Irish Experience - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

12 days

from $2625 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Loved every minute of Ireland"
Michael , Jul 2014

This foray into the diversity of the North and the South of Ireland takes you inside the increasingly cool cities, like Dublin and Belfast, and much reported ‘emerald' countryside.

It's Insider moments like… taking your ticket to board a replica famine ship, joining ‘passengers' re-creating scenes from the 1840s – when people fled to escape the potato famine and became early Irish Americans.

Trip type:
Country Explorer
Trip code:
IREX

Large Map

Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    DEPART HOME

    Overnight flight to Dublin.

  • 2.

    ARRIVE DUBLIN AND AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING

    Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying the sights of Dublin. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon and see Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Specialist. Board a canal barge for a Welcome Reception of a light meal and drinks as you cruise along Dublin's 200 year old canals.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Mespil

  • 3.

    DUBLIN – BELFAST

    Head northwards to Northern Ireland and the bustling city of Belfast. Meet your Local Specialist 'Cabbie' for a trip through the city's living history in a Black Cab.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Stormont

  • 4.

    BELFAST – GIANT’S CAUSEWAY – LONDONDERRY/DERRY (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning, visit the birthplace of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre for a Cultural Insight into the world's most famous ship. Then continue your journey along the beautiful Antrim coast road past scenic glens and rugged beaches. Visit the Giant's Causeway, an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, a World Heritage site in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of the most iconic natural wonders in the United Kingdom.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Everglades

  • 5.

    LONDONDERRY/DERRY SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Walk along the 17th century city walls with your Local Specialist and see the street murals of the Bogside. Known as the People's Gallery, the murals depict the history of the ‘troubles'. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Consider joining an optional experience to the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

  • 6.

    LONDONDERRY/DERRY – BELLEEK – GALWAY (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel south through lush countryside to visit the Belleek Pottery visitor centre for a Cultural Insight demonstration to see the craftsmen at work. Arrive later in Galway where you have free time to view the cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Maldron/Pillo/Clayton

  • 7.

    CONNEMARA EXCURSION

    Take in the beauty of rugged Connemara with its loughs and mountainous landscape. The region was captured in the film ‘The Quiet Man' with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Later arrive at Kylemore Abbey, visit the country's most romantic castle and walk through the Victorian Walled Garden. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast, Dinner

  • 8.

    GALWAY – CLIFFS OF MOHER – LIMERICK – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and see the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Travel through County Clare to Limerick for views of St. Mary's Cathedral, King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone during your orientation of the city. See Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, before arriving at your hotel in Killarney. This evening, why not take in the ‘craic' at a traditional Irish ceilidh?

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    The Heights

  • 9.

    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 photographers delight. On your journey we will see Killorglin set on Dingle Bay, which was the location for the film, Ryan's Daughter. 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. Join your companions this evening for a Be My Guest dinner on a traditional Irish farm in Killarney.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

  • 10.

    KILLARNEY – BLARNEY – WATERFORD – KILKENNY

    Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney stone to attain the ‘gift of the gab'!  Pass Youghal en route to Waterford where you visit the house of Waterford Crystal and watch the master craftsmen at work during your Cultural Insight demonstration. Arrive later in Kilkenny and see the imposing 12th century castle.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Kilkenny

  • 11.

    KILKENNY – NEW ROSS – CO. WICKLOW – DUBLIN

    Visit New Ross and see the monument to John F. Kennedy, who visited his ancestral family hometown in 1963. Visit the three-masted famine ship Dunbrody and gain a Cultural Insight into the tragic plight of Irish emigration during the 1800's. Travel through the lush Irish countryside of County Wicklow known as the Garden of Ireland. This evening in Dublin, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

    Hotel

    Maldron Cardiff Lane

  • 12.

    DUBLIN - RETURN HOME

    Bid a fond farewell to your fellow travelers at the end of this wonderful Irish experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Be taken back in time with an engaging visit to a traditional working farm. Enjoy tales from the story teller and hear wonderful Irish music while you savour the local specialities including Irish stew and soda bread.
  • Cultural Insights

    Visit the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast.
    Visit the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre, home to one of the world's oldest working potteries.
    Visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop.
    Visit the three-masted barque Dunbrody, a replica of one of the original famine ships used during emigration from Ireland in the 1800's.
  • Local Specialists

    in Dublin and Londonderry/Derry and experience Belfast from the comfort of your dedicated Black Cab with expert ‘Cabbie' commentary.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Scenic drives along the Ring of Kerry
  • City tour of Dublin, Belfast and Derry/Londonderry
  • Orientation of Galway, Limerick and Waterford
  • View St Patrick's Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, Queens University in Belfast, the City Walls and Murals of Londonderry, mystical Connemara, the Cathedral of Galway, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick
  • Visit the Titanic Museum, the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Giant's Causeway, Belleek to see how the famous pottery is made, Kylemore Abbey, the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the ‘gift of the gab', the crystal showroom at Waterford and the famine ship in New Ross

Dining

  • 10 full breakfasts.
    5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Use of Trafalgar's London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions.
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your Trafalgar London hotel.
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Galway

  • Galway Castle Banquet

    Adult Price: €64.00 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.

Killarney

  • An Evening of Irish Music and Culture

    Adult Price: €63.00 Experience world-famous Irish hospitality while learning more about its customs and traditions. The evening starts off in the classroom with a Gaelic language lesson, followed by good food, music and stories. And it's rounded off with a dance lesson and a sing-along.
  • Visit Muckross House and its Gardens

    Adult Price: €20.00 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.
  • Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

    Adult Price: €20.00 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.

Belfast

  • Belfast Walk with Fish and Chips

    Adult Price: £46.00 What better way to soak up the atmosphere of this lively city than to join a local specialist for a stroll through its hidden side streets? We'll have an included drink in a historic pub and continue to a local restaurant for a quintessentially British meal; fish and chips.

Londonderry

  • Dinner and Drinks in Derry

    Adult Price: £41.00 Join us and the the rest of the group for a cosy and relaxing evening of dinner and a drink in a locally-loved restaurant.
  • Experience the Inishowen Peninsula

    Adult Price: £16.00 Enjoy a guided visit to the Inishowen Peninsula. This spectacular circuit will take you on a journey to the most north-western tip of Ireland. Here you'll visit Grianan Aileach, a circle stone fort which was the royal seat of the O'Neill clan, situated amongst spectacular views.

Kilkenny

  • Sports and Music - Irish Style

    Adult Price: €26.00 Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the ancient sport of hurling over a drink at the 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.
Prices & Availability
or Make an inquiry online

Alternatively call us on 800 352 4444 to speak to one of our experts.

Other trips recommended to you

You're visiting from Canada