Irish Highlights - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

8 days

from $1595 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful glimpse of Ireland"
Sue , Jun 2014

The fast-track to Ireland – this seven-day encounter with the southern side takes you from Dublin and back again, stopping at Waterford, Limerick and the scenic Ring of Kerry along the way.

It's Insider moments like… smelling slow-baked apple and carrot cake as you join a world-renowned chef, going beyond her cookery school into the heart of her home to try treasured family favourites like her mother's soda bread.

Trip type:
Country Explorer
Trip code:

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    Overnight flight to Dublin.

  • 2.


    Spend the morning relaxing or exploring this vibrant, friendly city. 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 your canal boat for a leisurely cruise along Dublin's 200 year old Grand Canal. Get to know your companions and Travel Director at an on-board Welcome Reception which includes a light evening meal and drinks.


    Welcome Reception


    Jurys Inn Parnell Street

  • 3.


    Travel through the lush countryside of County Wicklow – known as the Garden of Ireland. Then on through County Wexford before arriving in the town of New Ross. 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. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal for a Cultural Insight demonstration. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Full Breakfast,Dinner



  • 4.


    This morning, visit the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab'. Then travel through the colourful market town of Macroom and see the impressive Castle Arch. Once the gateway to Macroom Castle it is now almost all that remains. Cross the Kerry Mountains to Killarney, your home for the next two nights.


    Full Breakfast



  • 5.


    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. 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.


    Full Breakfast

  • 6.


    Take the ferry across the Shannon estuary to scenic County Clare. A picturesque coastal drive through the beautiful villages of Kilrush and Lahinch brings you to the Cliffs of Moher. See the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Visit Bunratty Castle and explore the Folk Park, a living museum dedicated to life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries. In Limerick, view King John's Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Treaty Stone during your orientation.


    Full Breakfast


    Radisson Blu

  • 7.


    This morning, head north to Galway. View the Cathedral and enjoy some free time in the city. Join your companions and Travel Director this evening for a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner, before continuing to your Dublin hotel.


    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining


    Jurys Inn Parnell Street

  • 8.


    Say goodbye after your unforgettable journey through the friendly Emerald Isle! Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    In the lush countryside surrounding Dublin we visit a beautiful old farmhouse. Meet the owner and her family and enjoy traditional Irish dishes. Wander through the herb garden or take in the breathtaking scenery around this unique home.
  • Cultural Insights

    Visit the three-masted barque Dunbrody, a replica of one of the original famine ships used during emigration from Ireland in the 1800's.
    Visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop.
  • Local Specialists

    in Dublin.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Scenic drive of the Ring of Kerry
  • City tour of Dublin
  • Orientation of Waterford, Limerick and Galway
  • View St Patricks Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick and the Cathedral of Galway
  • Visit the famine ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Youghal, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the ‘gift of the gab', Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Folk Park


  • 6 full Irish breakfasts.
    3 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest and three course dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Ferry across the Shannon Estuary.
  • 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
  • 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

Optional Experiences


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.


  • Irish Folk Fun

    Adult Price: €26.00 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, dance and play music for you.
  • Explore Waterford's History and Local Pub

    Adult Price: €22.00 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". Afterwards, we stop off for a drink in one of the area's oldest pubs for a pint or drink of your choice.


  • Irish Folk Theatre and Dinner

    Adult Price: €68.00 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.
  • 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.
  • Jaunting Carts and Cruise

    Adult Price: €34.00 Join us for a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourne-Vincent National Park to Ross castle.We've organised a special cruise on the largest lakes, where you'll get to enjoy hearing anecdotes from our Local Specialist.


  • Medieval Castle Banquet

    Adult Price: €66.00 Enjoy a banquet and medieval entertainment in the great hall of the castle. The court jester will make an appearance, as will the castle’s musicians and the ladies and gentlemen of the medieval court – giving you an evening you won’t forget.
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