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Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle

10 Days 1 Country 5 Cities

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

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

      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

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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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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. 

      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.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      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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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Dublin

        • Scenic cruise on Lough Corrib

        • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry

        • Orientation of Killarney and Galway

        • See Dublin's Georgian Squares

        • View Galway Cathedral

        • Visit 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
          (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

        • 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


       

      Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle

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      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 1

      Arrive Dublin (2 Nights)

      St. Patrick

      Day 2

      Dublin Sightseeing

      Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland

      Day 3

      Dublin – Co. Kilkenny – Cork

      Blarney Castle, Co. Cork, Ireland

      Day 4

      Cork – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights)

      Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry, Ireland

      Day 5

      Ring of Kerry Excursion

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      Day 6

      Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (2 Nights)

      Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

      Day 7

      Connemara Excursion

      Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo, Ireland

      Day 8

      Galway – 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)

      The Emerald Isle puts its best foot forward in this iconic exploration of its breathtaking landscapes and whimsical charm. We kick off our epic journey along the walled gardens and rambling walks of Powerscourt Gardens - its sweeping terraces, ornamental lakes and over 200 variations of trees and shrubs ensure it befits its status as one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland. Enjoy a Welcome Reception this evening to get to know your fellow travellers.

      Hotel

      Clayton Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Clayton Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Dublin Sightseeing Day 2 - Dublin Sightseeing

      Lyrics and legends await this morning as we join a Local Specialist on a fascinating city tour to visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, where Jonathan Swift was once installed as Dean. We admire the colourful doorways in the stately Georgian Squares and stroll along the cobbled courtyard of Trinity College to see the ornate Book of Kells. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to soak up the charisma of this city. Wander along Grafton Street and see its lively performers, stop for a pint of the 'Black Stuff' in Temple Bar or relax in the 'Playground of Dublin', Phoenix Park.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

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

      We leave the bright lights and warm hospitality of Dublin behind for County Kilkenny where we delve into the history of a 'lost' medieval town - Newtown Jerpoint. Take a step back in time to the 12th century and wander through its remains that are said to be the final resting place of St. Nicholas, before joining the O'Connells at their home, Belmore House. Embrace the peaceful rural setting - the perfect backdrop to a traditional Irish Be My Guest lunch. Inspired by Irish food and the warmth of the locals, we continue south to the lively city of Cork, enjoying an evening at leisure to discover its sights, sounds and flavours.

      Hotel

      The Kingsley

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      The Kingsley

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 3

      Day 4

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

      Head to Blarney in pursuit of the 'gift of the gab'. Kiss the fabled Stone then head west to the lakeside setting of Killarney, our springboard to the enduring beauty of the Ring of Kerry.

      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

      Spend a leisurely morning exploring charming Killarney or join a Local Specialist for a scenic guided walk at Torc Waterfall, meandering over wooden paths and lakeshore trails. Circle the scenic Ring of Kerry admiring its famous "forty shades of green" and seeing first-hand the breathtaking landscapes that have inspired writers and poets for centuries. Please Note: This leisurely paced walk meanders over wooden paths and lakeshore trails. Walkers should wear good walking shoes for a stroll through picturesque surroundings.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 5

      Day 6

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

      Our up-close encounter with Ireland's ravishing beauty not yet at its end, we journey north stopping for a walk along the iconic Cliffs of Moher, an iconic feature of the famous Wild Atlantic Way. Admire the dramatic cliffs that rise some 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic and the endless ocean views you will see from its midst. We continue to Galway, where we enjoy an orientation tour including views of the stone Cathedral.

      Hotel

      Maldron Sandy Road

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Maldron Sandy Road

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Connemara Excursion Day 7 - Connemara Excursion

      A rugged realm of mountains, lakes, rivers and villages provides a stunning backdrop for our leisurely drive through Connemara - an unspoilt region of Western Ireland that was immortalised in John Wayne's 'The Quiet Man'. We'll visit Kylemore Abbey, and ramble through its exquisite Victorian walled garden, then gain a Cultural Insight at the Connemara Marble Factory, to see the craft of Connemara marble first-hand.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 7

      Day 8

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

      Enjoy a regal encounter with Ireland today. 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 its peaceful waters. Disembarking, a lone piper will escort you over the drawbridge to Ashford Castle where tonight you will dine as lords and ladies at an elegant 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

      Indulge in the sumptuous surrounds of Ashford Castle. Stroll around its exquisite estate and admire its lavish interiors before you return to Dublin. Spend the rest of the afternoon delving into the centuries-old history of the Irish capital and its old-world charm. This evening, it's time to reminisce over shared memories at 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

      As the curtain falls on a memorable journey with new friends, we say a fond slán go fóill to Dublin and the Emerald Isle. 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 Insight
        Visit a Connemara Marble factory to see how this vivid green-coloured stone has been crafted into jewellery and figurines for generations

      • Hidden Treasure
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

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

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      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Dublin

        • Scenic cruise on Lough Corrib

        • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry

        • Orientation of Killarney and Galway

        • See Dublin's Georgian Squares

        • View Galway Cathedral

        • Visit 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
          (Be My Guest)


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      What's Included

      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

        • 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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        Service rating : We stayed at great hotels, had a very knowledgeable tour guide and an excellent bus driver. The tour was great and we saw just about everything we wanted. I would definitely take another Trafalgar trip and would recommend them to others.Product : The tour was great. We went all

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        Service rating : Iconic Ireland was filled with cultural experiences and spectacular scenery.Product : Ashford Castle was the pinnacle of the trip

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        Service rating : The tour director Sally Creegan was an absolute angel. She was extremely pleasant & went above and beyond to keep us having fun & learning about Ireland. Ben our bus driver was excellent also. They are perfect.Product : Saw a good bit of the best sites in Ireland. Was a very

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        We enjoyed our trip to Ireland this year, we look forward to using Trafalgar for another trip in the near future!

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        Service rating : Everything was so carefully planned and managed for us that we could all relax and enjoy the tour. Great job!Product : Nice mix of activities, with plenty to do and see each day and a reasonable amount of travel time. Pace was usually relaxing, and time on the coach was itself

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