Itinerary – Ireland 2013
Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin – there is no place like home.
This old Irish proverb literally reads: “There is no fireplace like your own fireplace.” It expresses the deep and abiding sense of attachment that Irish people feel to their home country.
Do you feel the pull of the Emerald Isle? Do you yearn to experience your true home and return to the land of your ancestors? This is what The Gathering Ireland is all about. Our dedicated Concierge will help you find that special place. Inform us of your home town or county and we will customize a unique tour to provide truly special memories of your personal journey to your Irish home.
Contact us in advance of your visit to organize a tour of local attractions, places of interest, activities and dining options during your stay. If you just can’t leave “the land of saints and scholars,” not to worry – options exist to extend your tour over a period of several days.
- Your personal chauffeur will meet you on arrival and take you in comfort to Four Seasons Hotel Dublin.
- Settle into the luxurious surroundings of your guest room or suite.
- Enjoy coffee or tea and scones in our light-filled and elegant Lobby Lounge before setting out to explore Dublin.
- Experience the Fabulous Food Trails and discover Ireland’s rich food heritage. Visit a cheesemonger, an open-air food market or a chocolate maker.
- Enjoy a real pub lunch in one of Dublin’s atmospheric city bars. The Concierge will be happy to make recommendations.
- Visit the magnificent 18th-century Powerscourt Townhouse Centre – now a small, high-end shopping mall.
- Join the team at Jig – The Story of Irish Dance (www.jig.ie). Visit their unique Museum of Irish Dance. Connect with your inner dancer and learn some steps in the company of skilled professionals.
- Discover and purchase your unique family coat of arms at the House of Names and learn more about the history of your family name.
- Return to the Hotel and relax in the calm of our full-service spa.
- Enjoy dinner at Seasons restaurant, where we present the very best Irish produce, meats, cheeses and seafood on seasonally changing menus.
- Enjoy a full Irish breakfast in our welcoming breakfast room. Our extensive buffet features many traditional Irish foods.
- Explore the history of Gaelic games at the stunning Croke Park Stadium and GAA Museum. For the truly adventurous, experience the thrill of the stadium’s Skyline.
- Alternatively, retreat to the serenity of Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum to explore the hidden history of Dublin and the lives of its distinguished citizens. Use the genealogical services to find connections to your own personal family history.
- Return to the city to savour lunch in one of Dublin’s many restaurants showcasing the very best Irish seasonal and artisanal produce. We can highly recommend Chapter One, The Winding Stair, Eden and Fallon & Byrne.
- Visit the home and birthplace of two iconic Irish brands: the Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery. Learn about “the black stuff” and uisce beatha – the water of life.
- Connect with the story of Ireland’s struggle for freedom and independence with a visit to the atmospheric and moving Kilmainham Gaol.
- Alternatively, for the younger members of the group, schedule a stop at the National Leprechaun Museum. Learn about the “little people” and listen to some fascinating stories from Ireland’s ancient past recounting the deeds and legends associated with its folk heroes.
- Return to the Hotel to refresh and relax.
- Enjoy an evening of fun and thrills at a quintessentially Irish sporting event. Choose between the excitement of an evening at the horse races at the Leopardstown Racecourse, or, for something completely different, visit the greyhound races at Shelbourne Park or Harold’s Cross.
- Dine at one of the many local restaurants that our Concierge will be happy to recommend.
- After breakfast, prepare to journey into Ireland’s ancient past. Meath Tours (www.beautifulmeath.com) will take you on a voyage of exploration to the 5,000-year-old passage tombs of Newgrange, the striking Norman castle at Trim, the medieval monastic ruins of Bective Abbey and the iconic Irish High Crosses of Monasterboice. A stop for lunch is included.
- For those who want to stay closer to home, consider a hurling lesson and bike ride in the Phoenix Park.
- Alternatively, take a pony-trek and learn about the history and importance of the horse in Irish society at one of the many excellent equestrian facilities within easy reach of the Hotel. We particularly like the program offered by Wolftrek (www.wolftrek.ie).
- For those not out on an all-day tour we invite you to learn a traditional Irish baking skill in the afternoon. Learn to make fruit scones or brown bread under the guidance of our skilled pastry team. We’ll supply you with the recipes to recreate these traditional foods when you return home.
- Tonight is the night to reflect on your visit to Ireland. Allow us to recommend a memorable dining experience for you. Choose between a traditional evening of food and music or an elegant dinner at a restaurant offering a contemporary and modern expression of Irish cuisine.
- At the end of the evening our bar staff will be happy to share the secret of making the perfect Irish coffee!