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Country Roads of Ireland

12 Day Tour of Ireland & Northern Ireland

Tours of Irish cabaret, Ireland
12 Days
2 Countries

Ireland, Northern Ireland

16 Cities

Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Cork, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Adare, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Londonderry, Giant's Causeway, Ballygalley, Antrim Coast, Belfast

16 Meals

5 Dinner with Wines, 11 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 33
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If you typically fly business with extra legroom and appreciate 4 and 5-star hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences, Insight Vacations is a great fit for you. Get all the sights and insights, up close and personal on these premium guided tours and enjoy business class seating on luxury motorcoaches designed just for Insight Vacations, with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Engage your curiosity with hand-selected experiences, immerse yourself in local culture with superior dining and stay in style at highly rated hotels. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Prefer to get off the beaten track? On our Country Roads tours, you'll leave the tourist hotspots behind and explore your destination from the perspective of a local. You'll eat like a local and enjoy farm-to-table dining. Seen all the iconic sites? Discover a new perspective!

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Let the luck of the Irish be with you on this 12-day guided tour across Ireland. Start the tour in Dublin, where you get up close to the Book of Kells, an ancient Gospel manuscript filled with mythical beasts and Celtic knots. In Kilkenny, visit the majestic Kilkenny Castle with a Local Expert. A chef will share traditional Irish recipes at a farm-to-table feast in Killarney. You'll see the Ring of Kerry, a mystical, verdant peninsula dotted with seaside villages. Finally, step onto Giant's Causeway with it's basalt columns carved onto the coast by volcanic lava, or a giant's feet, if Irish myth is to be believed.

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Day 1

Welcome to Dublin

Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner, with the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a meal with wine.

Ha'penny bridge on a bright day in Dublin, Ireland
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel

About the Hotel

Dublin, Ireland

The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin is conveniently located in the heart of the city, ideally situated between St. Patrick's cathedral and Dublin Castle, both within 10 minutes walk from the hotel. Traditional style rooms are designed with your comfort in mind, perfect for your two night stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Authentic Dining Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers
Dublin Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner, an opportunity to get to know each other over a meal with wine.

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Authentic Dining

Day 2

In Dublin’s Fair City

Accompanied by a Local Expert, become acquainted with Dublin’s elegant squares during an orientation of the city. Discover Custom House, Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Enjoy entrance to the 9th century Book of Kells and a walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College.

Guests enjoy their VIP entrance to the Trinity College library in Dublin, Ireland
Trinity City Hotel View Hotel Details
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Trinity City Hotel

About the Hotel

Dublin, Ireland

Trinity City Hotel is situated on a historic site in the heart of Dublin, adjacent to Trinity College Dublin. The boutique rooms are have modern decor with pops of color and are a 5 minute walk from the lively Temple Bar district. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic
Insight Experiences VIP Trinity College guided visit, Dublin, Ireland
Visit Trinity College and The Book of Kells in Dublin
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Insight Experiences

Top Rated Highlights The Custom House in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director, see Custom House and travel along the River Liffey. See the Guinness Brewery, Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Visit the Irish countryside and Glendalough, Ireland
Irish Countryside & Glendalough

An afternoon drive takes you through the rural countryside of County Wicklow - the garden of Ireland. With our Local Expert, we'll pass through the...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Dublin At Its Best

Join your Travel Director for a unique opportunity to dine at one of the Capital City’s top restaurants. A perfect way to spend your evening in thi...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner and show in Dublin, Ireland
Dinner & Cabaret

Ireland conjures of images of hearty meals and toe-tapping entertainment. Indulge in a bit of both over an evening of fine food and fun as Ireland’...

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Day 3

A Journey from Dublin to Cork

Travel to the medieval city of Kilkenny to visit the majestic Kilkenny Castle. Continue through Cahir and see its imposing 13th-century castle, featured in the film 'Excalibur', on the way to Cork. On arrival, your Travel Director will show you around the compact university city, with its vibrant waterfront and grand Georgian parades.

