National treasures and hidden wonders are the order of the day with this unmissable tour of Iconic and Unexpected Ireland.
This most exclusive of Ireland vacations begins in Ireland’s capital, Dublin, where your personal driver will introduce you to the highlights of Dublin’s fair city, before whisking you to the sumptuous surrounds of your overnight accommodation at the five-star Westbury Hotel. Taking time to relax after your flight, you will enjoy a National College of Art and Design-inspired Afternoon Tea, where each exquisite pastry is a true work of art. Your Dublin journey continues with a unique Dublin Tenement Tour and a trip to the iconic Guinness Storehouse, before concluding with a slap-up pub meal in Dublin’s Cultural Quarter, Temple Bar.
From Dublin to the ‘Rebel County’ of Cork, where you will overnight in the stately surrounds of three-hundred-year-old Longueville House, taking in en route sightseeing at the Rock of Cashel and Blarney Castle. While at Longueville, you will enjoy a celebrated field-to-fork dining experience, while also sampling Longueville’s artisanal cider via an Orchard Walk and Distillery Tour.
The ‘Kingdom’ of Kerry awaits, where you will enjoy a wealth of truly unique experiences in beautiful Killarney, while staying in the lush green surrounds of the four-star Lake Hotel. Discover the spectacular Ring of Kerry, indulge in a Seaweed Tasting Tour, and travel to Dingle to partake in a traditional Irish cooking course at the Dingle Cookery School.
The final leg of your journey takes you to the ruggedly charming part of the Wild Atlantic Way. With Connemara as your base, you will explore the area’s many attractions, including the truly special Great Irish Famine memorial that is The Lost Valley.
Your vacation concludes in County Clare, with a fine-dining feast and overnight stay at the five-star Dromoland Castle.
Included Unique Activities
Dublin City Welcome and Orientation
Designer Afternoon Tea
The Tale of Henrietta Street
Private Guinness Experience
Old Storehouse Dinner, Temple Bar
Blarney Castle and Park Admission
Farm-to-Fork Dining Experience
Orchard's, Cider Mill & Distillery Tour
2 NightsCentral 5-Star Boutique Hotel
Central 5-Star Boutique Hotel
- Multi-channel TV
- 24-hour Movie, Sports & News Channels
- Trouser Press
1 NightHistoric Country Estate
Historic Country Estate
3 NightsSuperior Lakeside Hotel
Superior Lakeside Hotel
To experience the welcoming culture of the Irish, The Lake Hotel Killarney is the perfect place to stay. The family owned hotel in county Kerry is known for its warm and authentic atmosphere with a traditional Irish and magnificent setting. It is surrounded by the most beautiful landscape of Killarney's lower lake Lough Lein, mountains, islands, woodland and 12th century castle ruins. Its Irish family tradition dates beack to the 1820s. While having breakfast, guests might see deer stroll across the lawn and absorb the tranquility of the lakes just outside the window. The hotel offers a variety of guest rooms, including some with view of the woodlands and some with lakeside view. Residents may choose between rooms in the original building with a warm charm, lakeside rooms with high ceilings and balconies or deluxe rooms and suites.
The Lake Hotel offers a great variety of rooms and suites.
All rooms have great views - some of the surrounding woodland, others of the Killarney Lakes & Mountains.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Crisp bed linen
- Bathrobe & slippers
- Satellite television
- Direct dial telephones
- Electronic laptop safe
- Hairdryer, iron and ironing board
- Tea & Coffee making facilities
- Work desk in room
- Free Wifi
The Castlelough Restaurant
Just like the hotel's original building, the restaurant impresses with high ceilings, large ornate mirrors and cornice work. It reminds of a time when ball gowns and black tie were the usual attire for dinners. Nowadays, the most eye-catching feature are the large windows covering the whole room and boasting views of the beautiful scenery with the lake and mountains. The food offers a equally great quality as the surroundings. Fresh seafood, seasonal meats, organic vegetables and local cheeses are just a selection of the carefully composed dinner options.
The Lakeside Bistro
For lighter meals, coffees and teas with traditional scones, the bistro located in a relaxing lounge is the place to go. It is also surrounded by the beautiful landscape and often flooded with golden sunlight. Vegetarian and vegan options as well as free Wi-Fi ensure that everyone will feel comfortable in the restful and inviting space.
The Devils Punchbowl Bar
The bar is named after the lacial lake on Mangerton Mountain which can be seen from most spots in the hotel, and also from its magnificent bar. It offers a relaxing athmosphere for coffee and refreshments in the morning or afternoon along with tasty bar food in the evening. The friendly staff make sure to fulfill wishes and might offer the hotel's own Craft beer "Martin Huggard" first brewed during the War in 1940, made with the original characteristics and taste.
On the Map: Killarney is located in County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. The town is reached via the N22 from Tralee/ Limerick (to the north) and the N22 from Cork City (to the southeast).
The town in the middle of the Ring of Kerry is set perfectly for excursions to the Gap of Dunloe, Dingle Peninsula, the Skellig Ring and much more.It is known for its legendary beauty. The charming towns like Dingle and majestic landscapes like Slea Head are an unique combination of the impressive sights Ireland has to offer. The scenery with mountains, several historic castles, and calm lakes is perfect for some days out and to enjoy time away from bustling cities.
3 NightsLakeside Country Retreat
Lakeside Country Retreat
We only partner with the finest accommodation providers in each country. All properties are tried and trusted to ensure that you’re in excellent hands during your time abroad. From characterful B&Bs & Inns to 5-Star Castles and Stately Manors, we can find the perfect accommodation to suit your Ireland trip. Looking for romance? No problem – Ireland is awash with cozy, inviting accommodations in scenic and private locations. They’re not always easy to find independently, but not to worry, we know exactly where to look! Properties steeped in history and intrigue? We have those in spades – if you’ve always wished to overnight in a centuries-old castle, you’re visiting the right country! If you would like more specific information about this particular accommodation, please just ask your Agent, and he/she will be glad to oblige.
