Irish Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Tour

7 nights / 8 days
dublin * galway * cliffs of moher * ring of kerry * county wicklow


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Share a pint and some Irish ‟craic” with new friends and you’ll wish you’d stayed on the Emerald Isle. From cathedrals and castles to Waterford crystal, there’s a lot to say sláinte about.

Sample 2020 Prices from various gateways*:
$2202 (txs incl)/pp (Comfort)/from Toronto
$2396 (txs incl)/pp (Comfort)/from St. John's
$2375 (txs incl)/pp (Comfort)/from Halifax
$2465 (txs incl)/pp (Comfort) from Vancouver
*Prices are in CAD funds, per person, based on double occupancy with round-trip flight in Economy Class
Prices are always subject to change, please request an updated quote price

DAILY ITINERARY

Day 1: Depart Canada

Fly to Dublin.

Day 2: Welcome to 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

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 colourful 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. Continue on to Limerick, for an orientation tour to view the 13th-century King John's Castle overlooking the Shannon.
Meal(s) : Full breakfast

Optional Activities ($):

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
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.

Medieval Castle Banquet (73 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.

Day 4: Limerick - Cliffs of Moher - Killarney

We leave Limerick and stop at the spectacular Cliffs of Moher to visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. After a scenic drive, we take a short ferry journey across the Shannon estuary. Our home for the next two nights is the colourful little town of Killarney.
Meal(s) : Full breakfast

Optional Activities ($):

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: 

Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride (22 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.


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.
Meal(s) : Full breakfast

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.

Day 6: Killarney - Blarney - Youghal - Waterford

Cross the rugged Kerry Mountains and travel to Blarney Castle to kiss the stone and acquire 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.
Meal(s) : Full breakfast and 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.

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 Ballyknocken Farmhouse for a Farewell Be My Guest dinner with the charming Fulvio family.
Meal(s) : Full breakfast and Be My Guest farewell dinner

Optional Activities ($):

  • Explore Waterford's 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 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

Trafalgar Trip Highlights

  • Connect with Locals: Traditional Irish fare with an Italian twist is served up at Ballyknocken Farmhouse near Dublin with the charming Fulvio family on hand to share their story. (Day 7)
  • 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. Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour. (Day 7)
  • Local Specialist: For included sightseeing in Dublin.

Iconic Sightseeing Highlights

  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a Local Specialist in Dublin.
  • ORIENTATION of Galway, Limerick and Waterford.
  • VISIT Bunratty Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle 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 and King John’s Castle in Limerick.
  • SEE the Cathedral of Galway and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick
  • 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

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

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland: BALLSBRIDGE HOTEL (or similar)
Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland: 
CASTLE OAK/GREENHILLS (or similar)
Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland: 
INTERNATIONAL (or similar)
Metropolitan District of Waterford, IE: 
HOTEL FITZWILTON (or similar)
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland: 
CLAYTON DUBLIN AIRPORT (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 request this configuration and availability will be determined based on your requested travel dates.  

INCLUDED WITH YOUR PACKAGE COST

    • Round-trip flights to Dublin from your home airport
    • 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 dinner)
    • $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

NOT INCLUDED

  • Meals other than those detailed
  • Baggage handling/porterage
  • Gratuities
  • Optional tours
  • Fees for visa if required

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