Britain and Ireland

Britain & Ireland

Country Roads

Irish Elegance (Summer 2018)

Duration: 9 days Visiting: Ireland

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Showcasing the very best sights and scenery of Ireland including the Wild Atlantic Way and a night at the magnificent Ashford Castle.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

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

  2. Day 2

    In Dublin’s Fair city.

    Welcome to Dublin. On arrival at Dublin airport, your airport transfer shuttle service leaves for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 or 13:30. Meet your Travel Director at 14:30 for an orientation tour that brings to life Dublin's architectural treasures and history, stretching back more than 1,000 years. As you travel along O'Connell Street and the River Liffey you will see the Custom House, Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle. Enjoy your VIP priority entry to the 9th century Book of Kells and a walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College, accompanied by a University insider who will share their insights into modern life and the establishment's impressive history. Back at your hotel, join your Travel 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.

  3. Day 3

    Cashel and Blarney, heading for Killarney.

    Depart Dublin, and pass the famous Curragh Racecourse and green meadows where many of the finest Irish racehorses are bred. Driving south, stop to visit the spectacular Rock of Cashel, crowned with medieval buildings that dominate the flat countryside for miles around. Continue to Blarney Castle where you can climb to the ramparts and kiss the magical stone to ensure a lifetime of eloquence. Head to Killarney, where you may fancy a ‘pint of porter.' This town on the lakes is famous for its lively pubs so in the evening why not join in the ‘craic’?

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Ring of Kerry Experience.

    In the morning, marvel at spectacular mountain and sea views as you travel the road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. There is a chance to join a hike with a Local Expert along the lake shore and past the farmlands of the Muckross Estate, admiring the spectacular scenery. Walk by West Meadow Bay and see Muckross House. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers should be fit, have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and rain gear. For those who do not want to join the hike, the coach will return to Killarney, where the rest of the day is at leisure.

  5. Day 5

    The Cliffs of Moher and on to Galway.

    Cross the Shannon Estuary by ferry and enter County Clare. Stop at the Exhibition Centre and enjoy a walk along the Cliffs of Moher, raised approximately 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves. Then travel north across the Burren, a suddenly stark and barren landscape, scarred with interesting limestone creases. Journey to Galway, the City of the Tribes, and see the lovely cathedral. Take in the scenery from your hotel, which is spectacularly set on the shores of Galway Bay.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Captivating Connemara.

    Embark on a superb excursion through a wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. Stop at lakeside Kylemore Abbey - a neo-Gothic mansion, occupied today by a Benedictine community of nuns who came from Ypres after World War I.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Majestic Ashford Castle.

    A lone piper escorts you over the drawbridge to majestic Ashford Castle. Your exquisite hotel provides a romantic backdrop in superior surroundings, offering both relaxation and comfort. There are many opportunities to explore the vast estate, pamper yourself at the spa, or get to know the hawks and woodland surroundings at the hotel's Falconry School. Dining at Ashford Castle ranks among the finest culinary experiences in the world. Creative cooking, locally sourced ingredients and an innovative menu await at your Celebration Dinner. Gentlemen, a jacket is required.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Across the Emerald Isle to Dublin.

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the morning and perhaps a stroll on the estate? Then cross the midlands to Dublin where the rest of the day is free for independent activities and maybe some last minute shopping.

  9. Day 9

    Depart Dublin.

