Castles and Manors

Castles and Manors

8 Days Starting and ending in Dublin, Ireland

Visiting: Dublin, Galway, Westport, Connemara National Park, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Cashel

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

BRCMZN19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 54

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

0-0

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English
From: $3775 $3656 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$119

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Tour Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through Ireland's majestic landscapes with the "Castles and Manors" tour. This enchanting adventure begins and ends in the vibrant city of Dublin, taking you through the heart of Ireland's rich history and breathtaking scenery. With a Local Specialist, explore the wonders of Dublin, Killarney National Park, and Cashel. Discover the charm of Killarney and Galway, and visit iconic sites including Kylemore Abbey, Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory, Cliffs of Moher, Rock of Cashel, and the Irish National Stud. Marvel at the beauty of Torc Waterfall, Dublin's Georgian Squares, and Galway Cathedral. Enjoy scenic drives along the Ring of Kerry and through Connemara. Travel in comfort on a luxury air-conditioned coach, and stay in cherry-picked hotels, including the elegant Lodge at Ashford Castle and the Victorian-styled Great Southern. With breakfasts and up to half of your evening meals included, along with expert guidance and surprise extras, this tour promises an unforgettable exploration of Ireland's cultural treasures and natural wonders.

Highlights

  • Explore Dublin, Killarney National Park and Cashel with a Local Specialist

  • Discover Killarney and Galway

  • Visit Kylemore Abbey, Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory, Cliffs of Moher, Rock of Cashel and the Irish National Stud

  • View Torc Waterfall

  • See Dublin's Georgian Squares and Galway Cathedral

  • Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry and through Connemara

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Dublin

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Location: Dublin

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge/Radisson Blu St Helens Dublin

Meals Included: Dinner

Set your watch to the lively pace of Ireland's capital city – the springboard for your in-depth journey through the lush landscapes and enduring allure of Ireland. Our exploration of Dublin with a Local Specialist will see us view St. Patrick's Cathedral and Georgian Squares. Spend some time at leisure exploring Dublin's pretty streets before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner celebrating traditional Irish flavors.

Day 2 : Journey To Galway And On To Ashford Castle

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Location: Galway

Accommodation: Lodge

Accommodation Name: The Lodge at Ashford Castle

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our first stop today is Europe's 'City of the Tribes', where you will have an opportunity to see Galway Cathedral and stroll through Eyre Square. We overnight at one of Trafalgar’s Stays With Stories on the shores of Lough Corrib. Feel like lords and ladies as you relax in the elegant country quarters of The Lodge at Ashford Castle, celebrating the heritage and hospitality of Ireland.

Day 3 : Admire The Elegant Westport House And Abbeyglen Castle

Location: Westport

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Abbeyglen Castle Hotel Clifden

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving the elegant estate of Ashford Castle behind, 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. Our home for the next two nights is one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories - the spectacular Abbeyglen Castle.

Day 4 : A Day Exploring Stunning Connemara

Location: Connemara National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Abbeyglen Castle Hotel Clifden

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive through the 'savage beauty' of Connemara, as described by Oscar Wilde who was inspired by the region's craggy mountains, shimmering lakes and endless shades of green. We visit Kylemore Abbey, a magnificent castellated structure built as a family home and now inhabited by a group of Benedictine nuns. Stop for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at an oyster farm. Venture into the secret nooks and crannies of its extensive walled Victorian garden before returning to your castle accommodation for a delicious dinner.

Day 5 : Onwards To The Cliffs Of Moher And Killarney

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Location: Cliffs of Moher

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Great Southern Killarney

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, visit the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory, where you'll Dive Into Culture and witness first-hand how their famous crystal designs are made. Picture yourself living in 1520 alongside the Dunguaire Castle when we later pass through the charming seaport village of Kinvara. Next up is an experience you’ll remember for years to come as you watch the UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher plunge dramatically into the Atlantic waters below. Beyond the endless views you’ll have an opportunity to visit the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience which really brings this natural phenomenon to life in an interactive way, leaving you with a deep understanding of this special place. Our home tonight is one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories - Great Southern, a Victorian-styled hotel built over 160 years ago as Ireland's first purpose-built hotel. The hotel’s Victorian architecture ends the day still dreaming of life many years ago.

