Allow the worries of the world to leave you as you take in all the Mystical Emerald Isle has to share. Experience another of our exclusive trips through one of the world’s most picturesque and historical landscapes. Limited to 6 guests, one of our more experienced hosts will be able to look after each traveler's needs, ensuring a truly memorable and relaxing experience. A land renowned for its never-ending vistas of green tranquility and awe, interspersed with deep-rooted culture and historical landmarks, will create long-lasting memories. These range from an authentic sheepdog demonstration, capturing the moment in the photographers’ paradise of the Ring of Kerry and the sampling of a perfectly poured Guinness or whiskey. Soak it all in, while enjoying legendary Irish hospitality in some of the country’s finest five-star hotels.
Invite yourself into locals' homes and farms as we uncover the legendary hospitality of the Irish people. As we contemplate and admire the beauty of their country, we mingle and learn more about their pride, their customs, their culinary traditions and their history.
Our driving tour exposes us to some of the most beautiful and natural sites in the World. Well preserved and cared for by the locals, enjoy the sight of century old castles, cemeteries, forests and towns. Here, nature keeps on giving. At every turn, we uncover the true beauty of this island nation, nicknamed, rightfully so, the Emerald Isle.
Arriving in Shannon, you will be greeted by the crisp Irish air as well as your Art in Voyage host, here to assist you every step of the way. They will start you off on your journey north towards the Connemara District region. The experience is as much about the journey as it is the destination, and this holds true as you get your first taste of the emerald isle in the form of the cozy fishing villages gently enticing the waves to the shore. A spa treatment awaits you on arrival, revitalizing you for the private welcome dinner set in one of the ivy-covered castles.
Today will be spent exploring the remote beauty of the Connemara National park. The vivid blue lakes edged by the sharp-peaked range of The Twelve Bens paint a charming setting for the colorful road map of communities present in the villages. The unique character and local culture of each is waiting for you to explore, a plethora of hidden gems to be laid bare along the way. Lunch will consist of a picnic in the park, while an afternoon tea can be had among the floral arrangements in the Victorian Walled Gardens of Kylemore Abbey. Dinner tonight will be at your leisure and choosing.
Once a scrumptious breakfast has been finished, you shall depart for Galway County. En route you shall traverse through one of Ireland’s only fjords, in which the Killary harbor can be found nuzzling the coastline. Lunch will be had in the serene setting of Galway. It’s here that the quintessential pairing of Guinness Stout with fresh Galway Bay Oysters will delight your senses. Take a few hours to explore the town. The history filled streets and buildings have many tales to tell, the heritage sites, museums and art galleries found throughout help bring to life it’s rich legacy. We then make our way to what we will call home for the next two days, Glenlo Abbey Estate.
Today the pilgrimage to the Cliffs of Moher lies ahead of us. Pausing only for breakfast, we are met with the staggering beauty of the sheer rock face. Soaring to 702 feet, the white of the waves crashing down below, the cliff’s fingers caress the coast southwards towards Cork and Kerry. Those with a keen eye focused to the north may even see the Aran Islands from O’Brien’s Tower. After lunch, we continue with our drive through Clare County. Eagerly anticipating our return will be the property’s whiskey connoisseur, providing us with a tasting of three of their finest creations. A lavish dinner paired with wine awaits us in one of their Pullman Orient Express carriages.
Southbound, we stop in at the bustling city of Limerick. There to help us navigate the town’s stories will be a local historian with a walking tour of the sites. A stop over at one of the traditional dairy farms continues our immersion into the culture with such authenticity. Sharing a home-cooked meal while the family regale you with tales from rural life, you’ll be hard pushed not to find a personal connection with the Emerald Isle. Allow the feelings to flow as we savor a scenic Sundowner while overlooking the water at our hotel for the evening in Killarney National park.
Cameras are advised to be at the ready for today’s venture into the photographic delight of the Ring of Kerry. Capture the moment as the light dances to the tune of the incoming coastal winds, changing the perception of the majesty in all it touches. Round every corner is an ever-changing panorama, waiting for the click. Gain a unique perspective to your shots as you travel up close and personal in a traditional jaunting car. A perusal of the local handicrafts in the Gap of Dunloe follows, after which a demonstration of Irish sheepdogs will ensue where we find out why they are indispensable to the land. Dinner with wine pairing will be available at our accommodation after.
