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10 Night Irish Castles and Manors Platinum Tour
This tour has everything!! Stay in the most luxurious of our Irish Castles and Manor Hotels on this 10 night Platinum vacation to Ireland complete with ferry trip to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands and home to the spectacular pre-Christian Dun Aonghus Fort. Add in Gourmet meals in 3 of Ireland’s best restaurants, a private falconry experience and so much more and you have the vacation of a lifetime. While this tour includes many of Ireland’s most iconic locations, because all of our travel consultants live in Ireland, they also have an intimate knowledge of Ireland’s hidden gems. All of our tours are designed in-house and as well having your own dedicated travel consultant, you will also receive a comprehensive and unparalleled daily sightseeing guide that is unmatched in the industry.
While this is a self-drive vacation, a chauffeured version is also available!
Additional highlights of the Platinum Tour
As well as the upgrades to 5 star hotels in all locations, additional highlights of the ‘PLATINUM TOUR’ while in Ireland will be 2 nights in the wonderful Dromoland Castle, attending the Bunratty Castle Banquet, afternoon tea in Dublin’s Deluxe Merrion Hotel, a Falconry session in Dromoland Castle plus so much more.
To top it off, your tour price includes 3 gourmet dining experiences in 3 of Ireland’s premier restaurants, The Michelin Star restaurants of Patrick Guilbaud’s in The Merrion and Chef Martijn Kajuiter and the Cliff House in Ardmore. You will also have dinner in the the Earl of Thomond restaurant in Dromoland Castle.
Don't Forget! All elements of this vacation package can be customized to suit your needs. If you have a location or special ‘MUST SEE’ place, make sure to mention this to your travel consultant.
Overnight Locations for this 10 night tour;
- The Powerscourt Hotel in Wicklow for 2 nights
- The Cliff House Hotel in County Waterford for 2 nights
- The Europe Hotel in Killarney for 2 nights
- Dromoland Castle in County Clare for 2 nights
- The Merrion Hotel, Dublin City Centre for 2 nights
Included in your tour price;
- Meet and Greet at Dublin Airport
- Car rental (Automatic) for 9 days. Private chauffeur option available on request - including our special comfort pack complete with GPS, additional driver and super cover for peace of mind driving.
- 10 nights luxury accommodation with private bath and full Irish Breakfast daily
- 3 Gourmet evening dining experiences at Irelands best restaurants
- Shillelagh experience – Enjoy this unique massage at the ESPA centre after your flight
- Entrance tickets for Blarney Castle
- Complimentary short riding session on the hotels Austrian Halflinger ponies around the hotel grounds.
- Ferry tickets to the Aran Islands
- Private Falconry session at Dromoland Castle
- Tickets for the Bunratty Castle Banquet
- Afternoon Tea at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin
- 2 day Hop on Hop off Bus Tour tickets for Dublin City
- OPW Heritage Card (allowing free access to nearly all of Irelands State managed sites)
- Private Transfer to Dublin Airport
- Our renowned customized sightseeing guide
- Services of experienced Irish based travel planner
- 24/7 support while on tour
- Map of Ireland
Bunratty Castle (Irish: Caisleán Bhun Raithe, meaning Castle at the Mouth of the Ratty) is a large tower house in County Clare, Ireland. It lies in the centre of Bunratty village (Irish: Bun Ráite), by the N18 road between Limerick and Ennis, near Shannon Town and its airport. The name Bunratty, Bun Raite (or possibly, Bun na Raite) in Irish, means the 'bottom' or end of the 'Ratty' river. This river, alongside the castle, flows into the nearby Shannon estuary. From the top of the castle, one can look over to the estuary and the airport. Bunratty Castle is now a very popular tourist attraction. The interior has been furnished by Lord Gort with tapestries and artifacts from various eras in the castle's history. Some of the sights include the 'great hall', dungeons an...read more
The Burren is a unique karst-landscape region in northwest County Clare, in Ireland and one of the largest Karst landscapes in Europe. The region measures approximately 250 square kilometres and is enclosed roughly within the circle comprised by the villages Ballyvaughan, Kinvara, Tubber, Corofin, Kilfenora and Lisdoonvarna, It is bounded by the Atlantic and Galway Bay on the west and north respectively. Strictly speaking the territory of the Burren or barony of Burren only contains the villages of Lisdoonvarna, Ballyvaughan, Fanore, Craggagh, New Quay/Burrin, Bealaclugga (Bellharbour) and Carron. The definite article (making it "the Burren") has only been added to the name in the last few decades, possibly by academics, as it had always been called Boireann in Irish and Burren i...read more
Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin is the elder of the city's two mediæval cathedrals, the other being St. Patrick's Cathedral. It is officially claimed as the seat (cathedra) of both the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic archbishops of Dublin. In practice it has been the cathedral of only the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, since the Irish Reformation. Though nominally claimed as his cathedral, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin uses a church elsewhere, St Mary's in Malborough Street in Dublin, as his pro-cathedral (acting cathedral). Christ Church Cathedral is located in the former heart of mediaeval Dublin, next to Wood Quay, at the end of Dame Street . However a major dual carriage-way building scheme around it separated it from the original mediaeval str...read more
The Cliffs of Moher (Irish: Aillte an Mhothair, lit. cliffs of the ruin, also known as the Cliffs of Coher from the Irish: Mhothair) are located in the parish of Liscannor at the south-western edge of The Burren area near Doolin, which is located in County Clare, Ireland. The cliffs rise 120 meters (394 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag's Head, and reach their maximum height of 214 meters (702 ft) just north of O'Brien's Tower, eight kilometres away. The cliffs boast one of Ireland's most spectacular views. On a clear day the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay, as are the valleys and hills of Connemara. O'Brien's Tower is a round stone tower at the approximate midpoint of the cliffs. It was built by Sir Cornelius O'Brien, a descendant of Ireland's High King Brian Boru, in 18...read more
