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Waterford, Wicklow Mountains & Suir Valley Rail

Travel by coach and ferry or fly

6days from
£719*per person

Overview

Join us on an exploration of the unspoilt region of Ireland’s Ancient East, from the Wicklow Mountains National Park with its sweeping peaks and moors draped in heather, to the sublime Powerscourt Gardens, ranked as No.3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens by National Geographic. We combine stunning scenery with visits to the historic cities of Wexford and Waterford, home of the world-famous Waterford Crystal. If you are looking for an enchanting and captivating break, then this is not to be missed.

Itinerary

  • We catch the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin where our tour manager joins us. We continue onwards to our hotel in Wicklow, our base for the next four nights.
  • Today we make our way to the town of Wexford, which sits at the mouth of the picturesque River Slaney and is home to plenty of historic delights. The well-preserved West Gate Tower is the only remaining ancient gateway to the town and the beautiful ruined Selskar Abbey stands on the site where the first Anglo-Irish peace treaty was signed. Wander through the narrow streets, enjoy true Irish hospitality in the many bars and restaurants, or sit back and revel in the relaxed atmosphere of this delightful town.
  • We head into the Wicklow Mountains National Park which covers 20,000 hectares of stunning mountain scenery, with vast sweeps of heather-clad moorland, hills, bogland, deep glacial valleys and lakes. The mountains are also home to a variety of wildlife habitats. Afterwards, we continue on to the beautiful Powerscourt Gardens, set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Sugarloaf Mountain and boasting a wonderful blend of striking terraces, fine statuary, ornamental lakes and a wide variety of trees. Designed from 1731 onwards and stretching over 47 acres, the estate includes formal walled gardens, distinctive Italian and Japanese gardens and the Pepperpot Tower, modelled on a pepper pot from Lord Powerscourt’s dining table!
  • We start the day with a scenic heritage train journey on the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway, taking in the panoramic views, as we travel along the picturesque banks of the River Suir and the beautiful Suir Valley. We continue on to the thriving maritime city of Waterford, where we visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Our guided tour takes us through the home of the world-famous Waterford Crystal’s manufacturing facility, where we learn how the stunning crystal is made, including demonstrations from the Master craftsmen using the traditional methods of mouth blowing, hand finishing, sculpting and engraving.
  • Checking out of our hotel, we travel to Dublin, where we spend an afternoon at leisure. There are plenty of historic sites and monuments to see from the oldest, Dublin Castle, to one of the newest, the Spire of Dublin. We also have the option to join a locally guided tour of the city before spending the night in our hotel in the Dublin area.
  • We check out of our hotel very early to catch the ferry back to Holyhead; therefore a voucher will be provided to enjoy breakfast on board. On arrival in Holyhead, we continue our journey home.

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • Excursions to Wexford, the House of Waterford Crystal, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Powerscourt Gardens & Dublin
  • Heritage train journey on the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway
  • Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal

Our Price Includes

  • Return coach travel & ferry crossings
  • Four nights' four-star half-board accommodation at the Arklow Bay Hotel, Wicklow (JG4 rating)
  • One night's three-star accommodation at a selected hotel in the Dublin area (JG3 rating) with dinner
  • One breakfast on the return ferry home
  • Excursions to Wexford, the House of Waterford Crystal, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Powerscourt Gardens & Dublin
  • Heritage train journey on the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway
  • Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
  • Escorted by a tour manager in Ireland
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Accommodation

Arklow Bay Hotel, Wicklow -

★★★★

The Arklow Bay Hotel is located in the heart of County Wicklow. Only a short walk from Arklow town, the hotel is set on idyllic grounds and overlooks a picturesque wildlife reserve. The en-suite rooms offer tea and coffee-making facilities, Wi-Fi, and a multi-channel TV. The hotel also features a bar, restaurant, indoor swimming pool, steam room and sauna.

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Other Information

Flight inclusive packages available from £819pp.

Single room supplement from £180pp.

Optional guided city tour of Dublin (£16pp).

