2018 – 6 Day Ancient Ireland Tour






 

Overview

 

Discover eastern Ireland. From the wilderness of the Wicklow Mountains to the perfection of Waterford Crystal and the heritage of ancient Kilkenny; From the gourmet delights of Kinsale, to Cobh’s tragic history of Ireland’s emigration or the grandeur of Ireland’s greatest stately homes, this six day journey through one of Ireland’s most off-the-beaten-track regions is perfect for visitors who want to see a whole new side of Ireland’s ancient east.

Key Points

  • VEHICLE: Super-comfy and very smart 16 seater mini-coach
  • ACTIVITY: Short strolls around museums, houses and gardens
  • PACE OF TOUR: Free time in local communities and a relaxed pace of tour with minimal driving.

Highlights

6 Day Ancient Ireland

Fantastic Scenery: eastern ireland

  • The Wicklow Mountains – Ireland’s largest single area of upland Wilderness
  • The Knockmealdown Mountains and the Golden Vale of Tipperary
  • The Comeragh Drive through some of the least visited Irish mountains
  • The Hook Head Peninsula and the unspoilt ‘Copper Coast’ of Waterford

Historical Buildings:

  • Kilkenny Castle, St Canice’s Cathedral and the Round Tower  – all within Kilkenny City
  • Loftus Hall – The most haunted building in Ireland
  • Jerpoint Park – Hear the fascinating story of the ‘lost town’ of Jerpoint
  • Altamount House and Gardens – A great example of a Robinsonian style garden
  • Blarney castle and gardens – Kiss the world famous stone or get away from the crowds and explore the extensive grounds of the castle.hook-head-close-up-eastern ireland
  • Visit the grave of Santa Claus

Ancient historical sites:

  • Glendalough 5th Century Monastic Site nestled in the Wicklow Mountains
  • Rathgall – Ireland’s largest ancient Ringfort
  • The Hook Head Lighthouse – the world’s oldest continually working lighthouse
  • The Ardmore Round Tower

Evocative reminders of Ireland’s turbulent past:

  • The Dunbrody Famine Ship and the harrowing story of the Irish famine
  • The Ross Tapestry and the story of the arrival of the Anglo Normans in Ireland
  • Cobh/Queenstown – Centre of mass emigration and last port of call of the Titanic

A visit to some of Ireland’s leading names:Kinsale - eastern ireland

  • Waterford Crystal Factory – The World’s most famous crystal producer
  • Jameson Distillery in Midleton – Arguably the home of Irish whiskey
  • Stephen Pearce Pottery – A household name (in some households)

Overnighting in:

  • Kilkenny – Ireland’s medieval capital and only inland city
  • Waterford Castle Hotel – Intimate five star luxury on its own private island
  • Kinsale – Ireland’s attractive gourmet capital
  • Ballycotton Bay on the south coast of County Cork

 

Inclusions

6 Day Ancient Ireland Tour

 

Whats included in the price:

  • Services of highly trained professional Driftwood tour guide
  • Journey of discovery in a Driftwood mini coach tour vehicle
  • 6 FULL days on tour 5 nights’ accommodation including two nights in a luxury 5 star castle hotel
  • Six Full Irish breakfasts
  • Most daily activities and visits, including:
  • Entrance fees to Jerpoint Abbey, House of Waterford Crystal, Jameson Distillery, Ferry tickets
  • All relevant taxes
  • Loads of laughs

AND…Your departure is guaranteed once we have confirmed your booking (we have never cancelled a tour, thats a promise)

  • We try and keep any additional costs to a minimum and these activities account for only a small part of the daily activities on tour. Most of the places we visit are free to enter. The additional activities we do offer are ones that have proved to be a big success with customers over the years.
    • Blarney Castle – €15 per person
    • Kilkenny Castle – €8 per person
    • Queenstown Experience – €9.50 per person
    • The Ross Tapestry – €6 per person