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Temple Bar storefront, Dublin, Ireland
14 Days
2 Countries

Ireland, Northern Ireland

16 Cities

Dublin, Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Londonderry, County Donegal, Belleek, Knock, Galway, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Blarney, Cork, Waterford, Kilkenny, New Ross

18 Meals

5 Dinners, 13 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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Take your time to soak up all that this leisurely Ireland trip has to offer. From iconic sights like the Titanic Belfast and Giant’s Causeway to heartfelt moments and a tasty meal with a celebrity chef at her home in Ballyknocken, this is Ireland at its finest.

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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 Dinner. 

 

 

The Temple Bar Pub in Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation Maldron Hotel Kevin Street Dublin
Included Meals Dinner

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.

Titanic Belfast in Northern Ireland
Accommodation Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Discover the story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction in Belfast
Discover the story of the Titanic at the visitor attraction in Belfast

Discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast.

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Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to hear about the history of the city and learn of its progress and current prosperity. See the murals in different locatio...

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Iconic Experience

Day 3

A Day at the Giant’s Causeway

Visit the Giant’s Causeway for a memorable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, which will help 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.

Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland
Accommodation Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast
Included Meals Breakfast
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Discover the legend of the Giant's Causeway with an expert
Visit Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland you'll discover the legend of the Giant's Causeway as you explore with an expert, who'll explain how your visit helps conserve this iconic natural landmark.

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Walk with fish and chips in Belfast, Northern Ireland
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 h...

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Optional Experiences

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.

Peace Bridge in Derry, Northern Ireland
Accommodation Kee's Hotel Donegal
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Peace Bridge in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Londonderry City Tour

With a Local Specialist explore inside the city walls. See the Gothic Guildhall and the Georgian houses of Shipquay Street.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Explore the story of three centuries of Irish emigration at the Ulster American Folk Park
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 ol...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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.

Coastline of County Donegal, Ireland
Accommodation Kee's Hotel Donegal
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Visit the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre and see traditional craftsmen at work in Northern Ireland
Discover one of the oldest working potteries in the word at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Center

See traditional craftsmen at work at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Center, one of the oldest working potteries in the world.

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Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Dinner and drinks in County Donegal, Ireland
Local Dinner and Drinks

Join us for a cozy and relaxing evening with a three-course dinner and drinks in a locally-loved restaurant.

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Irish fare and craft beer in Glenties, County Donegal, Ireland
An Evening of Food and Folklore

Visit the 150 year old Biddy O'Barnes, within the Bluestack Mountains in Country Donegal. Enjoy a night of renowned Irish hospitality in this award...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Dinner at Derry's Walled City Brewery

Dine this evening at the popular Walled City Brewery - located in the heart of Derry city! Learn about the history of the brewery with a visit to t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Pilgrimage to Knock and on to Galway

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 complete the day's journey in Galway.

Gravestone Knock in Ireland
Accommodation Maldron Hotel Oranmore Galway
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Visit the beautiful Marian Shrine in Knock, Ireland
Knock Marian Shrine Visit

In the pilgrimage town of Knock, visit the beautiful Marian Shrine, where the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and John the Evangelist are said to have ap...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Walking tour and dinner in Galway, Ireland
City of Tribes Walk and Dinner

Join us in the center of Galway for a stroll with our Local Specialist who will enthral us with stories of this bustling medieval port, as we meand...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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.

Kylemore Abbey in County Galway, Ireland
Accommodation Maldron Hotel Oranmore Galway
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Kylemore Abbey in County Galway, Ireland
Visit Kylemore Abbey

Visit the turreted Neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey. This monastery was founded in 1920 for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I.

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Iconic Experience

Day 8

Explore the Cliffs of Moher and Killarney

Our sightseeing trip across the rugged beauty of Ireland continues as we see the spectacular UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher plunging into the wild Atlantic over 200 meters below. At the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition, you’ll get an enchanting bird’s eye view of the nooks and crannies where colonies of Atlantic Puffin find sanctuary and go beneath the surface to explore the ancient rocks. The inspiring views continue as 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.

Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
Accommodation International Hotel Killarney
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
See the Cliffs of Moher

Stop by the Exhibition Center and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Irish Ceilidh evening in Limerick, Ireland
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 ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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 marvelous natural scenery at Ladies View. This evening is at leisure.

Sheep at The Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Accommodation International Hotel Killarney
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Jaunting cart ride from Killarney, Ireland
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.

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

See the Sights in Blarney, Cork and Waterford

Your 'gift of the gab' secured after kissing the Blarney Stone this morning, we then 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.

Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland
Accommodation Waterford Marina Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Blarney Castle and gardens, Blarney, Ireland
Visit Blarney Castle

It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience River Lee in Cork, Ireland
Visit the Charming City of Cork

Your Travel Director will show you the Grand Parade and South Mall, along with City Hall and the Opera House.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Evening of Irish entertainment with a pub supper in Cork, Ireland
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.

