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Castles and Manors

8 Days 1 Country 10 Cities

A complete circle of Ireland including fairy tale castle and manor house stays.

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About this trip

A complete circle of Ireland including fairy tale castle and manor house stays. Visit the ancient city of Dublin, the wild Cliffs of Moher and the island's 'emerald' countryside. See the wilderness of Connemara and stay in Galway's Ballynahinch Castle, built in the 1580s by Donal O'Flaherty, the first husband of Ireland's fearsome pirate queen, Grace O'Malley.


Trip type: Hidden Journey

Trip code: BRCM

7 Nights

accommodation

12 Meals
  • 7 full breakfasts

  • 4 dinners

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Your Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland

Day 1

Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

Rock of Cashel, Ireland

Day 2

Dublin – Kildare – Cashel – Killarney (2 Nights)

Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 3

Ring of Kerry Excursion

Day 4

Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Connemara (2 Nights)

Kylemore Abbey, Co. Galway, Ireland

Day 5

Connemara Excursion

Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

Day 6

Connemara – Sligo – Roscommon

Dublin, Ireland

Day 7

Roscommon – Strokestown – Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

Day 8

Depart Dublin

Day 1

Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

Welcome to Dublin the lively Irish capital. This afternoon meet your Local Specialist for a guided tour. View St. Patrick's Cathedral, colourful Georgian Squares and the vibrant, modern city. Then raise a glass of the "black stuff" and drink in sweeping Dublin views at the Gravity Bar atop the Guinness Storehouse as you gain a Cultural Insight into this famous Irish product. Later savour free time and a Welcome Reception including dinner with Irish beer or wine.

Hotel

Radisson Blu St. Helens

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Dublin – Kildare – Cashel – Killarney (2 Nights)

Head across the rolling countryside to Kildare. Stop for a visit to the Irish National Stud for a Cultural Insight into the fascinating world of Ireland's thoroughbred industry. See the foaling unit, museum and of course the powerful and regal stallions. Visit the spectacular Rock of Cashel with a Local Specialist, where you view its majestic ecclesiastical ruins. Continue to Killarney, the town on the lakes where your evening is free.

Hotel

The Malton Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

Ring of Kerry Excursion

This morning enjoy free time in Killarney or you might wish to join a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk at Torc Waterfall. Later enjoy spectacular scenery, driving around the Ring of Kerry. Take in views of coast and sea, hills and green fields as you travel through this unspoiled land that has inspired artists and poets for centuries. The walk travels over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers need to be reasonably fit and have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and raingear. Approx. 3 miles/2 hours

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

Day 3

Day 4

Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Connemara (2 Nights)

Head north and stop to visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher, rising up to 700 feet above the Atlantic. Afterwards continue to County Galway and visit the Connemara Marble artisan workshop for a Cultural Insight where you will learn all about the famous green jade-like marble. Later continue through beautiful scenery to the magnificent Ballynahinch Castle for a relaxing two-night stay.

Hotel

Ballynahinch Castle Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 4

Day 5

Connemara Excursion

Drive through the scenic landscapes of Connemara, taking in views of rugged mountains, shimmering lakes and endless shades of green. Make a stop in the picturesque town of Clifden, set between the Twelve Bens Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Then on to visit Kylemore Abbey, a magnificent castellated structure built as a family home and now inhabited by a group of Benedictine nuns. The extensive walled Victorian garden is a delight to the senses. Later return to your castle hotel for dinner.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5

Day 6

Connemara – Sligo – Roscommon

Venture north to Sligo. Here, amid the hills and loughs that inspired the lyrical lines penned by the poet William Butler Yeats, you will be welcomed to a private home for a bit of food, fun, and poetry. Damien and Paula Brennan live in, a modern abode with rustic touches overlooking beautiful Lough Gill. Inside, you will find walls adorned with contemporary Irish paintings and a table set for a Be My Guest feast prepared by Paula, a noted chef. Damien is an expert on W.B. Yeats. Delicious food, fine company, and the poetry of Yeats come together for a heart-warming meal. Then travel to Roscommon and Kilronan Castle Hotel the ancestral home of the Tenison family and the legendary Colonel King Tenison. It is one of a few Irish castle estates that can trace its history back to royal families.

