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Undiscovered Ireland

Duration 13 days

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Setting out from Shannon, this all new itinerary charts the road less travelled in Ireland with a chance to experience the country’s favorite sport—hurling, the breathtaking views of the Clare shoreline from the 700-feet tall Cliffs of Moher and an all Irish trip to a local Pub, where you’ll be serenaded by the musicians of Kilkenny. From here it is a short way to Tipperary and Blarney Castle—home of the kissing stone, before journeying onwards to the port of Cobh, the Titanic’s final port of call before it set sail for New York. Spanning two immersive weeks, this exploration includes a stay at the Carton House, Queen Victoria’s favorite retreat in Dublin.

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DAY 1

Welcome to Ireland
Transfers to your hotel depart from Shannon airport at 07:00 and 13:00. Relax and settle in to your hotel or perhaps head for the nearby Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. At 17:30, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant with the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening with wine.
Hotel: Bunratty Castle Hotel.
Meal: Dinner with Wine

DAY 2

Cliffs and Delights of Galway
Journey to the incredible West Coast and the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre where you can enjoy breath-taking views of the Clare shoreline and the Atlantic Ocean. Your next stop is Galway, the City of Tribes. See the St Nicholas Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square on your orientation, before indulging in a light lunch at Tartare Café. Meet acclaimed chef JP McMahon, who shares his passion for Ireland’s culinary heritage. Arrive to quaint and colourful Westport in Co. Mayo, on the Clew Bay.
Hotel: The Wyatt Hotel, Westport.
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch with Wine

DAY 3

Explore Westport
Explore Westport with Insight Choice. Choose between joining a Local Expert foodie to take a culinary walk through the town, sampling the best artisan dishes, craft beers and spirits, or alternatively, travel to Ballycroy National Park for a nature walk through lush countryside, with panoramic views of Achill Island and the Nephin Beg mountain range.
Hotel: The Wyatt Hotel, Westport.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 4

Co. Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way
Visit the historic Lissadell Estate, childhood home of Irish revolutionary Constance Markievicz, who went on to becoming the first Irish Cabinet Minister. Meet the owners who have lovingly restored the house and gardens to its former glory and listen to their story as you enjoy tea and scones. Follow the Wild Atlantic Way to Donegal, then head inland for the market town of Letterkenny in the heart of the Northwest. Tonight, enjoy hearty Irish fare at your Dine-at-Home.
Hotel: McGettigan’s Hotel, Letterkenny.
Meal: Breakfast,Morning Tea,Dinner with Wine

DAY 5

Wilderness of the Northwest
Experience the beauty and tranquillity of Ireland’s northernmost wilderness as you travel through Glenveagh National Park, along the shores of Lough Veagh. Visit Glenveagh Castle, originally built as a romantic highland retreat, with a Local Expert. Spend time in the tartan-and-antler-encrusted music room and the blue room, where guests Greta Garbo and Ella Fitzgerald once stayed. Learn how the estate has played a central role in the conservation efforts of the National Park. Continue through Creeslough across the true wilds of Donegal. See Doe Castle, historical stronghold of Clan Sweeney. The Rosapenna golf course and the village of Downings lead you to the Atlantic Drive. Part of the Wild Atlantic Way, it is one of Ireland’s best kept secrets, offering pristine and unspoilt scenery. Continue back to Letterkenny via Mulroy Bay and Milford, and return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
Hotel: McGettigan’s Hotel, Letterkenny.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 6

Dublin, the capital
Journey across the Emerald Isle to Dublin, see the Custom House, St Patrick’s Cathedral, and travel along River Liffey on your orientation with your Travel Director. Explore Dublin with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to the world-famous Guinness Storehouse Brewery and learn how to pour the perfect pint or alternatively, join a Local Expert to visit Trinity College and see the Book of Kells. Arrive at the historic Carton House Hotel, a favourite retreat of Queen Victoria, newly renovated. Tonight, enjoy a cooking demonstration and savour a delicious dinner at the hotel’s gastropub.
Hotel: Carton House, County Kildare.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 7

A day at leisure
Today take advantage of the activities available at your hotel. Stop on the estate grounds and look out for rare birds. Take your chance at fishing, play a round of golf or pamper yourself at the spa. Transfers are also available for guests wishing to further explore Dublin.
Hotel: Carton House, County Kildare.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 8

