Country Roads of Ireland - Insight Vacations

Country Roads of Ireland (Summer 2017)

Duration: 13 days Visiting Ireland

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Experience the wild, enchanting coastal routes as you explore the Emerald Isle. Along the way you'll encounter ruined castles, quiet lakes, natural wonders and some legendary characters.

  1. Day 1 Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2 Welcome to Dublin

    On arrival at Dublin Airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 & 13:30. Later, 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.

    Hotel: Clayton Burlington Road/Clayton Cardiff Lane, Dublin

    Welcome Reception and Dinner

  3. Day 3 In Dublin’s Fair City

    (Relaxed Start) Become acquainted with Dublin's elegant squares during an guided tour. Discover famous O'Connell Street, Custom House and Dublin Castle. 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. The afternoon is free to explore.

    Hotel: Clayton Burlington Road/Clayton Cardiff Lane, Dublin

    Full Breakfast

  4. Day 4 A ‘Journey through Life’ from Dublin to Cork

    Visit one of the country's main racehorse breeding centres and acclaimed 100 year old Japanese Gardens where you can ‘journey through life'. Move on to the medieval city of Kilkenny where you will learn about the ancient Celtic sport of 'Hurling' which is over 3,000 years old. Continue on past the imposing 13th century Cahir castle, featured in the film Excalibur, to your spa resort hotel in Cork.

    Hotel: The Kingsley, Cork

    Full Breakfast

  5. Day 5 Across the Mountains to Killarney

    (Relaxed Start) Enjoy an orientation tour around the compact university city of Cork, with its interesting waterways and grand Georgian parades. Continue to ruined Blarney Castle. Will you hang upside down from the ramparts to kiss the stone and ensure a lifetime of eloquence? Now cross the majestic Derrynasaggart Mountains to the peaceful town of Killarney.

    Hotel: Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney

    Full Breakfast

  6. Day 6 Ring of Kerry Experience

    (Relaxed Start) Start your day with a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local ‘Jarveys'. Then take a leisurely excursion around the magnificent Ring of Kerry. Here, mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. Journey past lush lakelands and around towering cliffs affording sweeping sea views. 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?

    Hotel: Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney

    Full Breakfast

  7. Day 7 Around the Dingle Peninsula and on to Limerick

    In the morning, take to the wide skies, peaceful towns and coastal scenery of the Dingle Peninsula - the setting for the film Ryan's Daughter. Drive to dramatic Slea Head at the peninsula's far end, then continue through the picturesque thatched village of Adare to Limerick, famous for rhymes, lace and elegant Georgian houses. Tonight, enjoy a Signature Evening with a cooking demonstration and dinner.

    Hotel: Castle Oaks Hotel, Limerick

    Full Breakfast, Signature Evening

  8. Day 8 Drive to the Cliffs of Moher then on to Galway

    In Limerick, see the Treaty Stone, St. Mary's Cathedral and medieval King John's Castle. Move on to the Visitor Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Clare Coast before a delightful drive through the strange, rocky landscape of the Burren to Galway Bay. On arrival, see the Lynch Memorial and Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before his discovery of America. Also see the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F Kennedy.

    Hotel: Connemara Coast/Maldron Sandy Lane, Galway

    Full Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 Free day Galway or Aran Islands Experience

    (Relaxed Start) Spend a day at leisure to relax and enjoy Galway. Perhaps join an optional experience to the Aran Islands - a true highlight on the Wild Atlantic Way. With their cliffs and spectacular coastal views, the islands are a true Irish experience.

    Hotel: Connemara Coast/Maldron Sandy Lane, Galway

    Full Breakfast

  10. Day 10 Londonderry

    Continue on to County Sligo, stopping at a peaceful churchyard in Drumcliffe to visit the final resting place of Ireland's famous poet, William Butler Yeats. Admire the Blue Stack Mountains of Donegal as you cross into Northern Ireland bound for the ancient walled city of ‘Derry'. What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls, still topped with cannons. Walk down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall.

    Hotel: Maldron Hotel, Londonderry

    Full Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 Walk in the Giant’s Steps on the way to Ballygally

    (Relaxed Start)Journey to the legendary Giant's Causeway, a geological masterpiece created by the cooling of lava which burst through the earth's crust millions of years ago. Next admire the hauntingly beautiful Dark Hedges. This stunning avenue of beech trees, planted in the 18th century, is more recently known as the Kings Road from Game of Thrones. Continue onto your hotel, overlooking the golden sands of Ballygally Bay. Those brave enough can check out the ‘ghost room’, in one of the castle’s turrets. In the evening, please join us for a finalé Celebration Dinner, where old-fashioned hospitality is blended with good food and wine for an experience that delights the senses.

