This is their "Irish Fling" package which is an escorted coach sightseeing tour, a great Ireland vacation idea. You stay in high class hotels and your Irish breakfast and dinners are included.
Here are some highlights: Your open top coach will hit 23 major attractions in Dublin including admission to the Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery.
In Waterford a local guide takes you on a walking tour of the historic sites. See Ross Castle via a ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car.
Enjoy live local traditional music and Irish coffee at the Marine Bar in Dungarvan.
Take in the scenery of the Irish countryside, mountains and beaches as you visit places like the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, Moll’s Gap and the River Shannon. Feast on a medieval-style dinner at the 500 year old Bunratty Castle.
In Kildare you will learn about the Irish horse breeding industry at the Irish National Stud and stroll through the lovely Japanese Gardens.
Inside at reception we saw a number of other guests wandering around in their dressing gowns, and although at first it was a bit 1970's keys in a car bowl "adult" setting. After you have experienced the spa and the treatments, wandering around in your dressing gown is just natural and relaxing rather than anything else.
The food was absolutely fabulous. The spa is intended as a health resort, and we had been nervous that it would be all wheat grass extract. Although it had those options, you could also go for the delicious rather than just healthy option. The stay and meal itself was on the expensive side, but definitely for a week of pampering it was well worth it.
The Adare Manor was once a manor house and is stunning. Beautiful architecture with gothic windows and the property was charming.
Our room had high ceilings and a bathroom the size of a living room. We felt as if we were staying with wealthy relatives during our week stay.
We had use of a Jaguar to explore the countryside. Breakfast was also included in our package. There is a spa and a golf course as well. The highlight of our stay there was horseback riding. During our one hour ride it rained, snowed, and the sun came out. It was incredible.
The town of Adare is famous for its thatched roof cottages. There are a few quaint shops and restaurants in town but it is mostly a very secluded and quiet place to visit. We would love to visit vacation idea again.
Our package included stays at Bed and Breakfasts of our choosing, and we generally were happy the places we stayed. A few spots that we really enjoyed were the Cliffs of Moher, which had spectacular views of the Irish Sea.
Killarney National Park was a nice inland spot, and the surrounding hills are busy with sheep. The western peninsulas such as the "Ring of Kerry" were a bit disappointing, but we may just have been rushing too much to enjoy that region.
More than anything, though, Ireland just had a nice, relaxing vibe. The local pubs and restaurants had good food and fresh Guinness. One lasting memory was asking a local for directions, and having a nice older gentleman give us about five minutes explanation on the best route to go. He couldn't have been nicer, and his advice was perfectly correct. I would love to go back someday!