Focus on Ireland - Classic Group

Focus on Ireland - Classic Group

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Focus on Ireland - Classic Group

7 Days Starting and ending in Dublin

Visiting: Dublin, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Cork, Kilkenny

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

B906ZM19

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 40

Physical rating:

Balanced

Age range:

5-99

Interests:

Cultural, History

Activities:

Hiking, Walking

From:
$2595
$2219 (USD) Operator discount: -$260 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$117 -15%

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Tour Overview

From the dizzying 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher near Galway Bay to the grandiose Georgian architecture of Cork, this experience of Ireland is unlike any other. Take a private tour of Trinity College with access to the famous Book of Kells in Dublin, see the Titanic’s last port of call in Cobh and feast on a Farm-to-Table meal in a Killarney farmhouse restaurant. This family-run kitchen is the domain of chef John Sheehan and his wife Freda, who serve up nothing but authentic Irish recipes—guaranteed to inspire and delight. The once kissed, never forgotten Stone of Eloquence at Blarney Castle enthralls visitors from far and wide, while the old fortress town of Athone on the River Shannon, shines a light on the history of Galway, and the City of the Tribes.

Highlights

  • Killarney: Enjoy a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys as you explore the lush scenery of Killarney National Park.

  • Dublin: During your orientation with your Travel Director, see Custom House and travel along the River Liffey. See the Guinness Brewery, Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral.

  • 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.

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

  • Adare: Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.

  • Ring of Kerry: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you journey the magical Ring of Kerry.

  • Blarney: It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. Visit Blarney Castle and see the famous Stone of Eloquence.

  • Cobh: The Queenstown Story at Cobh retraces the steps of Irish emigration from the famine of 1845 to the great ocean line era of the 1950s.

Places You'll See

Cliffs Of Moher

Itinerary

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Day 1: In Dublin’S Fair City
Location: Dublin
Accommodation: Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin.
Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

Welcome to the land of legends, misty mountains, lovely lakes and friendly greetings. At Dublin airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:00. Meet your Travel Director at 14:30 for an orientation of Dublin. Pass St. Patrick's Cathedral and Christchurch Cathedral. See the 9th century Book of Kells. Walk the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College with your local expert pass. Enjoy a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over the course of the evening.

Day 2: To Galway, City Of The Tribes Relaxed Start
Location: Galway
Accommodation: Harbour Hotel Galway.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Leave Dublin and set off through the delightful landscapes of the Emerald Isle. Cross Ireland's longest river, the river Shannon, to reach historic Galway, the City of the Tribes, at the mouth of the Corrib River. Easily one of Ireland’s most fun and lively cities, the streets are lined with buskers, the region is known for its famous oysters and the pubs are full of Irish charm.Join your Travel Director to see the infamous Lynch Memorial and the Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before setting off for his discovery of America. Also see the aged Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F. Kennedy.

Day 3: The Cliffs Of Moher, Adare And Killarney Relaxed Start
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Location: Cliffs of Moher
Accommodation: Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Take the scenic route through the mysterious rocky limestone landscape of the Burren, with its underground caverns, streams and rare flora.Stop at the Exhibition Centre, situated next to the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher with breathtaking views of the Clare Coast.Continue past the city of Limerick, stop in quaint Adare and take a relaxed village walk to see its thatched-roof cottages.In the evening, stay in the center of the action in lively Killarney. Gateway to the famous Ring of Kerry, Killarney has been welcoming travellers, who appreciate the spectacular scenery of  woodlands and lakes, for over 250 years.

