Day 1: ARRIVE AT THE HERITAGE
Welcome to Ireland! On arrival into the Airport, you will be met by your professional driver guide. You will tour to Killenard. After you arrive at the Heritage Resort, 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 a walk on the marked trails around the golf course. 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: KILKENNY, THOMASTOWN & WATERFORD
Tour to the medieval town of Kilkenny, visiting 12th century Kilkenny Castle and tour the State Apartments which have been fully restored. You will visit the Kilkenny Design Center with its craft shops. On to Kells and a view of the 13th century Kells Priory. Continue south to Waterford for a visit to the Waterford Crystal Visitor Center. Time permitting: Visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship Museum at New Ross. Return to The Heritage for a relaxing evening. Dinner on your own tonight. A chance to explore the many pubs and restaurants of the resort and the village of Killenard.
Day 3: CAHIR & CASHEL
Tour to County Tipperary and to the town of Cashel. The impressive Rock of Cashel looms up in front of you as you approach the town. This cathedral-fortress dates to the time of St. Patrick when he used the shamrock as the symbol of the Holy Trinity as he converted the King of Munster to Christianity. Continue to Cahir with a visit to the 12th century Butler castle – Cahir Castle. This has been fully restored to its original state. Return to The Heritage Resort for a leisure evening. Dinner on your own tonight. A chance to explore the many pubs and restaurants of the resort and the village of Killenard.
Day 4: BIRR & CLONMACNOISE or NATIONAL STUD & JAPANESE GARDENS
Tour north to the town of Birr and a visit to the Birr Castle Demense and a walk through the delightful Millennium Gardens. Continue north to Clonmacnoise, a 6th century monastic settlement serenely situated on the banks of the Shannon River. Admire the stone High Crosses with carved panels depicting stories from the Bible. Nearby you will cross the Bog of Allen and see how the peat (turf) is commercially harvested to provide fuel for homes and electricity generation. Return to The Heritage Resort for a leisure evening. Dinner on your own tonight. A chance to explore the many pubs and restaurants of the resort and the village of Killenard.
ALTERNATIVE TOURING: Tour to the Curragh, which is the heart of the horse-breeding and horse training in Ireland. Nearby at Tully is the National Stud which has produced many famous racehorses and incorporates a horse museum. Across the road is the Japanese Gardens founded by Lord Wavertree and designed by the Japanese landscape designer Eida in 1906. The delightful gardens are renowned for their symbolism of “The Life of Man.” Return to The Heritage Resort for a leisure evening. Dinner on your own tonight. A chance to explore the many pubs and restaurants of the resort and the village of Killenard.
Day 5: RESORT ACTIVITIES & KILDARE TOWN CENTRE
Today you have the option to relax at the resort with 18 holes of golf. You can rent clubs at the Pro Shop. This challenging parkland course will provide a delightful golfing experience. Or enjoy a Spa treatment at the resort spa. Other activities are available and the staff will be delighted to assist you. Your driver-guide will be able to take you to the Kildare Town Center where you can shop at the up-market brand outlet stores. If you purchase a €250 (euro) shopping voucher, they will provide you with a personal shopper for two hours! Kildare Town is also associated with Ireland’s Patroness Saint Brigid. This evening enjoy a Farewell dinner. Dinner in the dining room this evening.
Day 6: DEPART FOR HOME
This morning you are transferred to Dublin Airport for your return flight home. Or any other BASED VACATION hotel. Depart for home.