Private 2 Day Wicklow & Kilkenny Tour

Private 2 Day Wicklow & Kilkenny Tour

Tour from Dublin

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Tours are priced individually according to the route, group size, distances & hours required, date(s) in question, start & end locations, overnight locations (where applicable) and remaining supply at time of booking.

A Short Introduction To Your Journey

This private two day tour from Dublin allows you to experience the best of Irish town and country in less than 48 hours.

Your driver will collect you from the Dublin address of your choice and take you down the east coast through the rolling green countryside and mountains of Co. Wicklow to the medieval city of Kilkenny.

Look forward to highlights such as Powerscourt Estate & Gardens, the valley of Glendalough, the ancient cobbled streets and imposing Hiberno- Norman fortress of Kilkenny and some amazing pub and restaurant experiences along the way.
  • Private collection from and return to the Dublin address of your choice.
  • DIscover two of Ireland's most charming regions
  • Drive through the famous Wicklow Mountains
  • Visit Powerscourt Estate & Gardens
  • Explore the Valley of Glendalough with its lakes and ruins
  • Soak up medieval atmosphere in Kilkenny
  • Marvel at the ancient architecture of Kilkenny Castle and Cathedral
  • Savour a pint of Smithwick's red ale in one of Kilkenny's pubs
  • Look forward to some amazing culinary options
  • Travel in comfort and style with your own private Mercedes- Benz tour vehicle and driver
  • Dublin-based expert advice
  • Collection from your hotel
  • Private Mercedes-Benz Tour Vehicle
  • Private Chauffeur Guide
  • Private 4G Wifi Connection in Tour Vehicle
  • Entrance fees (as specified at time of booking)
  • Fuel, Road Tolls and Associated Taxes
  • Dropoff at your hotel
  • Driver's overnight and meal expenses
  • Driver's Gratuity
  • Food, Drink or Refreshments
  • Guest Accommodation
  • Day 1: Dublin - Powerscourt - Glendalough - Kilkenny

    This morning your driver will collect you from the Dublin address of your choice. You'll enjoy the comfort of your own Mercedes- Benz tour vehicle over the next two days.

    First thing, your driver will discuss how best to approach the day ahead based on the route to be covered, the season and expected weather conditions.

    Today's highlights are Powerscourt Estate & Gardens https://powerscourt.com/ and the valley of Glendalough.

    Powerscourt Estate is one of Ireland's most spectacular aristocratic estates (voted top three gardens in the world by National Geographic). The house and gardens were commissioned in 1730 to transform the medieval castle home of the Powerscourt family. Now home to the Slazenger family, Powerscourt is reminiscent of the great Italian Renaissance villas. Explore the beautiful gardens and perhaps pop in to the Avoca Cafe for a coffee or tea.

    Glendalough, which in the Irish language means ‘Valley of the two lakes’ is probably Wicklow's most popular national park attraction. The valley is home to ancient oak forests with abundant wildlife and is the backdrop for a major Celtic- Christian settlement founded by St. Kevin in the early medieval period. Explore the ruined monastery buildings and marvel at the towers and intricately carved stone Celtic crosses, complete with detailed scenes from the bible. One of the largest Viking ships ever discovered was built with oak sourced from the valley. Its quite an amazing thought to ponder as you stand at the waters' edge and breath in the fresh mountain air.

    This afternoon the journey takes you further south, through a patchwork of rolling green fields to the ancient city of Kilkenny where tour service ends and the evening begins. As the day draws to a close, your driver will provide advice as to how to approach tomorrow's tour and agree a time and place for collection.

    Stay
    You can select whichever overnight accommodation suits you best (not included). Guest favourites downtown include Butler House and Hotel Kilkenny. Guest favourites in the countryside include Mount Juliet Estate.

    Eat
    Guest favourites downtown include Campagne (One Michelin Star) and Restaurant Rinuccini (classic Italian opposite the castle). Guest favourites in the countryside include The Hound (Michelin Plate) and Lady Helen (One Michelin Star) both at Mount Juliet .

    Drink
    The local favourite beer is Smithwick's red ale. Why not try a pint at Kyteler's Inn? Kyteler's has been serving thirsty patron's since 1324 and is named after the former owner who was convicted of witchcraft and burned at the stake.

  • Day 2: Explore Medieval Kilkenny - Dublin (ends)

    Look forward to a delicious breakfast after a night of entertainment and rest. Kilkenny is very close to the "Golden Vale" region of Ireland - one of Europe's best agricultural plains. Many of the hotels have excellent local breakfast options with amazing local cheeses and cured meats to sample.

    NB: Much of Medieval Kilkenny is best explored on foot - ducking down tiny cobbled alleyways, descending ancient staircases, strolling through castle gardens, nipping in and out of neat little shops (& into neat little pubs for a cheeky pint of Guinness). Accordingly, depending on your mobility and the weather, the vehicle and driver will be very useful at times, but almost a hindrance at others. Your driver will advise how best to proceed based on your interests and local operational factors.

