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Irish Highlights

Operated by: Trafalgar

7 Days from $1,228 per person
Ring of Kerry

Countries Visited

Ireland ...more Ireland

Locations Visited

Dublin, Limerick, Bunratty, Killimer, Tarbert (Co. Kerry), Killarney, Lahinch, Waterville, Black Valley, Molls Gap, Blarney, Blarney Castle, Waterford, Wexford, House of Waterford Crystal ...more Dublin, Limerick, Bunratty, Killimer, Tarbert (Co. Kerry), Killarney, Lahinch, Waterville, Black Valley, Molls Gap, Blarney, Blarney Castle, Waterford, Wexford, House of Waterford Crystal
  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. Then, it's on to Limerick, our home for the night. Spend a free evening enjoying the world-renowned hospitality of the Irish.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Greenhills
  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 Breakfast
    hotel Killarney Avenue
  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 coastal village of Waterville, Moll's Gap and the Black Valley, renowned for being the last place in Ireland without electricity and telephone networks.

    meals 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 Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Marina
  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 Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Clayton Dublin Airport
  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 Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 6 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
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Dublin
  • SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry
  • 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

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
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  • St. Patrick's Day
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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.

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 epitomizes how music and dance were enjoyed in rural Ireland, especially on festive occasions. The craic - welcoming, jolly, fun and informal - is accompanied by 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.

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Christine Labrash
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Service
Everything went like clockwork. All agents performed with great professionalism.
Vacation
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
Service
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
Service
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
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
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
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Service
Travel Specialist helpful, attentive and responsive. Would recommend.
Vacation
Action-packed itinerary, and fabulous tour director (Bernard Creenan).
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