GLENDALOUGH MONASTERY AND POWERSCOURT GARDENS
Cultural, Lunch not included
Wicklow country awaits us with its architectural gems nestled in scenery of unparalleled beauty: we visit the fascinating ruins of the Glendalough monastery, surrounded by breathtaking views, and stroll around the manicured Powerscourt Gardens, part of an elegant noble residence.
What we will see
- Sightseeing tour of Dublin
- Georgian Dublin and Trinity College
- County Wicklow
- Glendalough monastery
- Lunch break
- Stroll around Powerscourt Gardens
- Tour of Powerscourt House
What we will do
- We start our excursion with a sightseeing tour of the centre of Dublin, the fascinating capital of Ireland with an ancient history.
- We cross the streets and squares that give us the chance to admire the city's amazing Georgian architecture, one of the best preserved in the British Isles, and Trinity College, the famous university among the oldest in Ireland where renowned literates such as Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde studied.
- We then get out of the city and head south towards county Wicklow, also known as the “garden of Ireland” for the lush splendour of its natural beauties.
- Our first stop is the ruins of Glendalough monastery, a large complex founded in the 6th century by Saint Kevin that included churches, dwellings, workshops, a hospital and agricultural buildings located between two lakes in an evocative natural setting. We admire its perfectly-preserved imposing round tower, and the now-roofless cathedral that once boasted one of the largest aisles in Ireland.
- After our visit, we take a break for lunch, which we are free to enjoy as we please before continuing our tour.
- In the afternoon, we move on to Powerscourt Estate, one of the most sumptuous and charming noble residences on the island, built in 1740 by Powerscourt Viscount Richard Wingfield.
- Once there, we take a stroll around the magnificent Powerscourt Gardens, covering 20 hectares with their manicured greenery including lovely wooded areas and grandiose boulevards, ancient statues and carefully-shaped bushes, gushing fountains and scenic lakes.
- The gardens and residence were clearly designed with Italy in mind, as Lord Powerscourt frequently visited the country’s main noble residences: the stone terrace is a tribute to Villa Butera in Sicily, while the fountain at the centre of Triton Lake is reminiscent to that in Piazza Barberini in Rome.
- We also have the chance to visit Powerscourt House, the fantastic residence at the centre of the gardens, where we can take in the magnificent halls and retrace the history of the house, damaged by a fire in 1974 and patiently restored.
- After the visit, we can go to a crafts and souvenir shop selling clothing, jewellery, furnishings and gifts before returning to the ship having enjoyed an unforgettable experience.