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Enchanting Emerald Isle

8 Days 1 Country 10 Cities

Old-world Ireland comes to life as you journey across the Emerald Isle on this Country Explorer trip.

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8 Days 1 Country 10 Cities

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    • This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company and Celtic Specialists - Brendan Vacations.
    • St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated in Ireland on 11 March 2017 departure
    • 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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      • This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company and Celtic Specialists - Brendan Vacations.
      • St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated in Ireland on 11 March 2017 departure
      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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

      Centuries of Irish heritage and culture are revealed on this adventure across the windswept valleys of Ireland from Dublin’s Crypt at Christ Church Cathedral to the Anglo-Norman Kilkenny Castle on the River Nore. See the ‘lost’ town of Newtown Jerpoint founded in the 12th century and watch a sheep herding demonstration. 


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      Trip code: BRED

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      12 Meals
      • 7 full breakfasts

      • 5 dinners (including 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 cruise across the Shannon Estuary

        • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry

        • Orientation of Galway, Killarney and Kilkenny

        • See Dublin's Georgian Squares

        • View St. Patrick's Cathedral, the mountains of the Connemara and Torc Waterfall

        • Visit Strokestown Park House, Kylemore Abbey, Galway Cathedral, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny Castle and Trinity College


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 5 dinners
          (including 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)

        • Ferry across the Shannon estuary

        • 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


       

      Enchanting Emerald Isle

      Your Itinerary

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      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 1

      Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 2

      Dublin – Strokestown – Enniscrone

      Galway Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland

      Day 3

      Enniscrone – Connemara – Galway

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      Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (2 Nights)

      Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry, Ireland

      Day 5

      Ring of Kerry Excursion

      Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

      Day 6

      Killarney – Blarney – Kilkenny

      Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

      Day 7

      Kilkenny – Dublin

      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 8

      Depart Dublin

      Day 1

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

      Welcome to Dublin. Meet your Local Specialist this afternoon for a guided city tour. View the colourful doors in elegant Georgian Squares, St. Patrick's Cathedral and more. Later gather for a Welcome Reception and exclusive visit to the Crypt at Christchurch Cathedral. Built in 1172 the underground chambers house memorials, artefacts, and altar-pieces.

      Hotel

      Roganstown

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Roganstown

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Dublin – Strokestown – Enniscrone Day 2 - Dublin – Strokestown – Enniscrone

      Admire the rolling green countryside as you cross from Dublin to Ballina. 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. After time to view the exhibits, continue to Enniscrone set on the River Moy.

      Hotel

      Diamond Coast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Diamond Coast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Irish Traditions and Song

      Tonight, you'll enjoy Irish hospitality in a cosy local pub. Experience the folk tradition and enjoy a drink while locals sing and play music for you.

      Adult Price: €27.00

      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 2

      Day 3

      Enniscrone – Connemara – Galway Day 3 - Enniscrone – Connemara – Galway

      Travel to the pretty town of Westport, then on to Connemara. Visit Kylemore Abbey, once a family home. Strikingly situated on Lake Kylemore, this 19th century neo-Gothic wonder now serves as a Benedictine monastery. After time to see the walled Victorian gardens, continue to Galway, the "City of Tribes". View Galway Cathedral, an impressive stone church dating back to only 1965.

      Hotel

      Connacht

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Connacht

      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

      Day 3

      Day 4

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

      This morning visit Ireland’s most spectacular natural wonder at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way – the Cliffs of Moher. There's time to take in the endless ocean views before taking the ferry across the Shannon estuary and on to Killarney.

      Hotel

      Killarney Towers

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Killarney Towers

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Ring of Kerry Excursion Day 5 - Ring of Kerry Excursion

      Travel the Ring of Kerry, one of the most scenic drives on the Emerald Isle. Lakes, mountains, ocean and coast come together in a landscape that has inspired poets, artists and musicians for centuries. This afternoon enjoy free time in Killarney or stop at Torc Waterfall for a chance to join a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk, taking you along the lakeshore and past the farmlands of the 19th century Muckross Estate. 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

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Killarney – Blarney – Kilkenny Day 6 - Killarney – Blarney – Kilkenny

      Your first stop today is at Blarney Castle, where you'll have a chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone and receive the “gift of the gab”. Browse through the Blarney Woollen Mills, then travel on to Co. Kilkenny. Here you will discover the 'lost' town of Newtown Jerpoint which was founded in the 12th century before meeting local farmers Joe and Maeve O'Connell at their home, Belmore House, where the town was unearthed. Hear the tale of the ‘lost’ town and meet the farm sheepdog before relishing a Be My Guest dinner. Arrive later at your hotel in Kilkenny.

      Hotel

      Kilkenny

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Kilkenny

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Optional Experiences

      Sports and Music - Irish Style

      Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the ancient sport of hurling over a drink at the 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, a drink and live music will greet you on returning to the pub.

      Adult Price: €27.00

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Kilkenny – Dublin Day 7 - Kilkenny – Dublin

      Visit Kilkenny Castle, an Anglo-Norman mansion that sits majestically over the River Nore, with a Local Specialist. In the castle basement you'll find the Butler Gallery, one of Ireland's most important art galleries outside of Dublin. Later return to Ireland's capital where you visit Trinity College to admire the Book of Kells. Toast the Emerald Isle with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner at a traditional Irish pub.

      Hotel

      Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Depart Dublin Day 8 - Depart Dublin

      Slan abhaile or "safe homeward" as you transfer to the airport where your holiday ends. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 8

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Travel to 12th century Ireland and explore the remains of the Lost Town of Newtown Jerpoint followed by a hearty Irish dinner with the O'Connells and a spot of Eton Mess

      • Cultural Insights
        Visit Strokestown Park House, a stately 18th century mansion with walled gardens and woodlands, home to the Irish National Famine Museum, and see Irish farm-life first-hand at a sheep farm.

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Dublin, Killarney and Kilkenny

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      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Dublin

        • Scenic cruise across the Shannon Estuary

        • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry

        • Orientation of Galway, Killarney and Kilkenny

        • See Dublin's Georgian Squares

        • View St. Patrick's Cathedral, the mountains of the Connemara and Torc Waterfall

        • Visit Strokestown Park House, Kylemore Abbey, Galway Cathedral, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny Castle and Trinity College


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      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 5 dinners
          (including 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)

        • Ferry across the Shannon estuary

        • 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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        Service rating : I would definitely book another trip with Tralfagar! We stayed 2 additional nights and everything was planned and organized well. My only problem was with travel to and from our destination. We ended up having to adjust our flights on the run (literally) with American

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        Service rating : Tour guide was awesome, so was the driver. Some of the excursions were a bit boring for my taste. Over all, it was an enjoyable experience.Product : Some excursions were boring and I would have preferred to have the option of doing something else.

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        Service rating : The driver and guide were amazing. The bus comfortable. The stops chosen were wonderful.Product : Hotel chosen were super and great food

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        Service rating : Very personable guide, and very friendly. Too much time spent traveling and not enough time being there and enjoying it. The group picture was a random stop due to rain that prevented the original pic site.Product : Long travel to sites but nothing impressive. Good eatery

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        Service rating : We were so well taken care of on our coach trip of Ireland. My husband was lukewarm about going. During the trip he commented "this is the best vacation we have been on". We had no worries. The accommodations were excellent, the food was WOW, our tour director was very

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