Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle

Start: Dublin Finish: Dublin

Visiting: Enniskerry, Dublin, Cork, Thomastown, Killarney, Blarney, Lahinch, Galway, Moycullen, Kylemore, Cong


Duration: 9 Nights

Tour Operator: Trafalgar


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Tour Overview

Explore iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle, the former famous home of earls, princes and the famous Guinness family. See Connemara's wild and windswept beauty, let the wind whip you up at the Cliffs of Moher and admire 40 shades of green circling the Ring of Kerry.

Highlights

  • iconExplore Dublin, Killarney National Park and Lough Corrib with a Local Specialist
  • iconVisit Powerscourt Gardens, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College in Dublin, Blarney Castle, Torc Waterfall, the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara Marble Factory and Kylemore Abbey
  • iconConnect with Locals Travel to 12th-century Ireland and explore the remains of the Lost Town of Newtown Jerpoint followed by an Irish Be My Guest lunch with the O'Connells. (Day 3)
  • iconStays with Stories Discover centuries of tumultuous history staying at the Maldron Shandon hotel, a building that has survived wars, fires and threats of demolition to become the grand hotel it is today. (Day 3) Dating back to 1228, iconic Ashford Castle has housed earls, princes and the dynastic Guinness family. Recently reopened after refurbishment, this award-winning hotel is one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories' and is owned and operated by our sister company, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. (Day 8)
  • iconScenic Cruise on Lough Corrib
  • iconScenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry
  • iconDive into Culture Visit a Connemara marble factory to see how this vivid green-coloured stone has been crafted into jewellery and figurines for generations. (Day 7)
  • iconSee Dublin's Georgian Squares and Galway Cathedral
  • iconDiscover Killarney and Galway

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icon Day 1: Hello Dublin

Location: Enniskerry, Dublin

Accommodation: Clayton Ballsbridge

Meals: Welcome Reception

The 'Emerald Isle' puts its best foot forward in this iconic exploration of its soul-stirring landscapes. We kick off our epic journey along the walled gardens and rambling walks of Powerscourt Gardens. Its sweeping terraces, ornamental lakes and over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs ensure it befits its status as one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland. Enjoy a Welcome Reception this evening to get to know your fellow travellers.

icon Day 2: Discover Diverse Dublin

Location: Dublin

Meals: Breakfast

Lyrics and legends await this morning as we join a Local Specialist on a city tour to visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, where Jonathan Swift was once installed as Dean. We admire the colourful doorways in the stately Georgian Squares and stroll along the cobbled courtyard of Trinity College and enjoy priority access to see the Book of Kells. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to soak up the charisma of this city. Wander along Grafton Street and see its lively performers, stop for a pint of the 'Black Stuff' in Temple Bar or relax in St. Stephen's Green.

icon Day 3: Admire County Kilkenny and on to Cork

Location: Cork, Thomastown

Accommodation: Maldron Shandon

Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

We leave the hospitality of Dublin behind for County Kilkenny where we delve into the history of a 'lost' medieval town - Newtown Jerpoint. Take a step back in time to the 12th century and wander through its remains which are said to be the final resting place of St. Nicholas. Later, you'll join the O'Connells for lunch at their home, Belmore House. Embrace the peaceful rural setting - the perfect backdrop to Connect With Locals at a Be My Guest experience. Inspired by Irish food and the warmth of our hosts, we continue south to the lively city of Cork, enjoying a free evening to discover its sights, sounds and flavours. Our Stays With Stories accommodation is the historic Maldron Shandon Hotel. Originally Cork's first general hospital opened in 1720, the building has a colourful history that has seen it survive wars, political upheaval, fire and demolition threats before it opened its doors as a grand hotel.

icon Day 4: Journey to Blarney and on to Killarney

Location: Killarney, Blarney

Accommodation: Killarney Towers

Meals: Breakfast

Head to Blarney in pursuit of the 'gift of the gab'. Kiss the fabled Stone then head west to the lakeside setting of Killarney, our springboard to the enduring beauty of the Ring of Kerry.

icon Day 5: A Day on the Ring of Kerry

Location: Killarney

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a leisurely morning exploring Killarney or join a Local Specialist for a scenic guided walk at Torc Waterfall, strolling over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. Circle the scenic Ring of Kerry admiring its famous 'forty shades of green' and seeing first-hand the scenic landscapes that have inspired writers and poets for centuries.

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

Location: Lahinch, Galway

Accommodation: Maldron Sandy Road

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Our up-close encounter with Ireland's ravishing beauty not yet at its end, we journey north stopping for a walk along the iconic Cliffs of Moher, an extraordinary feature of the famous Wild Atlantic Way. Admire the dramatic cliffs that rise 200 metres above the pounding Atlantic and survey the endless ocean views. We continue to Galway for a two-night stay.

icon Day 7: Galway Your Way

Location: Moycullen

Meals: Breakfast

Dive Into Culture at the Connemara Marble Factory, watching master craftsmen carve Connemara marble. Then enjoy an orientation tour of Galway with plenty of free time afterwards to explore this vibrant city on your own.

icon Day 8: Explore Stunning Connemara and Continue to Ashford Castle

Location: Kylemore, Cong

Accommodation: Ashford Castle

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

A rugged realm of mountains, lakes, rivers and villages provides a stunning backdrop for our leisurely drive through Connemara - an unspoilt region of western Ireland that was immortalised in John Wayne's 'The Quiet Man'. We'll visit Kylemore Abbey and ramble through its exquisite Victorian walled garden. Later, board 'The Isle of Innisfree' for an exclusive cruise on shimmering Lough Corrib. Captain Patrick, Ashford Castle's Local Specialist, will share his local knowledge as you glide through its peaceful waters. Upon disembarking, a lone piper will escort you over the drawbridge to Ashford Castle, one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories, where tonight you will dine as lords and ladies at an elegant royal dining experience (gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket).

icon Day 9: Return to Lively Dublin

Location: Dublin

Accommodation: Clayton Ballsbridge

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Indulge in the sumptuous surrounds of Ashford Castle. Stroll around its exquisite estate and admire its lavish interiors before you return to Dublin. Spend the rest of the afternoon delving into the centuries-old history of the Irish capital. This evening, it's time to reminisce over shared memories at a delicious Farewell Dinner.

icon Day 10: Journey Home

Meals: Breakfast

As the curtain falls on a memorable journey with new friends, we say a fond slán go fóill to Dublin and the 'Emerald Isle'. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

What's Included

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    An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

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    1 lunch (Be My Guest)

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    9 breakfasts

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    Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals

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    Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

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    All porterage and restaurant gratuities

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    Optional Experiences and free time

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    5 dinners

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    Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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    Ferry across the Shannon estuary

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    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

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    Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

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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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    Handcrafted Highlights

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