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Best of Ireland

10 Days 1 Country 18 Cities

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

"The itinerary was excellent"

Charles from Canada

About this trip

Our in-depth focus on Eire, this round-trip reveals how Ireland's landscapes determine its lifestyle, uniting popular essentials like kissing the Blarney Stone with unique meetings with local characters.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… foraging for wildflowers, free-growing herbs and seaweed on the untamed Atlantic shores near Lahinch, before taking them back to our Irish friend's restaurant to see how they're used in local dishes.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: IRBO

9 Nights

accommodation

15 Meals
  • 9 full breakfasts.

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

  • 5 dinners.

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Glesnevin Trust, Dublin, Ireland

Day 1

Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

Day 2

Dublin – Co. Wicklow – New Ross – Waterford

Blarney Castle, Co. Cork, Ireland

Day 3

Waterford – Youghal – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights)

Molls Gap, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 4

Ring of Kerry Excursion

King John

Day 5

Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – Adare – Limerick

Day 6

Limerick – Bunratty – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (2 Nights)

Kylemore Abbey, Co. Galway, Ireland

Day 7

Connemara Excursion

Donegal Castle, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Day 8

Galway – Knock – Donegal - Sligo

Hapenny Bridge, Dublin, Ireland

Day 9

Sligo – Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

Day 10

Depart Dublin

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. 2016 will be the 100 year anniversary of the Easter Uprising and you will hear stories about some of the brave characters from recent Irish history. Enjoy a Welcome Reception and get to know your fellow travellers.

Hotel

Ballsbridge

Meals

  • Welcome Reception
Glesnevin Trust, Dublin, Ireland

Day 1

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

Day 2

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
Blarney Castle, Co. Cork, Ireland

Day 3

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
Molls Gap, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 4

Day 5

Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – Adare – Limerick

Explore the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula with its small fishing towns and rugged landscape. Visit Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. Your orientation of Limerick includes views of St. Mary's Cathedral, King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone.

Hotel

Greenhills

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
King John

Day 5

Day 6

Limerick – Bunratty – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (2 Nights)

Explore Bunratty Castle and Folk Park dedicated to life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th century. Later arrive on the dramatic and rugged coast for a unique Be My Guest lunch experience which includes foraging for local wild plants before sitting down for a hearty lunch with spectacular views. 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.

Hotel

Connacht

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining
  • Dinner

Day 6

Day 7

Connemara Excursion

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 Connemara with its Twelve Bens mountain range 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. Arrive later in Galway where you have free time to view the cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
Kylemore Abbey, Co. Galway, Ireland

Day 7

Day 8

Galway – Knock – Donegal - Sligo

Heading north we 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

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
Donegal Castle, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Day 8

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

Ballsbridge

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner
Hapenny Bridge, Dublin, Ireland

Day 9

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
Dublin, Ireland

Day 10

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Dublin.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship to gain an insight into the plight of Irish Emigrants in the 1800's.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop.

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy foraging for food on the nearby beach before your home cooked lunch close to the town of Lahinch.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Trafalgar Cares
    Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Dublin You'll explore with an expert historian, who'll reveal the cemetery's importance to Irish history and explain how your visit helps fund its preservation.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • 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 the Cathedral of Galway and Donegal Castle

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 full breakfasts.

    • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

    • 5 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing


    Airport Transfers

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


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The Trafalgar Experience

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Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 65 Reviews

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    Service rating : Did not like where the hotel was in Limerick. Out in the middle of nowhere. No where to go on foot. Greenhills Hotel - the room we had was not particularly clean, out of date, beds uncomfortable. Breakfast was good. Did not eat evening meal there. Picked up a sandwich at a

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    Service rating : The travel director and driver was very informative and helpful.Would be good if the provided meals can allow families/couples to have a cosy setting rather than a large table group.Product : The best part of the trip was definitely the Be My Guest segment, there should be more

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    Service rating : The knowledge and insight into the culture by the Travel Director Janet was amazing. The sights chosen and optional tours brilliant. The only thing is don't they use facecloths in a few of the hotels. The travel Director Janet made my first experience of touring wonderful it went

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    Service rating : Very professional. We have a very good experience.Product : We have a wonderful time. Jill and Nick were very helpful with everything.

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    Service rating : Everything about the trip was great!Product : My first trip to Ireland was great

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