Irish Experience

11 Days Starting and ending in Dublin, Ireland

Visiting: Dublin, Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Derry, Galway, Connemara National Park, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Kilkenny

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

DREXZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 54

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

0-0

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Ireland and Northern Ireland on the "Irish Experience" tour. This adventure begins and ends in the vibrant city of Dublin, where you'll explore iconic sites with a Local Specialist, including the historic St. Patrick's Cathedral and indulge in a Whiskey Tasting experience. Travel in style on a luxury air-conditioned coach, complete with Wi-Fi, as you discover the scenic beauty and rich history of Galway, Waterford, and the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher. Highlights include a visit to the Titanic Experience in Belfast, the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Giant's Causeway, and the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. Enjoy a scenic cruise across the Shannon Estuary and marvel at the natural beauty during drives through Connemara and along the Ring of Kerry. With cherry-picked hotels, expert guidance, and a host of included meals and sightseeing experiences, this tour promises a deep dive into the culture, history, and landscapes of this enchanting region.

Highlights

  • Explore Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry with a Local Specialist

  • Discover Galway and Waterford

  • Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, the Titanic Experience in Belfast, 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 Castle to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', the Crystal Showroom at Waterford and the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross

  • View the City Walls and Murals of Londonderry

  • See Galway Cathedral

  • Scenic Cruise across the Shannon Estuary

  • Scenic Drive through Connemara and along the Ring of Kerry

Places You'll See

Cliffs Of Moher

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Ireland
Location: Dublin
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Meals Included: Dinner

Embrace your playful side and discover 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. See the stately Georgian Squares and Trinity College before enjoying a Whiskey Tasting at a local distillery.

The excitement will build this evening over drinks, good food and great company as your Travel Director gives you a taste of what’s to come.

Day 2 : Journey To Colourful Belfast
Location: Belfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: AC by Marriott /Stormont Hotel Belfast
Meals Included: Breakfast

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 an Irish stew. 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 taxi. We spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps join an Optional Experience.

Day 3 : Venture To The Giant’S Causeway And On To Derry/Londonderry
Location: Giant's Causeway
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: City Hotel Derry
Meals Included: Breakfast

Dive Into Culture during a visit to the award-winning Titanic Belfast Experience. Gain insights into the tragic story of the Titanic and its passengers who lost their lives in the icy Atlantic. We leave the city behind us, travelling along to the Giant's Causeway for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as we walk in the footsteps of Finn MacCool. Our visit will help to conserve this iconic natural landmark. Take some time to admire the natural spectacle of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns before continuing to Londonderry, our home for the next two nights.


Day 4 : Discover Londonderry’S Past
Location: Derry
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: City Hotel Derry
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Join your Local Specialist for a walk along the 17th-century city walls and see the formerly turbulent Bogside neighbourhood, with its street murals depicting the history of the 'Troubles'. Spend a free afternoon walking along the pretty Foyle River or consider joining an Optional Experience to Inishowen Peninsula, with its rich history. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.


Day 5 : Onwards To Scenic Galway
Location: Galway
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Maldron Hotel Oranmore Galway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We journey through the lush countryside to Belleek, where we'll Dive Into Culture and witness talented pottery craftsmen create the exquisite collectables that have graced homes since the mid-19th century. Arrive in Galway later, where we will stay for the next two nights.

Day 6 : Connemara Excursion
Location: Connemara National Park
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Maldron Hotel Oranmore Galway
Meals Included: Breakfast

The rugged beauty of Connemara was captured in the film 'The Quiet Man' with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Its loughs and mountains are yours to explore today during a scenic drive. We arrive at Kylemore Abbey later to visit the country's most romantic castle and ramble through the hidden nooks of its Victorian walled garden. Returning to Galway, we enjoy some free time to explore its imposing stone Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square, which John F. Kennedy visited in 1963.

Day 7 : Explore The Cliffs Of Moher And Killarney
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Location: Cliffs of Moher
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Killarney Towers Hotel & Leisure Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

See the imposing UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher rising over 650 feet (200 m) above the pounding Atlantic and scan the horizon all the way to the Aran Islands to get the full view of the irresistible beauty of this special place. You’ll have an opportunity to visit the ‘Atlantic Edge’ exhibition which will bring to life this extraordinary natural phenomenon in a way that only the wildlife of the area get to see.

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. The spectacular views of this dramatic coastline continue before you board a ferry across the tranquil Shannon Estuary river. Then, continue through County Kerry to your hotel in Killarney, where you'll have an evening at leisure or join in the craic at an optional Irish ceilidh.

Day 8 : A Day On The Ring Of Kerry
Location: Ring of Kerry
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Killarney Towers Hotel & Leisure Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The soul-stirring landscapes of Iveragh Peninsula provide a mesmerising backdrop for our scenic coastal drive around the Ring of Kerry – an unimaginably beautiful natural setting. En route we will see Killorglin, famous for its annual 'Puck Fair', as well as Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap.

Day 9 : Off To Blarney, Waterford And Kilkenny
Location: Kilkenny
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Kilkenny
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today you might acquire the 'gift of the gab', bending over backwards to kiss the Blarney Stone before we travel to Waterford. Admire the delicate creations of fine crystal during a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal where we will Dive Into Culture and witness a demonstration by master craftsmen. This evening, we arrive in Kilkenny with its imposing 12th-century castle, once the seat of the Butlers of Ormonde.

Day 10 : Through County Wicklow’S Countryside To Dublin
Location: Dublin
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Sandymount Hotel Dublin/Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After a morning exploration of Kilkenny, we depart for New Ross where we'll see the monument to John F. Kennedy, who visited his ancestral family hometown in 1963. Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the tragic plight of Irish emigrants during the potato famine of the 1800s on our visit to the nearby three-masted Dunbrody Famine Ship. Journey through the lush Irish countryside of County Wicklow, the 'Garden of Ireland', and back to Dublin where you’ll spend your final evening with travel companions sharing stories of your memorable journey through Ireland at a Farewell Dinner.

Day 11 : Farewell Dublin
Location: Dublin
Meals Included: Breakfast

It’s time to say a fond farewell to Ireland and newfound friends as you prepare to end your wonderful Irish experience.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Optional Experiences and free time

  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.

What's Not Included

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

Check out our Q&As

  • What countries does the Irish Experience tour visit?

    The Irish Experience tour visits Ireland and Northern Ireland.

  • What are the pick-up and drop-off times at Dublin Airport?

    Pick-up times at Dublin Airport are 08:30, 11:00, and 13:00. Drop-off times at Dublin Airport are 07:00, 09:00, and 11:00.

  • What are some highlights of the tour?

    Highlights of the tour include exploring Dublin, Belfast, and Londonderry with a Local Specialist, visiting St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, the Titanic Experience in Belfast, the Giant's Causeway, Belleek Pottery, Kylemore Abbey, the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, the Crystal Showroom at Waterford, and the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross. Additional highlights include viewing the City Walls and Murals of Londonderry, seeing Galway Cathedral, a scenic cruise across the Shannon Estuary, and a scenic drive through Connemara and along the Ring of Kerry.

  • What type of transport is used on the tour?

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

  • Are there any exclusions?

    Insurance is excluded from the tour.

  • What type of accommodation is provided?

    The tour provides accommodation in cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.

  • What meals are included?

    Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals are included in the tour.

  • 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

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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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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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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