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Welcome to Dublin, the starting point for your grand adventure through the Emerald Isle! Here you’ll venture to see historic sights and modern marvels. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by your private transfer. This afternoon, your voyage of discovery begins when you join a Local Specialist who will proudly share the riches of Ireland’s capital city on your own private walking tour. See Dublin’s Georgian squares with their brightly colored doors, and walk the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College.
HotelThe Merrion Hotel
HighlightsDublin, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Georgian Squares in Dublin, Trinity College
Revel in the great outdoors along Dublin’s beautiful coast, as you discover hidden routes and nooks across Howth’s cliff paths. First make the 30-minute trip to Howth from Dublin City centre, embarking on either the Safari Hike across stunning coastal paths with views of crystal-clear seas and the charming harbour and village, or the gentler, charming Harbour Village. Breathe in sea air and why not cap your tour with delicious salted chips from an authentic takeaway or a frothy pint in a nearby pub. Later this evening enjoy a masterclass in cocktail making at The Jameson Distillery on Bow Street. Led by a skilled Jameson bartender, learn how to create a cocktail masterpiece with professional bar tools and ingredients, before enjoying your creation.
HotelThe Merrion Hotel
HighlightsHowth Village, Whiskey Shakers at Jameson Distillery
After a relaxing breakfast, your luxury car rental will be dropped to your hotel. Stop to visit Glendalough, the ‘Valley of the Two Lakes,’ famous for its early monastic ruins and scenic setting. Be sure to find St. Kevin’s cross. Legend holds that those who can wrap their arms around it will receive their wish. Perhaps the luck of the Irish will be on your side. Onto Waterford with colorful terrace houses, cafés, and bars overlooking the quayside. Watch the master craftsmen of the House of Waterford Crystal as they create delicate works of art on your private tour with a Local Specialist. Enjoy a night in the intimate Cliff House Hotel with dinner in their Michelin star restaurant for a quaint and cozy evening.
HotelCliff House Hotel
MealsFull Breakfast, Dinner
HighlightsGlendalough, St. Kevin's Cross, Waterford, Waterford Crystal
Start your day with stunning walk along the Ardmore cliff. Next a visit to Blarney Castle, home to the magical stone that gives the gift of eloquence for a kiss. Stroll through the castle’s grounds and gardens, arboretums, and waterways, on your private adventure with the estates head gardener. If you dare, enter the Poison Garden – just don’t touch the plants! Then continue to the charming town of Killarney.
HotelCahernane House Hotel
HighlightsBlarney Castle, Killarney
Admire the breathtaking scenery of rugged landscapes and crashing seas along the famous Ring of Kerry on a day tour, and delight in traditional Irish life as you stop in quaint villages along the way. You’ll be mesmerized by this unspoiled land that has inspired artists and poets for centuries. Returning to Killarney, the rest of your day is free.
HotelCahernane House Hotel
HighlightsRing of Kerry
Visit the Cliffs of Moher, rising up to 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves and stretching 5 miles along the coast. Perhaps visit the interpretive center, a huge, domed, underground building with images, exhibits, and displays, a delight for young and old alike. Then on to bask in the royal glow of Dromoland Castle, one of the most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland. Participate in the ancient art of Falconry as you stroll through this stunning estate.
HighlightsCliffs of Moher, Dromoland Castle
Drop your car off at Dublin Airport where your vacation ends. Slán go fóill – goodbye until we meet again.
Optional Extension Departing from Dublin
If you’re departing from Dublin, why not extend your trip and stay in Dublin’s Doorstep. You can explore a list of our hand-selected accommodations here and our sightseeing activities here.
Includes Hertz Car Hire Prestige Collection with drop off service at your Dublin Hotel.
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Full breakfast included daily
*Trip USD Pricing for this itinerary is low $3237, mid $3523 and high $3996 based on the following effective from dates: Low - 02 January, Mid - 01 October, High - 02 July. Price is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to availability; varies by inclusions and travel dates. CST#2084503-20
^Trip CAD Pricing for this itinerary is low $4169, mid $4536 and high $5231 based on the following effective from dates: Low - 02 January, Mid - 01 October, High - 02 July. Price is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to availability; varies by inclusions and travel dates. All prices and itineraries are subject to change until all services have been confirmed and paid in full. For up to date pricing contact your Brendan Vacations Celtic Expert. BN#776064719 | TICO # R50025597 and W50025598