    Your journey comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dublin airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Dublin: Enjoy VIP priority entry to the Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity College with a University insider.
  • Killarney: Join a local expert for a one-hour hike on wooded paths and lakeside trails along West Meadow Bay.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cashel: Once the seat of the Kings of Munster. Visit the spectacular rock, reputed to be the site of the conversion of King Aengus by St Patrick.
  • Blarney: It is said that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. You are invited to dangle from the ramparts of Blarney Castle to acquire the gift of the gab.
  • Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lakelands and remote villages as you travel the Ring of Kerry.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and overlook the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
  • Galway: See the stunning cathedral of the City of Tribes.
  • Connemara: Visit the turreted Neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey, steeped in history and tales of tragedy and romance.
  • Ashford Castle: On arrival to Ashford Castle, you are escorted over the drawbridge by a lone piper for a majestic entrance fit for royalty.
  • Dublin: During your orientation with your Travel Director, see the Custom House, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle and the Georgian townhouses as you travel down O'Connell Street and along the River Liffey.
  • Scenic Drives: Irish scenery is some of the most beautiful in the world. Relax and admire the views as your travel along the Ring of Kerry and through Burren and Connemara.
  • Shannon Estuary: Cross the estuary by ferry.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Ashford Castle: One of the finest culinary experiences in the world - join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a lively evening of dinner and wine.
  • Dining Summary:: 7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 2 Dinners (D) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

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 trips. 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.

Jaunting Car Ride

Clip-clop your way through the charming streets of Killarney into the beautiful Bourne Vincent National Park. A local “jarvie” informs you of the local history, legend and folklore aboard one of the famous jaunting cars.

Adult Price: EUR 21.00

Code: KIL0001

Gaelic Roots

A tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance, Gaelic roots showcases Ireland at its best. Using traditional instruments, Irish dance and time-honoured folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.

Adult Price: EUR 33.00

Code: KIL0008

River Corrib Cruise

Step aboard the "Isle of Inisfree" and embark on a journey through time with captain and local historian Pat Luskin. Cruise on the Republic of Ireland's largest lake, reputed to have an island for every day of the year. Leaving Lisloughrey, where passenger steamboats once operated, you'll experience breathtaking scenery and hear the history and folklore of the lake while listening to a local musician. Returning, the landscape will unfold before our eyes before arriving at Ashford Castle

Adult Price: EUR 25.00

Code: GAL0008

Medieval History Tour and Whiskey Trail with Pub Supper

Join our local expert for a fun and informative walking Tour of the medieval city, following the whiskey trail to one of Galway's best-loved medieval taverns for a drink and supper.

Adult Price: EUR 47.00

Code: GAL0006

Dublin Dinner And Coastal Drive

Enjoy a scenic drive along Dublin’s South Coast along the coastal towns of Sandycove, Dalkey & Killiney, followed by fine cuisine and a glass of wine in one of Dublin’s well-known stylish restaurants.

Adult Price: EUR 64.00

Code: DUB0005

Accommodation

 

Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane Dublin

Dublin (Traditional) - Ireland

Located in the heart of the docklands, the Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane is walking distance from Dublin city centre shopping and iconic venues.

Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa Killarney

Killarney (Traditional) - Ireland

In the heart of the town centre, the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa overlooks Killarney National Park and is the perfect location to enjoy the stunning scenery and the local 'craic.'

Connemara Coast Galway

Galway (Traditional) - Ireland

A hotel set on the coast offering spectacular views of Connemara

Ashford Castle Cong

Cong (Historic) - Ireland

Having undergone a magnificent $75m restoration, Ashford Castle offers timeless elegance, modern facilities and an unforgettable experience.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
10664 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 12 July, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary was very good, but a few things could be improved. I felt rushed at some of the big sites and didn't feel like I really got to visit. Blarney Castle is a good example. I disembarked from the bus and went directly to the castle to kiss the stone. That took up all the time allotted to this magnificent place. It was also our lunch break so, no lunch for me. I didn't get to visit the gardens or anything else. I traveled across the ocean and I was not about to turn on my heel when I was at the castle door, but some people did. Same thing at Kylemore Abbey, by the time I saw the Victorian Garden, it was almost time to leave. Two nights at the Connemara Coast was too much. The hotel was a bit dreary, maybe a three-star and we were in the middle of nowhere. The bar was nice, but I am not a drinker so not much else to do there. Somewhere closer to Galway might have been nice for at least one night especially since evenings were usually free of any activity. Finally, Ashford Castle was spectacular, but again, there was a very rushed feeling to the short amount of time we had there. It's like we were killing time in the a.m. to get there, we arrive 2:00 ish and then we are brought to a holding room (a very beautiful one) while they get our rooms sorted out. That took way too long. I had to rush to my falconry activity, rush back, rush to dinner and then leave the next morning. Again, I feel like I missed out on this wonderful place. Why couldn't we have arrived earlier to see and appreciate the Castle and all it has to offer with the understanding that our rooms would not be ready until 4:00? It seemed like an inefficient use of the time we had that day.

