Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Private

FIT Tour in Ireland (10 days)

Abercrombie & Kent United Kingdom & Ireland

Dublin, Ireland To Dublin, Ireland

Valid for Departures Now Through: 21 Aug 2018

FIT Tour in Ireland (10 days)

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Dublin, Ireland
Merrion Hotel None

Arrive Dublin

Upon arrival at the Dublin airport you will be met in the arrivals hall by your local representative and privately transferred to your hotel. Your representative will assist you with check-in procedures.

You will be confirmed for 3 nights at your hotel.

Day 2
Dublin, Ireland
Merrion Hotel Breakfast

Dublin

This morning you will be joined by an expert Dublin city guide who will take you on a panoramic tour of the Irish Capital. On the tour, you will see Leinster House where the Irish government is based, the Presidential Palace in Phoenix Park, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, grandiose O’Connell Street, and the elegant Georgian Squares that are so symbolic of the city.

This afternoon, you may visit the National Museum of Ireland, where in the Treasury you will see some of the finest examples of medieval Celtic metalwork, including the Tara Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice. You will then walk round to the National Gallery of Ireland that houses a fine collection of Irish paintings dating from the 17th to the 20th century among its fine old master collections.

Alternatively, visit the Dillon Garden, one of the finest urban private gardens in Europe that has been lovingly created by Helen Dillon. Based around a central canal, this oasis is vibrant and full of colour at all times of the summer.

Day 3
Blarney, Ireland
Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney Breakfast

Dublin – Blarney – Kerry

You will enjoy a full day of touring with your driver-guide. The inland countryside route passes into County Tipperary, where you will visit the Rock of Cashel. The ruined cathedral and the round tower of the early archbishops of Munster perches dramatically on top of this outcrop, and you will learn about its history in the interpretative centre.

Drive from here to Blarney Castle. This small ruined tower house dates from the 15th century and has become a national icon as the home of the Blarney Stone. This stone, rumored to have been brought to Ireland in the time of the crusades, is embedded in the parapet of the castle, and is said to bestow the ‘gift of the gab’ on all those who kiss it. The castle is situated in beautiful grounds which are adjacent to the Blarney Woolen Mills complex, one of the largest retail outlets in Ireland where fine local goods can be purchased. (Please note: the climb up Blarney Castle is difficult, and is not recommended for those who have difficulty with stairs.)

Continue along the Lee Valley and over the Derrynasaggart Mountains to your hotel in County Kerry.

Day 4
Killarney, Ireland
Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney Breakfast

Ring of Kerry

Your driver-guide will take you on a full day excursion (8 hours) around the Ring of Kerry, one of the best-loved coastal drives in Europe. The road follows the shoreline of the Iveragh peninsula, and passes some of the most beautiful mountain and moorland scenery in the whole of Ireland. You will be able to see traditional Irish landscapes at their best; between the mountains and coast, this route passes by many land and seascapes and you will gain fabulous views over the bays to the neighboring Dingle and Beara peninsulas.

As you head west, you see typical cottages in which the rural population used to live, before passing the blanket bogs from which sods of peat have continued to be cut to provide fuel for the houses. At the point where the Ring of Kerry turns south, take a short detour over the bridge to Valentia Island. Here you will visit the Skellig Centre, a museum dedicated to the story of the extreme west coast of this part of Ireland.

The route continues over the Coomakesta Pass, and then turns east along the southern fringe of the Iveragh peninsula. You may then visit Derrynane House, the home of Daniel O’Connell, the ‘Great Liberator’ of Ireland.

Drive back towards Killarney, passing through the dramatic scenery of the Killarney National Park. Stop at Ladies View, so called after the visit of Queen Victoria who was entranced by the magnificent panorama of the Upper and Middle Lakes of Killarney that opens up from this vantage point. You will also stop at Muckross House, with gardens and Traditional Farms, which enjoy a magnificent setting on the shores of the Lake of Killarney in the shadow of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, the highest mountains in Ireland.

Day 5
County Clare, Ireland
Ashford Castle Breakfast

Kerry – County Clare

Depart Kerry with your driver-guide for a leisurely excursion to the Shannon area. Stop first to explore the picturesque village of Adare, well known for its thatched cottages and medieval ruins. Cross the River Shannon at Limerick into County Clare. At Bunratty Castle, you can see the largest fifteenth-century tower house in Ireland in the grounds of which is a series of traditional thatched cottages that have been carefully reconstructed.

Continue to your hotel that was once the home of the O’Briens of Thomond.

Day 6
Galway, Ireland
Ashford Castle Breakfast

County Clare – West Connaught

Today you will drive over to the Atlantic Coast to visit the Cliffs of Moher. At over 600 feet tall, these sandstone cliffs are Ireland’s highest. They are exposed to the fiercest of Atlantic storms and present a very dramatic appearance. You will then follow the coast road of the Burren, a vast limestone plateau, the best pavements of which can be seen from the road around Black Head. The road will then lead around Galway Bay, famed for its oysters.

Continue past Galway City to your hotel that enjoys a delightful setting overlooking Lough Corrib.

Day 7
County Mayo, Ireland
Ashford Castle Breakfast

Connemara

You will have a full day with your driver-guide to explore the windswept landscape of Connemara, where barren mountains surround small lakes. On the shores of one such lake sits Kylemore Abbey, still home to a living community of nuns. The walled garden in the grounds of the abbey has been faithfully restored to its former glory.

Drive north past Killary Harbour Fjord into County Mayo, where you will pass the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick where there is an annual pilgrimage each year. You will then visit Westport House, a fine Georgian property that is one of the few stately homes in this region of Ireland. Return to your hotel from here.

