Country Roads of Ireland (Preview 2015)

13 day tour from US$2825.00*

Tour Type: Country Roads Tour

Brochure Type: Europe & Britain Preview 2015

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Come join in the ‘craic’ on this convivial jaunt around the Emerald Isle, furnished with ruined castles, towering cliffs, historic towns, quiet lakes and natural wonders.

Tour Pace - Comfortable: This is a moderately paced and expertly planned tour. The driving days are of a reasonable length, with frequent stops offering splendid photo opportunities.

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Highlights

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING

  • Dublin: Breathe the air thickened by the musty tomes of Trinity College Library and see the 9th century Book of Kells.
  • Kildare: Experience a behind the scenes look at the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens.
  • Blarney: Dangle from the ramparts to kiss the Stone of Eloquence, and never be lost for words again!
  • Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lake lands and remote villages, as you tour the magical Ring of Kerry.
  • Killarney: A local 'Jarvie' informs you of the history, legend and folklore of Killarney aboard a famous jaunting car ride.
  • Bunratty: Explore the Folk Park, a living museum which takes you back to the days of old Ireland.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and look out over the Atlantic Ocean from these majestic cliffs.
  • Connemara: Visit Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland’s most romantic buildings.
  • Clonalis House: Meet the family and tour the home of the descendants of the last High Kings of Ireland.
  • Belleek: Enjoy a guided tour of the porcelain production process and meet some of the specialist crafts people.
  • Giants Causeway: Learn about the towering hexagonal basalt columns - a geological spectacle to behold.
  • Belfast: The Irish call it 'craic' - the warm feeling resulting from the confluence of music, drink, good food, laughter, and conversation. And after circumnavigating the Emerald Isle, there's bound to be a fare share of craic in the room at your grand finalé Celebration Dinner. Sláinte!

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dublin: See Custom House, Dublin Castle and O’Connell St.
  • Kilkenny: See the Castle, Cathedral and visit the Design Centre.
  • Cahir: Stop for a photo of the massive castle.
  • Cork: Enjoy an orientation tour.
  • Dingle Peninsula: Enjoy a scenic tour to Slea Head.
  • Adare: See the main street lined with thatched cottages.
  • Limerick: See King John’s Castle, the Cathedral and Treaty Stone.
  • Galway: See St. Nicholas Cathedral, Spanish Arch & Eyre Square.
  • Connemara: Visit the Marble factory.
  • Londonderry: See ‘Derry’s Walls’ and Gothic guildhall.
  • Carrickfergus: Drive around the immense Castle.
  • Belfast: See City Hall, Queen’s University and Stormont Castle.
  • Scenic drives: Antrim coast, Connemara, Ring of Kerry, Dingle Burren.

Highlights

PREMIUM HOTELS AND LOCATIONS

  • Spectacularly set on the shores of Galway Bay, the luxurious four star Connemara Coast Hotel offersdiscerning guests excellent accommodation and exceptional standards of food and service.
  • Modern hotels like the Europa in Belfast, contrast with the historic charm of Ballygally Castle Hotel with its antique furniture and resident ghost.
  • The Blarney Golf Resort is set amongst 170 acres in the beautiful Shournagh Valley.

INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

  • A Welcome Reception with drinks and Welcome Dinner (WD)
  • 11 full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) and 4 three-course Evening Meals with choice, plus tea or coffee (D)

Highlights

INCLUDED FIRST CLASS SERVICES

  • Escorted by one of Insight's expert Tour Directors - your ‘travelling concierge’, expert guide, consummate facilitator and friend in a foreign land who ensures your journey is as enjoyable as possible.
  • Baggage handling everywhere on tour, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for coins or banknotes
  • Free Wi-Fi in most hotel rooms or lobbies
  • Personal radio headsets to give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert’s fascinating insights and commentary
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight’s Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. Complimentary on-board wi-fi where possible
  • Airport transfers at scheduled times on the first and last day of your escorted journey

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Departure on June 27th stays in Londonderry Arms Hotel in Carnlough on day 10 instead of Ballygally.

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