Focus on Ireland - Insight Vacations

Focus on Ireland (Summer 2017)

Duration: 7 days Visiting: Ireland

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A private tour of Trinity College with fast-track entry to the Book of Kells, a Jaunting Car ride in Killarney, luscious green countryside, dramatic coastal scenery and the ‘lilt’ of Irish voices all make for an exceptional tour.

  1. Day 1

    In Dublin’s Fair City

    Welcome to a land of legends, of misty mountains, lovely lakes and a warm, friendly greeting wherever you go. At Dublin Airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 & 13:30. Later, a Dublin orientation takes you past the Custom House and along O’Connell Street. Travel along the River Liffey to see the Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle before admiring the historic buildings of the Georgian section of the city. Enjoy your VIP priority entrance to the 9th century Book of Kells and a walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College accompanied by a University insider, gaining their insight into modern life and the establishment’s impressive history. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

  2. Day 2 - Relaxed Start

    To Galway, City of the Tribes

    (Relaxed Start) Leave Dublin and set off through the delightful landscape of the Emerald Isle. Pass by the former fortress town of Athlone on the River Shannon, to reach historic Galway, ‘City of the Tribes', at the mouth of the Corrib River. Join your Tour Director to see the infamous Lynch Memorial and the Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before his discovery of America. Also see the aged Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F Kennedy.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    The Cliffs of Moher, Adare and Killarney

    (Relaxed Start) Take the scenic route through the mysterious rocky limestone landscape of the Burren, with its underground caverns, streams and known for its rare flora. Stop at the Exhibition Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher with breathtaking views of the Clare Coast. Continue past the city of Limerick and stop in quaint Adare and take a relaxed village walk to see its thatched roofed cottages. In the evening, stay in the heart of the action in lively Killarney.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Ring of Kerry Experience

    (Relaxed Start) Enjoy a memorable ride on a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car with the local 'Jarveys' before taking a leisurely excursion around the magnificent Ring of Kerry, with stunning views over mountains and sea. Pass through the small towns of Killorglin, where the famous Puck Fair takes place, and Cahersiveen, birthplace of the great patriot Daniel O'Connell. Follow the narrow road as it winds along the cliffs to the fishing town of Waterville. Continue through delightful villages like Sneem and cross the peat bogs of the Black Mountains to Moll's Gap to admire Queen Victoria's ‘Ladies View'. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Maybe take the opportunity to hire a bicycle and enjoy one of the many scenic trails around the lake or through the National Park? In the evening, enjoy some Irish home cooking in the kitchens of chef, John Sheehan. Join John and his wife Freda for drinks, and a personal insight into classic Irish recipes that are so loved throughout the world. Then, settle down for a night of great food and drink in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Blarney Castle and Cobh on the way to Cork.

    (Relaxed Start) Journey through the rugged Derrynasaggart Mountains to visit the 15th century Blarney Castle, home of the famous Stone of Eloquence - once kissed, never forgotten! Then drive to the pretty riverside village of Cobh, which was the last port of call for the Titanic. Walk through the Queenstown Story exhibition at the Heritage Centre which recounts the era of Irish emigration and the life of this once great passenger port. Continue on to Cork along the spacious Grand Parade and South Mall, seeing the Court House and fine Georgian houses en route to your hotel. In the evening, raise your glass and revel in rich flavours at a lively Celebration Dinner.

  6. Day 6

    Waterford, Kildare and on to Dublin

    An exciting day takes you along the coast via Youghal, where tradition says Sir Walter Raleigh planted the first potatoes in Ireland. Continue via Dungarvan to Waterford for a guided visit of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal and to meet a master craftsman. See the 11th century Reginald's Tower and the remains of the old city walls, then head north to visit the Irish National Stud at Kildare. Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the country's main racehorse breeding centres and visit the fabulous Japanese Gardens. Laid out by a Japanese landscape artist at the turn of the last century, the thought-provoking garden celebrates a journey through life. Return to your hotel, located in the heart of Dublin's leafy southside, just minutes from the city centre.

  7. Day 7

    Depart Dublin

    Your memorable tour comes to an end. Departure transfers arrive at Dublin Airport at 07:00, 09:00 & 11:00.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Dublin: VIP priority entrance to the Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity college with a University insider.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
  • Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lakelands and remote villages as you tour the Ring of Kerry.
  • Killarney: See the hidden delights of Killarney on a famous jaunting car ride. Ramble along with your local 'Jarvey' who informs you of the history, legend and folklore of the area – with some Irish wit thrown in for good measure!
      

