Irish Elegance

Insight-3-1440Insight’s expertly crafted journeys make dreams of incredible experiences a reality, allowing you to connect with remarkable cultures and faraway lands in ways previously unimaginable. The magic ingredients for your perfect vacation are meticulous preparation and planning, which our team of specialists does on your behalf. Our renowned Travel Directors bring destinations to life and ensure that your vacation is totally hassle-free.

 

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AAA Member Benefit

$40 optional excursion voucher for booking with AAA Vacations

Early Booking Benefit

10% Early Payment Discount (EPD): Book and pay in full by Jan 11th, 2018

INCLUSIONS

  • Professional Travel Director and Local Experts
  • Local sightseeing, immersive Signature Experiences and priority access to select sites
  • Authentic regional dining in local restaurants
  • Central and scenic premium hotels
  • Hotel and restaurant gratuities included
  • Luggage handling
  • Scheduled arrival and departure transfers
  • Travel by luxury motorcoach with Business Class legroom

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1: YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS

Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

DAY 2: IN DUBLIN’S FAIR CITY

Welcome to a land of legends, of misty mountains, lovely lakes and a warm, friendly greeting wherever you go. At Dublin Airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 & 13:30. Later, a Dublin orientation takes you past the Custom House and along O’Connell Street. Travel along the River Liffey to see the Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle before admiring the historic buildings of the Georgian section of the city. 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. In the evening, 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.

Hotel: Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane, Dublin
Welcome Reception and Dinner

DAY 3: CASHEL AND BLARNEY, HEADING FOR KILLARNEY

Depart Dublin, and pass the famous Curragh Racecourse and green meadows where many of the finest Irish racehorses are bred. Driving south, stop to visit the spectacular Rock of Cashel, crowned with medieval buildings, dominating the flat countryside for miles around. Continue to Blarney Castle where you can climb to the ramparts and kiss the magical stone to ensure a lifetime of eloquence. 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’?

Hotel: Killarney Plaza, Killarney
Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: RING OF KERRY EXPERIENCE

(Relaxed Start) In the morning, travel the road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. There is a chance to join a hike with a local along the lake shore and past the farmlands of the Muckross Estate, admiring the spectacular scenery. Walk by West Meadow Bay and see Muckross House. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers should be fit, have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and rain gear. For those who do not want to join the hike, the coach will return you to Killarney, where the rest of the day is free to spend at leisure.

Hotel: Killarney Plaza, Killarney
Full Breakfast

DAY 5: THE CLIFFS OF MOHER AND ON TO GALWAY

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. Next, tour Galway, ‘City of the Tribes’, including lovely Galway Cathedral. Take in the scenery as your hotel is spectacularly set on the shores of Galway Bay.

Hotel: Connemara Coast, Galway
Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: CAPTIVATING CONNEMARA

(Relaxed Start) Embark upon a superb excursion through a wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. Stop at lakeside Kylemore Abbey – a neo-Gothic mansion, occupied today by a Benedictine community of nuns who came from Ypres after World War I.

Hotel: Connemara Coast, Galway
Full Breakfast

DAY 7: MAJESTIC ASHFORD CASTLE

(Relaxed Start) A lone piper escorts you over the drawbridge to majestic Ashford Castle. Your signature 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, seasonal ingredients and an innovative menu await at your Highlight Celebration Dinner. (Gentlemen, a jacket is required).

Hotel: Ashford Castle, Cong
Full Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

DAY 8: ACROSS THE EMERALD ISLE TO DUBLIN

(Relaxed Start) 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.

Hotel: Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane, Dublin
Full Breakfast

DAY 9: DEPART DUBLIN

Your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dublin Airport at 07:00, 09:00 & 11:00.
Full Breakfast

 

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*AAA Member Benefit: Voucher can be used toward the purchase of additional optional excursions. Excursion vouchers are valid per guest and must be used on vacation, cannot be substituted or transferred; no cash value. All offers may be withdrawn at any time. Other conditions and restrictions apply. Early Payment Discount: New bookings only. Prices are per person, land-only, and consider double occupancy (single supplements apply). 10% EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT (EPD): Applies only to tours featuring the EPD in the price panel – see 2018 Europe brochure for details; itinerary details, departure dates and pricing are subject to change and will be final in Oct 2018 when the new 2018 Insight Vacations brochure is available. ALL OFFERS: based on availability, do not apply to all tours/departures, and may be withdrawn at any time and without notice. PAYMENT: A deposit of up to $550 per person is due within 7 days of booking with full payment by 11 Jan 2018 or 45 days before departure, whichever is sooner. Further restrictions apply. Contact your Travel Agent for details. CST No. 20687545-20.