    Hotel: Ballygally Castle

    Full Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

  12. Day 12 Follow the Antrim Coast to Belfast

    (Relaxed Start) Continue around the Antrim Coast, past the huge Norman castle at Carrickfergus, to arrive in the Northern Ireland capital of Belfast. Meet your Local Expert for a panoramic tour seeing the City Hall, Queen's University, Stormont and the Belfast Murals. In your free time, why not visit the Titanic Belfast, a state of the art visitor centre and birthplace of the Titanic, a monument to Belfast's maritime heritage.

    Hotel: Europa, Belfast

    Full Breakfast

  13. Day 13 Depart Belfast or Dublin

    Departure transfers arrive at Belfast George Best City Airport at 07:15 and Belfast International Airport at 08:00. An additional transfer will arrive at Dublin Airport at 08:00.

    Full Breakfast

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Dublin: VIP priority entrance to the Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity college with a University insider.
  • Kildare: Experience a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens.
  • Kilkenny: Gain an exciting insight into this unique Irish cultural experience, the ancient Celtic game of Hurling.
  • 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 lakelands and remote villages, as you tour the magical Ring of Kerry.
  • Killarney: Hear the history, legend and folklore of Killarney from a local 'Jarvey', while on-board a famous jaunting car ride.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
  • Londonderry:What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls.
  • Giant's Causeway: Learn about the towering hexagonal basalt columns - a geological spectacle to behold.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dublin: See Custom House, Dublin Castle and O'Connell St.
  • Kilkenny: See the Castle 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.
  • Drumcliffe: Visit the final resting place of Irish poet Willain Butler Yeats.
  • 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.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Ballygally: 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!
  • 11 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 three-course Dinners (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Ballygally: Ballygally Castle is a stunning 17th century castle which overlooks the golden sands of the bay and offers excellent facilities.

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 tours 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 Tour Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your tour. 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.

Dinner & Irish Cabaret

Over an excellent dinner of quality Irish food, enjoy a nonstop show of comedy, dance, song and music. Ireland’s musical history unfolds in a cabaret that will delight you long after the night has ended. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the fun, and it’s all wrapped up in the spirit of Irish humour. At the end of your meal, cap off one of Ireland’s best nights out with an Irish Coffee.

Adult Price: EUR 71

Code: DUB0008

Irish Countryside & Glendalough

An afternoon drive takes you through the rural countryside of County Wicklow - the garden of Ireland. Pass through the pretty Wicklow Mountains to the picturesque setting of St. Kevin’s great 6th Century monastic site at Glendalough. After exploring the monastic remains return to Dublin via the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Adult Price: EUR 20

Code: DUB0006

From Emigration to Industry

Today, we’ll drive to the Cobh Heritage Centre to experience the Queenstown story. We’ll hear the story of emigration, how Ireland forged links with America, Canada, Australia and many other parts of the World. Then, it’s a visit to the Midleton Distillery, where their tradition began with master distiller, John Jameson in 1780. A signature whiskey drink awaits.

Adult Price: EUR 39

Code: COR0005

Celtic Steps

Enjoy a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians and showcasing the music of Kerry and beyond.

Adult Price: EUR 36

Code: KIL0003

Craic Agus Ceol

An afternoon foray into the Irish land of storytelling and fun with a modern day Seanchai (traditional storyteller). Enjoy this unique experience whilst sipping on an Irish Coffee, Whiskey or local Draft Beer.

Adult Price: EUR 20

Code: KIL0007

Shannon Castle Banquet

Calling all Lords and Ladies! Please be seated for a delicious banquet in the great hall of the castle. In the splendour of a bygone age, entertainment is provided by the court jester, castle musicians and attendants of the medieval court. It won’t be long before you're making merry with the fine music, singing, dancing, good food and laughter. You'll be sure to take home warm memories of this delightful evening.

Adult Price: EUR 67

Code: LIM0001

A Connemara Gathering

A Ceilidh in its true sense, we’ll enjoy a wonderful evening of traditional music from bygone days while enjoying dinner and conviviality, overlooking Galway Bay.

Adult Price: EUR 55

Code: GAL0005

Aran Islands

Embark upon a voyage of antiquity to the largest of the Aran Islands. Your guided tour of the island will also include a visit to the ancient fort of Dun Aengus.

