EXCURSIONS - Introduction to Ireland 2016

Introduction to Ireland (GR)

7 Day Tour from Dublin to Dublin

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This Ireland tour is an ideal introduction to the Emerald Isle for first-time visitors who have limited time. You’ll experience some of Ireland’s most magnificent scenery as well as its most famous towns. You’ll start and end in Dublin, and you’ll also overnight in Ennis, Killarney, and Waterford. Highlights of this tour include the 668-foot Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast, where you’ll savor the breathtaking views of these rugged cliffs dropping into the ocean, and the Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile panoramic drive through rugged and magnificent landscapes. Words cannot capture the magnificence of these natural beauties; you must witness them in person!

You’ll also enjoy guided tours of the House of Waterford Crystal, where you’ll see the highly-skilled artisans at work in the production of this famous crystal, and the Irish National Stud in Kildare, home to thoroughbred champions. Plus, Globus has arranged special experiences to give you a true local perspective. For example, you’ll enjoy coffee and scones that you’ll bake at Rathbaun Farm, a picturesque thatched farmhouse where you’ll learn about Ireland’s sheep-farming practices. You’ll also enjoy an Irish coffee demonstration in Waterford.

From the scenic beauty to the charming experiences, this Ireland tour is sure to delight all of your senses!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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 See the farmer at work, bake your own scones, and enjoy coffee in the farmhouse
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, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy an Irish Coffee demonstration
AVOCA
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Guided tour of the handweaving mill
GLENDALOUGH
Guided tour of St. Kevin’s center of Irish Christianity

Transportation:

Motorcoach; ferry across the Shannon estuary. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full Irish breakfast daily; 3 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–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 Breakfast

Day 3 Ennis. 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: 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Ennis–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.

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Day 5 Killarney–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. After dinner this evening, enjoy an Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 6 Waterford–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 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 Breakfast

Day 7 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.

JULIAN CLEARY

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Why did King John build a castle on the Shannon? Why is St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin protestant? How did James Watt change the world? My greatest pleasure is to answer those questions! When you travel to my country, I have the duty to show it to you properly!

Tour Director - JULIAN CLEARY

 Accommodations

Dublin
Ennis
Killarney
Waterford
Dublin

Dublin

The Spencer

Superior First-Class

The Spencer Excise Walk, IFSC, Dublin  1,   Ireland

Excise Walk, IFSC
Dublin 1, Ireland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Clarion Hotel IFSC Dublin City is a modern 4 star hotel located in the heart of Downtown Dublin overlooking the River Liffey. All 165 air-conditioned rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi access, interactive TV, Nespresso Coffee Machine, tea & coffee making facilities and iPod Docking station. Excise Grill is the perfect choice for pre theatre when planning a visit to Dublin's O2, Bord Gais Energy Theatre or Aviva Stadium or choose from the Chefs menu or a la carte which offers only the finest locally sourced ingredients. For a more casual experience Kudos Bar brings you Asian/Thai dishes and speciality beers and cocktails. Sanovitae Health & Fitness Club boasts an 18-meter swimming pool, sauna, steam room, and gym, as well as the French Beauty Day Spa.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail
  • Climate Control
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Ennis

Temple Gate Hotel

First-Class

Temple Gate Hotel The Square, Ennis-Co.Clare,   Ireland

The Square
Ennis-Co.Clare, Ireland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This Ennis Hotel rests on the site of a 19th century Convent of Mercy with a fascinating and eventful history. Prior to its conversion to a convent, the original houses, Row House and Lifford House was the property of Charles O'Connell, cousin of Daniel O'Connell. He was a frequent visitor to the area particularly in the years 1827 - 1829 when planning his election campaign. The Sisters of Mercy moved from the Ennis Convent in 1995 to new premises nearby.

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Ice Machine

Room Amenities

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

Killarney

Killarney Towers Hotel

Superior First-Class

Killarney Towers Hotel College Square, Killarney,  Ireland

College Square
Killarney, Ireland

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A luxury 4-star hotel offering spacious and bright rooms, designed, furnished and decorated with comfort and convenience in mind. The hotel boasts restaurants, bars, a concierge service and on-site fitness facilities.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Ice Machine
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services
  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Hot Tub
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Window Opens
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone

Waterford

Granville Hotel

First-Class

Granville Hotel The Quay, Waterford,   Ireland

The Quay
Waterford, Ireland

Family-owned Hotel overlooking the River Suir; former home of Waterford's mayor, Thomas Meagher the father of a Civil War General.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Coffee Maker
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Internet Access

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.

Ennis
Killarney
Waterford
Dublin

Ennis

Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet

Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet

A memorable evening of entertainment at Bunratty Castle, once the home of the Earls of Thomond. Starting with a mead reception in the Great Hall you will then be led into the Main Guard for a four course meal with wine. The Ladies of the Castle, aided and abetted by the Earl's Butler, will lead the wonderful entertainment which is provided by the renowned Bunratty Castle Entertainers and accompanied by harp and violin.

Approximate value: €81 EUR per person

Killarney

Jaunting Car Ride through the National Park

Jaunting Car Ride through the National Park

When visiting Killarney, a jaunting car ride should not be missed! Your "jarvey" will pick you up at the hotel and take you along Killarney National Park, Deer Park and on to Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Lein. There is time to take photographs of the restored 15th century castle in picture perfect setting, before taking a different route back to your hotel. All along the way, the driver will regale you with stories, anecdotes and local gossip.

Approximate value: €13 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

Traditional Irish Cabaret Evening

Traditional Irish Cabaret Evening

The enchanting evening starts with a three-course dinner with wine and a traditional Irish coffee. Then enjoy an evening of quality entertainment, celebrating the best of everything Irish in comedy, music, song & dance from Ireland's leading entertainers. Enjoy a lively blend of traditional Irish dance, ballads and tunes. The dancers thrill audiences as they twirl and tap with exuberance to the musical accompaniment of the accordion, uileann pipes, guitar and piano. A fun and unforgettable evening.

Approximate value: €87 EUR per person

 Know Before You Go

These Know Before You Go travel tips are designed with you in mind, with helpful hints to help you prepare for and enjoy your escorted vacation. They are your guide to getting ready and contain general information on travel documentation, customs, and the country/countries you will be visiting, including budgeting, transportation, climate, languages, and much more. With Globus, you benefit from our experience.



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