Excite your taste buds on our 9-Night Ireland & Wales Castle and Culinary Highlights tour. With overnight stays in Co. Wicklow, Co. Kildare, Dublin, North Anglesey and Conwy, this itinerary is perfect for foodies and castle-lovers. 

Your tour begins with your arrival into Dublin. After you collect your rental car, you will drive through the Irish countryside to your first accommodation, in the county of Wicklow. Here, you will be staying at the breathtaking Brooklodge & Macreddin Village. Since its opening in 1999, the Brooklodge Hotel and Wells Spa has amazed its guests with all they have to offer: an equestrian centre, smokehouse, pub & microbrewery, and food, wine & craft shops. On your first night here, you will be treated to dinner at Strawberry Tree - the first certified organic restaurant in Ireland (season permitting). Also included is an exclusive tour of the walk-in Wild Foods Pantry and an insight into the Organic and Wild Food ethos at The Strawberry Tree. Time permitting, may we suggest exploring the nearby Wicklow National Park, the early medieval monastic settlement of Glendalough, and the village of Avoca (famous for its handweavers). 

On your third day, you will head to Kilkea Castle for your overnight stay. While you are here, you will have time to discover Kilkenny, the Smithwicks Experience, and Rothe House and Gardens. Your fourth day brings you back to Dublin, where you will spend the next two nights. After returning your rental car, you will have two days to explore the city at your leisure. May we suggest heading to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells exhibit. Or perhaps spend some time around Grafton Street (famous for its shops, cafes and vibrant nightlife). You will also enjoy an ultimate tasting of the ‘black-stuff’ at the Guinness Connoisseur experience and an Irish Food Trail walk focused on the historic and current food culture of Ireland. 

After your time in Dublin, you will make your way to Wales via private transfer to Dublin Port and a ferry across the Irish Sea, to Holyhead. Upon arrival, you will pick up your rental car and set off to explore the sights and culinary treats of Wales. During your Wales adventure, you will be staying at The Castle Hotel and Chateaux Rhianfa, and will be treated to a Castles and Islands Ribride! You will have plenty of time to explore Wales. May we suggest a visit to Conwy Castle (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), or perhaps a cable car ride up to the top of Great Orme. 

Your tour wraps up with an overnight stay at Jury’s Inn Manchester, before your flight from Manchester Airport. If you wish to continue your adventure in other British Isles destinations, one of our destination experts can extend the tour for you!

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Included Unique Activities

  • Castle and Island Rib Boat Safari
Castle and Islands Rib Boat Safari

Castle and Islands Rib Boat Safari

Dinner at the Strawberry Tree

Dinner at the Strawberry Tree

Irish Food Trail

Irish Food Trail

Guinness Connoisseur Experience

Guinness Connoisseur Experience

Ferry from Dublin to Holyhead

Ferry from Dublin to Holyhead

Private Transfer to/from Dublin Port, Dublin

Private Transfer to/from Dublin Port, Dublin

Accommodation

2 Nights

Brooklodge at Maccredin Village

1 Night

Kilkea Castle

2 Nights

Brooks Hotel

1 Night

Chateau Rhianfa

2 Nights

The Castle Hotel

1 Night

Jurys Inn Manchester City

Transportation

  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Wales to Dublin
  • Compact Automatic Car in both Ireland & Wales
  • Private Transfer from Dublin hotel to Ferry Port

Dining Options

  • Dinner and Wine at Ireland first certified Organic Restaurant
  • Walk-in pantry and Wild Food Ethos tour
  • Dublin Irish Food Trail
  • Ultimate Guinness Tasting Experience

Points of Interest

  • See the Beautiful Waterfall and Grounds of Powerscourt House & Gardens
  • Explore stunning Wicklow Mountains National Park
  • Discover the Medieval Monastic Settlement at Glendalough
  • Visit the Picturesque Village of Avoca
  • Experience a Fusion of Medieval and Modern in Kilkenny
  • Uncover the History of Smithwick's Irish Ale at Smithwicks Experience
  • Discover the Stunning Coastline, landscapes, and picture-postcard towns of Anglesey Island
  • Explore the Eastern Shore of the Menai Strait in Caernarfon & Bangor
  • See the best preserved of King Edward I’s “Ring of Iron” - Caernarfon Castle.
  • Marvel at the gateways and towers of Conwy Castle (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Visit the coastal town of Llandudno and marvel at the cliffs of the Great Orme

Powerscourt House and Gardens, County Wicklow

Wicklow Mountains National Park, County Wicklow

Glendalough, County Wicklow

Avoca Village, County Wicklow

Rothe House & Garden, County Kilkenny

Smithwick's Experience, County Kilkenny

Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Grafton Street, County Dublin

Low Season

Available Tour Dates

Jan - Mar | Nov - Dec

From $2,298 per person

Mid Season

Available Tour Dates

April - May

From $2,498 per person

High Season

Available Tour Dates

June - August

From $2,798 per person

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION
  • 9-Nights in Unique 4-Star Hotels
TRANSPORTATION
  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Wales to Dublin
  • Compact Automatic Car in both Ireland & Wales
  • Private Transfer from Dublin hotel to Ferry Port

DINING

  • Dinner and Wine at Ireland first certified Organic Restaurant
  • Walk-in pantry and Wild Food Ethos tour
  • Dublin Irish Food Trail
  • Ultimate Guinness Tasting Experience
INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES
  • Castle and Island Rib Boat Safari
POINTS OF INTEREST
  • See the Beautiful Waterfall and Grounds of Powerscourt House & Gardens
  • Explore stunning Wicklow Mountains National Park
  • Discover the Medieval Monastic Settlement at Glendalough
  • Visit the Picturesque Village of Avoca
  • Experience a Fusion of Medieval and Modern in Kilkenny
  • Uncover the History of Smithwick's Irish Ale at Smithwicks Experience
  • Head Back in Time at Rothe House and Gardens - a 17th-Century Merchant's Townhouse
  • Stroll the cobblestone-lined Grafton Street in the Temple Bar
  • Visit Christchurch Cathedral -  Dublin's Oldest Building
  • Take in the stunning campus of Ireland's top university, Trinity College
  • Marvel at Dublin Castle - the Heart of Historic Dublin
  • Meander down O'Connell Street - Dublin's Main Thoroughfare
  • Discover the Stunning Coastline, landscapes, and picture-postcard towns of Anglesey Island
  • Explore the Eastern Shore of the Menai Strait in Caernarfon & Bangor

Prices Based On

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  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
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