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Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle

10 Day Ireland Tour of Dublin & Galway

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Iconic Ireland And Ashford Castle
10 Days
1 Country

Ireland

9 Cities

Dublin, Cork, Blarney, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Connemara, Cong

14 Meals

5 Dinners, 9 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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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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Explore iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle, the former famous home of earls, princes and the famous Guinness family. See Connemara’s wild and windswept beauty, let the wind whip you up at the Cliffs of Moher and admire 40 shades of green circling the Ring of Kerry.

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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, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. 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 Dinner this evening to get to know your fellow travelers.

The Temple Bar Pub in Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Included Meals Dinner
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Powerscourt Estate and Gardens in Wicklow, Ireland
Powerscourt Gardens

Explore the walled gardens, rambling walks, ornamental lakes and rich varieties of trees and shrubs of one of Ireland’s most beautiful and sustaina...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

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 colorful doorways in the stately Georgian Squares and stroll along the cobbled courtyard of Trinity College and 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.

The Library at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Included Meals Breakfast
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

Optional Experiences Dinner in Dublin, Ireland
Dinner in Dublin City

Famous for its heritage buildings and authentic local culture, Dublin is a charm-filled city for travelers to explore – and what better way to imme...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner and show in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

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...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Admire County Kilkenny and on to Cork

We leave the hospitality of Dublin behind for County Kilkenny. After, we stop in Waterford where we have free time for lunch, or perhaps join a walking tour with a local specialist. We continue south to the lively city of Cork, enjoying a free evening to discover its sights, sounds and flavors. 

River Lee in Cork, Ireland
Accommodation Vienna Woods Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Evening of Irish entertainment with pub supper in Cobh, Ireland
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.

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Walking tour with pub visit in Waterford, Ireland
Explore Waterford's History

Join us in Waterford, where the history dates back as far as the Vikings. Your Local Specialist will bring the historic area to life through storie...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Colourful houses along the River Lee in Cork, Ireland
A Tour of Cork's Inner City

Ireland's second city - "Rebel Cork" is one of Irelands Hidden Gems and dates back to the 7th century. This walking tour will encompass the develop...

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Optional Experiences

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.

Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland
Accommodation Killarney Towers Hotel & Leisure Center
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Blarney Castle and gardens, Blarney, Ireland
Visit Blarney Castle

It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ...

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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

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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Optional Experiences

Day 5

A Day on the Ring of Kerry

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. Perhaps join a Local Specialist for a scenic guided walk at Torc Waterfall, strolling over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. 

A Sheepdog and Sheep in Kilkenny, Ireland
Accommodation Killarney Towers Hotel & Leisure Center
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
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 Music and dance show in Killarney, Ireland
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 ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Onwards to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway

Begin the day enchanted by the wild landscapes, you’ll continue along the Wild Atlantic Way to Connect With Locals and meet local horticulturalist, Oonagh, who’ll teach you how to forage before our Be My Guest visit to the Barrtra Seafood restaurant. Oonagh will reveal the importance of sustainable food experiences and you’ll learn how everything on your plate has been bought locally, perhaps inspired to buy local produce when you return home.

Our up-close encounter with Ireland's irresistible beauty continues, as we journey north to the towering Cliffs of Moher. Admire the dramatic cliffs that rise 200 meters above the pounding Atlantic and survey the endless ocean views that will leave you with many stories to share when you return home. 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. Your next overnight stop is Galway where you can really get under the skin of this cultural capital and indulge your love for music, art and good times.

The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland
Accommodation Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
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

Be My Guest Foraging with Oonagh and lunch at the O'Brien's homely Barrtra Seafood restaurant
Lunch at the O'Briens Barrtra Seafood Restaurant Overlooking Liscannor Bay

Go foraging with Oonagh and enjoy a delightful Be My Guest lunch at the O'Brien's homely Barrtra Seafood restaurant overlooking beautiful Liscannor Bay.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Day 7

Galway Your Way

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

Scenic dinner and drive in Galway, Ireland
Accommodation Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway
Included Meals Breakfast
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 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

Optional Experiences Walking tour and dinner in Galway, Ireland
City of Tribes Walk and Dinner

Join us in the center of Galway for a stroll with our Local Specialist who will enthral us with stories of this bustling medieval port, as we meand...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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 immortalized 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).

