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Best of Ireland

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,535 per person
Connemara

Countries Visited

Ireland ...more Ireland

Locations Visited

Dublin, Waterford, Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Galway, Kylemore Abbey ...more Dublin, Waterford, Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Galway, Kylemore Abbey
  1. Day 1 Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

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

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Maldron Parnell Square/Clayton Ballsbridge
  2. Day 2 Dublin – Co. Wicklow – New Ross – Waterford

    Journey through the scenic countryside of County Wicklow, The Garden of Ireland, and on to New Ross - the ancestral home town of John F. Kennedy. 'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into the plight of the starving Irish emigrants who boarded the Dunbrody Famine Ship to flee the potato famine. We continue to Waterford, where we'll stay overnight. This afternoon, we celebrate the centuries-old craft of flint glass creations, as we 'Dive Into Culture' at the House of Waterford Crystal and witness talented master craftsmen at work.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Fitzwilton/Marina
  3. Day 3 Waterford – Youghal – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights)

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

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Killarney Towers/Hotel Killarney
  4. Day 4 Ring of Kerry Excursion

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

    meals Full Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Killarney – Adare – Bunratty – Limerick

    We continue through the windswept countryside, arriving in Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. On arrival in Limerick, where we'll enjoy views of St. Mary's Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and the 13th-century King John's Castle during an orientation tour. Delve into an Ireland of old, as you discover the day-to-day life of the Irish during the 18th and 19th centuries on your included visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park this afternoon.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Maldron/Greenhills
  6. Day 6 Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (2 Nights)

    We journey to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, which plunge over 200 metres into the Atlantic waters below. Gain insights into the history of these imposing sheer cliffs during a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Later, we arrive in Galway with some time at leisure to see its beautiful stone Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Connacht
  7. Day 7 Connemara Excursion

    Connemara's 'savage beauty' is yours to explore today as we tread in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde who described its "wild mountainous splendour" as magnificent. Admire the views on the scenic drive to Kylemore Abbey, now a Benedictine monastery, where we will embark on an included visit to the country's most romantic castle and walk through its exquisite Victorian Walled Garden.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8 Galway – Knock – Sligo

    Our journey takes us to Westport House where we'll 'Connect With Locals' and indulge in a memorable 'Be My Guest' morning tea with tales of the Pirate Queen, and enjoy Banoffee and Baileys flavours in the Drawing Room of this stately 18th-century home. Heading north, we stop in the pilgrimage town of Knock to view the Marian Shrine where villagers witnessed an Apparition of Our Lady in 1879. We arrive in Sligo this evening, our home for the night.

    meals Full Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Clayton
  9. Day 9 Sligo – Dublin

    Our journey continues south to Dublin. Here we'll enjoy some free time to take a walk down Grafton Street or stroll along the Liffey. This evening, we close the chapter on an epic journey through Ireland, joining our fellow travellers for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

    meals Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Clayton Dublin Airport
  10. Day 10 Depart Dublin

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

    meals Full Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 full breakfasts
  • 5 dinners
  • 1 cream tea

First class 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)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Dublin
  • ORIENTATION of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick and Galway
  • VISIT the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, Famine Ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', Adare, Bunratty Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, mystical Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
  • VIEW St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick
  • SEE the Cathedral of Galway
  • SCENIC DRIVE along the Ring of Kerry

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
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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.

Waterford

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

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

Killarney

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

Gaelic Roots

A tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance, Gaelic roots showcases Ireland at its best. Using traditional instruments, Irish dance and time-honoured folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.
Adult Price: €34

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

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

Tralee

Irish Folk Theatre and Dinner

Join us as we embrace the folklore and spirit of old Ireland’s life and times, when even the most everyday chore would be celebrated.Siamsa Tire players will cast a charm you'll remember forever.Beforehand, enjoy a hearty Irish meal in a local restaurant. This experience will be offered for those trips that stay at Tralee.
Adult Price: €69

Limerick

Irish Ceilidh Evening

Come along and experience the craic at a special ceilidh evening. Enjoy a drink and some local specialities, watch some traditional Irish dancing, and sing along to some familiar Irish melodies.
Adult Price: €64

