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Country Roads of Ireland tour
12 days from only £1450 per person

Highlights - Enjoying the ‘craic’ with your jarvie on your jaunting car ride, your Japanese Garden ‘journey through life’ at the Irish National Stud and exploring Irish history at the ancestral Clonalis House and the living museum of Bunratty Folk Park.

Hotels - Modern hotels like the Europa in Belfast, contrast with the historic charm of the Ballygally Castle Hotel with its original beamed ceilings and antique furniture. The Blarney Golf Resort is set amongst 170 acres of the beautiful Shournagh Valley

Enjoy Your Included Tour Features

Premium Highlights
Visit Dublin Castle (when open) the former fortified seat of British rule in Ireland
Tour the Ring of Kerry, a scenic symphony with stunning views over mountains and sea
Enjoy a highlight ride with the locals on one of the famous Killarney jaunting cars
Ireland’s rural heritage comes to life on your visit to Bunratty Folk Park
Visit the spectacular Giant’s Causeway

Personal Insights
An equine professional will join you for a behind the scenes look at Ireland's National Stud and its famous Japanese Gardens
Watch artisan craftsmen at work and learn how raw materials are transformed into valuable works on your tour of the Waterford Crystal Factory
Meet the descendants of the last 12th century High Kings of Ireland at their ancestral home, Clonalis House

Additional Excursions & Sights
See the Customs House and O’Connell Street in Dublin
Tour the 13th century Kilkenny Castle and Kilkenny Design Centre
See the remains of the old city walls and Reginald’s Tower in Waterford
Climb Blarney Castle and dangle from the ramparts to kiss the famous ‘Blarney Stone’
See St Finbar’s Cathedral in Cork
Scenic tour of Dingle Peninsula to Slea Head Visit the town of Adare
See King John’s Castle and St Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick
See St. Nicholas Cathedral, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square in Galway
Connemara excursion including a visit to the Connemara Marble factory
Visit the turreted neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey
Visit Belleek Pottery Centre See O’Donnell’s Castle in Donegal
See ‘Derry’s Walls’ and Gothic guildhall See Carrickfergus Castle
View the City Hall and Queen’s University in Belfast
Scenic drives – the ‘Burren’, Antrim coast, Boyne Valley

Insight's First Class Services
Escorted by a professional Tour Director
Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with onboard toilet
Insight Hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage
Insight Traveller document wallet, map book journal and information pack
Airport Shuttle arrival and departure transfers at scheduled times on Day 1 and Day 12

VIP Door to Door Transfers in the UK - Complimentary private door to door transfers included within 100 miles of your local airport, for additional miles contact reservations.

Quality Dining - Dine-Around evening at your own choice of restaurant from our selection in Kilarney (DA)
11 full Breakfasts (B) and 5 three-course Evening Meals with choice, or buffets, plus tea or coffee (D)

Tour Pace -This is a well paced tour with two- night stays in Killarney and Galway, as well as in Dublin. The driving days are of a reasonable length, with frequent stops offering splendid photo opportunities.

Fellow Passengers -This tour attracts both experienced and first-time travellers who wish to explore the Emerald Isle. The comprehensive itinerary is also perfect for those with Irish heritage or those fascinated by the Irish way of life.

