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Connemara
11 Days from $1,778 per person

Ravishingly beautiful and enchanting to explore, you'll soon learn why the Irish say if you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough… 

Visit the Ring of Kerry and unspoilt region of Western Ireland featured in John Wayne's ‘The Quiet Man'. See the stronghold of the O'Donnell Clan and beautiful Dingle Peninsula, as well as Adare, one of Ireland's prettiest villages.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying the sights of Dublin. Later meet your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city with a Local Specialist. This evening visit Glasnevin Trust for an informative and poignant tour with a Local Specialist where you will hear stories about some of the brave characters from recent Irish history. Enjoy a Welcome Reception of drinks and canapés and get to know your fellow travelers.
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    hotel:Ballsbridge
  3. Head through scenic Co. Wicklow known as The Garden of Ireland and on to New Ross – the ancestral home town of John F. Kennedy. Visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship to gain a Cultural Insight into the plight of Irish Emigrants. Later arrive in Waterford and see how the famous crystal is crafted during your guided tour of the visitor center to gain a Cultural Insight.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Dooleys
  4. Travel via the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh. At Blarney, gain the 'gift of the gab' as you have a chance to kiss the famous stone. Arrive later in Killarney, your home for the next two nights.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Dromhall
  5. Today we experience Ireland's most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographer's delight. We will also see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words.
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  6. Explore the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula with its small fishing towns and rugged landscape. Visit Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. Your orientation of Limerick includes views of St. Mary's Cathedral, King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone.
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    hotel:Greenhills
  7. This morning enjoy an included visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park dedicated to life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th century. Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and see the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Later arrive in Galway with free time to see the Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Connacht
  8. This unspoilt region of Western Ireland is captured in the film ‘The Quiet Man' featuring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Today see the untouched landscape of the Connemara with its picturesque mountain ranges and golden beaches that stretch out into the Atlantic. During your scenic drive, stop at Kylemore Abbey for an included visit to the country's most romantic castle and walk through the Victorian Walled Garden. Travel on to Westport House for a memorable Be My Guest experience. Enjoy a welcome drink in the impressive drawing room which features James Wyatt's 19th century sky ceiling and an impressive original parquet floor. After a guided tour of the house you will be hosted for a delicious afternoon tea in the restored Victorian kitchens.
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  9. Heading north stop in the town of Knock to view the Marian Shrine. See the grave of Irish poet W.B. Yeats in the churchyard of Drumcliff. Visit the town of Donegal and view the castle which was once the stronghold of the O'Donnell Clan. Later arrive in Sligo.
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    hotel:Clarion/Fitzwilton
  10. Travel back to Dublin where you will have time to explore this lively city. Walk down Grafton Street and see the street performers and musicians or walk the banks of the River Liffey and cross the Ha’penny Bridge. Tonight join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner.
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    hotel:Clayton Leopardstown
  11. After a hearty Irish breakfast, say farewell to your Travel Director and fellow travelers as your Irish vacation comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

9 nights, 9 full breakfasts, 1 cream tea, 5 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with Banoffee and Baileys flavors in the Old Kitchens of a stately 16th century home near the charming town of Westport

Cultural Insight

  • 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, and learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Dublin

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Dublin
  • Orientation of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Galway, Donegal
  • 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 rugged Burren, mystical Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, the Marian Shrine at Knock, County Donegal
  • View St. Patrick's Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick, Donegal Castle
  • See the Cathedral of Galway
  • Scenic drives along the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula
Definite Departure
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13 Apr 17 23 Apr 17 checkmark $1,975$1,778pp
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20 Apr 17 30 Apr 17 checkmark $1,975$1,778pp
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27 Apr 17 7 May 17 checkmark $1,975$1,778pp
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4 May 17 14 May 17 checkmark $1,995$1,796pp
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11 May 17 21 May 17 checkmark $1,995$1,796pp
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18 May 17 28 May 17 checkmark $1,995$1,796pp
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25 May 17 4 Jun 17 checkmark $2,025$1,823pp
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1 Jun 17 11 Jun 17 checkmark $2,025$1,823pp
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15 Jun 17 25 Jun 17 checkmark $2,025$1,823pp
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29 Jun 17 9 Jul 17 checkmark $2,050$1,845pp
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24 Aug 17 3 Sep 17 checkmark $2,050$1,845pp
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7 Sep 17 17 Sep 17 checkmark $2,050$1,845pp
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21 Sep 17 1 Oct 17 checkmark $2,050$1,845pp
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28 Sep 17 8 Oct 17 checkmark $1,975$1,778pp
$1,975 $1,778 pp
5 Oct 17 15 Oct 17 checkmark $1,975$1,778pp
$1,975 $1,778 pp
12 Oct 17 22 Oct 17 $1,975$1,778pp
$1,975 $1,778 pp

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $400 p.p.

