An Irish Christmas
Self Drive Tour or Luxury Chauffeured Tour
Christmas is pure magic in Ireland. Imagine spending a completely stress-free festive season, pampered in the best country houses and castles of Ireland, tucked up by a roaring fire, or exploring the cultural and scenic treasures of the Emerald Isle.
“A masterful job in creating and arranging such a phenomenal trip…”– P.J. Fitzgerald
Experience an Irish Christmas with its welcoming warmth, and festive traditions, as well as the cozy comfort of the finest country houses and castles. On this independent or privately chauffeured tour, you will have the opportunity to rest, feast and explore from the festive vibrancy of Dublin, to the peaceful beauty of rural Ireland, to the sheer luxury of five star accommodation and gourmet cuisine, you will be sure to celebrate a special and unforgettable Christmas.
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- Dublin City
- Dingle Peninsula
- Adare and Limerick
- The Cliffs of Moher
Included in This Tour
- Private airport car transfers upon arrival and departure in Ireland
- 8-Nights Luxury hotel, Manor House & Castle accommodations with full breakfast daily.
- Self-Drive rental vehicle with unlimited mileage and CDW insurance. Or, upgrade to the services of a Professional Driver Guide – to include all driver expenses.
- Touring Map of Ireland & List of recommended pubs, restaurants and places of interest.
- Deluxe portfolio of travel Documents & Personalized Itinerary.
- 24/7 Concierge service in Ireland while travelling.
- Discount admissions booklet for area attractions.
Not Included: Airfare, tips, travel insurance, and items of a personal nature.
- Arrive: Dublin (DUB)
- Depart: Shannon (SNN)
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- Breakfast Daily
Enjoy a Private Car transfer to your centrally located Dublin City hotel. Relax after your journey. Afterwards why not take a horse and carriage ride through some of Dublin’s historic Georgian Squares or you can walk through the Temple Bar area, which is fast becoming Dublin’s Left Bank. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere at St. Stephen’s Green Christmas Market featuring fine crafts, food, and Carol singing. Partake in a pint of Guinness at the Guinness Brewery. Embrace the Christmas atmosphere in Dublin city while you stay in The Westbury Hotel for 2-nights.
Today you have more opportunities to explore Dublin City. Highlights include Trinity College and Dublin Castle’s Christmas Market. Stroll down Grafton Street, Dublin’s premier shopping area, and look at the Christmas decorations. Warm up with a hot chocolate in Butler’s Irish Chocolate Café, and savor lunch in Davy Byrne’s Gastro Pub. The sparkling lights and the sound of caroling in the air on Grafton Street will be sure to put you in the festive mood. Tonight, maybe you would enjoy a Christmas concert at the National Concert Hall, or a show at the famed Gate Theatre?
This Christmas Eve morning meet your Driver Guide or pick up your rental vehicle. Depart Dublin and visit Kilkenny, Ireland’s finest example of a medieval town, and beautifully situated on the River Nore, which forms the moat of Kilkenny’s restored castle. Tour the castle and explore the town. Continue on to County Cork where you will stay 2-nights over Christmas in the five star luxury of Hayfield Manor. Let the festive ambience of this beautiful manor house envelop you upon your arrival. As you sip warmed mulled wine, and savor a mince pie, listen to Christmas carols sung by the local choir.
Merry Christmas! Christmas Day begins with Hayfield Manor’s famous Irish breakfast. Afterwards relax in your luxury bedroom or a cosy corner by the fire in one of the resident’s lounges. The highlight of the day is the Traditional Christmas Lunch, a gourmet spectacle prepared by Hayfield Manor’s head chef, and preceded by a champagne toast. Indulge in your most magical and memorable Christmas experience at Hayfield Manor.
Depart Cork City and visit the picturesque fishing town of Kinsale, Ireland’s cuisine capital. Let yourself be captivated by Kinsale’s long waterfront, narrow streets, and slate-clad houses. This afternoon continue west to Killarney. Enjoy touring the stunning Gap of Dunloe, and discover the beauty of the National Park. Enjoy a 2-night stay at the Killarney Royal Hotel.
Tour the Dingle Peninsula today. As you experience some of Ireland’s most spectacular coastal scenery it is no surprise to learn that National Geographic once declared the Dingle Peninsula “the most beautiful place on earth”. The colorful town of Dingle is well known for fishing, hiking, sailing, lively pubs, restaurants, and a traditional music scene. From the Connor Pass to Slea Head, the peninsula’s magnificent coastal scenery and rugged terrain is a photographer’s dream. Enjoy a delicious dinner in a local pub, with a pint of Guinness and some traditional Irish music.
Drive north through the villages of Adare and Limerick, stop for lunch and take a tour of King John’s Castle. Continue on to discover Bunratty Castle and its Folk Park. Let yourself be charmed as you visit its farmhouses and cottages, and learn about the lifestyle of Irish rural families. Watch the baking of griddle bread next to the fire, and taste it hot with fresh creamery butter. This evening you will arrive at the magnificent 5-star Dromoland Castle in County Clare to enjoy a luxurious 2-night stay.
Today, experience the majestic beauty of the Cliffs of Moher. Soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, the cliffs will literally take your breath away. Continue into County Clare to explore the barren limestone landscape known as the Burren, featuring unique flora and fauna and Stone Age Druidic altars. This afternoon, enjoy some time at leisure on the castle estate. Set on 450 acres of parkland, deer, pheasant and other wildlife roam the grounds. The Castle overlooks Lough Dromoland, perfect for trout fishing. Other activities at the castle, include falconry, archery, boating, clay pigeon shooting, tennis, walking, mountain biking and golf. If you prefer to stay inside the sixteenth century castle walls, there is a luxurious spa, providing a haven of tranquillity.