Adult Price: EUR 41

Code: GAL0004

Spirit of Derry

Before dinner this evening, take the chance to enjoy the unique and fun experience of learning the history of Derry and the North through storytelling, music and song in a local pub. A drink of your choice is included.

Adult Price: EUR 30

Code: DER0001

Historic Pub Walk and Farewell Supper

Join a local to hear about the importance of Belfast's pubs through the eras, stroll through the narrow streets before reaching a Victorian alehouse to enjoy a traditional supper and drinks.

Adult Price: GBP 35

Code: BEL0003

Dublin Dinner

Join us for some warm Irish hospitality a three course dinner in a family run pub, that was formerly the haunt of nobility and notorious highwaymen. Lovely exposed brick walls and dark wood make for a cosy atmosphere in which to enjoy your hearty pub meal.

Adult Price: EUR 45

Code: DUB0009

Galway Walking Tour

The medieval streets of Galway are best  explored  with a local. Join our expert Galway guide for a stroll through history in this charming port city.

Adult Price: EUR 15

Code: GAL0002

Accommodation

 

Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane Dublin - 0 star

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Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane, Dublin

Clayton Cardiff Lane Dublin - 0 star

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Complimentary Wifi

The Kingsley Cork - 0 star

Cork () - Ireland

Killarney Plaza Hotel Killarney - 0 star

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Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney

Castle Oaks Hotel Limerick - 0 star

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Castle Oaks Hotel, Limerick

Connemara CoastMaldron Sandy Lane Galway - 0 star

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Connemara Coast/Maldron Sandy Lane, Galway

Maldron Hotel Londonderry - 0 star

Londonderry () - Ireland

Ballygally Castle - 0 star

Ballygally (Scenic) - Northern Ireland

Complimentary WifiBallygally Castle Hotel, This 17th Century hotel faces the sandy beaches of Ballygally Bay. The rooms are full of character and charm with all the top facilities of a modern hotel.

Europa Belfast - 0 star

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Europa, Belfast
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  • 5 out of 5

    Excellent Trip

    9/22/2016 Charles Cumpstone Jr, Palm Harbor, United States

    Why really makes a trip is not what you see, it is the quality of the Tour Director. We have been to Ireland before, but did our own driving and mapped out our own tour. Needless to say, we saw a lot, but really didn't learn much about what we saw. Tom Horgan changed all that. He is a true professional with a great personality that, after two weeks, becomes a life long friend. He knows Ireland and it's history and explains it in an interesting way. He is the best! Our driver Garry was equally as helpful.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Do it - Do it

    9/29/2015 Rosemary Larabie, Ottawa (ON), Canada

    This was our third Insight Tour and it was just as great as the other two. Ireland is so scenic and what an Irish Welcome we got. Even the cabbies were fun and friendly! Highly recommend Insight if your going on a Coach tour - the extra leg room, the excellent guides and safe drivers - how can you go wrong. Only thing I don't like is that it all goes by so fast - I would like two nights at each stop - but then Im getting slower as I age.

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  • 5 out of 5

    irland

    9/26/2015 Loran Lester, Oakdale, United States

    Just completed are13 days in Ireland. Could not have had a better vacation. Met some very nice people. The people of Ireland all of them were very very nice. Thai tour guide and bus driver went above and beyond their duties. Loran

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  • 5 out of 5

    Ireland Tour with Insight

    9/25/2015 Patricia Johnson, Moreno Valley, United States

    I had such a wonderful time on the Ireland tour. Now I' so tire that I need a vacation from the vacation. The tour director Harry, was just wonderful. Dealing with 40 people at once is not an easy task but he was great. Now my family would like to go somewhere with Insight Vacations. But I will have to rest first. Each day was an adventure. It was great just wondering what the next day would hold. I hope to plan another trip with Insight Vacations. Also our driver Pat, was patient, friendly, & drove like a trooper. I still don't know how he got around some of those tiny roads. He did a wonderful job. I would recommend Insight Vacations to anyone wanting to go places & wanting to tour. It was truly amazing how busy we were each day. I don't know whether I will ever see Harry or Pat again but I do hope the next director & driver can meet their standards. They may have spoiled me for the next trip. Oh well, we will see. Thanks for a wonderful, fun trip. I truly enjoyed it.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Awesome Harry

