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See Ireland Your Way


The Cliffs of Mohr in Ireland's beautiful and wild west


Ireland is a dream trip for a lot of people. And as we wait for travel to return many of us are starting to look a bit deeper into just how we will see the place that are on our short list.


Ireland and the UK can be a bit daunting because they drive on the opposite side of the road from what we do here in the U.S. This makes many people hesitate to book a trip because the formula of get a hotel and rent a car is a bit daunting due to the different rules of the road.


I have traveled to Ireland and I send many clients to Ireland as well and I am here to tell you that there are a lot of different ways to visit this beautiful country and you don't have to drive unless you want to. So here are the alternatives for visiting the Emerald Isle.



Here is one choice for a Hosted Rail itinerary


  • A local expert meets the travelers in each town and city, armed with a treasure trove of ideas on what to do, where to eat, where to shop and what not to miss while visiting.

  • Who chooses this travel style? This is for independent travelers and those who love train travel and appreciate a friendly face to greet them along the way

  • Accommodations from Castle stay, manor homes, unique family hotels and Bed & Breakfast gems

  • What's included:

  • Welcome meeting with your host

  • Choice of experience and activities and access to a team of local experts

  • Wide variety of accommodations to match any budget

  • Sight seeing and activities at your own pace

  • Itineraries which can be customized

  • Breakfast included daily

  • Airport transfers

  • Standard rail tickets for all destinations (and alternative travel where there is no train - such as from Killarney to Galloway)

  • Benefits of this travel style

  • Independence of travel for a spirit of adventure

  • Note that travelers must porter their own luggage on and off the train and make their way to and from the train station on their own

  • Private Chauffeur option when train is not possible is include in the price

  • Mix and Match property types - everyone should stay in a castle for at least one night!




But then there are those that want to have things planned out for them and not have to think about things or worry about anything. For those folks I recommend: Guided Vacations:

  • Less to plan and coordinate means you can sit back and relax

  • All client's accommodations, transportation and activities included

  • Travel Director has deep knowledge of all the place visited

  • Who chooses this travel style? - Those that want the joy and wonder of travel with out the hassle & enjoys meeting new people while traveling

  • What's included:

  • New for 2021/2022 A wellness Director to ensure safety protocols

  • Travel Director to guide you around

  • Dedicated driver

  • Unique accommodations and stays with stories

  • Convenient transportation to help you discover more

  • Authentic regional meals prepared by local chefs

  • Must see highlights and exclusive activities

  • Airport transfers


  • Benefits of this travel style:

  • Meet fellow travelers and locals

  • Travel Director is always on hand to answer questions

  • Pre-planned itineraries with all the details taken care of for you



Those that want luxury as a primary focus of their travels have two options: Private Chauffeur:

  • This is the luxury option: The finest accommodations, Luxury Transportation, expert guidance, each trip unique and customized to include experiences of the client's choosing

  • Who chooses this travel style? Those that value luxury and flexibility as well as extravagance.

  • What's included:

  • Private Chauffeur in WiFi enabled vehicle

  • Can do for couples, extended families and groups of friends

  • Luxury accommodations from castle stays, manor homes, unique family hotels and Bed & Breakfast gems

  • Choice of exclusive experiences at client's own pace with access to a team of local experts

  • Fully customized itineraries

  • Breakfast included daily

  • Airport transfers


  • Benefits of this travel style:

  • Can be adjusted to any size group from 2 to 200

  • Skilled drivers who also act as guides with restaurant suggestions, personal stories and spontaneous photo opportunities

  • For Golf vacations: Brendan can pre-book tee times with this travel style

  • All properties are part of Catherine's Collection and are the best of the best


And maybe driving sounds good to you and you want to give it a go but do so in style:


Lux Self -Drive:

  • With everything mapped out to include iconic sites, exclusive VIP experiences, unique accommodations

  • Each trip is customized and give clients Independence and flexibility

  • Local specialist will be part of the trip with insider info on things to do and see

  • Who chooses this travel style? Those that want exclusive VIP experiences and the freedom to change plans

  • What's included:

  • Luxury Hertz rental car with WIFI-enabled vehicles for couples, extended families and groups of friends

  • Accommodations from Castle stay, manor homes, unique family hotels and Bed & Breakfast gems

  • Choice of exclusive experiences, meeting with local host and access to a team of local experts

  • Fully customizable itineraries

  • Breakfast included daily

  • Airport transfers


  • Benefits of this travel style:

  • Exclusive VIP experiences allow clients to book activities around the crowds

  • This travel style is completely customizable to fit the preferences of the traveler

  • For Golf vacations: Brendan can pre-book tee times with this travel style


And finally if the idea of driving appeals to you but you do not want to have a top end of the price scale experience there is the traditional option:

Regular Self-Drive

  • Self-Drive allows the traveler to go at their own pace and see the things that matter to them most.

  • The traveler gets a customized and mapped out itinerary, pre-booked accommodations, and suggestions for things to see and do. Hertz rental car is ready when they arrive

  • Who chooses this travel style? -This is good for people that want independence and adventure but with the access to support and travel tools along the way.

  • What's included:

  • Hertz rental car with WIFI enabled

  • Accommodations from Castle stay, manor homes, unique family hotels and Bed & Breakfast gems

  • Choice of local experiences and sight seeing at your own pace with access to team of local experts

  • Fully customizable itineraries

  • Breakfast included daily

  • Airport Transfers


  • Benefits of this style of travel:

  • Can be customized to clients style and desired list of things to see and do

  • Choose from a list of sight seeing and activities that appeal most to the travelers

  • These travel suppliers are providing the best rate to these clients

  • Mix and match property types through out your trip - everyone should spend at least one night in a castle!



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