The Best of Ireland, 14 Days Dublin to Kilkenny with Tauck

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The Emerald Isle bids you a hundred thousand welcomes on Tauck’s most popular Ireland tour. Splendid scenery, fascinating history, a vibrant culture and warm, hospitable people all contribute to the great charm of Ireland, north and south.

Feast your eyes along the Yellow Roads from the Ring of Kerry to the Cliffs of Moher to the Giant’s Causeway. Learn the story of three centuries of Irish emigrants building a new life in North America at the Ulster American Folk Park. Get a little taste of the artistic side of Ireland on visits to the Belleek Pottery factory and a literal taste of Irish whiskey at The Jameson Experience. Enjoy the sophistication of Dublin and Belfast and the peaceful ambiance of small villages. Have lunch with a family who run a working dairy farm. Experience the award-winning, magnificent Titanic Belfast interactive museum and savor a special 9-course tasting dinner inspired by the great ship’s menu in the city where it was built, Belfast. And find out what it’s like to stay in country estates, lakeside resorts and a historic city-center hotel… all on an Ireland journey not to be missed.

 

Highlights

  • Visit Belfast’s award-winning Titanic Belfast interactive museum & enjoy a sumptuous 9-course Titanic tasting dinner at The Merchant Hotel
  • TAUCK’S YELLOW ROADS – Journey through the Irish wilds of Connemara & along the spectacular coastal scenery of Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast Road
  • Accommodations at country estates, lakeside resorts and a historic city-center hotel
  • Learning – at an Irish farm, the Belleek Pottery factory & the Ulster American Folk Park
  • Discover the history of Irish whiskey at The Jameson Experience
  • Visits to castles, abbeys, walled cities & a graveyard with stories to tell, history to reveal
  • Two nights in Dublin to explore centuries of history found in its parks, streets, & pubs
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 31 meals; service charges, gratuities to local guide, admission fees, taxes & porterage

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Dublin

Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Conrad Dublin. A transfer is included from Dublin Airport to Conrad Dublin in the heart of the city. We invite you to join us this evening for a welcome reception and dinner at your hotel.
Meals Included: Dinner
Accommodation: Conrad Dublin

 

Day 2

Sights of Dublin

Sightseeing today in Ireland’s capital city takes you to Phoenix Park and Victorian St. Stephen’s Green; drive down O’Connell Street, and see the Lord Mayor’s residence. A highlight of your explorations is a visit to Trinity College and the Book of Kells. The afternoon is free for you to explore Dublin as you please.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Conrad Dublin

 

Day 3

Belfast and Titanic history

Head to Northern Ireland and the vibrant capital of Belfast for a day that begins with a visit to the Titanic Quarter to experience Titanic Belfast, an award-winning interactive museum, followed by a guided city tour. This evening, a special treat – a nine-course Titanic tasting menu dinner in the sumptuous Great Room of The Merchant Hotel, honoring the ship’s grand style.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: The Merchant Hotel

 

Day 4

Giant’s Causeway and the Glens of Antrim

Depart Belfast and travel the spectacular Antrim Coast Road, one of the world’s most scenic drives, through the haunting Glens of Antrim. Arrive in the town of Bushmills; lunch is served up with a warm welcome and a “fire that is always lit,” a tradition at the Bushmills Inn whose origins date back to 1608. Explore the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; over 40,000 symmetrical basalt columns lead from coastal cliffs to the sea; return to Belfast for an evening at leisure.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: The Merchant Hotel

 

Day 5

On to Derry and the Ulster American Folk Park

Explore Derry on a walking tour with a local guide. In nearby Omagh, visit the Ulster American Folk Park, where you will hear the stories of three centuries of Irish emigrants who left the Emerald Isle to build new lives in North America. Spend two nights at a lakeside resort.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Lough Erne Resort

 

