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Castles and Manors

Operated by: Brendan Vacations

8 Days from $3,150 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Ireland

Countries Visited

Ireland ...more Ireland

Locations Visited

Dublin, Cong, Clifden, Westport, Killarney, Galway, Kildare ...more Dublin, Cong, Clifden, Westport, Killarney, Galway, Kildare
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Dublin

    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 Journey to Galway and on to Ashford Castle

    Our first stop today is Europe's 'Capital of Culture', where you will have an opportunity to see Galway Cathedral and stroll through Eyre Square. We overnight at one of Trafalgar’s Stays With Stories on the shores of Lough Corrib. Feel like lords and ladies as you relax in the elegant country quarters of the Lodge at Ashford Castle, celebrating the heritage and hospitality of Ireland.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Lodge at Ashford Castle
  3. Day 3 Admire the Elegant Westport House and Abbyglen Castle

    Leaving the elegant estate of Ashford Castle behind, 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. Our home for the next two nights is one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories - the spectacular Abbeyglen Castle.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner, Be My Guest
    hotel Abbeyglen Castle
  4. Day 4 A Day Exploring Stunning Connemara

    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 Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day 5 Onwards to the Cliffs of Moher and Killarney

    This morning, 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. Picture yourself living in 1520 alongside the Dunguaire Castle when we later stop to explore the charming seaport village of Kinvara. Next up is a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience you’ll remember for years to come as you watch the UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher plunge dramatically into the Atlantic waters below. Beyond the endless views and the opportunity to capture on film the colonies of curious-looking puffins that find sanctuary in its nooks and crannies, you’ll have an opportunity to visit the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience which really brings this natural phenomenon to life in an interactive way, leaving you with a deep understanding of this special place. Our home tonight is one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories - Great Southern, a Victorian-styled hotel built over 160 years ago as Ireland's first purpose-built hotel. The hotel’s Victorian architecture ends the day still dreaming of life many years ago.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Great Southern
  6. Day 6 A Day on the Ring of Kerry

    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 Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Discover Cashel and Return to Dublin

    Discover the legacy of St. Patrick when you visit the imposing Rock of Cashel, once the traditional seat of the kings of Munster. View its ecclesiastical ruins with a Local Specialist then traverse scenic landscapes to Kildare. Here you’ll Dive Into Culture and learn about Ireland's thoroughbred industry at the Irish National Stud. You'll have a rare opportunity to see the foaling unit, museum and of course the magnificent stallions that continue to make racing history. Later today, return to the Irish capital where you’ll inject a bit of the craic into your Farewell Dinner with new friends.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Clayton Ballsbridge
  8. Day 8 Journey Home

    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. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Castles and Manors
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 2 Dinners
  • 7 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
  • Ferry across the Shannon estuary
  • 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, Killarney National Park and Cashel with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Killarney and Galway
  • Visit Kylemore Abbey, Connemara Marble Factory, Cliffs of Moher, Rock of Cashel and the Irish National Stud
  • View Torc Waterfall
  • See Dublin's Georgian Squares and Galway Cathedral
  • Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry and through Connemara
  • 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.
  • Stays with Stories Overnight on the shores of Lough Corrib in the elegant country quarters of the Lodge at Ashford Castle.
  • Stays with Stories Built over 160 years ago, the Great Southern hotel's prime central location next to the train station and marvellous Victorian features have ensured enduring popularity.
  • Stays with Stories Romance and royalty are guaranteed on your overnight stay at historic Abbeyglen, along the famous Sky Road overlooking Clifden Bay and the spectacular Twelve Bens.
  • Dive into Culture Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm.
  • Dive Into Culture Visit a Connemara marble factory to see how this vivid green-coloured stone has been crafted into jewellery and figurines for generations.
  • 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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Reviews
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Debra Dombrowski
Monday, September 20, 2021
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The GET team was very helpful and courteous. They were particularly nimble considering we were one of the first groups to head to Europe post-COVID. I would absolutely use them to plan another trip in the future!
Vacation
Barbara Long, of Trafalgar/Brendan, was a miracle worker. Every day we watched her perform last-minute, on-the-fly, magic (thanks COVID) and benefitted greatly from her experience, industry connections, and organizational skills.
Debra Dombrowski
Monday, September 20, 2021
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The team at GET was very helpful and responsive. None of our ridiculous, agonized, "but what about COVID" questions went unanswered. We truly appreciated their patience.
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Our tour director, Barbara Long of Brendan Tours/Trafalgar, was nothing short of amazing. Not only was she incredibly organized and knowledgeable but, as the first tour group to return to Ireland post-COVID, she kept us one step ahead of unforeseen changes. For example, the River Dance-type show we were supposed to have an opportunity to see was cancelled. Not a problem for Barbara. Instead we were taken (at no additional charge) to a sheep farm for a herding dog demo, a cream tea, and live music by a well-known local musician. Then entire trip went along similar lines. No tour of a water-damaged Westport House? Not a problem - substitute a trip to Dan O'Hara's farm in Connemara. Barbara is a tour guiding super hero.
Trusted Customer
Friday, June 21, 2019
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Exceeded expectations
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love it when expectations are exceeded! Thank you for sharing.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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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. !!
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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.
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I'd recommend this trip for any and all - truly a wonderful experience.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, August 11, 2016
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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
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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
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Easy to book and confidence in the quality of the experience.
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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
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Excellent
Trusted Customer
Thursday, September 24, 2015
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The tour director (Evan) was fantastic.
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Excellent
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
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The actual tour company was Brendan Vacations
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The name of the tour was Secrets of Ireland
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