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!