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Iconic Ireland & Ashford Castle

10 Days from $2,723 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

Board 'The Isle of Innisfree' across the shimmering Lough Corrib to elegant Ashford Castle, once home to the famous Guinness family and the highlight of your iconic journey.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Overview

Board 'The Isle of Innisfree' across the shimmering Lough Corrib to elegant Ashford Castle, once home to the famous Guinness family and the highlight of your iconic journey.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. The Emerald Isle puts its best foot forward in this iconic exploration of its soul-stirring landscapes. On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8:30 am, 11 am and 1 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. 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 travelers.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Clayton Ballsbridge
  2. 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 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  3. 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 flavors.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Maldron Shandon
  4. 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Killarney Towers
  5. 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  6. 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 656 feet above the pounding Atlantic and survey the endless ocean views. We continue to Galway for a two-night stay. 

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Maldron Sandy Road
  7. A rugged realm of mountains, lakes, rivers and villages provides a stunning backdrop for our leisurely drive through Connemara—an unspoiled region of Western Ireland immortalized 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
  8. 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 where tonight you will dine as lords and ladies at an elegant royal dining experience (gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket).

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Ashford Castle
  9. 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel:Maldron Parnell Square
  10. As the curtain falls on a memorable journey with new friends, we say a fond slán go fóill to Dublin and the Emerald Isle.  Return transfers will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7 am, 9 am and 11 am. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $960 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $97 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival to Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8:30 am, 11 am and 1 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7 am, 9 am and 11 am.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels

Meal Summary

16 meals: 9 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners.

Insider Experiences

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 lunch with the O'Connells and a spot of Eton Mess

Stays with Stories

  • 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 owned and operated by our sister company, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection

Dive into Culture

  • Visit a Connemara Marble factory to see how this vivid green-colored stone has been crafted into jewelry and figurines for generations

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Dublin, Killarney, Ashford Castle

Sightseeing Experiences

  • Walking tour in Killarney National Park
  • City tour in Dublin
  • Orientation of Killarney, Galway
  • Visit Powerscourt Gardens, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College in Dublin, Blarney Castle, Torc Waterfall, the Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey
  • Scenic cruise on Lough Corrib
  • View Galway Cathedral
  • See Dublin's Georgian Squares
  • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry
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  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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Reviews

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Linda Sackett
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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..
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Jo Scott
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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.
Monday, June 11, 2018
Jean Choate
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Bonnie Roe
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Eileen Graves
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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!
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Richard Sacks
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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.
Vacation : I don't understand the question. What is meant by "purchase?" The entire trip? What we bought, separate from the trip, as we travelled?
Friday, July 15, 2016
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Ireland must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Ireland.

  • The currency in the Republic of Ireland is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money with you, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive at your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Ireland. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Culinary experiences to try include a full Irish breakfast, a visit to a chip shop, and hearty lunch at a good local pub.  And be sure to sample Irish national specialties including Irish stew, coddle, potato bread, corned beef and whiskey cake.

    Ireland is famous for its stout and beer, the most famous being Guinness. Other popular brands include Murphy’s Irish Stout, Beamish, and Kilkenny beer. Whiskey is also renowned with the most famous distilleries being the Old Midleton Distillery in Cork, the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin, and the Bushmills Distillery in Antrim.

  • The weather in Ireland is mild, moist, and quickly changeable. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping in Ireland is less common than in the U.S. When dining in a restaurant, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave a tip of up to 5-10 percent.  Leave your gratuity on the table rather than adding it to your credit card receipt to ensure that your waiter receives it.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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

Adult Price: €45.00 | Child Price: €55.00

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.

Killarney

Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

Adult Price: €21.00 | Child Price: €55.00

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.

Killarney

Irish Ceilidh Evening

Adult Price: €65.00 | Child Price: €55.00

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.

Dublin

Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

Adult Price: €71.00 | Child Price: €55.00

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.

Galway

Irish Pub Culture and Song

Adult Price: €27.00 | Child Price: €55.00

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.

Cork

Evening of Irish Entertainment with Pub Supper

Adult Price: €48.00 | Child Price: €55.00

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.

Killarney

Gaelic Roots

Adult Price: €33.00 | Child Price: €55.00

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.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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