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					                                                                                                        Gems of Britain
                                                                                                        Succinct and feature packed, welcome to a spirited journey which captures the
                                                                                                        essence of Britain in only a few days - but you wouldn’t want it any other way!
                                                                                                        It includes a fantastic cross section of Britain’s historical towns, traditional
                                                                                                        heritage, cultural figures and idyllic scenic landscapes.
          Experience the blue lakes, rolling green hills and tall peaks of the English Lake District.


                                                              4 DAYS ~ ENGLAND ~ SCOTLAND                                                                           REGIONAL TOUR
                                                                                                                                                                                             I    A super concise tour
                                                                                                                                                                                                  crafted for guests with
                                                                                                                                                                                                  limited vacation time
                                                                                                                                                                                                  who would like to
                                                                                                                                                                                                  experience the very
                                                                                                                                                                                                  best of Britain in
                                                                                                                                                                                                  just four days.


                                                                                                                                                                                                 a Included Premium
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Highlights
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Visit Edinburgh Castle to see the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Honours of Scotland - the oldest
                                                                                                                                                                                                   royal regalia in Britain
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace
                                                                                                                                                                                                   in the pretty market town of
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Stratford-upon-Avon
                                                                                                                                                                                                 b     Included Personal
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Insights
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Learn about the life of the poet
                                                                                                                                                                                                   William Wordsworth
                                                                                                                                                                                                 d   Included Other Excursions
                                                                                                                                                                                                     & Sights
                                                                                                                                                                                                   See King’s College, Cambridge
                                                                                                                                                                                                   See York Minster and the medieval
                                                                                                                                                                                                   ‘Shambles’
                                                                                                                                                                                                   See Jedburgh Abbey
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Drive down Edinburgh’s Royal
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mile past St Giles’ Cathedral to
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Holyroodhouse Palace
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Walk by Chester’s ‘Rows’
                                                                                                                                                                                                   and see the Cathedral and
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Roman Amphitheatre
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Scenic drives in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cotswolds, Lake District,
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Northumberland Moors
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Included First Class Services
cd DAY 1 LONDON CAMBRIDGE                                      b DAY 3 EDINBURGH LIVERPOOL. Drive                           TOUR
                                                                                                                            CODE:
                                                                                                                                         Save up to $85 p.p.                                       Escorted by a professional
YORK DARLINGTON. Meet your Tour Director                       through the Southern Uplands via Gretna Green,               B995        See reductions below                                       Tour Director
early this morning and head northwards to the                  where many an eloping English couple have been                                                                                      Headsets for all guided visits and
gracious university town of Cambridge, fierce rival             married, then cross the border back into England.              Starts London                         Twin Single Supp.              walking tours
                                                                                                                              Every Monday                        Share p.p. Option                Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat
to Oxford. A glimpse here of the age-old tradition             Enjoy a drive through the Lake District, a region so
of learning as you stroll by some of the colleges,             beautiful it inspired a host of English poets. Visit           From 28 Mar - 10 Oct ‘11              $850           $110            coach with extended leg room and
                                                               the grave of William Wordsworth before continuing                                                                                   on-board restroom
including the magnificent King’s College. Continue                                                                           Reductions
                                                               to lively Liverpool, home of the Beatles! Your hotel                                                                                Insight Hotels include all service
through the heart of ‘Robin Hood Country’                                                                                   SAVE $10 p.p. with Triple room reduction
                                                                                                                                                                                                   charges, taxes and porterage
(although little now remains of the leafy glades of            is adjacent to the iconic Liver Building and                 Insight’s Great Savings & Discounts
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Insight Traveller document
Sherwood Forest) to reach historic York. Inside the            overlooking the Dock Front World Heritage Site.              SAVE $85 per person with Young Traveller Discount
                                                                                                                            SAVE up to $43 per person with Frequent Traveller Discount             wallet, map book journal and
ancient city walls, you approach the magnificent                Hotel: Atlantic Tower (B,D)
                                                                                                                            Early Payment                    12          10     6                  information pack
York Minster, England’s largest medieval cathedral.                                                                         Discount                       months      months months               Special London Airport transfer
Then walk through the narrow cobbled streets to
                                                               da DAY 4
                                                                      LIVERPOOL CHESTER
                                                                                                                            SAVE per person                 $85         $65    $45                 rates available, see pages 191
                                                   STRATFORD LONDON. First stop today is at
the Tudor ‘Shambles’, where the houses lean so far                                                                          For additional information regarding Insight’s great
                                                   the former Roman fortress town of Chester. Walk                          Savings & Discounts, please see page 18.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Included Quality Dining
they almost touch! After some free time to shop,   with your Tour Director along part of the well                                                                                                  3 full Breakfasts (B),
move on to your Darlington hotel for a Welcome     preserved city walls. See the Eastgate Clock,                            Notes                                                                  2 three-course evening meals
                                                                                                                            Tour starts on Mondays and ends Thursdays
Drink before dinner. Hotel: Blackwell Grange (D)   Cathedral, the unique black and white ‘Rows’                                                                                                    with choice, or buffets,
                                                                                                                            Tour Departure Point
                                                                                                                                                                                                   plus tea or coffee (D)
adDAY 2 DARLINGTON EDINBURGH. (shopping arcades) and thethe pretty market town  remains of the Roman                        This tour departs from the Thistle Marble Arch, our
Cross the wild Northumberland Moors and go past Amphitheatre. Continue to                                                   recommended pre/post tour accommodation (see page 20
                                                                                                                            & 191 for booking details, airport transfers and sightseeing).
                                                   of Stratford-upon-Avon where you visit the
the romantic ruins of Jedburgh Abbey, cross the
                                                   half-timbered birthplace of William Shakespeare.                                      Definite Departures (DEF)
Borders and head on to Scotland’s elegant capital,                                                                          are tour dates guaranteed to operate.
                                                   Return to London through the flower-trimmed
Edinburgh. On a guided city tour, drive down the                                                                            These are regularly updated and listed on our website
                                                   villages of the Cotswolds, one of the most                               www.insightvacations.com (see page 19 for details).
stately Royal Mile, past St Giles’ Cathedral to
                                                   beautiful parts of England. (B)
Holyroodhouse Palace – the Queen’s residence in                                                                                      Included a b f are worth
Edinburgh – and on to the 18th century New Town.                                                                                        approximately US$55
Visit Edinburgh Castle, housing the Honours of
Scotland, the nation’s crown jewels. Why not spend                                                                               For news, views & info visit the
the evening eating haggis and listening to the                                                                                      ‘Insight Travel Forum’ at
                                                                                                                                   www.insightvacations.com
sound of bagpipes? Hotel: Hilton Grosvenor (B)



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Here lies the story of
Britain, starting with
Coventry Cathedral, risen
from wartime ashes and
ending with the most
famous monument from
the ancient world.




     See page 19                                                                                                                                 Superb Georgian architecture is revealed on your visit to the spa-town of Bath




                                            Best of Britain
TOUR PACE                                                                                                                         England’s most attractive towns. The town is dominated by the massive castle,
The nine days of this tour are
                                            a cdDAY 1            LONDON STRATFORD YORK. After a warm welcome
                                                                                                                                  rich in tragic royal history. After some time to explore, cross into southern
                                            from your Tour Director, depart for the thatched rooved cottages of the
brimming with fabulous sightseeing          Cotswolds. Stroll through the charming village of Woodstock to Blenheim               Wales and head for the capital city of Cardiff. Hotel: Radisson Blu Cardiff (B)
and interesting places to visit. It         Palace gatehouse for fine views of the grounds. Continue to Stratford, nestled
covers the length and breadth of            on the quiet waters of the Avon to visit William Shakespeare’s birthplace. In
                                                                                                                                  a dfDAY 7 CARDIFF BATH GLASTONBURY PLYMOUTH.
                                                                                                                                  Cross back into England via the soaring Severn Bridge and drive to the delightful
England, southern Scotland and              nearby Coventry, the modern cathedral stands resolute beside the war-                 Georgian city of Bath, its curative waters famous since Roman times. Visit the
Wales. Consequently, the tour pace          damaged ruins of its predecessor. Your destination is the ancient walled city of      18th century Pump Room and the ancient Baths, where parts of the Roman
is brisk, but such a generous itinerary     York. Join your Tour Director for a Welcome Drink tonight. Hotel: Marriott (D)        plumbing are still in use. See the 15th century Abbey before continuing to
means great value for money.                                                                                                      mysterious Glastonbury, a town steeped in legend (some say that King Arthur
                                            dDAY 2 YORK EDINBURGH. This morning there’s time to admire the                        is buried in the ruined abbey). Pass through the cider orchards of Somerset to
                                            magnificent Gothic York Minster and walk with your Tour Director through the
HOTELS                                                                                                                            your hotel in Plymouth. This evening, for your dining pleasure, choose from a
                                            maze of narrow medieval streets to the quaint Tudor ‘Shambles’. Later, stop
This tour boasts a great variety of                                                                                               selection of restaurants. Hotel: Copthorne Plymouth (B,DA)
                                            briefly at a section of Roman Wall built by the Emperor Hadrian and then it’s on
hotels selected for both their style
                                            to the Scottish Border. Continue past the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey to reach the        da DAY 8          PLYMOUTH SIGHTSEEING. Enjoy a cruise up Plymouth
and location. The modern glass and
metal Radisson Blu, is one of
                                            lively Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Hotel: Roxburghe (B)                            Sound to the harbour and the Mayflower Steps, from where the Pilgrim Fathers
Cardiff’s newer hotels, while                                                                                                     set sail on the Mayflower. Back on dry land, see the Hoe, where Sir Francis Drake
                                            adDAY 3           EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING. Drive from the elegant squares
                                                                                                                                  played bowls, the Citadel, and explore the historic Barbican area. Now it’s out
Edinburgh’s Roxburghe, features             of the ‘New Town’ to Edinburgh castle, perched high on its rocky crag. Witness
Georgian architecture, as you would         Scotland’s glittering crown jewels before continuing down the Royal Mile, past        over the rugged, wild, heather-clad Dartmoor, with its sinister memories of the
expect, overlooking New Town’s              St Giles Cathedral to Holyrood Palace, and on to Princes Street to see the Sir        remote prison and ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’. (B,D)
most elegant square.                        Walter Scott monument. The afternoon is yours to discover more of this fine            a DAY 9 PLYMOUTH STONEHENGE LONDON. Cross Salisbury Plain
                                            city and its shops, or to visit one of its many museums and galleries. Tonight        to visit the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge, made up of strange and awe
                                            selected departures return to Edinburgh Castle for the Edinburgh Tattoo –             inspiring monoliths reputed to be over 4,000 years old. The tour ends upon
                                            a colourful mixture of military manoeuvres, complete with pipes and drums. (B)        returning to London and bidding farewell to your Tour Director. (B)
                                            a DAY 4 EDINBURGH STIRLING TROSSACHS GLASGOW. Follow
                                            in the footsteps of Scotland’s national heroes today! Drive via Linlithgow
                                            Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, then pass Bannockburn, where
                                            Robert the Bruce routed the English forces in 1314. You can see his statue on the
                                            esplanade of Stirling Castle and gaze out to the William Wallace Monument in
                                            the distance. Now enter the fortress itself to visit the amazing Great Hall of
                                            James IV and see how banquets were prepared in the Great Kitchens! Continue
                                            into the Trossachs for some real Highland scenery of forested lochs and heather
                                            clad mountains. Drive past Doune Castle, where ‘Monty Python and the Holy
                                            Grail’ was filmed, and on to Callander, haunt of the Highland rogue Rob Roy
                                            MacGregor. After a spectacular drive along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond
                                            you reach Glasgow. An orientation drive shows you the city’s grand public
                                            buildings including George Square and St Mungo’s cathedral.
                                            Hotel: Crowne Plaza (B)

                                            b DAY 5 GLASGOW GRETNA LAKE DISTRICT. Begin your day with a
                                            drive through the Southern Uplands to cross the border at Gretna – for years
                                            the destination of eloping English lovers. Continue to the Lake District - a scenic
                                            wonderland of rugged mountains and tranquil waters, inspiration to a host of
                                            poets. Most notable was William Wordsworth and you visit his final resting
                                            place in the Grasmere village churchyard next. Admire the vast expanse of
                                            Windermere, largest of the lakes, before reaching your hotel. Hotel: Hydro (B,D)

                                            dDAY 6 LAKE DISTRICT LUDLOW CARDIFF. Take the smooth
                                            motorway south and stop around lunch time in ancient Ludlow, one of
            The Edinburgh Military Tattoo                                                                                                                Turn back the pages of history on your visit to prehistoric Stonehenge
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                                                                     9 DAYS ~ ENGLAND ~ SCOTLAND ~ WALES                                                                                                  REGIONAL TOUR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I




a Included Premium Highlights
  Visit the most famous literary landmark in Britain, Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford
  Visit Edinburgh Castle to see the “Honours of Scotland”
  Experience the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo (selected departures only)
  Visit King James IV’s Great Hall and the Great Kitchens in Stirling Castle
  Visit the Roman Baths and Georgian Pump Rooms in Bath
  Cruise up Plymouth Sound to the harbour and the Mayflower Steps
  Visit the ancient monoliths of Stonehenge
b    Included Personal Insights
  Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth.
d   Included Other Excursions & Sights                                                                 TOUR CODE:
                                                                                                       B903
                                                                                                                                      Save up to $185 p.p. - see reductions below
  Stop in the charming village of Woodstock, gateway to Blenheim Palace
                                                                                                                     Twin Single                     Twin Single                    Twin Single                      Twin Single
  See Coventry’s two cathedrals                                                                           Starts     Share Supp.           Starts    Share Supp.          Starts    Share Supp.          Starts      Share Supp.
  See York Minster, the city walls and the medieval “Shambles”                                            London:     p.p. Option          London:    p.p. Option         London:    p.p. Option         London:      p.p. Option
  Stop at a part of Hadrian’s Wall                                                                        Apr 20     $1875    $350       Jun 15      $1875    $350   #*   Aug 05    $2075   $350         Sep 14      $1925   $350
                                                                                                          Apr 27     $1875    $350       Jun 22      $1875    $350   #    Aug 10    $2075   $350         Sep 21      $1925   $350
  See the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey                                                                         May 04     $1875    $350       Jun 29      $1875    $350   #*   Aug 12    $2075   $350         Sep 28      $1925   $350
  Drive down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to Holyroodhouse Palace and tour the elegant New Town                 May 11     $1875    $350       Jul 06      $1875    $350   #    Aug 17    $2075   $350         Oct 05      $1925   $350
  See Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots                                                May 18     $1875    $350       Jul 13      $1875    $350   #*   Aug 19    $2075   $350         Oct 12      $1899   $350
                                                                                                          May 25     $1875    $350       Jul 20      $1875    $350   #    Aug 24    $2075   $350
  Travel via the historic site of Bannockburn and view the Wallace Monument                               Jun 01     $1875    $350       Jul 27      $1875    $350        Aug 31    $1925   $350
  Orientation drive of Glasgow seeing the grand civic buildings and St. Mungo’s Cathedral                 Jun 08     $1875    $350     # Aug 03      $2075    $350        Sep 07    $1925   $350
  Visit the charming border town of Ludlow to see the ruined castle
  Cross the soaring Severn Bridge and visit the Georgian city of Bath                                  Reductions                                                    Notes
                                                                                                       SAVE $50 p.p. with Triple room reduction                      # The Edinburgh Tattoo is included on these departures.
  Visit mysterious Glastonbury                                                                                                                                       *Tours start on Fridays and end Saturdays.
                                                                                                       Insight’s Great Savings & Discounts
  See Plymouth Hoe and Citadel                                                                         SAVE $185 per person with Young Traveller Discount            All other tours start on Wednesdays and end Thursdays.
  Scenic drives – the Trossachs, Loch Lomond, Lake District, Dartmoor                                  SAVE up to $104 per person with 2nd Tour Discount             Tour Departure Point
                                                                                                       SAVE up to $104 per person with Frequent Traveller Discount   This tour departs from the Thistle Marble Arch, our
Included First Class Services
                                                                                                       Early Payment                   12           10     6         recommended pre/post tour accommodation (see page 20
  Escorted by a professional Tour Director                                                                                                                           & 191 for booking details, airport transfers and sightseeing).
                                                                                                       Discount                      months       months months
  Headsets for all guided visits and walking tours                                                     SAVE per person                $185         $135   $90
                                                                                                                                                                                  Definite Departures (DEF)
  Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom                    For additional information regarding Insight’s great          are tour dates guaranteed to operate.
  Insight hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage                                      Savings & Discounts, please see page 18.                      These are regularly updated and listed on our
  Insight Traveller document wallet, map book journal and information pack                                                                                           website www.insightvacations.com
                                                                                                                                                                     (see page 19 for details).
  Special London Airport transfer rates available, see pages 191
Included Quality Dining                                                                                                      Included a b f are worth approximately US$151
f    Choose from a selection of local restaurants in Plymouth (DA)
  8 full breakfasts (B) and 3 three-course Evening Meals with choice, or buffets, plus tea or coffee        For news, views & info visit the ‘Insight Travel Forum’ at www.insightvacations.com



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While you might not
meet Mr Darcy, this
tour certainly evokes
a bygone age, imbued
with archetypal villages,
stately homes, historic
castles and gardens.




