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Amazing Ireland

Operated by: Trafalgar

14 Days from $3,625 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Temple Bar storefront, Dublin, Ireland

Countries Visited

Ireland, United Kingdom ...more Ireland, United Kingdom

Locations Visited

Dublin, Belfast, Bushmills, Londonderry, Ballybofey, Belleek, Galway, Kylemore, Lahinch, Killarney, Blarney, Waterford, Kilkenny, New Ross ...more Dublin, Belfast, Bushmills, Londonderry, Ballybofey, Belleek, Galway, Kylemore, Lahinch, Killarney, Blarney, Waterford, Kilkenny, New Ross
  1. Day 1 Welcome to The Emerald Isle

    Embrace the warm welcome of the 'Emerald Isle' - its ancient heritage, legends and lore are yours to explore as you travel the length and breadth of this island and its tale of two nations. The charismatic capital of Dublin is our first stop on this epic journey, which begins as you join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your travels.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Maldron Kevin Street
  2. Day 2 Onwards to Beautiful Belfast

    Belfast beckons today and we journey to Northern Ireland for some time at leisure in this vibrant city. Join a Local Specialist to view the historic murals splashed across the walls of the nationalist and loyalist areas, and see the City Hall. Dive Into Culture at the Titanic Belfast Experience and gain a new perspective into the world's most famous ship and the tragedy that befell it. This evening, we dine in our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Maldron City
  3. Day 3 A Day at the Giant’s Causeway

    Visit the Giant's Causeway and Make Travel Matter during your visit, which helps to conserve this iconic landmark. Tread in the footsteps of Finn MacCool - his geometric Giant's Causeway is more the stuff of legends than the result of ancient volcanic activity which left its mark on the northern Irish coast. Admire the 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that fade into the sea. After a day of myths, legends and Hollywood blockbusters, consider tucking into an optional Fish and Chips dinner.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Journey to Londonderry and County Donegal

    Traversing Northern Ireland, we arrive at the old walled city of Londonderry on the Foyle River, where we join a Local Specialist who will take us to its most iconic sights. Delving into the former struggles of the region, we visit the People's Gallery in Bogside to view its poignant murals. We journey to County Donegal later, where we will spend the next two nights. This evening, enjoy a tasty dinner in our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Kee's
  5. Day 5 Admire Belleek’s Famous Pottery

    Explore the town of Donegal located at the mouth of the River Eske and Donegal Bay. Consider visiting the ancient Donegal Castle, once the stronghold of the O'Donnell clan. This afternoon, we visit Belleek where we'll Dive Into Culture and learn about the locally made Irish pottery for which the region is famous.

    meals Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Pilgrimage to Knock and on to County Galway

    The highlight of this morning's drive south for lovers of poetry is a view of the final resting place of celebrated Irish poet W.B. Yeats in Drumcliff. Continuing to the pilgrimage town of Knock, we visit the beautiful Marian Shrine where the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, and John the Evangelist are said to have made an appearance to the townsfolk in 1879. We continue to County Galway.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Maldron Oranmore
  7. Day 7 Admire Stunning Connemara

    The untamed landscapes of Connemara, set against rugged mountains and tranquil loughs, provide a soul-stirring backdrop for your scenic drive to Kylemore Abbey. This Benedictine monastery, built on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, features a magnificent Victorian Walled Garden, which we will have an opportunity to explore before returning to Galway. This afternoon, spend your free time exploring Galway's vibrant Latin Quarter, striking stone Cathedral or the 18th-century Eyre Square. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8 Explore the Cliffs of Moher and Killarney

    Our encounter with the rugged beauty of Ireland continues as we see the spectacular Cliffs of Moher plunging into the wild Atlantic over 200 metres below. The history of these inspiring cliffs is brought to life at the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition, before we journey along the scenic coastal route, through County Clare bound for Killarney. This evening is yours to spend as you wish, but perhaps we can tempt you with a bit of craic at a traditional Irish ceilidh to soak up the town's festive atmosphere.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel International
  9. Day 9 A Day on the Ring of Kerry

    Circle the mystical Ring of Kerry - among Ireland's most enchanting landscapes along which we'll have an opportunity to view the island's stunning scenery. Travel through Moll's Gap and take a moment to view the marvellous natural scenery at Ladies View. This evening is at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
  10. Day 10 See the Sights in Blarney, Cork and Waterford

