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Irish Experience

11 Days 2 Countries 5 Cities

Dublin and Belfast feature in this Regional Explorer trip that journeys through the North and South of Ireland.

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      About this trip

      Encounter the natural wonders of the Giant's Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher. Meet a local Cabbie in Belfast, visit Kylemore Abbey and travel through the lush Garden of Ireland, County Wicklow.


      Trip type: Regional Explorer i

      Trip code: IREX

      10 Nights

      accommodation

      16 Meals
      • 10 full breakfasts

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      • 5 dinners

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CITY TOUR in Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry

        • ORIENTATION of Galway and Waterford

        • VISIT the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, 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

        • VIEW St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Queens University in Belfast, the City Walls and Murals of Londonderry, Connemara and the Cathedral of Galway

        • SCENIC DRIVE along the Ring of Kerry


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 10 full breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 5 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

        • 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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      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 1

      Arrive Dublin and Afternoon Sightseeing

      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 2

      Dublin – Belfast

      Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland

      Day 3

      Belfast – Giant’s Causeway – Londonderry/Derry (2 Nights)

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      Day 4

      Londonderry/Derry Sightseeing and Free Time

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      Day 5

      Londonderry/Derry – Belleek – County Galway (2 Nights)

      Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

      Day 6

      Connemara Excursion

      Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland

      Day 7

      County Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Shannon Estuary Ferry – Killarney (2 Nights)

      Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry, Ireland

      Day 8

      Ring of Kerry Excursion

      Waterford Crystal, Co. Waterford, Ireland

      Day 9

      Killarney – Blarney – Waterford – Kilkenny

      Powerscourt Gardens, Ireland

      Day 10

      Kilkenny – New Ross – Co. Wicklow – Dublin

      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 11

      Depart Dublin

      Day 1

      Arrive Dublin and Afternoon Sightseeing Day 1 - Arrive Dublin and Afternoon Sightseeing

      Embrace your playful side and discover the allure of the lively Irish capital - a small city with a lot of heart and yours to explore before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon for a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. View St. Patrick's Cathedral, the stately Georgian Squares and Trinity College. We enjoy a Welcome Reception of canapés and drinks this evening, joining a Local Specialist at the Glasnevin Trust to hear about the brave characters from Ireland's recent history and hear how our visit 'Makes A Difference' to the Trust's efforts to preserve Irish history.

      Hotel

      Mespil

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Mespil

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Dublin – Belfast Day 2 - Dublin – Belfast

      Leaving the cosmopolitan streets of Dublin behind, we travel to Northern Ireland and the bustling city of Belfast, where you will have some free time to enjoy a spud for lunch or perhaps an Irish stew. Later, we meet our Local Specialist 'Cabbie' for an insider view of the city's living history during a journey through its vibrant streets in a real Black Cab. We spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps join an Optional Experience.

      Hotel

      Park Inn

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Park Inn

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Belfast Walk with Fish and Chips

      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 traditional meal; fish and chips.

      Adult Price: £39.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Belfast – Giant’s Causeway – Londonderry/Derry (2 Nights) Day 3 - Belfast – Giant’s Causeway – Londonderry/Derry (2 Nights)

      'Dive Into Culture' during a visit to the award-winning Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre and gain insights into the tragic story of the Titanic and its passengers who lost their lives in the icy Atlantic. We leave the city behind us, travelling along the beautiful Antrim coast road to the Giant's Causeway and walk in the footsteps of Finn MacCool. 'Make A Difference' by helping to conserve this iconic natural landmark. Take some time to admire the natural spectacle of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns before continuing to Londonderry, our home for the next two nights.

      Hotel

      Everglades

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Everglades

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Dinner and Drinks in Londonderry

      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.

      Adult Price: £42.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Londonderry/Derry Sightseeing and Free Time Day 4 - Londonderry/Derry Sightseeing and Free Time

      Join your Local Specialist for a walk along the 17th-century city walls and see the formerly turbulent Bogside neighbourhood, with its street murals depicting the history of the 'Troubles'. Spend a free afternoon walking along the pretty Foyle River or consider joining an Optional Experience to Inishowen Peninsula, with its rich history. This evening we dine at our hotel.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Experience the Inishowen Peninsula

      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.

      Adult Price: £19.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Londonderry/Derry – Belleek – County Galway (2 Nights) Day 5 - Londonderry/Derry – Belleek – County Galway (2 Nights)

      We journey through the lush countryside to Belleek, where we'll 'Dive Into Culture' and witness talented pottery craftsmen create the exquisite collectables that have graced homes since the mid-19th century. Arrive in Galway later, where we will stay for the next two nights.

