EMERALD ISLE - 2017

10 Days - DUBLIN to DUBLIN

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Overview

When you think of a vacation to Ireland, what comes to mind? Witnessing the lush, green landscape? Visiting historical and religious sights, and seeing remains from medieval times? Perhaps it is visiting farms or savoring authentic Irish food. If so, all of this and more are offered on this amazing Ireland tour—with overnights in Dublin, Claremorris, Galway, Limerick, Killarney, and Waterford. As you’d expect on an Ireland tour, you will have the opportunity to see spectacular scenery. The 668-foot Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast offer breathtaking views of rugged cliffs dropping into the ocean. You’ll also witness sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, and a breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View as you drive the Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile panoramic drive. The Aran Islands offer limestone rock, rugged cliffs, and a variety of wildflowers. On the largest Aran Island, Inishmore, you’ll visit Dun Aengus, one of Europe’s most spectacular and dramatic prehistoric stone forts on a truly unique and unforgettable day. Other historical sights you’ll see on this Ireland tour include Kylemore Abbey, a massive castle acquired by the Benedictine nuns, and King John’s Castle, dating back to the 12th century. You’ll also learn about Irish history on your visit to the Strokestown House, a restored 1740s mansion with its original furnishings and fabrics, splendid gardens, and Famine Museum.

You’ll also get a taste of Irish life when you visit a sheep farm, where you’ll learn to make scones, which you’ll get to eat with coffee. Or how about lunch at one of the Aran Islands’ oldest and most traditional pubs? Both of these are special treats offered by Globus to bring authentic experiences to your Ireland vacation.

Extend your holiday with 3 nights in Belfast

Inclusion

LOCAL FAVOURITES

Enjoy lunch at Ti Joe Watty's pub on the Aran Islands
Rathbaun Farm visit with afternoon tea
Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney

STANDARD FEATURES

DESTINATIONS
- DUBLIN

Welcome dinner; orientation drive.

- KILDARE
Guided tour of the Irish National Stud.

- STROKESTOWN HOUSE
Guided tour of the house and Famine Museum, and visit the gardens.

- KNOCK
Visit the religious site.

- KYLEMORE
Visit the Benedictine abbey.

- CONNEMARA
Visit a marble workshop.

- GALWAY
Orientation.

- ARAN ISLANDS
Ferry to and from Inishmore, hear a presentation on life on the island by a local historian, enjoy lunch at Ti Joe Watty's pub, take a minibus tour with a driver-guide, visit Dun Aengus.

- RATHBAUN FARM
See the farmer at work, bake your own scones, and enjoy morning coffee in the farmhouse.

- CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savour the spectacular views.

- LIMERICK
Orientation drive, visit King John's castle.

- FOYNES
Guided tour of the Flying Boat Museum.

- RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive.

- KILLARNEY
Horse-drawn jaunting car ride.

- BLARNEY
Visit the famous village.

- WATERFORD
Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal.

- AVOCA
Guided tour of the handweaving mill.

- GLENDALOUGH
Guided tour of St. Kevin's centre of Irish Christianity.

- TRANSPORTATION
Motorcoach; ferry to/from Inishmore; minibus on the Aran Islands; horse-drawn jaunting car in Killarney.

- HEADSETS
Throughout the tour except Belfast.

- FREE WI-FI
available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
- Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

- MYACCOUNT
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.​

Package Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND.

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Cead mile failte-a hundred-thousand welcomes! Check into your hotel. At 3 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling 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. (D)

Day 2DUBLIN - KILDARE - STROKESTOWN - KNOCK - CLAREMORRIS.

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Horse-racing country awaits this morning. Drive across the Curragh to the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare, whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. Then, north to Longford for a visit to STROKESTOWN HOUSE for a guided tour of the restored 1740s mansion, a stroll through its fine gardens, and insight into the circumstances of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s at the Famine Museum. Stop in Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world since townsfolk saw apparitions, then arrive in Claremorris, in the heart of beautiful County Mayo, for your overnight stay. (B,D)

Day 3CLAREMORRIS - KYLEMORE - GALWAY.

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Via Westport, head for the unspoiled region of Connemara, an area known for its hardy breed of ponies. Visit KYLEMORE ABBEY, a massive yet graceful castle acquired by Benedictine nuns as a precious heirloom for Ireland. At Moycullen, visit the Joyce family at their MARBLE WORKSHOP before arriving in the port city of Galway. Tonight's recommendation: an optional evening at Dunguaire Castle, where the intimate banquet has an enlightening literary theme. (B)

Day 4GALWAY. EXCURSION TO THE ARAN ISLANDS.

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At Rossaveal, board a comfortable, modern FERRY for the 45-minute crossing to Kilronan on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands and where Gaelic is the first language of the islanders. Your fascinating day continues with a presentation about life on Inishmore by an island historian. After a light LUNCH at Ti Joe Watty's pub, board a minibus to enjoy your driver/Local Guide's commentary on a tour of the island, ending with a visit to cliff-top DUN AENGUS, one of the most spectacular and dramatic prehistoric stone forts in Europe. Back in Kilronan, board your ferry back to the mainland. There are plenty of dining options in Galway this evening. (B,L)

Day 5GALWAY - CLIFFS OF MOHER - LIMERICK.

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A real Irish farm experience at RATHBAUN FARM this morning. Try your hand at scone making, and learn from the farmer about sheep shearing and dog whistling. Afterwards, enjoy COFFEE and your SCONES, fresh from the oven. Take the scenic route across the desolate limestone plateau known as The Burren, and stop for photos of prehistoric Poulnabrone Dolmen. At the CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 203 metres (668 feet) above the Atlantic Ocean, savour the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. This evening, why not take part in a unique optional dinner excursion to Bunratty Folk Park? (B)

Day 6LIMERICK - FOYNES - KILLARNEY.

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On this morning's Limerick city tour, view the Treaty Stone and St. Mary's Cathedral, and visit KING JOHN'S CASTLE in the medieval heritage precinct. Make your way to Foynes for a guided tour of the FLYING BOAT MUSEUM. Board and explore the only Boeing B314 "Clipper" full-size replica in the world, and in the flight simulator, re-enact the thrilling experience of crossing the Atlantic in a 1930s long-range flying boat. Then, travel to the popular resort of Killarney, your destination for the next two nights. Later, maybe an entertaining optional evening in Tralee with dinner, followed by tickets for Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre. (B)

Day 7KILLARNEY. RING OF KERRY EXCURSION.

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Join the famed RING OF KERRY for a 161 kilometre (100 mile) panoramic drive around the island's southwestern tip. Plenty to focus your camera on here: sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly coloured farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Back in Killarney, a special treat: a fun-filled horse-drawn JAUNTING CAR RIDE through the national park with glorious vistas of the Lakes of Killarney and ancient Ross Castle. (B,D)

Day 8KILLARNEY - BLARNEY - WATERFORD.

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Across the Kerry Mountains, drive into County Cork for a visit to Blarney, renowned for its castle and 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, Youghal, and Dungarvan to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. Here, enjoy a visit to the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. (B,D)

Day 9WATERFORD - AVOCA - GLENDALOUGH - DUBLIN.

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Today's agenda: Enniscorthy, site of the final battle of the Great Rebellion of 1798; Ireland's oldest HANDWEAVING MILL at Avoca; 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, join your travelling companions for a fitting farewell to Ireland: an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse. (B)

Day 10DUBLIN.

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Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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