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Irish Highlights

Operated by: Trafalgar

7 Days from $1,513 per person
Ring of Kerry

Countries Visited

Ireland

Locations Visited

Dublin, Limerick, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Waterford
  1. Day 1 Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

    Tread in the footsteps of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde, through the lyrical streets of Dublin - your launch pad to a memorable encounter with Ireland's iconic highlights. After a leisurely morning, meet a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour with views of Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares. Indulge in a little Irish craic this evening, joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Maldron Parnell Square
  2. Day 2 Dublin – Galway – Bunratty – Limerick

    We journey to Galway, the City of Tribes, where we'll see its stone cathedral on the banks of the Corrib and spend some free time exploring its colourful façades. Irish traditions and heritage are explored next, during a visit to Bunratty Castle and its Folk Park, a living history museum that reveals insights into life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries. Be sure to drop into Mac's for a pint and meet the Bean an Tí and try to spot a fairy. Then, it's on to Limerick, our home for the night. Spend a free evening enjoying the world-renowned hospitality of the Irish.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Greenhills/Castle Oaks
  3. Day 3 Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (2 Nights)

    This morning view the 13th-century King John's Castle overlooking the Shannon, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Treaty Stone during your orientation in Limerick. Our first stop is the spectacular Cliffs of Moher where we will learn about their history during a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. After a picturesque coastal drive through the villages of Lahinch and Kilrush, we take a short ferry journey across the Shannon estuary. Our home for the next two nights is the colourful little town of Killarney.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel International/Innisfallen
  4. Day 4 Ring of Kerry Excursion

    Circle the spectacular Ring of Kerry - its emerald green hills, centuries-old stone villages and vivid blue seascapes provide a soul-stirring backdrop for our leisurely drive around a beautiful coastline that has inspired writers and poets for centuries. We'll see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, Moll's Gap and the Black Valley, renowned for being the last place in Ireland without electricity and telephone networks.

    meals Full Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Killarney – Blarney – Youghal – Waterford

    Cross the rugged Kerry Mountains and travel to Blarney Castle to kiss the stone and acquire the 'gift of the gab'. En route to Waterford, we stop in the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh. This evening we dine in our hotel.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Fitzwilton
  6. Day 6 Waterford – New Ross – Co. Wicklow – Dublin

    'Dive Into Culture' and witness the centuries-old tradition of crafting fine glass at the House of Waterford Crystal. Here we will watch the talented master craftsmen in their workshop creating exquisite pieces. Our next stop is in the town of New Ross, where we'll see the monument to John F. Kennedy who travelled to his ancestral family hometown in 1963. We'll visit the three-masted famine ship Dunbrody and 'Dive Into Culture' yet again, gaining insights into the tragic plight of the Irish emigrants who fled the potato famine during the 1800s. Continuing through County Wexford and the lush countryside of County Wicklow, we journey to Dublin stopping en route at Glenealy Farmhouse, where we'll 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest dinner and meet the Fulvio family.

    meals Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Clayton Dublin Airport/Clayton Leopardstown
  7. Day 7 Depart Dublin

    For now, it's time to say a fond slán abhaile to your fellow travellers as you close the curtain on an unforgettable journey through the Emerald Isle. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Full Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 6 full breakfasts
  • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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)
  • Ferry across the Shannon Estuary
  • 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
  • ORIENTATION of Galway, Limerick and Waterford
  • VISIT Bunratty Folk Park, 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, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick
  • SEE the Cathedral of Galway
  • SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
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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.

Limerick

Irish Ceilidh Evening

Come along and experience the craic at a special ceilidh evening. Enjoy a drink and some local specialities, watch some traditional Irish dancing, and sing along to some familiar Irish melodies.
Adult Price: €64

Medieval Castle Banquet

Enjoy a banquet and medieval entertainment in the great hall of the castle. The court jester will make an appearance, as will the castle’s musicians and the ladies and gentlemen of the medieval court – giving you an evening you won’t forget.
Adult Price: €73

Killarney

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

Celtic Steps

Enjoy a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians and showcasing the music of Kerry and beyond.
Adult Price: €36

