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Rachel Gaffney’s Real Ireland: Cork, Limerick and Dublin

From the stunning Georgian architecture of Dublin to the pastoral towns of the interior, Ireland is as varied as it is striking, offering history and literary heritage, gourmet cuisine and spectacular castle hotels and gardens. Curated and hosted by Rachel Gaffney, the founder of Irish lifestyle and travel brand Rachel Gaffney’s Real Ireland, this itinerary will reveal new sides to this charming country—whether it is a first- or fifth-time visit—with exclusive tours and visits, as Rachel shares her colorful home city of Cork, Limerick and Dublin.

What to Expect

For this special journey, we are thrilled to partner with Rachel Gaffney to give you unmatched access to Ireland. Highlights of this itinerary include the opportunity to:

  • Explore Ireland’s most vibrant cities—Cork, Limerick and Dublin—which are steeped in history and buzzing with creativity in equal measure. Here, host Rachel Gaffney will introduce you to local insiders and open doors to her favorite monuments, boutiques and more.
  • Dive into the world of modern Irish gastronomy in Ireland’s foodie region, with meals at top restaurants and an immersive tasting tour of locally-sourced ingredients in Cork’s famous English Market.
  • Experience Ireland’s rich literary and artistic heritage with an evening of live music at a traditional village pub and a bonfire with a seanchaí, or traditional Gaelic storyteller.
  • Enjoy private tours of historic gardens and country estates, followed by a botanical cocktail-making class and a flower-arranging workshop with two of the world’s premier floral designers: Emily Thompson, who has designed for the White House, and Shane Connolly, who designed for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
  • Soak in the beauty of the Irish countryside while staying at the wonderful Hayfield Manor and Glin Castle—where you can enjoy picnics, garden walks, falconry, horseback riding, visits to the Irish National Stud and more. At Glin Castle, you will be specially welcomed by the property’s owners, Catherine FitzGerald, whose family has occupied the castle for centuries, and her husband, the English actor Dominic West.
  • Explore bustling Dublin with a former Condé Nast food and lifestyle editor who will open up exclusive access to galleries and more—then, relax at the Indagare-adored Merrion Hotel.
  • Connect with fellow travelers over cocktail receptions and dinner parties in unique locations, including a tasting in a wine cave and a festive Masked Dinner.
  • Add on a bespoke post-trip extension designed by Indagare’s expert team to other regions of Ireland—including County Clare and County Kerry—or beyond.
  • When
    September 30 - October 6, 2020
  • Length
    7 days / 6 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Intellectuals , Foodies , Art Lovers

This Journey's Host

Born and raised in County Cork, Rachel Gaffney moved to Dallas, TX in 1996, where she was inspired to pivot her career in marketing and sales to bring the “Real Ireland” to what she believed to be a misinformed American market. Rachel has gone on to build her own successful Irish travel, lifestyle and home brand, which invites the world to see Ireland through her eyes, whether by tasting her famous shortbread cookies (featured on the Martha Stewart Living show) or by experiencing one of her bespoke itineraries. On this journey, Rachel will lead you through her home country, sharing her favorite restaurants, shops and historical sites—as well as stories and local characters that will make for an unforgettable adventure.

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

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
    September 30 - October 6, 2020
  • Length
    7 days / 6 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 16 travelers
  • Host
    Rachel Gaffney
  • From
    $7,825

Includes

  • All accommodations indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals and activities indicated in the itinerary
  • All guided touring, activities and admissions indicated in the itinerary
  • Group airport and touring transfers throughout the itinerary, as indicated
  • Expert guides, as indicated in the itinerary, including your expert hosts and our partners on the ground

Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Additional meals and alcoholic beverages; additional activities and transfers (not indicated in the itinerary)
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (change in flights, cancellations, political disturbances, natural phenomena)
  • Items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, etc.
Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

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