Country Roads of Ireland - Escorted Tour

Country Roads of Ireland - Escorted Tour

11 nights / 12 days
dublin * county wicklow * waterford  * ring of kerry * killarney * limerick * cliffs of moher * galway * connemara * sligo

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Sample 2020 Prices from various gateways*:
$4582 (txs incl)/pp /from Toronto
$4795(txs incl)/pp /from St. John's
$4723 (txs incl)/pp /from Halifax
$4853 (txs incl)/pp / from Vancouver
*Prices are in CAD funds, per person, based on double occupancy with round-trip flight in Economy Class
Prices are always subject to change, please request an updated quote price


Day 1: Depart Canada
Fly to Dublin.

Day 2: Welcome to Dublin
On arrival at Dublin airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Join your Travel Director at 6:00 p.m. for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
Meal(s) : Dinner with wine
Accommodation: (1 night)

Day 3: Dublin
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 Dublin.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation: (1 night)

Day 4: Dublin - Kilkenny - Cahir - Cork
Visit one of the country's main racehorse breeding centres and meet an equine professional. Visit the 100-year-old Japanese Gardens where you can “journey through life”. Travel to the medieval city of Kilkenny, home of the world's fastest field game and Ireland's national sport, Hurling. Meet a player who will share his passion through a demonstration. Continue through Cahir and see its 13th-century castle. In Cork, your Travel Director shows you around the university city, with its vibrant waterfront and grand Georgian parades.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation: (1 night)

Day 5: Cork - Blarney - Killarney
Travel to Blarney Castle, kiss the stone and ensure a lifetime of eloquence. Travel across the majestic Derrynasaggart Mountains to the peaceful town of Killarney. Savour the delicious flavours of freshly prepared local cuisine. Join John and Freda for a farm-to-table dining experience and a personal insight into classic Irish recipes that are loved throughout the world.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast and Dinner with wine
Accommodation: (1 night)

Day 6: Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney
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 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.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation: (1 night)

Day 7: Killarney - Dingle Peninsula - Dromoland
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 and pass Limerick, famous for rhymes, before reaching your hotel located at the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way, with access to the Dromoland Castle Estate.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation: (1 night)

Day 8: Dromoland - Cliffs of Moher - Galway
Journey to the Visitor Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher for breathtaking views of the Clare Coast. Enjoy a delightful drive through the strange, rocky landscape of the Burren to Galway Bay. See the Lynch Memorial, Spanish Arch, Eyre Square and Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before his voyages to America.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: (1 night)

Day 9: Galway
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.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation: (1 night)

Day 10: Galway - Drumcliffe - Londonderry
Stop at a peaceful churchyard in Drumcliffe to visit the final resting place of Ireland's famous poet, William Butler Yeats. Cross into Northern Ireland, bound for the ancient walled city of Derry. On arrival, one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, will fascinate your as he takes you inside the city walls.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: (1 night)

Day 11: Londonderry - Giant's Causeway - Ballygally
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 the golden sands of 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.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast and Dinner with wine
Accommodation: (1 night)

Day 12: Ballygally - Belfast
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, the Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents. In your free time, why not visit the Titanic Belfast, a state-of-the-art visitor centre and monument to Belfast's maritime heritage, where the Titanic was built.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: (1 night)

Day 13: Belfast - Return to Canada
Departure transfers arrive at Dublin Airport at 8:00 a.m.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland: CLAYTON HOTEL BURLINGTON ROAD (or similar)     

Cork, County Cork, Ireland: MALDRON HOTEL SOUTH MALL (or similar)     

Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland: KILLARNEY PLAZA HOTEL & SPA (or similar)     

County Clare, Ireland: THE INN AT DROMOLAND (or similar)     

Galway, County Galway, Ireland: CONNEMARA COAST HOTEL (or similar)     

Londonderry/Derry, Great Britain: MALDRON HOTEL DERRY (or similar)     

Ballygally, County Antrim, United Kingdom: BALLYGALLY CASTLE (or similar)     

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom: EUROPA HOTEL (or similar)     

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.
Room occupancy: 2 adults travelling together.
Twin Room. Single or Triple occupancy option: Travellers who prefer to stay in a single occupancy or a triple occupancy room can request this through your agent. Subject to availability.

