A Luxury Tour of Ireland: An Exquisite 8-Day Itinerary

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  • Ireland

  • Adventure Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Luxury Travel

  • History

  • Local Culture

  • Architecture

  • Sightseeing

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Curator’s statement

Welcome to Ireland, a country celebrated for its vivid landscapes, rich history and vibrant culture. This meticulously crafted eight-day luxury itinerary is designed to guide you through some of Ireland's most iconic locations, from the historic streets of Dublin to the scenic vistas of Galway, with exclusive stops in Kilkenny, Kenmare, and Adare. This journey promises an exploration of Ireland's majestic castles, exquisite dining experiences, and stays in the nation's most luxurious hotels. Prepare yourself for a journey that blends relaxation, adventure, and the very best of Irish hospitality.

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The Merrion Hotel Dublin

Located in the heart of the Dublin city center, The Merrion is the capital’s most luxurious five-star hotel offering exquisite comfort and elegance.

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  • Breakfast daily.

  • Complimentary lunch or dinner for two people.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Mount Juliet Estate, Autograph Collection

A stunning, storied two-residence estate with contemporary design and en-suite amenities.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Sheen Falls Lodge

A tranquil retreat nestled amidst the natural beauty of Kenmare, Ireland, where luxury meets nature, offering elegant accommodations, fine dining, and a range of outdoor activities for an unforgettable getaway.

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  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Day 1: Dublin

A green lawn in front of a castle during the daytime

Stay: The adventure begins in the vibrant heart of Dublin, where we check into The Merrion Hotel. Picture yourself stepping into an era of Georgian elegance, surrounded by the finest in Irish hospitality. This hotel isn't just a place to stay; it's a dive into the country's rich history, with all the modern luxuries you can imagine.

Eat: Indulge in Dublin's culinary delights. Chapter One offers a taste of modern Irish cuisine with two Michelin stars. For a more relaxed experience, The Bank on College Green combines gourmet dishes with a cozy pub atmosphere.

Must-Do Activities: Private Tour of The Book of Kells and Trinity College: Uncover Ireland's cultural heritage with a private tour of The Book of Kells and Trinity College. Explore the historic grounds and delve into the manuscript's intricacies for an enriching experience.

Dublin Castle: Immerse yourself in the grandeur and history of Dublin Castle, a symbol of power and authority. Explore the State Apartments, stroll through the gardens, and discover the stories that have shaped the vibrant city of Dublin.

Day 2: Dublin

A black gate with "Guinness" printed on it

Eat: Eat your way through Dublin's culinary delights at Pearl Brasserie and Etto on Merrion Row for a taste of modern Irish and European flavors in a luxurious setting. Indulge in exquisite dining experiences on a luxury tour of Ireland.

Must-Do Activities:

Kilmainham Gaol: Explore Dublin's historic Kilmainham Gaol for a deep dive into Ireland's fight for independence and the stories of resilience that echo within its walls. Immerse yourself in the nation's spirit and history, connecting with its struggles and triumphs.

The Guinness Storehouse Connoisseur Experience: Discover the art of brewing at the Guinness Storehouse Connoisseur Experience, where you can learn about Guinness stout's history, brewing process, and unique flavors. Enjoy a memorable tasting adventure celebrating the tradition and excellence of this iconic beverage.

Day 3: Kilkenny

An indoor dining area with multiple tables and chairs

Stay: Next, we venture to the serene countryside to Mount Juliet Estate. Imagine waking up to tranquil views and indulging in the comfort that only a luxury hotel can provide. This estate is a blend of natural beauty and luxurious living, making it a perfect retreat.

Eat: The Michelin-starred Lady Helen Restaurant awaits with its innovative Irish cuisine. It’s a culinary adventure that pays homage to Ireland's natural bounty, promising an unforgettable dining experience.

Must-Do Activities:

Kilkenny Castle: Explore the history and beauty of Kilkenny Castle in Ireland. Wander through the halls and gardens, soaking in the stories of past residents. Experience the rich architecture and centuries of history, immersing yourself in a journey through time.

The Medieval Mile: Explore the Medieval Mile for a journey through history with medieval buildings, churches, and museums. Visit St. Canice's Cathedral and Round Tower for panoramic city views, offering a blend of history, culture, and scenic beauty in this charming city.

Smithwick's Experience: Explore Kilkenny's brewing history at Smithwick's brewery. Learn about the beer-making process, traditions, and innovations. Experience a tasting session to appreciate Smithwick's brews, whether you're a beer enthusiast or a newcomer.

Day 4: Kenmare

A castle atop a rocky hill

Stay: Sheen Falls Lodge, renowned for its stunning location, offers an idyllic escape into Ireland's natural beauty. This lodge is the epitome of luxury travel, where comfort meets the great outdoors.

