Ring of Kerry & Southern Sights

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Ireland is an island of many contracts with a deep and rich history. Start your journey with a drive through The Burren in County Clare, a very special place - not just in Ireland, but in the world. This area is a biosphere where a large collection of alpine and Mediterranean species grow together in this limestone area. The Burren is bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and Galway Bay and is tucked in the north-west corner of Clare and is one of the most beautiful locations in the country. Take in the famous Ring of Kerry on your way to Kenmare, then continue your journey to Cork and visit Blarney castle before making your way east to Waterford and its magnificent crystal offerings. End your visit to Ireland in it's fair capital of Dublin with a city tour of its elegant Georgian squares, beautiful parks, including a visit to see The Book of Kells in Trinity College. Stop off at the prehistoric area of Newgrange to round off your visit. On top of the beautiful scenery, there are a number of quaint villages to visit and estate homes. Relax in luxurious accommodations throughout your tour and embrace yourselves in the traditional Irish welcome! From pick up to drop off, your Driver will accompany you the length and breadth of the land, ensuring you have a memorable vacation. ... Show More »

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Shannon to Newmarket on Fergus
    Shannon to Newmarket on Fergus
    • Transfer - Private - Airport & Afternoon vehicle & Driver at disposal - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Ireland - Welcome Package
    Dromoland Castle (5*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Shannon to Newmarket on Fergus
    Shannon to Newmarket on Fergus
    • Private - Cliffs of Moher & Surrounding Countryside - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Dromoland Castle (5*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Shannon to Killarney
    Shannon to Killarney
    • Transfer - Private - Shannon - Killarney [Ring of Kerry - National Park, Muckross Estate & Gap of Dunloe] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Killarney Park (5*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Killarney to Cork
    Killarney to Cork
    • Transfer - Private - Killarney - Cork [1.5 hrs with Vehicle & Driver at disposal for remainder of day] - Vehicle/Driver
    Hayfield Manor (5*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Cork
    Cork
    • Private - 1/2 Day Blarney Castle Visit & Afternoon Vehicle & Driver at disposal - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Hayfield Manor (5*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Cork to Dublin
    Cork to Dublin
    • Transfer - Private - Cork - Dublin [via Waterford (Visit to Waterford Crystal)] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Merrion (5*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Dublin
    Dublin
    • Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour - Guide
    • Self-Guided - Afternoon at leisure (Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery, Trinity College & Christchurch)
    Merrion (5*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Dublin
    Dublin
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Shannon - Newmarket on Fergus

Avail of a private airport transfer in Shannon in a private chauffeured vehicle. Depending on your arrival time today, you may have your vehicle and driver at your disposal for the remainder of the day. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Dromoland Castle (5*)

With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, the Dromoland Castle Hotel (5*) in Ireland was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. Approached by a meandering drive that passes acres of magnificent lawns, this Irish 5 star luxury Castle Hotel overlooks its own Championship Golf Course and a glistening lake which commands the panoramic beauty of the surrounds.

Newmarket on Fergus
Newmarket on Fergus
Dromoland Castle
Dromoland Castle

Day 2: Shannon - Newmarket on Fergus

Drive today through The Burren, an eerie landscape of limestone outcrops, to the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs, over five miles long, and towering up to 660 feet, reign unrivaled over the Atlantic Ocean coastline, offering amazing views. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.

Accommodation: Dromoland Castle (5*)
Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher

Day 3: Shannon - Killarney

Your drive from Shannon area to Killarney should take approximately 2 hours. Upon reaching Killarney, you will get to see the Highlights of The Ring of Kerry as your driver-guide takes in the very best of this magical peninsula in a unique and unforgettable drive through the heart of the National Park. From Killarney and the Muckross Estate the narrow road winds up to Ladies View and Molls Gap where panoramic view of the lakes and distant peaks form a picturesque stop. We continue to explore this region in depth by travelling into the Black Valley where a blanket bog land is still harvested. Finally we ascend at the Gap of Dunloe driving though a magical valley of quintessential Irish beauty. Ending the tour we can make a stop at Kate Kearney's Cottage where the adventitious can end the tour on foot or by horse drawn cart, before returning to Killarney and your accommodation. “In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site”.