Day 6 : A Day On The Ring Of Kerry

Location: Ring of Kerry

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Great Southern Killarney

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a slow start to your morning, joining a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk at Torc Waterfall, strolling over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. We embark on an epic drive next, exploring the enduring beauty of the Ring of Kerry whose enchanting coastal landscapes have inspired writers and poets for centuries.

Day 7 : Discover Cashel And Return To Dublin

Location: Cashel

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Discover the legacy of St. Patrick when you visit the imposing Rock of Cashel, once the traditional seat of the kings of Munster. View its ecclesiastical ruins with a Local Specialist then traverse scenic landscapes to Kildare. Here you’ll Dive Into Culture and learn about Ireland's thoroughbred industry at the Irish National Stud. You'll have a rare opportunity to see the foaling unit, museum and of course the magnificent stallions that continue to make racing history. Later today, return to the Irish capital where you’ll inject a bit of the craic into your Farewell Dinner with new friends.

Day 8 : Journey Home

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Location: Dublin

Meals Included: Breakfast

We say a fond farewell to our newfound friends and Dublin today. You will be transferred to the airport, where your journey through the 'Emerald Isle' comes to an end. Transfers are available. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

What's Included

  • Travel Director

    An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Meals

    Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Sightseeing

    Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio Headsets

    Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Hotel Charges

    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Porterage and Restaurant Gratuities

    All porterage and restaurant gratuities

What's Not Included

  • Flights

    International round-trip airfare

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys), Ferry across the Shannon estuary

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted. Specific accommodations include the elegant country quarters of The Lodge at Ashford Castle, the spectacular Abbeyglen Castle, and the Victorian-styled Great Southern built over 160 years ago as Ireland's first purpose-built hotel.

Check out our Q&As

  • What type of transportation is provided on the Castles and Manors tour?

    The Castles and Manors tour provides luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys), and ferry across the Shannon estuary.

  • What are some highlights of the Castles and Manors tour?

    Highlights of the Castles and Manors tour include exploring Dublin, Killarney National Park, and Cashel with a Local Specialist, visiting Kylemore Abbey, Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory, Cliffs of Moher, Rock of Cashel, and the Irish National Stud, viewing Torc Waterfall, seeing Dublin's Georgian Squares and Galway Cathedral, and scenic drives of the Ring of Kerry and through Connemara.

  • What countries will be visited on the Castles and Manors tour?

    The Castles and Manors tour visits Ireland.

  • What are the pick-up and drop-off times for the Castles and Manors tour?

    Pick-up times for the Castles and Manors tour are 08:30, 11:00, 13:00, and drop-off times are 07:00, 09:00, 11:00.

  • What meals are included in the Castles and Manors tour?

    The Castles and Manors tour includes breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals.

  • What are the inclusions of the Castles and Manors tour?

    Inclusions of the Castles and Manors tour are an expert Travel Director and professional Driver, must-see sightseeing and surprise extras, audio headsets for flexible sightseeing, all hotel tips, charges and local taxes, and all porterage and restaurant gratuities.

  • What type of accommodation is included in the Castles and Manors tour?

    Accommodation on the Castles and Manors tour includes cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted. Specific accommodations include the elegant country quarters of The Lodge at Ashford Castle, the spectacular Abbeyglen Castle, and the Victorian-styled Great Southern built over 160 years ago as Ireland's first purpose-built hotel.

  • Where does the Castles and Manors tour start and end?

    The Castles and Manors tour starts and ends in Dublin, Ireland.

  • What are the exclusions of the Castles and Manors tour?

    Exclusions of the Castles and Manors tour are international round-trip airfare and travel insurance, which is not included and is recommended.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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Best tour I joined so far

14-Jan-2023

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Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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It was my first time with Trafalgar Tour and I had a wonderful trip from day 1 till the last day. The Tour Director, Yocel Atik is very knowledgeable and Excellent. The health director and coach driver are helpful and supportive as well. The hotels selected were comfortable especially Rixos Hotel and Movenpick Hotel. The Best of Turkey is better than I expected.

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09-Nov-2021

I am single and travel alone. I always feel secure and well-looked after when I travel with Trafalgar

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