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A roundtrip from Dublin featuring all the Ireland highlights including Waterford crystal, your newfound 'gift of the gab' at Blarney Castle and the irresistible Ring of Kerry. You’ll also learn about the devastating Irish famine and peer over the edge at the Cliffs of Moher.
Welcome to the Emerald IsleTread 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 travelers for a Welcome Dinner.Accommodation: Clayton Cardiff Lane, Clayton Ballsbridge
Onwards to Galway and LimerickWe 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 stone 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. Continue to Limerick, for an orientation tour and view the 13th-century King John's Castle overlooking the Shannon.Accommodation: Greenhills, The Inn at Dromoland
Experience the Iconic Cliffs of Moher and on to KillarneyWe leave Limerick and stop at the spectacular Cliffs of Moher on the famous ‘Wild Atlantic Way'. You’ll feel like you’ve gone back to an ancient time as you gaze across the water, all the way to the Aran Islands if the weather is good. Visit the interactive visitor center where this incredible UNESCO-listed natural phenomenon comes to life in a way you would not get to see with your own eyes. Go beneath the surface to see how the sediment has stacked up over 300 million years to create this towering backdrop. Inspired by the irresistible beauty of this special place, you’ll continue to your hotel in Killarney with a scenic drive to the ferry departure point and journey across the Shannon Estuary. Our home for the next two nights is the colorful little town of Killarney.Accommodation: International, Hotel Killarney
A Scenic Day on the Ring of KerryCircle 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 to get electricity and telephone networks.Accommodation: International, Hotel Killarney
Explore Blarney and Journey to WaterfordCross the rugged Kerry Mountains and travel to Blarney Castle to kiss the stone and acquire the 'gift of the gab'. Continue to Waterford, where we will have dinner at our hotel.Accommodation: Fitzwilton
Meals: Breakfast Dinner
Through County Wicklow’s Countryside to Dublin Dive Into Culture Connect with LocalsDive 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 traveled 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 Glenealy Farmhouse. We'll Connect With Locals over a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner and meet the Fulvio family.Accommodation: The Samuel, Clayton Cardiff Lane
Meals: Breakfast Dinner
Farewell IrelandFor 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'.
- 3 Dinner (D)
- 6 Breakfast (B)
Be My Guest
- Wicklow: Traditional Irish fare with an Italian twist is served up at Glenealy House near Dublin with the charming Fulvio family on hand to share their story.
Dive Into Culture
- Waterford: Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.
- New Ross: Explore the tragic history of Ireland's famine emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, a replica of one of the original ships used in the 1800s.
- Dublin: A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.
- Bunratty: Visit the impeccably-preserved Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.
- Galway: Explore the historic heart of Galway. See landmarks such as the Spanish Arch and the cathedral, or perhaps admire the distinctive Claddagh rings.
- Limerick: See Limerick's iconic landmarks during an orientation with your Travel Director.
- Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Center and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
- Ring of Kerry: Admire Ireland's enduring scenic beauty on one of the most beautiful drives in the world.
- Blarney: It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ramparts! Visit Blarney Castle and see the famous Stone of Eloquence.
- New Ross: Visit the port town of New Ross. On the quayside, perhaps see the Dunbrody replica famine ship and statue of John F. Kennedy.
- : Explore Dublin with a Local Specialist
- : Discover 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 Cruise across the Shannon Estuary
- : Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry
- : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
- : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
- : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
- : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- : Ferry across the Shannon estuary
- : Optional Experiences and free time
- : On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.
- An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Ferry across the Shannon estuary
- Optional Experiences and free time
- On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.
Health and Safety Protocols for Trafalgar Tours
Trafalgar has introduced these enhanced hygiene protocols – for you and team members.
You can travel with Trafalgar and be assured that their team has put numerous new measures in place to elevate their hygiene standards and protocols. The well-being of guests and team has always been, and always will be, their primary concern.
In this new, fast changing Covid-19 era, Trafalgar is doing all they can to adapt to new requirements and expectations. Here are some important new steps and procedures that they have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you the peace of mind when you are traveling during these new times.Expertly Trained Travel Directors
Travel Director training equips them with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing procedures. During your trip, they will operate with a duty of care and monitor the hygiene etiquette of the guests, reacting and advising as needed, to ensure high standards are maintained. Before you travel, Trafalgar will also keep you well informed about new protocols required in these areas, and ask that you cooperate with and heed the advice and direction of Travel Directors while on your trip. The Travel Directors have preventative measures in place to try and ensure your well-being and in the event that any unexpected issues arise on trip, they will activate additional protocols.Stringent On-the-Road Protocols
The customized luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your trip and have always been kept to very high standards. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Trafalgar have taken additional measures to elevate hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations. The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis. All the guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitising when required. Hand sanitiser is freely available on board for your use throughout the day. Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitiser to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.A Full Team of Support 24/7
It’s not just your Travel Director and Driver who will be taking care of you. Behind the scenes, the operations and guest support teams are in contact with them and on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.Physical Distancing
Adapting to the right size groups, based on government distancing requirements, you can rest assured that you will travel with the comfort of your own personal space. Have peace of mind that all of the experiences, hotels and restaurants you’ll enjoy on your trip have been vetted to ensure they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.Trusted Partners, Exceptional Standards
Trafalgar is very selective in who they work with and choose to only use hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that take the well-being of the guests as seriously as Trafalgar does and agrees to meet expected guidelines and specifications. Trafalgar only works with establishments that they are confident will consistently adhere to their high standards.Always in the Know
As part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) , Trafalgar is kept up to date with all government advisories and travel alerts on a daily basis and is continually in touch with all of the partners on the ground in each destination. Also, rest assured that during your trip, the teams work to ensure the supplier partners (hotels, restaurants, museums and other venues) are also applying the same standard to these new hygiene and distancing protocols, to the extent possible.
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We enjoyed our Irish Highlights tour. A the experiences and optional activities were so much fun. We met a lot of wonderful people.
This was my third trip booking through Affordable tours and Trafalgar. I cannot stress enough the level of professionalism, integrity, and value! I will absolutely be booking again in the future. Thank you for making my dream vacations come true!
Peter Flood was great!
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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