Focus on Ireland

Britain & Ireland

Regional Journey

Focus on Ireland (Summer 2019)

Duration: 7 days Visiting: Ireland

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

  1. Day 1

    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 13:00. 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 the evening.

  2. Day 2 - 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.

  3. Day 3 - 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.

  4. Day 4 - 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 Farm-to-Table dining 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.

  5. Day 5 - 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.

  6. Day 6

    Waterford, Kildare and on to Dublin.

    An exciting day takes you along the coast via Youghal, where tradition says Sir Walter Raleigh planted the first potatoes in Ireland. Continue via Dungarvan to Waterford 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.

  7. Day 7

    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: Join a university insider for a guided walk through Trinity College before skipping the queue to see the iconic Book of Kells.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Adare: Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and overlook the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
  • Killarney: Enjoy hearing of the history of Killarney during your city orientation.
  • Ring of Kerry: 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.
  • Cork: Your Travel Director will show you the Grand Parade and South Mall, along with City Hall and the Opera House.
  • Waterford: Explore the town and see Reginald’s Tower and the remains of the city walls.
  • 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.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Killarney: Join John and Freda Sheehan for an evening of local fare in a beautiful setting. Enjoy great food and drink during your Farm-to-Table experience 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.
  • Dining Summary: 6 Breakfasts (B), 1 Dinner (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

STAY IN STYLE

  • Killarney: 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.'

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 trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are 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.

Dublin (Traditional) - Ireland

Harbour Hotel Galway.

Galway (Contemporary) - Ireland

Set in an ideal waterfront location, just minutes from main sights of the city, the Harbour Hotel Galway is a modern hotel with a homely atmosphere. Rooms are designed to make your stay very comfortable and include modern amenities and free WiFi.

Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa.

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.'

Maldron Hotel South Mall, Cork.

Cork (Contemporary) - Ireland

Newly built Maldron Hotel South Mall is perfectly positioned in the heart of the city, overlooking the River Lee on Beasley Street and only a short walking distance to the cities sights.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11478 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 26 November, 2018

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    Trip: I would have liked to interact more with the local people instead of being on the outside watching.

    Service: The guides have been friendly and helpful, in Ireland the guide was exceptional her knowledge of the history of the country and its surroundings was outstanding. The experts that were chosen to show us specific places added to the whole experience.

  • 28 October, 2018

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    Trip: Yes, I felt the Ring of Kerry was too long as the roads were narrow and winding. The bus had quite a sway to it and I found that it made me feel nauseous. However,the scenery was beautiful and I learned a lot about the area. I know you can not please everyone,but I would have liked to visit the churches and more castles. The Interpretive Centres were excellent and well done. I enjoyed learning about the history of the area.

    Service: I enjoyed my time with the Insight Vacations. The food,accomodations and the tour guide were all excellent. I had no problems.

  • 27 October, 2018

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    Trip: Hitting all the high lights of the country. Sometimes. Would love to have had more time to explore in a city (Kilkenny).

    Service: Wonderful, informed and friendly Guide, S. McDonald. Great mini-tours of Trinity and Galway.

  • 21 October, 2018

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    Trip: It was up to our expectations, and we appreciated the organization of the trip.

    Service: Caring and hard working tour director. My wife and I enjoyed the tour locations, meals and hotels. When a prearranged taxi service did not arrive. Our tour director ensured we made it to the airport and helped us recover our fee.

  • 21 October, 2018

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    Trip: Perfect itinerary and the evening options were great.

    Service: Oraganizarion and friendliness was awesome. Knowledge on the tour and communication of the history of the country was superior.

  • 16 October, 2018

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    Trip: It makes me want to go back to Ireland!

    Service: The whole trip was well planned. While it was just a taste of Ireland, we were able to experience the country in a short time.

  • 15 October, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary was a good mix of new and traditional Irish cities.

    Service: I would recommend them to friends/family and use them again.

  • 15 October, 2018

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    Trip: great overview of Ireland

    Service: Excellent tour and tour leader. Siobhan had great insight and tips for all locations and stops.

  • 14 October, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary for perfect for a 7 day tour. We saw many highlights of Ireland and look forward to a return trip.

    Service: Loved tour from start to finish. Tour guide and driver were fabulous.

  • 12 October, 2018

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    Trip: It was excellent, We could have used one more hour at the Blarney Castle, but other then that everything was top notch

    Service: I was impressed with the planing of our time, we would have not seen all the sights on our own. Our tour guide Sheobeon was very witty, funny and knowlegeable, give her and our bus driver, Michael an excellent rating, he was an excellent driver. We enjoyed the beautiful Hotels we were in and the excellent food we ate. The tour around Ireland was exceptional. We would definetely use Insight on our next trip. Our Honeymoon was great. Thank You Deborah and Lyn Ray

  • 06 October, 2018

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    Trip: I got to see all the I wanted of Ireland. I would have liked to spend some more time in a couple of places. However time didn't allow.

    Service: I didn't really have any questions for the customer service. I never had any issues.

  • 06 October, 2018

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    Trip: Since I knew very little about Ireland really I needed some direction and this helped me. I did some research before but got so much more from the trip.

    Service: I would definitely tour with Insight again. Our tour director and driver were amazing. The history of the country was something we really wanted to know. This is my heritage so I was excited to learn about Ireland. Siobhan Mcdonald our tour guide was always available for any of our needs and solved any issues. She was well respected everywhere we went. She has a great sense of humour and kept us laughing on the long journey.

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