Wild Atlantic Discovery Tour 2018 - (Friends of Carl & Josephine) - a private tour
October 7th to October 14th 2018 Inclusive. 7 nights 8 day tour.
Experience the life & culture of the rugged Southwest of Ireland like never before. Stay in top notch luxury Irish resorts, enjoy chef led dining experiences each evening, and tour the iconic sights of the Atlantic Coast of Ireland so famous across the world!
Tour Itinerary | Day 1
After your luxury coach pickup at Shannon Airport we will drive east through Limerick towards the iconic splendor of the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. The seat of high kings for centuries, this castle is a must see when in Ireland. We will also enjoy a pub lunch in Cashel before leaving for the medieval town of Fethard, a short drive away, to explore it’s ancient walls and curiosities, still intact after a thousand years! We then complete our journey east at the wonderful Mount Juliet Estate, a luxury Irish Estate & Manor established in the 18th Century and our ﬁrst resort - time to unwind, welcome to Ireland!
After our amazing Irish breakfast at the Mount Juliet Estate, we set out to discover the heartland of Ireland stopping at Jerpoint Abbey, a superb 14th century church and abbey complex with many interesting medieval carvings and art, before driving onto New Ross and a visit at the Dunbrody Famine Ship. Dunbrody is an excellent exhibit recreating the Irish immigrant experience in vivid detail, complete with an authentic early 19th century wooden tall ship in the harbor! After lunch at Dunbrody, we will continue to Waterford City for a tour of the famous Waterford crystal factory with it's many crafts people and artisans. Take time to explore Waterford before ending the day at the wonderful Castlemartyr Resort our next overnight resort estate with extensive gardens and woodland, close to Cork.
This morning, after our Irish breakfast at the relaxing Castlemartyr Estate, we begin the day by driving south to discover Kinsale, a pretty Irish seaport town with its many colorful shop fronts, pubs and curiosities. Wander through and explore the town and harbor, perhaps enjoying some lunch, before we drive north again to Cork City to discover it's unique sights, including St. Fin Barres Cathedral and the superb English Market. From Cork we then continue east in the afternoon to tour of the wonderful Jameson Whiskey Distillery in Midleton with all it’s wonderful aromas, enjoying a dram or two before ending the day back at Castlemartyr Estate for dinner and relaxation.
After another elegant breakfast at Castlemartyr Estate we drive west to the famed Blarney Castle & Blarney Woolen Mills just outside Cork. If you choose to discover the castle, take time to wander in the gardens or perhaps kiss the famous stone. Or perhaps you may prefer to shop in the extensive Blarney Woolen Mills complex with its thousands of unique irish products, the choice is yours! After enjoying Blarney, we then journey west to County Kerry and the idyllic town of Killarney. Take time in the afternoon to explore, take a ride in a jaunting car or discover Muckcross House before dinner together in the elegant Killarney Royal Hotel. The central, downtown location of this hotel makes discovering Killarney in the evening easy as we enjoy some of the many pubs together with all their music and 'craic'!
This morning we set out to explore and enjoy the splendor of the Dingle Peninsula, one of Ireland’s most beautiful regions, driving west to the famed Slea Head, the most southern and westerly part of Ireland. Enjoy the view looking out to the Atlantic Ocean as the road hugs the coastline along the rugged peninsula. Gaze out across the sea to the Blasket Islands from Dunquin Harbor, and marvel at the 1200 year old church known as the Gallarus Oratory. - After a day of incredible scenery we will circle back to Dingle Town to explore the pretty seaside resort with time to enjoy the sights, along with the many pubs and colorful shops, before travelling back to the Killarney Royal to relax & enjoy dinner together after a day of spectacular scenery.
Today, after a relaxing morning in Killarney, we leave County Kerry and drive north towards Galway, crossing the Shannon Estuary at Tarbert on the Shannon Ferry. We will stop for lunch on our way through County Clare with it's many scenic villages surrounding the Burren before arriving at our boutique Galway hotel called 'The Twelve' in the village of Barna. Take time to relax at the hotel and freshen up before we enjoy a night of wonderful music and Irish culture at the iconic Dunguaire Castle, just south of Galway. Dunguaire is classic Irish baronial castle dating from the 16th century and one of the most photographed and celebrated castles in Europe!
This morning we leave our hotel in Barna and drive west to board the ferry to Inishmore in the Aran Islands for a superb day of discovery in one of the worlds most remote & unique places. Steeped in Gaelic culture where the Irish language is predominantly spoken and a centuries old way of life is preserved, the Aran islands are a joy to explore. Take a jaunting car, minibus, or ride a bike to the most impressive Dún Aonghasa iron age fort, perched high on the cliﬀs overlooking the Atlantic, or just enjoy the impressive scenery and extensive dry stone walls criss-crossing the landscape. - We then end the day back at The Twelve, our boutique hotel near Galway, to relax and enjoy dinner in their award winning restaurant, as we prepare for our departure back to the USA in the morning.
This morning we rise early to drive back to Shannon Airport for our transatlantic flights back to the USA. Enjoy the benefits of a smaller, more relaxed airport and US customs preclearance as we say goodbye to Ireland, filled with memories! - Until next time...
The Shamrock & Peach Wild Atlantic Discovery Tour- 2018
2018 price $2695 pp sharing ($395 single room supplement)
Your prepaid 8 day Wild Atlantic Discovery Tour includes the following: