Enjoy wonderful hotels, and amazing sights throughout this very comprehensive 11-night tour of Ireland. Revel in authentic local entertainment and take a unique horse-drawn jaunting car ride. As part of your tour, enjoy a stay at the wonderful Cabra Castle Hotel, constructed in 1790! This all-inclusive guided bus tour features an Irish history expert and visits include Kilmainham Gaol, Russborough House, House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Blasket Centre, Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, Museum of Country Life, Belleek Pottery Factory, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Boyne Valley Visitor Centre & Newgrange or Knowth Tomb.
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Included Unique Activities
- Open-Top Double-Decker Bus Tour of Dublin City
- Scenic Tours of Connemara, The Ring of Kerry & Antrim Coastline
- Belleek Pottery & Waterford Crystal Factory Visits
- Sheepdog Demonstration with Local Farmer on The Ring of Kerry
- Horse & Carriage 'Jaunting Car' Ride in Killarney
- Ferry Ride across the River Shannon
- 'Quiet Man' Walking Tour in Cong
- Turf Cutting Demo at the Causeway Coast Discovery Centre
- Step-Dancing Demonstration at Cabra Castle
- Sample Locally-Crafted Beer at a Drogheda Pub
- Walking Tours of Cork, Galway & Derry with Local Guides
2 NightsHerbert Park Hotel
Herbert Park Hotel
- King Size Beds or twin beds
- Air Conditioning with individual temperature control
- Complimentary Hi-speed WiFi
- Trouser Press
- LCD TV
- Mini Safe
- Direct Dial Telephone
- Security Lock & Viewer on Door
1 NightRiver Lee Hotel
River Lee Hotel
Nestled on a bend in the river, The River Lee Hotel is uniquely located for visits to vibrant Cork City in the Emerald Isle’s picturesque south. Just a short walk from city centre, the hotel fully immerses guests in the rich musical, culinary, and art culture of Ireland’s ‘second city.’ The historic St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, Cork Public Museum, and renowned English Market are only a taste of the city’s many highlights that are a quick stroll away. In addition to a stunning urban landscape, River Lee Hotel boasts a wide range of modern facilities and on-site dining options. With great emphasis placed on providing the very best of Irish hospitality and service, guests are invited to enjoy the hotel’s extensive leisure centre, which includes a 20-metre pool, sauna, and fully fitted gym. Spa treatments are just another possibility for those wishing to unwind after a long day walking the colorful streets of Cork City. Every need and desire is effortlessly met when staying at the stunning River Lee Hotel.
The River Lee Hotel has a vast selection of guestrooms available, many with commanding views of the river below and the Victorian cityscape. Coupled with tasteful décor and calming color schemes, each room has been carefully designed to provide the utmost comfort to its guests.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Complimentary WiFi Access
- Flat-Screen TV
- Luxurious White Company Toiletries
- Duck Down Duvet
- Dedicated Work Area
- Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
- 24-Hour Room Service
The River Club:
The River Club brings chic New York vibes to The River Lee Hotel, serving the best of Irish ingredients and cuisine in the midst of Cork’s thriving restaurant scene. Guests can choose to sit inside or venture onto the sunlit terrace for a refreshing meal and drink. Dark hues, lush ferns, and warm lighting complement each dish to make this a dining experience not to be missed.
The Cocktail Bar:
For those simply desiring a pre-dinner cocktail or a nightcap, look no further than the glamorous Cocktail Bar. With a contemporary take on a mid-20th century saloon, rich textiles, white marble, and a beautifully carved mahogany bar welcome guests into a unique era. Serving bold cocktails and rare whiskeys from neighboring Midlteton, the perfect drink awaits.
On the Map: Cork City is located off the southern coast of Ireland. As Ireland's second city, it is well served by good roads - The M8 northeast to Dublin, the N20 north to Limerick & the N25 east to Waterford.
