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Best of Ireland - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

 

Overview

Hotel description:

11 days | 9 nights

Learn why the Irish say, "If you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough," on this beautiful journey through Connemara, the stronghold of the O'Donnell clan, and to beautiful Adare.

Trafalgar Highlights

  • Connect 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 9)
  • Dive 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 3). Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour (Day 3).
  • Hidden Treasure: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.
  • Local Specialist: For included sightseeing in Dublin.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • City tour in Dublin.
  • ORIENTATION of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick and Galway.
  • VISIT the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone and gain the gift of the gab, Adare, Bunratty Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Connemara and Kylemore Abbey.
  • VIEW St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick.
  • SEE the Cathedral of Galway.
  • SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry.

Travel Highlights

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

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What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Dublin (if flight and tour package option is chosen)
  • 9 nights of accommodation
  • 14 meals (9 full breakfasts, 5 dinners, and a Connect With Locals High Tea)
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned coach Porterage (1 piece of luggage per passenger)
  • $50 CAD credit voucher for an Optional Experience (described in the itinerary below; 1 voucher per person)
  • English-speaking travel director
  • Earn Aeroplan® Miles

Itinerary


Day 1        Depart Canada
Fly to Dublin.

Day 2        Welcome to Dublin - Afternoon Sightseeing
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 where we'll hear stories about some of the country's bravest characters and enjoy a Welcome Reception of drinks and canapés with our fellow travellers and Travel Director.

Meal(s): Welcome reception

Day 3        Dublin - Co. Wicklow - New Ross - Waterford 

Meander through the scenic countryside of County Wicklow, The Garden of Ireland, and on to New Ross - the ancestral hometown 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, witnessing talented master craftsmen at work.

Meal(s): Full breakfast, Dinner

Optional Experiences

  • Irish Folk Fun (27 EUR): During this evening of entertainment, you'll get the chance to experience Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. Enjoy a drink while locals sing and play music for you.
  • Explore Waterford's Viking History (17 EUR): Join us in Waterford, where the history dates back as far as the Vikings. Your Local Specialist will bring the historic area to life through stories and anecdotes; one guest even described the trip as the "best history lesson ever".


Day 4        Waterford - Youghal - Blarney - Killarney
Journey via the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh, 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 2-night stay.

Meal(s): Full breakfast, Regional meal

Optional Experiences

  • Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride (21 EUR): Enjoy a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourn-Vincent National Park. During your journey, your Local Specialist will share fascinating anecdotes about the area and Ireland.
  • Gaelic Roots (33 EUR): A tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance, Gaelic roots showcases Ireland at its best. Using traditional instruments, Irish dance and time-honoured folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.


Day 5        Ring of Kerry Excursion
Ireland's breathtaking 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 magical and varied places in Ireland. We'll see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, Moll's Gap and Black Valley, whose remoteness saw it become the last area in Ireland to receive electricity.

Meal(s): Full breakfast

Optional Experiences

  • Visit Muckross House & its Gardens (83 EUR): Come with us to Muckross House and its beautiful gardens. With a backdrop of oak-clad mountains, enjoy taking in the towering azaleas and rhododendrons as you meander along the shores of the lakes. The 18th-century house contains some wonderful examples of furniture and paintings, including a portrait of King James VI, for whom Shakespeare wrote Macbeth.
  • Irish Folk Theatre & Dinner (69 EUR): Join us as we embrace the folklore and spirit of old Ireland's life and times, when even the most everyday chore would be celebrated. Siamsa Tire players will cast a charm you'll remember forever. Beforehand, enjoy a hearty Irish meal in a local restaurant. This experience will be offered for those trips that stay at Tralee.


Day 6        Killarney - Adare - Bunratty - Limerick
Meandering through the windswept countryside with rugged landscapes, we arrive in Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. Enjoy views of St. Mary's Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and the 13th-century King John's Castle at the heart of Limerick during your orientation tour. Delve into Ireland's fascinating day-to-day of life in the 18th and 19th centuries during an included visit this afternoon to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, before continuing to your hotel.

Meal(s): Full breakfast

Optional Experience

  • Irish Ceilidh Evening (64 EUR): Come along and experience the craic at a special ceilidh evening. Enjoy a drink and some local specialities, watch some traditional Irish dancing, and sing along to some familiar Irish melodies.


