Enchanting Emerald Isle

8 Days 1 Country 10 Cities

Old-world Ireland comes to life as you journey across the Emerald Isle on this Country Explorer trip.

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About this trip

Centuries of Irish heritage and culture are revealed on this adventure across the windswept valleys of Ireland from Dublin's Crypt at Christ Church Cathedral to the Anglo-Norman Kilkenny Castle on the River Nore. See the 'lost' town of Newtown Jerpoint founded in the 12th century and visit a traditional Irish farm for tea, fresh scones and a bit of sheep herding.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: BRED

7 Nights

accommodation

12 Meals
  • 7 full breakfasts

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Dublin

    • Scenic cruise across the Shannon Estuary

    • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry

    • Orientation of Galway, Killarney and Kilkenny

    • See Dublin's Georgian Squares

    • View St. Patrick's Cathedral, the mountains of the Connemara and Torc Waterfall

    • Visit Strokestown Park House, Kylemore Abbey, Galway Cathedral, Rathbaun Farm, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny Castle and Trinity College


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 full breakfasts

    • 5 dinners
      (including 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)

    • Ferry across the Shannon estuary

    • 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


Enchanting Emerald Isle

Your Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland

Day 1

Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

Dublin, Ireland

Day 2

Dublin – Strokestown – Enniscrone

Galway Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland

Day 3

Enniscrone – Connemara – Galway

Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland

Day 4

Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (2 Nights)

Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 5

Ring of Kerry Excursion

Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

Day 6

Killarney – Blarney – Kilkenny

Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Day 7

Kilkenny – Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

Day 8

Depart Dublin

Day 1

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

Welcome to Dublin. Meet your Local Specialist this afternoon for a guided city tour. View the colourful doors in elegant Georgian Squares, St. Patrick's Cathedral and more. Later gather for a Welcome Reception and exclusive visit to the Crypt at Christchurch Cathedral. Built in 1172 the underground chambers house memorials, artefacts, and altar-pieces.

Hotel

Roganstown

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Roganstown

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Dublin – Strokestown – Enniscrone Day 2 - Dublin – Strokestown – Enniscrone

Admire the rolling green countryside as you cross from Dublin to Ballina. 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. After time to view the exhibits, continue to Enniscrone set on the River Moy.

Hotel

Diamond Coast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Diamond Coast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 2

Day 3

Enniscrone – Connemara – Galway Day 3 - Enniscrone – Connemara – Galway

Travel to the pretty town of Westport, then on to Connemara. Visit Kylemore Abbey, once a family home. Strikingly situated on Lake Kylemore, this 19th century neo-Gothic wonder now serves as a Benedictine monastery. After time to see the walled Victorian gardens, continue to Galway, the "City of Tribes". View Galway Cathedral, an impressive stone church dating back to only 1965.

Hotel

Connacht

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

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: €65.00

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 3

Day 4

Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (2 Nights) Day 4 - Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (2 Nights)

Gain a Cultural Insight into the life of a sheep farmer on a stop at a traditional Irish farm. Sip a cup of morning tea and enjoy a freshly baked scone, then watch the farmer herd sheep with the help of his dog. Afterward head to the coast and the rugged Cliffs of Moher. There's time to take in the endless ocean views before taking the ferry across the Shannon estuary and on to Killarney.

Hotel

Killarney Towers

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Killarney Towers

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 4

Day 5

Ring of Kerry Excursion Day 5 - Ring of Kerry Excursion

This morning enjoy free time in Killarney or stop at Torc Waterfall for a chance to join a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk, taking you along the lakeshore and past the farmlands of the 19th century Muckross Estate. Continue your day travelling around the Ring of Kerry, one of the most scenic drives on the Emerald Isle. Lakes, mountains, ocean and coast come together in a landscape that has inspired poets, artists and musicians for centuries. Please Note: The walk travels over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers need to be reasonably fit, have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and raingear. Approx. 3 miles/4.8 km/2 hours

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

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

Pub Dinner with Music in Killarney

Why not spend an evening at a Traditional Irish Pub? Enjoy dinner (including two drinks) followed by a night of Irish music, song, and dance all performed by talented locals. You’ll be invited to join in with the singing and dancing just like your ancestors did long ago!

Adult Price: €66.00

Day 5

Day 6

Killarney – Blarney – Kilkenny Day 6 - Killarney – Blarney – Kilkenny

Your first stop today is at Blarney Castle, where you'll have a chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone and receive the "gift of the gab". Browse through the Blarney Woollen Mills, then travel on to Co. Kilkenny. Here you will discover the 'lost' town of Newtown Jerpoint which was founded in the 12th century before meeting Joe and Maeve O'Connell at their home, Belmore House, where the town was unearthed. Hear the tale while relishing a Be My Guest dinner, before arriving at your hotel in Kilkenny.

Hotel

Kilkenny

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Kilkenny

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

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

Day 6

Day 7

Kilkenny – Dublin Day 7 - Kilkenny – Dublin

Visit Kilkenny Castle, an Anglo-Norman mansion that sits majestically over the River Nore, with a Local Specialist. In the castle basement you'll find the Butler Gallery, one of Ireland's most important art galleries outside of Dublin. Later return to Ireland's capital where you visit Trinity College to admire the Book of Kells. Toast the Emerald Isle with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner at a traditional Irish pub.

Hotel

Ballsbridge

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Hotel

Ballsbridge

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 7

Day 8

Depart Dublin Day 8 - Depart Dublin

Slan abhaile or "safe homeward" as you transfer to the airport where your holiday ends. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 8

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Travel to 12th century Ireland and explore the remains of the Lost Town of Newtown Jerpoint followed by a hearty Irish dinner with the O'Connells and a spot of Eton Mess

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit Strokestown Park House, a stately 18th century mansion with walled gardens and woodlands, home to the Irish National Famine Museum, and see Irish farm-life first-hand at a traditional sheep farm near Galway

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Dublin, Killarney and Kilkenny

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Dublin

    • Scenic cruise across the Shannon Estuary

    • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry

    • Orientation of Galway, Killarney and Kilkenny

    • See Dublin's Georgian Squares

    • View St. Patrick's Cathedral, the mountains of the Connemara and Torc Waterfall

    • Visit Strokestown Park House, Kylemore Abbey, Galway Cathedral, Rathbaun Farm, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny Castle and Trinity College


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 full breakfasts

    • 5 dinners
      (including 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)

    • Ferry across the Shannon estuary

    • 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


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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 19 Reviews

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    Service rating : The tour director was a control freak and wanted to treat the vacationers as children telling them their every move. The tourists paid around $3,000 pp and were all adults and didn't need to be barked at about every decision. This detracted from the overall experience

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    Service rating : My tour guild was great Leana she gave us cookies and chocolates,she was also very good on the history of Ireland.Product : Trafalgar is at a very good price and we got to see a lot of Ireland.I thought being a cheaper company we would not see that much.I was very happy with are

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    Service rating : The whole entire tour was excellent, Betty was an amazing tour director and the places we visited were so well planned and we loved every moment.Product : A fantastic itinerary which gave us a wonderful look at so many different places across Ireland. We loved seeing so many

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    Service rating : I found the tour guide very knowledgeable and pleasant. She seemed to open up and become more relaxed with the group after a few days on tour and it showed. She also picked up on the fact that our group really loved the Irish music/culture and as a result, she surprised us

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    Service rating : Excellent pre-tour communications.Pick up at Airport was good.Tour bus a bit crowded, but it's peak season.Overall is still excellent.Product : Still room for improvement on accommodations, maybe it's availability on the town itself.If we joint off peak season, some things could

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