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Waterford, Wexford & the Garden of Ireland

6 Days From £539*
Departing April - October 2015
* Price shown: 23 Apr 2017 from London Gatwick - LGW
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A fascinating corner of Ireland

Based in the charming riverside town of Enniscorthy, this six-day break offers a fascinating insight into this lovely and varied part of Ireland. See the dramatic landscapes of the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough, watch skilled craftsmen at work at the Waterford Crystal factory and discover the stories of the Great Famine and the American Migration.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A visit to Powerscourt Gardens - voted 'Number Three Garden in the world' by National Geographic
  • Time to explore Glendalough, the valley of the two lakes, with its ancient monastic site
  • A guided tour of the Waterford Crystal factory
  • Visits to the historic harbour town of Waterford and to delightful Wexford
  • Time to explore the medieval city of Kilkenny
  • A visit to the fascinating Dunbrody Famine Ship
  • An orientation tour of Dublin (flight times allowing)
  • Five nights' dinner, bed and Irish breakfast accommodation at the four-star Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy
  • Return flights from your chosen airport to Dublin
  • Comfortable coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Dublin Airport, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel. Once checked in you're free to relax and unwind. Make the most of the hotel's leisure facilities or perhaps explore delightful Enniscorthy, which lies just a short stroll along the riverside path from the hotel.

Day Two

Afer a leisurely morning, we'll head to the county's ancient capital, Wexford. This lively, friendly town, with its pretty quayside and narrow winding streets, still retains reminders of its Viking and Norman past.

Day Three

Today's excursion takes you to the dramatic uplands of the Wicklow Mountains - much of which is a protected National Park.

The day's first visit is to Ireland's most famous country estate, Powerscourt. This magnificent Palladian mansion houses a range of interesting shops and a cafe, and is surrounded by stunning formal gardens. Follow the sweep of the ornate Italian Garden down to Triton Lake, see the exquisite Japanese Garden, and wander the formal walks of the rose and kitchen gardens.

In the afternoon you'll visit the ancient monastic site at Glendalough, where the extraordinary relics include a vast, roofless cathedral and the famous Round Tower.

Day Four

Our first stop today will be New Ross, where we'll visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship, an authentic reproduction of an 1840s emigrant vessel. Here a guided tour, costumed performers and themed exhibitions will provide a unique insight into the bravery and fortitude of the Irish people over the years of the potato famines.

From New Ross we'll continue to historic Waterford. Stroll the cobbled streets and picturesque quayside of historic Waterford, and explore its two cathedrals and 1000-year-old Reginald's Tower. During our visit we'll also enjoy a tour around the Waterford Crystal factory, and see skilled craftsmen as they blow, cut, engrave and sculpt the famous glass into fabulous works of art.

Day Five

The ancient city of Kilkenny, former capital of Ireland, beckons today. Here you'll find Rothe House, the only example of an early 17th-century merchant's townhouse in Ireland, and have time to browse Kilkenny Art and Design Centre, or discover the art of brewing at the Smithwick's Experience. Don't miss the chance to explore Kilkenny's dramatically sited castle, which dates back to the 12th Century, and the splendid parklands that surround it.

