Day 1: CORK CITY
Welcome to Ireland! On arrival into the Airport, you will be met by your professional driver guide. Cork City on the River Lee, a city more than 800 years old, is the second largest city of the Irish Republic, lively and prosperous with a keen sense of its own cultural identity. After you arrive at Hayfield Manor, you will want to explore and see all of the facilities and features of this 5 star retreat. Maybe take in a Spa Treatment, a swim in the pool or as you are in Cork City, a walk around the town. 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: KINSALE & BANTRY
Tour to the quaint harbor town of Kinsale. See the star-shaped Charles Fort at Summercove with its own ghost story; explore the town with its boutiques, shops, restaurants and pubs. On to Bantry with its lovely bay. Visit Bantry House. On to Glengariff and take a boat ride across Bantry Bay to Garinish Island, a favorite vacation spot for Agatha Christie and George Bernard Shaw. Walk around the island and experience the beauty of the Italianate Gardens, the foreboding of the Martello Tower built by the British during the Napoleonic Wars. Return to Cork via the beauty of Gougane Barra National Park. Return to Hayfield Manor for a relaxing evening. Dinner on your own tonight. A chance to explore the many pubs and restaurants of Cork City.
Day 3: MIDLETON & COBH
Tour to Midleton and a visit to the Midleton Irish Whiskey Distillery. You will enjoy a wonderful tour of the facility and a sample of the ‘water of life.’ On to the harbor town of Cobh, a place formerly known as Queenstown and one of the major embarkation points of emigrants during the 19th and 20th centuries. It was also the last port of call for the Titanic and the Lusitania. The Emigration Museum will tell you ‘The Queenstown Story.’ St. Colman’s Cathedral rises at the top of the town. Return to Cork and Hayfield Manor for a relaxing evening. Dinner on your own tonight. A chance to explore the many pubs and restaurants of Cork City.
Day 4: BLARNEY & CORK CITY
No visit to Cork 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 estate 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. Return to Cork City to see the English Market and hear Shandon’s Bells as you view this city on the River Lee. Return to Hayfield Manor for a relaxing evening. Dinner on your own tonight. A chance to explore the many pubs and restaurants of Cork City.
Day 5: LISMORE & WATERFORD
Tour north to Fermoy on the Blackwater River, a river famous for its salmon! Continue to Lismore with its beautiful castle and on to Cappoquin. Enjoy the scenic drive through the Cummeraugh Mountains and the pass known as the ‘Vee’ to Clonmel, the center of the apple cider industry. Continue into Waterford. You will visit the Waterford Crystal Visitor Center and see how they create the exquisite cut glass. See Reginald’s Tower built by the Vikings in the year 1000. Return to Cork City via Dungarvan and Youghal where Sir Walter Raleigh was once mayor. Return to Hayfield Manor for a relaxing evening. This evening enjoy a Farewell dinner. Dinner in the dining room this evening.
Day 6: DEPART FOR HOME
This morning you are transferred to the airport for your return flight home.