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Irish Experience Preview 2014

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The Temple Bar in Dublin, IrelandTrinity CollegeRing of KerryGiant's Causeway
The Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland
Trinity College
Ring of Kerry
Giant's Causeway
  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe Preview 2014
  • Style: Great Britain and Ireland Regionals
  • Description: Take a panoramic trip around Ireland. From the castles and colleges of Dublin through historic Belfast and the north coast to splendid countryside in Ballina, Galway, Limerick Killarney, Blarney, Cork and Waterford your journey is full of history and magic!

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Spend the morning relaxing or exploring this vibrant, friendly city. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon and see Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Guide. This evening, board your canal boat for a leisurely cruise along Dublin’s 200 year old Grand Canal; get to know your companions and Travel Director at an on-board Welcome Reception with drinks followed by dinner at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

  • Day 2


    Head northwards to Northern Ireland and the bustling city of Belfast. Meet your Local Expert ‘Cabbie’ for a trip through the famous city sights in a Black Cab.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 3


    This morning, visit the birthplace of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre, an exhibition dedicated to the world’s most famous ship. Then travel along the beautiful Antrim coast road past scenic glens and rugged beaches. Visit the Giant’s Causeway, an area of about 40 000 interlocking basalt columns, a World Heritage site in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of the most iconic natural wonders in the United Kingdom.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4


    Walk along the 17th century city walls with your Local Guide and see the street murals of the Bogside. Known as the People’s Gallery, the murals depict the history of the ‘troubles’.The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Consider joining an excursion to the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 5


    Travel south through lush countryside to Omagh. At Ulster-American Folk Park learn about the lifestyle and experiences of the immigrants who left Ulster for the New World in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre for a Local Speciality demonstration and see the craftsmen at work before arriving at your hotel in the pretty town of Ballina on the banks of the River Moy.Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 6


    Admire the spectacular scenery around Connemara, renowned for its beauty and tranquillity. The picture-postcard scenery continues along the shores of Lough Corrib to Galway, where your orientation shows you main sights of the city including Galway Cathedral and Eyre Square.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 7


    Travel through the lush countryside of County Clare to Limerick for views of St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone during your orientation of the city. See Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, before arriving at your hotel in Killarney. This evening, why not take in the ‘craic’ at a traditional Irish ceilidh?

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 8


    Follow the Ring of Kerry around the Iveragh Peninsula, characterised by plunging cliffs, shimmering lakes, granite mountains and rugged coastlines. See a mystical and unspoilt region of Ireland as you wind your way through Killorglin (of Puck Fair fame), Cahirciveen, Waterville and Moll’s Gap in the Black Mountains. Join your companions this evening for a Be My Guest dinner on a traditional Irish farm in Killarney.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest)

  • Day 9


    Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone to attain the ‘gift of the gab’! Stop in picturesque Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic on its fateful voyage before continuing to Waterford. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 10


    This morning, visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your Local Speciality demonstration and tour of the workshop. See the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. Then on to visit New Ross and see the monument to John F. Kennedy who visited his ancestral family hometown 50 years ago in 1963. Visit the three-masted barque Dunbrody and gain an Unique Insight into the tragic plight of Irish emigration during the 1800’s. Travel through the lush countryside of County Wicklow known as the Garden of Ireland. This evening in Dublin, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 11


    Bid a fond farewell to your fellow travellers at the end of this wonderful Irish experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Speciality Visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop.
  • Local Speciality Visit the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre, home to one of the world’s oldest working potteries.
  • Be My Guest Be taken back in time with an engaging visit to a traditional working farm. Enjoy tales from the story teller and hear wonderful Irish music while you savour the local specialities including Irish stew and soda bread.
  • Local Guide in Dublin and Londonderry/Derry.
  • Unique Insight Visit the three-masted barque Dunbrody, a replica of one of the original famine ships used during emigration from Ireland in the 1800’s.
  • Local Expert Experience Belfast from the comfort of your dedicated Black Cab with expert ‘Cabbie’ commentary.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • DublinSee St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College with your Local Guide.
  • BelfastSee the City Hall and Queen’s University
  • Giant's CausewayVisit the UNESCO World Heritage site to see the iconic geological wonder formed by huge basalt columns.
  • Londonderry/DerryWalking tour along the City Walls including views of St. Columb’s Cathedral with your Local Guide.
  • OmaghVisit the Ulster-American Folk Park.
  • ConnemaraScenic drive through the unspoilt countryside.
  • GalwayView Galway Cathedral.
  • LimerickView St. Mary’s Cathedral and King John’s Castle.
  • AdareView Ireland’s prettiest village with its thatched cottages.
  • Ring of KerryEnjoy the spectacular natural beauty of County Kerry.
  • BlarneyKiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle.
  • New RossVisit the ancestral hometown of President Kennedy and visit the replica famine ship Dunbrody.


  • 10 full breakfasts.

  • 6 evening meals including:
  • Welcome Pub Reception in Dublin, which includes a Traditional Irish pub meal and Welcome Drinks.
  • 3 three-course dinners.
  • Be My Guest Dinner with an Irish family on a working dairy farm.
  • Farewell Dinner with wine in Dublin.

Travel Highlights

  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
  • The services of a professional Travel Director
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your Trafalgar London hotel
  • Use of Trafalgar’s London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions
  • Audio headsets to clearly hear your guide’s commentary on all included sightseeing
  • A travel wallet with your documentation
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map
  • Airport transfers are included on the arrival and departure days of your trip.

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