We've so many popular itineraries that it would be impossible to show all on our website without confusing visitors. We are known as Emerald Custom Tours for a reason - listening attentively we will tailor your tour details using our experience. Some high level sample Ireland itineraries and unique experiences are below for your consideration.
This itinerary allows you to take in a loop of the bottom half of Ireland. You will spend 2 nights in Galway, Killarney, Kilkenny and Dublin. If you are comfortable on the move you can stopover for a night in places like Doolin, Dingle & Kinsale. A variety of accommodation options including guesthouses, four and five star hotels and castles can be customized on this itinerary.
If you are celebrating a special event on your trip then a variation of this itinerary can be the perfect experience. You will get to stay at places like Ashford Castle, Dromoland Castle, Carrig House, Perryville House & for the ultimate experience - Ballyfin. We know all the properties, their owners and management on a personal basis and we will carefully recommend which places will fit best for your preferred trip pace, activities and any special interests.
Northern Ireland is just an hour north of Dublin and there's several great areas to experience including Donegal, Derry, Antrim, Belfast and County Down. You will get to experience several amazing and acclaimed attractions including Titanic Belfast, The Giant's Causeway and if you have Game of Thrones fans in the group we can tailor some tour days dedicated to the well known Northern Ireland landmarks from the show.
A perk of being located close to the Game of Throne's set is that we've gotten to know the right people to enable unique experience tours. Highlights of our tour include being shown the main landmarks of the show with an actor who has appeared in the Game of Thrones. You will see Robbs Camp, Wolfs Wood, Winterfell, Meet the Dire Wolves & Throne, Dark Hedges, River Run and Castle Ward. This is a chance to get up close and personal with cast members and unique Game of Thrones experiences.
Irish Whiskey Exports are booming with brands such as Jameson, Bushmills and Teeling among those enjoying the success of excellence. The distilleries where our fine whiskey's are produced have excellent visitor centers and masterclass tours with resident experts in state of the art tutoring environments. From Dublin you can easily visit Kilbeggan Distillery, Tullamore Dew, Jameson Experience and Teelings. If you are enjoying an extended visit to Ireland and want to include some distillery visits we can advise where these would be best fitted in.
Our sister company is Links Golf Ireland, a golf tour operator established in 2004 who specialize in arranging golf trips to Ireland, Scotland, England & Wales. As well as being an Authorized Provider of Old Course St. Andrews Packages, Links Golf Ireland also take groups to The Masters, The Ryder Cup and The British Open (Open Championship ;-))
You are never too far from the coast and on our coastal tour of the Wild Atlantic Way you will spend time in Kinsale, Kenmare, Dingle, Doolin and if you have time to extend your trip we can include Westport and Donegal. There are some amazing islands to visit including Skellig Michael (UNESCO World Heritage Site & Star Wars) and the Aran Islands which is an island off the coast of Galway and Clare where Gaelic is the primary language and the landscape is picture perfect of a bygone Celtic era. While a lot of our guests arrive & depart via Dublin there are great touring options on the west coast that can be accessed easily arriving and departing from Shannon Airport.
Ireland has become a hot foodie destination. Our guests have been enjoying the quality of the produce and farm to fork experience that comes naturally in Ireland. While showing you the best of Ireland while you are enjoying lavish Irish castles and manor houses, we will enhance your tour with some amazing culinary experiences. Your itinerary will include cookery classes with renowned Irish chefs, gourmet meals and wines at Michelin level restaurants, artisan producer visits including cheese & chocolate makers and all of this will blend nicely into the ingredients of an amazing Irish vacation.