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Castles and Manors

8 Days 1 Country 2 Cities

A complete circle of Ireland including fairy tale castle and manor house stays.

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    • Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.
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      • Shared Rooming: Room Share is 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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

      Visit Dublin, the wild Cliffs of Moher and the island's 'emerald' countryside. See the wilderness of Connemara and stay in Galway's Abbeyglen Castle, built for a fearsome pirate queen.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: BRCM

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      12 Meals
      • 7 full breakfasts

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      • 4 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 Irish National Stud, Rock of Cashel, Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey and and the National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park

        • VIEW Torc Waterfall and the grave of W.B. Yeats in Drumcliff

        • SEE Dublin's Georgian Squares

        • SCENIC DRIVE around the Ring of Kerry and through Connemara


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 4 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

        • Services of a professional Irish Travel Director

        • An expert Travel Director and a 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


       

      Castles and Manors

      Your Itinerary

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      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 1

      Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 2

      Dublin – Kildare – Cashel – Killarney (2 Nights)

      Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry, Ireland

      Day 3

      Ring of Kerry Excursion

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      Day 4

      Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Connemara (2 Nights)

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      Day 5

      Connemara Excursion

      Galway Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland

      Day 6

      Connemara – Westport – Roscommon

      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 7

      Roscommon – Strokestown – Dublin

      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 8

      Depart Dublin

      Day 1

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

      Set your watch to the lively pace of Ireland's capital city - the springboard for your in-depth journey through the lush landscapes and enduring allure of Ireland. Our exploration of Dublin with a Local Specialist will see us view St. Patrick's Cathedral and the colourful Georgian Squares. Spend some time at leisure exploring Dublin's pretty streets before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception celebrating traditional Irish flavours.

      Hotel

      Clayton Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Clayton Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Dublin – Kildare – Cashel – Killarney (2 Nights) Day 2 - Dublin – Kildare – Cashel – Killarney (2 Nights)

      We traverse picturesque landscapes to Kildare. 'Dive Into Culture' and delve into Ireland's thoroughbred industry at the Irish National Stud. We'll have a rare opportunity to see the foaling unit, museum and of course the magnificent stallions that continue to make racing history. Our journey south brings us to the haunt of St. Patrick and the spectacular Rock of Cashel, where we will view its majestic ecclesiastical ruins with a Local Specialist. We continue to Killarney and enjoy an evening at leisure to soak up the lively atmosphere of one of Ireland's friendliest towns. Our home tonight is one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - Great Southern, a Victorian-styled hotel built over 160 years ago.

      Hotel

      Great Southern

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Great Southern

      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 2

      Day 3

      Ring of Kerry Excursion Day 3 - Ring of Kerry Excursion

      Enjoy a slow start to your morning, joining a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk at Torc Waterfall, strolling over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. We embark on an epic drive next, exploring the enduring beauty of the Ring of Kerry whose enchanting coastal landscapes have inspired writers and poets for centuries.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      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)

      Celtic Steps

      Enjoy a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians and showcasing the music of Kerry and beyond.

      Adult Price: €36.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 3

      Day 4

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

      The beautiful views continue as we visit the Cliffs of Moher that rise imposingly from the Atlantic, over 200 metres above the waters below. Continue to County Galway and visit the Connemara Marble artisan workshop, where you'll 'Dive into Culture' and witness first-hand how this famous green jade-like marble is carved. Your home for the next two nights is one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories', the spectacular Abbeyglen Castle.

      Hotel

      Abbeyglen Castle

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Abbeyglen Castle

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Connemara Excursion Day 5 - Connemara Excursion

      Drive through the "savage beauty" of Connemara, as described by Oscar Wilde who was inspired by the region's craggy mountains, shimmering lakes and endless shades of green. We visit Kylemore Abbey, a magnificent castellated structure built as a family home and now inhabited by a group of Benedictine nuns. Venture into the secret nooks and crannies of its extensive walled Victorian garden, before returning to your castle accommodation for a delicious dinner.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Connemara – Westport – Roscommon Day 6 - Connemara – Westport – Roscommon

      Our journey takes us to Westport House where we'll 'Connect With Locals' and indulge in a memorable Be My Guest lunch with tales of the Pirate Queen, and enjoy Banoffee and Baileys flavours in the Drawing Room of this stately 18th-century home. We continue to Roscommon, where our hotel this evening is one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - Kilronan Castle Hotel, the ancestral home of the Tenison family and legendary Colonel King Tenison. A leisurely afternoon could see you take a relaxing cruise on the Shannon River.

      Hotel

      Kilronan Castle

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      Kilronan Castle

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Optional Experiences

      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 6

      Day 7

      Roscommon – Strokestown – Dublin Day 7 - Roscommon – Strokestown – Dublin

      Our first stop today is Strokestown where we'll 'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into Ireland's tragic potato famine history. Learn about the plight of starving Irish tenants, many of whom died or emigrated to the New World in the 1840s. This evening we return to Dublin for a Farewell Dinner celebrating an intimate encounter with the natural beauty and fascinating heritage of Ireland.

      Hotel

      Clayton Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Clayton Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Depart Dublin Day 8 - Depart Dublin

      We say a fond farewell to our newfound friends and Dublin today. You will be transferred to the airport, where your journey through the Emerald Isle comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 8

      Available Departures

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Connect with Locals
        Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest lunch hosted in the Drawing Room of a stately 18th-century home near the charming town of Westport. (Day 6)

      • Stays with Stories
        In Killarney you will be accommodated at the Great Southern Hotel in the Town Centre. Unlimited, free rail travel for Lord Kenmore was the clincher to acquire the land needed for this Authentic Accommodation built over 160 years ago. Its prime central position next to the train station, and marvellous Victorian features have ensured enduring popularity. (Day 2)
        Abbeyglen Castle, built in 1832 by John d'Arcy of Clifden Castle, Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is located along the famous Sky Road, overlooking the pretty village of Clifden.(Day 4)
        Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa, Co. set in green meadows and an ancient forest, Kilronan Castle - the ancestral home of the Tenison family - prides itself on its royal roots. (Day 6)

      • Dive into Culture
        Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm. (Day 2)
        Visit a Connemara Marble factory to see how this stone is crafted into jewellery and figurines. (Day 4)
        Visit the Irish National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park House, a stately 18th-century mansion. (Day 7)

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Dublin, Cashel, Killarney and Sligo

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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 Irish National Stud, Rock of Cashel, Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey and and the National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park

        • VIEW Torc Waterfall and the grave of W.B. Yeats in Drumcliff

        • SEE Dublin's Georgian Squares

        • SCENIC DRIVE around the Ring of Kerry and through Connemara


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 4 dinners


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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 Trip Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • Services of a professional Irish Travel Director

        • An expert Travel Director and a 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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