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Castles and Manors

8 Days 1 Country 10 Cities

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

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8 Days 1 Country 10 Cities

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    • Group Size: Itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.
    • 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.
    • 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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    • 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).  
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      • Group Size: Itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.
      • 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.
      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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. 

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      About this trip

      A complete circle of Ireland including fairy tale 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

      • 4 dinners

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 4 dinners

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)


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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

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • Services of a professional Irish 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


       

      Castles and Manors

      Your Itinerary

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      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 1

      Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

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      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)

      Kylemore Abbey, Co. Galway, Ireland

      Day 5

      Connemara Excursion

      Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

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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

      Welcome to Dublin the lively Irish capital. This afternoon meet your Local Specialist for a guided tour. View St. Patrick's Cathedral, colourful Georgian Squares and the vibrant, modern city. Then raise a glass of the "black stuff" and drink in sweeping Dublin views at the Gravity Bar atop the Guinness Storehouse as you gain a Cultural Insight into this famous Irish product. Later savour free time and a Welcome Reception including dinner with Irish beer or wine.

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu St. Helens

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu St. Helens

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

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

      Head across the rolling countryside to Kildare. Stop for a visit to the Irish National Stud for a Cultural Insight into the fascinating world of Ireland's thoroughbred industry. See the foaling unit, museum and of course the powerful and regal stallions. Visit the spectacular Rock of Cashel with a Local Specialist, where you view its majestic ecclesiastical ruins. Continue to Killarney, the town on the lakes where your evening is free.

      Hotel

      The Malton Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      The Malton Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      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

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Ring of Kerry Excursion Day 3 - Ring of Kerry Excursion

      This morning enjoy free time in Killarney or you might wish to join a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk at Torc Waterfall. Later enjoy spectacular scenery, driving around the Ring of Kerry. Take in views of coast and sea, hills and green fields as you travel through this unspoiled land that has inspired artists 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

      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

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      Day 4

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

      Head north and stop to visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher, rising up to 700 feet above the Atlantic. Afterwards continue to County Galway and visit the Connemara Marble artisan workshop for a Cultural Insight where you will learn all about the famous green jade-like marble. Later continue through beautiful scenery to the magnificent Ballynahinch Castle for a relaxing two-night stay.

      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 scenic landscapes of Connemara, taking in views of rugged mountains, shimmering lakes and endless shades of green. Make a stop in the picturesque town of Clifden, set between the Twelve Bens Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Then on to visit Kylemore Abbey, a magnificent castellated structure built as a family home and now inhabited by a group of Benedictine nuns. The extensive walled Victorian garden is a delight to the senses. Later return to your castle hotel for dinner.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Connemara – Sligo – Roscommon Day 6 - Connemara – Sligo – Roscommon

      Venture north to Sligo. Here, amid the hills and loughs that inspired the lyrical lines penned by the poet William Butler Yeats, you will be welcomed to a private home for a bit of food, fun, and poetry. Damien and Paula Brennan live in, a modern abode with rustic touches overlooking beautiful Lough Gill. Inside, you will find walls adorned with contemporary Irish paintings and a table set for a Be My Guest feast prepared by Paula, a noted chef. Damien is an expert on W.B. Yeats. Delicious food, fine company, and the poetry of Yeats come together for a heart-warming meal. Then travel to Roscommon and Kilronan Castle Hotel the ancestral home of the Tenison family and the legendary Colonel King Tenison. It is one of a few Irish castle estates that can trace its history back to royal families.

      Hotel

      Kilronan Castle Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Kilronan Castle Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      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

      Day 6

      Day 7

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

      This morning consider taking a luxurious relaxing cruise on the River Shannon. Stop for a visit to magnificent Strokestown Park House, an 18th century mansion with original furnishings. In the old stables is the Irish Famine Museum, one of the world's best private archives dedicated to the potato famine of the 1840s where you gain a Cultural Insight into the plight of the Irish people. Return to Dublin and relish a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends.

      Hotel

      Fitzpatrick Castle Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Fitzpatrick Castle Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Depart Dublin Day 8 - Depart Dublin

      You will be transferred to the airport, where your Emerald Isle adventure concludes. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 8

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/gsa/tours/castles-and-manors for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Authentic Accommodation
        In Killarney you will be accommodated at The Malton 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. Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is your Authentic Accommodation in Galway, set in 450 acres of woodland, was built in the 18th century by the powerful Martyn family. The original castle dates back to the 1560s, when owner Donal O'Flaherty was married to Ireland's fearsome pirate queen, Grace O'Malley. Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa, Co. is set in forty acres of green meadows and ancient forest, the ancestral home of the Tenison family and the legendary Colonel King Tenison is an Authentic Accommodation that prides itself on its royal roots. Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel will be your Authentic Accommodation in Dublin. This grand hotel was originally built as a hunting lodge by Col. John Mapas in 1740. Run by the Fitzpatrick family for over 40 years, the hotel stands on the brow of Killiney Hill, with magnificent views over Dublin Bay.

      • 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
        Visit the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour into what makes the perfect pint and enjoy one. 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

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 4 dinners

        • 1 lunch
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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

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • Services of a professional Irish 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


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      Guest Reviews and Ratings

      • Guest Service Rating from 52 Reviews

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        Service rating : The overall experience was awesome. The locations visited provide a real sense of today's Ireland and how Ireland got to today.Peter, our tour guide, was amazing. Excellent delivery on what was / is a very hard job.Product : No new comments. All was superb.

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        Service rating : Excellent tour guide & driverProduct : Great locations & weather

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        Service rating : The accommodations were splendid. The tour director was excellent. The local experts all evidenced a passion for their subject. The itinerary matched the reality.Product : I would have preferred fewer shopping g breaks and more time at historical or geographical beauty

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        Service rating : Our tour guide and driver made visiting Ireland wonderful!! Betty C. was extremely knowledgeable, fun and sweet. All the hotels were clean and beautiful and the optional excursions were fun!! I love traveling with Trafalgar!!Product : I was very excited to visit real castles. An

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        Service rating : Simone was the director and she was amazing!!! She made the trip awesome by telling us about the history of everything. We stopped at several different towns to have plenty of shopping options. The food was awesome. Simone was what made the trip!Product : 2 of the 5 places

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