Irish Elegance - Small Group

Irish Elegance - Small Group

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$4650

$4418

Irish Elegance - Small Group

8 Days Starting and ending in Dublin

Visiting: Dublin, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Galway, Connemara National Park, Ashford Castle Cong

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

SB907ZM19

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 24

Physical rating:

Leisurely

Age range:

5-99

From:
$4650
$4418 (USD) The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$233

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Tour Overview

Experience the Wild Atlantic Way and journey from Galway to Killarney on this once in a lifetime tour of Ireland. In Dublin explore the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College, before cutting the queue with fast track access to the 9th century Book of Kells. After an exploration of County Mayo and sojourn through picturesque Cong, indulge in a taste bud tantalizing Ashford Castle Dinner. The exquisite dining and locally sourced produce are matched only by the luxurious facilities of this vast estate, which include a falconry school, spa and an Irish Piper to signal your arrival. Look out at Galway Bay from the dramatic Cliffs of Moher and contemplate the beauty of County Clare on this weeklong, Irish experience.

Highlights

  • Blarney: Visit the lush gardens of the Blarney Castle estate with a senior gardener.

  • Blarney: Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle for the gift of eloquence.

  • Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden: Explore the Neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey.

  • Connemara: Taste DK Connemara oysters and learn about sustainable farming.

  • Dublin: See architectural treasures and historical sites including the Guinness Brewery and St. Patrick's Cathedral.

  • Cashel: View the Rock of Cashel where St. Patrick preached.

  • Ring of Kerry: Experience the beauty of the Iveragh Peninsula's cliffs, lakelands, and villages.

  • Cliffs of Moher: Enjoy breathtaking views over the Wild Atlantic Way.

  • Galway: Visit the stunning cathedral in the City of Tribes.

  • Ashford Castle: Be escorted over the drawbridge by a lone piper for a majestic entrance.

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 Dublin. On arrival at Dublin airport, your airport transfer shuttle service leaves for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:00. Meet your Travel Director at 14:30 for an orientation tour with a Local Expert that brings to life Dublin’s architectural treasures and history, stretching back more than 1,000 years. Travel along the River Liffey, see Custom House, Guinness Storehouse, Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral. See the 9th century Book of Kells and enjoy a walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College.Back at your hotel, join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

Day 2: Cashel And Blarney, Heading For Killarney
Location: Killarney
Accommodation: Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Depart Dublin, and pass the famous Curragh Racecourse and green meadows where many of the finest Irish racehorses are bred. Driving south, stop to see the spectacular Rock of Cashel, crowned with medieval buildings that dominate the flat countryside for miles around. Then on to explore Blarney with Insight Choice. Choose to visit Blarney Castle and kiss the magical stone to ensure a lifetime of eloquence. Alternatively, meet a senior gardener for a tour of Blarney Gardens.Head to Killarney, where you may fancy a ‘pint of porter.' This town on the lakes is famous for its lively pubs so in the evening why not join in the ‘craic’?

Day 3: Ring Of Kerry Experience Relaxed Start
Location: Ring of Kerry
Accommodation: Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa.
Meals Included: Breakfast

In the morning, marvel at spectacular mountain and sea views as you travel the road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. Meet John for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit his family-run seaweed farm to learn about sustainable farming practices that protect the wild Irish Atlantic coasts.

Day 4: The Cliffs Of Moher And On To Galway
Location: Galway
Accommodation: Connemara Coast Hotel, Galway.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Cross the Shannon Estuary by ferry and enter County Clare. Stop at the Exhibition Centre and enjoy a walk along the Cliffs of Moher, raised approximately 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves. Then travel north across the Burren, a suddenly stark and barren landscape, scarred with interesting limestone creases. Journey to Galway, the City of the Tribes, and visit the lovely cathedral. Take in the scenery from your hotel, which is spectacularly set on the shores of Galway Bay.

Day 5: Captivating Connemara Relaxed Start
Location: Connemara National Park
Accommodation: Connemara Coast Hotel, Galway.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Embark on a superb exploration of the Connemara National Park and see a wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills.Explore Connemara with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the magnificent, turreted Neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey. Alternatively join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and visit one of Ireland’s oldest oyster farms for a tasting. Learn about their commitment to biodiversity and work promoting sustainable packaging.