Accommodation: Killarney Park (5*)

Welcome to The Killarney Park Hotel Killarney, one of the premier 5 star hotels in this scenic part of Ireland. The warm smile and gentle service after a long days travel aren’t simply things this hotel offers, but rather a reflection of the great staff who work here. The log fire burns brightly, the concierge smiles warmly... your journey is over. The Killarney Park Hotel is situated on its own private grounds. This family owned, luxury hotel in Killarney, is committed to ensuring that every moment will be memorable, relaxing and enjoyable.

Killarney
Killarney
Killarney Park Hotel
Killarney Park Hotel

Day 4: Killarney - Cork

Enjoy your private transfer from Killarney to Cork today. The transfer should take approximately 1.5hours. Yopur vehicle and driver are at your disposal for the remainder of the day. “In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site”.

Accommodation: Hayfield Manor (5*)

Hayfield Manor Hotel Cork is set within 2 acres of mature gardens, encompassing an oasis of calm within the Cork city in the south west of Ireland. As you make your way up the winding, tree lined path to our welcoming door, let calmness envelope you as Hayfield Manor Hotel Cork becomes your home away from home with luxury leisure facilities. A few minutes from Cork city centre and across from UCC, see why Hayfield Manor remains the premier 5 Star Cork hotel.

Cork
Cork
Hayfield Manor Hotel
Hayfield Manor Hotel

Day 5: Cork

Blarney Castle, reputed to bestow the gift of the gab on hearty souls who climb its ramparts to kiss a magical stone, is our stop today. This afternoon your vehicle and driver-guide is at your disposal.  In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.

Accommodation: Hayfield Manor (5*)
Blarney
Blarney

Day 6: Cork - Dublin

Continue your adventure as you travel from Cork to Dublin today, taking your time to stop at variuos places of interest enroute. One of the highlights of the day may well include a visit to the wonderful Waterford Crystal facility which has been producing  beautiful decorative and functional glassware for over a century.  Enjoy the scenic views throughout the day as you journey towards the cosmopolitain city of Dublin.  In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.

Accommodation: Merrion (5*)

The Merrion Hotel is an exclusive Dublin Hotel. The interior is designed using Irish fabrics and antiques to reflect the architecture and original interiors of the Main House. Throughout this luxurious Dublin hotel guests benefit from the latest technology. There is a choice of two restaurants and two bars. A luxurious Spa and swimming pool, six magnificent meeting and private dining rooms, and a private car park complete The Merrion's impressive list of facilities. Over the last eleven years, The Merrion luxury hotel in Dublin City has established itself as the epitome of relaxed grandeur, welcoming Dubliners and visitors to the city with stunningly appointed rooms, crackling turf fires and a host of facilities. This hotel has received many prestigious awards and accolades over recent years and hope their guests appreciate what they feel is at the cornerstone of its success - excelling in the art of hospitality.

Dublin
Dublin
Merrion Hotel
Merrion Hotel

Day 7: Dublin

Your guide will meet you at your hotel and accompany you on a private walking tour of the City of Dublin. Please let your guide know if there are any sights of particular interest to you. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.

Spend the afternoon as you wish, perhaps visiting one of the many attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse or the Jameson distillery.

Located in the heart of the St James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s No. 1 Dublin Tourist attraction. The state of the art interactive museum and audio visual exhibition takes one on an incredible journey through the history and making of Guinness and includes some very entertaining advertisements that were used throughout the past fifty years. Finish off your discovery by sipping on a complimentary pint from the birds eye viewing room located at the top of the building and take in the panoramic views of the city and coast.

