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Botanica

Opera & Gardens of Dublin & the Kingdom of Kerry

Dublin to Cork

Trip Code: BTIRE9
9 Days
5 Jun 2021
  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 9 Days including 6 nights at the luxurious Parknasilla Resort on the 'Ring of Kerry'
  • 2 nights in central Dublin in a 4-5 star hotel plus 15 meals
  • Services of a Tour Manager, airport transfers, tipping and porterage
  • Enjoy exclusive performances by the London Festival Opera
  • Explore the Ring of Kerry and Killarney National Park
  • Visit Derreen Gardens, Derrynane and Muckross House
  • Explore beautiful Ilnacullin Gardens on Garnish Island
  • Visit Bantry House overlooking Bantry Bay

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
  • This tour is in partnership with our sister company
  • *Transfers on first and last day will only be included if you can join the group transfers
  • Some room types are on request
  • Botanical Guide subject to minimum numbers
  • Group size 15-25 guests
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
Europe map BTIRE9 2020-2021
Dublin to Cork

Your tour begins at 8.30am, setting off from the Dublin hotel. Visit a selection of beautiful private gardens in Dublin and meet their owners. This afternoon visit the National Botanic Gardens, with their classically Victorian design and historic glasshouse; these are Ireland’s premier botanic gardens.

Stay: Two Nights, Dublin, centrally located 4-5 star hotel

This morning visit Mount Usher Gardens set on the banks of the River Vartry. Take a tour of the romantic garden and enjoy time for lunch. Return to Dublin and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

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  • Breakfast

Today travel to the 'Ring of Kerry' and check into your luxury hotel resort for the next six nights.

Stay: Six Nights, Ring of Kerry, Parknasilla Resort

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

After breakfast visit Derreen Gardens. Designed and planted by the fifth Marquis of Lansdowne in the 1870s, it is now owned by his great-grandson and is famous for its tree ferns, azaleas and rhododendrons. Enjoy the views across Kilmackillogue Harbour to the Caha Mountains. Return to the hotel for a performance by London Festival Opera followed by afternoon tea.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning visit Derrynane House, the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, one of Ireland’s leading historical figures. In the afternoon enjoy a visit to the charming local town of Kenmare with time to explore and shop at leisure.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Set off this morning for Killarney National Park followed by a visit to Muckross House. Tour the gardens and house where Queen Victoria visited in 1861. The setting by the lake shore with its mountain backdrop is stunning. In the late afternoon London Festival Opera will perform for us followed by afternoon tea.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

It would be unforgivable to come to such a place as this and not have a complete day to enjoy the hotel and its extensive grounds. For the energetic there will be a choice of a guided short or long walk through the grounds and along the coast. Otherwise, relax with a book in one of the many vantage points scattered throughout the grounds.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Drive over the mountains to Bantry Bay on a full-day excursion that will include a morning visit to Garnish Island and the beautiful Ilnacullin Gardens. These remarkable gardens owe their existence to the creative partnership some 70 years ago of Anna Bryce, then owner of the island, and Harold Peto, architect and garden designer. The sheltered position and Gulf Stream is favourable to the growth of ornamental plants, many normally only found in sub-tropical or Mediterranean climates. Continue to Bantry House, overlooking Bantry Bay. Enjoy time to explore the house, one of the finest historic houses in Ireland along with the gardens. After a light lunch, London Festival Opera will perform their farewell concert in one of the grand rooms. Return to the Parknasilla Resort later this afternoon.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Transfer to Cork airport after breakfast, where your tour concludes.

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  • Breakfast

In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Botanica to all who'll ask.