Visit Kilkenny Castle in Kilkenny, Ireland
Maldron Hotel South Mall Cork City View Hotel Details
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Maldron Hotel South Mall Cork City

About the Hotel

Cork, Ireland

Maldron Hotel South Mall is perfectly positioned in the heart of the city, overlooking the River Lee on Beasley Street and only a short walking distance to the cities sights.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Cahir Castle on the River Suir, Cahir, Ireland
See Cahir Castle

See one of the largest castles in Ireland.

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights City Orientation Cork, Ireland
Cork Orientation

Ireland's second city - "Rebel Cork" dates back to the 7th century. Your Travel Director will show you the Grand Parade and South Mall, along with ...

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Top Rated Highlights

Insight Experiences Kilkenny Castle in Kilkenny-Ireland
Visit the Majestic Kilkenny Castle

Visit Kilkenny Castle with a Local Expert. On a guided tour, learn the history of this magnificent castle and that of the powerful family that came...

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Insight Experiences

Optional Experiences
Cork Dinner

Lively and fun loving, Cork city is justly celebrated for fine local produce and great restaurants. Tonight, take the opportunity to dine out and e...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Evening of Irish entertainment with pub supper in Cobh, Ireland
Evening of Irish Entertainment with Pub Supper

Tonight, we'll travel by coach to a local pub for an evening of Irish entertainment with local musicians/singers including a good hearty Pub Supper.

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Day 4

Across the Mountains to Killarney

Travel 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 lively town of Killarney. For your Farm-to-Table dining experience, enjoy some Irish home cooking in the kitchens of chef John Sheehan. Join John and Freda, your hosts at the 19th Green Guesthouse, and savor the delicious flavors of fresh local cuisine on this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Gather together at a Farm-to-Table dinner, using responsibly sourced ingredients from the local community, and gain personal insight into classic Irish recipes that are loved throughout the world.

Guests learning from the Chef at the 19th Green Farm to Table dinner in Killarney, Ireland
Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa View Hotel Details
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Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa

About the Hotel

Killarney, Ireland

In the heart of the town center, the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa overlooks Killarney National Park and is the perfect location to enjoy the stunning scenery and the local 'craic.'

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Make Travel Matter Guests enjoying Farm-To-Table dinner at 19th Green, Killarney, Ireland
Locally Sourced Farm-to-Table Meal at 19th Green Killarney

Meet passionate restaurant owners John and Freda at their beautiful guesthouse in Killarney, where you'll hear more about their farm-to-table conce...

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Make Travel Matter

Insight Experiences Blarney Castle grounds from high in the tower, Blarney, Ireland
Visit Blarney Castle

It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone, the famous stone of eloquence, are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. Take yo...

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Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Optional Experiences
Queenstown Story

Experience this intriguing port town, home to the world's second-largest natural harbor. We’ll visit stunning St Colman’s Cathedral and the Queenst...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Music and dance show in Killarney, Ireland
Gaelic Roots

The origins of Irish culture spring to life over a tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance at this Gaelic Roots show. Using tradit...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Celtic steps in Killarney, Ireland
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...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Ring of Kerry Experience

Start your day with Insight Choice. Choose a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys. Alternatively, join a gentle hike with a Local Expert along the lake shore and past the grounds of Ross Castle, admiring the incredible scenery of the National Park.

While there aren't any mountains to climb, walkers should be fit, have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and rain gear. Explore 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.

Ring of Kerry landscape with Muckross lake and mountains, Killarney, Ireland
Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa View Hotel Details
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Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa

About the Hotel

Killarney, Ireland

In the heart of the town center, the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa overlooks Killarney National Park and is the perfect location to enjoy the stunning scenery and the local 'craic.'

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Choice Guests enjoying a jaunting car ride in Killarney National Park, Ireland
Killarney Horse-Drawn Jaunting Ride

Enjoy a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys as you explore the lush scenery of Killarney National Park.

 

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Insight Choice Choice Killarney, Ireland
Hike through Killarney National Park

Join a gentle hike with a nature guide in Killarney National Park and admire stunning mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls. Stroll along the lake...

