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Best of Ireland

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See the jewels in Ireland's crown on this Country Explorer trip, passing through Dublin, Limerick and more.

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      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Double-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 traveling as part of a family group. 
      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      About this trip

      Ravishingly beautiful and enchanting to explore, you'll soon learn why the Irish say if you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough… Visit the Connemara region, an unspoilt part of Western Ireland featured in John Wayne's 'The Quiet Man'. See the stronghold of the O'Donnell Clan and beautiful Adare, one of Ireland's prettiest villages.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: IRBO

      9 Nights

      accommodation

      15 Meals
      • 9 full breakfasts

      • 1 cream tea (Be My Guest)

      • 5 dinners

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Dublin

        • Scenic drives along the Ring of Kerry

        • Orientation of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Galway and Donegal

        • See the Cathedral of Galway

        • View St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick and Donegal Castle

        • Visit the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, 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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 full breakfasts

        • 1 cream tea
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        • 5 dinners


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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)

        • 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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      Your Itinerary

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      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 1

      Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

      Waterford Crystal, Co. Waterford, Ireland

      Day 2

      Dublin – Co. Wicklow – New Ross – Waterford

      Blarney Castle, Co. Cork, Ireland

      Day 3

      Waterford – Youghal – Blarney – Co. Kerry (2 Nights)

      Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry, Ireland

      Day 4

      Ring of Kerry Excursion

      Adare, Co. Limerick, Ireland

      Day 5

      Co. Kerry – Adare – Bunratty – Limerick

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      Day 6

      Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (2 Nights)

      Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

      Day 7

      Connemara Excursion and High Tea at Westport House

      Donegal Castle, Co. Donegal, Ireland

      Day 8

      Galway – Knock – Donegal – Sligo

      Hapenny Bridge, Dublin, Ireland

      Day 9

      Sligo – Dublin

      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 10

      Depart Dublin

      Day 1

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

      Write your own lively tale of legends and iconic landscapes during this epic encounter with Ireland's treasures. We begin our journey in the whimsical capital of Dublin joining a Local Specialist to see the sights. Irish history takes centre stage this evening as we visit Glasnevin Trust for an informative and poignant tour with a Local Specialist where we'll hear stories about some of the country's bravest characters and enjoy a Welcome Reception of drinks and canapés with our fellow travellers and Travel Director.

      Hotel

      Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Dublin – Co. Wicklow – New Ross – Waterford Day 2 - Dublin – Co. Wicklow – New Ross – Waterford

      Meander through the scenic countryside of County Wicklow, The Garden of Ireland, and on to New Ross - the ancestral home town of John F. Kennedy. Gain a Cultural Insight into the plight of the starving Irish emigrants who boarded the Dunbrody Famine Ship to flee the potato famine before arriving in Waterford, where we'll stay overnight. This afternoon, we celebrate the centuries-old craft of flint glass creations during a Cultural Insight tour at the House of Waterford Crystal where we'll see talented master craftsmen at work.

      Hotel

      Dooley's/Fitzwilton

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Dooley's/Fitzwilton

      Meals

      • 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 2

      Day 3

      Waterford – Youghal – Blarney – Co. Kerry (2 Nights) Day 3 - Waterford – Youghal – Blarney – Co. Kerry (2 Nights)

      Journey via the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh, and pursue the 'gift of the gab' at Blarney Castle where you'll have a chance to kiss the famous stone. Arrive in Co. Kerry for a two night stay.

      Hotel

      Killarney Towers/Manor West Tralee

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Killarney Towers/Manor West Tralee

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Ring of Kerry Excursion Day 4 - Ring of Kerry Excursion

      Ireland's breathtaking Ring of Kerry takes centre stage today as we embark on a scenic drive past its mountains, lakes and lush green countryside - unquestionably one of the most magical and varied places in Ireland. We'll see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, Moll's Gap and Black Valley, whose remoteness saw it become the last area in Ireland to receive electricity.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      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

      Irish Folk Theatre and Dinner

      Join us as we embrace the folklore and spirit of old Ireland’s life and times, when even the most everyday chore would be celebrated. Siamsa Tire players will cast a charm you'll remember forever. Beforehand, enjoy a hearty Irish meal in a local restaurant. This experience will be offered for those trips that stay at Tralee.

