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10 Day Ireland Tour of Dublin & Galway

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Tours with traditional Irish dancers, Ireland
10 Days
1 Country

Ireland

15 Cities

Dublin, New Ross, Waterford, Kilkenny, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Adare, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Connemara, Westport, Knock, Sligo

15 Meals

5 Dinners, 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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An in-depth encounter with the Best of Ireland awaits, from spectacular sights like the Cliffs of Moher and Ring of Kerry to the past and present showcased in Dublin, Galway and pretty Adare. You’ll learn all about Irish famine history, former kings and how to embrace the craic.

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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. A special Welcome Dinner this evening sees you visiting EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum.

The Temple Bar Pub in Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience The Hapenny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin City Tour

A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 2

Through the Scenic County Wicklow and Waterford to Kilkenny

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. 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. Arrive in Kilkenny where we will stay for the night. 

The Sugarloaf Mountain in Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Accommodation Hotel Kilkenny
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Experience the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross
Discover the tragic history of the Dunbrody Famine Ship

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.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Dive Into Culture Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal, Waterford
Tour the House of Waterford Crystal Workshop

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

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Walking tour with pub visit in Waterford, Ireland
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 storie...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Irish pub and music in Waterford, Ireland
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 local...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Journey to Blarney and on to Killarney

Today, pursue the 'gift of the gab' at Blarney Castle, where you'll have a chance to kiss the famous stone. Consider joining an Optional Experience for a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourn-Vincent National Park. Arrive in Killarney for a two-night stay. During your journey, your Local Specialist will share fascinating anecdotes about the area and Ireland. In the evening perhaps join an optional Gaelic Roots show. 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.

Visit Killarney in Ireland
Accommodation Hotel Killarney
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Blarney Castle and gardens, Blarney, Ireland
Visit Blarney Castle

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 ...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Jaunting cart ride from Killarney, Ireland
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.

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Music and dance show in Killarney, Ireland
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 ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Celtic steps in Killarney, Ireland
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.

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

A Day on the Ring of Kerry

Ireland's soul-stirring Ring of Kerry takes center 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.

Sheep in Co. Kerry, Ireland
Accommodation Hotel Killarney
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Muckross house and gardens in Killarney, Ireland
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 rhododend...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Irish Ceilidh evening in Limerick, Ireland
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 ...

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Optional Experiences

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.

Thatched cottages in Adare, Ireland
Accommodation Greenhills Hotel Conference and Leisure Center
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience A thatched Cottage in Adare, Ireland
Adare Orientation

Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience King John's Castle, Limerick, Ireland
Limerick Orientation

See Limerick's iconic landmarks during an orientation with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Ireland
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Visit

Visit the impeccably-preserved Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Shannon Castle banquet in Shannon, Ireland
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 musician...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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 center 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.

The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland
Accommodation The Connacht Hotel Galway
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Walking tour and dinner in Galway, Ireland
City of Tribes Walk and Dinner

Join us in the center of Galway for a stroll with our Local Specialist who will enthral us with stories of this bustling medieval port, as we meand...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Watch Trad on the Prom in Galway, Ireland
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".

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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 splendor' as magnificent. Stop at Brigit's Garden, a Celtic heritage garden, on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. 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.

Heather & furze bushes in Connemara, Galway, Ireland
Accommodation The Connacht Hotel Galway
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Kylemore Abbey in County Galway, Ireland
Visit Kylemore Abbey

Visit the turreted Neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey. This monastery was founded in 1920 for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit Brigit's Celtic Gardens in Galway, Ireland
Brigit's Garden

Brigit's Garden offers a peaceful journey through Ireland's Celtic heritage. With your Celtic heritage Local Specialist, explore the colorful garde...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

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 flavors 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.

Gravestone Knock in Ireland
Accommodation Clayton Hotel Sligo
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest Visit a stately 18th-century home near the charming town of Westport
Enjoy a Traditional High Tea Hosted in the Drawing Room of a Stately 18th-Century Home near 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.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Visit the beautiful Marian Shrine in Knock, Ireland
Knock Marian Shrine Visit

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 ap...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Drive and dinner in Sligo, Ireland
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...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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 travelers for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

St. Patrick's Park in Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin Airport
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences River cruise in Shannon, Ireland
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, t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

Farewell Ireland

After a hearty Irish breakfast, we bid our Travel Director and fellow travelers a fond farewell as our Irish holiday comes to an end.