Day 6: Majestic Ashford Castle Relaxed Start
Location: Ashford Castle, Cong
Accommodation: Ashford Castle, Cong.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Sitting on the edge of Lough Corrib and nestled on the border of County Galway and County Mayo, is the delightful Cong. You may recognise much of the town as it was used as the location in the 1952 film, 'The Quiet Man.' With free time to explore this quintessential Irish village, see the statue of the lead characters played by John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, and the ruins of the Medieval Cong Abbey. Then a short drive down the road leads you to Ashford Castle, the highlight of your travels. As you arrive a lone piper escorts you over the drawbridge.Your exquisite hotel provides a romantic backdrop in superior surroundings, offering both relaxation and comfort. There are many opportunities to explore the vast estate, pamper yourself at the spa, or get to know the hawks and woodland surroundings at the hotel's falconry school. Dining at Ashford Castle ranks among the finest culinary experiences in the world. Creative cooking, locally sourced ingredients and an innovative menu await at your Celebration Dinner. Gentlemen, a jacket is required.

Day 7: Across The Emerald Isle To Dublin Relaxed Start
Location: Dublin
Accommodation: Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the morning and perhaps a stroll on the estate? Then cross the midlands to Dublin where the rest of the day is free for independent activities and maybe some last minute shopping.

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.

  • Personal 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.

  • Luggage Handling

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

  • 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.

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

    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.

  • 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's Not Included

  • Flights

    International flights to and from the start and end points of the tour are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers to ensure that they are covered in case of unforeseen circumstances.

  • Meals Not Specified

    Any meals not specified in the itinerary are not included and will be an additional cost.

  • Optional Excursions

    Optional excursions and activities that are not listed in the tour itinerary are not included and may incur an additional cost.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, minibar, and other personal items are not included.

Mode of Transport

Cross the Shannon Estuary by ferry. This large estuary is where the River Shannon flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

Accommodation

Stay at the luxurious Ashford Castle, the highlight of your travels. As you arrive a lone piper escorts you over the drawbridge. Your exquisite hotel provides a romantic backdrop in superior surroundings, offering both relaxation and comfort.

Check out our Q&As

  • What are the inclusions in the tour package?

    The inclusions in the tour package are a Travel Director, personal radio headsets, luggage handling, tips and charges, complimentary Wi-Fi, Insight Flourish, and airport transfers at scheduled times.

  • What are the exclusions from the tour package?

    The exclusions from the tour package are international flights to and from the start and end points of the tour, travel insurance, meals not specified in the itinerary, optional excursions and activities not listed in the tour itinerary, and personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, minibar, and other personal items.

  • Are meals included in the Irish Elegance - Small Group tour?

    Yes, meals are included in the Irish Elegance - Small Group tour. Specific meals mentioned include dinners with wine at selected accommodations.

  • What is the transport description for the tour?

    The transport for the tour includes crossing the Shannon Estuary by ferry. This large estuary is where the River Shannon flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

  • What countries are visited on this tour?

    The Irish Elegance - Small Group tour visits Ireland.

  • What type of accommodations can I expect on the tour?

    On the tour, you can expect to stay at luxurious accommodations including the highlight of your travels, Ashford Castle. As you arrive, a lone piper escorts you over the drawbridge. Your hotel provides a romantic backdrop in superior surroundings, offering both relaxation and comfort.

  • What are the highlights of the Irish Elegance - Small Group tour?

    The highlights of the Irish Elegance - Small Group tour include visiting the lush gardens of Blarney Castle, kissing the Blarney Stone, exploring Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, tasting DK Connemara oysters, seeing Dublin's architectural treasures including the Guinness Brewery and St. Patrick's Cathedral, viewing the Rock of Cashel, experiencing the beauty of the Ring of Kerry, enjoying views over the Wild Atlantic Way at the Cliffs of Moher, visiting Galway's stunning cathedral, and being escorted over the drawbridge by a lone piper for a majestic entrance into Ashford Castle.

  • 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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    Insight Vacations requires a minimum deposit of 350 USD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    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.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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