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Best of Ireland

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,273 per person
APR - OCT 2023
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Ireland ...more Ireland

Locations Visited

Dublin, New Ross, Waterford, Killarney, Adare, Limerick, Galway, Westport, Knock, Sligo ...more Dublin, New Ross, Waterford, Killarney, Adare, Limerick, Galway, Westport, Knock, Sligo
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  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/Clayton Ballsbridge
  2. Day 2 Through the Scenic County Wicklow to Waterford

    Journey through the scenic countryside of County Wicklow, 'The Garden of Ireland', and on to New Ross – the ancestral home town of John F. Kennedy. Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the plight of the starving Irish emigrants who boarded the Dunbrody Famine Ship to flee the potato famine. We continue to Waterford, where we'll stay overnight. This afternoon, we celebrate the centuries-old craft of flint glass creations, as we Dive Into Culture at the House of Waterford Crystal and witness talented master craftsmen at work.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Fitzwilton/Dooley's
  3. Day 3 Journey to Blarney and on to Killarney

    Today, we travel through County Cork and pursue the 'gift of the gab' at Blarney Castle, where you'll have a chance to kiss the famous stone. Arrive in Killarney for a two-night stay.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Killarney Towers/Hotel Killarney
  4. Day 4 A Day on the Ring of Kerry

    Ireland's soul-stirring Ring of Kerry takes centre stage today as we embark on a scenic drive past its mountains, lakes and lush green countryside – unquestionably one of the most scenic routes in Ireland. We'll see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, Moll's Gap and the Black Valley, whose remoteness saw it become the last area in Ireland to receive electricity.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Onwards to Lively Limerick

    We continue through the windswept countryside, arriving in Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. On arrival in Limerick, 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 Breakfast
    hotel Great National South Court/Greenhills
  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 MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® 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
  8. Day 8 A Pilgrimage to Knock and on to Sligo

    Our journey takes us to Westport House where we'll Connect With Locals and indulge in a memorable Be My Guest experience with tales of the Pirate Queen, and enjoy Banoffee and Baileys flavours in the Drawing Room of this stately 18th-century home. Heading north, we stop in the pilgrimage town of Knock to view the Marian Shrine where villagers witnessed an apparition of Our Lady in 1879. We arrive in Sligo this evening, our home for the night.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Clayton
  9. Day 9 Return to Lively Dublin

    Our journey continues south to Dublin. Here we’ll enjoy some free time to take a walk down Grafton Street or stroll along the Liffey. This evening, we close the chapter on an epic journey through Ireland, joining our fellow travellers for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Clayton Dublin Airport
  10. Day 10 Farewell Ireland

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

    meals Breakfast
Best of Ireland
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 3 Dinners
  • 9 Breakfasts

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Sightseeing 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
  • Connect With Locals Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest High Tea hosted in the Drawing Room of a stately 18th-century home near the charming town of Westport.
  • Dive into Culture Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.
  • Dive into Culture Explore the tragic history of Ireland's famine emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, a replica of one of the original ships used in the 1800s.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Help preserve the Cliffs of Moher for generations to come and learn about its extraordinary geology, history and the species that find sanctuary in its nooks and crannies.

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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
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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.
Lyla Larouche
Friday, September 27, 2019
Service
MY travel specialist met my needs, by answering my questions, either by returning my phone call or by email very fast. This was the first time that I have travel to Europe by myself. I was a little nervous, but my Travel Specialist easy my nerves, by answering all my questions. Thank you!
Vacation
My purchases went very well and I was very please with the finally price.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 15, 2019
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Very good experience overall. I will use them again.
Vacation
I'm on vacation... Ireland is beautiful.
Jerry Cochrane
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
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This was a fun and educational trip. Daren, our travel guide was wonderful. We will definitely explore other adventures with GET!
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Great effort to make this trip enjoyable for our entire group.
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