Hotel

Kilronan Castle Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

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

Day 6

Day 7

Roscommon – Strokestown – Dublin

This morning consider taking a luxurious relaxing cruise on the River Shannon. Stop for a visit to magnificent Strokestown Park House, an 18th century mansion with original furnishings. In the old stables is the Irish Famine Museum, one of the world's best private archives dedicated to the potato famine of the 1840s where you gain a Cultural Insight into the plight of the Irish people. Return to Dublin and relish a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends.

Hotel

Fitzpatrick Castle Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 7

Day 8

Depart Dublin

You will be transferred to the airport, where your Emerald Isle adventure concludes. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 8

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    In Killarney you will be accommodated at The Malton in the Town Centre. Unlimited, free rail travel for Lord Kenmore was the clincher to acquire the land needed for this Authentic Accommodation built over 160 years ago. Its prime central position next to the train station, and marvellous Victorian features have ensured enduring popularity. Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is your Authentic Accommodation in Galway, set in 450 acres of woodland, was built in the 18th century by the powerful Martyn family. The original castle dates back to the 1560s, when owner Donal O'Flaherty was married to Ireland's fearsome pirate queen, Grace O'Malley. Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa, Co. is set in forty acres of green meadows and ancient forest, the ancestral home of the Tenison family and the legendary Colonel King Tenison is an Authentic Accommodation that prides itself on its royal roots. Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel will be your Authentic Accommodation in Dublin. This grand hotel was originally built as a hunting lodge by Col. John Mapas in 1740. Run by the Fitzpatrick family for over 40 years, the hotel stands on the brow of Killiney Hill, with magnificent views over Dublin Bay.

  • Be My Guest
    There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met… Enjoy lunch and a few hours of pure poetry spent with Irish superhosts, Paula and Damien, against the beautiful backdrop of Yeats country

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour into what makes the perfect pint and enjoy one. Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm. Visit a Connemara Marble factory to see how this vivid green-coloured stone has been crafted into jewellery and figurines for generations, and visit the Irish National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park House, a stately 18th century mansion with walled gardens and woodlands

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Dublin, Cashel, Killarney and Sligo

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Dublin

    • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry and through Connemara

    • Orientation of Killarney, Galway and Sligo

    • See Dublin's Georgian Squares

    • View Torc Waterfall and the grave of W.B. Yeats in Drumcliff

    • Visit Guinness Storehouse, Irish National Stud, Rock of Cashel, Cliffs of Moher, Clifden, Kylemore Abbey and Strokestown Park House


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 full breakfasts

    • 4 dinners

    • 1 lunch
      (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

    • Services of a professional Irish Travel Director

    • 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


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

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Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


Unwind

Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 22 Reviews

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    Service rating : Our guide and driver saw to our needs and made this experience a great one.Product : I wasn't sure I would like the Yeats experience but was surprised. Thank you to our hosts.

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Our hotels were wonderful, along with the meals included. Our group of 25 were great people and our Tour Director, Allie Lister, was at a minimum EXCELLENT. She was always one step ahead of us. The hotel staff at each hotel were also Excellent, and have plans in the future to

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    Everything went perfectly without a hitch thanks to Alee and Johnny.

  • Trip:

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    Service rating : Our tour director Allie made a 4 star tour a 5 star with her knowledge and her fantastic personality .Product : The beginning of the trip was fantastic, the end visits were not so much.

  • Trip:

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    Our travel director was very knowledgeable about Ireland. The coach was clean and roomy. The hotels and food were wonderful. Only one day we were on the bus a little too long. Had to happen to see the beautiful country!

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    • Group Size: Itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.
    • Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.
    • This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company and Celtic Specialists - Brendan Vacations.
    • Arrive to Dublin a day or two prior to the start of your Guided Holiday and begin exploring this exciting city on your own. Ask your Trafalgar Specialist for accommodation and private transfer prices.
  • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
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  • 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. 

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