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  • Explore a myriad of Claddagh Jewellery stores in Ballyvaughan.
  • Visit charming villages and castles led by private guides.
  • Drive through picturesque mountainscapes with private guides.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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As you tread the sawdust-covered boards of Durty Nelly’s tavern, let your eyes adjust to the dim light and toast the ghosts of the medieval past while sitting at a bar that has served ale to the trodden masses since the Middle Ages.

The rich sense of history is palpable everywhere you turn in Ireland. From the almost perfectly intact Trim Castle that was put to modern-day use as the set for the Braveheart film to the ancient Dromberg Stone Circle on the rugged West Cork coastline, this is a country that proudly showcases the fruits of its centuries-old civilization. It’s also a place of incredible natural beauty which you’ll witness in the majestic Mourne Mountains, the panoramic view across Killiney Bay in charming Dublin, and in the pristine lakes and meandering glens of Wicklow.

The joyful social life evident in the crowded taverns and pubs of Ireland often shrouds the country’s turbulent history. Your team of experienced local guides will take you beneath the guide-book surface as you explore the difficult past of Belfast and visit the sites of bloody medieval battles, while introducing you to the enduring humor of the Irish people that has seen them through war and famine. You’ll also experience the best of modern Ireland in your collection of luxury hotels. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Belfast
    Belfast
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Ireland - Welcome Package(2)
    • Lunch at leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Belfast to Dublin
    Belfast to Dublin
    • Belfast - Dublin [via Boyne Valley (Newgrange) & Trim Castle & Mythological sites] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Dublin
    Dublin
    • Private - North & South Coastal Tour - Vehicle/Driver-Guide(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Dublin to Cork
    Dublin to Cork
    • Dublin - Cork [via Cashel] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide(2)
  • Day 5 Cork to Killarney
    Cork to Killarney
    • Cork - Killarney [West Cork Coastline & picturesque villages] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide(3)
  • Day 6 Killarney
    Killarney
    • Private - Ring of Kerry - National Park, Muckross Estate & Gap of Dunloe - Vehicle/Driver-Guide(2)
  • Day 7 Killarney to Ballyvaughan
    Killarney to Ballyvaughan
    • Killarney - Ballyvaughan [via Cliffs of Moher] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide(2)
  • Day 8 Ballyvaughan
    Ballyvaughan
    • Private - Discovering Galway As You Desire - Vehicle/Driver-Guide(4)
  • Day 9 Ballyvaughan
    Ballyvaughan
    • Ballyvaughan - Shannon [Airport] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide(2)
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Day 1: Belfast

A private vehicle will provide an airport transfer whilst in Belfast.

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.

Belfast has wonderful dining and entertainment options in the city centre. The two most celebrated chefs in the city are Michael Deane and Paul Rankin. Both chefs have a score of restaurants in the city centre called Deane's and Cayenne respectively. There is also Deane's Deli for a lighter more bistro style ambience. We highly recommend visiting the Crown Bar Saloon and marveling the opulent Victorian Décor of Irelands most beautifully crafted bar.

Accommodation: The Merchant (5*)

The Merchant Hotel Belfast is an intimate, sumptuous, hotel in Northern Ireland, situated in the historical Cathedral Quarter of Belfast's city centre. The hotel rooms offer a classic design inspired by the richness of the Grade A listed architecture, with 21st century technology and comfort. No two rooms at The Merchant are the same – each has its own unique features, artwork and bespoke furnishings. The Merchant Hotel offers guests 5 different dining opportunities, and a fantastic Concierge that will assist guests in whatever they need.

