SCENIC IRELAND - 2017

13 Days - LIMERICK to LIMERICK

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Overview

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 Exhibition 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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LOCAL FAVOURITES

Guided tour and afternoon tea in one of the staterooms of Hillsborough Castle
Baking demonstration and morning coffee and scones at Ballyknocken House
Enjoy an Irish Coffee demonstration

STANDARD FEATURES

DESTINATIONS
- LIMERICK

Welcome dinner.

- CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savour 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 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
Baking demonstration and morning coffee and scones.

- KILKENNY
Explore this pretty county town.

- WATERFORD
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.

- TRANSPORTATION
Motorcoach; private boat to Garinish Island.

- HEADSETS
Throughout the tour.

- 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 SHANNON, IRELAND - LIMERICK.

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Cead mile failte-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 travelling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)

Day 2LIMERICK - CLIFFS OF MOHER - GALWAY - CLIFDEN.

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Drive to the CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 203 metres (668 feet) above the Atlantic Ocean, and savour 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 centre with colourful shops and a busy cafe 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. (B,D)

Day 3CLIFDEN - KYLEMORE - WESTPORT - KNOCK - BUNDORAN.

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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. (B,D)

Day 4BUNDORAN - BELLEEK, NORTHERN IRELAND - DERRY - GIANT'S CAUSEWAY - BELFAST.

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A rich string of Northern Ireland attractions awaits you today. First, visit the BELLEEK POTTERY factory, renowned for its exquisite cream-coloured 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. (B)

Day 5BELFAST.

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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 AFTERNOON TEA in one of the elegant State Rooms with views overlooking the glorious grounds and gardens. (B)

Day 6BELFAST - KNOWTH, IRELAND - DOUBLIN.

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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. (B)

Day 7DUBLIN.

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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. (B)

Day 8DUBLIN - KILKENNY - WATERFORD.

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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 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 IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION. (B,D)

Day 9WATERFORD - BLARNEY - CORK.

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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. (B)

Day 10CORK - GARINISH ISLAND - KILLARNEY.

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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. (B)

Day 11KILLARNEY. DINGLE EXCURSION.

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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. (B,D)

Day 12KILLARNEY - ADARE - LIMERICK.

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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. (B)

Day 13LIMERICK.

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Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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