An Elegant Journey to select Historic Homes & Gardens in Ireland, featuring accommodations in Ireland’s best Castle & Manor House Hotels
|Coda Tours has designed a special trip to Ireland where our accommodations feature the best Castle & Manor Hotels in the country. We will luxuriate at such famous hotels as Waterford Castle; Ashford Castle and Adare Manor. Dinner has been planned at the hotels every evening to take advantage of the excellent kitchens of these establishments. The sightseeing theme of our trip is Historic Houses and Gardens. We will visit some of the best historic homes in the South and West of Ireland. We have chosen early April to hopefully catch the beginning of spring when the flowers begin to appear and the landscapes are the rich emerald green for which Ireland is so famous.|
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SAT MAR 30, 2019 • Depart the USA to Dublin
Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Dublin, Ireland.
SUN MAR 31 • Welcome to Ireland
Today you will arrive into Dublin Airport and make your own way to your hotel. Please note check in may not be possible until after 3pm.
An icon in a city of greats, The Westbury not only surrounds its guests in luxury and style, it places you at the very center of the city’s social and cultural riches. A member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World and an iconic Dublin hotel, The Westbury occupies a prime position between Trinity College and St Stephen’s Green; perfectly located for exploring the most exciting sides of Dublin.
This afternoon we meet with our guide in the lobby of our hotel and enjoy a walking tour in the areas surrounding our central Dublin hotel.
Enjoy an early welcome dinner at local restaurant.
Hotel: Westbury Hotel.
MON APR 1 • Dublin to Waterford
This morning we begin our exploring of South and Western Ireland with a drive to Waterford.
Travel through Wicklow and stop to visit June Blake’s Garden
Continue to Kilkenny for lunch under own arrangements.
Visit Kilkenny Castle
One of the most instantly recognized buildings in Ireland, Kilkenny Castle has been an important site since it was built by the Anglo-Normans in the 12th century. The castle has been remodeled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands which was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde. Due to major restoration works, the central block now includes a library, drawing room, and bedrooms decorated in 1830’s splendor, as well as the beautiful Long Gallery. A suite of former servant’s rooms is now the Butler Art Gallery, which mounts frequently changing exhibitions of contemporary art.
Continue to Waterford and check in. Waterford Castle Resort is steeped in Irish history. It was the ancestral home of the Fitzgerald Family for 800 years. In 2015, the castle changed ownership and extensive refurbishments were carried out.
Overnight & dinner at Waterford Castle.
Hotel: Waterford Castle
TUE APR 2 • Waterford to Kerry
Depart our hotel in Waterford and travel to Kerry via Tipperary.
This morning we visit Curraghmore House, which is owned by the Marquis of Waterford and has been home to his ancestors since 1170. Some 2,500 acres of formal gardens, woodland and grazing fields make this the largest private demesne in Ireland and one of the finest places to visit in Ireland. The interior has exceptionally fine plasterwork and a guided tour of the main reception rooms of Curraghmore House can be arranged by prior appointment. This tour takes in some of the finest neo-classical rooms in Ireland which feature the magnificent plaster work of James Wyatt and grisaille panels by Peter de Gree. The superbly landscaped gardens beside Curraghmore House, incorporate a shell house, the interior of which was designed by Catherine, Countess of Tyrone, in 1754.
Next travel to Tipperary and visit Cahir Castle.
Superbly set on a rocky island in the River Suir in Cahir town, County Tipperary, this impressive 15th century castle – the largest of its period in Ireland – was considered impregnable until the advent of heavy cannon. Once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family, the castle retains its keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. The origins of the castle are traced back to the third century when a Dun (earthen fort) was built upon the rocky island. This gave the town of Cahir its original name “Dun Iascaigh” (town of the fish fort).
Continue to Tralee and check into our hotel. The stunning Ballyseede Castle is County Kerry is one of the finest 4-star luxury castle hotels in Ireland and Kerry’s only Castle Hotel.
Overnight and dinner at Ballyseede Castle Hotel.
Hotel: Ballyseede Castle Hotel
WED APR 3 • Bantry to Killarney
This morning travel to Cork and visit Bantry House.
Bantry House is the ancestral home of the Earls of Bantry. The title lapsed in 1891 but the House is still owned and lived in by the direct descendant of the 1st Earl of Bantry, Egerton Shelswell-White and his family. It has been open to the public since 1946. The House has an important collection of art treasures mainly collected by the 2nd Earl of Bantry on his Grand Tour. The treasures include a unique collection of French and Flemish tapestries, furniture, and carpets and objects of art. The Garden is laid out in the Italian style over seven terraces, with the house sitting on the third terrace. A Parterre was created facing south surrounding a wisteria circle which again surrounds a fountain. From there rise the famous Hundred Steps, a monumental staircase built of local stone, set amidst azaleas and rhododendron. From the top garden at the top of the stairs, enjoy the stunning views over Bantry Bay.
Next take a short ferry at Glengarriff to Garnish Island
Continue on to Killarney
No trip to Ireland is complete without tasting Irish Whiskey. Our choice is the Irish Whiskey Experience where our
tasting will be paired with farmhouse cheeses, another specialty of Ireland. Return to the hotel in Tralee.
