8 Days
1 Country

Ireland

11 Cities

Dublin, Galway, Cong, Westport, Clifden, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Cashel, Kildare

12 Meals

4 Dinners, 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

Trafalgar

If you like hassle free travel with everything handled for you – looking to meet great people, eat great food, enjoy great sightseeing, and have immersive experiences, Trafalgar is for you.  From the iconic not-to-be-missed to one-of-a-kind local experiences, including Be-my-Guest dining and stays with stories, you’ll connect deeper to your destination, and every tour has at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER immersive impact experience included advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), offering you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community. As the world’s leading tour company and trusted by more than 5 million guests, Trafalgar tours are simply the best value for your vacation dollar.

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Castle & Château Stays Tours

Experience the royal lifestyle with an enchanting stay in a castle or château. Immerse yourself in the grandeur and allure of historic properties like Ashford Castle, Ruthin Castle, and Château De Fonscolombe. Enjoy luxury accommodations while discovering the rich heritage of these magnificent destinations.

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This grand Ireland trip is fit for royalty, including stays in the homes of Irish nobility. You’ll travel to Kildare and learn all about the racehorses of Ireland, visit the Ring of Kerry and watch how delicate crystal is carved in Connemara.

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Day-by-day itinerary

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 Georgian Squares. Spend some time at leisure exploring Dublin's pretty streets before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner celebrating traditional Irish flavors.

Hapenny Bridge 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

Journey to Galway and on to Ashford Castle

Our first stop today is Europe's 'City of the Tribes', 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.

Exterior of Ashford Castle in Cong, Ireland
Accommodation The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Included Meals Breakfast
Trafalgar Difference Stay at the Lodge at Ashford Castle in Cong
Stays with Stories

Overnight on the shores of Lough Corrib in the elegant country quarters of the Lodge at Ashford Castle.

Included in Trip

Trafalgar Difference

Iconic Experience Skyline of Galway with Galway cathedral, Ireland
Stroll Through Galway

Explore the historic heart of Galway. See landmarks such as the Spanish Arch and the cathedral, or perhaps admire the distinctive Claddagh rings.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 3

Admire the Elegant Westport House and Abbeyglen 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 flavors 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.

The Oak Hall at Ashford Castle in Cong, Ireland
Abbeyglen Castle Hotel Clifden View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Abbeyglen Castle Hotel Clifden

About the Hotel

Clifden, Ireland

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.

Style

  • Stays With Stories
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

Trafalgar Difference Stay at historic Abbeyglen overlooking Clifden Bay, Ireland
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.

Included in Trip

Trafalgar Difference

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. Stop for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at an oyster farm. Venture into the secret nooks and crannies of its extensive walled Victorian garden before returning to your castle accommodation for a delicious dinner.

Heather & furze bushes in Connemara, Galway, Ireland
Abbeyglen Castle Hotel Clifden View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Abbeyglen Castle Hotel Clifden

About the Hotel

Clifden, Ireland

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.

Style

  • Stays With Stories
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 an Oyster Farm

Oscar Wilde described Connemara as “wild mountainous country. . . in every way magnificent.” Experience this region for yourself on a visit to DK C...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Historic Connemara farm visit in Ireland
Visit a Historic Connemara Farm

Dive back into 19th-century rural Connemara to hear its stories and traditions. You'll be able to see first hand the centuries-old custom of turf c...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Onwards to the Cliffs of Moher and Killarney

This morning, visit the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory, where you'll Dive Into Culture and witness first-hand how their famous crystal designs are made. Picture yourself living in 1520 alongside the Dunguaire Castle when we later pass through the charming seaport village of Kinvara. Next up is an 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 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.

Cliffs of Moher in Clare, Ireland
Great Southern Killarney View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Great Southern Killarney

About the Hotel

Killarney, Ireland

Built over 160 years ago, the Great Southern hotel's prime central location next to the train station and marvelous Victorian features have ensured enduring popularity.

Style

  • Stays With Stories
Trafalgar Difference Stay at the Great Southern Hotel in Killarney, Ireland
Stays with Stories

Built over 160 years ago, the Great Southern hotel's prime central location next to the train station and marvelous Victorian features have ensured enduring popularity.

Included in Trip

Trafalgar Difference

Dive Into Culture Visit the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory, Ireland
Discover the craftsmanship of intricate crystal designs at the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory

Visit the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory and witness master craftsmen bring these intricate crystal designs to life.  

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience See and help preserve the Cliffs of Moher for generations to come
Cliffs of Moher Visit

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.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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.

