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Enchanting Emerald Isle

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $1,795 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Killarney National Park, Ireland

Countries Visited

Ireland ...more Ireland

Locations Visited

Dublin, Enniscrone, Strokestown, Galway, Westport, Kylemore, Killarney, Lahinch, Thomastown, Blarney, Kilkenny ...more Dublin, Enniscrone, Strokestown, Galway, Westport, Kylemore, Killarney, Lahinch, Thomastown, Blarney, Kilkenny
  1. Day 1 Hello Dublin

    A warm welcome to Dublin, a modern multi-cultural city that embraces its past and exudes an enduring sense of fun. Meet your Local Specialist this afternoon for a guided city tour to view the elegant Georgian Squares and St. Patrick's Cathedral. A special Welcome Reception this evening sees you visiting EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Clayton Cardiff Lane
  2. Day 2 Experience Irish history and on to Enniscrone

    Journey through the lush green countryside before your first stop at Strokestown where we will Dive Into Culture at the Irish Famine Museum, delving into the stories of the 1840s famine. See the haunting pleas of starving tenants on the estate and the response they received, before continuing to Enniscrone.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Ocean Sands
  3. Day 3 Journey to Westport and Galway

    Travel to Westport and meet your Local Specialist for a walking tour during which you'll learn about the town's heritage - from its settlement 5,000 years ago to modern-day times. Later, visit the Benedictine monastery of Kylemore Abbey, set against the striking backdrop of Lake Kylemore, and stroll through its walled Victorian gardens. We continue to Galway, the 'City of Tribes', where we'll see Galway Cathedral and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Connacht
  4. Day 4 The Iconic Cliffs of Moher and Onwards to Killarney

    The sheer Cliffs of Moher plunge dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean, providing endless ocean views which we'll have an opportunity to admire during a morning visit. Later, we cross the Shannon estuary by ferry to Killarney, our home for the next two nights. Spend a free evening soaking up some unforgettable Irish craic or delve into the town's centuries-old history.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Killarney Towers
  5. Day 5 A Day on the Ring of Kerry

    Dramatic vistas are ours to enjoy as we circle the achingly beautiful Ring of Kerry - one of the most scenic drives on the 'Emerald Isle'. See a soul-stirring landscape that has inspired poets, artists and writers for centuries, before returning to Killarney where you have the rest of the afternoon free to explore on your terms. Consider a leisurely guided walk at Torc Waterfall with a Local Specialist taking you along the lakeshore and past the farmlands of the 19th-century Muckross Estate.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day 6 Venture to Blarney and Medieval Kilkenny

    Kiss the famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle and receive the 'gift of the gab'. Travel to County Kilkenny to discover the 12th-century town of Newtown Jerpoint and hear about the saint buried there, who inspired the legend of Santa Claus. Later, we meet local farmers Joe and Maeve O'Connell at their home, Belmore House, to Connect With Locals at a Be My Guest experience and hear the tale of the 'lost' town over dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Kilkenny
  7. Day 7 Return to Lively Dublin

    Visit Kilkenny Castle, an Anglo-Norman stone castle that sits majestically over the Nore River. In the castle basement, you'll find the Butler Gallery, one of Ireland's most important art galleries outside of Dublin. Returning to the Irish capital, visit Trinity College and enjoy priority access to see the Book of Kells, said to be the world's most famous medieval manuscript. All that's left to say is a rousing sláinte or two while you indulge in a memorable Farewell Dinner, enjoying a fun night out at a classic public house in the city. Admire the authentic Victorian bar and walk up the original staircase from Trinity College, which was featured in the Michael Caine film 'Educating Rita'.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Clayton Dublin Airport
  8. Day 8 Farewell Ireland

