Day 1: KILLARNEY TOWN
Welcome to Ireland! On arrival into the Airport, you will be met by your professional driver guide. Enjoy the scenic drive to Killarney Town. If coming through the Village of Adare, you will stop and view the many, colorful, thatch-roof cottages that line the main street. Killarney Town is a vibrant “little” town and the incredibly beautiful surrounding countryside makes Killarney a very special place indeed. Killarney is the ultimate base for touring in Ireland’s spectacular Southwest. It is centrally located and is the automatic start & finish point for doing the Ring of Kerry and The Dingle Peninsula. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner followed by an Irish coffee. Dinner in the dining room this evening.
Note: Each day during your stay you can avail of the many activities offered, such as golf or spa treatments. We can design your touring day around those activities as the luxury touring vehicle and driver-guide will be with you every day of your stay.
Day 2: RING OF KERRY
The Ring of Kerry is the most renowned Day Tour in Ireland. Throughout its 110 miles, the visitor will travel around the MacGillicuddy Reeks and the Iveragh Peninsula, along the breathtaking Atlantic Coast, Dingle Bay and Kenmare Bay, returning to Killarney through the famed Molls Gap, Ladies View and Killarney National Park. En route are the lovely coastal villages of Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem and the thriving market towns of Killorglin and Caherciveen. The “original Ring of Kerry” (and still the best option) takes you from Sneem to Kenmare and then back to Killarney. The beautiful town of Kenmare is a must for the independent traveller. The Ring embraces many points of historic and archaeological interest such as Caherciveen Heritage Center, The Skellig Experience (Valentia Island), Derrynane House, prehistoric Staigue Fort and Kenmare Heritage Centre. Return to The Aghadoe Heights Hotel for a relaxing evening. Dinner on your own tonight. A chance to explore the many pubs and restaurants of Killarney Town.
Day 3: SLEA HEAD & DINGLE PENINSULA
Slea Head is Europe’s most westerly point and its outlying historic Blasket Islands are known locally as the ‘next parish to America.’ The unsurpassed beauty of its rugged coastline and landscape inspired the famous film director David Lean to shoot his epic film ‘Ryan’s Daughter’ on location in the Dingle Peninsula. The landscape is dotted with ancient historic sites and early Christian dwellings such as the Gallarus Oratory [9th century Christian Oratory], Beehive Huts (early Christian Monks dwellings) and the Blasket Islands Interpretative Centre. The route passes through Milltown and Castlemaine before arriving at the beautiful fishing harbour town of Dingle, home of Dingle Oceanworld and Ireland’s favourite dolphin – ‘Fungi’. Then onwards around Slea Head and back via Dingle to Killarney. Return to The Aghadoe Heights Hotel for a relaxing evening. Dinner on your own tonight. A chance to explore the many pubs and restaurants of Killarney Town.
Day 4: BLARNEY & BANTRY
No visit to Ireland would be complete without a tour to the town of Blarney. Northwest of Cork City this 15th century McCarthy Castle is legend. You will visit the estate and enjoy a stroll through the demense to the castle and then climb to the top and kiss the Blarney Stone. It is said that you will obtain the gift of eloquent speech by kissing the stone. The nearby Blarney Woolen Mills will give you an opportunity for some shopping or lunch in Christy’s Pub. Continue to Bantry in the heart of West Cork, a region of lush vegetation, palm trees and semi-tropical flowers. Hemmed in by high mountain ridges, an azure blue sea and cascading mountain streams, it is a place of unparalled beauty where the landscape changes with every mood of wind and sky. In this breathtaking splendor of mountain scenery, hilly pastures, meandering streams, lakes and woods, where megalithic monuments and ruins of monastic settlements dot the country-side, visitors can find peace and tranquillity. Return to The Aghadoe Heights Hotel for a relaxing evening. You might seek out some traditional Irish Music this evening at one of the many pubs in town. Dinner on your own tonight. A chance to explore the many pubs and restaurants of Killarney Town.