Day 8
Strokestown, Ireland
Merrion Hotel Breakfast

West Connaught – Strokestown – County Wicklow

For your final full day touring, your driver-guide will take you back to Dublin. You will stop at Strokestown Park, where you can visit the Irish Famine Museum, dedicated to the victims of the potato blight in the nineteenth century. Alternatively visit the Dark-Age monastic ruins of Clonmacnoise that occupy a delightful setting overlooking the River Shannon.

You will then continue into County Kildare, where you may stop to visit the impressive chapel at the Irish seminary of St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. From here it is a short drive to your hotel in the mountains to the south of Dublin.

Day 9
Enniskerry, Ireland
Merrion Hotel Breakfast

The Wicklow Mountains

You will meet your local guide and your driver to enjoy a full day excursion into the Wicklow Mountains that lie to the South of Dublin. You will drive across the bleak moorlands to Glendalough, the ‘Valley of the Two Lakes’, where St. Kevin established a monastic community during the Dark Ages. You will see the ruins of the churches, and a perfectly preserved round tower.

En route back to Dublin, you will stop at the renowned Powerscourt Gardens. From the terrace, you will admire a delightful panorama that leads to the Sugarloaf Mountain. Inside the house, you will view an interpretation of the history and design of the gardens.

Day 10
Dublin, Ireland
None Breakfast

County Wicklow - Depart Dublin

Today you will be privately transferred to Dublin airport for your departure flight.

Tour Features

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Description

A 9 day itinerary featuring the highlights of Ireland.

About Us

For more than 25 years, Abercrombie & Kent United Kingdom & Ireland has provided outstanding journeys for discerning travellers across the United Kingdom. From its central base in the Cotswolds, the company operates an unsurpassed, localised network that allows the company to effortlessly arrange tours across the two regions. Guests enjoy a range of unrivalled benefits, such as Guardian Angels who provide friendship and reassurance and an inspired collection of "Insider Access" experiences such as granting private access to see the iconic Crown Jewels followed by an evening of cocktails and canapés in the Hall of Monarchs.

Insider Tip

The cities of London, Dublin and Edinburgh are wonderful but be sure venture out of the cities during your tour and experience the picturesque and often dramatic countryside of the UK & Ireland.

Terms & Conditions

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR FIT CLIENTS


1. CONFIRMATION OF RESERVATIONS

If after reviewing the one of our proposals your clients would like to accept a tour, we would require


A deposit of 10% of the indicated cost.


The final balance 30 days prior to departure.


Within 30 days prior to departure 100% of the estimated cost is required as deposit.


2. AMENDMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS

Once hotels and services are confirmed, any changes made will incur an administration fee of /50.00.


Cancellation received any time after the deposit has been made and up to 30 days prior to departure will result  in no cancellation penalties except for a /250.00 per person admin fee.


Cancellations received 30-15 days prior to departure will be subject to 25% of the total tour cost.

 

Cancellations received 14-7 days prior to departure will be subject to 50% of the total tour cost.

      

Cancellations received within 7 days of arrival will be subject to 100% of the total tour cost.


We regret that refunds cannot be made for any unused services confirmed on the itineraries.


3. FORCE MAJEURE

Abercrombie and Kent will not be responsible for any direct or indirect loss, financial loss, consequential loss, loss of enjoyment, oain and suffering, damage, injury, accident delay or irregularity resulting from acts of God, civil commotion, arrest or constraint by prines, rulers and people, bad weather, closure of ports, quarantine and epidemics or any other event whatsoever arising that cannot be avoided or guarded against by the exercise of due diligence or the consequences of which cannot be avoided or guarded against by the exercise of due diligence.


Abercrombie and Kent acts as a booking agent for the suppliers of products and accepts no liability for any injury, loss, damage, accident, delay or irregularity that may arise to any customer or third party resulting from the customer's or third party's use of the products. Abercrombie and Kent makes all reasonable enquiries to determine that suppliers provide appropriate products.


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Abercrombie and Kent Europe accepts Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards.


When final payment is made via your clients' credit card, please submit a commission invoice and your commission will be paid in to your nominated bank account at the time of the commencement of the tour.

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By: klnews


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

We especially liked the wonderful service when we arrived in our cities. Guides were fantastic too
Travel Advisor:  Cassandra Bookholder
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Wonderful Experience

By: Janice


Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2015

Abercrombie & Kent made arrangement for us to have drivers for July 5th, 6th and 7th and to return us to Dublin on the 8th. Although the drivers said they were not from A&K, they had been hired by them and took us to the preplanned sites and tours that we had agreed on. In addition, they (one on the 5th and 6th, another one on the 7th and 8th) included many sites and historical tours of the cities which we visited. Both were excellent drivers and expert guides! They were not, apparently, aware of the agreed to contract with A&K and we did have to pay for admission to all the tours that required fees, but we felt we got so much more from their experience that the cost was well worth what we paid.
Travel Advisor:  Denise Shepard
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Excellent guides

By: ScottSh


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2015

Each of our guides in different parts of Greece provided an amazing and insightful experience.
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excellent guides and hotels

By: Kathy


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2015

The hotels and France were fine, the guides and drivers excellent and historical explantions excpeptional. We appreciated that our excellent guides took us off the beaten tourist path and to places extraordinary and special. these fellows were wonderful and friendly and knowledgeable. terrific
Travel Advisor:  Aline Coleman

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By: Shelley


Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2016

Our family loved our trip to London! We were well taken care of by Peter and Vanessa. They were warm and welcoming to us in addition to being very knowledgable about everything London. Our Guardian Angel checked in on us several times and it was nice to have a contact in London in case an emergency arose. Thank you for helping to execute a wonderful, memorable trip!

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Reviewed on: 11 Jun 2017

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