Day 1 - Arrive
. Dublin Airport
You will be met on arrival by a chauffeur-driven limousine and transferred to your hotel in
city centre – The Merrion Dublin Hotel, Merrion
Street, Dublin 2.
Check into hotel & afternoon free to enjoy the hotel spa or sightseeing in
or you could visit
some places of interest within walking distance of the hotel, which include: Dublin
Trinity College; The National Gallery of Ireland; The National Museum; Dublin Castle & State Apartments; St Patrick’s Cathedral; The Guinness Storehouse; The Old Jameson Distillery.
Trinity College, the University of Dublin, was founded in 1592. The magnificent Old Library, built between 1712 and 1732 houses the Book of Kells at ground level and upstairs is the Long Room, which has a vaulted roof and upper gallery bookcases. It houses 200,000 of the oldest books.
For dinner this evening, there is an excellent 2* Michelin restaurant beside the hotel – Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, and a wide selection of other excellent restaurants near the hotel, including some Indian restaurants.
Day 2 –
Enjoy more touring around
with your private driver/guide, visiting such places as Dublin
in North County Dublin, or Glendalough and Powerscourt House & Gardens in
Co Wicklow, to the South of the city. Malahide Castle
Powerscourt House & Gardens are located on a 1,000-acre estate in
. Powerscourt House is a great 18th-Century house, which was devastated by fire in 1974, but is being lovingly restored. The Gardens are one of the finest gardens in county Wicklow Europe. The property is filled with splendid Greek and Italian inspired statuary, decorative ironwork, a petrified-moss grotto, lovely herbaceous borders, a Japanese garden, a circular pond and fountain with statues of winged horses, and the occasional herd of deer. Visit the wonderful Avoca shop selling their famous woollen throws as well as other top quality Irish crafts and clothing, located in Powerscourt House.
Evening at leisure
Day 3 – Adare Manor, Adare, Co
You will be collected from your hotel by a driver/guide and transferred from Dublin to County Limerick, approx. 3 hours drive, where you will stay in the luxurious 5* Adare Manor
Hotel, formerly the
home of the Earls of Dunraven. This
hotel is situated in the lovely . village
The hotel has an excellent fine dining restaurant, and Adare is just a half hour drive from
where there some
excellent restaurants, including Indian restaurants. Limerick
Day 4 – Day Tour to Killarney in
Today you will take a day tour to Killarney in
where you will see the majestic Kerry mountains and Muckross House &
Gardens, including the beautiful lakes of Killarney, in the National Park. County Kerry
Set amid beautiful lake and mountain scenery, Killarney has been in the tourism business since the mid-19th century. The famous lakes are close to the town.
Muckross House was built in 1843 in Elizabethan style, and was given by its owners to the Irish state in 1932. It is part of the
, and open to the public
daily. Queen Killarney National Park stayed here during her visit to Victoria . Ireland
Return to Adare Manor for a second night.
Day 5 – Carton House, Maynooth, Co Kildare
Today you will be driven from Adare to Maynooth in Co Kildare, where you will check into the wonderful 5* Carton House. This is and ideal location for your trip to
airport tomorrow for your return flight. Dublin
With a history spanning more than eight centuries, Carton Demesne has seen many changes in its lifetime. The Carton Estate first came into the ownership of the FitzGerald family shortly after Maurice FitzGerald played an active role in the capture of
by the Dublin in 1170 and was
rewarded by being appointed Lord of Maynooth, an area covering town lands which
include Carton. Normans
Carton remained in the control of the FitzGeralds until the 1920s when the 7th Duke sold his birth right to a money lender Sir Harry Mallaby Deeley in order to pay off gambling debts of £67,500. Lord Brockett purchased the house in 1949 and in 1977 his son David Nall-Cain sold the house to its present owners Lee and Mary Mallaghan, who transformed it into a luxury hotel.
Day 6 –
& Farewell. Dublin Airport