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Best of Ireland

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,535 per person

Countries Visited


Locations Visited

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
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.


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


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


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


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


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


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

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Phone calls were answered promptly and service rep was very professional and through.
I prefer a smaller group. This group was 48!
Gerald Lichti
Travel date: Thursday, June 20, 2019
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.
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
Travel date: Thursday, June 13, 2019
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!
Excellent Tour Director, bus driver, itinerary and attendees traveling through a beautiful country. What more could you ask for?!?
Dennis Deane
Travel date: Thursday, June 6, 2019
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.
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
Travel date: Saturday, June 1, 2019
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" !
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!
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Friday, May 17, 2019
She was able to answer all our questions and provided helpful suggestions throughout the booking process
A great introduction to Ireland with a stops at a broad collection of sites and places to see. The Tour Director was top notch and knew Ireland and its history.
William Orrico
Travel date: Thursday, May 9, 2019
This was our fourth trip with Grand European Travel using the same specialist Josh Pericas every time. Could not ask for a better specialist.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We so appreciate your repeat business and for sharing your praise for Josh. We will be sure to let him know!
Friday, May 10, 2019
We totally enjoyed the natural beauty of Ireland's country side.
Barbara Bauer
Travel date: Thursday, October 11, 2018
Very easy to work with to arrange a trip. This was our 2nd experience with GET and would definitely book with them again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your loyalty and for sharing your experience. We're happy to know we help to make planning your travels as easy as possible and that you had a wonderful time in Ireland. Can't wait to see where we can take you next!
Friday, October 12, 2018
Wonderful trip. Met so many wonderful people.
Travel date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
We saw hidden gems off the beaten path. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. Our coach was comfortable and the driver amazingly skilled. The food and hotels were excellent.
They took care of our luggage and had it at our hotel when we arrived. The best way to travel ever!
Arden Reusink
Travel date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
The Tour Director, Jill McDonnell, is a consummate professional.She went above and beyond expectations. I would love having her as tour director any time.
My son did the research and your purchase won. I think he did a good job.
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