Belfast
Belfast
The Merchant
The Merchant

Day 2: Belfast - Dublin

Enjoy the transfer from Belfast to Dublin stopping off en route at various places of interest. From Belfast there is an incredible range of archaeological and architectural treasures as you travel southwards to Dublin. To begin, there is the wonderful Mourne Mountains that sweep majestically down to the sea at Newcastle in Co. Down. An area of major interest is the archaeological region of the Boyne Valley with the prominent sights being Newgrange, The Hill of Tara, Knowth and Dowth, Slane Castle and The Battle of The Boyne site as well as a possible trip to Trim Castle where many scenes from "Braveheart" the Movie were filmed. Enjoy an afternoon exploring the main mythological sites west of Dublin city. County Meath is a historical wonderland which has many attractions dating from ancient to medieval times. The Hill of Tara stands in the centre of this facinating county with commanding views in all directions and which was the seat of the ancient Kings of Ireland. Little remains but the outline of their kingdom, a church and a small cafe. Trim Castle to the west however is almost perfectly intact and one of Irelands most interesting castles. Used for many movie sets including Braveheart, the castle sits proudly on the banks of the Boyne and has many ruins in the area that make for an interesting walk. “In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site”.

Accommodation: Merrion (5*)

The Merrion Hotel is an exclusive Dublin Hotel. The interior is designed using Irish fabrics and antiques to reflect the architecture and original interiors of the Main House. Throughout this luxurious Dublin hotel guests benefit from the latest technology. There is a choice of two restaurants and two bars. A luxurious Spa and swimming pool, six magnificent meeting and private dining rooms, and a private car park complete The Merrion's impressive list of facilities. Over the last eleven years, The Merrion luxury hotel in Dublin City has established itself as the epitome of relaxed grandeur, welcoming Dubliners and visitors to the city with stunningly appointed rooms, crackling turf fires and a host of facilities. This hotel has received many prestigious awards and accolades over recent years and hope their guests appreciate what they feel is at the cornerstone of its success - excelling in the art of hospitality.

Dublin
Dublin
Merrion Hotel
Merrion Hotel

Day 3: Dublin

The coastline of Dublin City from North to South is as fascinating as the city centre itself. Enjoy exploring with your chauffeured driven vehicle. Beginning in Malahide you'll get to visit one of Ireland's most beautiful castles located on lush gardens. From Malahide visit Howth Island, a rugged outcrop and the most easterly part of the country. On the south side of the city the scenery takes on a more Mediterranean feel with James Joyce's Tower in Sandymount. The two villages of Dalkey and Killiney nestled overlooking the sea are Ireland most opulent and the homes of the stars. The view across Killiney Bay to the Wicklow Mountains is among the most beautiful in Ireland. At the end of the tour you will be brought back to your hotel. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.

Accommodation: Merrion (5*)
Views from Dalkey
Views from Dalkey

Day 4: Dublin - Cork

Enjoy your private transfer from Dublin to Cork via Cashel. Travelling from Dublin to Irelands largest county Cork,there are many wonderful sights along the way. Perhaps the most spectacular is the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary. The ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland sits atop on limestone outcrop with the Galtee Mountains forming a formidable backdrop. Cahir town is another historic location with the Castle dominating the centre of the town. The road to Cork from here is wonderful with the Galtee Mountains to the right and the Knockmealdown range to the left with the valley full of lush fields and hidden forests such as Glengarra Woods. “In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site”.

Accommodation: Hayfield Manor (5*)

Hayfield Manor Hotel Cork is set within 2 acres of mature gardens, encompassing an oasis of calm within the Cork city in the south west of Ireland. As you make your way up the winding, tree lined path to our welcoming door, let calmness envelope you as Hayfield Manor Hotel Cork becomes your home away from home with luxury leisure facilities. A few minutes from Cork city centre and across from UCC, see why Hayfield Manor remains the premier 5 Star Cork hotel.

Cork
Cork
Hayfield Manor Hotel
Hayfield Manor Hotel

Day 5: Cork - Killarney

The bucolic West Cork coastline is among the most indented, varied and lush in Ireland. Enjoy the beautiful views as you are driven to Killarney today. Among the highlights of your tour is the ancient Drombeg Stone Circle, the quaint fishing villages of Glandore and Union Hall as well as a possible detour to Ireland's most southerly peninsula, Mizen Head. There are also the pretty seaside towns of Baltimore with its islands and Schull with lots of nice shops and cafes to browse through. Glengariff is located at the foot of the Caha Mountains that separate Cork from Kerry. It is a dense lush sub tropical valley that is famous for its Bamboo Park, seal colony and Italian Gardens visited by boat from The Blue Pool in Glengariff. Inland from here is the solitary chapel on an island by the lake at Gougane Barra, one of Irelands most romantic locations. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.

