The Best of Ireland and Ashford Castle

This comprehensive 8-day tour of Ireland showcases the country’s lively and vibrant cities, spectacular countryside and warm, friendly people – with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stay in the 5-star Ashford Castle! 
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Package includes round-trip airfare, luxury accommodations, transportation, tours and sightseeing and more!

This comprehensive 8-day tour of Ireland showcases the country’s lively and vibrant cities, spectacular countryside and warm, friendly people – with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stay in the 5-star Ashford Castle! 

7-Night Vacation Includes:
Transportation:
  • Airport transfers in Dublin
  • Transportation by luxury motorcoach with air conditioning, extra legroom and onboard restroom
Accommodations:
  • Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin
  • Killarney Plaza Hotel in Killarney
  • Connemara Coast Hotel in Connemara
  • Ashford Castle in Mayo
Other Inclusions:
  • 7 breakfasts (B); 1 lunch (L); 1 afternoon tea (AT); 5 three-course dinners (D) with choice of entrée and coffee or tea, including a Welcome Dinner with wine (WD)
  • Services of a professional Irish Tour Director
  • Inside visits and special features as shown in the description, including admission charges when applicable
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges and porterage for one suitcase per person

Begin in Dublin where St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College greet you with their architectural splendor. From there you’ll take in the spectacular views of the Rock of Cashel and visit the famed Blarney Castle, before arriving in Killarney, home of Ireland’s most vibrant pubs and lively social venues complete with a cheery Irish atmosphere.

You’ll experience the picturesque Ring of Kerry, walk along the iconic Cliffs of Moher and take a tour of Galway, en route to Connemara – where you’ll discover why some consider this rugged realm of mountains, lakes and bogs to the real emerald of Ireland.

A true highlight of your journey will be the experience of spending the night in Ireland’s deluxe 13th century Ashford Castle. Set along the glistening waters of Lough Corrib, Ashford became the home of the Guinness family in the mid-1800s, and was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1939. Over the years it has hosted Princes and Presidents…and now it’s your turn!

Terms and Conditions:

Advertised Package price is based on departure dates as indicated above and were available via the Sceptre Tours call center and may not represent current prices or availability.

Escorted tour packages are per person based on two people traveling together and include hotel accommodations; private luxury motorcoach with professional driver/guide; sightseeing as listed and most meals. Airport transfers are only included with purchase of airfare from Sceptre Tours. All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage of one (1) suitcase per person, due to limited capacity on motorcoaches, are included. Space is limited and prices may be restricted to certain travel dates, length of stay or room type. Baggage fees may apply for flights; however, tour participants are limited to one (1) suitcase per person for the tour itself. All gratuities are the responsibility of the passenger. Offer applies to North American-originating passengers. Terms and conditions apply. Offer cannot be combined with any other discount/promotion. Travelers who are under 18 years old on the departure date must be accompanied by an adult throughout the vacation and must share an adult’s accommodation. If a child will be traveling with adults other than parents, or with only one parent, it is the passenger’s responsibility to contact the appropriate consulates and the applicable airlines to ensure children have the required documentation for traveling outside the U.S. Child/infant discounts not available and children under 8 are not allowed on any escorted tour. If purchasing air separately, in order to coordinate with the tour dates, please depart from North America ONE DAY earlier than land start date shown. There is an additional $25 per person concierge fee for bookings made through call centre (800-221-0924).
Valid for new bookings only. Offers may be changed or withdrawn at any time without notice.

Cancellations/Changes:  Packages are nonrefundable. Substantial restrictions apply for cancellation/change and depend upon the package type.

Optional Travel Trip Protection will be offered during the booking process and if purchased you will be allowed to cancel for covered reasons up to the day of departure and receive a refund for the amount paid, less the amount paid for insurance and fees. Additional coverage for trip interruption; trip delay; accident and sickness medical expense; emergency evacuation/repatriation; baggage/personal effects; baggage delay; and 24 hr assistance services are also included. If you have not purchased Travel Trip Protection, all bookings are non refundable. Go to http://www.sceptretours.com/legal or call 800-221-0924 for full details on change/cancellation policy.