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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. Travel to the medieval city of Kilkenny, home to the world's fastest field game. The ancient Celtic sport of hurling is over 3,000 years old and Ireland's national sport. Meet an experienced player who will share his passion, as you test your skills during a lesson. We spend the rest of the afternoon on our own in Waterford.

Kilkenny Castle in Ireland
Accommodation Waterford Marina Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal, Waterford
Tour the House of Waterford Crystal Workshop

Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Meet an experienced hurling player for a fun demonstration, Ireland
Learn about Hurling from an Experienced Player

Meet an experienced hurling player for a fun session to learn about and try for yourself this 3,000-year-old discipline and proud legacy of Ireland's heritage.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Colourful street in Kilkenny, Ireland
An Afternoon of Irish Fun and Music (Craic agus Ceol)

Feel like a local at this authentic Irish Pub with an afternoon of live music and a drink

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Walking tour with pub visit in Waterford, Ireland
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 storie...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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 Dunbrody Famine Ship. 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.

Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross, Ireland
Accommodation Maldron Hotel Kevin Street Dublin
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Experience the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross
Discover the tragic history of the Dunbrody Famine Ship

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.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Be My Guest Visit Glenealy House and the charming Fulvio family in Wicklow, Ireland
Join the Fulvio Family at Glenealy House to Enjoy Traditional Irish Fare with an Italian Twist

Traditional Irish fare with an Italian twist is served up at Glenealy House near Dublin with the charming Fulvio family on hand to share their story.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience
John F. Kennedy Arboretum

Dedicated to the memory of John F. Kennedy, whose great-grandfather was born nearby, this arboretum contains a plant collection of presidential proportions.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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 colorful 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.

Guinness in Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation Maldron Hotel Kevin Street Dublin
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience The Hapenny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin City Tour

A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit the Irish countryside and Glendalough, Ireland
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...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner and show in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

Enjoy an evening of fine food and fun as Ireland’s history unfolds with comedy, song and dance. You’ll be tapping your toes and joining in the show...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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.

River Liffey and Hapenny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Dive Into Culture
Discover the story of the Titanic at the visitor attraction in Belfast

Discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Belfast City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to hear about the history of the city and learn of its progress and current prosperity. See the murals in different locatio...

See More
Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland you'll discover the legend of the Giant's Causeway as you explore with an expert, who'll explain how your visit helps conserve this iconic natural landmark.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Londonderry City Tour

With a Local Specialist explore inside the city walls. See the Gothic Guildhall and the Georgian houses of Shipquay Street.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover one of the oldest working potteries in the word at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Center

See traditional craftsmen at work at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Center, one of the oldest working potteries in the world.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Knock Marian Shrine Visit

In the pilgrimage town of Knock, visit the beautiful Marian Shrine, where the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and John the Evangelist are said to have ap...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Kylemore Abbey

Visit the turreted Neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey. This monastery was founded in 1920 for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See the Cliffs of Moher

Stop by the Exhibition Center and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Blarney Castle

It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the Charming City of Cork

Your Travel Director will show you the Grand Parade and South Mall, along with City Hall and the Opera House.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Tour the House of Waterford Crystal Workshop

Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Learn about Hurling from an Experienced Player

Meet an experienced hurling player for a fun session to learn about and try for yourself this 3,000-year-old discipline and proud legacy of Ireland's heritage.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the tragic history of the Dunbrody Famine Ship

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.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Join the Fulvio Family at Glenealy House to Enjoy Traditional Irish Fare with an Italian Twist

Traditional Irish fare with an Italian twist is served up at Glenealy House near Dublin with the charming Fulvio family on hand to share their story.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
John F. Kennedy Arboretum

Dedicated to the memory of John F. Kennedy, whose great-grandfather was born nearby, this arboretum contains a plant collection of presidential proportions.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Dublin City Tour

A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Ferry across the Shannon estuary
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

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 Center, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, the John F. Kennedy Arboretum and the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross and Waterford Crystal
View the Antrim Coast 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 Cruise across the Shannon Estuary
Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
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 h...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 ol...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Local Dinner and Drinks

Join us for a cozy and relaxing evening with a three-course dinner and drinks in a locally-loved restaurant.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
An Evening of Food and Folklore

Visit the 150 year old Biddy O'Barnes, within the Bluestack Mountains in Country Donegal. Enjoy a night of renowned Irish hospitality in this award...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner at Derry's Walled City Brewery

Dine this evening at the popular Walled City Brewery - located in the heart of Derry city! Learn about the history of the brewery with a visit to t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
City of Tribes Walk and Dinner

