Britain and Ireland

Britain & Ireland

Regional Journey

Focus on Ireland (Summer 2018)

Duration: 8 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 journey.

  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 the land of legends, misty mountains, lovely lakes and friendly greetings. At Dublin airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:30. Meet your Travel Director at 14:30 for a Dublin orientation, taking 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 priority entry to the 9th century Book of Kells and walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College accompanied by a University insider who will share insights into modern life and the establishment’s impressive history. In the evening, 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 - Relaxed Start

    To Galway, City of the Tribes.

    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, the City of the Tribes, at the mouth of the Corrib River. Join your Travel 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.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    The Cliffs of Moher, Adare and Killarney.

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

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Ring of Kerry Experience.

    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 of 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? For your Dine-at-Home experience, 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 loved throughout the world. Then, settle down for a night of great food and drink in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Blarney Castle and Cobh on the way to Cork.

    Journey along 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 and see the City Hall, Opera 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.

  7. Day 7

    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 to see the 11th century Reginald’s Tower and the remains of the old city walls. Enjoy a guided visit of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal and meet a master craftsman. Your journey continues, passing the Curragh Racecourse and green meadows where many of the finest Irish racehorses are bred. Return to Dublin and your hotel, located in the heart of Dublin’s leafy south side just minutes from the city centre. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to further explore if you wish.

  8. Day 8

    Depart Dublin.

    Your memorable trip comes to an end. Departure transfers arrive at Dublin airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Dublin: Priority entrance to the Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity College with a University insider.
  • 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!
  • Waterford: Meet a master craftsman on your guided visit of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and overlook the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
  • Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lake lands and remote villages as you travel the Ring of Kerry.
  • Blarney: Dangle from the ramparts to kiss the Stone of Eloquence, and never be lost for words again!
  • 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. This is a must for those with Irish ancestors who crossed the Atlantic during this time.
  • Adare: Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.
  • Cork: Your Travel Director will show you the Grand parade and South Mall, along with City Hall and the Opera House.
  • 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.
  • Galway: An orientation with your Travel Director will show you the Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
  • Scenic Drives: Irish scenery is some of the most beautiful in the world. Relax and admire the views as your travel through Burren, Derrynasaggart Mountain and along the Ring of Kerry.
  • Waterford: Explore the town and see Reginald’s Tower and the remains of the city walls.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • 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.
  • Dinning Summary: 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Dinner (D) and 3 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.

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 15.00

Code: GAL0002

Dinner At Dunguaire Castle

Wine and dine in style at Dunguaire Castle on the banks of the picturesque Kinvara Bay. Enjoy an enchanting evening of light-hearted poetry and song, with extracts from Synge, Yeats and Gogarty.

Adult Price: EUR 66.00

Code: GAL0003

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 24.00

Code: KIL0007

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

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

Dublin At Its Best

Join your Tour director for a unique opportunity to dine at one of the Capital City’s top restaurants. A perfect way to spend your evening in this amazing city, famous for its easy-going charm and cultural heritage.

Adult Price: EUR 55.00

Code: DUB0012

Accommodation

 

Clayton Hotel Burlington Road

Dublin (Contemporary) - Ireland

Radisson Blu Hotel Spa Galway

Galway (Traditional) - Ireland

A modern hotel situated in the centre of Galway, close to Eyre Square and stunning views.

Killarney Avenue Hotel

Killarney (Traditional) - Ireland

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

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
10940 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 19 August, 2018

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    Trip: I wished the tour had more educational/walking tours options.

    Service: The tour director did a very good job of managing the tour details. She also provided excellent narrative about Ireland during the bus ride. The only issue I have is that I wished there had been more educational/walking tours. The only segment of the tour I did not like was the farm to table option. The chief and his family were charming, food not too my liking. Wished I had skipped.

  • 18 August, 2018

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    Trip: Very informative wish had more time to explore different areas

    Service: Guide was very informative

  • 11 August, 2018

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    Trip: The pace of this tour was really great, for me though I think I would’ve liked more time to wander around in each of the destinations. This is by no means a complaint, but rather next time I go to Ireland I really have an idea where I would like to spend more time.

    Service: Our guide Katie was absolutely amazing. We didn’t have to worry about anything everything was taken care of for us and it was so much fun.

  • 07 August, 2018

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    Trip: Everything fell into place nicely, extremely impressed

    Service: This was my first time travel and our tour guide was amazing. She was knowledgeable, friendly, warm, great personality, and when I do travel back to Ireland I would love to be able to have the same tour guide. Getting from point A to point B was perfect, our tour guide and bus driver made that happen. I am truly amazed and greatly to have had this experience and have one incrediable lady to make this happen for us. I would and have recommended insight vacations to family and friends back home.

  • 05 August, 2018

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    Trip: We liked the bus tour. and we added some more stuff on.

    Service: We enjoyed the bus trip. And we added some more stuff on.

  • 05 August, 2018

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    Trip: We saw and learned soooo much.

    Service: All arrangements were made from us from landing to delivery back to the airport (also, Airline reservations). We were well cared for throughout our stay and accommodations were probably better than we could have made on our own.

  • 04 August, 2018

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    Trip: Really busy, needed some time to pause and enjoy the stops. Name tags were a pain to put on. They kept flipping upside down. Consider lanyards with plastic sleeves instead

    Service: Our tour director was knowledgeable, friendly, and well organized.

  • 04 August, 2018

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    Trip: Enjoyed all stops. Had excellent accommodations placed within walking to all town centers. Travel guide was very informative and helpful.

    Service: I would recommend the service to my friends and relatives. Very through and helpful.

  • 04 August, 2018

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    Trip: This tour was a great way to see a little bit of so many places. Now I know I want to go back!

    Service: Outstanding tour director, friendly coach driver, comfortable coach,great hotels, interesting excursions...all made for a memorable holiday.

  • 29 July, 2018

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    Trip: Cork visit was only a few hours

    Service: Very professional

  • 28 July, 2018

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    Trip: This trip showed us a good overview of Ireland. I loved Killarney!

    Service: I was very pleased with our trip. The tour director was knowledgeable and well organized, our driver was excellent. I will definitely recommend Insight to friends and will travel with you again.

  • 28 July, 2018

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    Trip: Saw interesting cities , beautiful countryside and views of the shorelines. Tour guide filled in all the blanks concerning all this as well as providing great explanation of current life in Ireland as well concise historical background. Good value!!

    Service: Fun, well done, great tour guide, very nice hotels, clean and safe coach, outstanding itinerary.

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