Ireland’s Ancient East Tours

(9 days/8 nights)

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

Day 1 – Arrive in Dublin

Day 2 – Dublin city sight seeing

Day 3 – Wicklow Mountains and National park 

Day 4 – Powerscourt to Waterford

Day 5 – Waterford Leisure day

Day 6 – Waterford to Kilkenny

Day 7 – Kilkenny to the Boyne Valley

Day 8 – Boyne Valley

Day 9 – Home

 

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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Day 1 - Arrive in Dublin 

Let your airport transfer take you to your city centre hotel and relax after your flight. Stretch your legs and get to know your surroundings by exploring Dublin’s city centre.

Day 2- Dublin city sightseeing day

Your second day in Dublin you should enjoy some sightseeing in Ireland’s vibrant capital city. Don’t miss the Guinness Store house for the history of the famous pint of stout, Trinity College for the Book of Kells, Temple bar  for the pubs and people watching or Dublinia  museum for the history of the Vikings in Dublin. Eat in a Michelin star restaurant and discover gourmet Ireland.

Day 3 – Wicklow Mountains and National park 

Make an early start. Meet your driver this morning or collect your car hire and 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. Make your way back to  the majestic Powerscourt house and gardens and spend the rest of the day exploring the stunning gestate.  Settle into your hotel and enjoy all what Powerscourt has to offer. 

Day 4 – 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. 

Day 5 – Waterford Leisure day

Relax today and enjoy your luxury accommodation. Take a stroll through Waterford city and visit the Waterford crystal visitor’s centre.

Day 6 – 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.

Day 7 – 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. Make your way to the Tullamore Dew whiskey distillery for lunch and an afternoon tour. Settle into your Meath Hotel.

Day 8 – 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 pyramids by 400 years and Stonehenge by 1000. The fantastic visitors centre will fascinate you. Visit Monasterboice, an early Christian site with a round tower and 10th Century High Cross, the Hill of Tara (seat of the high kings of Ireland) or Trim Castle, the largest Anglo- Norman castle in Ireland and part of Braveheart’s film set. Settle for a good night sleep before your flight home.

Day 9 – Home

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

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