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Best of Ireland

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,025 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Horses at rock wall, Connemara, Ireland

Countries Visited

Ireland ...more Ireland

Locations Visited

Dublin, Waterford, New Ross, Blarney, Killarney, Limerick, Bunratty, Galway, Lahinch, Kylemore, Westport, Sligo ...more Dublin, Waterford, New Ross, Blarney, Killarney, Limerick, Bunratty, Galway, Lahinch, Kylemore, Westport, Sligo
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Ireland

    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 Travel Matter 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 with our fellow travellers and Travel Director.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Maldron Parnell Square/Clayton Ballsbridge
  2. Day 2 Through the Scenic County Wicklow to 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 Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Fitzwilton/Dooley's
  3. Day 3 Journey to Blarney and on to Killarney

    Today, we travel through County Cork 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 Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Killarney Towers/Hotel Killarney
  4. Day 4 A Day on the Ring of Kerry

    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 the Black Valley, whose remoteness saw it become the last area in Ireland to receive electricity.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Onwards to Lively Limerick

    We continue through the windswept countryside, arriving in Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. On arrival in Limerick, 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 Breakfast
    hotel Great National South Court/Greenhills
  6. Day 6 Admire the Cliffs of Moher and Onwards to Galway

    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 Breakfast
    hotel Connacht
  7. Day 7 A Day Exploring Stunning Connemara

    Connemara's 'savage beauty' is yours to explore today as we tread in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde who described its 'wild and 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 Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8 A Pilgrimage to Knock and on to Sligo

    Our journey takes us to Westport House where we'll Connect With Locals and indulge in a memorable Be My Guest experience 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 Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Clayton
  9. Day 9 Return to Lively 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 Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Clayton Dublin Airport
  10. Day 10 Farewell Ireland

    After a hearty Irish breakfast, we bid our Travel Director and fellow travellers a fond farewell as our Irish holiday comes to an end. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Best of Ireland
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Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 1 high tea
  • 5 dinners

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)
  • 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 Dublin with a Local Specialist
  • Discover 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, Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
  • View King John's Castle in Limerick and the Marian Shrine in Knock
  • See St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick and Galway Cathedral
  • Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry
  • Connect with Locals Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest High Tea hosted in the Drawing Room of a stately 18th-century home near the charming town of Westport. (Day 8)
  • Dive into Culture 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. (Day 2) Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour. (Day 2)
  • Make Travel Matter Visit the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum in Dublin, where an expert historian will reveal the cemetery's importance to Irish history and explain how your visit helps fund its preservation. (Day 1)

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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

Game of Thrones Archery Experience

Join us for a visit to the Game of Thrones' archery film set, still standing in the courtyard of Winterfell Castle, where the filming took place. We'll meet Winterfell's Master-at-Arms, dress up in character costumes from the show and tour the movie set. Standing exactly where ‘Jon Snow,’ ‘Robb & Bran Stark’ stood, we'll enjoy the thrill of firing live arrows at White Walkers and enjoy a taste of the specially-brewed Winterfell Ale. This optional is subject to availability.
Adult Price: £45

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

Londonderry

Dinner and Drinks in Londonderry

Join us and the rest of the group for a cozy and relaxing evening of dinner and a drink in a locally-loved restaurant.
Adult Price: £42

Athlone

Luxurious Shannon River Cruise

From a fresh spring in Ulster, this great river emerges as Ireland's longest and most important. Flowing south through the town of Athlone, she forms the ancient boundary of Connaught in the west and Leinster in the east. Our cruise takes us along this line into Lough Ree (the Lake of the King). During the journey, we'll enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside whilst being served tea, coffee and scones and being entertained with live traditional music.
Adult Price: € 31

Clonmacnoise, One of Ireland's Most Spectacular Monastic Sites

Step back in time and visit this spectacular Early Christian site, founded by St Ciaran in the mid-sixth century. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th-13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian gravestones in Western Europe. On occasion, a visit to Glendalough may replace Clonmacnoise.
Adult Price: € 25

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: € 29

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: € 22

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

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-honored folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.
Adult Price: € 34

Kerry Farm Experience

Step back into the past, on a traditional Kerry Farm of the 1930s. We'll meet a local farmer who will show us around the farmyard and tell of times gone by. Enjoy mountain views of the Ring of Kerry as he demonstrates his skills at herding sheep with border collies.
Adult Price: € 22

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, alongside the shores of the lake. 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 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

Limerick

Irish Ceilidh Evening

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

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: € 77

Galway

City of Tribes Walk and Dinner

Join us in the center of Galway for a stroll with our Local Specialist who will enthrall us with stories of this bustling medieval port, as we meander through the streets while taking in the main historical sights. Later we enjoy a hearty three-course meal, with a choice of classic dishes and an included drink.
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 marvelous Irish art of story-telling.
Adult Price: € 72

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: € 49

Luxurious River Shannon Cruise

The longest river in the British Isles, the River Shannon is immortalized 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
Caren Sizemore
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Service
Lauren was gracious and thorough in explaining the process during booking
Vacation
We very much enjoyed Ireland and felt we experienced a good representation of the country.
Patrice Randolph
Monday, October 28, 2019
Service
This is my 2nd trip with GET and I was very satisfied. One of best guidesI’ve ever had and a very comprehensive itinerary.
Vacation
Beautiful country, love the way they have maintained transition. Fun people. Love the history.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Service
The rep was knowledgeable, courteous and answered all of my questions. She made some valuable suggestions, too. It was a pleasure to speak with her.
Vacation
The tour was quite comprehensive covering a good bit of Ireland. The tour director had all of the answers and a great sense of humor. The hotels were as described but it was difficult to have so many one night stays.
Everett Barber
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Service
Very knowledgeable. Helpful. Professional. Yes.
Vacation
Tour guide was incredible. Bus driver was also. Tour took us to very interesint and beautiful places. Irish people were very friendly.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Trusted Customer
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Service
Michell was extremely helpful in planning our vacation. From planning our trip to helping with plane reservations, she excelled in her kindness and making sure everything went smoothly.
Vacation
Ireland is a beautiful country and friendly people. We had an outstanding tour guide(Allie Lister) who told wonderful stories and was very knowledgable on Ireland.
Lyla Larouche
Friday, September 27, 2019
Service
MY travel specialist met my needs, by answering my questions, either by returning my phone call or by email very fast. This was the first time that I have travel to Europe by myself. I was a little nervous, but my Travel Specialist easy my nerves, by answering all my questions. Thank you!
Vacation
My purchases went very well and I was very please with the finally price.
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
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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.
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