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7 Days
1 Country

Ireland

10 Cities

Dublin, Galway, Bunratty, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Blarney, Waterford, New Ross

9 Meals

3 Dinners, 6 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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A roundtrip from Dublin featuring all the Ireland highlights including Waterford crystal, your newfound 'gift of the gab' at Blarney Castle and the irresistible Ring of Kerry. You’ll also learn about the devastating Irish famine and peer over the edge at the Cliffs of Moher.

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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 travelers for a Welcome Dinner.

The Temple Bar Pub in Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation Maldron Hotel Kevin Street Dublin
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience The Hapenny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin City Tour

A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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 stone 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 to Limerick, for an orientation tour and view the 13th-century King John's Castle overlooking the Shannon.

Castle in Bunratty, Shannon, Ireland
Accommodation Greenhills Hotel Conference and Leisure Center
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Ireland
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Visit

Visit the impeccably-preserved Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Skyline of Galway with Galway cathedral, Ireland
Stroll Through Galway

Explore the historic heart of Galway. See landmarks such as the Spanish Arch and the cathedral, or perhaps admire the distinctive Claddagh rings.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience King John's Castle, Limerick, Ireland
Limerick Orientation

See Limerick's iconic landmarks during an orientation with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Shannon Castle banquet in Shannon, Ireland
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 musician...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Irish Ceilidh evening in Limerick, Ireland
Irish Ceilidh Evening

Come along and experience the craic at a special ceilidh evening. Enjoy a drink and some local specialties, watch some traditional Irish dancing, a...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Experience the Iconic Cliffs of Moher and on to Killarney

We leave Limerick and stop 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 center where this incredible UNESCO-listed natural phenomenon comes to life in a way you would not get to see with your own eyes. 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 colorful little town of Killarney.

The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland
Accommodation International Hotel Killarney
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
See the Cliffs of Moher

Stop by the Exhibition Center and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Jaunting cart ride from Killarney, Ireland
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.

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Celtic steps in Killarney, Ireland
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.

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner and show in Dublin, Ireland
Irish Folk Theater 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 pl...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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.

Sheep at Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Accommodation International Hotel Killarney
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Ring of Kerry landscape with Muckross lake and mountains, Killarney, Ireland
See the Ring of Kerry

Admire Ireland's enduring scenic beauty on one of the most beautiful drives in the world.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Muckross house and gardens in Killarney, Ireland
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 rhododend...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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.

Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland
Accommodation The Fitzwilton Hotel Waterford
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Blarney Castle and gardens, Blarney, Ireland
Visit Blarney Castle

It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Irish pub and music in Waterford, Ireland
Irish Folk Fun

Join a magical entertainment experience, where you'll get the chance to see Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. Enjoy a drink while local...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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 traveled 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.

Dancers in County Wicklow, Ireland
Accommodation Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal, Waterford
Tour the House of Waterford Crystal Workshop

Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Dive Into Culture Experience the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross
Discover the tragic history of the Dunbrody Famine Ship

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.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Be My Guest Visit Glenealy House and the charming Fulvio family in Wicklow, Ireland
Join the Fulvio Family at Glenealy House to Enjoy Traditional Irish Fare with an Italian Twist

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.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Visit New Ross and see the Dunbrody replica famine ship, Ireland
New Ross Visit

Visit the port town of New Ross. On the quayside, perhaps see the Dunbrody replica famine ship and statue of John F. Kennedy.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Walking tour with pub visit in Waterford, Ireland
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 storie...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Farewell Ireland

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'.

Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Dublin City Tour

A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Visit

Visit the impeccably-preserved Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Stroll Through Galway

Explore the historic heart of Galway. See landmarks such as the Spanish Arch and the cathedral, or perhaps admire the distinctive Claddagh rings.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Limerick Orientation

See Limerick's iconic landmarks during an orientation with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See the Cliffs of Moher

Stop by the Exhibition Center and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See the Ring of Kerry

Admire Ireland's enduring scenic beauty on one of the most beautiful drives in the world.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Blarney Castle

It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Tour the House of Waterford Crystal Workshop

Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the tragic history of the Dunbrody Famine Ship

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.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Join the Fulvio Family at Glenealy House to Enjoy Traditional Irish Fare with an Italian Twist

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.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
New Ross Visit

Visit the port town of New Ross. On the quayside, perhaps see the Dunbrody replica famine ship and statue of John F. Kennedy.