                                                                                                                                  Enjoy the splendour of Blenheim Palace and Gardens, ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough




                                             Elegance of Great Britain
TOUR PACE                                    a c DAY 1 LONDON HAMPSHIRE. After a warm welcome from your                             a d DAY 8 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING. Today a local guide shows you
This tour features two-night stays           Tour Director, make your way into the Kent countryside. At the pretty village of       around Edinburgh Castle containing the Honours of Scotland, the oldest Royal
throughout. In each overnight                Westerham, Winston Churchill watches over the neat village green and you visit         regalia in the British Isles. Follow the Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyroodhouse
destination there are expertly               his nearby residence of Chartwell next. Continue through brilliant yellow and          where Mary Queen of Scots lived. Drive along Princes Street to see the ornate
planned day excursions, or city tours,       green pastures to Hever Castle, home to the tragic tale of Anne Boleyn and             Scott Memorial, then visit the 18th century ‘New Town’ with its classical Adam
with fabulous visits designed to             Henry VIII. Cross the moat to explore the fortified manor house and stroll in the       facades. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, selected departures attend the
showcase each region in depth. An            delightful gardens. Move on to your country style hotel for a Welcome Drink            spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo. (B)
engaging, yet balanced itinerary.            before dinner. Hotel: Botley Park Golf & Country Club (D)
                                                                                                                                    a DAY 9 EDINBURGH BRONTË COUNTRY. Travel through the Borders
                                             a DAY 2        NEW FOREST EXCURSION. A scenic drive through the woods                  region to Abbotsford House, the 19th century estate of Sir Walter Scott, which
HOTELS
                                             and glades of the New Forest brings you to Beaulieu Abbey, once a Cistercian           now serves as a museum for the Scottish memorabilia and artefacts collected
Enjoy both modern and traditional
                                             Abbey, now the stately home of Lord Montagu. Tour the Palace House, Abbey              throughout his lifetime. Head south past Jedburgh Abbey and over the border to
hotels - from the contemporary
                                             ruins and visit his lordship’s collection of cars in the National Motor Museum.        visit Hadrian’s Wall, boundary of the civilised world in Roman times! Stay for
Botley Park to the more traditional
                                             Travel on to Salisbury to see the tallest spire in the land atop the 13th century      the next two nights in an historic, grand Victorian hotel, set amidst a landscape
HIlton Grosvenor in Edinburgh, and
                                             cathedral. Return to your hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)      that fuelled the imagination of the Brontë sisters in writing their classic novels.
the highlight historic grand Victorian
                                                                                                                                    Hotel: Marriott Hollins Hall (B,D)
Marriott Hollins Hall, set in 200
                                             a d DAY 3          HAMPSHIRE STRATFORD. Visit the cathedral town of
acres of Brontë Country.                     Winchester this morning, where King Alfred stands guard in the High Street. The        a d f DAY 10             YORKSHIRE EXCURSION. After breakfast, drive to the
                                             country roads lead you past pretty villages en route to Avebury, which is              walled city of York, one of the most historic cities in Britain. See the huge
                                             partially situated in a huge prehistoric henge monument of several stone circles.      Minster, Britain’s largest medieval cathedral, and explore the maze of narrow
                                             Continue on to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, full of          streets, including the Shambles. Head out now through rich farmland to visit
                                             memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life. Hotel: Swans Nest (B)                  the fabulous 18th century Castle Howard, one of Britain’s grandest historic
                                                                                                                                    houses with its fine furniture, paintings, tapestries and extensive gardens. Enjoy
                                             a f DAY 4 COTSWOLDS EXCURSION. An enchanting day takes you                             traditional Yorkshire hospitality at your highlight dinner tonight. (B,HD)
                                             across the beautiful Cotswold hills, a chocolate box scene of golden stone
                                             villages with roses round the doors. Visit Blenheim Palace, the greatest building      DAY 11 BRONTË COUNTRY STAMFORD LONDON. Hear legendary
                                             of the English Baroque. After touring the house and gardens, visit the gardens of      tales as you journey towards ‘Robin Hood Country’ even though little remains of
                                             Sudeley Castle, former home to one of King Henry VIII’s wives, Katherine Parr.         his beloved Sherwood Forest. Visit the quintessential English town of Stamford,
                                             Tonight, you are offered a choice of restaurants for your dining pleasure. (B,DA)      an attractive mix of narrow passageways and cobbled streets, medieval churches
                                                                                                                                    and Georgian buildings. Your tour concludes on return to London. (B)
                                             bd DAY 5           STRATFORD LAKE DISTRICT. Travel through the orchards
                                             of Worcestershire to elegant Ludlow, where 18C mansions rub shoulders with
                                             half-timbered Tudor buildings. The town is dominated by its castle, rich in tragic
                                             royal history. Explore the lanes and hidden courtyards, before continuing
                                             through the remote Shropshire hills. Pass by Wenlock Edge, as celebrated in the
                                             poetry of AE Housman, to reach Ironbridge Gorge, birthplace of the Industrial
                                             Revolution. From the eponymous 200-year-old bridge the smooth motorway
                                             carries you north to the English Lake District. Hotel: Hydro (B,D)

                                             b DAY 6 LAKE DISTRICT EXCURSION. A whole day is devoted to this
                                             scenic wonderland of rugged mountains and tranquil waters - an inspiration to
                                             a host of English poets. Visit Wordsworth’s grave in the small churchyard at
                                             Grasmere, then admire the vast expanse of Windermere, largest of the lakes.
                                             Perhaps even consider a cruise on its peaceful waters? (B,D)

                                             a DAY 7 LAKE DISTRICT EDINBURGH. Cross the Scottish border at
                                             Gretna – for years the destination of eloping English lovers, before continuing to
                                             Edinburgh. Discover the wonders of the plant kingdom in the Botanical Gardens,
                                             a remarkable haven of tranquillity in the south of the city, as well as a
                                             world-renowned centre for botanical science. Hotel: Hilton Grosvenor (B)
     Take time out amid delightful gardens                                                                                                   Visit one of Britain’s greatest literary landmarks, the birthplace of William Shakespeare
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                                                                           11 DAYS ~ ENGLAND & SCOTLAND                                                                                                     REGIONAL TOUR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I




a Included Premium Highlights
  Visit Winston Churchill’s former country residence of Chartwell
  Visit Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, tragic queen of King Henry VIII
  Tour the Palace House, Abbey ruins and National Motor Museum at Beaulieu
  Visit the birthplace of the celebrated bard, William Shakespeare, in Stratford-upon-Avon
  Visit the house and gardens of Blenheim Palace, the greatest building of the English Baroque
  Visit the award-winning gardens of Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds
  Visit the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens
  View the Honours of Scotland on your visit to Edinburgh Castle
  Attend the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo (selected departures only)
  Visit Abbotsford, the house built and lived in by famous novelist and author, Sir Walter Scott
  Visit the fabulous 18th century Castle Howard, with its tapestries and scenic gardens
b    Included Personal Insights
  At Ironbridge, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, enjoy an introduction to the
  engineering miracle that changed the world forever
  Learn some of the lesser known facts about the life of William Wordsworth,
  Britain’s best-loved poet
d   Included Other Excursions & Sights
                                                                                                         TOUR CODE:                     Save up to $250 p.p. - see reductions below
  See Churchill’s statue in the village of Westerham                                                     B917
  Visit the cathedral town of Winchester                                                                               Twin Single                     Twin Single                   Twin Single                       Twin Single
  See Salisbury Cathedral with its soaring 404ft spire, highest in England                                  Starts     Share Supp.           Starts    Share Supp.        Starts     Share Supp.           Starts      Share Supp.
                                                                                                            London:     p.p. Option          London:    p.p. Option       London:     p.p. Option          London:      p.p. Option
  Visit Avebury’s stone circles
                                                                                                            May 05     $2499    $410       Jun 30      $2499    $410   # Aug 11     $2625     $410         Sep 15     $2550 $410
  See Ludlow’s ruined castle and Jacobean timbered buildings                                                May 19     $2499    $410       Jul 14      $2499    $410   # Aug 18     $2625     $410
  See Wenlock Edge Visit Gretna Green                                                                       Jun 02     $2499    $410       Jul 28      $2499    $410     Sep 01     $2550     $410
  Tour the New Town and drive the Royal Mile to Holyroodhouse Palace in Edinburgh                           Jun 16     $2499    $410     # Aug 04      $2625    $410     Sep 08     $2550     $410
  See Jedburgh Abbey Visit Hadrian’s Wall                                                                Reductions                                                    Notes
  See York Minster and Shambles                                                                          SAVE $20 p.p. with Triple room reduction                      # The Edinburgh Tattoo is included on these departures.
  Visit Stamford, one of England’s oldest coaching towns, full of historical buildings & churches        Insight’s Great Savings & Discounts                           Tours start Thursday and end Sunday.
  Scenic Drives – Cotswolds, New Forest, Lake District                                                   SAVE $250 per person with Young Traveller Discount            Alternative stately homes or gardens may be substituted
                                                                                                         SAVE up to $131 per person with 2nd Tour Discount             if those mentioned are closed.
Included First Class Services
                                                                                                         SAVE up to $131 per person with Frequent Traveller Discount   Tour Departure Point
  Escorted by a professional Tour Director                                                                                                                             This tour departs from the Thistle Marble Arch, our
                                                                                                         Early Payment                   12           10     6
  Headsets for all guided visits and walking tours                                                       Discount                      months       months months      recommended pre/post tour accommodation (see page 20
  Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom                      SAVE per person                $250         $190   $125       & 191 for booking details, airport transfers and sightseeing).
  Insight Hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage                                        For additional information regarding Insight’s great
                                                                                                                                                                                    Definite Departures (DEF)
  Insight Traveller document wallet, map book journal and information pack                               Savings & Discounts, please see page 18.                      are tour dates guaranteed to operate.
  Special London Airport transfer rates available, see pages 191                                                                                                       These are regularly updated and listed on our website
                                                                                                                                                                       www.insightvacations.com (see page 19 for details).
Included Quality Dining
f    Dine-Around evening at your own choice of restaurant from our selection in Stratford (DA)                                 Included a b f are worth approximately US$381
f    Enjoy traditional hospitality at your Yorkshire Highlight Dinner (HD)
  10 full Breakfasts (B), 4 three-course Evening Meals with choice, or buffets, plus tea or coffee (D)        For news, views & info visit the ‘Insight Travel Forum’ at www.insightvacations.com




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The unhurried pace
and beauty of Ireland
is blended with the
delights of the English
countryside and austere
Scottish Highlands for a
truly memorable tour.




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                                       Britain and Ireland Explorer
TOUR PACE                              a cd DAY 1 LONDON STRATFORD YORK. After a warm welcome                                       b f DAY 9 DUBLIN KILLARNEY. Drive to Ireland’s premier
A well paced tour with some longer     from your Tour Director, drive to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit the birthplace of             thoroughbred horse region for a guided tour of the National Stud, and adjoining
touring days, moderated by the two     William Shakespeare. Head north to York, to witness the ancient city walls, the              Japanese Gardens. Continue to view St. Patrick’s great Rock of Cashel, crowned
separate Irish Sea ferry crossings.    crooked houses of the ‘Shambles’ and York Minster, England’s largest medieval                with the noblest group of medieval monuments in Ireland. Cross the rolling
The itinerary is interspersed with     cathedral. Settle into the hotel with a Welcome Drink. Hotel: Hotel 53 (D)                   pastures which encircle Tipperary, (a long way, according to some), before
two-night stays in the contrasting                                                                                                  reaching Killarney. This evening, for your dining pleasure, choose from a
cities of Edinburgh, Dublin and the    d DAY 2     YORK DURHAM EDINBURGH. Stop in Durham to see the                                 selection of restaurants. Hotel: Killarney Towers/Killarney Avenue (B,DA)
town of Killarney.                     castle and Romanesque cathedral. Then view part of Hadrian’s Wall, Britain’s
                                       most impressive Roman monument. Cross the wild Northumberland moors                          a DAY 10 RING OF KERRY EXCURSION. A delightful excursion takes you
                                       into Scotland, passing the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey en route to the capital of                around the Ring of Kerry, a world of towering cliffs, lush lake lands and remote
HOTELS                                                                                                                              villages. Get a sense of the unhurried pace of Irish life as you pass through
Accommodation on this tour varies      Edinburgh. Hotel: Royal Terrace/Roxburghe/Marriott (B)
                                                                                                                                    Ireland’s highest mountain range, the MacGillicuddy Reeks, and make your way
from modern and conveniently
                                       a d DAY 3 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING. Walk with your guide inside                                 to the three peaceful Lakes of Killarney. In the afternoon, perhaps take an
located hotels like the Hotel 53 in    Edinburgh Castle for spectacular views of the town. Continue down the Royal                  optional ride with the locals on one of Killarney’s jaunting cars. (B)
York and the new Radisson Blu in       Mile, past the St Giles’ Cathedral, to the Queen’s Holyroodhouse Palace before
central Cardiff, to the beautifully    crossing over to the ‘New Town’. The afternoon is free to shop on Princes Street.            d DAY 11 KILLARNEY WATERFORD. Cross the rugged Derrynasaggart
located Windermere Hydro in the                                                                                                     Mountains to visit Blarney Castle, the home of the famous stone of eloquence,
                                       Tonight, selected departures enjoy the Military Tattoo – a colourful mixture of
Lake District.                                                                                                                      once kissed, never forgotten! Travel on through the scenic port of Dungarvan to
                                       historic battles and military manoeuvres, complete with pipes and drums. (B)
                                                                                                                                    the historic walled city of Waterford, where you can admire a sparkling display
                                       f DAY 4       EDINBURGH HIGHLANDS. Drive to the university town St                           of crystal before settling into your hotel for the night. Hotel: Dooleys (B,D)
                                       Andrews, home of golf! Continue over the River Tay, through Dundee and Perth
                                       to Pitlochry, and cross the Grampian Mountains to your Highland hotel. This                  d DAY 12 WATERFORD CARDIFF. Drive to Rosslare to take the ferry
                                                                                                                                    across the Irish Sea. Continue past the valleys of South Wales to the Welsh
                                       evening enjoy a Highlight Dinner with haggis, accompanied by dancing and the                 capital, Cardiff, famous for its imposing castle and the brilliant Millennium
                                       sound of the bagpipes. Hotel: Laggan Country Hotel (B,HD)                                    Stadium. Hotel: Radisson Blu (B)
                                       a DAY 5 HIGHLANDS LAKE DISTRICT. Mountains and glens greet you                               a d DAY 13 CARDIFF BATH STONEHENGE LONDON. Cross the
                                       as you drive through dramatic Glencoe. From the ‘bonnie banks of Loch Lomond’                Severn bridge, spanning the Bristol channel between England and Wales, then
                                       board your guided cruise on the ‘Queen of Scottish lakes’. Afterwards, continue              on to Bath with its Georgian streets and crescents, and visit the Roman Baths.
                                       south through Glasgow into the Southern Uplands before crossing the English                  Cross Salisbury Plain and stop to visit the mysterious megaliths of Stonehenge.
                                       border to arrive in the beautiful Lake District. Hotel: Castle Green/Hydro (B,D)             From here, travel to London, where the tour ends. (B)
                                       b DAY 6      LAKE DISTRICT GRASMERE CHESTER. Enjoy the beauty of
                                       the Lake District this morning; its fells, lakes and valleys combining to make it one
                                       of England’s best loved regions. There is the option of a cruise on the tranquil
                                       waters of Lake Windermere, before a visit to the village of Grasmere, where the
                                       poet William Wordsworth is buried. Then it’s on to Chester. Hotel: Queen (B,D)

