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Brendan Vacations

Castles and Manors

Everyday Price From

$2,565

$2,850

8 days

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Overview

Visit Dublin, the wild Cliffs of Moher and the island's 'emerald' countryside. See the wilderness of Connemara, the soul-stirring Ring of Kerry and the powerful seat of kings at Cashel.

Locations Visited

Dublin, Cong, Westport, Clifden, Kylemore, Killarney, Moycullen, Lahinch, Kildare, Cashel

Countries Visited

Ireland

Travel Style

Country Explorer

Accommodations

7 nights included

Age Requirements

Minimum age 5

Itinerary

COLLAPSE ALL EXPAND ALL

Day 1

Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

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 the colourful Georgian Squares. Spend some time at leisure exploring Dublin's pretty streets before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception celebrating traditional Irish flavours.

  • Accommodation

    Clayton Ballsbridge

  • Meals

    Welcome Reception

Day 2

Dublin – Galway – Cong

Our first stop today is Europe's Capital of Culture, 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.

  • Accommodation

    The Lodge at Ashford Castle

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 3

Cong – Westport – Clifden (2 Nights)

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' High Tea with tales of the Pirate Queen, and enjoy Banoffee and Baileys flavours in the Drawing Room of this stately 16th-century home. Our home for the next two nights is one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - the spectacular Abbeyglen Castle.

  • Accommodation

    Abbeyglen Castle

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Be My Guest, Dinner

Day 4

Connemara Excursion

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. Venture into the secret nooks and crannies of its extensive walled Victorian garden before returning to your castle accommodation for a delicious dinner.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Clifden – Kinvarra – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (2 Nights)

This morning visit the Connemara marble artisan workshop where you'll 'Dive Into Culture' and witness first-hand how this famous green jade-like marble is carved. Later we stop at a charming sea port village of Kinvarra before visiting the plunging Cliffs of Moher that rise imposingly from the Atlantic, over 200 metres above the waters below. Then head to Killarney, one of Ireland's most beautiful heritage spots. Our home tonight is one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - Great Southern, a Victorian-styled hotel built over 160 years ago.

  • Accommodation

    Great Southern

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 6

Ring of Kerry Excursion

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.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 7

Killarney – Cashel – Kildare – Dublin

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.

  • Accommodation

    Clayton Ballbridge

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 8

Depart Dublin

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. Conditions apply.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Highlights

  • Sightseeing Highlights
  • WALKING TOUR in Killarney National Park

  • ORIENTATION of Killarney and Galway

  • VISIT Irish National Stud, Rock of Cashel, Cliffs of Moher and Kylemore Abbey

  • VIEW Torc Waterfall

  • SEE Dublin's Georgian Squares and Galway Cathedral

  • SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry and through Connemara

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What's Included

  • Dining Highlights

  • 7 breakfasts

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

  • 4 dinners

  • 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)

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • Optional Experiences and free time

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Services of a professional Travel Director

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Ferry across the Shannon estuary

  • Ferry across the Shannon estuary

  • VIP entry to many sights

  • Terms & Conditions

    Trip Notes:

    • ​International Air: Please note that airfares are not included. We will quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day you book.
    • ​Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1 of itinerary.

    Terms & Conditions:

    • ​Prices listed are per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Single room supplements are available. 
    • ​'Price with Current Deals' reflects current applicable 'Early Payment Discounts' or 'Last Minute Deals.' Early Payment Discounts (land only) savings vary by itinerary, are not valid on all vacations/departure dates and are subject to availability; not valid with all other promotional offers. Last Minute Deals are available on select departures only and only available to travelers departing from the United States; not combinable with Early Payment Discounts or any other promotional offers; full payment due at time of booking. All discounts are for new bookings only, subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Call or request a quote for complete details.
    • ​'Exclusive Costco Member Price' is available upon member login. 
    • ​​​Trip prices and information are correct at the time of the trips going live online, however are subject to confirmation - please confirm all details at time of quote and booking.
    • For full details, please refer to our Terms & Conditions page.
    • Other conditions may apply. CST#2084503-20