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Castles and Manors

8 Days 1 Country 7 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.
    • Group Size: Itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.
    • This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company and Celtic Specialists - Brendan Vacations.
    • Arrive to 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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    • 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. 
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      • Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.
      • Group Size: Itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.
      • This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company and Celtic Specialists - Brendan Vacations.
      • Arrive to 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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 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

      A complete circle of Ireland including fairytale castle and manor house stays. Visit the ancient city of Dublin, the wild Cliffs of Moher and the island's 'emerald' countryside. See the wilderness of Connemara and stay in Galway's Ballynahinch Castle, built in the 1580s by Donal O'Flaherty, the first husband of Ireland's fearsome pirate queen, Grace O'Malley.


      Trip type: Hidden Journey

      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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        • City tour in Dublin

        • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry and through Connemara

        • Orientation of Killarney, Galway and Sligo

        • See Dublin's Georgian Squares

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

        • Visit Irish National Stud, Rock of Cashel, Cliffs of Moher, Clifden, Kylemore Abbey and Strokestown Park House


      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 Insider Experiences

        • 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 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


       

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      Your Itinerary

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      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 1

      Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

      Torc Waterfall, Co. Kerry, Ireland

      Day 2

      Dublin – Kildare – Cashel – Killarney (2 Nights)

      Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry, Ireland

      Day 3

      Ring of Kerry Excursion

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      Day 4

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

      Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

      Day 5

      Connemara Excursion

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      Connemara – Sligo – 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 our in-depth Hidden Journey through the lush landscapes and enduring charm 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 meandering through Dublin's pretty cobblestone 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, delving into Ireland's thoroughbred industry at the Irish National Stud during a Cultural Insight where 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, with its beautiful lakeside setting and enjoy an evening at leisure to soak up the lively atmosphere of one of Ireland's friendliest towns.

      Hotel

      The Malton Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      The Malton Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Ring of Kerry Excursion Day 3 - Ring of Kerry Excursion

      Enjoy a slow start to your morning by joining a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk at Torc Waterfall, meandering over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. We embark on an epic drive, exploring the enduring beauty of the Ring of Kerry whose enchanting coastal landscapes have inspired writers and poets for centuries. Please Note: This leisurely paced walk meanders over wooden paths and lakeshore trails. Walkers should wear good walking shoes for a stroll through picturesque surrounds.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      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 up from the Atlantic, 700 feet above the waters below. Continue to County Galway and visit the Connemara Marble artisan workshop for a fascinating Cultural Insight where you will learn first-hand about the famous green jade-like marble for which the area is so famous. Your home for the next two nights is Ballynahinch, one of the finest luxury castles in the world. Admire the beautiful Twelve Bens Mountain range in the background as you relax in sumptuous surrounds.

      Hotel

      Ballynahinch Castle Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Ballynahinch Castle Authentic Accommodation

      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 stop in the picturesque town of Clifden before visiting 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 – Sligo – Roscommon Day 6 - Connemara – Sligo – Roscommon

      Our Hidden Journey continues north to Sligo. Here, amid the hills and loughs that inspired the lyrical lines penned by William Butler Yeats, we join Damien and Paula Brennan for a hearty and heart-warming Be My Guest lunch, some Irish craic and the beautiful poetry of W.B. Yeats against the enchanting backdrop of Lough Gill. We journey to Roscommon, where our hotel this evening is the ancestral home of the Tenison family and legendary Colonel King Tenison. Wander through the grand halls and admire the luxurious furnishings of Kilronan Castle Hotel - an up-close encounter with royal heritage. A leisurely afternoon could see you take a luxurious relaxing cruise on the River Shannon.

      Hotel

      Kilronan Castle Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Kilronan Castle Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 6

      Day 7

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

      Our first stop is a visit to Strokestown Park House, a magnificent 18th century mansion with original furnishings and fabric. We delve into Ireland's tragic potato famine history, gaining a Cultural Insight into 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

      Roganstown

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Roganstown

      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 Hidden Journey through the Emerald Isle comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met… Enjoy lunch and a few hours of pure poetry spent with Irish superhosts, Paula and Damien, against the beautiful backdrop of Yeats country

      • Cultural Insights
        Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm. Visit a Connemara Marble factory to see how this vivid green-coloured stone has been crafted into jewellery and figurines for generations, and visit the Irish National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park House, a stately 18th century mansion with walled gardens and woodlands

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

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

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Dublin

        • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry and through Connemara

        • Orientation of Killarney, Galway and Sligo

        • See Dublin's Georgian Squares

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

        • Visit Irish National Stud, Rock of Cashel, Cliffs of Moher, Clifden, Kylemore Abbey and Strokestown Park House


      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 Insider Experiences

        • 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 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


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      Guest Reviews and Ratings

      • Guest Service Rating from 60 Reviews

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        Service rating : The entire tour was terrific. We had a extremely knowledgeable guide that told us much about the local area we were in at the time. Also very much about the Irish lore.Product : The tour was very well laid out

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        Knowledgeable travel director and local guides, skillful driver, excellent itinerary, comfortable accommodations.

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        I would highly recommend

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        Service rating : 1 of 2 xcellent guide.Product : Loved the castles and manor tour.

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        Service rating : Tour director & driver...great and were well informed...only negative is the amount of time on the bus between sites. Not sure the added expense was worth the short times in and around the manors & castles. Side trips were marginal except for the Celtic DancersProduct : Length

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