Vacation Package ID: PK-GC4P-BRBAC-DUBAIR

Clyde Court Hotel-Dublin - Dublin, Ireland
Clyde Court Hotel-Dublin

LOCATION:

In the stylish Ballsbridge district just a 15 minute walk from Dublin's center, the elegant Clyde Court Hotel is next to the Aviva Stadium and the RDS. The hotel is just a 20 minute walk from the O2 Arena and Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Herbert Park and the RDS are a 5 minute walk from Clyde Court Hotel, while Temple Bar and St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Center are all within easy reach.

PROPERTY OVERVIEW:

The spacious, air-conditioned bedrooms all feature a private bathroom, arm chairs, work desks and TVs with cable channels. Beds are adorned in crisp sheets and thick comforters. Wireless internet is available in public areas of the hotel. The Clyde Court features the Dubliner Pub, a movie theater and Blow Hair Salon. The Clyde offers a fine menu of local produce. Serving cocktails and spirits, the stylish The Clyde Bar has high ceilings and a baby grand piano. The Air Coach service runs regularly between the hotel and Dublin Airport. The DART station is a 2 minute walk away.

Hotel Amenities
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop or café
  • Number of floors - 7
  • Restaurant(s) in hotel
  • Self parking (surcharge)
  • Total number of rooms - 185
  • Wireless Internet access - surcharge
Room Amenities
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Cribs/infant beds available
  • Desk
  • Electronic/magnetic keys
  • Extra towels/bedding in room
  • Hair dryer
  • Makeup/shaving mirror
  • Rollaway/extra beds available
  • Trouser press
  • Welcome amenities
  • Cable television service
  • Climate control
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Private bathroom
  • Wake-up calls
  • Wireless Internet access (surcharge)
Hotel Location
Killarney Park Hotel - Killarney, Ireland
Killarney Park Hotel

LOCATION:

Killarney Park Hotel is one of the most accessible hotels in Kerry. Located in the town centre, the town is easily accessible by air, rail and bus with Kerry Airport less than half an hour away, and both Cork and Shannon Airports also nearby. 

PROPERTY OVERVIEW:

Whether you are touring the wonderful area of Kerry, playing golf on one of the famous golf courses in Killarney or just seeking one of Ireland's best places to stay, you will find all this and more at one of the finest luxury hotels in Killarney. The Killarney Park Hotel is situated on its own private grounds. This family-owned luxury 5 star hotel in Killarney Kerry is committed to ensuring that every moment will be memorable, relaxing and enjoyable. The Killarney Park Hotel: Where there is warmth beyond the smile.

Hotel Amenities
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Coffee shop or café
  • Sauna
  • Concierge desk
  • Health club
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Bar/lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Valet parking
  • Airport transportation (surcharge)
  • Free parking
  • Express check-out
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Multilingual staff
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Currency exchange
  • Elevator/lift
  • Billiards
  • Complimentary newspapers in lobby
  • Doorman/doorwoman
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Express check-in
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Full-service health spa
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Billiards or pool table
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Luggage storage
  • Laundry facilities
  • Swimming pool - indoor
  • Library
  • Massage - spa treatment room(s)
  • Medical assistance available
  • Picnic area
  • Shoe shine
  • Smoke-free property
  • Spa tub
  • Suitable for children
  • Umbrellas
  • Garden
  • Room service (24 hours)
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Tennis on site
  • Piano
Room Amenities
  • Plasma TV
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)
  • Private bathroom
  • Premium TV channels
  • DVD player
  • Premium bedding
  • Climate control
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Air conditioning
  • Voice mail
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Refrigerator
  • Wake-up calls
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Extra towels/bedding
  • Turndown service
  • Bathroom phone
  • Bathrobes
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Makeup/shaving mirror
  • In-room massage available
  • Sewing kit
  • Slippers
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Electronic/magnetic keys
  • Satellite TV service
  • Iron/ironing board
  • In-room safe
  • Window opens
  • Trouser press
  • Desk
  • Connecting / adjoining rooms available
  • City view
  • Garden view
  • Free Wi-Fi
Hotel Location
Connemara Coast Hotel - Furbo, Ireland
Connemara Coast Hotel

LOCATION:

Situated on its own extensive grounds with panoramic views of the bay in the distance, the Connemara Coast Hotel is the ideal place from which to enjoy the vibrant city of Galway or explore the magnificence of the surrounding countryside.

