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Kilkenny, Waterford & The Wicklow Mountains

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8562

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

6 days

Ireland 2021

PRICE FROM ? £499 per person
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Description

Join us on an exploration of the unspoilt region of Ireland’s Ancient East, from the Wicklow Mountains National Park with its sweeping peaks and moors draped in heather, to the sublime Powerscourt Gardens, ranked as No.3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens by National Geographic. We combine stunning scenery with the historic cities of Kilkenny and Waterford, home of the world famous Waterford Crystal. If you are looking for an enchanting and captivating break in the Emerald Isle then this is not to be missed.

Coach Itinerary

Wicklow Mountains Tour

Day 1
We catch the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin where our tour manager joins us. We continue onwards to our hotel in Kilkenny, our base for the next four nights.

Day 2 – Waterford & Suir Valley Railway & House of Waterford Crystal
We start the day with a scenic heritage train journey on the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway, taking in the panoramic views as we travel along the picturesque banks of the River Suir and the beautiful Suir Valley.

We continue on to the thriving maritime city of Waterford, where we visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Our guided tour takes us through the home of the world famous Waterford Crystal’s manufacturing facility where we learn how the stunning crystal is made, including demonstrations from the Master craftsmen using the traditional methods of mouth blowing, hand finishing, sculpting and engraving.

Day 3 – Wicklow Mountains National Park & Powerscourt Gardens
We head into the Wicklow Mountains National Park which covers 20,000 hectares of stunning mountain scenery, with vast sweeps of heather-clad moorland, hills, bogland, deep glacial valleys and lakes. The mountains are also home to a variety of wildlife habitats.

Afterwards, we continue on to the beautiful Powerscourt Gardens, set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Sugarloaf Mountain and boasting a wonderful blend of striking terraces, fine statuary, ornamental lakes and a wide variety of trees. Designed from 1731 onwards and stretching over 47 acres, the estate includes formal walled gardens, distinctive Italian and Japanese gardens and the Pepperpot Tower, modelled on a pepper pot from Lord Powerscourt’s dining table!


Day 4 – Kilkenny & Rock of Cashel
This morning, we spend some time at leisure in the charming l town of Kilkenny with its network of medieval lanes which meander in the shadows of the 13th-century St Canice’s Cathedral and historic castle. The riverside walks and traditional pubs are not to be missed.

Later, we head west to visit the iconic Rock of Cashel, one of Ireland's most spectacular archaeological sites, set on a rocky outcrop. The prominent hill is dotted with ancient fortifications, including a 12th-century round tower, 13th-century Gothic cathedral and 15th-century castle.

Day 5 – Dublin (with optional guided tour £14pp)
Checking out of our hotel, we travel to Dublin where we spend an afternoon at leisure. There are plenty of historic sites and monuments to see from the oldest, Dublin Castle, to one of the newest, the Spire of Dublin. We also have the option to join a locally guided tour of the city before spending the night in our hotel in the Dublin area.

Day 6
We check out of our hotel very early to catch the ferry back to Holyhead; therefore a voucher will be provided to enjoy breakfast on board. On arrival in Holyhead, we continue our journey home.

Due to ferry times, coach pickup times may be very early in the morning.

Coach Bullets

  • Return coach travel and ferry crossings
  • 4 nights at the 3-star Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny with dinner & breakfast (includes farewell gala dinner)
  • 1 night at a selected 3-star hotel in the Dublin area with dinner
  • 1 breakfast on the return ferry home
  • Glass of wine or beer with dinner every evening at the Springhill Court Hotel
  • Excursions to the House of Waterford Crystal, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Powerscourt Gardens, Rock of Cashel & Dublin
  • Heritage train journey on the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway
  • Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
  • Escorted by a tour manager in Ireland

    Optional locally guided city tour of Dublin (£14pp)

Search Bullets

  • 4 nights at the 3-star Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny with dinner & breakfast (includes farewell gala dinner)
  • 1 night at a selected 3-star hotel in the Dublin area with dinner
  • Glass of wine or beer with dinner every evening at the Springhill Court Hotel
  • Excursions to the House of Waterford Crystal, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Powerscourt Gardens, Rock of Cashel & Dublin
  • Heritage train journey on the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway
  • Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
  • Escorted by a tour manager in Ireland

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Itinerary

Day 1
We fly to Dublin airport and are transferred to our hotel in Kilkenny, our base for the next four nights.

Day 2 – Waterford & Suir Valley Railway & House of Waterford Crystal
We start the day with a scenic heritage train journey on the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway, taking in the panoramic views as we travel along the picturesque banks of the River Suir and the beautiful Suir Valley.

We continue on to the thriving maritime city of Waterford, where we visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Our guided tour takes us through the home of the world famous Waterford Crystal’s manufacturing facility where we learn how the stunning crystal is made, including demonstrations from the Master craftsmen using the traditional methods of mouth blowing, hand finishing, sculpting and engraving.

