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Enchanting Emerald Isle

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $1,980 per person
Killarney National Park

Countries Visited

Ireland ...more Ireland

Locations Visited

Dublin, Enniscrone, Galway, Killarney, Kilkenny ...more Dublin, Enniscrone, Galway, Killarney, Kilkenny
  1. Day 1 Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

    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 Roganstown
  2. Day 2 Dublin – Strokestown – 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 Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Ocean Sands
  3. Day 3 Enniscrone – Westport – 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. 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 view Galway Cathedral and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

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

    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 Full Breakfast
    hotel Killarney Towers
  5. Day 5 Ring of Kerry Excursion

    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. Please Note: This leisurely paced walk meanders over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. Walkers should wear good walking shoes for a stroll through picturesque surrounds.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day 6 Killarney – Blarney – 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' over a Be My Guest dinner and hear the tale of the 'lost' town.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel Kilkenny
  7. Day 7 Kilkenny – 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 Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Ballsbridge
  8. Day 8 Depart Dublin

    It's time to close the chapter on an unforgettable Irish holiday. We bid our newfound friends and Travel Director a fond farewell. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Full Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

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

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)
  • Ferry across the Shannon estuary
  • 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 Travel Director
  • An expert Travel Director and 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 and walking tour in Westport
  • ORIENTATION of Galway and Killarney
  • VISIT EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum, Strokestown Park House, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny Castle and Trinity College
  • SCENIC CRUISE across the Shannon Estuary
  • VIEW St. Patrick's Cathedral, Galway Cathedral, the mountains of the Connemara and Torc Waterfall
  • SEE Dublin's Georgian Squares
  • SCENIC DRIVE along the Ring of Kerry

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
Price Discount Availability Price
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 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

Ballina

Irish Traditions and Song

Tonight, you'll enjoy Irish hospitality in a cosy local pub. Experience the folk tradition and enjoy a drink while locals sing and play music for you.
Adult Price: €27

Galway

City of the Tribes Walk and Dinner

Join us on a stroll in the centre of the bustling medieval port of Galway. Then, we'll meet our local specialist who will enthral us with stories as we meander through the streets while taking in the main historical sights. Enjoy a hearty three-course meal with a choice of classic traditional Irish dishes. One drink will be included.
Adult Price: €49

Galway

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 marvellous Irish art of story-telling.
Adult Price: €69

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

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 will greet you on returning to the pub.
Adult Price: €27

Reviews
Service
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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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