Breath of Elegance – A luxury tour of beautiful Ireland

Ireland castles, scenic landscapes and luxury accommodations for a trip to remember.

 

Nothing captures the romance, architecture and history of Europe like the castles of Ireland do. The Breath of Elegance Tour offers a magical step into the past, with all the amenities you expect from a luxury tour with modern conveniences. "Southern Elegance" is a 6-night tour originating in Shannon and ending in Dublin. "Northern Elegance" is a 6-night tour originating in Dublin and ending in Shannon. Both tours combined constitute the "Breath of Elegance" tour, which is 11 nights in duration beginning and ending in Shannon.

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Breath of Elegance - Classic Ireland Tour Itinerary

Irish Breath of Elegance Tour - Day 1
Southern Elegance Tour Day 1
USA-Ireland.

Depart from USA for overnight flight to Ireland.

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 2
Southern Elegance Tour Day 2
Shannon-Adare, Ireland

Upon arrival at Shannon Airport, you will be welcomed by our professional staff and introduced to your Irish driver/guide. We make our way via Private Transfer to the town of Adare, which has been voted "The Prettiest Town in Ireland" primarily because of its authentic thatched roof cottages, which are still in use today. We then arrive at Adare Manor, a five-star property, dating back to 1464. It stands at the northern end of Adare town and boasts deluxe amenities with authentic charm. This evening we have an opportunity to experience the five-star dining at this one of the "Leading Hotels of the World." Retire to your luxuriously appointed room for overnight. Welcome dinner and overnight at Adare Manor.

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 3
Southern Elegance Tour Day 3
Adare-Killarney, Ireland

We enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast this morning before we travel south to Killarney, in County Kerry. This town is a lively hub of activity with many restaurants and singing pubs. Upon arrival we enjoy a tour through Killarney National Park & Muckross House Estates. Muckross House is a magnificent Victorian mansion and one of Ireland's leading stately homes. After our visit we are dropped off at our hotel, the Killarney Park Hotel. This deluxe five-star property is situated in the heart of Killarney. Overnight at the Killarney Park Hotel.

breath of elegance ireland group tourBreath of Elegance Tour Day 4
Southern Elegance Tour Day 4
Dingle, Ireland

After breakfast we depart Killarney for the Dingle Peninsula. The journey begins with some of the most magnificent scenery in all of Ireland. The little town of Dingle is straight out of a story book. The fishing boats in the harbor and tiny brightly painted pubs reflect a place where time has continued to stand still. The population of 1,500 people and only 52 pubs are ready to welcome you this afternoon. Worth the wait is the native seafood chowder served up at lunch time with freshly baked brown bread. We continue on to Slea Head. Along the way, we will see bee hive style huts, originally inhabited by 12th century monks, which overlook the rugged Blasket Islands. The awe inspiring beauty of this particular area is unmatched. There is no other landscape in western Europe with the density and variety of archaeological monuments as found on the Dingle Peninsula. Overnight in Killarney at the Killarney Park Hotel.

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 5
Southern Elegance Tour Day 5
Killarney-Blarney-Cork, Ireland

Breakfast is followed by a leisurely departure from Killarney where many new friends have been made. Our journey takes us east over the Kerry and Cork Mountains to Macroom where we pause for a short visit. This is the main market town for the Gaelic speaking region to the west. Macroom Castle dates from the 13th century and was the seat of the McCarthys of Muskerry. Oliver Cromwell granted it to Admiral Sir William Penn whose namesake son spent much of his childhood here and later founded the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our next stop, the picturesque town of Blarney, is the home of Blarney Castle and the Blarney stone, which legend has it bequeaths the "gift of eloquence" to all who kiss it. Time to shop at the historical woolen mills or stop in Christy's Pub for a Pint! We depart Blarney and travel to Cork City. Driving into Cork City, we are treated to a panoramic tour before reaching our final destination, the five-star Hayfield Manor. A sanctuary in the city, the Hayfield Manor is set among two acres of park-like grounds. It offers a unique look at a bygone era with its cozy well-appointed ambiance. Perhaps you will choose to explore town this evening before dinner. Otherwise, enjoy all of the amenities that the Manor has to offer or sit in front of a turf fire and enjoy a cocktail. Overnight at the Hayfield Manor.