                                       d DAY 7 CHESTER DUBLIN. Step back into Roman times in Chester. See
                                       the city’s ancient encircling walls and remarkable 13C black and white ‘Rows’.
                                       Continue into Wales, past the massive Conwy Castle before crossing over to the
                                       Isle of Anglesey. The village with the longest name in Europe is coming up now
                                       - see if your Tour Director can recite it for you! From the port of Holyhead, set
                                       sail for Ireland and its fun-loving capital, Dublin. Hotel: Burlington (B)

                                       a d DAY 8 DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING. A local guide will show you Dublin’s
                                       elegant Georgian squares and the equally impressive castle, which you will visit
                                       (if open). Also see the Irish President’s home in Phoenix Park, famous O’Connell
                                       Street and the historic Customs House. The afternoon is yours to shop in
                                       elegant Grafton Street or to continue sightseeing. In the evening, why not treat
                                       yourself to an Irish cabaret show and dinner? (B)
                         Loch Lomond                                                                                                            Journey from the ‘cradle to the grave’ at the Irish National Stud‘s Japanese Gardens
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a Included Premium Highlights
  In Stratford-upon-Avon visit the birthplace of the Bard, William Shakespeare
  Visit Edinburgh Castle for fine views over the city and to see the ‘Honours of Scotland’
  Experience the sights & spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo (selected departures only)
  Embark on a guided highlight cruise on Loch Lomond - one of Scotland’s most beautiful lochs
  Join a local guide for a visit to Dublin Castle (when open)
  Experience the magnificent Ring of Kerry with breathtaking views over mountains and sea
  Visit the well-preserved Roman Baths and Georgian Pump Rooms in the English city of Bath
                                                                                                      TOUR CODE:
                                                                                                      B904
                                                                                                                                      Save up to $285 p.p. - see reductions below
  Visit the mysterious megaliths of Stonehenge                                                                    Twin      Single                   Twin    Single                  Twin   Single                    Twin    Single
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b Included Personal Insights                                                                             London: p.p.       Option        London:    p.p.    Option       London:    p.p.   Option      London:       p.p.    Option
  Learn some of the lesser known facts about the life of William Wordsworth,                             Apr 10 $2775        $670         Jun 03    $2875     $670        Jul 15    $2875    $670     # Aug 26       $2999     $670
  Britain’s best-loved poet                                                                              Apr 17  $2775       $670         Jun 05    $2875     $670        Jul 17    $2875    $670       Aug 28       $2850     $670
                                                                                                         Apr 24 $2850        $670         Jun 07    $2875     $670        Jul 19    $2875    $670       Aug 30       $2850     $670
  An equine professional will join you for a behind the scenes look at Ireland’s National Stud           Apr 26 $2850        $670         Jun 10    $2875     $670        Jul 22    $2875    $670       Sep 02       $2899     $670
  and its famous Japanese Gardens                                                                        May 01 $2850        $670         Jun 12    $2875     $670        Jul 24    $2875    $670       Sep 04       $2899     $670
                                                                                                         May 03 $2850        $670         Jun 14    $2875     $670        Jul 26    $2875    $670       Sep 06       $2899     $670
d Included Other Excursions & Sights                                                                     May 06 $2875        $670         Jun 17    $2875     $670        Jul 29    $2875    $670       Sep 09       $2899     $670
  Enter York’s medieval city walls to see the Minster and the tilting houses of the ‘Shambles’           May 08 $2875        $670         Jun 19    $2875     $670        Jul 31    $2875    $670       Sep 11       $2899     $670
                                                                                                         May 10 $2875        $670         Jun 21    $2875     $670        Aug 02    $2875    $670       Sep 13       $2899     $670
  See Durham’s Castle and fine Romanesque Cathedral                                                       May 13 $2875        $670         Jun 24    $2875     $670    #   Aug 05    $2999    $670       Sep 16       $2899     $670
  See part of the Roman built Hadrian’s Wall                                                             May 15 $2875        $670         Jun 26    $2875     $670    #   Aug 07    $2999    $670       Sep 18       $2899     $670
  See Jedburgh’s ruined Abbey                                                                            May 17 $2875        $670         Jun 28    $2875     $670    #   Aug 09    $2999    $670       Sep 23       $2899     $670
                                                                                                         May 20 $2875        $670         Jul 01    $2885     $670    #   Aug 12    $2999    $670       Sep 25       $2899     $670
  Cross Edinburgh’s New Town and drive the Royal Mile to Holyroodhouse Palace                            May 22 $2875        $670         Jul 03    $2875     $670    #   Aug 14    $2999    $670       Sep 30       $2899     $670
  Visit the university town of St Andrews to see the famous golf course                                  May 24 $2875        $670         Jul 05    $2875     $670    #   Aug 16    $2999    $670       Oct 02       $2850     $670
  Drive through dramatic Glencoe                                                                         May 27 $2875        $670         Jul 08    $2875     $670    #   Aug 19    $2999    $670       Oct 07       $2850     $670
                                                                                                         May 29 $2875        $670         Jul 10    $2875     $670    #   Aug 21    $2999    $670
  See Chester’s ‘Rows’ and city walls                                                                    May 31 $2875        $670         Jul 12    $2875     $670    #   Aug 23    $2999    $670
  See Dublin’s Customs House See the Rock of Cashel
  Kiss the stone at Blarney Castle Visit Waterford Crystal showroom                                   Reductions                                                      Notes
                                                                                                      SAVE $50 p.p. with Triple room reduction                        # The Edinburgh Tattoo is included on these departures.
  See Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium and Castle Cross the mighty Severn bridge
                                                                                                      Insight’s Great Savings & Discounts                             Tours start on Sunday/Tuesday/Friday and end on Friday/
  Scenic drives – English Lake District, Ring of Kerry, Scottish Highlands, Grampian Mountains
                                                                                                      SAVE $285 per person with Young Traveller Discount              Sunday/Wednesday
Included First Class Services                                                                         SAVE up to $150 per person with 2nd Tour Discount               Tour Departure Point
  Escorted by a professional Tour Director                                                            SAVE up to $150 per person with Frequent Traveller Discount     This tour departs from the Thistle Marble Arch, our
  Headsets for all guided visits and walking tours                                                    Early Payment                    12          10     6           recommended pre/post tour accommodation (see page 20
                                                                                                      Discount                       months      months months
  Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom                   SAVE per person                 $285        $135   $90
                                                                                                                                                                      & 191 for booking details, airport transfers and sightseeing).
  Insight Hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage                                     For additional information regarding Insight’s great                         Definite Departures (DEF)
  Insight Traveller document wallet, map book journal and information pack                            Savings & Discounts, please see page 18.                        are tour dates guaranteed to operate.
  Special London Airport transfer rates available, see pages 191                                                                                                      These are regularly updated and listed on our website
                                                                                                                                                                      www.insightvacations.com (see page 19 for details).
Included Quality Dining
f   Traditional Highland Dinner with Scottish entertainment (HD)                                                           Included a b f are worth approximately US$284
f   Choose from a selection of restaurants on your Dine Around evening in Killarney (DA)
  12 full Breakfasts (B) and 4 three-course Dinners with choice, or buffets, plus tea or coffee (D)        For news, views & info visit the ‘Insight Travel Forum’ at www.insightvacations.com



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                                                                         Britain & Ireland
                                                                         14 DAYS ~SCOTLAND ~ ENGLAND ~ WALES ~ IRELAND


         Insight Gold is a truly special occasion,
         a smaller group escorted vacation
         celebrated as fine art. Stay in luxury
         hotels, dine in outstanding restaurants
         and enjoy leisurely days with premium
         included sightseeing. This is an entirely
         new perspective on a classical journey.
         TOUR PACE
         This expertly planned itinerary evokes the Golden Age of
         travel as it follows one of the truly classic routes around
         the Britain and Ireland. Experience all the age old towns,
         historic sites and superb scenery, while still leaving plenty
         of time for personal exploration.

         HOTELS
         Insight has compiled a compendium of luxury hotels, which
         tastefully fuse traditional charm and atmosphere with
         modern design. Stay in elegantly appointed rooms, dine in
         culinary splendour and enjoy exemplary service from
         friendly and helpful staff.

                                                                                                                          Stay at Dromoland Castle, built in the 16th century and renowned as one of Ireland’s premier castle hotels

     DAY 1 EDINBURGH. Welcome to the lively Scottish capital                 DAY 6 CHESTER DUBLIN. Follow the coast of North Wales                     Muckross Estate farmlands. Walk by West Meadow Bay and visit
     of Edinburgh. After a warm welcome from your Tour Director,             past spectacular Conway Castle, and cross the Menai Straits to            Muckross Abbey. For those who do not want to join the hike,
     transfers depart Edinburgh Airport for your elegant hotel at            Anglesey. At the port of Holyhead board your ferry for Eire and           take the coach back to Killarney for time at leisure. (B,HL)
     09:00 11:00 and 13:00 hours. Join your fellow guests for a              its warm-hearted capital, Dublin. Hotel: Westbury. (B,D)
                                                                                                                                                       DAY 11 KILLARNEY BLARNEY COBH WATERFORD.
     Welcome reception tonight. Hotel: Sheraton Grand (D)
                                                                             DAY 7 DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING. Drive along O’Connell Street                    Drive through the rugged Derrynasaggart Mountains to Blarney,
     DAY 2 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING. Drive from the elegant                     and through Phoenix Park, then alongside the river Liffey to see          where you visit the 15th century Castle, the home of the famous
     squares of the ‘New Town’ to visit Edinburgh Castle. Witness            the Guinness Brewery. Visit St Patrick’s Cathedral, where                 Stone of Eloquence, once kissed - never forgotten! Continue to
     Scotland’s glittering crown jewels before continuing down the           Jonathan Swift was Dean, then continue to the courtyard and               the pretty riverside village of Cobh which was the last port of
     Royal Mile, past St Giles Cathedral to Holyrood Palace, and on          Library of Trinity College, to see the 8th century Book of Kells.         call for the Titanic. As you walk through the Heritage Centre
     to Princes Street to see the Sir Walter Scott monument. The             You are now at leisure to drink in the Irish atmosphere. (B)              relive the story of emigration of Irish people and the life of this
     afternoon is yours to discover more of this fine city. (B)                                                                                         once great passenger port. Continue along the coast to your
                                                                             DAY 8 DUBLIN CLIFFS OF MOHER NEWMARKET ON
                                                                                                                                                       restored 17C Georgian house hotel overlooking the twinkling
     DAY 3 A DAY IN THE TROSSACHS. This morning is devoted                   FERGUS. Cross the Emerald Isle to the breathtaking Cliffs of
                                                                                                                                                       lights of Waterford. Hotel: Athenaeum House (B,D)
     to the forested lochs and heather clad mountains of the                 Moher towering above the Atlantic. Then move on to your hotel,
     Trossachs. At Stirling, ‘Gateway to the Highlands’, visit the great     Dromoland Castle - ancestral home of the O’Brians, descendants            DAY 12 WATERFORD BATH. Early start to Rosslare
     castle perched high on its impregnable crag. Of interest is the         of the High King Brian Boru who routed the marauding Norse at             Harbour to sail to South Wales. Then to the Welsh capital
     Great Hall of James IV and the kitchens where lavish banquets           Clontarf in 1014. For your dining pleasure tonight, please join us        Cardiff, where we admire the castle before continuing to Bath.
     were prepared. Tonight, selected departures attend the                  at the elegant five-star castle restaurant.                                Hotel: Bath Spa Hotel (B)
     spectacular flood lit Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. (B)           Hotel: Dromoland Castle. (B,HD)
                                                                                                                                                       DAY 13 THE COTSWOLDS & STRATFORD. An enchanting
     DAY 4 EDINBURGH YORK. Travel through the beautiful                      DAY 9 NEWMARKET ON FERGUS KILLARNEY. Ireland’s                            day takes you across the beautiful Cotswold hills, a chocolate
     Scottish Borderlands, pausing to see the ruined Jedburgh Abbey.         rural heritage comes to life this morning as you walk through             box scene of golden stone villages with roses round the door!
     Cross the English border into the rugged landscape of                   the cobbled streets of Bunratty Folk Park, lined with buildings           Stop in pretty Bourton-on-the-Water, where the river Windrush
     Northumberland National Park. Stop at a section of Hadrian’s            from a bygone era. Later, stop in Limerick, famous for rhymes,            flows through the middle of the village, amid lush green lawns.
     Wall, before reaching York, renowned for its ancient enclosing          lace and elegant Georgian houses. After seeing King John’s                Continue to Stratford, nestled on the banks of the river Avon.
     walls, quaint Tudor ‘Shambles’ and superb 13C Minster. Enjoy a          castle, St Mary’s Cathedral and the Treaty Stone, you are invited         Visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare before returning to
     highlight dinner tonight. Hotel: Cedar Court Grand (B,HD)               to enjoy warm Irish hospitality at a private farm. Over a                 Bath. At tonight’s finalé dinner, there’s wine, or beer if you
                                                                             homemade scone and Guinness cake you are entertained with a               prefer, to toast the culmination of your tour. (B,HD)
     DAY 5 YORK CHATSWORTH CHESTER. Witness the
                                                                             personal insight into rural Irish life. Continue through this land
     beauty of the Peak District National Park today. Visit                                                                                            DAY 14 BATH STONEHENGE LONDON. Visit the
                                                                             of song and legend to Killarney. Hotel: Killarney Park. (B,D)
     Chatsworth, a classical mansion that serves as home to the                                                                                        ancient Roman Baths, which established Bath as an important
     Duke of Devonshire and a wonderful collection of fine furniture.         DAY 10 LORDS OF THE RING EXCURSION. Spend a day                           spa town. Then a chance to sample the curative waters at the
     Travel via picturesque Bakewell, home of the original Bakewell          exploring the mystical and unspoiled Ring of Kerry. Breathtaking          Georgian Pump Room. You also see the impressive Royal
     Pudding, and the elegant spa town of Buxton, before                     views over mountains and sea unfold as the narrow road winds              Crescent, built in the town’s Georgian heyday, the elegant
     descending to the former Roman fortress town of Chester. Visit          along cliffs and through small fishing towns. You are welcomed             Pulteney Bridge and the 16C Abbey. Cross Salisbury Plain to
     the unusual multi-storey shopping arcades called the ‘Rows’             at one of the delightful villages with a two course lunch, typical        visit the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge, made up of strange
     and stroll along the well preserved walls to see the cathedral          of the region. Continue to Torc Waterfall for photos, and a               and awe inspiring monoliths reputed to be over 4,000 years old.
     and colourful Eastgate Clock. Hotel: Grosvenor. (B,D)                   chance to join a qualified guide for a hike along the lake past the        The tour comes to an end upon arrival in London. (B)



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2 LUXURY HOTELS IN DESIRABLE
  LOCATIONS + NIGHTS

d AND ORIENTATION TOURS
  LOCALLY GUIDED SIGHTSEEING


See hotel details on pages 183-188




YOUR INSIGHT GOLD DELUXE HOTELS

    Owned by The Duke of Westminster, the stylish Grosvenor stands within Chester’s Roman Walls.
    One of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Westbury has been completely remodeled to create
    a more luxurious and stylish five star experience that sets the standard in Dublin.
    The family owned, luxury, 5 star Killarney Park Hotel is situated on its own private grounds and is
    committed to ensuring that every moment will be memorable, relaxing and enjoyable.
YOUR DELICIOUS GOLD DINING EXPERIENCES
    13 Cooked Breakfasts (BB), 5 three course dinners with choice (D).
    Stop along the scenic Ring of Kerry for a delicious highlight lunch (HL).
    Enjoy a four course dinner with wine at a local restaurant in York. (HD).
    Fine dining at the 5 star Castle Restaurant in Dromoland Castle* - always an occasion (HD).
    A highlight farewell dinner with a choice of courses and wine at your hotel in Bath (HD).
    *Please note that the dress code for Dromoland Castle dinner is Smart Casual - jacket & tie for men is required.

