Brendan - Castles and Manors Summer 2024 (05/2024 - 09/2024) (BRCMZN19)

8 Days From Dublin to Dublin 
Tour Style: Small Group
Brendan Brochure Price from $3,225.00
Brochures: Ireland and Scotland Tours 2023 v2, Ireland and Scotland Tours 2024 v1
Visits: Ireland

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.
Choice Highlights

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

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 amp; 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.
  • 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.

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 marvellous Victorian features have ensured enduring popularity.

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 a Connemara marble factory to see how this vivid green-coloured stone has been crafted into jewellery and figurines for generations.
  • Kildare: Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm.

  • 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.

Brendan Tour Itinerary

Day 1Welcome 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 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.
Visits: Dublin
Meals: Welcome Reception
Accommodation: Clayton Ballsbridge
Day 2Journey 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.
Visits: Dublin, Galway, Cong
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Day 3Admire 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 flavours 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.
Visits: Cong, Westport, Clifden
Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest, Dinner
Accommodation: Abbeyglen Castle
Day 4A 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.
Visits: Clifden, Connemara, Clifden
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Abbeyglen Castle
Day 5Onwards to the Cliffs of Moher and Killarney Dive Into Culture Make Travel Matter Stays With Stories
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. Picture yourself living in 1520 alongside the Dunguaire Castle when we later stop to explore the charming seaport village of Kinvara. Next up is a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® 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 and the opportunity to capture on film the colonies of curious-looking puffins that find sanctuary in its nooks and crannies, 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.
Visits: Clifden, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Great Southern
Day 6A 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.
Visits: Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Killarney
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Great Southern
Day 7Discover 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.
Visits: Killarney, Cashel, Kildare, Dublin
Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Accommodation: Clayton Ballsbridge
Day 8Journey 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
Visits: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast

Available Room Types: Single, Triple, Twin
Child: ages 5 to 17

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Sat 09/28/24 $3,225.00
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