Ireland is a country of glorious landscapes and an effervescent, welcoming culture. Seniors can travel slowly and nearly effortlessly while always surrounded by tradition and highlights. There is no filler in Ireland, as it is just unfiltered merriment every step of the way. Handcrafted for senior travelers, this one-week tour eases you through the best of Ireland with Dublin, the Wicklow gardens, Waterford, Cashel, Kenmare, Kerry, Dingle, and Adare.
Dublin – Easing Into the Irish Experience in Dublin
Flowers bloom on window-ledges throughout the streets of Dublin providing new color to facades that always seem to be a different hue, with so many of the Georgian terrace building painted in a bright shade of blue or red or green. When the flowers fall they land on cobblestone, another piece of the Georgian jigsaw, from a time when so much of the Irish capital was constructed. Many of the streets are narrow, populated by small shops, and pubs dominate every street corner, lively and welcoming whatever your age. Central Dublin is compact,\ and it is easy to ease into the Irish experience as you only need to walk one or two blocks to capture what it is all about.
Land at Dublin International Airport to be greeted by your local guide, and it will be a short transfer to your hotel, which is ideally situated in the heart of the city. Although Georgian from the outside, your hotel is very contemporary on the inside with modern amenities and services. Just take a few steps outside, and you can experience what Dublin is all about, from the shops and cafes to the pubs and restaurants. Or simply take some time to sit on any of the many benches and listen to the many sounds of the city.
Dublin – Georgian Dublin and the James Joyce Trail
Waterford – Fabulous Gardens and Shimmering Crystal
Kenmare – Legendary Tales from Ireland’s History
Kenmare – Exploring the Famous Ring of Kerry
Dingle – Glorious Landscapes and Irish Dancing
Adare – Resting Up in Ireland’s Finest Old Town
Shannon – Departure
- Take a leisurely journey along the Ring of Kerry, through the green farming pastures to the small villages and beautiful coastal cliffs
- Follow the James Joyce trail through Georgian Dublin, enjoying the city’s distinctive atmosphere
- Experience traditional Irish singing and dancing during an evening in Dingle
- Discover treasures and famous crystal on your afternoon in Waterford
- Spend a morning in the gardens of County Wicklow, including the superb Powerscourt House
- Ride a horse and carriage through Adare, Ireland’s best-preserved medieval town
- Feel the Irish story by visiting the Rock of Cashel, a place made famous by the Munster kings and St Patrick
- See why Slea Head Drive is considered one of the world’s greatest road routes
Ireland is tailor-made for senior travelers as there is an easy-going pace of life, with even the largest city feeling relaxed rather than bustling. Destinations are relatively close to each other, and the overland journeys are part of the attraction. Local people are famously friendly and easy to talk to, and the attractions are widely varied. You can explore glorious landscapes like Slea Head Drive and the Ring of Kerry, and there is also history aplenty, from Georgian Dublin to the Rock of Cashel. Local pubs invite you in with singing and dancing while treasures and crystal are found in Waterford. Gardens and stately homes feature on one morning while a thatched town fills your final day.
This one-week of highlights takes you around the south of Ireland on a private trip from Dublin to Shannon. It is an easy one-way journey that utilizes the country’s main two international airports with no backtracking to the capital involved. Of course, there is more to Ireland than its southern half but with only one week to travel, this area is recommended to ensure the full range of highlights and the best look at Irish traditions but none of the longer, laborious drives. Accommodation is in a handpicked selection of boutique hotels, all four- and five-star properties centered on Irish culture. A private tour means each day has in-built flexibility, around your interests and also the Irish weather.
Fly to Dublin for the first two nights and enjoy the lovely little capital, full of charm and compact enough to get around without walking too far. On day two you will follow the James Joyce trail, a short and enjoyable route through the highlights of Georgian Dublin. Travel through County Wicklow and the gardens of Ireland on day three, with Powerscourt House the premier highlight. You will then be heading to Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city and the famous home of crystal and treasures. The Rock of Cashel is halfway to Kenmare on day four, a wonderfully medieval cluster of stone buildings unlike almost any other in Europe.
Kenmare is idyllic, a small and colorful town that is also your gateway to the Ring of Kerry. A private tour means you can pick and choose attractions on this famous ring, dependent on whether you would like to be out all day. After Kenmare, you will travel north to Dingle, an Irish-speaking town where you experience traditional singing and dancing. Getting here will include Slea Head Drive, where ancient Christian remains are found on the Dingle Peninsula. End the tour in Adare, a tiny town of thatched houses, where a horse and carriage is more common than an automobile. Ending the private tour here means you are just 30 minutes from Shannon International Airport for an easy departure. Looking for more recommended Ireland travel inspiration? Consider browsing our Ireland travel reviews page.
$3,195 per person (excluding international flights)
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