Explore the Emerald Isle. Step back in time and experience the heritage of Irish castles & manor houses, straight from a fairy tale
A Jules Verne Limited Edition
Dublin - 2 nights
Belfast - 2 nights
Donegal - 1 night
Galway - 2 nights
Kerry - 2 nights
Dublin - 1 night
An 11-day itinerary of exceptional grandeur and incredible Irish hospitality
Nowhere is Ireland’s history more eloquently expressed than in its castles, whether ruined, Regal or otherwise, they are historic features set in beautifully stunning natural landscapes. Some have survived and are relatively intact while others are ruins of time, but even in their dilapidated state they still evoke the grandeur they were built to convey. Visit the stunning heritage sites of the Emerald Isle and stay in authentic Irish castles and manor houses on this small group luxury tour, encompassing the very best of Ireland.
Chauffeur Driven Transfers*
Business Class Flights
Dedicated Check-in Desk
Access to Airport Lounge
Castles & Manor Houses
Expert National Guide
Group Size: 6 – 18
Day 1 Fly from chosen airport to Dublin. Take a walking tour of this cosmopolitan capital. Afternoon visit to Chester Beatty Library located in the grounds of Dublin Castle. The only museum in Ireland to win ‘European Museum of the Year’, the Chester Beatty’s rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Transfer to the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel for a two night stay. Enjoy a cocktail making class before taking dinner at the castle. (D)
Day 2 Sightseeing today include Trinity College; founded in 1592 it is the oldest university in Ireland and is ranked the highest in the country. See the Book of Kells, the centrepiece for visitors to Trinity College; it is Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. Continue to the Guinness Brewery, Europe’s largest stout producing brewery and home to the Guinness Storehouse. We end our day with a visit to Christchurch Cathedral situated in the heart of Dublin. (B)
Day 3 Depart for Belfast, en route visit Slane Castle, set in 1,500 acres in the heart of the historic Boyne Valley. Lunch is taken at the castle followed by a visit to the distillery housed in the renovated stables, to see the production of the signature triple casked blend Slane Irish Whiskey. Continue to Culloden Estate for a two night stay. (B, L)
Day 4 Enjoy a city tour including the Harland and Wolff Shipyard where the Titanic was built, and the Shankill Falls road area. Continue to Belfast Castle, a beautiful Scottish baronial style castle set on the side of Belfast’s Cave Hill. (B)
Day 5 According to legend, Finn McCool created the Giant’s Causeway by building stepping stones to challenge the Scottish giant Benandonner. This UNESCO World Heritage site consists of 40,000 basalt polygonal columns formed 60 million years ago. Lunch is at Ballyscullion Park. Continue to Donegal and to Lough Eske Castle for an overnight stay (Redcastle Hotel for October 2021). Dinner at the castle. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Depart for Galway, en route visit Lissadell Estate situated on the shores of Sligo Bay and the home of husband and wife; Edward Walsh, Constance Cassidy and their seven children. After 70 years of neglect, an intensive restoration programme took place and Lissadell is once again a place of beauty. Continue to Drumcliffe Cemetry set against the striking backdrop of the Benbulben mountains, and best known as the final resting place of W.B. Yeats. Two nights stay at Gleno Abbey; dinner at the award-winning Pullman Restaurant, set in two original Orient Express carriages and now a fine dining restaurant within the hotel grounds. (B, D)
Day 7 Travel to Connemara; visit Brigit’s Garden and enjoy a magical journey into the heart of Celtic heritage and mythology, making it one of the truly outstanding places to visit in the West of Ireland. The award-winning Celtic Gardens are widely regarded as one of the most spectacular in Ireland, set within 11 acres of native woodland and wildflower meadows. Enjoy afternoon tea in the Garden Café. Free time in Galway before returning to the hotel. (B)
Day 8 En route to Kerry take a cruise beneath the Cliffs of Moher, which rise more than 700 feet above the crashing North Atlantic. Visit Doolin Music House; Christy and Sheila are passionate about maintaining the culture of Irish music and invite visitors in their home to share the old tradition of stories and music. Enjoy a glass of beer/wine and locally sourced canapes such as smoked salmon and cheeses. Continue to Cahernane House for two nights. (B)
Day 9 Travel the Ring of Kerry, the most famous and panoramic route in Ireland. Enjoy views of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Bay. Pass the birthplace of the national hero, Daniel O’Connell. On to Waterville and Sneem, famous for their brightly coloured houses; Molls Gap and Ladies View, so named by Queen Victoria, with views of the famous Lakes of Killarney. Enjoy a horse and carriage ride through Killarney National Park to Ross Castle. (B)
