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Iconic Ireland & Ashford Castle

Operated by: Brendan Vacations

10 Days from $3,115 per person
Ashford Castle

Countries Visited

Ireland ...more Ireland

Locations Visited

Cork, Blarney, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Connemara, Dublin ...more Cork, Blarney, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Connemara, Dublin
  1. Day 1 Arrive Dublin (2 Nights)

    The Emerald Isle puts its best foot forward in this iconic exploration of its soul-stirring landscapes. We kick off our epic journey along the walled gardens and rambling walks of Powerscourt Gardens - its sweeping terraces, ornamental lakes and over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs ensure it befits its status as one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland. Enjoy a Welcome Reception this evening to get to know your fellow travellers.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Clayton Ballsbridge
  2. Day 2 Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time

    Lyrics and legends await this morning as we join a Local Specialist on a city tour to visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, where Jonathan Swift was once installed as Dean. We admire the colourful doorways in the stately Georgian Squares and stroll along the cobbled courtyard of Trinity College and enjoy priority access to see the Book of Kells. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to soak up the charisma of this city. Wander along Grafton Street and see its lively performers, stop for a pint of the 'Black Stuff' in Temple Bar or relax in the 'Playground of Dublin', Phoenix Park.

    meals Full Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Dublin – Co. Kilkenny – Cork

    We leave the hospitality of Dublin behind for County Kilkenny where we delve into the history of a 'lost' medieval town - Newtown Jerpoint. Take a step back in time to the 12th century and wander through its remains which are said to be the final resting place of St. Nicholas. Later, you'll join the O'Connells at their home, Belmore House. Embrace the peaceful rural setting - the perfect backdrop to 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest lunch. Inspired by Irish food and the warmth of our hosts, we continue south to the lively city of Cork, enjoying a free evening to discover its sights, sounds and flavours.

    meals Full Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Maldron Shandon
  4. Day 4 Cork – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights)

    Head to Blarney in pursuit of the 'gift of the gab'. Kiss the fabled Stone then head west to the lakeside setting of Killarney, our springboard to the enduring beauty of the Ring of Kerry.

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

    Spend a leisurely morning exploring Killarney or join a Local Specialist for a scenic guided walk at Torc Waterfall, strolling over wooden paths and lakeshore trails. Circle the scenic Ring of Kerry admiring its famous "forty shades of green" and seeing first-hand the scenic landscapes that have inspired writers and poets for centuries. 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 – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (2 Nights)

    Our up-close encounter with Ireland's ravishing beauty not yet at its end, we journey north stopping for a walk along the iconic Cliffs of Moher, an extraordinary feature of the famous Wild Atlantic Way. Admire the dramatic cliffs that rise 200 metres above the pounding Atlantic and survey the endless ocean views. We continue to Galway for a two-night stay.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Maldron Sandy Road
  7. Day 7 Connemara Excursion

    A rugged realm of mountains, lakes, rivers and villages provides a stunning backdrop for our leisurely drive through Connemara - an unspoilt region of Western Ireland immortalised in John Wayne's 'The Quiet Man'. We'll visit Kylemore Abbey, and ramble through its exquisite Victorian walled garden, then 'Dive Into Culture' at the Connemara Marble Factory, watching master craftsmen carve Connemara marble.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8 Galway – Ashford Castle

    This morning enjoy an orientation tour including views of the stone Cathedral in Galway. Board 'The Isle of Innisfree' for an exclusive cruise on shimmering Lough Corrib. Captain Patrick, Ashford Castle's Local Specialist, will share his local knowledge as you glide through the peaceful waters. Upon disembarking, a lone piper will escort you over the drawbridge to Ashford Castle, one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories', where tonight you will dine as lords and ladies at an elegant royal dining experience (gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket).

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Ashford Castle
  9. Day 9 Ashford Castle – Dublin

    Indulge in the sumptuous surrounds of Ashford Castle. Stroll around its exquisite estate and admire its lavish interiors before you return to Dublin. Spend the rest of the afternoon delving into the centuries-old history of the Irish capital. This evening, it's time to reminisce over shared memories at a delicious Farewell Dinner.

    meals Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Maldron Parnell Square
  10. Day 10 Depart Dublin

    As the curtain falls on a memorable journey with new friends, we say a fond slán go fóill to Dublin and the Emerald Isle. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Full Breakfast
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 full breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 6 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
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • Services of a professional Travel Director
  • 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 Powerscourt Gardens, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College in Dublin, Blarney Castle, Torc Waterfall, the Cliffs of Moher and Kylemore Abbey
  • SCENIC CRUISE on Lough Corrib
  • VIEW Galway Cathedral
  • SEE Dublin's Georgian Squares
  • SCENIC DRIVE around 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.