    It's time to close the chapter on an unforgettable Irish holiday. We bid our newfound friends and Travel Director a fond farewell. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Enchanting Emerald Isle
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Dublin, Killarney National Park and Westport with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Galway and Killarney
  • Visit EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum, the National Irish Famine Museum at Strokestown Park, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny Castle and Trinity College
  • View the mountains of the Connemara and Torc Waterfall
  • See St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Georgian Squares in Dublin and Galway Cathedral
  • Scenic Cruise across the Shannon Estuary
  • Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry
  • Connect with Locals Travel to 12th-century Ireland and explore the remains of the Lost Town of Newtown Jerpoint followed by a hearty Irish Be My Guest dinner with the O'Connells and a spot of Eton Mess. (Day 6)
  • Dive into Culture Visit the Irish National Famine Museum for insights into the plight of the starving people of Ireland during the Great Irish Famine in the mid-19th century. (Day 2)

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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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.

Sligo

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, 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

Ballina

Poitín, an old Irish Tradition

Join us on a visit to a boutique distillery, where Poitín and Irish Whisky are crafted using the traditional Irish pot still. Our private guide will explain the process as you walk through the working distillery, which uses the best traditional methods. You will then be guided through a tasting of these two sought-after spirits.
Adult Price: € 23

Galway

City of Tribes Walk and Dinner

Join us in the center of Galway for a stroll with our Local Specialist who will enthrall us with stories of this bustling medieval port, as we meander through the streets while taking in the main historical sights. Later we enjoy a hearty three-course meal, with a choice of classic dishes and an included drink.
Adult Price: € 49

Galway Castle Banquet

Join us on a drive to Galway Castle where you'll begin your evening of medieval entertainment. This will be accompanied by a delicious dinner where wine will flow, and you’ll be treated to songs and the marvelous Irish art of story-telling.
Adult Price: € 72

Killarney

Irish Ceilidh Evening

The Irish Ceilidh epitomizes how music and dance were enjoyed in rural Ireland, especially on festive occasions. The craic - welcoming, jolly, fun and informal - is accompanied by plenty of food and drink. There's no more enjoyable way to understand Irish culture.
Adult Price: € 67

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: € 22

An Afternoon of Irish Fun and Music (Craic Agus Ceol)

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the ancient sport of hurling at a local pub. Moving outside, you’ll enjoy a live demonstration by village locals and even have a chance to try your hand at this game, said to be the oldest and fastest field sport in the world. Later, live music and a drink will greet you on returning to the pub.
Adult Price: € 29

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Lynn Mitchell
Monday, April 22, 2019
Service
Had a wonderful time, went to all the places I wanted to see, had great weather, very interesting and informative talks while traveling from Barbara, our tour group. Hotels were clean and the meals were delicious. Missed our flight out to the tour, Barbara was very helpfull in advising how to meet up with the group the following day.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry you were delayed arriving into Ireland, but so pleased you enjoyed yourself once you did arrive. Thank you for taking the time to write.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Vacation
Had a great time, brought lots of memories home with me
Anneliese Augustine
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Service
Service was excellent. Everything went smoothly. Great trip
Vacation
Enjoyed the trip and all that was included.
Karen Erisman
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Service
the hotels were great as was the pub experiences and the food. I would have liked staying in a town more than so far out of several towns but I know that it is more expensive. I really enjoyed the time we had in Kilarney.
Vacation
We looked at several trips and felt we got the best of what wewanted to see with the affordable price of this trip!.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Service
Wonderful trip
Vacation
Side trips were very fun. Great group of people
John Berry
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Service
I would recommend this tour. A couple of more days would be nice. Guess I’ll have to go back for more castle and pub dinners and entertainment. Our guide Mike and driver Tony where the best,
Response from Grand European Travel:
How great to hear you thought Ireland was "magical and enchanting"! It certainly is a beautiful place! We're here when you're ready to go back!
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Vacation
Lots of bang for the buck.
William Monken
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Service
Trip was very organized and well planned. Wonderful accommodations! Michael McClure was an excellent tour guide and Tony a great drivet!!
Vacation
Well worth the money spent.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Service
I liked that I was able to continue a diologue with rep (Tess) for odds and ends
Vacation
It was reasonably priced, comprehensive, and easy to navigate.
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