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Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle

Operated by: Brendan Vacations

10 Days from $2,921 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Lobby of Ashford Castle, Ireland

Countries Visited

Ireland ...more Ireland

Locations Visited

Enniskerry, Dublin, Cork, Thomastown, Killarney, Blarney, Lahinch, Galway, Moycullen, Kylemore, Cong ...more Enniskerry, Dublin, Cork, Thomastown, Killarney, Blarney, Lahinch, Galway, Moycullen, Kylemore, Cong
  1. Day 1 Hello Dublin

    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 Discover Diverse Dublin

    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 St. Stephen's Green.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Admire County Kilkenny and on to 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 for lunch at their home, Belmore House. Embrace the peaceful rural setting - the perfect backdrop to Connect With Locals at a Be My Guest experience. 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. Our Stays With Stories accommodation is the historic Maldron Shandon Hotel. Originally Cork's first general hospital opened in 1720, the building has a colourful history that has seen it survive wars, political upheaval, fire and demolition threats before it opened its doors as a grand hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Maldron Shandon
  4. Day 4 Journey to Blarney and on to Killarney

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

    Spend a leisurely morning exploring Killarney or join a Local Specialist for a scenic guided walk at Torc Waterfall, strolling over wooded 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day 6 Onwards to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway

    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 Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Maldron Sandy Road
  7. Day 7 Galway Your Way

    Dive Into Culture at the Connemara Marble Factory, watching master craftsmen carve Connemara marble. Then enjoy an orientation tour of Galway with plenty of free time afterwards to explore this vibrant city on your own.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Explore Stunning Connemara and Continue to Ashford Castle

    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 that was immortalised in John Wayne's 'The Quiet Man'. We'll visit Kylemore Abbey and ramble through its exquisite Victorian walled garden. Later, 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 its 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 Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Ashford Castle
  9. Day 9 Return to Lively 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 Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Clayton Ballsbridge
  10. Day 10 Journey Home

    As the curtain falls on a memorable journey with new friends, we say a fond slán go fóill to Dublin and the 'Emerald Isle'. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 5 dinners

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 Lough Corrib with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Killarney and Galway
  • Visit Powerscourt Gardens, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College in Dublin, Blarney Castle, Torc Waterfall, the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara Marble Factory and Kylemore Abbey
  • See Dublin's Georgian Squares and Galway Cathedral
  • Scenic Cruise on Lough Corrib
  • 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 an Irish Be My Guest lunch with the O'Connells. (Day 3)
  • Stays with Stories Discover centuries of tumultuous history staying at the Maldron Shandon hotel, a building that has survived wars, fires and threats of demolition to become the grand hotel it is today. (Day 3) Dating back to 1228, iconic Ashford Castle has housed earls, princes and the dynastic Guinness family. Recently reopened after refurbishment, this award-winning hotel is one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories' and is owned and operated by our sister company, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. (Day 8)
  • 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. (Day 7)

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.

Dublin

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: € 49

Dublin Dinner and Irish Show

Enjoy an evening of fine food and fun as Ireland’s history unfolds with comedy, song and dance. You’ll be tapping your toes and joining in the show, all in the spirit of Irish humor. And you’ll even be served an Irish coffee to round off your dinner.
Adult Price: € 72

Cork

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

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

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-honored folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.
Adult Price: € 34

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

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Linda Sackett
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Service
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
Vacation
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
Service
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
Vacation
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
Service
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
Vacation
I would recommend GET to others and would consider traveling with GET again.
Jean Choate
Monday, June 11, 2018
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yes
Vacation
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
Service
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
Vacation
Fabulous itinary and guide. Ashford Castle was highlight.
Eileen Graves
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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Stephanie was a great touor leader. I would travel with her again.
Vacation
good sites, great people to explain them. St Nicholas's tomb was beautiful.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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Very receptive to all concerns. Easy to contact and willing to answer all questions.
Vacation
The guide, Ann Hickey, was wonderful. She made Ireland come alive!
Trusted Customer
Saturday, July 15, 2017
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Our representative was very helpful in coordinating our flight and extra nights stay.
Vacation
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
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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.
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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
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Tour guide Geraldine Meaney was absolutely wonderful! I would highly recommend the Travel agency and Destination!
Vacation
Ashford Castle was the highlight of the trip, the most incredible experience ever!!!
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