The last leg of the journey is upon us as we drive through the wilderness that envelopes Ireland's southern shore. Passing through the rugged costal edges of West Cork, we arrive at a third-generation family-owned food emporium specializing in authentic, locally produced food products. Meet some of the shops suppliers and feast on a lunch filled with meats, cheeses, chutneys and other integral ingredients that have all been locally sourced. Time to get the camera out again as we arrive in the aesthetically pleasurable location of Cork. Explore the rich colors and architecture painted through the streets before your farewell dinner at our favorite Michelin-starred eatery.
The final morning has come and you will be transferred to Shannon airport where your flight home awaits. Your spellbinding journey has come to an end after The Mystical Emerald Isle has welcomed you in and allowed you to glance past some of its mysticism. From dining on the finest locally produced food and wine with the locals that produced it, to watching the sheepdogs bound after the herd with the discipline handed down through generations of loyalty. The sun setting on the rolling green hills, glinting off the whites of the waves of the previous evening doesn’t have to be the last you see here. We would be delighted to extend your trip and assist with arrangements to the next leg of your emerald adventure or beyond.
Welcome to Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, one of Ireland's finest luxury castle hotels. Set in a private 700 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara. This authentic and unpretentious Castle Hotel stands proudly overlooking it's famous salmon fishery, with a backdrop of the beautiful 12 Bens Mountain range.
During your stay relax in your beautifully appointed bedroom or suite with wonderful views, wake up to the sound of the river meandering past your window before enjoying breakfast in the elegant restaurant, which was voted the best in Ireland in April 2017 by Georgina Campbell. Ballynahinch Castle is the perfect destination for an activity break or simply relaxing by one of their six open log fires. Expert guides are available to assist in every activity, on the sea, the mountains, rivers and trails or in the library exploring the rich culture of this spectacular region.
Nestled peacefully on a stunning 138-acre estate on the edge of Ireland’s largest lake, Lough Corrib, the 5* Glenlo Abbey Estate offers the discerning traveler a warm, personable and luxurious base during their travels to Galway.
The ‘piece de resistance’ comes in the form of their Pullman Restaurant, two former carriages that once served on the Orient Express. Savor their two AA rosette awarded fine dining experience in one of Ireland’s most unique and historic settings.
Be captivated as you meet birds of prey in their Falconry, bring your sense of wonderment alive with their Abbey movie theater, try your hand at Archery in the Walled Garden or fishing on Lough Corrib with their expert Ghillie.
The beautiful, rugged and unspoilt natural scenery of Connemara lies right on our doorstep and creates a soft and balanced contrast to the vibrant and eclectic surroundings of life in Galway City.
Muckross Park Hotel & Spa perfectly balances 18th century style with 21st century splendor. Experience 5-star luxury from breakfast through to bedtime. Charming, modern and magnificently elegant, a warm welcome and award-winning service awaits you just 4km from Killarney Town.
Look no further than Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, which is set amongst 25,000 acres of the pristine Killarney National Park. Everywhere you look is bathed in a sea of the Emerald Isle’s famous greenery. These spectacular surroundings allow for unforgettable walks and bike rides through unbelievably beautiful scenery. We are here to ensure you have a stay worthy of the stunning south-west of Ireland.
At the 5 Star Hayfield Manor Hotel Cork, a family owned, boutique luxury hotel, a visit is an experience in itself and is among the top hotels in Ireland. The property's central location is discreetly nestled within beautiful walled gardens, a tranquil oasis in the vibrant city of Cork South West Ireland.
Guests can unwind in Hayfield Manor’s signature restaurant Orchids, overlooking the beautiful private gardens it creates the perfect atmosphere to dine one of the best fine dining restaurants in Cork. Guest will be utterly pampered with a choice of elegant bedrooms and an award-winning spa.
Rates displayed are per person, based on double occupancy.
All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.
A refundable deposit of $750 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 60 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.
Your final balance is due 60 days prior to departure, at which point your journey becomes non-refundable.
NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.