Follow the Ring of Kerry where bogs, mountains, lakes and sea blend into a breathtaking landscape. Explore the Victorian Muckross House, the gardens at Powerscourt Demesne, and the 13th-century Blarney Castle, before visiting the home of the world-famous Waterford Crystal. Stay at two exquisite Relais & Château properties, the Sheen Falls Lodge and Cliff House Hotel, which will truly be the cherry on top of this magical trip around Ireland.
Note: Guests should fly out of Shannon Airport at the end of the program.
DAY 1 - DUBLIN
Debark your cruise today and begin your tour exploring the beautiful island of Ireland. You will be transferred from the ship to your hotel for your overnight stay. Once checked-in you will be at your own leisure for the afternoon to explore Dublin independently.
The Merrion is one of Dublin's most luxurious five-star hotels. It is located in the center of Dublin quite near the home of the Irish parliament. The property was created from four beautifully restored Georgian townhouses and also boasts a contemporary garden wing.
Dinner this evening is included at the Garden Room Restaurant
Overnight at the Merrion Hotel
DAY 2 - DUBLIN/ WATERFORD
Enjoy breakfast this morning before check-out at the hotel.
Today you will stop to visit the wonderful Powerscourt Demesne before continuing to Wexford. Located in Enniskerry, one of Ireland's prettiest villages, Powerscourt's 26,000 acres cover both shores of the River Dargle. The gardens are adorned with statuary and ornamental lakes, making this site a truly impressive and tranquil Eden.
Following your visit here, proceed to Ardmore in County Waterford via the home of the world-famous Waterford Crystal. Completed in 2010, the state-of-the-art House of Waterford traces the history of Waterford Crystal from its founding in 1783 by brothers George and William Penrose to the present day. The tour includes a reconstruction of the manufacturing process and shows how the original factory would have worked.
After lunch, continue on to The Cliff House Hotel in Waterford which is unique amongst Irish hotels. This Waterford hotel sits into Ardmore Bay in the picturesque landscape of West Waterford, and splashing with natural light, its gardens, terrace and balconies seem literally to trickle down the cliffs. The hotel interiors draw an extraordinary landscape inwards. Palettes of marine blue, fuchsia, aubergine and sea green evoke the surrounding Waterford countryside. It is as true to the trusted service standards of yesteryear as the subtle, stylish comforts expected by you - the 21st century guest.
Dine tonight in the hotel's Michelin Starred House Restaurant.
Overnight at the Cliff House Hotel
DAY 3 - WATERFORD/ KENMARE
After your breakfast at the hotel, join your driver and guide as you travel west to County Cork and the historic Blarney Castle. Here you will visit the castle which dates back to 1466. It was built in two sections and has a massive oblong keep, with battlements that are typically Irish in form. Below them the famous Blarney Stone is set in the wall, and to kiss it, one has to lean over backwards from the parapet walk of the battlements. Legend tells us, the gift of eloquence is imparted to all those who kiss it.
Following lunch, continue on to Kenmare via the iconic West Cork countryside, hugging the coastline. The area is known for its rugged peninsulas, beaches such as Inchydoney, and towns and villages such as Skibbereen, Clonakilty, and Rosscarbery.
Continue to Kenmare and Sheen Falls Lodge in County Kerry where you will spend two nights. Once the summer residence of the Marquis of Lansdowne, in its day the Sheen Falls Lodge welcomed the gentry in their pursuit of deer hunting and salmon fishing. Thankfully today the deer roam the estate and surrounding woodlands freely, and visitors from all over the world can now enjoy the luxury accommodations of the Lodge and the stunning beauty of its environs.
The setting of 300 acres of magical woodlands and crystal cascading waterfalls is truly unique to Sheen Falls Lodge. After check-in, there will be time to rest. Dine tonight in the luxurious surrounds of La Cascade Restaurant in Sheen Falls Lodge
Overnight at the Sheen Falls Lodge
DAY 4 - KENMARE
Following a traditional full Irish breakfast at the Lodge, set out to explore the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry, on a scenic drive. This is one of the most magical places in Kerry, offering countryside with a variety of terrains that combine with the sea into a landscape that is breathtaking. Even the names of its towns, Cahirciveen, Glenbeigh, Killorglin and Sneem convey their beauty. Lunch is served this afternoon before your tour continues.
Enjoy a jaunting car tour of the Killarney lakes before visiting Muckross House, a magnificent Victorian mansion and one of Ireland's leading stately homes, located within Killarney National Park. The elegantly furnished rooms portray the lifestyles of the landed gentry, while downstairs in the basement one can experience the working conditions of the servants employed in the house. Then, step into the wonderful gardens at Muckross to admire the wonderful flora abundant with aroma and color.
Return to the Lodge for dinner this evening which is included at the informal Restaurant Lounge.
Overnight at the Sheen Falls Lodge
DAY 5 - KENAMRE/ DEPART SHANNON
Full Irish breakfast is served in the hotel dining room before it is time to check-out of the hotel. Your driver will be waiting to transfer you to the Shannon Airport for your international flight.
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The operator reserves the right to alter the order of visits to accommodate local hours and days of operation.
Luggage will remain with guests throughout the entire trip.
If you require a visa for Ireland please consult with your travel professional well in advance of your voyage. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all the appropriate visa documents before your cruise.
Those with mobility impairment(s) may find sites where uneven ground makes certain locations unsuitable for wheelchairs.
All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.
This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.
Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.
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