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Irish Experience

11 Days 2 Countries 18 Cities

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

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About this trip

With a spring in your step and a little Irish zest for life, this journey traversing north and south will introduce you to such natural wonders as Giant's Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher. Learn all about Belfast's tumultuous history from a local Cabbie, visit Ireland's most romantic castle, 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.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Dublin, Belfast and Derry/Londonderry

    • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry

    • Orientation of Galway and Waterford

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

    • 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


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 full breakfasts

    • 1 lunch
      (Be My Guest)

    • 5 dinners


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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)

    • Use of Trafalgar's London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions

    • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your Trafalgar London hotel

    • 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

    • 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


Irish Experience

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Glesnevin Trust, Dublin, Ireland

Day 1

Arrive Dublin and Afternoon Sightseeing

Day 2

Dublin – Belfast

Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland

Day 3

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

Day 4

Londonderry/Derry Sightseeing

Galway Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland

Day 5

Londonderry/Derry – Belleek – Galway (2 Nights)

Kylemore Abbey, Co. Galway, Ireland

Day 6

Connemara Excursion

Adare, Co. Limerick, Ireland

Day 7

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

Molls Gap, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 8

Ring of Kerry Excursion

Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

Day 9

Killarney – Blarney – Waterford – Kilkenny

Dublin, 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

Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying the sights of Dublin. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon and view Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Specialist. This evening visit Glasnevin Trust for an informative and poignant tour with a Local Specialist where you will hear stories about some of the brave characters from recent Irish history. Enjoy a Welcome Reception of drinks and canapés and get to know your fellow travellers.

Hotel

Mespil

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Mespil

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Dublin – Belfast Day 2 - Dublin – Belfast

Head northwards to Northern Ireland and the bustling city of Belfast. Meet your Local Specialist'Cabbie' for a trip through the city's living history in a Black Cab.

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 British & Irish meal; fish and chips.

Adult Price: £38.00

Day 2

Day 3

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

This morning, visit the birthplace of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre for a Cultural Insight into the world's most famous ship. Then continue your journey along the beautiful Antrim coast road past scenic glens and rugged beaches. Visit the Giant's Causeway, an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of the most iconic natural wonders in the United Kingdom.

Hotel

Everglades

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Everglades

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Dinner and Drinks in Derry

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

Day 3

Day 4

Londonderry/Derry Sightseeing Day 4 - Londonderry/Derry Sightseeing

Walk along the 17th century city walls with your Local Specialist and see the street murals of the Bogside. Known as the People's Gallery, the murals depict the history of the 'troubles'. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula. Dine tonight at your 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: £17.00

Day 4

Day 5

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

Travel south through lush countryside to visit the Belleek Pottery visitor centre for a Cultural Insight demonstration to see the craftsmen at work. Arrive later in Galway where you have free time to view the Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Maldron

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Maldron

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5

Day 6

Connemara Excursion Day 6 - Connemara Excursion

Take in the beauty of rugged Connemara with its loughs and mountainous landscape. The region was captured in the film 'The Quiet Man' with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Later arrive at Kylemore Abbey, visit the country's most romantic castle and walk through the Victorian Walled Garden.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

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: €65.00

Day 6

Day 7

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

Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and see the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Enjoy a unique Be My Guest lunch located on the world famous Wild Atlantic Way. Our local friends will take you foraging for plants and seaweed before serving a delicious lunch made from local produce. Enjoy spectacular views of the dramatic coastline before boarding a ferry to cross the tranquil River Shannon estuary. Travel through beautiful Co. Kerry to your hotel in Killarney. This evening, why not enjoy the 'craic' at a traditional Irish ceilidh?

Hotel

Killarney Towers

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Killarney Towers

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

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: €64.00

Day 7

Day 8

Ring of Kerry Excursion Day 8 - Ring of Kerry Excursion

Today we experience Ireland's most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographer's delight. On your journey we will see Killorglin set on Dingle Bay, which was the location for the film, Ryan's Daughter. We will also see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words.

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

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

Day 8

Day 9

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

Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone to attain the 'gift of the gab'. Pass Youghal en route to Waterford where you visit the house of Waterford Crystal and watch the master craftsmen at work during your Cultural Insight demonstration. Arrive later in Kilkenny and see the imposing 12th century castle.

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 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 9

Day 10

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

Visit New Ross and see the monument to John F. Kennedy, who visited his ancestral family hometown in 1963. Visit the three-masted Famine Ship Dunbrody and gain a Cultural Insight into the tragic plight of Irish emigration during the 1800s. Travel through the lush Irish countryside of County Wicklow known as the Garden of Ireland. This evening in Dublin, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and newfound friends.

Hotel

Ballsbridge

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Hotel

Ballsbridge

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 10

Day 11

Depart Dublin Day 11 - Depart Dublin

Bid a fond farewell to your fellow travellers at the end of this wonderful Irish experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 11

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Go scavenging with Oonagh and enjoy the fruits of of what you've found for lunch at the O'Brien's homely Barrtra Seafood restaurant overlooking beautiful Liscannor Bay

  • Cultural Insights
    Discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast. See traditional craftsmen at work at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre, one of the oldest working potteries in the world, and the House of Waterford Crystal. 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

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry/Derry

  • Join Trafalgar
    Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow - Visit the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum in Dublin where an expert historian will reveal the cemetery's importance to Irish history and explain how your visit helps fund its preservation. In Northern Ireland you'll discover the legend of the Giant's Causeway exploring with an expert, who'll explain how your visit helps conserve this iconic natural landmark.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Dublin, Belfast and Derry/Londonderry

    • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry

    • Orientation of Galway and Waterford

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

    • 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


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 full breakfasts

    • 1 lunch
      (Be My Guest)

    • 5 dinners


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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)

    • Use of Trafalgar's London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions

    • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your Trafalgar London hotel

    • 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

    • 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 90 Reviews

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    Service rating : excellentand very reliable service . Superb guidesProduct : Very enjoyable tour . Emma is a great tour guide.

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    Service rating : great guide and driverProduct : sports and music Belfast walk, excellent Londonderry dinner and drinks and inishowen peninsula goodcastle banquet and Irish Ceilidh not so good, cramped, crowded food so so

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    Service rating : This was our 2nd trip to Ireland,the itinerary delivered our list of must see and do.Our group was terrific,travel director,Francis and driver John superb.Product : The people on our tour were just a great group to travel with.Itinerary delivered our must see and do with

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    Service rating : Tour director was brilliant with cultural elements but poor on practical management, information.Product : Tour only had briefest of coach view of Dublin & no free time in Belfast after Titanic Museum & Black cab tour , so felt didn't get to see these cities.

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    Service rating : Our tour guide, Gary Willment, helped to make our first visit to Ireland - simply outstanding! Our itinerary was so varied and we saw and learned so much about Ireland and its history.Product : There were so many different experiences - from learning about the sport of "hurling"

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