YOUR EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION OF INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING & HIGHLIGHTS
    Edinburgh: Welcome drink reception; visit Edinburgh Castle; see Holyroodhouse Palace.
    Selected departures experience the spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
    Stirling: Visit Stirling Castle.
                                                                                                                       TOUR CODE:
                                                                                                                       G400
                                                                                                                                                 Your Unique and Exclusive Gold Departures
    York: Walk through the cobbled streets to the Tudor ‘Shambles’; See York Minster.                                              Twin Single                      Twin Single                   Twin Single                     Twin Single
    The Peak District: Visit Chatsworth House.                                                                            Starts   Share Supp.             Starts   Share Supp.          Starts   Share Supp.            Starts   Share Supp.
                                                                                                                        Edinburgh: p.p. Option           Edinburgh: p.p. Option        Edinburgh: p.p. Option          Edinburgh: p.p. Option
    Chester: See the ‘Rows’; walk along the city walls; see the Eastgate Clock; see Chester Cathedral.
    Dublin: Visit St Patrick’s Cathedral; Visit the library of Trinity College to see the Book of Kells.                  Apr 24     $5350     $2040       Jun 05    $5450    $2040     Jul 17     $5450   $2040          Aug 28 $5475 $2040
                                                                                                                          May 01     $5350     $2040       Jun 12    $5450    $2040     Jul 24     $5450   $2040          Sep 04 $5475 $2040
    Co Clare: Gaze out from the Cliffs of Moher; Visit Bunratty Folk Park                                                 May 08     $5350     $2040       Jun 19    $5450    $2040     Jul 31     $5399   $2040          Sep 11 $5475 $2040
    Limerick: See King John’s castle, St Mary’s Cathedral and the Treaty Stone.                                           May 15     $5350     $2040       Jun 26    $5450    $2040   # Aug 07     $5525   $2040          Sep 18 $5475 $2040
    Co Limerick: Experience the customs and rural way of life of a traditional Irish family.                              May 22     $5350     $2040       Jul 03    $5450    $2040   # Aug 14     $5525   $2040          Sep 25 $5399 $2040
                                                                                                                          May 29     $5450     $2040       Jul 10    $5450    $2040   # Aug 21     $5525   $2040          Oct 02 $5375 $2040
    Killarney: Join a qualified guide for a scenic hike over wooded paths and lake shore trails.
    Blarney: Visit Blarney Castle, where you have the opportunity to kiss the ‘Stone of Eloquence’                     Reductions                                                     Extra Accommodation
    Cobh: Visit the Heritage Centre                                                                                    Triple room reduction                                  N/A     Per person, per night           Twin       Single       Triple
    Bath: Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms; appreciate the fine Georgian architecture of the                        Insight’s Great Savings & Discounts                            Sheraton Grand, Edinburgh       $270       $460          N/A
    Royal Crescent; see Pultenay Bridge and Bath Abbey.                                                                SAVE $535 per person with Young Traveller Discount
                                                                                                                       SAVE up to $276 per person with 2nd Tour Discount              Notes
    Stratford: Visit the half-timbered birthplace of William Shakespeare                                                                                                              Tour start on Sunday and end Saturday
                                                                                                                       SAVE up to $276 per person with Frequent Traveller Discount
    Stonehenge: Visit the mysterious stone circle                                                                                                                                     # Departures include the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
                                                                                                                       Early Payment                     12       10     6
    Scenic Drives: The Trossachs, Peak District, Ring of Kerry, The Cotswolds                                          Discount                        months   months months         This tour ends at the Rubens at the Palace, our
                                                                                                                       SAVE per person                  $535     $400   $270          recommended post tour accommodation (see page 20 &
YOUR INCLUSIVE GOLD SERVICES                                                                                                                                                          191 for booking details, airport transfers and sightseeing).
                                                                                                                       For additional information regarding Insight’s great
    Escorted by your ‘Personal Concierge’, an Insight professional Tour Director; and accompanied by                   Savings & Discounts, please see page 18.                                    Definite Departures (DEF)
    expert local guides where appropriate.                                                                                                                                            are tour dates guaranteed to operate.
    Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach, with extended leg room and on-board restroom.                                                                                               These are regularly updated and listed on our website
                                                                                                                                                                                      www.insightvacations.com (see page 19 for details).
    Insight Traveller document wallet, map book journal and information pack.
    Airport arrival transfers at scheduled times on Day 1.                                                                  For news, views & info visit the ‘Insight Travel Forum’ at www.insightvacations.com




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A wealth of history,
dramatic scenery,
sacred sites, legend
and tradition, all come
together, invoking a
sense of romance on
this fascinating tour.




                        See page 19                                                                                                 Experience the outstanding scenery and a rich cultural heritage of the Yorkshire Dales National Park




                                           Romantic Britain and Ireland
TOUR PACE                                  a dc DAY 1 LONDON OXFORD & COTSWOLDS STRATFORD.                                              visit to the ‘Tenement House’, an authentic time capsule of domestic life during
Waterford to Bristol requires an           After a warm welcome from your Tour Director, drive to the famous university                 the early 20C. Next view the amazing decorative and fine art of the Burrell
early start in order to catch the          town of Oxford. Admire its beautiful spires before continuing via pretty                     Collection before returning via ‘Robert Burns’ country. Visit his thatched-roof
morning ferry. However, in general,        Cotswolds villages to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit the birthplace of the Bard,                 cottage in Alloway and see the Brig-a-doon, of Tam O’Shanter fame. (B,D)
the alternating mix of touring days        William Shakespeare and enjoy some free time to stroll along the River Avon.                                TROON BELFAST. Bid farewell to Scotland as you cross the Irish
                                           Tonight, enjoy a welcome drink with your Tour Director. Hotel: Falcon (D)                    d DAY 10
and two night stays makes for a                                                                                                         Sea and drive to the vibrant city of Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland. Meet your
moderately paced tour.                                                                                                                  local guide for a panoramic tour of this unique city, with highlights including City
                                           d DAY 2 STRATFORD LINCOLN YORK LEEDS. Travel through the
                                           heart of ‘Robin Hood Country’ on your way to visit Lincoln Cathedral, one of                 Hall, Queen’s University and Stormont Castle. Hotel: Europa (B)
HOTELS                                     Europe’s finest medieval buildings, recently featured in the Da Vinci Code. Later
From the traditional ‘black and            continue to York, once the Viking Capital of Britain. Saunter along the Shambles             d DAY 11 BELFAST DUBLIN. Travel alongside the Mountains of Mourne to
                                                                                                                                        Drogheda, taking a short drive along the historic Boyne Valley, sight of the Battle
white’ frontage of the impressive          to reach York Minster, in the very heart of this medieval gem. Continue to Leeds,
                                                                                                                                        of Boyne where William of Orange defeated the forces of Catholic King James.
Falcon Hotel in central Stratford, to      our ‘Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales’. Hotel: Park Plaza (B,D)
                                                                                                                                        This afternoon, on your guided tour of Ireland’s ‘fair city’ see O’Connell Street,
the splendid views of Loch Leven
from the Isles of Glencoe, and the
                                           a DAY 3 LEEDS YORKSHIRE DALES GRETNA EDINBURGH. Enjoy                                        historic Phoenix Park and visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Hotel: Burlington (B)
                                           a different side of England as you enter the Yorkshire Dales National Park via
modern glass and steel construction        Leyburn and stop in the quaint village of Hawes. See the outstanding natural                 b d DAY 12 DUBLIN AT LEISURE. Begin the day, if you wish with an
of Bristol’s Radisson Blu, expect a        beauty of Upper Wensleydale, famous for its cheese before crossing the border                included fascinating insight into the highs and lows of the Celtic Tiger economy
diverse range of hotels.                   at Gretna and continuing to the Scottish capital. Hotel: Holyrood (B)                        with our local guest lecturer. Balance of the day is yours to shop for Irish
                                                                                                                                        woollens, continue sightseeing or enjoy a pint of Guinness at the local pub! (B)
                                           a d DAY 4 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING. Walk with your guide inside
                                           Edinburgh Castle for spectacular views of the town. Continue down the Royal                  a d DAY 13 DUBLIN GALWAY CLIFFS OF MOHER LIMERICK.
                                           Mile, past the St Giles’ Cathedral, to the Queen’s Holyroodhouse Palace before               West through ‘forty shades of green’ to Galway to see Galway Cathedral.
                                           crossing over to the ‘New Town’. The afternoon is free to shop on Princes Street.            Continue around the famous bay to the Visitors’ Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of
                                           Tonight, selected departures enjoy the Military Tattoo – a colourful mixture of              Moher and the breathtaking vistas of the Clare Coast. Cross the limestone
                                           historic battles and military manoeuvres, complete with pipes and drums. (B)                 plateau of the Burren en route to Limerick. Hotel: George Boutique Hotel (B)

                                           f DAY 5 EDINBURGH ST. ANDREWS HIGHLANDS. Drive to the                                        f DAY 14 LIMERICK DINGLE KILLARNEY. Travel via the picturesque
                                           university town St Andrews, home of golf! Continue over the River Tay, through               thatched village of Adare, to Tralee, former seat of Clan Desmond. Enjoy more
                                           Dundee and Perth to Pitlochry, and cross the Grampian Mountains to your                      spectacular scenery as you make your way into the great cliffs, wide skies and
                                           Highland hotel. This evening enjoy a Highlight Dinner with haggis, accompanied               ocean views of the Dingle Peninsula. Choose from a selection of restaurants in
                                           by dancing and the sound of the bagpipes. Hotel: Laggan Country Hotel (B,HD)                 Killarney this evening. Hotel: Killarney Towers/Killarney Avenue (B,DA)

                                           d DAY 6 HIGHLANDS LOCH NESS LOCH LEVEN. Travel along the                                     a d DAY 15 RING OF KERRY EXCURSION. A delightful excursion takes
                                           Spey Valley to the battlefield of Culloden, where the Jacobite Rising was finally              you around the Ring of Kerry, a world of towering cliffs, lush lake lands and
                                           crushed in 1746. Drive via the Highland capital of Inverness to the scenic shores            remote villages. Continue through Ireland’s highest mountain range, the
                                           of Loch Ness in search of the monster. Continue to the Commando Memorial in                  MacGillicuddy Reeks, to the three peaceful Lakes of Killarney. Later, perhaps
                                           the shadow of Ben Nevis and stop a wee while in Fort William. Stay on the                    take an optional ride with the locals on one of Killarney’s jaunting cars. (B)
                                           shores of nearby Loch Leven. Hotel: Isles of Glencoe (B,D)
                                                                                                                                        d DAY 16 KILLARNEY WATERFORD. Cross the rugged Derrynasaggart
                                           d DAY 7       MULL & IONA EXCURSION. Ferry across Loch Linnhe to reach the                   Mountains to visit Blarney Castle, the home of the famous stone of eloquence,
                                           Isle of Mull. Enjoy a scenic drive across the island before a short boat ride to Iona.       once kissed, never forgotten! Travel on through the scenic port of Dungarvan to
                                           This early centre of Celtic Christianity is the burial place of many Scottish kings,         the historic walled city of Waterford, where you can admire a sparkling display
                                           and your visit to Iona Abbey shows why this remains one of Scotland’s most                   of crystal before settling into your hotel for the night. Hotel: Granville (B,D)
                                           sacred sites. (B,D)
                                                                                                                                        d DAY 17 WATERFORD BRISTOL. Drive to Rosslare to take the ferry
                                           a d DAY 8         LOCH LEVEN LOCH LOMOND TROON. Drive through                                across the Irish Sea to Pembroke. Continue past the valleys of South Wales to
                                           Glencoe, its hills echoing with the ghastly cries of massacred clansmen. Then                the Welsh capital, Cardiff, famous for its castle and brilliant Millennium
                                           through the beautiful scenery of the Trossachs, for a guided scenic cruise on                Stadium. Then across the Severn Bridge to Bristol. Hotel: Radisson Blu (B,D)
                                           Loch Lomond. Skirt the commercial city of Glasgow before arriving in Troon,
                                           famous for its Royal Troon golf course. Hotel: Barcelo Marine (B,D)                          a d DAY 18 BRISTOL BATH STONEHENGE LONDON. It’s not far
                                                                                                                                        to Bath with its Georgian streets and crescents, and visit the Roman Baths. Cross
                                           ba d DAY 9 GLASGOW & ALLOWAY EXCURSION. Enjoy a day at                                       Salisbury Plain and stop to visit the mysterious megaliths of Stonehenge. From
                                           leisure, visit the Royal Troon Golf Club or join an included trip to Glasgow for a           here, travel to London, where your tour comes to an end. (B)
     Time to enjoy your new surroundings
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  Visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare, now a museum full of artefacts relating to his life
  See the outstanding natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales and hear about the realities of life as a
  local hillside farmer
  Visit Edinburgh Castle for fine views over the city and to see the Honours of Scotland.
  Experience the sights and spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo (selected departures only).
  Embark on a guided cruise on Loch Lomond.
  Visit Burns Cottage which brings to life the childhood world of Scotland’s favourite son.
  Look out to the Atlantic Ocean from the Cliffs of Moher and visit the Exhibition Centre.
  Tour the spectacular Ring of Kerry.
  Visit the well preserved Roman Baths and Georgian Pump Rooms in the English City of Bath.
  Visit the mysterious megaliths of Stonehenge.
b      Included Personal Insights
  Gain a fascinating insight into daily life in Glasgow during the early 20C at the Tenement House.
  Learn about the highs and lows of the Celtic Tiger Economy through the eyes of our                    TOUR CODE:                     Save up to $400 p.p. - see reductions below
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  Irish guest lecturer.
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  See the colleges of Oxford Visit Lincoln Cathedral
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  See York Minster and walk through the medieval Shambles                                                  May 10 $3999        $910         Jun 21    $3999     $910    #   Aug 02    $4199    $910         Sep 13     $4050     $910
  Drive down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to Holyroodhouse Palace                                                May 17 $3999        $910         Jun 28    $4025     $910    #   Aug 09    $4199    $910         Sep 20     $3999     $910
  Visit St. Andrew’s the birthplace of golf Visit Culloden Battlefield                                      May 24 $3999        $910         Jul 05    $4025     $910    #   Aug 16    $4199    $910         Sep 27     $3999     $910
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  Tour the Isles of Mull and Iona and visit the Abbey founded by St. Columbus                              Jun 07 $3999        $910         Jul 19    $4025     $910        Aug 30    $4050    $910         Oct 11     $3975     $910
  Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Kiss the stone at Blarney Castle
  Visit Waterford Crystal Showroom                                                                      Reductions                                                      Notes
                                                                                                        SAVE $10 p.p. with Triple room reduction                        # The Edinburgh Tattoo is included on these departures.
  Scenic drives – Cotswolds, Highlands, Glencoe, Isles of Mull & Iona, Ring of Kerry, Severn Bridge
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Included First Class Services                                                                           SAVE $400 per person with Young Traveller Discount              Tour Departure Point
  Escorted by a professional Tour Director                                                              SAVE up to $210 per person with 2nd Tour Discount               This tour departs from the Thistle Marble Arch, our
  Headsets for all guided visits and walking tours                                                      SAVE up to $210 per person with Frequent Traveller Discount     recommended pre/post tour accommodation (see page 20
  Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom                     Early Payment                    12          10      6          & 191 for booking details, airport transfers and sightseeing).
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  Insight Hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage                                       SAVE per person                 $400        $300   $200                      Definite Departures (DEF)
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Included Quality Dining
f     Traditional Highland Dinner with Scottish entertainment (HD)                                                           Included a b f are worth approximately US$294
f     Choose from a selection of restaurants in Killarney on your Dine Around evening (DA)
  17 full Breakfasts (B) and 8 three-course Dinners with choice, or buffets, plus tea or coffee (D)          For news, views & info visit the ‘Insight Travel Forum’ at www.insightvacations.com




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A legendary tour that
illuminates some of the
hidden corners of the
British Isles, crafted to
please those with a love
of nature and history.




   See page 19                                                                                                                        Marvel at the amphitheatres of basalt stone columns that comprise the Giant’s Causeway




                                            Britain and Ireland Discovery
TOUR PACE                                   a c DAY 1 LONDON STRATFORD. After a warm welcome from your                           Continue to the churchyard at Drumcliff, the last resting place of Irish poet WB
A well paced tour with two-night            Tour Director, head for the university town of Oxford. Drive through pretty          Yeats. Then it’s on to Sligo. Hotel: Radisson Blu (B,D)
stays in the cities of Edinburgh,           Cotswold villages to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Thurso, Killarney, Plymouth and
                                                                                                                                 a d DAY 12 SLIGO GALWAY LIMERICK. Take a scenic drive through
                                            Tonight enjoy a Welcome Drink. Hotel: Alveston Manor (D)                             the beautiful Connemara region to visit the famous marble factory. Continue on
Dublin, plus the change of pace with                                                                                             to Galway where you see St Nicholas Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and Eyre
two different Irish ferry crossings         d DAY 2 STRATFORD YORK. A leisurely drive brings you to the walled                   Square. Now for a visit to Bunratty Folk Park, where old Ireland comes to life!
                                            city of York. Walk through the cobbled streets to the leaning houses of the
and pleasant driving days with                                                                                                   Stay tonight in Limerick, famous for rhymes, lace and Georgian houses.
                                            Shambles, and see the huge York Minster. Hotel: Marriott (B,D)
frequent stops.                                                                                                                  Hotel: George Boutique Hotel (B)
                                            a b DAY 3 YORK LAKE DISTRICT GRETNA EDINBURGH. Tour
HOTELS                                      the beautiful Lake District and visit Wordsworth’s grave in the village of           a d DAY 13 LIMERICK KILLARNEY. An orientation tour shows you King
                                                                                                                                 John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the treaty stone. Now drive through the
Hotels are mainly modern in the             Grasmere. Cross into Scotland and stop at Gretna Green. Then it’s on to
                                                                                                                                 charming village of Adare into County Kerry. In Killarney, enjoy a ride on a
major cities like the Marriotts in          Edinburgh. Tonight, selected departures attend the spectacular flood lit Military
                                                                                                                                 famous jaunting car. Hotel: Killarney Towers/Killarney Avenue (B)
York, and Glasgow. In Limerick, the         Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. Hotel: Royal Terrace/Roxburghe (B)
George is a new boutique style                                                                                                   a f DAY 14         RING OF KERRY EXCURSION. Experience scenery of
                                            a d DAY 4 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING. Take a guided tour inside                           plunging cliffs and spectacular lakes, and drive between granite mountains and
hotel. While the Highland hotels are        historic Edinburgh Castle, home to the Honours of Scotland. Continue down the
mainly traditional and much simpler         Royal Mile, past St Giles’ Cathedral to the Queen’s Holyroodhouse Palace. Cross      endless beaches as you tour the Ring of Kerry. There is a selection of local
in style, although typical of               to the 18th century New Town. The afternoon is at leisure. (B)                       restaurants tonight for your dining pleasure. (B,DA)
the region.
                                            f DAY 5 EDINBURGH ST. ANDREWS HIGHLANDS. Cross the Firth of                          d DAY 15 KILLARNEY BLARNEY WATERFORD. Cross the
                                            Forth on your way to St Andrews – the home of golf. Continue over the River          Derrynasaggart Mountains to kiss the Stone of Eloquence at Blarney Castle.
                                            Tay into the Grampian Mountains. You pass Blair Athol Castle before reaching         Enjoy an orientation tour of Cork seeing St Finbar’s Cathedral before continuing
                                            the sparkling Spey Valley. Tonight, enjoy a lively Highland style dinner with        along the coast to your hotel in Waterford. Hotel: Dooleys (B,D)
                                            Scottish entertainment. Hotel: Laggan Country Hotel (B,HD)                           DAY 16 WATERFORD KILKENNY DUBLIN. After visiting the Waterford
                                            DAY 6 HIGHLANDS THURSO. See the Clava Stone Circles before                           Crystal showroom, drive to Kilkenny to see its castle en route to the fun loving
                                            continuing across the battlefield of Culloden, scene of the 1746 defeat of the        Irish capital, Dublin. Hotel: Burlington (B)
                                            Jacobites. Drive via Inverness and along the shores of Loch Ness, before             a d DAY 17 DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING. Tour Dublin’s elegant Georgian
                                            following the coast to Thurso. Hotel: Norseman (B,D)                                 squares and visit Dublin castle (when open) with a local guide. Also see the Irish
                                                          ORKNEY ISLANDS EXCURSION. Drive to John O’Groats, the                  President’s home, O’Connell Street and historic Customs House. This afternoon
                                            a DAY 7                                                                              you are at leisure to browse the shops along Grafton Street. (B)
                                            most northerly town on the British mainland, where you board a ferry to the
                                            Orkney Islands. Visit the village of Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall and   d DAY 18 DUBLIN CHESTER. Cross the Irish Sea and travel through
                                            the Italian Chapel. Head back to the mainland for the evening. (B,D)                 North Wales, past Conwy Castle, to the walled city of Chester. See the ruined
                                            DAY 8 THURSO ISLE OF SKYE. Relax and enjoy the pristine landscapes of                Roman amphitheatre, the Tudor ‘Rows’ and cathedral. Hotel: Queen (B,D)
                                            lochs and mountains on your way to the fishing town of Ullapool. Then it’s ‘over      d DAY 19 CHESTER BRISTOL. Drive to the border town of Ludlow, with
                                            the sea to Skye’. Admire the scenic splendour of the Cuillin Hills en route to       its half-timbered houses and ruined castle, rich in tragic royal history. Continue
                                            your hotel in Portree. Hotel: Tongadale (B,D)                                        along the Wye Valley past romantic Tintern Abbey and over the soaring Severn
                                                                                                                                 Bridge to Bristol. Hotel: Marriott City Centre (B)
                                            DAY 9 ISLE OF SKYE LOCH LOMOND GLASGOW. Take in magnificent
                                            scenery as you pass Eilean Donan Castle and continue via Fort William to             da DAY 20          BRISTOL BATH PLYMOUTH. Travel the short distance to
                                            Glencoe, ‘the valley of the weeping’. Stop on the ‘bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond      Bath, famous for its Georgian architecture. Visit the Roman Baths before moving
                                            before arriving in Glasgow. Hotel: Marriott (B)                                      on to Plymouth, taking in Glastonbury along the way. On arrival in Plymouth,
                                                                                                                                 enjoy a highlight cruise on the harbour. Hotel: Jurys Inn (B,D)
                                            a DAY 10 GLASGOW LONDONDERRY. Bid farewell to Scotland as you
                                            cross the Irish Sea, enjoying views of the Island of Arran on the way. Take the      DAY 21 DARTMOOR & TINTAGEL EXCURSION. Stop in Princetown, in the
                                            scenic Antrim coast road to the amazing rock formation known as the Giant’s          heart of rugged Dartmoor before continuing to Tintagel, according to legend,
                                            Causeway before reaching your hotel. Hotel: City (B,D)                               the site of King Arthur’s Castle. Return to Plymouth via Bodmin Moor. (B)
                                            d DAY 11 LONDONDERRY BELLEEK SLIGO. Join a local guide to see                        a DAY 22 PLYMOUTH STONEHENGE LONDON. Visit mysterious
                                            Derry’s Walls, the Guildhall and the city’s cathedral. Cross the border to see       Stonehenge before crossing Salisbury Plain to return to London, where you bid
                                            O’Donnell’s Castle in Donegal. Drive south to visit the Belleek Pottery Centre.      farewell to your Tour Director. (B)
           King Arthur’s Castle, Tintagel
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  Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
  Attend the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo (selected departures only)
  Visit Edinburgh Castle for fine views over the city and to see the ‘Honours of Scotland’
  Orkney Islands excursion to visit Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall and Italian Chapel
  Visit the Giant’s Causeway Visit Bunratty Folk Park
  Ride on a jaunting car in Killarney Tour the spectacular Ring of Kerry
  Visit Dublin castle (when open) Visit the Roman Baths                                                   TOUR CODE:
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  Enjoy a highlight cruise on Plymouth harbour Visit Stonehenge                                                         Twin Single                     Twin Single                    Twin Single                       Twin Single
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  Learn about the life of William Wordsworth, Britain’s best-loved poet
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  See the colleges of Oxford See York Minster and the medieval houses of the Shambles
                                                                                                             May 04     $4475   $1000         Jun 12    $4475    $1000       Jul 20    $4499   $1000       Aug 28       $4599    $1000
  Visit Gretna Green Drive down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to Holyroodhouse Palace                               May 08     $4475   $1000         Jun 15    $4475    $1000       Jul 24    $4499   $1000       Aug 31       $4535    $1000
  Visit St Andrews - home of golf See the prehistoric Clava Stones Loch Lomond drive                         May 11     $4475   $1000         Jun 19    $4475    $1000       Jul 27    $4499   $1000       Sep 04       $4535    $1000
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  See ‘Derry’s walls’ and Guildhall Visit Belleek Pottery Centre                                             May 18     $4475   $1000         Jun 26    $4499    $1000   #   Aug 03    $4650   $1000       Sep 11       $4535    $1000
  See King John’s Castle in Limerick See Adare Kiss the stone at Blarney Castle                              May 22     $4475   $1000         Jun 29    $4499    $1000   #   Aug 07    $4650   $1000       Sep 14       $4535    $1000
  See Cork’s Grand Parade Visit Waterford Crystal Showroom See Kilkenny Castle                               May 25     $4475   $1000         Jul 03    $4499    $1000   #   Aug 10    $4650   $1000       Sep 18       $4499    $1000
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  See Chester’s ‘Rows’ and city walls See Ludlow Castle See Tintern Abbey
  Visit Glastonbury Visit Tintagel                                                                        Reductions                                                     Notes
  Scenic drives – Cotswolds, Lake District, Highlands, Glencoe, Isle of Skye, Antrim coast,               SAVE $50 p.p. with Triple room reduction                       # The Edinburgh Tattoo is included on these departures.
  Ring of Kerry, Wye Valley, Severn Bridge, Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor, Salisbury Plain                        Insight’s Great Savings & Discounts                            Tours either start and end Sundays or start and end on
                                                                                                          SAVE $450 per person with Young Traveller Discount             Wednesdays
Included First Class Services                                                                             SAVE up to $233 per person with 2nd Tour Discount              Tour Departure Point
  Escorted by a professional Tour Director                                                                SAVE up to $233 per person with Frequent Traveller Discount    This tour departs from the Thistle Marble Arch, our
  Headsets for all guided visits and walking tours                                                        Early Payment                   12           10     6          recommended pre/post tour accommodation (see page 20
  Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom                       Discount                      months       months months
                                                                                                                                                                         & 191 for booking details, airport transfers and sightseeing).
                                                                                                          SAVE per person                $450         $340   $225
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  Special London Airport transfer rates available, see pages 191                                                                                                         These are regularly updated and listed on our website
                                                                                                                                                                         www.insightvacations.com (see page 19 for details).
Included Quality Dining
f    Traditional Highland Dinner with Scottish entertainment (HD)                                                               Included a b f are worth approximately US$397
f   Get together with your friends for a Dine Around evening in Killarney (DA)
  21 full Breakfasts (B), 10 three-course Evening Meals with choice, or buffets, plus tea or coffee (D)
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                                                                                                                                                        O’Brien’s Tower, marks the highest point of the awe inspiring Cliffs of Moher




                                                 Focus on Ireland
TOUR PACE                                        cd DAY 1 ARRIVE DUBLIN. Welcome to a land of legends, of misty                        a DAY 6 KILLARNEY COBH CORK BLARNEY. Journey through the
Well paced with three-nights in                  mountains, lovely lakes and a warm friendly greeting wherever you go. On              rugged Derrynasaggart Mountains to the pretty riverside village of Cobh, which
Killarney, and overnight stays in                arrival at Dublin Airport, your transfer from the airport leaves for the tour hotel   was the last port of call for the Titanic. As you walk through the Heritage Centre
Galway and Blarney. The driving                  at 08:00, 11:00 & 13:30. Later, a sightseeing tour of Dublin takes you past the       relive the story of emigration of Irish people and the life of this once great
days are of a reasonable length with             Customs House, along O’Connell Street and through Phoenix Park. Travel along          passenger port. Then drive along spacious Grand Parade and South Mall of Cork,
frequent and often scenic stops                  the river Liffey to see the Guinness Brewery and Dublin Castle before admiring        seeing the Court House and fine Georgian houses. At nearby Blarney, visit the
offering photo opportunities.                    the 18th century buildings of the Georgian section of the city. Later, join your      15C Castle, home of the famous Stone of Eloquence, once kissed - never
                                                 Tour Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Drink. Hotel: Burlington                forgotten! You also have a chance to shop for woolens at the Blarney Mills
HOTELS                                                                                                                                 before reaching your hotel. Hotel: Blarney Golf Resort (B,D)
The four hotels on this tour range               d DAY 2 DUBLIN GALWAY. Drive through the ‘forty shades of green’
from the contemporary Burlington
                                                 landscape of the Emerald Isle. Pass by the former fortress town of Athlone on         b DAY 7 BLARNEY CAHIR ROCK OF CASHEL KILDARE DUBLIN.
                                                 the River Shannon, to reach historic Galway, ’City of the Tribes’, at the mouth of    This morning drive to Fermoy and through the Golden Vale with its beautiful
in Dublin and Galway’s stylish
                                                 the Corrib River. Join your Tour Director to see the infamous Lynch Memorial          pastoral countryside to Cahir to see its imposing 15th century castle, featured
Clayton Hotel, to the cosmopolitan
                                                 and the Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed           in the film Excalibur. Continue to St. Patrick’s Rock of Cashel, home to Irish
Killarney Towers and the Blarney
                                                 before his discovery of America. Also see the aged Spanish Arch and Eyre              kings, for amazing views of one of Ireland’s most popular monuments. Next visit
Golf Resort, set amongst 170
                                                 Square, dedicated to the late President, John F Kennedy. Hotel: Clayton (B)           the Irish National Stud and Japanese gardens in Kildare, before arriving early
acres of the beautiful wooded
                                                                                                                                       afternoon in Ireland’s fun-loving capital, for last minute shopping and
Shournagh Valley.                                a d DAY 3 GALWAY LIMERICK KILLARNEY. Take the scenic route                            sightseeing. Tonight, consider enjoying a farewell dinner and Irish cabaret to
                                                 through the mysterious rocky limestone landscape of the Burren, riddled with          round off your tour. Hotel: Burlington. (B)
                                                 underground caverns and streams and known for its rare flora. Stop at the
                                                 Visitors’ Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher with breathtaking views of the       DAY 8 DUBLIN. Bid farewell to Ireland, as your memorable tour comes to an
                                                 Clare Coast. Not far from here Ireland’s rural heritage comes to life as you walk     end. Departure transfers arrive at Dublin Airport at 07:30, 09:30 & 11:30. (B)
                                                 through the cobbled streets of Bunratty Folk Park, lined with buildings from a
                                                 bygone era. Later, stop in Limerick, famous for rhymes, lace and elegant
                                                 Georgian houses. Here your Tour Director shows you King John’s castle, St
                                                 Mary’s Cathedral and the Treaty Stone. Continue past the charming thatched
                                                 cottages of Adare, through the land of song and legend to Killarney.
                                                 Hotel: Killarney Towers/Killarney Avenue (B,D)