Day 6

The choice is yours today

You have a choice today – spend the day in the magnificent Fermanagh Lakelands or, if you wish, join us for a visit to the market town of Belleek for a tour of the famed porcelain factory where you’ll meet craftspeople using techniques handed down from generations past. Midday, visit a town renowned for its medieval heritage, and return to your resort in the afternoon; dine at your leisure this evening.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Lough Erne Resort

 

Day 7

Kylemore Abbey, Connemara & Galway

Depart Northern Ireland for the Republic of Ireland and the foothills of Benbulben Mountain, “Yeats Country.” Stop in the village of Drumcliffe to see the final resting place of poet W. B. Yeats, then on to the lakeside Kylemore Abbey; built in the late 19th century as a private residence, the impressive estate is now home to a prestigious boarding school for girls, a Gothic church and Victorian gardens. After lunch at Kylemore Abbey, travel through the beautiful, wild scenery of Connemara to Glenlo Abbey Hotel Galway, a luxury lakeside estate hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Glenlo Abbey Hotel

 

Day 8

A day in Galway

Your day begins with a guilded walking tour of charming Galway City. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city as you wish; culturally rich, you’ll find the pubs, markets, restaurants, antique and craft shops tell the stories of medieval times to the present.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Glenlo Abbey Hotel

 

Day 9

From the Cliffs of Moher to Ennis

The dramatic Cliffs of Moher soar up to 702 ft. above the ocean along Ireland’s “Wild Atlantic Way” – and they are your first visit today. Spend time in the town of Ennis, then it’s on to the 18th-century Old Ground Hotel, built as a private mansion.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Old Ground Hotel

 

Day 10

Irish dairy farming then on to Killarney

Your Ireland tour continues when you discover the importance of farming in the west of Ireland on a visit to a working dairy farm, which has been in the same family for generations; you’re invited inside their home for a light Irish lunch and some excellent stories! Then it’s on to Killarney and a visit to Muckross House, an Elizabethan-style mansion which was built in 1843. Set in Killarney National Park, the estate features distinguished 19th-century interiors; it is surrounded by magnificent gardens in a palette of sensational colors. Your accommodations for the next two nights are at one of Ireland’s most gracious hotels, Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa, exuding the warmth of a country home.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa

 

Day 11

A day along the Ring of Kerry

Today is devoted to the natural beauty of the Iveragh Peninsula, known as the Ring of Kerry. On a drive ‘round the Ring, drink in the scenes of sandy beaches, mountains, lakes and cliffs, old oak forests and bogs. The country’s highest peak, Corrán Tuathail, reigns over Killarney National Park, at the peninsula’s heart. Along the way, history waxes and wanes in the ruins of ancient monasteries, castles and forts – and small villages, like seaside Waterville, where quiet and warmth are a way of life, bringing the scenery’s dramatic scale down to earth. Enjoy legendary Irish hospitality tonight when you dine at the charming, one-of-a kind Rozzer’s Restaurant.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa

 

Day 12

History and tasting at The Jameson Experience

The Jameson Experience in County Cork is a journey through Irish whiskey making, past and present – complete with a tasting! Following a local lunch that provides a true taste of Ireland, continue on to Mount Juliet hotel in the heart of Kilkenny.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Mount Juliet Hotel & Spa

 

Day 13

Kilkenny tales and more

You’ll discover that Ireland’s antiquities tell the tales of days gone by… and today’s visit to the ruins of the Cistercian Jerpoint Abbey introduces some remarkable medieval architectural artifacts. Take a guided walking tour of Kilkenny, world-renowned as a center for craft and design, for insights into the Black Abbey, Rothe House and Kilkenny Castle. Mount Juliet is one of Ireland’s finest sporting estates, and you’ll have an opportunity to take advantage of some outstanding leisure activities today. Your two-week Ireland sojourn ends when you join us this evening for a farewell dinner and reception.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Mount Juliet Hotel & Spa

 

Day 14

Journey home

Tour ends: Kilkennny. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Mount Juliet Hotel & Spa to Dublin Airport. Allow at least three hours for flight check-in.
Meals Included: Breakfast

