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Irish Highlights (Winter Season)

8 Days from $1,100 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

Share a pint and some Irish 'craic' with new friends and you'll wish you'd stayed longer—your journey from Dublin through Ireland's lush counties and charming towns gives a taste of what you will enjoy on the Emerald Isle. From cathedrals and castles to exquisite Waterford crystal, stately city squares and scenic coastal drives, there's a lot to say 'sláinte' about.

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Share a pint and some Irish 'craic' with new friends and you'll wish you'd stayed longer—your journey from Dublin through Ireland's lush counties and charming towns gives a taste of what you will enjoy on the Emerald Isle. From cathedrals and castles to exquisite Waterford crystal, stately city squares and scenic coastal drives, there's a lot to say 'sláinte' about.

This page shows Winter Season departures and itinerary; click here to see the main season version of this tour!

  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. 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. This morning is yours to soak up the charming atmosphere of the quirky capital, before meeting 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 travelers for a traditional Irish pub experience that will kickstart your vacation in style.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Ballsbridge
  3. 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 colorful faҫades. Irish traditions and heritage are explored during a fascinating visit to Bunratty Castle and its Folk Park, a living museum that reveals insights into life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries. Be sure to drop into Mac's for a pint, meet the 'Bean an Tí' and see if you can spot a fairy. Then travel to Limerick, our home for the night. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure enjoying the world-renowned hospitality of the Irish.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Greenhills
  4. 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 sheer 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 the ferry across the Shannon estuary. Our home for the next two nights is the colorful little town of Killarney.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Killarney Avenue
  5. Circle the spectacular Ring of Kerry—its emerald green hills, centuries-old stone villages and vivid blue seascapes provide a breathtaking backdrop for our leisurely drive around this 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  6. Cross the rugged Kerry Mountains and travel to Blarney Castle and kiss the stone that bears its name in pursuit of acquiring 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Marina
  7. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the centuries-old tradition of crafting fine glass at the House of Waterford Crystal where we'll 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 traveled to his ancestral family hometown in 1963. We'll visit the three-masted famine ship Dunbrody and gain a Cultural Insight into the tragic plight of 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 for a Farewell Be My Guest dinner with the charming Fulvio family.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dinner
    hotel:Clayton
  8. For now, it's time to say a fond 'slán abhaile' to your fellow travelers as you close the curtain on an unforgettable journey through the Emerald Isle. Return transfers will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7am, 9am and 11am. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
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  • Festive Celebrations: Christmas and/or New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.

Christmas Day Is celebrated in Ireland on December 25th. The majority of businesses and organizations (except for hospitals) are closed on Christmas Day. Some smaller stores selling food may open however public transport services may not operate at all. Your itinerary may be affected and inclusions changed to accommodate closures.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $68 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8:30 am, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7:00 am, 9:00 am and 11:00 am.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Meal Summary

9 meals: 6 full breakfasts, 3 dinners.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Traditional Irish fare with an Italian twist is served up at Glenealy Farmhouse near Dublin with the charming Fulvio family on hand to share their story

Cultural Insight

  • Explore the tragic history of Ireland's famine emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, a replica of one of the original famine ships used in the 1800s, and learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Dublin

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Dublin
  • Orientation of Galway, Limerick, Waterford
  • Visit Bunratty Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the ‘gift of the gab', Youghal, the Crystal Showroom at Waterford, the famine ship in New Ross
  • View St. Patrick's Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, King John's Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick
  • See the Cathedral of Galway
  • Scenic drive of the Ring of Kerry

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.

Killarney

Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

Adult Price: € 21

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.

Celtic Steps

Adult Price: € 36

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

Irish Ceilidh Evening

Adult Price: € 65

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.

Visit Muckross House and its Gardens

Adult Price: € 21

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.

Limerick

Medieval Castle Banquet

Adult Price: € 69

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.

Waterford

Explore Waterford's Viking History

Adult Price: € 17

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".

Irish Folk Fun

Adult Price: € 27

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.

