Day 1 - Arrive into Dublin Airport and travel to the Merrion. Located city center, this historic 5-star property is the perfect base for exploring the city. Today visit highlights of the city, options include Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College & the Book of Kells, and more.
Day 2 - Today head north of the city to visit some of the highlights the area known as Land of 5,000 Dawns. Start at Brú na Bóinne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are three passage tombs here: Dowth, Knowth and Newgrange. Access to Knowth and Newgrange is available via shuttle from the Visitor Center only, and access is limited so we recommend early arrival. This afternoon, visit Kells an ancient monastic site and then Hill of Tara, which was the seat of the High Kings of Ireland.
Day 3 - You’ll depart Dublin and head south to Cork, to the warm and luxurious Hayfield Manor. En route visit Rock of Cashel, which was the seat of the High Kings of Munster and an important archeological site. As you head on to Cork before going into the city, stop at Blarney Castle. Best known for being the location of the Blarney Stone, here you can also explore the Castle, the Gardens and the Rock Close.
Overnight: Hayfield Manor
Day 4 - You’ll make your way to stunning, modern 5-star, Cliff House. As the name suggests, it clings to a cliff in Ardmore. Tour en route, spend the morning in Cobh, a charming port town with history. It was from here that many people fled Ireland during the Famine years and was also the last port of call of the Titanic before her ill-fated maiden voyage. This afternoon, head to Midleton to visit the Old Jameson Distillery for a tour and tasting.
Overnight: Cliff House
Day 5 - Today head out to explore some more Celtic Coast highlights. Head to the stunning Lismore Castle this morning. The castle is not open to the public (although is available to rent for exclusive use), but the gorgeous gardens are open to visit. Next on to visit the Copper Coast Geopark, a UNESCO Global Geopark. Stop at the Visitor Center, spend time exploring the secluded coves and beaches, and check out the walking trails.
Day 6 - You’ll travel on to Waterford Castle today, which is located on it’s own private island, accessible by a short (5 minutes) ferry. Upon arrival to Waterford, check out Waterford Treasures, which is three museums in the Viking Triangle. Visit the Medieval Museum, Reginald’s Tower, and Bishop’s Palace. Next make sure you stop at Waterford Crystal to tour the factory.
Overnight: Waterford Castle
Day 7 - You’ll travel to Marlfield House today, a charming country house in Wexford. Before heading there, first go south to visit Hook Lighthouse, which is the oldest intact operational lighthouse in Ireland. Next head to Tintern Abbey followed by a stop in New Ross to explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship and Irish Emigrant Experience.
Overnight: Marlfield House
Day 8 - Today explore the gorgeous Wicklow area. Start with a stop at the newly renovated Russborough House, a gorgeous Palladian Mansion. Here you can take a guided tour and check out the incredible art collection. Next visit Powerscourt Estate & Gardens, this garden was named number three in the world by National Geographic. Here you can also visit Powerscourt Waterfall, the highest in Ireland. Last before heading back to Marlfield for the evening, stop at Glendalough, an ancient monastic site.
Day 9 - Travel to Dublin Airport and depart Ireland
Self drive starting from $1916 per person in low season and $2,712 per person in high season
Driver guide starting from $4,879 per person in low season and $5,410 per person in high season*Based on double occupancy, rates subject to availabilityIncludes:8 nights accommodation (Merrion, Hayfield Manor, Cliff House Hotel, Waterford Castle, and Marlfield House or similar)Taxes
Breakfast dailyAutomatic rental car for 8 days or driver guide service throughout
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