Day 4: Ring Of Kerry Experience Relaxed Start
Location: Ring of Kerry
Accommodation: Hotel, Killarney Plaza and Spa.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

This morning enjoy an Insight Choice. Choose to join a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys. Alternatively, admire incredible scenery on a gentle hike with a Local Expert along the lake shore and past the grounds of Ross Castle, admiring the incredible scenery of the National Park. After, take a leisurely excursion around the magnificent Ring of Kerry with stunning views of mountains and sea. Pass through the small towns of Killorglin, where the famous Puck Fair takes place, and Cahersiveen, birthplace of the great patriot, Daniel O'Connell. Follow the narrow road as it winds along the cliffs to the fishing town of Waterville. 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. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience during a Farm-to-Table dinner. Enjoy some Irish home cooking at the family-run kitchen 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 and help preserve this intangible cultural heritage. Then, settle down for a night of great food and drink in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Day 5: Cobh And Blarney Castle On The Way To Cork Relaxed Start
Location: Cork
Accommodation: Maldron Hotel South Mall Cork City.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Drive to the historic port town of Cobh, which was the last port of call for the Titanic. Walk through the Queenstown Story exhibition at the Heritage Centre, which recounts the era of Irish emigration and the life of this once great passenger port. Continue to visit the 15th century Blarney Castle, home of the famous Stone of Eloquence - once kissed, never forgotten! Or enjoy a sensory walk in the extensive and varied estate gardens. Then Continue on to Cork along the spacious Grand Parade and South Mall and see the City Hall and fine Georgian houses en route to your hotel. In the evening, raise your glass and revel in rich flavours at a lively Celebration Dinner.

Day 6: Kilkenny And Dublin
Location: Kilkenny
Accommodation: Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Drive through prime farmland to the medieval city of Kilkenny, with its majestic castle and river walk. Browse the medieval mile showcasing the hub of Ireland’s arts and crafts scene along its narrow lanes. Then, return to Dublin and your hotel, located in the heart of Dublin’s leafy south side just minutes from the city centre. The rest of the evening is at your leisure to further explore if you wish.

Day 7: Depart Dublin
Location: Dublin
Meals Included: Breakfast

Your memorable trip comes to an end. Departure transfers arrive at Dublin airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 10:30.

What's Included

  • Travel Director

    Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.

  • Radio Headsets

    Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.

  • Tips and Charges

    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.

  • Luggage Handling

    We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.

  • Wi-Fi Access

    Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

  • Insight Flourish

    From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

  • Transfers

    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.

What's Not Included

  • Airfare

    International and domestic airfare not included.

  • Meals

    Some meals not included, details will be provided in your itinerary.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Optional Experiences

    Costs for optional experiences and excursions not included in the tour price.

  • Personal Expenses

    Items of a personal nature, including souvenirs, laundry, and drinks, are not included.

Mode of Transport

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.

Accommodation

Stay in the heart of Dublin’s leafy south side just minutes from the city centre. Enjoy the comfort and elegance of the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, the Harbour Hotel Galway, the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa, and the Maldron Hotel South Mall Cork City.

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the policy for airport transfers?

    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.

  • What are the inclusions of the tour?

    The tour inclusions are a highly-skilled Travel Director, personal radio headsets for visits to famous highlights, hotel and restaurant tips, baggage handling, complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available), Insight Flourishes which are local specialties representing the destination, and airport transfers as per the itinerary.

  • Are there any meals included in the tour?

    Yes, the tour includes 4 Dinners with Wine and 6 Breakfasts.

  • What type of accommodations can be expected on the tour?

    Accommodations on the tour include stays in the heart of Dublin’s leafy south side minutes from the city centre at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, the Harbour Hotel Galway, the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa, and the Maldron Hotel South Mall Cork City.

  • What are the highlights of the Focus on Ireland - Classic Group tour?

    The highlights of the tour include a choice between two carefully selected activities in Killarney, enhanced hygiene protocols following COVID-19, the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with onboard washroom, working only with establishments adhering to high well-being standards, availability of hand sanitizer onboard, personal encounters with locals such as musicians, advice on connecting with Ireland, tours of Dublin, Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, Adare, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Blarney, Cobh, Cork, and Kilkenny, and special dining experiences including a Welcome Dinner in Dublin, a 'craic' dinner in Cork, and a farm-to-table dinner in Killarney.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of insight vacations charges.

    Up to 91 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 80% of booking price.

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