Encountering Ireland: Pineapple7 Small Group Escape  

March 25 - April 2, 2022

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Idyllic Ireland awaits! Take in the green rolling hills and picturesque sites of Southern Ireland. Enjoy the Emerald Isle's rich culture through masterclass tastings and authentic experiences. Soak up the magic of the charming countryside and raise a pint at the world's oldest pub. Enter a fairytale when you spend a night in a historic castle. Learn to pour the perfect pint in Dublin. Join us for Pineapple7's newest small group escape and let's encounter Ireland together!

Pineapple7 is an Ireland Shamrock-Certified specialist and we're pleased to offer this one-of-a-kind small group adventure. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy the breathtaking views, VIP experiences, cultural activities, and historic sites of the Emerald Isle with like-minded travelers. You're invited to experience this elevated, easy-paced tour of Ireland for exploration, cultural immersion, and fun!

In addition, Grace Cular Yee, Pineapple7, will be on-site to handle any/all requests, so all you have to do is show up and fully enjoy this immersive small group escape (10-14 travelers). So grab your friends, siblings, soul mates, parents for our unforgettable journey to Ireland!

Encountering Ireland Tour Itinerary:

Welcome to Ireland!

March 25

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March 25

Welcome to Ireland

Céad míle fáilte! Welcome to Dublin!

Today, land at Dublin Airport, complete customs and immigration formalities before meeting our driver/guide who will welcome us to Ireland. We'll drive into Dublin and tour the Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s number one tourist attraction and the home of Ireland’s most iconic stout since 1759. We'll see exhibits on how this world-famous stout was first created and why Guinness is so popular today. Visit the Connoisseur Bar for a private tasting of four different types of Guinness. End our Guinness Trip with lunch before making our way to our 4-star Dublin hotel which will be home for the first 2 nights. We'll check into our rooms and have time to freshen up before our welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Taste of Dublin

March 26

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March 26

Book of Kells & A Taste of Dublin

Today, we'll visit Trinity College to view one of Ireland's greatest treasures: the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript crafted by monks in the 9th century. Afterwards, we'll taste our way through central Dublin on a leisurely food tour. We'll visit several places to sample authentic Irish cuisine prepared in either the traditional or modern culinary style: bakeries, delicatessens, food halls, and a plethora of other locations. Afterwards, you'll spend the balance of the day exploring the city as you wish. James Joyce wrote: A “good puzzle would be [to] cross Dublin without passing a pub!” Dinner on your own. 

 

Suggestion: Enjoy dinner and a show of traditional Irish music and dance at the 2000-year old Merry Ploughboy, the only one in Ireland owned and managed by traditional Irish musicians. 

Jameson 

March 27

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March 27

Jameson Whiskey & Killarney

After breakfast, we'll depart Dublin and travel through Kildare, which is prime horse-breeding country. We'll journey south through the lovely Vale of Avoca and pleasant scenery to Waterford, a riverfront city of Viking origins. Today, we'll make a VIP visit to the home of John Jameson, founder of Jameson Irish Whiskey. The house is upkept by the ninth-generation descendants, sisters Kristin, Andrea, and Tara. We will get an exclusive tour of the house by one of the Jameson sisters as well as a glass of whiskey to enjoy! Afterwards, we'll continue our travels to Killarney where we will be staying for the next 2 nights. Upon arrival, we'll check into our hotel and enjoy the rest of the night at leisure. You may like to visit one of Killarney’s many lively pubs or restaurants for dinner this evening.

Dingle Peninsula Drive

March 28

March 28

Dingle Peninsula Drive

After breakfast, we'll discover the beauties of the Dingle Peninsula, once described by National Geographic Traveler as “the most beautiful place on earth.” We'll drive along the south shore of the peninsula for plenty of vistas of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach, stunning green landscapes and rocky headlands. We'll stop at strategic locations to admire the views and take photos.

We'll head over to the village of Annascaul and stop at the South Pole Inn to learn about the Antarctic explorer, Tom Crean. We'll get to indulge in a hot whiskey or an Irish Coffee. Then we'll head back to Killarney and everyone will have the chance to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. You can sightsee, shop, and enjoy dinner on your own time.

Adare & Dromoland

March 29

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March 29

Adare & Dromoland Castle

After breakfast, we'll leave Killarney and set out to visit the village of Adare, famous for its attractive main street of thatched houses and colorful gardens. We'll stroll through the charming town and take some photos before driving into Limerick for a panoramic tour of the city, which features the sights made famous in Frank McCourt’s biography, “Angela’s Ashes.” We'll pass the 13th century King John's Castle in the center of the town. This imposing fortress with its massive walls and towers has guarded the River Shannon crossing for the past 700 years. Then we'll continue into Shannon where we'll check-in for a night at the luxurious Dromoland Castle Hotel.

