Treasures of Ireland | ©thepalladiantraveler.comIreland, that peaceful, postcard-perfect, emerald-green dot out in the Atlantic, is known for many things the world over, but none finer than her warm and friendly Gaelic greeting to every tourist that arrives: Céad míle fáilte! (A hundred-thousand welcomes).

I’m about to begin keeping a running tally on all those six-digit “welcomes” as I come ashore with the latest “band of merry media,” 18 intrepid travel writers and photographers invited by Insight Vacations (Insight) to sample a portion of its premium-escorted Treasures of Ireland journey.

Treasures of Ireland | ©thepalladiantraveler.comThe seven-day itinerary — via a deluxe motor coach with business-class legroom seating and Wi-Fi — is overflowing with Eire’s camera-ready jewels: The Rock of Cashel, Killarney National Park, the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula and the Cliffs of Moher, to name but a few.

We’ll also be given fast-track entry to see the 9th century Book of Kells and the Long Room at Trinity College’s Old Library, be schooled in the sports of hurling and falconry, and learn about the beauty of Guinness as we attempt the perfect pour of our very own pint of Ireland’s favorite tipple at the Storehouse.

Treasures of Ireland | ©thepalladiantraveler.comIn between scheduled stops surrounded by majestic scenery, we’ll be wined and dined at superlative restaurants — including the George V Dining Room inside landmark Ashford Castle, voted Hotel of the Year 2015 by Virtuoso — and spend restful nights under fine, crisp bed linen.

Join me and my newly-formed “band of merry media” as we board the Insight motor coach and go in search of some of the Treasures of Ireland and, no doubt, find loads of craic (fun) along the way.

Céad míle fáilte!

©The Palladian Traveler

Borsalino w/ props SMALL | ©Tom Palladio Images

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

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