Insight Vacations | Country Roads of Ireland (Summer 2017)

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 some legendary characters.

  • What's Included

    • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
    • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
    • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
    • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
    • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
    • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
    • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
    • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.
  • Pricing

    Please note: while prices are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to currency fluctuations and currency surcharges may apply.Please check price at time of booking
  • Itinerary

    Day 1 - Welcome to Dublin

    On arrival at Dublin Airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 08:00, 11:00 & 13:30. Later, join your Tour 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.(WD)


    Day 2 - In Dublin’s Fair City

    (Relaxed Start) Become acquainted with Dublin's elegant squares during an guided tour. 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, gaining their insight into modern life and the establishment's impressive history. The afternoon is free to explore.(FB)


    Day 3 - A ‘Journey through Life’ from Dublin to Cork

    Visit one of the country's main racehorse breeding centres and acclaimed 100 year old Japanese Gardens where you can ‘journey through life'. Move on to the medieval city of Kilkenny where you will learn about the ancient Celtic sport of 'Hurling' which is over 3,000 years old. Continue on past the imposing 13th century Cahir castle, featured in the film Excalibur, to your spa resort hotel in Cork.(FB)


    Day 4 - Across the Mountains to Killarney

    (Relaxed Start) Enjoy an orientation tour around the compact university city of Cork, with its interesting waterways and grand Georgian parades. Continue to ruined Blarney Castle. Will you hang upside down from the ramparts to kiss the stone and ensure a lifetime of eloquence? Now cross the majestic Derrynasaggart Mountains to the peaceful town of Killarney.(FB)


    Day 5 - Ring of Kerry Experience

    (Relaxed Start) 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 often breathtaking beyond words. Journey past lush lakelands and around towering cliffs affording 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?(FB)


    Day 6 - 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 to Limerick, famous for rhymes, lace and elegant Georgian houses. Tonight, enjoy a Signature Evening with a cooking demonstration and dinner.(FB / SE)


    Day 7 - Drive to the Cliffs of Moher then on to Galway

    In Limerick, see the Treaty Stone, St. Mary's Cathedral and medieval King John's Castle. Move on 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. Also see the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F Kennedy.(FB / D)


    Day 8 - Free day Galway or Aran Islands Experience

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


    Day 9 - 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.(FB / D)


    Day 10 - Walk in the Giant’s Steps on the way to Ballygally

    (Relaxed Start) 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. Now prepare yourself for miles of breathtaking beauty as the road clings to the Antrim Coast. Your hotel overlooks the golden sands of Ballygally Bay. Those brave enough can check out the ‘ghost room', in one of the castle's turrets. In the evening, please join us for a finalé Celebration Dinner, where old-fashioned hospitality is blended with good food and wine for an experience that delights the senses.(FB / CD)


    Day 11 - Follow the Antrim Coast to Belfast

    (Relaxed Start) 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 birthplace of the Titanic, a monument to Belfast's maritime heritage.(FB)


    Day 12 - Depart Belfast or Dublin

    Departure transfers arrive at Belfast George Best City Airport at 07:15 and Belfast International Airport at 08:00. An additional transfer will arrive at Dublin Airport at 08:00.(FB)


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