Wendy Perrin - Matt & Sylvia Doud & Family

Matt & Sylvia Doud & Family

Friday 14th June – Saturday 22nd June 2024

Number of Travellers: 4
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Overview

Picturesque coastal towns and villages, green pastoral fields, soaring cliffs, wild barren landscapes, the crash of the ocean, the laugh of a local. Ireland is romantic, authentic, a home away from home where both old and modern seem to cohabit seamlessly on a small island in the middle of the sea. Packed with history and tradition your days are spent exploring the island of Ireland’s famous and of the beaten track sites of natural, cultural and political interest. A world renowned food scene means your evenings are spent dining in style and with the promise of a pub just around the corner, music and laughter are never far away. Your trip to Ireland will surprise and delight you but the people of Ireland will stay with you, long after your journey has taken you home.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Friday 14th June - Welcome to Dublin

On arrival in Dublin, you’ll be met at the airport by a private driver who will whisk you directly to your city centre hotel. Take some time to settle in before joining a local historian for an engaging walking tour of the lively capital city. Explore some of Dublin’s best-known attractions, while also enjoying the benefit of local knowledge by visiting spots hidden off the tourist trail. Later this afternoon, enjoy some free time, before dining in the hotel’s restaurant or in one of the many delightful eateries that pepper the streets of this vibrant, capital city.

Overnight: Dublin | The Davenport Hotel
Room Type: Classic King & Twin
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Saturday 15th June - Private Tour of the Guinness Storehouse

Indulge your senses in the world of Guinness with our exclusive private experience at the Guinness Storehouse. For the discerning connoisseur, this tour delves deep into the history and origins of the iconic stout. From the moment you step inside this historic establishment, you’ll be immersed in the rich heritage of Guinness, tracing its roots back to its founding by Arthur Guinness in 1759. Your expert guide will walk you through the intricate brewing process, sharing the secrets and traditions that have been passed down through generations. Finish the tour by tasting a variety of Guinness brews and savouring their unique flavours.

If Guinness is not your thing we have many other tour and experiences to choose from including Gaelic Games, Whiskey, Sailing, Storytelling and much more.

Enjoy your concert this evening!

Overnight: Dublin | The Davenport Hotel
Room Type: Classic King & Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Sunday 16th June - Dublin to The Ring of Kerry

Your private guide/ driver will meet meet you this morning and after some short introductions, together you will travel west, to the Wild Atlantic Way and to the little town of Kenmare, on The Ring of Kerry.

Crossing green fields, dotted with sheep, stone walls and rural farmhouses, we take the opportunity to stop for lunch in the little village of Cashel.

Set on a dramatic outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale, The Rock of Cashel, iconic in its historic significance, possesses the most impressive cluster of medieval buildings in Ireland. Among the monuments to be found there is a round tower, a high cross, a Romanesque chapel, a Gothic cathedral, an abbey, the Hall of the Vicars Choral and a fifteenth-century Tower House.

Originally the seat of the kings of Munster, according to legend St. Patrick himself came here to convert King Aenghus to Christianity. Brian Boru was crowned High King at Cashel in 978 and made it his capital.

Your guide will join you for a delicious welcome to the west dinner this evening in Kenmare.

Overnight: Kenmare | Brook Lane Hotel
Room Type: Superior Double & Deluxe Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 - Monday 17th June - Killarney National Park

From Dingle, head inland to the oldest National Park in Ireland, Killarney. Synonymous with forbidding jagged peaks, punishing hill climbs, steep mountain roads and lush green valleys, Killarney is a hikers and bikers paradise.

Explore the park with your guide today on a hike that is matched to your ability and preference. With plenty of routes to choose from, your day in the park will be challenging and rewarding.

Overnight: Kenmare | Brook Lane
Room Type: Superior Double & Deluxe Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Tuesday 18th June - Mythological Dingle

One of four peninsulas to be found in Kerry and perhaps the most famous, The Dingle Peninsula is wild and rugged, a distilled expression of the best of Ireland. This is Gaeltacht country where the Irish language is still widely spoken as a first language and culture and traditions remain strong.
Meeting a local mythology guide and expert your day will be filled with tales of legends, folklore and drama and maybe a wee song or two. Think Ireland is all about Leprechauns and Faeries, think again. Ireland’s mythological stories are dark and foreboding.

Overnight: Dingle | Castlewood House House
Room Type: Deluxe Mountain View & Deluxe Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Wednesday 19th June - Exploring Galway City - Whiskey Experience

Today you leave the southern shores and track north, arriving in Galway City. A labyrinth of cobbled streets, colourful shops and street performers, this city has a bohemian atmosphere. With your knowledgeable guide, spend the afternoon exploring the warren of streets before you venture off the beaten path to a small pub which, behind its nondescript doors, holds a treasure trove of whiskey. Surely one of the most impressive collections in the country, chat with the owner as you indulge in an informal tasting.

Tonight, check into your hotel, on the outskirts of the charming little village of Clifden in the heart of Connemara National Park, where traditional music, poetry and song can be found.

Overnight: Clifden | Ardagh Hotel
Room Type: Seaview & Standard Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Thursday 20th June - Connemara National Park

The hills and mountains of Connemara are defined by the ocean surrounding them, and this is particularly evident at the beautiful Killary Fjord. This morning your guide will lead you along the shores of the fjord, delving into Irish history at a famine-era abandoned village and bringing to life the rich and ancient histories of the landscape. Head back to your hotel via the stunningly beautiful Kylemore Abbey and Gardens to tour the grounds and hear the romantic story behind this iconic site.

Your guide will join you for dinner this evening to celebrate your final night together and what we hope has been an epic journey.

Overnight: Clifden | Ardagh Hotel
Room Type: Seaview & Standard Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Friday 21st June - Ashford Castle

After a leisurely morning in Clifden, shopping, people watching and browsing we make our way to Mayo where the impressive 800 year old Ashford Castle awaits you. Once owned by the Guinness family, Ashford has a history dating back to the 12th century and has earned its place in Ireland’s history books. Today, Ashford is one of Ireland’s premier hotels offering an unforgettable experience.

Ashford Castle boasts many outdoor activity pursuits for those wishing to try their hand at the life of the gentry. This afternoon we have arranged an exhilarating  private falconry experience, at Ashford’s School of Falconry. Meet the hawks, owls and Birds of Prey that call this castle home.
Your guide will leave you at Ashford so you may enjoy your final night of this leg of the trip in comfort and style.

Overnight: Cong Mayo | Ashford Castle
Room Type: Deluxe Lake Double & Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Saturday 22nd June - Depart

A private transfer will take you today to your chosen airport, Dublin or Shannon for your flights home.

We hope your time in ireland has been memorable and we would love to welcome you back once again to our Emerald shores.

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 9
  • Most meals as indicated above breakfast daily, lunch daily while guided and 2 evening meals
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 3 to Day 8
  • Ground transportation from Day 3 to Day 8
  • Private airport transfer on Departure and Arrival
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
    – Historical Walking Tour Dublin
    – Private Connoisseur Tour Guinness Storehouse
    – Rock of Cashel
    – Hike Killarney National Park
    – Mythological tour guide Dingle
    – Galway Whiskey Experience
    – Hike Connemara
    – Private Falconry Ashford Castle
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
Pricing Read More

Please note prices are quoted in Euro and per person.

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