Imagine spending the holidays in an Irish castle on the edge of Dublin. After you’ve settled in, you will embark on a sensory experience that is sure to revive your joy and wonder. While watching an immersive film, you’ll journey through the Night Sky, the lush Irish countryside, plus virtually experience the Northern Lights and cross into the Arctic Forest. Surrender to this amazing art form!

Your festive Christmas meals will be straight out of a dream… You’ll have plenty of time to explore your 800-year-old castle lodging, shops, pubs, marina, and cozy village. And it’s an easy drive into central Dublin and Grafton Street shopping and music. Discover cobbled lanes and the city’s legendary charm.

Now you venture west to Central Ireland and the Celtic beauty of Counties Mayo and Kildare. Dine at an award-winning restaurant with exceptional views and fresh, local cuisine. Heaven. Waterside Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Gardens, on the Wild Atlantic Way, is a haven of serenity. Feel the peace. Finish your travels in a Manor House and enjoy a sublime afternoon tea. This vacation is the ultimate in holiday magic.

*Disclaimer: This holiday experience must begin on December 23rd. If these dates don’t work for you, your Authentic Destination Expert can design a custom winter holiday for you with other dates.


Included Unique Activities

  • Wonderlights at Malahide Castle & Gardens
  • Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden Admission
  • Westport House & Gardens Guided Tour
Wonderlights at Malahide Castle

Wonderlights at Malahide Castle

Dinner at La Fougère Restaurant

Dinner at La Fougère Restaurant

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

Westport House Admission & Guided Tour

Westport House Admission & Guided Tour

Afternoon Tea at Carton House

Afternoon Tea at Carton House


4 Nights

Elegant Castle Hotel

2 Nights

Picturesque Spa Hotel

1 Night

Scenic Luxury Hotel

Transportation and Guides

  • Automatic Rental Car 

Meals Included

  • 7 Full Breakfasts
  • Afternoon Tea at a 5-Star Resort
  • Delectable Dinner at La Fougère Restaurant 
  • Christmas Day Lunch
  • Christmas Eve Dinner 

Points of Interest

  • Indulge in Award-Winning Hot Chocolate at Butler's Cafe in Dublin
  • Explore a Sprawling Georgian-era Estate with Period Rooms, Lake, and Mini-Railway
  • Walk through Illuminated Gardens at a Medieval Castle
  • Behold Amazing Views of Connemara National Park
  • Discover Idyllic walking & cycling trails and the wild Atlantic coast on the Great Western Greenway

Malahide, County Dublin

Butlers Chocolate Cafe's, County Dublin

National Botanic Gardens, County Dublin

Grafton Street, County Dublin

Dublin, County Dublin

Howth Head Walk, County Dublin

Temple Bar, County Dublin

Athlone, County Westmeath

Your Price Includes


  • 7-nights Authentic Irish Accommodations


  • Automatic Rental Car


  • 7 Full Irish Breakfasts
  • Afternoon Tea at a 5-Star Resort
  • Delectable Dinner at La Fougère Restaurant
  • Christmas Day Lunch 
  • Christmas Eve Dinner


  • Wonderlights at Malahide Castle & Gardens
  • Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden Admission
  • Westport House Guided Tour

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.

*Disclaimer: This holiday experience must begin on December 23rd. If these dates don’t work for you, your Authentic Destination Expert can design a custom winter holiday for you with other dates.

"Great trip in Ireland & Scotland"


Ireland/Scotland trip was a great trip planned with our group and Jorie. We thoroughly enjoyed each city we visited in both countries. All our hotels were very nice but as older adults, I would advise to pack light which is hard to do if your visit is extended but we had to climb stairs in several places. My favorite thing in both countries are the people. Everyone was so friendly and inviting at hotels, restaurants and local sites. We felt completely safe and comfortable. I would agree with other travelers that driving is stressful for both driver and passengers especially in Ireland where the roads are extremely narrow with rock walls on each side. Next trip will include staying in certain cities with tours out. JerPoint Park in Ireland was a favorite of our group of 4. Authentic Vacations plans, reservations and communications were first rate.