    Service: Customer service was excellent. The tour director tried very hard to please all travelers and make the experience unique and memorable. Her passion for Ireland was evident in everything she said and did as we traveled along our tour.

  • 10 July, 2018

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    Trip: Covered so much of Ireland - all beautiful and interesting.

    Service: We were very well looked after on the tour - no hiccups that I can remember - all went very well.

  • 10 July, 2018

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    Trip: We visited wonderful destinations.

    Service: Katie, our Tour Director, was sensational.

  • 09 July, 2018

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    Trip: We will go back! Very beautiful country side.

    Service: Clodagh FitzGerald was the best we ever had, highly recommend. Best vacation ever!

  • 08 July, 2018

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    Trip: Organized to the hilt very informative

    Service: Had a fabulous, insightful experience great from the moment we met Cloddagh till we got home .Her personality and organization was phenomenal Jimmy the bus driver went above and beyond to make our bus time pleasurable and comfortable. Thanks many times over.

  • 08 July, 2018

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    Trip: Irish Elegance was fantastic! Wish it had been longer! Aine was an informative and funny tour guide. We loved her stories and knowledge of history. The high point was the stay at the beautiful Ashford Castle.

    Service: This was our third Insight Vacation trip. As before, we enjoyed the included and extra excursions Irish Elegance offered. Our tour guide, Aine, was so informative. Ashford Castle was incredible. As with all previous tours we wish it could have been longer.

  • 08 July, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary was perfect. It had a flavor of all different parts of Ireland. We daw the country sides as well as the cities and even stayed in a castle.

    Service: The Irish Elegance tour was very organized and the places we visited were fun and interesting. Our tour guide, Clodagh was very knowledgeable and just fantastic!

  • 04 July, 2018

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    Trip: My first time to Ireland- the itinerary was perfect for us- we saw so much but never felt like it was too much- a great way to tour the country.

    Service: The entire vacation was fabulous- hotels, meals, and optional excursions. The tour director and driver were top-notch, I would definitely recommend this tour.

  • 01 July, 2018

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    Trip: Everything ran beautifully. Each day was a. Ew day with new adventures. The organization was perfect. The tour guide was clear on her directions. She was very gracious if anything had to be repeated.

    Service: Clodagh Fitzgerald did a fantastic job of guiding all 38 of us. She was knowledgable, kind and extremely pleasant to be with. The sights were out of this world. We enjoyed all of the information that was imparted to us. Jerry Gernon, our bus driver, did an excellent job of moving that bus on such narrow roads. He, too, was very helpful, understanding and a nice personality. Yes! We would definitely recommend Insight Vacationers to our friends. As a matter of fact, we would use Insight again if we were to travel!

  • 01 July, 2018

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    Trip: Saw everything with seeing, and this included things we were unaware of. Ashford Castle was worth the added cost and we recommend it.

    Service: Our week with Insight was outstanding in every way. Our travel director was perfect and his thoughtful demeanor set our group’s positive experience. Nothing was left to chance.

  • 01 July, 2018

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    Trip: The guide Sean was great.

    Service: excellant

  • 01 July, 2018

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    Trip: A few long days in the coach but unavoidable. Good to have a couple of stops with multiple nights in the same hotel.

    Service: Excellent tour director. Hotels very good. Ashford Castle amazing. Especially appreciated TD’s prep for rest and lunch stops. All local guides excellent. Noteworthy that many of the group had toured with Insight many times- that says a lot

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