Day 1 - UK - MON - DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING
Enjoy your complimentary V.I.P. door to door transfer to your departure airport before your flight to join the tour! Welcome to Ireland! On arrival at Dublin Airport, your airport shuttle service leaves for the tour hotel at 08:00, 11:00 & 13:30. Later, your sightseeing tour of Dublin includes the elegant squares of Ireland’s ‘fair city’ and a visit to the impressive castle (when open). See also the famous O’Connell Street and Customs House. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Drink with your Tour Director and fellow guests .
Hotel: Burlington.
Day 2 - TUE - DUBLIN - WATERFORD
Drive to Kildare for an informative visit to Ireland’s National Stud, one of the country’s main racehorse breeding centres. Visit the Japanese Gardens, laid out byEida, a Japanese landscape artist invited to Ireland at the turn of last century. Move on to visit the 13th century Kilkenny Castle, with its splendid picture gallery. See also the Kilkenny Design Centre before continuing to your hotel in historic Waterford.
Hotel: Dooleys.
(B)
Day 3 - WED - WATERFORD - BLARNEY
See history unfold before your eyes in Waterford as you view the 9th century Reginald’s Tower and the remains of the old city walls. Tour the Waterford Glass Factory, to see the famous crystal being blown and polished by hand, before a coastal drive brings you to Ireland’s second city of Cork. See St Finbar’s Cathedral, Cork’s most exuberant church building then continue to your hotel in Blarney.
Hotel: Blarney Golf Resort.
(B,D)
Day 4 - THU - BLARNEY - KILLARNEY
Visit the ancient castle of Blarney this morning. Will you dare to hang upside down from the ramparts to kiss the Blarney Stone, and ensure a lifetime of eloquence? Admire displays of Waterford Crystal at Blarney Mill before driving up the valley of the River Lee into the majestic Derrynasaggart Mountains. Now to the beautiful scenery of the Dingle Peninsula, spectacular setting for the film Ryan’s Daughter. From dramatic Slea Head at the peninsula’s far end, make your way to the peaceful town of Killarney.
Hotel: Killarney Avenue & Towers.
(B,D)
Day 5 - FRI - RING OF KERRY EXCURSION
An excursion takes you around the Ring of Kerry on one of the world’s greatest scenic tours: see towering cliffs, lush lakelands, remote villages and, above all, Ireland’s highest mountain range, and view the three peaceful Lakes of Killarney. Return to Killarney and enjoy a highlight ride with the locals on one of the famous jaunting cars. Tonight your Dine-Around evening offers you the option of dinner at a selection of local restaurants. (B,DA)
Day 6 - SAT - KILLARNEY - GALWAY
Drive via picturesque Adare to the city of Limerick and see St Mary’s Cathedral and medieval King John’s Castle. Now visit Bunratty Folk Park, which recreates the homes and lifestyle of rural Ireland over the centuries before a delightful drive takes you through the Burren, a strange, rocky landscape rich with wild orchids, to Galway.
Hotel: Maldron.
(B,D)
Day 7 - SUN - CONNEMARA EXCURSION
In Galway, see St Nicholas Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US president John F Kennedy. The beautiful rugged landscape of Connemara opens up a wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills en route to the famous marble factory, where you will tour the workshop. Visit palatial Kylemore Abbey before returning to your hotel. (B)
Day 8 - MON - GALWAY - LONDONDERRY
Bidding farewell to Galway and Connemara, drive past Tuam to Clonalis House.This estate is the home of the O’Connor family, descendants of the last High Kings of Ireland. Meet the resident family and tour their home before driving through County Sligo to visit the Belleek Pottery Centre. Continue to Donegal town, with its stronghold of the great O’Donnells, and head north through the Blue Stack Mountains into Northern Ireland, settling for the night in the ancient city of ‘Derry’. Hotel: City. (B,D)
Day 9 - TUE - LONDONDERRY - BALLYGALLY
Sightseeing with a local guide takes you inside the well preserved walls, still topped with cannons, and down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall. Continue along the coast to the spectacular Giant’s Causeway, and hear the fantastic legends which surround this geological masterpiece created by the cooling of lava which burst through the Earth’s crust millions of years ago. Continue along the scenic Antrim coast to arrive in Ballygally for an overnight stay.
Hotel: Ballygally Castle.
(B,D)
Day 10 - WED - BALLYGALLY - BELFAST
Continue around the coast, past the huge Norman castle at Carrickfergus, to arrive in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. Meet your local guide for a panoramic tour of this unique city, with highlights including City Hall, Queen’s University and Stormont Castle.
Hotel: Europa.
(B)
Day 11 - THU - BELFAST - DUBLIN
Travel alongside the Mountains of Mourne to Drogheda, taking a short drive along the historic Boyne Valley, site of the Battle of Boyne where William of Orange defeated the forces of Catholic King James. Return to Ireland’s lively capital, Dublin, and spend a leisurely evening relaxing, exploring or perhaps taking in a famous Irish Cabaret show.
Hotel: Burlington.
(B)
Day 12 - FRI - DUBLIN - UK
Departure transfers arrive at Dublin Airport at 07:30, 09:30 & 11:30. (B) On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet you and escort you to your waiting car for your return V.I.P. door to door transfer home.

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