Ireland Travel  

 

Our travel agent team of "Emerald Ireland Partners" specializes in customized Ireland travel as well as Ireland tours and vacation packages. Let our travel agents assist you in discovering the real Ireland! Since we are "Emerald Ireland Partners" our travel agents know the best Ireland travel vacations to offer, from Ireland Castle tours to pub tours, walking tours, bed and breakfast packages, Ireland golf vacation and everything in between! Whether you are looking for Ireland travel for a romantic honeymoon, to visit Ireland's famous Ashford Caste, or a family vacation to discover your Irish ancestry, Global Philosophy Travel and our Ireland Travel affiliated agents are your expert source for Ireland travel.

The following Ireland travel packages are only an example of what's possible!

Ireland Travel: Affordable & Luxurious New Year's Eve at Adare Manor from $1149 p.p.:

Start the New Year off right with a luxury travel experience at an affordable price! Experience the ultimate New Year's travel packages by celebrating in one of Ireland's most exclusive hotel estates. Spend 6-nights in one of Adare Manor's luxurious villas nestled into Adare Manor's 840 acres of lush Irish countryside. Adare Manor makes for the perfect location to sightsee with the following Ireland gems just a drive away: Limerick, Bunratty, Galway, Killarney, Waterford, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle among other charming Irish villages. Ireland Travel: Affordable & Luxurious New Year's at Adare Manor Includes: 6-Nights in a private villa, roundtrip airfare to Shannon, weekly manual car rental, Black Tie Gala Ball with champagne reception, dinner, wine and a New Year's Eve band! You'll be ringing in the New Year in style! Rates: from $1149 p.p. plus tax depending on exact date of travel and airport.

Romantic Ireland Castle Discovery:

One of the most popular Ireland travel packages! This romantic Ireland vacation affords a little touch of romance and luxury as you enjoy your final night's stay in one of Ireland's castles. Ireland boasts some of Europe's most famous five-star castles. Choose from Waterford Castle, Dromoland Castle, Adare Manor or Ashford Castle and enjoy the opportunity to stay in one of the finest luxury castles in the world. This Ireland travel package provides your first night in a hotel and then allows you to choose the next nights from over 450 tourist-board approved farmhouse bed & breakfasts or small romantic inns which are sprinkled throughout Ireland. Optional upgrades available including staying in one of Ireland's castles each and every night! Choose from the following Ireland castle hotels:

Ireland's Adare Manor:

Voted the #1 European Luxury Resort by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine, Ireland's Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort has earned this honor by consistently providing the highest possible standards of service and facilities, in a most breathtaking setting. A member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World, Ireland's Adare Manor provides you with an elegant, yet relaxing, atmosphere for a truly memorable and luxurious Ireland vacation.

Ireland's Ashford Castle:

With Ashford Castle's breathtaking, sweeping profile across Lough Corrib stretched out before you, from its shoreline vantage point, it's easy to realize why it's said that time stands still in Ireland. Built in the 13th Century, Ireland's spectacular Ashford Castle has been commanding the water's edge with 350 acres of private woodland, allowing for a new discovery each day. Outdoor adventures abound from horseback riding, falconry, boating on the lake, hiking Ireland's beautiful countryside and so much more! A truly memorable Ireland travel experience awaits!

Ireland's Dromoland Castle:

Ireland's Dromoland Castle is a magnificent renaissance structure built in the 17th century, and was once the royal seat of the O'Brien clan. Today it is one of Ireland's luxury five-star castle hotels, retaining priceless reminders of Dromoland castle's historic past. Dromoland Castle crowns a magnificent 375-acres where travelers can fish, ride horseback, golf, play tennis and more. Yet another of Ireland's castle beauties!

Ireland's Waterford Castle:

Ireland's Waterford Castle is located in the splendid, "sunny southeast" of Ireland. Waterford Castle is two miles from Waterford City providing an excellent base for exploring the well-known part of Ireland. Waterford Castle is uniquely situated on its own private 310-acre island on Ireland's River Suir, surrounded by majestic woodlands and an 18-hole, championship golf course. Waterford Castle is a great spot for not only romantic travel but also an Ireland golf vacation like no other! Another gorgeous Ireland castle vacation awaits!

Ireland Castle Travel Package Includes:

Roundtrip airfare from the US to Ireland (optional)
First night pre-booked at a first class Dublin hotel (or Shannon hotel)
4 + nights in open-voucher, farmhouse bed and breakfasts, small inns (or upgrade to all castles!)
1 night in a luxury castle (or upgrade to all castles!)
Weekly car rental or chauffeur
Waterford Crystal Factory guided tour
Complimentary Irish coffee reception (Shannon only)
Assistance of local Ireland tour operator
Full Irish breakfast daily

Rates depend upon dates of travel, types of accommodations selected and number of nights. Contact our Ireland Travel specialists with your travel dates!

