Ireland’s Ancient East Tours

Dublin and the east coast. Explore 5000 years of Ireland’s History and ancient culture. Contact us to design your bespoke tour through ancient Ireland. For shorter trips to Dublin see our Ireland Short Breaks.

Ireland's Ancient East

Arrive in Dublin

Dublin city sight seeing

Wicklow Mountains and National park 

Powerscourt to Waterford

Waterford Leisure day

Waterford to Kilkenny

Kilkenny to the Boyne Valley

Boyne Valley

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Inclusions:-

Luxury Four Star and Five Star Hotels, Castles & Manor Houses

Private Driver Guide or Luxury Car Hire plus Airport Transfers

Full Irish Breakfast every day 

Fine Dining Evening Meals or Local Restaurant Recommendations

Specialized Private Guided Walking, Historical, Whiskey & Foodie Excursions

Evening Irish Music & Dance Entertainment

Golf 

 

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Arrive in Dublin 

Our airport transfer meets you off your plane at arrivals. He will help you with your bags and bring you to your hotel for an early check in. Refresh and rest in your luxurious room for the morning until you are ready for lunch and some exploring. We can have a local guide meet you at your hotel and bring you for 2.5 hrs through Dublin city centre. Discover the history and culture of Ireland's capital, get your bearings and your location within the city centre.

Dublin City Sightseeing Day

The next day in Dublin you should enjoy some sightseeing in Ireland’s vibrant capital city. Go it alone or avail of a driver guide. Don’t miss the Guinness Store house to experience the history and the taste of Ireland's famous pint of stout. We recommend a visit to the Old Library of Trinity College for the Book of Kells, and ancient manuscript hand painted by monks. We can provide a local whiskey expert to bring you through Temple bar for the pubs and whiskey tasting and on to Jameson Distillery to take the guided tour. There is also Dublinia  museum and Christchurch Cathedral to experience the history of the Vikings in Dublin. Evening entertainment designed to you tastes can vary from VIP tickets to the world famous show River Dance or to a nice local restaurant for a quiet night....you let us know and we will get it done!

Wicklow Mountains and National park 

Make an early start. Meet your driver this morning at your hotel and discuss you plans for your tour of the est of Ireland. Alternatively collect your car hire with GPS included and set out on your Ireland adventure! Head south out of the city through the pretty seaside towns of Dun laoighre and Dalkey. Make your way to the Wicklow national park and visit the beautiful Glendalough, renowned for an Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin. Our expert walking guide is knowledgeable on the local wildlife of the Glendalough valley and takes you to the best vistas for some amazing photo opportunities. Make your way back to  the majestic Powerscourt house and gardens ( voted top 3 gardens in the World by National Geographic)  and spend the rest of the day exploring the stunning estate. Enjoy some shopping in the Avoca craft shop and lunch in the cafe looking out over the fantastic garden landscape.  

Powerscourt to Waterford

This morning head south to Wexford. This Viking town was settled in about 800 AD and the streets still have their ancient layout. Visit Hook lighthouse (Oldest working lighthouse in the world), Johnstown Castle (once home of the Fitzgerald Family), Dunbrody Famine ship and learn of the emigrants sad and inspiring stories or the Kennedy Homestead (home of JFK’s family ancestors) in New Ross.  Finally arrive at your Waterford hotel and enjoy some fine dining and great views while you unwind. 

Waterford Leisure day

Relax today and enjoy your luxury accommodation. Take a stroll through Waterford city and enjoy a private guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal Visitor’s Centre. This is still a working factory so you guide will bring you through and explain the manufacturing processes.

 Waterford to Kilkenny

Make a leisurely start today and the short drive to Kilkenny town. Visit the imposing Kilkenny Castle to experience mediaeval Ireland. Explore the town and enjoy the sights and shopping. Kilkenny has some great cafes and restaurants so is a lovely day of relaxing and soaking up the Irish culture and local life.

 Kilkenny to the Boyne Valley

Drive to the Rock of Cashel this morning and see the majestic ruin that was one the seat of the High Kings of Munster. Join the guided tour and discover the long history of this imposing and stunning  ruin. Make your way to a midlands  whiskey distillery for lunch and an afternoon tasting  tour. or Alternatively we can arrange a private guide to bring you on the rarely visited Slieve Bloom Hills. Enjoy the quite countryside, get away from everything and experience the unspoilt Irish Countryside. Settle into your 

 Boyne Valley

Take the day to explore the ancient Boyne valley, the heart of Ireland’s ancient east. First visit Newgrange (c 3,200 B.C.), it is the best-known monument of the World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne, predating the ancient Egyption pyramids by 400 years and England's Stonehenge by 1000. The fantastic visitors centre draws you into this ancient world and helps you discover life for these ancient Irish farmers so long ago. Visit Monasterboice, an early Christian site with a round tower and 10th Century High Cross, the famous Hill of Tara (seat of the high kings of Ireland) or Trim Castle Ireland's  largest Anglo- Norman castle and recognisable as  part of Mel Gibson's Movie Braveheart castle film set. Returning to your hotel for a good night sleep before your flight home.

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Make the 30 min drive to Dublin airport for your flight home.

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