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 6
Southern Elegance Tour Day 6
Cork-Cashel-Kildare-Dublin, Ireland

We depart Cork after breakfast traveling northeast. We stop for a photo opportunity in County Tipperary at the historic Rock of Cashel. The Rock of Cashel is a stone fort poised 200 feet above the town. Built in the 5th century, it is said to be the site where St. Patrick illustrated the sacred trinity to the Kings of Munster using the modest shamrock. It is on through Kildare, home of the famous Irish National Stud, where horse breeding and racing is an art. Our final stop today is Dublin. Upon arrival into Dublin we enjoy a panoramic tour of this 1,000-year-old city. We then check into the five-star Shelbourne Hotel, another of the "Leading Hotels of the World," located in the very heart of Dublin City. Known for its gracious sophistication and style, the Shelbourne has long been at the hub of Dublin city life, with its rich and relaxed elegance. Step out the door and you are near pedistrianized Grafton Street with its many shops and restaurants. Overnight Dublin at the Shelbourne Hotel.

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 7
Southern Elegance Tour Day 7
Northern Elegance Tour Day 1
Dublin, Ireland

Our driver/guide will provide you with a nice selection of historical and cultural attractions to see during your visit. Your options include but are not limited to: St. Patrick’s’ Cathedral (where Jonathan Swift was once Dean), Trinity College (where the famed Book of Kells is housed), the Stags Head Pub (a veritable “shrine to the art of drink”) or even the Temple Bar district (Dublin’s cultural quarter brimming with arts, culture, restaurants and entertainment). Many of Dublin’s premier night spots can be found right outside the door of your hotel, which is the most centrally located property in all of Dublin. Optional dinner and traditional Irish entertainment this evening at the famed “Taylor’s Three Rock.” Here we enjoy the songs, dances and humor for which the Irish are famous. Otherwise, dinner is on your own. Suggestions will be provided by your driver/guide. Overnight Dublin at the Shelbourne, Westbury, Fitzwilliam or Westin Hotel. (Dublin Hotels are chosen prior to each departure)

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 8
Northern Elegance Tour Day 2
Dublin-Monasterboice-Belfast, Ireland

After a hearty breakfast we meet our Driver Guide in the lobby of the hotel. We travel north via Drogheda to Monasterboice. This former monastic settlement dates back to 923AD and is the home of the largest collection of carved stone high crosses in all of Europe. We then travel through Dundalk and on to Belfast. We enjoy a panoramic tour, with a stop at the Renaissance Revival City Hall, and on to our home for the next two nights, the magnificent Hastings’s Culloden Hotel. This five-star 19th century “Scottish Baronial Estate” which offers all modern amenities, including an indoor pool, leisure center and beauty salon. Overnight at The Culloden Hotel.
 

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 9
Northern Elegance Tour Day 3
Belfast-Glens of Antrim-Giant's Causeway-Bushmills-Belfast, Ireland

Today we experience one of Ireland’s magnificent scenic routes. The Coast Road takes us through the Nine Glens of Antrim, which offers wonderful views of mountains, valleys and the coastline. Our first stop is the oldest licensed distillery in the world, Bushmills, where we savor a sample of this renowned amber liquid. We then travel the coast to visit the Giant’s Causeway. This impressive area of hexagonal columns was formed over 60 million years ago by cooling lava. Legend also has it that the Giant’s Causeway was built by the ancient giant, Fionn Mac Cumhail. We then return to Belfast via Ballymena. Overnight at The Culloden Hotel.

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 10
Northern Elegance Tour Day 4
Belfast-Armagh-Enniskillen-Donegal, Ireland

After a hearty Irish breakfast we depart for Armagh, the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. It Is here that St. Patrick founded a church and the town has remained a religious center. We continue our journey west through Enniskillen, the capital of County Fermanagh, where the town center sits on an island between the upper and lower Lough Erne. Next, on to the famous Belleek Pottery, which has been in existence since 1857. Belleek produces Irish Fine Parian china, sold worldwide for generations. An Irish tradition is to give a newlywed couple a piece of this china so they will be blessed with lasting happiness. We continue on to Overnight at Solis Lough Eske Hotel.

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 11
Northern Elegance Tour Day 5
Donegal-Sligo-Cong, Ireland

After breakfast today we visit Drumcliffe, the burial site of William Butler Yeats. Our journey continues through the northern end of Lough Corrib to the tiny town of Cong, where much of the John Houston classic The Quiet Man was filmed. We arrive at Ashford Castle, a five-star hotel and one of the Leading Hotels of the World. This 13th-century fairy-tale castle overlooks a picturesque lake and is considered to be one of the most luxurious castle hotels in all of Ireland. Once on the grounds of the estate, you will feel transported back in time. Ashford was once home to the world-famous Guinness family, renowned for their brewing expertise. Perhaps you will choose to walk among the 3 million species of shrubs, trees and flowers that the spectacular gardens have to offer. Ashford Castle also offers an equestrian center, a spa and a 9-hole golf course. Tonight we enjoy a gourmet dinner in the George V dining room. Sleep like a king or queen this evening. Dinner and overnight at Ashford Castle.

