Emerald Isle (GH)

10 Day Tour from Dublin to Dublin

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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. So grab your camera and get ready for an amazing tour through Ireland!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy lunch at Tí Joe Watty’s pub, take a minibus tour with a driver-guide, visit Dun Aengus
RATHBAUN FARM
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite See the farmer at work, bake your own scones, and enjoy morning coffee in the farmhouse
CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor 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
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 center of Irish Christianity

NOTE:

  • Due to the adventurous style of the Aran Islands excursion we recommend you bring suitable outdoor wear and comfortable shoes.

Transportation:

Motorcoach; ferry to/from Inishmore; minibus on the Aran Island; horse-drawn jaunting car in Killarney. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full Irish breakfast daily; 1 lunch at a local pub; 4 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.

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Day 2 Dublin–Kildare–Strokestown–Knock–Claremorris

Horse-racing country 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.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 3 Claremorris–Kylemore–Galway

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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Galway. Excursion to The Aran Islands

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 on life on Inishmore by an island historian. After Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a light LUNCH at Tí 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 clifftop 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.

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Day 5 Galway–Cliffs of Moher–Limerick

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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 668 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, savor the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. Tonight’s optional excursion is a traditional Irish night, a fun ceili of song and dance in the setting of a village barn at Bunratty.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Limerick–Foynes–Killarney

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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Killarney. Ring of Kerry Excursion

Join the famed RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Plenty to focus your camera on here: sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite JAUNTING CAR RIDE through the national park with glorious vistas of the Lakes of Killarney and ancient Ross Castle.

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Day 8 Killarney–Blarney–Waterford

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.

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Day 9 Waterford–Avoca–Glendalough–Dublin

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 traveling companions for a fitting farewell to Ireland: an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 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.

PETER DUNDON

Years of Experience: 28

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

Dublin
Claremorris
Galway
Limerick
Killarney
Waterford
Dublin

Dublin

The Gibson

Superior First-Class

The Gibson Point Village, Dublin,  Ireland

Point Village
Dublin, Ireland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Gibson does sleeping, meeting, dining, imbibing, gigging, touring, wedding and relaxing really really well. They mix all these things with a fresh, energetic, slightly off center approach and know it works. Hoover exhibitions, supporting local artists, prohibition events, urban weddings and the odd celebrity are elements of what makes them different to the normal Dublin Hotel. You will find the staff friendly, responsive and happy.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Ice Machine
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Phone

Claremorris

McWilliam Park Hotel

First-Class

McWilliam Park Hotel Knock Road, Claremorris,  Ireland

Knock Road
Claremorris, Ireland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The McWilliam Park offers 1001 beautifully decorated bedrooms. Every bedroom offers the highest standard of comfort & style with enchanting colors, rich textures & furnishings that creates an atmosphere of peace & tranquility.

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Pool
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Free WiFi
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer

Galway

Radisson Blu Galway

Superior First-Class

Radisson Blu Galway Lough Atalia Road, Galway,   Ireland

Lough Atalia Road
Galway, Ireland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

You are guaranteed the best of all worlds when you stay at the luxury 4 star Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Galway. One of the finest Galway Hotels with scenic Galway Bay views, luxury city center hotel accommodation, excellent food and world class spirit one spa & leisure facilities.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television

Limerick

Limerick Strand Hotel

Superior First-Class

Limerick Strand Hotel Ennis Road, Limerick,   Ireland

Ennis Road
Limerick, Ireland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Attractive 2-story Hotel situated in garden on the banks of the Shannon River, a short walk from city's business & shopping center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Beauty Salon
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • ATM
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Elevator
  • Hot Tub
  • Pool
  • Business Center
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms

Killarney

Riverside Hotel

First-Class

Riverside Hotel Muckross Road, Killarney,   Ireland

Muckross Road
Killarney, Ireland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A modern contemporary interior with tasteful furnishings, giving a warm relaxed atmosphere; the perfect Business Retreat.

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Television
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite

Waterford

Tower Hotel

First-Class

Tower Hotel The Mall, Waterford,   Ireland

The Mall
Waterford, Ireland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Traditional 4-story Hotel situated along the Quay, opposite historic Reginald's Tower (1003 A.D.).

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Climate Control
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Dublin

Hilton Dublin Kilmainham

Superior First-Class

Hilton Dublin Kilmainham Inchicore Road, Dublin 8,   Ireland

Inchicore Road
Dublin 8, Ireland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Towering elegantly over one of Dublin's oldest addresses, the 4 Star Hilton Dublin Kilmainham Hotel is perfectly positioned on the most accessible edge of the city center: close enough to be there within minutes - yet peacefully removed.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Fitness Room
  • Pool
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Spa Services
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Galway
Limerick
Killarney
Waterford
Dublin

Galway

Dunguaire Castle Banquet

Dunguaire Castle Banquet

An evening of superb music, song and storytelling awaits you at Dunguaire Banquet on the majestic shores of Galway Bay, one of Ireland's most picturesque locations. Dunguaire Castle is a small 17th century castle on a rocky promontory, situated just outside the picturesque village of Kinvara. The castle's wonderful artists will inspire you with readings from Ireland's literary greats while you savor a delicious four-course dinner with wine.

Approximate value: €81 EUR per person

Limerick

Irish Evening at the  Corn Barn

Irish Evening at the Corn Barn

Welcome to the Irish Evening at the Corn Barn, Bunratty Folk Park. Experience the magic of Irish music, dance, song, stories, laughter and traditional food all in the unique and charming surroundings of one of Ireland's most popular attractions, Bunratty Folk Park. The Corn Barn is the perfect setting for a celebration of the best Irish traditions. You are invited to enjoy the company of the finest singers, dancers and musicians of the local villages and experience the homeliness, friendship and warmth of a true Irish evening. The after dinner show presents Ireland - the Isle of Enchantment - a contemporary presentation of music, song and dance through the persona of the land herself - Inis draiochta (Isle of Enchantment).

Approximate value: €81 EUR per person

Killarney

Muckross House

Muckross House

Enjoy an afternoon visit to one of the top County Kerry visitor attractions, Muckross House, with its stunning location overlooking Muckross Lake within Killarney National Park. Enjoy a guided tour of the principal rooms which are furnished in period style and portray the elegant lifestyle of the nineteenth century Herbert family, members of the Irish landowning class.

Approximate value: €18 EUR per person

Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre Performance

Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre Performance

Irish entertainment in its purest form. This unique experience begins with a visit to Ireland's famous Rose town, Tralee, where you enjoy dinner with wine at a local restaurant. Then, take your seats at the Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre where the legendary heritage of Ireland is re-enacted in compelling songs and dance. This theater does a truly magnificent job of re-creating Ireland's Celtic roots with glorious visual, musical and magical productions.

Approximate value: €79 EUR per person

Waterford

Waterford Pub Evening

Waterford Pub Evening

For local Irish flavor, take a scenic drive to a traditional pub with a local musician ready to entertain you and give you wonderful memories of this beautiful country. Join the locals in a bit of 'craic' while you enjoy two drinks of your choice and listen to some typical Irish music and songs.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

Dublin

Guinness Storehouse Visit & Supper

Guinness Storehouse Visit & Supper

Guinness is known the world over - located in the heart of the St James's Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse, a former fermentation plant, has been remodeled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness. This visit will teach you everything about the world famous beer: from how Guinness is made, to the ancient craft of barrel making in the cooperage. The highlight is the 7th floor Gravity Bar, where you will sample a pint of "the black stuff" and enjoy the breathtaking views across Dublin City. Round the evening off with an excellent buffet dinner with wine.

Approximate value: €75 EUR per person

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