    9/24/2015 Jerry Barnett, Hampstead, United States

    Yes, the tour director was awesome, as was Pat our driver. The itinerary and extras provided by the tour director made for a very enjoyable and informative tour. Only thing is..if you go to Ireland, be sure you are agile enough to climb into the bathtub/showers.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Country Roads of Ireland 8 to 19 June 2015

    9/7/2015 Beverley-Ann Gribble, Edenvale, South Africa

    I highly recommend the Country Roads of Ireland tour with Insight! Our driver Gerry Glanvin was excellent and very helpful. Our Tour Director Patrick Kealey was one-of-a-kind! He brought the history and beauty of the countryside of Ireland to life. We had a great group of people on the tour, always on time and very few grumbles. I think this may have had something to do with the respect everyone had for Patrick. The places we visited were interesting and most were extremely beautiful and we were blessed to have amazing weather for the two weeks. Patrick read us stories and poetry which was often relevant to the next stop, and which enhanced our experience. There was not a lot of sleeping on the bus because we were spellbound by Patrick’s perfect voice. He also spoiled us with many treats and surprises along the way. The full breakfasts were really good and most included meals were very good. I enjoyed the optionals, I did all but one, and those meals were also very good with some being excellent. The local tour guides were excellent! The hotel in Limerick was the only one that was a bit disappointing, but we were there for only one night. There were no toiletries in the bathroom and the wi-fi did not work. If you want to see the beauty of the south and the north of Ireland, this is one of the few tours that covers it all! Well done Insight, this tour is a winner!

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  • 5 out of 5

    Care and Consideration

    8/18/2015 Peter Lewis, Auckland, New Zealand

    I travelled around Southern Ireland with Insight in 1993, so when I was making plans to tour throughout Ireland I turned to the same company. This time I encountered a whole new dimension of Insight because my husband contracted a flu virus on the flight over to Dublin from New Zealand. So by the time he joined the bus tour he was unwell. His conditioned worsened and after five days of travel we had to withdraw from the tour. Thus I was introduced to Insight's Team B who are especially assigned to support their clients. I cannot give enough praise to this service whose representatives were in regular phone contact with me, guiding me through the necessary changes with courtesy and sympathy. Because of our wonderful tour guide Dylan, we were able to rejoin the tour after a couple of days, thus allowing me to continue enjoying this wonderful country. Unfortunately I had opportunity to compare the support offered by Insight with that of another company in Europe as my husband's ill health dogged our entire two month "trip of a lifetime". This other company offered me no assistance although they advertise their care. All that I experienced during that time simply reinforced Insight's efficiency, care and consideration. Thank you for the opportunity to be able to share this story with future travellers.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Great Trip - Great Guide

    8/13/2015 Colleen Ford, Phoenix (AZ), United States

    Being from Phoenix, we loved the 40 shades of GREEN.....and Wet. Best of all was our tour guide, Shona Finnie. She made our trip fun with all of her daily and to be continued stories including all of her "true" stories! She truly was a delight and loved her banter with our great driver, Mick. Consider yourself with "Irish Luck" if you get Shona as a guide. Fords

    9 out of 12 people found this comment useful

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  • 5 out of 5

    Ireland

    7/19/2015 Lynne Dillon, Pyrmont, Australia

    Great trip and meet so many wonderful people. Director director Shona Finnie was magnificent. She went beyond the call of duty. Coach driver Keiran was an excellent caring driver. Most of all loved the Republic of Ireland, the history and scenery and the walking tours of Londondeery and Belfast was so interesting especially the knowledge of the guides and was well organized.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Memories are made of this

    7/19/2015 Diane Russell, Aspley, Australia

    Country Roads of Ireland tour was everything we hoped and more. The beautiful Irish scenery, the wonderful experiences, and our amazing, delightful and very knowledgeable Tour Director made this tour for us one of the best we have experienced. The Irish humour made us laugh the whole trip and the heart warming stories and history brought tears to our eyes. All the inclusions were just marvellous and informative and the optional experiences were great. We will never forget the unbelievable Celtic Steps and loved the folk story telling of Adrian in Belfast. A very BIG thank you to Shona (you are indeed a gem and the best tour director we have experienced) and to Keiran (Coach driver extraordinaire) who made the trip so comfortable and could drive that Coach though the eye of a needle. Between you both we knew we were in confident and very capable hands all the way. Thanks for the life long wonderful memories.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Country Roads of Ireland

    7/11/2015 Alba Vanderwyst, Etobicoke, Canada

    If you want to see Ireland this is the tour!!. It more than exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide Clodagh Fitzgerald, made it that much more enjoyable. She was extremely knowledgeable including in our sightseeing not only history but the local folklore. She was also quick to attend to any of our personal needs. The driver was great. Courteous and a cautious driver. Thank you for a great holiday Bert and Alba Vanderwyst/

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  • 5 out of 5

    Great Itinerary of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

    6/25/2015 Susan Mcmillan, San Clemente, United States

    This trip has a fantastic itinerary and visits to all the major cities and sights of Ireland. The Tour Guide and Drivers were excellent and introductions to all the locations were superb! I highly recommend this trip! Upon completion you have great satisfaction in feeling you have seen and been to all of Ireland.