1 NightWorld-renowned Castle Hotel
World-renowned Castle Hotel
Dromoland Castle is one of Ireland's most magical locations since the 16th century. It was once the home of O'Briens of Dromoland who dates back to one of the last High Kings of Ireland. Thus, the hotel is through and through noble and boasts hospitality. The historic grandeur shows in the baronial facade and the startling interiors. The features of the house are combined with fabulous views, indulgent dining, magnificent bedrooms and lavish decor to make it one of the top hotels. Every resident at the castle hotel is treated like royalty making them feel especially welcome on the 450-acre estate. The castle really captures the feeling of living like king and queen making a stay unforgettable.
From lakeside look-outs to sumptuous suites, canopied beds to breakfast-in-bed, bubble baths to lazy lie-ins (not forgetting secret staircases to love nests), each room at Dromoland Castle has been thoughtfully designed to meet with royal approval.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Dromoland Castle's signature soft slippers and bathrobes
- Nespresso coffee maker
- Full stocked minibar – charged on consumption
- Interactive television with music and movies on demand
- Complimentary WiFi
- 24 hour in-room dining
- Iron/Ironing board
- Personal safe
- American socket (110v)
- Turndown service each evening
- Asprey luxury bathroom amenities
The Fig Tree Restaurant
The restaurant in the Golf & Country Club is lively and welcoming where sportspeople, locals and guestes dine alike. The menu offers a great range from sandwiches to steaks and salads, as well as fish and chips or chowder. The dinners are prepared with Irish ingredients.
The tradition is celebrated like a feast of royalty in the castle hotel. Guests may enjoy a great variety of teas along with sandwiches, scones and clotted cream, jams and pastries. With teas from all around the world this Afternoon Tea is a special experience in the rooms of the magnificent Dromoland Castle.
The Cocktail Bar
Once a library, the room has been transformed into a intimate and comfortable bar with cosy window seats overlooking the lawns. It is great to enjoy a casual snack or relax with a drink from the cocktail list or some wine, Irish whiskey or gin.
Enjoying drinks, coffee and small lunch in the impressive Gallery of the castle should not be missed. The unique atmosphere provides a relaxing and luxurious feeling surrounded by beautiful antiques.
Earl of Thomond
The flagship restaurant of the castle is perfect to enjoy a delightful meal from the most outstanding Irish produce. Combined with exquisite wines and the silk and chandelliers of the room, the restaurant is the spot to dine like king and queen.
The Dromoland Estate
On the Map: Dromoland Castle is located in County Clare in the west of Ireland. The castle is reached via the R458, a country road that intersects the M18 motorway between the city of Ennis (to the north) and Shannon Airport/ Limerick City (to the south).
The Dromoland Castle is the perfect starting point for tours through the South and South West of Ireland along The Wild Atlantic Way. The area combines unique views, wild beaches, splendid lakes and charming villages. Also lively festivals are never far off. A day trip can also be taken to the UNESCO World Heritage Cliffs of Moher and The Burren. The county is also not short of history. Spots to visit are the medieval town of Ennis, Bunratty Castle and the Georgian buildings of Limerick City. Aran Islands and Galway City are just some of the other spots to visit while staying at Dromoland Castle.
- Chauffeur Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide
Points of Interest
Dublin, County Dublin
Grafton Street, County Dublin
Trinity College, County Dublin
O'Connell Street, County Dublin
Temple Bar, County Dublin
Christ Church Cathedral, County Dublin
Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary
Mallow, County Cork
Available Tour Dates
Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
From 4,438 per person
Available Tour Dates
Apr, May, Oct
From 4,558 per person
Available Tour Dates
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
From 5,158 per person
Your 2022 Price Includes:
- 10 Nights in 5-Star Properties Including 5 Nights in an Authentic Castle Hotel
- Chauffeur Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide
- Delectable Breakfast Each Morning
- 9 Dining Experiences
INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES
- Local Driver Meet and Greet and Dublin City tour on arrival
- Designer afternoon tea in an iconic Dublin setting
- Unique tour of the historic tenement buildings in Dublin
- Learn to pour the 'perfect pint' at the Guinness Storehouse
- Dine in a traditional pub in famous Temple Bar
- Kiss the Blarney Stone
- Enjoy a Farm to Fork Dining Experience at a Country House
- Orchard Walk, Cider Tasting and Distillery Tour
- Traditional open-top boat tour of the Killarney National Park
- Jaunting Car Ride to a Brewery with tour, tasting, and pizza!
- Drive the Ring of Kerry
- Get a hand-on traditional Irish Cooking Lesson
- Visit the beautiful Harbor town of Dingle
- Sit down for an evening with a traditional Seanchaí (storyteller)
- Embark on a cultural adventure into the Lost Valley
- Take a boat to a deserted island and enjoy a picnic
- Catch your own lobster and enjoy it cooked for you in a local pub
- Visit the spectacular Cliffs of Moher
- Stay in one of Ireland's top Castles
- Enjoy a fine dining farewell dinner
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- All Taxes & Fees Included
- Prices are Per Person based on 12 people traveling together
- Traveling Alone? No Problem. Just Ask Us for a Single Supplement Price.
"Christmas in Ireland"Jan 3, 2022
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"Dec 31, 2021
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"Dec 29, 2021
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"Dec 26, 2021
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"Nov 19, 2021
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"Nov 8, 2021
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"Nov 4, 2021
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"Nov 1, 2021
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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