Suggested Authentic Local Experiences:
- Visit a local farm to learn about country living and watch a sheepdog display.
- Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through the Killarney National Park to scenic Ross Castle, set on the shores of Lough Leane.
- Royal Marine Hotel, Dublin (1 night)
- Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway (2 nights)
- Great Southern Killarney, Killarney (2 nights)
- Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night)
- Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, 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 8 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
Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Originally built in 1863, this hotel today offers 228 air-conditioned guestrooms, all featuring modern decor in natural shades with burgundy touches and light-wood furnishings. Experience fine dining or casual bar food and enjoy the award-winning Sansana SPA and Pier Health Club. Dun Laoghaire has many shops and restaurants to explore. The property overlooks Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin Bay and is located eight miles from Dublin city center. Dublin International Airport is 16 miles away, and can be reached by car or airport coach in approximately 45 minutes. Hotel parking.
The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway
Established in 2001 in Galway City Centre, The Galmont Hotel & Spa 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.
Great Southern Killarney, Killarney
First opened in 1854, this hotel offers old-world charm coupled with up-to-date luxurious facilities and friendly service. Enjoy great food in the elegant dining room and relax in the bar or one of the many sitting areas. Guests will luxuriate in spacious and well-equipped bedrooms, and can take advantage of a full-service leisure center. The hotel is set on 20 acres of secluded, landscaped gardens, yet sits right in the center of Killarney and within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants and pubs.
Granville Hotel, Waterford
This family-run hotel is one of Ireland’s oldest, with significant historical connections, old-world charm and unique features. The friendly and professional staff are dedicated to making your stay pleasant and memorable. Enjoy delicious menus in the attractive dining room. The bar is a lively meeting place, often with live music. Comfortable and well-appointed guest rooms make for a great stay. Set on the waterfront, in the heart of Waterford city, this hotel is within easy walking distance of shopping, Reginald’s Tower and the House of Waterford Crystal.
Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin
This lively, modern hotel offers an excellent standard of hospitality, with two bars and two restaurants and 500 fully equipped guest rooms, making it Dublin’s largest hotel. With its many facilities and great location, it makes an ideal base for exploring Dublin. Located on Upper Leeson Street, this hotel is a 20-minute walk to Grafton Street. There is a city bus service right outside the hotel, which is within easy walking distance of Dublin’s “Georgian Mile” and the Grand Canal.
2019 PRIVATE DRIVER-IRISH GOLD 9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS
Day 1 DUBLIN HIGHLIGHTS
Your driver will meet you at Dublin Airport. Start with an introductory tour around Dublin to see the main thoroughfares of O’Connell and Nassau Streets, and some lovely public parks. Check into your hotel overlooking Dublin Bay.
Day 2 MIDLANDS & GALWAY
Travel west through the heart of the Irish countryside to visit historic sites including Trim Castle and Clonmacnoise. Explore the vibrant city of Galway and enjoy a lively evening along Shop Street. (B)
Day 3 CONNEMARA REGION
Tour scenic Connemara, admiring sweeping views of boglands and misty mountains. Follow the Sky Road to Clifden to enjoy heavenly views and perhaps explore Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden, a Benedictine monastery set beside a tranquil lake. (B)
Day 4 WILD ATLANTIC WAY
Drive south through the rugged Burren landscape and along the Wild Atlantic Way, stopping in Ballyvaughan and Doolin to sample the fresh catch of the day. Drive along the west coast to view the Cliffs of Moher before arriving in bustling village of Killarney with a stunning backdrop of lakes and mountains. (B)
Day 5 RING OF KERRY OR DINGLE PENINSULA
Explore the popular 100-mile Ring of Kerry, stopping off in charming villages and viewing the stunning scenery of Coomakista Pass, the Gap of Dunloe, and Ladies View. Or discover the rugged landscape of the Dingle Peninsula and the charming fishing town of Dingle. (B)
Day 6 CORK SIGHTSEEING
Drive into the rich farming country of Cork to visit the famous Blarney Castle, or spend time exploring the town’s artisan stalls in the Old English Market. Continue along the Copper Coast to Waterford and consider a stop at the Dunbrody Famine Ship. (B)
Day 7 WATERFORD TO DUBLIN
Enjoy a leisurely morning in Waterford to explore popular sights in the Viking Triangle. Then either make your way inland via the medieval town of Kilkenny and its Castle, or along Wexford’s spectacular coastline, passing historic sites and attractive villages as you head north. (B)
Day 8 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 9 DEPART FOR HOME FROM DUBLIN
Your program ends after breakfast with a transfer to Dublin Airport. (B)
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