 

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Conrad Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

The Conrad Dublin, located in the heart of “Dublin’s fair city” opposite the gardens of famous St. Stephen’s Green, is a grand place to begin your family’s exploration of “The Emerald Isle.” Your guest room welcomes you with all the comforts of home, like a 37-inch LED flat screen TV with premium channels, an iHome Bluetooth docking station, a clock radio with MP3 connection, air conditioning, bathrobes and slippers, mineral water, cable TV, CD player, minibar, in-room safe and more… even a hair dryer and iron/ironing board. If you’re after some exercise, head to the well-equipped Fitness Center with hi-tech cardiovascular equipment and weights or ask the hotel staff for maps of good jogging routes close by. The hotel’s dining options include contemporary cuisine at their all day brasserie, The Coburg Restaurant and more casual dining at Alfie’s Bar and Grill, which opens out onto Earlsfort Terrace. The Conrad Dublin is a winner of the prestigious Fáilte Ireland 5-Star Quality Award.

 

The Merchant Hotel

Belfast, Ireland

Awarded both “Hotel Accommodation of the Year” at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards 2012 and named “Best Hotel UK” at the prestigious International Hotel Awards, The Merchant Hotel blends Victorian grandeur and Art Deco sleekness in a grand manner. Its prime location in the city-center, historic Cathedral Quarter, means that there is no better place to be in Belfast. Well-appointed, sumptuous guest rooms soothe with velvets and silks, specially designed wool carpets, original works of art and a host of modern in-room amenities to enhance your enjoyment of your stay. The Gymnasium’s unique space was specifically designed to create a serene atmosphere with panoramic views of Belfast while offering TechnoGym Wellness cardio and strength training equipment, a rock sauna, aromatherapy steam room and an eight-person rooftop hot tub. If you’re in the mood for some satisfying comfort food, The Cloth Ear is the place for you; if you’re thinking on a grander scale, The Great Room Restaurant, situated in the former main Banking Hall of this historic building puts forth fine cuisine inspired by the classics and showcasing the very best of locally sourced ingredients. At Bert’s Bar, you’ll find yourself transported to the chic, intimate jazz bars of 1930s New York, with live jazz every evening from 9:00 PM on. If a quieter atmosphere suits your mood for a pre-dinner cocktail, a bite to eat or a nightcap, settle in at The Bar and admire the antique Baccarat chandeliers and fireplace.

 

Lough Erne Resort

Enniskillen, Ireland

The first AA and NIBT five-star hotel in Northern Ireland, Lough Erne Resort sits on its own 600-acre peninsula between Castle Hume Lough and Lower Lough Erne, creating a memorable sense of place with stunning views in virtually any direction. Sophisticated guest rooms, successfully fusing past and present, feature carefully chosen furniture, fine Irish linens and luxurious bathrooms among other top-notch amenities. Treat yourself to the relaxing, rejuvenating applications of Asia’s botanical heritage in The Thai Spa or play the Faldo Championship Course – deemed truly memorable by leading members of USTOA who played there in 2009 (at additional cost). Choose the Catalina Restaurant for elegant dining overlooking the lough or visit the Loughside Bar and Grill for casual dining and perfectly grilled prime Irish meats. Traditional afternoon tea in the Garden Hall is a treat for your sweet tooth while the Blaney Bar, overlooking Castle Hume Lough, offers a Grazing Menu as well as over 100 different Irish whiskeys to sample.