Hapenny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Dublin City Tour

A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the tragic history of the Dunbrody Famine Ship

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.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Tour the House of Waterford Crystal Workshop

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

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Blarney Castle

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 ...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Adare Orientation

Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Limerick Orientation

See Limerick's iconic landmarks during an orientation with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Visit

Visit the impeccably-preserved Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Kylemore Abbey

Visit the turreted Neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey. This monastery was founded in 1920 for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Brigit's Garden

Brigit's Garden offers a peaceful journey through Ireland's Celtic heritage. With your Celtic heritage Local Specialist, explore the colorful garde...

See More
Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy a Traditional High Tea Hosted in the Drawing Room of a Stately 18th-Century Home near 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.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Knock Marian Shrine Visit

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 ap...

See More
Included in Trip

About this trip

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
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Dublin with a Local Specialist
Discover Waterford, Killarney, Limerick and Galway
Visit 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

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
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 storie...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 local...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 rhododend...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 musician...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
City of Tribes Walk and Dinner

Join us in the center of Galway for a stroll with our Local Specialist who will enthral us with stories of this bustling medieval port, as we meand...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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".

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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, t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn more >

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language in Scotland and Ireland: English is the official language of Scotland. Irish is the official language of the Republic of Ireland, and you'll hear it spoken in Northern Ireland as well.
  • Currency used in Scotland and Ireland: The currency of Scotland is British Pound Sterling (£) and the currency of Ireland is the Euro (€).
  • Capital Cities: Edinburgh (Scotland), Dublin (Rep. Ireland), Belfast (Northern Ireland) /li>
  • Time Zone(s) in Scotland and Ireland: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1)

 

Scotland passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Scotland
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Scotland has a temperate maritime climate, characterized by mild and wet winters, and cool summers. The country's weather is highly changeable and can vary from region to region. The western coastal areas tend to be wetter and milder due to the influence of the Gulf Stream, while the eastern regions are drier and slightly cooler. Scotland experiences frequent rainfall throughout the year, with the western Highlands receiving the highest precipitation. Winter temperatures average around 0°C to 6°C (32 to 43 degrees Fahrenheit), while summer temperatures range from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F).

The weather in Ireland is heavily influenced by its maritime location, resulting in mild, temperate conditions. The climate is characterized by frequent rainfall and changeable weather patterns throughout the year. Winters are generally mild, with average temperatures ranging from 4°C to 8°C (39°F to 46°F), while summer temperatures average between 14°C to 20°C (57°F to 68°F) in coastal areas. Rainfall is frequent throughout the year, with the western and northwestern coastal regions experiencing higher precipitation levels. The weather is often changeable, with a mix of sunny spells, rain showers, and cloud cover. The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream influence Ireland's climate, helping to moderate temperatures.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.
  • Type G outlets are used throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    Adapters are used to change the plug style from American-style plugs with two flat prongs to fit into these outlets, which take three rectangular prongs.
  • You will need a plug adapter and voltage converter to use your appliances in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in European and United Kingdom hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.
  • Most hotels in Europe or the UK can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport Transfers for Europe flights not arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold 
  • Your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings

Airport Transfers for Europe flights arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold
  • You booked your land tour and flights as a land/air package through GET. If you book your flights independently via London Heathrow, you can *purchase a transfer through us.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, September 30, 2023
Service
The booking and interaction experience was excellent.
Vacation
The trip to Ireland was worth it and we are so glad to have experienced it with our best friends. For a very active daily schedule, it was well planned and provided a high level of convenience and enjoyment for the large number of people on our tour. We will always cherish the wonderful and unique experiences of such a beautiful country and its warm hard working people, and rich culture. However; a couple of drawback experiences caused us to have a good vacation as opposed to a Great One. The first few nights were was very hot and humid. We didn't know there was no air conditioning in the hotels; and because of the extreeme head slept with our windows open and curtains partially open to get fresh air into the room. In particular, The Staecy Hotel as not up to par and for us was a terrible location. Our rooms had windows faced the alley on an extreemly hot humid night, with the window open, the noise and the bright 24 hour security light we barely slept. This was 2 out of the frist 3 nights of our tour. Later we found out other tour members had river front rooms and no such issues. It took us a couple of days to "catch up". The last two days, a lady in our tour group was so sick that she could not participate, was feverish, caughing, etc..requiring special attention. But, the last day of the tour she was back on the bus. By then others were coughing too. On departure day, our best friends were very sick, and we were getting sick too. After our arrival home (U.S.) our friends tested positive for COVID...and we all had to quarantine at home for over a week. It's understandable all cannot be accounted for with so many people, but we were surprised there were no policy or action taken to seperate the sick person(s) from healthy tour members. At the end of the day: this was our first tour with GET and Trafalgar, and we were travelling with best friends who invited us to join them. The overall tour was very memorable, with so many the wonderful sites, unique experiences, and the hospitality of the Irish local people. We felt very lucky to have our tour Director, Francis, and bus driver, Darrius, who were so knowledgable, considerate, fun. They worked together wonderfully, showed they absolutely loved their jobs and liked us all... both were outstanding! They made our trip great!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your detailed feedback. We are happy to see that most of the trip was enjoyable. The hotels allocate the rooms on a random basis and we're sorry that not everyone can have a riverside room, but hopefully that was made up to you at the next hotel. The Travel Director does have hygiene protocols in place for when guests begin to feel ill. Both he/she and the driver adhere to strict santizing requirements to prevent the spread of germs. We are sorry that your group ending up with Covid but we can assure you that our safety protocls are still firmly in place and the infection could have come from the airplane, hotel or any of the sites visited.
Monday, October 2, 2023
Joanna Rottke
Review date: Thursday, September 28, 2023
Service
I'd definitely tour with GET again. The Customer Service agents were very helpful.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That's fantastic to hear! We look forward to helping you plan that next trip very soon.
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Vacation
The Tour Director and Coach Driver were outstanding, the accommodations were very good, and I loved having everything done for me.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, September 24, 2023
Service
GET took care of everything. The days were well thought out and we got to see so many places in Ireland. The hotels were top notch.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so honored to be able to make this happen for you. Thank you for your business.
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Vacation
We had a wonderful time..
John Garvin
Review date: Sunday, September 17, 2023
Service
Very professional representative and helpful when asking some questions to make our trip goes smoothly.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do our best to take the stress out of booking and planning your vacation. Thank you for your business and we're so happy you enjoyed the Emerald Isle.
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Vacation
Best tour to explore Ireland and best experienced guide to tell us some unbelievable historical stories and life in Ireland.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, September 15, 2023
Service
Whenever I have contacted representatives at GET they have been friendly, helpful and attentive. The tour guide and driver were excellent. Tour of Dublin could be extended. Only 1 1/2 tour of downtown on the coach o first day. Unable to see Temple Bar, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Guiness factory tour or Jamison Whiskey tour.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your business and suggestions. We will share them with the Tour Operator and ask them to review for areas of improvement.
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Vacation
See above. Tour was great. Tour Guide and driver were exceptional and took us to some beautiful sites.
Joanne Knauer
Review date: Thursday, September 14, 2023
Service
The trip was excellent. I only wish I had complete information early on about the exact start of the tour as we missed our transfer from the airport and our first tour of the day.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're terribly sorry to hear that you had a rocky start to your trip. It looks like everything smoothed out though and you were able to enjoy the beautiful Emerald Isle. Thank you for your business.
Thursday, September 14, 2023
Vacation
Loved the tour director and the bus driver. Our tour director was very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions. The pace of the tour was busy but not excessively. There was some free time every day.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, September 14, 2023
Service
Yes I would reccomend them for a tour trip. This is the 2nd trip I have taken with them. It was easy to book the trip but I arranged my own flights. I was suppose to get $100 credit because I belong to AARP but agent said I already had a discount on this trip so couldn't apply another discount.
Vacation
Everything was arranged for the trip. Meals, coach, hotels, attractions. Never had to touch luggage. It was taken from hotel, put on coach, then put in next hotel.Was given free time to explore. The only thing I would improve on is making sure passengers knew exactly where to meet bus in new cities.
Crystal Meier
Review date: Thursday, September 7, 2023
Service
The staff was friendly and helpful. I have spoken to several friends and colleagues. I love these tours,
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love to book them for you and play a part in making your travel dreams come true. Thank you for being a valuable part of our travel family.
Thursday, September 7, 2023
Vacation
Cvce optional tours were fantastic and our tour director was very knowledgeable.
Yoko Futamase
Review date: Sunday, August 6, 2023
Service
Excellent travel director and coach driver. Mostly good hotels and meals. Wonderful Trad on the Prom show.
Vacation
Excellent travel director and coach driver. Most hotels and meals were great. Optional tour, Trad on the Prom, was wonderful show.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, July 17, 2023
Service
Took care of arrangements for a fantastic trip to Ireland. Helped us decide what trip was the best for specifications to enjoy the area.
Vacation
Was a great experience we seen a lot of the beautiful country and then some, thanks to the great tour guide and bus driver.
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