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Best of Ireland

10 Days 1 Country 19 Cities

See the jewels in Ireland's crown on this Country Explorer trip, passing through Dublin, Limerick and more.

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10 Days 1 Country 19 Cities

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      Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

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      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1.
      • * All prices are per person, double share.
      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
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      • 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

      Ravishingly beautiful and enchanting to explore, you'll soon learn why the Irish say if you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough… Visit the Ring of Kerry and unspoilt region of Western Ireland featured in John Wayne's 'The Quiet Man'. See the stronghold of the O'Donnell Clan and beautiful Dingle Peninsula, as well as Adare, one of Ireland's prettiest villages.


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      Trip code: IRBO

      9 Nights

      accommodation

      15 Meals
      • 9 full breakfasts

      • 5 dinners

      • 1 cream tea (Be My Guest)

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Dublin

        • Orientation of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Galway and Donegal

        • Visit the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, Famine Ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', Adare, Bunratty folk park, Cliffs of Moher, the rugged Burren, mystical Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, the Marian Shrine at Knock and County Donegal

        • View St. Patrick's Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick and Donegal Castle

        • See the Cathedral of Galway

        • Scenic drives along the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 full breakfasts

        • 5 dinners

        • 1 cream tea
          (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)

        • 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

        • 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


       

      Best of Ireland

      Your Itinerary

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      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 1

      Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

      Waterford Crystal, Co. Waterford, Ireland

      Day 2

      Dublin – Co. Wicklow – New Ross – Waterford

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      Waterford – Youghal – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights)

      Molls Gap, Co. Kerry, Ireland

      Day 4

      Ring of Kerry Excursion

      King John

      Day 5

      Killarney – Adare – Bunratty – Limerick

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      Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (2 Nights)

      Kylemore Abbey, Co. Galway, Ireland

      Day 7

      Connemara Excursion and High Tea at Westport House

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      Day 8

      Galway – Knock – Donegal – Sligo

      Hapenny Bridge, Dublin, Ireland

      Day 9

      Sligo – Dublin

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      Day 10

      Depart Dublin

      Day 1

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

      Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying the sights of Dublin. Later meet your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city with a Local Specialist. This evening visit Glasnevin Trust for an informative and poignant tour with a Local Specialist where you will hear stories about some of the brave characters from recent Irish history. Enjoy a Welcome Reception of drinks and canapés and get to know your fellow travellers.

      Hotel

      Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Dublin – Co. Wicklow – New Ross – Waterford Day 2 - Dublin – Co. Wicklow – New Ross – Waterford

      Head through scenic Co. Wicklow known as The Garden of Ireland and on to New Ross - the ancestral home town of John F. Kennedy. Visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship to gain a Cultural Insight into the plight of Irish Emigrants. Later arrive in Waterford and see how the famous crystal is crafted during your guided tour of the visitor centre to gain a Cultural Insight.

      Hotel

      Dooley's

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Dooley's

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Irish Folk Fun

      During this evening of entertainment, you'll get the chance to experience Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. Enjoy a drink while locals sing and play music for you.

      Adult Price: €27.00

      Explore Waterford's Viking History

      Join us in Waterford, where the history dates back as far as the Vikings. Your Local Specialist will bring the historic area to life through stories and anecdotes; one guest even described the trip as the "best history lesson ever".

      Adult Price: €17.00

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Waterford – Youghal – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights) Day 3 - Waterford – Youghal – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights)

      Travel via the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh. At Blarney, gain the 'gift of the gab' as you have a chance to kiss the famous stone. Arrive later in Killarney, your home for the next two nights.

      Hotel

      Dromhall

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Dromhall

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Ring of Kerry Excursion Day 4 - Ring of Kerry Excursion

      Today we experience Ireland's most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographer's delight. We will also see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      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

      Visit Muckross House and its Gardens

      Come with us to Muckross House and its beautiful gardens. With a backdrop of oak-clad mountains, enjoy taking in the towering azaleas and rhododendrons as you meander along the shores of the lakes. The 18th century house contains some wonderful examples of furniture and paintings, including a portrait of King James VI, for whom Shakespeare wrote Macbeth.

      Adult Price: €21.00

      Irish Folk Theatre and Dinner

      Join us as we embrace the folklore and spirit of old Ireland’s life and times, when even the most everyday chore would be celebrated. Siamsa Tire players will cast a charm you'll remember forever. Beforehand, enjoy a hearty Irish meal in a local restaurant. This experience will be offered for those trips that stay at Tralee.