 

Glenlo Abbey Hotel

Galway, Ireland

Old-world charm and 5-star service… Glenlo Abbey Hotel is situated overlooking the River Corrib some four kilometres upstream of Galway City. It is the ancestral home of the Ffrench family, one of Galway’s famous ‘tribes’. Glenlo Abbey Hotel offers superb dining and entertainment options for both formal and informal occasions. These include the River Room Restaurant with stunning views overlooking the estate, the Pullman Restaurant, which was recently awared a second AA rosette, the Oak Cellar Bar and three elegant Receptions Rooms in the Main House which exude old world charm, where guests can enjoy a relaxing drink, afternoon tea, or take time out to relax and read the newspapers. Guest room amenities include marble ensuite bathroom with power showers, bathrobes and slippers, complimentary l’Occitane Toiletries, 40 inch flat screen television, DVD Player, minibar, in-room safe, hair dryer, tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary bottled water, evening turn-down service, 24-hour Room Service, branded chocolate boxes for turndown, turndown weather cards. The history of the property is illustrious: The five-bay, two-storey detached house with it’s grand entrance and flight of steps was built in 1740 by the Ffrenches. The Ffrenches were an Anglo-Norman family who first settled in Ireland in Co. Wexford and from there gradually spread to other parts of the island. The family first arrived in Galway in the early fifteenth century. The house was originally known as Kentfield House, before becoming Glenlow or Glenloe House, deriving from the Irish Glean Locha, meaning ‘Glen of the Lake’. The adjacent Abbey was constructed in the 1790’s as a private church for the family but was not completed and never consecrated. It is typical of eighteenth-century Church of Ireland chapels, which are often found on large demesnes. In 1846, the house and surrounding 138-acre estate were put up for sale,eventually purchased by the Blakes, another of Galway’s illustrious tribal families. In 1897, the estate was purchased by the Palmers who remained there for the following 90 years. In the 1980’s the house and estate were again sold, this time to the Bourke family who lovingly restored the house and converted it into a hotel. In the 1990s, two original carriages from the Orient Express were purchased and placed on the grounds of Glenlo Abbey Hotel. Dating from 1927 these carriages served on the Paris to Istanbul to St. Petersburg route; one of the pair was used in the making of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Today serving as the Pullman Restaurant, the carriages offer a unique dining experience.

 

Old Ground Hotel

Ennis, Ireland

A former manor house dating back to the 18th century set amidst the pretty streets of Ennis in County Clare, the Old Ground Hotel blends the warmth of a country home and the stylish ambiance of a luxurious contemporary Irish hotel. Crisp white linens and a soft duvet await you in your comfortable guest room equipped with multi-channel color TV, direct-dial telephone, coffee and tea making facilities, trouser press and hair dryer. The Town Hall Bistro, located in what actually was the Ennis Town Hall, will tempt your palate with freshly baked scones in mid-morning; sweet treats during afternoon tea; and a bistro-style lunch menu served throughout the day. The Poet’s Corner is the perfect place to sip a nightcap and perhaps share a story or two with local residents who frequent this cozy bar.

 

Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa

Killarney, Ireland

Located high on a hill in the midst of the emerald-green County Kerry countryside, the Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa offers a luxurious and serene ambiance surrounded by the sweeping panorama of Killarney’s lakes and mountains. Indulge yourself at the impressive Spa, take a swim in the lovely indoor pool, walk in the hills or in the gardens, play a game of tennis or fish for salmon and trout from the hotel’s nearby private stretch of riverbank.

 

Mount Juliet Hotel & Spa

Thomastown, Ireland

The baronial Mount Juliet Hotel regally reigns over what once was Ireland’s largest estate. Operating as a luxury hotel since 1989, the opulent Georgian mansion that lies at the heart of the Mount Juliet Hotel & Spa is a grand tribute to 18th-century craftsmanship. Each individually designed guest room evokes the ambiance of being a welcome guest in a private, grand family home. The Mount Juliet Hotel & Spa features the only Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in Ireland as well as The Spa, which offers a wide range of pampering programs. There is a wealth of activities to enjoy here (some at additional cost) like golf, fishing, clay pigeon shooting and archery. Or visit the Leisure Centre at Mount Juliet, with its heated indoor swimming pool and a waterfall, a fully equipped gym and tennis courts. The Mount Juliet Hotel & Spa was rated by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the “Top 25 European Resorts” and the readers of Travel + Leisure have placed it among the “Top 10 Resorts in Europe.”

 
 

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