2018 Irish Experience 11 Days

With a spring in your step and a little Irish zest for life, this journey traversing north and south will introduce you to such natural wonders as Giant's Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher. Learn all about Belfast's tumultuous history from a local Cabbie, visit Ireland's most romantic castle, Kylemore Abbey, and travel through the lush Garden of Ireland, County Wicklow.

HIGHLIGHTS

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

  • City tour in Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry/Derry
  • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry
  • Orientation of Galway and WaterfordView St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Queens University in Belfast, the City Walls and Murals of Londonderry,
    mystical Connemara and the Cathedral of Galway
  • Visit the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, the Titanic Museum, the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Giant's
    Causeway, Belleek to see how the famous pottery is made, Kylemore Abbey, 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

DINING

10 full breakfasts
1 lunch
(Be My Guest)
5 dinners

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)
  • Use of Trafalgar's London Reception Centre oering
    a range of services including tickets for day trips and local
    attractions
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your Trafalgar London hotel
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVE DUBLIN AND AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING
Embrace your playful side and indulge in the allure of the lively Irish capital - a small city with a lot of heart and
yours to explore before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon for a sightseeing tour
with your Local Specialist. View St. Patrick's Cathedral, the stately Georgian Squares and Trinity College. We
spend this evening at the Glasnevin Trust for a Welcome Reception with a Local Specialist. Over drinks and
canapés, we'll hear about the brave characters from Ireland's recent history and toast to our upcoming journey
through the Emerald Isle.

HOTEL Mespil
MEALS Welcome Reception

DAY 2 - DUBLIN – BELFAST
Leaving the cosmopolitan streets of Dublin behind, we travel to Northern Ireland and the bustling city of
Belfast, where you will have some free time to enjoy a spud for lunch or perhaps some sh
and chips. Later,
we meet our Local Specialist 'Cabbie' for an insider view of the city's living history during a journey through its
vibrant streets in a real Black Cab. We spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps join an Optional
Experience.
HOTEL Park Inn By Radisson
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 3 - BELFAST – GIANT’S CAUSEWAY – LONDONDERRY/DERRY (2 NIGHTS)
The tragic story of the Titanic and the thousands of passengers that lost their lives takes centre stage on this
morning's Cultural Insight visit to the award-winning Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre. We leave the city behind us,
journeying through the beautiful Antrim coast road, past scenic glens and rugged beaches, arriving at Giant's
Causeway to walk in the footsteps of Finn MacCool. Take some time to admire the natural spectacle of 40,000
interlocking basalt columns before journeying to Londonderry, our home for the next two nights.
HOTEL Everglades
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 4 - LONDONDERRY/DERRY SIGHTSEEING
Join your Local Specialist for a walk along the 17th century city walls and see the turbulent Bogside
neighbourhood with its street murals depicting the history of the 'Troubles'. Spend the rest of the afternoon at
leisure. Walk along the pretty River Foyle and across the Peace Bridge, or consider joining an Optional
Experience to the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula with its rich history. This evening we dine at our hotel.
MEALS Full Breakfast Dinner

DAY 5 - LONDONDERRY/DERRY – BELLEEK – GALWAY (2 NIGHTS)
We meander through the lush countryside to Belleek Pottery where we'll enjoy a Cultural Insight
demonstration and watch talented craftsmen create exquisite collectables that have graced homes since the
mid-19th century. Arrive in Galway later enjoying free time to explore its imposing stone Cathedral or stroll
through Eyre Square, which John F. Kennedy visited in 1963.
HOTEL Maldron/Connacht
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 6 - CONNEMARA EXCURSION
The rugged beauty of Connemara was captured in the lm
'The Quiet Man' with John Wayne and Maureen
O'Hara, and its loughs and mountains are yours to explore today during a scenic drive. We arrive at KylemoreAbbey later to visit the country's most romantic castle and ramble through the hidden nooks of its Victorian walled garden before returning to Galway for dinner at our hotel tonight.
MEALS Full Breakfast Dinner

DAY 7 - GALWAY – CLIFFS OF MOHER – SHANNON ESTUARY FERRY – CO. KERRY
(2 NIGHTS)
See the imposing sheer Clis
of Moher rise up 700 feet from the pounding sea below and learn about the
history of these natural phenomena with a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. We join Oonagh and scavenge
for ingredients that will be used to create our unique Be My Guest lunch at the O'Brien's homely Barrtra
Seafood restaurant along the world famous Wild Atlantic Way. Enjoy spectacular views of the dramatic
coastline before boarding a ferry across the tranquil River Shannon estuary. Then continue through beautiful
County Kerry to our hotel in Killarney, where we'll have an evening at leisure to soak up the craic at a
traditional Irish ceilidh.
HOTEL Killarney Towers/Ashe
MEALS Full Breakfast Be My Guest Dining

DAY 8 - RING OF KERRY EXCURSION
The breathtaking landscapes of Iveragh Peninsula provide a mesmerising backdrop for our scenic coastal drive
around the 'Ring of Kerry' - an unimaginably beautiful natural setting that is among Ireland's most magical and
memorable. En route we will see Killorglin, which was immortalised in the lm,
Ryan's Daughter, as well as
Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the shing
village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap.
MEALS Full Breakfast Dinner

DAY 9 - CO. KERRY – BLARNEY – WATERFORD – KILKENNY
Today we acquire the 'gift of the gab' bending over backwards to kiss the Blarney Stone before we travel to
Waterford via Youghal. Admire the delicate creations of ne
crystal during a visit to the House of Waterford
Crystal where we will enjoy a Cultural Insight demonstration by master craftsmen and see their talents
transformed into the exquisite pieces that have enticed buyers for centuries. This evening we arrive in
Kilkenny, the picturesque lakeside village with its imposing 12th century castle, once the seat of the Butlers of
Ormonde.
HOTEL Hotel Kilkenny
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 10 - KILKENNY – NEW ROSS – CO. WICKLOW – DUBLIN
Our rst
stop today is in New Ross, where we'll see the monument to John F. Kennedy, who visited his
ancestral family hometown in 1963. The tragic plight of Irish emigrants during the potato famine of the 1800s
is explored during a Cultural Insight at the nearby three-masted Famine Ship Dunbrody. Journey through the
lush Irish countryside of County Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland, and back to Dublin where we'll spend our nal
evening with our travel companions sharing stories of our memorable journey through Ireland at a Farewell
Dinner.
HOTEL Ballsbridge
MEALS Full Breakfast Farewell Dinner

DAY 11 - DEPART DUBLIN

It's time to say a fond farewell to Ireland and newfound friends as you prepare to end your wonderful Irish
experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
MEALS Full Breakfast

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