PROPERTY OVERVIEW:

This hotel is on the shores of Galway Bay, 10 minutes from the west’s most vibrant city, offering spectacular views over unspoiled sea, landscapes and the hotel’s own extensive grounds.

The 4-star Connemara Coast Hotel is renowned for its friendly and courteous staff, where quality and standards of service are of the highest order. There is a commitment to excellence and each guest is rewarded with a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Hotel Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Grounds
  • Rooms/Facilities for Disabled Guests
  • Baggage Storage
  • All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private)
  • Designated Smoking Area
  • Tennis Court
  • Sauna
  • Fitness Center
  • Golf Course (within 2 miles)
  • Massage
  • Hot Tub
  • Turkish/Steam Bath
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
Room Amenities
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Wake-up calls
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Makeup/shaving mirror
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Window opens
  • Trouser press
  • Iron/ironing board
Hotel Location
Ashford Castle - Cong, Ireland
Ashford Castle

LOCATION:

Set on the shores of Ireland's second largest lake, Ashford Castle and its 350 acre private estate has delighted its guests for over 700 years. Once the estate of the Guinness Family, Ashford Castle's location, only 30 minutes from Galway city center, is ideal to explore the surrounding areas of Connemara, Mayo and entire rugged West Coast of Ireland. Galway city, with its famous Bay, is a picturesque and lively city with superb shopping, dining and fun filled pubs. Traditional Irish music abounds in this area.  Its Spanish Arch and Medieval Walls are evidence of a long and storied history. Be sure to visit Claddagh, just outside the city to see where the famous ring was first made.

PROPERTY OVERVIEW:

Upon entering Ashford Castle’s Great hall, you are greeted by lavishly decorated rich paneling, fine period pieces, objets d’art and masterpiece paintings. Each guest room is individual. Many of the 83 rooms retain their original features and all are equipped with modern amenities including broadband connectivity and Interactive TV. Creative cooking, inspired use of seasonal ingredients and an innovative menu, await you with a choice of dining options. The George V Restaurant, Cullen’s at the Cottage and the Prince of Wales Cocktail Lounge offer menus inspired by the magnificent surroundings. Estate activities include the castle's 9 hole private course, the Ashford Equestrian Centre, fishing the great lake and Ireland’s first school of Falconry. A modern health center is also available to guests, comprising of a whirlpool, sauna, steam room, fully equipped gymnasium and lake view conservatory.

Hotel Amenities
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency exchange
  • Swimming pool
  • Health club
  • Bar/lounge
  • Restaurant(s) in hotel
  • Parking (free)
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Babysitting or childcare
  • Hair salon
  • Number of floors - 3
  • Beauty services
  • Business services
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Coffee shop or café
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Complimentary newspapers in lobby
  • Doorman/doorwoman
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Elevator/lift
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Gift shops or newsstand
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Computer station
  • Internet access in public areas - high speed
  • Laundry facilities
  • Medical assistance available
  • Multilingual staff
  • Valet parking
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Year Built - 1228
  • Number of restaurants - 3
  • Golf course on site
  • Tennis on site
  • Sauna
  • Shoe shine
  • Shopping on site
  • Suitable for children
  • Tour assistance
Room Amenities
  • Cable/satellite television channels
  • Pay movies
  • Phone
  • Multi-line phone
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Wake-up calls
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Designer toiletries
  • Private bathroom
  • Hair dryer
  • Makeup/shaving mirror
  • Slippers
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Trouser press
  • Desk
  • Clock radio
  • Iron/ironing board
  • In-room safe
  • Alarm clock
  • Television
  • Non-smoking only
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Satellite television service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • River view
  • Garden view
  • Connecting / adjoining rooms available
Hotel Location

