Escorted Groups Details

Irish Fling

Sep 23, 2023 - Oct 3, 2023


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September 23, 2023 • 11 days/10 nights • 2 Countries

/_uploads/images/branch_tours/CatherinePrice.jpgJoin Catherine Price on this small group adventure in Ireland.

It won’t take long to see how the poetically named Emerald Isle got its nickname. As we tour through Ireland, you will be charmed by the savage natural beauty and good-natured locals peppered across the country. Together, we will explore the iconic and the unexpected, Guinness and Grafton Street to Viking legacies. Discovering layer after layer of intriguing Irish history and culture, this small island with a vast and striking countryside is a gem you need to experience. Dramatic coastlines, moving folk music, joyful encounters with strangers. Ireland will stir your soul in ways you could never imagine. Travel with Maritime Travel and Trafalgar and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to Trafalgar’s exclusive highlights.

HIGHLIGHTS:

• Visit Down Cathedral and Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick
• Visit City Hall and Titanic Belfast
• Visit Giant's Causeway
• Visit the Pottery in Belleek, Drumcliff Cemetery and Park's Castle in Kilmore
• Spend time in Louisburgh with a visit to Glen Keen Farm
• Doolin Cruise and Jaunting Car Ride in the Killarney area
• Visit Blarney Castle,
• Visit Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross
• Visit Irish National Stud Farm in Kildare
• Visit Trinity College in Dublin (Subject to availability)


from $4275 pp


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TOUR INCLUSIONS:
• 10 breakfast & 6 dinners
• Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
• Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
• Hotel porterage of 1 bag per person.
• An expert Travel Director and separate Driver.
• Hotel tips, restaurant tips for included meals, and local taxes.
• A group airport transfer on the first and last day of your guided holiday.
• Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted


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Price quoted is per person, based on double occupancy, LAND ONLY. Minimum: 15 passengers. Tax included. Single Supplement + $890. To reserve your spot, a non-refundable deposit of $200 per person is due at time of booking. Final payment is due by July 14, 2023. Airfare is extra and can be quoted at a later date. Travel insurance is highly recommended and will be quoted time of booking. A Passport is required and must be valid at least 6 months past the travel return date.


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Itinerary


DAY 1:
23 SEPTEMBER 2023
Arrival Belfast (2 days)

A Céad Míle Fáilte (100,00 Welcomes) is extended on arrival at Dublin Airport by your driver/guide. We will waste no time starting our adventure as we head north to across into Northern Ireland and Ulster into Saint Patrick’s Country to visit the grave of Ireland’s Patron Saint and the Saint Patrick Centre which tells his story. We continue to Belfast for our two night stay. Tonight, we will enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant
Meal(s):Welcome Dinner with Wine
Hotel(s): Stormont Hotel Belfast or similar

DAY 2: 24 SEPTEMBER 2023
Belfast Sightseeing
After breakfast we will undertake a guided tour of Belfast City Hall. Afterward, we will visit one of Europe’s top visitor attractions, The Titanic Experience. Once you have completed your self guided tour through the centre , our Local Specialist will lead us on a panoramic tour of Belfast, that will include the political murals of the Protestant Shankhill and Catholic Falls Roads. Since the remainder of the day and evening is at leisure, you may wish to check out the Cathedral Quarter of town, home to many great restaurants and lively pubs.
Meal(s):Breakfast

DAY 3: 25 SEPTEMBER 2023
Belfast - Giant's Causeway - Ashford Castle
This morning we take the scenic Causeway Coastal Route through the Glens of Antrim to The Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO heritage site. We continue to Derry, where you will take an interesting and informative guided walking tour of the historic city walls. We continue to our home for the night, the Lodge at Ashford Castle, one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories, where tonight you will dine as lords and ladies at an elegant royal dining experience (gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket).
Meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Hotel(s): The Lodge at Ashford Castle

DAY 4: 26 SEPTEMBER 2023
Ashford Castle - Sligo
After a leisurely breakfast we depart for County Fermanagh to visit Belleek Pottery, where you will see craftsmen at work during your guided tour of the factory. Then we enter the romantic domain of WB Yeats, where we visit his grave and other sites associated with the poet. We will visit Parkes Castle, a former plantation castle of the early 17th century that was once home to Robert Plante and his family. We will board a cruise on Lough Gill to Sligo where there will be free time to enjoy a light lunch, or shop for local handcrafts. Our final stop is in Sligo where spend the night.
Meal(s):Breakfast
Hotel(s): Radisson Blu Hotel Sligo or similar

