Introduction to Ireland (GR) - 2014 / 2015

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7 Day Tour from Dublin to Dublin


Introduction to Ireland
View the Ring of Kerry in southwest Ireland
View the Ring of Kerry in southwest Ireland
The Ring of Kerry is located in County Kerry, Ireland
Dublin, the capital of Ireland
Visit the Cliffs of Moher and see some of Ireland’s most spectacular views
Enjoy the beautiful campus of the renowned Trinity College
Take in the beautiful scenery of the Killarney National Park
Cliffs of Moher
Blarney Castle and the Stone of Eloquence
Enjoy the beautiful views along the Ring of Kerry in Ireland

Vacation Overview

This vacation is ideal for first-time visitors to the Emerald Isle who have limited time to spare. Begin in Dublin with an overnight and an orientation drive that includes O’Connell Street, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. Heading west, stop in Kildare at the Irish National Stud, in St. Patrick’s Cashel, and in Tipperary, made famous in the wartime marching song. On to Limerick for an orientation drive, then stop in Ennis for two nights. From here, an included excursion showcases stunning views from the Cliffs of Moher. Also enjoy Irish hospitality at Rathbaun Farm, where you’ll see a farmer shear a sheep and use a sheep dog to maneuver his flock. Next, ferry across the Shannon estuary and travel around the famed Ring of Kerry. Spend the night in Killarney and stop in Blarney, famous for its magical Kissing Stone. In Waterford, visit the House of Waterford Crystal, see Ireland’s oldest handweaving mill at Avoca, cross through the Wicklow Mountains, and take a guided tour of St. Kevin’s 6th-century Centre of Irish Christianity in Glendalough. Return to Dublin for the conclusion of your Irish journey.


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
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit and Afternoon Tea

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

AVOCA
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Guided tour of the handweaving mill

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


DAY 1Arrive 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 at your hotel. (Dinner)

Enjoy the beautiful campus of the renowned Trinity College 
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DAY 2Dublin–Kildare–Cashel–Limerick–Ennis

Horse-racing country 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)

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DAY 3Ennis. 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, watch the farmer shear a sheep and maneuver a flock with the help of a sheep dog. Then, enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TRADITIONAL TEA in the 150-year-old thatched farmhouse. (Breakfast)

Cliffs of Moher Cliffs of Moher Visit the Cliffs of Moher and see some of Ireland’s most spectacular views 
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DAY 4Ennis–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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Take in the beautiful scenery of the Killarney National Park View the Ring of Kerry in southwest Ireland The Ring of Kerry is located in County Kerry, Ireland Enjoy the beautiful views along the Ring of Kerry in Ireland 
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DAY 5Killarney–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. Before dinner, why not join an optional pub tour? (Breakfast, Dinner)

Blarney Castle and the Stone of Eloquence 
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DAY 6Waterford–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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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)

Dublin, the capital of Ireland 
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DAY 7Dublin

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; ferry across the Shannon estuary



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


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