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  • 4 out of 5

    Great Ireland Trip

    6/23/2015 Betty Dupree, Tulsa, United States

    Had a wonderful time. Our tour guide, Harry Rochford, was the best and our driver, Eugene, was skilled. We had a topnotch team.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Cathy Paquin

    6/3/2015 Mary Paquin, Campbell River, Canada

    Country Roads of Ireland was a wonderful tour. The Irish were so gracious and welcoming. Our guide, Patrick, and resident expert was incredible. He was always smiling, well informed and very organized. We loved the stories! Between him and our driver Paddy, we had a first class experience. We were very well taken care of indeed. My husband and I both felt we chose the right tour company and look forward to many great tours in the future with Insight.

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  • 4 out of 5

    Excellent rural image of Ireland

    10/8/2014 Louis Fick, Johannesburg, South Africa

    We were impressed by the detail conveyed during the tour regarding off the mainstream exposure to Ireland. An excellent tour!

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  • 5 out of 5

    Another very enjoyable 'Country Roads' tour

    9/11/2014 Colin Stansfield, Heathmont, Australia

    Joined the Country Roads of Ireland tour in September 2014(only 24 of us) with Shona as our tour guide and Joe the driver. The usual heaps of leg room and quality coach expected of Insight. Shona and Joe contributed significantly to the experience through their enthusiastic efforts (true? stories, history, music, etc.), humour and very caring behaviour. The tour was nicely paced throughout except for the last morning for those of us returning to Dublin (from belfast), as it required a 6am start by coach in order to get to Dublin by 8am. Optional excursions were generally good value and enjoyable (if a little corny at times). The Killarney night of 'Celtic Steps' dancing and singing was a particular highlight, not to be missed. We were fortunate to have good weather most of the time, particulary around the renowned west coast. Overall, we thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone (elderly) who enjoys coach tours through beautiful and stunning scenery. Colin and Jenny (Melbourne)

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  • 5 out of 5

    Best tour ever!

    8/19/2014 Jennifer Mclaughlin, Northville, United States

    Recently my daughter and I traveled the CountryRoads of Ireland with insight vacations. The trip was wonderful! Our tour guide Shona Finnie was truly wonderful. I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to visit this beautiful country. If possible try to get Shona as your tour guide. Her knowledge of the country's history is exceptional. Looking forward to traveling again with Insight Vacations again.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Our Country Roads Tour of Ireland in June - June 29, 2014.

    7/27/2014 Paul Martin, Port Angeles, United States

    Our tour was excellent. Aine Lynam was our tour guide and Michael was our Bus driver. Aine was so kind and informative, can't imagine having another tour guide who could have been better. Michael was also exceptional. You are very fortunate to have these two people. Thank you very much.Sharon and Paul Martin, and Maureen McDonnell..

    69 out of 74 people found this comment useful

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  • 5 out of 5

    Green hills, castles and friendly folk!

    7/25/2014 Vikki Perkins, Calgary, Canada

    Great tour of many of the main sites in Ireland. Castles, cathedrals, historic sites. So much beautiful scenery - landscapes, seascapes, amazing buildings. And the people of Ireland are amazingly friendly. Can't wait to go back again!

    12 out of 14 people found this comment useful

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  • 5 out of 5

    Our tour guide and bus driver made our trip!

    7/3/2014 Maureen Mcdonnell, Long Beach, United States

    Aine Lynam and Michael Dolan made our trip! You don't have enough stars to rate how much they added to our enjoyment! Aine went the extra mile for all 37 of us traveling. Her stories & humor kept us all entertained and we would travel again in a heartbeat, if we would get her as our tour guide! She was the very best! Michael was the consummate professional driver, courteous and very helpful and always with a smile on his face! It was a great group of 37 people and I will always have cherished memories!!!!