Day 5: KILLARNEY LEISURE ACTIVITIES DAY
You will board Jaunting Carts this morning and go on a wonderful ride through the Killarney National Park, stopping at 14th century Muckross Abbey where you can explore the ruins. Then on to Muckross House for a visit to this Victorian stately home which is now a museum to Killarney life of the period. Return to the hotel with the option to enjoy the rest of the day at Killarney Golf Club with a round of 18 holes of golf. You can rent clubs at the Pro Shop. The three challenging parkland courses will provide a delightful golfing experience. Or enjoy a spa treatment at the Spa. Other activities are available and the staff will be delighted to assist you. You will be free to enjoy shopping, from renowned stores to boutiques or hidden gems! This evening you will enjoy a Farewell dinner. Dinner in the dining room this evening.
Day 8: DEPART FOR HOME
This morning you are transferred to the airport for your return flight home. Or extend your Based vacation with a transfer to one of the other Based Vacation hotels!
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It’s like a Land Cruise! – Unpack Once – Resort Activities to Enjoy – Day Excursions – Experienced Tour Guide & Private Luxury Vehicle – Relax!
A relaxed five star based vacation in Killarney and the Southwest of Ireland with opportunities to explore, sightsee, get pampered, all in the best of 5 star luxury!
While visiting County Kerry, the Kingdom County of Ireland, reside in truly luxurious style at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa. Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa is Ireland’s (multiple) award-winning five star luxury resort that overlooks the Lakes of Killarney in the heart of County Kerry. Blessed with its breathtaking location and contemporary elegance, visiting Aghadoe Heights Hotel is a truly unique experience. The spectacular surroundings are echoed by the hotel’s beautifully appointed bedrooms and suites, lounges, fine dining room, award-winning spa, swimming pool and tennis courts. Nestling in the Kerry Mountains and overlooking the Lakes of Killarney, Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa Resort is in the heart of the Kingdom of Kerry, located just 10 minutes drive to Killarney town. One of the most distinguishing features at Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa is our unsurpassed level of personal service. Little wonder that with Marie and Pat Chawke at the helm the importance of teamwork is so genuinely regarded. As Pat says; “I believe that people matter. Treat staff as individuals and they will treat individuals as kings. Every member of the staff in Aghadoe plays an equal part in making our customers feel welcome and at home, delivering first class, thoughtful service that guests will remember and want to return.”
YOUR LUXURY AGHADOE HEIGHTS HOTEL PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- Arrival and Departure Transfers
- Sightseeing by Private luxury motorcoach
- Services of Professional driver/guide throughout the tour
- Accommodation with private bathroom for 5 nights
- Irish Breakfast Daily
- Irish Jaunting Cart Ride Through the Killarney National Park
- Welcome Dinner on First Evening
- Farewell Dinner on Last Evening
- Sightseeing each day, as you wish, including entrance fees to the following sites: Gallarous Oratory, Blasket Centre, Blarney Castle, Muckross Abbey
- Assistance of Journey Through Ireland office based in Ireland for itinerary planning and assistance while touring in Ireland
THE AGHADOE HEIGHTS HOTEL BEDROOMS: LAKESIDE ROOMS: Landscape windows and balconies overlook Lough Lein in these spacious 40 square meter rooms. Choose from King sized double or twin beds and relax in five star luxury. Each beautifully appointed room has been tailored for maximum comfort, from the padded clothes hangers holding the fluffiest of toweling robes to the Aveda amenities in the relaxing bathrooms. Unwind from the world and enjoy the experience.
JUNIOR SUITES: A welcoming blend of home-style comfort with five star elegance is the emphasis of the 55 square metre junior suite. Facilities abound, from hi-tech entertainment to vast picture windows and balconies. King size double or twin bedroom with a separate lounge area and ample dressing room and bathroom, complete with Aveda amenities, incorporate all modern conveniences to ensure your stay is even more than memorable.
GARDEN SIDE SUITES: 60 square meters in size, the Garden Side Suites combine contemporary interiors with every modern convenience for a memorable, relaxing stay. Melt under the crisp linen of Aghadoe’s unique six and a half foot beds or enjoy the garden views from your private living room, equipped with large screen TV, entertainment centre and in-room bar. Marble bathrooms have oversized tubs and separate walk-in shower with mood sound and lighting. Separate dressing room comes with all amenities for luxurious living.