We'll get early check-in at the Castle so that we can enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore the breathtaking castle grounds and take advantage of the castle’s amenities. Tonight, we'll enjoy a group dinner in the castle.

Burren Smokehouse 

March 30

March 30

Cliffs of Moher & Burren Smokehouse

After breakfast, we'll travel along the coast of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which soar almost 700 feet above churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O'Brien's Tower (the highest point of the cliffs) for extraordinary views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands.

 

Next stop is a VIP visit to Burren Smokehouse. You'll smell the oak smoke as soon as you come through the door! We'll learn the mystery of salmon smoking and the secret of how smoke salmon is handcrafted before we indulge in a special tasting of their many local salmon and salmon products! Queen Elizabeth II and almost 180 guests enjoyed Burren Smoked Irish Organic Salmon as a starter during the historic state dinner in Dublin Castle in May of 2011. Afterwards, we'll head over to Galway and check into our 4-star hotel; home for 2-nights. Remainder of the afternoon/evening is free to explore this lovely town at leisure. 

Galway

March 31

March 31

Galway

This morning, we'll join our local guide who will lead us on an easy walking tour of Galway. We'll see the medieval city walls, Lynch’s Castle, and wander narrow streets. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.

Here are some ideas to consider: check out the large modern cathedral set on an island on the River Corrib. Or perhaps view the Spanish Arch in the Claddagh area, the City Museum, National University of Galway and the Cathedral of Our Lady. Later in the day, you may wish to spend some time around Eyre Square, the hub of the city. Most of the shops are within easy reach and there are also many quaint pubs where Irish traditional music is played.

Kilbeggan Distillery

April 1

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April 1

Kilbeggan Distillery

Today, we'll leave Galway and drive into Athlone and have a drink at Sean’s Bar, Ireland’s oldest pub. Then, just east of Athlone, drive for a view of the Moydrum Castle which is on the cover of the U2 album, The Unforgettable Fire! We will definitely stop for pictures!

Next, we'll continue towards Kilbeggan to visit the Kilbeggan Distillery, which was established in 1757 and is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in the world. Today, we'll have an apprentice tour with a masterclass in tasting of three Irish Whiskeys.

 

After our private tour has ended, we'll make your way to Enfield, a town on the outskirts of Dublin, for our final evening in Ireland. We'll check into our hotel and enjoy time to explore the beautiful estate grounds. Tonight, we'll enjoy a special farewell dinner.

Return to the United States

April 2

April 2

Farewell

Sadly, our small group escape has come to its final day. After breakfast, we'll transfer to Dublin Airport in enough time for everyone to check-in for our international flights. We'll have time to do some last minute shopping at duty-free before boarding flying across the Atlantic Ocean back to the United States.

Irish Encounter: Cultural & Culinary Small Group Escape

Tour Inclusions:

Irish Encounter: Small 

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Encountering Ireland 

March 25-April 2, 2022

Pineapple7 Small Group Escape (10-14 adults)*

Includes:

  • 2-Nights 4-star Lodging in Dublin 

  • 2-Nights 4-star Lodging in Killarney

  • 2-Nights 4-star Lodging in Galway

  • 1-Night 5-star lodging in a castle

  • 1-Night 4-star Lodging in a countryside estate

  • 12 Meals = 8 Hot Breakfasts, 3 Dinners, 1 Lunch

  • Private Food Tour of Dublin
  • VIP Tour of the Jameson family home and Jameson whiskey tasting

  • Entrance Fee for Trinity College

  • Entrance Fee at Guinness Storehouse and Masterclass tastings in Connoisseur Bar

  • South Pole Inn Beverage of Choice: Hot Whiskey or Irish Coffee

  • Private Walking Tour of Galway

  • Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey: Apprentice Tour with masterclass and tastings 

  • Private Driver & Guide  

  • Private transportation in a Luxury Motor-coach to sites and attractions

  • Entrance fees to the activities

  • Transfers to/from Dublin airport

  • Hotel porterage of one bag per person, service charges, government taxes.

Investment:

$3,399 shared room (2 adults per room)

$3,949 private room
*If group has less than 10 passengers, rate per person will increase. Guaranteed departure.

$875 deposit required to reserve space.

Reserve your space today by filling out the secure credit card authorization form or contact Grace for more details.

Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is strongly encouraged. If you decline travel insurance, you must sign a travel insurance waiver.

Cancellation Policy per person: No refunds will be made for unused services or pre purchased events. Prepaid theater/event tickets are forfeit and non-refundable.
99 – 66 days Forfeiture of deposit
65 - 16 days 30% per person
15 - 8 days 50% per person
7 - 1 days 90% per person
On day of departure 100% per person

See you in Ireland!