Add a little zest to 2018 with our new seasonal short break to Ireland’s south-east and a twist on the House Party theme. Discover Wells House & Gardens, the famous House of Waterford Crystal and enjoy ‘a drink on the house’ at Smithwicks Brewery each with guided tours, and explore miles of beautiful scenery plus the generous hospitality at Dooleys Hotel in Waterford.
|23rd – 27th September 2018||4 nights||£399pp|
Half Board. Single supplement £84pp
Situated in a prime city centre location boasting views of the River Suir, the hotel is a stones throw from the shopping and sightseeing districts. The excellent quality, family run hotel, has 112 spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated bedrooms all with en-suite, tea & coffee making facilities, direct dial telephone with voicemail service, trouser press, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, TV and WiFi. This hotel is particularly noted for the good home cooked cuisine.
Day 1 – Travel to South Wales and then by ferry to Rosslare and on to Dooleys Hotel in Waterford for a 4 night stay.Day 2 – A day in Waterford begins with a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal (included in your tour) in the heart of town, where a guided tour reveals the secrets of this intimate design process from glass blowing to engraving, skills that have changed little since the company began in 1783. Take time to browse in the showroom and perhaps be tempted by a special piece, some of which is exclusive to the gallery. Spend the afternoon exploring this facinating city.Day 3 – Begin today with a visit to Wells House & Gardens (included in your tour) that lies just north of Wexford. This magnificent building has stood for over 350 years and the guided tour reveals a history encompassing Cromwell, passionate rebellions and the great famine, with special emphasis on the everyday lives of all the families who lived on the estate. The Victorian Walled Gardens are delightful and there’s a Craft Courtyard with locally-produced arts and crafts. Spend the afternoon in the beautiful harbour town of Wexford, founded by the Vikings in the 9th Century and which has featured prominently in the country’s history.Day 4 – Today we head to Kilkenny, a well-preserved medieval town, popular with tourists and with many original features, built around its magnificent castle and recently named Ireland’s Tidiest Town. Begin with a visit to the new Smithwicks Brewery (included in your tour price) for a tour and tasting of this favourite Irish beer. Free time this afternoon to stroll through the historic streets or why not take a ride on the Kilkenny Road Train (not included) resplendent in the local Kilkenny colours of black and gold, to discover the abbey, cathedral and other highlights of this fascinating city.Day 5 – Return ferry from Rosslare to South Wales and home.
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Killarney & the Ring of Kerry
|14th – 20th July 2018||7 days||£629pp|
Half Board. Single supplement £153pp.
The three superb hotels on this tour offer excellent facilities, including fully en-suite rooms, lifts serving all floors & entertainment nightly. There is a beautiful indoor pool at the Killarney Towers. The overnight hotels are of a very high three star standard and the main hotel, the Killarney Towers, has undergone a major refurbishment and has been awarded four star status.
DAY 1 – We travel to the port of Pembroke in South Wales for our ferry crossing to Rosslare. From here we drive to Waterford for an overnight stay at Dooleys Hotel. OVERNIGHT BAG REQUIREDDAY 2 – After breakfast, we head across to the south west via Blarney, arriving in Killarey mid afternoon. We head straight to Ross Castle, where we board the boat for our cruise on Lough Leane, after which we are taken to the excellent four star Killarney Towers Hotel by the famous “Jaunty Carts”, passing through the Killarney National Park.DAY 3 – A free day to explore the delights the town of Killarney has to offer.DAY 4 – Our local guide joins us at the hotel for our spectacular “Ring of Kerry” tour, offering spectacular scenery. We stop at several locations around “The Ring”, and are knowledgeably informed by our guide of many of the interesting and historic places and features we encounter.DAY 5 – Once again, our guide joins us for the day as we head off for another beautifully scenic tour on the Breara Peninsula and destination of Bantry Bay, a truly stunning drive through this area of outstanding natural beauty.DAY 6 – We head east through many countries today towards our overnight hotel, with comfort stops en-route. An evening meal is provided. OVERNIGHT BAG REQUIREDDay 7 – We travel to the port for our ferry crossing back to Wales, then travel back home.
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