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
10076 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 24 June, 2018

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    Trip: Ring of Kerry was a long day on the coach...it was beautiful but a few more stops would have been nice.

    Service: Amazing service from Mona, my travel agent, to Aine, our tour host! Aine shared so much history, I learned a lot about Ireland.

  • 24 June, 2018

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    Trip: Enjoyed the itinerary very much. We were on the bus too long some days which caused my feet to swell like a toad. I would have loved to have seen the Dingle Penn

    Service: Yes and yes.

  • 24 June, 2018

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    Trip: Wouldn’t change a thing!!

    Service: Great leader great experiences great food and lodging and locations!

  • 24 June, 2018

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    Trip: We covered a lot of Ireland in just over a week. Kylemore Abbey was just lovely and a bit of a surprise. Everything about that stop was so well done. I enjoyed the simple charm of Cong just before taking the boat ride up to Ashford Castle. That was pure fun - good stories and music on the way. We got a taste of Dublin and an enormous amount of beautiful scenery.

    Service: I enjoyed everything about the tour. The coach was comfortable with an excellent driver (Matt), and the tour director (Aine) was also excellent - very well prepared, caring, and helpful. I enjoyed each of the hotels, especially in Killarney, and, of course, Ashford Castle where the staff was exceptional.

  • 24 June, 2018

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    Trip: Great destinations, diverse and entertaining

    Service: Never missed a beat, everything was taken care.

  • 24 June, 2018

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    Trip: The only thing I wish we had was a little more time to wonder off and explore on our own.

    Service: Our tour guide was awesome!! She was very knowledgeable about the places we visited. She took excellent care of all of us in the tour!

  • 24 June, 2018

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    Trip: Well paced. 2 days in hotels is excellent.

    Service: Would travel again with Insight.

  • 20 June, 2018

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    Trip: Beauty, variety and excellent accommodations.

    Service: Our tour guide was the best! Ann was knowledgeable and made certain we had an excellent experience.

  • 18 June, 2018

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    Trip: Seeing the major sights in Ireland was an excellent experience

    Service: Tour guide made the.trip extra special. She was informative on history of area and sights to be seen. Driver of bus handled luggage with care and was an excellent and careful driver.

  • 18 June, 2018

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    Trip: Excellent hotels, very comfortable coach and well informed tour guide. Would prefer to stay in town than beach front hote.

    Service: Well organized, tour director very friendly and well informed. Only thing that can make it better by adding more vegetarian options. Hotels and coach comforts sere very good.

  • 18 June, 2018

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    Trip: Enjoyed all activities and hotels we stayed at

    Service: Everyone we encountered was wonderful. Our travel director was able to help with anything we asked. Our coach driver made us feel comfortable and safe. Would recommend.

  • 18 June, 2018

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    Trip: We saw and learned so much about Ireland! I loved the expansive views, the sea, the mountains, castles and little towns- it was a perfect snapshot of everything we wanted to see and know about Ireland!

    Service: The tour was amazing! Our tour guide, Cloudgh was incredible and our driver, Jerry, was safe and fun. Comfort stops were well timed. The other guests on the trip were a lot of fun and everyone got along so well. Friendships were made, lives were enriched. The hotels and attractions were more than we had hoped for. We would definitely use Insight Vacations for another trip.

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