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Best of Ireland

10 Days 1 Country 18 Cities

See the jewels in Ireland's crown on this Country Explorer trip, passing through Dublin, Limerick and more.

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About this trip

Ravishingly beautiful and enchanting to explore, you'll soon learn why the Irish say if you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough… Visit the Ring of Kerry and unspoilt region of Western Ireland featured in John Wayne's 'The Quiet Man'. See the stronghold of the O'Donnell Clan and beautiful Dingle Peninsula, as well as Adare, one of Ireland's prettiest villages.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: IRBO

9 Nights

accommodation

15 Meals
  • 9 full breakfasts

  • 5 dinners

  • 1 cream tea (Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Dublin

    • Orientation of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Galway and Donegal

    • Visit the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, Famine Ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', Adare, Bunratty folk park, Cliffs of Moher, the rugged Burren, mystical Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, the Marian Shrine at Knock and County Donegal

    • View St. Patrick's Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick and Donegal Castle

    • See the Cathedral of Galway

    • Scenic drives along the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 full breakfasts

    • 5 dinners

    • 1 cream tea
      (Be My Guest)


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)

    • 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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Glesnevin Trust, Dublin, Ireland

Day 1

Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

Waterford Crystal, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Day 2

Dublin – Co. Wicklow – New Ross – Waterford

Blarney Castle, Co. Cork, Ireland

Day 3

Waterford – Youghal – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights)

Molls Gap, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 4

Ring of Kerry Excursion

King John

Day 5

Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – Adare – Limerick

Day 6

Limerick – Bunratty – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (2 Nights)

Kylemore Abbey, Co. Galway, Ireland

Day 7

Connemara Excursion and Afternoon Tea at Westport House

Donegal Castle, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Day 8

Galway – Knock – Donegal – Sligo

Hapenny Bridge, Dublin, Ireland

Day 9

Sligo – Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

Day 10

Depart Dublin

Day 1

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

Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying the sights of Dublin. Later meet your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city with a 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

Ballsbridge

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Ballsbridge

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Dublin – Co. Wicklow – New Ross – Waterford Day 2 - Dublin – Co. Wicklow – New Ross – Waterford

Head through scenic Co. Wicklow known as The Garden of Ireland and on to New Ross - the ancestral home town of John F. Kennedy. Visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship to gain a Cultural Insight into the plight of Irish Emigrants. Later arrive in Waterford and see how the famous crystal is crafted during your guided tour of the visitor centre to gain a Cultural Insight.

Hotel

Dooleys

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Dooleys

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Irish Folk Fun

During this evening of entertainment, you'll get the chance to experience Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. Enjoy a drink while locals sing and play music for you.

Adult Price: €27.00

Explore Waterford's Viking History

Join us in Waterford, where the history dates back as far as the Vikings. Your Local Specialist will bring the historic area to life through stories and anecdotes; one guest even described the trip as the "best history lesson ever".

Adult Price: €17.00

Day 2

Day 3

Waterford – Youghal – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights) Day 3 - Waterford – Youghal – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights)

Travel via the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh. At Blarney, gain the 'gift of the gab' as you have a chance to kiss the famous stone. Arrive later in Killarney, your home for the next two nights.

Hotel

Dromhall

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Dromhall

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 3

Day 4

Ring of Kerry Excursion Day 4 - 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. 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

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: €64.00

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

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 4

Day 5

Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – Adare – Limerick Day 5 - Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – Adare – Limerick

Explore the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula with its small fishing towns and rugged landscape. Visit Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. Your orientation of Limerick includes views of St. Mary's Cathedral, King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone.

Hotel

Greenhills

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Greenhills

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Irish Ceilidh Evening

Come along and experience the craic at a special ceilidh evening. Enjoy a drink and some local specialities, watch some traditional Irish dancing, and sing along to some familiar Irish melodies.

Adult Price: €61.00

Day 5

Day 6

Limerick – Bunratty – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (2 Nights) Day 6 - Limerick – Bunratty – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (2 Nights)

This morning enjoy an included visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park dedicated to life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th century. Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and see the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Later arrive in Galway with free time to see the Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square.

Hotel

Connacht

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Connacht

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 6

Day 7

Connemara Excursion and Afternoon Tea at Westport House Day 7 - Connemara Excursion and Afternoon Tea at Westport House

This unspoilt region of Western Ireland is captured in the film 'The Quiet Man' featuring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Today see the untouched landscape of the Connemara with its picturesque mountain ranges and golden beaches that stretch out into the Atlantic. During your scenic drive, stop at Kylemore Abbey for an included visit to the country's most romantic castle and walk through the Victorian Walled Garden. Travel on to Westport House for a memorable Be My Guest experience. Enjoy a welcome drink in the impressive drawing room which features James Wyatt's 19th century sky ceiling and an impressive original parquet floor. After a guided tour of the house you will be hosted for a delicious afternoon tea in the restored Victorian kitchens

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

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 7

Day 8

Galway – Knock – Donegal – Sligo Day 8 - Galway – Knock – Donegal – Sligo

Heading north stop in the town of Knock to view the Marian Shrine. See the grave of Irish poet W.B. Yeats in the churchyard of Drumcliff. Visit the town of Donegal and view the castle which was once the stronghold of the O'Donnell Clan. Later arrive in Sligo.

Hotel

Clarion/Fitzwilton

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Clarion/Fitzwilton

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

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

Scenic Drive And Dinner

This evening you’ll discover the beauty of the land, as we take a scenic drive off the beaten track. Later, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant with a choice of drink included.

Adult Price: €45.00

Day 8

Day 9

Sligo – Dublin Day 9 - Sligo – Dublin

Travel back to Dublin where you will have time to explore this lively city. Walk down Grafton Street and see the street performers and musicians or walk the banks of the River Liffey and cross the Ha’penny Bridge. Tonight join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel

Clayton Leopardstown

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Hotel

Clayton Leopardstown

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 9

Day 10

Depart Dublin Day 10 - Depart Dublin

After a hearty Irish breakfast, say farewell to your Travel Director and fellow travellers as your Irish holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 10

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with Banoffee and Baileys flavours in the Old Kitchens of a stately 16th century home near the charming town of Westport

  • Cultural Insights
    Explore the tragic history of Ireland's famine emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, a replica of one of the original famine ships used in the 1800s, and learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Dublin

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Join Trafalgar
    Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow - Visit to 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.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Dublin

    • Orientation of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Galway and Donegal

    • Visit the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, Famine Ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', Adare, Bunratty folk park, Cliffs of Moher, the rugged Burren, mystical Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, the Marian Shrine at Knock and County Donegal

    • View St. Patrick's Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick and Donegal Castle

    • See the Cathedral of Galway

    • Scenic drives along the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 full breakfasts

    • 5 dinners

    • 1 cream tea
      (Be My Guest)


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)

    • 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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