Custom Designed Ireland Chauffeur Tours

Ireland Chauffeur Tour Description :

What better way to travel Ireland than by a personally designed chauffeured tour? You will relax and enjoy the scenery while your driver navigates, with stops along the way for photo opportunities or whatever your heart desires. Travel in luxury and comfort with your expert driver/guide with you every step of the way. You will be given the insiders tour with expert advice on the best shopping, places of interest, pubs and restaurants as well as those off-the-beaten-path cultural gems that define a trip long after you’ve come home. Did we mention you might hear a tall tale or two along the way? All our Ireland chauffeured tours include private transfers on arrival and departure, deluxe accommodations, full Irish breakfast daily, all local taxes and service charges, handling of bags and sightseeing, and a variety of cultural activities. Our Ireland travel concierge is at your service to do on the spot changes, make theatre and dinner reservations, book additional golf rounds, change or add hotels and do myriad other services while you are traveling. Our Ireland travel specialists are eager to plan your dream Ireland vacation!

Rates depend upon dates of travel, types of accommodations selected and number of nights.. Contact our Ireland Travel specialists with your travel dates!

Treasures of Ireland Travel Package:

Day 1: USA to Shannon:   Overnight flight to Shannon Ireland. Dinner is served shortly after take off so sit back, relax and enjoy the in-flight entertainment!

Day 2: Shannon:   Morning arrival at Shannon Airport.   After clearing customs we are greeted by our professional Irish Driver/Guide. We leave for our elegant accommodation at the Bunratty Castle Hotel, your first night in Ireland is a splendid one!   After a brief rest, we travel through Ennis to the County Clare coast to view the awe inspiring Cliffs of Moher. We pause here for sightseeing, photos and possible refreshment at The Cliffs Gift & Coffee Shop. We return to our castle hotel with time to rest or leisurely explore the quaint Bunratty Village. Tonight we will be immersed in the local culture with dinner at our castle hotel.

Day 3: Shannon Limerick Adare Killarney:   After a hearty Irish Breakfast, we travel south through the bustling city of Limerick, birthplace of Frank McCourt, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Angela's Ashes.  Crossing the Shannon River we continue to Adare Village, recently honored as one of Ireland's Prettiest Villages where we have an opportunity to stop and view the thatched roof cottages.   Then to Killarney for dinner and overnight in our town center first class hotel.

Day 4: The Ring of Kerry:   Experience the true beauty of Ireland, on this full day tour of the magnificent Ring of Kerry, while traveling along the rugged Atlantic coastline and through the quaint villages of Killorglin, Glenbeigh and Sneem.   Return to Killarney for overnight at the Killarney Towers Hotel.   Dinner and evening activities at leisure.

Day 5: Killarney-Blarney-Waterford: The Cork and Kerry Mountains provide our backdrop today as we travel to our first stop, the postcard town of Blarney, home to the renowned Blarney Castle with its kissing stone in place since the mid 1400's!   Time to shop the world famous Blarney Woolen Mills. On then to Waterford where we check in at our accommodation at Faithlegg House.   Relax in the splendor of this magnificent 18th Century Manor and Estate.   Dinner this evening is provided at our luxury manor home.

Day 6: Waterford-Kilkenny-Dublin:   After our Irish breakfast the first stop is the internationally famous Waterford Crystal Factory. This is an experience not to be missed.   Next, our journey takes us to the City of Kilkenny where we'll stop and enjoy some free time to explore this ancient Medieval town on our own, including Kilkenny Castle, ancestral home of the Butler Clan. Our tour continues north to Dublin for dinner and overnight at Jury's Ballsbridge Hotel.

Day 7: Dublin: This morning we enjoy a tour of Dublin. We visit St. Patrick's Cathedral where Jonathan Swift of Gulliver's Travels gave his famous sermons.   We continue with a visit to Trinity College to view the priceless "Book of Kells."  The rest of the day is at leisure to explore more than thousand years of ancient history within this cosmopolitan city.   Perhaps enjoy a multi-media exhibit of Dublin's history at Dublinia; learn the secrets behind the Emerald Isle's most famous brew at the Guinness Storehouse; or shop along Grafton Street in the heart of Dublin's pedestrian area. Overnight at Jury's Ballsbridge Hotel.   Dinner and evening activities at leisure.

