Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle

Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle

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Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle

10 Days Starting and ending in Dublin, Ireland

Visiting: Dublin, Cork, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Connemara National Park

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

WRACZN18

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 20

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
From:
$3875
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Tour Overview

Embark on the "Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle" tour, a journey through the heart of Ireland's breathtaking landscapes and historical treasures. With a Local Specialist, explore the vibrant streets of Dublin, the serene beauty of Killarney National Park, and the tranquil waters of Lough Corrib. Discover Ireland's rich history and culture with visits to Powerscourt Gardens, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College, Blarney Castle, and the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy scenic drives, including the famous Ring of Kerry, and immerse yourself in the local culture in Galway. This tour combines luxury coach travel, cherry-picked hotels, and a range of included meals to ensure a comfortable and enriching Irish experience. From the Georgian Squares of Dublin to the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory, every day is a new adventure. Don't miss the chance to dine like royalty at Ashford Castle, making your Irish journey truly unforgettable.

Highlights

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

  • Discover Killarney and Galway

  • Visit Powerscourt Gardens, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College in Dublin, Blarney Castle, Torc Waterfall, the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory and Kylemore Abbey

  • See Dublin's Georgian Squares and Galway Cathedral

  • Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry

Places You'll See

Cliffs Of Moher

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Hello Dublin
Location: Dublin
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Meals Included: Dinner

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.

Day 2 : Discover Diverse Dublin
Location: Dublin
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Meals Included: 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 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.

Day 3 : Admire County Kilkenny And On To Cork
Location: Cork
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Vienna Woods Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

We leave the hospitality of Dublin behind for County Kilkenny, on route we stop in Waterford where we have free time for lunch, or perhaps join a walking tour with a local specialist. We continue south to the lively city of Cork, enjoying a free evening to discover its sights, sounds and flavors.

Day 4 : Journey To Blarney And On To Killarney
Location: Killarney
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Killarney Towers Hotel & Leisure Center
Meals Included: 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.

Day 5 : A Day On The Ring Of Kerry
Location: Ring of Kerry
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Killarney Towers Hotel & Leisure Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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. Perhaps join a Local Specialist for a scenic guided walk at Torc Waterfall, strolling over wooded paths and lakeshore trails.

Day 6 : Onwards To The Cliffs Of Moher And Galway Make Travel Matter
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Location: Cliffs of Moher
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Begin the day enchanted by the wild landscapes, you’ll continue along the Wild Atlantic Way to Connect With Locals and meet local horticulturalist, Oonagh, who’ll teach you how to forage before our Be My Guest visit to the Barrtra Seafood restaurant. Oonagh will reveal the importance of sustainable food experiences and you’ll learn how everything on your plate has been bought locally, perhaps inspired to buy local produce when you return home.

Our up-close encounter with Ireland's irresistible beauty continues, as we journey north to the towering Cliffs of Moher. Admire the dramatic cliffs that rise 200 metres above the pounding Atlantic and survey the endless ocean views in this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience that will leave you with many stories to share when you return home. Beyond the endless views and the opportunity to capture on film the colonies of curious-looking puffins that find sanctuary in its nooks and crannies, 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. Your next overnight stop is Galway where you can really get under the skin of this cultural capital and indulge your love for music, art and good times.

Day 7 : Galway Your Way
Location: Galway
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway
Meals Included: Breakfast

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

Day 8 : Explore Stunning Connemara And Continue To Ashford Castle
Location: Connemara National Park
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Ashford Castle
Meals Included: 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).

Day 9 : Return To Lively Dublin
Location: Dublin
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Meals Included: Breakfast, 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.

Day 10 : Journey Home
Location: Dublin
Meals Included: 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'.

What's Included

  • Meals

    As detailed in an itinerary.

  • Fully Guided

    Yes.

What's Not Included

  • Airfare

    International airfare is not included

  • Visas

    Costs associated with obtaining visas are not included.

  • Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included but recommended.

  • Optional Experiences

    Costs of Optional Experiences are not included in the tour price.

Mode of Transport

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

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Low.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in an itinerary.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    40 to 45 people average.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Trafalgar guests benefit from complimentary arrival and departure transfers, by shuttle coach, on the first and last day of their guided holiday. Any guests whose flight times do not coincide with the shuttle coach transfer timings may choose to purchase a private transfer.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 5 years and above.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes.

  • 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

Reviews of this Operator

Renato Arrieta  

Best tour I joined so far

14-Jan-2023

My first time with Trafalgar and I see no reason why I should not join them again.

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King Ng, Lafayette, California  

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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Trusted Customer  

Best of Egypt

14-Jan-2023

We really did see the best of Egypt and beyond. Our tour guide, Mohammad, guided us through the rich history and the urban and rural life of such a unique and delightful country. We felt very safe and pampered.

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Marshal Daguio  

Wonderful Best Of Turkey

06-Nov-2021

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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Barbara, Canada  

Irish Experience

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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    Trafalgar requires a minimum deposit of 350 USD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of trafalgar charges.

    Up to 91 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 80% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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