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Waterford, Wicklow Mountains & Suir Valley Rail - Jg Explorer

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS9808

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Luxury Coach

6 days

Ireland 2024

PRICE FROM ? £799 per person
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Itinerary

Description

Travel in deluxe style on this holiday aboard a JG Explorer coach!

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

Coach

Day 1

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.

Day 2 – Wexford

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.

Day 3 – Wicklow Mountains National Park & Powerscourt Gardens

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!

Day 4 – Waterford & Suir Valley Railway & House of Waterford Crystal

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.

Day 5 – Dublin (with optional guided tour £16pp)

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.

Day 6

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.

Due to ferry times, coach pickup times may be very early in the morning.

Itinerary

Air

Day 1

We fly to Dublin airport where our coach and tour manager joins us. We continue onwards to our hotel in Wicklow, our base for the next four nights.

Day 2 – Wexford

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.

Day 3 – Wicklow Mountains National Park & Powerscourt Gardens

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!

Day 4 – Waterford & Suir Valley Railway & House of Waterford Crystal

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.

Day 5 – Dublin (with optional guided tour £16pp)

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.

Day 6

We transfer to Dublin airport for our return flight home.

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Coach
  • Return coach travel on a JG Explorer Coach (see Helpful Information below)
  • ferry crossings
  • 4 nights at the Arklow Bay Hotel, Wicklow (JG4 rating) with dinner & breakfast
  • Overnight stay at a selected hotel in the Dublin area (JG3 rating) with dinner
  • 1 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

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

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Air
  • Coach travel during your stay on a JG Explorer Coach (see Helpful information below)
  • Return flights to Dublin
  • Airport taxes & luggage allowance (one piece of checked-in hold luggage per person)
  • Airport transfers in Ireland
  • 4 nights at the Arklow Bay Hotel, Wicklow (JG4 rating) with dinner & breakfast
  • Overnight stay at a selected hotel in the Dublin area (JG3 rating) with dinner
  • 1 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

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

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  • 4 nights at the Arklow Bay Hotel, Wicklow (JG4 rating) with dinner & breakfast
  • Overnight stay at a selected hotel in the Dublin area (JG3 rating) with dinner
  • 1 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

JG4

Accommodation in our JG4 category is of an even higher standard, typically offering a wide range of facilities and services. Bedrooms are designed to make your stay the most comfortable possible and the staff provide a service that reflects the detail and quality. You can also expect higher standards of food and beverages.

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Flight Information

*Air holiday prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to fluctuation and availability. Other regional airports may be available and the final price will depend on your chosen airport, airline and flight time. This will be advised at the time of booking.

One piece of checked-in hold luggage PER PERSON is included however; the weight allowance does vary between airlines. Please ask for details.

You will be met at Dublin airport and transferred in the late afternoon to join the tour coach in the Dublin area as it arrives from the ferry. This will be done in shared vehicles so you may also have to await passengers arriving on other flights; for your convenience we will do our utmost to keep the waiting time to a minimum. On the return day, you will be transferred from the overnight hotel in the Dublin area back to the airport.

Holiday operated by Just Go! Holidays under ATOL No.10889

Booking Flights

Ireland

Please note the following information when booking flights.

  • We will need passenger names (First and Last name only) and dates of birth as per passport. These names MUST match with your passport (please add in the “notes” section of the booking process)

  • Please note the flights will be booked in the names given to us during the booking and that changes to names will incur a charge from the airline which will be passed on to you, along with a £25.00 Just Go! amendment fee. (If you do not enter a full name during the booking process one of our reservations staff will contact you following your booking)

  • Are you travelling on a British passport? (If not please let us know)

  • Do you or any of you party require assistance at the airport

  • Luggage will be booked as per the flight terms above. Where hold luggage is included this will be the airline minimum usually 15 or 20kg per person.

  • Flight times will be given with final documents approximately two weeks prior to departure. (Flights booked outside the hours of 0600-18:00 customers will be contacted.)

  • Flight arrivals/departures are grouped for transfers and passengers may have to wait up to an hour on arrival for incoming/delayed flights.

  • Flights are non-changeable and non-refundable once they are booked by our air department.

  • All passengers are responsible to do their own on-line check-in

  • For Irish holidays on arrival at Dublin airport please collect your luggage and clear customs - your will be transferred from the airport to a local hotel to await the arrival of your tour coach. Your transfer will take place at 16:30 hrs and at 18:00 hrs and our representative will be waiting from 17:00 hrs in both Terminal One and the Main Terminal to assist you in finding the correct transfer vehicle. Afternoon flights will be booked to tie in with the above transfers times.

Helpful info

JG Explorer Coaches

We are pleased to introduce JG Explorer – a brand-new deluxe coach, thoughtfully designed to provide an elevated coach experience and ensure your journey is special and memorable.

Exclusive to the JG Travel Group, the design of these coaches has been meticulously thought through with your comfort in mind – with only 44 seats meaning more room on board and padded seats. There’s improved legroom and a footrest, making certain that wherever you sit, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your journey. We know it’s the small things that make a big difference in terms of ease and added convenience, so our Explorer coaches feature a floor-level, rear-mounted toilet, accessible to all customers.

On-board entertainment throughout your journey is easy to find on the JG Explorer, with access to Azimut, our wireless media system, providing films and quizzes. Simply bring along your smartphone or iPad and enjoy this entertainment interruption-free, with the use of our extra reliable Wi-Fi, free to all passengers and a handy USB port at each seat.

The layout of the JG Explorer includes a floor-level, rear-mounted kitchen with a sink, an espresso machine to purchase delicious Nespresso coffee, dispensed by your driver during comfort breaks, and a fridge stocked with cold drinks and milk. Customers are welcome to help themselves to complimentary JG bottles, that can be used for refill at the built-in cold-water filter, cutting down on the need for disposable plastic bottles and doing our part for the environment.

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Accommodation

Hotel

We will spend four nights at the Arklow Bay Hotel, Wicklow (JG4 rating) and then we spend the last night of our stay at a conveniently located hotel in the Dublin area (JG3 rating).

Arklow Bay Hotel, Wicklow (JG4 rating)

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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