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Castles & Manors

Operated by: Brendan Vacations

8 Days from $3,200 per person
Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara

Countries Visited

Ireland ...more Ireland

Locations Visited

Connemara, Roscommon, Dublin, Killarney ...more Connemara, Roscommon, Dublin, Killarney
  1. Day 1 Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

    Set your watch to the lively pace of Ireland's capital city - the springboard for your in-depth journey through the lush landscapes and enduring allure of Ireland. Our exploration of Dublin with a Local Specialist will see us view St. Patrick's Cathedral and the colourful Georgian Squares. Spend some time at leisure exploring Dublin's pretty streets before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception celebrating traditional Irish flavours.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Clayton Ballsbridge
  2. Day 2 Dublin – Kildare – Cashel – Killarney (2 Nights)

    We traverse picturesque landscapes to Kildare. 'Dive Into Culture' and delve into Ireland's thoroughbred industry at the Irish National Stud. We'll have a rare opportunity to see the foaling unit, museum and of course the magnificent stallions that continue to make racing history. Our journey south brings us to the haunt of St. Patrick and the spectacular Rock of Cashel, where we will view its majestic ecclesiastical ruins with a Local Specialist. We continue to Killarney and enjoy an evening at leisure to soak up the lively atmosphere of one of Ireland's friendliest towns. Our home tonight is one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - Great Southern, a Victorian-styled hotel built over 160 years ago.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Great Southern
  3. Day 3 Ring of Kerry Excursion

    Enjoy a slow start to your morning, joining a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk at Torc Waterfall, strolling over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. We embark on an epic drive next, exploring the enduring beauty of the Ring of Kerry whose enchanting coastal landscapes have inspired writers and poets for centuries.

    meals Full Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Connemara (2 Nights)

    The beautiful views continue as we visit the Cliffs of Moher that rise imposingly from the Atlantic, over 200 metres above the waters below. Continue to County Galway and visit the Connemara Marble artisan workshop, where you'll 'Dive into Culture' and witness first-hand how this famous green jade-like marble is carved. Your home for the next two nights is one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories', the spectacular Abbeyglen Castle.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Abbeyglen Castle
  5. Day 5 Connemara Excursion

    Drive through the "savage beauty" of Connemara, as described by Oscar Wilde who was inspired by the region's craggy mountains, shimmering lakes and endless shades of green. We visit Kylemore Abbey, a magnificent castellated structure built as a family home and now inhabited by a group of Benedictine nuns. Venture into the secret nooks and crannies of its extensive walled Victorian garden, before returning to your castle accommodation for a delicious dinner.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day 6 Connemara – Westport – Roscommon

    Our journey takes us to Westport House where we'll 'Connect With Locals' and indulge in a memorable Be My Guest lunch with tales of the Pirate Queen, and enjoy Banoffee and Baileys flavours in the Drawing Room of this stately 18th-century home. We continue to Roscommon, where our hotel this evening is one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - Kilronan Castle Hotel, the ancestral home of the Tenison family and legendary Colonel King Tenison. A leisurely afternoon could see you take a relaxing cruise on the Shannon River.

    meals Full Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Kilronan Castle
  7. Day 7 Roscommon – Strokestown – Dublin

    Our first stop today is Strokestown where we'll 'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into Ireland's tragic potato famine history. Learn about the plight of starving Irish tenants, many of whom died or emigrated to the New World in the 1840s. This evening we return to Dublin for a Farewell Dinner celebrating an intimate encounter with the natural beauty and fascinating heritage of Ireland.

    meals Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Clayton Ballsbridge
  8. Day 8 Depart Dublin

    We say a fond farewell to our newfound friends and Dublin today. You will be transferred to the airport, where your journey through the Emerald Isle comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Full Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 full breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 4 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Services of a professional Irish Travel Director
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • WALKING TOUR in Killarney National Park
  • CITY TOUR in Dublin
  • ORIENTATION of Killarney and Galway
  • VISIT Irish National Stud, Rock of Cashel, Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey and and the National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park
  • VIEW Torc Waterfall and the grave of W.B. Yeats in Drumcliff
  • SEE Dublin's Georgian Squares
  • SCENIC DRIVE around the Ring of Kerry and through Connemara

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Killarney

Irish Ceilidh Evening

The Irish Ceilidh epitomises how music and dance were enjoyed in rural Ireland, especially on festive occasions. The craic - welcoming, jolly, fun and informal - is accompanied with plenty of food and drink. There's no more enjoyable way to understand Irish culture.
Adult Price: €65

Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

Enjoy a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourn-Vincent National Park. During your journey, your Local Specialist will share fascinating anecdotes about the area and Ireland.
Adult Price: €21

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

Sligo

Luxurious River Shannon Cruise

The longest river in the British Isles, the River Shannon is immortalised in songs and legends. Come with us for a cruise on this majestic river, through the beautiful rolling countryside of counties Leitrim and Roscommon. You’ll also enjoy refreshments on the luxurious Moon River Pleasure Cruiser.
Adult Price: €31

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Trusted Customer
Friday, June 21, 2019
Service
Exceeded expectations
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love it when expectations are exceeded! Thank you for sharing.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Vacation
Elegance in the past shows gentility.
Trusted Customer
Friday, September 22, 2017
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Hotel, castles and manor were fabulous....food was even better. !!
Vacation
Best food on any of our Grand European trips....
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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Excellent accommodations throughout the tour. The stops were well thought-out, with minimal bus rides between sights to be seen. The sights that we saw were truly well worth seeing, with enough free time to explore the local pubs and shops as we wanted.
Vacation
I'd recommend this trip for any and all - truly a wonderful experience.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Service
All accommodations, tours, transportation were as described. No glitches.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your comments and recommendation! Grand European Travel
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Vacation
Very impressed with all accommodations. Tours and guides were excellent. For a shorter tour of Ireland, I would definitely recommend this tour.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Service
Easy to book and confidence in the quality of the experience.
Vacation
Excellent tour director, sights, meals and support for travellers.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, October 8, 2015
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Guide was great. Hotels were great.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing Grand European Travel
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Vacation
Excellent
Trusted Customer
Thursday, September 24, 2015
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The tour director (Evan) was fantastic.
Vacation
Excellent
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Service
The actual tour company was Brendan Vacations
Vacation
The name of the tour was Secrets of Ireland
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Service
Great tour, although a little bit too busy for us old folks.Tour guide and coach driver were excellent.
Response from Grand European Travel:
The castles are what makes this trip so unique. It's no surprise that you wanted to spend more time there. Thank you for sharing your comments and suggestions. Grand European Travel
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Vacation
Our accommodations were outstanding, especially the Ballyhaninch and Lough Eske castles. Would have liked a little more free time.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Service
This was a really nice trip. Fantastic tour, knowledgable guide, every thing was well planned and well executed.
Response from Grand European Travel:
The local people are just one of the wonderful things about visiting Ireland. We are so happy that enjoyed it. Thank you! Grand European Travel
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Vacation
I took the secrets of Ireland tour. It was fantastic, with a knowledgable guide, fantastic driver and a nice mix of well known and lesser known placed. Ireland is lovely, the people are open and friendly. I had a great time.
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