The Historic Heartlands!

Explore Ireland’s Ancient East

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Explore the Celtic Coast with included sightseeing!

For the culturally curious and the traveler looking for a great escape, look no further! Unearth Ireland’s Ancient East for 5 nights with this self-drive getaway and discover 5,000 years of European history along the way.

What's Included


  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Dublin Airport (DUB)
  • Automatic 4-door compact car rental for duration


  • 2 nights in Kilkenny at the Newpark Hotel, Classic Room
  • 1 night in Waterford at the Athenaeum House Hotel, Executive Room
  • 2 nights in Wicklow at the Druid’s Glen Resort, Deluxe Room

Tours & Sightseeing: 

  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny Tour
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Waterford Treasures Viking Triangle 3 Museum Admission
  • Waterford Crystal Factory Exhibition
  • Glendalough Visitor Centre
  • Powerscourt House, Gardens & Waterfall

Other Inclusions:

  • Breakfast Daily 
  • All local taxes
  • Hotel Service Charges
  • Carrier and government taxes/fees/facility charges on airfare

Not Included: 

  • Gratuities
  • Meals (other than noted) 
  • Anything not listed in the inclusions above
Unique Explorations
  • You’ll peel back the layers of history as you travel through Ireland's Ancient East from Kilkenny to Waterford.
  • Mingle with the locals who bring these places to life through some of the best storytelling in the world.
  • Explore the Celtic Coast, where Vikings looted holy treasures from the monastic city of Glendalough years ago!
  • With a cathedral, high cross, castle, round tower and chapel, the Rock of Cashel is perhaps the finest in Europe.
  • The late 12th century Kilkenny Castle perches above the River Nore and acts as the city’s heart and protector.
Package Overview
From the magnificent stately homes of Wicklow, to the Viking past and early Christian glories of Waterford, this exploration of Ireland will tell you the fascinating story of Ireland's Ancient East. Visit the Kilkenny Castle, perched high above the River Nore, serving as this medieval city’s protector.

Explore the Rock of Cashel, what was once the seat of the Kings of Munster for centuries before the Norman invasion. The Rock of Cashel looks out over the Golden Vale in County Tipperary and with a cathedral, high cross, castle, round tower and chapel, this cluster of Celtic art and medieval architecture is perhaps the finest in Europe.

You’ll find the friendly Viking city of Waterford in the south. There’s no better place than Reginald’s Tower to uncover the story of the marauding Norsemen. Even more famous is Waterford Crystal! Visit the visitor centre for a tour to see how this world-famous crystal is made and to buy a souvenir.

The glens and crags of County Wicklow will give way to soft hills, empty beaches and jagged coastlines. From the vast Palladian mansions of the 18th century elite, you will voyage to ancient Christian sites, past ruined abbeys, peaceful headlands and beautifully manicured gardens. The 13th century Powerscourt House and Gardens have been extensively remodelled several times and is a perfect example of beautifully manicured gardens!


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