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Ireland’s Eco-Adventure is the perfect experience for those passionate about sustainable travel. Create a positive effect on the communities you visit. Immerse yourself in the pleasures of traditional culture and native plants and wildlife. Sink your hands into the rich Irish soil, forage for wild foods, and be amazed by a fresh, organic dinner.
Cork is a city that was once an island. Take part in a peatland restoration walk, and then a small-batch gin tasting, heady with wild ingredients. Take off for Kenmare Bay for various seaweeds. You’ll discover how to harvest, dry, and store these superfoods. Watch for seals and eagles with a marine biologist. During time on your own, explore the Bronze Age circle of stones.
Lahinch is an exuberant coastal town, and your accommodation is a five-star, working farm. All animals are free to graze the wild Atlantic countryside. Your honest 6-course tasting menu, with local herbs and botanicals, is inspired. A cruise along the Cliffs of Moher reminds you of Nature’s power, and a remote chocolaterie fills your senses.
Enniskillen sits prettily on the waters of Lough Erne. On your free day, perhaps search for castles. There are more 17th century ruins here than anywhere else in Ireland. Sleep in surreal bubble domes, and witness polytunnel farming at its finest. Your last night is in dazzling Dublin. This time is designed to harmonize with your values. We invite you to experience the transformative power of sustainable travel in Ireland.
Included Unique Activities
Artisan Organic Winery Tour & Tasting
Wild Food Pantry & Organic Ethos Tour
Dinner at the Strawberry Tree
Peatland Bog Restoration Walk
Small Batch Gin Tour & Tasting
Slow Food Dining at Ballyvolane
Kenmare Bay Eco-Nature Cruise
Seaweed Foraging Walk
1 NightBrooklodge at Maccredin Village
Brooklodge at Maccredin Village
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 NightGlamping with Ballyvolane House
2 NightsParknasilla Resort
Parknasilla Resort is housed in an 18th-century manor house near Kenmare Bay and features a fitness center, tennis courts and a 12-hole golf course. The resort is a short 35-minute drive from Killarney National Park and 15 miles from Kenmare Village and within 20 miles of Derrynane House and the Bonane Heritage Park. Guestrooms/villas are classically decorated and offer views of the water or vast mountains. Guests enjoy leisure facilities such as a Turkish bath, steam room, indoor pool and spa treatments, as well as concierge services, babysitting, a library, a rooftop terrace and 500 acres of parkland. Stop at the Pygmalion Restaurant for a lovely meal or relax at the Doolittle bar for a quick drink
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Coffee/tea maker
- Room service (24 hours)
- Hair dryer
- Daily housekeeping
- Free toiletries
- Shower/tub combination
- Satellite TV service
- Iron/ironing board (on request)
- Free WiFi
- Free newspaper
- Partially open bathroom
The Pygmalion Restaurant is named after George Bernard Shaw’s most popular play, Pygmalion - a Greek mythological character. The play was later adapted for the more commonly known “My Fair Lady” musical. The restaurant is decorated in an elegant Victorian style, with high ceilings, large impressive paintings with gilded edges and stately chandeliers. The large bay windows provide the diner with stunning views over the Kenmare Bay and Caha mountains.
The Doolittle bar is named after the star of the play Pygmalion, Eliza Doolittle, and takes pride in providing a relaxed and casual atmosphere serving high quality light snacks and bar food. Enjoy a traditional tea service with a delicious selection of teas and home baked scones or sample something from the bistro menu served from 12 – 8.30 pm daily. Choose from a great offering of tasty salads, homemade Hereford beef burgers, fresh fish and delectable desserts.
Sneem, County Kerry
On the Map: Sneem is located in County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. Sneem is situated on the southern portion of the famous Ring of Kerry (N70) road that encircles the Iveragh Peninsula.
Sneem means 'a knot' in Irish, today referred to as "The Knot in the Ring" (of Kerry ). It's not very clear when the town was formed, but there are map references to Sneem since 1756. Today Sneem is a peaceful and romantic little village offering visitors unspoilt nature, fishing, a sheltered harbour at Oysterbed Pier and Parknasilla golf course. The town won the National Tidy Towns Award in 1987, and in 1997 the National Landscape Award.
In 2003 The Garden of the Senses was completed.