                                                 a DAY 4 RING OF KERRY EXCURSION. After a hearty Irish breakfast,
                                                 take a leisurely excursion around the magnificent Ring of Kerry to enjoy the
                                                 breathtaking views over mountains and sea. Pass through the small towns of
                                                 Killorglin, where the famous Puck Fair takes place, and Caherciveen, birthplace
                                                 of the great patriot Daniel O’Connel. Follow the narrow road as it winds along
                                                 the cliffs and through the fishing town of Waterville and delightful villages like
                                                 Sneem. Cross the peat bogs of the Black Mountains to Moll’s Gap and admire
                                                 Queen Victoria’s ‘Ladies View’. Back in Killarney, enjoy a memorable ride on a
                                                 traditional horse-drawn jaunting car with the local ‘Jarvies’. (B)

                                                 f DAY 5 DINGLE PENINSULA AND BLASKET CENTRE. Begin the day,
                                                 if you wish, with an included insight from our local guest speaker, about
                                                 Ireland’s number one industry, ‘Tourism’ and its effects on the local and national
                                                 economy. Travel through the town of Tralee, famous for its Rose of Tralee
                                                 Festival and out to the rugged Dingle Peninsula, a land of blue gold hills, which
                                                 inspired films such as ‘Ryan’s Daughter’ and ‘Far and Away’. At the very tip of
                                                 the peninsula, visit the Blasket Centre which celebrates the language, culture
                                                 and tradition of the Blasket Islanders. With your Dine-Around option tonight,
                                                 create your own personal dining experience by choosing from our selection of
                                                 local restaurants. (B,DA)
                Enjoy the scenic Ring of Kerry                                                                                                      The pubs of Dublin are full of fun with a long tradition of song and music-making
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a Included Premium Highlights
  Admire stunning views of the Clare Coast and visit the Exhibition Centre at the Cliffs of Moher
  Visit Bunratty Folk Park - a living reconstruction of the homes and environment of
  Ireland of over a century ago.
  Take a leisurely excursion around the magnificent Ring of Kerry
  Join your ‘Jarvie’ for a ride on one of Killarney’s jaunting cars
  Visit Cobh Heritage Centre and witness the story of the Titanic and Lusitania.
b    Included Personal Insights
  Learn about the local and national effects of Ireland’s number one industry, Tourism, from our
  expert guest speaker.
  An equine professional joins you for a behind the scenes look at Ireland’s National Stud and its
  famous Japanese Gardens.                                                                                     TOUR CODE:                     Save up to $170 p.p. - see reductions below
                                                                                                               B906
d   Included Other Excursions & Sights                                                                                       Twin Single                     Twin Single                  Twin Single                        Twin Single
  See the Customs House, Guinness Brewery, Dublin Castle and Phoenix Park in Dublin                               Starts     Share Supp.           Starts    Share Supp.       Starts     Share Supp.            Starts      Share Supp.
                                                                                                                  Dublin:     p.p. Option          Dublin:    p.p. Option      Dublin:     p.p. Option           Dublin:      p.p. Option
  See Galway’s Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square
  Drive through the mysterious rocky limestone landscape of the Burren                                            May 01     $1725   $400          Jun 12    $1725    $400     Jul 24     $1725    $400          Sep 04      $1725    $400
                                                                                                                  May 08     $1725   $400          Jun 19    $1725    $400     Jul 31     $1725    $400          Sep 11      $1725    $400
  See King John’s Castle and St Mary’s Cathedral and the Treaty Stone in Limerick                                 May 15     $1725   $400          Jun 26    $1725    $400     Aug 07     $1725    $400          Sep 18      $1725    $400
  Visit the picturesque town of Adare, its main street lined with thatched cottages                               May 22     $1725   $400          Jul 03    $1725    $400     Aug 14     $1725    $400          Sep 25      $1725    $400
  Learn about the history and daily life of an isolated island community at the Blasket Centre                    May 29     $1725   $400          Jul 10    $1725    $400     Aug 21     $1725    $400
                                                                                                                  Jun 05     $1725   $400          Jul 17    $1725    $400     Aug 28     $1725    $400
  Enjoy an orientation tour of Cork
  Climb Blarney Castle and dangle from the ramparts to kiss the famous ‘Blarney Stone’
  See medieval Cahir Castle View St. Patrick’s Rock of Cashel
                                                                                                               Reductions                                                    Extra Accommodation
                                                                                                               SAVE $20 p.p. with Triple room reduction                      Per person, per night          Twin          Single     Triple
Included First Class Services                                                                                  Insight’s Great Savings & Discounts                           Burlington, Dublin             $130           $190      $124
  Escorted by a professional Tour Director                                                                     SAVE $170 per person with Young Traveller Discount
                                                                                                                                                                             Notes
  Headsets for all guided visits and walking tours                                                             SAVE up to $86 per person with 2nd Tour Discount
                                                                                                                                                                             Tours starts and ends on Sundays.
  Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom                            SAVE up to $86 per person with Frequent Traveller Discount
  Insight Hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage                                              Early Payment                  12            10     6                      Definite Departures (DEF)
                                                                                                               Discount                     months        months months      are tour dates guaranteed to operate.
  Insight Traveller document wallet, map book journal and information pack                                     SAVE per person               $170          $130   $85        These are regularly updated and listed on our website
  Airport arrival and departure transfers at scheduled times on Day 1 and Day 8                                                                                              www.insightvacations.com (see page 19 for details).
                                                                                                               For additional information regarding Insight’s great
  (Should your flights not coincide with these arrival and departure transfers, please make your own way        Savings & Discounts, please see page 18.
  to/from the airport or see page 191 to purchase a transfer)
Included Quality Dining                                                                                                              Included a b f are worth approximately US$153
f    Dine-Around evening at your own choice of restaurant from our selection in Killarney (DA)
                                                                                                                    For news, views & info visit the ‘Insight Travel Forum’ at www.insightvacations.com
  7 full Breakfasts (B), 2 three-course Evening Meals with choice, or buffets, plus tea or coffee (D)



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A stylish outing which
stays at the distinguished
and luxurious Ashford
Castle, all the while
showcasing the very best
sightseeing and scenery
Ireland has to offer.




                                                                                                                                                                                Visit the magical Ring of Kerry in Killarney




                                           Irish Elegance
TOUR PACE                                  d DAY 1 ARRIVE DUBLIN Welcome to Dublin! On arrival at Dublin Airport,                 to your hotel, stop at lake side Kylemore Abbey, a castellated neo-Gothic
Ireland’s compact landscape means          your airport shuttle service leaves for the tour hotel at 07:00, 09:30 & 12:00.        mansion, occupied today by a Benedictine community of nuns who came from
driving distances are not great.           Later, join your Tour Director for a city tour that brings to life Dublin’s            Ypres after World War I. (B,D)
Therefore, the tour pace is relatively     architectural treasures and history stretching back more than 1,000 years. Visit
easy going. This is complemented by        St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1190, tour Dublin’s beautiful Georgian
                                                                                                                                  f DAY 6 CONNEMARA CONG ASHFORD CASTLE Today experience
                                                                                                                                  the picturesque Connemara region, a land of rocky mountains, sparkling brooks
the two-night stays in Killarney and       squares, walk the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College to its famed library and       and rushing rivers. Your Tour Director also reveals a hidden treasure. Drive on to
Galway Bay.                                see its truly unique world treasure – the 8th century Book of Kells. Back at your      Cong, a village with a deliberate old-world feel, and the setting for The Quiet
                                           hotel, join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner and a        Man. Cong is also where you enter into the grounds of majestic Ashford Castle.
HOTELS                                     tour briefing. Hotel: Burlington (D)                                                    Ashford Castle provides a romantic backdrop in superior surroundings, offering
We have carefully selected hotels to                                                                                              guests both relaxation and comfort. There are many opportunities to explore
give you a great touring experience        a d DAY 2 DUBLIN KILLARNEY Depart Dublin, and pass the green                           the vast estate with fishing on Lough Corrib, equestrian pursuits, golf, falconry
                                           meadows where many of the finest Irish racehorses are bred, as well as the
in style. From the amazing views of                                                                                               and trail walking. Or simply relax in the castle’s luxurious interiors and enjoy
the Connemara Coast Hotel to the           famous Curragh Racecourse. Stop at the Rock of Cashel, an impressive
                                           pre-Christian settlement. The dramatic limestone rock, crowned with secular            your favourite novel or pamper yourself at the spa. Dining at Ashford Castle
elegance of historic Ashford Castle,                                                                                              ranks among the finest culinary experiences in the world. Creative cooking, an
you are sure to be enchanted               and religious buildings, dominates the flat countryside for miles around. A local
                                                                                                                                  inspired use of seasonal ingredients and an innovative menu await you at dinner
and delighted!                             guide will point out some of the cathedrals and historic sites on an orientation
                                                                                                                                  tonight. Hotel: Ashford Castle (B,HD)
                                           tour. Then continue on to the village of Blarney. Climb to the ramparts of
                                           Blarney Castle and kiss its magical stone to ensure a lifetime of eloquence.           DAY 7 CONG DUBLIN Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning and perhaps
                                           There is also time to browse through Blarney Woollen Mills to shop for Irish           a stroll on the estate. Then cross the midlands to Dublin where the balance of
                                           knitwear and crafts. Afterwards, head to bustling Killarney. If you fancy a ‘pint      the day is free for independent activities and maybe some last minute
                                           of porter’, this town on the lakes is famous for its lively pubs, so why not join in   shopping. Hotel: Burlington (B)
                                           the ‘craic’ tonight. Hotel: Killarney Towers (B,D)
                                                                                                                                  DAY 8 DUBLIN Your tour comes to an end after breakfast this morning.
                                           a d DAY 3        THE RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Travel the road that winds                Departure transfers arrive at Dublin Airport at 07:30, 09:30 & 11:30. (B)
                                           around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. It is
                                           undoubtedly one of the most magical places in all Ireland. Here mountains,
                                           valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond
                                           words. Stopping at Torc Waterfall for photos, there is a chance to join a hike
                                           with a qualified guide along the lake shore and past the farmlands of the
                                           Muckross Estate, admiring the spectacular scenery. Walk by West Meadow Bay
                                           and visit Muckross Abbey. For those who do not want to join the hike, the
                                           motorcoach will return you to Killarney, where the balance of the day is free. (B)

                                           a bd DAY 4 KILLARNEY CONNEMARA This morning cross the
                                           Shannon estuary by ferry and enter County Clare. Stop at the Visitors’ Centre
                                           and enjoy a walk along the Cliffs of Moher, rising approximately 700 feet above
                                           the pounding Atlantic waves. Then travel north across the Burren, a suddenly
                                           stark and barren landscape. Drop in for afternoon tea at Rathbaun Farm and
                                           meet a Galway farming family as they carry out their everyday chores. Watch as
                                           the farmer shears a sheep and maneuvers his flock with the help of his dog. Next,
                                           on to tour Galway, “City of the Tribes,” including lovely Galway Cathedral.
                                           Tonight your hotel is spectacularly set on the shores of Galway Bay.
                                           Hotel: Connemara Coast (B,AT,D)

                                           a DAY 5 KILLARY FJORD EXCURSION Embark on superb day through a
                                           wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. Head for Killary Harbour, Ireland’s
                                           only fjord, boasting some of the finest scenery in the land. Board a boat for a
                                           cruise through the calm waters; relax on board, enjoy the spectacular,
                                           uninterrupted views of the fjord and mountains beyond. Later, on the way back
       Relax in comfortable surroundings                                                                                                                                                     St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
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a Included Premium Highlights
  Take a guided tour of the Rock of Cashel, former seat of Irish kings
  Tour the scenic ‘The Ring of Kerry,’ with its dramatic mountains, valleys, lakes and sea vistas
  Join a qualified guide for a two and a half hour hike over wooded paths and lake shore trails
  Look out to the Atlantic Ocean from the majestic Cliffs of Moher
  Enjoy the scenic views as you cruise the serene waters of Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord
b Included Personal Insights
  The Connolly family have farmed in rural southwest Ireland for 200 years. Join them for
  afternoon tea and glimpse the daily workings of a traditional sheep-farm                                         TOUR CODE:
                                                                                                                   BRAC
                                                                                                                                                   Save up to $200 p.p. - see reductions below
d Included Other Excursions & Sights
  Visit St Patrick’s Cathedral and tour some of Dublin’s elegant squares                                                         Twin Single                     Twin Single                   Twin Single                       Twin Single
                                                                                                                      Starts     Share Supp.           Starts    Share Supp.        Starts     Share Supp.           Starts      Share Supp.
  Visit the old library of Trinity College to see the 8th century Book of Kells                                       Dublin:     p.p. Option          Dublin:    p.p. Option       Dublin:     p.p. Option          Dublin:      p.p. Option
  Climb Blarney Castle and dangle from the ramparts to kiss the famous ‘Blarney Stone’                                Apr 24     $1925     $550        Jun 05    $1999     $620     Jul 24     $1999    $620         Sep 18      $2025     $620
  Cross the Shannon Estuary by ferry                                                                                  May 01     $1950     $550        Jun 12    $1999     $620     Aug 07     $1999    $620         Sep 25      $2025     $620
  Drive through the mysterious rocky limestone landscape of the Burren                                                May 08     $1950     $550        Jun 19    $1999     $620     Aug 14     $1999    $620         Oct 02      $1975     $550
                                                                                                                      May 15     $1999     $550        Jun 26    $1999     $620     Aug 21     $1999    $620         Oct 09      $1925     $550
  See Galway’s Roman Catholic Cathedral                                                                               May 22     $1999     $550        Jul 10    $1999     $620     Sep 04     $2025    $620
  Visit the turreted neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey                                                                        May 29     $1999     $620        Jul 17    $1999     $620     Sep 11     $2025    $620
  Scenic drives – Wicklow Mountains, Ring of Kerry, the ‘Burren’, Connemara
                                                                                                                   Reductions                                                     Extra Accommodation
Included First Class Services                                                                                      Triple room reduction                                  N/A     Per person, per night          Twin         Single      Triple
  Escorted by a professional Tour Director                                                                         Insight’s Great Savings & Discounts                            Burlington, Dublin             $130          $190       $124
  Headsets for all guided visits and walking tours                                                                 SAVE $200 per person with Young Traveller Discount
  Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom                                SAVE up to $101 per person with 2nd Tour Discount
                                                                                                                                                                                  Notes
                                                                                                                                                                                  Insight’s room mate matching is not available on this tour,
  Insight Hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage                                                  SAVE up to $101 per person with Frequent Traveller Discount    Tours start and end on Sundays.
  Insight Traveller document wallet, map book journal and information pack                                         Early Payment                    12        10      6           This tour is operated in conjunction with our
                                                                                                                   Discount                       months    months months         sister company.
  Airport arrival and departure transfers at scheduled times on Day 1 and Day 8                                    SAVE per person                 $200      $150   $100
  (Should your flights not coincide with these arrival and departure transfers, please make your own way            For additional information regarding Insight’s great                        Definite Departures (DEF)
  to/from the airport or see page 191 to purchase a transfer)                                                                                                                     are tour dates guaranteed to operate.
                                                                                                                   Savings & Discounts, please see page 18.
                                                                                                                                                                                  These are regularly updated and listed on our website
Included Quality Dining                                                                                                                                                           www.insightvacations.com (see page 19 for details).
f    Enjoy a delicious four-course dinner at Ashford Castle* (HD)
                                                                                                                                           Included a b f are worth approximately US$140
  7 full Breakfasts (B), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT) and 4 three-course Evening Meals with choice,
  plus tea or coffee (D)
  *Please note that the dress code for Ashford Castle dinner is Smart Casual - jacket & tie for men is required.        For news, views & info visit the ‘Insight Travel Forum’ at www.insightvacations.com



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Come join in the ‘craic’
on this convivial jaunt
around the Emerald Isle,
furnished with ruined
castles, towering cliffs,
historic towns, quiet lakes
and natural wonders.




