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Enchanting Emerald Isle

8 Days 1 Country 3 Cities

Old-world Ireland comes to life as you journey across the Emerald Isle on this Country Explorer trip.

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    • This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company and Celtic Specialists - Brendan Vacations.
    • St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated in Ireland on 11 March 2018 departure
    • Arrive to Dublin a day or two prior to the start of your Guided Holiday and begin exploring this exciting city on your own. Ask your Trafalgar Specialist for accommodation and private transfer prices.
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      • This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company and Celtic Specialists - Brendan Vacations.
      • St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated in Ireland on 11 March 2018 departure
      • Arrive to Dublin a day or two prior to the start of your Guided Holiday and begin exploring this exciting city on your own. Ask your Trafalgar Specialist for accommodation and private transfer prices.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • 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. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, 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. 

      About this trip

      Centuries of Irish heritage and culture are revealed on this adventure across the windswept valleys of Ireland from Dublin’s Georgian Squares Crypt at Christ Church Cathedral to the Anglo-Norman Kilkenny Castle on the River Nore. See the ‘lost’ town of Newtown Jerpoint founded in the 12th century.


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      Trip code: BRED

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      12 Meals
      • 7 full breakfasts

      • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Dublin and walking tour in Westport

        • Scenic cruise across the Shannon Estuary

        • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry

        • Orientation of Galway and Killarney

        • See Dublin's Georgian Squares

        • View St. Patrick's Cathedral, Galway Cathedral, the mountains of the Connemara and Torc Waterfall

        • Visit Strokestown Park House, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny Castle, Trinity College and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 5 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Ferry across the Shannon estuary

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • Services of a professional Irish Travel Director

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      Enchanting Emerald Isle

      Your Itinerary

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      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 1

      Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 2

      Dublin – Strokestown – Enniscrone

      Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

      Day 3

      Enniscrone – Westport – Galway

      Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland

      Day 4

      Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (2 Nights)

      Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry, Ireland

      Day 5

      Ring of Kerry Excursion

      Blarney Castle, Co. Cork, Ireland

      Day 6

      Killarney – Blarney – Kilkenny

      Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

      Day 7

      Kilkenny – Dublin

      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 8

      Depart Dublin

      Day 1

      Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing Day 1 - Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

      Embrace the whimsy and charm of Dublin, a multicultural modern city that celebrates its fascinating past and exudes an enduring sense of fun. Meet your Local Specialist this afternoon for a guided city tour that will see us ramble past the elegant Georgian Squares and St. Patrick's Cathedral. A special Welcome Reception this evening sees us us enjoying a fun night out at a classic public house in the city. Admire the authentic Victorian bar and walk up the original staircase from Trinity College, which was featured in the Michael Caine film 'Educating Rita'.

      Hotel

      Roganstown

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Roganstown

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Dublin – Strokestown – Enniscrone Day 2 - Dublin – Strokestown – Enniscrone

      Journeying through the lush green countryside, we stop at Strokestown Park House, a magnificent 18th century mansion preserved with its original furnishings and fabrics. In its old stables, we experience a Cultural Insight at the Irish Famine Museum where we will delve into the stories of the 1840s famine and see the haunting pleas of starving tenants on the estate and the response they received. We leave the fascinating historical evidence of the potato famine behind and continue and continue onto the town of Enniscrone.

      Hotel

      Diamond Coast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Diamond Coast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Irish Traditions and Song

      Tonight, you'll enjoy Irish hospitality in a cosy local pub. Experience the folk tradition and enjoy a drink while locals sing and play music for you.

      Adult Price: €27.00

      Luxurious River Shannon Cruise

      The longest river in the British Isles, the River Shannon is immortalised in songs and legends. Come with us for a cruise on this majestic river, through the beautiful rolling countryside of counties Leitrim and Roscommon. You’ll also enjoy refreshments on the luxurious Moon River Pleasure Cruiser.

      Adult Price: €30.00

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Enniscrone – Westport – Galway Day 3 - Enniscrone – Westport – Galway

      Travel to the picture-perfect town of Westport and meet your Local Specialist for a walking tour. Learn about the town's heritage, from when it was first settled approximately 5,000 years ago, through to modern day times. Visit the Benedictine monastery of Kylemore Abbey, set against the striking backdrop of Lake Kylemore, and meander through its walled Victorian gardens. We continue to Galway, the 'City of Tribes', where we'll view Galway Cathedral and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

      Hotel

      Connacht

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Connacht

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Galway Castle Banquet

      Join us on a drive to Galway Castle where you'll begin your evening of medieval entertainment. This will be accompanied by a delicious dinner where wine will flow, and you’ll be treated to songs and the marvellous Irish art of story-telling.