In the bustling city of Cork (often referred to as 'Ireland's Second Capital'), stroll the river walk at the University and pop into the Glucksman Gallery. Relax in a café, and hit Shandon Street, just a short walk from the main shopping district. Climb the 120 foot steeple, and ring the bells of Shandon. Soak up the city views as they fade into the countryside. Award-winning restaurants line the streets, and nightlife choices include Irish Traditional, classy nightclubs, theater, opera, plays, and dance. (Take the haunted night tour of the city jail—it’s a great way to start your evening with a bang.) Of course, there’s the Jameson Old Middleton Distillery in east Cork. Learn how Irish whiskey is made, and finish with a tasting.
2 NightsKillarney Plaza Hotel
Killarney Plaza Hotel
The luxurious Killarney Plaza Hotel places guests in the heart of the Kingdom of Kerry. Based within the town centre, the Plaza Hotel makes a convenient base from which to explore the Killarney National Park and the renowned Ring of Kerry. Ideal for vacation or business, guests may take advantage of the hotel’s Spa and exclusive Leisure Center. In addition to the wealth of onsite amenities, guests are within walking distance to dozens of pubs, restaurants, shops, and attractions. A stay at the Killarney Plaza Hotel is the perfect opportunity to experience the bustling town life or venture into the countryside. With breathtaking views of Killarney National Park, the Plaza Hotel invites guests to relish the beauty and culture of Ireland’s southwest.
With 198 luxury guestrooms, Killarney Plaza Hotel masterfully blends marble, wood, and the finest fabrics to create quarters of timeless sophistication. Fully air-conditioned and with large windows that flood each room with light, guests can view the town or surrounding green hills of the park while enjoying the hotel’s modern comforts. Not to be missed, the hotel also provides its guests with access to an exclusive Leisure Centre and Spa.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Complimentary WiFi Access
- Air Conditioning
- Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
- In-Room Safe
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Trouser Press
- Bathrobe (on request)
- Slippers (on request)
The Tan Yard:
With an interior inspired by the historic tan yards of Killarney, this new casual dining experience is the perfect spot for guests of the Plaza Hotel. Whether for a special occasion or just a simple meal out, the low-lighting and comfy leather chairs make for a relaxing reprieve. The hotel’s team of chefs pride themselves in creating delicious locally sourced dishes that include tender steaks or burgers, fresh fish, salads and much more.
Café du Parc:
Located just downstairs from the Tan Yard, Café du Parc is an extravagant venue for pre- and post-dinner plans as well as light meals throughout the day. Stylishly decorated with wood and marble, the café boasts numerous bars over its vast expanse. Each evening the Café du Parc invites guests to sample their many innovative cocktails. Those visiting on a Sunday may wish to drop by for their lively Funky Brunch, which features popular favorites such as French Toast, their Artisan Breakfast Skillet, a number of delicious drinks, and live music from their resident DJ.
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).
Killarney lies on the edge of the astoundingly beautiful Killarney National Park, with its three magnificent lakes and the spectacular MacGillycuddy Reeks mountain range. The park is also home to Muckross House and Gardens. Killarney is a wonderful base for all manner of activities including angling and water sports, golf, riding, orienteering, hiking, cycling, and canoeing. The town itself is quite small but full of charm - this you will soon see as you walk down the brick footpaths and pass curious old-style shop fronts. Killarney is well known for its excellent shops, restaurants and cosmopolitan appeal. It is also renowned for its evening entertainment including many singing pubs, cabarets, dancing venues, and banquets. Traditional Irish music can also be heard in many of the local pubs on a nightly basis.
2 NightsThe Galmont Hotel
The Galmont Hotel
You are guaranteed the best of all worlds when you stay at the luxurious four-star Galmont Hotel & Spa, previously the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Galway. It opened 2001 in the heart of Galway and is a superb place for conferences or meetings. The spa together with things like an 18-metre indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a sauna, a steam room or an outdoor hot tub makes it to a place of pure enjoyment. Only a few minutes away you can find the Eyre Square, a beautiful park, and many possibilities to shop, eat or to have a relaxing evening in a pub. The Hotel itself offers a beautiful view over Galway Bay with underground parking areas. With a growing awareness for the environment, the Galmont wants reduce the usage of energy and water and tries to produce less waste.