LAKESIDE STUDIO SUITES: Get the ultimate Aghadoe experience in one of the Lakeside Studio Suites. Over 60 square meters of space incorporates the most comfortable of six and a half foot custom-made beds and open-plan living room with large TV, entertainment centre, bar and floor-to-ceiling windows offering beautiful, uninterrupted lake views. A generous dressing room and marble bathroom with super size bath, walk-in shower, double amenities, mood lighting and piped audio offers everything for the ultimate stay.
AGHADOE SUITE: Elegant and welcoming, The Aghadoe Suite offers 93 square metres of unashamed luxury. Situated on the fourth floor, it offers breathtaking views of Killarney Golf & Fishing Club and the lakes from its own private double balcony. Consisting of a master bedroom, spacious drawing room and private dining room, The Aghadoe Suite is fitted with a Bose Sound System and has its own private kitchen – perfect for entertaining or for the most elegant ‘down time’.
THE LAKE ROOM RESTAURANT: With award-winning cuisine and a superior wine list, The Lake Room offers the finest of contemporary dining in a very cosmopolitan style. Popular with guests and visitors who return time and time again, The Lake Room’s chefs set standards with mouth watering dishes from the best of local, in-season ingredients. With an ever-changing a la carte menu, dining in the airy, open plan Lake Room is sheer perfection, from aperitif to the last petit fours. RELAX – UNWIND – ENJOY LEISURE ACTIVITIES THE HEIGHTS LOUNGE: Furnished in softest shades of pistachio, cappuccino and chocolate, The Heights Lounge’s deep sofas and ample armchairs are the perfect place to let time stand still. Sit back and enjoy a drink from the bar, something from the adventurous wine list or a relaxed bite to eat. The all-day, all-evening menu includes lounge favourites, plenty of choice with an elegant twist and with a dedicated children’s menu, smoothies and freshly brewed coffee with homemade cookies, The Heights Lounge is perfect for meeting friends, family or business associates. Afternoon Tea in The Heights Lounge is unparalleled elegance. As is consistent throughout Aghadoe, crisp white linen cloths and napkins set the scene for delicate sandwiches and countless sweet treats. Make it extra special with a glass of champagne, perfect to mark an exciting celebration.
THE TERRACE BAR: For pre-dinner aperitifs and all day dining (with pashminas on standby, just in case), the wide Terrace Bar is perfect for an al fresco option with an extensive light menu, delicious afternoon tea and a decadent cocktail list. Unwind and take in the awesome views while attentive staff offer warm, five star service.
THE SPA: The Spa at Aghadoe Heights Resort is a superior retreat that has received numerous awards, both in Ireland and internationally. With a team of intuitive award-winning therapists, this sanctuary offers the perfect way to de-stress and recharge mind and body. The Spa offers a comprehensive list of treatments from Aveda, Futress and Biodroga, along with a luxurious relaxation area and extensive thermal suite. Whether in search of ultimate relaxation, in need of a reboot, or looking for premium, results-based treatments, they carefully selected the best beauty brands from around the world. Let our experts guide you through the extensive list of options to meet your needs. Those in search of a complete spa experience can opt for one of Aghadoe Heights Resort’s dedicated spa packages. Whether detoxing or distressing alone or with companions, indulging in a pampering girls’ getaway, a couples’ retreat, or looking for a specific mothers-to-be experience, the options are endless. Alternatively, let The Spa therapists prepare a selection of treatments to suit. Extend your spa journey to further wellness with Aghadoe Heights Resort’s heated indoor pool with sauna, Jacuzzi and mini-gym. Built looking out onto Kerry’s stunning scenery, work out or unwind in most tranquil surroundings. Outdoors, there’s countless walks to enjoy, or perhaps a carriage-ride through the National Park. Healthy dining options can be enjoyed throughout the hotel, or admiring the views from each guestroom.
While visiting County Kerry, the Kingdom County of Ireland, reside in truly luxurious style at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa.