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Irish Wonder

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8 Days from $1,175 per person

Countries Visited

Ireland, United Kingdom ...more Ireland, United Kingdom

Locations Visited

Dublin, Knock, Ballina, Belleek, Donegal, Westport, Galway, Limerick, Tralee, Blarney ...more Dublin, Knock, Ballina, Belleek, Donegal, Westport, Galway, Limerick, Tralee, Blarney
  1. Day 1 Arrive Dublin – Sightseeing (1 Night)

    Ireland's 'fair' capital kick-starts your exhilarating encounter with the 'Emerald Isle'. After check-in, don't resist the youthful energy of Dublin and take to its streets in search of its characteristic craic. You'll join your Local Specialist later for a sightseeing tour which includes views of Dublin Castle, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College, which houses the 9th-century Book of Kells, Ireland's greatest cultural treasure. Tap into Dublin's effervescent spirit and head to Temple Bar or Grafton Street on your own this evening. There's a colourful pub on every corner, with happy locals and tourists spilling out on to the pavements. You could be one of them. Sláinte!

    hotel Maldron Newlands Cross
  2. Day 2 Dublin – Boyle – Knock – Ballina (2 Nights)

    It seems almost impossible that a place as arrestingly beautiful as Ireland exists, but it does. Its famous countryside glows green and gold as you venture west, every turn in the road revealing yet another magnificent view. There's no better way to admire this enchanting scenery than an Optional Experience cruise along the Shannon River, the longest river in the British Isles. Later, view the ruins of the 12th-century Boyle Abbey before arriving in Knock. It was here in 1878 that villagers witnessed an apparition of Our Lady and today pilgrims the world over visit the village's Marian Shrine. Later head to your hotel in Ballina where you'll dine tonight, later opting to join in a chorus or two at a cosy pub with the locals.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Twin Trees
  3. Day 3 Belleek (Northern Ireland) – County Donegal Excursion

    Cross the border into Northern Ireland this morning for a visit to the Belleek Pottery Centre. Its elegant fine porcelain has been gracing dining tables all over the world for over a century and you'll have an opportunity to buy a Shamrock-adorned memento for yourself during your visit. Head to Donegal next where you'll view its 15th-century castle, then stop at Drumcliffe where acclaimed poet and playwright, William B. Yeats was laid to rest. See the self-penned epitaph on his simple headstone urging the horseman to "pass by". Then continue past the harbour town of Mullaghmore, before returning to your hotel in Ballina.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Ballina – Westport – Galway – Co. Limerick (2 Nights)

    Discover why Westport on Ireland's west coast justifiably earns its title as Ireland's most liveable town. It certainly is one of the prettiest as you'll see first-hand when you travel through it and the breathtaking coastal landscape of Connemara, captured in John Wayne's acclaimed 'The Quiet Man'. Visit Galway next to see the cathedral and a stroll around Eyre Square, also known as John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. Tonight you can dine like lords and ladies at a medieval banquet Optional Experience in the great hall of a castle. A court jester and the castle's musicians will keep you entertained in the manner to which you've become accustomed. More mead, anyone?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Castle Oaks House
  5. Day 5 Cliffs of Moher Excursion

    Peer over the edge of the emerald-topped cliffs to the crashing waves of the Atlantic below. The rugged and wild Cliffs of Moher have been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site and for good reason. Spot the curious colourful-beaked puffins that have settled along this western coast and visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher exhibition before continuing to Limerick where the rest of your day is free. Take a step back to the 19th century with an Optional Experience to Bunratty Folk Park exploring its village dotted with thatched cottages and the 15th-century castle.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day 6 Co. Limerick – Ring of Kerry – Tralee (1 Night)

    This morning, your orientation drive through Limerick includes views of the city's medieval-era St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle, overlooking the Shannon River. Leave Ireland's first 'City of Culture' behind for a journey across dramatic landscapes in the wild west. Keep your camera at hand as your scenic drive around the 'Ring of Kerry' passes colourful villages, deserted beaches and quiet fishing harbours. Later arrive in Tralee in County Kerry, where the Rose of Tralee International Festival attracts Irish women from around the world to compete for the crown of 'Rose'. You're in for a spectacular performance of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians should you choose to join this evening's Optional Experience.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Earl of Desmond
  7. Day 7 Tralee – Blarney – Dublin (1 Night)

    Kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the 'gift of the gab' on your visit to Blarney Castle this morning. Then it's time to return to Dublin where you'll put your silver tongue to good use during an evening optional dinner and cabaret evening that will have your toes tapping and taste buds craving another round of Irish coffee. On this final evening, you could choose instead to join an Optional Experience at a local restaurant-pub. Whatever your choice, it will be time well spent with new friends after a memorable holiday.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Citywest
  8. Day 8 Depart Dublin

    And just like that your enchanting exploration of the 'Emerald Isle' has come to an end. You've seen ancient churches, castles and towering cliffs, had your fair share of the craic and seen beautiful landscapes that many only encounter in pictures. All that's left is to say a fond slán go fóill as you prepare for your return journey home.

    meals Breakfast
Irish Wonder
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 3 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Belleek Pottery Visit the famous pottery factory
  • Blarney Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle and acquire the gift of the gab
  • Boyle View the Cistercian Abbey
  • Cliffs of Moher View the stunning seascape from the cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition in the eco-friendly Visitor Centre
  • County Donegal Visit this picturesque area
  • Dublin With your Local Specialist see St. Patrick's Cathedral, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Christchurch Cathedral on your panoramic sightseeing tour
  • Galway See Galway Cathedral and view Eyre Square
  • Knock Visit the pilgrimage site
  • Limerick View King John's Castle and see St. Mary's Cathedral
  • Ring of Kerry Admire a dramatic landscape of remote beaches, pretty villages and a rugged coastline along one of Ireland's most scenic drives

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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.

Boyle

Luxurious River Shannon Cruise

The longest river in the British Isles, the River Shannon is immortalized in songs and legends. Come with us for a cruise on this majestic river, through the beautiful rolling countryside of counties Leitrim and Roscommon. You’ll also enjoy refreshments on the luxurious Moon River Pleasure Cruiser.
Adult Price: €30

Ballina

Fine Dining in a Stately Home

We’ll travel by coach to an award-winning restaurant in a quirky, 19c neo-gothic manor house. Here you’ll be served authentic locally-sourced food in an elegant setting.
Adult Price: €55

Irish Traditions and Song

Tonight, you'll enjoy Irish hospitality in a cozy local pub. Experience the folk tradition and enjoy a drink while locals sing and play music for you.
Adult Price: €27

Limerick

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: €74

Bunratty Castle And Folk Park

Come on a visit to the 15th-century Bunratty Castle and admire its fine furnishings, antiques and paintings. With your local specialist, you’ll experience an Ireland of the past, as you wander through the folk park with its thatched cottages and smoky turf fires. In the village, we'll have free time to explore the quaint shops and relax in the local tea room.
Adult Price: €22

Tralee

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

Dublin

Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

Enjoy an evening of fine food and non-stop fun as Ireland’s history unfolds in a cabaret of comedy, song and dance. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the show, all in the spirit of Irish humor. And you’ll even be served an Irish coffee to round off your dinner.
Adult Price: €71

Dinner in Dublin City

Come to one of Dublin's most locally-loved restaurant-pubs. You'll enjoy dinner and charming hospitality that this part of the world is renowned for.
Adult Price: €45

