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Explorations 4.7 feefo-stars

Countryside of the Emerald Isle

10 DAYS
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From remote islands and historic Dublin, to less-traveled roads and charming villages, this adventure brings together the best of the Emerald Isle. Come to know the culture and welcoming hospitality of the Irish in Dublin, Ireland’s rollicking capital city. Step off the beaten path in the seaside village of Kinsale, known as Ireland’s “gourmet capital.” Overnight amongst a labyrinth of stone walls on the remote and enchanting Aran Islands. Discover the windswept terrain of West Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way, one of Ireland’s most scenic coastal routes, before arriving in colourful Dingle. Travel amongst the tranquil countryside and windswept valleys of the Dingle Peninsula. Raise a glass and celebrate a journey unlike any other through the many sides of Ireland.

Your Tour Includes
  • 5 Handpicked Accommodations
  • 13 Meals
  • 2 Choice on Tour Options
Included Highlights
  • Dublin
  • Irish National Stud
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Distillery Tour

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Your Tour at a Glance

Stay

10 Days

9 Nights


Meals

13 Meals

8 Breakfasts

5 Dinners


Activity

3 - Active

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Explorations

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Pre Night: Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
From $240 per night

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Trinity City Hotel

Nights 1-2

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Garryvoe Hotel

Nights 3-4

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Dingle Harbour Lodge

Nights 5-6

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Aran Islands Hotel

Night 7

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Old Ground Hotel

Night 8

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Trip Reviews

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Rating

60 reviews
Overall Trip Rating
4.7
Out of 5
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    4star
    did not care for travel to Aran Islands
    Stephen Pelton
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Every aspect of the trip was smooth. Good mix of group time and time on my own. When unscheduled race day happened flexible alternative course was arranged
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    the tour Manager was great and I love Collette travel all the time with you.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Excellent event coordination. Excellent host and driver.
    Pamela Utpadel
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Excellent tour. Well paced. Great driver and manager
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    A well planned tour of the Irish countryside. With only 21 people on an Explorations tour, you got to know the other guests.
    James Sheeran
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The scheduling was wonderful and everything ran smoothly. We experienced many different settings, hotels, food and people. The Tour Manager was so knowledgeable and her sincere love of Ireland was reflected in her presentations. The walking and small tour group made the trip interactive and we embraced the hills, rocks, views and weather and worth every dollar we paid. Plus obtaining air fare through Collette was easy, reasonable including car service to airport and back
    Kathleen Spangler
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Enjoyed it very much! Thought the accommodations could have been better in Dingle. Meals could have been included in the tour price, especially at the cost of these tours.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    the tour was amazing. the tour manager so knowledgeable and very nice to be around
    Ella Culver
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Our tour director, Martine Freely, was fabulous. We were so well cared for. She was very well prepared for anything that came our way. Martine had the perfect blend of local information, the history of Ireland, and personal reflections on a host of subjects. She really was all things to each of us. Our driver was top-notch. He deftly maneuvered the coach on some pretty narrow roads. I will always travel with Collette.
    Sheila Graudons
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Amenities, tour guide, coach driver and Ireland were a level above excellent.
    Scott Kortvely
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Overall, the tour was good from transfers to lodging. Meals could have been better. The best included meal was the last night. The country side of Ireland was beautiful, but it would have been nicer to have extra free time to shop.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    The tour itself, cities visited and hotels were wonderful. Local guides were entertaining and knowledgeable. Not having a welcome dinner where all guests on the tour introduce themselves and meet each other, was a big disappointment. The tour manager did his job but that was it. Never gave recommendations of where to eat or shop and his personal hygiene was not good. Food in Inisheer was actually poor. Our bus driver was outstanding. All transfers went smoothly.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Ireland is lovely and enjoyed the tour
    Deborah Gary
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Overall the tour was fantastic. Would have rated it a 5 except for the hotel in Dublin which was in a nice location but it felt quite tired. Other accommodations along the tour were fine.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The only upset was the loss of a day. We arrived at our hotel about 6:30 A.M. there were no accommodations for us. We were in a residual area. We were on the couches in reception, no way to get coffee as it was to early for the restaurant to open. We were able to get in our room about 12:30 I feel there needs to be better planning if travelers get in early A.M. I feel we lost a day that was paid for and was an inconvenience that should not have happened.
    Angela Elliott
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    A great experience from being picked up at home to being dropped off and everything in between. We appreciated the planning and execution of the tour, all the accommodations were excellent, the scheduled meals were delicious, the tour inclusions were interesting and the schedule was followed perfectly.
    Richard U
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Excellent food, service, hotels, bus driver ( Martin) who was phenomenal and especially our tour guide (Kevin) who gave us a very memorable and educational experience around the country! Highly recommended and I'd be interested in taking another trip soon!
    James Lally
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    There were so many things to see . Garish Island was unique. The cookery class was fun . Having free time to explore Kinsale. This was our first time with Collette. It won’t be our last.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    it all was great. we enjoyed the whole trip. the people that were on the tour with us were fantastic
    Mary Bocchino
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Hard to say...the cooking school was a great idea to acquaint the group, the stud farm was so informative and beautiful grounds, liked ringing the bell in the tower at Christ Church Cathedral, gourmet dining in Kinsale. Came away loving the Irish people..so warm and friendly...good food, good times in the pubs.
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    5star
    A trip to one of the Aran Islands was fun and interesting. Ringing the bells in a Cathedral in Dublin was something not done every day.
    Brian Hadley
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The town of Dingle & the Dingle peninsula were my favorites
    Thomas Cloherty
