COUNTRY ROADS OF IRELAND 2018 13 days

Experience the wild, enchanting coastal routes as you explore the Emerald Isle. Along the way you'll encounter ruined castles, quiet lakes, natural wonders and legendary characters.

HIGHLIGHTS

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Dublin: Enjoy VIP priority entrance to the Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity College with a University insider.
  • Kildare: Experience a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud and wander through the beautiful Japanese Gardens.
  • Kilkenny: Kilkenny has the greatest amount of All-Ireland titles of its national sport of Hurling. Meet a player to gain an exciting insight into this unique Irish cultural experience, through a demonstration of skill.
  • Killarney: Hear the history, legend and folklore of Killarney from a local Jarvey, while on-board a famous jaunting car ride.
  • Londonderry: There's no better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Giant's Causeway: Learn about the towering hexagonal basalt columns - a geological spectacle to behold.
  • Belfast: Your Local Expert will show you the City Hall, Queen's University, Stormont and the Belfast Murals.
  • Cork: Relish this university city with its interesting waterways and grand Georgian parades of houses.
  • Blarney: Dangle from the ramparts to kiss the Stone of Eloquence, and never be lost for words again!
  • Ring of Kerry: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you travel the magical Ring of Kerry. Journey through Sneem, pass the Black Mountains, Moll's Gap and admire Queen Victoria's Ladies View.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and overlook the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
  • Galway: Enjoy an orientation tour of the many landmarks in Galway such as the Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
  • Drumcliffe: Visit the final resting place of Irish poet William Butler Yeats.

AUTHENTIC DINING

Ballygally: The Irish call it 'craic' - the warm feeling resulting from the confluence of music, drink, good food, laughter, and conversation. And after circumnavigating the Emerald Isle, there's bound to be a fair share of craic at your grand finale Celebration Dinner. Sláinte!

Killarney: Your farm-to-table experience is all about locally-sourced ingredients prepared with skill, so that you can taste the freshness in every mouthful.

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.

 

DAY 1

YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS

Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).

 

DAY 2

WELCOME TO DUBLIN.

On arrival at Dublin airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:30. Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

 

DAY 3 - RELAXED START

IN DUBLIN’S FAIR CITY.

Become acquainted with Dublin’s elegant squares during an orientation of the city. Discover famous O’Connell Street, Custom House and Dublin Castle. Enjoy your VIP priority entrance 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. The afternoon is free to explore.

 

DAY 4

A JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE FROM DUBLIN TO CORK.

In the morning, visit one of the country’s main racehorse breeding centres. Continue to the acclaimed 100 year old Japanese Gardens where you can ‘journey through life’ during a walk through the beautiful surrounds. Travel to the medieval city of Kilkenny, home of the world's fastest field game. The ancient Celtic sport of Hurling is over 3,000 years old and Ireland's national sport. Meet a player who will share his passion though a demonstration of skill and learn how the Hurley is made. Continue through Cahir and see its imposing 13th century castle, featured in the film 'Excalibur', on the way to your spa resort hotel in Cork.

 

DAY 5 - RELAXED START

ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS TO KILLARNEY.

Your Travel Director will show you around the compact university city of Cork, with its interesting waterways and grand Georgian parades. Continue to the ruined Blarney Castle. Will you hang upside down from the ramparts to kiss the stone and ensure a lifetime of eloquence? Travel across the majestic Derrynasaggart Mountains to the peaceful town of Killarney. In the evening, savour the delicious flavours of freshly-prepared local cuisine. Join John and Frieda for a delightful evening and Farm-to-Table dining experience.

 

DAY 6 - RELAXED START

RING OF KERRY EXPERIENCE.

Start your day with a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local Jarveys. Then take a leisurely excursion around the magnificent Ring of Kerry. Here, mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is breathtaking beyond words. Journey past lush lakelands and around towering cliffs as you appreciate sweeping sea views. 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?

 

DAY 7

AROUND THE DINGLE PENINSULA AND ON TO LIMERICK.

In the morning, take to the wide skies, peaceful towns and coastal scenery of the Dingle Peninsula - the setting for the film Ryan's Daughter. Drive to dramatic Slea Head at the peninsula's far end, then continue through the picturesque thatched village of Adare and pass Limerick, famous for rhymes, before reaching your hotel located at the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way on the Dromoland Castle Estate.

 

DAY 8

DRIVE TO THE CLIFFS OF MOHER THEN ON TO GALWAY.

Journey to the Visitor Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Clare Coast before a delightful drive through the strange, rocky landscape of the Burren to Galway Bay. On arrival, see the Lynch Memorial and Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before his discovery of America. See the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F. Kennedy.

 

DAY 9 - RELAXED START

FREE DAY GALWAY OR ARAN ISLANDS EXPERIENCE.

Spend a day at leisure to relax and enjoy Galway. Perhaps join an optional experience to the Aran Islands - a genuine highlight of the Wild Atlantic Way. With their cliffs and spectacular coastal views, the islands are a true Irish experience.

 

DAY 10

LONDONDERRY.

Continue on to County Sligo, stopping at a peaceful churchyard in Drumcliffe to visit the final resting place of Ireland's famous poet, William Butler Yeats. Admire the Blue Stack Mountains of Donegal as you cross into Northern Ireland bound for the ancient walled city of 'Derry.' What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls, still topped with cannons. Walk down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall.

 

DAY 11 - RELAXED START

WALK IN THE GIANT’S STEPS ON THE WAY TO BALLYGALLY.

