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Country Roads of Ireland

12 Days from $2,835 per person

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Experience one of the world's wildest, most enchanting and culturally rich coastal routes as you circumnavigate the Emerald Isle. Along the way you'll encounter ruined castles, quiet lakes, natural wonders and some legendary characters.

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Experience one of the world's wildest, most enchanting and culturally rich coastal routes as you circumnavigate the Emerald Isle. Along the way you'll encounter ruined castles, quiet lakes, natural wonders and some legendary characters.

  1. On arrival at Dublin Airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 8:30 am, 11 am and 1:30 pm. Later, 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.

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Clayton Hotel Burlington Road
  2. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Clayton Hotel Burlington Road
  3. IIn the morning, visit one of the country's main racehorse breeding centers. 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 through a demonstration of skill. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Maldron Hotel South Mall
  4. 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 peaceful 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 his wife Freda for drinks and a personal insight into classic Irish recipes that are loved throughout the world. Then, settle down for a night of great food and drink in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa
  5. Start your day with a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa
  6. 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, with access to the Dromoland Castle Estate.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:The Inn at Dromoland
  7. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Connemara Coast
  8. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Connemara Coast
  9. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Maldron Hotel Derry
  10. 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, 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Ballygally Castle
  11. Continue around the Antrim Coast, past the huge Norman castle at Carrickfergus, to arrive in the Northern Ireland capital of Belfast. Meet Hilda, 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Europa
  12. Departure transfers arrive at Belfast George Best City Airport at 7:15 am and Belfast International Airport at 8 am. An additional transfer will arrive at Dublin Airport at 8 am.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $800 per person

Triple Room Supplement: $10 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $139 per person

Airport Transfers: On arrival at Dublin Airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 8:30 am, 11 am and 1:30 pm.  Departure transfer on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 8 am, at Belfast George Best City Airport at 7:15 am and at Belfast International Airport at 8 am.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Included Quality Dining

11 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners and 3 Dinners with Wine, all with tea or coffee. 

Signature Experiences

  • Dublin: Enjoy VIP priority entrance to the Book of Kells and a guided walk through Trinity College with a university insider.
  • Kildare: Join an equine professional for a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud. Then visit the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe, for a 'journey through life' as you wander by the beautiful floral displays.
  • 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. See the Gothic Guildhall and the Georgian houses of Shipquay Street.
  • Belfast: Meet Hilda, a true Belfast local, having lived in the same house her entire life. During your panoramic tour, hear the history of the city and learn why Hilda is proud of its progress and current prosperity. You'll also see the City Hall, Queen's University, Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents.

