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11 Day Ireland Tour of Dublin & Ring of Kerry

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11 Days
2 Countries

Ireland, Northern Ireland

15 Cities

Dublin, Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Londonderry, Belleek, Galway, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher, Lahinch, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Blarney, Waterford, Kilkenny, New Ross

16 Meals

5 Dinners, 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

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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Explore the Emerald Isle on this most in-depth of Irish experience trips, filled with tales of mythical creatures and the troubled history of an island split in two. Beyond soul-stirring landscapes, there’s time with a local ‘Cabbie’ who’ll guide you through Belfast.

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Day 1

Welcome to Ireland

Embrace your playful side and discover the allure of the lively Irish capital - a small city with a lot of heart and yours to explore before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers this afternoon for a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. See the stately Georgian Squares and Trinity College before enjoying a Whiskey Tasting at a local distillery.
The excitement will build this evening over drinks, good food and great company as your Travel Director gives you a taste of what’s to come.

Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Included Meals Dinner
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

Day 2

Journey to Colorful Belfast

Leaving the cosmopolitan streets of Dublin behind, we travel to Northern Ireland and the bustling city of Belfast, where you will have some free time to enjoy a spud for lunch or perhaps an Irish stew. Later, we meet our Local Specialist 'Cabbie' for an insider view of the city’s living history during a journey through its vibrant streets in a real taxi. We spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps join an Optional Experience.

City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Accommodation AC by Marriott
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Experience Belfast from a Black Cab for sightseeing
Discover Belfast with commentary from your dedicated Black Cab expert

Experience Belfast from the comfort of your dedicated Black Cab with expert 'Cabbie' commentary. 

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Walk with fish and chips in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast Walk with Fish and Chips

What better way to soak up the atmosphere of this lively city than to join a Local Specialist for a stroll through its hidden side streets? We'll h...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Venture to the Giant’s Causeway and on to Derry/Londonderry

Dive Into Culture during a visit to the award-winning Titanic Belfast Experience. Gain insights into the tragic story of the Titanic and its passengers who lost their lives in the icy Atlantic. We leave the city behind us, traveling along to the Giant's Causeway for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as we walk in the footsteps of Finn MacCool. Our visit will help to conserve this iconic natural landmark. Take some time to admire the natural spectacle of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns before continuing to Londonderry, our home for the next two nights. Dine at your hotel this evening. 

The Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
Accommodation City Hotel Derry
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Discover the story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction in Belfast
Discover the story of the Titanic at the visitor attraction in Belfast

Discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast.

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Dive Into Culture

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Discover the legend of the Giant's Causeway with an expert
Visit Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland you'll discover the legend of the Giant's Causeway as you explore with an expert, who'll explain how your visit helps conserve this iconic natural landmark.

Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Day 4

Discover Londonderry’s Past

Join your Local Specialist for a walk along the 17th-century city walls and see the formerly turbulent Bogside neighborhood, with its street murals depicting the history of the 'Troubles'. Spend a free afternoon walking along the pretty Foyle River or consider joining an Optional Experience to Inishowen Peninsula, with its rich history. 

Peace Bridge in Derry, Northern Ireland
Accommodation City Hotel Derry
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Peace Bridge in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Londonderry City Tour

With a Local Specialist explore inside the city walls. See the Gothic Guildhall and the Georgian houses of Shipquay Street.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal, Ireland
Experience the Inishowen Peninsula

Enjoy a guided visit to the Inishowen Peninsula. This spectacular circuit will take you on a journey to the most north-western tip of Ireland. Here...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Onwards to Scenic Galway

We journey through the lush countryside to Belleek, where we'll Dive Into Culture and witness talented pottery craftsmen create the exquisite collectables that have graced homes since the mid-19th century. Arrive in Galway later, where we will stay for the next two nights.

Heather & furze bushes in Connemara, Galway, Ireland
Accommodation Maldron Hotel Oranmore Galway
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Visit the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre and see traditional craftsmen at work in Northern Ireland
Discover one of the oldest working potteries in the word at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Center

See traditional craftsmen at work at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Center, one of the oldest working potteries in the world.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Day 6

Connemara Excursion

The rugged beauty of Connemara was captured in the film 'The Quiet Man' with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Its loughs and mountains are yours to explore today during a scenic drive. We arrive at Kylemore Abbey later to visit the country's most romantic castle and ramble through the hidden nooks of its Victorian walled garden. Returning to Galway, we enjoy some free time to explore its imposing stone Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square, which John F. Kennedy visited in 1963.

Kylemore Abbey in County Galway, Ireland
Accommodation Maldron Hotel Oranmore Galway
Included Meals Breakfast
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 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 Watch Trad on the Prom in Galway, Ireland
Trad on the Prom

The best in Irish dancing from the most-awarded performers in Ireland. Combined with some of Ireland's best musical talent, this show is truly "can’t miss".

