Scenic Ireland (GI)

13 days from Limerick to Limerick

2019 Tour Details

Breathtaking, lush landscapes combined with vibrant cities and historical attractions—all of this and more await you on this Scenic Ireland tour, which includes Northern Ireland. You’ll visit some of the most famous cities as well as some of the smaller towns. Along the way, you’ll learn about the Irish way of life, see breathtaking scenery, hear about Ireland’s tumultuous history, and visit some of its historical sights.

If you’re interested in the Irish way of life, you’ll enjoy the special adventures Globus has arranged. At a typical Irish, family-run farm guesthouse, you’ll be entertained with a baking demonstration followed by coffee and scones fresh from the oven. Globus has also arranged an Irish coffee demonstration in Waterford. Visit the Blasket Islands Centre, which tells the story of life on the remote Blasket Islands evacuated by the last inhabitants in 1953. Learn about life in Northern Ireland on guided tours with Local Guides in Derry and Belfast.

Spectacular scenery also awaits you on this Ireland tour. See the 668-foot Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast, offering breathtaking views of rugged cliffs dropping into the ocean. You’ll visit beautiful Garinish Island, home to a lush garden, and you’ll join part of the Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile drive with sparkling seascapes and mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses. In Northern Ireland, you’ll visit awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, basalt columns formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions.

You’ll also hear about Ireland’s history and visit some of its historical and religious sites, including a guided tour of the Bronze Age passage-grave at Knowth, and visit Belfast’s Titanic Experience where you’ll learn about the building of the Titanic and its ill-fated maiden voyage. These are just some of the many highlights offered on this scenic tour of Ireland.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

LIMERICK
Welcome dinner

CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views

RATHBAUN FARM
See the farmer at work and enjoy morning coffee in the farmhouse

GALWAY
Orientation

CONNEMARA
Visit a marble workshop

KYLEMORE
Visit the Benedictine abbey

WESTPORT
Visit this heritage town

KNOCK
Visit the religious site

BELLEEK
Guided tour of the pottery factory

DERRY
Guided walking tour

COUNTY ANTRIM
Take pictures of Dunluce Castle, visit Giant’s Causeway

BELFAST
Guided “Living History” tour, visit the Titanic Experience, guided tour of Hillsborough Castle and enjoy [LF] Afternoon Tea in one of the State Rooms

BOYNE VALLEY
Guided tour of the Bronze Age passage-grave at Knowth

DUBLIN
Orientation drive

BALLYKNOCKEN HOUSE
[LF] Baking demonstration and morning coffee and scones

KILKENNY
Explore this pretty county town

WATERFORD
[LF] Enjoy an Irish Coffee demonstration; guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal; guided walking tour

BLARNEY
Visit the famous castle and kiss the Blarney Stone

GLENGARRIFF
Private boat to Garinish Island

RING OF KERRY
Take pictures of the Lakes of Killarney

DINGLE PENINSULA
Visit the Blasket Islands Centre and the town of Dingle

ADARE
Admire the thatched cottages

Headsets throughout the tour

Transportation:

Motorcoach; private boat to Garinish Island. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full Irish breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Limerick

 Itinerary

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

Day 1

Arrive in Shannon, Ireland–Limerick. Céad míle fáilte—a hundred-thousand welcomes! After checking into your hotel, free time to relax and perhaps enjoy the hotel’s leisure amenities or explore the city. This evening, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

Limerick–Cliffs of Moher–Galway–Clifden. Drive to the CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, and savor the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. Next, a special treat: at RATHBAUN FARM, watch the farmer shear a sheep and maneuver a flock with the help of a sheep dog, then enjoy your morning coffee. On to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture. Call at the Joyce family’s MARBLE WORKSHOP before spending the night at Clifden, a small fishing town in the far west.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 3

Clifden–Kylemore–Westport–Knock–Bundoran. Visit KYLEMORE ABBEY this morning, the massive castle acquired by Benedictine nuns, and see the restored house, church, and gardens. Pause at Westport before continuing on to Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world since townsfolk saw apparitions. Overnight is in Bundoran, the popular seaside resort in County Donegal. Before dinner, you might want to join an optional excursion to a local pub.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

