48 Hours in Ireland
48 Hours in Ireland
...with Custom Ireland, a DMC Network Affiliate
DAY 1: DUBLIN
Early Morning Arrival in to Dublin
Arrive into Dublin Airport and enjoy Platinum Services on arrival.
Dublin Airport Platinum Services is your very own, 24-hour, private terminal at Dublin Airport. It provides a personalised, private reception and assists with all routine airport formalities, allowing you to relax and enjoy the comfort of the private suites.
On arrival at Dublin Airport, as you disembark the aircraft, a member of staff will be there to greet you, with your name on a Name board. From the aircraft you will be escorted to a waiting luxury sedan and transferred to the Platinum Services Suite. Platinum Services staff will process you through a private, dedicated Passport control check. Once processed, you can relax in a private suite, with refreshments, while porters retrieve your luggage.
From Platinum Services, meet your private driver and transfer to Dublin city. As flights from the U.S. tend to arrive early, we suggest going straight to your hotel, dropping your bags (rooms may not be ready until around 3pm) and heading out on a private-guided walking tour to get a sense of the city centre!
Guided Walking Tour of Dublin - Dublin is one of Europe’s oldest cities. As well as retaining its historical and cultural charms, Dublin offers trendy bars, elegant restaurants and stylish, cosmopolitan shops and hotels. Ireland’s capital is a UNESCO City of Literature, founded by Vikings, buzzing with traditional pubs and home to some of the friendliest locals on the planet. On your guided tour you will see Stephens Green, St. Patricks Cathedral, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, and public squares.
It’s been a busy day getting to know the city, and a bit of jet lag may be setting in. It’s time for an early dinner, followed by a traditional Irish pub crawl before heading off to bed. We recommend Pichet, a modern take on a classic bistro. Combining both French influence and modern Irish cuisine, it has been on the receiving end of numerous awards and Bib Gourmand’s since it’s inception in 2009. Pichet’s menus are created with innovation and seasonality using traditional flavours to create unique new dishes. They use top-quality ingredients from their trusted local Irish suppliers. Locally inspired but with a French twist and prepared with our extraordinary cooking methods, the menus change regularly but the food principles remain the same. From baking their own bread fresh every morning to butchering their own meat, there is an unparalleled level of detail that goes into making Pichet’s food the best it can be.
After dinner, meet your guide and start the evening with a little history of Dublin and very soon it becomes clear the Irish pub has played an important role in the city’s past. Its famous writers, artists and politicians of times gone by have connections with some of Dublin’s best pubs. Visit three pubs mixing the old with new and the big with the small - each has its own stories and unique atmosphere.
Overnight in Dublin City centre at...
The Westbury Hotel, Dublin - Voted Number 1 Hotel in Ireland by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2018, the Westbury’s central location in the heart of Dublin offers unrivalled access to the pedestrianised social hub of Grafton Street, St Stephen’s Green and the historic open spaces of Dublin’s Trinity College. Irish heritage abounds in the hotel too, from the flowers to the food, along with one of the country’s foremost art collections, featuring original paintings by Sir John Lavery and Louis le Brocquy. But it is the warmth of welcome that is most vivid – a tangible service ethos that sets the seal on a haven of luxury.
DAY 2: KILKENNY
Today it’s time to explore this fascinating medieval city in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East! Your driver/guide will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to Kilkenny where on arrival you will meet your local guide for a morning walking tour. Below are some sights to include on your tour! (Kilkenny is about an hour and a half drive from Dublin.)
Welcome to Kilkenny where the modern and the medieval come together to create an exciting and dynamic county, ready to surprise you at every turn. Fusing medieval history with a cosmopolitan city life, Kilkenny buzzes with an unforgettable energy. From the walls of the marble city, to the network of towns and villages that are dotted around the verdant countryside, this ancient county at the centre of Ireland's Ancient East packs maximum wow-factor in to an easily navigable space. Kilkenny always has something new to explore, another hidden gem that you wouldn’t want to miss on your first time in Ireland. Stumble across hidden galleries in the city, unearth Viking gold at the Dunmore caves, or discover the lost town at Jerpoint Park – in short, don't just plan one trip to Kilkenny – plan a few if you can!
In the afternoon, take a tour of Smithwicks Brewery in the heart of Kilkenny city.
Smithwick’s Experience – The passion of the guides will leave you in no doubt as to the importance of Smithwick’s for Kilkenny... pride in its history, pride in its taste – an excellent tour! This experience is a fascinating insight into the famous Irish ale. Surviving centuries of turbulent times, brewed using the finest ingredients and centuries of experience, Smithwick's, with its rich ruby glow and creamy head, is the perfect marriage of innovation and tradition. Come and enjoy the brand new Smithwick’s Experience and immerse yourself in Ireland’s oldest beer!
Enjoy dinner in the bustling city centre before heading back to Dublin City.
Ristorante Rinuccini is a family owned and run multi award-winning Italian restaurant located in the heart of Kilkenny City for almost 30 years. Specialising in classic Italian cuisine, made using the finest of Italian and also fresh Irish ingredients, Ristorante Rinuccini boasts an extensive menu selection. The restaurant takes its name from Giovanni Battista Rinuccini, a Florentine noble who spent four years living amongst the people of Kilkenny in the mid-seventeenth century. While in Kilkenny, he was held in great respect by the laity and clergy alike, for his refinement and patronage of the arts and fine food. Rinuccini was reported to have coined the phrase ‘Tavola quattro chiacchiere gusto da tradizione Italiana’ while he was living in Kilkenny, which translates to ‘At the table conversation is an Italian tradition’. They restaurant aims to deliver this sentiment with every meal and to live up to the Rinuccini name each day.
Upon arrival at the Westbury Hotel, it’s time for a night cap!
The Sidecar – Located inside the Westbury Hotel, The Sidecar is a stylish, elegant and modern take on a 30’s cocktail bar. The Sidecar has been awarded Best Hotel Bar at The Irish Craft Cocktail Awards 2018 and Best Cocktail Bar at the Sunday Business Post Gold Star Awards 2019. A perfect, cosy spot to wind down before bed.
DAY 3: DEPARTURE
This morning you will be picked up from your city centre accommodation for a private transfer to Dublin Airport for your return flight.
It was a whirlwind visit, but we hope you enjoyed your time in Ireland and do come back again soon, to stay for a while!
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