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 finest traditions of Irish hospitality on this indulgent luxury journey through Ireland. Thrill to magnificent scenery, including the Ring of Kerry, and enjoy heartfelt country welcomes as you take in a sheepdog demonstration, enjoy tastings of Guinness and whiskey, and stay at some of the country’s finest five-star hotels.

Journey Highlights 

  • Enjoy a tranquil, early hours tour of the Old Library at Dublin’s Trinity College and gaze upon the Book of Kells
  • Tour the gloriously restored Kilkenny Castle to view its stoic 12th-century battlements and splendid Victorian-era interiors, including the on-site Butler Art Gallery 
  • Immerse yourself in authentic rural life on a farm visit, conversing with a local family over a home-cooked lunch
  • Venture along the scenic coast of County Clare and look out from atop the soaring Cliffs of Moher
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Dublin, Ireland

Arrive in Dublin, where you are met and privately transferred to your hotel. Gather this evening for a welcome briefing, followed by dinner. 
Conrad Dublin | Meals: D

Day 2: Dublin | Viewing the Book of Kells

Begin your day with a visit to the Long Room of the Old Library at Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells, one of the finest illuminated medieval manuscripts in existence. Then, tour the sights of Dublin, before enjoying 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. 
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. Afterward, 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.

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Accommodation

Accommodation

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

May 28, 2021 - Jun 5, 2021
Price AU$12,325pp Single Supplement AU$3,990 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Jun 18, 2021 - Jun 26, 2021
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Aug 13, 2021 - Aug 21, 2021
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Sep 3, 2021 - Sep 11, 2021
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Sep 24, 2021 - Oct 2, 2021
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Price AU$12,325pp Single Supplement AU$3,990 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Oct 8, 2021 - Oct 16, 2021
Price AU$12,325pp Single Supplement AU$3,990 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire