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Iconic Ireland & Ashford Castle
  Varies pp

  • Duration: 10 days
  • Destinations: Ireland

A Brendan Guided Vacation allows you to get to the very essence of their Celtic homelands. They take the hassle out of vacation planning and put the joy, wonder and excitement back into travel. Brendan takes care of all the essentials to make it easy for you to connect with the spirit of the locals and discover your own story.

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$80 per person optional excursion voucher for guided vacations.

WHAT'S INCLUDED with a Brendan Guided Vacations?

ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS. See the bucket list sites (often with VIP access)

DINING. Breakfast Daily. Select Lunches and Dinners per itinerary. Select Be Our Guest Dining Experiences

TRANSPORTATION. All on-trip transportation.

SERVICES of a professional travel director

ACCOMMODATIONS. A curated selection of historical castles, stately manors and idyllic hotels.

EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCES. Special experiences that provide you with a deeper understanding of the places you visit. Varies by itinerary.

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Board 'The Isle of Innisfree', across the shimmering Lough Corrib to elegant Ashford Castle, once home to the famous Guinness family and the highlight of your iconic journey.

DAY 1: Arrive Dublin (2 Nights)

The Emerald Isle puts its best foot forward in this iconic exploration of its soul-stirring landscapes. We kick off our epic journey along the walled gardens and rambling walks of Powerscourt Gardens - its sweeping terraces, ornamental lakes and over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs ensure it befits its status as one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland. Enjoy a Welcome Reception this evening to get to know your fellow travellers.

Hotel: Clayton Ballsbridge | Meals: Welcome Reception

DAY 2: Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time

Lyrics and legends await this morning as we join a 'Local Specialist' on a city tour to visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, where Jonathan Swift was once installed as Dean. We admire the colorful doorways in the stately Georgian Squares and stroll along the cobbled courtyard of Trinity College and enjoy priority access to see the Book of Kells. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to soak up the charisma of this city. Wander along Grafton Street and see its lively performers, stop for a pint of the 'Black Stuff' in Temple Bar or relax in St. Stephen's Green.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3: Dublin - Kilkenney - Cork

We leave the hospitality of Dublin behind for County Kilkenny where we delve into the history of a 'lost' medieval town - Newtown Jerpoint. Take a step back in time to the 12th century and wander through its remains which are said to be the final resting place of St. Nicholas. Later, you'll join the O'Connells at their home, Belmore House. Embrace the peaceful rural setting - the perfect backdrop to 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' lunch. Inspired by Irish food and the warmth of our hosts, we continue south to the lively city of Cork, enjoying a free evening to discover its sights, sounds and flavours.

Hotel: Maldron Shandon | Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

DAY 4: Cork - Blarney - Killarney (2 Nights)

Head to Blarney in pursuit of the 'gift of the gab'. Kiss the fabled Stone then head west to the lakeside setting of Killarney, our springboard to the enduring beauty of the Ring of Kerry.

Hotel: Killarney Towers | Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5: Ring of Kerry Excursion

Spend a leisurely morning exploring Killarney or join a 'Local Specialist' for a scenic guided walk at Torc Waterfall, strolling over wooden paths and lakeshore trails. Circle the scenic Ring of Kerry admiring its famous 'forty shades of green' and seeing first-hand the scenic landscapes that have inspired writers and poets for centuries.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: Killarney - Cliffs of Moher - Galway (2 nights)

Our up-close encounter with Ireland's ravishing beauty not yet at its end, we journey north stopping for a walk along the iconic Cliffs of Moher, an extraordinary feature of the famous Wild Atlantic Way. Admire the dramatic cliffs that rise 200 metres above the pounding Atlantic and survey the endless ocean views. We continue to Galway for a two-night stay.

Hotel: Maldron Sandy Road | Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7: Galway Free Time

'Dive Into Culture' at the Connemara Marble Factory, watching master craftsmen carve Connemara marble. Then enjoy an orientation tour of Galway with plenty of free time afterwards to explore this vibrant city on your own.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8:  Galway - Connermara - Ashford Castle

A rugged realm of mountains, lakes, rivers and villages provides a stunning backdrop for our leisurely drive through Connemara - an unspoiled region of Western Ireland that was immortalized in John Wayne's 'The Quiet Man'. We'll visit Kylemore Abbey and ramble through its exquisite Victorian walled garden. Later, board 'The Isle of Innisfree' for an exclusive cruise on shimmering Lough Corrib. Captain Patrick, Ashford Castle's 'Local Specialist', will share his local knowledge as you glide through its peaceful waters. Upon disembarking, a lone piper will escort you over the drawbridge to Ashford Castle where tonight you will dine as lords and ladies at an elegant royal dining experience (gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket).

Hotel: Ashford Castle | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 - Ashford Castle - Dublin

Indulge in the sumptuous surrounds of Ashford Castle. Stroll around its exquisite estate and admire its lavish interiors before you return to Dublin. Spend the rest of the afternoon delving into the centuries-old history of the Irish capital. This evening, it's time to reminisce over shared memories at a delicious Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Maldron Parnell Square | Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

DAY 10: Depart Dublin

As the curtain falls on a memorable journey with new friends, we say a fond slán go fóill to Dublin and the Emerald Isle. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals: Breakfast


Departure Dates
Start: March 15, 2020
End: December 1, 2020
Price: Varies pp


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Offer Terms & Conditions

GUIDED VACATIONS

  • Deposit required: $200
  • Final Payment: 60 days

No of Days: Penalty

  • 60+ days and over: Deposit
  • 59-16 days: 30%
  • 15-8 days: 50%
  • 7-1 days: 90%
  • Departure Day/No Show: 100%

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE VACATION PRICE

Inter-city Travel By private motorcoach, trains and ferries (see itineraries) for Guided Vacations. By train and/ or private vehicle for Locally Hosted Rail vacations. By private vehicle for Self-Drive, Golf and Private Chauffeur vacations.

Air Transportation Not included unless otherwise outlined in each itinerary page price panel. Please be advised that due to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Secure Flight rules, airlines must collect required information from guests. For more information regarding TSA’s Secure Flight rules, please visit www.tsa.gov.

Guided Vacation By air-conditioned luxury motorcoaches. If due to circumstances beyond our control coaches are used other than as described in brochure, a refund of $10 per person will be made. Toilets may be affected by higher altitude or extreme weather conditions such as freezing temperatures and for the comfort of those on board the motorcoach the toilets may have to be closed. In these circumstances additional rest breaks will be incorporated into the itinerary.

Hotel Accommodations Prices are per person, based on two persons sharing a double room with private bath or shower. Triple rooms may be available on selected vacations in limited numbers. Triple rooms will often feature one foldaway bed plus one double bed. Three adults may find these rooms small and suitcase space slightly restricted. They are generally more suitable for two adults and one child. Quad occupancy is based on four people sharing one room with two beds. Quad rooms may be used only for two adults and two children, both aged 17 or younger. Quad rooms are not available for more than two adults. Rollaway beds are not included in either triple or quad prices. Every effort has been made to reserve two-bed rooms; however, on some occasions, rooms with one double bed may be the only choice available. These rooms will be allocated to single travelers and couples first; other rooms may feature a single bed and rollaway bed, murphy bed or sleeper sofa. A limited number of double rooms are available with our Guaranteed Room Share service on select Guided Vacations. Brendan shall not be responsible or liable for any claims or issues arising out of the roommate pairing. Special room requests (adjacent, connecting or lower-floor rooms, as examples) must be made at time of booking. Special room requests are not guaranteed and are based on availability at time of check-in. Many hotels are 100% smoke-free, including all guest rooms, restaurants, lounges, meeting rooms and public places. Smoking in a non-smoking room may result in a fine. Accommodations outside of the USA may not be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and may not have wheelchair accessibility. Substitute hotels and B&B accommodations may be used sometimes. We try to use hotels of a similar standard. Hotel Frequent Traveler program points are not earned with hotels on Brendan vacations. Note hotel room sizes, standards, facilities and services provided may vary from country to country and region to region, and are often local in style.

Free WiFi Internet Service Complimentary WiFi service is available in many Brendan hotel guestrooms and/or the public areas of most hotels. In most countries complimentary WiFi is also provided on-board many of the Guided Vacation coaches and in Private Chauffeur vehicles. The WiFi on the coaches uses the cellular phone network and as a result the connection will be slower than standard broadband and at times may not be available. Audio and video streaming is not available using motorcoach WiFi. In some countries this service will not be available. Please note that it is not available on train trips or when the main Brendan coach is not being used, such as on transfer coaches and other local services. For further information please refer to the Brendan website www.BrendanVacations.com

Travel Director Guided Vacations are conducted in English by a professional Travel Director. In the unlikely event that there are 15 guests or fewer traveling on a guided departure, Brendan reserves the right to operate this departure on an individual basis with private transfers and individual arrangements. On Private Chauffeur, Golf, Locally Hosted Rail and Self-Drive vacations there is no Travel Director. Please refer to the individual vacation page for details.

Meals Meals are included as detailed on itineraries.

Sightseeing Experiences, entrance fees and an English-speaking Local Specialist/Host (when required) are included as detailed in the itinerary pages.

Transfers Between airports, hotels, railway stations and piers are included as indicated on each Guided Vacation itinerary. There will be no refund for missed or unused airport transfers. If you did not purchase your flights from Brendan, you will need to provide your arrival and departure flight information to Brendan at the time of booking. It is your responsibility to update Brendan with any changes to your flight schedule to ensure that you receive your transfers. Failure to do so may result in missing these services and no refund shall be due for missed arrival transfers resulting from missing or outdated fight information. Brendan Vacations is not responsible for the cost of any other travel arrangement not purchased directly from us affected due to the cancellation or rescheduling of any vacation departure. For any included or purchased transfers with Brendan Vacations, flight information is required and must be provided at time of booking. If this information is not received before final payment, your documents will not include the necessary vouchers.

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