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  • 5 out of 5

    Country Roads of Ireland May 2014

    6/19/2014 Carolyn Pobar, Torrington, Australia

    I would like to recommend this 12 day tour to anyone who is looking for a wonderful time. We have just returned from the UK and I would say that the tour would have been my highlight of our 6 week holiday. We were lucky to have a great tour director Shona who was so informative of all the history and stories to be told of Southern and Northern Ireland. She and Eugene our wonderful bus driver who could safely manage that bus in such difficult situations, were a credit and asset to Insight Vacations. Our group of 36 travellers from Australia, America and Canada were all great and communicated so well, everyone enjoyed the tour and company so much.... and it was mainly due to Shona being our "Mother" as she called herself from day I, she looked after each and every one of us. Ireland is such a beautiful place to visit, so much history, castles and places of interest to see, it is also so green and lush in the lovely patchwork countryside. It is a definate for the bucket list..........

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  • 5 out of 5

    Fine trip in Ireland.

    6/18/2014 Wendy Mcfadyen, Te Puke, New Zealand

    We had a most enjoyable Country Road trip around Ireland. We were very lucky with the weather as we were able to do everything in the sunshine. At no stage were the umbrellas brought out . The group was a good mixture and our Tour Director Tom was great. We could not have asked for better leaders. Jim was an excellent driver who managed the narrow roads with ease. Would recommend this tour to anyone.

    7 out of 7 people found this comment useful

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  • 5 out of 5

    Beautiful Ireland

    6/14/2014 Yvonne Taylor, Sylvania, Australia

    I was very impressed with the level of quality of the tour overall. The hotels and meals were of a very high standard. The coach was quite comfortable but would have liked a cushion for my lower back due to chronic back pain, I will take my own on my next adventure. Only disappointment was as a solo traveller I felt left out of the loop during free time due to my fellow companions were all couples and tended to go their own way, the group were quite friendly otherwise. The most notable thing of the wbole trip was our wonderful Tour Director, Erica Dalton. Erica was very knowledgeable, professional and very amiable and no request, big or small was any bother to her. Erica had everything organised perfectly, from arranging our early book ins of our hotels to our optional tours. She is a credit to the Irish Tourist Board and to Insight. Our bus driver Martin was also a pleasure to know, always helpful from little things like having chilled water available every day to stopping at unscheduled sights for a photo opportunity, he was always cheerful in that unique Irish way. Overall the holiday was a wonderful experience and wouldn't hesitate in recommending Insight to my friends. I look forward to travelling again with Insight in 2115 on my next overseas holiday to Canada. PS: I thoroughly enjoyed my Channel Islands trip which I did just prior to the Ireland holiday.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Linda A

    6/10/2014 Linda Aldred, Houston, United States

    What a wonderful way to really see Ireland. Our guide Patrick was very informative and he made every minute of this trip interesting. Our driver Mike did a great job as some of those country roads can be not as wide as I am used to and I never felt unsafe but instead very secure and well cared for. We came away from this trip feeling educated about Ireland and Northern Ireland and their people and the scenery was breath-taking. I would recommend this tour to anyone who REALLY wants to be saturated and absorb all there is to see in Ireland.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Country Roads of Ireland Tour in April

    5/14/2014 Pamela Shorter, South Lyon, United States

    My husband and I took this tour with Insight in April of 2014. This was our first tour with Insight and I would highly recommend this tour. We traveled all around Ireland from Dublin to Belfast - the accommodations were great. Our tour director, Aine Lynam, was entertaining, knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful. Aine provided a lot of information about Irish history. Our bus driver, Patrick, was friendly - carried water in the bus which we could purchase for $1 per bottle and could squeeze that bus through the tightest locations. Patrick always kept that bus spotless. The scenery in Ireland was breathtaking and our weather was wonderful. Most days had temperatures of about 60 degrees F for a high and the lows might have been about 45 degrees F. We had one day in Derry when it rained for about two hours. The bus was always clean and comfortable and there was limited wi-fi on the bus. The hotel in Dublin, Doubletree by Hilton Dublin on Burlington Road - had a comfortable room with coffee pot in the room. Breakfast was included and was very good. There was an exercise room at this hotel which was open 24/7 and I used the exercise room every day we were there. The jaunting ride in Killarney through the National Park was unique and enjoyable. For kissing the Blarney Stone, our tour director, Aine, arranged for us to be there when this attraction opened and there was no wait and I was the first one to kiss the Blarney Stone that day. The day we went to the Cliffs of Moor was a beautiful, sunny day. The Dingle Peninsula is beautiful and Aine knew a woman named Mary Houlihan who lived by the Bee Hives near the end of the Dingle Peninsula - we went into Mary's house and spoke with her - she is an elderly woman who is very friendly and knowledgeable. I believe she has been interviewed by Barbara Walters and she has a picture of herself with Tom Cruise. My favorite hotel was in Galway, Connamera Coast, - we lucked out with a room facing west and saw the sunset - beautiful. This hotel also had an exercise room and pool. During our free time one afternoon, my husband scheduled a massage at the hotel. The hotel on the Antrim Coast, Bally Gally, was scenic and since the weather was so clear we could see the lighthouse on the shore of Scotland. Our tour guide, Ronan, in Derry (Northern Ireland) was good and provided lots of historical information about Northern Ireland. Belfast is an interesting city - the hotel is close to walking around the city and the Crown Pub is across the street. The accommodations at all hotels were very good - all hotels had coffee in the rooms. The breakfasts were all good. At the hotels where dinner was included, the food was very good. A friend recommended this tour to me and my husband and I really enjoyed this tour. There were 25 people on the tour and everyone was friendly.