    Your 'gift of the gab' secured after kissing the Blarney Stone this morning, we venture to Cork where we spend some time exploring the cosmopolitan city that rivals Dublin in its energy and charisma. Spend some free time visiting the famous food market or perhaps relax at one of the city's tearooms, indulging in fresh scones and tea. Our final stop today is in medieval Waterford where we'll spend the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Marina
  11. Day 11 Uncover the Treasures of Kilkenny

    A leisurely start to your morning could see you amble along Meagher's Quay, before you visit the House of Waterford, where you'll Dive Into Culture and witness the art of creating the exquisite crystal. Dive Into Culture again with a visit of Kilkenny Castle, an Anglo-Norman castle that sits majestically over the Nore River. We spend the rest of the afternoon on our own in Waterford, though you may wish to consider joining an Optional Experience trying your hand at Ireland's national sport, 'hurling'.

    meals Breakfast
  12. Day 12 Venture to Wexford and Return to Dublin

    Traverse beautiful County Wexford to the John F. Kennedy Arboretum - a peaceful retreat in New Ross with over 4,500 species of plants across 252 hectares dedicated to the former American president. We leave the enchanting outdoors behind and take a step back in time to the 1800s as we visit the three-masted Famine Ship Dunbrody. We'll Dive Into Culture, gaining insight into the tragic plight of the Irish emigrants, who were compelled to leave their home during the potato famine and endured even harsher conditions than at home in the 'coffin ships' that took them to new lands. We join the Fulvio family and Connect With Locals over dinner at a Be My Guest experience featuring Irish fare with an Italian twist, served at their Ballyknocken Farmhouse near Dublin.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Maldron Kevin Street
  13. Day 13 Discover Diverse Dublin

    We wander through Dublin this morning, joining a Local Specialist for a superb sightseeing tour that will see us view Trinity College and the magnificent Georgian Squares. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city on your terms. Indulge in a pint of the 'Black Stuff' at one of its many quaint pubs, admire the colourful performances on Grafton Street, or delve into its centuries-old history. This evening, let the rousing sounds of a traditional Irish cabaret tempt you for an Optional Experience that will have you dancing your way through the Dublin streets.

    meals Breakfast
  14. Day 14 Farewell Ireland

    Our memorable journey through Ireland is at its end. All that's left to say is slán abhaile to newfound friends as you prepare to depart for home. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers

    meals Breakfast
Amazing Ireland Small Groups
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 13 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Ferry across the Shannon estuary
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Belfast, Londonderry and Dublin with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Donegal, Galway, Cork and Waterford
  • Visit the Titanic Experience in Belfast, the Giant's Causeway, Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, the John F. Kennedy Arboretum and the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross, Kilkenny Castle and Waterford Crystal
  • View the Antrim Coast, W.B. Yeats's grave at Drumcliff and the Marian Shrine in Knock
  • See City Hall in Belfast, the Cathedral of Galway and Trinity College and the Georgian Squares in Dublin
  • Scenic Drive around the Ring of Kerry
  • Connect with Locals Traditional Irish fare with an Italian twist, served up at Ballyknocken Farmhouse near Dublin for a Be My Guest dinner with the charming Fulvio family on hand to share their story. (Day 12)
  • Make Travel Matter In Northern Ireland, your visit to the Giant's Causeway helps conserve this iconic natural landmark. (Day 3)
  • Dive into Culture Discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast. (Day 2) See traditional craftsmen at work at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre, one of the oldest working potteries in the world. (Day 5) Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour. (Day 11) Visit Kilkenny Castle, an 800-year-old Anglo-Norman stronghold, to learn about its colourful history. (Day 11) 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. (Day 12)

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


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: £41


The Story of Emigration

Take a drive across the border to visit the award-winning folk park in Omagh, where you'll stroll through three centuries of emigration. Explore old-style thatched cottages from Ireland. Exit an emigrant ship to the New World and visit the homes and paddocks of the settlers. There is also a themed indoor exhibition center.
Adult Price: £26


Dinner and Drinks in Derry/Londonderry

Join us for a cozy and relaxing evening with a three-course dinner and drinks in a locally-loved restaurant.
Adult Price: £47