Accommodation: Killarney Park (5*)

Welcome to The Killarney Park Hotel Killarney, one of the premier 5 star hotels in this scenic part of Ireland. The warm smile and gentle service after a long days travel aren’t simply things this hotel offers, but rather a reflection of the great staff who work here. The log fire burns brightly, the concierge smiles warmly... your journey is over. The Killarney Park Hotel is situated on its own private grounds. This family owned, luxury hotel in Killarney, is committed to ensuring that every moment will be memorable, relaxing and enjoyable.

Killarney
Killarney
Killarney Park Hotel
Killarney Park Hotel

Day 6: Killarney

On your chauffeur driven tour today, you will Highlights of The Ring of Kerry Tour takes in the very best of this magical peninsula in a unique and unforgettable drive through the heart of the National Park. From Killarney and the Muckross Estate the narrow road winds up to Ladies View and Molls Gap where panoramic view of the lakes and distant peaks form a picturesque stop. We continue to explore this region in depth by travelling into the Black Valley where a blanket bog land is still harvested. Finally we ascend at the Gap of Dunloe driving though a magical valley of quintessential Irish beauty. Ending the tour we can make a stop at Kate Kearney's Cottage where the adventitious can end the tour on foot or by horse drawn cart. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.

Accommodation: Killarney Park (5*)
Muckross Estate
Muckross Estate

Day 7: Killarney - Ballyvaughan

Enjoy a private transfer to Ballyvaughan via Cliffs of Moher. The trip from Killarney to Ballyvaughan takes in the lovely bucolic landscapes of West Limerick and Clare as well as the heritage towns of Adare and Bunratty. Adare has often been touted as Ireland’s most picturesque town as it has many attractions of historic interest including castles, cathedrals, monasteries, and thatched cottages. Bunratty is a colourful village with a famous castle and folk village as well as Durty Nellies, one of Irelands most visited pubs. It’s also a great place to do a bit of shopping and explore the pretty village on foot. A great detour on this tour is to see the grounds of the famous five star Dromoland Castle estate near Ennis. “In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site”.

Accommodation: Gregans Castle (4*)

More of a country Manor House than a castle per se, Gregans Castle Hotel is the ultimate luxury hideaway set within the visually enchanting and unique Burren landscape with it's myriad botanical, archaeological and cultural treasures and with breathtaking views across Galway Bay. Owners Simon Haden and Frederieke McMurray manage this oasis of comfort together with their attentive staff. Irish hospitality and total relaxation prevail. All bedrooms are individually and elegantly decorated and are indulgently free from the intrusion of televisions.

Ballyvaughan
Ballyvaughan
Gregans Castle Hotel
Gregans Castle Hotel

Day 8: Ballyvaughan

Discover Galway today as your private driver-guide shapes the day around your desires. Galway is Ireland's Gaelic language cultural and arts capital. The city center is famous for its lively ambience, street entertainment and wonderful shops, cafes and pubs. As the centre of the city is pedestrianized this is best explored at leisure and taking the axis from Eyre Square through Shop Street, Quay Street and down to Claddagh Quay. For shopping we recommend Fallers of Galway, Kenny's Book & Art Store and the myriad of Claddagh Jewellery stores. The Latin Quarter is veritably buzzing from the eclectic legacy of a maritime past with the Spanish Arch and cobbled street fronts. Dining and pubs numerous and the Quays Bar, Naughton's Pub and Mc Donaghs for fresh fish and chips are all favorites. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.

