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Mystical Emerald Isle
Western Ireland

Connemara, Galway/Mayo, Cliff of Moher, Ring of Kerry
12 June 2021 - 19 June 2021 | 7 Nights
Starting at $4,446/person
  • Culture and History
4 Home bases
5 Destinations
Activity level
Moderate
Service level
Premium
Group size
Max
6
Journey designed by
Mikael Audebert

                        

Disconnect to reconnect. While that may sound impossible, upon entering the Mystical Emerald Isle, the captivating and calming aura of this region will become evident. With life's usual stresses and challenges alleviated, allow yourself the opportunity to be pampered and taken care of by your attentive hosts. Limited to just six guests, you can expect one-on-one service throughout.

A land renowned for its never-ending vistas of green tranquility and awe, interspersed with deep-rooted culture and historical landmarks, it will undoubtedly create long-lasting memories. These range from an authentic sheepdog demonstration, to a photographers’ dream of capturing the Ring of Kerry, to sampling a perfectly poured Guinness or whiskey. Soak it all in, while enjoying legendary Irish hospitality in some of the finest five-star hotels. Discover a unique perspective of The Mystical Emerald Isle, that only Art In Voyage can offer.

Your Host

Philip Cross
Philip Cross

Highlights

Immerse In Irish Life & Culture

Embrace the warm, inevitable invitations from locals into their homes as we experience the legendary hospitality of the Irish people. As we absorb and admire the beauty of Ireland, we become acquainted with their customs, culinary traditions, and rich history.

Soaring Cliffs, Mystical Lakes & Fjords

Our driving tour leads us to some of the most impressive natural sites in the World. Marvel at the sights of century-old castles, towns, and forests which have been dearly cared for through generations. At every turn, the beauty of the Emerald Isle is revealed.

Itinerary

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
Touchdown in Ireland

Touchdown in Ireland

Day 1

Arriving in Shannon, you will be greeted by the crisp Irish air as well as your Art in Voyage host, here to assist you at every step of the way. Your journey begins northwards, towards the Connemara District region. The experience is as much about the journey as it is the destination. This holds true as we encounter the first authentic Emerald Isle experience 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.

The Connemara

The Connemara

Day 2

Today will be spent exploring the 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 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 in the enchanting Victorian Walled Gardens of Kylemore Abbey. Dinner tonight will be at your leisure.

Discovering Killary & Fjords

Discovering Killary & Fjords

Day 3

After a scrumptious breakfast, we depart for Galway County. En route, we 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 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, bringing to life its rich legacy. We then make our way to what we will call home for the next two days, Glenlo Abbey Estate.

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher

Day 4

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 on the north may even spot 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.

Limerick to Killarney

Limerick to Killarney

Day 5

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 stopover at one of the traditional dairy farms continues our immersion into the culture with such captivating authenticity. Sharing a home-cooked meal while the family regales 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 Sundowner while overlooking the water at our hotel for the evening in Killarney National park. Surrounded by rolling green hills, our day draws to an end with an idyllic tone.

The Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry

Day 6

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.

Along the South Coast to Cork

Along the South Coast to Cork

Day 7

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 coastal edges of West Cork, we arrive at a third-generation family-owned food emporium specializing in authentic, locally produced food products. Meet some of their suppliers and feast on a lunch filled with meats, cheeses, chutneys, and other integral ingredients of Irish cuisine. It's 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 a farewell dinner at our favorite Michelin-starred eatery.

Good Things Don't Have to End

Good Things Don't Have to End

Day 8

The final morning has arrived and transfers to Shannon Airport for your flight home awaits. This spellbinding journey through The Mystical Emerald Isle may very well have captivated your soul. In that case, the Art In Voyage Team would be delighted to extend your trip and assist with arrangements to the next leg of your emerald adventure or beyond. How about an experience along the Whiskey Trails of Scotland, or a wee bit further into the heart of Europe? By this point, your hosts will understand your preferences and will suggest the perfect extension for your Emerald Isle journey.

Accommodations

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

Connemara, Ireland

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...

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Glenlo Abbey Estate

Glenlo Abbey Estate

County Galway, Ireland

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...

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Muckross Park Hotel &Spa

Muckross Park Hotel &Spa

Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland

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...

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Hayfield Manor

Hayfield Manor

Cork, 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.

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The finer details

Classic River View | Connemara
Classic River View | Connemara
Deluxe Room | Galway
Deluxe Room | Galway
Deluxe Room | Ring of Kerry
Deluxe Room | Ring of Kerry
Superior Room | Cork
Superior Room | Cork

Deluxe Package

$4,446/person
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $750/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure
Riverside Suite | Connemara
Riverside Suite | Connemara
Junior Suite | Galway
Junior Suite | Galway
Junior Suite | Ring of Kerry
Junior Suite | Ring of Kerry
Grand Suite | Cork
Grand Suite | Cork

Suite Package

$5,367/person
Only one room left
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $750/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure

Nights

2 nights in a Connemara

2 nights in Galway

2 nights in the Ring of Kerry

1 night in Cork

Meals

7 lovely breakfasts

3 beautiful lunches

3 incredible dinners with wine pairings

Activities

All tours, activities and drives listed on the itinerary

Visit of local farms and artisans

Limerick walking guided tour

Sampling, along the way, of Irish Whiskeys and Beers

Extras

Services of professional Art In Voyage journey directors & drivers

All sales taxes

Airport transfers on arrival and departure

Meet & Greet at Shannon airport

Add-Ons and Extension

Riverside Suite | Connemara
Riverside Suite | Connemara
Riverside Suite | Connemara

Indulge in a Suite at Ballynahinch Castle

$267/person
Perfect if you prefer our deluxe package yet want a chance to upgrade the first two nights in one of our Riverside Suites.

Good to know

All listed activities are optional in attendance.

Additional daily trips and excursions may be arranged for a small supplement.

International flights to and from Ireland (Shannon is recommended) may be arranged through Art In Voyage.

Travel insurance is recommended (Art In Voyage partners with Seven Corners)

How about extending?

Arrive early, or depart later. Allow our consultants to customize a pre-extension or a post-extension to your journey.

Why travel with us?

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