Staying at The Granville Hotel & The Seven Oaks Hotel
6 DAYS | 16th July 2018
At first sight Ireland’s Ancient East is carpeted by lush landscapes and idyllic towns, framed by the River Shannon and the Irish Sea. But this land is brimming with legends, culture, attractions and hidden heritage gems. This new tour for 2018 takes you on a fascinating journey through picturesque landscapes, towns and villages.
The famous city of Waterford is our base for the first three nights at The Granville Hotel. Situated in a splendid location overlooking the River Suir and just a five minute walk from St Patrick’s Cathedral. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free internet access, and an award-winning restaurant. Our last two nights are spent in Carlow with mountains, glorious countryside and river valleys all nearby. The Seven Oaks Hotel is situated close to the town and within walking distance of Carlow’s new cultural quarter. A modern yet homely hotel with facilities that include an indoor pool, sauna and hot tub, a restaurant serving modern international and Irish cuisine and a relaxed bar. Rooms at both hotels have modern facilities include a courtesy tea tray.
We depart Macclesfield in the morning calling for coffee en-route to Holyhead where we board the conventional ferry for our crossing to Dublin. Upon arrival we head south to Waterford and our hotel. We arrive in time for dinner.
After a relaxing breakfast we meet our guide for a walking tour of this splendid city culminating at Waterford Crystal where you will have the opportunity of going on an additional guided tour. The remainder of the day can be spent at leisure.
Today we embrace the panoramic seascapes, cliffs, bays and coves that is Dungarvan and The Copper Coast Drive. Firstly we visit the seaside resort of Tramore, the start of the Copper Coast. We stop for a stroll and morning coffee and we then continue the scenic part coastal route to the harbour town of Dungarven with its county museum, shops and pubs. After lunch we drive to Kilmeadan where we enjoy a scenic train ride on the Suir Valley Railway along the picturesque banks of the River Suir back to Waterford and our hotel.
Today we venture to Dunbrody where we visit the Famine Ship Emigrant Experience to hear the stories of those brave and desperate, and ordinary people who chose to leave everything they knew for an uncertain future abroad. This exhibition makes for an excellent and interesting visit. We then head north to the pretty town of Kilkenny with its Castle. Built in the 12th century, this Anglo-Norman structure stands dramatically along the River Nore. You will have ample time to roam the castle at your own pace and have afternoon refreshments before we take the short journey to Carlow and our hotel for the next two nights.
This morning we visit Altamont Gardens, an enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens with riverside walks spanning over 40 acres. Altamont features a fabulous mix of native and exotic plants, mature trees and woodland. We return to Carlow around lunch time and have the afternoon at leisure.
Today we head towards Dublin with a stop enroute at the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens just outside Kildare. From horses to horticulture, the Irish National Stud is a unique experience. The magnificent Japanese Gardens, the finest of their kind in Europe, trace the passage of a soul from birth to death and beyond. We take the mid-afternoon crossing from Dublin back to Holyhead and on arrival in Holyhead we take the shortest route home, aiming to arrive in the Macclesfield area mid-late evening
£695.00 per person sharing twin/double
£140.00 single supplement
£38.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT