Take guided tours of Belfast, the Giant's Causeway, and Dublin before picking up your rental car to explore the Ring of Kerry, Connemara's wild beauty, and the Cliffs of Moher on this custom, self-drive journey. 

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Tailor-Made Travel to Ireland: Self Drive

16 days from $8,977

Take guided tours of Belfast, the Giant's Causeway, and Dublin before picking up your rental car to explore the Ring of Kerry, Connemara's wild beauty, and the Cliffs of Moher on this custom, self-drive journey. 

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or call 855-215-8690

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The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

Belfast, Ireland

Centrally located in the heart of Belfast, The Fitzwilliam Hotel is adjacent to Belfast’s Grand Opera House and surrounded by a plethora of charming cafes, lively pubs, and local boutiques. After being greeted by the cheery doorman, guests arrive into the grand lobby, whose high ceilings, marble reception area and statement lights are offset by an inviting fireplace surrounded by comfortable sofas.

The contemporary elegance of this boutique hotel continues in the guest rooms which feature a loose Art Deco theme in their geometric patterns, rich fabrics, and mid-century style furniture. While the hotel is sophisticated it’s not stuffy and guests will appreciate the warm, friendly service in the intimate restaurant and atmospheric bar.

Number of nights: 3

Brooks Hotel

Dublin, Ireland

Located in the heart of Dublin, close to the shopping of Grafton Street and the quiet of St. Stephen’s Green, the Brooks Hotel has a well-regarded restaurant that is committed to sourcing the finest local Irish produce, while the stylish Jasmine Bar and Café Lounge serves whiskey from around the world. The hotel includes a small library and a private cinema for guests. All 98 guest rooms have contemporary and elegant decor with handcrafted walnut furniture from Galway. Guest rooms feature flat screen televisions, complimentary WiFi, tea/coffee kettle, and air-conditioning. There is also a small fitness center on site.

Number of nights: 2

Imperial Hotel

Tokyo, Japan

Ideally situated between Hibiya Park and Ginza, this legendary Tokyo landmark has welcomed royalty, heads of state, celebrities and international business leaders for over 115 years, offering discreet, highly personalized services, restrained elegance, award-winning cuisine and refined, impeccable Japanese hospitality. Our group package is based on use of standard rooms in the Tower Building. Accommodations are unusually large for Japan, with choice of two twin beds or one double bed. Each room features a television, safe, minibar, coffee maker, and private bath with bathrobes and hairdryer. Rooms also include complimentary broad band internet connections. The hotel offers a plentiful variety of dining options—seven Japanese restaurants including branches of some of the country’s best-known establishments, one of the city’s finest French restaurants, a casual brasserie, a top floor Continental buffet, Italian, and Chinese restaurants, and a lobby-level coffeeshop open all day. There are also four bars, a tea pavilion and an international tea salon. Room service is on call 24 hours. The hotel’s health club (for which a usage fee is charged) features an indoor pool, gym, and saunas.

Number of nights: 2

Randles Hotel

Killarney , Ireland

Originally a rectory, built in 1906, the family-owned Randles Hotel has been transformed into an elegant luxury hotel which welcomes guests with convivial charm.

Upon entering the hotel, there is a simultaneous feeling of grandeur and intimacy. In the drawing room, the graceful decor is coupled with a warm slate fireplace and comfy blue and yellow chairs. Hallways are lined with tapestries and guest rooms are adorned with antique furnishings yet livened by a palette of reds, blues, and purples.

The hotel has two classically-styled restaurants The Court and Checkers, which serve refined, uncomplicated menus with a focus on seafood. There is also a swimming pool, steam room, sauna and holistic day spa.

Number of nights: 2

Hotel Meyrick

Galway, Ireland

A Galway institution, the Hotel Meyrick is set in a grand Victorian building overlooking the city's main square. It has been providing a tranquil retreat from the city for heads of state, writers, artists and actors since 1852. Inside, it retains a sense of period grandeur while offering all modern amenities.

Guests are met by a footman and led to a sweeping period-style lobby complete with a pianist while upstairs, rooms are decorated in a palette of rich hues, some in a contemporary style, others exuding a classical elegance.

The informal Gaslight Bar & Brasserie offers lighter fare and cocktails while fine dining is available at No. 15 on the Square. Within minutes you can be on Galway's most picturesque pedestrian streets.

Number of nights: 2

Screebe House

Connemara, Ireland

Set on a vast private estate in the spectacular Connemara countryside, Screebe House is a secluded Victorian mansion that offers a highly personal experience. It is primarily a restaurant with rooms and has an intimate atmosphere that feels like staying in the luxurious home of a family friend.

The simple, warm decor creates a relaxing environment with mellow lounges and an honesty bar where you can sit and chat with other guests around the open fireplaces.

There are only ten guest rooms with large, luxurious beds, elegant, country-style decor and under-floor heating in the bathrooms. The highly-regarded restaurant is led by Michelin-starred chef Damien Ring and features a superb, changing menu revolving around the availability of ingredients.

Number of nights: 2

Old Ground Hotel

Ennis, Ireland

Starting life as an 18th-century manor house, the Old Ground Hotel is centrally located, right in the heart of Ennis. This attractive, vine-covered property has a notable history with connections to past political intrigue.

Owned by a private art collector, the Old Ground Hotel has a rich collection of both modern and classical art. This is displayed throughout the corridors, warm and inviting lounges, and the contemporary bistro, stately restaurant and traditional bar. 

The elegant rooms here, adorned with a palette of pleasant blues, cream, and gold, are spacious, chic and contemporary in style with dark wooden furniture and rich fabrics. Some higher category rooms offer a bird’s eye view of the cathedral or the vibrant streets of Ennis.

Number of nights: 1

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