                                                                                                                      The wide skies, peaceful towns and coastal scenery of the Dingle Peninsula make it a place to which people long to return




                                                Country Roads of Ireland
TOUR PACE                                       cd DAY 1 DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING. Welcome to Ireland! On arrival at                                 the Blue Stack Mountains of Donegal as you cross into Northern Ireland. Your
This is a well paced tour with                  Dublin Airport, your airport transfer service leaves for the tour hotel at 08:00,              destination tonight is the ancient walled city of ‘Derry’. Hotel: City (B,D)
two-night stays in Killarney and                11:00 & 13:30. Later, your sightseeing tour of Dublin includes the elegant                                      LONDONDERRY BALLYGALLY. Sightseeing with a local
Galway, as well as in Dublin. The               squares of Ireland’s ‘fair city’. See the famous O’Connell Street, Customs House
                                                                                                                                               a d DAY 9
                                                                                                                                               guide takes you inside the well preserved walls, still topped with cannons, and
driving days are of a reasonable                and Dublin Castle. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Drink with your Tour Director and                  down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic
length, with frequent stops offering            fellow guests. Hotel: Burlington                                                               Guildhall. Continue along the coast to the spectacular Giant’s Causeway, and
splendid photo opportunities.                                                                                                                  hear the fantastic legends which surround this geological masterpiece created by
                                                b DAY 2       DUBLIN KILDARE KILKENNY WATERFORD. Drive to
                                                Kildare for an informative visit to one of the country’s main racehorse breeding               the cooling of lava which burst through the Earth’s crust millions of years ago.
HOTELS                                          centres and acclaimed 100 year old Japanese Gardens. Move on to the medieval                   Continue along the scenic Antrim coast to arrive at your hotel, overlooking the
Modern hotels like the Europa in                                                                                                               sandy beach of Ballygally Bay. Hotel: Ballygally Castle (B,D)
                                                city of Kilkenny with free time to see St.Canice’s Cathedral and the Kilkenny
Belfast, contrast with the historic
                                                Design Centre before continuing to historic Waterford. Hotel: Dooleys (B)                      d DAY 10 BALLYGALLY BELFAST. Continue around the coast, past the
charm of Ballygally Castle Hotel
with its original beamed ceilings,                           WATERFORD BLARNEY. View the 9C Reginald’s Tower, the                              huge Norman castle at Carrickfergus, to arrive in Belfast. Meet your local guide
                                                d DAY 3                                                                                        for a panoramic tour of Northern Ireland’s capital, where highlights include the
antique furniture and resident ghost.           remains of the old city walls and visit the Waterford Crystal showroom. A
The Blarney Golf Resort is set                  delightful coastal drive brings you to Cork to view the City Hall and St. Finbarr’s            City Hall, Queen’s University and Stormont Castle. Hotel: Europa (B)
amongst 170 acres in the beautiful              Cathedral. Stay in Blarney tonight. Hotel: Blarney Golf Resort (B,D)                           DAY 11 BELFAST DUBLIN. Travel alongside the Mountains of Mourne to
Shournagh Valley.                                                                                                                              Drogheda, taking a short drive along the historic Boyne Valley, site of the Battle
                                                DAY 4 BLARNEY KILLARNEY. On your visit to Blarney castle, will you
                                                                                                                                               of Boyne where William of Orange defeated the forces of Catholic King James.
                                                hang upside down from the ramparts to kiss the stone and ensure a lifetime of
                                                                                                                                               Return to Ireland’s lively capital, Dublin, and spend a leisurely evening relaxing,
                                                eloquence? Cross the majestic Derrynasaggart Mountains, and continue to the
                                                                                                                                               exploring or perhaps taking in a famous Irish Cabaret show. Hotel: Burlington (B)
                                                beautiful scenery of the Dingle Peninsula, setting for the film Ryan’s Daughter.
                                                From dramatic Slea Head at the peninsula’s far end, make your way to the                       DAY 12 DUBLIN. Your tour comes to an end after breakfast this morning.
                                                peaceful town of Killarney. Hotel: Killarney Towers/Killarney Avenue (B,D)                     Departure transfers arrive at Dublin Airport at 07:30, 09:30 & 11:30. (B)

                                                a f DAY 5        RING OF KERRY EXCURSION. An excursion takes you around
                                                the Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s greatest scenic tours! See towering cliffs,
                                                lush lakelands, remote villages, Ireland’s highest mountain range and the three
                                                peaceful Lakes of Killarney. Back in Killarney enjoy a 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)

                                                da DAY 6 KILLARNEY LIMERICK GALWAY. Drive via picturesque
                                                Adare to the city of Limerick and see St Mary’s Cathedral and medieval King
                                                John’s Castle. Now experience the lifestyle of rural Ireland over the centuries at
                                                Bunratty Folk Park. Continue to the Visitors’ Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of
                                                Moher with breathtaking views of the Clare Coast before a delightful drive
                                                through the Burren, a strange, rocky landscape rich with wild orchids.
                                                Hotel: Maldron/Clayton (B,D)

                                                d DAY 7 CONNEMARA EXCURSION. See Galway’s St Nicholas Cathedral,
                                                Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to US president John F. Kennedy. Then
                                                experience the beautiful rugged landscape of Connemara, a wonderland of
                                                rivers, lakes and silent hills. Tour the workshop of the famous marble factory,
                                                and visit palatial Kylemore Abbey before returning to your hotel. (B)

                                                b DAY 8       GALWAY BELLEEK LONDONDERRY. This morning is
                                                dedicated to Clonalis House, ancestral home of the O’Conors, descendants of
                                                the last High Kings of Ireland. Meet the resident family and tour their home,
                                                imbued with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Head through County Sligo to
                                                visit the Belleek Pottery Centre nestled on the banks of the River Erne. Admire
     Acquire the ‘gift of the gab’ at Blarney                                                                                                                       Visit Kylemore Abbey, regarded as one of Ireland’s most romantic buildings
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a    Included Premium Highlights
  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
  Admire stunning views of the Clare Coast and visit the Exhibition Centre at the Cliffs of Moher
  Visit the spectacular Giant’s Causeway
b Included Personal Insights
  An equine professional joins you for a behind the scenes look at Ireland’s National Stud and its
  famous Japanese Gardens
  Meet the descendants of the last High Kings of Ireland at their ancestral home, Clonalis House
d   Included Other Excursions & Sights
  See the Customs House, Dublin Castle and O’Connell Street in Dublin
  Stop in medieval Kilkenny and visit Kilkenny Design Centre
                                                                                                          TOUR CODE:
                                                                                                          B909
                                                                                                                                         Save up to $240 p.p. - see reductions below
  See the remains of the old city walls and Reginald’s Tower in Waterford                                               Twin Single                     Twin Single                  Twin Single                       Twin Single
                                                                                                             Starts     Share Supp.           Starts    Share Supp.       Starts     Share Supp.           Starts      Share Supp.
  Visit the Waterford Crystal showrooms                                                                      Dublin:     p.p. Option          Dublin:    p.p. Option      Dublin:     p.p. Option          Dublin:      p.p. Option
  Climb Blarney Castle and dangle from the ramparts to kiss the famous ‘Blarney Stone’
                                                                                                             Apr 04     $2375    $550         May 23    $2450    $550     Jul 11     $2450    $550         Aug 29      $2450     $550
  Enjoy a scenic tour of Dingle Peninsula to Slea Head Visit the pretty town of Adare                        Apr 11     $2375    $550         May 30    $2450    $550     Jul 18     $2450    $550         Sep 05      $2475     $550
  See King John’s Castle and St Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick                                                 Apr 18     $2375    $550         Jun 06    $2450    $550     Jul 25     $2475    $550         Sep 12      $2475     $550
                                                                                                             Apr 25     $2375    $550         Jun 13    $2450    $550     Aug 01     $2450    $550         Sep 19      $2475     $550
  See St. Nicholas Cathedral, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square in Galway                                         May 02     $2425    $550         Jun 20    $2450    $550     Aug 08     $2450    $550         Sep 26      $2475     $550
  Connemara excursion including a visit to the Connemara Marble factory                                      May 09     $2425    $550         Jun 27    $2450    $550     Aug 15     $2450    $550
  Visit the turreted neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey Visit the Belleek Pottery Centre                              May 16     $2450    $550         Jul 04    $2450    $550     Aug 22     $2450    $550
  See ‘Derry’s Walls’ and Gothic guildhall Drive around the immense Carrickfergus Castle
                                                                                                          Reductions                                                    Extra Accommodation
  View the City Hall and Queen’s University in Belfast                                                    SAVE $40 p.p. with Triple room reduction                      Per person, per night          Twin         Single      Triple
  Scenic drives – the ‘Burren’, Antrim coast, Boyne Valley                                                Insight’s Great Savings & Discounts                           Burlington, Dublin             $130          $190       $124
Included First Class Services                                                                             SAVE $240 per person with Young Traveller Discount
                                                                                                                                                                        Notes
  Escorted by a professional Tour Director                                                                SAVE up to $124 per person with 2nd Tour Discount
                                                                                                                                                                        Tours start on Mondays and end on Fridays.
                                                                                                          SAVE up to $124 per person with Frequent Traveller Discount
  Headsets for all guided visits and walking tours                                                                                                                      At peak periods some departures may operate in reverse
                                                                                                          Early Payment                   12           10     6
  Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom                       Discount                      months       months months
                                                                                                                                                                        and on these occasions, the hotels may differ from those
  Insight Hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage                                                                                                       stated in the itinerary.
                                                                                                          SAVE per person                $240         $180   $120
  Insight Traveller document wallet, map book journal and information pack                                For additional information regarding Insight’s great                       Definite Departures (DEF)
  Airport arrival and departure transfers at scheduled times on Day 1 and Day 12                          Savings & Discounts, please see page 18.                      are tour dates guaranteed to operate.
                                                                                                                                                                        These are regularly updated and listed on our website
  (Should your flights not coincide with these arrival and departure transfers, please make your own way                                                                 www.insightvacations.com (see page 19 for details).
  to/from the airport or see page 191 to purchase a transfer)
Included Quality Dining                                                                                                         Included a b f are worth approximately US$201
f Dine-Around evening at your own choice of restaurant from our selection in Killarney (DA)
  11 full Breakfasts (B), 5 three-course Evening Meals with choice, or buffets, plus tea or coffee (D)         For news, views & info visit the ‘Insight Travel Forum’ at www.insightvacations.com



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Beyond Scotland’s tartan
façade lies 8,000 years
of history and a rich
cultural heritage, while
the drama and variety
of her natural features
never fail to impress.




                                                                                                                                               Take in the picture postcard allure of Portree’s brightly painted water-side houses




                                             Country Roads of Scotland
TOUR PACE                                    a c DAY 1 EDINBURGH. Welcome to Scotland - land of legend and                         disguise after his defeat at Culloden. See the island’s most famous feature, the
This tour is well paced with an initial      romance, from the two great cultural cities in the south, to the dramatic             Cuillin Hills on your way to Skye’s capital, Portree. Hotel: Tongadale (B,D)
two-night stay in Edinburgh                  mountains and misty lochs of the Highlands! On arrival at Edinburgh Airport,
followed by nights in the Highlands,
                                                                                                                                   a d DAY 7 ISLE OF SKYE LOCH LOMOND GLASGOW. Enjoy a feast
                                             your airport transfer service leaves for the tour hotel at 09:00, 11:00 & 13:00.      of scenic splendour as you return to the mainland and head past Loch Garry
Thurso, Ullapool, the stunning Isle of       The rest of the day is yours to relax or start exploring. Perhaps take a stroll       into the Great Glen. Stop along the way at the Second World War Commando
Skye and Glasgow. The driving days           around the shops of Princes Street before joining your Tour Director and fellow       Memorial which affords fine views of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.
are of a comfortable length and have         travellers for a Welcome Drink. In the evening, selected departures attend the        Your route continues via the Victorian town of Fort William on the shores of
frequent stops.                              spectacular Military Tattoo - a colourful mix of pipes and drums, dance and           Loch Linnhe and through the infamous Valley of Glencoe, its dramatic peaks
                                             display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.                        still echoing with the ghastly cries of massacred clansmen. Your highlight for
HOTELS                                       Hotel: Roxburghe/Marriott                                                             today is a cruise on the blue waters of Loch Lomond, the ‘Queen of Scottish
The modern Marriott hotels in both                                                                                                 Lakes’ and largest in Great Britain. It’s not far now to the Clyde Valley and your
Edinburgh and Glasgow contrast               a d DAY 2 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING. Join a local guide to see the                        hotel in the vibrant commercial city of Glasgow. Hotel: Marriott (B)
with those to be found in the                highlights of ‘Athens of the North’. Drive along Princes Street to the ornate
Highlands, which are much simpler            Scott Memorial, then tour the 18th century New Town with its classical Adam           DAY 8 GLASGOW. Your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Departure
establishments although typical of           facades. Over in the Old Town, visit the castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of       transfers arrive at Glasgow Airport at 07:00 & 09:00. (B)
the region, and often family run.            Destiny and Scotland’s glittering crown jewels. See the house where John Knox
                                             lived and St Giles’ Cathedral, where he preached his fiery sermons. At the
                                             bottom of the Royal Mile, stands the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official
                                             Scottish residence of the Queen. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city.
                                             Perhaps research your family tartan in the Tartan Centre or visit the art
                                             treasures in the National Gallery. (B)

