8 day Ireland only the best ADARE MANOR – ASHFORD CASTLE – MERRION HOTEL
A highlight of any vacation is finding unique places to stay. Of course, every region has its special customs, cultures and styles. Capture the flavor by discovering Ireland in a most civilized manner with a local driver as your travel guide, offering insight and a wealth of specialized knowledge. All of the chosen accommodations are of outstanding character and charm, and some are of architectural or historical importance.
Day 1 DUBLIN-ADARE MANOR – THATCHED HOUSES
Your first scent of the magic Emerald Isle is upon arrival at Dublin Airport, where you meet your experienced Lynott Tours driver
Travel through the midlands of Ireland to Adare, a village with quaint thatched houses. Stay at Adare Manor. The 840-acre Adare Manor estate is one-of-a-kind because its founder, the second Earl of Dunraven, was one-of-a-kind. From the multiple arches and magnificent gargoyles, to the elaborate bay windows and exquisite decorative finishes, the Manor was a miracle of both craft and engineering. However, it was the Gallery that would truly become the standout feature of Adare Manor. 132 feet long, 26.5 feet high and lined on either side with 17th century Flemish choir stalls, it took its inspiration from the great Hall of Mirrors in Versailles, and was just as impressive.
Day 2 – DAY FREE AT ADARE OR SIGHTSEEING
Travel to the Flying Boat Museum at Foynes and to the Dingle Peninsula, the setting for “Ryan’s Daughter”. Return to your home at Adare. (B)
Day 3 – CLIFFS OF MOHER/GALWAY/ASHFORD CASTLE
Take a short ride to the Atlantic Coast to view the Cliffs of Moher, rising above the foaming Atlantic breakers. Head to Galway for a walking tour to see the medieval city walls, Lynch’s Castle and the narrow streets of the city center. Further into Connemara, you stay at the 5 star Ashford Castle, one for the best hotels in the world, and its lodge house, Ashford Lodge.
3:30PM Afternoon Tea - An exquisite setting for a traditional pastime
The long established tradition of Afternoon Tea has been wonderfully preserved at Ashford Castle since 1868 - you’ll notice the original silver tea set displayed in the Connaught Room, which was presented to Lord and Lady Ardilaun to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in 1896. With spectacular views from the comfort of the castle’s elegant interior, take your time to savor every delicious moment.
The Afternoon Tea menu offers guests a wide selection of specialty teas or perhaps a glass of Champagne, delicate finger sandwiches, warm freshly baked scones with lashings of cream and home-made jam, not to mention our tasty pastries and cupcakes. It’s the perfect way to spend a leisurely (B, T)
Ashford Castle, Cong, County Mayo, Ireland
Day 4 – ASHFORD CASTLE
Journey through Connemara with its hills, lakes and open country where mountain sheep roam freely. Stop in Leenane, where the movie, “The Field” was made. Continue to Westport, an attractive estate town built in 1780, with lots of interesting shops and traditional pubs, many with live music. Return to Ashford Castle. (B)
Day 5- ASHFORD CASTLE– COUNTRY PURSUITS
Your instructor will introduce you to your hawk and, within minutes, you will be setting off around the magnificent woodlands to fly your hawk free. As you fly the hawks, your instructor will explain about the hawks’ exceptional eyesight, their speed and agility and how the hawks were trained. The hawks will follow you from tree to tree through the woods before swooping down to land on your gloved fist. No previous experience is necessary and we cater for all ages, abilities and families.
Horseriding may also be arranged. (B)
Day 6– DUBLIN
Cross the midlands today to Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. Visit Trinity College to view the Book of Kells. Visit the Guinness Storehouse which is located in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery The journey begins at the bottom of the world's largest pint glass and continues up through seven floors filled with interactive exhibits. At the top, you'll be rewarded with a pint of perfection in our world-famous rooftop Gravity Bar. Learn to pull your own pint. Enjoy a toast to Ireland. This evening, savor the holiday atmosphere along Grafton Street. Stay at the Merrion Hotel. (B)
Day 7 – DUBLIN WATERFORD - CRYSTAL AND MEDIEVAL HISTORY
Enjoy a day trip to visit the Waterford Treasuries, which contain some of the most historic items in Ireland, taking you from the wedding of Aoife and Strongbow to a Georgian society ball. The collection includes bronze, silver, gold and old Waterford glass. Tour the Waterford Glass exhibition showroom. (B)
Day 8 – HOMEWARD FROM DUBLIN
Transfer to Dublin Airport with many happy memories of Irish characters you have met along the way.