Dinner in Dublin City

Come to one of Dublin's most locally-loved restaurant-pubs. You'll enjoy dinner and charming hospitality that this part of the world is renowned for.
Adult Price: €45

Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

Enjoy an evening of fine food and non-stop fun as Ireland’s history unfolds in a cabaret of comedy, song and dance. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the show, all in the spirit of Irish humour. And you’ll even be served an Irish coffee to round off your dinner.
Adult Price: €71


Evening of Irish Entertainment with Pub Supper

Tonight, we'll travel by coach to a local pub for an evening of Irish entertainment with local musicians/singers including a good hearty Pub Supper.
Adult Price: €48


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

Gaelic Roots

A tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance, Gaelic roots showcases Ireland at its best. Using traditional instruments, Irish dance and time-honoured folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.
Adult Price: €34

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


Irish Pub Culture and Song

Tonight we'll get the chance to experience Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. We'll enjoy a drink while talented locals sing and play traditional Irish music.
Adult Price: €28

Independent Reviews
Linda Sackett
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
I would recommend GET - the customer service was timely, friendly, and complete. We had all the important information and paperwork before we needed them. This is the first time I have used GET and I would use them again when traveling.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much! We look forward to helping you plan another trip in the near future.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
This trip was everything I imagined it to be. We saw much of Ireland during the 11 days we were there.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Our tour guide is very knowledgeable about Ireland. She should be, she lives there. Our driver was exceptional. Driving the two lane roads with curves and traffic coming from the other direction. Bobby needs a letter of commendation at the very least.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We will certainly pass on your comments regarding Bobby and appreciate you letting us know about the fine job he did.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Connemarra is where I wanted to go. I collect Connemarra marble and I wanted to see where the marble comes from..
Jo Scott
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
I would recommend GET to others and would consider traveling with GET again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you! We hope to have the pleasure to help you plan your next trip.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
I would recommend GET to others and would consider traveling with GET again.
Jean Choate
Monday, June 11, 2018
I liked the castle. Perhaps because we were staying there a little longer than in some places more activities could have been planned. Some folks loved the falconry but I didn't understand that the birds would not be harmed.
Bonnie Roe
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Yes Iwould recommend to friends. I like that they include transfers to hotel even if you don’t book their airfare.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for the recommendation! We are so pleased that you enjoyed beautiful Ireland.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Fabulous itinary and guide. Ashford Castle was highlight.
Eileen Graves
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Stephanie was a great touor leader. I would travel with her again.
good sites, great people to explain them. St Nicholas's tomb was beautiful.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Very receptive to all concerns. Easy to contact and willing to answer all questions.
The guide, Ann Hickey, was wonderful. She made Ireland come alive!
Trusted Customer
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Our representative was very helpful in coordinating our flight and extra nights stay.
Our tour guide, Liam, was awesome!! He was very considerate of our comfort and well being. He was interesting and had very extensive knowledge of the areas visited. The castle was the best part of the trip and was well worth the wait. The scenery was beautiful and the staff was courteous, efficient, and helpful. I would recommend this trip. I would've liked to stayed an extra night at the castle.
Richard Sacks
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
On the whole, the trip was super. Thanks. The guide was terrific; the bus driver was cool and fun. The hotels were generally fine. The one in Dublin, on the first visit, was not so fine--utilitarian, and we were buried in a low level in a tiny room overlooking the parking area. Otherwise, grand. Food and planning were excellent. I was surprised to be told that the airfare could not be as inexpensive as that advertised by the airline because some contractual obligation between Grand European added a basic charge. This seemed unjust and untrue to the promise of best available rate.
I don't understand the question. What is meant by "purchase?" The entire trip? What we bought, separate from the trip, as we travelled?
Trusted Customer
Friday, July 15, 2016
Tour guide Geraldine Meaney was absolutely wonderful! I would highly recommend the Travel agency and Destination!
Ashford Castle was the highlight of the trip, the most incredible experience ever!!!
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