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Irish Experience

Operated by: Trafalgar

11 Days from $2,725 per person
Cliffs of Moher

Countries Visited

Ireland, UK ...more Ireland, UK

Locations Visited

Dublin, Giants Causeway, Londonderry, Galway, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Waterford, Powerscourt Gardens ...more Dublin, Giants Causeway, Londonderry, Galway, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Waterford, Powerscourt Gardens
  1. Day 1 Arrive Dublin and Afternoon Sightseeing

    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 travellers this afternoon for a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. View St. Patrick's Cathedral, the stately Georgian Squares and Trinity College. We enjoy a Welcome Reception of canapés and drinks this evening, joining a Local Specialist at the Glasnevin Trust to hear about the brave characters from Ireland's recent history and hear how our visit 'Makes A Difference' to the Trust's efforts to preserve Irish history.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Mespil
  2. Day 2 Dublin – 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 Black Cab. We spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps join an Optional Experience.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Park Inn
  3. Day 3 Belfast – Giant’s Causeway – Londonderry/Derry (2 Nights)

    'Dive Into Culture' during a visit to the award-winning Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre and 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, travelling along the beautiful Antrim coast road to the Giant's Causeway and walk in the footsteps of Finn MacCool. 'Make A Difference' by helping 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.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Everglades
  4. Day 4 Londonderry/Derry Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join your Local Specialist for a walk along the 17th-century city walls and see the formerly turbulent Bogside neighbourhood, 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. This evening we dine at our hotel.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day 5 Londonderry/Derry – Belleek – County Galway (2 Nights)

    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.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Maldron
  6. 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.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day 7 County Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Shannon Estuary Ferry – Killarney (2 Nights)

    See the imposing sheer Cliffs of Moher rising over 200 metres above the pounding sea below and learn about the history of these natural phenomena during a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. We 'Connect With Locals' and join Oonagh to forage for ingredients that will be used to create our Be My Guest lunch at the Barrtra Seafood restaurant along the world famous Wild Atlantic Way. Enjoy spectacular views of the dramatic coastline before boarding a ferry across the tranquil Shannon River estuary. Then, continue through County Kerry to your hotel in Killarney, where we'll have an evening at leisure or join in the craic at an optional Irish ceilidh.

    meals Full Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Killarney Towers/Hotel Killarney
  8. Day 8 Ring of Kerry Excursion

    The soul-stirring landscapes of Iveragh Peninsula provide a mesmerising 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.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Day 9 Killarney – Blarney – Waterford – Kilkenny

    Today we acquire the 'gift of the gab', bending over backwards to kiss the Blarney Stone before we travel to Waterford via Youghal. 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.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Kilkenny
  10. Day 10 Kilkenny – New Ross – Co. Wicklow – Dublin

    Our first stop today is in 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 Famine Ship Dunbrody. 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.

    meals Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Roganstown
  11. Day 11 Depart Dublin

    It's time to say a fond farewell to Ireland and newfound friends as you prepare to end your wonderful Irish experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Full Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 10 full breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 5 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry
  • ORIENTATION of Galway and Waterford
  • VISIT the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, the Titanic Museum, 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 to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', the Crystal Showroom at Waterford and the Famine Ship in New Ross
  • VIEW St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Queens University in Belfast, the City Walls and Murals of Londonderry, Connemara and the Cathedral of Galway
  • SCENIC DRIVE along the Ring of Kerry

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Belfast

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 have an included drink in a historic pub and continue to a local restaurant for a quintessentially traditional meal; fish and chips.
Adult Price: £39

Londonderry

Dinner and Drinks in Londonderry

Join us and the the rest of the group for a cosy and relaxing evening of dinner and a drink in a locally-loved restaurant.
Adult Price: £42

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 you'll visit Grianan Aileach, a circle stone fort which was the royal seat of the O'Neill clan, situated amongst spectacular views.
Adult Price: £19

Galway

Galway Castle Banquet

Join us on a drive to Galway Castle where you'll begin your evening of medieval entertainment. This will be accompanied by a delicious dinner where wine will flow, and you’ll be treated to songs and the marvellous Irish art of story-telling.
Adult Price: €69

Killarney

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 and informal - is accompanied with plenty of food and drink. There's no more enjoyable way to understand Irish culture.
Adult Price: €65

Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

Enjoy a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourn-Vincent National Park. During your journey, your Local Specialist will share fascinating anecdotes about the area and Ireland.
Adult Price: €21

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 rhododendrons as you meander along the shores of the lakes. The 18th century house contains some wonderful examples of furniture and paintings, including a portrait of King James VI, for whom Shakespeare wrote Macbeth.
Adult Price: €21

An Afternoon of Irish Fun and Music (Craic agus Ceol)

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the ancient sport of hurling at a local pub. Moving outside, you’ll enjoy a live demonstration by village locals and even have a chance to try your hand at this game, said to be the oldest and fastest field sport in the world. Later, live music will greet you on returning to the pub.
Adult Price: €27

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Nancy Fifield
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
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
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
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
Kim Bessler
Monday, August 20, 2018
Service
Trafalgar was great. We felt safe, had wonderful tours (much learning about Ireland!!), and great meals. A perfect vacation memory with my daughter!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love making those perfect vacation memories! Thank you for sharing.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Vacation
Wonderful vacation with my daughter. Great food, tours, places to see, places to rest.
Maureen Holy
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Service
Our tour guide Allie was one of the best I have had on a trip. She was easy going, knowledgeable and she made sure we had fun. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Ireland. Our driver, Mick, was also one of the best. He got us every where on time and with no worries!
Vacation
The trip was well worth the price paid.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Service
I was not able to reach GET a couple of times when I had questions before the trip, but when I did, they were very helpful. GET did not meet us at the airport, another travel group leader did. We discovered that our trip had been meshed with another, so we had a huge group, not the smaller group we thought we were going to be with.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry that you were not aware that this trip is operated by our sister company Trafalgar Tours. We do attempt to mark each trip on our website, brochure, payment invoices and tour documents clearly showing the operating company's name. We apologize if this was not made clear to you when you booked with us.
Friday, June 8, 2018
Vacation
Great tour leader and bus driver. Hotels were great, other than no A/C during a heat wave. Loved the extra excursions.
Jose Pazos
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Service
everything was excellent, from the moment we asked for information about the trip to the director in Ireland to everything..... we loved it... yes we would recommend GET
Vacation
the tour director, the driver, the views the way it was conducted, the attention to details,, everything better than really expected
Patricia Walsh
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Service
HAVING BOOKED SEVERAL TRIPS WITH GRAND EUROPEAN WE HAVE NEVER BEEN DISAPPOINTED - GREAT HOTELS, GREAT ITINERARIES.
Vacation
Most interesting information on the 'troubles' from several different angles.
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