Evening at a Locally-Acclaimed Restaurant

Travel through the lovely Finn Valley to the award-winning village of Glenties, where we’ll dine at a village tavern with Irish fare and craft beer. While dining on locally-produced dishes, we’ll also enjoy music and storytelling.
Adult Price: € 55


Where Eagles Dare

Visit the home of more than 100 eagles, hawks, owls and falcons from Ireland at a Raptor Research Centre in the green hills of Sligo. Scientists skillfully direct the birds as you watch them fly overhead. A safe and entertaining show for animal lovers.
Adult Price: € 22

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 marvelous Irish art of story-telling.
Adult Price: € 72


Irish Ceilidh Evening

The Irish Ceilidh epitomizes how music and dance were enjoyed in rural Ireland, especially on festive occasions. The craic - welcoming, jolly, fun and informal - is accompanied by plenty of food and drink. There's no more enjoyable way to understand Irish culture.
Adult Price: € 67

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: € 22


An Evening of Irish Entertainment with a Pub Supper

Tonight, we’ll travel by coach to a local pub for an evening of Irish entertainment with local musicians/singers, including a good hearty Pub supper.
Adult Price: € 48

Explore Waterford's 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


An Afternoon of Irish Fun and Music (Craic agus Ceol)

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 and a drink will greet you on returning to the pub.
Adult Price: € 29


Experience the Ancient Monastic Site of Glendalough

Enjoy a visit to one of the most important monastic sites in Europe, which dates back to the 6th century. Your Local Specialist will tell tales and show you around this sacred area, famous for its tranquil beauty amidst the rolling countryside of County Wicklow, the garden of Ireland.
Adult Price: € 25