      Adult Price: €67.00

      City of the Tribes Walk and Dinner

      Join us on a stroll in the centre of the bustling medieval port of Galway. Then, we'll meet our local specialist who will enthral us with stories as we meander through the streets while taking in the main historical sights. Enjoy a hearty three-course meal with a choice of classic traditional Irish dishes. One drink will be included.

      Adult Price: €49.00

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (2 Nights) Day 4 - Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (2 Nights)

      The sheer Cliffs of Moher plunge dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean providing endless ocean views which we will have an opportunity to admire during a morning visit. Later, we cross the Shannon estuary by ferry to Killarney, our home for the next two nights. Spend the evening at leisure soaking up some unforgettable Irish craic or delve into the town's fascinating history and culture.

      Hotel

      Killarney Towers

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Killarney Towers

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Ring of Kerry Excursion Day 5 - Ring of Kerry Excursion

      Dramatic vistas are ours to enjoy today as we circle the achingly beautiful Ring of Kerry - one of the most scenic drives on the Emerald Isle. See a breathtaking landscape that has inspired poets, artists and writers for centuries before returning to Killarney where you have the rest of the afternoon to explore this quaint town on your terms. Or stop at Torc Waterfall for a leisurely guided walk with a Local Specialist taking you along the lakeshore and past the farmlands of the 19th century Muckross Estate. Please Note: This leisurely paced walk meanders over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. Walkers should wear good walking shoes for a stroll through picturesque surroundings.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Irish Ceilidh Evening

      The Irish Ceilidh epitomises how music and dance were enjoyed in rural Ireland, especially on festive occasions. The craic - welcoming, jolly, fun and informal - is accompanied with plenty of food and drink. There's no more enjoyable way to understand Irish culture.

      Adult Price: €65.00

      Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

      Enjoy a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourn-Vincent National Park. During your journey, your Local Specialist will share fascinating anecdotes about the area and Ireland.

      Adult Price: €21.00

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Killarney – Blarney – Kilkenny Day 6 - Killarney – Blarney – Kilkenny

      Kiss the famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle and receive the 'gift of the gab' before browsing through Blarney Woollen Mills for Irish gifts, warm Aran sweaters and Celtic jewellery. Travelling to County Kilkenny, we'll discover the 'lost' town of Newtown Jerpoint, founded in the 12th century and hear about the saint buried there who inspired the legend of Santa Claus centuries ago. Later, we meet local farmers Joe and Maeve O'Connell at their home, Belmore House, and hear the tale of the 'lost' town before indulging in a delicious Be My Guest dinner.

      Hotel

      Kilkenny

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Kilkenny

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Optional Experiences

      Sports and Music - Irish Style

      Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the ancient sport of hurling at a local pub. Moving outside, you’ll enjoy a live demonstration by village locals and even have a chance to try your hand at this game, said to be the oldest and fastest field sport in the world. Later, live music will greet you on returning to the pub.

      Adult Price: €27.00

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Kilkenny – Dublin Day 7 - Kilkenny – Dublin

      Visit Kilkenny Castle, an Anglo-Norman mansion that sits majestically over the River Nore. In the castle basement, you'll find the Butler Gallery, one of Ireland's most important art galleries outside of Dublin. Returning to the Irish capital, we'll visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells, said to be the world's most famous medieval manuscript. All that's left to say is a rousing sláinte or two while we enjoy a memorable Farewell Dinner at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, marking the end of a magnificent journey through the Emerald Isle.

      Hotel

      Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Depart Dublin Day 8 - Depart Dublin

      It's time to close the chapter on an unforgettable Irish holiday. We bid our newfound friends and Travel Director a fond farewell. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 8

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Travel to 12th century Ireland and explore the remains of the Lost Town of Newtown Jerpoint followed by a hearty Irish dinner with the O'Connells and a spot of Eton Mess

      • Cultural Insights
        Visit Strokestown Park House, a stately 18th century mansion with walled gardens and woodlands, home to the Irish National Famine Museum

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Dublin, Westport and Killarney

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        • City tour in Dublin and walking tour in Westport

        • Scenic cruise across the Shannon Estuary

        • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry

        • Orientation of Galway and Killarney

        • See Dublin's Georgian Squares

        • View St. Patrick's Cathedral, Galway Cathedral, the mountains of the Connemara and Torc Waterfall

        • Visit Strokestown Park House, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny Castle, Trinity College and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum


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      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 5 dinners
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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Ferry across the Shannon estuary

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • Services of a professional Irish Travel Director

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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