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Country Roads of Ireland

Irish Cabaret
13 Days from $2,613 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.

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    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.
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    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. Tonight, enjoy a Signature Evening with a cooking demonstration and dinner.
    meal(s):FB, SE
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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    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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  • 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
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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

Monday, May 23, 2016
Country Roads of Ireland
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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.
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.
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
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Country Roads of Ireland
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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.
Vacation : Great trip. The hotels, the food, and the tour itself were the best!
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
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Country Roads of Ireland
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Service rating : Third tour and no problems of GET's making thus far.
Vacation : Wonderful!
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

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