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Irish Highlights

7 Days 1 Country 15 Cities

Explore Ireland, from Dublin and back, stopping at Limerick and the scenic Ring of Kerry along the way.

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About this trip

The fast-track to Ireland – this insight into the southern side takes you from Dublin and back again, stopping at Limerick, Waterford and the scenic Ring of Kerry along the way.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… smelling slow-baked apple and carrot cake as you join the Fulvio Family, in the heart of their home and try treasured family favourites like soda bread.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: WRIH

6 Nights

accommodation

9 Meals
  • 6 full breakfasts.

  • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Dublin

    • Orientation of Galway, Limerick and Waterford

    • 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

    • View Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, the Cathedral of Galway, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick

    • Scenic drive of the Ring of Kerry


What's Included

Dining

    • 6 full breakfasts.

    • 3 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Ferry across the Shannon Estuary.

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


Irish Highlights

Your Itinerary

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Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland

Day 1

Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

King John

Day 2

Dublin – Galway – Limerick

Day 3

Limerick – Bunratty – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (2 Nights)

Molls Gap, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 4

Ring of Kerry Excursion

Waterford Crystal, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Day 5

Killarney – Blarney – Youghal – Waterford

Day 6

Waterford – New Ross – Co. Wicklow – Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

Day 7

Depart Dublin

Day 1

Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing Day 1 - Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

Spend the morning relaxing or exploring this vibrant, friendly city. 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 at a traditional Irish pub – the perfect introduction to Dublin.

Hotel

Mespil

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Mespil

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Dublin – Galway – Limerick Day 2 - Dublin – Galway – Limerick

This morning head towards Galway. View 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

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Greenhills

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Traditional Irish Evening

Tonight we'll travel to the Parish of Kilcornan, where we'll be welcomed by the Delaney Family. We'll enjoy an evening of fun with Maureen's home cooking, drink and storytelling by the fire.

Adult Price: €59.00

Day 2

Day 3

Limerick – Bunratty – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (2 Nights) Day 3 - 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

Killarney Avenue

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Killarney Avenue

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Ghost Coach and Irish Supper

Travel on your private Ghost Coach for a haunted tour of Killarney, followed by a hearty supper in a local pub or restaurant with a drink and local entertainment included. Spooky and fun!

Adult Price: €65.00

Day 3

Day 4

Ring of Kerry Excursion Day 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 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 breathtaking beyond words.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • 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

Sports and Music - Irish Style

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the ancient sport of hurling over a drink at the 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, a drink and live music will greet you on returning to the pub.

Adult Price: €27.00

Day 4

Day 5

Killarney – Blarney – Youghal – Waterford Day 5 - Killarney – Blarney – Youghal – Waterford

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 visit the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh before arriving in Waterford. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Marina

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Marina

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

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 5

Day 6

Waterford – New Ross – Co. Wicklow – Dublin Day 6 - 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

Mespil

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Mespil

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 6

Day 7

Depart Dublin Day 7 - Depart Dublin

Say goodbye after your unforgettable journey through the friendly Emerald Isle. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 7

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Dublin.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit the three-masted barque Dunbrody, a replica of one of the original famine ships used during emigration from Ireland in the 1800's.
    Visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop.

  • Be My Guest
    In the lush countryside surrounding Dublin we visit a beautiful old farmhouse. Wander through the herb garden or take in the breathtaking scenery around this unique home. Enjoy traditional Irish dishes.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Dublin

    • Orientation of Galway, Limerick and Waterford

    • 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

    • View Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, the Cathedral of Galway, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick

    • Scenic drive of the Ring of Kerry


What's Included

Dining

    • 6 full breakfasts.

    • 3 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Ferry across the Shannon Estuary.

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 17 Reviews

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    Everything on the tour was as expected, from the pickup at the airport to the tour itself. Good itinerary and very knowledgeable courteous staff.

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    Service rating : Our guide was very knowledgeable, helpful, and mindful of the needs of older travelers. She took very good care of us.Product : The places we went we were able to see well as the time allotments were good. We visited most of the places of interest and were allowed to explore on

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    Service rating : Brenard was wonderful, he was funny, informed and interested in each of us. The hotels were comfortable and accomadationg, food was great and coach was comfortable and Steve was an excellent driver.Product : The included dinners awesome giving us an opportunity to get

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    Service rating : ImpressiveProduct : Just what I imagined Ireland would be like!!

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    Service rating : Our tour director, Valerie Foley left no stone unturned to make sure we all had the perfect holiday.Product : Loved the tour director/& driver. Great sights...wonderful food...all around great.

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    • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights: The 21 December 2016 departure will be accommodated in Cork to celebrate Christmas. The 28 December 2016 departure will toast New Year's Eve in Killarney. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.
    • St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated in Ireland on the departure 12 March 2017.
    • Special Rate Solo Rooming: Departures 27 November 2016, 22 January and 19 February 2017 include 40-100% discount on our standard single supplement.
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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).  
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