famine Ship, County Wexford
Waterford Crystal Factory, County Waterford
The Viking Triangle, County Waterford
Cahir, County Tipperary
Cashel, County Tipperary
Ring of Kerry, County Kerry
Available Tour Dates
Jan - March & Nov - Dec
$1,548 per person
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April, May & Oct
From $1,798 per person
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June - September
From $2,098 per person
Your Price Includes
- 6 nights at Ireland's Top 5-Star Properties
- 1 night at a 4-Star Countryside Retreat
- Compact Automatic Rental Car including our Exclusive Reduced Excess Insurance Package
- Breakfast each morning after your stay
- Traditional Afternoon Tea
- Dinner at the Falls Restaurant
- Entrance to Kilkenny Castle
- The Smithwicks Brewery Experience
- Visit the Rock of Cashel
- Enjoy Afternoon Tea at Your 5 Star Property
- Mature Whiskey Tasting at Sheen Falls
- Classical Dining at the Award Winning Falls Restaurant
POINTS OF INTEREST
- Discover the Varied Landscape of Wicklow Mountains National Park
- Marvel at Powerscourt House & Gardens
- Visit Saint Canice's Cathedral - Ireland's second-largest medieval cathedral
- Uncover 1100 years of history from the Vikings to the Victorians in Ireland's oldest city, Waterford
- Experience the sights, smells and sounds of an 1840s emigrant vessel on the Dunbrody Famine Ship
- Peek into the highly skilled method of crystal manufacturing at the House of Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre
- Rock of Cashel - Visited by St. Patrick in 450, and Brian Boru was crowned King of Ireland here in the 10th century
- Explore the charming town of Cahir - situated on the River Suir & developed around the magnificent 13th-century Cahir Castle
- Bask in the Breathtaking Scenery on the Ring of Kerry
- Visit Killarney National Park - Ireland's oldest National Park
- Wonder at Molls Gap - a panoramic passageway through the bleak bog land and mountainous terrain of the Ring of Kerry
- Take in the Ring of Beara - quieter and more relaxed yet equally as stunning as the Ring of Kerry
- Stroll through the charming coastal towns of Glengarriff and Bantry
- See Adare - Widely recognized as one of Ireland's prettiest villages
- Visit the Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens - Home to a number of magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens renowned throughout the world
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- Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
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