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Irish Castles & Manors

 

Overview

Hotel description:

10 days / 8 nights

Take an enchanting journey through Ireland, visiting the country's most renowned castles, monasteries and manors along the way. From the awe-inspiring Blarney Castle and its famous Blarney Stone to the megalithic Newgrange, Ireland's monuments do not disappoint. Enjoy comfortable accommodation, breakfasts and one unforgettable medieval banquet. Sláinte!


Location

Kilkenny, Cork, Kerry, Clare, Louth

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Dublin (if flight and hotel option is chosen)
  • 8 nights of accommodation
  • 8-day economy car rental
  • Ferry tickets to the Aran Islands
  • Heritage Island Touring Guide with entrance discounts to many of Ireland's top attractions
  • Entrance to the Smithwick's Brewery Experience Tour in Kilkenny
  • Entrance to the Dunguaire Castle Banquet
  • Irish Heritage and Visitor Attractions advance booking service (Guaranteed entry and time-saving); map of Ireland
  • 8 full Irish Breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Earn Aeroplan Miles

Suggested Itinerary

The day-to-day locations are already set and hotel accommodations will already be booked, but what you do during the day in each location is completely up to you. Below is a suggested itinerary of things to do and see so you can get the most out of your adventure. The beauty of this trip is that you can explore the way you want to. Just make sure to get to the hotel on time!

Day 1         Depart Canada
Fly to Dublin.

Day 2         Welcome to Ireland
Pick up your rental car at the airport and head southeast to Kilkenny. Stop at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, included in your package. This famous Irish Ale was first secretly produced in Kilkenny by monks in 1231. Enjoy a pint of the world-renowned ale.

Day 3         Kilkenny - Cork

Your first stop today is the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. Continue to Cahir Castle, one of Ireland's largest and best-preserved castles. Head to the harbour town of Cobh, situated on one of the world's largest natural harbours. Travel to Cork for the night.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4         Cork - Kerry
This morning, travel to County Kerry in Ireland's spectacular south west. Stop at Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone. Next, head to Killarney. With its three famous lakes and majestic mountain ranges, Killarney has been the inspiration of poets and painters over many centuries. Travel north just outside the town of Tralee for the night.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5         Kerry
Today, simply relax, visit the nearby town of Tralee or tour the Ring of Kerry or Dingle Peninsula to the west.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6         Kerry - Clare
Discover County Clare today! Begin in the village of Adare, regarded by many as Ireland's prettiest village. Head to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's most spectacular
sights. Head to the village of Doolin, world-famous for its wealth of Irish folk music. North of the Cliffs of Moher, see the Burren, with its fascinating limestone.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7         Clare - Aran Islands - Clare

After breakfast, take the ferry to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. Tour the islands, then return to the mainland and drive to the university city of Galway. Galway is home to great music and charming pubs. In the evening, head to a medieval banquet at nearby Dunguaire Castle.

Meal(s): Breakfast, dinner

Day 8         Clare - Louth
Begin your day at the ancient monastic settlement at Clonmacnoise. Next, travel to the megalithic tombs of Newgrange. One of the great wonders of the ancient world, Newgrange is older than Stonehenge, Mycenae or even the Pyramids of Egypt. Also in this area are the Hill of Tara and Trim Castle, featured in the movie Braveheart.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9         Louth
Choose your destination today! Spend the day in Dublin and discover the best the capital has to offer. Or, travel the short journey north to Belfast in Northern Ireland. If you prefer, head north to the beautiful Glens of Antrim, dotted with quaint villages.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10     Louth - Return to Canada

Return your rental at the airport and board your flight home.  

Meal(s): Breakfast

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply
The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

Accommodation with Automatic Car Rental

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.

The locations and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Kilkenny: Lyrath Estate Hotel or similar
  • Cork: The Hayfield Manor Hotel or similar
  • Kerry: Ballyseede Castle or similar
  • West Clare: Gregan's Castle Hotel or similar or similar
  • North of Dublin: Bellingham Castle 4* or similar or similar


Bed size(s): 2 twin beds or 1 double bed
Room occupancy: Maximum 3 persons (2 adults, 1 child)

 

Important notes

2018 Departure Dates
  • Flight + Accommodation + Tour: Daily from May 1 to October 26
  • Accommodation + Tour (no flight included in package): Year-round

Car Rental

Inclusions: Automatic economy car, GPS, additional driver, super cover, Collision Damage Waiver insurance, theft protection insurance, location fee of 30EUR, Road fund tax, sales tax at 13.5%, unlimited free mileage, third party liability insurance, 24 hour peace of mind break down cover

Exclusions: Fuel, Personal Accident Insurance Plus (PAI Plus) and Personal Effects Protection (PEP), other optional services such as refuelling charges, extra additional driver's fee, baby seats, etc.

Child package rate
Applicable to travellers 11 years old and younger. The child rate applies to bookings with one child (2 to 11 years old) and two full-paying adults.  The adult rate applies to bookings with one child (2 to 11 years old) and one full-paying adult. Children under two years old stay for free (meals not included).