Experience the mythical beauty and heritage of the Emerald Isle. From the metropolis of Dublin to the more relaxed city of Galway and the stunning area of Connemara and the Burren, you will see the real Ireland. Ease into your trip with a private airport transfer in Dublin before spending a number of days in the capital. See the sites you are personally interested in and enjoy an excursion to the suburbs of Dublin, taking in Dublin Bay and Malahide Castle to the north and the picturesque Wicklow Mountains to the south. Discover Galway City and do some exploring by yourself, before venturing out the the surrounding countryside on excursions to both Connemara and the Burren - two very unique and scenic areas.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer in a private vehicle.
Enjoy lunch at leisure (not included in tour price). Here are a few suggestions: Pasta Fresca- 3 - 4 Chatham St. Tel.: (01) 679-2402. Il Baccaro- Meeting House Square (southeast corner), Temple bar.Tel.: (01) 671-4597. Have a wander through the Gallery of Photography (nearby on Meeting House Square) heading to dinner. Ely Bar - Ely Place (just off Lower Baggot Street) Tel.: (01) 676-8986.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Take the morning to discover the suburbs of Dublin. You will pass the famous Abbey Theatre and head out across the north of the city to the 14th century Castle at Malahide. The Castle, which is set in magnificent gardens, has some of the finest Irish period furniture and contains famous portraits from the National Art Gallery. Continue on to the award winning village of Malahide, then trace the coastline to the fishing village of Howth. Enjoy magnificent views of Dublin Bay from Howth Head. Return to Dublin along the coast, via north city villages whose lore and legend are recounted by your guide. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.
Here are some suggestions for a pleasant couple of hours in Dublin: Have a stroll through the little-known Iveagh Gardens, which rival those of St. Stephen’s Green but on a lesser scale and with fewer people, then cut through St. Stephen’s Green and head toward Merrion Square. On a Sunday the square is lined with local artists’ work that you can check out before heading into The National Gallery, which overlooks this same square. Head to the art gallery of The Royal Hibernian Academy (25 Merrion Sq.) or visit 29 Merrion Square to get a glimpse of what genteel life was like in Dublin in the late 18th century; Be sure to walk through the main gates of Trinity College and stroll around Parliament Square before heading to the old library to see the Book of Kells. After a quick stop off at The Kilkenny Shop (6 Nassau St.) and The Avoca Handweavers shop (Suffolks Street), head to The Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (between South William and Clarendon streets), a beautiful 1774 building that houses various small boutiques and one-off designer stores of mostly Irish designers.
Enjoy dinner at leisure (not included in tour price). Here are a few suggestions: L’Ecrivain- 109a Lower Baggot St. Tel.: (01) 666-1919. Have a drink at the comfortable bar before heading upstairs to the stylish and airy restaurant, or out to the patio if weather allows. Chapter One- 18/19 Parnell Sq. Tel.: (01) 873-2330. Located in the basement of Dublin Writers Museum (the former Jameson Whiskey family home), Booking approx 3 months prior essential.Brownes Brasserie- 22 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 Tel.: (01) 638-3934 . Part of Browne’s townhouse hotel, located in St. Stephen’s Green, this restaurant oozes charm.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and accompany you on a private walking tour of the City of Dublin. Please let your guide know if there are any sights of particular interest to you. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.
Spend the afternoon as you wish, perhaps visiting one of the many attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse or the Jameson distillery.
Located in the heart of the St James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s No. 1 Dublin Tourist attraction. The state of the art interactive museum and audio visual exhibition takes one on an incredible journey through the history and making of Guinness and includes some very entertaining advertisements that were used throughout the past fifty years. Finish off your discovery by sipping on a complimentary pint from the birds eye viewing room located at the top of the building and take in the panoramic views of the city and coast.
The Jameson Distillery provides a fascinating visit of its factory and introduces the visitor to the various stages that go in to the process of premium whiskey. At the end of the tour you can sit down and do a tutored vertical tasting of various whiskeys from around the world and you'll be sure to appreciate Jameson's premium whiskey all the more!
Other places of interest in the city include St Patrick's Cathedral, Christchurch and Trinity College incorporating The Book of Kells. You may also enjoy Irelands historic and cultural resourses at the world class museums on Kildare Street. There is also excellent shopping on Grafton Street and nearby Nassau Street as well as Dublin's European Style Boulevard of O'Connell Street.
Sit back and relax on your private transfer from Dublin to Galway.