Included in Trip

About this trip

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

What to expect

Explore Dublin with a Local Specialist
Discover 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 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

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
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 musician...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Irish Ceilidh Evening

Come along and experience the craic at a special ceilidh evening. Enjoy a drink and some local specialties, watch some traditional Irish dancing, a...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Irish Folk Theater 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 pl...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 rhododend...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Irish Folk Fun

Join a magical entertainment experience, where you'll get the chance to see Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. Enjoy a drink while local...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 storie...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Republic of Ireland, also known simply as Ireland, is a sovereign nation located in the northwestern part of Europe. It occupies most of the island of Ireland and is an independent country separate from the United Kingdom, with its own government, institutions, and culture.
  • When referring to the two distinct regions on the island of Ireland, "Northern Ireland" is used to describe the region that is part of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland). This term specifically denotes the six counties in the northeastern part of the island.
  • Language of Ireland: Irish is the official language of the Republic of Ireland, and you'll hear it spoken in Northern Ireland as well.
  • Currencies used in Ireland: Euro (€) is used in the Republic of Ireland, the British Pound Sterling (£) is used in Northern Ireland
  • Capital Cities: Dublin (Rep. Ireland), Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  • Time Zone(s) in Ireland: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1) during daylight saving time

Ireland passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Ireland
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The weather in Ireland is heavily influenced by its maritime location, resulting in mild, temperate conditions. The climate is characterized by frequent rainfall and changeable weather patterns throughout the year. Winters are generally mild, with average temperatures ranging from 4°C to 8°C (39°F to 46°F), while summer temperatures average between 14°C to 20°C (57°F to 68°F) in coastal areas. Rainfall is frequent throughout the year, with the western and northwestern coastal regions experiencing higher precipitation levels. The weather is often changeable, with a mix of sunny spells, rain showers, and cloud cover. The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream influence Ireland's climate, helping to moderate temperatures.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.
  • Type G outlets are used throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    Adapters are used to change the plug style from American-style plugs with two flat prongs to fit into these outlets, which take three rectangular prongs.
  • You will need a plug adapter and voltage converter to use your appliances in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in European and United Kingdom hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.
  • Most hotels in Europe or the UK can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport Transfers for Europe flights not arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold 
  • Your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings

Airport Transfers for Europe flights arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold
  • You booked your land tour and flights as a land/air package through GET. If you book your flights independently via London Heathrow, you can *purchase a transfer through us.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Vacation
The trip was great. Exactly what was advertised. The accommodations and food much better than expected. Great tour guide. Good assortment of activities. Bus was clean and well cared for. Very experienced driver.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, October 8, 2022
Service
Despite indicating my preference for window seat on all flights, I didn’t get them, even though window seats showed as available. I was able to change one within my category, but had to pay $33 each ($66 total) extra to change on the 7.5 ht flights.
Vacation
Our tour guide, Jill, was excellent. Our coach driver, Lee, was amazing. Hotels were good choices, clean and welcoming. The sites and meals were fantastic.
Mariann Baker
Review date: Saturday, October 1, 2022
Service
Our tour guide, Bernard, was amazing! He was knowledgeable and entertaining. The countryside was beautiful, we loved all of our stops and the hotels were great!
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like your Ireland vacation hit all the highlights. We hope you came home with lifelong memories. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your business and your feedback. Take care!
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Vacation
Itinerary and hotels were great, Bernard made it a perfect vacation!
Penney Friedrich
Review date: Saturday, October 1, 2022
Service
Your booking agent covered all basis and was there quickly whenever I had a question. Yes, I would recommend.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy you enjoyed your Irish Highlights vacation. Thank you for sending us your photos! We are glad we were able to be a part of the planning of your memorable trip. We appreciate your business, recommendation and feedback. Happy Travels!
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Vacation
We got to see so much of Ireland and participated in local activities. Our Tour Director Bernard was great. knowledgeable and funny. Very caring for all of us.
Jon Engelhardt
Review date: Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Service
Friendly and worked tireless and congenially to reschedule our 2020 trip that got rescheduled to 2021 and rescheduled yet again to 2022 all because of COVID. Reps worked with us to keep costs fairly stable any way they could!
Vacation
Literature describes optional excursions that don’t end up offered. We thought having more than one stop that was good for two nights might help address the exhaustion that participants began to have toward the end of the tour.
Paul Droz
Review date: Saturday, July 23, 2022
Service
It was good
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy you enjoyed your Irish Highlights trip. The Emerald Isle is certainly a fascinating place to visit. Thank you for leaving your feedback. We appreciate your comments.
Monday, July 25, 2022
Vacation
It was good, very good We road in a bus with a very knowledgeable tour guide
Sharon Koprowicz
Review date: Saturday, July 23, 2022
Service
My friend booked the trip
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled to hear your Irish Highlights trip went so well. Thank you for booking with us and leaving a review. We appreciate your feedback!
Monday, July 25, 2022
Vacation
Wonderful sights and terrific tour guide and driver.
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