Adams & Butler's Unique Four Day Taste of Ireland Tour

Special price - *from $310*  per person land only
To book email
ireland@irishluxury.com or call 1-800-8945712 or +353 1 2889355

 Departures January 1st - April 30th 2010  - book by February 1st 2010

The Aircoach departs from right outside the Arrivals Hall at Dublin Airport and will bring you to the door of your hotel.  Check in and then let the fun begin!  Your concierge will have details on everything from local casinos to the theatre programmes, concerts, night clubs, entertainment, and shopping discounts.

You will be staying in a top range  3* or a 4* hotel in the Dublin 4 area of the town.  This is a 20 minute walk or 5 minute bus or taxi ride from Temple Bar and Trinity, but is quieter and more elegant than the city center.  Your neigbors are embassies and billionaires, but there is still a lovely neighbourhood feel, with bars galore (and great music), restaurants, street cafes and shops.  We can also offer city center accommodation, but it will not suit those who prefer a quiet bedroom!

Dublin has long been a centre of art and culture. Stroll through the elegant Georgian streets of Merrion and Fitzwilliam Squares, shop in the elegant emporiums of Grafton Street and Powerscourt Townhouse, explore the collections of the National Museum and National Gallery, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and many fine small private collections. The range of art and artefacts is enormous, and you will have no problem spending many hours enthralled. The city is over a thousand years old, and many of the towns and settlements that surround it are equally ancient. Successive centuries have left their distinctive overlays of character and architecture which means that Dublin has a wealth of historically significant and fascinating sights to explore such as Dublin Castle, where the Normans ruled from the 12th Century, St Patrick's Cathedral, of which Jonathan Swift was Dean, and Trinity College, famous for The Book of Kells and for its alumni who include Oscar Wilde and Oliver Goldsmith. Hidden Sites that even most Dubliners have never visited include the Jewish Museum, The Botanic Gardens, St Michans Church and The U2 wall.  And no trip to Ireland would be complete without visiting the Old Whiskey Distillery or the Guinness Storehouse!

Day 1 Transfer from the airport to the city centre. 
Start the day with a 2 hour walking tour of the historic centre of the city (departs10 am, Noon & 2 pm).  Then wander up to the Chester Beatty Library, a museum behind Dublin Castle which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts. The Library's exhibitions open a window on the artistic treasures of the great  cultures and religions of the world. Its rich collection from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Lunch here - the cafe is excellent.  For the rest of the afternoon shop, or visit the parks, gardens museums, and galleries of the city. Tonight you can enjoy traditional Irish Cabaret - a night of music and dance (book seperately in advance).

  

Day 2  Explore the countryside around Dublin. 
Consider taking a bus tour to explore the treasures of the Boyne Valley. The Boyne Valley is Irelands " Valley of the Kings ". Visit the new Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre which allows you to explore the history and monuments of one of the most historic areas in Ireland , which is one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites. . Over 5000 years old, it is older than Stonehenge by about 1000 years and the Egyptian Pyramids by near 500 years. Return to Dublin. This evening you might enjoy an evening for a night at the Races - greyhound racing is one of the most popular sports in Dublin with five or six meetings a week. No prebooking is necessary, and the restaurant serves a delightful dinner whilst you try and win a fortune and wathch the dogs positively flying around the track.  This is a great place to meet the people of Dublin.

Day 3
A favourite bus tour is South into the Wicklow Mountains to visit one of Ireland's great stately mansions, surrounded by stunning gardens.  This is an unforgettable tour which takes you along the south coast of Dublin, past Dublin's "Beverly Hills" where the likes of Bono, Neil Jordan and Enya live, and on to Powerscourt Gardens, situated in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. 

Powerscourt Gardens were begun in the 1740's and stretch out over 45 acres including a blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statuary and ornamental lakes, walled gardens and over 200 variations of trees and shrubs. Powerscourt has been described as One of Europe's Greatest Gardens and One of Ireland's Greatest Treasures. The tour includes entry into the gardens for one of the mapped walks and a short time for the really special Powerscourt shops and tearooms. A wonderful experience.

A longer tour is possible travelling onwards through the picturesque countryside of Roundwood (home of Daniel Day Lews) and Laragh, to another highlight - Glendalough. The Celtic Monastic System derived from the early monasteries of Egypt, and Glendalough was one of the oldest and most important of the early Irish monasteries. Situated in an idyllic valley with two lakes, hence the name. Founded by St Kevin in the 6th century, it has a High Tower which is one of the most famous images of Ireland, that was used by the monks to store and protect precious manuscripts and artefacts, and also some of the finest architecture of the early church. It is a magical, beautiful and spiritual place. Return to Dublin. These day tours have to be booked in advance and seperately.

 

Day 4 
On your last day you could visit Dublin 's northern coastline. See the exquisite 18th century Casino at Marino, before visiting stately Malahide Castle , dating from the 12th century, and set amid 250 acres of parkland and gardens. Continuing through the heritage town of Malahide , the tour will take you past magnificent coastal scenery to the picturesque fishing village of Howth . Crossing the nearby summit of Howth Head you will have a panoramic view of the huge expanse of Dublin Bay . Set against a backdrop of the Dublin and Wicklow mountains, the view is renowned as one of the world's great seascapes.

The tour returns to Dublin via Dollymount Strand home of the Royal Dublin Golf Club and the North Bull Island bird sanctuary. 

Depart for Dublin Airport.  If your flight departs before 3 pm, you may have to miss the last morning's tour.

Your Irish break includes 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, tax, service, and 24/7 telephone support from our on site staff in Dublin.

For 3* accommodation with an automatic upgrade to 4* accommodation subject to availabilty prices start at EUR 210 per person. For 3* accommodation plus the tours and Irish night mentioned above prices start at EUR 459 per person.    For 5* accommodation plus your private driver guide with a luxury car and all tours mentioned above included  prices start at EUR 1,999 per person.  

Additional nights are available and this tour can be taken as part of a longer package.

Adams & Butler Ltd, Luxury Travel Specialists since 1978

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