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Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Top Rated Highlights A couple enjoying the landscape view of Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Ireland
The Ring of Kerry Scenic Drive

Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands, beaches, fields dotted with sheep, rocky coastline, remote villages and historical sites, ...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights The main street in Killarney, Ireland
Killarney Orientation

Enjoy hearing of the history of Killarney during your city orientation.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences An Irish Pub Visit, Killarney, Ireland
An Irish Pub Experience

No visit to Ireland is complete without an evening out a local watering hole. Get up close and personal with Irish culture on an excursion to a pub...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Around the Dingle Peninsula

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 before reaching your hotel.

Peninsular Drive Dingle, Ireland
Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa View Hotel Details
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Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa

About the Hotel

Adare, Ireland

Owned and managed by the Fitzgerald Family, Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel is situated at the edge of the beautifully, quaint village of Adare.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Room Service

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Sheep grazing along the Irish Coast in the Dingle, Ireland
Dingle Peninsula Scenic Drive

Enjoy a scenic drive to Slea Head.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Thatched Cottages in Adare, Ireland
Adare Orientation

Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Falconry Experience

Today, we have the opportunity to experience the ancient tradition of falconry. We'll don leather gloves and, with the help of a professional falco...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

The Cliffs of Moher and Galway

Journey to the Visitor Center 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 voyages to America. See the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F. Kennedy.

Sightseeing Galway, Ireland
Harbor Hotel Galway View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Harbor Hotel Galway

About the Hotel

Galway, Ireland

Set in an ideal waterfront location, just minutes from main sights of the city, the Harbor Hotel Galway is a modern hotel with a homely atmosphere. Rooms are designed to make your stay very comfortable and include modern amenities and free WiFi.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights View of the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty, Ireland
See the Cliffs of Moher

Towering cliffs and the dramatic sea, the Cliffs of Moher has inspired countless travelers. Visit the Exhibition Center and look out over the Wild ...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Colourful pedestrian streets in town centre, Galway, Ireland
Galway Orientation

Fascinating stories and interesting locals take center stage on your orientation of the historic heart of Galway. Visit the Lynch Memorial Window. ...

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Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Skyline of Galway with Galway cathedral, Ireland
Galway Walking Tour

The medieval streets of Galway are best explored with a native. Join our Local Expert for a stroll through history in this charming port city.

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Free day Galway or Kylemore Abbey

Spend a day at leisure to relax and enjoy Galway. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to Kylemore Abbey, founded for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I?

Kylemore Abbey, Galway, Ireland
Harbor Hotel Galway View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Harbor Hotel Galway

About the Hotel

Galway, Ireland

Set in an ideal waterfront location, just minutes from main sights of the city, the Harbor Hotel Galway is a modern hotel with a homely atmosphere. Rooms are designed to make your stay very comfortable and include modern amenities and free WiFi.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Optional Experiences
Captivating Connemara

Embark on a superb excursion through Connemara National Park to see a wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. We'll also enjoy a visit to the...

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Day 9

Derry Londonderry

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.

Benbulbin or Ben Bulben rock formation near Drumcliffe in Ireland
Maldron Hotel Derry View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Maldron Hotel Derry

About the Hotel

Londonderry, Northern Ireland

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

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Experiences The Guildhall in Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Londonderry City Tour

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 ...

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Insight Experiences

Optional Experiences
Spirit of Derry

Enjoy a relaxing hour of folklore, music and song with local musicians as you enjoy a drink. An authentic 'Legenderry' experience of local talent and culture.

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Optional Experiences

Day 10

Walk in the Giant’s Steps

Journey to the iconic Giant's Causeway for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Learn how the National Trust is enabling farming and biodiversity to work together, supporting both wildlife and quality food production. Next, prepare yourself for miles of breathtaking beauty as you travel along the road clinging to the Antrim Coast. Continue onto your hotel, overlooking 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.

Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
Ballygally Castle Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Ballygally Castle Hotel

About the Hotel

Ballygalley, Northern Ireland

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

Style

  • Castle
Make Travel Matter Sunset at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland
Visit Giant's Causeway

Visit the legendary Giant's Causeway, site of wonders. At the visitor center, learn about the efforts to protect biodiversity and ecosystems, parti...

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Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights Ballygally Orientation, Ballygally, Ireland
Ballygally Orientation

Explore this seaside town with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with fellow guests
Ballygally Celebration Dinner

The Irish call it 'craic' - the warm feeling resulting from the confluence of music, drink, good food, laughter, and conversation. And after circum...