Day 10 Return to Dublin via Blarney Castle and the Rock of Cashel. Attracting visitors from all over the world, Blarney Castle is an ancient stronghold of the McCarthy’s, Lords of Muskerry. It is one of the strongest fortresses in Munster, and is famous for its Blarney stone, believed to bestow the ‘gift of the gab’ on all those who kiss it. The Rock of Cashel is possibly the most photographed site in Ireland; it towers over the town from its perch on a 200-foot high outcrop of limestone. The impressive stone walls enclose a tower, cathedral, and a 12th-century Romanesque chapel. Our last night is spent where we started at the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel. Dinner and Irish entertainment at the Merry Ploughboys, the only pub in Ireland owned and managed by musicians. (B, D)
Day 11 Return flight to chosen airport. (B)
The family owned Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel is located in the fashionable suburb of Killiney, overlooking Dublin Bay. The original castle was built in the 18th century; the present property combines old world style decor with modern facilities offering 113 luxurious bedrooms, a stylish restaurant and the recently refurbished Dungeon bar and grill. Relax in the quiet surrounds of the cosy intimate Library Bar or enjoy the hotel’s leisure facilities including a fitness centre, a 20m swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room. WiFi in public areas.
Standing high on the wooded slopes of the Holywood hills, overlooking Belfast Lough, is the magnificent Culloden Estate and Spa, one of the most prestigious hotels in Northern Ireland. Originally built as an official palace for the Bishops of Down, the Culloden stands in 12 acres of beautiful gardens. WiFi throughout. 98 air-conditioned rooms with all modern facilities.
A historic castle dating to the 15th-century and closely identified with the O’Donnell Clan, the founding fathers of Donegal. Set in a secluded storybook location within 43 acres of native woodland on the shores of Lough Eske, with the dramatic Bluestack Mountains as a stunning backdrop. A long list of enviable and prestigious awards has been received by Lough Eske Castle hotel including being named in Condé Nast’s, Ireland’s top ten luxury hotels 2018. This lovingly restored castle hotel blends its historic past with a dash of contemporary luxury where you can escape into a world of relaxed elegance. WiFi throughout. 97 magnificent rooms all with modern facilities.
On the shore of Lough Foyle, this fabulous resort and spa is decorated with bold colours and plush furnishings. There is a modern farm-to-table restaurant, while a casual bar serves a bistro menu. In addition to an indoor pool, the leisure center features a sauna, hot tub and gym. There is a full-service spa and a 9-hole golf course (fee). Contemporary rooms feature sea or parkland views, with marble bathrooms, Internet access and satellite TVs.
Inviting open log fires and a warm personal welcome await you at Glenlo Abbey Hotel. This luxury hotel is nestled peacefully on a stunning 138 acre estate on the shores of Lough Corrib near Galway city, with 46 elegant bedrooms and suites, individually designed and beautifully appointed, blending luxury and contemporary décor. A choice of unique dining options include the award-winning Pullman Restaurant, set in two original Orient Express carriages, and now a fine dining restaurant in the hotel grounds. Relax in one of the many reception rooms, or enjoy the timeless elegance of the River Room Restaurant and a drink in the Oak Cellar Bar that exudes warmth and character. WiFi in public areas.
Beautifully situated on a private estate on the edge of Killarney National Park, this boutique hotel is located just walking distance from Killarney town centre. Formerly home to the Herbert Family, the hotel boasts 40 unique guest rooms; 12 of which are located in the original manor house and the remainder in the garden wing of the hotel. Each room has many of the original features including wooden ceiling beams and beautiful fireplaces. WiFi throughout.
per person in a twin room
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A Jules Verne Limited Edition
Supplements per person
Single supplement £1130
Air travel and taxes, VIP return transfers*, 10 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 4 dinners, entrance fees, itinerary as described, services of expert local driver/guides and representative. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
* On all of our Great Journeys, we provide a VIP chauffeur driven transfer for passengers living within a 70-mile radius of the point of departure. For those passengers that live outside of this 70-mile radius, we will provide the most competitive quotation for the additional mileage.
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