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secret garden tea tours

small group tours with an emphasis on afternoon tea
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Ireland Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Friday  

Arrive in Dublin 

Make your way to our hotel 

Welcome dinner


Day 2 Saturday

Dublin Walking Tour

Trinity College (Book of Kells) Dublin Castle


Day 3 Sunday

Castle and Garden Tour

House of Waterford Crystal Tour

and Afternoon Tea

18th Century Mansion Hotel


Day 4 Monday

Blarney Castle

Afternoon Tea

Lace and Design Center

18th Century manor house (2 nights)


Day 5 Tuesday

Ring of Kerry

Afternoon Tea 

Sheepdog Demonstration


Day 6 Wednesday

Picture Perfect Irish Village

Afternoon Tea Picnic at 

Cliffs of Moher

 Castle Hotel

Day 7 Thursday

Celtic Crystal Workshop Tour

Kylemore Abbey and Gardens

Castle Afternoon Tea

4* Hotel

Day 8 Friday

Belleek China Factory Tour

Tea and Scones

Woolen Mill and Craft Shopping

Castle Afternoon Tea 

Country House Estate Resort


Day 9 Saturday

Travel across Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway

Arrive Belfast

Afternoon Tea


Day 10 Sunday

St George's Market

Titanic Experience

Afternoon Tea

Return to Dublin

Airport Hotel with Shuttle

Day 11

Tour ends after breakfast

The route of travel, and all tour venues are subject to change as reservations cannot be made until early 2024.  

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Ireland is part of the EU so uses euros as their currency.  Northern Ireland (our stops in Belleek, the Giant's Causeway and Belfast) is part of the UK, so uses pound sterling.  We recommend using your credit card for purchases in Northern Ireland since we will only be in that country for parts of 3 days. 

Ireland Details


We will begin each day with breakfast in our hotel.

Lunch will be on your own, but most days a light snack will suffice, since our big meal each day will be afternoon tea.  The tea rooms we visit will vary, although most are in castles, and comparing and contrasting the different experiences is one of the delights of the trip!

Dinners will be on your own other than the welcome meal on the first night and the farewell dinner on the final night.  Most guests just have a snack or light dinner in the hotel in the evenings.  You may wish to sample the nightlife in Dublin and Belfast and have a traditional pub meal.


The hotels in Dublin and Belfast are centrally located to the tourist areas so you to make it easy for you to enjoy all the action.  The castle and manor houses we will stay at as we travel through Ireland are typically on large country properties with gardens and grounds to explore if you wish.

All prices are based on double occupancy.  If you do not have a roommate accompanying you on the trip, you will be matched with another un-paired traveler if there is one.  Otherwise single room supplement rate will apply. 

Rooms will have two twin beds unless otherwise requested.  In some hotels, twin rooms may be limited. If there is not enough availability, twin rooms will be assigned to those sharing a room with another un-paired traveler first, so friends travelling together may need to share a king or double. There are a limited number of single rooms available (on a first request basis) for an additional fee.  


You are responsible for transport to the hotel in Dublin, due to the staggared and unreliable arrival times of flights.  It is about a 20 minute taxi or Uber ride to the Dublin hotel.  

We will have a comfortable mini-bus with an experienced, local driver/guide to escort us around Ireland.  There is limited space for luggage aboard the bus, so plan to travel as light as possible.  We will let you know size restrictions well in advance.

The tour ends at the hotel, so you will need transportation back to the airport.  We are happy to help you coordinate ride sharing with other guests.


This shopping element of our tours is one of the most popular parts of travelling with us.  But how to get things home is always a big question.


We suggest using the double suitcase method. When leaving home, you place your carry on sized suitcase, filled with your clothing inside the next size suitcase of a nested set.  This way you aren't burdened with a) an extra luggage fee or b) two bags to maneuver around the airport. And you will probably be within the luggage guidelines for the bus.  When packing to return home, you then have an empty case to fill with your treasures.  Use clothing to protect fragile items and divide the weight between the two cases or buy a roll of bubble wrap.


The cost of a flying with a second suitcase is less than shipping fees in most cases, but a number of the places we'll shop are happy to ship your purchases for you, and some offer free shipping for sizeable purchases.

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