Insight Vacations Invites Travellers to Experience the Charm of Ireland in the Spirit of St. Patrick's Day

Offering seven tailor-made trips to the Emerald Isle ranging from eight to 26 days

TORONTO / February 28, 2014 / With St. Patrick's Day approaching, March is a month of fleadh for anyone with Irish heritage or affection for the Irish, and Insight Vacations (, the leader of premium and luxury escorted journeys, is joining in on the celebration of the season with some of their best Regional and Country Roads journeys to Ireland. With seven tailor-made trips to the Emerald Isle ranging from eight to 26 days, travellers will experience this magical destination renowned for its natural beauty, the 'Irish Welcome' from friendly locals and for its culinary and drinking delights.

"St. Patrick's Day is one of the largest celebrated holidays in the world, and Ireland is truly a special place for us, as we partnered with Tourism Ireland in 2013 to promote The Gathering, a campaign to encourage travellers to visit the country to reconnect or discover their Gaelic roots," said Cris David, president, Insight Vacations Canada. "With an estimated five million Canadians of Irish descent and approximately 134,000 Canadians visitors to Ireland in 2013, we recognize the importance of creating experiences for our travellers which allow them to connect to the people, the places and the land with our unforgettable Signature Experiences and insights from our local guides."

Focus on Ireland
Insight Vacation's
Focus on Ireland eight-day Regional Journey begins and ends in Dublin's Fair City. Sightsee some of the most well renowned landmarks, such as the Custom House, Guinness Brewery and Dublin Castle along the River Liffey. Guests can admire the cobblestoned squares and colourful Georgian houses and stroll through the grounds of Trinity College - Ireland's most prestigious university. Travellers will have the opportunity to kiss the famed Stone of Eloquence at Blarney Castle and forever be bestowed the gift of gab. Indulgence is on the menu with a delightful spread of canapes after guests take in a Signature Experience cooking demonstration in Killarney with master chef and local personality John Sheehan. In stylish Cork, they will enjoy the company of new friends at a Celebration Dinner over rich flavours, fabulous wine and lively entertainment.

Irish Elegance
Irish Elegance is the epitome of Celtic royal treatment. On this nine-day Country Roads journey, guests will travel to cities, towns and countrysides in the Emerald Isle that truly celebrate the noble history and upheld culture of the land. In Dublin, they will visit the prestigious Trinity College Library and the reverent St. Patrick's Cathedral, kiss the magical stone for a lifetime of eloquence in the Blarney Castle, cruise the Loch Corrib aboard 'The Isle of Inisfree' and stay at the prestigious and scenic 5-star Red Carnation Hotel property, Ashford Castle, voted the Number 1 Irish Hotel by Conde Naste Gold List in 2013 and a Signature Hotel experience in Cong. Ashford Castle is known for its fine culinary repertoire and guests will have the opportunity to enjoy this Signature Dining experience through the creative cooking, local seasonal ingredients and innovative menu has to offer.

Country Roads of Ireland
Country Roads of Ireland 13-day jaunt around the Emerald Isle takes guests to medieval castles, towering cliffs, historic towns, quiet lakes and natural wonders. In Dublin, guests will visit Trinity College Library to admire the Book of Kells and the magnificent oak bookcase containing 200,000 of the library's oldest books. In Kildare, travellers will visit one of Ireland's main racehorse breeding centres and the acclaimed 100-year-old Japanese Gardens. Guests will enjoy a scenic drive on the Ring of Kerry, taking in the towering cliffs, lush lake lands and remote villages along the way. They will go on a Signature Experience touring the famous Connemara Marble Factory owned by Stephen Walsh and his family where they will learn the origin and uses of the area's fine green marble and have the opportunity to shop the jewelry and gifts made by this unique stone. Guests will also visit the Belleek Pottery Centre in Londonderry to watch artisans at their craft. When guests arrive in Northern Ireland, they will join a local expert for a panoramic tour of Belfast, including a new state of the art Titanic building, before enjoying some 'craic' and old-fashioned hospitality at the Celebration Dinner.

For a limited time, travellers can take advantage of the Early Payment Discount of 7.5% (up to $1,452 per couple*) on a Europe itinerary and 7.5% on airfare** if booked and paid in full by March 31, 2014.

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About Insight Vacations
Insight Vacations ( is the expert for Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, visiting all but one of the independent states in these regions and covering more of Europe than any other tour operator. Insight Vacations also offers the same legendary high standards and carefully curated itineraries in North America, India, Bhutan, Nepal and Morocco.

Insight guests enjoy more intimate groups limited to just 40 passengers, the services of an experienced tour director who acts as 'travelling concierge,' and expertly planned itineraries offering a range of Signature Experiences that provide a unique and revealing look into the history and culture of each destination. Guests also enjoy Signature Dining and Dine-Around Evenings and stay in select hotels that are centrally or scenically located.

For more than 35 years, Insight has designed its escorted journeys with care and an unwavering commitment to exceeding our guests' expectations. It is these differences that ensure every Insight vacation is smooth and hassle free, so guests have time to fully enjoy each destination.

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*Terms & Conditions: Save 7.5% applies only to tours featuring the 'Early Payment Discount' in the price panel - see the new 2014 Gold Luxury brochure. A $200 per person deposit is required within 3 days of booking and final payment is required by March 31st, 2014.

**Save 7.5% off airfares to Europe, Britain & East Mediterranean for departures Apr 1, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014. Booked between Jan 16, 2014 to Mar 31, 2014. Full Payment is due Mar 31, 2014. Valid on all carriers and fare basis except published air & one-way itineraries. Air is non-commissionable. Valid on Seat Sales but earlier ticketing may apply. Combinable with all brochure discounts. Not combinable with other air offers.

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