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Irish Elegance

Stunning Ashford Castle
8 Days from $2,058 per person

Showcasing the very best sights and scenery of Ireland including the Wild Atlantic Way and a magnificent night at the stylish, distinguished and luxurious Ashford Castle.

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  1. Welcome to Dublin. On arrival at Dublin Airport, your airport shuttle service leaves for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 & 13:30. Later, join your Tour Director for an orientation tour that brings to life Dublin's architectural treasures and history, stretching back more than 1,000 years. Enjoy your VIP priority entrance to the 9th century Book of Kells and a walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College accompanied by a University insider, gaining their insight into modern life and the establishment's impressive history. Back at your hotel, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

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    hotel:Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane, Dublin.
  2. Depart Dublin, and pass the famous Curragh Racecourse and green meadows where many of the finest Irish racehorses are bred. Driving south, stop to visit the spectacular Rock of Cashel, crowned with medieval buildings, dominating the flat countryside for miles around. Continue to Blarney Castle where you can climb to the ramparts and kiss the magical stone to ensure a lifetime of eloquence. Head to Killarney, where you may fancy a ‘pint of porter'. This town on the lakes is famous for its lively pubs, so in the evening why not join in the ‘craic'?
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Killarney Plaza, Killarney (2 nights).
  3. In the morning, travel the road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. There is a chance to join a hike with a local along the lake shore and past the farmlands of the Muckross Estate, admiring the spectacular scenery. Walk by West Meadow Bay and see Muckross House. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers should be fit, have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and rain gear. For those who do not want to join the hike, the coach will return you to Killarney, where the rest of the day is free to spend at leisure.

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    hotel:Killarney Plaza, Killarney.
  4. Cross the Shannon Estuary by ferry and enter County Clare. Stop at the Exhibition Centre and enjoy a walk along the Cliffs of Moher, raised approximately 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves. Then travel north across the Burren, a suddenly stark and barren landscape. Next, tour Galway, 'City of the Tribes', including lovely Galway Cathedral. Take in the scenery as your hotel is spectacularly set on the shores of Galway Bay.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Connemara Coast, Galway (2 nights).
  5. Embark upon a superb excursion through a wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. Stop at lakeside Kylemore Abbey - a neo-Gothic mansion, occupied today by a Benedictine community of nuns who came from Ypres after World War I.
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    hotel:Connemara Coast, Galway.
  6. A lone piper escorts you over the drawbridge to majestic Ashford Castle. Your signature hotel provides a romantic backdrop in superior surroundings, offering both relaxation and comfort. There are many opportunities to explore the vast estate, pamper yourself at the spa, or get to know the hawks and woodland surroundings at the hotel's Falconry School. Dining at Ashford Castle ranks among the finest culinary experiences in the world. Creative cooking, seasonal ingredients and an innovative menu await at your Highlight Celebration Dinner. (Gentlemen, a jacket is required).
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    hotel:Ashford Castle, Cong.
  7. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the morning and perhaps a stroll on the estate. Then cross the midlands to Dublin where the rest of the day is free for independent activities and maybe some last minute shopping.
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    hotel:Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane, Dublin.
  8. Your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dublin Airport at 07:00, 09:00 & 11:00.

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INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 three-course Dinners (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) both with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Dublin:

  • VIP priority entrance to the Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity college with a University insider.

Cashel:

  • Visit the spectacular rock.

Blarney:

  • It is said that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. You are invited to dangle from the ramparts of Blarney Castle to acquire the 'gift of the gab'.

Galway:

  • See the stunning cathedral.

Killarney:

  • Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you tour the magical Ring of Kerry.
  • Join a local for a one-hour hike over wooded paths and along lakeshore trails.

Cliffs of Moher:

  • Stop by the Exhibition Centre and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.

Connemara:

  • Visit the turreted Neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey, steeped in history and tales of tragedy and romance.
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30 Sep 17 8 Oct 17 checkmark $2,225$2,058pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
$2,225 $2,058 pp

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 $640 p.p.

Triple Supplement: $140 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $70 per person.

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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 (€) and in Northern Ireland is the Pound (£). 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

  • 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 48 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.

Reviews

Monday, October 10, 2016
Irish Elegance
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Always good service.
Vacation : Great tour director, very knowledgeable.
Friday, October 7, 2016
Irish Elegance
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Loved the helpful staff.
Vacation : Some of the extra excursions write-ups were not clear as to what we were supposed to see and what we really saw. They make is sound exciting but the reality was not always as nice as they said!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We apologize for any confusion. We will take a closer look at our materials and review them for any misleading information. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Grand European Travel
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016
Irish Elegance
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Had a wonderful time. Erica was very knowledgeable. The bus was comfortable. We stopped just enough times for bathrooms breaks and snacks.
Vacation : Saw so much of Ireland in such a short time. Absolutely loved Killarney and Ashford Castle.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Irish Elegance
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Excellent tour.
Vacation : Tour guide was exceptional. She was knowledgable, organized, friendly, and personable.

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