Day 8: Dublin Dromoland Castle:   After our Irish breakfast, we travel via the Irish midlands to County Clare for our last night's stay at majestic Dromoland Castle. Time today to enjoy this Five Star Deluxe property and its magnificent estate.   Optional activities include horseback riding, fishing or leisurely walks through the romantic gardens, as well as spa services.   This evening's Gala Farewell Ireland Dinner will be served in the dining room.   (Jacket & Tie Required.)

Day 9: Dromoland Castle Shannon to USA: After our last Irish breakfast together, we bid you farewell and Thank You! We travel to Shannon Airport where we have time for last minute duty-free shopping before boarding our flight home, taking with us treasured memories of our trip to the Emerald Isle. Optional: may our Ireland travel specialists assist you in extending your stay in either Ireland, Scotland, England or the rest of Europe? Our travel specialists are happy to assist you further!

Treasures of Ireland Travel Package Includes:

7 Nights accommodation as above
5 Evening Meals including Gala Farewell Dinner at Dromoland Castle
Full Irish Breakfast Daily except morning of arrival
All Sightseeing and Admissions as per Itinerary
All Transfers by private luxury motorcoach
Professional Driver / Guide accompanies the Tour
All Service Charges and Local Taxes on Included Items
Porterage of One Suitcase Per Person

Rates depend upon dates of travel. Contact our Ireland Travel specialists with your travel dates!

Ireland's Sights and Sounds Pub Tour - Back by Popular Demand!

One of the most affordable escorted pub tours to Ireland! This pub tour has been such a hit for the past four years, our tour operator has decided to reinstate it based upon numerous inquiries. Come find out why!

DAY 1  USA Shannon: Overnight flight to Shannon, Ireland. Dinner is served shortly after take off so sit back, relax and enjoy the in-flight entertainment!

DAY 2 Clare Galway: After clearing customs, you are met by your driver, guide and arrival hostess. Leaving Shannon travel to view the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which stand 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean and extend for a distance of over 5 Miles.  Continue to the seaside village of Doolin stopping for a pint or pot of tea!   Leaving Doolin continue around Black Head through the area of County Clare known as The Burren Region to Galway and check in at your first class city center hotel for a two-night stay.   Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.

DAY 3 Connemara-Galway: After a hearty Irish breakfast, visit The Galway Crystal Heritage Centre, which provides a memorable introduction to the history and culture of the West of Ireland.   Learn about the traditional craft process at Galway Irish Crystal and see how the heritage of Galway has inspired these artists for decades. Travel though the predominantly Gaelic speaking region of County Galway known as Connemara.   This natural terrain and unspoilt environment offers a mosaic of natural beauty at every turn in the road! Visit Clifden known as the Capital of Connemara and browse the shops, enjoy a pint and meal at one of the many noted seafood restaurants in the town.   Return to Galway for dinner and pub discovering at leisure!

DAY 4 Galway - Dublin: Following breakfast, travel across the heart of Ireland to pub-filled Dublin. Did you know that Dublin boasts over 900 pubs?! Check-in at your first class hotel in Dublin where your afternoon is at leisure to explore this 1,000+-year-old Capital.   Perhaps visit the priceless Book of Kells at Trinity College, or see where writer Jonathan Swift of Gulliver's Travels gave his famous sermons at St. Patrick's Cathedral.   Browse the shops along Grafton Street in the heart of Dublin's pedestrian area or enjoy lunch and a pint at one of Dublin's 900 unique pubs. Dinner will be served at your hotel tonight.

DAY 5 Dublin: This morning following breakfast you will be taken on a tour of Dublin's number one attraction, The Guinness Storehouse where you will have the opportunity to Learn to pour "The Perfect Pint!"  At the tour's conclusion, enjoy a pint of this Black Gold in the top floor Gravity Bar while admiring the sweeping panoramic views of Dublin City. The afternoon is at leisure to explore more of this ancient yet cosmopolitan capital.   At night, Dublin comes alive with everything from trendy cafe bars in Temple Bar to the more traditional Dublin pub. Other entertainment includes a selection of world class theatres, clubs and of course traditional Irish Music.

DAY 6 Dublin USA: After your last Irish breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to Dublin Airport.   Time for last minute duty-free shopping before boarding your flight home, taking treasured memories of your trip to the Emerald Isle! Optional: may our Ireland travel specialists assist you in extending your stay in either Ireland, Scotland, England or the rest of Europe? Our travel specialists are happy to assist you further!

Ireland's Sights and Sounds Pub Tour Includes:

Roundtrip Airfare from the US to Ireland (Optional)
4 Nights Accommodations
2 nights Imperial Hotel, Galway
2 nights Jury's Inn Hotel, Dublin
2 Evening Dinners
Full Irish Breakfast daily
All Sightseeing and Admission as per itinerary
All Transfers by private luxury motorcoach with Professional driver/guide

Rates depend upon dates of travel. Contact our Ireland Travel specialist with your travel dates!