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Explore the Cliffs of Moher and Killarney

See the imposing UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher rising over 650 feet (200 m) above the pounding Atlantic and scan the horizon all the way to the Aran Islands to get the full view of the irresistible beauty of this special place. You’ll have an opportunity to visit the ‘Atlantic Edge’ exhibition which will bring to life this extraordinary natural phenomenon in a way that only the wildlife of the area get to see.

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. The spectacular views of this dramatic coastline continue before you board a ferry across the tranquil Shannon Estuary river. Then, continue through County Kerry to your hotel in Killarney, where you'll have an evening at leisure or join in the craic at an optional Irish ceilidh.

Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
Accommodation Killarney Towers Hotel & Leisure Center
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
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

Iconic Experience View of Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
See the Cliffs of Moher

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

Included in Trip

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

Day 8

A Day on the Ring of Kerry

The soul-stirring landscapes of Iveragh Peninsula provide a mesmerizing backdrop for our scenic coastal drive around the Ring of Kerry – an unimaginably beautiful natural setting. En route we will see Killorglin, famous for its annual 'Puck Fair', as well as Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap.

Horse and Carriage, Ring of Kerry, 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

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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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Muckross house and gardens in Killarney, Ireland
Visit Muckross House and its Gardens

Come with us to Muckross House and its beautiful gardens. With a backdrop of oak-clad mountains, enjoy taking in the towering azaleas and rhododend...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Off to Blarney, Waterford and Kilkenny

Today you might acquire the 'gift of the gab', bending over backwards to kiss the Blarney Stone before we travel to Waterford. Admire the delicate creations of fine crystal during a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal where we will Dive Into Culture and witness a demonstration by master craftsmen. This evening, we arrive in Kilkenny with its imposing 12th-century castle, once the seat of the Butlers of Ormonde.

Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland
Accommodation Hotel Kilkenny
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal, Waterford
Tour the House of Waterford Crystal Workshop

Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

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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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Colourful street in Kilkenny, Ireland
An Afternoon of Irish Fun and Music (Craic agus Ceol)

Feel like a local at this authentic Irish Pub with an afternoon of live music and a drink

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

Through County Wicklow’s Countryside to Dublin

After a morning exploration of Kilkenny, we depart for New Ross where we'll see the monument to John F. Kennedy, who visited his ancestral family hometown in 1963. Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the tragic plight of Irish emigrants during the potato famine of the 1800s on our visit to the nearby three-masted Dunbrody Famine Ship. Journey through the lush Irish countryside of County Wicklow, the 'Garden of Ireland', and back to Dublin where you’ll spend your final evening with travel companions sharing stories of your memorable journey through Ireland at a Farewell Dinner.

The Sugarloaf Mountain in Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Accommodation Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Experience the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross
Discover the tragic history of the Dunbrody Famine Ship

Explore the tragic history of Ireland's famine emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, a replica of one of the original ships used in the 1800s.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Visit New Ross and see the Dunbrody replica famine ship, Ireland
New Ross Visit

Visit the port town of New Ross. On the quayside, perhaps see the Dunbrody replica famine ship and statue of John F. Kennedy.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 11

Farewell Dublin

It’s time to say a fond farewell to Ireland and newfound friends as you prepare to end your wonderful Irish experience.

The Guinness Storehouse Dublin, Ireland
Included Meals Breakfast

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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
Dive Into Culture
Discover Belfast with commentary from your dedicated Black Cab expert

Experience Belfast from the comfort of your dedicated Black Cab with expert 'Cabbie' commentary. 

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the story of the Titanic at the visitor attraction in Belfast

Discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland you'll discover the legend of the Giant's Causeway as you explore with an expert, who'll explain how your visit helps conserve this iconic natural landmark.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Londonderry City Tour

With a Local Specialist explore inside the city walls. See the Gothic Guildhall and the Georgian houses of Shipquay Street.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover one of the oldest working potteries in the word at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Center

See traditional craftsmen at work at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Center, one of the oldest working potteries in the world.

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
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
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
Iconic Experience
See the Cliffs of Moher

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

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
Dive Into Culture
Tour the House of Waterford Crystal Workshop

Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.

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
Dive Into Culture
Discover the tragic history of the Dunbrody Famine Ship

Explore the tragic history of Ireland's famine emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, a replica of one of the original ships used in the 1800s.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
New Ross Visit

Visit the port town of New Ross. On the quayside, perhaps see the Dunbrody replica famine ship and statue of John F. Kennedy.

