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Great Gardens of Ireland

Tour of the Week Issue 207

Ireland isn’t known as the Emerald Isle for nothing and this tour showcases the beauty and splendour of its best gardens. Discover the world famous Powerscourt Gardens, private garden of Ambrose Congreve or the finest of their kind in Europe, Irish Stud’s Japanese Gardens.

Day 1

Welcome to Dublin

Arrive at Dublin Airport where we will meet and take you to your centrally located hotel. Depending on your arrival time there will be a panoramic tour of Dublin. Once checked-in, rest and relax before a welcome dinner and a chance for an early night. Overnight in Dublin.

Day 2

Malahide Castle & Gardens

This morning visit Malahide Castle & Gardens. The historic Castle is now open to a special interactive garden exhibition and ornamental gardens created by Lord Milo Talbot which are now open to the public for the first time. Afternoon is at your leisure to explore Dublin. Overnight in Dublin.

Day 3

The ‘Garden of Ireland’ and Powerscourt Gardens

Today, explore beautiful County of Wicklow. Visit the most beautiful estate in Ireland – the Powerscourt Gardens which include an extraordinary series of Italianate terraces, a walled garden with beautiful gates and rose beds, the Dolphin Pond and Japanese Garden. Afterwards you will see Glendalough, Avoca and the Meeting of the Waters, pass the Wicklow Gap before reaching your hotel in Waterford area. Overnight in Waterford.

Day 4

Mount Congreve Gardens and Waterford & Suir Valley Railway

Start your day with a visit to Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre, home of the world’s most famous crystal. After a guided tour of the factory, you will enjoy a trip on the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway. You will experience the beauty of the Suir Valley from the period carriage as you take in the panoramic views of the river, rolling farmland and mountains. The highlight of today will be a visit to Mount Congreve Gardens – Mr Ambrose’s Congreve private garden that is ultimately famous for being the home of one of ‘the great gardens of the World’. Overnight in Waterford.

Day 5

Lismore Castle Gardens and Irish Stud & Japanese Gardens

Today you will travel back to Dublin via Lismore Castle Gardens with its historic gardens divided into two very distinct and different halves. You will stop at Irish Stud, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty. Among the most loved of all Ireland’s gardens, the Irish National Stud’s Japanese Gardens are a veritable feast for the eye and ear with the sight and sound of trickling streams perfectly complementing the greenery and vivid colours. Overnight in Dublin.

Day 6

Back to Dublin

Today is totally free to explore Dublin on your own. This evening, experience the ‘craic’ at a traditional Irish night. Enjoy a traditional Irish dinner, followed by fast paced traditional songs, music and Irish dancing. Overnight in Dublin.

Day 7

Home time.

Private transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

10 people 15 people
First Class Hotels (4 Star) £1,299.00 £1,189.00

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Main picture: Malahide Castle. Right hand pictures (top to bottom): 1) Trinity College. 2) Powerscourt House and Gardens ©TourismIreland/Chris Hill 2006. 3) Enjoying a typical Irish night out ©Tourism Ireland.

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