End your luxury trip with a Private Transfer to Shannon Airport to prepare for your return flight home. Slan abhaile!
Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare
This luxury 5 Star Castle Hotel has an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, Dromoland Castle was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. Seamlessly blending Old-World elegance with contemporary luxuries, Dromoland's tradition of delivering impeccable, unobtrusive service is never compromised. Unwind slowly in the Castle's 5 Star luxury Health Spa and indoor heated pool; or enjoy a good book beside a crackling evening fire. Dromoland Castle is the perfect location from which to explore all the west of Ireland has to offer.
Hayfield Manor, Cork
Hayfield Manor, an Experience beyond the Best. At the 5 Star Hayfield Manor Hotel Cork, a family owned boutique luxury hotel, a visit is an experience in itself. Winner of the Conde Nast Traveler 2012 Reader's Choice Awards, the hotel is discreetly nestled within beautiful walled gardens, a tranquil oasis in the vibrant city of Cork South West Ireland.
The Killarney Royal Hotel, County Kerry
Kerry the ‘Kingdom’ is calling, and deep in her heart lies Killarney Town and our own little welcoming haven, the Killarney Royal Hotel. It has been our privilege to welcome a century of travelers from around the world to our doorstep. Offering a warm and cozy respite our boutique 4 star hotel, awarded IGTOA Boutique Hotel of the Year 2012, and is centrally located in the heart of Killarney Town, with all the majestic beauty of Killarney and Kerry outside our door.
The Westbury Hotel, Dublin
One of the Leading Hotels of the World, The Westbury Hotel is renowned worldwide when it comes to luxury Dublin city hotels. Simply no other Dublin City hotel connects you with Dublin in the way that The Westbury Hotel does. Relax in the magnificent setting of The Gallery, where you'll have a street side view of the real-life city playing out right before your eyes. Its unbeatable location just off Dublin's Grafton Street, half-way between historic Trinity College and the landmark that is Stephen's Green puts The Westbury Hotel at the very heart of Dublin's premier retail and cultural quarter. Great shopping, atmospheric pubs& restaurants, and excellent theatres & nightlife are literally on your doorstep.
Travel Tips & FAQs
Passports & Visas
To enter the Republic or Northern Ireland, you need a valid passport. While e-passports are commonly used now, they are not a necessity to enter Ireland. UK citizens do not require a passport to enter Ireland, but carriers by air or sea require some form of identification with a photograph (usually either a passport or driving license with photo).
Citizens of the EEA member states (the 27 countries of the European Union EU, together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and many other countries including USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand do not require visas to gain entry to Republic or Northern Ireland.
What to Pack
Bring a sweater, even in summer; waterproofs to accompany all outdoor activities; sunglasses; comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella. The weather is changeable so go for layers that you can put on or take off as the temperature changes.
February to April: Highest temperatures range from 46 to 54°F
May to July: Highest temperatures are between 64 and 68°F
August to October: Highest temperatures hit between 64 and 57°F.
Winter air temperatures inland normally reach 46°F, while the coldest months are January and February.
April & September are considered the most pleasant and temperate months.
In the Republic of Ireland, the official currency is the euro (€). One euro consists of 100 cent. In Northern Ireland, pound sterling is the local currency (£). One pound sterling consists of 100 pence.
Gratuities and tips are discretionary and are not usually included in a bill. The general custom is to give 10% to serving staff in restaurants. Cafes might have a collection box at the till and bar staff are not tipped but you are free to offer “have one for yourself”.
Police, Fire, Ambulance:
Republic of Ireland, Telephone: 112 or 999
Northern Ireland, Telephone: 999
Plugs in Ireland are three-pronged, the same as in the UK and the electricity supply is also 230v. Adapters are widely available, and it’s a good idea to bring a couple for your various gadgets.
Republic of Ireland: Bus Eireann
Northern Ireland: Translink
Leap Visitor Card is a prepaid pass that allows you to travel on all Dublin Bus, Airlink 747 buses as well as the Luas Light Railway Tram and DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) for up to 3 days.
Republic of Ireland: Irish Rail
Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Railways
The Dart (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) covers Dublin’s coast and city area from Howth and Malahide in north County Dublin via Dun Laoghaire in south County Dublin to Greystones in County Wicklow.
Luas light rail/tram service travels across the south and west of Dublin city including the city center areas.
Ireland functions on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). During the summer it becomes GMT+1, that’s Irish Standard Time (IST) in the Republic and British Summer Time (BST) in Northern Ireland.
For example, New York is Irish Time -5 hours & Los Angeles is Irish Time -8 hours.
English is commonly used throughout Ireland although Irish is the official language and there are Irish speaking areas called the Gaeltacht where it is the predominant language.
You will need either a full valid national driving license or an international driving permit. Cars in Ireland drive on the left-hand side of the road and both driver and passengers are required to wear seat belts at all times by law. Signposts in Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) areas are written in Irish (Gaelic) so familiarise yourself with both English and Irish spellings before you set off for those parts. Northern Ireland uses miles per hour, while the Republic of Ireland uses kilometers for signage and speed limits.
There are no vaccinations required to visit Ireland.
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