"Wonderful Scottish and Irish adventure"


South Carolina

Lauren, thank you for putting together a wonderful Scottish and Irish adventure. In many unexpected ways it indeed was an adventure that we will remember forever. So sincere thanks. Despite a glitch in St Andrews your team's recovery actually made St Andrews the highpoint of our trip. Staying at Rusacks overlooking the first tee and eighteenth green of the old course was awesome. All the Hotels were first rate. Experiences - awesome The Clontarf Castle is an awesome way to the trip. Well done y'all.  Big city stays - We all felt like we could have used an extra day in the larger cities. They all had a story to tell, and we just had enough time to scratch the surface. Self-drive - while less expensive alternative, the person doing the driving misses out on a lot in transit, while the passenger's white knuckle thru the driver's learning process. Also, the roads in Scotland and Ireland are no joke.  Would recommend it is worth it to hire a private chauffer driver or go Small Guided for sure.

"Scotland Birthday Trip"



Adina, I'm following up on my client's train/whiskey tour/ birthday trip to Scotland in October. They had a wonderful time! The whiskey tour day was their favorite, made extra special by their driver Alec who was a superstar. My client's boyfriend is a real train enthusiast. They enjoyed all the train trips, and Nick was like a child on the Jacobite train. Thanks so much for your help with this trip. You clearly know Scotland and planned a very nice route with some unique requirements. I greatly appreciate your expertise and attentive service. I look forward to working with you again in the future. An early Happy Holidays!

"Memorable Trip in Italy"


Fort Thomas, KY

Amber, I received this email from my client Mrs. R this morning - I love being able to share these with you all :).

"Loryl, WOW! What a wonderful trip we had in Italy! Thank you for helping make this trip so memorable. We have so many wonderful memories that we will cherish forever. It was a trip of a lifetime. Thank You!  I guess we need to start thinking about our next trip. "

"Trip of a lifetime in Ireland"


Jennifer, I want to thank you for planning and arranging our wonderful vacation in Ireland. Everything was easy Peezy as my granddaughter would say. The hotels were all beautiful, each one was uniquely different and beautiful. We enjoyed each and the food was enjoyable. We enjoyed all the extra goodies. We were not able to take either sea cruise as the weather canceled the trips. The best decision we made was to have a guide /driver. Martin was an absolute wonder. I wanted to bring him home with us. He saw to every detail and was extremely entertaining to boot. His recommendations were spot on to our interests. I think he knows everyone in Ireland. The car was super too. The back seats were massage chairs. How cool can you get? As a great extra the Owner of Screebe House bought two of my paintings and commissioned two more. Again, many thanks for the trip of a lifetime.

"Two-week trip to Ireland and Scotland"


Our vacation was wonderful we had a great time on our two-week trip to Ireland and Scotland. Jorie helped us plan our trip, she worked hard to include all the places we wanted to see and selected some great adventures for us to enjoy along the way. We truly loved Ireland, the countryside the beautiful sights and the flowers blooming everywhere made our visit one to remember for sure. 

"Wonderful Anniversary Trip in Ireland"


Hi Jorie, Rose and I had a wonderful time in Ireland! We couldn’t believe how well everything worked out and the locations selected for our stays were excellent. We really loved the Country House and Abbyglen Castle.  The staff at Abbbyglen Castle were so nice and made our anniversary evening wonderful! We had no idea there was so much aviation and radio history in Clifden! As for the other locations they were all first-rate as well. We went to the “Man O’ War” Pub for dinner our last night in Ireland. It was a great recommendation. The atmosphere, hospitality, and food were awesome. Again, thank you for helping to set up a wonderful trip which we will never forget. 

"All of my clients had only positive feedback"


Mesa, AZ

This was my first time using Authentic Vacations. I worked with Ellie, and she knocked it out of the park! Every detail with transfers, trains, boutique hotels, castles, private tours and fantastic client feedback will keep me coming back! I had 5 vacations with varied budgets this past month. All of my clients had only positive feedback. Emails and phone correspondence were quickly answered, which can make or break my decision to partner with someone. If you are looking for a destination expert, AV will not disappoint! Thank you for making me look like a rockstar, Ellie and AV!!

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