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Irish Highlights 2021

Irish Highlights 2021


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

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

Day 1 - 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. After a leisurely morning, meet 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 travellers for a Welcome Reception.
Accommodation: Ballsbridge/Maldron Parnell Square
Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2 - 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 next, during a visit to Bunratty Castle and its Folk Park, a living history museum that reveals insights into life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries. Be sure to drop into Mac's for a pint and meet the Bean an Tí, in one of the thatched cottages, and try to spot a fairy. Continue on to Limerick, for an orientation tour to view the 13th-century King John's Castle overlooking the Shannon.
Accommodation: Greenhills/Castle Oaks
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (2 Nights)
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.
Accommodation: International/Innisfallen
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Ring of Kerry Excursion
Circle the spectacular Ring of Kerry - its emerald green hills, centuries-old stone villages and vivid blue seascapes provide a soul-stirring backdrop for our leisurely drive around a beautiful coastline that has inspired writers and poets for centuries. We'll see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the coastal village of Waterville, Moll's Gap and the Black Valley, renowned for being the last place in Ireland without electricity and telephone networks.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - 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.
Accommodation: Fitzwilton
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 6 - Waterford – New Ross – Co. Wicklow – Dublin
'Dive Into Culture' and witness the centuries-old tradition of crafting fine glass at the House of Waterford Crystal. Here we will 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 travelled to his ancestral family hometown in 1963. We'll visit the three-masted famine ship Dunbrody and 'Dive Into Culture' yet again, gaining insights 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, where we'll 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' dinner and meet the Fulvio family.
Accommodation: Clayton Dublin Airport
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 7 - Depart Dublin
For now, it's time to say a fond slán abhaile to your fellow travellers as you close the curtain on an unforgettable journey through the Emerald Isle. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Sightseeing Highlights

  • 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 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

Dining Highlights

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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)
  • Ferry across the Shannon Estuary
  • 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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Question: Are children allowed on this tour?

Yes, children as young as five are allowed on this tour.

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
3.7
Itinerary
4.2
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.1

Ratings based off 41 reviews - currently showing 17 reviews with comments only

Our Trafalgar Dublin Trip was everything we expected. Jill McDonnell made it very pleasant and informative. She was Friendly, Professional and always willing to do whatever was needed for the comfort of our group. Our Driver John was also excellent. I would not schedule a dinner in a castle the frist night since people are tired and perhaps jet lagged and not inclined to go out the first night. Just a suggestion. There were 11 in our family group and we all had a great experience.

Rooms were for the most part just ok. One hotel which we were switched to at the last minute was poor. Food was mediocre at best. Optional excursions offered were generally ok. Overall did see a lot of Ireland but too much time on the bus, group was too large to really get to know anyone, and our tour guide Allie was very good but at times gave us too much information.

This trip was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it.

We traveled with Trafalgar, it was a professional well run tour. My only complaint is that they mentioned places we didn't actually stop and see. Upon looking back at the trip description we then noticed the language they used gave us the impression that we were going to see things, but the wording (upon closer inspection) seemed to indicate otherwise. Be sure to look VERY CAREFULLY at the list at the bottom of the trip description that specifically shows were you will actually be stopping and what tickets are included in the price. Words like "views of" specific sites means you drive by them, you don't stop and see them. Overall a great trip and we wouldn't let a little miscommunication keep us from using Trafalgar again.

The Irish Highlights Trafalgar Tour was very enjoyable...the tour director was very personable and knowledgeable, and had a great sense of humor. Ireland itself was still beautiful and extremely lush and green, even though it was winter time. I enjoyed the included highlights and the optional excursions, even though any future travelers on this tour during the winter months should definitely be aware that many tourist sites are closed, and that the week after Christmas is an almost unofficial week of vacation for many Irish citizens, so the optional excursions will be extremely limited and few in number. Waterford Glass Factory was not open, The Cliffs of Moher were extremely windy (so much so that it was surprising that it was even open and tourists allowed to go up on the promontory), and Blarney Castle's steps were wet and extremely slippery...and the day we were there it rained the duration of the time there.

Irish Highlights was a good trip. However, last minute hotel accommodations being changed to different (less central) locations was an issue. There was a great start to the trip, with the end of it having a lot less things to do and to see. It was like they lost steam towards the end of the trip when it came to sightseeing and excursions.

It was a perfect vacation. Everything went smoothly. Terrific job by Trafalgar.

This was a fun trip! Our tour director and driver were awesome. Some of the hotels were much older and therefore subpar. Luckily, the stays in those hotels were only 1 night each. It would have been more helpful to us to know the optional excursions and how much they would be ahead of the trip. Also we would have liked to know the timing of the itinerary before the trip. Overall though, we got to see and do a lot in a short amount of time. We enjoyed the 'hidden treasures' and the treats along the way.

One optional trip at Waterford did not specify that it was a WALKING trip. If I knew I did not sign up this trip. Hotels we stayed were OK.

Everything that was stated came true but it was even better then what I expected.

I had an incorrect expectation of this tour. I expected to actually stop and see all the attractions mentioned in the description, but some of them were merely pointed out as we drove by at 30 miles per hour and those we stopped at were just quick visits (maximum 1.5 hours). This is a quick tour of the southern Ireland points of interest.

The tour was too structured for my taste. We felt that we were working rather than on vacation. While the tour tried to cover as much Irish ground as possible, we would have been content with less mileage and more intensive coverage of monuments, museums, churches, etc. By the way, many of our co-travelers felt the extensive traveling was the way to go. Perhaps we have simply "aged"out of this type of structured tour (76 and 64). The other vacations that we have participated in are less stressful to us but again this is a personal preference. Lastly, and nothing to do with the tour, our experience with our airline was rather negative and sure to color any consideration of future trips requiring flight.

Most of the hotel rooms on this trip were in busy locations and windows could not be left open because of noise at all hours of the evening. And with no air conditioning, the rooms were warm with the windows closed.

Loved the experience and knowledge of our tour director!!

The tour guide for Irish Highlights was absolutley great. The Irish people were so very friendly and the scenery was breath taking. Also, the bus driver negotiated those very narrow irish roadways with unbelievable skill. My thanks to Trafalger Tours Company.

thank you It was my first tour and it was the best experence wonderful tour guide and driver where the best. I felt comfortable and safe at all times. Cannot wait to book my next tour. London, France and Italy.


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