Welcome to Ireland. You will be met at the airport on arrival by your friendly guide and driver . Check in to hotel for a welcome chat and a cuppa. Dinner that evening in the hotel
After a warm welcoming breakfast head off with your guide and driver to explore the best this city has to offer. Includes a visit to Trinity university. Founded in 1592, Trinity is Ireland’s top ranked university. Situated in the centre of Ireland’s vibrant capital city and the educator of Oliver Goldsmith, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, Jonathan Swift and William Butler Yeats. Trinity's Old Library holds the magnificent Book of Kells. The elegant and dynamic Dublin Spire is within walking distance from Trinity as is St Patrick's Cathedral, Dame St. Merrion Square, Free time for a bit of shopping. Dinner of your choice in one of our personal recommended restaurants/ Gastro pub.
Head outside the bustle of the city to visit the beautiful Pheonix park. Áras an Uachtaráin, the residence of the President of Ireland, dates from 1750 and is located in the centre of the park adjacent to the United States Ambassador's residence, which was built in 1774. Many other historic buildings and monuments are located in the Park. The Phoenix Park is a sanctuary for many mammals and birds and a wide range of wildlife habitats are found in the Park. Leaving the Park we will end the afternoon with a stop to the Guinness Storehouse. This is arguably one of Dublin’s most iconic attractions and is hugely popular with visitors to the capital. Guinness is synonymous with Ireland so when you're in Dublin, you can't leave without a trip to Guinness Storehouse. Learn through the seven-story experience how the world-famous drink is made and then sample it for yourself at the end in the panoramic Gravity Bar. Dinner in a local restuarant or gastro pub.
Today we head north to the Boyne Valley, birthplace of Irelands Ancient East.The Boyne Valley is situated in the east of Ireland. It is at once Ireland’s ancient capital and it’s most sacred and mythical landscape. County Meath is known as the Royal County and derives its name from the Second Century AD as a territory for the High Kings. The Boyne Valley is probably one of the most interesting areas in Ireland to visit. The massive megalithic tombs and passage graves at Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth and the Royal site at the Hill of Tara, Tailteann, the site of the Great Aonach which continued tri-annually for over 3,000 years. Tara's initial importance increased when 20th-century archaeologists identified pre-Iron Age monuments and human-built habitable forms from the Neolithic period (roughly 5,000 years ago). Return to hotel. Free for dinner of your choice in Dublin city
Today we head south to County Wicklow. Enjoy the spectacular drive through the Wicklow Mountains as we head to Glendalough. The Glendalough Valley was carved out by glaciers during the Ice Age and the two lakes, from which Glendalough gets its name, were formed when the ice eventually thawed. The Valley is home to one of Ireland’s most impressive monastic sites founded by St. Kevin in the 6th Century. Situated in the Wicklow Mountains, this breathtakingly stunning National Park, is a haven for wildlife and their habitats, flora and fauna From golf to cycling to hillwalking there so much on offer in Glendalough and the surrounding area. The question you might ask “can I fit it all in”? Return to hotel for overnight. Dinner at McGettigan's pub or Barricuda, which offers spectacular ocean views.
Today we head to one of Bonner Travel's favourite places. The elegant Powerscourt Estate. Powerscourt House, a 68 room mansion which was completed in 1741. The mansion was designed around the medieval castle in the style of Palladian architecture and featured baroque dome-roofed towers on either side, giving it in the words of one architectural historian, “The massive dignity of a great Italian Renaissance villa.” Powerscourt was awarded third best garden in the world by the prestigious National Geographic Magazine.
The horse has been a important part of life in the Irish countryside for thousands of years and today this landscape of deep-green pastures comprises the heart of her world-famous bloodstock and racing industries. Horses trained on the Curragh have won major races world wide in countries as diverse as England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, America, Canada, and Australia with both 1993 Melbourne Cup winner Vintage Crop and Media Puzzle, winner of the same race in 2002, both trained by Dermot Weld on the Curragh. The Curragh has wide variety of Race Days throughout the year. When the races are not taking place, a guided tour to this incredible stud farm is a true eye opener for horse lovers. Return to hotel for overnight and dinner.
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast in your hotel, depending on flight times there may be some free time for a walk or a last bit of shopping. You will be accompanied by your guide and driver to the airport as you bid farewell.