    Introduction to Kilkenny

    During the middle ages, a feudal merchant aristocracy known as the Normans left Normandy in Northern France and conquered England following the Battle of Hastings in 1066. After discovering that the farmland in Ireland was of the highest quality, they invaded the Emerald Isle in 1169 and set about constructing towns protected by castles at some of the best farming and trading locations in the country. The best preserved of these is Kilkenny, which retains many of the features built almost 1,000 years ago. 

    Popular things to see and do in / around Kilkenny

    Kilkenny Castle
    One of the most imposing structures in Kilkenny, the castle was built in the 1100s by the Norman Lord, Strongbow. Home to the powerful Butler family over the centuries, the castle was regularly upgraded and is in excellent condition. Gifted to the people of Ireland in 1967 it is now open to visitors. You can get a tour of the castle or just stroll through the gardens to soak up the vibe and for great views over the River Nore and city below.

    Tip: In late spring and through summer the Hotel River Court on the opposite bank of the river often hosts BBQs on their terrace. If the weather is fine you could pull up a chair to enjoy a cool drink and some grilled meat with amazing views of the castle and swans gliding on the water.

    Swithwick's Brewery
    Red ale is the favourite local beer, brewed under the Smithwick's name since 1710. The Smithwick’s Experience guided tours run at regular intervals throughout the day, 7 days a week, each tour taking approximately 1 hour.

    St. Canice's Cathedral
    A beautiful cathedral built in 1285 and featuring incredible stained glass windows by Harry Clarke. Associated with the witchcraft trial of Dame Alice Le Kyteler - a woman accused of murdering her multiple investment banker husbands and of collapsing the tower of St. Canice's into its choir.

    Black Abbey
    The Black Abbey was built in 1225 by the Normans and named after the Dominican "Black Friars". This medieval abbey endured several reversals of fortune throughout the centuries and now displays the largest stained glass window in Ireland - The Rosary Window, created by Mayer's of Munich in 1892.

    Kilkenny Design
    Based in the Castle Yard (historic stables and coach houses) Kilkenny Design is an amazing shopping experience showcasing the best of Irish craft and design. You'll find unique Irish homewares, gifts, jewellery and fashion of the highest quality under one roof.

    A traditional pub
    Kilkenny has a number of great traditional pubs where you can sample a pint of beer or enjoy a simple pub lunch. Check out John Cleere's at 28 Parliament street for a pint of Smithwick's red or blonde ale (Guinness is for Dubliners!). The lamb stew and roast carvery sandwiches are both excellent and typically Irish.

    Jerpoint Abbey (20km outside the city)
    Located in rolling countryside at Thomastown, Jerpoint is one of the best examples of a Norman Abbey ruins dating to the 1100s. The ruins are in excellent condition and are well worth a quick visit, especially if you are overnighting at nearby Mount Juliet.


    Your driver will drop you back to the Dublin address of your choice in good time for rest, refreshments and evening entertainment. After discovering some of the most authentic sides to Ireland on your private two day tour we hope that your heart will remain in the Emerald Isle.

Private Tours typically range from EUR 695.00 – EUR 1,295.00+ per vehicle per day including a driver- guide (& his overnight expenses), fuel, road tolls and associated taxes. Guest accommodation & entrance fees are not included in the above guideline to facilitate guest flexibility.

Tours are priced individually according to the route, group size, distances & hours required, date(s) in question, start & end locations, overnight locations (where applicable) and remaining supply at time of booking.
Many drivers exited the hospitality industry during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and there is currently a relative shortage of the very best talent.

With the pandemic now moving into the rear view mirror, we are currently experiencing a sharp increase in demand from our principal markets in the US, UK, EU and Arabian Gulf for season 2022. As our availability sells out, rates will rise as demand outstrips remaining supply.

Accordingly, we encourage guests to secure preferred dates for the coming season as early as possible.
Guest accommodation is not included. However, we can recommend excellent accommodation options to meet with your style and budget expectations should you become a private client.
Powerscourt Gardens

• Daily: 9.30am – 5.30pm (Last entry 5pm)
• Gardens close at dusk in Winter (Last entry during winter is 30 minutes before dusk)
• The Gardens are open year-round and only close December 25th & 26th

Entrance fees are priced at EUR 10.50 per person.


Powerscourt Waterfall

• Jan/Feb/Nov/Dec 10.30am – 4.00pm (last admission – 3.30pm)*
• Mar/Apr/Sept/Oct 10.30am – 5.30pm (last admission – 5pm)
• May/Jun/July/Aug 9.30am – 7.00pm (last admission – 6pm)

Entrance fees are priced at EUR 6.00 per person.

The Waterfall is closed from December 11th and re-opens on December 26th at 10.30am