Gardens of Ireland
Your first stop this morning is at the Powerscourt House, in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, where you join a gardener for a walk through one of the world’s greatest estates. Your next stop is at Glendalough where a Local Expert takes you on a walk in the ‘valley of the two lakes’. This evening, arrive in Kilkenny, where your Travel Director shows you the medieval city, with its majestic castle and river walk. The evening is at your leisure.
Hotel: River Court Hotel, Kilkenny.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 9

Active Kilkenny
Kilkenny holds a long history for Ireland’s national sport – hurling. Meet a former player to gain an exciting insight into this unique Irish cultural experience, and have a go for yourself on the pitch. Tonight, enjoy a pub dinner where local musicians entertain you in true Irish tradition.
Hotel: River Court Hotel, Kilkenny.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 10

Castles and ports on the way to Kinsale
Cross County Tipperary as you travel to 15th-century Blarney Castle, home of the famous Stone of Eloquence ! In Cobh, visit the Queenstown Story exhibition, offering a glimpse into the hardships of the early emigrants to British overseas colonies. The ill-fated Titanic also called to the port on its voyage to New York, and the ocean liner Lusitania was struck by a torpedo just off the shore of the town. Continue to Kinsale, one of the most picturesque, popular and historic towns on the south west coast of Ireland.
Hotel: Kinsale Hotel & Spa.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 11

Walks in nature
Visit Charles Fort, one of the finest surviving examples of a 17th-century star-shaped fort. Overlooking the town and the mouth of the Bandon River, it provides breath-taking views of the county. An easy and peaceful walk takes you to the Old Head of Kinsale, to see the memorial to the crew of RMS Lusitania and the ruins of Downmacpatrick Castle. Enjoy the freshest seafood this evening on your Sea-to-Table dinner.
Hotel: Kinsale Hotel & Spa.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 12

Killaloe and Adare
Travel across county to Mitchelstown Caves. A Local Expert takes you through a maze of passageways, caverns and awe inspiring cave formations, as you learn about the history and geology of the cave. The superb acoustics and the vast natural auditorium Cave make for a unique experience. Continue to Adare, Ireland’s prettiest village, for a walk among thatched cottages. Tonight, toast to your travels and memories made at your Celebration Dinner.
Hotel: Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa, Adare.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 13

Farewell Ireland
Your journey comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Shannon airport at 05:30 and 09:00.
Meal: Breakfast

Top Rated Highlights

  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
  • Galway: See the stunning cathedral of the City of Tribes.
  • Donegal: Enjoy an orientation of the town with your Travel Director.
  • Glenveagh National Park: Visit Glenveagh Castle with a Local Expert, originally built as a romantic highland retreat.
  • Wild Atlantic Way: Discover Ireland’s unspoilt scenery as you travel along the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • Dublin: During your orientation with your Travel Director, see Custom House and and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
  • Glendalough : Join your Local Expert on a walk in the ‘valley of the two lakes’.
  • Kilkenny: Your Travel Director will provide you with an orientation of the medieval city of Kilkenny with its majestic castle and River walk.
  • Blarney: It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ramparts!
  • 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. This is a must for those with Irish ancestors who crossed the Atlantic during this time.
  • Kinsale: Take an easy and peaceful walk to the Old Head of Kinsale, to see the memorial to the crew of RMS Lusitania and the ruins of Downmacpatrick Castle.
  • Tipperary : Visit Mitchelstown Cave with your Local Expert to explore a maze of passageways, caverns and awe inspiring formations, as you learn about its history and geology.
  • Adare: Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, 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 Wi-Fi (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 Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport
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Undiscovered Ireland

Setting out from Shannon, this all new itinerary charts the road less travelled in Ireland with a chance to experience the country’s favorite sport—hurling, the breathtaking views of the Clare shoreline from the 700-feet tall Cliffs of Moher and an all Irish trip to a local Pub, where you’ll be serenaded by the musicians of Kilkenny. From here it is a short way to Tipperary and Blarney Castle—home of the kissing stone, before journeying onwards to the port of Cobh, the Titanic’s final port of call before it set sail for New York. Spanning two immersive weeks, this exploration includes a stay at the Carton House, Queen Victoria’s favorite retreat in Dublin.

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