Ireland: Houses of the Aristocracy

Ireland, a country of lush landscapes and glorious gardens, is especially beautiful in the month of June. With author and lecturer Olivier Bernier, we invite our members to experience this extraordinary trip, which begins in the charming village of Adare, then continues to the shores of Lough Erne, and concludes in Dublin, one of the handsomest cities in Europe.

What to Expect

Our many private visits are spread throughout the trip. From great houses like Birr Castle, home to the Earl and Countess of Rosse, to Baron’s Court, where the Duke and Duchess of Abercorn have invited us for dinner, every day will bring an unexpected pleasure.

Then in Dublin, that still-unspoiled city, we will stay at the lovely Merrion Hotel, in the heart of the city. Adrian Le Harivel, chief curator of British Art at the National Gallery of Ireland, will show us the best of the current hangings. There will also be a visit to the National Museum of Ireland’s Archaeology department, with its famous Celtic gold collection, and at National Museum of Ireland’s Decorative Arts & History branch, we will see the extraordinary quality of Irish silver and furniture.

  • When
    June 3-12, 2018
  • Length
    10 days / 9 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Art Lovers , Intellectuals

This Journey's Host


Indagare is pleased to announce a new partnership with the renowned art historian Olivier Bernier. Opening Doors, a division of Insider Journeys, offers exclusive behind-the-scenes access and thrilling immersion in destinations where Olivier can share his unparalleled expertise, rich perspective and unique network through lectures, private receptions and more. Together, we will visit iconic monuments and museums, as well as private houses and collections open just for us.

Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Two nights at the exclusive, newly refurbished Adare Manor
  • Private curatorial tours of Ireland's best medieval museums and art galleries, as well as visits to fine private collections and gardens
  • Private tour with Lord and Lady Rosse of their home Birr Castle, followed by lunch in the famed red dining room
  • Three nights at the beautiful Belle Isle Castle
  • Private tour and dinner at Castle Coole, a late 18th-century neoclassical mansion, as well as tours of Oakfield Park, Grey Abbey and Baronscourt, with cocktails and dinner with the Duke and Duchess of Abercorn
  • Tour of the National Gallery of Ireland with Chief Curator of British Art Adrian Le Harivel
  • A visit to Farmleigh in Phoenix Park, the opulent former home of the Guinness family
  • A special dinner party at the home of Adrian Le Harivel
  • A tour of the lovely countryside Russborough House, built in the 18th century with outstanding plasterwork, furniture and artworks
  • A farewell dinner in Dublin with a performance by rising young actress Venetia Bowe

Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    June 3-12, 2018
  • Length
    10 days / 9 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 25 travelers
  • Host
    Olivier Bernier
  • From


  • Lectures and on-site commentary by Olivier Bernier
  • All accommodations indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary: breakfasts, lunches and dinners (with wine) as noted
  • All activities indicated in the itinerary
  • Private receptions and hospitality
  • Airport/hotel group flight transfers
  • Local taxes and gratuities


  • All airfare, airport taxes and personal transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional meals and alcohol
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (change in flights, cancellations, political disturbances, natural phenomena)
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone calls, shopping, etc.)
  • Optional activities
Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

What To Read

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