Travel Ireland: The Undiscovered Northern Route Self Drive Itinerary

Some of Ireland's best kept secrets are the hidden gems located in the northeast and northwest and in the past few years Ireland's undiscovered Northern Route has continued to grow in popular demand. Beginning on Ireland's west coast and ending up on the east in Ireland's capital city, Dublin, this great self drive tour incorporates the natural beauty of Ireland's historical sites. Choose a visit to the Cliffs of Moher on the coast of County Clare and an incredible drive through "Joyce's Country" on your way to the popular coastal village of Westport. Enjoy two nights in spectacular Donegal as you overlook the Atlantic Ocean, home to many of Ireland's famous beaches. You will experience Ireland's historic city of Derry with a must see stop at the Giant's Causeway before you journey to Dublin for your final two-night accommodations right in the heart of Ireland's capital city.

DAY 1 USA - Shannon: Overnight flight to Shannon, Ireland. Dinner is served shortly after take off so sit back, relax and enjoy the in-flight entertainment!

DAY 2 Cliffs of Moher - Westport: Arrival this morning in Shannon. After you pick up your rental car enjoy a drive north towards Westport, Co. Mayo. Make sure to stop at the Cliffs of Moher along the Clare coast, which stand 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Arrive at your hotel for afternoon check-in.

DAY 3 Westport: After your Irish breakfast, take in some sightseeing, such as the legendary Croagh Patrick Mountain. Return to Westport to enjoy an evening filled with traditional Irish entertainment.

DAY 4 Westportr - Rossnowlagh: After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely drive up the coast toward Donegal with a recommended stop along the way in Bundoran, County Donegal. This quaint seaside town is a perfect place to stop and have lunch and to take a quiet stroll on the beach. Continue your journey to Rossnowlagh for two nights at a beachfront hotel.

DAY 5 Rossnowlagh: After breakfast you can shop in Donegal or take a drive to visit Slieve League, 900-foot cliffs above the Atlantic, or enjoy a tour of Glenviegh National Park and Castle. Return to your hotel for the night.

DAY 6 Rossnowlagh - Derry: After your two nights in Donegal, continue to Derry and check into your hotel for two nights. Derry, Ireland's fourth largest city has huge murals that are a great reminder of past tribulations. This lively and friendly Irish city has gained a reputation for its musical excellence throughout the world. Take the rest of the day to explore the past and present of this extraordinary city.

DAY 7 Derry: Drive to the northern coast of Ireland to visit the world-famous Giant's Causeway, unique rock formations which have stood for millions of years. This is a must-see in Ireland and the natural beauty will leave you awestruck.

DAY 8 Dublin: After breakfast begin your drive toward Ireland's capital city, Dublin. Stop in any of the small, quaint Irish towns along the way where you will experience the true Irish experience! Upon arrival in Dublin, step out for some of the finest cuisine in Europe.

DAY 9 Dublin: After your Irish breakfast, spend the day exploring Dublin. Some of the suggested sights to visit are Trinity College, St.Stephen's Green and the world-famous Guinness Storehouse. Last-minute shopping can be enjoyed on Grafton and O'Connell Streets. Tonight your dinner and evening activities are at your leisure.

DAY 9 Dublin - USA: After your last Irish breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to Dublin Airport. Time for last minute duty-free shopping before boarding your flight home, taking treasured memories of your trip to the Emerald Isle! Optional: may our Ireland travel specialists assist you in extending your stay in either Ireland, Scotland, England or the rest of Europe? Our travel specialists are happy to assist you further!

Travel Ireland: The Undiscovered Northern Route Includes:

Roundtrip Airfare from the US to Ireland (Optional)
8 Nights Luxury Hotels
Weekly car rental or chauffeur
Full Irish Breakfast daily
Admission to the Guinness Storehouse

Rates depend upon dates of travel. Contact our Ireland Travel specialists with your travel dates!

Ireland Travel: Dublin Apartment Rentals :

Enjoy a conveniently located apartment in Dublin city center! These 3 Star apartment hotels are located a few minutes' walk from some of Dublin's most famous sites including St. Stephen's Green. Each of our Dublin apartments feature a lounge with dining area, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. Rates include electricity, bed linen and towels, and a welcome pack upon arrival. 1-2 bedroom apartments available.

Rates depend upon dates of travel. Contact our Ireland Travel specialists with your travel dates!