Join us in the center of Galway for a stroll with our Local Specialist who will enthral us with stories of this bustling medieval port, as we meand...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
An Afternoon of Irish Fun and Music (Craic agus Ceol)

Feel like a local at this authentic Irish Pub with an afternoon of live music and a drink

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 storie...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

Enjoy an evening of fine food and fun as Ireland’s history unfolds with comedy, song and dance. You’ll be tapping your toes and joining in the show...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn more >

Current Entry Requirements Check your destination View Entry Guide >

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Republic of Ireland, also known simply as Ireland, is a sovereign nation located in the northwestern part of Europe. It occupies most of the island of Ireland and is an independent country separate from the United Kingdom, with its own government, institutions, and culture.
  • When referring to the two distinct regions on the island of Ireland, "Northern Ireland" is used to describe the region that is part of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland). This term specifically denotes the six counties in the northeastern part of the island.
  • Language of Ireland: Irish is the official language of the Republic of Ireland, and you'll hear it spoken in Northern Ireland as well.
  • Currencies used in Ireland: Euro (€) is used in the Republic of Ireland, the British Pound Sterling (£) is used in Northern Ireland
  • Capital Cities: Dublin (Rep. Ireland), Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  • Time Zone(s) in Ireland: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1) during daylight saving time

Ireland passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Ireland
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The weather in Ireland is heavily influenced by its maritime location, resulting in mild, temperate conditions. The climate is characterized by frequent rainfall and changeable weather patterns throughout the year. Winters are generally mild, with average temperatures ranging from 4°C to 8°C (39°F to 46°F), while summer temperatures average between 14°C to 20°C (57°F to 68°F) in coastal areas. Rainfall is frequent throughout the year, with the western and northwestern coastal regions experiencing higher precipitation levels. The weather is often changeable, with a mix of sunny spells, rain showers, and cloud cover. The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream influence Ireland's climate, helping to moderate temperatures.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.
  • Type G outlets are used throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    Adapters are used to change the plug style from American-style plugs with two flat prongs to fit into these outlets, which take three rectangular prongs.
  • You will need a plug adapter and voltage converter to use your appliances in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in European and United Kingdom hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.
  • Most hotels in Europe or the UK can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport Transfers for Europe flights not arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold 
  • Your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings

Airport Transfers for Europe flights arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold
  • You booked your land tour and flights as a land/air package through GET. If you book your flights independently via London Heathrow, you can *purchase a transfer through us.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Hector Davila
Review date: Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Service
Booking was east with clear directions. Maybe add more shuttle times. Quiet expensive cab ride from airport to Dublin for us as we arrived after last shuttle time.
Vacation
Ireland is filled with very friendly people. The Irish know how to have a good time. Everything was great except a few things. The stay in Galway was less then pleasant. Not GET tour groups fault. The hotel had terrible breakfast service. We had a set time for breakfast but another tour group (French) rushed in before their scheduled time and took most of the set tables. We had to wait 30 minutes until a sole worker came out to reset tables. By then it was time to leave. Last night should be a free evening to pack and get rest before a long trip. We had a dinner and show on ou last day which was great however, it lasted well into the evening. Our guide, Carol Lynn and driver Sala were the best.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your suggestions and honest feedback. We will be sure to share them with the Tour Operator and Quality Control team. Thank you also, for sharing your photo. We love it!
Thursday, July 6, 2023
Rebecca Race
Review date: Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Service
The specialist I talked to on the phone when I booked was very helpful and kept me informed through email. I would definitely book through GET again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so excited to hear you enjoyed your trip to Ireland. It sounds like you had fun and learned a lot as well. That's exactly what we like to hear from our guests! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Your feedback is appreciated.
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Vacation
Ireland is an amazing country. Our tour guide and driver were fun, informative and knowledgeable about all the areas we visited.
Jo Ann Yost
Review date: Saturday, October 5, 2019
Service
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.
Vacation
I purchased very little other than a few souvenirs for friends and family
Marsha Meyer
Review date: Monday, August 5, 2019
Service
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.
Vacation
Our trip was so much fun. Our tour guide was great. He was knowledgeable and funny. I would highly recommend this trip.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, July 5, 2019
Service
Very pleasant and helpful booking agent
Vacation
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
Review date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Service
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.
Vacation
We got a lot more from the trip then we thought we would.
Marianne Pfeifer
Review date: Saturday, August 18, 2018
Service
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
Vacation
Well worth the money! Would travel with you again.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Service
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
Vacation
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
Review date: Monday, July 16, 2018
Service
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
Vacation
I'm used to premium or better accommodations, so was disappointed.
Richard Barrett
Review date: Thursday, July 12, 2018
Service
We have used Grand European before and were very satisfied with their service and attention to detail.
Vacation
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
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