Emerald Isle with Belfast (GHE)

13 Day Tour from Dublin to Belfast

2019 Tour Details

Vacations to Ireland should include lush, green landscapes; visits to historic and religious sights; remains from medieval times; and authentic Irish food. All of this and more are offered on this amazing Ireland tour—with overnights in Dublin, Ballina, Galway, Limerick, Tralee, Waterford, and Belfast.

As you’d expect on an Ireland tour, you’ll see spectacular scenery. The 668-foot Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast offer breathtaking views of rugged cliffs dropping into the ocean. Witness sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, and a breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney 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, visit Dun Aengus, one of Europe’s most spectacular and dramatic prehistoric stone forts.

Other historical sights on this Ireland tour include Kylemore Abbey, a massive castle acquired by the Benedictine nuns, and Glendalough, the Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin. 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 and then eat them. Then, sample a classic Irish Coffee at the very place where the first one was served in the 1940s after a group of Americans stepped of Pan Am Flying Boat in Foynes. Or how about lunch at one of the Aran Islands’ oldest and most traditional pubs or a dinner at a local pub on Dingle peninsula? All of these are special treats offered by Globus to bring authentic experiences to your Ireland vacation. Travel via train from Dublin to Belfast for three nights. With a hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour, see the city’s attractions. Also visit the Titanic Experience to learn more about this ship and its ill-fated maiden voyage. All services in Belfast, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms. It’s a perfect way to end this amazing Ireland tour!

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

DUBLIN
Orientation drive; welcome dinner
KILDARE
Guided tour of the Irish National Stud
STROKESTOWN HOUSE
Guided tour of the house and Famine Museum, and visit the gardens
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
See the farmer at work, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite bake your own scones, and enjoy morning coffee in the farmhouse
CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views
FOYNES
Guided tour of the Flying Boat Museum, enjoy an Irish Coffee
DINGLE PENINSULA
Slea Head drive and visit Dingle town, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner at a local pub
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 center of Irish Christianity
BELFAST
Hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour; ticket to the Titanic Experience

Headsets throughout the tour except Belfast.

Notes:

  • 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, first-class train. 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, plus 1 dinner at a local pub on Dingle Peninsula

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

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 at your hotel.

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Day 2 DUBLIN–KILDARE–STROKESTOWN–BALLINA

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, head north to Longford for a guided tour of STROKESTOWN HOUSE, the 1740s mansion with its fine gardens. Experience an insight into the circumstances of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s at the Famine Museum. Overnight in Ballina, famous for its hospitality and internationally renowned for its exceptional salmon fishing in the Moy River.

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Day 3 BALLINA–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.

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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 about 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. End 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

Enjoy a real Irish farm experience at RATHBAUN FARM this morning. Try your hand at Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SCONE BAKING, and learn from the farmer about sheep shearing and herding. 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 668 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, savor the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. This evening, why not take part in a unique optional dinner excursion to Bunratty Folk Park?

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Day 6 LIMERICK–FOYNES–DINGLE PENINSULA–TRALEE

This morning, make your way to Foynes for a guided tour of the FLYING BOAT MUSEUM. Board and explore the world’s only full-size replica of a Boeing B314 “Clipper.” In the flight simulator, re-enact the thrilling experience of crossing the Atlantic in a 1930s long-range flying boat. You will also be treated to an IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION, complete with a sample of the classic drink. Then, enjoy the wonderful views during the Slea Head drive on Dingle Peninsula, stroll through quaint Dingle, and maybe catch a glimpse of Fungi, the resident dolphin. Dinner will be at a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite LOCAL PUB on the peninsula.

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Day 7 TRALEE. RING OF KERRY EXCURSION.

At Killorglin, join the famous 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. Stop in the popular resort town of Killarney and enjoy 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.

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Day 8 TRALEE–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 your Local Guide will show you the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. Back in Dublin tonight, join your traveling companions for a fitting farewell to Ireland: an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter.

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Day 10 DUBLIN–BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND.

Travel by TRAIN (first-class) to Belfast. Your Local Host is available to help you make the most of your stay.

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Day 11 BELFAST

Your HOP-ON/HOP-OFF SIGHTSEEING TOUR will take you past all the city’s attractions, including City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, Queens University, the murals on Falls Road and Shankill Road, and the Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Also included is a ticket to the fascinating TITANIC EXPERIENCE, where you learn all about the construction of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912.

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Day 12 BELFAST

Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.

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Day 13 BELFAST

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.

CARMEL NICHOLSON

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Céad Míle Fáilte-a hundred thousand welcomes! Ireland is a wonderful country with a long and rich history, unique culture, beautiful green countryside, and, above all, fantastic people. It's my great privilege to be a part of that special journey our guests take when they come to explore the magical Emerald Isle.

Tour Director - CARMEL NICHOLSON

 Accommodations

Dublin
Ballina
Galway
Limerick
Tralee
Waterford
Dublin
Belfast

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Galway
Limerick
Waterford
Dublin
Belfast

Galway

Dunguaire Castle Banquet

Dunguaire Castle Banquet

If dining in a historic castle is on your Bucket List, you won't want to miss this memorable evening of traditional Irish fare, delectable wine, and entertainment at 16th-century Dunguaire Castle.

Price Range: $$

Limerick

Irish Evening at Bunratty Folk Park

Irish Evening at Bunratty Folk Park

In the shadow of Bunratty Castle, within the setting of the folk park and drawing upon the themes of a ceili, a traditional celebration is marked by good food, good wine and great entertainment.

Price Range: $$

Waterford

Pub Evening

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. Two drinks of your choice are included.

Price Range: $

Dublin

Guinness Storehouse Visit & Supper

Guinness Storehouse Visit & Supper

Guinness is known the world over - take this opportunity for a guided tour of the brewery, learn of its history, its role in Dublin life and affiliated trades. As well as the tour, enjoy a pint in the Gravity Bar and take in the 360 degree view before enjoying an Irish-themed dinner.

Price Range: $$

Belfast

Giant's Causeway Tour

Giant's Causeway Tour

Experience the majesty and wonder of Giant's Causeway along the stunning Antrim Coast. What caused the formation of thousands of polygonal columns of layered basalt? Was it the mighty giant, Finn McCool, or Mother Nature herself at work?

Price Range: $

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