Ireland Travel: Custom Designed Group Tours:

If your group of friends or family would like to experience the thrill of Ireland together, our custom designed Ireland group tours are for you! Traveling in a private luxury coach, complete with every modern comfort, your group or family can rent a castle or country house among other accommodation options. All activities will be arranged in advance with the built in flexibility to make changes and add other activities. Your group can alternate days that include activities, playing golf, hiking, cycling, horse riding, fishing and shopping followed by a day of sightseeing, visiting castles, gardens, ancient sites and pre-historic forts, or researching ancestry. Afterwards relax in warm and inviting traditional pubs, enjoy fine dining and experience local culture and music. Some custom tours we have created include family reunions, garden, museum, literary and historical, ancestral, choral and religious as well as sporting tours and educational organizations.

Rates depend upon dates of travel. Contact our Ireland Travel specialists with your travel dates!

Customize Your Ireland Travel:

Dublin:

Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl: This fun and lively pub crawl is led by two professional musicians! The musicians will perform tunes and songs while telling the story of Irish music and its influences on contemporary world music as you hop from pub to pub.

Newgrange - Ancient Ireland: Experience a taste of Ireland's past at one of the country's most important and historic locations, the Boyne Valley! As part of your experience of this ancient land your guide will lead you into the actual tombs of Newgrange (3000 B.C.) one of the oldest and largest Neolithic burial chambers in Europe that predate the Egyptian pyramids! Visit the ruins of Mellifont Abbey, Ireland's first Cistercian Monastery, founded in 1142, with its unusual octagonal Lavabo feature.

Dublin Bay and Malahide Castle: Wander through the beautiful estate of Malahide Castle and absorb the fresh sea breeze and breathtaking views of Dublin Bay.Your visit to Malahide Castle includes a guided tour with time to wander around the craft shops and castle grounds, which span some 250 acres. There will be time to unwind for afternoon tea in the pleasant castle surrounds. Soak in scenes of day to day life in the picturesque fishing village of Howth as the tour proceeds on to Howth summit. The trail back to Dublin includes a 10 minute stop at the summit for breathtaking views of the Bay.

South Coast and Garden Tour visiting Powerscourt Estate: Enjoy a relaxed break from the city on this leisurely morning tour. Savor the views of Dublin's beautiful southern coastline including Dun Laoghaire and the picturesque village of Dalkey, home to Ireland's rich and famous! Explore one of Europe's most impressive gardens at Powerscourt before strolling around the exclusive craft shops or relaxing to a late morning coffee overlooking the Wicklow Mountains.

Connemara and Galway Bay: Depart from the Dublin Heuston Station on the InterCity train to Galway (light breakfast available). You traverse Ireland's midlands, with its vast tracts of peat (turf) boglands, crossing the mighty Shannon River at Athlone. On arrival in Galway transfer to your waiting coach and strike out into the magnificent scenery of this region known as Connemara (inlets of the sea). Lakes, mountains, stone walls and thatched cottages - are all there for you to behold.

Cork, Blarney Castle and the Queenstown Story: Discover Blarney Castle where you can kiss the famous stone and thus acquire the gift of eternal eloquence. Enjoy some time for shopping and lunch at Blarney Village before returning to Cork for a short city tour. Transfer to Cobh where the "Queenstown Story" Heritage Center is located in the beautifully restored Victorian railway station and transatlantic terminal. This is the embarkation point for generations of Irish emigrants to the new worlds from famine times to recent years!

Galway:

City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Tour of Galway: With great views from the top of the bus, strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary, this truly is the best way to see the sights of Galway. Explore the magical beauty of Galway, where legend and history embrace borne aloft by the fresh Atlantic sea air! Your tour takes you by all the main sites and you'll be as enchanted as we are by this lovely City. Take a break and purchase a traditional snack of oysters, brown bread and stout in the shadow of the 700 year old St Nicholas's Church!

Aran Islands - Inis Mor and Ragus Show: Sail in comfort and luxury to an Island Culture older than time! Sail to Kilronan where you can enjoy a guided mini bus tour of Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands. You will enjoy stops at The Seven Churches and the infamous Dun Aengus; afterwards, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch you will enjoy a Ragús show. Ragús, meaning desire, is a unique Irish experience featuring the best of Irish music, song and dance culminating in an hour long crescendo of exhilarating sounds of hard shoe dancing interwoven with great music.

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Extend Your Stay in Europe!

What better way to maximize your Ireland travel experience than continuing an adventure to one of its European neighbors? Many European countries are only a short flight from Dublin or Shannon and are rather affordable. Choose from the famous European cities of London, Paris, Edinburgh, Rome, Venice, Florence and create the perfect addition to your Ireland travel.

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