Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type: Ireland and Scotland Tours 2024 v1

This grand Ireland castle trip is fit for royalty, including lavish stays in the homes of Irish nobility. You'll travel to Kildare and learn all about the racehorses of Ireland, visit the Ring of Kerry and watch how delicate crystal is carved in Connemara.

Dining Summary
  • 4 Dinner (D)
  • 7 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Lunch (L)
Be My Guest
  • Westport: Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest High Tea hosted in the Drawing Room of a stately 18th-century home near the charming town of Westport.
Dive Into Culture
  • Connemara: Visit the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory and witness master craftsmen bring these intricate crystal designs to life.
  • Kildare: Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm.
Iconic Experience
  • Dublin: A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.
  • Galway: Explore the historic heart of Galway. See landmarks such as the Spanish Arch and the cathedral, or perhaps admire the distinctive Claddagh rings.
  • Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden: Visit the turreted Neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey. This monastery was founded in 1920 for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I.
  • Lahinch: Help preserve the Cliffs of Moher for generations to come and learn about its extraordinary geology, history and the species that find sanctuary in its nooks and crannies.
  • Ring of Kerry: Admire Ireland's enduring scenic beauty on one of the most beautiful drives in the world.
  • Torc Waterfall: Visit the Torc Waterfall with a Local Specialist.
  • Cashel: View the ruins of the Rock of Cashel with a Local Specialist.
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER
  • Clifden: Oscar Wilde described Connemara as 'wild mountainous country. . . in every way magnificent.' Experience this region for yourself on a visit to DK Connemara Oysters. This family run farm leads the way in sustainability, biodiversity and packaging for farming and advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption & Production. The experience also promotes sustainable food experiences, small scale farmer interactions or responsible consumption.
  • Killarney: Meet John, a seaweed advocate and educator for a seaweed foraging walk at Atlantic Irish Seaweed. On this landscape that has inspired poets, artists and writers, stroll along the shore learning about how they work to protect the fragile ecosystem of the wild Atlantic Irish coasts through their educational courses and passion for the local environment. Irish Atlantic Seaweed's environmental policy is to respect, enjoy and protect the natural wonders that surround them, and promote the sustainable use of Ireland's fragile marine ecosystems. This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water.
Must-see Highlights
  • : Explore Dublin, Killarney National Park and Cashel with a Local Specialist
  • : Discover Killarney and Galway
  • : Visit Kylemore Abbey, Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory, Cliffs of Moher, Rock of Cashel and the Irish National Stud
  • : View Torc Waterfall
  • : See Dublin's Georgian Squares and Galway Cathedral
  • : Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry and through Connemara
Trafalgar Difference
  • Cong: Overnight on the shores of Lough Corrib in the elegant country quarters of the Lodge at Ashford Castle.
  • Clifden: Romance and royalty are guaranteed on your overnight stay at historic Abbeyglen, along the famous Sky Road overlooking Clifden Bay and the spectacular Twelve Bens.
  • Killarney: Built over 160 years ago, the Great Southern hotel's prime central location next to the train station and marvelous Victorian features have ensured enduring popularity.
Whats Included
  • : 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.
Whats Included
  • 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.

Call 800-816-6046 for more information or to book today! Mention code 18075949

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer
Offer valid through 6/30/2024
Duration
8 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1DublinWelcome to Dublin: Set your watch to the lively pace of Ireland's capital city - the springboard for your in-depth journey through the lush landscapes and enduring allure of Ireland. Our exploration of Dublin with a Local Specialist will see us view St. Patrick's Cathedral and Georgian Squares. Spend some time at leisure exploring Dublin's pretty streets before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner celebrating traditional Irish flavors.
Clayton Ballsbridge, Radisson Blu St Helens Dublin
Day 2CongJourney to Galway and on to Ashford Castle Stays With Stories: Our first stop today is Europe's 'City of the Tribes', where you will have an opportunity to see Galway Cathedral and stroll through Eyre Square. We overnight at one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories on the shores of Lough Corrib. Feel like lords and ladies as you relax in the elegant country quarters of The Lodge at Ashford Castle, celebrating the heritage and hospitality of Ireland.
The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Day 3ConnemaraAdmire the Elegant Westport House and Abbeyglen Castle Connect with Locals Stays With Stories: Leaving the elegant estate of Ashford Castle behind, our journey takes us to Westport House where we'll Connect With Locals and indulge in a memorable Be My Guest experience with tales of the Pirate Queen, and enjoy Banoffee and Baileys flavors in the Drawing Room of this stately 18th-century home. Our home for the next two nights is one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories - the spectacular Abbeyglen Castle.
Abbeyglen Castle
Day 4ConnemaraA Day Exploring Stunning Connemara: Drive through the 'savage beauty' of Connemara, as described by Oscar Wilde who was inspired by the region's craggy mountains, shimmering lakes and endless shades of green. We visit Kylemore Abbey, a magnificent castellated structure built as a family home and now inhabited by a group of Benedictine nuns. Stop for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience at an oyster farm. Venture into the secret nooks and crannies of its extensive walled Victorian garden before returning to your castle accommodation for a delicious dinner.
Abbeyglen Castle
Day 5KillarneyOnwards to the Cliffs of Moher and Killarney Dive Into Culture Make Travel Matter Stays With Stories: This morning, visit the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory, where you'll Dive Into Culture and witness first-hand how their famous crystal designs are made. Picture yourself living in 1520 alongside the Dunguaire Castle when we later pass through the charming seaport village of Kinvara. Next up is an experience you'll remember for years to come as you watch the UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher plunge dramatically into the Atlantic waters below. Beyond the endless views you'll have an opportunity to visit the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience which really brings this natural phenomenon to life in an interactive way, leaving you with a deep understanding of this special place. Our home tonight is one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories - Great Southern, a Victorian-styled hotel built over 160 years ago as Ireland's first purpose-built hotel. The hotel's Victorian architecture ends the day still dreaming of life many years ago.
Great Southern
Day 6Ring of KerryA Day on the Ring of Kerry: Enjoy a slow start to your morning, joining a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk at Torc Waterfall, strolling over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. We embark on an epic drive next, exploring the enduring beauty of the Ring of Kerry whose enchanting coastal landscapes have inspired writers and poets for centuries.
Great Southern
Day 7DublinDiscover Cashel and Return to Dublin Dive Into Culture: Discover the legacy of St. Patrick when you visit the imposing Rock of Cashel, once the traditional seat of the kings of Munster. View its ecclesiastical ruins with a Local Specialist then traverse scenic landscapes to Kildare. Here you'll Dive Into Culture and learn about Ireland's thoroughbred industry at the Irish National Stud. You'll have a rare opportunity to see the foaling unit, museum and of course the magnificent stallions that continue to make racing history. Later today, return to the Irish capital where you'll inject a bit of the craic into your Farewell Dinner with new friends.
Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin Airport
Day 8Journey HomeJourney Home: We say a fond farewell to our newfound friends and Dublin today. You will be transferred to the airport, where your journey through the 'Emerald Isle' comes to an end. Transfers are available. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.
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05/11/2024$3,925.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
05/25/2024$3,925.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
06/08/2024$3,950.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
06/22/2024$3,950.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
07/06/2024$3,950.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
07/20/2024$3,950.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
08/03/2024$3,950.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
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08/31/2024$3,950.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
09/14/2024$3,950.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
09/28/2024$3,775.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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