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Irish Experience

11 Days 2 Countries 6 Cities

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

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      • 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

      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.


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      Trip code: IREX

      10 Nights

      accommodation

      16 Meals
      • 10 full breakfasts

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      • 5 dinners

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry/Derry

        • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry

        • Orientation of Galway and Waterford

        • View St Patrick's Cathedral 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


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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)

        • 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

      Your Itinerary

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      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 1

      Arrive Dublin and Afternoon Sightseeing

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      Day 2

      Dublin – Belfast

      Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland

      Day 3

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

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      Londonderry/Derry Sightseeing

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      Day 5

      Londonderry/Derry – Belleek – Galway (2 Nights)

      Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

      Day 6

      Connemara Excursion

      Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland

      Day 7

      Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Shannon Estuary Ferry – Co. Kerry (2 Nights)

      Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry, Ireland

      Day 8

      Ring of Kerry Excursion

      Waterford Crystal, Co. Waterford, Ireland

      Day 9

      Co. Kerry – Blarney – Waterford – Kilkenny

      Powerscourt Gardens, Ireland

      Day 10

      Kilkenny – New Ross – Co. Wicklow – Dublin

      Dublin, Ireland

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      Depart Dublin

      Day 1

      Arrive Dublin and Afternoon Sightseeing Day 1 - Arrive Dublin and Afternoon Sightseeing

      Embrace your playful side and indulge in the allure of the lively Irish capital - a small city with a lot of heart and yours to explore before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon for a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. View St. Patrick's Cathedral, the stately Georgian Squares and Trinity College. We spend this evening at the Glasnevin Trust for a Welcome Reception with a Local Specialist. Over drinks and canapés, we'll hear about the brave characters from Ireland's recent history and toast to our upcoming journey through the Emerald Isle.

      Hotel

      Mespil

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

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      Mespil

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Dublin – Belfast Day 2 - Dublin – Belfast

      Leaving the cosmopolitan streets of Dublin behind, we travel to Northern Ireland and the bustling city of Belfast, where you will have some free time to enjoy a spud for lunch or perhaps some fish and chips. Later, we meet our Local Specialist 'Cabbie' for an insider view of the city's living history during a journey through its vibrant streets in a real Black Cab. We spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps join an Optional Experience.

      Hotel

      Park Inn By Radisson

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Park Inn By Radisson

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

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

      The tragic story of the Titanic and the thousands of passengers that lost their lives takes centre stage on this morning's Cultural Insight visit to the award-winning Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre. We leave the city behind us, journeying through the beautiful Antrim coast road, past scenic glens and rugged beaches, arriving at Giant's Causeway to walk in the footsteps of Finn MacCool. Take some time to admire the natural spectacle of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns before journeying to Londonderry, our home for the next two nights.

      Hotel

      Everglades

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Everglades

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 4

      Londonderry/Derry Sightseeing Day 4 - Londonderry/Derry Sightseeing

      Join your Local Specialist for a walk along the 17th century city walls and see the turbulent Bogside neighbourhood with its street murals depicting the history of the 'Troubles'. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Walk along the pretty River Foyle and across the Peace Bridge, or consider joining an Optional Experience to the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula with its rich history. This evening we dine at our hotel.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 4

      Day 5

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

      We meander through the lush countryside to Belleek Pottery where we'll enjoy a Cultural Insight demonstration and watch talented craftsmen create exquisite collectables that have graced homes since the mid-19th century. Arrive in Galway later enjoying free time to explore its imposing stone Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square, which John F. Kennedy visited in 1963.

      Hotel

      Maldron/Connacht

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Maldron/Connacht

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Connemara Excursion Day 6 - Connemara Excursion

      The rugged beauty of Connemara was captured in the film 'The Quiet Man' with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, and its loughs and mountains are yours to explore today during a scenic drive. We arrive at Kylemore Abbey later to visit the country's most romantic castle and ramble through the hidden nooks of its Victorian walled garden before returning to Galway for dinner at our hotel tonight.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Shannon Estuary Ferry – Co. Kerry (2 Nights) Day 7 - Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Shannon Estuary Ferry – Co. Kerry (2 Nights)

      See the imposing sheer Cliffs of Moher rise up 700 feet from the pounding sea below and learn about the history of these natural phenomena with a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. We join Oonagh and scavenge for ingredients that will be used to create our unique Be My Guest lunch at the O'Brien's homely Barrtra Seafood restaurant along the world famous Wild Atlantic Way. Enjoy spectacular views of the dramatic coastline before boarding a ferry across the tranquil River Shannon estuary. Then continue through beautiful County Kerry to our hotel in Killarney, where we'll have an evening at leisure to soak up the craic at a traditional Irish ceilidh.

      Hotel

      Killarney Towers/Ashe

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Killarney Towers/Ashe

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Ring of Kerry Excursion Day 8 - Ring of Kerry Excursion

      The breathtaking landscapes of Iveragh Peninsula provide a mesmerising backdrop for our scenic coastal drive around the 'Ring of Kerry' - an unimaginably beautiful natural setting that is among Ireland's most magical and memorable. En route we will see Killorglin, which was immortalised in the film, Ryan's Daughter, as well as Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Day 9

      Co. Kerry – Blarney – Waterford – Kilkenny Day 9 - Co. Kerry – Blarney – Waterford – Kilkenny

      Today we acquire the 'gift of the gab' bending over backwards to kiss the Blarney Stone before we travel to Waterford via Youghal. Admire the delicate creations of fine crystal during a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal where we will enjoy a Cultural Insight demonstration by master craftsmen and see their talents transformed into the exquisite pieces that have enticed buyers for centuries. This evening we arrive in Kilkenny, the picturesque lakeside village with its imposing 12th century castle, once the seat of the Butlers of Ormonde.

      Hotel

      Hotel Kilkenny

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Hotel Kilkenny

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 9

      Day 10

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

      Our first stop today is in New Ross, where we'll see the monument to John F. Kennedy, who visited his ancestral family hometown in 1963. The tragic plight of Irish emigrants during the potato famine of the 1800s is explored during a Cultural Insight at the nearby three-masted Famine Ship Dunbrody. Journey through the lush Irish countryside of County Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland, and back to Dublin where we'll spend our final evening with our travel companions sharing stories of our memorable journey through Ireland at a Farewell Dinner.

      Hotel

      Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 10

      Day 11

      Depart Dublin Day 11 - Depart Dublin

      It's time to say a fond farewell to Ireland and newfound friends as you prepare to end your wonderful Irish experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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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

      • MAKE A DIFFERENCE
        JoinTrafalgar - 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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      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry/Derry

        • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry

        • Orientation of Galway and Waterford

        • View St Patrick's Cathedral 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


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      Dining

        • 10 full breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 5 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)

        • 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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        I certainly will recommend Trafalgar's tour .We were a great group and got along very well. The tour director and the bus driver were fantastic.The hotels were mostly good , but often basic.It would have bin nice, to have one or two mornings to get up only at 8 am, instead every morning at 6,30

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        Service rating : Trafalgar knew exactly where we would enjoy going. Timing was always key and they knew what time to be where and when. We would definitely book again!Product : We stayed the right amount of time in each place

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        Carolyn and Aden were great

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        Service rating : excellent quality of services all around. Travel Director well spoken and great knowledge of countryProduct : Sometimes a little out of the way but always things to do

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        Service rating : Tour was very organized with great optional excursions. Our Tour director & Bus driver (Carol Lynn Toland & Aidan McKenna) were exceptional and made everyday so much fun!!! Great value for cost of trip-:)Product : It was great to learn more about Irish history and see the entire

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