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  • 4 out of 5

    Spring time in Ireland 2014 - Country Roads of Ireland is the tour to do

    5/2/2014 Rozlyn Webley, Bayview Heights, Australia

    I will definitely recommend your Country Roads of Ireland tour as it covers most of the must see sights of Ireland if one only has a couple of weeks stay in this beautiful mystical country. A must also is to have a knowledgeable tour director who has charm and wit and a driver who can take his passengers safely to each destination and with a smile.The trip my sister and I did was in April 2014 was enhanced as the weather was perfect every day with only half a day light sprinkles - we were very lucky. Also this particular tour was the first to end in Belfast (anti-clockwise tour) which proved very successful when trying to understand the history - good company decision. Of course some tweeking for the last day will be needed for future but I'm sure this will be sorted. Overall - excellent value for money with Insights tours, great tour director and driver and their knowledge of Ireland, its places, stories and people and their ability to have fun and interact with us as passengers. I was recommended to book this tour, I'll do the same. Thank you.

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  • 4 out of 5

    Tripping around the UK

    11/3/2013 Susan Fogarty, Tamworth, Australia

    We recently toured GB and Ireland on separate Insight Vacation tours and would strongly recommend both tours to anyone who is interested in the history and lifestyle of both Great Britain and Ireland. Our first experience with Insight Vacations was the Elegance of Great Britain, our guide, David's knowledge was incredible. The two coach drivers involved were exceptional, courteous and very helpful. We could not have asked for better company on the tour and believe we have made some very special friends. Our second experience was The Roads of Ireland. The tour was not full (24 people) our guide, Erica and driver, Tom, are an asset to Insight Vacations. Erica's knowledge was fantastic and delivered in a very meaningful way. Tom's driving abilities extraordinary. We always felt safe and found the tour information, relaxing as the days were not as long as the first tour taken in GB with plenty of time for shopping. Thank you Insight for a great vacation. We are now planning our next one! Jacque

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  • 5 out of 5

    Country Roads of Ireland - August 23 - September 4, 2013

    9/10/2013 Harla Acheson, Plano, United States

    What a wonderful trip. We had a wonderful tour guide, Pat and teriffic bus driver Michael that gave us a trip of a lifetime. Ireland is one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit. Our 1800 pictures prove what a great trip we had. Some of the pluses with taking an Insight tour: Great Hotel Locations, comfortable coaches, lots of options with free time due to being centrally located. The food was great, especially the Fish and Chips in Dingle. We visited several things a day, so we were never bored. Pat kept us ahead of the possie, so we did not have lines to deal with. Our hotel was ready when we got there so we received our keys and were ready to go. You never touch a suitcase except to put it outside your door. Pat gave us some surprises and had the funniest stories from his real life experiences. I had my doubts that any tour agency could beat Globus, but I must say that Insight beat them hands down. My husband and I travel a lot and this was our most favorite trip to date. BTW, we had a great bunch of people on our trip. I know that helped make our trip so successful. Thank you Insight for a great tour of Ireland, we will never forget it.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Enjoyed - Country roads of Ireland

    9/9/2013 Gilbert Breland, Wetaskiwin, Canada

    This tour was fabulous, everything about it was top notch. If I could say anything negative it is that the celebration dinner should be on the last evening. Ourselves and several other guests in this tour felt the same. We will definitely use Insight Vacation on our next holiday.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Wonderful experience

