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Country Roads of Ireland

13 Days from $3,150 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. Board your overnight flight to Ireland (not included).

  2. On arrival at Dublin Airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 & 13:30. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

    meal(s):DW
    hotel:Clayton, Dublin
  3. Become acquainted with Dublin's elegant squares during an guided tour. Discover famous O'Connell Street, Custom House and Dublin Castle. Enjoy your VIP priority entrance to the 9th century Book of Kells and a walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College accompanied by a University insider, gaining their insight into modern life and the establishment's impressive history. The afternoon is free to explore.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Clayton, Dublin
  4. In 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 though a demonstration of skill and learn how the Hurley is made. Continue through Cahir and see its imposing 13th century castle, featured in the film 'Excalibur', on the way to your spa resort hotel in Cork.

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

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney
  6. Start your day with a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local ‘Jarveys'. Then take a leisurely excursion around the magnificent Ring of Kerry. Here, mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. Journey past lush lakelands and around towering cliffs affording sweeping sea views. Continue through delightful villages like Sneem and cross the peat bogs of the Black Mountains to Moll's Gap to admire Queen Victoria's Ladies View. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Maybe take the opportunity to hire a bicycle and enjoy one of the many scenic trails around the lake or through the National Park?

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney.
  7. 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):BB
    hotel:The Inn at Dromoland
  8. 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 discovery of America. See the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F. Kennedy.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Connemara Coast, Galway.
  9. Spend a day at leisure to relax and enjoy Galway. Perhaps join an optional experience to the Aran Islands - a true highlight on the Wild Atlantic Way. With their cliffs and spectacular coastal views, the islands are a true Irish experience.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Connemara Coast, Galway.
  10. 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):BB, D
    hotel:Maldron Hotel, Londonderry.
  11. 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 the golden sands of Ballygally Bay. For those who are brave enough, perhaps check out The Ghost Room, in one of the castle’s turrets? In the evening, please join us for a finale Celebration Dinner, where old-fashioned hospitality is blended with good food and wine for an experience that delights the senses.

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

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Europa, Belfast.
  13. Departure transfers arrive at Belfast George Best City Airport at 07:15 and Belfast International Airport at 08:00. An additional transfer will arrive at Dublin Airport at 08:00.

    meal(s):BB
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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 $740 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $10

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

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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 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 2 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee. 

Signature Experiences

Dublin:

  • VIP priority entrance to the Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity College with a University insider.

Kildare:

  • Experience a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud and wander through the beautiful Japanese Gardens.

Kilkenny:

  • Kilkenny has the greatest amount of All-Ireland titles of its national sport of Hurling. Meet a player to gain an exciting insight
    into this unique Irish cultural experience, through a demonstration of skill.

Blarney:

  • Dangle from the ramparts to kiss the Stone of Eloquence, and never be lost for words again!

Ring of Kerry

  • Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you travel the magical Ring of Kerry. Journey
    through Sneem, pass the Black Mountains, Moll's Gap and admire Queen Victoria's Ladies View.

Killarney:

  • Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you tour the magical Ring of Kerry.
  • Hear the history, legend and folklore of Killarney from a local 'Jarvey', while on-board a famous jaunting car ride.

Cliffs of Moher:

  • Stop by the Exhibition Centre and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.

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.

Giant's Causeway:

  • Learn about the towering hexagonal basalt columns - a geological spectacle to behold.

Belfast

  • Your Local Expert will show you the City Hall, Queen's University, Stormont and the Belfast Murals.
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Reviews

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Gail Hall
Service:
Vacation:
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
Betty Post
Service:
Vacation:
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.
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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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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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