Irish Highlights

7 Days 1 Country 13 Cities

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

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7 Days, 1 Country, 13 Cities

Irish Highlights

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    • St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated in Ireland on 12 March 2017 departure
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About this trip

Share a pint and some Irish 'craic' with new friends and you'll wish you'd stayed longer - your journey from Dublin through Ireland's lush counties and charming towns a taste of what you will enjoy on the Emerald Isle. From cathedrals and castles to exquisite Waterford crystal, stately city squares and scenic coastal drives, there's a lot to say 'sláinte' about.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: IRIH

6 Nights

accommodation

9 Meals
  • 6 full breakfasts

  • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Dublin

    • Scenic drive of the Ring of Kerry

    • Orientation of Galway, Limerick and Waterford

    • See the Cathedral of Galway

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

    • 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


What's Included

Dining

    • 6 full breakfasts

    • 3 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


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What's Included

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)

    • 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

    • 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 Highlights

Your Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland

Day 1

Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

King John

Day 2

Dublin – Galway – Limerick

Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland

Day 3

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

Molls Gap, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 4

Ring of Kerry Excursion

Blarney Castle, Co. Cork, Ireland

Day 5

Killarney – Blarney – Youghal - Waterford

Dublin, Ireland

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 where you meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a traditional Irish pub - the perfect introduction to Dublin.

Hotel

Ballsbridge

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Ballsbridge

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

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

This morning head towards Galway. See 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

Medieval Castle Banquet

Enjoy a banquet and medieval entertainment in the great hall of the castle. The court jester will make an appearance, as will the castle’s musicians and the ladies and gentlemen of the medieval court – giving you an evening you won’t forget.

Adult Price: €69.00

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

International

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

International

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: €65.00

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

Celtic Steps

Enjoy a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians and showcasing the music of Kerry and beyond.

Adult Price: €36.00

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

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

Fitzwilton/Waterford

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Fitzwilton/Waterford

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 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

Clayton Leopardstown

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Clayton Leopardstown

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

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Traditional Irish fare with an Italian twist is served up at Glenealy Farmhouse near Dublin with the charming Fulvio family on hand to share their story

  • 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

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Dublin

    • Scenic drive of the Ring of Kerry

    • Orientation of Galway, Limerick and Waterford

    • See the Cathedral of Galway

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

    • 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


What's Included

Dining

    • 6 full breakfasts

    • 3 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


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What's Included

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)

    • 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

    • 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 Service Rating from 177 Reviews

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    Service rating : Liam was always available and attentive.Product : Overall wonderful. There was some overlap in evening events being similar but that isn't necessarily a bad thing as gives some flexibility. The Be My Guest was one of the trip highlights. We also really enjoyed seeing a show on

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    Service rating : The tour was lots of fun with great experiences around every turn. Great food and accomodations( with the exception of Waterford were wonderful)Product : Fun times.We were offered lots of good experiences and the food was great.

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    Service rating : The director was able to identify sunique areas of interest, like the park the Angel of Peace, Marion Square in Dublin with the statue of Oscar Wilde, the Carmelite Church with the relics of St. Valentine, and Aggies. Our driver, Declan was remarkable in his ability to navigate

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    Service rating : Trip was amazing.Product : The itinerary was wonderful. I would however have loved to visit a Catholic church.

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    Excellent tour and tourguide

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