The Jameson Distillery provides a fascinating visit of its factory and introduces the visitor to the various stages that go in to the process of premium whiskey. At the end of the tour you can sit down and do a tutored vertical tasting of various whiskeys from around the world and you'll be sure to appreciate Jameson's premium whiskey all the more!

Other places of interest in the city include St Patrick's Cathedral, Christchurch and Trinity College incorporating The Book of Kells. You may also enjoy Irelands historic and cultural resourses at the world class museums on Kildare Street. There is also excellent shopping on Grafton Street and nearby Nassau Street as well as Dublin's European Style Boulevard of O'Connell Street.

Accommodation: Merrion (5*)
Traditional pub facade
Traditional pub facade
Dublin
Dublin

Day 8: Dublin

Meet your driver for an airport transfer in a private vehicle.  

Accommodation:

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Dromoland Castle (5*): Newmarket on Fergus

With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, the Dromoland Castle Hotel (5*) in Ireland was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. Approached by a meandering drive that passes acres of magnificent lawns, this Irish 5 star luxury Castle Hotel overlooks its own Championship Golf Course and a glistening lake which commands the panoramic beauty of the surrounds.

Dromoland Castle
Dromoland Castle

Killarney Park (5*): Killarney

Welcome to The Killarney Park Hotel Killarney, one of the premier 5 star hotels in this scenic part of Ireland. The warm smile and gentle service after a long days travel aren’t simply things this hotel offers, but rather a reflection of the great staff who work here. The log fire burns brightly, the concierge smiles warmly... your journey is over. The Killarney Park Hotel is situated on its own private grounds. This family owned, luxury hotel in Killarney, is committed to ensuring that every moment will be memorable, relaxing and enjoyable.

Killarney Park Hotel
Killarney Park Hotel

Hayfield Manor (5*): Cork

Hayfield Manor Hotel Cork is set within 2 acres of mature gardens, encompassing an oasis of calm within the Cork city in the south west of Ireland. As you make your way up the winding, tree lined path to our welcoming door, let calmness envelope you as Hayfield Manor Hotel Cork becomes your home away from home with luxury leisure facilities. A few minutes from Cork city centre and across from UCC, see why Hayfield Manor remains the premier 5 Star Cork hotel.

Hayfield Manor Hotel
Hayfield Manor Hotel

Merrion (5*): Dublin

The Merrion Hotel is an exclusive Dublin Hotel. The interior is designed using Irish fabrics and antiques to reflect the architecture and original interiors of the Main House. Throughout this luxurious Dublin hotel guests benefit from the latest technology. There is a choice of two restaurants and two bars. A luxurious Spa and swimming pool, six magnificent meeting and private dining rooms, and a private car park complete The Merrion's impressive list of facilities. Over the last eleven years, The Merrion luxury hotel in Dublin City has established itself as the epitome of relaxed grandeur, welcoming Dubliners and visitors to the city with stunningly appointed rooms, crackling turf fires and a host of facilities. This hotel has received many prestigious awards and accolades over recent years and hope their guests appreciate what they feel is at the cornerstone of its success - excelling in the art of hospitality.

Merrion Hotel
Merrion Hotel
Merrion Hotel - Guest Room
Merrion Hotel - Guest Room
  • Vanessa Oquendo — April 21, 2014 — Europe

    Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours.

  • Marilynn Weaver — April 21, 2014 — Europe

    All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!

  • Ann Saxon — November 06, 2013 — Europe

    Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family.

  • Coby Scherr — November 05, 2013 — Europe

    Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours.

  • Couples Dellinger & Hubbell — November 06, 2013 — Europe

    We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back.

  • John Edstrom — October 22, 2013 — Europe

    Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!

  • Kevin Wilshere — October 19, 2013 — Europe

    Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch.

  • Chery Westlund — November 07, 2013 — Europe

    My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again.

  • Randy Gramlich — October 07, 2013 — Europe

    Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease.

  • Jay Steffan — September 24, 2013 — Europe

    We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.

    We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip.


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