Journey to the legendary Giant's Causeway, a geological masterpiece created by the cooling of lava which burst through the earth's crust millions of years ago. Next admire the hauntingly beautiful Dark Hedges. This stunning avenue of beech trees, planted in the 18th century. Continue onto your hotel, overlooking the golden sands of Ballygally Bay. For those who are brave enough, perhaps check out The Ghost Room, in one of the castle’s turrets? In the evening, please join us for a finale Celebration Dinner, where old-fashioned hospitality is blended with good food and wine for an experience that delights the senses.

 

DAY 12 - RELAXED START

FOLLOW THE ANTRIM COAST TO BELFAST.

Continue around the Antrim Coast, past the huge Norman castle at Carrickfergus, to arrive in the Northern Ireland capital of Belfast. Meet your Local Expert for a panoramic tour seeing the City Hall, Queen's University, Stormont and the Belfast Murals. In your free time, why not visit the Titanic Belfast, a state-of-the-art visitor centre and monument to Belfast's maritime heritage, where the Titanic was built.

 

DAY 13

DEPART BELFAST.

Departure transfers arrive at Belfast George Best City Airport at 07:15 and Belfast International Airport at 08:00.

ACCOMMODATION

 

CLAYTON HOTEL BURLINGTON ROAD

DUBLIN (CONTEMPORARY) - IRELAND

THE KINGSLEY CORK

CORK (TRADITIONAL) - IRELAND

A sophisticated hotel close to the centre of bustling Cork.

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.'

THE INN AT DROMOLAND

DROMOLAND (CONTEMPORARY) - IRELAND

CONNEMARA COAST GALWAY

GALWAY (TRADITIONAL) - IRELAND

A hotel set on the coast offering spectacular views of Connemara

MALDRON HOTEL DERRY LONDONDERRY

LONDONDERRY (TRADITIONAL) - IRELAND

The only hotel situated in Londonderry’s 17th century walls and very close to all that the city has to offer.

BALLYGALLY CASTLE

BALLYGALLY (HISTORIC) - NORTHERN IRELAND

Ballygally Castle is a stunning 17th century castle which overlooks the golden sands of the bay and offers excellent facilities.

EUROPA HOTEL BELFAST

BELFAST (TRADITIONAL) - NORTHERN IRELAND

The Europa Hotel is located in the heart of Belfast City Centre and offers elegant décor, a contemporary bistro and a relaxing piano bar.

 

Prices:

Departure              Return            Per Person

Sunday Friday 20 April 2018 C$3488
Sunday 15 April 2018 Friday 27 April 2018 C$3488
 Sunday 22 April 2018 Friday 04 May 2018 C$3488
 Friday 27 April 2018 Wednesday 09 May 2018 C$3995
 Sunday 29 April 2018 Friday 11 May 2018 $3596
 Friday 04 May 2018 Wednesday 16 May 2018 C$3596
 Sunday 06 May 2018 Friday 18 May 2018 C$3596
 Friday 11 May 2018 Wednesday 23 May 2018 C$3596
 Sunday 13 May 2018 Friday 25 May 2018 C$3995
 Friday 18 May 2018 Wednesday 30 May 2018 C$3596
 Sunday 20 May 2018 Friday 01 June 2018 C$3995
 Friday 25 May 2018 Wednesday 06 June 2018 C$3596
 Sunday 27 May 2018 Friday 08 June 2018 C$3596
 Friday 01 June 2018 Wednesday 13 June 2018 C$3995
 Sunday 03 June 2018 Friday 15 June 2018 C$3596
 Friday 08 June 2018 Wednesday 20 June 2018 C$3596
 Sunday 10 June 2018 Friday 22 June 2018 C$3995
 Friday 15 June 2018 Wednesday 27 June 2018 C$3596
 Sunday 17 June 2018 Friday 29 June 2018 C$3596
Friday Wednesday 04 July 2018 C$3596
 Sunday 24 June 2018 Friday 06 July 2018 C$3596
 Friday 29 June 2018 Wednesday 11 July 2018 C$3596
 Friday 06 July 2018 Wednesday 18 July 2018 C$3596
 Sunday 08 July 2018 Friday 20 July 2018 C$3596
 Sunday 15 July 2018 Friday 27 July 2018 C$3596
 Friday 20 July 2018 Wednesday 01 August 2018 C$3596
 Friday 27 July 2018 Wednesday 08 August 2018 C$3596
 Sunday 05 August 2018 Friday 17 August 2018 C$3596
 Sunday 12 August 2018 Friday 24 August 2018 C$3596
Friday 17 August 2018 Wednesday 29 August 2018 C$3596
 Friday 24 August 2018 Wednesday 05 September 2018 C$3596
 Sunday 26 August 2018 Friday 07 September 2018 C$3596
 Friday 31 August 2018 Wednesday 12 September 2018 C$3596
 Sunday 02 September 2018 Friday 14 September 2018 C$3596
 Friday 07 September 2018 Wednesday 19 September 2018 C$3596
 Sunday 09 September 2018 Friday 21 September 2018 C$3596
 Friday 14 September 2018 Wednesday 26 September 2018 C$3596
 Sunday 16 September 2018 Friday 28 September 2018 C$3596
 Friday 21 September 2018 Wednesday 03 October 2018 C$3596
 Sunday 23 September 2018 Friday 05 October 2018 C$3578
 Friday 28 September 2018 Wednesday 10 October 2018 C$3555
 Sunday 30 September 2018 Friday 12 October 2018 C$3875
Notes: Twin prices are per person.