American Dreams with Trafalgar

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Take a tour of the USA with Trafalgar!

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From Washington to the Wild West, the United States of America is actually a mix of 52 very different and vibrant states. Dynamic, inspirational and optimistic, the USA is where you can dare to dream. Innovative and awe-inspiring, America has long been a place of wonder, marching ahead of the rest of the world. Varied, vibrant and vivacious, as a vacation destination, America’s appeal is limitless.

 

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 For beautiful beaches and wildlife, you cannot beat Florida or California.

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Florida sunset

Immerse yourself in jazz and a supremely chilled vibe in New Orleans.

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New Orleans Mardi Gras

 In idyllic Hawaii, the USA’s only island state, you can enjoy music and dancing and go scuba diving or just relax on the beautiful beaches.

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Hawaii beach

If you’re looking for shopping and excitement, there’s New York. The city of New York has a fast pace of life and never ceases to amaze  its visitors.

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New York skyline

Trafalgar’s Insider moments!

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When touring different countries, Trafalgar provide a more in-depth exploration of the diverse cultures and help people travel deeper with ‘Insider experiences’

 

The insider experience

With Insider Experiences you meet the locals; eat with them and join them at work and play. Together with your incredibly knowledgeable Travel Director, they’ll help bring your destinations to life. Trafalgar Travel Directors are a diverse group of characters who all  share one thing in common: a passion to help you discover more by sharing their stories and knowledge with you. So wherever you are you’ll enjoy a real insider’s point of view.

 

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 So for instance if you’re in Amsterdam, they’ll take you to the Royal Delft Pottery workshop to see porcelain being hand-painted by expert artisans. Similarly if you visit Seville,  you’ll also have the opportunity to learn flamenco dancing.

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Learn flamenco dancing

 

Local Specialists are also there to help you experience what’s new and different in a fresh and vital way. These local characters can be dancers, archaeologists, geologists or artisans whose remit is to take you deeper into the local culture – they supply you with fresh insights and anecdotes to make your trip that much more memorable.

 

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Trafalgar’s ‘Be My Guest’ experiences are also hugely popular – food tastes so much better when it’s shared with local people who have a story to tell. You’ll dine with local families in their homes, learn how to cook regional dishes and share a glass of wine or two with winemakers at their vineyards. This takes the ordinary to the extraordinary by giving you a deeper understanding of local people’s lives and history.

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Have a glass or two at the local vineyard

 

Book a coach tour with Trafalgar and let them bring every destination to life – you won’t be disappointed!

 

Trafalgar’s Tour Styles!

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With Trafalgar you will recognize unbeatable value, a hassle-free experience and unique moments to treasure.

Trafalgar offer a different perspective on their world famous tours, each providing unique experiences at the places you visit.

Trafalgar also offer more trip styles to choose from than any other guided travel company.

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There’s the ‘Regional Explorer’ where you can discover a region in two or more countries.

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Experience Venice on a ‘Regional Explorer’ tour.

The ‘Country Explorer’ to discover one country in depth.

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See Stonehenge on a ‘Country Explorer’ tour.

The ‘At Leisure’ where you can enjoy later starts and longer stays at a more leisurely pace.

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See the Parliament of Budapest on the ‘At Leisure Bohemian Highlights tour’

‘Family Holidays’ designed so the family can learn and have fun together.

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Enjoy the famous Rome Colosseum with your family.

‘Hidden Journeys’ where you can enjoy less visited places in groups of 26 or less.

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See amazing views of Turin on a ‘Hidden Journeys’ tour.

‘Cruise, Rail and Combinations’, amazing holidays from a different perspective.

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See the wonders of Greece on a ‘Cruise, Rail and Combinations’ tour.

 ‘Special Interest’ holidays for people with a particular passion.

Flavours of Italy ‘foodie’ trip starts in Rome

Try the ‘Flavours of Italy’ ‘foodie’ trip which in Rome.

 

 

Book a coach tour with Trafalgar today to experience the most wonderful holiday of a lifetime that suits just you!

 

 

 

 

Discover Autumn, Winter & Spring with Trafalgar

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The world’s seasons offer something new to discover all year round.

 

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Autumn maple tree

 

Travelling in the summer can be amazing, but discovering autumn, winter & spring can also be a truly fantastic experience.

 

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Winter wonderland

Discover autumn, winter and spring with Trafalgar by joining them on one of their off-season tours and their hand-picked ‘Insider Experiences’ will introduce you to authentic seasonal delights, without paying summer’s holiday price tag.

 

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Spring blossom

 

Trafalgar offer more destinations and more types of holiday than any other guided travel operator and you’ll find there’s a range of travel styles to suit everyone.

