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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 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

          All transport shown.

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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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          Day 4

          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

          Day 11

          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

          Hotel

          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

          Optional Experiences

          Belfast Walk with Fish and Chips

          What better way to soak up the atmosphere of this lively city than to join a local specialist for a stroll through its hidden side streets? We'll have an included drink in a historic pub and continue to a local restaurant for a quintessentially traditional meal; fish and chips.

          Adult Price: £39.00

          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

          Optional Experiences

          Dinner and Drinks in Derry

          Join us and the the rest of the group for a cosy and relaxing evening of dinner and a drink in a locally-loved restaurant.

          Adult Price: £42.00

          Day 3

          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

          Optional Experiences

          Experience the Inishowen Peninsula

          Enjoy a guided visit to the Inishowen Peninsula. This spectacular circuit will take you on a journey to the most north-western tip of Ireland. Here you'll visit Grianan Aileach, a circle stone fort which was the royal seat of the O'Neill clan, situated amongst spectacular views.

          Adult Price: £19.00

          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

          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: €67.00

          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

          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: €65.00

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          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

          Optional Experiences

          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 8

          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

          Optional Experiences

          Sports and Music - Irish Style

          Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the ancient sport of hurling at a local pub. Moving outside, you’ll enjoy a live demonstration by village locals and even have a chance to try your hand at this game, said to be the oldest and fastest field sport in the world. Later, live music will greet you on returning to the pub.

          Adult Price: €27.00

          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
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            • 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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