A small fishing village, also known as Fisherstreet, on a sandy bay some 3km from Aill na Searrach, the northern end of the Cliffs of Moher. Doolin is world-famous for its wealth of Irish folk music and in recent years has been attracting crowds to spontaneous sessions and festivals or 'fleadhanna' of Irish and international music. Lots of music pubs and restaurants. Overlooked by Doonagore Castle, an unusual circular tower within a walled bawn enclosure, which has been restored as a residence. Nearer the sea, Iron Age burial mounds dot the surrounding landscape. One of Doolin's claims to fame is that it is the main setting for the PlayStation 3 game Folklore. According to the game's storyline, the Netherworld, the world of the dead is a realm that can only be accessed from one place ...read more
Dublin is both the largest city and capital of Ireland. It is located near the midpoint of Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and at the centre of the Dublin Region. Founded as a Viking settlement, the city has been Ireland's primary city for most of the island's history since medieval times. Today, it is an economic, administrative and cultural centre for the island of Ireland and has one of the fastest growing populations of any European capital city. The city has a world-famous literary history, having produced many prominent literary figures, including Nobel laureates William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett. Other influential writers and playwrights from Dublin include Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and the creator of Dracula, Bram Stoker. It is ar...read more
Dublin Castle (Irish: Caisleán Bhaile Átha Cliath) off Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland, is a major Irish governmental complex, formerly the fortified seat of British rule in Ireland until 1922. Most of the complex dates from the 18th century, though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland. The Castle served as the seat of English, then later British government of Ireland under the Lordship of Ireland (1171–1541), the Kingdom of Ireland (1541–1800), and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1800–1922). Upon establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, the complex was ceremonially handed over to the newly formed Provisional Government led by Michael Collins. Dublin Castle fulfilled a number of r...read more
Dublinia Museum in Ireland is a heritage centre located in the heart of the medieval city of Dublin, Irelands capital city. There are three exciting exhibitions in Dublinia and a must see for any Vacation in Ireland. Viking Dublin takes the visitor back to life in the city in Viking times. See what life was like onboard a Viking warship, visit a Viking house and take a trip down a Viking street. Investigate burial customs explore the Viking legacy and much more. Our Medieval Dublin exhibition includes a busy medieval market, a rich merchant’s house, and a noisy medieval street. Find out about death and disease and see what Medieval Dublin looked like with a fascinating scale model of the town. History Hunters brings our exhibitions full circle and shows the visitor how we know about ...read more
The Dunbrody is a full-scale reconstruction of a 19th Century Famine ship, and authentic replica of the Three Masted Barque built in Quebec in 1845 for the Graves family of New Ross. Board the Dunbrody and walk in the footsteps of a group of Irish famine emigrants on their journey of hope across the Atlantic Ocean. Go below deck and enter the confined spaces, which would be home for passengers and crew for the 45-day voyage. Descend into the cargo hold where the exhibition describes the endurance, struggle and triumph over adversity of those 19th Century emigrants as epitomised by the story of the most famous emigrant sons of New Ross, President John F. Kennedy. These passengers were people desperate to escape the famine conditions in Ireland at the time and conditions for steer...read more
The Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin, and is, according to the Guiness Storehouse Web site, Ireland’s No. 1 international visitor attraction. Since opening in November 2000, Guinness Storehouse has attracted over 4 million visitors from every corner of the globe. The Storehouse is laid out over seven floors surrounding a glass atrium taking the shape of a pint of Guinness. On the ground floor the massive exhibit introduces you to the four ingredients; water, barley, hops and yeast, all of which combine together to make a pint of Guinness. Visitors are also introduced to the fifth and vital ingredient, Arthur Guinness himself. As the visitor moves up through the building, they next encounter an exhibition on the history of...read more
Dear Tony & Ronan,
My name is Lori Jurans, Director of Sales for Faith in Travel in Kentucky, USA. We recently chose to partner with Steve Royston and your company for a custom pilgrimage we planned for a group of pilgrims.
I worked closely with Steve for over a year carefully planning every detail of the tour. From the very beginning Steve was responsive, prompt, knowledgeable, and a true joy to work with throughout the planning process. From the very beginning I was happy that we chose to partner with him and your company and I felt very confident that the trip would be amazing. We were thoroughly impressed with every detail of the trip. We plan trips all around the world for large groups and we have come to know and appreciate quality when we see it. There were, as always, some minor things that came up, but Steve and your team were quick and flexible to accommodate any necessary changes along the way.
We were also delighted with the service that both Kenny, the driver, and Fiona, the tour guide, provided! Every member of your team was outstanding. So much so, that when another group leader approached us to design a custom tour to Ireland, we did not hesitate on who to contact.
Thank you again to your team! Please accept our sincere vote of confidence in Steve Royoston, Kenny, and Fiona! We look forward to visiting your beautiful country again next summer!
Director of Sales
Faith in Travel
Lori Jurans, Director of Sales for Faith in Travel in Kentucky, USA.