Top Rated Highlights

  • 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.
  • Cahir: See one of the largest castles in Ireland.
  • 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!
  • Killarney: Enjoy hearing of the history of Killarney during your city orientation.
  • Ring of Kerry: Journey through Sneem, pass the Black Mountains, Moll's Gap and admire Queen Victoria's Ladies View.
  • Dingle Peninsula: Enjoy a scenic drive to Slea Head.
  • Adare: Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.
  • 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.
  • Giant's Causeway: Learn about the towering hexagonal basalt columns—a geological spectacle to behold.
  • Ballygally: Explore this seaside town with your Travel Director.
  • Carrickfergus: See the immense Castle as your drive around it.
  • Scenic Drives:  Irish scenery is some of the most beautiful in the world. Relax and admire the views as your travel past the Derrynasaggart Mountains, the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Burren, the Blue Stack Mountains of Donegal and the Antrim Coast.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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Service rating : 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!
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Service rating : Very responsive to our needs and desires for this trip.
Vacation : We learned so much and saw some impressive scenery.
Friday, July 14, 2017
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Service rating : 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.
Friday, June 16, 2017
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Service rating : 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
Friday, June 16, 2017
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Service rating : 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!
Monday, May 23, 2016
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Service rating : 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.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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Service rating : 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!
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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Service rating : Third tour and no problems of GET's making thus far.
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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!
Monday, October 19, 2015
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Service rating : many stops and interesting places Best Bang For Your Buck
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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
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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Service rating : We had no idea WE were on an Insight Tour until we got our tour information. When we got to the tour the list of names that included home towns did not include our home town. Tour director did not know we were leaving a day early - it appeared there was little communication between the two org.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for bringing these issues to our attention. We do mark our payment receipts, documents, brochure and website with the name of our sister company who operates this trip. We apologize if this was not made clear to you and hope that despite this, you were able to enjoy the beauty of Ireland. Grand European Travel
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Vacation : Good
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
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Service rating : Air arrangements could have been better. We sat in the airport while other flights same airline left 2 hours earlier that our flight. We could have left 2 hours after arrival instead of 4 hours.
Vacation : Excellent
Monday, August 3, 2015
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Service rating : First time user---I will certainly look into their tours in the future.
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Thank you for choosing GET to help you with your Country Roads of Ireland vacation. We couldn't be happier that you enjoyed the service and the trip itself. We hope to welcome you on another vacation very soon. Grand European Travel
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Vacation : Great--especially liked Northern Ireland portion sin I I had never visited that area in the past.
Monday, July 13, 2015
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Service rating : Excellent tour guide and bus driver.
Vacation : Excellent
Saturday, July 4, 2015
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Service rating : Michele were very helpful arranged all my 3 trips and air with GET. Wish we have more airline sections...
Vacation : The tour director Shona was very good humorous make the trip more pleasant. Most of the hotels were good except for couple of them too remote in the outskirts of the city.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
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Service rating : Phone calls & information was excellent, prompt and very up to date.
Vacation : There was one hotel, "The George" that did not live up to your or my standards. The hotel needed a lot of TLC and the floor carpets in halls were in need of replacement. The food for breakfast was sub-par. The front desk let "smokers" stay right under the tour floor and 5 couples received NO sleep that night, as the were drinking and smoking and talking very loud all night long!
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
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Service rating : Travelers should be notified when another tour group has been put in charge of your care.
Vacation : The tour was fun, fun, fun. There's so much to see and do. Anie and Alen did a fabulous job making the Ireland tour a once in a life time experience.
Monday, May 25, 2015
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Service rating : Prior to this last trip I would have rated GET as excellent. We have traveled at least six times with GET and were very satisfied with accommodations and guides. The trip to Ireland for me,was not very rewarding.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so sorry to hear about your experience on Air Canada. We do book the most direct flight routing available at the time you make your reservation with us, but we can also look at any airline that you may prefer. Just let your booking agent know if you have a favorite airline or routing in mind and we will do our best to make it happen. Grand European Travel
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Vacation : Air Canada was uncomfortable and tedious to say the least. We spent over five hours without lighting,just sitting in the dark . We couldn't read, no movies,nothing to help pass the time. I would recommend that you not use Canada Air Rouge for your clients. Why were we routed so indirectly through Canada with long layovers ?
Monday, May 25, 2015
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Service rating : This was our seventh trip and each one has been very well organized, professional director and a great vacation.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for being one of our valued repeat customers! We are so pleased that you enjoyed Ireland. Grand European Travel
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Vacation : Excellent
Friday, May 22, 2015
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Service rating : Insight tours provided this experience. Based on this trip, I will definitely seek other Insight vacations. Katie Vaughn was an outstanding tour guide...very knowledgeable about the country. Her enthusiasm definitely showed. She made exceptional effort to accommodate every travelers wishes.Wonderful experiences and memorable places to visit.
Vacation : Outstanding! Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to visit Ireland.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
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Service rating : Extremely efficient and well organized.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write. Sorry to see that there was a bit too much history for you. We do try to provide a balance of history, sightseeing and local culture on our guided vacations and appreciate your feedback. Dee-Grand European Travel
