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
10949 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 20 September, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary, the guide, the hotels,the meals and the coach and it’s seat comfort all made this holiday a five star!

    Service: This was our first Insight Tour and boy did we pick the best. We did the Focus of Ireland and enjoyed it to the fullest. The tour guide was so knowledgeable and witty that we could hardly wait to start our day! We toured at a more leisurely pace, had hotel rooms close to conveniences, and had excellent hotels that met every need possible. The cities were amazing, the sights outstanding. I would highly recommend this tour and the services of Insight Tours

  • 16 September, 2018

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    Trip: We saw the main highlights of Ireland in the time allotted. Days were well planned.

    Service: Tour was well organized. Guide was helpful and willing to solve any situations that arose.

  • 15 September, 2018

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    Trip: All expectations met and then some. This Insight Tour had everything. good food, wonderful hotels in great locations, variety of resturants visited along with spectacular sites. Tour Guide added a tremendous amount if information and historical aspects along the way.

    Service: Insight vacation team was outstanding! Spectular Tour Guide, Terrific Driver and perfectly planned vacation tour. All needs of every traveler met at every level.

  • 15 September, 2018

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    Trip: Great tour. Wonderful sights. The scenery was breath taking.

    Service: The tour guide was very knowledgeable. The bus driver was excellent. Hotels and accommodations were great. The bus was comfortable but advertised wifi. It was not working for the majority of the time. Additional tours were excellent.

  • 15 September, 2018

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    Trip: Trip is short and packed with lots of wonderful sights! I could not believe how many places we saw. We had a wonderful taste of Ireland.

    Service: We had excellent service from Insight. Every questions answered (correctly), every problem solved.

  • 10 September, 2018

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    Trip: I thought the itinerary was great. I was just a bit frustrated by how cheap they appeared; like one glass of wine with dinner and some dinners had no wine so we had to settled a bill for Euros 3?

    Service: I would definitely recommend them.

  • 10 September, 2018

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    Trip: The tour ran like clockwork. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and really went out of her way to make each site memorable. Our bus driver was also excellent.

    Service: Everything was excellent!

  • 09 September, 2018

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    Trip: Itinerary was as described on Insight's web site. Coach was roomy and hotels were excellent. Did not care for the Dine-at-Home Experience in Killarney. The chef used us as his audience to preach about the bad food that the food industry is selling. His home did not provide proper dinner seating for our entire Insight group. The entree and dessert was a repetition of the food served at the hotel in Killarney the previous night.

    Service: For some reason we did not receive our trip documents 10 days before our departure. We called Insight and they emailed them to us and we received hard copies a few days later.

  • 09 September, 2018

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    Trip: See the first comment. I think there was too much free time. Perhaps include more stop overs to see things. We stopped a lot for coffee and going to stores, and dinners. I would rather see Ireland.

    Service: Probably go with them again. You need to specify more about your day tours, exactly what you cover and in which way you cover them. Dublin city tour was not good. We should have taken the hop on hop off bus tour. We arrived in Dublin one day early and had the time but your tour itinerary painted a really good city tour but we visited only the Trinity College! Shouldn't you include the famous Guniness Storehouse in your tour? Just pointing to things from inside the bus is not really visiting. So I strongly suggest you give a descriptive explanation of exactly what places you take customers to. Overall the service was good.

  • 08 September, 2018

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    Trip: Gave us a good taste of Ireland. Hotels were well chosen. We were comfortable and within easy reach of many attractions. Storyteller was great. Places that were visited were enjoyable and we were given a most entertaining and informative history of Ireland. Beautiful scenery along the way and extremely comfortable buses to carry us on the tour. Must mention how thoroughly enchanting, helpful and informative was our tour guide, Anne and how extremely skilled and competent our driver, Allan

    Service: Efficient, friendly service. All questions dealt with expeditiously and in a charming manner

  • 08 September, 2018

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    Trip: Galway city tour was terrific. I loved seeing the countryside as well.

    Service: Great driver. Tour director good However, the tour was disappointing because of the Pope's visit. We were unable to visit Trinity Collegel To compensate, we were offered a free excursion that we didn't wish to attend. We were not offered a refund, or a reducation of cost on an excursion we did wish to attend. Very disappointng and poor compensation for our inconvenience.

  • 08 September, 2018

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    Trip: Knowing very little about Ireland, I learned so much and saw an overview of the whole country. Enjoyed the city of Dublin, Galway and countryside. Was a little disappointed we weren't able to stay in Cork longer than we did. We weren't able to get off the bus except to go to the hotel (which wasn't really close to anything).

    Service: I wouldn't have rated our experience 5 stars after the first "Welcoming dinner". Erica Dalton stepped in for our tour director at the Welcoming dinner. She was very rude and abrasive to our group. I wondered if we made a mistake going with Insight tours again. I was also embarrassed bringing friends who were first time vacationers with Insight. I will think long and hard about traveling with Insight again. Ann Ellard, our tour director was wonderful and salvaged our tour after that.

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