                                             bf DAY 3 EDINBURGH ST. ANDREWS HIGHLANDS. Cross the
                                             Firth of Forth into Fife and make your way to St Andrews, where golf was born
                                             on the Old Course in the 15th century. After some time to explore, cross the Tay
                                             and drive to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, famous for its
                                             salmon leap. En route, hear an informative tutorial about the origins of Scotch
                                             whisky. Continue via Blair Atholl (whose castle is the home of Britain’s only
                                             private army) and over the Grampian Mountains to your Highland hotel. This
                                             evening, you are invited to a rousing Highland style dinner with haggis, bagpipes
                                             and traditional Scottish entertainment. Hotel: Highlander (B,HD)
                                             DAY 4 HIGHLANDS LOCH NESS THURSO. Travel through the sparkling
                                             Spey Valley to Culloden Moor, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army was
                                             finally crushed in 1746. Drive via the stately town of Inverness and along the
                                             shores of Loch Ness in search of the elusive monster. Now follow the rugged
                                             coast to John O’Groats at the northern tip of mainland Britain. The coastal road to
                                             Thurso then offers splendid views out over the Pentland Firth. Hotel: Royal (B,D)
                                             DAY 5 THURSO ULLAPOOL. Through stunning and pristine landscapes
                                             along the northern coastline with its white sandy beaches, and further inland to
                                             misty valleys and glens, lochs and rushing waters. Arrive in the little fishing
                                             town of Ullapool on Loch Broom. Hotel: Caledonian (B,D)
                                             DAY 6 ULLAPOOL ISLE OF SKYE. An exciting day takes you alongside
                                             Loch Carron, past remote Eilean Donan Castle, which under a clear sky offers a
                                             perfect reflection in its loch. Then it’s ‘Over the Sea to Skye’ the largest and
                                             most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides. Hear romantic tales of young Flora
                                             MacDonald and how she helped to rescue Bonnie Prince Charlie, who fled in
                    Pipers at Blair Atholl                                                                                                                             The beautiful and romantic setting of Eilean Donan castle
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a Included Premium Highlights
  Experience the sights and spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo (selected departures only)
  Visit Edinburgh Castle for fine views over the city and to see the ‘Honours of Scotland’
  Embark on a guided cruise on Loch Lomond - one of Scotland’s most beautiful lochs
b    Included Personal Insights
  Enjoy a short tutorial about the origins of Scotch whisky                                                   TOUR CODE:
                                                                                                              B905
                                                                                                                                             Save up to $165 p.p. - see reductions below
d   Included Other Excursions & Sights
                                                                                                                           Twin Single                     Twin Single                     Twin Single                   Twin Single
  See the Honours of Scotland (Scottish Crown Jewels) in Edinburgh                                              Starts     Share Supp.          Starts     Share Supp.          Starts     Share Supp.        Starts     Share Supp.
  Drive along the Royal Mile past St Giles’ Cathedral to Holyroodhouse Palace                                   Edinburgh: p.p. Option          Edinburgh: p.p. Option          Edinburgh: p.p. Option        Edinburgh: p.p. Option
  See Edinburgh’s ‘New Town’ and Sir Walter Scott Monument on Princes Street                                    Apr 16     $1650    $320        Jun 04      $1650    $320       Jul 23   $1650   $320         Sep 10     $1699      $320
  Visit St Andrews with its cathedral, long-established university and famous golf course                       Apr 23     $1650    $320        Jun 11      $1650    $320       Jul 30   $1650   $320         Sep 17     $1699      $320
                                                                                                                Apr 30     $1650    $320        Jun 18      $1650    $320   #   Aug 06   $1824   $320         Sep 24     $1699      $320
  Visit Culloden where the Jacobite Army under Bonnie Prince Charlie was finally defeated                        May 07     $1650    $320        Jun 25      $1650    $320   #   Aug 13   $1824   $320         Oct 01     $1699      $320
  Visit the Highland capital of Inverness and drive along Loch Ness to spot the monster                         May 14     $1650    $320        Jul 02      $1650    $320   #   Aug 20   $1824   $320         Oct 08     $1675      $320
                                                                                                                May 21     $1650    $320        Jul 09      $1650    $320   #   Aug 27   $1824   $320
  Visit John O’Groats, the most northerly town of mainland Britain                                              May 28     $1650    $320        Jul 16      $1650    $320       Sep 03   $1699   $320
  Visit the fishing port of Ullapool and admire the scenery of the North West Highlands
  See the Isle of Skye’s dramatic Cuillin Hills and stay in its capital of Portree                            Reductions                                                    Extra Accommodation
  View pretty Eilean Donan Castle, set on an island in a loch and surrounded by mountains                     SAVE $5 p.p. with Triple room reduction                       Per person, per night          Twin        Single       Triple
  See the Second World War Commando Memorial and Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak                            Insight’s Great Savings & Discounts                           Marriott, Edinburgh
                                                                                                              SAVE $165 per person with Young Traveller Discount            05 Aug - 28 Aug ‘11            $162        $177         $138
  Travel through the dramatic scenery of Glencoe
                                                                                                              SAVE up to $91 per person with 2nd Tour Discount              All other times                $134        $170         $131
Included First Class Services                                                                                 SAVE up to $91 per person with Frequent Traveller Discount    Roxburghe, Edinburgh
  Escorted by a professional Tour Director                                                                    Early Payment                  12            10     6         01 Aug - 31 Aug ‘11            $194        $266         $189
  Headsets for all guided visits and walking tours                                                            Discount                     months        months months      All other times                $164        $236         $160
                                                                                                              SAVE per person               $165          $125   $85        Marriott, Glasgow              $112        $161          n/a
  Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom
                                                                                                              For additional information regarding Insight’s great
  Insight Hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage                                             Savings & Discounts, please see page 18.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Definite Departures (DEF)
  Insight Traveller document wallet, map book journal and information pack                                                                                                  are tour dates guaranteed to operate.
                                                                                                              Notes                                                         These are regularly updated and listed on our website
  Airport arrival and departure transfers at scheduled times on Day 1 and Day 8                                                                                             www.insightvacations.com (see page 19 for details).
                                                                                                              Tours start and end on Saturdays.
  (Should your flights not coincide with these arrival and departure transfers, please make your own way
                                                                                                              # Departures include the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
  to/from the airport or see page 191 to purchase a transfer)
Included Quality Dining                                                                                                            Included a b f are worth approximately US$187
f    Traditional Highland dinner with Scottish entertainment (HD)
  7 full Breakfasts (B), 3 three-course Evening Meals with choice, or buffets, plus tea or coffee (D)              For news, views & info visit the ‘Insight Travel Forum’ at www.insightvacations.com



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Despite the incursions
of the English, these
countries retain their own
distinctive character, as
well as being blessed with
dramatic scenery and
warm-hearted people.




                                                                                                                                                            The view across the Irish countryside and Sligo Bay to Rosses Point




                                             Best of Ireland and Scotland
TOUR PACE                                    c DAY 1    ARRIVE DUBLIN. Welcome to Ireland! On arrival at Dublin Airport,           you will visit Robert Burns’ birthplace and see Burns’ Monument and the famous
This well paced tour has two-night           your airport transfer service leaves for the tour hotel at 08:00, 11:00 & 13:30.      ‘Brig O’ Doon’. Spend the night in vibrant Glasgow. Hotel: Crowne Plaza (B)
stays in Dublin, Killarney, the              Perhaps stroll around the shops of Grafton Street? Tonight, join your Tour
Highlands and Edinburgh. The                 Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Drink. Hotel: Burlington
                                                                                                                                   a DAY 10 GLASGOW HIGHLANDS. It’s only a short drive from Glasgow
                                                                                                                                   to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond where you will enjoy a guided cruise on this
driving days are of a reasonable                                                                                                   beautiful loch. Now into the dramatic scenery of Glencoe, still echoing with the
length; frequent stops provide ample         a d DAY 2 DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING. A sightseeing tour of Dublin includes
                                             the elegant squares of Ireland’s ‘fair city’ and a visit to the impressive Dublin     cries of massacred clansmen, before reaching Fort William. Pause at the
and splendid photo opportunities.                                                                                                  Commandos’ Memorial for a view of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, then
                                             Castle (when open). See also famous O’Connell Street and the historic Customs
                                             House, one of architect James Gandon’s masterpieces. As evening falls, there is       continue along Loch Laggan to Newtonmore. Hotel: Highlander (B,D)
HOTELS
                                             time for shopping and the chance to see an Irish Cabaret show. (B)                    f DAY 11 HIGHLAND EXCURSION. Stop at the prehistoric Clava Stone
Modern hotels of note are the George
Boutique hotel in Limerick, Glasgow’s                                                                                              Circle before crossing Culloden Moor, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite
                                             b DAY 3 DUBLIN KILDARE KILKENNY WATERFORD. Begin the day                              army was finally defeated. Then it’s on to Inverness and the mysterious shores
Crowne Plaza and the Burlington in           with a fascinating insight into the highs and lows of the Celtic Tiger economy
Dublin. Also featured is the family run      with our local expert, before driving to Kildare to visit one of the country’s main   of Loch Ness. Return to your hotel for a rousing evening, Highland style! Enjoy
Dooleys in Waterford, while it’s             racehorse breeding centres and Europe’s finest Japanese Gardens. Continue to           dinner with haggis and traditional Scottish entertainment. (B,HD)
rumoured the traditional Ballygally          the medieval town of Kilkenny to see the 13C castle. Then head for Waterford to       DAY 12 HIGHLANDS EDINBURGH. A scenic drive takes you through the
Castle has its very own ghost.               see Reginald’s Tower, the ruined city walls and to visit the famous Waterford         Grampian Mountains past the Duke of Atholl’s Blair Castle. Travel via the Pass
                                             Crystal Showroom. Hotel: Dooleys (B,D)                                                of Killiecrankie to Pitlochry, famous for its Salmon Leap. Drive down and cross
                                                                                                                                   the Tay to visit St. Andrews, the home of golf. Now continue across the majestic
                                             da f DAY 4             WATERFORD CORK BLARNEY KILLARNEY. Travel
                                                                                                                                   Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. Hotel: Apex European (B)
                                             via the fishing village of Dungarvan to Cork for an orientation tour. Acquire the
                                             ‘gift of the gab’ by kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle and shop for         a d DAY 13 EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING. Join your guide for a tour of
                                             woollens at the Blarney Mills. Continue to Killarney where you join a local           Edinburgh Castle, which houses the Scottish Crown Jewels. Pass St Giles’
                                             ‘Jarvie’ aboard one of the jaunting cars. Tonight, dine as you please from our        Cathedral, as you drive down the Royal Mile to Holyroodhouse Palace. Now
                                             selection of local restaurants. Hotel: Killarney Towers/Killarney Avenue (B,DA)       drive down Princes Street, past the Scott Memorial to see Edinburgh’s famous
                                                                                                                                   Georgian architecture. Later, there is still time to shop. Selected departures
                                             a DAY 5 RING OF KERRY EXCURSION. A highlight Ring of Kerry tour                       enjoy the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the castle. (B)
                                             opens up superb seascapes, towering cliffs and spectacular mountains.
                                             Unhurried Irish life surrounds you as you travel through charming villages to         DAY 14 EDINBURGH. Departure transfers arrive at Edinburgh Airport at
                                             view the three Lakes of Killarney before spending an afternoon at leisure. (B,D)      06:15 & 09:00. (B)

                                             d DAY 6 KILLARNEY LIMERICK. Journey through picturesque Adare to
                                             Limerick, on the shores of the Shannon, Ireland’s longest river and the setting of
                                             Angela’s Ashes. Sightseeing takes in the ruins of 13C King John’s castle and St
                                             Mary’s Cathedral. Hotel: George Boutique Hotel (B)

                                             d DAY 7      LIMERICK GALWAY ROSSES POINT. Visit Galway to see the
                                             Cathedral of St Nicholas, the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the
                                             late US President John F. Kennedy. Now drive out to the Connemara, a scenic
                                             wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. Stay tonight in a picturesque holiday
                                             village on the shores of Sligo Bay. Hotel: Yeats Country Hotel (B,D)

                                             da DAY 8           ROSSES POINT BELLEEK BALLYGALLY. Visit the Belleek
                                             Pottery Centre before reaching the walled city of Derry. Sightseeing with a local
                                             guide takes you past the Georgian houses of Shipquay Street. Continue around
                                             the coast to visit the amazing ‘Giant’s Causeway’. Now enjoy a spectacular drive
                                             along the Antrim coast road to your hotel. Hotel: Ballygally Castle (B,D)
                                             DAY 9 BALLYGALLY GLASGOW. Take the ferry to Scotland and continue
                                             along the Ayrshire coast, taking in views of the Firth of Clyde and the Island of
                                             Arran. Pass the Open golf links of Turnberry before arriving in Alloway, where
Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness                                                                                                               Every August, Edinburgh Castle hosts the spectacular Military Tattoo
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a    Included Premium Highlights
  Visit Dublin Castle (when open) the former fortified seat of British rule in Ireland
  In Killarney, join a local ‘Jarvie’ for a ride through the streets on a jaunting car
  Tour the Ring of Kerry, a scenic symphony with stunning views over mountains and sea
  Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Giant’s Causeway
  Embark on a guided cruise on Loch Lomond - one of Scotland’s most beautiful lochs
  Visit Edinburgh Castle for fine views over the city and to see the ‘Honours of Scotland’
  Experience the sights & spectacle of the Edinburgh Millitary Tattoo (selected departures only)
b Included Personal Insights                                                                              TOUR CODE:                     Save up to $295 p.p. - see reductions below
  Learn about the highs and lows of the Celtic Tiger Economy through the eyes of an                       B935
  expert guest speaker                                                                                                  Twin Single                     Twin Single                   Twin Single                      Twin Single
  Join an equine professional for a behind the scenes look at Ireland’s National Stud and visit its          Starts     Share Supp.           Starts    Share Supp.         Starts    Share Supp.          Starts      Share Supp.
                                                                                                             Dublin:     p.p. Option          Dublin:    p.p. Option        Dublin:    p.p. Option         Dublin:      p.p. Option
  famous Japanese Gardens
                                                                                                             Apr 24     $2875   $660          Jun 09    $2950    $660       Jul 21    $2950   $660         Sep 01      $2975     $660
d   Included Other Excursions & Sights                                                                       May 01     $2950   $660          Jun 12    $2950    $660   #   Jul 24    $3099   $660         Sep 04      $2975     $660
  See the Customs House and O’Connell Street in Dublin See Kilkenny Castle                                   May 05     $2950   $660          Jun 16    $2950    $660   #   Jul 28    $3099   $660         Sep 08      $2975     $660
  See Waterford’s old city walls, Reginalds Tower and visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom                   May 08     $2950   $660          Jun 19    $2950    $660   #   Jul 31    $3099   $660         Sep 11      $2975     $660
                                                                                                             May 12     $2950   $660          Jun 23    $2950    $660   #   Aug 04    $3099   $660         Sep 15      $2975     $660
  Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the stone See the picturesque village of Adare                                May 15     $2950   $660          Jun 26    $2950    $660   #   Aug 07    $3099   $660         Sep 18      $2975     $660
  See King John’s Castle and St Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick                                                 May 19     $2950   $660          Jun 30    $2950    $660   #   Aug 11    $3099   $660         Sep 22      $2975     $660
  See the Cathedral, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square in Galway                                                  May 22     $2950   $660          Jul 03    $2950    $660   #   Aug 14    $3099   $660         Sep 25      $2975     $660
                                                                                                             May 26     $2950   $660          Jul 07    $2950    $660       Aug 18    $2950   $660         Sep 29      $2975     $660
  Visit Belleek Pottery Centre See ‘Derry’s Walls’ and Georgian houses                                       May 29     $2950   $660          Jul 10    $2950    $660       Aug 21    $2950   $660         Oct 02      $2975     $660
  Visit Robert Burns’ birthplace Drive through Glencoe See the Commandos’ Memorial                           Jun 02     $2950   $660          Jul 14    $2950    $660       Aug 25    $2950   $660
  See Ben Nevis Cross Culloden Battlefield See the prehistoric Clava Stones                                   Jun 05     $2950   $660          Jul 17    $2950    $660       Aug 28    $2950   $660
  Visit Inverness Look for the monster at Loch Ness                                                       Reductions                                                    Extra Accommodation
  See Blair Castle Visit St Andrews, home of golf                                                         SAVE $5 p.p. with Triple room reduction                       Per person, per night          Twin         Single      Triple
  Drive down the Royal Mile to Holyroodhouse and tour the ‘New Town’ in Edinburgh                         Insight’s Great Savings & Discounts                           Burlington, Dublin             $130          $190       $124
  Scenic Drives – Blue Stack Mountains, Connemara, Antrim Coast, Ayrshire Coast, Highlands.               SAVE $295 per person with Young Traveller Discount            Apex European, Edinburgh
Included First Class Services                                                                             SAVE up to $155 per person with 2nd Tour Discount             05 Aug - 27 Aug ‘11            $177          $262       N/A
                                                                                                          SAVE up to $155 per person with Frequent Traveller Discount   All other times                $153          $238       N/A
  Escorted by a professional Tour Director
  Headsets for all guided visits and walking tours                                                        Early Payment                  12           10     6          Notes
                                                                                                          Discount                     months       months months
  Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom                       SAVE per person               $295         $220   $150
                                                                                                                                                                        Tours start on Sundays/Thursdays and
  Insight Hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage                                                                                                       end on Saturdays/Wednesdays.
                                                                                                          For additional information regarding Insight’s great
                                                                                                                                                                        # Departures include the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
  Insight Traveller document wallet, map book journal and information pack                                Savings & Discounts, please see page 18.
  Airport arrival and departure transfers at scheduled times on Day 1 and Day 14                                                                                                     Definite Departures (DEF)
  (Should your flights not coincide with these arrival and departure transfers, please make your own way                                                                 are tour dates guaranteed to operate.
                                                                                                                                                                        These are regularly updated and listed on our website
  to/from the airport or see page 191 to purchase a transfer)                                                                                                           www.insightvacations.com (see page 19 for details).
Included Quality Dining
f Traditional Highland Dinner with Scottish entertainment (HD)                                                                  Included a b f are worth approximately US$280
f Choose from our selection of restaurants on your Dine Around evening in Killarney (DA)
  13 full Breakfasts (B), 5 three-course Evening Meals with choice, or buffets, plus tea or coffee (D)         For news, views & info visit the ‘Insight Travel Forum’ at www.insightvacations.com



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