Independent Reviews
Jo Ann Yost
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Our tour guide Carolyn Lynn and bus driver Nigel get 5 stars. We learned a fabulous amount of history especially regarding Northern Ireland and how it relates to todays politics. There was a lot of hours on the bus and I do not know how to change that considering all that we saw. One stop I could have done without was a 2 hour visit to a Catholic Church. It really had very little to do with Ireland history. There may however been others on the bus who where Catholic and appreciated this stop. More free time in Belfast and Dublin would have been nice. Our hotel in Belfast was too far out of town to do much in the city. The hotels were fine and met all of our needs. 2 were historic old hotels which was nice. There is no reason I would not consider traveling with Grand European and Trafalgar in the future.
I purchased very little other than a few souvenirs for friends and family
Marsha Meyer
Monday, August 5, 2019
It was so easy to book the trip. I called GET, told them what we wanted and when we wanted to go and it was done. Also, I have a particular food I need to stay away from. My GET agent was very helpful in showing me how to make sure I didn't get it on the plane.
Our trip was so much fun. Our tour guide was great. He was knowledgeable and funny. I would highly recommend this trip.
Trusted Customer
Friday, July 5, 2019
Very pleasant and helpful booking agent
Many good experiences; but driving 50 minutes for a not-so-special, "special" dinner, and lack of orienting info from guide at some sites were detracting.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear that and will share your comments with Trafalgar so they may review them and take it as an opportunity to improve.
Monday, July 8, 2019
Cheryl Barnhart
Saturday, October 6, 2018
The itinerary for Amazing Ireland was excellent. We covered a lot of ground but also got a good feel for the different areas we visited. Everything ran like clockwork thanks to Neil, our terrific tour guide.
We got a lot more from the trip then we thought we would.
Marianne Pfeifer
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Great trip! We loved 2 nights in each place. The daily itinerary was very good. We loved all the stops. The hotels were super. Our tour guide was great. He went over and above what most tour guides do. He even took us bog dancing. I feel a travel agent could have advised the family of 4 with a special needs child that this trip probably wasn't a good choice for them.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Wow! So happy to know you loved Ireland and had such a great time! Thanks for choosing GET and thanks for being a part of our travel family!
Friday, August 24, 2018
Well worth the money! Would travel with you again.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Great service from GET, but we were very disappointed with the Trafalgar tour. The sights we saw in Ireland were amazing, hence the "Amazing Ireland" tour title; however, the hotels we stayed in and the cities selected for our stay were HIGHLY disappointing--in fact, a couple of the hotels were real 'dumps!' Trafalgar loaded our tour with 48 people, and we did not appreciate the constant "pitches" by our tour guide to buy the "best" this or that. Yes, I know they get a kickback from each of these merchants and businesses, but really? It was honestly a bit much. I know quality when I see it, and I don't need to be told to buy something because they prosper from my purchase. I don't think I'll be traveling with Trafalgar again; however, I would use Grand European Travel in the future.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your honest feedback and apologize that the hotels were not up to standards on this trip. We will pass this along to Trafalgar';s Quality Control team for immediate review. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
I've learned you get what you pay for. Our Amazing Ireland tour was a good deal, but the places we stayed in were far from 3 stars.
Trusted Customer
Monday, July 16, 2018
First of all, our driver and tour director were excellent. I guess I should have read more closely, but several of the hotels were not the best. I guess you had to have a premium rating to get a centrally located hotel. We like to walk around our hotels, but found that most of them had nothing around them worth looking at. When we were at the Kees Hotel, we walked over a mile just to find something open which was a grocery store. The town looked dead. The Waterford Marina hotel sounded wonderful and first class. We were very disappointed there also. I know now not to go to Europe in the summer time because none of the hotels have air. Ireland had a record 2 week hot spell during our stay. Cruises will be the first choice during summer months. We know we will have great climate controlled rooms. Plus we were not seated together in ANY of our flights and had to pay extra to do so. That was because we were NOT sent our confirmation code. We had to call and ask for it. Even after paying for our seats, some were not where we wanted because we were so late in arranging it. On a long flight this was really unacceptable. This was our first experience with GET/Trafalgar. Something we will think about on our next travels.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry about your disappointment with your trip overall. While every destination and tour is unique, we do apologize for the location and condition of the hotels on this trip. We will be sure to share your feedback with Quality Control. As for your seats on your flights, our records show that we had you sitting together on all flights, but you chose to pay to upgrade your seats with American Airlines. Unfortunately we cannot control where seats would be located in those cases and ultimately the airline has control over all seats on the aircraft. Happily, you arrived to and from safely and we do appreciate your valuable feedback.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
I'm used to premium or better accommodations, so was disappointed.
Richard Barrett
Thursday, July 12, 2018
We have used Grand European before and were very satisfied with their service and attention to detail.
The tour was all that we thought it would be and more. Our guide, Aryan Taefi and driver, Darius were friendly, funny, informative, supportive and compassionate and we couldn't have asked for better care. We had one of our tour family have an accident on the second day and pass away. The compassion, sympathy and sadness shown by these two men showed me the depth of their goodness. Aryan was always there for us and we owe our lives to Darius and his expert driving on some of those tiny, windy roads were on. Now Aryan, Darius and GET didn't have anything to do with the weather, which was 2 drizzly days and 13 unusually sunny days, but we will give them credit for that anyway! Fun, Fun and more Fun
Response from Grand European Travel:
We were very saddened by the passing of the guest in your group and we can only imagine how it affected all of you. It is during times like these that we appreciate the skill and expertise of our Travel Directors and Guest Support staff. They really do a wonderful job. We are glad that you enjoyed Ireland, even if the weather wasn't fully cooperating.
Monday, July 16, 2018
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Every time I have called them, they are happy to help. Also, you get to speak to a person quickly - not an extensive number of push this, push that like so many companies. It is unusual today to have a company that actually wants to allow customers to interact with human beings - and theirs are very helpful, pleasant, and a delight to work with.
Loved the itinerary. Great picture of all of Ireland, including crossing the border into Northern Ireland. By carefully reading the description I was able to see the things in Dublin that weren't covered by the included tour. All other tours and optionals were excellent.
Martha Thatcher
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Our travel agent (Barbara Gardner) was professional and kept in contact with us right up to departure. She listened to our preferences and made flight arrangements that met our requests. The hotel arrangements were excellent, our travel guide (Stephanie) was excellent regarding the history of the area and considerate of the passengers. Our coach driver (Mike) was excellent.
After choosing Ireland and packing your suitcase all you need to do is enjoy the flight, meet your fellow travelers, enjoy hotel accommodations where your luggage is delivered to your room and taken to the coach on departure. Otherwise, you are free to enjoy the beautiful scenery and history of Ireland while you ride in comfort and meet new and interesting passengers.
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