Irish Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Share a pint and some Irish 'craic' with new friends and you'll wish you'd stayed longer – your journey from Dublin through Ireland's lush counties and charming towns gives a taste of what you will enjoy on the Emerald Isle. From cathedrals and castles to exquisite Waterford crystal, stately city squares and scenic coastal drives, there's a lot to say sláinte about.

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

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest: Traditional Irish fare with an Italian twist is served up at Glenealy Farmhouse near Dublin with the charming Fulvio family on hand to share their story
  • 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 Galway, Limerick and Waterford
  • Visit Bunratty Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', the Crystal Showroom at Waterford and the famine ship in New Ross
  • 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


First Class Highlights

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • 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
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Ferry across the Shannon Estuary

 

Location:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland, Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, Metropolitan District of Waterford, IE

8  Days | 6  nights
Call to book: 1-866-529-2079
Travelling as a group of 10 or more?  Request a group quote.

INCLUSIONS

  • Round-trip flights to Dublin (if flight and tour package option is chosen)
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned coaches
  • Porterage (1 piece of luggage per passenger)
  • 9 meals (6 full breakfasts and 3 dinners, including a Be My Guest dining experience)
  • $50 CAD credit voucher for an Optional Experience as described in the itinerary below (1 voucher per person)
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • English-speaking travel director
  • Audio headsets for flexible sight-seeing

ITINERARY

Day 1

Depart Canada

Fly to Dublin.

Accommodation:
(1 night)
Irish Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 2

Arrive Dublin - Afternoon Sightseeing

Tread in the footsteps of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde, through the lyrical streets of Dublin – your launch pad to a memorable encounter with Ireland's iconic highlights. This morning is yours to soak up the charming atmosphere of the quirky capital, before meeting a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour with views of Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares. Indulge in a little Irish craic this evening, joining your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a traditional Irish pub experience that will kick-start your vacation in style.

Meal(s) : Welcome Reception
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Irish Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 3

Dublin - Galway - Bunratty - Limerick

We journey to Galway, the City of Tribes, where we'll see its stone cathedral on the banks of the Corrib and spend some free time exploring its colorful façades. Irish traditions and heritage are explored during a fascinating visit to Bunratty Castle and its Folk Park, a living museum that reveals insights into life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries. Be sure to drop into Mac's for a pint, meet the Bean an Tí and see if you can spot a fairy. Then travel to Limerick, our home for the night. View the 13th century King John's Castle overlooking the Shannon, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Treaty Stone during your orientation, spending the rest of the evening at leisure enjoying the world-renowned hospitality of the Irish.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: Medieval Castle Banquet (69 EUR): Enjoy a banquet and medieval entertainment in the great hall of the castle. The court jester will make an appearance, as will the castle's musicians and the ladies and gentlemen of the medieval court – giving you an evening you won't forget.
Meal(s) : Full breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Irish Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 4

Limerick - Cliffs of Moher - Killarney (2 Nights)

The spectacular sheer Cliffs of Moher are our first stop where we will learn about their history during a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. After a picturesque coastal drive through the villages of Lahinch and Kilrush, we take the ferry across the Shannon estuary. Our home for the next two nights is the colorful little town of Killarney.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
  • Irish Ceilidh Evening (65 EUR): The Irish Ceilidh epitomises how music and dance were enjoyed in rural Ireland, especially on festive occasions. The craic - welcoming, jolly, fun and informal - is accompanied with plenty of food and drink. There's no more enjoyable way to understand Irish culture.
  • 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.
  • Celtic Steps (36 EUR): Enjoy a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians and showcasing the music of Kerry and beyond.
  • Meal(s) : Full breakfast
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Irish Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    Day 5

    Ring of Kerry Excursion

    Circle the spectacular Ring of Kerry - its emerald green hills, centuries-old stone villages and vivid blue seascapes provide a breathtaking backdrop for our leisurely drive around this beautiful coastline that has inspired writers and poets for centuries. We'll see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, Molls Gap and the Black Valley, renowned for being the last place in Ireland without electricity and telephone networks.

    Optional Activities ($):
    OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: Visit Muckross House and its Gardens (21 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.
    Meal(s) : Full breakfast
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Irish Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    Day 6

    Killarney - Blarney - Youghal - Waterford

    Cross the rugged Kerry Mountains and travel to the colorful market town of Macroom this morning - its origins as a meeting place for the Druids of Munster hark back to the 6th century. Travel on to Blarney Castle and kiss the stone that bears its name in pursuit of acquiring the 'gift of the gab'. En route to Waterford, we stop in the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh. This evening we dine in our hotel.

    Optional Activities ($):
    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".
  • Meal(s) : Full breakfast and Dinner
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Irish Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    Day 7

    Waterford - New Ross - Co. Wicklow - Dublin

    Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the centuries-old tradition of crafting fine glass at the House of Waterford Crystal where we'll watch the talented master craftsmen in their workshop creating exquisite pieces. Our next stop is in the town of New Ross where we'll see the monument to John F. Kennedy who traveled to his ancestral family hometown in 1963. We'll visit the three-masted famine ship Dunbrody and gain a Cultural Insight into the tragic plight of the Irish emigrants who fled the potato famine during the 1800s. Continuing through County Wexford and the lush countryside of County Wicklow, we journey to Dublin stopping en route at Glenealy Farmhouse for a Farewell Be My Guest dinner with the charming Fulvio family.

    Meal(s) : Full breakfast and Be My Guest dinner
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Irish Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    Day 8

    Dublin - Return to Canada

    For now, it's time to say a fond slán abhaile to your fellow travelers as you close the curtain on an unforgettable journey through the Emerald Isle. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s) : Full breakfast
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Irish Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    WHERE YOU'LL STAY

    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.

    LOCATION
    HOTEL
    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
    Ballsbridge Hotel(or similar)
    Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland
    Castle Oak/Greenhills(or similar)
    Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland
    International/Manor West(or similar)
    Metropolitan District of Waterford, IE
    Hotel Fitzwilton/Marina(or similar)
    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
    Clayton(or similar)
    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
    Ballsbridge Hotel(or similar)
    Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland
    Castle Oak/Greenhills(or similar)
    Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland
    International/Manor West(or similar)
    Metropolitan District of Waterford, IE
    Hotel Fitzwilton/Marina(or similar)
    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
    Clayton(or similar)

    Room Specifications

    Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.
    Room occupancy: 2 adults travelling together or up to 2 adults of the same gender.
    Single or Triple occupancy option: Solo travellers will share a room with another person from the group. 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 INFO

    DEPARTURE DATES

    October 20, 2019    

    2020 departure dates:      

    April 5*, 12*, 19*, 26*                                                 
    May 3*, 10*, 17*, 24*, 31*
    June 7*, 14*, 21*, 28*                                                     
    July 5*, 12*, 19*, 26*                                                       
    August 2*, 9*, 16*, 23*, 30*                            
    September 6*, 13*, 20*, 27*                                 
    October 4*, 11*, 18*                                                         

    *Non-definite departure dates

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

    MORE TO KNOW

    For an additional $85CAD 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.

    ACTIVITIES

    Prices listed in the itinerary are valid as of August 21, 2019 and are subject to change without notice.

    TRANSPORTATION

    On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8:30am, 11am, and 1 pm. 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.

    Pricing policies for this hotel

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