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Two of the hotels did not have air conditioning, and everyone noticed the rooms were too warm. This is probably not often a problem, but the weather was beautiful most of the time, so the rooms got warmer than probably do normally.
    Donald Simoneaux
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Liked it. But too much driving and inconvenient hotels. Shuttles not good. Taxis cost a lot.
    Elaine Bindo
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    We had the trip of a lifetime. Our tour manager Jackie, and coach driver Tony, delivered an experience we will cherish in our hearts for ever. It was so much fun getting to know these, and the other 17 tour members of our trip. Building memories of the beautiful landscapes of Ireland, and pleasant memories with those on our tour. We felt truly blessed to be apart of this fun filled group. Ireland is gorgeous, and we were well pleased with accommodations, stops, and the pace of this tour. Thank you Collette for delivering our memorable trip, and can't wait for our next one!
    Darron Tytler
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Each location was like building an ice cream sundae. The cherry on top was the overnight stay on Inisheer Island and the trip to the base of the Cliffs of Moher. Loved it even though the sea was rough and I got sea sick.
    Sonya Tytler
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The stay on the Aran island was the most memorable for me,
    Gloria Janskovitch
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Overall experience exceeded expectations
    John Cusack
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Garnish Island was a highlight (seals! flowers! rare plants! ) but the very best was staying on Inishmore, climbing to the top of the ring fort with the help of Oona, and waking the next day, looking out on the ocean from our own lovely little cabin.
    Victoria Ferreira
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Bus driver experienced and tour manager prepared to answer all questions.
    Carol Wilkins
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Trip was 2 days longer than others I have been on & less expensive.
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    Very memorable... the first hotel we stayed at, had little to no hot water for the 2 days we stayed, and NO water at all on the morning we were to check out. The other hotels were quite nice... and had water.
    Lyndsey Stuart
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The Aran Island were amazing. I would have liked another day there,Also Christ Church Cathedral was very interesting
    Donna Akerlund
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Staff were organized, professional, friendly, and clearly love their jobs. The itinerary included garden stops, a cooking session, knitting and craft experiences and an overnight stay on Inisheer in the Aran Isles for a relaxing contrast to the active days.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Such an enjoyable trip, especially with a smaller number of participants. This enabled us to know each other better, especially when we had our cooking lesson that provided an excellent meal. John Fitzgibbon was also an excellent guide.
    Karen Burzdak
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Tour was amazing! Small group. Irish National Stud was beautiful. Aran islands gorgeous!
    Barbara C
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The tour was exactly what we were looking for. It was a small group (19 people) and by the third day, we all knew one another. Our favorite part of the tour was the overnight on the Aran Island of Inisheer where we learned, among other things, how to make a Saint Bridgets cross.
    Joseph Coyle
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Trip to Aran Island was one of my highlights.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The tour was full of great experiences but I really enjoyed the city of Kinsale. The small group was a perfect size & still offered so much to see & do. The hotels were very nice & the food in each city was fabulous. We would definitely do another small group tour.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    MEETING PEOPLE AND LEARNING SO MUCH ABOUT THE CULTURE,THE CUSTOMS,THE FOOD..LOVED IT!
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    See comments above about Delta Airlines and your travel insurance
    Juels Carlson
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Just loved the tour, the country, the pace the daily excursions etc. It was all perfect.
    Lorine Scott
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The old Ground Hotel and Ennis. We stayed an extra day and had a wonderful time. Have been Killarnay twice ,this last time thoroughly enjoyed the Irish dance program
    Patric Farrell
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The kitchen dinning and making of our dinner was great. The Jameson distillery was remarkable
    Rebecca Farrell
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    See above information regarding Collette
    Pamela Achilles
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Visiting Christ Church in Dublin and ringing the bells. Leisure day in Kinsale.
    Rosanne Cosmo
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Aran Islands are so unique. Lovely countryside.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Comments as noted on previous screen.
    Donna Holz
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The itinerary was always interesting and the locations we traveled to were a nice change from the normal coach tours. Traveling with a smaller group was also a plus.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    We absolutely loved the Stud Farm and Japanese gardens which were absolutely wonderful!
    Colleen Phipps
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    The Celtic, New Grange, and the old castles and churches. The night's stay at a B&B was a nice change.
    Herbert Zickwolf
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Jeff was really a great sport and up for anything. I lived the landscape. as I said I was impressed with our hotels and the boutique castle. I am a landscaper, so loved the tours of the countryside. Also enjoyed the Stud Farm visit, which I did not think I would be interested in.
    Lynn Masters
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    everything was great including he weather
    Marilyn Jeglinski
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Hard to say...probably seeing so much of the countryside.
    Marylou Gross
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Too many favorite experiences! From lodging in a B&B to a castle to first-rate hotels, then to great cities and lovely villages encompassed with storybook landscapes. Every day was a favorite!
    Ellen Zachary
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  • Trip Rating:
    2star
    Advertised as small group tour. That implies more personal service by the tour leader. - It felt like a standard, huge bus (which is what we had for 14 participants) tour where city tours are conducted and points of interest pointed out so you can look out the window. The farm stay was nothing special. Visits to some old castles were from afar during a nearby lunch stop. The tour leader made no effort to introduce participants to each other at the "welcome dinner". Lots of city tours and standard tours of museums, Jameson whiskey, Titanic museum and Guinness beer plant and tower tasting room, but little cultural interaction and NO Irish music or dancing. Felt like the tour leader was just going through the motions. The hotel stays were reasonably high class. The best, and practically only, interactions were with other tourists and a couple of locals at places where we were left on our own. Thankfully there were only a couple stops at specialty shops or factories, and none where we were subjected to sales pitches.
    Thomas
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    It was such an educational experience. Even though the castle was grand, I certainly enjoyed the experience, the farmhouse was just amazing.
    Kathleen

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