Accommodation: Gregans Castle (4*)

Day 9: Ballyvaughan

Enjoy a private transfer to Shannon Airport. Travelling south from Ballyvaughan there is a wonderful journey through the plateau for the Burren. This is a rocky landscape that has been exposed and windswept for millennium forming magical results. Ancient sites such as the Poulnabrune Dolmen mark the landscape and each is worthy of a stop and detailed visit. The town of Ennis is a pretty market town with some great shops and bustling streets. Bunratty is a colourful village with a famous castle and folk village as well as Durty Nellies, one of Irelands most visited pubs. It’s also a great place to do a bit of shopping and explore the pretty village on foot. 

Accommodation:
Shannon
Shannon
Bunratty Castle
Bunratty Castle
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
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The Merchant (5*): Belfast

The Merchant Hotel Belfast is an intimate, sumptuous, hotel in Northern Ireland, situated in the historical Cathedral Quarter of Belfast's city centre. The hotel rooms offer a classic design inspired by the richness of the Grade A listed architecture, with 21st century technology and comfort. No two rooms at The Merchant are the same – each has its own unique features, artwork and bespoke furnishings. The Merchant Hotel offers guests 5 different dining opportunities, and a fantastic Concierge that will assist guests in whatever they need.

The Merchant
The Merchant

Merrion (5*): Dublin

The Merrion Hotel is an exclusive Dublin Hotel. The interior is designed using Irish fabrics and antiques to reflect the architecture and original interiors of the Main House. Throughout this luxurious Dublin hotel guests benefit from the latest technology. There is a choice of two restaurants and two bars. A luxurious Spa and swimming pool, six magnificent meeting and private dining rooms, and a private car park complete The Merrion's impressive list of facilities. Over the last eleven years, The Merrion luxury hotel in Dublin City has established itself as the epitome of relaxed grandeur, welcoming Dubliners and visitors to the city with stunningly appointed rooms, crackling turf fires and a host of facilities. This hotel has received many prestigious awards and accolades over recent years and hope their guests appreciate what they feel is at the cornerstone of its success - excelling in the art of hospitality.

Merrion Hotel
Merrion Hotel
Merrion Hotel - Guest Room
Merrion Hotel - Guest Room

Hayfield Manor (5*): Cork

Hayfield Manor Hotel Cork is set within 2 acres of mature gardens, encompassing an oasis of calm within the Cork city in the south west of Ireland. As you make your way up the winding, tree lined path to our welcoming door, let calmness envelope you as Hayfield Manor Hotel Cork becomes your home away from home with luxury leisure facilities. A few minutes from Cork city centre and across from UCC, see why Hayfield Manor remains the premier 5 Star Cork hotel.

Hayfield Manor Hotel
Hayfield Manor Hotel

Killarney Park (5*): Killarney

Welcome to The Killarney Park Hotel Killarney, one of the premier 5 star hotels in this scenic part of Ireland. The warm smile and gentle service after a long days travel aren’t simply things this hotel offers, but rather a reflection of the great staff who work here. The log fire burns brightly, the concierge smiles warmly... your journey is over. The Killarney Park Hotel is situated on its own private grounds. This family owned, luxury hotel in Killarney, is committed to ensuring that every moment will be memorable, relaxing and enjoyable.

Killarney Park Hotel
Killarney Park Hotel

Gregans Castle (4*): Ballyvaughan

More of a country Manor House than a castle per se, Gregans Castle Hotel is the ultimate luxury hideaway set within the visually enchanting and unique Burren landscape with it's myriad botanical, archaeological and cultural treasures and with breathtaking views across Galway Bay. Owners Simon Haden and Frederieke McMurray manage this oasis of comfort together with their attentive staff. Irish hospitality and total relaxation prevail. All bedrooms are individually and elegantly decorated and are indulgently free from the intrusion of televisions.

Gregans Castle Hotel
Gregans Castle Hotel
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Vanessa Oquendo — April 21, 2014 — Europe

    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 — Europe

    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 — Europe

    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 — Europe

    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 — Europe

    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 — Europe

    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 — Europe

    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 — Europe

    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 — Europe

    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 — Europe

    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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