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Country Roads of Ireland

Operated by: Insight Vacations

12 Days from $2,876 per person

Countries Visited

Ireland ...more Ireland

Locations Visited

Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Cork, Killarney, Dingle, Galway, Londonderry, Belfast, Carrickfergus ...more Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Cork, Killarney, Dingle, Galway, Londonderry, Belfast, Carrickfergus
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Dublin.

    On arrival at Dublin airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:00. Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a meal with wine.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin.
  2. Day 2 In Dublin’s Fair City.

    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.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin.
  3. Day 3 A Journey from Dublin to Cork.

    In the morning, visit one of the country’s main racehorse breeding centres. 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 as you test your skill during a lesson. 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.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Maldron Hotel South Mall, Cork.
  4. 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 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa.
  5. Day 5 Ring of Kerry Experience.

    Start your day with Insight Choice. Choose between a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys or join a gentle hike with a Local Expert along the lake shore and past the farmlands of the Muckross Estate, admiring the incredible scenery. While there aren't any mountains to climb, walkers should be fit, have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and rain gear. 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?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa.
  6. Day 6 Around the Dingle Peninsula.

    Continue driving with views of 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, before reaching your hotel on the shores of Dingle harbour. With the evening at leisure, why not treat yourself to a relaxing experience at the hotel's spa? Offering holistic and therapeutic treatments, the Peninsula Spa is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day of exploring the coast.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Skellig Hotel, Dingle.
  7. Day 7 The Cliffs of Moher and Galway.

    Journey to the Visitor Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Clare Coast before a delightful drive through the strange, rocky landscape of the Burren to Galway Bay. On arrival, see the Lynch Memorial and Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before his voyages to America. See the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F. Kennedy.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Connemara Coast Hotel, Galway.
  8. Day 8 Free day Galway or Aran Islands.

    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.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Connemara Coast Hotel, Galway.
  9. Day 9 Londonderry.

    Continue on to County Sligo, stopping at a peaceful churchyard in Drumcliffe to visit the final resting place of Ireland's famous poet, William Butler Yeats. Admire the Blue Stack Mountains of Donegal as you cross into Northern Ireland bound for the ancient walled city of 'Derry.' What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls, still topped with cannons. Walk down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Maldron Hotel Derry, Londonderry.
  10. Day 10 Walk in the Giant’s Steps.

    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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Ballygally Castle.
  11. 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 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.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Europa Hotel, Belfast.
  12. Day 12 Depart Belfast.

    Departure transfers arrive at Belfast George Best City Airport at 07:15 and Belfast International Airport at 08:00.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • 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.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • 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

  • Killarney: Join John and his wife, Freda for drinks and a personal insight into classic Irish recipes that are loved throughout the world. Your Farm-to-Table experience is all about locally-sourced ingredients prepared with skill, so that you can taste the freshness in every mouthful.
  • Ballygally: 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!
  • Dining Summary: 11 Breakfasts (B), 2 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Dublin: Enjoy VIP priority entrance to the Book of Kells and a guided walk though 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 and have a go for yourself on the pitch.
  • 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: 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.
  • Dingle Peninsula: Enjoy a scenic drive to Slea Head.
  • Adare: Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and overlook the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
  • 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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Optional Add-Ons

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

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 this amazing city, famous for its easy-going charm and cultural heritage.
Adult Price: €55

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 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.
Adult Price: €25

Cork

Queenstown Story

Experience this intriguing port town, home to the world's second-largest natural harbour. We’ll visit stunning St Colman’s Cathedral to hear of the town’s maritime past and also visit the Queenstown Story to discover how the town became the single most important port of emigration from Ireland.
Adult Price: €23

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 enjoy the great atmosphere and vibrant heart of Ireland's 'rebel' city. Three course dinner with a drink.
Adult Price: €46

Killarney

Gaelic Roots

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.
Adult Price: €34

An Irish Pub Experience

Enjoy an exclusive Irish "session" in the oldest pub in town, perhaps even pull your own pint! A local musician joins us this afternoon for music, song and a glimpse into Ireland's past. Enjoy this unique experience whilst sipping on an Irish Coffee, Whiskey or local Draft Beer.
Adult Price: €24

Limerick

Shannon Castle Banquet

Calling all Lords and Ladies! Please be seated for a delicious banquet in the great hall of the castle. In the splendour of a bygone age, entertainment is provided by the court jester, castle musicians and attendants of the medieval court. It won’t be long before you're making merry with the fine music, singing, dancing, good food and laughter. You'll be sure to take home warm memories of this delightful evening.
Adult Price: €73

Galway

Galway Walking Tour

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.
Adult Price: €15

Aran Islands

Take the Aran ferry across Galway Bay to an ancient landscape. Hear the story of Inishmore from the island men themselves as they guide us to sites such as the 3,200-year-old fort of Dun Aonghasa, the site of the seven churches and also enjoy leisure time in the island villages.
Adult Price: €51

Derry

Spirit of Derry

A gathering of song and comedy, coupled with moments of poignant truth, in the city of "Danny Boy". Look out over the famous Bogside Murals, as you enjoy a drink during this unique and emotive experience.
Adult Price: £26

Ballygally

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 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 and lawns with imaginative herbaceous borders.
Adult Price: £28

Belfast

Historic Pub Walk and Supper

This evening, a local will take us on a leisurely walk through the changing heart of Belfast. We'll view Street art inspired by the murals of the past and experience the renewal of this vibrant city through the history of its best-known pubs. We'll finish with supper in a Victorian pub, famed for its home-cooked fare.
Adult Price: £39

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Karen Redd
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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