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 12
Northern Elegance Tour Day 6
Cong-Connemara-Galway-Cliffs of Moher-Newmarket-On-Fergus, Ireland
After enjoying a gourmet breakfast, we depart from Ashford Castle and begin our journey on the northern edge of Lough Corrib and on to the Connemara region, one of the most scenic and unspoiled areas in the country. Words cannot begin to express the unique splendor of the west coast of Ireland, where Gaelic is still spoken. We travel through Spiddal to Galway town, where our driver/guide takes us on a city tour. In the middle ages, Galway was a principal port of trade for Spain and France. We continue our drive to the Cliffs of Moher. This majestic site climbs some 700 feet above the unforgiving Atlantic Coastline. We then continue on to our final destination, Dromoland Castle. Built in the 16th century, Dromoland Castle is the ancestral seat of the O’Briens who are one of the few native Gaelic families of royal blood. Time today to enjoy this Five Star Deluxe property and its entire splendor. This evening, we partake in a marvelous “Farewell Dinner” with our new friends and toast a magnificent time had by all! Overnight will be in one of the 75 deluxe guest rooms. Dinner and overnight at Dromoland Castle.

Breath of Elegance Tour Day 13
Northern Elegance Tour Day 7
Dromoland-Shannon, Ireland

After a delicious breakfast, we are transferred to nearby Shannon Airport. On the off-chance that you missed shopping opportunities, Shannon has a large duty-free shop that you can visit once you are checked in for your flight. In the traditional Irish way, we wish you Safe Home!

In traditional Irish spirit, Hammond Tours wishes you a safe journey home.
 


Your Luxury Tour Includes:

  • Sightseeing via deluxe new Mercedes Benz Executive Vehicles throughout your tour
  • Services of professional Irish Driver/Guide
  • Concierge Services at your hotels throughout
  • 5 Star Service from Hammond Tours travel professionals
  • Deluxe room accommodations in luxury castles, country homes, hotels and manors for Eleven (11) nights.
  • “Breath of Elegance” Tour:
    Adare Manor (1 night), The Killarney Park Hotel (2 Nights), Hayfield Manor (1 Night), the Shelbourne, Westbury, Fitzwilliam or Westin Hotel Dublin (2 Nights), Culloden Hotel Belfast (2 Nights) Solis Lough Eske Hotel (1 Night), Ashford Castle, Cong (1 Night) Dromoland Castle (1 Night)
  • Full Irish breakfast daily
  • Dinners at Adare Manor Ashford Castle & Dromoland Castle
  • Admissions to the following: Victorian Muckross House, Rock of Cashel, Giant’s Causeway, Belleek Pottery, Cliffs of Moher
  • Fully escorted sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Porterage of two suitcases per person (plus one carry-on bag)
  • Options for pre-booked activities such as golf and spa services
  • Hotel tips and taxes throughout (Except tips to your personal Driver/Guide)
  • Deluxe portfolio of travel documents professionally executed by Hammond Tours
  • Expert travel arrangements provided from your city of origin to commencement of tour in Ireland. (Additional cost for airfare)
  • Expert advice and arrangements to other European cities or other areas in Ireland available before and after your “Breath of Elegance” tour.

 


2015 Breath of Elegance Tour Dates & Rates

DATES Rates Per Person Sharing Single Supplement TOUR CODE
April 11-23 $5399 $2099 BE0411
May 2-14 $5799 $2099 BE0502
June 13-25 $5799 $2099 BE0613
July 11-24 $5799 $2099 BE0711
August 8-20 $5799 $2099 BE0808
September 5-17 $5799 $2099 BE0905
October 10-22 $4999 $2099 BE1010
November 7-19 $4769 $2099 BE1107

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2015 Southern Elegance Tour Dates & Rates

"Southern Elegance" is a 6-night tour originating in Shannon and ending in Dublin.

DATES Rates Per Person Sharing Single Supplement TOUR CODE
April 11-18 $2779 $1299 SM0411
May 2-9 $2999 $1299 SH0502
June 13-20 $2999 $1299 SH0613
July 11-18 $2999 $1299 SH0711
August 8-15 $2999 $1299 SH0808
September 5-12 $2899 $1299 SH0905
October 10-17 $2879 $1299 SM1010
November 7-14 $2499 $1299 SL1107

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2015 Northern Elegance Dates & Rates

"Northern Elegance" is a 6-night tour originating in Dublin and ending in Shannon.

DATES Rates Per Person Sharing Single Supplement TOUR CODE
April 16-23 $3199 $1399 CM0416
May 7-14 $3229 $1399 CH0507
June 18-25 $3399 $1399 CH0618
July 16-23 $3399 $1399 CH0716
August 13-20 $3399 $1399 CH0813
September 10-17 $3399 $1399 CH0910
October 15-22 $3229 $1399 CM1015
November 12-19 $2649 $1399 CL1112

 

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