Please note: tour itineraries, hotel entertainment and use of leisure facilities will be subject to government guidelines.

Pick up locations for this tour are (05/05/24) (02/06/24) (01/09/24) Alfreton Altrincham Anlaby Ashton-under-Lyne Barnsley Barrow-in-Furness Basildon Bebington Beccles Bedford Belper Beverley Billingham Birkenhead Blackburn Blackpool Bletchley Bolton Boston Bourne Bradford Bridlington Brighouse Burnley Burton-upon-Trent Bury Bury St Edmunds Cambridge Canvey Island Carlisle Castleford Chelmsford Chester Chesterfield Chester-le-Street Cleveleys Colchester Corby Cottingham Crewe Darlington Daventry Derby Dewsbury Diss Doncaster Dunstable Durham Ellesmere Port Enfield Felixstowe Gainsborough Gateshead Goole Gorleston Grantham Grays Great Yarmouth Grimsby Halifax Harlow Hartlepool Hessle Heworth Hitchin Holbeach Holyhead Ferry Terminal Huddersfield Hull Hunstanton Huntingdon Ipswich Keighley Kempston Kettering Kings Lynn Knutsford Services (M6) Lancaster Leeds Leicester Leicester (Fosse Park) Leighton Buzzard Letchworth Leyland Lincoln Liverpool Long Eaton Loughborough Louth Lowestoft Luton Manchester Mansfield March Market Harborough Melton Mowbray Middlesbrough Milton Keynes Newark Newcastle-upon-Tyne Newmarket Newport Pagnell North Hykeham North Shields Northampton Northwich Nottingham Oldham Penrith Peterborough Peterborough Services [A1(M)] Peterlee Preston Rayleigh Rochdale Rotherham Rushden Sandbach Services (M6) Scarborough Scunthorpe Sheffield Skegness South Shields Southend Southport St Albans St Neots Stamford Stanford-le-Hope Stevenage Stockport Stockton-on-Tees Sudbury Sunderland Sutton-in-Ashfield Thetford Thirsk Wakefield Wallsend Warrington Washington Watford Wellingborough Whitby Whitley Bay Widnes Wigan Wisbech Worksop Wrexham York.

Pick up locations for this tour are (29/09/24) Abingdon Acocks Green Aldershot Andover Banbury Banstead Basingstoke Bath Bexhill Birmingham Bognor Regis Bournemouth Bracknell Braintree Bridgwater Brighton Bristol Broadstairs Bromley Bromsgrove Burgess Hill Camberley Cannock Canterbury Cardiff Cheltenham Chepstow Christchurch Cinderford Cirencester Clacton-on-Sea Clevedon Coventry Crawley Croydon Dartford Didcot Dover Dudley Eastbourne Eastleigh Evesham Exeter Services (M5) Fareham Faversham Folkestone Gloucester Great Malvern Hastings Hereford Herne Bay High Wycombe Horsham Hove Hythe (Kent) Kidderminster Kidsgrove Leamington Spa Leatherhead Ledbury Leominster Lewisham Lichfield Liskeard Littlehampton Lydney Maidstone Margate Melksham Newbury Newcastle-under-Lyme Newport (South Wales) Newton Abbot Oswestry Oxford Oxford Peartree Services (A34) Oxford Services (M40) Pershore Plymouth Poole Portchester Princes Risborough Reading Redditch Ringwood Rochester Ross-on-Wye Rugby Salisbury Saltash Shrewsbury Sittingbourne Solihull Southampton Southampton Ferry Terminal St Austell Stafford Staines Stoke-on-Trent Stourbridge Stroud Sutton Sutton Coldfield Swindon Taunton Telford Tewkesbury Tiverton Sampford Peverell Services (M5) Trowbridge Tunbridge Wells Uxbridge Walsall Warwick Waterlooville Wellington (Shrops.) Weston-super-Mare Weymouth Whitstable Wolverhampton Worcester Worthing Yeovil

Holiday code

JG281

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