Triple Discount: $20 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $71 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8:30 am, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7:00 am, 9:00 am and 11:00 am.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Ireland must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Ireland.

  • The currency in the republic of Ireland is the Euro (€) and in Northern Ireland is the Pound (£). While it’s a good idea to bring some money with you, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive at your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Ireland. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Culinary experiences to try include a full Irish breakfast, a visit to a chip shop, and hearty lunch at a good local pub.  And be sure to sample Irish national specialties including Irish stew, coddle, potato bread, corned beef and whiskey cake.

    Ireland is famous for its stout and beer, the most famous being Guinness. Other popular brands include Murphy’s Irish Stout, Beamish, and Kilkenny beer. Whiskey is also renowned with the most famous distilleries being the Old Midleton Distillery in Cork, the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin, and the Bushmills Distillery in Antrim.

  • The weather in Ireland is mild, moist, and quickly changeable. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping in Ireland is less common than in the U.S. When dining in a restaurant, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave a tip of up to 5-10 percent.  Leave your gratuity on the table rather than adding it to your credit card receipt to ensure that your waiter receives it.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Reviews

Saturday, November 5, 2016
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Service rating : Trafalgar ran this tour of the Best of Ireland and I was quite pleased. The hotels were all nice although the beds always had a comforter as a top cover and it was really too warm most of the time. There was no alternative though - it was all or nothing. The only night I was comfortable was one hotel had a small electric fan in the closet and I had it on all night.
Product : The only comment I have is that on the GET tour I took of Italy six years ago, the director, Alfred Heinrich, was always with us and also collected everyone's address and gave us each the list so that we could see where others came from and we could stay in touch afterwards. I am still in touch with some of those people. Our tour director on this Irish tour, Michael McClure, was not always with us. He did not make any attempt to collect our addresses or emails either. He was very knowledgable and helpful, but I was disappointed that he did not engage with us more.
Friday, October 14, 2016
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Service rating : We enjoyed the trip, mostly good weather, dood tour Director and Excellent Bus Driver(Damien)
Product : Great Trip.
Friday, October 14, 2016
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Service rating : Our trip to Ireland exceeded our expectations. The tour guide and driver were excellent displaying a great sense of humor daily.
Product : We covered close to or over 1600 miles. The trip encompassed so much history, beauty and daily pub life. We feel we experienced so much and highly recommend the tour.
Friday, September 30, 2016
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Service rating : Staff was always informative and pleasant.
Product : Great itinerary which was well paced.
Monday, September 26, 2016
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Excellent tour, our first time travelling with a tour group and it was wonderful. I would highly recommend it, in particular, our guide Daren Blake was uber-organized and extremely knowledgeable of all things Irish. He absolutely made the trip the cultural study it ended up being. From the exposure to the sports (we hurles), the drinks, the locals, food, political viewpoints, vast knowledge of its history and people, to the music he played for us on the coach he was the epitome of the perfect host! The driver, Tony Davis, was excellent as well-helpful, courteous, not to mention excellent driver on those scary and winding roads . We couldn't have asked for a better team to guide us on our 10 day journey through this stunning country!
Friday, September 23, 2016
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Service rating : Loved our trip, it was our first tour and the tour director Daren Blake and the coach driver, Tony could not have been better. Our bags and check in's were looked after perfectly. I felt like we truly got a cultural immersion with the knowledge Daren imparted. I've told friends that I feel like I know more about Ireland than I do the States! Loved every minute!
Product : Ireland is a beautiful country. The people are so amazing and friendly. The weather was perfect, a little rain, a little sun.....4 seasons in a day! Would highly recommend. The only thing I can say negative is I wish we could have gotten to Northern Ireland....but that will just have to be for our next trip! Thank you!
Friday, September 23, 2016
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Service rating : Company employs excellent people as guides and drivers. Highlights of each country are well presented. Any concerns are quickly attended to by the tour directors. A traveler can just enjoy the vacation and not have to worry about any details. Its a great way to travel.
Product : Tour Director, Daren Blake was excellent as was our driver and all the local guides. I travel to learn about a country and this tour was excellent in all respects. From the pickup at the airport to the farewell dinner the tour moved seamlessly. The hotel dining room wasn't open yet on the morning we left and our tour director (Daren) had the hotel make up box breakfasts for us. Just another example of looking after his clients. The whole trip contains surprises such as stops for "hidden treasures" which were historic places or items not on regular stops. This is my fourth triip with GET and I will continue to use them.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do pride ourselves on hiring an training the best Travel Directors in the business. We're so happy to see that you enjoyed their expertise and knowledge. Thank you for your repeat business!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Sunday, September 18, 2016
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Loved it
Friday, August 26, 2016
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Service rating : The trip was very well organized by the Tour Director Ann Hickey. The optional tours were the best , We had lots of fun.
Product : The trip far exceeded our expectations. The places we visited were spectacular and the Tour Director is very knowledgeable about those places. The Driver, Sean drove that big tour bus safely and skillfully.
Monday, August 8, 2016
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Service rating : Tour was well planned and responsive to travelers needs. Tour guide and bus driver were excellent. Shabby room in Galway hotel but it was race week and they were very booked.
Product : Liked the itinerary. Could have had one more day to see Dublin and actually go to see Book of Kells and/or St. Patrick's cathedral or Gaol.
Friday, August 5, 2016
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Service rating : You have never let us down with the five trips we have taken with you. Looking forward to another trip in the future.
Product : Excellent tour director and bus driver.
Friday, August 5, 2016
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Service rating : Good value.
Product : Great tour director and great driver. Good time!
Friday, August 5, 2016
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Service rating : Our guide Valerie and bus driver Jim were experts. She offered background and information on the tour highlights. The weather was refreshingly cool. The limited food choices of chicken, salmon, and stew were average.
Product : Ireland was a lovely European choice, and there is a lot going on during the summer. Our tour encountered Ladies Day at the horse races and football in Dublin. Fog and rain made travel on the Dingle peninsula pointless.
Friday, August 5, 2016
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Service rating : Our only complaint is on several dinner menus the three choices were Lamb stew, salmon and a vegetarian dish. Neither my husband or I like lamb or salmon so we were forced to choose the vegetarian dishes and they were awful. Other than that,mother trip was beautiful and amazing!
Product : Valorie, our tour guide, and Jim, our bus driver, were the BEST! It was a wonderful vacation!
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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Service rating : very well organized and run. Mike M. was a great tour guide. We have done two YMT vacations in the past and this was just as good if not better.
Product : Out of about 30 vacations with kids and now that the kids are grown up, among the top 5.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That's fantastic to hear! Thank you so much for allowing us to help plan your vacation and we hope to see you again very soon.