      Adult Price: €69.00

      Gaelic Roots

      A tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance, Gaelic roots showcases Ireland at its best. Using traditional instruments, Irish dance and time-honoured folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.

      Adult Price: €33.00

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Co. Kerry – Adare – Bunratty – Limerick Day 5 - Co. Kerry – Adare – Bunratty – Limerick

      Meandering through the windswept countryside with rugged landscapes, we arrive in Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. Enjoy views of St. Mary's Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and the 13th century King John's Castle at the heart of Limerick during your orientation tour. Delve into Ireland's fascinating day-to-day of life in the 18th and 19th centuries during an included visit this afternoon to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, before continuing to your hotel.

      Hotel

      Radisson/Greenhills

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Radisson/Greenhills

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Irish Ceilidh Evening

      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.

      Adult Price: €64.00

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (2 Nights) Day 6 - Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (2 Nights)

      We journey to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and see the history of these imposing sheer cliffs that plunge into the Atlantic waters below, brought to life with a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Later, we arrive in Galway enjoying some time at leisure to see its beautiful stone Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square.

      Hotel

      Connacht

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Connacht

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      City of the Tribes Walk and Dinner

      Join us on a stroll in the centre of the bustling medieval port of Galway. Then, we'll meet our local specialist who will enthral us with stories as we meander through the streets while taking in the main historical sights. Enjoy a hearty three-course meal with a choice of classic traditional Irish dishes. One drink will be included.

      Adult Price: €49.00

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Connemara Excursion and High Tea at Westport House Day 7 - Connemara Excursion and High Tea at Westport House

      Connemara's 'savage beauty' is yours to explore today as we tread in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde who described its "wild mountainous splendour" as magnificent. Admire the views on this scenic drive to Kylemore Abbey, now a Benedictine monastery, where we will embark on an included visit to the country's most romantic castle and walk through its exquisite Victorian Walled Garden. Our journey takes us to Westport House where we'll indulge in a memorable Be My Guest afternoon tea with tales of the Pirate Queen, and enjoy Banoffee and Baileys flavours in the Old Kitchens of this stately 16th century home.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner

      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 7

      Day 8

      Galway – Knock – Donegal – Sligo Day 8 - Galway – Knock – Donegal – Sligo

      Heading north, we stop in the pilgrimage town of Knock to view the Marian Shrine where villagers witnessed an Apparition of Our Lady in 1878. We continue to Drumcliff to see the final resting place of the beloved Irish poet W.B Yeats set against the backdrop of the Benbulben Mountains - his simple headstone inscribed with a self-penned epitaph. Our next stop is in Donegal to view the castle which was once the stronghold of the O'Donnell Clan. We arrive in Sligo this evening, our home for the night.

      Hotel

      Clayton

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Clayton

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      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

      Scenic Drive And Dinner

      This evening you’ll discover the beauty of the land, as we take a scenic drive off the beaten track. Later, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant with a choice of drink included.

      Adult Price: €45.00

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Sligo – Dublin Day 9 - Sligo – Dublin

      Meandering south to Dublin, we enjoy some free time to enjoy the village atmosphere of this lively multicultural city. Walk down Grafton street and admire the colourful street performers, stroll along the Liffey and cross the Ha'penny Bridge. This evening, we close the chapter on an epic journey through Ireland, joining our fellow travellers for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

      Hotel

      Clayton

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Clayton

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Depart Dublin Day 10 - Depart Dublin

      After a hearty Irish breakfast, we bid our Travel Director and fellow travellers a fond farewell as our Irish holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 10

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      The Trafalgar Difference

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        Enjoy a traditional High Tea hosted in the Drawing Room of a stately 16th century home near the charming town of Westport

      • Cultural Insights
        Explore the tragic history of Ireland's famine emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, a replica of one of the original famine ships used in the 1800s, and learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Dublin

      • MAKE A DIFFERENCE
        JoinTrafalgar - Visit to 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.

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        • City tour in Dublin

        • Scenic drives along the Ring of Kerry

        • Orientation of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Galway and Donegal

        • See the Cathedral of Galway

        • View St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick and Donegal Castle

        • Visit the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, 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


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        • 9 full breakfasts

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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)

        • 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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