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Best of Ireland

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,168 per person
APR - OCT 2023
Tours with traditional Irish dancers, Ireland

Countries Visited

Ireland ...more Ireland

Locations Visited

Dublin, New Ross, Waterford, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Adare, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Westport, Knock, Sligo ...more Dublin, New Ross, Waterford, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Adare, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Westport, Knock, 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 St. Patrick’s Cathedral, one of the few buildings of medieval Dublin still left standing, for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. You’ll get a taste for the centuries of history you’re about to explore first-hand, learning how the very place you’re standing in has played an integral role in Ireland’s history for over eight centuries and how its most prominent office holder was none other than Jonathan Swift, the famous author.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Hilton Garden Inn
  2. Day 2 Through the Scenic County Wicklow to Waterford Dive Into Culture

    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. Stop at a seal rescue centre for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. 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 Marina
  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
    hotel Killarney Towers, Hotel Killarney
  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 will 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 Greenhills, The Inn at Dromoland
  6. Day 6 Admire the Cliffs of Moher and Onwards to Galway

    The sheer Cliffs of Moher plunge dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean, providing endless ocean views and wonderful photographic opportunities during your experience at this UNESCO-listed highlight along the Wild Atlantic Way. You’ll be enchanted by its irresistible landscapes, but more so the interactive visitor centre which will bring the whole experience to life from the perspective of the resident wildlife that find sanctuary here. 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
    hotel Connacht
  8. Day 8 A Pilgrimage to Knock and on to Sligo Connect with Locals

    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 Ireland Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Whats Included

  • 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)
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 9 Breakfast (B)
  • 3 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Be My Guest

  • Westport: 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.

Dive Into Culture

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

Iconic Experience

  • Dublin: A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.
  • Blarney: 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 ramparts! Visit Blarney Castle and see the famous Stone of Eloquence.
  • Adare: Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.
  • Limerick: See Limerick's iconic landmarks during an orientation with your Travel Director.
  • Bunratty: Visit the impeccably-preserved Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.
  • Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden: Visit the turreted Neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey. This monastery was founded in 1920 for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I.
  • Knock: 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 appeared to the townsfolk in 1879.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • Wexford: Enjoy a visit to a seal rescue centre and learn how injured seals from the coast of Ireland are rehabilitated into the wild.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Dublin with a Local Specialist
  • : Discover Waterford, Killarney, Limerick and Galway
  • : Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Blarney Castle 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. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick and Galway Cathedral
  • : Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry

Whats Included

  • : 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)
  • : Optional Experiences and free time

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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

Available on Day 2

Irish Folk Fun

Join a magical entertainment experience, where you'll get the chance to see Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. Enjoy a drink while locals sing and play music for you.
Adult Price: € 29

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

Killarney

Available on Day 3

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

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

Limerick

Available on Day 4

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

Killarney

Available on Day 4

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

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 19th-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

Limerick

Available on Day 4

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

Available on Day 6

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

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'll enjoy a meal, with a choice of classic dishes and an included drink.
Adult Price: € 49

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

Available on Day 8

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: € 52

Available on Day 9

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: € 33

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Teodoro De Jesus
Saturday, October 8, 2022
Service
The service was good and we were satisfied.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear the weather did not cooperate on your trip. Hopefully, you still enjoyed yourself and came home with many happy memories. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We truly appreciate your feedback. Take care!
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Vacation
We enjoyed it except for the weather. We had a good tour group, a professional Tour Director and an experienced driver.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, October 6, 2022
Service
It is so much easier to use them trying to do it oneself.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for choosing us to help you plan and book your Best of Ireland tour. It sounds like you really enjoyed your vacation. We appreciate your review and feedback. Take care!
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Vacation
We covered pretty much a!I of the exciting places in Ireland.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 2, 2022
Service
Answered my questions promptly and courteously
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your tour of Ireland. Thank you for trusting us to help you plan and book this fabulous vacation. We truly appreciate your business and your feedback. Take care!
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Vacation
Everything from travel to hotels to food and attractions was taken care of and top notch
Terrence Bogden
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Service
The tour was well organized and Director was very informative and helpful. Great bus and even better driver.
Response from Grand European Travel:
So glad to hear you enjoyed your trip to Ireland. It sounds like you had a great time on the Emerald Isle. Thank you so much for writing a review. We appreciate your feedback!
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Vacation
Interesting tour and Director was very good. “Happy Day”.
Trusted Customer
Monday, October 11, 2021
Service
The itinerary and the actual tour was exact - any assistance we needed was provided. The Tour director from Trafalgar, Emma Burns, was not only pleasant and charming but knowledgeable about the history of Ireland and the Irish culture. This made the trip more interesting and fascinating. I only took away one star because of the connecting flight close call. While 45mins may seem enough time, at O'Hare Airport, it takes almost 30mins for the plane to reach its intended gate, giving us only minutes to connect to our next flight. Highly recommend not making the connecting flights so close - at minimum, it should one hour. Overall, a great experience, and would recommend anyone visiting Ireland to use this service.
Response from Grand European Travel:
You can't get much better than that. Thank you for your sharing feedback and lovely photo.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Vacation
Visiting all the different cities in Ireland, made the trip wholesome, enjoyable, and educational. Would do this again in a heartbeat!
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.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your time and feedback. Thank you very much!
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.
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