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Irish Experience 2014

  • Duration: 11 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: This foray into the diversity of the North and the South of Ireland takes you inside the increasingly cool cities, like Dublin and Belfast, and much reported 'emerald' countryside. It's Insider moments like… hearing born-and-bred Irishman Ronan's passion as he takes you round his 'home turf'. He reveals Londonderry's progressive present, having been UK City of Culture 2013, and its deeply troubled past – taking you to the riotous Bogside area and to walk the 400-year-old walls. Finding yourself between these eras in New Ross, take your ticket to board a replica famine ship. Join passengers re-creating scenes from the 1840s when people fled to escape the potato famine, becoming early Irish Americans.


On every itinerary, we offer a range of optional excursions that allow you to further enhance your experience should you so choose. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited these can be paid with cash or credit card.

A reduction of 25% of the cost of the Optional Excursions is offered to all children under the age of 16 years at the time of travel. Please Note: This discount to does not apply to North America optionals, as they are already discounted.


    • + Inishowen Peninsula A guided visit of the Peninsula. This spectacular circuit takes us on a journey to the most north-western tip of Ireland. We visit Grianan Aileach, a circle stone fort which was the royal seat of the O'Neill clan, situated amongst spectacular views.


    • + Galway Castle Banquet A short drive brings us to Galway castle for an evening of medieval entertainment including dinner wine, song and that marvellous Irish Art of story-telling!


    • + Jaunting Carts And Lake Cruise A traditional pony and trap through the Bourne-Vincent national park to Ross castle and then enjoy a cruise on the largest of the Lakes while hearing the stories your Jarvey will tell you. Remember - he has probably kissed the Blarney stone!

    • + Irish Ceilidh Evening Enjoy the great atmosphere or craic at our ceilidh evening. Traditional Irish music and dancing and the chance to sing along to some familiar Irish melodies. Dinner is included on this fun evening.

    • + Muckross House And Gardens The oak clad mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to the beautiful gardens around Muckross House. Towering Azaleas and Rhododendrons vie with each other for your attention amid the quiet meandering walks along the shores of the Lakes. The 18th century house, standing amid twenty thousand acres of park is a microcosm of Irish history. It contains wonderful examples of furniture and paintings. Keep an eye out for the brooding portrait of King James VI for whom Shakespeare wrote Macbeth, or Countess Catherine of Desmond painted in the 136th year of her age. Guided visit.

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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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