2020 departure dates:

April 25, 2020*
May 2*, 9, 23* & 30, 2020
June 6, 13, 20 & 27*, 2020
July 4*, 18* & 25*, 2020
August 22 & 29*, 2020
September 12*, 19* & 26*, 2020
*Non-definite departure dates
If you are booking air independently, please arrange your departure flight to arrive on or before the Tour Start Date.

Activities Info:
Most Insight Guided Vacations already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences ($) which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optional Experiences and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Dublin Dinner & Coastal Drive
Enjoy a scenic drive along Dublin's South Coast along the coastal towns of Sandycove, Dalkey and Killiney, followed by fine cuisine and a glass of wine in one of Dublin's well-known stylish restaurants.
Adult Price: EUR 64.00

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: EUR 24.00

Dublin at its Best
Join your Tour 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: EUR 55.00

Port of Cobh Excursion
Drive to the pretty riverside village of Cobh (pronounced "Cove"), the last port of call for the Titanic. Explore the Heritage Centre and relive the story of the emigration of Irish people and the life of this once great passenger port.
Adult Price: EUR 22.00

Blair's Inn
Soak up the atmosphere of a thriving family-run public house, situated on an old butter road in the heart of the Cork countryside. With a local aperitif in hand, watch your host demonstrate how one of the dishes is made before sitting down to enjoy the same real Irish food in this most authentic of settings.
Adult Price: EUR 45.00

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: EUR 33.00

Craic Agus Ceol
An afternoon foray into the Irish land of storytelling and fun with a modern day Seanchai (traditional storyteller). Enjoy this unique experience while sipping on an Irish coffee, whiskey or local draft beer.
Adult Price: EUR 24.00

Dinner at Durty Nelly's
Tonight we'll experience dinner at the world-famous Durty Nelly's. Enjoy an excellent choice menu in this storied establishment that's almost 400 years old! Discover the place where the road rises up to meet you, and the wind is always at your back!
Adult Price: EUR 46.00

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: EUR 15.00

Aran Islands
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. This Optional Experience involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: EUR 49.00

Spirit of Derry
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.
Adult Price: GBP 26.00

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; 4.5 acres of lawns with imaginative herbaceous borders.
Adult Price: GBP 27.00

Historic Pub Walk & Dinner
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 a drink.
Adult Price: GBP 39.00

Titanic Experience
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.
Adult Price: GBP 18.00
Prices listed above are valid as of November 1, 2019 and are subject to change without notice.

For an additional $181 CAD per person, travellers can pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver. 

Transportation Info:
On arrival at Dublin airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 8:00 a.m.


  • Round-trip flights to Dublin 
  • 11 nights of accommodation
  • 16 meals including 11 Full Breakfasts (FB), 3 Dinners  (D) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Porterage (1 piece of luggage per passenger)
  • $50 CAD credit voucher for an Optional Experience (described in the itinerary below; 1 voucher per person
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • English-speaking travel director
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Earn Aeroplan Miles

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organizer, 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 WiFi (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 Air Canada Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.


  • Meals other than those detailed
  • Baggage handling/porterage
  • Gratuities (unless you request this to be pre-paid/See Notes above)
  • Optional tours
  • Fees for visa if required

• Travellers should always cover their shoulders and legs when visiting some religious sites.
• In Europe, hotel rooms are generally smaller than in North America. There are rarely two double beds in a room. Triple rooms usually feature one double bed and one single bed or three single beds or one double bed and one foldaway bed or two single beds and one foldaway bed.
• Some types of sports equipment, including golf bags, etc., are not accepted in the rooms. They have to be kept in a specific area, which is usually locked.
• All hotels provide towels; some do not offer face cloths.
• In most European countries the voltage is 220V.

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