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Irish Highlights

Operated by: Trafalgar

7 Days from $1,875 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Creek rushing over rocks, Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Countries Visited

Ireland ...more Ireland

Locations Visited

Dublin, Limerick, Killarney, Waterford, New Ross ...more Dublin, Limerick, Killarney, Waterford, New Ross
  1. Day 1 Welcome to the Emerald Isle

    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 Clayton Ballsbridge/Clayton Cardiff Lane
  2. Day 2 Onwards to Galway and 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. Continue on to Limerick, for an orientation tour to view the 13th-century King John's Castle overlooking the Shannon.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Greenhills/Great National South Court
  3. Day 3 Experience the Iconic Cliffs of Moher and on to Killarney

    We leave Limerick and stop for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at the spectacular Cliffs of Moher on the famous ‘Wild Atlantic Way'. You’ll feel like you’ve gone back to an ancient time as you gaze across the water, all the way to the Aran Islands if the weather is good. Visit the interactive visitor centre where this incredible UNESCO-listed natural phenomenon comes to life in a way you would not get to see with your own eyes. You’ll watch enchanted how the curious-looking Atlantic Puffins take sanctuary in the cliffs and go beneath the surface to see how the sediment has stacked up over 300 million years to create this towering backdrop. Inspired by the irresistible beauty of this special place, you’ll continue to your hotel in Killarney with a scenic drive to the ferry departure point and journey across the Shannon Estuary. Our home for the next two nights is the colourful little town of Killarney.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel International/Innisfallen
  4. Day 4 A Scenic Day on the Ring of Kerry

    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 coastal village of Waterville, Moll's Gap and the Black Valley, renowned for being the last place in Ireland to get electricity and telephone networks.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Explore Blarney and Journey to Waterford

    Cross the rugged Kerry Mountains and travel to Blarney Castle to kiss the stone and acquire the 'gift of the gab'. Continue to Waterford, where we will have dinner at our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Fitzwilton
  6. Day 6 Through County Wicklow’s Countryside to 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. We'll Connect With Locals over a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner and meet the Fulvio family.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel The Samuel/Clayton Cardiff Lane
  7. Day 7 Farewell Ireland

    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'. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Irish Highlights
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 6 Breakfasts

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Ferry across the Shannon estuary
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Discover Galway, Limerick and Waterford
  • Explore Dublin with a Local Specialist
  • 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 and King John's Castle in Limerick
  • See the Cathedral of Galway and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick
  • Scenic Cruise across the Shannon Estuary
  • Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry
  • Connect With Locals Traditional Irish fare with an Italian twist is served up at Glenealy House near Dublin with the charming Fulvio family on hand to share their story.
  • Dive into Culture 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.
  • Dive into Culture Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Help preserve the Cliffs of Moher for generations to come and learn about its extraordinary geology, history and the species that find sanctuary in its nooks and crannies.

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Sandra Amato Shipton
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
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Great communication with agent Barbara. Good updates on upcoming trip and how to prepare under Covid restrictions.
Vacation
Tour director James Creegan, kept us on time and kept us informed of any changes passing on a lot of history and interesting facts related to each part of this great trip.
Jo Ann Butler
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Service
The original booking experience was seamless and the travel specialist well educated. As the pandemic continued on, I did wish I heard more about how the vacation would be impacted. I did a lot of independent research on restrictions, etc.
Vacation
Our tour director was fantastic! She was knowledgeable and witty and filled the trip with Irish history and fun little stories. Loved everything about it!
Christine Labrash
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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Everything went like clockwork. All agents performed with great professionalism.
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The first visit to Ireland was much more than I expected. Our guide Liam Hogan was brilliant with his knowledge of Irish culture and history. He also told us a lot about Celtic spirituality, and his charming personality really made each of us feel very welcome. He treated our group as if it were the only group he ever toured with. Our driver John was just as wonderful!
Trusted Customer
Saturday, November 16, 2019
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loved the tour. It had been a long time since I had been on a tour. Exceeded expectations. I was expected a small group tour and somehow it morphed into 45 folks. The beds and first and last hotels were great. The rest were very hard. Had to use Duvet cover as a softner. The food was great. The driver and guide were excellent. All in all good value.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love hearing that expectations were exceeded! You cant get much better. Thank you for sharing your comments.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Vacation
weather cooperated. Very little rain and we enjoyed all the side trips. Not to touristy but very informative
Trusted Customer
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Service
Booked with wonderful agent Josh very helpful. He always responded quickly to my concerns.
Vacation
We saw so many amazing sights with Allie. She had excellent knowledge about each town along the way. Most hotels were quite nice, in nice parts of town. Only 1 was in questionable location or subpar. We loved those that were within town for easy walking in evening. We also enjoyed the true locals on the pub excursions who entertained us with their Irish songs and dance. Our recommendation for tour would be to provide a better Welcoming Dinner, we found that the location was lovely but the food a poor quality compared to other restaurants we enjoyed in Dublin. But Allie did a fine job on getting us in & out of all attractions withIn a specific time so we saw a good deal of Ireland.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your wonderful feedback and suggestions. We will be sure to pass them on to the team at Trafalgar.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Kay Bonham
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Service
Josh was a pleasure to work with. Answers all our questions and addressed all our concerns.
Vacation
Jill, our tour director, was a dream! So knowledgeable and provided insights into Irish living and customs. Her "hidden treasures" added a local feel to the tour. Steve, our driver, was probably the best driver I've ever had on a tour. This was the first international tour for some of my family and having Jill and Steve made their tour so enjoyable. This was my first time using GET but it won't be my last!!
Catharine Ford
Monday, September 16, 2019
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GET's Specialists seem to know exactly what my friends and I need to book a great vacation. They help choose the right trip for us, listening to our preferences and travel accommodation requirements. It makes it so easy.
Vacation
I loved Ireland. The trip covered just the right things to entice me to return. Our tour director, Peter Flood was extremely knowledgeable and so willing to share facts and anecdotes. While the fog prevented us from seeing the Cliffs of Moher, the weather cooperated for the rest of the trip. I wish we could have stayed a little longer in Galway and Dublin, but that is a good reason to make a return trip. I was especially interested in the gardens and we saw some beautiful ones.
Melinda Davis
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
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Josh was absolutely wonderful. He offered his help and advice several times as we went along. He always answered our questions and was always engaged and honest in his answers. We couldn't have been taken care of any better.
Vacation
wonderful tour of Ireland. Very informative and fun. Jill was an excellent tour guide, and shared recipes and information with us daily. Our bus driver, John, was great, and gave extra help to a family traveling with young children. We all appreciated his help and driving ability.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Service
Excellent communication, answered emails promptly, friendly
Vacation
Lovely trip. We had a wonderful tour guide, Jill and a great bus driver, John. We stayed in nice hotels and saw many beautiful places in Ireland. We enjoyed fellow travelers from all over the world, too. Jill added to our experience by playing CDs of Irish music and comedy. The food provided was good and music and dancers were wonderful.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Service
Very good communication. Documents were sent in a timely manor.
Vacation
Good itinerary and excellent Tour Director.
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