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Best of Ireland - Trafalgar Guided Vacation



Hotel description:

11 days | 9 nights

Ravishingly beautiful and enchanting to explore, you’ll soon learn why the Irish say if you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough. Visit the Connemara region, an unspoilt region of Western Ireland featured in John Wayne’s ‘The Quiet Man’. See the stronghold of the O’Donnell Clan and beautiful Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages.

When travelling with Trafalgar, you will receive the perks of Insider Experiences, Sightseeing, First Class Highlights:

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest: Enjoy a traditional High Tea hosted in the Drawing Room of a stately 16th century home near the charming town of Westport
  • Cultural Insight: 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, and learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour
  • Local Specialist: For included sightseeing in Dublin
  • Hidden Treasure: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Experiences

  • City tour in Dublin
  • Orientation of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Galway and Donegal
  • Visit the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, Famine Ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', Adare, Bunratty folk park, Cliffs of Moher, the rugged Burren, mystical Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, the Marian Shrine at Knock and County Donegal
  • View St. Patrick's Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick and Donegal Castle
  • See the Cathedral of Galway
  • Scenic drives along the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula

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

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Dublin
  • 9 nights of accommodation
  • Transportation by Luxury air-conditioned Coaches
  • Porterage (1 piece of luggage per passenger)
  • 15 meals (9 full breakfasts, 1 cream tea (Be My Guest) & 5 dinners)
  • $50 CAD credit voucher for an Optional Experience as described in the itinerary below (1 voucher per person)
  • English-speaking travel director


Day 1    Depart Canada 
Fly to Dublin.

Day 2   Arrive 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 center 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 travelers 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 home town of John F. Kennedy. Gain a Cultural Insight into the plight of the starving Irish emigrants who boarded the Dunbrody Famine Ship to flee the potato famine before arriving in Waterford, where we’ll stay overnight. This afternoon, we celebrate the centuries-old craft of flint glass creations during a Cultural Insight tour at the House of Waterford Crystal where we’ll see talented master craftsmen at work.

Meal(s): Full breakfast and dinner

Day 4   Waterford - Youghal - Blarney - Co.  Kerry
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 Co. Kerry for a 2-night stay.

Meal(s): Full breakfast and dinner

Day 5    Ring of Kerry Excursion
Ireland’s breathtaking Ring of Kerry takes center 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

Day 6  Co.  Kerry – 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

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

Day 8  Connemara Excursion and High Tea at Westport House
Connemara’s ‘savage beauty’ is yours to explore today as we tread in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde who described its “wild mountainous splendor”  as magnificent. Admire the views on this 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. Our journey takes us to Westport House where we’ll indulge in a memorable Be My Guest afternoon tea with tales of the Pirate Queen, and enjoy Banoffee and Baileys flavors in the Old Kitchens of this stately 16th century home. 

Meal(s): Full breakfast, Be My Guest afternoon tea, and dinner

Day 9 Galway - Knock - Donegal - Sligo
Heading north, we stop in the pilgrimage town of Knock to view the Marian Shrine where villagers witnessed an Apparition of Our Lady in 1878. We continue to Drumcliff to see the final resting place of the beloved Irish poet W.B Yeats set against the backdrop of the Benbulben Mountains – his simple headstone inscribed with a self-penned epitaph. Our next stop is in Donegal to view the castle which was once the stronghold of the O’Donnell Clan. We arrive in Sligo this evening, our home for the night.

Meal(s): Full breakfast

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 colorful 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 travelers for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

Meal(s): Full breakfast and Farewell Dinner

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

Meal(s): Full breakfast


Additional fees might apply

Solo Traveller in Twin-Share Room

Solo travellers will share a room with another person from the group. Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the trip.

The locations and corresponding hotels are as follows:

  • Dublin: Ballsbridge
  • Waterford: Dooley’s/Fitzwilton
  • Co.  Kerry: Killarney Towers/Manor West Tralee
  • Limerick:  Radisson/Greenhills
  • Galway: Connacht
  • Sligo: Clayton

Bed sizes: 2 twin beds
Room occupancy: Up to 2 adults of the same gender

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.

Twin Room

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

The locations and corresponding hotels are as follows:

  • Dublin: Ballsbridge
  • Waterford: Dooley’s/Fitzwilton
  • Co.  Kerry: Killarney Towers/Manor West Tralee
  • Limerick:  Radisson/Greenhills
  • Galway: Connacht
  • Sligo: Clayton

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.

Important notes

2018 Tour Start Dates
April 6, 27
July 3, 17, 24, 31
August 24
September 21 & 28
October 12

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

Pre-paid gratuities option: For an additional $121 CAD 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, 2017 and are subject to change without notice.