Departure Date: 05/04/2020
On this 6 night trip you will get to see the highlights of Ireland. Explore Ireland, from Dublin and back, stopping at Limerick and the scenic Ring of Kerry along the way. Immerse yourself into the local culture, local specialists will take you to see the best of Ireland and so much more...
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.
The Trafalgar difference:
Connect with the 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 6)
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. (Day 6)
Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour. (Day 6)
For included sightseeing in Dublin
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. Hotel - Ballsbridge/Maldron Parnell Square. Included 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 facades. 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. Hotel - Greenhills/Castle Oaks. Included 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. Hotel - International/Innisfallen. Included 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.
Included 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. Hotel - Fitzwilton. Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner.
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. Hotel - Clayton Dublin Airport. Included Meals - Breakfast, Be My Guest.
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. Included Meals - Breakfast.
Airport transfers on first and last travel day. Conditions apply, a 6 night stay in 4/5 Star hotels in the right locations including an extraordinary Stay with Stories, 9 meals including Trafalgar’s exclusive Be My Guest Experience, The icons you couldn’t miss with VIP access, luxury coaches with wifi on-board, services of a professional Travel Director who share hidden gems and local secrets, local specialists who unlock their home cities from their perspective, all hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes and a choice of Optional Experience and Free time included.
6 Nights from R23,800 pps
These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Valid for travel: Selected departures 5 April 2020 to 18 October 2020.
A deposit of R3000 per person is required on booking and the full amount must be paid no later than 60 days for land only guided holidays or 90 days for guided holidays including train or cruise prior to departure from South Africa (whichever comes first). Subject to availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Excludes flights, visas, travel insurance, spending money and items of a personal nature. Subject to availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Packages are subject to availability, seasonal surcharge; high season supplements and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE.