Ireland: Splendours of the Emerald Isle - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

Revel in the finest traditions of Irish hospitality on this indulgent luxury journey through Ireland.

Journey Overview

Revel in the legendary hospitality and warmth of the Irish people on this comprehensive journey across the Emerald Isle. Take in world-famous scenic backdrops, bask in traditional songs and stories, and celebrate a culture cherished on both sides of the Atlantic, staying in five-star hotels along the way.

Journey Highlights 

  • Explore Dublin, Ireland’s historic capital city, on a day that includes an intimate guided walk through Trinity College and an up-close look at the illuminated Book of Kells
  • Visit a country pub in County Kilkenny for an introduction to Irish culture, including a hands-on hurling lesson
  • Immerse yourself in authentic rural life on a farm visit, conversing with a local family over a farmhouse lunch
  • Explore the stunning landscapes of the Ring of Kerry and stop for an Irish sheepdog demonstration
  • Venture along the scenic coast of County Clare to taste oysters and gaze out from atop the soaring Cliffs of Moher

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Dublin, Ireland

Arrive in Dublin, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner.
Conrad Dublin | Meals: D

Day 2: Dublin | Viewing the Book of Kells

Begin your day with a privately led exploration of Trinity College, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. Then, enter the Old Library to view the legendary Book of Kells, one of the finest illuminated medieval manuscripts in existence. Afterward, discover more of the city with your expert guide, followed by an afternoon at leisure.
Conrad Dublin | Meals: B

Day 3: Kilkenny | Countryside Traditions

Travel south to the heart of County Kilkenny, Visit a family-owned country pub, meet the owner and his family, and receive a hands-on introduction to the national Irish sport of hurling. Listen to a Seannachi (traditional storyteller) spin tales and play music; eat a hearty lunch; and learn how to pull a pint of Guinness, for a full-on classic Irish pub experience. Arrive at your country resort at Castlemartyr before dinner.
Castlemartyr Resort | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Cobh & Cork | Design Your Day

Today, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities. 

  • Sample Classic Irish Whiskeys on a premium tour and tasting at Jameson’s Old Midleton Distillery. 
  • Play a Round of Golf or Relax with a Spa Experience, taking full advantage of your hotel’s diverse amenities.
  • Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre to learn about the lives of emigrants to America and visit the English Market in Cork. 

Later, dine at Ballymaloe House, one of Ireland’s culinary treasures, for a delectable Chef’s Table experience.
Castlemartyr Resort | Meals: BD

Day 5: West Cork | An Inviting Farm-to-Table Experience

Drive Ireland’s wild southern shore through rugged West Cork to visit a third-generation family-owned emporium that specializes in locally produced food products — meats, cheeses, chutney, preserves and more. Meet some of the shop’s suppliers, and eat a lunch sourced completely nearby. Proceed to Kenmare and check in to your hotel, set beside rollicking Sheen Falls. Then, savor a Scenic Sundowner, gazing over the sparkling cascades. 
Sheen Falls Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Kenmare | Around the Ring of Kerry

Cross through Killarney National Park, en route to the bustling town of Killarney. Ride in a traditional jaunting car to venture even closer to this natural beauty. Then, set out on the famed Ring of Kerry for a breathtaking coastal drive, where every turn in the road reveals new and ever-more-stunning vistas. Pause to peruse local handicrafts in the Gap of Dunloe, then enjoy a demonstration of Irish sheepdogs and their indispensable skills.
Sheen Falls Lodge | Meals: B 

Day 7: Newmarket-on-Fergus | Lunch with a Farm Family

Make a personal connection to Ireland when you visit a traditional family dairy farm. Hear about the rural life from family members, and then join them for a home-cooked farm lunch, on this A&K-exclusive experience. Stop in Adare, often voted Ireland’s most beautiful village, and then continue to your majestic hotel.
Dromoland Castle | Meals: BL 

Day 8: Newmarket-on-Fergus | The Tastes of Galway Bay

Journey to busy Galway, gateway to western Ireland, and then on to small, coastal Clarinbridge, where a special tasting introduces you to the quintessential pairing of Guinness Stout with fresh Galway Bay oysters for lunch. After lunch, drive the coast of County Clare, stopping to stand atop the soaring Cliffs of Moher. Tonight, join your fellow guests for an elegant farewell dinner. 
Dromoland Castle | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Depart Shannon

After breakfast, transfer to Shannon airport and board your onward flight. 
Meals: B

Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 5:30 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 8.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Note: 13 August departure will operate on an alternate itinerary. Days 1 & 2 at Dylan Hotel. Please contact A&K for details.

Tailor-Made Travel with A&K

If scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer to travel privately, please talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey for you, or your own small group with family or friends.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Dromoland Castle

Ireland: Splendours of the Emerald Isle - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

Experience the royal treatment at one of Ireland’s finest hotels, Dromoland Castle. Built in the 16th century, it was once the home of th ... Read more

Conrad Dublin

Ireland: Splendours of the Emerald Isle - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

The award-winning Conrad Dublin is located at the heart of the city, standing opposite the gardens of St Stephen’s Green and overlooking ... Read more

Castlemartyr Resort

Ireland: Splendours of the Emerald Isle - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

The world-class luxury award-winning Castlemartyr Resort has been magnificently restored and elegantly enhanced to offer 103 guest rooms ... Read more

Sheen Falls Lodge

Ireland: Splendours of the Emerald Isle - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

Unique and luxurious, the 300-acre Sheen Falls Estate is one of Ireland’s leading 5 star hotels. You are never more than a hop, skip and ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Sep 3, 2021 - Sep 11, 2021
Price AU$10,875pp Single Supplement AU$3,520 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Sep 24, 2021 - Oct 2, 2021
Price AU$10,875pp Single Supplement AU$3,520 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Oct 8, 2021 - Oct 16, 2021
Price AU$10,875pp Single Supplement AU$3,520 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire