Mystical Emerald Isle: Western Ireland

30 May 2020 - 06 June 2020
Connemara, Galway/Mayo, Cliff of Moher, Ring of Kerry
Only one room left
  • Culture and History
  • Wine and Spirits Appreciation
  • Outdoors
7 Nights
From $3,999
4 Home bases
6 Destinations
Group size
Max
10

Jump on board another small and exclusive journey of ours (6 guests), taking you through one of the most scenic and memorable regions of the World.

Revel in the finest traditions of Irish hospitality on this indulgent luxury experience, thrill to magnificent scenery, including the Ring of Kerry, and enjoy heartfelt country welcomes as you take in a sheepdog demonstration, enjoy tastings of Guinness and whiskey, and stay at some of the country’s finest five-star hotels.
Hosted by one of our finest journey directors, make the most of this journey through Western Ireland by doing as much..or as little as you'd like.

Highlights

Immerse into local life & culture

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.

Take on the soaring cliffs, lakes & fjords

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.

Itinerary

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
Welcome to Ireland

Welcome to Ireland

Day 1

On arrival in Shannon (guests interested in adding Dublin to their itinerary will receive a complimentary transfer from there), you are greeted by your Art In Voyage hosts and start your journey north towards the Connemara district region. Along the way, we uncover the beautiful coast of Ireland and its fishing villages. On arrival, you are treated to a spa, gently washing off the effects of jet lag before enjoying with us a welcome dinner in a private setting of the castle.

The lakes of the connemara

The lakes of the connemara

Day 2

Today, we spend a full day discovering the Connemara National Park, looking for remote wildness and natural beauty. The villages of Connemara will stretch out before you like a colorful road map of communities and hidden gems just waiting to be explored. Each town or village has its own distinct character and local culture. We will stop for a lunch picnic in the park, and won't forget to enjoy an afternoon tea at Kylemore Abbey's Victorian walled gardens. Tonight, dinner is at leisure.

Killary harbor fjords & Galway

Killary harbor fjords & Galway

Day 3

After a lovely breakfast, we depart for Galway county with a drive through Killary harbor and the coastline. For lunch, we will stop in beautiful Galway where we will enjoy the quintessential pairing of Guinness Stout with fresh Galway Bay Oysters. There, you will have a few hours to discover the town before we make our way to our home for the next two nights, the lovely Glenlo Abbey Estate. Dinner is at leisure

Cliff of Moher

Cliff of Moher

Day 4

After breakfast, we start our pilgrimage to the Cliffs of Moher. Really, you are coming for one of two things: the staggering height of the rock face, and the even more staggering beauty of the views from the top. Soaring to 702 feet, the striated stone reaches its long fingers southward to counties Cork and Kerry beyond, with a keen eye from O'Brien's Tower even able to spot the Aran Islands to the north. A lunch stop will be organized before continuing our drive through Clare county. Upon returning, we are met by the property's whiskey connoisseur for a tasting of 3 of their best ones, which is followed by lovely tasting dinner with wine pairings, in one of their two Pullman Orient Express cars.

Limerick & Killarney

Limerick & Killarney

Day 5

On our way south, we stop in Limerick where we are greeted by a local historian for a walking tour of the town and its main sites. We continue our day of culture, seeking tradition and authenticity by making a personal connection to our host country through the visit of a traditional family dairy farm. Hear about the rural life from family members, and then join them for a home-cooked farm lunch, on this unique experience. Our last leg takes us to the beautiful Killarney National Park where we check in to our hotel and savor a Scenic Sundowner overlooking the water. Dinner is at leisure.

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

Day 6

The Ring of Kerry is a true photographers’ paradise - wildlife river, coastal and forest - stunning scenery that changes as the light dances to the tune of the incoming Atlantic weather. We ride in a traditional jaunting car to venture even closer to this natural beauty. Then, set out for a breathtaking coastal drive, where every turn in the road reveals new and ever-more-stunning vistas. Pause to peruse local handicrafts in the Gap of Dunloe, then enjoy a demonstration of Irish sheepdogs and their indispensable skills. Dinner will be held at our beautiful property, with wine pairings.

Cork & Ireland Southern Coast

Cork & Ireland Southern Coast

Day 7

On this last leg of our journey, we drive Ireland’s wild southern shore through rugged West Cork to visit a third-generation family-owned emporium that specializes in authentic, locally produced food products — meats, cheeses, chutney, preserves and more. Meet some of the shop’s suppliers and enjoy a lunch completely sourced nearby. We arrive in Cork in the middle of the afternoon, giving you enough time to enjoy strolling its streets before our farewell dinner at our favorite Michelin-starred eatery.

Time to head home..or extend!

Time to head home..or extend!

Day 8

This morning, you are transferred to Shannon airport where you connect with your flight home. You may also tell us to "wait a minute" and we will be delighted to assist in setting up an extension to Killkenny, Dublin, Belfast or anywhere beyond.

Accommodations

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

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.

Glenlo Abbey Estate

Glenlo Abbey Estate

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

Muckross Park Hotel &Spa

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.

Hayfield Manor

Hayfield Manor

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.

The finer details

Mystical Emerald Isle: Western Ireland

Deluxe rooms throughout
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$3,999
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Journey directors

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

Good to know

All listed activities are optional in attendance

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

International flight to and from Ireland (Shannon is best) may be arranged through us.

Travel insurance is recommended (Art In Voyage partners with ALLIANZ)

Price is based on a double occupancy. We charge a small single supplement.

Space is limited to 6 guests (ask us about setting a private exclusive journey inspired by this one)

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A refundable deposit of $1000 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 90 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

Your final balance is due 90 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.

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