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Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences
When Your Home is a Castle…

Join the Earl of Antrim's butler George and housekeeper Elaine on an exclusive insight into the family and estate at Glenarm and Dunluce. We'll als...

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Day 11

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 passionate city tour including views of the City Hall, Queen's University, the Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents.

Republican murals in Falls Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Included Meals Breakfast
Top Rated Highlights Carrickfergus Castle Carrickfergus, N.Ireland
See Carrickfergus Castle

See the immense Castle as your drive around it.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Belfast City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast City Tour

Meet Hilda, a true Belfast local, having lived in the same house her entire life. During your panoramic tour, hear about the history of the city an...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Sunset at the Titanic Belfast in Northern Ireland
Titanic Experience

Follow the story of this ill-fated ship and her people, from the launch in this very city. Explore the exhibition in this stunning award-winning bu...

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Day 12

Depart Belfast

Departure transfers arrive at Belfast George Best City Airport and Belfast International Airport.

Big Fish in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Insight Experiences
Visit Trinity College and The Book of Kells in Dublin
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Dublin Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director, see Custom House and travel along the River Liffey. See the Guinness Brewery, Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See Cahir Castle

See one of the largest castles in Ireland.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Cork Orientation

Ireland's second city - "Rebel Cork" dates back to the 7th century. Your Travel Director will show you the Grand Parade and South Mall, along with ...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Visit the Majestic Kilkenny Castle

Visit Kilkenny Castle with a Local Expert. On a guided tour, learn the history of this magnificent castle and that of the powerful family that came...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Locally Sourced Farm-to-Table Meal at 19th Green Killarney

Meet passionate restaurant owners John and Freda at their beautiful guesthouse in Killarney, where you'll hear more about their farm-to-table conce...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Visit Blarney Castle

It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone, the famous stone of eloquence, are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. Take yo...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Killarney Horse-Drawn Jaunting Ride

Enjoy a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys as you explore the lush scenery of Killarney National Park.

 

Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Hike through Killarney National Park

Join a gentle hike with a nature guide in Killarney National Park and admire stunning mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls. Stroll along the lake...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
The Ring of Kerry Scenic Drive

Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands, beaches, fields dotted with sheep, rocky coastline, remote villages and historical sites, ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Killarney Orientation

Enjoy hearing of the history of Killarney during your city orientation.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Dingle Peninsula Scenic Drive

Enjoy a scenic drive to Slea Head.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Adare Orientation

Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See the Cliffs of Moher

Towering cliffs and the dramatic sea, the Cliffs of Moher has inspired countless travelers. Visit the Exhibition Center and look out over the Wild ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Galway Orientation

Fascinating stories and interesting locals take center stage on your orientation of the historic heart of Galway. Visit the Lynch Memorial Window. ...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Londonderry City Tour

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 ...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Visit Giant's Causeway

Visit the legendary Giant's Causeway, site of wonders. At the visitor center, learn about the efforts to protect biodiversity and ecosystems, parti...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Ballygally Orientation

Explore this seaside town with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See Carrickfergus Castle

See the immense Castle as your drive around it.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Belfast City Tour

Meet Hilda, a true Belfast local, having lived in the same house her entire life. During your panoramic tour, hear about the history of the city an...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
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.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
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.

Authentic Dining

5 Dinner with Wines, 11 Breakfasts

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Dublin Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner, an opportunity to get to know each other over a meal with wine.

Ballygally Celebration Dinner

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!

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
Trinity City Hotel
Maldron Hotel South Mall Cork City
Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa
Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa
Harbor Hotel Galway
Maldron Hotel Derry
Ballygally Castle Hotel

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Irish Countryside & Glendalough

An afternoon drive takes you through the rural countryside of County Wicklow - the garden of Ireland. With our Local Expert, we'll pass through the...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dublin At Its Best

Join your Travel Director for a unique opportunity to dine at one of the Capital City’s top restaurants. A perfect way to spend your evening in thi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner & Cabaret

Ireland conjures of images of hearty meals and toe-tapping entertainment. Indulge in a bit of both over an evening of fine food and fun as Ireland’...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Cork Dinner