Bundoran–Belleek, Northern Ireland–Derry–Giant's Causeway–Belfast. A rich string of Northern Ireland attractions awaits you today. First, visit the BELLEEK POTTERY factory, renowned for its exquisite cream-colored Parian china. In Derry, walk the city walls in the company of a Local Guide, and after lunch, pass Dunluce Castle before visiting awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. Hear how millions of years ago, the earth cracked open, lava forced its way out, and as it cooled slowly and evenly, more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns were formed, leading from the cliff foot into the sea. Spend the next two nights in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s seat of government.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

Belfast. This morning’s “Living History” tour in the company of a Local Guide will take you past all the city’s attractions, including City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, Queens University, and the Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Then, visit the fascinating TITANIC EXPERIENCE and learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. In the afternoon, join your guide for a tour of HILLSBOROUGH CASTLE, the official residence of the Royal Family when they are in Northern Ireland, and home of the Secretary of State. Afterwards, enjoy [LF] AFTERNOON TEA in one of the elegant State Rooms with views overlooking the glorious grounds and gardens.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

Belfast–Knowth, Ireland–Dublin. Drive in the lee of the Mountains of Mourne back into the Irish Republic, and at Bru na Boinne (Palace of the Boyne), one of the world’s most important archaeological landscapes, visit KNOWTH, where your guide explains the fascinating passage-grave dating from the Bronze Age. For a first taste of the Irish capital, join an optional cabaret evening with dinner and entertainment.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

Dublin. An orientation drive in the “Fair City” includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy this vibrant city. Tonight, maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

Dublin–Kilkenny–Waterford. Vistas of the Wicklow Mountains unfold as you head for a special visit to BALLYKNOCKEN HOUSE, a typical Irish family-run farm guesthouse. Your host will present an entertaining [LF] BAKING DEMONSTRATION, and then serve coffee and scones fresh from the oven. Travel on to the pretty county town of Kilkenny, then to Waterford for a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. You may also want to join an optional excursion to a local pub. After dinner at your hotel, enjoy an [LF] IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

Waterford–Blarney–Cork. The first of the day’s highlights is an entertaining walk through Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, in the company of a Local Guide. Then, visit BLARNEY CASTLE, renowned for its magical KISSING STONE. Overnight in Cork, Ireland’s second-largest city. An optional suggestion would be a visit to Cobh’s Queenstown Story, which tells of the transatlantic liner route between Liverpool and North America and last port of call for the Titanic.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

Cork–Garinish Island–Killarney. This morning, board a private boat for the short crossing to GARINISH ISLAND in Bantry Bay, whose warm waters attract colonies of seals. Follow the winding paths between the strong-scented flowering trees and shrubs of this lush tropical island garden. Then, head over the mountains into County Kerry. At Kenmare, join part of the RING OF KERRY and stop for spectacular photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View before arriving in the popular resort of Killarney. Tonight, an entertaining optional evening in Tralee with dinner and tickets for Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

Killarney. Dingle Excursion. Enjoy panoramic views on Dingle Peninsula on the way to the BLASKET ISLANDS CENTRE. Learn about the way of life and unique literary achievements on the string of remote offshore islands evacuated by the last inhabitants in 1953. Visit Dingle, then return to Killarney.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 12

Killarney–Adare–Limerick. A final morning at leisure in Killarney with time for an optional excursion by horse-drawn jaunting car. In the afternoon, drive via quaint Adare, renowned for its pretty thatched cottages, to Limerick. A suggestion for a very special night out: attend an optional banquet at Bunratty Castle.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13

Limerick. 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.

PETER DUNDON

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"A traveler once asked me if I'd actually given birth to Ireland. I told him I hadn't - as far as I was aware - but I do feel very passionate about my country, its people, its stories, and its magic. I absolutely love introducing people to Ireland's many wonders, which is why I love what I do so much!"

Tour Director -  PETER DUNDON

 Accommodations

BELFAST

THE CLAYTON HOTEL BELFAST

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

CLIFDEN

STATION HOUSE HOTEL

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

DUBLIN

ROYAL MARINE HOTEL

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

KILLARNEY

KILLARNEY TOWERS HOTEL

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

KINSALE

TRIDENT

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LIMERICK

CLAYTON HOTEL LIMERICK

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SLIGO

RADISSON BLU SLIGO

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

WATERFORD

GRANVILLE HOTEL

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

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