Stay at the finest Manor Houses and Castles on a self-drive or chauffeur-driven tour of Ireland’s favorite beauty spots. Whether you choose the independence of self-drive touring or the relaxed worry-free experience of the services of a private driver guide, you will capture the mood of friendly people in a legendary land of culture and conviviality. Let the Irish locals here at Destinations guide you through Ireland the way it was meant to be seen.
Day 1: Arrive in Dublin Ireland. Stay 2 nights in Dublin.
Day 2: Explore Dublin City.
Day 3: Depart Dublin. Tour Kilkenny. Stay 2 nights in Cork.
Day 4: Explore Cork and Kinsale.
Day 5: Depart Cork. Tour Kerry. Stay 2 nights in Kerry.
Day 6: Explore The Ring of Kerry, and Dingle.
Day 7: Depart Killarney. Drive to Galway, tour. Stay 2 nights in Connemara.
Day 8: Explore Connemara.
Day 9: Tour the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Stay 1 night in Co. Limerick
Day 10: Transfer to Shannon Airport for your flight home.
Price: From $2,195 per person. Based on 2 or 4 people traveling. Land price only.
Day 1: Arrive in Dublin Ireland
Arrive in Dublin Airport where you will be met on arrival by a Destination Ireland driver for your private transfer to your centrally located downtown hotel in Dublin City. Get settled in after your journey. Perhaps you would enjoy a visit to Dublin’s historic Georgian Squares or walk through the vibrant Temple Bar area, where you can enjoy traditional Irish music. We’ll give you a list of our favorite pub and restaurant recommendations! Stay 2-nights at the Fitzwilliam Hotel, overlooking St. Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street.
Day 2: Explore Dublin City
Explore Dublin City. We recommend getting a pass for the ‘Hop on, Hop off’ double decker bus tour of the city! It’s a fantastic way to get around at your own pace and see all the best sights. Highlights include Trinity College, Dublin Castle, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Stroll down Grafton Street, Dublin’s premier shopping area. Visit the Guinness Brewery at St. James’ Gate and enjoy a taste of the real thing right from the source. This evening perhaps attend the theater, or visit the Brazen Head Pub for their evening of traditional Irish folklore and storytelling.
Day 3: Visit Medieval City of Kilkenny
Meet your driver guide or pick up your rental car. Depart Dublin and drive towards Cork. En route visit the medieval city of Kilkenny, once the capital of Ireland in the Middle Ages. Tour Kilkenny Castle and shop at the Kilkenny Design Centre for fine Irish goods. Continue on to Cork where you’ll stay 2-nights at Hayfield Manor.
Day 4: Explore Cork and Kinsale
Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone eloquence. Explore the village of Blarney and shop in Blarney Woolen Mills. Tour Cork City and include a visit to the Shandon Bells, the gothic style University College, St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, the English Market and the Crawford Art Gallery. Visit Cobh harbor, last port of call for Titanic. Then sample some Irish whiskey at Middleton Distillery. Continue to the picturesque fishing town of Kinsale. Enjoy a stroll through the narrow cobble stoned streets, and feast on fresh oysters for dinner.
Day 5: Visit West Cork and Kenmare
Depart Cork and travel to West Cork through the many quaint villages to Bantry. See the island garden of Garinish Island and stop off in the friendly market town of Kenmare. Then continue to Killarney for a 2-night stay at the Carrig House. Relax after your journey. This evening you may wish to take a horse and carriage ride to Muckross House on the Killarney Lakes.
Day 6: Explore Dingle Peninsula or Ring of Kerry
See the Gap of Dunloe and Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Take a tour of the Dingle Peninsula featuring some of Ireland’s most spectacular coastal scenery, including Slea Head and the Connor Pass. The town of Dingle is well known for hiking, fishing and sailing by day and by night for lively restaurants, pubs and a fantastic traditional music scene. Or perhaps tour the famous Ring of Kerry. For centuries artists and writers have celebrated this beautiful landscape. Options include a boat trip to the Skellig Islands, which was a monastic settlement in early Christian times and was raided by the Vikings in 810AD.
