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8 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 9 day 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 many of Ireland’s best restaurants, private tours 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. Just Tell Us What You Want!
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 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. There will also be dinner at 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 8 night tour –
- Powerscourt Hotel, Wicklow (1 night)
- The Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Waterford (1 night)
- The Europe Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
- Dromoland Castle, Clare (2 nights)
- The Merrion Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
Included in this tour –
- Car rental (automatic) for 7 days. Private Chauffeur available on request
- including our special comfort pack complete with GPS, additional driver and super cover for peace of mind driving
- Meet and Greet at Dublin Airport
- Shillelagh experience – Enjoy this unique massage at the ESPA centre after your flight
- 8 nights’ Deluxe accommodation with full Irish Breakfast daily
- 3 Gourmet evening dining experiences in 3 of Ireland’s best restaurants
- Tickets for the Bunratty Castle Banquet
- Falconry session at Dromoland Castle
- Complimentary short horse riding session on Austrian Halflinger ponies within the grounds of The Europe Hotel in Killarney
- Afternoon Tea at The Merrion Dublin
- Irish Heritage and Visitor Attractions advance booking service (Guaranteed entry and time-saving)
- Heritage Island" booklet with entrance discounts to many of Ireland's top visitor attractions
- Ferry tickets to the Aran Islands.
- 2 day Hop-on Hop-off Bus tickets for Dublin sightseeing
- Private transfer to Dublin Airport for your flight home
- Services of experienced Irish based travel planner
- Our renowned customized sightseeing guide
- 24/7 support while on tour
- Map of Ireland
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Try as we may we could not find anything downright ugly, or even bad for that matter. We had a lovely time, all the places we stayed were great, especially the accommodation in Cong. Ann was lovely and helpful. A lovely place, food and landlady.
It really was a good way to tour Ireland and we enjoyed it greatly. The people are so friendly and helpful, especially when Geoff was injured.
Hopefully we shall return one day and continue where we left off. Thank you again for all your help.
Cynthia and Geoff, Boston Ma