Our Irish adventure gets underway with a feast for the senses at the Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens before we explore the hidden treasure of splendid Huntington Castle. Next up is Waterford, a thousand-year-old city with a medieval flavour and a lively waterfront and where we include a guided walking tour. Cobh beckons, the last port of call for the tragic Titanic, and we re-live its ill-fated voyage with an escorted tour. We sail to Spike Island, explore Cork, hop aboard a jaunting car in Killarney, step back through time at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park then cruise on the River Shannon to Athlone. You’ll be staying in a series of hotels from the Glenton Select collection.
Day one. We journey to Cairnryan for our ferry to Ireland then onwards to our overnight hotel.
Day Two. Our first treat today is a visit to the Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens, home to beautiful horses and flower-filled parkland. We continue to Huntington Castle, one of Ireland’s hidden treasures and where we enjoy a guided tour of the sumptuously furnished rooms, still lived in by descendants of the original owners! From here we continue to Waterford and check into well-appointed Treacys Hotel for the next two nights.
Day Three. This morning we get our bearings with a guided walking tour of Waterford before popping into Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre where you will see craftsman engaged in the traditional tasks of blowing and cutting the world famous crystal glass. Free time to continue sightseeing in the afternoon.
Day Four. We venture forth to Cobh, the last stop for the ill-fated Titanic. Here we take in a guided walking tour of the town and harbour, reliving the tragic liner’s story where the passengers embarked at the Port of Cork. In the afternoon, we hop aboard a ferry for the short crossing to Spike Island where we enjoy a guided tour of the isle with its sixth century monastery and star shaped fortress. Afterwards, we head to Cork and check into the four star Vienna Woods Hotel for two nights.
Day Five. Look forward to a guided tour of Cork followed by free time to continue exploring its unique history, friendly people, colourful culture and Corkonian wit and traditions.
Day Six. Another highlight as we travel to Killarney for a touch of nostalgia in the form of a delightful trip on a traditional jaunting car. From here, we continue to the splendid West County Hotel, Ennis for our two night stay.
Day Seven. Treats keep coming with a visit to the nearby attraction of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Enjoy the sights, sounds tastes, scents, of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village street complete with school, post office, doctors house, hardware shop, printers and of course McNamara’s pub!
Day Eight. Today we board our boat and cruise the mighty River Shannon, stepping ashore in Athlone, where you’ll have free time to enjoy this enchanting town. From here, it’s onwards to our overnight hotel for dinner.
Day Nine. After breakfast, we head for our ferry home.
This stunning four star hotel stands in landscaped gardens in the quaint market town of Carrickmacross. It is tastefully furnished and boasts a traditional and spacious Irish pub.
The elegant four star Vienna Woods Hotel is an eighteenth century country house tucked away in a peaceful, leafy location. This property features a splendid facade, a pleasant patio and a conservatory overlooking gorgeous gardens. The interior is sumptuously and traditionally furnished.
This stylish hotel has a spacious, traditional lounge bar, modern, well-appointed bedrooms and an excellent leisure centre. The heart of Ennis is a ten minute stroll away.