Cliffs near Ring of Kerry in Co Kerry, Ireland
Great Southern Killarney View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Great Southern Killarney

About the Hotel

Killarney, Ireland

Built over 160 years ago, the Great Southern hotel's prime central location next to the train station and marvelous Victorian features have ensured enduring popularity.

Style

  • Stays With Stories
Iconic Experience Ring of Kerry landscape with Muckross lake and mountains, Killarney, Ireland
See the Ring of Kerry

Admire Ireland's enduring scenic beauty on one of the most beautiful drives in the world.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Torc Waterfall in Kerry, Ireland
Torc Waterfall Guided Visit

Visit the Torc Waterfall with a Local Specialist. 

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.

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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 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.

Horse, Irish National Stud, Ireland
Accommodation Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin Airport
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm, Kildare
Visit Ireland's National Stud Farm

Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Rock of Cashel with dark sky, Cashel, Ireland
Visit the Rock of Cashel with a Local Specialist

View the ruins of the Rock of Cashel with a Local Specialist.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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.

The Temple Bar Pub in Dublin, Ireland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

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
Trafalgar Difference
Stays with Stories

Overnight on the shores of Lough Corrib in the elegant country quarters of the Lodge at Ashford Castle.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Stroll Through Galway

Explore the historic heart of Galway. See landmarks such as the Spanish Arch and the cathedral, or perhaps admire the distinctive Claddagh rings.

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
Trafalgar Difference
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.

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®
Visit an Oyster Farm

Oscar Wilde described Connemara as “wild mountainous country. . . in every way magnificent.” Experience this region for yourself on a visit to DK C...

See More
Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Stays with Stories

Built over 160 years ago, the Great Southern hotel's prime central location next to the train station and marvelous Victorian features have ensured enduring popularity.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the craftsmanship of intricate crystal designs at the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory

Visit the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory and witness master craftsmen bring these intricate crystal designs to life.  

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Cliffs of Moher Visit

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.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See the Ring of Kerry

Admire Ireland's enduring scenic beauty on one of the most beautiful drives in the world.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Torc Waterfall Guided Visit

Visit the Torc Waterfall with a Local Specialist. 

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Visit Ireland's National Stud Farm

Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the Rock of Cashel with a Local Specialist

View the ruins of the Rock of Cashel with a Local Specialist.

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)
Ferry across the Shannon estuary
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Dublin, Killarney National Park and Cashel 
Discover Killarney and Galway
Visit Kylemore Abbey, Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory, Cliffs of Moher, Rock of Cashel in Cashel and the Irish National Stud near Kildare
View Torc Waterfall in Killarney National Park
See Dublin's Georgian Squares and Galway Cathedral
Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry and through Connemara

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Abbeyglen Castle Hotel Clifden
Great Southern Killarney

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
Visit a Historic Connemara Farm

Dive back into 19th-century rural Connemara to hear its stories and traditions. You'll be able to see first hand the centuries-old custom of turf c...

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
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
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

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Ireland

  • The Republic of Ireland, also known simply as Ireland, is a sovereign nation located in the northwestern part of Europe. It occupies most of the island of Ireland and is an independent country separate from the United Kingdom, with its own government, institutions, and culture.
  • When referring to the two distinct regions on the island of Ireland, "Northern Ireland" is used to describe the region that is part of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland). This term specifically denotes the six counties in the northeastern part of the island.
  • Language of Ireland: Irish is the official language of the Republic of Ireland, and you'll hear it spoken in Northern Ireland as well.
  • Currencies used in Ireland: Euro (€) is used in the Republic of Ireland, the British Pound Sterling (£) is used in Northern Ireland
  • Capital Cities: Dublin (Rep. Ireland), Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  • Time Zone(s) in Ireland: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1) during daylight saving time

Ireland 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 Ireland
  • 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.

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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Review date: Tuesday, July 11, 2023
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We were very happy with our flights, our tour guide and bus drivers as well as the wonderful places we stayed! We had a wonderful trip.
Vacation
We loved everything about it: where we stayed, what we visited, our guide!
Debra Dombrowski
Review date: Monday, September 20, 2021
Service
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
Review date: Monday, September 20, 2021
Service
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.
Vacation
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
Review date: 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
Review date: Friday, September 22, 2017
Service
Hotel, castles and manor were fabulous....food was even better. !!
Vacation
Best food on any of our Grand European trips....
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Service
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
Review date: Thursday, August 11, 2016
Service
All accommodations, tours, transportation were as described. No glitches.
Response from Grand European Travel:
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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
Review date: 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
Review date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Service
Guide was great. Hotels were great.
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Thursday, October 8, 2015
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