Galway

City of the Tribes Walk and Dinner

Join us on a stroll in the centre of the bustling medieval port of Galway. Then, we'll meet our local specialist who will enthral us with stories as we meander through the streets while taking in the main historical sights. Enjoy a hearty three-course meal with a choice of classic traditional Irish dishes. One drink will be included.
Adult Price: €49

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: €69

Trad on the Prom

The best in Irish dancing from the most-awarded performers in Ireland. Combined with some of Ireland's best musical talent, this show is truly "can’t miss".
Adult Price: €37

Sligo

Scenic Drive And Dinner

This evening you’ll discover the beauty of the land, as we take a scenic drive off the beaten track. Later, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant with a choice of drink included.
Adult Price: €46

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: €31

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Service
Very good experience overall. I will use them again.
Vacation
I'm on vacation... Ireland is beautiful.
Jerry Cochrane
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Service
This was a fun and educational trip. Daren, our travel guide was wonderful. We will definitely explore other adventures with GET!
Vacation
Great effort to make this trip enjoyable for our entire group.
Jackie Jorgensen
Friday, September 6, 2019
Service
Our guide was knowledgeable, very interesting, cared for all our needs and answered all our questions. Bus driver was careful and did an excellent job. Accomodations were excellent, meals and planned trips were fantastic.
Vacation
Alan and Gary were great. Ireland is beautiful and all was perfect. I'd go again.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, August 4, 2019
Service
The agent was knowledgeable, informative, and very willing to help arrange the trip.
Vacation
We saw wonderful sites! The guide and bus driver were very knowledgeable and went out of their way to make the experience enjoyable.
Sandra Gillam
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Service
Customer service was great...they booked airfare and sent us the necessary information for travel in a timely manner.
Vacation
The Ireland trip was excellent. Our travel director, Betty, shared the history of Ireland as we traveled to each destination. The trip exceeded our expectations.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love it when expectations are exceeded. Thank you for sharing your comments!
Friday, July 26, 2019
Trusted Customer
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Service
Phone calls were answered promptly and service rep was very professional and through.
Vacation
I prefer a smaller group. This group was 48!
Gerald Lichti
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Service
This was our second tour arranged by GET and was again totally satisfactory. Our agent was knowledgeable, friendly and very efficiently helped make arrangements for a prior 10 days in Paris visiting family members before our Best of Ireland tour began. Flights were adjusted, and everything worked well. We will definitely work with GET again when making other tour arrangements.
Vacation
The tour itinerary was varied in terrain, cultures, history and arts. Trafalgar operated the tour, and the leader was well prepared and a wonderful resource person. All aspects of the trip moved smoothly. A wonderful introduction to the island of Ireland.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Service
Josh P continues to lead the way and be the best in customer service! He is knowledgeable, responsive, understanding and an all around excellent agent!
Vacation
Excellent Tour Director, bus driver, itinerary and attendees traveling through a beautiful country. What more could you ask for?!?
Dennis Deane
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Service
Josh, our travel specialist, did an excellent job of listening to our needs and helped us book a great trip to Ireland with a great airfare.
Vacation
An excellent vacation is the combination of a great bus tour with an outstanding travel director and friendly travel companions. The Trafalgar Best of Ireland Tour had all three. Daren, our Travel Director, made sure that everyone had a memorable vacation.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That's fantastic to hear! We're so glad to see that all the pieces came together for you and you had a wonderful trip to Ireland!
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Norbert Strasser
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Service
We were surprised and pleased that we could understand clearly the specialist who helped us. We put the specialist on the speaker phone and were able to converse clearly and ask questions that were answered professionally and confidently. "She knew her tours" !
Vacation
Our tour guide was the most competent we have experienced in our 15 years of traveling the world. We have been on seven cruises, four land tours and have taken advantage of all excursions and side trips we could manage with the time available, but Charles Dones of Trafalgar has to be on the top of the list of the very best tour guides. His knowledge of Ireland and his most pleasant demeanor in dealing with the day to day challenges of "herding around" 39 tourists was remarkable!
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