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Vacation : I couldn't believe how well run and timed our days were. Some of the guided tours, though, ran a little overlong and included too much history to my liking.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
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Service rating : All of our adventures with Grand European Travel have been fun, exciting, and and well worth the money
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That is so great to hear. We appreciate your vote of confidence! Thank you so much!
Friday, May 8, 2015
Vacation : Outstanding trip with an outstanding tour director. Exceeded our expectations
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
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Service rating : It was excellent and exceeded our expectations.
Response from Grand European Travel:
So happy to see that you enjoyed your Ireland vacation and that your Travel Director Tom Horgan made the trip even more memorable. We appreciate your comments and hope to see you on another GET vacation very soon! Dee-Grand European Travel
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Vacation : Our first time with Insight Tours and we so enjoyed every minute. Our guide , Tom Horgan, was wonderful and the hotels were lovely. Tom was very organized and we were promptly in our hotel rooms at each stop along the way. Better than on any other trip I believe. The meals, especially dinner, was very good. Thanks to Insight for our cute passport book holder too. Diane and Dave Kutter
Monday, October 27, 2014
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Service rating : Wonderful trip - could not have been better - want to do the Great Britain trip one day
Response from Grand European Travel:
Welcome home from Ireland. I'm happy to see that you enjoyed your Country Roads of Ireland trip. Liz, Grand European Travel
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Vacation : Excellent
Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Service rating : We did not have time in most places to do the whole thing.
Vacation : Excellent
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Service rating : Our third trip with Grand European was every bit as good as the first two.
Response from Grand European Travel:
welcome home from your Ireland vacation! I am glad that you enjoyed your third trip with us and hope to see you travel with Grand European again soon. Liz, Grand European Travel
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Vacation : Our tour director and driver went above and beyond to assure that all persons on the tour were treated well.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Service rating : This was our 3rd or 4th trip with Grand European companies. All have been Great!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
I'm glad you were able to experience the famous Irish charm on your trip to Ireland. Our Travel Directors and Drivers do a fantastic job. Thank you for continuing to travel with Grand European Travel. Liz, Grand European Travel
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Vacation : The trip was wonderful. Our tour director, Patrick was very knowledgeable and pleasant to everyone. Paddy, our bus driver, was excellent. He could get that bus around in any situation.
Friday, October 10, 2014
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Service rating : Representative was very efficient and took care of all the details.
Vacation : The tour was wonderful. In addition to the beautiful countryside, first class hotels and meals, our tour guide and bus driver did everything possible to make this a memorable vacation.
Monday, October 6, 2014
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Service rating : Every tour has been great fun. I always see and experience more than I expected. Guides and drivers are very experienced. Trip was well organized, hotels and dinning nicer than I could afford on my own. I enjoy the way the tours always manage to include crafts from the regions, such as the marble studio in Connemmara.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for being a loyal guest with Grand European Travel. I'm glad to hear that this tour exceeded your expectations. And I hope that you were able to check a few things off of your bucket list as you traveled around Ireland. Liz, Grand European Travel
Friday, October 24, 2014
Vacation : As above, everything was above my expectation, as I knew from previous experience, it would be. Our guide Harry was very knowledgeable about the history and literature of Ireland, in addition to which he had a fantastic sense of humor! Our city guides were also quite informative. Optional tours were all very good, just disappointed that 2 were cancelled as not enough people signed up.
Monday, October 6, 2014
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Service rating : Everything was just as promised. Our representative at Grand Travel always cordial and helpful.
Vacation : Thoroughly enjoyable. Schedule a little tight sometimes.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Service rating : Insight was the subcontracted tour.
Vacation : Too many people on the bus.
Monday, September 29, 2014
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Service rating : The trip was truly outstanding! Tour guide Patrick Kealey made this one of the best trips I have been on. He was organized, respectful, and added so much with his knowledge of literature, history, and personal information often in a humorous most respectful manner
Vacation : Excellent
Saturday, September 27, 2014
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Service rating : Organization was efficient and personnel were helpful during initial phone calls. I would have preferred a somewhat smaller participant group than 40 people. It would be positive to have more thematic offerings, but the generalized tour was a good introductory overview of Ireland (or, probably, any selected country).
Vacation : Insight Vacations is a terrific partner. The Travel Director and coach driver were exemplary and the coach was surprisingly spacious. The Travel Director was responsive, knowledgeable and personable. The itinerary was quite good, although there was perhaps too much shopping time. I was disappointed not to receive the promised email list of participants, some of whom might have been potential travel partners for future trips.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
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Service rating : Thank you for an excellent and very safe vacation.
Vacation : Excellent
Friday, September 26, 2014
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Service rating : The agent was very good about changing our selection of tours and giving us advice about the tours.
Vacation : Our guide and driver with Insight were wonderful. The trip exceeded our expectations!
Friday, September 26, 2014
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Service rating : Well planned with one exception. A visit to book ok Kells was too short. All other stops were well planned and fit the description of "country roads of Ireland"
Vacation : Our tour guide was excellent as were the side activities.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
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Service rating : All details were handled to perfection, the tour guide was very educated on places we toured,
Vacation : The entire trip was an exception. Our knowledgeable tour guide, great bus driver, location of tour, hotels, shows, food, everything was worth "going again"
Friday, September 12, 2014
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Service rating : Our first experience with Grand European Travel was wonderful. We will definitely consider future trips with them.
Vacation : The tour was well planned. It was helpful to have several nights in the same hotel.
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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Ireland must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Ireland.