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN DUBLIN
Welcome to the Emerald Isle! You will be met at the airport and transferred to your Dublin hotel (the Clyde Court Hotel). This afternoon, on a guided tour of the city you’ll visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, see the Georgian squares and walk the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College to its library, with the ornate 8th century Book of Kells. Tonight, get acquainted with your fellow travelers during a Welcome Dinner. (Welcome Dinner)

DAY 2: DUBLIN / BLARNEY / KILLARNEY
Depart Dublin and drive south, taking in the spectacular views of the Rock of Cashel – an impressive pre-Christian fortress perched high atop a hill. Then travel across rolling the rolling countryside to Blarney Castle. Kiss the fabled Blarney Stone and come away with the gift of gab! Finally, head west to colorful Killarney, where you will spend the first of two nights at the Killarney Plaza Hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
DAY 3: RING OF KERRY EXCURSION
Travel the celebrated route that winds around the beautiful Ring of Kerry, viewing beaches, lakes, mountains and medieval ruins. At Torc Waterfall, you’ll have the opportunity to join a leisurely guided hike. If you’d prefer to forgo this countryside amble, the motorcoach will return you to Killarney. NOTE: The hike is approximately 3 miles, takes 2 hours and travels over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers need to be fit, and wear good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and raingear. (Breakfast)
 
DAY 4: KILLARNEY / CLIFFS OF MOHER / CONNEMARA
Travel north, and stop for a walk along the Cliffs of Moher, the iconic bluffs that tower over the Atlantic Ocean. Take in the spectacular view before dropping in for afternoon tea at Rathbaun Farm, where you’ll meet a local family. You’ll then tour Galway, including the impressive Galway Cathedral, before arriving at your beautiful Connemara seaside hotel and home for the next two nights – the Connemara Coast Hotel. (Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner)
 
DAY 5: CONNEMARA EXCURSION
Discover beautiful Connemara, with its rocky mountains, sparkling lakes and rushing rivers. Visit the lakeside Kylemore Abbey, a romantic and storied mansion now home to a community of Benedictine nuns. Stop in at the Connemara Marble Factory to cap off your day, and learn of the origin and uses of the area’s splendid marble. (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
DAY 6: CONNEMARA / ASHFORD CASTLE (CONG)
Celebrate a highlight day in style aboard The Isle of Inisfree on an exclusive cruise of Loch Corrib. Captain Patrick, Ashford Castle’s expert historian, will share his wealth of local knowledge as you glide through the waters. Lunch and traditional music will add to this unique experience. As you disembark, a lone piper will escort you over the drawbridge to majestic Ashford Castle. Dining at Ashford Castle ranks among the finest culinary experiences in the world, and an inspired use of seasonal ingredients and an innovative menu await you at dinner tonight. Men are required to wear jacket for this sumptuous world-class feast. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 7: CONG / DUBLIN
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a stroll on the estate before leaving to cross the Midlands to Dublin. Once you return to Dublin, the remainder of your day is free. Overnight at the Clyde Court Hotel. (Breakfast)
 
DAY 8: DEPART DUBLIN
Your grand Irish adventure will come to an end after breakfast. (Breakfast)

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Testimonials

We wanted to see Ireland but were nervous about driving. Sceptre found our chauffeur, Pat, and he knew everything about the history and geography around us… he did a great job negotiating the hairpin curves on the Ring of Kerry. Can’t imagine a better vacation!
Anna M.

With Sceptre we were able to make a vacation that was really unique. We stayed in two castles, did some serious shopping, and spent a lot of time out in nature. One of the best things about Ireland is its beautiful scenery, and we were always exactly where we wanted to be.

 

VERONICA H.