10% Early Payment Discount when you book a trip by 29 January 2016 – Early Payment Discount – Wow!

 

You Don’t Have to Be Irish to Fall in Love with Ireland: The Coach Touring Experience

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The Emerald Isle

Ireland is not just about natural beauty, but a magical land every step of the way, often being referred to as the Emerald Isle, the third largest island in Europe. Plus, it is the best place to visit if you want to be amazed – simple as that.

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Emerald waterfall

If you don’t believe us, check out our reasons.

History

The heritage of this island is simply mesmerizing. From ancient castles built by the Scottish, British and Irish in different eras, to the beautiful buildings that showcase excellent Irish architecture, there are many things to revel in. The entire country is packed with museums and historical monuments. Then again there are the ancient Celtic monasteries that have mostly been converted to satisfy more modern purposes. Festivals being celebrated for centuries like the Puck festival also provide a colorful interlude in our daily lives.

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Belfast castle

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Monastery Ruin in Ireland

People and Passed Down Legacies

The Irish people are very friendly and don’t mind welcoming strangers in their midst. It is not uncommon for Irish folks to mingle and drink festively with total strangers. Here, you might find a lot of diversity in the lifestyles of those living in cities like Dublin, with modern buildings, trendy clothes and modern lifestyle, while in the countryside you can still be able to find people living in thatched roof cottages and heating their homes with peet. The youngsters learn the importance of song and dance from an early age and they make room for it in their lifestyle. A lot of respect is still given to age old traditions and these things are enough to leave you awestruck with this place.

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Irish countryside living

Food and pubs

It can be easily said that while in Ireland if you have not visited a pub then your visit is incomplete. There is a strong pub culture here and people go to pubs to simply relax and spend time with friends, and to enjoy the excellent local food and drinks. The Irish pubs are full of laughter, music and warmth. You can find them everywhere, all offering the same feel and Irish beer. Ireland is also famous for the variety of food that it has to offer. Some of the favorite dishes include lamb, oysters, beef, and seafood on the coasts. The Irish breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon, white and black pudding, fruits and pastries. The menu for the Irish breakfast remains the same no matter where you go. You must also try the soda bread while you are here as each grocery store has this bread.

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The Irish pubs are full of laughter, music and warmth

 

There are many remnants of an Ireland of the past, along with the rich culture of the land, the numerous places of interest and the excellent food and drinks. Everything here makes Ireland a land perfect for the travel buffs. In fact many people who visit Ireland fall in love with it. You can have the best of Ireland, especially with our Irish coach tour offers.

Enjoy the Best of the Irish Countryside: Hidden Attractions

Ireland is well known for its vibrant cities, pubs and coastal cliffs, but the most exhilarating aspect of this land is its countryside. The countryside of Ireland has personality all on its own and from Donegal in the North to Cork in the South there is a vast spread of pastures which provide ample photographic opportunities. While touring in the Irish countryside you might come across villages where traditional music and dance are performed out in the open or in local pubs. Irish people have joy and positive energies surrounding them, and they enjoy sharing it with everyone. That is one of the reasons we have come up with a list of things you can do in the countryside, hidden attractions included. Stay tuned!

How to Get Around

Traveling the entire Irish countryside takes a complete day of non stop driving. The best way to get around is by car, particularly if you want to stay away from the busy cities and stick to the countryside. If you don’t feel comfortable driving on your own, we have come up with a few coach tour offers in Ireland that will definitely make you enjoy the best of this country.

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Self drive

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…….or by luxury coach

 

Historical Places along the Countryside

There are many historical places along the Irish countryside that provide a pleasant break from the never-ending green pastures. The Rock of Cashel is a medieval castle situated on a hill in the County Tipperary Golden Vale. Needless to say that castles are one of the most visited sights in Ireland as they not only reflect the ancient architecture, but also take you down the lane of the torrid history of the land. Rock of Cashel has a Gothic cathedral that speaks about the religious and architectural history. On the other hand in County Meath you can visit the Bru Na Boinne where you will find several sheep grazing around unassuming mounds. These mounds are actually passage tombs which date back 5000 years to the Neolithic age or the Late Stone Age and have been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.

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Rock of Cashel

The Friendly and Welcoming Villages

At night the villages provide a place to relax after exploring the rugged wilderness and farmlands. Known as the center of traditional Irish music Doolin in County Clare is a village you must visit if you want to enjoy the pub culture of the countryside. There is also the village of Inistioge in Nore River Valley of County Kilkenny where you will find pubs, lakes where you can fish to your heart’s content and an abundance of trees. The cottages and gardens in Kenmare in County Donegal provide a good starting point for traveling around the Ring of Kerry. While in Ardara in County Donegal you will find number of boutiques and shops selling Donegal wool. The quaint church in the medieval town of Dingle in country Kerry, and different places to drink and be merry are great welcoming alternatives.