Reviews
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Monica Stein
Friday, November 8, 2019
Service
while working with my GET Travel Specialist - he made me feel very comfortable with my vacation plans and helped throughout the booking experience with ease. Since i was traveling alone, he made sure I had all the info I needed before I left for Ireland. I will use GET for all my traveling from now on. These folks were better and far more informational than my local travel agent. They truly are the best at what they do.
Vacation
I traveled to Ireland [Solo] but on a group tour of about 40. [Irish Wonder] I had the time of my life - meet some wonderful people from all over the world and got to see the most amazing scenery and seascapes that one could only imagine. Our Travel Director [Cerrie H.] was so fun,entertaining and very informative!! She made sure everyone was comfortable and happy during our 8 day journey. Our Coach Driver [Aiden] was also terrific and could maneuver that big bus like a BOSS thru the small villages we visited. I couldn't seem to get enough Castles visits - and we saw and toured several !! The Cliffs of Moher was definitely my favorite along with the Dingle Peninsula & Galway. The Emerald Isle is a must see even if you don't have any Irish running thru your veins!
Ed Zanghi
Monday, October 28, 2019
Service
Service and trip was great and worth every penny. Disappointed with the AON travel insurance we purchased thru GET, request from another insurance company Not AON. Original flight was cancelled due no crew available and AON refused to cover due to not being weather or mechanically related. ( We lost 2.5 days which GET refunded! )
Vacation
Great tour director Carrie and fantastic bus driver! Carrie was very knowledgeable, and Adian kept us going and safely on the road.
Charles Howton
Monday, October 7, 2019
Service
Excellent personal service and very good follow up. Very professional and helpful with questions. Thank you.
Vacation
Everything great and as expected. Very good optional experiences. Excellent travel director — very knowledgeable.
Edward Zanghi
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Service
GET put together a great tour of Ireland that had an excellant Tour Director (Cerri) & Bus Driver (Adian), that brought us into places we would have never thought of going ourselves. It was great to sit back and enjoy the beautiful country side, and listen to stories that made the history of this country. They say tht there are 37 shades of green in Ireland, Get made it possible for us to see them all!
Vacation
Great bang for the buck! Disappointed with American Airlines. They cancelled flight and we missed first 2.5 days of our tour. Glad we took out the insurance plan, hoping to get some $$$$ back that we lost in out of pocket and catching up with our tour. Recommend in future if taking a tour 1) take the Insurance...2) plan in a few days in the front of the vacation in case of delays occur!
Trusted Customer
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Service
It was very easy to book but we didn’t find out we were going for sure till 40 days before we were leaving. We had our flights all booked from the time we booked the tour 6 months out.
Vacation
This is my first tour and it was great. I would book again with GET Tours. Our tour manager, James was very professional, informative, and has a great sense of humor. Aidan was s great driver. I never worried about the roads or our safety as we were in great hands with him at the wheel.
Po Yue
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Service
'GET' booking service was very professional. But Aer Lingus service is 'el cheapo'. One has to pay for drinks which are usually free on international flights. It was an excellent, well-paced tour with good coverage of Ireland, the emerald isle. Hotels were nice and comfortable, except the one in Ballina which could use some repair (slow-running, tepid warm water took half an hour to fill the bathtub). We had the best tour guide ever (Mr. James Creegan) who was extremely personable, efficient and attentive. He made the whole trip worthwhile. I would travel with him anywhere.
Vacation
See my rave review in response to the previous question. (Poor design of questionnaire by feefo.com does not allow editing of comments)
Trusted Customer
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Service
Michelle was excellent. She answered all my questions and was very helpful.
Vacation
Well planned and covered a lot of territory. Tour guide and driver were great!!
Trusted Customer
Sunday, July 28, 2019
Service
Rob Rainwater and the rest of the team were all friendly and helpful. Rob had to send me some documents last minute and he was very patient. Appreciate it.
Vacation
First time joking a tour group and we covered many areas of Ireland. Stress free
Robyn Carter
Monday, June 24, 2019
Service
Very professional
Vacation
The trip was awesome and I would recommend this trip and GET
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for the recommendation. We appreciate the business and kind words.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Javier Labrador
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Service
The Travel Specialist at Gran European Travel made everything easier for me from the very beginning as she usually does. It has always been a pleasure to deal with her on some of my trips. She is so detailed oriented and her hints are very valuable. Kudos!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for acknowledging Alyssa's great service. We will be sure to share this with her.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Vacation
This Irish Wonders tour was really wonderful. It was very well arranged and organized from scratch. The hotels, the food, the scenery, the tour director, the places that we visited, the group of tourists from various parts of the world, even the weather which can be very unpredictable in Ireland!
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