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Night 1&2: Glenlo Abbey
Night 3: Bunratty Castle Hotel
Night 4&5: Lakeview Superior Room at Carrig House, Killorglin
Night 6&7: Casey’s of Baltimore
Night 8 : Hayfield Manor
Night 9: Dunraven Arms (optional: Adare Manor)
Experience Ireland in a 10 day tour through the most attractive regions in the country. Visit the vibrant city of Galway, experience the attractions of Cork, Europe`s capital of culture in 2005, explore the Irish speaking islands in south west and enjoy the scenic coastal drives, travelling on to the famous Ring of Kerry.
During your journey you will be staying in selected ancient Castles, stately Georgian Manors and comfortable Village Inns.The hotels are of a country house style, typically offering luxurious accommodation, character, charm and friendliness. Excellent service and a lovely setting combine to ensure maximum comfort for you on your special vacation.
Day 1: Pick up your car at the car rental desk and drive towards the eclectic town of Galway, nestled on the rugged west coast. Your first night’s dinner in Ireland will be in the historic Pullman train carriage. The Pullman has experienced a very varied life. Built in 1927, its routes included the Monaco/Istanbul/St. Petersburg runs, and also the Brighton run. The Dining Carriage, named "Leona", was formerly a 1st Class Parlour Car, and the richness of wood, marqueterie and brass-work within it reflect this former "raison d`étre" and offer an extraordinary dining experience. In 1974, it played a starring role in the Agatha Christie film "Murder on the Orient Express". That never to be forgotten movie, directed by Sidney Lumet, featured a host of Greats, including Albert Finney, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave, Lauren Bacall and others.
Day 2: Once you visit the City of the Tribes, it will be hard to leave... experience the vibrancy of this cosmopolitan city for the day. Take a drive out to Connemara or to the Aran Islands, it will certainly be worth your while to experience this rugged landscape. In the evening, take a trip to the theater or experience the ambiance of one of Galway`s many pubs.
Day 3: Having had a wonderful time in Galway, you can take the coast road south into Co. Clare, Ireland’s “singing county”. Driving through the fishing villages of Kinvarra and Ballyvaughan, you will soon be marvelled by the limestone formations of the The Burren, an area with a sense of spiritual peace, prehistoric monuments, deserted famine villages and extraordinary flora and fauna. Close by are the world famous Cliffs of Moher, a line of sheer cliffs some 8km in length and over 200m high. Sitting next to O’Brien’s Tower, one immediately gets the feeling for the forces of nature and the wildness of the country. Finish your day in Bunratty, where the Lord and Lady of 15th century Bunratty Castle awaits the guest for a medieval dinner and traditional music entertainment.
Day 4&5: You will leave Bunratty, travelling into "Kingdom of Kerry", an area of rugged peninsulas, clean beaches, towering mountains and some of Ireland`s most famous landmarks. Killarney needs no introduction, due to its reputation built up by years of tourism, however a visit to Killarney is incomplete without an exploration of Killarney`s National Park.
The following morning, take the road to Dingle and experience the beauty and wonder of Slea Head, the Conor Pass and Inch Beach. Or follow Ireland’s most famous route, the Ring of Kerry into the village of Portmagee to take the boat out to the rocky outcrop of Skellig Michael, arguably one of the most remote and mystic religious sites in the world. The ferry crossing out to the islands is highly weather-depending, but are an unforgettable experience on a fine day.