Day 3 – Wicklow Mountains National Park & Powerscourt Gardens
We head into the Wicklow Mountains National Park which covers 20,000 hectares of stunning mountain scenery, with vast sweeps of moorland, hills, bogland, deep glacial valleys and lakes. The mountains are also home to a variety of wildlife habitats.

Afterwards, we continue on to the beautiful Powerscourt Gardens, set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Sugarloaf Mountain and boasting a wonderful blend of striking terraces, fine statuary, ornamental lakes and a wide variety of trees. Designed from 1731 onwards and stretching over 47 acres, the estate includes formal walled gardens, distinctive Italian and Japanese gardens and the Pepperpot Tower, modelled on a pepper pot from Lord Powerscourt’s dining table!


Day 4 – Kilkenny & Rock of Cashel
This morning, we spend some time at leisure in the charming l town of Kilkenny with its network of medieval lanes which meander in the shadows of the 13th-century St Canice’s Cathedral and historic castle. The riverside walks and traditional pubs are not to be missed.

Later, we head west to visit the iconic Rock of Cashel, one of Ireland's most spectacular archaeological sites, set on a rocky outcrop. The prominent hill is dotted with ancient fortifications, including a 12th-century round tower, 13th-century Gothic cathedral and 15th-century castle.

Day 5 – Dublin (with optional guided tour £14pp)
Checking out of our hotel, we travel to Dublin where we spend an afternoon at leisure. There are plenty of historic sites and monuments to see from the oldest, Dublin Castle, to one of the newest, the Spire of Dublin. We also have the option to join a locally guided tour of the city (£14pp) before spending the night in our hotel in the Dublin area.

Day 6
We transfer to Dublin airport for our return flight home.

Air Bullets

  • Return flights to Dublin* ATOL Protected
  • Airport taxes and luggage allowance (one piece of checked-in hold luggage per person)
  • Airport transfers in Ireland
  • 4 nights at the 3-star Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny with dinner & breakfast (includes farewell gala dinner)
  • 1 night at a selected 3-star hotel in the Dublin area with dinner & breakfast
  • Glass of wine or beer with dinner every night at the Springhill Court Hotel
  • Excursions to the House of Waterford Crystal, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Powerscourt Gardens, Rock of Cashel & Dublin
  • Heritage train journey on the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway
  • Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
  • Escorted by a tour manager in Ireland

    Optional locally guided city tour of Dublin (£14pp)

Flight Information

*Air holiday prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to fluctuation and availability. Other regional airports may be available and the final price will depend on your chosen airport, airline and flight time. This will be advised at the time of booking.

One piece of checked-in hold luggage PER PERSON is included however; the weight allowance does vary between airlines. Please ask for details.

You will be met at Dublin airport and transferred in the late afternoon to join the tour coach in the Dublin area as it arrives from the ferry. This will be done in shared vehicles so you may also have to await passengers arriving on other flights; for your convenience we will do our utmost to keep the waiting time to a minimum. On the return day, you will be transferred from the overnight hotel in the Dublin area back to the airport.

Holiday operated by Just Go! Holidays under ATOL No.10889

Booking Flights

Ireland

Please note the following information when booking flights.

  • We will need passenger names (First and Last name only) as per passport. These names MUST match with your passport (please add in the “notes” section of the booking process)

  • Please note the flights will be booked in the names given to us during the booking and that changes to names will incur a charge from the airline which will be passed on to you, along with a £10.00 Just Go! amendment fee. (If you do not enter a full name during the booking process one of our reservations staff will contact you following your booking)

  • Are you travelling on a British passport? (If not please let us know)

  • Do you or any of you party require assistance at the airport

  • Luggage will be booked as per the flight terms above. Where hold luggage is included this will be the airline minimum usually 15 or 20kg per person.

  • Day time flights will be booked and time sent over by either post or email on the ATOL certificate. (Flights booked outside the hours of 0600-18:00 customers will be contacted.)

  • Flight arrivals/departures are grouped for transfers and passengers may have to wait up to an hour on arrival for incoming/delayed flights.

  • Flights are non-changeable and non-refundable once they are booked by our air department.

  • Where applicable clients must be able to do their own online check in. If you wish us to do this on your behalf the charge is £25 per person and you must complete a form which we will send to you.

  • For Irish holidays on arrival at Dublin airport please collect your luggage and clear customs - your will be transferred from the airport to a local hotel to await the arrival of your tour coach. Your transfer will take place at 16:30 hrs and at 18:00 hrs and our representative will be waiting from 17:00 hrs in both Terminal One and the Main Terminal to assist you in finding the correct transfer vehicle. Afternoon flights will be booked to tie in with the above transfers times.
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Accommodation

Springhill Court Hotel

The 3-star Springhill Court Hotel is situated on the outskirts of Kilkenny. The hotel features comfortable, well-equipped rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and tea and coffee-making facilities. The hotel also features a bistro and bar plus a leisure club and spa with indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym.

Wealso spend the last night of our stay at a conveniently located 3-star hotel in the Dublin area.

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