Rooms and Amenities
Guestrooms are complete with flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel has 269 ensuite guest rooms, all rooms are non-smoking. The beautiful bedrooms offer the ultimate in luxury, with the use of walnut and black granite affording a depth and quality to the finish. The bespoke furniture has been created to be both functional and stylish. The bed quality and comfort is brought to another level with pocket spring mattresses, luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases, plus oversized, 70% goose down, hypo-allergenic duvets and pillows.
All Guestrooms Feature:
• Buffet Breakfast
• Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet
• Use of Energize Fitness and Leisure
• 40” LCD smart TV with 60 channels
• Complimentary mineral water, and tea and coffee facilities
• Work desk and electronic safe
• Iron services
Mouth-watering dishes of the finest quality convince even the most discerning palates. They put great attention to details, they create a phenomenal cuisine that guests will enjoy and savour.
Coopers Bar & Lounge:
Over the day, you can get tasty cocktails, beers, Irish stouts, whiskeys and spirits. While looking over Galway Bay, the meals get even better. From 5 till 10 pm you can get a great variety of flavor-packed salads, soups and sandwiches as well as special burgers from the grill. On Sundays, they offer a delicious Brunch where you can get Linguini of Spring Vegetable to Galway Goats Cheese, Carrot & Thyme Quiche, Eggs Benedict to a Chuck & Brisket Bruger, Frittata to Roast of The Day, – to name only a few things. Guests with an early start can avail of their Grab & Run service from 5am with coffees and pastries available to take away.
The award-winning restaurant offers an amazing view over Lough Atalia and Galway Bay. Even though the meat dishes are delicious and exquisite (roasted pork belly or braised lamb shank), you can also get a lot of mouth-watering vegetarian options (goats cheese risotto or wild mushroom pappardelle pasta with Irish kale). In fact, there is something for every taste. The Scrumptious Saturdays bring you a two course meal including a tasty cocktail to prepare you for weekend nights out. Breakfasts are served from 7.00 am and include fresh juices and fruits, fantastic coffees and teas as well as freshly baked pastries and breads together with warm and cold buffets of cheese and meats.
The Veranda Lounge:
On the Veranda Lounge you get a great option to meet and mingle. With luxury flair you can sit by the flame fireplace and chat. Alternatively, get a cocktail or a glass of Champagne and enjoy watching a game on the large drop down screen. The beautiful chandeliers and modern decor make this place very exclusive.
On the Map: In the west of Ireland, located in County Galway, lies the coastal city of Galway. It is well-served by a good network of roads - the M6/N6 from Dublin (to the east) and M18/N18 from Limerick & Cork (to the south).
In 2020, Galway will be the European Capital of Culture. The reasons are manifold: it is a vibrant university city with narrow streets, bustling pubs, quaint shopfronts and a beautiful surrounding scenery. Musicians, artists and intellectuals love to come to this place. The history of the city is so long that in 1477, Christopher Columbus went to visit Galway. It used to be ruled by 14 wealthy merchant families. That's why Galway is also called 'City of the Tribes'. Galway celebrate many festivals like the annual Galway Races or the Arts Festival, that attracts thousands of people. The famous Druid Theatre produces award-winning plays and has toured over the world.
2 NightsCity Hotel Derry
City Hotel Derry
- Wi-Fi Internet Access
- Work Desk
- Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
- Direct Dial Telephones
1 NightCabra Castle
Cabra Castle is one of the best-known castle hotels in Ireland. Historic features and furnishing preserve the atmosphere of the original castle, its original charm and tradition of a warm welcome to everyone. This makes the hotel the perfect place to retreat from modern living. With stone walls and roll top baths, the residents step back in time and feel themselves at home in the stunning manor. The house is surrounded by 100 acres of parkland and gardens and the Dun a Ri Forest Park giving visitors the perfect place to take relaxing walks and enjoy the fresh Ireland air. With its idyllic location and luxury accommodation Cabra Caste counts to the best luxury hotels in the country. It is the perfect place to stay for anyone wanting to experience the true Irish lifestyle of the former castle inhabitants.
