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.

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.

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

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

Corrib River and Lake Cruise

Relax and enjoy a one and half hour comprehensive cruise along the Corrib river. Then, we're off to the largest lake in the Republic, Lough Corrib. Along the way, take in the commentary and views of local landmarks, castles, historical sites and wildlife. Indulge in an award-winning Irish Coffee and Dance Demonstration, whilst sipping on the flavoursome Irish staple.

Adult Price: EUR 25.00

Code: GAL0008

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

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 36.00

Code: KIL0003

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 7369 reviews received during the past year.

  • 29 October, 2017

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    Trip: Enjoyed all of the areas visited. A fast paced tour, but gives participants a sampling of the area so that one could determine where to go back and spend additional time.

    Service: Loved all the places that we visited; hotels were great and the experience at Ashfor Castle was beyond words. Our guide Patrick was WONDERFUL! His knowledge of Ireland, historical events, interesting facts that one might not find in a guide book and his ability to keep us informed of events as they took place. Great sense of humor and a superb story teller.

  • 29 October, 2017

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    Trip: The Itinerary was perfect. I got to see and do everything on my "Ireland" list.

    Service: This was our seventh tour with Insight Vacations. We love travelling with Insight. I rated this trip a four based solely on the performance of our tour guide. I know this was his last trip of the year but, he should have been a little more organized and less frazzled at times because it's usually the guide that sets the tone for the day. Ireland was beautiful and all the activities and daily itineraries included everything there was to see and do on this lovely Island. I would only add the Leprechaun Museum in Dublin as a fun group optional on the last night. We went and had a great time listening to the Leprechaun tales.

  • 29 October, 2017

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    Trip: We definitely did a lot in 7 days. Not only did we see all the highlights of Ireland, we saw wonderful scenery and experienced lovely hospitality. We took advantage of extra activities and were very happy with what was offered.

    Service: Our guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and personable. The drivers were incredible. The roads are so narrow, and they made it look easy to navigate. We felt were safe on the coach. All the hotels were first class, including the meals and the reception. Check in’s were very well organized and fast. Would highly recommend Insight Vacations to anyone looking for a relaxing first class tour where everything is looked after for you. And yes, we would travel with Insight again.

  • 16 October, 2017

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    Trip: This was an easy pace tour and yet a few times it seemed rushed. For example at Ashford Castle I believe we checked out an hour before required check out- it seemed just to get back to Dublin for the last optional. An extra hour or so walking the grounds etc. would have been great. After all, how many times do [people get the chance to spend time in a castle??

    Service: Did not have any issues requiring additional attention. However, it would have been helpful if the VAT requirements were explained.

  • 16 October, 2017

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    Trip: I wanted to see Killarney, Rock of Cashel, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry and stay at a castle. Your tour achieved that and added experiences I did not expect such as the Irish Dance show and famous cathedrals.

    Service: Loved the stay at Ashford Castle. It enabled me to do a "hawk walk" and experience a castle. Liked the tour director and his Irish stories. Liked the local experts at Cashel and Trinity University. Liked the "dash and flash" at picturesque settings. Tour included sights I wanted to see with stops at quaint and nice rest stops. Did not like the Clayton Hotel in Dublin. Bad service, lost my luggage, lumpy pillows, etc.

  • 15 October, 2017

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    Trip: We visit interesting places .

    Service: Very good organized, very good Gide and good driver , they were a good team.Places we had see was very nice and interesting .

  • 15 October, 2017

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    Trip: Saw a variety of things that showed a lot of Irish history. Visited places I had before had only heard of.

    Service: Great itinirary. I liked our tour guide. Good hotels. With optional tours, lots of dinners included. Ashford Castle was awesome.

  • 15 October, 2017

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    Trip: Visited all the sites worth seeing

    Service: Very nice hotels. Welcome dinner’s quality was poor. Service was very slow. Tour bus was not as comfortable as other Insight tour buses. Windows were not always cleaned in the morning making it impossible to take pictures. Less than 10 umbrellas were available for wet Ireland.

  • 15 October, 2017

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    Trip: Malgré les problèmes rencontrés nous savons que Insight vacations est une organisation sérieuse car mon mari avait fait un voyage en Inde avec notre fille et ils étaient entièrement satisfaits.

    Service: Nous avons fait un très beau voyage en Irlande. Nous sommes revenus avec beaucoup de souvenirs. Par contre ce qui nous a dérangé ce fut le fait que nous étions toujours placés dans des chambres aux étages inférieurs tandis que les autres personnes du groupe avaient des chambres aux étages supérieurs. En plus à Connemara on nous a placés dans le sous sol car malgré qu'il y avait des chambres pour les autres quand nous sommes arrivés il n'y avait pas de chambre pour nous alors ils nous ont donné une chambre dans le second sous sol avec aucune vue sur la mer. Je dois avouer que nous étions très décus de la facon que nous avons été traités.

  • 15 October, 2017

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    Trip: Too much time on bus between places.

    Service: I’d go with insight again.

  • 15 October, 2017

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    Trip: Loved all the visits, but the day trips lasted so long that we didn't have time to relax and change before dinners and/or extra activities.

    Service: Handling all details-luggage, sites etc

  • 15 October, 2017

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    Trip: Great guide. Some hotels could have been better

    Service: Great guide. Roomy buses.

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