Encountering Ireland: Pineapple7 Small Group Escape - SOLD OUT
May 23 - May 30, 2022
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're invited to experience this elevated, easy-paced tour of Ireland for exploration, cultural immersion, and fun! Sit back, relax, and enjoy VIP excursions, breathtaking views, cultural activities, and historic sites with like-minded travelers.
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!
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. Learn how to pour your own pint of the world’s most famous stout. Follow
the legendary six-step ritual, counting the 119.5 seconds it takes to pour your pint of
Guinness. Witness the iconic surge and eventual settle. While here, we'll enjoy an authentic
Irish lunch. We'll check into our rooms and have time to freshen up before our welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Taste of Dublin
A Taste of Dublin
This morning, we'll set off on a leisurely food tour through central Dublin. Enjoy frequent stops, to sample authentic Irish cuisine prepared in either the traditional or modern culinary style. Visit not only bakeries, delicatessens and food halls but also a plethora of other locations.
This afternoon, we will meet at Trinity College to discover the Book of Kells and Old Library, home to Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure. On your self-guided audio tour, learn about the famous medieval manuscript and the rich symbolism and artistry behind it – a sacred text lavishly handcrafted over 1,000 years ago. Step inside the Treasury to see the precious 9th century manuscript, one of the world’s finest living examples of Medieval art. Witness the book’s exquisite colors, intricate illuminations and ornate Latin text, all created by hand. Visit one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, the breathtaking Long Room. Home to 250,000 of Ireland’s most ancient texts, it has been a working library since 1732.
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 Whiskey & Killarney
After breakfast, we'll depart Dublin and journey through Ireland’s countryside to Midleton. We will visit the Old Midleton Distillery to discover how whiskey is made. As we walk through the old
buildings, we'll make a special visit to the Original Whiskey Maturation Warehouses, where we’ll learn about the Angel’s Share and get the rare opportunity to draw, and taste, a Special
Jameson Blended Whiskey straight from the cask.
After our visit, we'll continue into Cork for a stop at the iconic English Market. First opened in 1788, the market allows guests to explore and sample a variety of produce from all corners of the globe. You will see everything from local produce and seafood to international spices and seasonings. Butchers, delis, and artisanal bakeries fill the stalls. You will have time on your own to enjoy lunch, find souvenirs, or people watch. The English Market is a must-visit spot for foodies!
Next, we'll enjoy a lovely drive through a scenic section of the Ring of Kerry from Kenmare to Killarney before checking into the Arbutus Hotel, one of Killarney's original hotels, and our home for the next 2 nights. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. You may like to visit one of Killarney’s many lively pubs or restaurants for dinner.
Dingle Peninsula Drive
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.
Tonight, we'll enjoy dinner at the Celtic Whiskey Bar followed by a whiskey tasting and chocolate pairing.
Adare & Dromoland
Limerick Sightseeing & 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.
Next, we'll stop at Treaty City Brewery for a guided tour and tasting.
Then we'll continue into Shannon where we'll check-in for two nights at the luxurious Dromoland Castle Hotel. It is one of the only castle hotels that can trace its ownership back through history to Gaelic families of royal heritage. The castle will offer guests an experience of living as "Landed Gentry."
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.
Cliffs of Moher
Today, enjoy the morning at leisure to relax or explore the lavish castle setting.
This afternoon, we'll travel along the coast of scenic 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. We'll see magical vistas, overlooking the shimmering Atlantic along with Ireland's Western coastline.
This evening, we'll enjoy a group dinner at Dromoland Castle.
Kilbeggan Distillery & Johnstown Estate
After breakfast, we'll 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 our way to Enfield, a town on the outskirts of Dublin, for our final evening in Ireland. We'll check into the Johnstown House Hotel & Spa and enjoy time to explore the beautiful estate grounds.
Built in 1761, The Johnstown House (as it was then known) was the country residence of Colonel Francis Forde, his wife Margaret and their five daughters. Colonel Forde was the 7th son of Matthew Forde, MP, of Coolgraney, Seaforde County Down, and the family seat is still in existence in the pretty village of Seaforde, hosting Seaforde Gardens.
The Johnstown Estate is filled with character, warmth and history, and the listed 18th Century rural residence is the beating heart of the Estate. Open fires burn throughout its rooms, with antique finishes including original marble fireplaces mahogany cabinetry and old volumes of lovingly-thumbed sonnets upon the shelves. The Johnstown Estate has been recognized as one of the Fab 50 Lap of Luxury in the Irish Independent's Ireland's Best Places to Stay.
Tonight, we'll enjoy a special farewell dinner.
Return to the United States
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
Irish Encounter: Small
Encountering Ireland - SOLD OUT
May 23-30, 2022
Pineapple7 Small Group Escape (10-14 adults)*
2-Nights Camden Court Hotel, Dublin
2-Nights, Arbutus Hotel, Killarney
2-Nights, Dromoland Castle, Shannon
1-Night, Johnstown Estate
Shared Transfer from Dublin Airport
Tour to Guinness Storehouse
Lunch at Guinness Storehouse
Transfer from Guinness Storehouse to Dublin Hotel
Daily Breakfast at Camden Court
Welcome Dinner at Camden Court Hotel
Self-Guided Audio Tour and admission: Book of Kells
Private Foodie Tour of Dublin
Transfer from Dublin to Killarney
Master Class at Midleton Distillery: Cask Opening + Tasting
Visit Cork's iconic English Market
Drive through scenic section of Ring of Kerry from Kenmare to Killarney
Daily Breakfast at Arbutus Hotel
Private Tour of Dingle Peninsula
South Pole Inn: Whiskey or Irish Coffee
Celtic Whiskey Bar: Dinner, whiskey + fine chocolate pairing
Private Tour: Limerick
Treaty City Brewery: Private Tour and Tasting
2 Dinners at Dromoland Castle
Private Tour: Cliffs of Moher
Sean's Bar: Oldest Pub in Ireland (and possibly the world)
Visit to Moydrum Castle
Private Master Class and Tour: Kilbeggan Distillery
Farewell Dinner at Johnstown Estate
Departure Breakfast at Johnstown Estate
Transfer from Johnstown Estate to Dublin Airport
Hotel porterage of one bag per person
Taxes and Fees
On-site Host for duration of tour
$4,382 shared room (2 adults per room)
Single Occupancy available for $1,080 more
*If group has less than 10 passengers, rate per person will increase. Guaranteed departure. Gratuities for driver and guides and hotel are not included
Travel Insurance Add-On:
Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for this international trip. The price quote is $260 per person for this specific itinerary. Travel Policy through Trip Mate
$875 deposit required to reserve space + $260 per person for insurance.
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
Additional Options available:
Pre- and Post- tour Accommodations or Land Extensions throughout Ireland and UK
See you in Ireland!