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Reviews

Sunday, October 14, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Gary Fenrich
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Vacation:
Service rating : This was our first time using Grand European Travel and we had the most amazing time in Ireland!! Lauren our travel agent described the trip perfectly when I first talked to her and was very patient with me as I asked so many questions. The trip itself was narrated by Bernard and nothing was left out discribing the way of life, regions visited and so on. The trip was kept on schedule the entire time which made planning what to see and do during free times. We plan on using GET a lot in the future based on our experience. Sincerely Gary and Lynne.
Vacation : So much at an incredible value. It was actually less than traveling from Wisconsin to San Francisco California for the same amount of time!!! Why would anyone not go!!
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Shirley Wagner
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Vacation:
Service rating : When we arrived at the Dublin airport we looked for the meeting hall at terminal 2. We found the area noted meeting and sat and waiting for our contact for the 11am group. When no one came and there were no others from GET there we contacted a person waiting for another group. The lady was very nice and asked some ladies who said they were the one. When I tried to talk with them they were very confused and asked me to wait while they checked several lists. I asked if we were in the right place she said yes and I let her know we would be sitting over in the meeting area. We looked up she was over at the exit door with a large group of people. We decided we better join them, got her attend and she could not find our name on any of the list she had. She later found our name and rushed us off to join a group leaving down the hallway. After a long flight from the USA, sitting for some time, and almost being left at the airport, we had to take our suitcases and walk from terminal 2 a very long way to a bus to be transported to our hotel. This was my daughter’s first trip to Europe and I wanted it be something to remember. I think she will remember the beginning, but not the way I wanted her to. There was just too much confusion and disorganization at the airport. There were three ladies with several lists that they were comparing and updating there at the airport. My last trip was completely different, there was a designated area were we gather, the travel director greed us at the time specified, she led us to the exit door to a waiting bus where your luggage was loaded and the tour began. At Dublin our travel director was not available until later and we could not check into the hotel when we arrived. We had to sit around the hotel waiting to check in while other directors tried to assist us. The tour was great and director was very knowledgeable and very helpful after she arrived from another tour. We were extremely impressed with Hugo the driver a true gentleman. I will book at least another trip but would tell others of my Dublin experience. I believe in giving a second chances but not a third one.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about the confusion at the Dublin airport. While every trip, destination and airport is unique, we do try to provide as much information as possible to ensure a stress free pick up. We are glad that you enjoyed beautiful Ireland despite the rocky start.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Vacation : The tour was good. Saw alot in a short time. I personally like this type.
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The tour guide was excellent and the bus driver amazing. We learned the culture, the beauty, the history and the fun of Ireland in a few short days.
Vacation : Great value for reasonable prices. The options were also value priced and enjoyable.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Terese Knutson
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Questions at the beginning, and throughout the booking process, were answered quickly. We had the perfect #trafalgar tour guide with Anne Good at the helm and an awesome driver, Steve. Anne's knowledge of Ireland and its' history showed us the love she has of her country. She was also instrumental in helping me with a number of personal issues that came up during the tour.
Vacation : Hotel accommodations and all included services were worth the money. But the real perk was the knowledgeable tour guide who was attentive to everyone's needs.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Trusted Customer
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Vacation:
Service rating : The tour guide, driver and hotels were all excellent. The optional tours that were offered were appropriately priced. This bus tour is just a great way to see and visit Ireland with all the work and details worked out by GET...
Vacation : The trip details included with this tour make this a good value.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Deborah Randle
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Our tour director and bus driver were phenomenal. Exceeded our expectations in every way. You know you had a great experience when you well up with tears when it's time to say good-bye to them.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love it when we hear wonderful comments like these! Thank you for taking the time to write and for choosing GET to help plan your trip of a lifetime.
Monday, June 18, 2018
Vacation : Excellent value. We purchased on-line (no agent). It was seamless.
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Karen Mcavoy
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Vacation:
Service rating : Everything was to notch! Best trip I have ever been on.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing. We're so happy to hear you had a wonderful time on your trip through Ireland.
Monday, June 11, 2018
Vacation : Everything was well done. Top notch! Thank you
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Alice Carlson
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Great value, no glitches.
Vacation : No problems to report. Great job
Friday, June 1, 2018
Ellynore Smith
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Great tour guide named Bridgette. Good trips and optional side trips. Very educational in a fun way.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so glad you had such a wonderful time and LOVED your Ireland vacation. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy travels. 
Friday, June 1, 2018
Vacation : loved it., loved it and had a wonderful time.
Monday, April 9, 2018
Robert Miller
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Great scheduling! Awesome travel director and guide Allie Lister did a superb job of not only leading and guiding us through many spectacular Irish sites and experiences, she provided personal attention and local color to every stop and destination on our tour.
Vacation : Rewarding and unforgettable experience.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Carolyn Treybig
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Barb Gardner was prompt, efficient, and helpful.
Vacation : Such a bargain for all that we experienced!
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Ronald Hartemann
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The trip was rather poor. I have taken 14 tours in Europe and South America ( and led some small tours myself) and was so disappointed with this trip. I have even taught high school for 33 years The main problem was with our courier Bernard Creeegan. He talked non-stop for 7 days with us trapped on the bus. He often repeated stories,jokes and stupid commits. I was also greatly disappointed that we were stuck on the bus most of the trip. There were very few stops and he just left us there on our own. He seldom guided us to sights, restaurants or pubs. He would just abandon us at the hotel in the afternoon. .And why did we have to take a 20 minute ferry boat ride (on the bus) on nowhere? He would drop us off in a town ,stay be the bus and didn't take us around even with the short free time he gave us And we fly through Dublin. I had really looked forward to seeing some of this great city on foot. I would believe the trip would have been much better and more exciting with that fool.Holy smoke (his favorite expression every ten minutes!) I was disappointed in Trafalgar This was my fourth trip with you: the other three were quite good Hopefully you do something about this experience and maybe for me. Sincerely yours,, Ron Hartemann
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.  We are very sorry that you were disappointed in your Travel Director.  We understand that they can definitely make or break a trip.  Please be assured that this will be addressed with Trafalgar in a discreet but specific manner. We appreciate you bringing it to our attention.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Vacation : Gentlemen, I just typed you a very long letter and tried to send it to you and it disappeared. Please contact me at 704-460-4636 and I'd be glad to express my feeling about this poor trip personally. Sincerly yours, Ron Hartemann
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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 person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • 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 24 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.

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