Board your flight from the United States to Dublin, Ireland.
Arrive in Dublin.
One night at Cabra Castle, County Cavan. Breakfast provided.
Days 3 and 4:
After breakfast in the hotel, check out and drive west to Abbeyglen Castle CMV Hotel.
Two nights at Abbeyglen Castle CMV Hotel, County Galway. Breakfast provided.
Days 5 and 6:
After breakfast in the hotel, check out and drive a short distance to Ballynahinch Castle.
Two nights at Ballynahinch Castle, County Galway. Breakfast provided.
After breakfast in the hotel, check out and drive east to Clontarf Castle.
One night at Clontarf Castle, County Dublin. Breakfast provided.
Bid farewell to Ireland as you board your return flight to the United States.
Hotel notes: Check-in times are generally at 2:00 or 3:00 pm. Should you arrive beforehand, the hotel’s reception staff would be happy to store your baggage for you so you can set out and begin exploring.
Transportation notes: You’ll be able to pick up and drop off your rental car directly at Dublin Airport. Driving in Ireland is not difficult. However, remember that the Irish drive on the left-hand side of the road, and they have far more roundabouts that we have in the USA. You will also likely see road signs in English and Irish.
Our suggestions of things to do and see in:
While in Dublin, be sure to enjoy the shopping, the pubs, the friendly locals and the food. You can reach many of Dublin’s best sightseeing attractions with a 2-day hop-on, hop-off city sightseeing bus tour. Its 24 stops make it simple to find Trinity College, Temple Bar, Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Kilmainham Gaol, the Dublin Writers’ Museum and the James Joyce Centre. Dublin has a fantastic restaurant scene with many local chefs using farm-to-table ingredients to create tasty twists on Irish classics. For some well-deserved fun on your vacation, join a tour of the Guinness Storehouse or the Jameson Whiskey Distillery – or go for an evening of Irish music and dance at the Abbey Tavern. Once you’ve gotten to know Ireland’s capital, take a day trip to another corner of this beautiful island. We offer day tours to the Aran Islands (where residents still primarily speak the Irish language), the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, the city of Cork, the Giant’s Causeway ( a World Heritage Site), the beautiful Glens of Antrim, the Ring of Kerry, the Wicklow Mountains, the monastic site of Glendalough, the village of Avoca, the Hill of Tara (the former seat of the High Kings of Ireland), and the archaeological site of Newgrange, which at 5000 years old is older than the pyramids of Ancient Egypt.
Many of Ireland’s best attractions are in fact natural. Plan your self-drive adventure to explore Ireland’s most beautiful scenery. Our favorite spots to visit near your castle properties include Connemara National Park, the Wicklow Mountains, the Hill of Tara, the World Heritage archaeological site of Brú na Bóinne, the Kildare National Stud and Japanese Gardens, the Killary Fjard, Kylemore Abbey, Ballintubber Abbey, the Fermanagh Lakes, Belfast, the village of Knock - and the towns of Westport, Enniskillen, Armagh and Tullamore. (The home of the famous Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, the Tullamore Visitor Centre offers tours and tastings.) If you’re interested in acquiring some of Ireland’s handcrafts, knitwear and pottery, while in Co. Galway visit the handweaving shops, studios and woolen stores in Letterfrack, Spiddal and Clifden.
“Our suggestions of things to do and see” are not included in the package price and may be at an additional cost. To make the most of your trip and avoid the disappointment of “sold out” tours, contact our travel experts at (800) 227-3235 up to two weeks prior to departure to add transfers and sightseeing.