Best of Ireland - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

10 days

from R22950 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Trafalgar is a first class company"
Kevin , Jul 2014

Our in-depth focus on Eire, this round-trip reveals how Ireland's landscapes determine its lifestyle, uniting popular essentials like kissing the Blarney Stone with unique meetings with local characters.

It's Insider moments like… foraging for wildflowers, free-growing herbs and seaweed on the untamed Atlantic shores near Lahinch, before taking them back to our Irish friend's home to see how they're used in local dishes.

Trip type:
Country Explorer
Trip code:
IRBO

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Trip Itinerary

  • 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, before enjoying a Welcome Reception on a canal barge cruising along Dublin's 200 year old canals.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Ballsbridge

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Marina

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Dromhall/Randles Court

  • 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 photographers 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

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Radisson Blu

  • 6.

    LIMERICK – BUNRATTY – CLIFFS OF MOHER – GALWAY (2 NIGHTS)

    Explore Bunratty Castle and Folk Park dedicated to life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th century. Later arrive on the dramatic and rugged coast for a unique Be My Guest lunch experience which includes foraging for local wild plants before sitting down for a hearty lunch with spectacular views. 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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining,Dinner

    Hotel

    Connacht

  • 7.

    CONNEMARA EXCURSION

    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 Twelve Bens mountain range 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. Arrive later in Galway where you have free time to view the cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 8.

    GALWAY – KNOCK – CO. DONEGAL EXCURSION – DONEGAL

    Heading north we 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. Explore the region of Donegal where old traditions still play a part in everyday life. In the town of Donegal, see the castle which was once the stronghold of the O'Donnell clan.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Kee's Authentic Accommodation

  • 9.

    DONEGAL – DUBLIN

    This morning, enjoy a scenic drive through lush countryside and past loughs.  On arrival in Dublin you will have plenty of 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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

    Hotel

    Ballsbridge

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation

    Kee's Hotel in Donegal, Ireland.
  • Be My Guest

    Enjoy foraging for food on the nearby beach before your home cooked lunch close to the town of Lahinch.
  • Cultural Insights

    Visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship to gain an insight into the plight of Irish Emigrants in the 1800's.
    Visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop.
  • Local Specialists

    in Dublin.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Scenic drives along the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula
  • City tour of Dublin
  • Orientation of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Galway and Donegal
  • View St Patrick's Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick and the Cathedral of Galway and Donegal Castle
  • Visit the 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

Dining

  • 9 full breakfasts.
    5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 3 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).
    1 lunch (Be My Guest).

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • 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

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Waterford

  • Irish Folk Fun

    Adult Price: €26.00 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, dance and play music for you.
  • Explore Waterford's Viking History

    Adult Price: €16.00 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".

Killarney

  • Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

    Adult Price: €20.00 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.
  • Musical Theatre Evening and Dinner

    Adult Price: €65.00 Tonight we experience the folklore and spirit of the Emerald Isle through music, song and dance. You will be enthralled by the performances which cast a spell which will stay with you forever. Enjoy a pre-show dinner at local restaurant.

Galway

  • Galway Castle Banquet

    Adult Price: €64.00 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.

Limerick

  • Irish Ceilidh Evening

    Adult Price: €60.00 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.

Sligo

  • Luxurious River Shannon Cruise

    Adult Price: €27.00 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 tea, coffee and homemade Irish scones on the luxurious Moon River Pleasure Cruiser.

Londonderry

  • Historic Derry Tour and Pub Visit

    Adult Price: €24.00 Join us for a walking tour of this incredible walled city. Then, enjoy a refreshing drink in a nearby pub with the locals.
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