      Adult Price: €69.00

      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

      Killarney – Adare – Bunratty – Limerick Day 5 - Killarney – Adare – Bunratty – Limerick

      Explore the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula with its beautiful beaches and rugged landscape. Later we travel to Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. Enjoy an included visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park dedicated to life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th century.

      Hotel

      Greenhills

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Greenhills

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Irish Ceilidh Evening

      Come along and experience the craic at a special ceilidh evening. Enjoy a drink and some local specialities, watch some traditional Irish dancing, and sing along to some familiar Irish melodies.

      Adult Price: €64.00

      Day 5

      Day 6

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

      This morning your orientation of Limerick includes views of St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone. Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and see the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Later arrive in Galway with free time to see the Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square.

      Hotel

      Connacht

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Connacht

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      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 6

      Day 7

      Connemara Excursion and High Tea at Westport House Day 7 - Connemara Excursion and High Tea at Westport House

      This unspoilt region of Western Ireland is captured in the film 'The Quiet Man' featuring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Today see the untouched landscape of the Connemara with its picturesque mountain ranges and golden beaches that stretch out into the Atlantic. During your scenic drive, stop at Kylemore Abbey for an included visit to the country's most romantic castle and walk through the Victorian Walled Garden. Travel on to Westport House for a memorable Be My Guest experience. Enjoy a welcome drink in the impressive drawing room which features James Wyatt's 19th century sky ceiling and an impressive original parquet floor. After a guided tour of the house you will be hosted for a High Tea.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner

      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

      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

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Galway – Knock – Donegal – Sligo Day 8 - Galway – Knock – Donegal – Sligo

      Heading north stop in the town of Knock to view the Marian Shrine. See the grave of Irish poet W.B. Yeats in the churchyard of Drumcliff. Visit the town of Donegal and view the castle which was once the stronghold of the O'Donnell Clan. Later arrive in Sligo.

      Hotel

      Clarion/Fitzwilton

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Clarion/Fitzwilton

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      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

      Scenic Drive And Dinner

      This evening you’ll discover the beauty of the land, as we take a scenic drive off the beaten track. Later, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant with a choice of drink included.

      Adult Price: €45.00

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Sligo – Dublin Day 9 - Sligo – Dublin

      Travel back to Dublin where you will have time to explore this lively city. Walk down Grafton Street and see the street performers and musicians or walk the banks of the River Liffey and cross the Ha’penny Bridge. Tonight join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.

      Hotel

      Clayton Leopardstown

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Clayton Leopardstown

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Depart Dublin Day 10 - Depart Dublin

      After a hearty Irish breakfast, say farewell to your Travel Director and fellow travellers as your Irish holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 10

      Available Departures

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Enjoy a traditional High Tea hosted in the Drawing Room of a stately 16th century home near the charming town of Westport

      • Cultural Insights
        Explore the tragic history of Ireland's famine emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, a replica of one of the original famine ships used in the 1800s, and learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Dublin

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Join Trafalgar
        Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow - Visit to the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum in Dublin, where an expert historian will reveal the cemetery's importance to Irish history and explain how your visit helps fund its preservation.

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        • City tour in Dublin

        • Orientation of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Galway and Donegal

        • Visit the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, Famine Ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', Adare, Bunratty folk park, Cliffs of Moher, the rugged Burren, mystical Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, the Marian Shrine at Knock and County Donegal

        • View St. Patrick's Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick and Donegal Castle

        • See the Cathedral of Galway

        • Scenic drives along the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula


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      Dining

        • 9 full breakfasts

        • 5 dinners

        • 1 cream tea
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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

        • 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 : This was a first class tour. Great tour director that took care of everything. Accommodations were well organized with luggage delivered and picked up at every time. Very good itinerary that showed us a lot of the Irish experience, history, and culture. Enjoyed the people on the

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        Service rating : We thoroughly enjoyed our Best of Ireland tour. Our tour director Daren Blake is exceptional ! He has a vast knowledge of the culture, history and location of events in Ireland as only a native can relate. The only thing I would like to see is more time to spend at each of the

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        Service rating : Very well planned itinerary. Travel director is awesome. All the experiences were well thought through. Hotel accommodations were excellent. Food was great.Product : Very well planned. Just right pace.

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        Service rating : Director and Coach Driver were excellent some of the hotels and restaurants left a little to be desired. One restaurant was so crowded with two bus tours at once that the noise was horrendous. Food was good. One or two hotels were not ready for us even though Director had

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