  • The currency in the Republic of Ireland is the Euro (€) and in Northern Ireland is the Pound (£). While it’s a good idea to bring some money with you, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive at your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Ireland. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Culinary experiences to try include a full Irish breakfast, a visit to a chip shop, and hearty lunch at a good local pub.  And be sure to sample Irish national specialties including Irish stew, coddle, potato bread, corned beef and whiskey cake.

    Ireland is famous for its stout and beer, the most famous being Guinness. Other popular brands include Murphy’s Irish Stout, Beamish, and Kilkenny beer. Whiskey is also renowned with the most famous distilleries being the Old Midleton Distillery in Cork, the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin, and the Bushmills Distillery in Antrim.

  • The weather in Ireland is mild, moist, and quickly changeable. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping in Ireland is less common than in the U.S. When dining in a restaurant, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave a tip of up to 5-10 percent.  Leave your gratuity on the table rather than adding it to your credit card receipt to ensure that your waiter receives it.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Dublin

Irish Countryside & Glendalough

Adult Price: € 24.00

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 pretty Wicklow Mountains to the picturesque setting of St. Kevin’s great 6th Century monastic site at Glendalough. Afterwards, we'll explore the monastic remains before returning to Dublin via the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Dublin

Dublin At Its Best

Adult Price: € 55.00

Join your Tour director for a unique opportunity to dine at one of the Capital City’s top restaurants. A perfect way to spend your evening in this amazing city, famous for its easy-going charm and cultural heritage.

Cork

Port Of Cobh Excursion

Adult Price: € 22.00

Drive to the pretty riverside village of Cobh (pronounced "Cove") which was the last port of call for the Titanic. Explore the Heritage Centre and relive the story of the emigration of Irish people and the life of this once great passenger port.

Killarney

Gaelic Roots

Adult Price: € 33.00

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.

Killarney

Craic Agus Ceol

Adult Price: € 24.00

An afternoon foray into the Irish land of storytelling and fun with a modern day Seanchai (traditional storyteller). Enjoy this unique experience whilst sipping on an Irish Coffee, Whiskey or local Draft Beer.

Limerick

Dinner at Durty Nellys

Adult Price: € 46.00

Tonight we'll experience dinner at the world-famous Durty Nelly's. Enjoy an excellent choice menu in this storied establishment that's almost 400 years old! Discover the place where the road rises up to meet you, and the wind is always at your back!

Galway

Aran Islands

Adult Price: € 49.00

"Embark upon a voyage of antiquity to the largest of the Aran Islands. Your guided tour of the island will also include a visit to the ancient fort of Dun Aengus. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee."

Galway

Galway Walking Tour

Adult Price: € 15.00

The medieval streets of Galway are best  explored  with a local. Join our expert Galway guide for a stroll through history in this charming port city.

Derry

Spirit of Derry

Adult Price: £26.00

Before dinner this evening, take the chance to enjoy the unique and fun experience of learning the history of Derry and the North through storytelling, music and song in a local pub. A drink of your choice is included.

Ballygally

When your home is a castle...

Adult Price: £27.00

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 also see the day-to-day goings on and discover how the Earls have made this historic house fit with today's modern family. Then enjoy a stroll through the walled garden; 4.5 acres of lawns with imaginative herbaceous borders.

Belfast

Titanic Experience

Adult Price: £18.00

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 building, on the former site of the shipyard where Titanic was built.

Belfast

Historic Pub Walk and Dinner

Adult Price: £36.00

Join a local to hear about the importance of Belfast's pubs through the eras, stroll through the narrow streets before reaching a Victorian alehouse to enjoy a traditional supper and drinks.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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