Suggested Authentic Local Experiences:
- Visit the South Pole Inn and learn the thrilling story of its original owner – a brave early explorer of the Antarctic.
- Explore Irish emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of the vessel that carried Irish refugees to North America in the 1840s.
- Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dunboyne (1 night)
- Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny (2 nights)
- Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
- Salthill Hotel, Galway (2 nights)
- North Star Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
Private Driver Tour Includes:
- Services of a professional driver and vehicle
- Pick up and drop off at any location in Ireland or Britain
- Pre-booked stays for 9 nights in hotels listed above
- Full breakfast daily except on day of arrival
- A visit to one Dublin’s prime attractions, Guinness Storehouse, General Post Office Museum, Epic Ireland or Teeling Whiskey Distillery
- Ireland Insight Guide – guide with maps and suggested itineraries (one per room)
- Go-To Guide – information book with basic travel facts
Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, Dunboyne
This 18th-century mansion has been lovingly restored and carefully expanded to create a spacious, modern property for a pleasant stay. Large guest rooms are designed for a tranquil night’s rest. Guests can enjoy full Irish breakfasts and fine dining in the elegant restaurant or relax in one of the cozy bars. The spa and leisure center offers excellent facilities. Located beside Dunboyne village, just 15 miles from Dublin Airport and 14 miles from Dublin city center.
Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny
This hotel combines the best traditions of Irish hospitality with modern facilities, dedicated professionalism and friendly service. Set on 20 acres of parkland, the hotel has a rural atmosphere. There is a wide range of dining options, including the Dove Bistro. Relax in one of the 129 superior guest rooms and enjoy the extensive health club facilities. Newpark is located on Castlecomer Road on the outskirts of this compact medieval city. 20 minutes walk to center. 75 miles SW of Dublin city. Hotel parking.
Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney
This modern hotel provides guests with 182 rooms that are comfortable and include satellite TV and video facilities. An excellent restaurant serves great Irish breakfasts and carvery dinners while the choice of bars offer live music most nights. Enjoy a strenuous workout or leisurely dip in the pool in the extensive leisure center. Located in the center of Killarney town within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, pubs and the Killarney National Park.
Salthill Hotel, Galway
Modern amenities, a spectacular setting and luxurious interiors combine with traditional Irish hospitality and personalized service to create a great experience. Classically decorated guest rooms provide a simple, comfortable base for today’s discerning guest. Choose from the Amber or Prom Restaurants for dining and relax in the Blackrock Lounge. Fitness and spa facilities add to your stay. Salthill Hotel is situated on the spectacular Salthill Galway promenade, with panoramic views of Galway Bay and the Clare hills, just two miles from Galway city center.
North Star Hotel, Dublin
This newly refurbished hotel is located in the heart of Dublin at Amiens St, Mountjoy, Dublin, D01 X6P6, and is within walking distance of a host of tourist attractions. The property boasts 160 exceptionally appointed guest rooms offering every amenity to ensure a comfortable and luxurious stay to each CIE Tours guest. Each bedroom is tastefully decorated, warm, inviting and designed to international standards. The extensive buffet selection offers both a Continental breakfast choices or a traditional hot Irish buffet using only the highest quality of freshly cooked products and is sure to satisfy every taste.
PRIVATE DRIVER – IRISH LEGENDS 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS
Day 1 DUBLIN ARRIVAL & MALAHIDE CASTLE
Your driver will meet you at Dublin Airport. Head out to visit Malahide Castle, first built in 1185 and filled with medieval artifacts. Check into your hotel for the evening.
Day 2 NATIONAL STUD & KILKENNY WALK
Visit the home of equine royalty, the Irish National Stud, where you’ll see immaculately bred stallions alongside protective mares, frolicking foals and athletic yearlings. Take a walk around the grounds to see St. Fiachra’s Garden and the miniature Japanese Gardens. Later, visit Kilkenny and explore its Medieval Mile, the main thoroughfare to see historic streets and buildings. (B)
Day 3 EXPLORE WATERFORD
After breakfast, head further south to Waterford and witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Then explore the rest of this old Viking settlement and learn about Waterford’s long history and some of its colorful characters. Later, head to New Ross to explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of the vessel used during the 1840s Famine to transport emigrants to North America. Return to Kilkenny for the evening. (B)
Day 4 KILKENNY TO KILLARNEY
Travel south to Cobh, the last port of call of the Titanic and where many places associated with the liner still exist. Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, which traces the history of emigration over a number of centuries from Ireland to North America. Head to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or stroll through the spacious parklands to view Blarney House. Stop in and treat yourself to quality Irish goods at Blarney Woollen Mills before heading to Killarney. (B)
Day 5 KILLARNEY & DINGLE PENINSULA
Spend the morning at leisure in Killarney, a little town with an ideal location beside Ireland’s highest mountains. Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula as you’re driven along the south shore to admire views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach, and rocky headlands. Plenty of photo opportunities await along the way. Stop at the South Pole Inn to learn about Tom Crean, an early Irish explorer who braved the South Pole. Browse around the town of Dingle and enjoy a drink, dinner and entertainment at Foley’s Bar and Restaurant before returning to Killarney. (B)
Day 6 KILLARNEY TO GALWAY
Depart Killarney and head north toward Galway. Embark on an optional ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. View the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs where on a clear day you can see great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Explore Galway and its Latin Quarter, or stroll down Quay Street and stop in at one the many local pubs. (B)
Day 7 SCENIC CONNEMARA
Explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. Stop at the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory where craftsmen demonstrate fine glass cutting. Travel through the picturesque scenery of hills and lakes to visit Dan O’Hara’s Homestead. Experience traditional methods of farming, see Connemara ponies, and have a light lunch. Return to Galway for the night. (B)
Day 8 GALWAY TO DUBLIN
Visit Clonmacnoise, a monastic settlement founded in 545 AD and set on the banks of the River Shannon. Marvel at elaborate High Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes, walk around the many church ruins and two round towers. Head to nearby Athlone and stop at Sean’s Bar. This pub has a documented history going right back to 900 AD. During renovations in 1970, ancient walls and old coins dating back centuries were discovered. Overnight in Dublin. (B)
Day 9 DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING
Enjoy a day of sightseeing in the heart of Dublin. Use your included voucher for a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions — Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland or the General Post Office Museum. (B)
Day 10 DEPART FOR HOME FROM DUBLIN
Your program ends after breakfast. (B)
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