2 NightsMoy House
Built in the 18th century by Sir Augustine Fitzgerald, Moy House is surrounded by mature woodlands and bordered by a picturesque river. Over the years, it has been transformed into a stunning Country House with superior standard and a unique character, style and ambience. It perfectly combines contemporary comfort with classical elegance and gives residents a welcoming and luxurious feeling at the same time. The relaxed atmosphere of the high quality is unique for such an upscale hotel. The restaurant with a beautiful view prepares delicious menus from the Moy Farm. With its 22 acres it is home to hens, pigs, sheep and Dexter cows which are pasture reared and free to graze the wild Atlantic countryside. The kitchen garden adds vegetables, fruits and seasonings. Not only does the hotel boast luxury and comfort, but also regionality and sustainability.
Moy House offers a number of different room types:
The 'Elegant Small Double' offers a garden or courtyard view. It is perfectly formed with a warm and cosy atmosphere for a comfortable night’s sleep. Ensuite (without bath) and five foot double bed.
The 'Deluxe Seaview Double' are traditionally styled bedrooms generous in space offering spectacular views towards the wild Atlantic Ocean.
The 'Romance Junior Suite' the Moymore is the master bedroom of the original house. This is a light room with high ceilings and multiple original features. A bright spacious bedroom with an intimate seating area within the room, commanding stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, featuring an open fireplace to add to the ambience.
The 'Signature Suite', the Well room embodies a new level of luxury. This is a classical and contemporary suite, with soft light and an abundance of space. A lavish bedroom with a separate private conservatory lounge enjoying dramatic panaromas of the ever-changing Ocean and its natural magnificence. The large bathroom features an original 'Well' along with a free standing bathtub.
The Moy House orangerie restaurant offers daily changing menus sourced from the products of the Moy Farm which takes great care of the growing of vegetables, plants and animals. The wide range of fresh ingredients enables the Chef to provide honest, seasonal cooking in its purest form executed using classical and contemporary techniques.
On the Map: Lahinch is a seaside town in County Clare, on Ireland's rugged western coast. The town is accessed via the N85 road from Ennis (to the southeast), or the more coastal N67 road from Lisdoonvarna (to the north) and Miltown Malbay (to the south).
County Clare is well known for its golfing. Lahinch Golf Club is described as the St Andrews of Ireland and Ballybunion golf course counts to the top ten courses in the world. Also close to the town are Shannon Airport, Ennis Town, Limerick City, Doonbeg and a ferry connecting Kerry with Clare. For a day trip, even Galway City and Dublin are easily reachable from Lahinch.
2 NightsFinn Lough Bubble Domes
1 NightDavenport Hotel
The Davenport is one of Dublin’s most famous landmark hotels, and offers luxury 4-star accommodation in the heart of the capital. The façade of the Davenport dates from 1863 and was formerly a gospel house. Today, the hotel boasts a vast array of guestrooms with elegant and modern décor to ensure your utmost comfort. Situated on the doorstep to Merrion Square in Dublin city centre, iconic highlights such as Trinity College, the National Gallery, and Grafton Street are an easy stroll away. With a number of facilities available to guests, The Davenport is the ideal choice for both business and leisure trips. At the very center of the historical heartland of Dublin, there is no better way to experience the Irish culture than by staying at The Davenport Hotel.
A tranquil color palette and contemporary furnishings of soft leather and polished mahogany offer a sanctuary from the bustle of Dublin city. With a variety of room types and configurations, there is a perfect match for every occasion. All guestrooms are spacious and fully equipped with any amenities you might require.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Marble Bathroom
- Complimentary WiFi Internet Access
- 50” Smart TV with Chromecast
- Air Conditioning
- Direct Dial Telephone
- European & American Electrical Sockets
- Tea & Coffee Hospitality Tray
- Personal Safe
- Trouser Press
- Iron & Ironing Board
- 24-Hour Room Service
- Laundry & Dry Cleaning Service
The Davenport Hotel features a wonderful array of dining options for every meal. Sit back in blue sofa chairs while enjoying your meal on marble tabletops, or sip drinks at the bar. With a dish to satisfy every appetite, choose from Irish classics and international favorites such as Beer Battered Haddock or Gnocchi Alla Romana. The restaurant at The Davenport is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all featuring nutritious and seasonal local produce to ensure the very best dining experience. Whatever the occasion, be sure to leave room for dessert – a true specialty at The Davenport.
On the Map: Dublin, Ireland's Capital City is located on the east coast of the country, and is well served by infrastructure linking it to all parts of the Emerald Isle.
