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Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle

10 Days 1 Country 4 Cities

Spend a night in stately Ashford Castle during this leisurely Country Explorer trip.

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      • This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company and Celtic Specialists - Brendan Vacations.
      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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. 

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      About this trip

      Board 'The Isle of Innisfree' across the shimmering Lough Corrib to 13th century Ashford Castle, once home to the famous Guinness family and the highlight of your iconic journey which also includes visits to a deserted 12th century town in County Kilkenny, the rugged realm of Connemara and forty shades of green in the Ring of Kerry.


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      Trip code: BRAC

      9 Nights

      accommodation

      16 Meals
      • 9 full breakfasts

      • 6 dinners

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Dublin and Kinsale

        • Scenic cruise on Lough Corrib

        • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry

        • Orientation of Killarney and Galway

        • See Dublin's Georgian Squares and Phoenix Park

        • View Galway Cathedral

        • Visit Powerscourt Gardens, 'Epic Ireland' visitor experience, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College in Dublin, Blarney Castle, Torc Waterfall, the Cliffs of Moher and Kylemore Abbey


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 full breakfasts

        • 6 dinners

        • 1 lunch
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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)

        • 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

        • Services of a professional Irish Travel Director

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • 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


       

      Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle

      Your Itinerary

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      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 1

      Arrive Dublin (2 Nights)

      Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

      Day 2

      Dublin Sightseeing

      Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland

      Day 3

      Dublin – Co. Kilkenny – Kinsale

      Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry, Ireland

      Day 4

      Kinsale – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights)

      Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry, Ireland

      Day 5

      Ring of Kerry Excursion

      Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

      Day 6

      Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Connemara (2 Nights)

      Kylemore Abbey, Co. Galway, Ireland

      Day 7

      Connemara Excursion

      Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo, Ireland

      Day 8

      Connemara – Ashford Castle (Cong)

      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 9

      Cong – Dublin

      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 10

      Depart Dublin

      Day 1

      Arrive Dublin (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Dublin (2 Nights)

      Welcome to the Emerald Isle. This afternoon drive south to Powerscourt Gardens. These spectacular gardens first began to take shape in the 1740s. The superb blend of sweeping terraces, fine statuary and ornamental lakes together with secret hollows, rambling walks, walled gardens and over 200 variations of trees and shrubs are a delight to behold. Together they form one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland. Returning to Dublin, raise a glass over a light meal at an exclusive Welcome Reception at 'Epic Ireland' which tells the story of the 10 million people who left the island of Ireland.

      Hotel

      Sandymount

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Sandymount

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Dublin Sightseeing Day 2 - Dublin Sightseeing

      This morning, a Local Specialist takes you on a city tour. You'll visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, where Jonathan Swift was once Dean. Then on to admire the colourful doorways in stately Georgian Squares and stroll along the cobbled courtyard of Trinity College to see the ornate Book of Kells. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore this welcoming city at your own pace.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

      Enjoy an evening of fine food and non-stop fun as Ireland’s history unfolds in a cabaret of comedy, song and dance. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the show, all in the spirit of Irish humour. And you’ll even be served an Irish coffee to round off your dinner.

      Adult Price: €71.00

      Dinner in Dublin City

      Come to one of Dublin's most locally-loved restaurant-pubs. You'll enjoy dinner and charming hospitality that this part of the world is renowned for.

      Adult Price: €45.00

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Dublin – Co. Kilkenny – Kinsale Day 3 - Dublin – Co. Kilkenny – Kinsale

      Leave the city life behind as you travel to County Kilkenny. Visit Newtown Jerpoint, one of Ireland's best surviving examples of a deserted, 12th century medieval town and reputedly the final resting place of St. Nicholas. Then relish a Be My Guest lunch with Joe and Maeve O'Connell at their home, Belmore House. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this rural setting and be ready for a few surprises. Continue south to picturesque Kinsale, hailed as the "Gourmet Capital of Ireland". Your evening is free and there's no shortage of cafés, pubs, and restaurants to explore.

      Hotel

      MacDonalds

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      MacDonalds

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Kinsale – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights) Day 4 - Kinsale – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights)

      Meet a Local Specialist this morning for a walking tour of the historic town of Kinsale. On to Blarney Castle to kiss the fabled Stone that bestows the "gift of the gab". Then head west to Killarney, the gateway to magnificent Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry.

      Hotel

      Killarney Towers

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Killarney Towers

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Celtic Steps

      Enjoy a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians and showcasing the music of Kerry and beyond.