Walk along high Street in Galway for a pleasurable way to pass an hour or two. Start at Kenny's Bookshop on High Street. The labyrinth is both an art gallery and quality bookshop with second hand and new books. All along the short cobblestoned stretch of the road, known as High street are small, interesting unique shops. Kelly's Crafts has a good range of goods, especially knits and pottery. Three Bags Full will sell you the wool to knit your own sweater or jacket. A left turn at the bottom of High Street brings you to Cross Street and The Silver Lining Gift Shop which sells glassware, China and novelty gift items. Traditions sells Aran knits, and across the road in the Curiousity Corner, the shelves are spilling over with all kinds of lovely, unusual gifts. To the right of High Street, is La Maison, a shop selling quality European made gifts. Opposite is Judy Green's Pottery Workshop selling pretty, handthrown pottery. Large items can be wrapped and posted home to you. Exclusive, very attractive designer knitwear is sold at Margaret Joyce in Quay Street directly opposite is Twice as Nice, where one can find a fine selection of vintage linen, lace and clothes. The Quay Lane Gallery is a small shop at the bottom of Quay Street which sells framed prints, as well as original work. Next door is Cobwebs, widely considered the prettiest shop in Galway with a delightful, seemingly infinite stock of pretty goods on display.
You will have the services of a Driver-Guide with private vehicle for a half day today. Depending on your interests, your Driver-Guide will bring you to various sights. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.
Explore West Clare with your private vehicle and guide. West Clare is among Irelands most rugged and dramatic landscapes with shifting and sculpting stone creating unforgettable scenery such as the Cliffs of Moher, Burren Plateau and Islands. We recommend a visit to visit to the spectacular Aillwee Caves in Ballyvaughan at the heart of The Burren. The ancient Dolmen at Poulnabrune is a relic to the intelligence of the first settlers in this remote lunar like landscape. The villages of Ballyvaughan and Kinvarra are quaint and two of the most pleasant and photogenic in Ireland. Seafood is a specialty of this region and there are many fine pubs serving fresh portions of mussels and oysters, notably Monks in Ballyvaughan, Cornerstone in Lahinch and Moran's in Clarinbridge.
Connemara is one of Ireland most wild and beautiful regions best explored in a full day touring. There are lots of wonderful villages from Clifden, the alpine like Capital to Leenane on the banks of Killary Fjord as well as Roundstone with its beautiful beaces on the Western coast. The jewel of this rugged mountainous region is Kylemore Abbey and Walled Gardens as well as a serene chapel on the banks of the lake adorned with local Connemara marble and stained glass. A hike along the wilds of Killary Harbour as well as the deep valley at Delphi is also an option.
You will have the services of a Driver-Guide with private vehicle for a full day today. Depending on your interests, your Driver-Guide will bring you to various sights. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.
Sit back and relax on your private transfer from Galway to Dublin.
The Brooks Hotel (4*) is regarded as one of the finest Hotels in Dublin City, located on Drury Street and within a few minutes walk of Dublin's famed Grafton Street, Temple Bar and Trinity College. Located in the cultural quarter of the city centre, Brooks Hotel is surrounded by an ecletic mix of high street stores and boutiques which makes it a perfect shopping destination. Enjoy luxurious chocolate from Cocoa Atelier or stylish and unique garments from Costume, both located beside Brooks on Drury Street. Walk the short distance to Grafton Street to enjoy the high end offerings of Brown Thomas or the explore the high street in Topshop, Marks & Spencers and Reiss. Within the hotel itself, bedrooms are decorated in a range of styles and are spaciously appointed to give ample sleep, work and relaxation space and furniture tends to be handcrafted from Galway. The on-site restaurant, Francesca’s Restaurant, is contemporary in design with soft leather furniture and intimate seating arrangements. The open-plan kitchen adds to the ambiance as award-winning head chef and his team set about preparing organic and artisan dishes with sourced locally ingredients. An affiliate of Good Food Ireland, Francesca’s is one of the top restaurants in Dublin city centre. Whisky enthusiasts will be in heaven in the Jasmine Bar, voted one of the ‘Great Whisky Bars of the World’ by Whisky Magazine and part of the Whiskey Trail of Ireland. Tastings in the jasmine bar can be arranged directly at the hotel. Relax and enjoy one of a hundred different whiskies from around the world, or sip on an exotic cocktail while enjoying an array of delicious dishes.
Park House Hotel Galway (4*) is conveniently located in the heart of Galway's city centre. The hotel blends the warmth and personality of a boutique hotel with the style and luxury of a contemporary 4 Star international hotel. Guest accommodation comprises of 84 rooms divided into superior & deluxe rooms, suites and serviced apartments. The award-winning Park Restaurant is a favourite with locals and guests.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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