Cabra Castle offers a range of luxury accommodation; from authentic medieval-style castle rooms - complete with four-poster beds - to the more artisan-style accommodations of the Courtyard, featuring old stone walls and delightful views of the walled garden. All 105 bedrooms are individually furnished.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Tea/coffee making facilities
- Direct dial telephone
- Satellite TV
The Derby Bar:
The bar not only serves drinks but is known for its light dining menu serving food the whole day. The menu combines Irish and international classics and offers something for all tastes. The Drawing Rooms are also great for some afternoon tea with scones and the Terrace is a great place to enjoy a relaxed drink.
The Courtroom Restaurant:
The restaurant offers fine Irish dining within an elegant and intimate atmosphere and views of the gardens and parkland. The menu includes seasonal and regional meals which has already won awards. It also offers Sunday Roasts with four courses for the whole family.
On the Map: Kingscourt is located in the southeast corner of County Cavan, in the northeast midlands of Ireland. From the main N2 road connecting Monaghan town (to the north) & Dublin (to the south), Kingscourt is accessed via the R165, which intersects with the N2 just south of Ardee town.
Kingscourt is a busy market town. With Cabra Castle hotel and several B&Bs in the locality, visitors to the town are spoiled for choice. Kingscourt's Catholic Church, sitting on a ridge high above the town, displays excellent stained glass windows by the renowned Irish artist Evie Hone, who also provided designs for Eton College Chapel. Visitors can explore Dun a Rí Forest Park or play 9 holes of golf at Cabra Castle Golf Course. Situated one mile from Kingscourt, Dun a Rí Forest Park is a place of beauty. Situated in a tranquil glen, Dun a Rí is home to stoat, hare, mink, rabbit and otter, as well as red and grey squirrel along the banks of the River Cabra, which runs through the park. Take a romantic walk through deep, leafy glades & over old bridges. See marvellous views north to Slieve Gullion in County Armagh and the Mountains of Mourne. Some interesting features in the park include Cromwell's bridge, a wishing well and an ice house. There are four walks of approximately 1.5 -2km in length around the park.
1 NightKnightsbrook Hotel
- Flat Screen TV
- Deluxe Ensuite Bathroom with Luxury Toiletries
- 24 Hour Room Service
- Broadband & Laptop Connection
- Direct Dial Telephone
- Tea & Coffee Hospitality Tray
- Luxury Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide
- 11 Full Irish Breakfasts
- Welcome Get-Together Drink
- Traditional Irish Dinner & Show at Taylor's Three Rock Pub
- Farmhouse Visit with Tea & Homemade Scones
- Lunch in Dingle Town
- Tea & Scones at J.B Keane's Pub in Listowel
- Lunch in Connemara
- Wm Cairnes Gastropub Farewell Dinner
- 6 Table d'Hote Dinners
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**Sample Itinerary please reach out to a Destination Expert for full details based on your travel dates**
"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
We talked to Lainie about what we were looking for. She listened to our wishes offering suggestion and developed our plan. We got exactly what we were looking for. Made sure we were happy and answering a million questions. We couldn’t be happier. Thank you Lainie !
"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.
"Ireland birthday trip"Nov 20, 2019
Josi was an immense help. From the beginning with her planning based on our wishes and prompt replies we felt very confident everything was covered. And it was! beautiful locations great suggestions for sites to see we could not have been more pleased with the whole Adventure. It was so nice to have all the reservations set and the car rental covered it made the whole experience stress free. I will definitely reach out to Josie for my next vacation.
"Destination Vacation"Nov 18, 2019
Great trip thanks to Michelle's great work!
"Ireland Vacation"Nov 18, 2019
We had a FABULOUS vacation! Jacoya was great to work with. Highly recommend!
"Dream Vacation!"Nov 18, 2019
Our trip to Ireland was an absolute dream! Thank you, Tam, for taking the time to create a personalized, affordable trip for us. I highly suggest using Tam at Authentic Vacations to plan your trip to Ireland! You will have the time of your life! :)
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