      Hotel

      Maldron

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Maldron

      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)

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Connemara Excursion Day 6 - Connemara Excursion

      The rugged beauty of Connemara was captured in the film 'The Quiet Man' with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Its loughs and mountains are yours to explore today during a scenic drive. We arrive at Kylemore Abbey later to visit the country's most romantic castle and ramble through the hidden nooks of its Victorian walled garden. Returning to Galway, we enjoy some free time to explore its imposing stone Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square, which John F. Kennedy visited in 1963.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 6

      Day 7

      County Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Shannon Estuary Ferry – Killarney (2 Nights) Day 7 - County Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Shannon Estuary Ferry – Killarney (2 Nights)

      See the imposing sheer Cliffs of Moher rising over 200 metres above the pounding sea below and learn about the history of these natural phenomena during a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. We 'Connect With Locals' and join Oonagh to forage for ingredients that will be used to create our Be My Guest lunch at the Barrtra Seafood restaurant along the world famous Wild Atlantic Way. Enjoy spectacular views of the dramatic coastline before boarding a ferry across the tranquil Shannon River estuary. Then, continue through County Kerry to your hotel in Killarney, where we'll have an evening at leisure or join in the craic at an optional Irish ceilidh.

      Hotel

      Killarney Towers/Hotel Killarney

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      Killarney Towers/Hotel Killarney

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch

      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 7

      Day 8

      Ring of Kerry Excursion Day 8 - Ring of Kerry Excursion

      The soul-stirring landscapes of Iveragh Peninsula provide a mesmerising backdrop for our scenic coastal drive around the Ring of Kerry - an unimaginably beautiful natural setting. En route we will see Killorglin, famous for its annual 'Puck Fair', as well as Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      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)

      Visit Muckross House and its Gardens

      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.

      Adult Price: €21.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Killarney – Blarney – Waterford – Kilkenny Day 9 - Killarney – Blarney – Waterford – Kilkenny

      Today we acquire the 'gift of the gab', bending over backwards to kiss the Blarney Stone before we travel to Waterford via Youghal. Admire the delicate creations of fine crystal during a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal where we will 'Dive Into Culture' and witness a demonstration by master craftsmen. This evening, we arrive in Kilkenny with its imposing 12th-century castle, once the seat of the Butlers of Ormonde.

      Hotel

      Hotel Kilkenny

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Hotel Kilkenny

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      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 9

      Day 10

      Kilkenny – New Ross – Co. Wicklow – Dublin Day 10 - Kilkenny – New Ross – Co. Wicklow – Dublin

      Our first stop today is in New Ross, where we'll see the monument to John F. Kennedy, who visited his ancestral family hometown in 1963. 'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into the tragic plight of Irish emigrants during the potato famine of the 1800s on our visit to the nearby three-masted Famine Ship Dunbrody. Journey through the lush Irish countryside of County Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland, and back to Dublin where you'll spend your final evening with travel companions sharing stories of your memorable journey through Ireland at a Farewell Dinner.

      Hotel

      Roganstown

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Roganstown

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 10

      Day 11

      Depart Dublin Day 11 - Depart Dublin

      It's time to say a fond farewell to Ireland and newfound friends as you prepare to end your wonderful Irish experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 11

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Connect with Locals
        Go foraging with Oonagh and enjoy the fruits of what you've found at a Be My Guest lunch at the O'Brien's homely Barrtra Seafood restaurant overlooking beautiful Liscannor Bay. (Day 7)

      • Dive into Culture
        Discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast. (Day 3)
        See traditional craftsmen at work at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre, one of the oldest working potteries in the world. (Day 5)
        Learn how Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a demonstration. (Day 9)
        Explore the tragic history of Ireland's famine emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, a replica of one of the original ships used in the 1800s. (Day 10)

      • Local Specialist
        For included sightseeing in Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry

      • Make A Difference
        The Glasnevin Cemetery Museum in Dublin, you'll learn about the cemetery's importance to Irish history and how your visit helps to fund the cemetery's preservation. (Day 1)

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        • CITY TOUR in Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry

        • ORIENTATION of Galway and Waterford

        • VISIT the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, 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

        • VIEW St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Queens University in Belfast, the City Walls and Murals of Londonderry, Connemara and the Cathedral of Galway

        • SCENIC DRIVE along the Ring of Kerry


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      Dining

        • 10 full breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
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        • 5 dinners


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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

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

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