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We all have our passions... Food, wine, art, history, music, and more. At Maritime Travel, we design our own exclusive, specialty tours adventures with this in mind. Graciously escorted, intimate, and worry-free experiences provide an opportunity to embrace your passions in the world's most fascinating destinations. Imaginative itineraries, lots of free time, expert hosts, personal attention, and loads of extras combine to provide our most discerning guests with a trip of a lifetime. Indulge your passion on one of our specialty tours below.



Country Roads of Ireland

Sep 3, 2022 - Sep 15, 2022


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Hosted by Maritime Travel’s own Sandy Kollenz, Senior Director of Operations for British Columbia & Alberta!


13 DAYS | 12 NIGHTS

Experience the wild, enchanting coastal routes as you explore the Emerald Isle. Along the way you’ll encounter ruined castles, quiet lakes, natural wonders and legendary characters.



HIGHLIGHTS:

• Tour Trinity College Dublin with a university insider
• Witness life behind the scenes of the National Stud Farm, where many legend racehorses are bred
• In Kilkenny, meet James, for a fun session to discover the skills involved in hurling.
• Journey to the Visitor Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher
• Tour inside the city walls of Londonderry with one of Northern Ireland’s best storytellers
• Journey to the legendary Giant’s Causeway, a geological masterpiece!


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TOUR INCLUDES:

• Maritime Travel Host and Insight Vacations Travel Director
• Luxury, Air-conditioned 40-Seat coach with a max of 25 passengers
• Gratuities
• WiFi – complimentary onboard coach & in hotel (where available)
• Local Specialties to enchant you!
• Virtuoso Bonus - $50 per person excursion not specified in itinerary
• Porterage
• Personal radio headsets for Local Expert’s fascinating commentary
• Meals – Breakfast daily / Dinner with Wine – 5 evenings
• Elevated hygiene & distancing practices to meet health requirements of the WHO



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Itinerary


COUNTRY ROADS OF IRELAND 2022



DAY 1: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2022 - Welcome to Dublin! On arrival at Dublin airport, transfers leave for your hotel .Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner, with the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a meal with wine. MEAL(S): Dinner with Wine | ACCOMMODATION: Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin or similar

DAY 2: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2022 - Relaxed Start - In Dublin’s Fair City. Become acquainted with Dublin’s elegant squares during an orientation of the city. Discover Custom House, Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. 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. MEAL(S): Breakfast | ACCOMMODATION: Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin or similar

DAY 3: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2022 - A Journey from Dublin to Cork. In the morning, visit one of the country’s main racehorse breeding centres. Continue to the acclaimed 100 year old Japanese Gardens where you can ‘journey through life’ during a walk through the beautiful surrounds. Travel to the medieval city of Kilkenny, home of the world’s fastest field game. The ancient Celtic sport of Hurling is over 3,000 years old and Ireland’s national sport. Meet a player who will share his passion as you test your skill during a lesson. Continue through Cahir and see its imposing 13th century castle, featured in the film ‘Excalibur’, on the way to Cork. On arrival, your Travel Director will show you around the compact university city, with its vibrant waterfront and grand Georgian parades. MEAL(S): Breakfast | ACCOMMODATION: Maldron Hotel South Mall, Cork or similar

DAY 4: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2022 - Relaxed Start - Across The Mountains To Killarney! Travel to the ruined Blarney Castle. Will you hang upside down from the ramparts to kiss the stone and ensure a lifetime of eloquence? Or enjoy a sensory walk in the extensive and varied estate gardens. Travel across the majestic Derrynasaggart Mountains to the peaceful town of Killarney. For your Farm-to-Table dining experience, enjoy some Irish home cooking in the kitchens of chef John Sheehan. Join John and his wife Freda, your hosts at the 19th Green Guesthouse, for drinks and a personal insight into classic Irish recipes that are loved throughout the world. Then, settle down for a night of great food and drink in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. MEAL(S): Breakfast, Dinner with Wine | ACCOMMODATION: Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa or similar

DAY 5: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2022 - Relaxed Start - Ring Of Kerry Experience. Start your day with Insight Choice. Choose between a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys, or join a gentle hike with a Local Expert along the lake shore and past the grounds of Ross Castle, admiring the incredible scenery of the National Park. While there aren’t any mountains to climb, walkers should be fit, have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and rain gear. 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. Maybe take the opportunity to hire a bicycle and enjoy one of the many scenic trails around the lake or through the National Park. MEAL(S): Breakfast | ACCOMMODATION: Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa or similar

DAY 6: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2022 - Around the Dingle Peninsula. 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. MEAL(S): Breakfast | ACCOMMODATION: Skellig Hotel, Dingle or similar

DAY 7: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2022 - The Cliffs of Moher and Galway. Journey to the Visitor Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Clare Coast before a delightful drive through the strange, rocky landscape of the Burren to Galway Bay. On arrival, see the Lynch Memorial and Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before his voyages to America. See the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F. Kennedy. MEAL(S): Breakfast, Dinner with Wine | ACCOMMODATION: Connemara Coast Hotel (Sea View Rooms), Galway or similar

DAY 8: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2022 - Relaxed Start - Free Day Galway Or Aran Islands. 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): Breakfast | ACCOMMODATION: Connemara Coast Hotel (Sea View Rooms), Galway or similar

DAY 9: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022 - Londonderry. Continue on to County Sligo, stopping at a peaceful churchyard in Drumcliffe to visit the final resting place of Ireland’s famous poet, William Butler Yeats. Admire the Blue Stack Mountains of Donegal as you cross into Northern Ireland, bound for the ancient walled city of ‘Derry.’ What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland’s best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls, still topped with cannons. Walk down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall. MEAL(S): Breakfast, Dinner with Wine | ACCOMMODATION: Maldron Hotel Derry, Londonderry or similar

DAY 10: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022 - Londonderry.
Full day at leisure MEAL(S): Breakfast ACCOMMODATION: Maldron Hotel Derry, Londonderry or similar

DAY 11: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2022 - Relaxed Start - Walk In The Giant’s Steps. 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 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): Breakfast, Dinner with Wine | ACCOMMODATION: Ballygally Castle Hotel or similar

DAY 12: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2022 - Relaxed Start - The Antrim Coast To Belfast.
Continue around the Antrim Coast, past the huge Norman castle at Carrickfergus, to arrive in the Northern Ireland capital of Belfast. Meet Hilda, your Local Expert, for a passionate city tour including views of the City Hall, Queen’s University, the Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents. MEAL(S): Breakfast | ACCOMMODATION: Europa Hotel, Belfast or similar

DAY 13: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 - Today we say goodbye as we are transferred to the airport for our return flight home. MEAL(S): Breakfast

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Deposit of $750 CAD per person due at time of booking. Final Payment due 90 days prior to departure (5 June 22). Prices above are per person, based on double occupancy and are in CAD $s. Single rate of $6,315 CAD (limited number of single rooms available). Triple rates are available – ask your Travel Advisor for more information. Tour Escort is subject to minimum group size and we will have a maximum of 25 guests + Maritime Travel Tour Host & Insight Vacation’s Travel Director. Airfare & Travel Insurance is not included and at an additional cost.

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