Day 7: See Limerick, Bunratty Castle and Galway City
Drive north to Limerick, city of culture 2014. See King John’s Castle before stopping in Bunratty to see the best preserved example of a medieval castle in Ireland. Perhaps stop into Durty Nelly’s for lunch right beside the castle. Continue Galway City, home to many artists and craftsmen where you will find a number of excellent galleries exhibiting and selling their work. The city is buzzing with street theater, music, restaurants, great shops and pubs. Continue to the beautiful area known as Connemara to Ballynahinch Castle, where you will stay for 2-nights.
Day 8: Explore Connemara and Westport
Enjoy a day exploring the wonderful landscape of Connemara one of Ireland’s gaeltacht (Irish speaking) regions. Here the moorland landscape is dominated by the Twelve Bens Mountains and fringed by a deeply indented coastline. Around Leenane and Cong ‘The Quiet Man’ movie was made starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Visit Kylemore Abbey; explore their beautiful gardens and pottery shop, then stop in the cafe for delicious tea and scones. You may wish to take a cruise on Killary Harbor, Ireland’s only fjord. Time permitting, take a drive through the Delphi Valley; the magnificent scenery and famine history of this region will leave you awe struck.
Day 9: Tour the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren
Drive south to County Clare to visit the Cliffs of Moher which soar 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic. Enjoy a stop at Ailwee Cave to see the underground river and waterfall. Explore the lunar like landscape of the Burren region, famous for its unique flora and fauna, and views of the Aran Islands. This limestone landscape is dotted with druidic altars, stone age fireplaces and 22 species of wild orchid. Enjoy your last night stay at the luxurious Adare Manor.
Day 10: Transfer to Shannon Airport for your flight home
After a good Irish breakfast, head to Shannon Airport for your return flight home. Drop off your rental vehicle or say good bye to your driver guide.
Self Drive Price: From $2,195 per person Sharing. Based on 2 or 4 people traveling. Land price only. (Call for single room supplement)
- Private transfer from the Airport to your Hotel upon arrival.
- 9-Nights deluxe hotel accommodations with full breakfast daily.
- Pricing based on double or twin rooms, single supplement available on request.
- Self Drive Car Rental includes CDW insurance, VAT & unlimited miles. Upgrade to Driver Guide with private transport will include all driver expenses.
- Deluxe portfolio of travel documents before departure.
- List of recommended pubs, restaurants, & places of interest.
- Accommodation taxes & service charges.
- Touring map of Ireland.
- Destinations Complimentary Upgrades where available
- Discount admissions booklet for area attractions.
- Concierge service in Ireland while traveling.
Airfare is additional:
- Take the hassle out of booking flights. Ask about our best available Economy Fares as well as our Preferred Business and First Class Offers. Our air department experts can help with competitive rates. Just let us know your preferred dates and U.S. Departure City. We will do the rest.
Chauffeur Drive Option:
From $2,590 per person based on 12 passengers traveling.
From $2,695 per person based on 10 passengers traveling.
From $2,845 per person based on 8 passengers traveling.
From $3,065 per person based on 6 passengers traveling.
From $3,225 per person based on 4 passengers traveling.
From $4,442 per person based on 2 passengers traveling.
The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin
The Fitzwilliam 5 Star Dublin Hotel, Dublin’s most luxurious design hotel is located in the heart of the city.
Hayfield Manor, Cork
Hayfield Manor, an Experience beyond the Best. At the 5 Star Hayfield Manor Hotel Cork, a family owned boutique luxury hotel, a visit is an experience in itself.
Carrig House, Kerry
This charming and meticulously restored Victorian residence has a sense of timelessness about it that has captured the imagination of poets and adventurers alike.
Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara
Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort, Co. Limerick
Adare Manor is a 19th-century manor house located on the banks of the River Maigue in the village of Adare, County Limerick, Ireland, the former seat of the Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, is now a luxury 5 star resort hotel.