      Adult Price: €36.00

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Ring of Kerry Excursion Day 5 - Ring of Kerry Excursion

      Enjoy a relaxing morning and free time in Killarney or you can join a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk at Torc Waterfall. Later take in views of the famous "forty shades of green" as you travel around the Ring of Kerry. This unspoiled area has inspired artists and poets for centuries. Please Note: This leisurely paced walk meanders over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. Walkers should wear good walking shoes for a stroll through picturesque surrounds.

      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

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Connemara (2 Nights) Day 6 - Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Connemara (2 Nights)

      Traveling north, stop for a walk along the iconic Cliffs of Moher which make up part of a tourism trail on the West Coast called the Wild Atlantic Way. These dramatic cliffs rise some 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic. The views of endless ocean are awe-inspiring. The next stop is Galway for an orientation of the city including impressive Galway Cathedral. End the day in Connemara.

      Hotel

      Connemara Coast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Connemara Coast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Trad on the Prom

      The best in Irish dancing from the most-awarded performers in Ireland. Combined with some of Ireland's best musical talent, this show is truly "can’t miss".

      Adult Price: €37.00

      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 6

      Day 7

      Connemara Excursion Day 7 - Connemara Excursion

      Discover why some consider this rugged realm of mountains, lakes, rivers and little towns to be the real emerald of Ireland. Stop for a visit to Kylemore Abbey with its beautiful lakeside setting, then gain a Cultural Insight at the Connemara Marble Factory, crafters of Connemara marble for generations.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      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 7

      Day 8

      Connemara – Ashford Castle (Cong) Day 8 - Connemara – Ashford Castle (Cong)

      Board 'The Isle of Innisfree' for an exclusive cruise on shimmering Lough Corrib. Captain Patrick, Ashford Castle's Local Specialist, will share his local knowledge as you glide through the peaceful waters. Disembarking, a lone piper will escort you over the drawbridge to Ashford Castle. Tonight gather in the castle's sumptuous restaurant for an elegantly royal dining experience (gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket).

      Hotel

      Ashford Castle Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Ashford Castle Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Cong – Dublin Day 9 - Cong – Dublin

      Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a stroll on the estate before returning to Dublin. The afternoon is free for last-minute shopping or sightseeing on your own. This evening celebrate a memorable trip as you relish a delicious Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

      Hotel

      Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Depart Dublin Day 10 - Depart Dublin

      You will be transferred to Dublin Airport where your holiday must come to an end. Slán go fóill - goodbye until we meet again! Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 10

      Available Departures

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Authentic Accommodation
        Dating back to 1228, iconic Ashford Castle has housed earls, princes and the dynastic Guinness family. Recently reopened after refurbishment, this award-winning Authentic Accommodation is owned and operated by our sister company, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

      • 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 a Connemara Marble factory to see how this vivid green-coloured stone has been crafted into jewellery and figurines for generations

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Dublin, Kinsale, Killarney and Ashford Castle

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        • City tour in Dublin and Kinsale

        • Scenic cruise on Lough Corrib

        • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry

        • Orientation of Killarney and Galway

        • See Dublin's Georgian Squares and Phoenix Park

        • View Galway Cathedral

        • Visit Powerscourt Gardens, 'Epic Ireland' visitor experience, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College in Dublin, Blarney Castle, Torc Waterfall, the Cliffs of Moher and Kylemore Abbey


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      Dining

        • 9 full breakfasts

        • 6 dinners

        • 1 lunch
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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)

        • 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

        • Services of a professional Irish Travel Director

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • 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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        Service rating : The last day we were forced to wait 5 hours at the airport because the director only ran three trips to the airport. 6:30, 7:30 and 10:30. The bus driver said that he would have taken us around 8:45 but the director limited his trips to the airport. The airport was 30-40 min

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        Service rating : Booked under Trafalgar but was Brenden tour....bus not as nice, first time on that tour for director. This was our 8th tour with Trafalgar and could definitely tell the difference.Product : some destinations outstanding, some seemed to just fill in time

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        Service rating : Too often we were unable to actually enjoy our stops due to mass of people or places would be closed when we got there. Often limited time or space to get lunches. One day it was pouring and we were dropped off with almost 0 options. Tour director was extremely knowledgeable

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        Sono stata molto soddisfatta dell'assistenza avuta tramite e-mail.La guida era molto competente e simpatica, molto bravo e gentilissimo l'autista del pullman.

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