Tralee

Irish Folk Theatre and Dinner

Join us as we embrace the folklore and spirit of old Ireland’s life and times, when even the most everyday chore would be celebrated.Siamsa Tire players will cast a charm you'll remember forever.Beforehand, enjoy a hearty Irish meal in a local restaurant. This experience will be offered for those trips that stay at Tralee.
Adult Price: €69

Killarney

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

Waterford

Irish Folk Fun

During this evening of entertainment, you'll get the chance to experience Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. Enjoy a drink while locals sing and play music for you.
Adult Price: €27

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 stories and anecdotes; one guest even described the trip as the "best history lesson ever".
Adult Price: €17

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Sunday, June 9, 2019
Service
Very good communication. Documents were sent in a timely manor.
Vacation
Good itinerary and excellent Tour Director.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Service
Fantastic customer service, our travel specialist recommended to start our adventure a day early to get up time to adjust for jetlag. Boy, that was a wonderful idea.
Vacation
Best ever! The Travel agent is knowable and funny. Extremely organized
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Service
Travel Specialist helpful, attentive and responsive. Would recommend.
Vacation
Action-packed itinerary, and fabulous tour director (Bernard Creenan).
Betty Quiambao
Travel date: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Service
well organized, interesting high lights. yes i would recommend GET to relatives & friends
Vacation
we learned a lot about Ireland
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Service
The tour itself was 5 star. However, being partially disabled, having asked the agent before and during my booking, they were not forthcoming with the actual rigors of the tour. I even asked about scooter rental, which they dismissed as not being available or necessary. Consequently, I missed seeing several sights as I can only walk for short distances The bus stairs were also a detriment. The tour guide and bus driver were also 5 star. If you have health/disability issues, beware.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry to hear about the difficulties you faced while on your trip. All trips we offer do require a great deal of walking with stairs involved. We do try to make the physical requirements clear in our brochure and website and apologize if this was not made clear to you when you booked.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Vacation
Great tour, dishonesty in salespersons made it a very painful time.
Joseph Carroll
Travel date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Service
Ann was awesome... Took care of everything and everyone. To stops were a great variety of Ireland. Can't wait to come back.
Vacation
We enjoyed the tour. This survey is annoying.
Lindsey Loya
Travel date: Saturday, January 19, 2019
Service
My husband and I very much enjoyed our trip. I had travelled with Grand European twice before with other family, and as usual, was very happy. I also adored Allie, our tour guide. She was extremely knowledgeable and really went our of her way to make everyone on the tour happy. I will absolutely travel with you again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for being a valued repeat customer and for trusting us to help plan your vacations. We are so happy that you enjoyed Ireland and we look forward to hearing about more happy memories.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Vacation
Early January is the perfect time to go to Ireland. It makes it feel more like you're a local and less like you're just on vacation. I take most of my trips in winter for this reason alone. What a beautiful country.
Renee Dreher
Travel date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Service
Grand European was great. The tour guide and bus driver were so helpful and kind.
Vacation
The Irish highlights during the winter season was perfect because it was less crowded and the weather was cool. There was only one hotel that was very sub par but every other hotel was great. The food was amazing too.
Phyllis Schlesinger
Travel date: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Service
Our Tour Director was a very poor planner. Starting with day 1 when we arrived in Dublin there was a Marathon and she did not have any alternative plans for our tour of the city in which most of the streets were blocked. Instead we drove out of the city and had a real estate tour of the outskirts. Spent lots of time at the cliffs and took us to a town for lunch where most of the restaurants were closed or had few tables, gave us an hour to grab lunch and then had to take a ferry. Also her directions were poorly stated and her timing was off.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for bringing these issues to our attention. We are sorry to hear about the lack of planning on behalf of your Travel Director. We will certainly share this information with our main office in London. We hope that there were some good memories made along the way.
Monday, November 12, 2018
Vacation
My experience with booking the trip was excellent. Very responsive agent. Also trip was good value for the money.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Service
Information given about tour was excellent. Also information as to processes and procedures was spot on. Information and tour packet was delivered in timely manner.
Vacation
Great tour guide, great sites, nice hotels. Really learned a lot about Ireland in the process.
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