Day Six

This morning we'll return to Dublin. Depending on your flight time, there may be time for a short city tour, and even a spot of shopping and sightseeing, before we head to the airport to catch the flight home.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Birmingham30 Apr 2017 £565.00
Birmingham14 May 2017 £569.00
Birmingham28 May 2017 £569.00
Birmingham18 Jun 2017 £579.00
Birmingham10 Sep 2017 £589.00
Birmingham08 Oct 2017 £559.00
Bristol23 Apr 2017 £565.00
Bristol11 Jun 2017 £609.00
Bristol25 Jun 2017 £609.00
Bristol03 Sep 2017 £609.00
Bristol17 Sep 2017 £609.00
Bristol15 Oct 2017 £549.00
Exeter23 Apr 2017 £625.00
Exeter11 Jun 2017 £659.00
Exeter25 Jun 2017 £659.00
Exeter27 Aug 2017 £669.00
Exeter03 Sep 2017 £669.00
Exeter17 Sep 2017 £669.00
Exeter15 Oct 2017 £609.00
London Gatwick23 Apr 2017 £539.00
London Gatwick28 May 2017 £579.00
London Gatwick11 Jun 2017 £599.00
London Gatwick25 Jun 2017 £599.00
London Gatwick27 Aug 2017 £609.00
London Gatwick03 Sep 2017 £609.00
London Gatwick17 Sep 2017 £609.00
London Gatwick15 Oct 2017 £549.00
London Heathrow23 Apr 2017 £629.00
London Heathrow14 May 2017 £649.00
London Heathrow18 Jun 2017 £689.00
London Heathrow10 Sep 2017 £689.00
London Heathrow08 Oct 2017 £639.00
London Luton30 Apr 2017 £545.00
London Luton14 May 2017 £589.00
London Luton18 Jun 2017 £599.00
London Luton10 Sep 2017 £609.00
London Luton08 Oct 2017 £569.00
London Stansted23 Apr 2017 £569.00
London Stansted11 Jun 2017 £599.00
London Stansted25 Jun 2017 £599.00
London Stansted27 Aug 2017 £599.00
London Stansted03 Sep 2017 £599.00
London Stansted17 Sep 2017 £599.00
London Stansted15 Oct 2017 £579.00
Manchester30 Apr 2017 £545.00
Manchester14 May 2017 £569.00
Manchester28 May 2017 £569.00
Manchester18 Jun 2017 £579.00
Manchester10 Sep 2017 £599.00
Manchester08 Oct 2017 £559.00
Newcastle30 Apr 2017 £625.00
Newcastle14 May 2017 £649.00
Newcastle18 Jun 2017 £659.00
Newcastle08 Oct 2017 £609.00
Southampton30 Apr 2017 £645.00
Southampton14 May 2017 £709.00
Southampton28 May 2017 £709.00
Southampton18 Jun 2017 £719.00
Southampton27 Aug 2017 £719.00
Southampton10 Sep 2017 £729.00
Southampton08 Oct 2017 £659.00

Riverside Park Hotel

Enniscorthy

This super four-star hotel is just a few minutes on foot from the centre of Enniscorthy.

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Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two and a quarter hours.

Dunbrody Famine Ship accessibility

The ship is fully accessible, with a lift to the lower deck.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Ryanair ID requirements

Some of the flights on this tour use Ryanair, who only accept a valid passport as ID when checking in. They will not accept a driving license as ID on any of their flights, including within the UK and Ireland. Newmarket cannot be held responsible if you fail to meet the airline's ID requirements.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Waterford, Wexford and the Garden of Ireland Reviews collected by Reevoo

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Waterford, Wexford & the Garden of IrelandScores 8.6 out of 10 based on 132 reviews
(9 out of 10)

MARGARET

Bognor Regis Single traveller
Another wonderful holiday. Only negative was a walking tour of Wexford town, the walk took too long, over 2 hours.
Confirmed traveller: 14 October 2016
Published on: 26 October 2016
(9 out of 10)

JULIA MARY

Cornwall Friends
A diverse and welcome holiday in beautiful countryside
Confirmed traveller: 14 October 2016
Published on: 23 October 2016
(1 out of 10)

JANE

Bolton Family
Not suitable for a wheelchair despite asking the question before booking!!! Had nothing but problems from start to finish, including the tour guide telling us that they hadn't been expecting a wheelchair!! The hotel wasn't wheelchair friendly and the room booking was wrong!!!!!! Had to make the best of a difficult situation.
Confirmed traveller: 07 October 2016
Published on: 26 October 2016
(5 out of 10)

IAN

Shaldon, Devon Couple
Obviously designed down to a price. Personally I would prefer to pay a little more to have better quality hotel and especially better food choice at dinner. This would not add a lot to the cost and would greatly increase the value of the holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 07 October 2016
Published on: 26 October 2016
(8 out of 10)

BRIAN

West London Friends
Our group of nine all had lovely rooms and all trips by coach were very good.I think all of us would use your service again.
Confirmed traveller: 07 October 2016
Published on: 25 October 2016
(8 out of 10)

MICHAEL

Axminster Couple
Hotel excellent as was our tour guide Carmel, the Wicklow mountains area with Powerscourt Gardens and Glendalough were lovely, and the old Dunbrody ship interesting. The visit to Kilkenny was great, but I felt there was too much time at Wexford with areas closed.
Confirmed traveller: 07 October 2016
Published on: 24 October 2016
(9 out of 10)

FRANCES

READING BERKSHIRE Couple
great holiday lovely part of Ireland , hotel good , food excellent, great trips out every day. very hectic but very enjoyable.
Confirmed traveller: 07 October 2016
Published on: 23 October 2016