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Ireland Private Guided Tour
Ireland Chauffeur Drive
Custom luxury tours - Private luxury tour of Ireland, staying at castles in Ireland and other fine hotels. Best Ireland holidays.
Let us drive you. 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. If you don't see exactly what you want here, please ask. Our recommended Ireland holiday itineraries are just a suggestion. We can plan any tour for any length of stay. We will be happy to custom design a tour just for you.
In keeping with the status of the service that we offer for our chauffeur driven Ireland holidays, our fleet consists of luxury Mercedes S and E Class Sedans, Mercedes Limousines, MPVs, luggage vans and minicoaches of varying sizes all maintained to the highest level of comfort and style. Each vehicle is equipped with air conditioning, mobile phone, current day newspapers and bottled water as standard. Our chauffeurs are fully uniformed and of the highest calibre. They have an average of 20 years experience. They are informed, dependable and are trained to operate with the utmost discretion and courtesy. We are confident that the standard of service provided by our chauffeurs is second to none.
IRELAND CHAUFFEUR DRIVE
This tour follows a special theme each day, a thoroughly enjoyable pursuit of such diverse topics as stately homes, crystal and pubs. Only the best hotels - all 5 star - are used.
Depart any day. Land rates per person in USD. This itinerary may be customized for any number of nights using any hotel or B&B. See choices here. Any of these hotels or B&B's can be used on our chauffeur driven program.
Our strongest desire is for our guests to fondly reflect on the friends they have made, the good times they enjoyed, and on the wonderful "insider" experiences they had while traveling with us.
Day 1 - DUBLIN - STATELY HOMES AND GARDENS
A lilting Irish brogue greets you in Dublin, where your tour begins. Late afternoon visit to Russborough House, the former home of Sir Alfred and Lady Beit. Their art collection is renowned throughout Europe. Your home this evening is the elegant Merrion Hotel.
Day 2 - DUBLIN - IRELAND HISTORY & RELIGION - IRISH ENTERTAINMENT
Tour the Dublin area visiting such sights as Trinity College, founded in the fifteenth century and home to the illuminated "Book of Kells", and Dublin Castle. Visit Marsh's Library, associated with Jonathan Swift and the Brazen Head Pub, a favorite haunt of Irish writers. Visit Knowth, the Stone-Age burial site in the Boyne Valley, and Monasterboice, known for its high Celtic crosses. Optional: Dinner and entertainment with traditional Irish ballads tonight. (B)
Day 3- KILKENNY/WATERFORD - HORSES, CRYSTAL AND CASTLES Travel through Kildare, the horse-breeding center of Ireland , where you visit the National Stud Farm. Then you are off to medieval Kilkenny, whose castle is both Tudor and Gothic. 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. Travel by ferry to Waterford Castle, built on its own private island (310 acres) by the Fitzgerald family around the time of the Norman Invasion. (B)
Day 4 - BLARNEY/CORK - CRYSTAL AND SHOPPING
Tour the Waterford Glass Factory showroom, known for its distinctive crystal. Travel the coastal route through Dungarvan and Youghal, an historic walled port and seaside resort. Its famous residents included Sir Walter Raleigh and Oliver Cromwell. Your tour would not be complete without a stop at Blarney Castle to gain "the gift of the gab". Blarney is also recommended for shopping at the Woollen Mills. (B)
Day 5 - KINSALE/KENMARE -SEASCAPES AND SCENIC VISTAS
Travel on to the quaint seaport of Kinsale, the jewel of Cork, with its cobbled streets and harbor where colorful yachts moor. West Cork is recognized for its natural beauty, with green hillsides reaching the water's edge. Your deluxe hotel awaits in the lovely 19th century market town of Kenmare. Suggested: Dinner at the Lime Tree Restaurant in the local schoolhouse. (B)
Day 6 - DINGLE TOUR OR SKELLIG ISLANDS - BIRDWATCHING
We drive along the Kerry Coast to the Dingle Peninsula, one of the natural wonders of Ireland and introduced to the world in "Ryan's Daughter". We'll see the mysterious beehive huts (or stone igloos) en route to Slea Head for a view of the Blasket Islands and Dunmore Head, the westernmost point in Europe. Surround your senses in the legendary lands of the Dingle, with the Slieve Mish Mountains, beaches, coves, and coastal scenes, striking in their beauty. Enjoy an boat trip to see the puffin and gannet islands. Return to the Park Hotel, with its superb restaurant. (B)
Day 7 - ADARE/LIMERICK/NEWMARKET-ON-FERGUS -FLYING BOATS Visit the charming town of Adare with its authentic thatched cottages, and the Flying Boat Museum at Foynes. Located on King's Island, the 13th century King John's Castle interprets 800 years of Limerick's and Ireland's history, with its excavated pre-Norman house, fortifications and siege mines. Your fairytale home is Dromoland Castle, the former home of the Earls of Inchiquin. Dromoland Castle saw almost 400 years as the ancestral home of the O'Brien clan. The sumptuous, ornate drawing room is an ideal haven for morning coffee and afternoon tea. Up the grand staircase are found the hotel's premier rooms and luxurious suites and a portrait gallery of past incumbents of the estate. Smaller cozy room are located round a courtyard in the castle's oldest part (1736) and have the same lavish amenities: robes, slippers, masses of toiletries, fruit bowl, and a decanter of Irish Mist. Fishing, horse riding, and bird shooting can be arranged nearby, and tennis court and Dromoland's golf course are here for you to use. In the book lined bar, guests often settle after dinner to join in the singing of popular Irish ballads. (B)
Day 8 - SHANNON
After breakfast you depart for Shannon Airport with ample time to duty-free shop before boarding your return flight home. Head homeward with great memories of new found friends.(B)
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