Best of Ireland Summer 2020

Best of Ireland Summer 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

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

Day 1 - 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 centre stage this evening as we visit Glasnevin Trust for an informative and poignant tour with a 'Local Specialist'. Our visit will 'Make A Difference' to its efforts to preserve Irish history and we'll hear stories about some of the country's bravest characters and enjoy a Welcome Reception with our fellow travellers and Travel Director.
Accommodation: Maldron Parnell Square/Clayton Ballsbridge
Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2 - Dublin – Co. Wicklow – New Ross – Waterford
Journey through the scenic countryside of County Wicklow, The Garden of Ireland, and on to New Ross - the ancestral home town 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 and witness talented master craftsmen at work.
Accommodation: Fitzwilton/Dooley's
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 3 - Waterford – Youghal – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights)
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 two-night stay.
Accommodation: Killarney Towers/Hotel Killarney
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 4 - Ring of Kerry Excursion
Ireland's soul-stirring 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 scenic routes 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.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Killarney – Adare – Bunratty – Limerick
We continue through the windswept countryside, arriving in Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. On arrival in Limerick, where we'll enjoy views of St. Mary's Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and the 13th-century King John's Castle during an orientation tour. Delve into an Ireland of old, as you discover the day-to-day life of the Irish during the 18th and 19th centuries on your included visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park this afternoon.
Accommodation: Maldron/Greenhills
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (2 Nights)
We journey to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, which plunge over 200 metres into the Atlantic waters below. Gain insights into the history of these imposing sheer cliffs during a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Later, we arrive in Galway with some time at leisure to see its beautiful stone Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square.
Accommodation: Connacht
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Connemara Excursion
Connemara's 'savage beauty' is yours to explore today as we tread in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde who described its "wild and 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.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 8 - 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 16th-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.
Accommodation: Clayton
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 9 - Sligo – Dublin
Our journey continues south to Dublin. Here we'll enjoy some free time to take a walk down Grafton Street or stroll along the Liffey. This evening, we close the chapter on an epic journey through Ireland, joining our fellow travellers for a memorable Farewell Dinner.
Accommodation: Clayton Dublin Airport
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 10 - Depart Dublin
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.
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick and Galway
  • 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, Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
  • VIEW St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin and King John's Castle in Limerick
  • SEE Galway Cathedral and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick
  • SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 5 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Questions & Answers

Question: what is the difference between view and visit?

Visit - The coach will stop and you will visit a specific site. The entrance fee is included in the guided vacation. View - A brief stop and view a site from the outside. This is a great opportunity for you to take photos. See - The coach will drive by the site so that you can see it. Sightseeing tour - A Local Guide or Expert will accompany you on a tour of the town, city or site. Orientation tour - Places of interest will be identified, allowing you to then explore independently. 'Why not see' or 'perhaps enjoy' - These phrases refer to Optional Excursions not included in the guided vacation package, but are available from your Travel Director at a competitive and affordable price. Time to explore and discover – You will have free time on your own for independent sightseeing and discovering the city or town on your own. A day to relax – There are no planned activities, giving you time for Optional Excursions, independent sightseeing or simply relaxing and taking in the destination

Question: Is flight included?

Prices on our site do not include flights. Please give us a call to receive discounted pricing for your package. Thanks!

Question: When do you schedule the 2019 trips? When is the best time of year for travel regarding the weather?

The 2019 preview dates confirm in late September when Trafalgar releases their brochure catalog. In regards to weather, Ireland is a unique country in that it has something to offer during all seasons. If winter festivities interest you then travel in December, however if you wish for a nice cool spring breeze then May is recommended.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Ratings based off 27 reviews . Currently showing 11 reviews with comments only.
By Johnna K on May 28, 2019

Sally and Kieran, our Ireland tour guide and bus driver were wonderful!!!

By Susan S on Apr 30, 2019

Best of Ireland was another great trip with Trafalgar.

By Madeline R on Aug 17, 2018

Everything was perfect, the tour guide Charles was wonderful and very knowledgeable. The people on the tour bus were friendly. I had an amazing trip and memories to treasure for a lifetime.

By isabelle r on Aug 14, 2018

The tour was very interesting and everything went smoothly even if some of the hotels were not really 4 star-hotels like the one in Limerick. Thank you. Best Regards.

By Robert A on Aug 03, 2018

Hotels, except the last two, were a disappointment. As a USA citizen, we expected air and universally clean and up to date rooms.

By Norma P on Jul 03, 2018

The trip was what I expected my only complaint was the bathroom in Limerick and Galway hotels had mieldew.

By Vaughn M on Jul 03, 2018

The tour was everything I expected. The tour guide was superb and the bus driver was amazing. If someone wants to experience Ireland This trip will do it. But it is a busy trip. A first-time visitor to Ireland and seeking to get a feel for the whole country, this trip will do it.

By Derek B on May 22, 2018

Best tour director( Allie)we have experienced she was funny knowledgeable and highly organized.

By George M on Apr 06, 2018

The trip was great. Peter our tour director was knowledgeable, helpful, and always available to us. The excursions were really good into areas we wouldn't have done on our own. The "be our guest" experience was a tea in an 18th century manor with the owners of the manor and was amazing with freshly baked scones and clotted cream! I would recommend this tour to everyone.

By Stephen H on May 09, 2015

It was a wonderful trip to Ireland. We had a great time with wonderful people.

By Christine R on Jun 10, 2011

My trip to Ireland was all I expected and MORE! Beautiful country, kind/polite people, clean and indeed the Emerald Isle! It was a dream come true. The tour was excellent!


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