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Irish Highlights 2014

  • Duration: 7 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: The fast-track to Ireland – this seven-day encounter with the southern side takes you from Dublin and back, stopping at Waterford, Limerick and the scenic Ring of Kerry along the way. It's Insider moments like… smelling the sweet aroma of Catherine Fulvio's slow-baked apple and carrot cake as you join this world-renowned chef for dinner at her 350 acre farm near Dublin. The encounter takes you beyond her usual cookery school, into the heart of her home – to hear Catherine talk about her Glenealy house and sit down to enjoy treasured family dishes, like her mother's brown soda bread. And you'll go beyond the showroom at Waterford Crystal, into the workshop where the master craftsmen work on exquisite pieces of art.


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.


    • + An Evening Of Irish Entertainment A chance to experience Irish hospitality in the best Folk tradition. Enjoy a drink whilst being entertained by the people who live and work in the area.

    • + Waterford Walking Tour Waterford history goes back to the Vikings and there is no better person to bring it to life than the local guide. More than a guide, they are a seanachie or storyteller, entertaining, informative and funny, they will bring Waterford history alive for you on this walking tour. One guest described this as the Best History Lesson Ever'.


    • + 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.

    • + Jaunting Car Ride Take a traditional pony and trap ride through the streets of and into the beautiful Bourne - Vincent National Park. Your Jarvey will tell you stories about Ireland - remember he has probably kissed the Blarney Stone once or twice!

    • + 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.

    • + Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre And Dinner Tonight we live the folklore and spirit of the life and times when even the most everyday chore would be celebrated, in old Ireland. Youll be enthralled by the performance of the Siamsa Tire players who will cast a spell tonight which will stay with you forever. A typical Irish meal is included.

    • + Irish Music and Culture Evening Experience world-famous Irish hospitality at Muckross Schoolhouse and learn more about our customs and traditions. The evening starts off in the class room with a Gaelic language lesson, followed by an evening full of good food, music and Irish stories. The evening finishes with a dance lesson and then a sing-along for all budding performers to have their moment of fame.


    • + Shannon Castle Banquet The banquet is held in the great hall of the Castle. As we dine, we are entertained by the court jester, the Castle musicians and the ladies and gentlemen of the medieval court, in the splendour of a by-gone age. Theres fine music, singing, dancing, good food and laughter. It wont be long before you join in with the court entertainers taking home warm memories of this delightful evening.

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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. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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