Overnight and dinner at Ballyseede Castle Hotel.
Hotel: Ballyseede Castle
THU APR 4 • Kerry to Gallway
Depart the hotel in Tralee and journey north. We will take the Shannon Car Ferry across the Shannon Estuary and travel to Doolin for a cruise along the Cliffs of Moher.
The Cliffs of Moher cruise is a spectacular one-hour journey below these world-famous cliffs which tower up to 700ft above the Atlantic Ocean.
Return to the mainland and continue to the Doolin Music House. Christy Barry and his partner Sheila have entertained friends and musicians at their home for many years, sitting around the fire playing music and telling stories. Christy talks and discusses the history of traditional Irish music and plays great tunes together with his friend James Devitt. We will enjoy the experience of visiting a local home, listening to a good traditional music over a light lunch.
Continue to our hotel in Galway and check in.
Tonight’s dinner is aboard the Pullman Restaurant at Glenlo Abbey, comprised of two original Pullman carriages, beautifully restored and set on the grounds of the hotel. Converted into a wonderful Restaurant Car without losing any of its original character, this historic Pullman train carriage resided at Elsenham Station in Hertfordshire, England, before to the the hotel.
Overnight and dinner at Glenlo Abbey Hotel. Glen Abbey Hotel has been welcoming visitors since 1740 by the Ffrenches, an Anglo-Norman family who first settles in Ireland in Co. Wexford. It is said that the family descend from Sir Maximilian Ffrench whose descendants accompanied kinsman, William the Conqueror, into England and fought at the Battle of Hastings.
Overnight and dinner at Glenlo Abbey Hotel.
Hotel: Glenlo Abbey Hotel
FRI APR 5 • Galway to Mayo
Depart for Ashford Castle Hotel in Mayo.
Continue our journey through the scenic Connemara Region
Next visit Westport House and enjoy afternoon tea, followed by a tour of the house
Continue to Ashford Castle and check in. Our royal adventure begins when we enter through the grand stone gates of this remarkable 800-year-old castle. Discover the exquisite interiors, delicious cuisine, passionate service, a wealth of estate activities and state-of-the-art spa. As Ireland’s top hotel destination and former home of the Guinness family, Ashford Castle is exceptional in every sense.
Tonight enjoy dinner at Cullen’s at the Cottage at Ashford Castle.
Overnight, dinner, bed & breakfast at Ashford Castle Hotel.
Hotel: Ashford Castle Hotel
SAT APR 6 • Mayo
Today you will have the full day free to enjoy the on-site activities and spa at Ashford Castle.
Tonight, we dine at the George V Dining Room at Ashford Castle.
Overnight and dinner at Ashford Castle Hotel.
Hotel: Ashford Castle Hotel
SUN APR 7 • Mayo to Limerick
This morning we depart Ashford Castle Hotel and travel towards Limerick.
As we travel through Ardrahan, we will stop briefly at Rathbaun Farm, situated in a rural area of Southwest County Galway near Ardrahan. The Burke and Connolly family have been farming the 80 acres of land for over 200 years and Fintan Connolly continues this tradition today. Visit the enchanting thatched cottage home with its turf fire, stone walls and an array of animals. Also visit the 150-year old farmhouse, where we will have the opportunity to sample some home baking and local produce.
Arrive at Adare Manor around lunchtime so you will have the afternoon to enjoy the five-star facilities. Adare Manor built in 1832 is one of Ireland’s Leading 5-star castle resorts. Situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Adare, Co. Limerick and sits neatly on the gateway to south west coast of Ireland. Once the private Estate of Lord & Lady Dunraven, Adare Manor opened as a luxury hotel in 1988 and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, which is one of the largest luxury hotel collections in the world.
Meet for a farewell dinner this evening.
Overnight and dinner at Adare Manor.
Hotel: Adare Manor
MON APR 8 • Return to USA
Depart today from Shannon Airport (about 30mins from Adare Manor.) Private transfers to Shannon Airport will be arranged according to flights at additional cost.
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If you would like to be paired with another traveler, please let us know at the time of booking. This cannot be guaranteed and the single rate applies if no roommate is found.
International airfare USA/DUBLIN (DUB)…SHANNON (SNN)/USA; Trip cancellation & Interruption insurance; Drinks with meals; Meals not mentioned in the itinerary; Passport & visa expenses if required; items of a personal nature; gratuities to guide and driver and misc. tips.
You will need to book flights from the USA to Dublin (DUB) and return from Shannon (SNN). Aer Lingus (EI) and United (UA) are among airlines that can be used to book airfare for this tour. We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to use Frequent Flyer Miles or the American Express Platinum card 2-4-1 program.
A valid passport is required for international travel and must be valid for 6 months after the return date. No visa is required for USA and Canada passport holders.
No immunizations are required for travel on this tour. However, the Center for Disease Control suggests that all travelers make sure they are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
The CDC also suggests that most travelers get a vaccine for hepatitis A because it can be contracted through contaminated food or water in all three destination countries, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
All departures are guaranteed on a minimum number of participants. A Coda Tour Manager will accompany a tour also based on a minimum number of participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour, can be customized and repriced based on a final itinerary.
A complete portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately three weeks prior to departure.