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Enchanting Emerald Isle

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Old-world Ireland comes to life as you journey across the Emerald Isle on this Country Explorer trip.

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    • This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company and Celtic Specialists - Brendan Vacations.
    • St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated in Ireland on 11 March 2019 departure
    • Arrive in Dublin a day or two prior to the start of your Guided Holiday and begin exploring this exciting city on your own. Ask your Trafalgar Specialist for accommodation and private transfer prices.
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      • This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company and Celtic Specialists - Brendan Vacations.
      • St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated in Ireland on 11 March 2019 departure
      • Arrive in Dublin a day or two prior to the start of your Guided Holiday and begin exploring this exciting city on your own. Ask your Trafalgar Specialist for accommodation and private transfer prices.
      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia 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

      Centuries of Irish heritage and culture are revealed on this adventure across the windswept valleys of Ireland, from Dublin's Georgian Squares to the Anglo-Norman Kilkenny Castle on the Nore River.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: BRED

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      12 Meals
      • 7 full breakfasts

      • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • WALKING TOUR in Killarney National Park

        • CITY TOUR in Dublin and walking tour in Westport

        • ORIENTATION of Galway and Killarney

        • VISIT EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum, Strokestown Park House, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny Castle and Trinity College

        • SCENIC CRUISE across the Shannon Estuary

        • VIEW St. Patrick's Cathedral, Galway Cathedral, the mountains of the Connemara and Torc Waterfall

        • SEE Dublin's Georgian Squares

        • SCENIC DRIVE along the Ring of Kerry


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 5 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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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)

        • Ferry across the Shannon estuary

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • Services of a professional Travel Director

        • An expert Travel Director and professional 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


       

      Enchanting Emerald Isle

      Your Itinerary

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      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 1

      Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 2

      Dublin – Strokestown – Enniscrone

      Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

      Day 3

      Enniscrone – Westport – Galway

      Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland

      Day 4

      Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (2 Nights)

      Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry, Ireland

      Day 5

      Ring of Kerry Excursion

      Blarney Castle, Co. Cork, Ireland

      Day 6

      Killarney – Blarney – Kilkenny

      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 7

      Kilkenny – Dublin

      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 8

      Depart Dublin

      Day 1

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

      A warm welcome to Dublin, a modern multi-cultural city that embraces its past and exudes an enduring sense of fun. Meet your Local Specialist this afternoon for a guided city tour to view the elegant Georgian Squares and St. Patrick's Cathedral. A special Welcome Reception this evening sees you visiting EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum.

      Hotel

      Roganstown

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Roganstown

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Dublin – Strokestown – Enniscrone Day 2 - Dublin – Strokestown – Enniscrone

      Journey through the lush green countryside before your first stop at Strokestown where we will 'Dive Into Culture' at the Irish Famine Museum, delving into the stories of the 1840s famine. See the haunting pleas of starving tenants on the estate and the response they received, before continuing to Enniscrone.

      Hotel

      Ocean Sands

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Ocean Sands

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Irish Traditions and Song

      Tonight, you'll enjoy Irish hospitality in a cosy local pub. Experience the folk tradition and enjoy a drink while locals sing and play music for you.

      Adult Price: €27.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      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
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Enniscrone – Westport – Galway Day 3 - Enniscrone – Westport – Galway

      Travel to Westport and meet your Local Specialist for a walking tour during which you'll learn about the town's heritage - from its settlement 5,000 years ago to modern-day times. Visit the Benedictine monastery of Kylemore Abbey, set against the striking backdrop of Lake Kylemore, and stroll through its walled Victorian gardens. We continue to Galway, the 'City of Tribes', where we'll view Galway Cathedral and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

      Hotel

      Connacht

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Connacht

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      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
      (Price is subject to change)

      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
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (2 Nights) Day 4 - Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (2 Nights)

      The sheer Cliffs of Moher plunge dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean, providing endless ocean views which we'll have an opportunity to admire during a morning visit. Later, we cross the Shannon estuary by ferry to Killarney, our home for the next two nights. Spend a free evening soaking up some unforgettable Irish craic or delve into the town's centuries-old history.

      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

      Dramatic vistas are ours to enjoy as we circle the achingly beautiful Ring of Kerry - one of the most scenic drives on the Emerald Isle. See a soul-stirring landscape that has inspired poets, artists and writers for centuries, before returning to Killarney where you have the rest of the afternoon free to explore on your terms. Consider a leisurely guided walk at Torc Waterfall with a Local Specialist taking you along the lakeshore and past the farmlands of the 19th-century Muckross Estate. Please Note: This leisurely paced walk meanders over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. Walkers should wear good walking shoes for a stroll through picturesque surrounds.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Irish Ceilidh Evening

      The Irish Ceilidh epitomises how music and dance were enjoyed in rural Ireland, especially on festive occasions. The craic - welcoming, jolly, fun and informal - is accompanied with plenty of food and drink. There's no more enjoyable way to understand Irish culture.

      Adult Price: €65.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      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
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Killarney – Blarney – Kilkenny Day 6 - Killarney – Blarney – Kilkenny

      Kiss the famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle and receive the 'gift of the gab'. Travel to County Kilkenny to discover the 12th-century town of Newtown Jerpoint and hear about the saint buried there, who inspired the legend of Santa Claus. Later, we meet local farmers Joe and Maeve O'Connell at their home, Belmore House, to 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest dinner and hear the tale of the 'lost' town.

      Hotel

      Kilkenny

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Kilkenny

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Optional Experiences

      Sports and Music - Irish Style

      Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the ancient sport of hurling at a local 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.

      Adult Price: €27.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Kilkenny – Dublin Day 7 - Kilkenny – Dublin

      Visit Kilkenny Castle, an Anglo-Norman mansion that sits majestically over the Nore River. In the castle basement, you'll find the Butler Gallery, one of Ireland's most important art galleries outside of Dublin. Returning to the Irish capital, visit Trinity College and enjoy priority access to see the Book of Kells, said to be the world's most famous medieval manuscript. All that's left to say is a rousing sláinte or two while you indulge in a memorable Farewell Dinner, enjoying a fun night out at a classic public house in the city. Admire the authentic Victorian bar and walk up the original staircase from Trinity College, which was featured in the Michael Caine film 'Educating Rita'.

      Hotel

      Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Depart Dublin Day 8 - Depart Dublin

      It's time to close the chapter on an unforgettable Irish holiday. We bid our newfound friends and Travel Director a fond farewell. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 8

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Connect with Locals
        Travel to 12th-century Ireland and explore the remains of the Lost Town of Newtown Jerpoint followed by a hearty Irish Be My Guest dinner with the O'Connells and a spot of Eton Mess. (Day 6)

      • Dive into Culture
        Visit Strokestown Park House, a stately 18th-century mansion with walled gardens and woodlands, home to the Irish National Famine Museum. (Day 2)

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Dublin, Westport and Killarney

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        • WALKING TOUR in Killarney National Park

        • CITY TOUR in Dublin and walking tour in Westport

        • ORIENTATION of Galway and Killarney

        • VISIT EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum, Strokestown Park House, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny Castle and Trinity College

        • SCENIC CRUISE across the Shannon Estuary

        • VIEW St. Patrick's Cathedral, Galway Cathedral, the mountains of the Connemara and Torc Waterfall

        • SEE Dublin's Georgian Squares

        • SCENIC DRIVE along the Ring of Kerry


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      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 5 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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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)

        • Ferry across the Shannon estuary

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • Services of a professional Travel Director

        • An expert Travel Director and professional 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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