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Typical welcoming Irish pub

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Ring of Kerry

Look for Uncommon Places

If you don’t mind traveling off the beaten path then the Irish countryside provides a great opportunity to delve into the history of the land. If you are interested in green farmlands, County Wicklow is a pastoral paradise, but Glendalough is even more interesting although mostly hidden. This is a monastic settlement which dates back to the sixth century – a good hide away from the madding crowd with its forests and waterways. Known as the seat of High Kings the Hill of Tara in County Meath, it also hides a passage tomb dating to the Stone Age.

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Part of Glendalough Monastic site

This is not all when it comes to the Irish countryside as there are many more things to explore, but we’ll leave that to you to find out!

 

 

3 Reasons to Plan a Holiday Trip to Ireland This Summer

People are becoming less material and more personal goal-oriented, while they still have the time. This is a trend worth engaging with, since enriching your heart and mind with culture, new people and new experiences should be on your priority list. One of the ways to do this is to travel around the world and what better way to start than Ireland? This beautiful country stands as a rare and exquisite jewel, so make sure to include it in your personal collection. This is a land which every traveler should visit for its mystery, romance and history. So why not leave an indelible mark and enrich your life many notches?

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Beautiful Ireland

When to Visit Ireland

The best time to visit Ireland is during summer – unless you fancy endless downpours. Summer is the time when the weather is moderately warm, colour rich and sunny. Although there are many reasons to visit Ireland in the summer let us look at three major ones.

Rich Historical and Cultural Heritage

There are more than 340 castles in Ireland and they were built by the British, Irish, and Scottish during different eras of conflict in the tumultuous past of the land. These castles are the remnants of this anything but quiet history of Ireland. Few things inspire the wistfulness and romance that castles do and if you grew up with childhood wonders associated with mysterious castles then you will certainly get your wishes. Apart from the castles there are other icons of culture and history that simply ooze out at you all over the islands. There were the Viking raids, the fringe influence of the Roman civilization, and the druidic culture to some extent. Other than these, the culture of Ireland is untouched and totally Celtic in nature. You can also go through the book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin or indulge in some non-written Celtic nodes of history in burial mounds and ancient monasteries.

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Fairy tale Castles

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Burial mound

Oy, Them Festivals!

There are many festivals celebrated in Ireland that are completely intrinsic to this place. Some of these festivals may have a religious background while some others are purely for fun. One of the examples is the Galway International Oyster Festival, which takes part every year. If you are not so fond of oysters and prefer the creative things, then you can visit the Dublin writers’ festival or the Dance festival. For the food lovers there is the Gourmet Food Festival in Kinsale and, why not, the Battle for the Bay, as well. There is also a 400 year old festival known as the Puck fair in Killogrin. This festival is celebrated in August every year, with people filling the streets with live music, lot of drinking and a cattle fair for domesticated animals along with everything you could possibly expect in a festival.

Speaking of, who can forget St Patrick’s Festival? We know we can’t!

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Street music

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They celebrate St Patrick’s day even in new York!

Blessed By Nature and Its Beauties

Ireland abounds in natural beauty with sights like the Cliff of Moher, making you feel awed by the size and scope of the earth. Although cities such as Belfast and Dublin are the ones that attract travelers, the beautiful countryside is what Ireland is all about. You can also take a trip along the Ring of Kerry, a circular drive in Kerry county about 111 miles long. There are hundreds of things to see on the way and you can choose to take a hike along this path rather than traveling in a vehicle.

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The beautiful cliffs of moher

 

Oh, and have we told you the main reason yet to come? This special coach tour offer!

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CIE Coach tours

Heritage and Nature: Ireland’s Most Impressive Castles and Gardens

Ireland is a land of castles and gardens that speak by themselves about the historical past and great natural beauties. Ireland has a mild, moist climate and almost zero environmental pollution due to which the flora finds abundant opportunity to flourish. The beautiful gardens created with the help of a benevolent nature and creative human effort, are truly the gems of the land. There are more than 300 castles and gardens in Ireland, these being the most popular.

 

Blarney Castle

This castle is located in Blarney near Cork and on the river Martin. The newest form of the castle dates back to 1446 when it was built by the Kings of Desmond of the MacCarthy Dynasty. The most famous relic in this castle is the Blarney stone or “Stone of Eloquence” and people wait in line to touch it. It is believed to be the magical rock on which the Kings of Ireland were crowned.

