Best of Ireland

Best of Ireland

Start: Dublin Finish: Dublin

Visiting: Dublin, Waterford, New Ross, Blarney, Killarney, Limerick, Bunratty, Galway, Lahinch, Kylemore, Westport, Sligo


Duration: 9 Nights

Tour code: IRBOFA17

Tour operator: Trafalgar


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Tour Overview

An in-depth encounter with the Best of Ireland awaits, from spectacular sights like the Cliffs of Moher and Ring of Kerry to the past and present showcased in Dublin, Galway and pretty Adare. You'll learn all about Irish famine history, former kings and how to embrace the craic.

Highlights

  • iconMake Travel Matter 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)
  • iconExplore Dublin with a Local Specialist
  • iconScenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry
  • iconSee St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick and Galway Cathedral
  • iconConnect with Locals Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest High Tea hosted in the Drawing Room of a stately 18th-century home near the charming town of Westport. (Day 8)
  • iconDive 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)
  • iconVisit 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
  • iconDiscover Waterford, Killarney, Limerick and Galway
  • iconView King John's Castle in Limerick and the Marian Shrine in Knock

Itinerary

icon Day 1: Welcome to Ireland

Location: Dublin

Accommodation: Maldron Parnell Square/Clayton Ballsbridge

Meals: Welcome Reception

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 Travel Matter 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.

icon Day 2: Through the Scenic County Wicklow to Waterford

Location: Waterford, New Ross

Accommodation: Fitzwilton/Dooley's

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

icon Day 3: Journey to Blarney and on to Killarney

Location: Blarney, Killarney

Accommodation: Killarney Towers/Hotel Killarney

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, we travel through County Cork 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.

icon Day 4: A Day on the Ring of Kerry

Meals: Breakfast

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 the Black Valley, whose remoteness saw it become the last area in Ireland to receive electricity.

icon Day 5: Onwards to Lively Limerick

Location: Limerick, Bunratty

Accommodation: Great National South Court/Greenhills

Meals: Breakfast

We continue through the windswept countryside, arriving in Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. On arrival in Limerick, 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.

icon Day 6: Admire the Cliffs of Moher and Onwards to Galway

Location: Galway, Lahinch

Accommodation: Connacht

Meals: Breakfast

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.

icon Day 7: A Day Exploring Stunning Connemara

Location: Kylemore

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

icon Day 8: A Pilgrimage to Knock and on to Sligo

Location: Westport, Sligo

Accommodation: Clayton

Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

Our journey takes us to Westport House where we'll Connect With Locals and indulge in a memorable Be My Guest experience with tales of the Pirate Queen, and enjoy Banoffee and Baileys flavours in the Drawing Room of this stately 18th-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.

icon Day 9: Return to Lively Dublin

Location: Dublin

Accommodation: Clayton Dublin Airport

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

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.

icon Day 10: Farewell Ireland

Location: Dublin

Meals: Breakfast

After a hearty Irish breakfast, we bid our Travel Director and fellow travellers a fond farewell as our Irish holiday comes to an end. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

What's Included

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    Optional Experiences and free time

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    5 dinners

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    Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

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    All porterage and restaurant gratuities

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    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

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    9 breakfasts

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    1 high tea

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    Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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    Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals

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    An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

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    Handcrafted Highlights

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    Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

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    Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

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