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Elegant Ireland

  • 2019 Elegant Ireland – 10 Days/9 Nights
Starts Dublin
Ends Dublin
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences

  • Discover the rich history of Dublin’s Trinity College visiting the library to see the Book of Kells, a splendid medieval manuscript
  • Take a walking tour of Kinsale and learn the history of this former fishing port, which is a haven for foodies and art-lovers today.

Dining Experiences

  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 8 dinners including Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner and show, Rozzers Restaurant in Killeen House and farewell dinner at a Dublin restaurant.

Trip Highlights

Hotels:

  • Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel, Dublin (1 night)
  • Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway (2 nights)
  • Old Ground Hotel, Ennis (1 night)
  • Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery (2 night)
  • Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dunboyne (1 night)

Hotels

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Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel, Dublin

Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel, Dublin Description:

This gorgeous hotel is located on a sprawling estate dating back to 1750. The accommodation is a sum…

The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway

The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway Description:

Established in 2001 in Galway City Centre, The Galmont is one of Ireland’s FINEST 4 star hotels. Just a three-minute walk from the central Eyre Square and overlooking Galway Bay, The Galmont (formerly the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway) stands in the heart of the city. With a range of guest rooms to choose from, the hotel is home to the award-winning spirit one spa and the best events facilities in the west of Ireland. Whether you’re in Galway for a weekend getaway, a family trip or on business, this hotel’s central location, helpful team and excellent facilities will make your stay one to remember.

Old Ground Hotel, Ennis

Old Ground Hotel, Ennis Description:

A long-established, traditional hotel where the warmth of a country house blends with the style of a…

Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Killarney

Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Killarney Description:

A 5-star luxury resort, this hotel is both beautiful and relaxing. There are many room options, some…

Celtic Ross Hotel, West Cork

Celtic Ross Hotel, West Cork Description:

This modern family-owned hotel is set right on the West Cork coastline on the Wild Atlantic Way. Six…

Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, Dunboyne

Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, Dunboyne Description:

This 18th-century mansion has been lovingly restored and carefully expanded to create a spacious, mo…

Itinerary

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Elegant Ireland 10 Days/9 Nights

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 1Dublin Arrival & Book of Kells

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel.Then join your group for a guided walking tour of Trinity College, where you’ll view the Book of Kells. Enjoy a welcome drink before heading to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for dinner and a lively show.(D)

Day 2Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Galway

Journey across the rolling pastures to visit Clonmacnoise, a monastic settlement founded in 544 AD and set on the banks of the River Shannon. Take a walking tour of Galway with a local guide. See the Claddagh, once a fishing village, where the famous ring originated. (B, D)

Day 3Lough Corrib Cruise & Connemara

Embark for a cruise on Lough Corrib to enjoy the scenery and sip an Irish coffee while enjoying an Irish dancing demonstration. Drive through scenic Connemara. At Kylemore Abbey, visit elegant rooms and the charming lakeside church. Enjoy lunch and more views of Connemara before returning to Galway where the evening is free to explore and dine on your own. (B, L)

Day 4 Cliffs of Moher & Ennis

Watch trained dogs herd sheep and enjoy tea and homemade scones. Travel through the Burren to view the Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy a walking tour of Ennis, dating back to the 11th century, with narrow streets and quaint shops. (B, D)

Day 5 Flying Boat & Maritime Museum & Killarney

Cross the River Shannon Estuary on a short ferry and drive along the shore to Foynes to visit the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum. Stop in Listowel to explore and lunch on your own before heading to picturesque Killarney. Dine at Rozzers Restaurant in Killeen House. (B, D)

Day 6Dingle Peninsula & Gallarus Oratory

Explore the scenic Dingle Peninsula for views of heathery mountains, sandy beaches, and rocky headlands. Visit the Gallarus Oratory, a stone chapel that was also a shelter for pilgrims. Stop in Dingle to explore and have lunch on your own. Return to your hotel in Killarney for dinner. (B, D)

Day 7Killarney’s Jaunting Car & Cork Coastline

Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park and along the shores of Lough Leane. Stop at Ross Castle and Kenmare Estate to admire the unspoiled scenery. Drive to Kenmare to have lunch and explore on your own. Continue along the County Cork coast and through Bantry and Skibbereen before arriving in Rosscarbery. (B,D)

Day 8Charles Fort & Historic Kinsale

Travel along the West Cork coast to view Timoleague Franciscan Friary, founded in 1240, with picturesque ruins of the church and living quarters. Head to Kinsale, renowned since medieval times for seafaring trade. Join a local guide at the star-shaped Charles Fort before taking a gentle stroll through town. (B,D)

Day 9Blarney Stone & Dunboyne Castle

Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or enjoy a stroll through the grounds. Shop for quality Irish-made products at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Arrive at your luxurious castle hotel near Dublin and enjoy a farewell dinner at the trendy Beef and Lobster Restaurant. (B,D)

Day 10Tour Ends at Dunboyne Castle

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

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12 Reviews


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Booking service was excellent; everything was taken care of with no issues. All tours were wonderful. Tremendous amount of knowledge was imparted. Guides had great sense of humor especially Brian and our great driver/guide Patrick. Loved the sheep dog experience and the just baked scones. Food was better than I thought it would be; delicious soups! I loved Ireland - excellent experience.

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Booking through Authentic Vacations was good until we paid our deposit. Then I feel as if we were forgotten. After that point, I did more work for our group than did Jordan. She was not prompt in getting back to us, I was the one who remembered the deadlines, and she seemed to forget several important details until we pointed them out to her.

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Booking service was very helpful and made trip easy to connect with

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The booking was OK, but we did our own homework about connecting flights that CIE should have done for us.

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Two areas that were outstanding: Booking Staff and the Tour. Booking Staff; I reserved our travel for 6 people. Your staff were able to provide flight expense at a cost so reasonable we were quite surprised. All the hotels were first class, meals beyond expectations. The tour guide and there were two friendly, curious, and so very knowledgeable. They did your company proud. We will travel with you again

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We had a few issues that had to be addressed during our trip. We called the customer service number, they gave us. We NEVER received a call back to help solve the issues.

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This was super easy to book and they were very helpful whenever I had a question.

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The booking was easy but I wish they would warn people of the level of activity each trip has. My group was older and some of them had trouble and couldn't do some of the activities.

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