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Want to win a trip to Ireland? Score your spot on Collette’s 2022 Famil

Remember when we revealed you could WIN your way on a 9-day Emerald Isles with Collette? The competition to scoop this coveted famil spot has been heating up, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to enter. On the contrary: every client you book on any Collette tour before the end of Q2 gets you into the famil draw. There are as many chances to win as there are Leprechaun souvenirs in Ireland (i.e. loads!)

Remember when we revealed you could WIN your way on a 9-day Emerald Isles with Collette? The competition to scoop this coveted famil spot has been heating up, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to enter. On the contrary: every client you book on any Collette tour before the end of Q2 gets you into the famil draw. There are as many chances to win as there are Leprechaun souvenirs in Ireland (i.e. loads!)

This is a stellar comp (to be sure, to be sure), but we didn’t want you to only take our word for it. Nope. We got Collette’s superstar ops manager, Jess Donohoe, to give us her highlights on her 2019 Countryside of the Emerald Isle tour.

If hearing about Jess’s Irish tales doesn’t make you want to be sipping a Guinness in Dublin next year, we don’t know what will.

All the Craic: A Trip Highlight on the Aran Islands

The Aran Islands are famed for their wild landscapes. ©Gabriela Insuratelu
The Aran Islands are famed for their wild landscapes. ©Gabriela Insuratelu

Of all Jess’s trip highlights, the small group’s overnight stay on the Aran Islands won, hands down. “You feel like a real local jumping aboard the Happy Hooker ferry to the Aran Island, three rocky isles off the western Ireland coast. I had so much fun trading stories with residents heading back home from the mainland. The Irish are beyond friendly and love the ‘craic’ (it means ‘good times’ in Gaelic).” Jess recommends packing seasick tablets, though; otherwise, the craic will be at your expense as the fisherfolk en-route catch you green at the gills on the boat deck.

Lady of the Manor: Accommodation & Hearty Eats

The 13th century Franciscan friary in Ennis has numerous 15th/16th century sculptures carved in the local hard limestone. ©Tourism Ireland
The 13th century Franciscan friary in Ennis has numerous 15th/16th century sculptures carved in the local hard limestone. ©Tourism Ireland

We were, of course, curious about the style of accommodation on the Countryside of the Emerald Isle tour. This is not your cookie-cutter bland hotel room tour. When we asked Jess to tell us more about the accommodation and meals experienced on tour, she said, “Where do I begin? An 18th-century manor house in Ennis, the gorgeous views from my quaint Aran Islands cabin, and the stay on the 64-acre estate with its own 12-century castle ruins were the best! The constant reflection of Irish culture and history is embedded in every room you stay in on this Collette tour.”

Jess continued, “the local Irish grub is something I’m 100% in support of. Don’t ask me to count how many pies, fish and chips, or Irish stews I consumed during my stay! The hearty Irish meal options do not disappoint.”

The Aussie-Irish Connection

Ha'penny Bridge, officially the Liffey Bridge was built in 1816 over the River Liffey
Ha’penny Bridge, officially the Liffey Bridge was built in 1816 over the River Liffey

With about 10% of the Australian population claiming Irish heritage, it’s as much a yearning to head to Ireland as a jolly good vacay. Can they explore that history on this tour? Jess revealed, “Yes! We visit countless places of rich history. With a little luck of the Irish, we had people on tour discovering their family’s coat of arms. And me? I used a little of the tour’s free time to visit Dublin’s O’Donoghue’s Bar. I’ve never felt more at home at a pub in my life!”

Sea Views & Standouts

Located at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way, Kinsale town is famous for its colourful streetscapes and rich history, fuelled by great people, food, boutiques & events.
Located at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way, Kinsale town is famous for its colourful streetscapes and rich history

We asked Jess what she thinks Aussies on Collette’s Irish tours particularly get into. Jess revealed all, “Us and the Irish are much alike with our lust for travel and adventure, which our Collette tours truly tap into. You can go from experiencing one of the world’s wildest, culturally rich coastal touring routes on the Wild Atlantic Way to time-travelling back through 5,000 years of history on Ireland’s Ancient East. Even though the Countryside of the Emerald Isle tour covers both sides, Ireland is so compact, it’s effortless. In fact, the distance travelled is 11 times smaller than New South Wales!”

All the Feels Evoked

Jess enjoying a whiskey tasting at the Jameson Distillery
Jess enjoying a whiskey tasting at the Jameson Distillery

So, Jess, how did you feel on tour? “As someone with unexplored Irish heritage, I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of unexplained nostalgia as we wandered the bustling streets of Dublin at the start of the tour.” Jess continues, “When I began connecting with my newfound tour friends, they agreed. The fact that everything throughout the tour was explained with such passion evoked an even greater sense of ‘home’.”

Stop & Smell the Guinness

Of course, we were curious if Jess and her new mates had time for a sneaky pint. “Absolutely! Not only do Collette offer a pre-sold option to visit the Guinness Storehouse and to literally smell Ireland’s most delectable beer, but the tour is fabulously paced. With 2-night stays the norm in the larger towns, there are many opportunities to head to a local Irish pub for a nightcap, if desired.”

Tour Upgrades

Take in unrivalled views while sailing beneath the iconic Cliffs of Moher.
Take in unrivalled views while sailing beneath the iconic Cliffs of Moher.

Since Jess enjoyed her Countryside of the Emerald Isles tour pre-COVID, we were curious about tour enhancements since then? Jess said that while the tour format stayed the same, there was one helpful nugget that every traveller cares about in our post-pandemic world. “We have introduced our Travelling Well experience, which includes new protocols on tour to ensure healthy and enjoyable travels for all guests. For all Australian bookings, there is also a cancellation waiver available, allowing guests to cancel up to 24 hours before departure, receiving a full refund, less the deposit amount.”

Why You Will Want to Win (and Sell This Tour to Your Clients)

Tour the Irish National Stud, an area of incredible natural beauty that’s home to regal thoroughbreds and opulent gardens.
Tour the Irish National Stud, an area of incredible natural beauty that’s home to regal thoroughbreds and opulent gardens.

Come on, Jess, spill. Why should agents be chomping at the bit to snag a space on this 2022 agent famil? “Ah, it’s the perfect taste of Ireland. The must-see traditional destinations like the Cliffs of Moher and Dublin are complemented with the lesser-visited (not even by the Irish) places like the Aran Islands. Plus, there are so many one-off experiences. How many people can say they got to ring the bells of the Christ Church Cathedral? Or put into practice céili dancing? Or a lesson in the art of Irish folk dancing? All enjoyed across a well-paced, hassle-free tour!”

How to Invoke the Luck of the Irish

Someone has to win this incredible 9-day trip to Ireland (including a $500 flight allowance). Why not you?

To be eligible, book your clients on any Collette tour from now until 30th June 2022. The more tours you book, the greater your odds of winning! Find out more here or contact your Collette BDM.

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