BEST OF IRELAND

 10 Days
1 Country
12 Cities

SEE THE JEWELS IN IRELAND'S CROWN ON THIS COUNTRY EXPLORER TRIP, PASSING THROUGH DUBLIN, LIMERICK AND MORE.

Learn why the Irish say, "if you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough", on this journey through Connemara, the stronghold of the O'Flaherty Clan, and to beautiful Adare.

About this trip What's included

9 NIGHTS Accommodation

15 MEALS

9 breakfasts, 1 lunch (Be My Guest), 5 dinners

ON-TRIP TRANSPORT

All transport shown


The Trafalgar difference

CONNECT WITH LOCALS

Enjoy a traditional 'Be My Guest' High Tea hosted in the Drawing Room of a stately 16th-century home near the charming town of Westport. (Day 8)

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 famine ships used in the 1800s. (Day 2)
Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour. (Day 2)

LOCAL SPECIALIST

For included sightseeing in Dublin

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Visit the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum in Dublin, where an expert historian will reveal the cemetery's importance to Irish history and explain how your visit helps fund its preservation. (Day 1)


Sightseeing highlights

ORIENTATION of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick and Galway
VISIT the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, Famine Ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', Adare, Bunratty Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
VIEW St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin and King John's Castle in Limerick
SEE Galway Cathedral and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick
SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry

Day 1

Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

Write your own lively tale of legends and iconic landscapes during this epic encounter with Ireland's treasures. We begin our journey in the whimsical capital of Dublin, joining a 'Local Specialist' to see the sights. Irish history takes centre stage this evening as we visit Glasnevin Trust for an informative and poignant tour with a 'Local Specialist'. Our visit will 'Make A Difference' to its efforts to preserve Irish history and we'll hear stories about some of the country's bravest characters and enjoy a Welcome Reception with our fellow travellers and Travel Director.

 Hotel - Maldron Parnell Square/Clayton Ballsbridge

 Included Meals - Welcome Reception


Day 2

Dublin – Co. Wicklow – New Ross – Waterford

Journey through the scenic countryside of County Wicklow, The Garden of Ireland, and on to New Ross - the ancestral home town of John F. Kennedy. 'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into the plight of the starving Irish emigrants who boarded the Dunbrody Famine Ship to flee the potato famine. We continue to Waterford, where we'll stay overnight. This afternoon, we celebrate the centuries-old craft of flint glass creations, as we 'Dive Into Culture' at the House of Waterford Crystal and witness talented master craftsmen at work.

 Hotel - Fitzwilton/Dooley's

 Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Irish Folk Fun

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.

Adult Price: €27.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

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 stories and anecdotes; one guest even described the trip as the "best history lesson ever".

Adult Price: €17.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.


Day 3

Waterford – Youghal – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights)

Journey via the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh, and pursue the 'gift of the gab' at Blarney Castle, where you'll have a chance to kiss the famous stone. Arrive in Killarney for a two-night stay.

 Hotel - Killarney Towers/Hotel Killarney

 Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Adult Price: €22.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

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.

Adult Price: €36.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.


Day 4

Ring of Kerry Excursion

Ireland's soul-stirring Ring of Kerry takes centre stage today as we embark on a scenic drive past its mountains, lakes and lush green countryside - unquestionably one of the most scenic routes in Ireland. We'll see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, Moll's Gap and Black Valley, whose remoteness saw it become the last area in Ireland to receive electricity.

 Included Meals - Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Irish Ceilidh Evening

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.

Adult Price: €67.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

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 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.

Adult Price: €21.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Gaelic Roots

A tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance, Gaelic roots showcases Ireland at its best. Using traditional instruments, Irish dance and time-honoured folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.

Adult Price: €34.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Irish Folk Theatre 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 players will cast a charm you'll remember forever. Beforehand, enjoy a hearty Irish meal in a local restaurant. This experience will be offered for those trips that stay at Tralee.

Adult Price: €69.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.


Day 5

Killarney – Adare – Bunratty – Limerick

We continue through the windswept countryside, arriving in Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. On arrival in Limerick, where we'll enjoy views of St. Mary's Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and the 13th-century King John's Castle during an orientation tour. Delve into an Ireland of old, as you discover the day-to-day life of the Irish during the 18th and 19th centuries on your included visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park this afternoon.

 Hotel - Maldron/Greenhills

 Included Meals - Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Irish Ceilidh Evening

Come along and experience the craic at a special ceilidh evening. Enjoy a drink and some local specialities, watch some traditional Irish dancing, and sing along to some familiar Irish melodies.

Adult Price: €64.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.


Day 6

Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (2 Nights)

We journey to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, which plunge over 200 metres into the Atlantic waters below. Gain insights into the history of these imposing sheer cliffs during a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Later, we arrive in Galway with some time at leisure to see its beautiful stone Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square.

 Hotel - Connacht

 Included Meals - Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

City of the Tribes Walk and Dinner

Join us on a stroll in the centre of the bustling medieval port of Galway. Then, we'll meet our Local Specialist who will enthral us with stories as we meander through the streets while taking in the main historical sights. Enjoy a hearty three-course meal with a choice of classic traditional Irish dishes. One drink will be included.

Adult Price: €49.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.


Day 7

Connemara Excursion

Connemara's 'savage beauty' is yours to explore today as we tread in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde who described its "wild and mountainous splendour" as magnificent. Admire the views on the scenic drive to Kylemore Abbey, now a Benedictine monastery, where we will embark on an included visit to the country's most romantic castle and walk through its exquisite Victorian Walled Garden.

 Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Galway Castle Banquet

Join us on a drive to Galway Castle where you'll begin your evening of medieval entertainment. This will be accompanied by a delicious dinner where wine will flow, and you’ll be treated to songs and the marvellous Irish art of story-telling.

Adult Price: €69.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Trad on the Prom

The best in Irish dancing from the most-awarded performers in Ireland. Combined with some of Ireland's best musical talent, this show is truly "can’t miss".

Adult Price: €37.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.


Day 8

Galway – Knock – Sligo

Our journey takes us to Westport House where we'll 'Connect With Locals' and indulge in a memorable 'Be My Guest' morning tea with tales of the Pirate Queen, and enjoy Banoffee and Baileys flavours in the Drawing Room of this stately 16th-century home. Heading north, we stop in the pilgrimage town of Knock to view the Marian Shrine where villagers witnessed an Apparition of Our Lady in 1879. We arrive in Sligo this evening, our home for the night.

 Hotel - Clayton

 Included Meals - Breakfast, Be My Guest

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Scenic Drive And Dinner

This evening you’ll discover the beauty of the land, as we take a scenic drive off the beaten track. Later, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant with a choice of drink included.

Adult Price: €47.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.


Day 9

Sligo – Dublin

Our journey continues south to Dublin. Here we'll enjoy some free time to take a walk down Grafton Street or stroll along the Liffey. This evening, we close the chapter on an epic journey through Ireland, joining our fellow travellers for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

 Hotel - Clayton Dublin Airport

 Included Meals - Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Luxurious River Shannon Cruise

The longest river in the British Isles, the River Shannon is immortalised 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: €31.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.


Day 10

Depart Dublin

After a hearty Irish breakfast, we bid our Travel Director and fellow travellers a fond farewell as our Irish holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

 Included Meals - Breakfast

All optional experiences for this trip

Book with your travel director when you travel

AVAILABLE ON DAY 2

IRISH FOLK FUN

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.

Adult Price: €27.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 2

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 stories and anecdotes; one guest even described the trip as the "best history lesson ever".

Adult Price: €17.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 3

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.

Adult Price: €22.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 3

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: €36.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 4

IRISH CEILIDH EVENING

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.

Adult Price: €67.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 4

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 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.

Adult Price: €21.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 4

GAELIC ROOTS

A tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance, Gaelic roots showcases Ireland at its best. Using traditional instruments, Irish dance and time-honoured folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.

Adult Price: €34.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 4

IRISH FOLK THEATRE 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 players will cast a charm you'll remember forever. Beforehand, enjoy a hearty Irish meal in a local restaurant. This experience will be offered for those trips that stay at Tralee.

Adult Price: €69.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 5

IRISH CEILIDH EVENING

Come along and experience the craic at a special ceilidh evening. Enjoy a drink and some local specialities, watch some traditional Irish dancing, and sing along to some familiar Irish melodies.

Adult Price: €64.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 6

CITY OF THE TRIBES WALK AND DINNER

Join us on a stroll in the centre of the bustling medieval port of Galway. Then, we'll meet our Local Specialist who will enthral us with stories as we meander through the streets while taking in the main historical sights. Enjoy a hearty three-course meal with a choice of classic traditional Irish dishes. One drink will be included.

Adult Price: €49.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 7

GALWAY CASTLE BANQUET

Join us on a drive to Galway Castle where you'll begin your evening of medieval entertainment. This will be accompanied by a delicious dinner where wine will flow, and you’ll be treated to songs and the marvellous Irish art of story-telling.

Adult Price: €69.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 7

TRAD ON THE PROM

The best in Irish dancing from the most-awarded performers in Ireland. Combined with some of Ireland's best musical talent, this show is truly "can’t miss".

Adult Price: €37.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 8

SCENIC DRIVE AND DINNER

This evening you’ll discover the beauty of the land, as we take a scenic drive off the beaten track. Later, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant with a choice of drink included.

Adult Price: €47.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 9

LUXURIOUS RIVER SHANNON CRUISE

The longest river in the British Isles, the River Shannon

 is immortalised 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: €31.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

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