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Blarney Castle

Bunratty Castle

The meaning of Caislean Bhun Raithe in Irish means “Castle at the mouth of the Ratty”. This castle is located centrally in the Bunratty village near the Shannon airport. The history of the castle dates back to the Vikings in 970 and was originally a trading camp. The McNamara family finished the construction of the castle in 1425. Now this castle is well known for the medieval banquets where performances are given by the ‘Bunratty Castle Entertainers.’

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Bunratty Castle

Dublin Castle

This is an important historic castle situated on the Dame Street in Dublin. Its history dates back to the first Lord of Ireland, King John in 1922. Until the independent state established in 1922, this castle was the seat of the British Empire. In 1922 it was handed over to the Irish Provisional Government by Michael Collins. It now serves as a major government complex and the seat of the European Presidency of Ireland.

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Dublin Castle

 

Mount Usher Gardens, Wicklow

This is one of the best gardens in Ireland and the best time to visit is during spring. At this time you will find things of interest both on the ground level and on the branch level. During spring the Robinsonian style is very apparent as thousands of bulbs are in full bloom. The Palm Walk is lined on both sides with purple and white crocuses and the magnolias with their large flowers are fully bloomed, too.

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Mount Usher Gardens Wicklow

Powerscourt Gardens

These gardens were laid out over two main periods and most of the folks involved in the creation of the gardens never saw them being completed throughout their lifetime. The house was rebuilt in the decade after 1731. The gardens were also remodeled to suit the new house. In the North side, there are formal tree plantations that frame the house, a walled garden, fish pond, grottos, cascade and terraces. There are hundreds of beech trees lining the walk around the wooded grounds that provide a fantastic view.

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Powerscourt Gardens

AltaMont Garden

This is known as the most romantic garden of Ireland and is a combination of formal and informal styles spread across 100 acres. There is a profusion of roses, and other old fashioned and modern plants lend their scents into the air. There are a lot of birds and butterflies to be enjoyed in the garden – and when you take a walk via the Hill Walk, you get a great view of the Blackstairs, Wicklow Mountains and Mount Leinster.

 

Edinburgh’s Feast of Festivities!

The City of Edinburgh has a wealth of festivities during the month of August which dates back to the 1940’s!

 

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The city of Edinburgh

 

 

The list of festivities in Edinburgh is endless and different events have been created over many years as can be seen on the lists below:

 

Edinburgh International Festival (EIF)

  • Edinburgh International Festival (founded 1947)
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival or EIFF (1947)
  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo (1950)
  • Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival (1978)
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival (1983)
  • Edinburgh International Science Festival (1988)
  • Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival (1990)
  • Scottish International Storytelling Festival (1990)
  • Edinburgh’s Hogmanay (1994)
  • Edinburgh Mela (1995)
  • Edinburgh Art Festival (2004)
  • Edinburgh Comedy Festival (2008)

 

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Edinburgh Military Tattoo

 

Edinburgh Festival Fringe (The Fringe)

  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe (1947) — now the largest of all the festivals and largest arts festival in the world.
  • Edinburgh Free Fringe (2006) – A festival of free shows, and part of The Fringe.
  • Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2004) – Another festival of free shows, also part of The Fringe.

 

Other annual cultural festivals

  • Festival of Spirituality and Peace, now the just Festival based at St John’s Episcopal Church (2005)
  • iFest (2007) — the Internet Festival and Conference
  • West Port Book Festival (2008) – a free book festival based around secondhand bookshops in the West Port area
  • Edinburgh Book Fringe
  • Edinburgh International Marketing Festival (2010)
  • Edinburgh Swing Festival
  • Edinburgh Harvest Festival
  • Edinburgh International Internet Festival (1999)
  • Edinburgh People’s Festival (2002, but claims heritage from earlier festival of same name 1951-1954)
  • Edinburgh Interactive Festival (2003)
  • Edinburgh Annuale (2004) — contemporary art
  • Festival of Politics (2005)

 

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Edinburgh marching band

 

 

The Edinburgh Festival is an event which takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland mainly in August. The festivals are actually put on by various unrelated organizations so are officially separate events. However, they are mainly regarded as a whole one event, therefore together forming the largest annual cultural festival in the world.

 

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Street musicians

 

The original and largest, component festivals are the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), which consist of classical and contemporary theatre, opera, music, dance, visual arts, talks and workshops, and

the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (The Fringe), which includes theatre, comedy, music, musicals, dance and children’s shows. Furthermore, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest of all the festivals and largest arts festival in the world.

 

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Live music!

 

There are also many other cultural festivals including the International Internet Festival and Festival of Politics!!

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Multicultural street parades!