    9/4/2013 Teresa Mcnamara, Elk Point, Canada

    Very well organized, the highlights of Ireland were of the highest quality,. Erica was a superb tour director, important times, places etc were given with courtesy, thoughtfullness & good instruction, knowledge of Ireland was excellent. It came through that she took great pride in her work & was so very proud of her country. Damion , excellent tour bus driver, calm, bus was always clean, & so willing to lend a helping hand.I will certainly book another tour thru Insight, when able to do so.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Irish Eyes Are Smilin'

    8/28/2013 Nancy Rogers-Bain, St Catharines, Canada

    What a fabulous vacation! I have travelled quite extensively and would rate this as one of my best vacations yet. Our Tour Director, Erica, was exceptional. Her friendly manner and her extensive knowledge of her home country, which she obviously loves dearly, kept the entire coach engaged and interested. I have been on several tour type vacations and Erica is the best guide I have had to date. Our driver, Damien, excels at what he does and everyone felt very comfortable with him at the wheel. The itinerary was terrific, as were our accommodations, food and included and optional excursions. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to tour both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Friendly faces and warm smiles met us wherever we went. It is impossible for me to state what I enjoyed most, as the entire experience was bar none. Quite simply, I have nothing but positive things to say about this trip and would highly recommend Country Roads of Ireland to one and all.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Best Vacation Ever

    8/10/2013 Joanne Higgs, Barrie, Canada

    What an amazing vacation. We had the best group of people travelling with us. Every day was a new adventure. There were only 24 of us and I think the smaller group really worked to our advantage, it was easier to get to know each other. Our tour guide did a wonderful job showing us the sites and giving us the history of the areas we travelled to. A big thank you to the Insight group for giving me some awesome memories. Will definitely consider them first for future vacations.

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  • 5 out of 5

    EXCELLENT !

    8/3/2013 Graeme Thompson, Sorell, Australia

    I was on this Tour 15Jul13 - 26 Jul13 as a solo traveller. The Tour was so organised with an excellent itinerary,and all guests were accommodated with their individual requirements. This was my first tour, and I was very impressed. A special mention must be given to lovely Erica Dalton our Tour Director, her local knowledge was outstanding and Bill Keogh, a very professional driver ! As an apprehensive novice, I can highly recommend Insight and I am already making plans for my next tour !....Graeme Thompson Tasmania Aust

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  • 5 out of 5

    A Wonderful experience

    7/30/2013 Carol Walker, Wakerley, Australia

    Lucky I chose this tour, Lucky that our group got the best tour guide I have ever had. She went the extra mile to make sure we experienced the REAL Ireland. I will return.

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  • 4 out of 5

    Awesome Tour

    7/25/2013 Nancy Tamblyn, Castor, Canada

    The tour was an excellent peek at life in both Ireland and Northern Ireland. Lots of travelling and many beautiful scenic locations. The only thing that prevented me from rating this tour as a 5 star were the accomodations at the Blarney Golf Resort near the end of the tour. Everything else, from the tour hostess and bus driver to all other accomodations to the venues we visited were absolutely awesome.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Great Tour of Ireland

    7/8/2013 Wallace Evans, Lockwood South, Australia

    We found this to be an excellent tour of Ireland - the right pace and managed by two very competent and capable people. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • 5 out of 5

    Country roads 2013

    7/4/2013 Timothy Percival, Citrus Heights, United States

    My husband and I went on the two week Country Roads of Ireland tour with Insight. The group of people we toured with were very nice. The driver and tour guide were hysterical. We did see a lot of the country but stayed in the city as well. So, there is a nice mixture of country but still opportunity to explore some of the cities and shops. There were many tours and scheduled stops but also some free time to do what you want before moving on to the next stop.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Country Roads of Ireland was absolutely FANTASTIC!!!

    6/15/2013 Constance Lanese, Scottsdale, United States

    This tour couldn't have been any better!! I wasn't sure what to expect, but it surpassed anything I could imagine. The tour guide (Erika) was amazing!!! She was extremely knowledgeable, bright, funny, and very organized. The coach driver (Mike) was also amazing!! He navigated the coach with such expertise around Ireland's narrow roads, with hairpin turns, and stray sheep in the roadway. He always had our luggage exactly where it needed to be during the entire trip. I can't say enough about this tour and how wonderful it was, except to say, "THANK YOU!!" We enjoyed it immensely!! A++++++++

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