Lively and fun loving, Cork city is justly celebrated for fine local produce and great restaurants. Tonight, take the opportunity to dine out and e...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Evening of Irish Entertainment with Pub Supper

Tonight, we'll travel by coach to a local pub for an evening of Irish entertainment with local musicians/singers including a good hearty Pub Supper.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Queenstown Story

Experience this intriguing port town, home to the world's second-largest natural harbor. We’ll visit stunning St Colman’s Cathedral and the Queenst...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Gaelic Roots

The origins of Irish culture spring to life over a tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance at this Gaelic Roots show. Using tradit...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
An Irish Pub Experience

No visit to Ireland is complete without an evening out a local watering hole. Get up close and personal with Irish culture on an excursion to a pub...

See More
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Optional Experience
Falconry Experience

Today, we have the opportunity to experience the ancient tradition of falconry. We'll don leather gloves and, with the help of a professional falco...

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Galway Walking Tour

The medieval streets of Galway are best explored with a native. Join our Local Expert for a stroll through history in this charming port city.

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Captivating Connemara

Embark on a superb excursion through Connemara National Park to see a wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. We'll also enjoy a visit to the...

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Spirit of Derry

Enjoy a relaxing hour of folklore, music and song with local musicians as you enjoy a drink. An authentic 'Legenderry' experience of local talent and culture.

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When Your Home is a Castle…

Join the Earl of Antrim's butler George and housekeeper Elaine on an exclusive insight into the family and estate at Glenarm and Dunluce. We'll als...

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Titanic Experience

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Republic of Ireland, also known simply as Ireland, is a sovereign nation located in the northwestern part of Europe. It occupies most of the island of Ireland and is an independent country separate from the United Kingdom, with its own government, institutions, and culture.
  • When referring to the two distinct regions on the island of Ireland, "Northern Ireland" is used to describe the region that is part of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland). This term specifically denotes the six counties in the northeastern part of the island.
  • Language of Ireland: Irish is the official language of the Republic of Ireland, and you'll hear it spoken in Northern Ireland as well.
  • Currencies used in Ireland: Euro (€) is used in the Republic of Ireland, the British Pound Sterling (£) is used in Northern Ireland
  • Capital Cities: Dublin (Rep. Ireland), Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  • Time Zone(s) in Ireland: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1) during daylight saving time

Ireland passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Ireland
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The weather in Ireland is heavily influenced by its maritime location, resulting in mild, temperate conditions. The climate is characterized by frequent rainfall and changeable weather patterns throughout the year. Winters are generally mild, with average temperatures ranging from 4°C to 8°C (39°F to 46°F), while summer temperatures average between 14°C to 20°C (57°F to 68°F) in coastal areas. Rainfall is frequent throughout the year, with the western and northwestern coastal regions experiencing higher precipitation levels. The weather is often changeable, with a mix of sunny spells, rain showers, and cloud cover. The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream influence Ireland's climate, helping to moderate temperatures.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.
  • Type G outlets are used throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    Adapters are used to change the plug style from American-style plugs with two flat prongs to fit into these outlets, which take three rectangular prongs.
  • You will need a plug adapter and voltage converter to use your appliances in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in European and United Kingdom hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.
  • Most hotels in Europe or the UK can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport Transfers for Europe flights not arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold 
  • Your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings

Airport Transfers for Europe flights arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold
  • You booked your land tour and flights as a land/air package through GET. If you book your flights independently via London Heathrow, you can *purchase a transfer through us.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Independent Reviews
Karen Redd
Review date: Sunday, September 15, 2019
Service
Daniel did a great job! He stayed in touch with me and made sure I had my documents in plenty of time for my trip. Very knowledgeable.
Vacation
Had a fabulous time in Ireland!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Service
The travel specialist Barbara was a great help in planning this trip and answering all the questions.
Vacation
Overall this trip was very good. However, in a couple of cities the hotel was too far out of town & made it inconvenient and time consuming to go in to town during free time. Ireland is blessed with so much natural beauty and I really wish we had more time to explore at some of the sights like the Giants Causeway & the Blarney Castle. Two hours is not enough time to stand in long lines ( for women) for the toilets, grab lunch & explore the sights!
Gail Hall
Review date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Service
Very responsive to our needs and desires for this trip.
Vacation
We learned so much and saw some impressive scenery.
Betty Post
Review date: Friday, July 14, 2017
Service
Great customer service from Kari Nixon in planning trip and to Tom Horgan and Martin for an informative and safe trip through Ireland.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for letting us know.  We'll be sure to share your comment with Kari and the team!
Friday, July 14, 2017
Vacation
Hotels were great. The extras were great and gave a deeper look into the people and lives of Ireland.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, June 16, 2017
Service
The booking process was easy. I sometimes felt though that after we booked we were left on our own with some of the details. We enjoyed our tour and the itinerary for the Country Roads of Ireland. Some hotels better than others and some optional tours better than others. The fine dining optional tour in Dublin was definitely not worth the cost. I had a medical emergency while in Ireland and the medical evacuation partner, On Call Intl., and TravelCorp. Intl., were very attentive and concerned and helpful. We would consider booking with GET again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry you had to cut your trip short and hope you are on your way to a full recovery .
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Vacation
Grand European Travel was a good value for the tour and service
Janet Brown
Review date: Friday, June 16, 2017
Service
This was my first trip to Europe and my first solo trip. I worked with Pam Spelman who was the most thoughtful, helpful young lady. She answered all of my questions (no matter how silly they might have been) and reassured me throughout the process of booking.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much.  We will share your reply with Pam and look forward to helping you plan your next trip.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Vacation
This was a great trip. The hotels were all 4 star, the Tour Director was an amazing wealth of knowledge and a lot of fun. Our coach driver could thread that coach through the eye of a needle. We saw so many varied and interesting sights it is going to take quite a while to sort through them both in the photos I took and all of my memories. Would I do it again? Definitely! Would I use Great European Travel again? Without a doubt! In fact, I can't wait for the release of their 2018 tour brochure!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, May 23, 2016
Service
Our tour guide (Patrick) and coach driver (Paddy) were very capable and professional. Patrick is very enthusiastic about Ireland and Ireland's heritage. I very much enjoyed the entertainers Patrick introduced us to. They presented the spirit of Ireland and the joy of being Irish. During our coach trip, Patrick would educate us about the landscape and important facts/details. This trip felt like a traveling class with fun and camaraderie. I appreciate being able to visit Belfast, our last night.. Some rain and walking and listening (via earphones) about the history of Belfast Oh, I forgot... the weather was marvelous -- sun prevailed. We could see the mountains off in the distance. This trip was exactly and more than I had anticipated.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like your trip went incredibly well. We're so happy that you enjoyed Ireland and it's beauty and the sunshine! Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experiences. We hope to welcome you on another trip very soon. Grand European Travel
Monday, May 23, 2016
Vacation
I made the correct choice: selecting the Country Road of Ireland. Viewing the rolling hills with cattle, sheep and lambs. The houses, some of which had thatched roofs, were stately with flowers and foliage. I noticed that most Irish homes in the countryside do no have garage doors... Also noticed how clean the windows were. I would recommend this trip for people who want to learn about the history of Ireland and the trials, suffering and strength that this Isle of Green posses.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Service
The trip was excellent. My only suggestion would be to better show how the optional experiences fit into the itinerary. Example, one day the tour had nothing to do if you did not go to the Aran Island optional experience. Katie Vaughn our tour director was the best and our driver Tom was superb. Thanks for a wonderful experience.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We couldn't be happier to see that you enjoyed your trip to Ireland. We appreciate your suggestions about the optional experiences and will be sharing them with our quality control team right away. Thank you for taking the time to write. Grand European Travel
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Vacation
Great trip. The hotels, the food, and the tour itself were the best!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Service
Third tour and no problems of GET's making thus far.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your repeat business and your kind words. We'll see you soon for trip number four! Grand European Travel
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Vacation
Wonderful!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, October 19, 2015
Service
many stops and interesting places Best Bang For Your Buck
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much! We do try to include all the highlights in all of our destinations. So happy to see you enjoyed the trip. Grand European Travel
Monday, October 19, 2015
Vacation
Kept us moving went all around the island
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