Dublin is a lively cosmopolitan city brimming with culture. You could spend your time strolling the streets soaking up the atmosphere, relaxing in its cafes and bars or you could check out its myriad historical, literary and cultural delights. The 8th century illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells, must be viewed. It is on display at the impressive Trinity College, Ireland's first university (founded 1592) in the heart of Dublin. For the rest of your time, it is up to you how much you want to pack in. Phoenix Park, twice the size of New York City's Central Park, Georgian Dublin around Stephen's Green, the National Botanical Gardens, National Museum, Kilmainham Jail and the Hugh Lane Municipal Art Gallery are all highly recommended stops on your tour. Then there's the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery. A visit to Dublin's Temple Bar to experience the lively Dublin pub culture is a must, though many of Dublin's best bars can be found outside this area in the streets and laneways around Grafton Street, the shopper's street of choice. Purchasing a 'hop-on, hop-off' Dublin Bus Tour ticket is a great way to get around and see all the major sites at a very reasonable cost.
Points of Interest
Newtownmountkennedy, County Wicklow
Wicklow, County Wicklow
Abbeyleix, County Laois
Castlelyon, County Cork
Kenmare, County Kerry
Killarney National Park, County Kerry
Derrynane Beach, County Kerry
Waterville, County Kerry
Available Tour Dates
From $4,598 per person
Price is based on a group of 12 people traveling
Customizable to suit travel needs, styles and group size
Your Price Includes
- Deluxe Country Houses, Manors & Hotels
- Luxury Glamping (May - Sept)
- Unique Bubble Domes
- Focus on Wild Food & Sustainable Farming
- Marine Awareness
- Small Local Suppliers & Experts
- Adventure & Incredible Scenery
- Authentic Experiences throughout
- Luxury Coach and Local Driver
- Private Luxury Air-Conditioned Mini-Coach with Local Driver
- Breakfast each morning after your stay
- Dining at Ireland's First Certified Organic Restaurant
- Locally Sourced Slow Food Dining
- Gourmet Seafood by the Beach
- 6 Course Tasting Menu overlooking the Atlantic
- Comfort Food Dining at Finn Lough
- Local-Led Dublin Food Tour
INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES
- Experience a Small Batch Artisan Organic Winery
- Wild Food Pantry & Organic Ethos Tour
- Learn about Bog Conservation with a local Ecologist
- Visit a Farmyard Gin Distillery for Tour & Tasting
- Enjoy an Eco Nature Boat Tour around Kenmare Bay
- Take a Seaweed Foraging Walk along the Shore
- Gain insights into Marine Awareness with a local Marine Biologist
- Take to the water on a Stand Up Paddle Board or Kayak
- Tour a Local Award Winning Goat Cheese Farm
- Join a Local Farmer on a Walk of the Farmland and Iconic Cliffs of Moher
- Visit a remote Chocolate Factory hidden within the Burren Landscape
- Tour onsite Polytunnels with the Chef before you Dine
- Enjoy a Lakeside Sundowner with Fire Pits & Drinks & Snacks
- Relax by Lake with access to Kayaks, Bikes and Trails
- Visit the Guinness Storehouse for a 'Pint' and Great Views of Dublin
- Explore Dublin's Food Scene with a Local
POINTS OF INTEREST
- Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland
- Kenmare Bay
- Ring of Kerry
- Wild Atlantic Way
- Cliffs of Moher
- Burren Landscape
- Ireland's Lake District
Prices Based On
- All Taxes & Fees Included
- Prices are Per Person based on 12 people traveling together and sharing a room.
- This tour is customizable to suit a group of any size.
"Ireland Vacation"Mar 2, 2020
What an amazing trip! Michelle was amazing at assisting in the planning. Our hotels were amazing. The recommended itinerary suited exactly what my family and I wanted to experience on our trip to Ireland. I would definitely utilize Authentic Vacations again!
"Driving through history"Jan 27, 2020
We had an excellent trip. Absolutely no problems with bookings that Donna arranged. Driving Ireland and seeing it at your own pace lets you stop to admire ruins not normally on a tour. Only thing we would do differently is upgrade the car. As someone who enjoys driving I regret not having something a little more sporty!
"Christmas in Ireland"Jan 8, 2020
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"An epic solo road trip!"Jan 8, 2020
Just want to say a big thank you to Anna Wilgenbursch for all her help and patience in supporting my free and easy solo road trip across Ireland, chasing writers poets and thin places. The bed and breakfast choices were fantastic. I don't usually go through an agent to help with booking accommodation etc. but I had little to do so myself so am glad that I had Anna to take that load off me. I appreciate too that Anna was on WhatsApp with me and very responsive. I felt very supported. Thank you.
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