Day 7        Limerick - Cliffs of Moher - Galway
We journey to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and see the history of these imposing sheer cliffs that plunge into the Atlantic waters below, brought to life with a visit to the "Atlantic Edge" exhibition. Later, we arrive in Galway enjoying some time at leisure to see its beautiful stone cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square.

Meal(s): Full breakfast

Optional Experience

  • City of the Tribes Walk & Dinner (49 EUR): Join us on a stroll in the centre of the bustling medieval port of Galway. Then, we'll meet our local specialist who will enthral us with stories as we meander through the streets while taking in the main historical sights. Enjoy a hearty three-course meal with a choice of classic traditional Irish dishes. One drink will be included.


Day 8        Connemara Excursion
Connemara's savage beauty is yours to explore today as we tread in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde who described its "wild 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.

Meal(s): Full breakfast, Dinner

Optional Experiences

  • Galway Castle Banquet (67 EUR): Join us on a drive to Galway Castle where you'll begin your evening of medieval entertainment. This will be accompanied by a delicious dinner where wine will flow, and you'll be treated to songs and the marvellous Irish art of storytelling.
  • Trad on the Prom (37 EUR): The best in Irish dancing from the most-awarded performers in Ireland. Combined with some of Ireland's best musical talent, this show is truly can't miss.


Day 9        Galway - Knock - Sligo 
Our journey takes us to Westport House where we'll Connect With Locals and indulge in a memorable Be My Guest morning tea 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.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast, Connect With Locals (high tea)

Optional Experiences

  • Luxurious River Shannon Cruise (30 EUR): The longest river in the British Isles, the River Shannon is immortalized in songs and legends. Come with us for a cruise on this majestic river, through the beautiful rolling countryside of counties Leitrim and Roscommon. You'll also enjoy refreshments on the luxurious Moon River Pleasure Cruiser.
  • Scenic Drive & Dinner (45 EUR): This evening you'll discover the beauty of the land, as we take a scenic drive off the beaten track. Later, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant with a choice of drink included.


Day 10        Sligo - Dublin 
Meandering south to Dublin, we enjoy some free time to enjoy the village atmosphere of this lively multicultural city. Walk down Grafton Street and admire the colourful street performers, stroll along the Liffey and cross the Ha'penny Bridge. This evening, we close the chapter on an epic journey through Ireland, joining our fellow travellers for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

Meal(s): Full breakfast, Farewell dinner

Day 11        Dublin - Return to Canada 
After a hearty Irish breakfast, we bid our Travel Director and fellow travellers a fond farewell as our Irish holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meal(s): Full breakfast

 

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply
The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

Twin Room

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.

The location and corresponding hotels are as follows:

  • Dublin: Maldron Parnell Square/Clayton Ballsbridge or similar (1 night)
  • Waterford: Fitzwilton/Marina or similar (1 night)
  • Killarney: Killarney Towers/Hotel Killarney or similar (2 nights)
  • Limerick: Maldron/Greenhills or similar (1 night)
  • Galway: Connacht or similar (2 nights)
  • Sligo: Clayton or similar (1 night)
  • Dublin: Clayton Dublin Airport or similar (1 night)


Room occupancy: 2 adults travelling together
Single or Triple occupancy option: Travellers who prefer to stay in a single occupancy or a triple occupancy room can call us book: 1 866 529-2079. Subject to availability.

 

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Book your Trafalgar Guided Vacation by January 31, 2019 and save 10% on your coach tour

  • Applicable to all 2019 departure dates
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Important notes

2019 Tour Start Dates
April 5, 9*, 19*, 23, 30
May 3*, 10, 14*, 17, 21, 24*, 28, 31*
June 4, 7*, 11*, 14, 18, 21*, 25, 28*
July 2, 5*, 9*, 12, 16, 19*, 23, 30*
August 2, 13*, 16, 23, 27*, 30
September 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20*, 24*, 27*
October  4*, 11*
*Non-definite departure dates

Departure Dates:

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your departure flight to arrive on or before the Tour Start Date.

Airport transfers:
On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Pre-paid gratuities option:
For an additional $121CAD per person, travelers can pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver. Call us at 1 866 529-2079 to add this option to your reservation.

Optional Experiences:
Prices listed in the itinerary are valid as of November 1, 2018 and are subject to change without notice.