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Country Roads of Ireland

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Tour Style: Premium
13 Days from $2,543 per person

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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  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):WD
    hotel:Doubletree by Hilton – Burlington Road/Clayton Cardiff Lane, Dublin (2 nights).
  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.
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    hotel:Doubletree by Hilton – Burlington Road/Clayton Cardiff Lane, Dublin.
  4. Visit one of the country's main racehorse breeding centres and acclaimed 100 year old Japanese Gardens where you can ‘journey through life'. Move on to the medieval city of Kilkenny where you will learn about the ancient Celtic sport of 'Hurling' which is over 3,000 years old. Continue on past the imposing 13th century Cahir castle, featured in the film Excalibur, to your spa resort hotel in Cork.
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    hotel:The Kingsley, Cork.
  5. Enjoy an orientation tour around the compact university city of Cork, with its interesting waterways and grand Georgian parades. Continue to ruined Blarney Castle. Will you hang upside down from the ramparts to kiss the stone and ensure a lifetime of eloquence? Now cross the majestic Derrynasaggart Mountains to the peaceful town of Killarney.  In the evening, join chef John Sheehan, and his wife Freda for drinks, and a personal insight into a classic Irish teacake recipe. Then, settle down to some tasty home cooking with the family, in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

    meal(s):FB, SE
    hotel:Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney (2 nights).
  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?
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    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 to Limerick, famous for rhymes, lace and elegant Georgian houses. 

    meal(s):FB
    hotel:Castle Oaks Hotel, Limerick.
  8. In Limerick, see the Treaty Stone, St. Mary's Cathedral and medieval King John's Castle. Move on 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 discovery of America. Also see the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F Kennedy.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Connemara Coast/Maldron Sandy Lane, Galway (2 nights).
  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):FB
    hotel:Connemara Coast/Maldron Sandy Lane, 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):FB, 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 admire the hauntingly beautiful Dark Hedges. This stunning avenue of beech trees, planted in the 18th Century, is more recently known as the 'King's Road' from Game of Thrones. Continue on to your hotel, overlooking the golden sands of Ballygally Bay. Those brave enough can check out the ‘ghost room' in one of the castle's turrets. In the evening, please join us for a finalé Celebration Dinner, where old-fashioned hospitality is blended with good food and wine for an experience that delights the senses.

    meal(s):FB, CD
    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 centre and birthplace of the Titanic, a monument to Belfast's maritime heritage.
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    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.
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2018 Preview

Preview itineraries and content are based on selected vacations featured in our 2017 Collection, however, items such as (but not limited to), hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations, transfers and transportation, are subject to change. The final composition of your trip will be published in our 2018 Collection due out in September. By paying your deposit, you are agreeing to accept the finalized version of your trip itinerary.

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  • 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
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  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

11 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 three-course Dinners (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Dublin:

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

Kildare:

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

Kilkenny:

  • Gain an exciting insight into this unique Irish cultural experience, the ancient Celtic game of Hurling.

Blarney:

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

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:

  • 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.

Giant's Causeway:

  • Learn about the towering hexagonal basalt columns - a geological spectacle to behold.
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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 $700 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $106 per person.

July 28th and 30th departures will stay at the Culloden Estate in Belfast.

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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 48 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.

Reviews

Friday, July 14, 2017
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.
Vacation : Hotels were great. The extras were great and gave a deeper look into the people and lives of 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
Friday, June 16, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
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.
Vacation : Grand European Travel was a good value for the tour and service
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
Friday, June 16, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
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.
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!
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

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 Dinner

Adult Price: € 45.00

Join us for some warm Irish hospitality a three course dinner in a family run pub, that was formerly the haunt of nobility and notorious highwaymen. Lovely exposed brick walls and dark wood make for a cosy atmosphere in which to enjoy your hearty pub meal.

Irish Countryside & Glendalough

Adult Price: € 21.00

An afternoon drive takes you through the rural countryside of County Wicklow - the garden of Ireland. Pass through the pretty Wicklow Mountains to the picturesque setting of St. Kevin’s great 6th Century monastic site at Glendalough. After exploring the monastic remains return to Dublin via the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Cork

From Emigration to Industry

Adult Price: € 39.00

Today, we’ll drive to the Cobh Heritage Centre to experience the Queenstown story. We’ll hear the story of emigration, how Ireland forged links with America, Canada, Australia and many other parts of the World. Then, it’s a visit to the Midleton Distillery, where their tradition began with master distiller, John Jameson in 1780. A signature whiskey drink awaits.

Killarney

Celtic Steps

Adult Price: € 36.00

Enjoy a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians and showcasing the music of Kerry and beyond.

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.

Galway

Aran Islands

Adult Price: € 47.00

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.

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.

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.

Titanic Experience

Adult Price: £17.00

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.

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