10 days
Duration
British Isles
Destination
Level 1 - Introductory to Moderate
Activity

Gardens of Ireland Small Group Tour

This small group tour explores the side of Ireland that is lush and green. You will see a country full of thatched cottages, friendly pubs, music, poetry, ebullient people and dramatically diverse rugged countryside. It is also a land of diverse and rich gardens from the dramatic Powerscourt to the impressive kitchen Garden of Kylemore Abbey and the secretive Anne’s Grove.

Our Gardens of Ireland small group tour lasts 10 days. It ranges from the bustling capital of Dublin with its historic Botanic Garden to the greenness of Killarney with its rugged Kerry peninsula and charming Muckross House, as well as to the natural beauty of the Connemara. We will learn about Ireland’s rich heritage and gardening history. We also explore Dublin and the Wicklow Mountains, Waterford, Limerick, historic Galway and Ulster.

Gardens of Ireland Small group tour  Itinerary

The Gardens of Ireland Small group tour begins in Dublin, a city abounding in historic and literary heritage. We take a walking tour of the city, while learning about its long history. Originally settled by Vikings it is home to Trinity College and the famous Book of Kells, the Abbey Theatre where Irish playwrights have long premiered their works, Dublin Castle, St Patrick's Cathedral and many fine Georgian squares. Dublin is home of the National Botanic Garden, Ireland’s premier botanical and horticultural establishment. We then travel to Waterford, exploring the Wicklow Mountains and Powerscourt, one of Europe's most splendid gardens. We also take in the historically significant site of Glendalough, beautifully set in a valley between two lakes.

Next stop on our escorted tour is Killarney, the popular resort centre of County Kerry. This town is well placed to explore the dramatic landscapes of the world renowned Ring of Kerry, and Muckross Gardens, set in Ireland’s premier national park, combining an outstanding collection of plants with the wild scenery of Ireland. Afterwards, we explore Connemara and Carrickfergus, before heading to Belfast, where the Gardens of Ireland Small group tour concludes.

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The dramatic scenery of The Ring of Kerry, the Burren and the Connemara National Park.
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The National Botanic Gardens in Dublin.
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The outstanding gardens of Powerscourt and Muckross House.
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The historic cities of Dublin, Waterford and Antrim.
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The romantic site of Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains.

Overview: This evening, we meet in the hotel for a welcome dinner and program orientation.

Accommodation: Castle Hotel or similar.

Overview: This morning, we embark on a half-day guided city tour of Dublin’s key sights, including a visit to the Book of Kells exhibition at Trinity College. In the afternoon, we head to the National Botanic Gardens for a private guided tour, along with a visit to the nearby private Tyrrelstown House Gardens. This estate has been home to the Wilkinson family for centuries, and the family are still actively engaged in the upkeep and maintenance of the property’s gardens and arboretum.

Dublin is a city that abounds in historic and literary heritage. Originally settled by Vikings it is home to Trinity College and the famous Book of Kells, the Abbey Theatre where Irish playwrights have long premiered their works, Dublin Castle, St Patrick’s Cathedral and many fine Georgian squares. Dublin is home of the National Botanic Garden, Ireland’s premier botanical and horticultural establishment.

Accommodation: Castle Hotel or similar.

Overview: This morning, we enjoy a guided tour of the Powerscourt Estate & Gardens. We then head to Glendalough, where we have some free time to explore the town and grab some lunch. Travelling out of the Wicklow National Park, we stop in Tullow for a guided visit at the Altamont Gardens, a large old-world garden, before continuing on to Waterford.

We arrive in our hotel in time for dinner.

Accommodation: Waterford Marina Hotel or similar.

Overview: Today, we explore the House of Waterford Crystal visitor attraction during a half-day tour of Waterford, which showcases the works of the famed local crystal manufacturer. After exploring Waterford, we then head to Killarney, making a stop in Tullow to visit Annes Grove House and Gardens.

Accommodation: Killarney Dromhall Hotel or similar.

Overview: Today, we make an anticlockwise trip around the Ring of Kerry, stopping at various attractions and notable vantage points en route. Highlights of the day include a visit to Kenmare, known for its legacy of lace-making and intricate lace work. After exploring this magical location, we enjoy dinner together in a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Kallarney Dromhall Hotel

Overview: This morning, we enjoy a tour Muckross House & Gardens, before travelling down to Bantry, in the far south-west of the country. Bantry House and its gardens are one of the must-see sites of Southern Ireland. This historic country house occupies an enviable position overlooking the Bay of Bantry, and has some of the most impressive and grandiose gardens in the area. On the return journey to Killarney, we stop for photos and sightseeing along the spectacularly scenic Wild Atlantic Way.

Accommodation: Killarney Dromhall Hotel or similar.

Overview: As we make our way from Killarney to Galway, we stop at King John’s Castle in Limerick , and also at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. After these visits, we head up to Galway for some free time before dinner.

Accommodation: Maldron Hotel Sandy Road or similar.

Overview: Today, we make a full day excursion into the Connemara National Park region from Galway, following an anti-clockwise route. We enjoy visits to four different garden sites from the Trail, including Kylemore Abbey and the Victoria Walled Garden.

Accommodation: Maldron Hotel Sandy Road or similar.

Overview: On our journey from Galway to Belfast, we stop to visit the extraordinary gardens at Antrim Castle. These 400 year old gardens are unmatched in Northern Ireland. A £6m restoration project, which received generous support from Heritage Lottery Fund, has now preserved this historic site for generations to come.
Following a visit to Antrim, we transfer to Belfast for the farewell dinner.

Overview: After breakfast in the hotel, we say our farewells and the program draws to a close.

What’s included in our Tour

  • 9 nights hotel accommodation in en-suite share twin rooms.
  • Typical local breakfast daily and some evening meals.
  • Touring by comfortable and modern coach.
  • Transport and field trips as indicated.
  • Services of a tour leader throughout the tour.
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides.
  • Gratuities and necessary tips.
  • Detailed Tour Information Booklet.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • International airfares and departure taxes.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature.

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Gardens of Ireland Small group tour

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