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Friday, July 22, 2016
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
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Service rating : The service of all the hotels was very courteous and helpful at every on of our stays. The people were awesome.
Product : The tour guide and driver were excellent. Extremely knowledgeable about the history and people. Driver was also. Loved them both.
Friday, July 1, 2016
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Service rating : This was less than good. We have traveled Grand E Tour previously and the food and the extra trips were outstanding and worth the money; this was not the case with this trip. We felt like we were taken to the cleaners.
Product : We were shown Ireland as well as anyone could expect. the trip was marred by the average to poor quality food. We might as well eaten at a Denny's. or McDonalds.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Please accept our apologies for the disappointment you experienced in Ireland. We will be sure to pass this information on to our Quality Control team and ask for immediate review. We appreciate you bring these shortcomings to our attention.

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Monday, July 11, 2016
Friday, June 24, 2016
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Service rating : This is our second trip with GET and it was outstanding. All of the reservation details were taken care of in a professional manner and all questions were handled immediately and efficiently by the staff. We have absoulutely no negative feedback and will be using GET again next year!
Product : Absolutely everything about the trip run by Trafalgar was excellent. Our tour guide Michael and driver Sean were consomate professionals and made the trip interesting and above all fun. We cant say enough about the experience and have absolutely nothing negative to say.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
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Service rating : Very competent tour company. I definetly will be traveling thru their agency again.
Product : Everything was fantastic. Very well planned trip. I enjoyed all of the extra little things that were done for us during my stay in Ireland.
Friday, June 17, 2016
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Service rating : Could be better organized.
Product : Saw a lot of beautiful scenery.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
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I loved it, but thought a little more time was needed in the lovely towns.
Friday, June 10, 2016
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Service rating : Efficient. Fun.knowledgeable director.
Product : Good blend of locations, stops and activities.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
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Service rating : The people I have talked with have been very helpful and professional. The two European companies they use have been great too.
Product : The weather was beautiful. Seeing the landscape while someone else drove was nice too.
Friday, May 20, 2016
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Service rating : I have taken Grand European and Trafalgar trips before. An excellent buy and well run. Now I am 80 years young and still taking trips under their wing.
Product : Trafalgar leader, Ann Hickey, and bus driver, Dave, are mostly responsible for our good time. Good weather helped. We had special comraderie among our group. We were mostly English speaking. Most of us had not been to Ireland before. The Irish were especially friendly to all of us. Welcomed by myself and daughter and her husband.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That's terrific to hear! Thank you for sharing your experience in Ireland and we hope to see you on your next trip very soon!

Grand European Travel
Monday, May 23, 2016

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