  • Cobh: The Queenstown Story at Cobh retraces the steps of Irish emigration from the famine of 1845 to the great ocean line era of the 1950s. A must for those with Irish ancestors who crossed the Atlantic at this time.
  • Blarney: Dangle from the ramparts to kiss the Stone of Eloquence, and never be lost for words again!
  • Kildare: Join an equine professional for a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud and follow the 'journey of life' through the Japanese Gardens, starting from the ‘Cave of Birth' to the ‘Gateway to Eternity'.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dublin: See the Custom House, Guinness Brewery, Phoenix Park, Dublin Castle and the Georgian townhouses.
  • Galway: See the Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
  • Burren: Drive through the rocky limestone landscape.
  • Adare: Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.
  • Cork: Enjoy an orientation tour.
  • Waterford: See Reginald's Tower, the ruined city walls and enjoy a guided visit to the Waterford Crystal Factory and Showrooms.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Killarney: Join John and Freda Sheehan for an evening of local fare in a beautiful setting. Enjoy great food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere, while the chef explains the secrets behind some of Ireland's best loved dishes.
  • Cork: Celebrate Irish style! Join in the ‘craic' over dinner with fabulous local flavours and wine.
  • 6 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 three-course Dinner (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea and coffee.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Killarney: The 4-Star Killarney Avenue Hotel echoes old world charm and is located within the heart of downtown Killarney.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, 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 foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • 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.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel - Burlington Road Dublin

Dublin (Central) - Ireland

Doubletree by Hilton - Burlington Road, Dublin

Radisson Blu Galway

Galway (Scenic) - Ireland

Killarney Avenue Killarney

Killarney (Central) - Ireland

The Kingsley Cork

Cork (Traditional) - Ireland

A sophisticated hotel close to the centre of bustling Cork.

GUEST REVIEWS & EXPERIENCES

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on 7784 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 02 November, 2017

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    Trip: Well paced out with no early starts.

    Service: Very professional all round service. Excellent tour guide, comfortable bus , well paced itinerary and quality accomodation.

  • 14 October, 2017

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    Trip: Was very good content to the tours included

    Service: Our guide was very good and quite knowledgeable

  • 14 October, 2017

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    Trip: We didn't buy a lot, but what we did buy: Guiness mug, some clothing, 2 farmer's caps, a few pieces of jewellery...was of good quality and reasonable price. The variety of things to buy was good and the various shops were great! The tax rebate is an excellent idea!

    Service: I contacted CS once by email prior to our trip to Ireland Sept. 16, 2017. I asked a question about our final day's return time to the hotel. I had the answer within 12-24 hours (s0rry, can't remember for sure). Thank you! Pat Wade

  • 14 October, 2017

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    Trip: Although we were on the move a lot, we never felt rushed. And it was nice that we were never in the coach for more than two hours at any time.

    Service: We had a great time. Our tour director made the experience wonderful. We will recommend Insight Vacations to anyone thinking of going on a tour.

  • 07 October, 2017

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    Trip: The itinerary was pretty excellent. I just would have liked to stay in a couple places more than one night. So I would recommend taking a longer vacation with them.

    Service: Very informative. Knew everything about every place we went. Very good driving skills. We left on time everyday. I would recommend this plave to someone else.

  • 07 October, 2017

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    Trip: Every place on the itinerary was seen, Patrick our tour guide was terrific and so much fun and learned so much from him

    Service: Excellent answered all my questions and concerns

  • 07 October, 2017

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    Trip: I just needed more time to see more

    Service: Very friendly and knowledgeable

  • 07 October, 2017

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    Trip: The itinerary received a 4 star. Overall everything was good but felt rushed first day arrived at hotel with everyone waiting to board bus no time to go to washroom and freshen up after a overnight flight. Maybe a little later start.

    Service: Patrick your tour director is the reason I gave a 5 star. Very professional well organized and very knowledgeable about Ireland. He loves his country

  • 02 October, 2017

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    Trip: Because everything that was promised to see and do we did, that's how it should be, we picked this tour because on the itinerary and it delivered

    Service: The customer service was excellent, having the right guide was important and we had the best in Clodagh

  • 01 October, 2017

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    Trip: We loved everything we did and saw.

    Service: Our experience was via our travel agent but seemed to be faultless.

  • 30 September, 2017

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    Trip: Wonderful trip and travel company!

    Service: Great trip!

  • 30 September, 2017

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    Trip: The only comment on the itinerary would be to have more time in Cork and perhaps less in Cobh

    Service: I would definitely recommend them also I would travel with them on another tour. Everything ran smoothly and it was an aspect that made the tour so enjoyable. Our tour director, Clodagh FitzGerald, made the whole experience enjoyable with her knowledge and sense of humour.

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