Introduction to Ireland (GR)

7 days from Dublin to Dublin

2019 Tour Details

This Ireland tour is an ideal introduction to the Emerald Isle for first-time visitors who have limited time. You’ll experience some of Ireland’s most magnificent scenery as well as its most famous towns. You’ll start and end in Dublin, and you’ll also overnight in Ennis, Killarney, and Waterford. Highlights of this tour include the 668-foot Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast, where you’ll savor the breathtaking views of these rugged cliffs dropping into the ocean, and the Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile panoramic drive through rugged and magnificent landscapes. Words cannot capture the magnificence of these natural beauties; you must witness them in person!

You’ll also enjoy guided tours of the House of Waterford Crystal, where you’ll see the highly-skilled artisans at work in the production of this famous crystal, and the Irish National Stud in Kildare, home to thoroughbred champions. Plus, Globus has arranged special experiences to give you a true local perspective. For example, you’ll enjoy coffee and scones that you’ll bake at Rathbaun Farm, a picturesque thatched farmhouse where you’ll learn about Ireland’s sheep-farming practices. You’ll also enjoy an Irish coffee demonstration in Waterford.

From the scenic beauty to the charming experiences, this Ireland tour is sure to delight all of your senses!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

DUBLIN
Orientation drive; welcome dinner

KILDARE
Guided tour of the Irish National Stud

ROCK OF CASHEL
Take photographs of this famous landmark

LIMERICK
Orientation drive

CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views

GALWAY
Orientation

RATHBAUN FARM
[LF] See the farmer at work, bake your own scones, and enjoy coffee in the farmhouse

KILLIMER–TARBERT
Cross the Shannon estuary by ferry

RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive

KILLARNEY
Visit the popular resort town

BLARNEY
Visit the famous village

WATERFORD
Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal, [LF] enjoy an Irish Coffee demonstration

AVOCA
[LF] Guided tour of the handweaving mill

GLENDALOUGH
Guided tour of St. Kevin’s center of Irish Christianity

Headsets throughout the tour

Transportation:

Motorcoach; ferry across the Shannon estuary. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full Irish breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Dublin

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

Arrive in Dublin, Ireland. Céad míle fáilte—a hundred-thousand welcomes! Check into your hotel. At 3 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for an afternoon orientation drive through statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and past St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

Dublin–Kildare–Cashel–Limerick–Ennis. Horse-racing country awaits this morning. Drive across the Curragh to visit the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare, whose fine thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. Lots more to see: the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached; Tipperary, made famous in a wartime marching song; and Limerick, where an orientation drive acquaints you with St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle, and the stone where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691. Tonight’s suggestion for a very special night out: attend an optional banquet at Bunratty Castle.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

Ennis. West Coast Excursion. Your day excursion along Ireland’s spectacular Atlantic coastline begins with a drive to the 668-foot CLIFFS OF MOHER, where you savor the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. A scenic route across the limestone plateau of The Burren takes you to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture. This afternoon, a special treat at RATHBAUN FARM: try your hand at scone making, and learn from the farmer about sheep shearing and dog whistling. Afterwards, enjoy [LF] COFFEE and your SCONES, fresh from the oven.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

Ennis–Ring of Kerry–Killarney. After a short drive via Clonderlaw Bay to Killimer, cross the Shannon estuary by FERRY. Continue on to Killorglin on Dingle Bay to join the spectacular RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Take your photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View, then spend the night in the popular resort of Killarney. Before dinner at your hotel, why not take a horse-drawn jaunting car ride along the national park to Ross Castle?
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 5

Killarney–Blarney–Waterford. Across the Kerry Mountains and through County Cork to Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone. Time for lunch, to walk up to the castle, and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts. In the afternoon, proceed via Cork to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings, and look forward to a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. After dinner this evening, enjoy an [LF] IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

Waterford–Avoca–Glendalough–Dublin. An exciting agenda today: Enniscorthy, site of the final battle of the Great Rebellion of 1798; Ireland’s oldest HANDWEAVING MILL at Avoca, where you watch the WEAVERS at work; the Wicklow Mountains; and GLENDALOUGH, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. See the engaging audiovisual Ireland of the Monasteries, then let your Local Guide show you the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. Back in Dublin tonight, a fitting farewell to Ireland would be an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

Dublin. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

WILL COLLINS

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"Nothing beats the joy of watching people from all walks of life get excited about seeing an iconic site for the first time. Being central to this joy is what gives me that great sense of satisfaction and reward from the work that I do."

Tour Director -  WILL COLLINS

 Accommodations

DUBLIN

HILTON DUBLIN KILMAINHAM

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

ENNIS

TEMPLE GATE HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

KILLARNEY

KILLARNEY TOWERS HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

WATERFORD

GRANVILLE HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

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