Autumn Bounty: Culture, Cuisine & Craic

Autumn Bounty: Culture, Cuisine & Craic

October 18-26, 2024

This small group tour combines the best of Irish culture, cuisine, and camaraderie, offering an authentic and immersive experience that will leave you with cherished memories of the Emerald Isle.

Join us for a journey of a lifetime, where every day promises a new adventure and every evening is filled with the warmth of Ireland's hospitality.

Doonagore Castle, County Clare, Ireland

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Ireland on a meticulously crafted 8-day tour designed for the culturally curious traveler.

Highlights of the Autumn Bounty Tour

Traveling in Ireland Tours feature intimate group sizes, ensuring a cozy and personal experience. This tour has a maximum of 12 travelers.

Accommodations: Enjoy 8 nights of comfortable and carefully selected 4* accommodations that showcase the warmth and charm of Irish hospitality.

Culinary Delights: Start your mornings with daily breakfast, and savor the essence of Ireland with 2 expertly guided food tours that will introduce you to the rich tapestry of Irish cuisine.

Dining Experiences: Delight in the camaraderie of your small group during 3 group dinners, featuring authentic Irish flavors and lively conversations.

Inclusive Experiences: Your journey will be filled with exclusive experiences:

  • Visit Ireland's Oldest Pub: Step back in time and immerse yourself in history as you visit Ireland's oldest pub. Sip on a local brew as you imagine the tales the building could tell.
  • Jaunting Cart Tour: Explore the beauty of autumn in Killarney National Park on a jaunting cart tour. It will be up to you to decide if our Jarvey is sharing truthful tales or a bit of blarney.
  • Guided Tour of Killarney's ‘Lake of Learning': Dive into the fascinating history of Killarney while enjoying a guided tour of Lough Leane and Innisfallen Island which are steeped in stories and local legends.
  • Learn Hurling: Experience the heart-pounding excitement of Ireland's national sport, Hurling. Learn the sport from a local expert and immerse yourself in the sporting culture.
  • Create an Ornament at SilverWorks: Unleash your creativity with a hands-on experience at SilverWorks. Craft your own unique Irish keepsake to cherish as a memento of your journey.

Comfort & Convenience: Travel in style with a luxury touring vehicle and the guidance of a private driver guide who possesses a deep knowledge of Ireland's history, culture, and hidden gems.

Personal Touch: Jody Halsted, your friendly host, brings a special dimension to your journey. Benefit from pre-trip recommendations and expert planning guidance for your free time (and optional Dublin pre-trip), ensuring that your Irish adventure aligns with your unique interests and preferences.

Receive: Customized Autumn Bounty Travel Planner & Journal

Gratuities for group meals & driver guide are included in tour price.

Payment Options: including a monthly payment plan!

Tour cost: $3987

Price is per person sharing. Single supplement $750 applied to solo travelers.
Tour price does not include airfare

Daily Highlights

Today, you'll join us on our comfortable touring coach, where you'll meet Jody and your private driver guide for an entertaining journey across the country.

As we head towards Doolin, we'll pause at several intriguing stops, including a visit to Sean's Bar, renowned as Ireland's oldest pub.

In the afternoon, we'll check in for a two-night stay at the welcoming Doolin Inn.

To end the day on a delightful note, we'll come together for a group dinner at Anthony's, followed by an evening of fun at a lively local pub.

Indulge in a hearty breakfast at the Doolin Inn before embarking on our exploration of the Burren. Despite its lunar appearance, this rocky terrain conceals a surprisingly lush and productive landscape.

Our journey will unveil megalithic portals and stunning landscape. To satisfy your taste buds, we'll also immerse ourselves in the flavors along the Burren Food Trail, adding a culinary dimension to our day of discovery.

This evening we are back in Doolin where you can enjoy another pub – or two!

Today, our journey takes us to Killarney in County Kerry, but not without a captivating stop at the Cliffs of Moher before we bid Clare farewell. En route, we'll pause at Lough Gur to explore Ireland's largest stone circle.

Upon reaching Scotts Hotel and settling into our rooms, we'll embark on a delightful jaunting cart ride through the enchanting Killarney National Park. As it's rutting season, we might be fortunate enough to witness the bucks asserting their dominance, adding a touch of wildlife wonder to our experience.

This evening, join us for a group dinner at a welcoming local pub. Whether you choose to immerse yourself in the spirited atmosphere and lively conversations—what the Irish call ‘craic'—or opt for a leisurely stroll through town to explore alternative entertainment, the night is yours to enjoy.

Today, immerse yourself in the vibrant flavors of Killarney, starting with a delightful breakfast at the hotel. As we embark on a scenic boat tour of Lough Leane and the historic Innisfallen Island—an ancient monastic site—prepare to work up an appetite for our delectable walking food tour scheduled for lunchtime.

The afternoon and evening are yours to explore at your leisure. In Killarney, the options are plentiful, ranging from invigorating hikes and leisurely strolls to more tranquil activities such as scheduling a spa appointment or simply unwinding by a cozy fireside in one of the local pubs—perhaps even two! The choice is entirely yours.

Today marks our farewell to Killarney as we set our course for the heart of Ireland's Ancient East. Our first stops include the impressive Cahir Castle, where we'll explore from dungeon to battlements, followed by the awe-inspiring Rock of Cashel—a site so magnificent it may leave you breathless.

For the night, we'll rest at Butler House in the medieval city of Kilkenny, a residence with historical significance as the former dower house of Kilkenny Castle.

Join Jody this evening for an insightful walking tour of the town, where she'll share her recommendations for local eateries and pubs you won't want to miss.

This morning, take some leisure time to explore the charms of Kilkenny before diving into the world of Hurling, the oldest sport globally and the fastest on grass—a sport everyone can enjoy!

Following the spirited game, unwind as we journey to Powerscourt Distillery in County Wicklow for an insightful tour and tasting experience.

As the day winds down, prepare for a truly luxurious stay at the 5-star Druid's Glen, where indulgence awaits you tonight.

Today's adventures in ‘the garden of Ireland' keep us close to our luxurious lodgings.

Our scenic drive into the Wicklow Mountains leads us to Glendalough, a 6th-century monastic city of learning. Revel in the lush valleys as we wind our way to the Avoca Mill, Ireland's oldest weaving mill—an ideal spot for those seeking unique souvenirs.

As the day concludes, we come together at Druid's Glen for a memorable final group dinner, savoring the culmination of our journey in this picturesque corner of Ireland.

Indulge in a leisurely morning at Druid's Glen, where you can unwind in the comfort of your room, take a leisurely stroll through the extensive grounds, or treat yourself to a spa experience.

In the afternoon, we head back to Dublin, where you'll have the opportunity to craft a personal souvenir at SilverWorks—a memorable keepsake from your delightful Ireland vacation.

As the day draws to a close, bid farewell to our driver at the Carlton Hotel near Dublin Airport, marking the end of our journey through the enchanting landscapes and rich cultural tapestry of Ireland.

Slán go fóill

As the time comes to part ways, we prefer not to say goodbye but rather ‘goodbye for now,' with the hope of crossing paths again.

Whether your journey leads you to Dublin Airport for your homeward flight or you venture on to explore more of Ireland independently, we extend our heartfelt wishes for safe and joyful travels.

Until we meet again!

Frequently Asked Questions

How soon do I need to decide?
Sooner is better than later as space is limited to 10 people.

Do you have payment options?
I do! You can make monthly payments or pay in a lump sum after booking or 3 months prior to the tour date.

What is a single supplement?
Room rates are based on 2 people sharing a room. If you are traveling solo and prefer not to share a room then you pay the full room rate.

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