DAY 5: 27 SEPTEMBER 2023

Sligo - Louisburgh - Galway
This morning we depart for Connemara, one of the most scenic regions in Ireland and an area rich in Irish culture. We will spend time in Louisburgh with a visit to Glen Keen Farm, where we will enjoy a sheep herding demonstration followed by a delectable spread of tea and scones. There will be free time in the town of Louisburgh before departing for Kylemore Abbey, a monastery founded in 1920 for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. The remainder of the day and evening is at leisure in Galway, and we encourage you to venture out and dine as a local. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Meal(s):Breakfast
Hotel(s): Galway Bay Hotel or similar

DAY 6: 28 SEPTEMBER 2023
Galway - Killarney (2 days)
Today we journey south along the Wild Atlantic Way through the lunar landscaped terrain of the Burren. We will embark on a cruise along the Atlantic coastline to view the mighty Cliffs of Moher from below. Then, its on to Limerick City for a panoramic city tour where we will view St. John’s Castle, the Treaty Stone and St Mary’s Cathedral before reaching Killarney. This evening we will dine as a group at local restaurant.
Meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 7: 29 SEPTEMBER 2023
Ring of Kerry
We make an early start this morning as we begin our drive along the scenic Ring of Kerry Road. Our journey will take us to the edge of Ireland passing through quaint towns and villages, including Moll’s Gap, a mountain pass that offers breathtaking views of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains. We visit a Whiskey Distillery where we will enjoy a tour and a tasting while taking in breathtaking views of the Skellig Islands. Tonight, local jarvies will take us on a jaunting car ride through the town of Killarney to Muckross House where we will dine on traditional Irish fayre while being entertained by local musicians.
Meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 8: 30 SEPTEMBER 2023
Killarney - Blarney - Kilkenny
After breakfast, our travels take us east to the village of Blarney, and Blarney Castle, home to the famous ‘stone of eloquence.’ Our next stop is New Ross where you will follow in the footsteps of a group of famine emigrants as we board the famine ship Dunbrody . We continue along the scenic route through Inistioge and Woodstock to the medieval town of Kilkenny, where there will be free time to explore the town centre before we get together for dinner at a local restaurant.
Meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Hotel(s): Kilkenny Hotel or similar

DAY 9: 01 OCTOBER 2023
Kilkenny - Dublin (2 days)
Leaving Kilkenny, we head north thru the Curragh of Kildare stopping for a guided tour of the Irish National Stud, the home of many of Ireland’s most famous former, and most recent championship racehorses. While you are here, you may wish to take a wander through the Japanese Gardens, a mix of western and eastern cultures and one of the most beautiful gardens of its kind in Europe. On arrival in Dublin, we will undertake an orientation tour of the city before checking into our hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore, dine, shop or just people watch in one of the many city parks.
Meal(s):Breakfast
Hotel(s): Clayton Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin or similar

DAY 10: 02 OCTOBER 2023
Dublin Sightseeing
Today is yours to immerse yourself in this compact city with a Local Specialist including views of Kilmainham Gaol , Glasnevin Cemetery and a visit to Trinity College Library featuring The Book of Kells (subject to availability), This evening we celebrate our Irish journey with a Farewell Dinner. Meal(s):Breakfast, Farewell Dinner with Wine

DAY 11: 03 OCTOBER 2023
Depart Dublin
Sadly, all good things must come to end. After a final hearty breakfast you are transferred to Dublin Airport for your onwards journey.
Meal(s):Breakfast



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WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Airfares (unless otherwise stated), passports and applicable visa fees, charges imposed by third parties, laundry, phone calls, items of a personal nature, beverages, meals and sightseeing not detailed on the itinerary, excess baggage, travel insurance.

Terms and conditions may apply.  Contact your travel advisor for more information.

Hotels listed to be used as a guide only and are subject to availability. If the quoted hotel is unavailable, we will secure another hotel in the same category.