Join Trafalgar in Ireland 

A wonderful exploration of all things Irish awaits and you may even have a medal to show for it! 

We’re offering a wonderful race and guided holiday package that is sure to tick the boxes for every dedicated marathon runner who wants to conquer Ireland’s most prestigious running event.

Begin your Ireland journey by participating in the single lap SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon. After your marathon your journey will continue in the company of Trafalgar and your new travel friends. Share a pint and some Irish ‘craic as you travel from Dublin through Ireland’s lush counties and charming towns. From cathedrals and castles to exquisite Waterford crystal, stately city squares and scenic coastal drives, there's a lot to say 'sláinte' about.



  • Return economy airfare on Etihad Airways from Johannesburg

  • Current airline levies ( R 3 400 subject to change without notice)

  • 8 nights’ in 4-5 star cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • 8 full breakfasts

  • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest)

  • Return airport transfers

  • Marathon registration fee (runners only).

  • Return transfers between hotel and Marathon start/finish on race day, 29 October 2017.

Day 1 Thursday 26 October JOHANNESBURG - ABU DHABI

19:25hrs - Depart for Dublin via Abu Dhabi

Day 2 Friday 27 October ABU DHABI - DUBLIN

05:55hrs - Arrive Abu Dhabi

09:40hrs - Depart Abu Dhabi

14:55hrs - Arrive Dublin where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. 

After check-in, there is time to take a taxi to the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon Expo to register.

Each participant of the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon will receive their race bag during registration in the main hall of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS).

Race numbers (race pack) will be available for collection at the Dublin Marathon EXPO in the Main Hall of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) on Friday 27th from 12 to 7pm and Saturday 28th October from 9am to 7pm.

Hotel    Ballsbridge

Day 3 Saturday 28 October DUBLIN

Today is at leisure to explore the pubs

Hotel    Ballsbridge

Meal/s Breakfast

Day 4 Sunday 29 October RACE DAY

07:30hrs - Transfer to the start point of the marathon at Merrion Square

16:00hrs - Transfer back to your hotel after the race

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 enjoy a Welcome Reception where you meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a traditional Irish pub - the perfect introduction to Dublin.

Hotel    Ballsbridge

Meal/s Breakfast & Welcome Reception

Day 5 Monday 30 October DUBLIN - GALWAY - LIMERICK

This morning head towards Galway.  See the Cathedral and enjoy some free time in the city. In Limerick view King John's Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Treaty Stone during your orientation.

Hotel    Greenhills

Meal/s Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Medieval Castle Banquet: Enjoy a banquet and medieval entertainment in the great hall of the castle. The court jester will make an appearance, as will the castle’s musicians and the ladies and gentlemen of the medieval court – giving you an evening you won’t forget.                                                            Adult Price: €67.00

Day 6 Tuesday 31 October LIMERICK - BUNRATTY - CLIFFS OF MOHER - KILLARNEY (2 nights)

Start your day with a visit to Bunratty Castle and explore the Folk Park, a living museum dedicated to life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries. Then continue to the Cliffs of Moher. See the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. After a picturesque coastal drive through the villages of Lahinch and Kilrush take the ferry across the Shannon estuary. Arrive tonight in Killarney, your home for the next two nights.

Hotel        International

Meal/s                 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

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 7 Wednesday 01 November 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 breath-taking beyond words.

Meal/s Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

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


As you are leaving Killarney this morning cross the Kerry Mountains and travel through the colourful market town of Macroom and see the impressive Castle Arch. Once the gateway to Macroom Castle, it is now almost all that remains. Next stop is Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the 'gift of the gab'. Later we drive through the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh before arriving in Waterford. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel    Fitzwilton/Waterford

Meal/s 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 9 Friday 03 November WATERFORD - NEW ROSS - CO. WICKLOW - DUBLIN

This morning visit the House of Waterford Crystal for a Cultural Insight demonstration. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. Later stop in the town of 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. Continue through County Wexford and the lush countryside of County Wicklow. Join your companions and Travel Director this evening for a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner, before continuing to your Dublin hotel.

Hotel Clayton Leopardstown

Meal/s Full Breakfast & Be My Guest Dining

Day 10 Saturday 04 November DUBLIN - ABU DHABI

19:10hrs - Depart for Abu Dhabi

Say goodbye after your unforgettable journey through the friendly Emerald Isle.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg via Abu Dhabi

Meals   Full Breakfast

Day 11 Sunday 05 November ABU DHABI - JOHANNESBURG

06:40hrs - Arrive Abu Dhabi

10:15hrs - Depart Abu Dhabi

16:45hrs - Arrive Johannesburg


- R 29 830 sharing twin room (runner).        

- R 28 420 sharing twin room (non-runner).


- Pay in full by 24 March & receive a R 1 233.75 discount per person.

- Frequent travellers/ past passengers receive R 822.50 discount per person.


  • In order to book please send a completed booking form, along with passport copies and a non-refundable/non- transferable deposit of R 7 000 per person.
  • Full payment required by 11 August 2017.
  • Registration Closing date October 1 (Earlier if race limit has been reached).
  • Documents will be release a minimum of 3 weeks prior to departure. 


  • City tour in Dublin.
  • Scenic drive of the Ring of Kerry.
  • Orientation of Galway, Limerick and Waterford.
  • See the Cathedral of Galway.
  • View St. Patrick's Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick.
  • Visit Bunratty Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', Youghal, the Crystal Showroom at Waterford and the famine ship in New Ross.


  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing.
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation.
  • Ferry across the Shannon Estuary.
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences.
  • 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.

PRICE EXCLUDES: * Drinks & items of a personal nature* Optional Experiences * Excess baggage charges * Transportation to/from OR Tambo Airport* TIC Travel Insurance @ R 950 per person* Gratuities for Travel Director & Coach driver – R 750*.

PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO: - Airline levies currently R 3 400 subject to change until tickets are issued, Minimum 10 full paying passengers. Changes to confirmed reservation will incur an administration fee of R 300 per person, plus any additional costs related to the amendment. Tour Cancellation policy: Trafalgar must receive all cancellations and revisions in writing.

• Deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.

• 70 - 22 days prior to departure incur a 25% land cancellation penalty.

• 21 - 14 days prior to departure incur a 50% land cancellation penalty.

• 14 - Day of departure/no-show prior incur a 100% land cancellation penalty.

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