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Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle

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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 flights to arrive on or before Day 1.
      • Room Type: Triple Rooms are not available on this trip.
      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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, 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

      Board 'The Isle of Innisfree', across the shimmering Lough Corrib to elegant Ashford Castle, once home to the famous Guinness family and the highlight of your iconic journey.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: BRAC

      9 Nights

      accommodation

      16 Meals
      • 9 full breakfasts

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      • 6 dinners

      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

        • ORIENTATION of Killarney and Galway

        • VISIT Powerscourt Gardens, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College in Dublin, Blarney Castle, Torc Waterfall, the Cliffs of Moher and Kylemore Abbey

        • SCENIC CRUISE on Lough Corrib

        • VIEW Galway Cathedral

        • SEE Dublin's Georgian Squares

        • SCENIC DRIVE around the Ring of Kerry


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 full breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 6 dinners


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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 Trip Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver

        • Services of a professional 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

      Your Itinerary

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      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 1

      Arrive Dublin (2 Nights)

      St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland

      Day 2

      Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time

      Dublin, 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

      Galway Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland

      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

      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 9

      Ashford Castle – 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 soul-stirring landscapes. We kick off our epic journey along the walled gardens and rambling walks of Powerscourt Gardens - its sweeping terraces, ornamental lakes and over 200 varieties 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 and Free Time Day 2 - Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time

      Lyrics and legends await this morning as we join a Local Specialist on a 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 and enjoy priority access to see the 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

      Optional Experiences

      Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

      Enjoy an evening of fine food and non-stop fun as Ireland’s history unfolds in a cabaret of comedy, song and dance. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the show, all in the spirit of Irish humour. And you’ll even be served an Irish coffee to round off your dinner.

      Adult Price: €71.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Dinner in Dublin City

      Come to one of Dublin's most locally-loved restaurant-pubs. You'll enjoy dinner and charming hospitality that this part of the world is renowned for.

      Adult Price: €45.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 2

      Day 3

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

      We leave the 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 which are said to be the final resting place of St. Nicholas. Later, you'll join the O'Connells at their home, Belmore House. Embrace the peaceful rural setting - the perfect backdrop to 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest lunch. Inspired by Irish food and the warmth of our hosts, we continue south to the lively city of Cork, enjoying a free evening to discover its sights, sounds and flavours.

      Hotel

      Maldron Shandon

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      Maldron Shandon

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Optional Experiences

      Evening of Irish Entertainment with Pub Supper

      Tonight, we'll travel by coach to a local pub for an evening of Irish entertainment with local musicians/singers including a good hearty Pub Supper.

      Adult Price: €48.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      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

      Optional Experiences

      Gaelic Roots

      A tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance, Gaelic roots showcases Ireland at its best. Using traditional instruments, Irish dance and time-honoured folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.

      Adult Price: €34.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Ring of Kerry Excursion Day 5 - Ring of Kerry Excursion

      Spend a leisurely morning exploring Killarney or join a Local Specialist for a scenic guided walk at Torc Waterfall, strolling over wooden paths and lakeshore trails. Circle the scenic Ring of Kerry admiring its famous "forty shades of green" and seeing first-hand the scenic landscapes that have inspired writers and poets for centuries. 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)

      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 extraordinary feature of the famous Wild Atlantic Way. Admire the dramatic cliffs that rise 200 metres above the pounding Atlantic and survey the endless ocean views. We continue to Galway for a two-night stay.

      Hotel

      Maldron Sandy Road

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Maldron Sandy Road

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Irish Pub Culture and Song

      Tonight we'll get the chance to experience Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. We'll enjoy a drink while talented locals sing and play traditional Irish music.

      Adult Price: €27.00
      (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 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 immortalised in John Wayne's 'The Quiet Man'. We'll visit Kylemore Abbey, and ramble through its exquisite Victorian walled garden, then 'Dive Into Culture' at the Connemara Marble Factory, watching master craftsmen carve Connemara marble.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Galway – Ashford Castle Day 8 - Galway – Ashford Castle

      This morning enjoy an orientation tour including views of the stone Cathedral in Galway. 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 the peaceful waters. Upon disembarking, a lone piper will escort you over the drawbridge to Ashford Castle, one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories', 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

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Ashford Castle

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Ashford Castle – Dublin Day 9 - Ashford Castle – 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. This evening, it's time to reminisce over shared memories at a delicious Farewell Dinner.

      Hotel

      Maldron Parnell Square

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Maldron Parnell Square

      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

      • 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 lunch with the O'Connells and a spot of Eton Mess. (Day 3)

      • Stays with Stories
        Dating back to 1228, iconic Ashford Castle has housed earls, princes and the dynastic Guinness family. Recently reopened after refurbishment, this award-winning hotel is one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories' and is owned and operated by our sister company, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. (Day 8)

      • Dive into Culture
        Visit a Connemara Marble factory to see how this vivid green-coloured stone has been crafted into jewellery and figurines for generations. (Day 7)

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

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        • VISIT Powerscourt Gardens, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College in Dublin, Blarney Castle, Torc Waterfall, the Cliffs of Moher and Kylemore Abbey

        • SCENIC CRUISE on Lough Corrib

        • VIEW Galway Cathedral

        • SEE Dublin's Georgian Squares

        • SCENIC DRIVE around the Ring of Kerry


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        • 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

        • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver

        • Services of a professional Travel Director

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


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