The Oak Hall at Ashford Castle in Cong, Ireland
Accommodation Ashford Castle
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Trafalgar Difference Stay at Ashford Castle set in 140 hectares on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib in Cong
Stays with Stories

Built by the de Burgo family in the early 13th century, Ashford Castle is set in 140 hectares, on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib.

Included in Trip

Trafalgar Difference

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

Iconic Experience Cruise and learn about Isle of Innisfree's history, Ireland
Cruise the Isle of Innisfree with a Local Specialist

Take in one of County Sligo's natural jewels on a cruise and learn about the isle's historic significance with Captain Patrick. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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. This evening, it's time to reminisce over shared memories at a delicious Farewell Dinner.

River Liffey and Hapenny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences River cruise in Shannon, Ireland
Shannon River Cruise & Drink in a Historic Pub

Experience a relaxing cruise along the Shannon River while learning the history of the surrounding countryside. Then have a drink in Sean's Bar - r...

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Optional Experiences

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'. 

The Guinness Storehouse Dublin, Ireland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Powerscourt Gardens

Explore the walled gardens, rambling walks, ornamental lakes and rich varieties of trees and shrubs of one of Ireland’s most beautiful and sustaina...

See More
Included in Trip
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
Iconic Experience
Visit Blarney Castle

It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ...

See More
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
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
Be My Guest
Lunch at the O'Briens Barrtra Seafood Restaurant Overlooking Liscannor Bay

Go foraging with Oonagh and enjoy a delightful Be My Guest lunch at the O'Brien's homely Barrtra Seafood restaurant overlooking beautiful Liscannor Bay.

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
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
Trafalgar Difference
Stays with Stories

Built by the de Burgo family in the early 13th century, Ashford Castle is set in 140 hectares, on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib.

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
Iconic Experience
Cruise the Isle of Innisfree with a Local Specialist

Take in one of County Sligo's natural jewels on a cruise and learn about the isle's historic significance with Captain Patrick. 

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 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 Celtic Crystal Factory and Kylemore Abbey
See Dublin's Georgian Squares and Galway Cathedral
Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry

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
Dinner in Dublin City

Famous for its heritage buildings and authentic local culture, Dublin is a charm-filled city for travelers to explore – and what better way to imme...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Explore Waterford's History

Join us in Waterford, where the history dates back as far as the Vikings. Your Local Specialist will bring the historic area to life through storie...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
A Tour of Cork's Inner City

Ireland's second city - "Rebel Cork" is one of Irelands Hidden Gems and dates back to the 7th century. This walking tour will encompass the develop...

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
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 ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
City of Tribes Walk and Dinner

Join us in the center of Galway for a stroll with our Local Specialist who will enthral us with stories of this bustling medieval port, as we meand...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Shannon River Cruise & Drink in a Historic Pub

Experience a relaxing cruise along the Shannon River while learning the history of the surrounding countryside. Then have a drink in Sean's Bar - r...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn more >

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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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Independent Reviews
Elizabeth Tsarnas
Review date: Friday, May 17, 2024
Service
Very helpful when booking my trip
Vacation
A wonderful trip. Caroline Nolan was a wonderful tour guide. Loved all of it.
Steven Savino
Review date: Tuesday, October 3, 2023
Service
they provided us with a skilled Guide and Excellent Driver. The Guide was professional and extremely knowlegable. we had a nice group of people that enjoyed each other's company. The Hotels were Clean & well run. The entertainment was authentic Irish Music and Dance. It was the best way tosee Ireland in 10 days.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Ashford Castle truly is incredible and we are so happy you had the chance to experience it and the rest of beautiful Ireland. Thank you for taking the time to share your comments
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Vacation
Guide ability to explain what where looking at. Places visited were beautiful & worth the time. Riding in the Bus was interesting with long winding roads.
Don Bauer
Review date: Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Service
not too painful
Vacation
Trafalgar/Brendan did a great job. TD Sally Creegan was awesome as was driver Mike
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Service
While we had to work through the pandemic to finally get to our destination, we were able to get the planning taken care of.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for working with us and we couldn't be happier that the trip went well and you came home with happy memories.
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Vacation
Exceptional! Our tour guide was able to expedite our entrance by scheduling the ideal time. The amenities were wonderful!
Linda Sackett
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: Monday, June 11, 2018
Service
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
Review date: 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
Review date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Service
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.
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