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Insight Vacations Irish Elegance (Early Registration 2018*) (B907)

9 Days starts and ends in Dublin Print
Tour Style: Country Roads Tour
Europe Britain Preview 2018/19
Visits: Ireland

Showcasing the very best sights and scenery of Ireland including the Wild Atlantic Way and a magnificent night at the stylish, distinguished and luxurious Ashford Castle. Notes: This trip is available for Early Registration, therefore, the tour price is indicative only (i.e. not guaranteed) and is subject to confirmation in September 2017. Please see full terms & conditions here.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Shannon Estuary: Cross by ferry.
  • Burren: Drive through the rocky limestone landscape.
  • Galway: See the Roman Catholic Cathedral.
  • Connemara: Visit the Marble Factory to learn the origin and uses of the area's splendid marble.
  • Scenic drives: Wicklow Mountains, Ring of Kerry, the ‘Burren', Connemara.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Ashford Castle: Simply one of the finest culinary experiences in the world - join your Tour Director and fellow guests for a lively evening of dinner and wine.
  • 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 three-course Dinners (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) both with wine, plus tea or coffee.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Dublin: VIP priority entrance to the Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity college with a University insider.
  • Cashel: Visit the spectacular rock.
  • 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'.
  • Galway: See the stunning cathedral.
  • Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you tour the magical Ring of Kerry.
  • Killarney: Join a local for a one-hour hike over wooded paths and along lakeshore trails.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
  • Connemara: Visit the turreted Neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey, steeped in history and tales of tragedy and romance.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Ashford Castle: Having undergone a magnificent $75m respectful restoration, you will relax in timeless elegance, enjoy modern facilities and wonderful, locally-sourced, organic, in-room amenities.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • 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.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
Day: 2 In Dublin’s Fair city
Welcome to a land of legends, of misty mountains, lovely lakes and a warm, friendly greeting wherever you go. At Dublin Airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 & 13:30. Later, a Dublin orientation takes 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 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. In the evening, 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: 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, dominating 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'?(FB / D)
Day: 4 Ring of Kerry Experience
(Relaxed Start) In the morning, 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 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 you to Killarney, where the rest of the day is free to spend at leisure.(FB)
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. Next, tour Galway, 'City of the Tribes', including lovely Galway Cathedral. Take in the scenery as your hotel is spectacularly set on the shores of Galway Bay.(FB / D)
Day: 6 Captivating Connemara
(Relaxed Start) Embark upon 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.(FB)
Day: 7 Majestic Ashford Castle
(Relaxed Start) A lone piper escorts you over the drawbridge to majestic Ashford Castle. Your signature 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, seasonal ingredients and an innovative menu await at your Highlight Celebration Dinner. (Gentlemen, a jacket is required).(FB / CD)
Day: 8 Across the Emerald Isle to Dublin
(Relaxed Start) 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.(FB)
Day: 9 Depart Dublin
Your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dublin Airport at 07:00, 09:00 & 11:00.(FB)

Available Room Types: Single, Twin, TwinShare, Triple

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Guaranteed Departure  indicates Guaranteed Departure
*Air(USA) DepartsInsight RetailRequest Quote
04/14/2018 $2,225.00
04/21/2018 $2,225.00
04/28/2018 $2,295.00
05/05/2018 $2,375.00
05/12/2018 $2,375.00
05/19/2018 $2,375.00
05/26/2018 $2,475.00
06/02/2018 $2,475.00
06/09/2018 $2,475.00
06/16/2018 $2,475.00
06/23/2018 $2,395.00
06/30/2018 $2,395.00
07/07/2018 $2,395.00
07/14/2018 $2,395.00
07/21/2018 $2,395.00
07/28/2018 $2,395.00
08/04/2018 $2,395.00
08/11/2018 $2,395.00
08/18/2018 $2,395.00
08/25/2018 $2,475.00
09/01/2018 $2,475.00
09/08/2018 $2,475.00
09/15/2018 $2,475.00
09/22/2018 $2,395.00
09/29/2018 $2,225.00
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