Eat: Kenmare is a haven for food lovers. No. 35 Kenmare and The Lime Tree Restaurant stand out as beacons of culinary excellence, showcasing the best of local flavors in settings that are both intimate and welcoming.

Must-Do Activities:

Rock of Cashel: On your way from Kilkenny to Kenmare, stop and see the Rock of Cashel. The Rock of Cashel, a medieval architectural gem in Ireland, perched on a limestone hill, dates back to the fourth century. Explore its Round Tower, Cormac's Chapel, Cathedral, and High Cross for a glimpse into Ireland's history. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the hilltop.

Seafari Cruise in Kenmare Bay: Prepare to be amazed by the stunning marine life that calls these waters home. As you cruise along the sparkling waves, keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins, graceful seals, and maybe even a majestic whale breaching in the distance. This unique experience will add an exciting and adventurous element to your luxury tour, creating unforgettable memories of the beauty and wonder of nature.

Day 5: Kenmare

A vast green landscape during the daytime

Eat: Davitt's Restaurant in Kenmare offers traditional Irish hospitality with modern culinary excellence. Specializing in seafood and steak dishes made from local ingredients, it provides a charming atmosphere for a memorable dining experience.

Must-Do Activities:

Private Tour of the Ring of Kerry: Experience the stunning landscapes of the Ring of Kerry on a private tour. Marvel at rugged coastlines, green valleys, and timeless villages along the route. Capture the beauty of majestic mountains, waterfalls, and lakes on your journey through this beautiful region. Let yourself be awed by the tranquility and charm of this picturesque area, where every corner reveals a new breathtaking view.

Day 6: Adare

A row of thatched-roof cottages

Stay: Adare Manor, a castle-turned luxury hotel, offers an experience that's both regal and welcoming. With world-class service and a renowned golf course, it's a highlight of luxury stays in Ireland.

Eat: At Timmy Macs Bistro and The Oak Room, indulge in the richness of Irish food, where traditional flavors meet contemporary flair in every dish.

Must-Do Activities:

Adare Village: Explore the quaint streets of Adare Village, where the rich history and warm hospitality of Ireland come together in perfect harmony. Wander through the picturesque surroundings, adorned with traditional thatched cottages and blooming gardens, immersing yourself in the authentic Irish atmosphere.

Adare Manor Falconry Experience: Prepare to be captivated by the ancient art of falconry, a mesmerizing display of agility and grace. Feel the rush of excitement as majestic birds of prey soar through the sky, showcasing their remarkable hunting skills. Learn about the deep connection between falconer and bird, a bond that transcends time and culture.

Day 7: Galway

Rocky cliffs by the sea during the daytime

Stay: The G Hotel & Spa, with its extravagant design and luxurious spa services, provides a lavish end to our journey. It's a place where relaxation and cultural vibrancy meet.

Eat: Galway's dining scene is vibrant and innovative, with Aniar and Ard Bia at Nimmos standing out for their creative approaches to Irish cuisine, making them essential stops for any food enthusiast.

Must-Do Activities:

The Burren and Cliffs of Moher: On your way from Adare to Galway, make stops at the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. Explore the Burren's limestone pavements and vibrant wildflowers, then visit the dramatic Cliffs of Moher on the Atlantic coast. Experience Ireland's rugged beauty and tranquility at these natural wonders.

The Latin Quarter: Explore Galway's Latin Quarter, blending history and modernity. Enjoy cobblestone streets with shops, cafes, and pubs. Experience local aromas and Irish cuisine. Encounter street performers and historic landmarks like the Spanish Arch. Perfect for history lovers, food enthusiasts, and those seeking local charm.

Day 8: Galway

A body of water in front of two mountains during the daytime

Eat: For a more casual yet equally unforgettable meal, The Dough Bros offers artisanal wood-fired pizzas that have garnered a loyal following. Their dedication to quality, from the dough to the toppings, all sourced from the best of local suppliers, makes for a delightful culinary experience.

Must-Do Activities:

Connemara National Park: A stunning gem spread over 2,000 hectares of scenic beauty, Connemara National Park offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the natural wonders of the region. From rugged mountains to vast grasslands, Connemara National Park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Hiking trails wind through the park, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Kylemore Abbey: A picturesque and enchanting estate nestled in the heart of Connemara, Ireland. This historic abbey, with its stunning Victorian architecture and tranquil surroundings, offers visitors a glimpse into the past while providing a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As you wander through the beautifully landscaped gardens and explore the rooms filled with rich history, you can't help but feel a sense of awe and wonder at the beauty and serenity that surrounds you.

Need to Know

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