Filled with tales and folklore, Ireland draws you in with its mythical legends, romantic and rugged landscapes, and strong historical ties. Examples of prehistoric forts from the iron age can be found dotted around the island; framing spectacular clifftops vanishing into sea below.
With the onset of the Georgian period, the architectural styles of the past dramatically changed – and the best Georgian buildings can now be seen in Dublin, the capital.
From the city of Kilkenny, to the famous Blarney Stone and beyond, wherever it is you decide to explore, one thing is for certain – there is plenty to experience in the Emerald Isle.
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"The tour guide Ra'ed was exceptional. He described all aspects of the sites and many interesting facts about his country, it's history, geography, religions and more. We couldn't have asked for a better guide.
Mrs Patricia Stonier"
"There was not one defining moment. It was simply the gradual build up of excellent day after excellent day.
Mrs Patricia Morton"
"Our tour in Mongolia was the most marvellous experience and a great adventure far exceeding expectations.
Mr and Mrs Dewing"
"If we had to pick one [inspirational] moment it would be walking out of the Siq at Petra to see the Treasury. But to be honest there were so many amazing places it is difficult to pick one out.
Mr Christopher Clark"
"We have recently returned from our honeymoon in Japan and just wanted to let you know what an absolutely fantastic time we had!
Angela and Adrian Turner"
"The entire holiday was excellent and it is difficult to single out any specific moment which was more inspirational than other moments/events.
Mr Robert Knox"
"The range and variety of sites and excursions was excellent. Wadi Rum was my favourite closely followed by my first glimpse of Petra through the Siq.
Mrs Mary Robertson"
"The scenery was amazing throughout the tour, but the two main sights for us were St. Georges cruciform rock church and the Blue Nile falls. Both truly amazing.
Mr David Eyres"
"I would like to thank the travel advisor, Jonathan Fitzsimmonds for his patience, help and advice during the booking process. We were rather late in trying to arrange everything and I think we presented him with quite a challenge! He rose to it brilliantly. Almost every aspect of the holiday went like clockwork and we had a wonderful time. I think we were quite lucky to get an experienced driver too. His depth of knowledge of the wildlife, and in particular the birds, was invaluable. All in all, a fantastic holiday and we hope to return to Uganda in the not too distant future.
Mrs Lorraine Gardner"
"[The most inspirational moment was] when we finally arrived at the childhood home of my mother at Katerri Falls, south of Ooty in the beautiful Nilgri Hills tea plantation country. We now understand why she missed Southern India so much when she returned to England in the 1930s.
Mrs Charmian Bourne"
"We planned the trip with Cox & Kings over an extended period and the whole experience surpassed anything that we could have imagined. We have never been treated so courteously, professionally and enthusiastically. It was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
"Myself and my wife Sue would like to thank Cox & Kings for a wonderful and extremely well managed holiday in India. My wife was, to say the least, a little apprehensive at travelling within India but the entire experience proved to be absolutely magical and without any drama, due to the organisation and efforts of your staff along the way. We now consider India to be the best destination we have ever travelled to in a lifetime of exotic holidays!
Mr Nicholas Sills"
"The tour was brilliant. The Villa Verdi is a find. Springbok Atlas are efficient and well organised. The Accommodation was all good – some of it unique.
"Our guide Bhavari added to our enjoyment of the Amber Fort by telling us all about the historical background and explaining his own views. Rattan our guide in Delhi was also excellent. He is 75 and traced the huge changes he has seen in India through his own life story.
Mrs Angela Southon"