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, Belfast and Londonderry with a Local Specialist
Discover Galway and Waterford
Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, the Titanic Experience in Belfast, the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Giant's Causeway, Belleek to see how the famous pottery is made, Kylemore Abbey, the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', the Crystal Showroom at Waterford and the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross
View the City Walls and Murals of Londonderry
See Galway Cathedral
Scenic Cruise across the Shannon Estuary
Scenic Drive through Connemara and along 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
Belfast Walk with Fish and Chips

What better way to soak up the atmosphere of this lively city than to join a Local Specialist for a stroll through its hidden side streets? We'll h...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Experience the Inishowen Peninsula

Enjoy a guided visit to the Inishowen Peninsula. This spectacular circuit will take you on a journey to the most north-western tip of Ireland. Here...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Trad on the Prom

The best in Irish dancing from the most-awarded performers in Ireland. Combined with some of Ireland's best musical talent, this show is truly "can’t miss".

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
Visit Muckross House and its Gardens

Come with us to Muckross House and its beautiful gardens. With a backdrop of oak-clad mountains, enjoy taking in the towering azaleas and rhododend...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
An Afternoon of Irish Fun and Music (Craic agus Ceol)

Feel like a local at this authentic Irish Pub with an afternoon of live music and a drink

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 >

Current Entry Requirements Check your destination View Entry Guide >

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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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Angela Trail
Review date: Thursday, July 13, 2023
Service
I would recommend this company to everyone. This was the most relaxing t rip. Everything was done for us. The director and bus driver we had were phenomenal! As soon as we got off the plain there was a representative there to help us get to where we needed to be. There were no worries. We could not have planned a better trip and saw everything we experienced on our own.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like everything went perfectly! You can't get better than that! THank you for your business and lovely review. We hope to see you again soon.
Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Vacation
The most relaxing and informative trip we have ever taken. We could not haave done this on our own. A fantastic adventure.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Service
I would both recommend GET and will buy from them again. They were very helpful explaining the differences between multiple possible trips, and assisting me in choosing what would be best for me and my wife.
Vacation
Great guide, very comfortable transportation, very well organized, great selection of attractions
Patrick Thomas
Review date: Friday, October 28, 2022
Service
the tour director: Allan - and the bus driver: John were both first class people ! loved both of them
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so excited to hear you enjoyed your trip to Ireland. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your feedback. Take care!
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Vacation
tour director (Allan) was an Irish native and knew both the history and culture of Ireland - and the music too !
Shirley Shean
Review date: Thursday, June 16, 2022
Service
Outstanding experience
Response from Grand European Travel:
Well, it sounds like you had an awesome time on your Irish Experience tour. That's fabulous! Thank you for leaving a review. We appreciate it!
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Vacation
Travel director was very knowledgeable and loved all her stories
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, September 24, 2021
Service
Booking was an easy process but I was booking with a friend and sometimes only one of us would get an email about our booking and then at times both of us would receive the information.
Vacation
The Irish Experience was a trip that gave me a great feeling for the country of Ireland and their history. Especially enjoyed the time spent in the North of Ireland. Shane was a great leader and Mickey did a great job of driving and getting us from place to place. It was a small group because of COVID but I would recommend this trip to anyone interested in seeing Ireland.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Service
They were very responsive, even at the last minute with an impending strike at Heathrow. They took action and rebooked our tickets that afternoon. Kaitlin Fitzpatrick was terrific and extremely helpful and patient with me.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is just one of the benefits of booking your flights through us along with your tour. We will always be there to take care of any unforeseen issues. We're so glad the strike at Heathrow did not impact your trip. Thank you for sharing your feedback!
Friday, September 20, 2019
Vacation
We saw things we would never have seen on our own. Especially every "local leader optional" portion. It was well worth it. And every place we went to, even pit stops, were ready for us to arrive. Very impressive. Our leader, Bernard, was EXTRAORDINARY. My only surprise was 1) how very structured the tour was..I thought we would have a few hours a day on our own to explore 2) that the bus only had a "emergency" WC...that was challenging. It was actually much less expensive than I thought it would be.
Nancy Fifield
Review date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Service
The agent with whom I spoke was very helpful, available when I had questions.
Vacation
It covered a great deal of Ireland with very enjoyable extra excursions. The leader was very knowledgeable about everything and a very good group.
Kathleen Hoskins
Review date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Service
Answered all questions cheerfully and completely.
Vacation
I doubt that we will ever travel to northern Europe again in April. It was quite cold and windy in northern Ireland.
Larry Van Horn
Review date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Service
Excellent! I called several times with questions and got a pleasant helpful agent who answered all of my questions.
Vacation
Good value, but there are a lot good values out there.
Pamela Jorgensen
Review date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Service
Our guide was very informative, the downside to the trip were the hotels. All hotels were located out of the cities with two hotels not even in the city we thought we were staying in. A couple of hotels were shabby and run down, we were told they were 4 star, they were lucky to be one star. Due to the hotels it is unlikely we will book again
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your disappointment. Trafalgar does strike to provide convenient, clean and comfortable rooms for all their trips and it's important to know when those expectations are not met. We will share this with their quality control team right away and appreciate you bringing it to our attention.
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Vacation
i will not recommend get due to their hotel selection
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