Scenic Ireland (GI)

13 Day Tour from Limerick to Limerick

2020 Tour Details

Breath-taking, 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 breath-taking 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 farm, you’ll see a farmer at work with his dogs and you’ll learn how to bake scones, which you later enjoy with coffee. 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 peaceful Kylemore Abbey, Hillsborough Castle, the official residence of the Royal Family in Northern Ireland, followed by morning coffee, and visit Belfast’s Titanic Experience 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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 Destinations & Sightseeing

LIMERICK
Welcome dinner
CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views
RATHBAUN FARM
See the farmer at work, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite bake your own scones, and enjoy coffee in the farmhouse
GALWAY
Orientation
CONNEMARA
Visit a marble workshop
KYLEMORE
Visit the Benedictine abbey
WESTPORT
Visit this heritage town
DERRY
Guided walking tour
COUNTY ANTRIM
Visit Giant’s Causeway
BELFAST
Guided “Living History” tour; visit the Titanic Experience, guided tour of Hillsborough Castle and enjoy morning coffee
CARLINGFORD
Visit the medieval town
DUBLIN
Orientation drive
KILKENNY
Visit Kilkenny Castle
WATERFORD
Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy an Irish Coffee demonstration; guided walking tour
BLARNEY
Visit the famous castle and kiss the Blarney Stone
GLENGARRIFF
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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

Headsets throughout the tour.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Archeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne
  • Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast

Transportation:

Motorcoach; private boat to Garinish Island.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full Irish breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Limerick

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 ARRIVE IN SHANNON, IRELAND–LIMERICK

Céad míle fáilte—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 traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 LIMERICK–CLIFFS OF MOHER–GALWAY–CLIFDEN

Drive to the CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, and savor the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. Next, a special treat: at RATHBAUN FARM, try your hand at Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SCONE BAKING and watch the farmer shear a sheep and maneuver a flock with the help of a sheep dog, then enjoy coffee and your scones, fresh from the oven. On to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture. Visit the Joyce family’s MARBLE WORKSHOP before spending the night at Clifden, a small fishing town in the far west.
Today’s Distance: 144 mi / 230 km

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Day 3 CLIFDEN–KYLEMORE–WESTPORT–SLIGO

Visit KYLEMORE ABBEY this morning, the massive castle acquired by Benedictine nuns, and see the restored house, church, and gardens. Pause at Westport on the banks of the beautiful Carrabawn River and travel through rugged landscapes to the coastal seaport and county town of Sligo, known for its literary heritage.
Today’s Distance: 116 mi / 190 km

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Day 4 SLIGO–DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–BELFAST

Cross into Northern Ireland this morning and, in Derry, walk the city walls in the company of a Local Guide. After lunch, visit awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. Hear how millions of years ago, erupting lava cooled slowly and evenly to form more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, leading from the cliff foot into the sea. Spend the next two nights in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s seat of government.
Today’s Distance: 203 mi / 328 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 BELFAST

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, Queen’s University, and the Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Next, 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. The afternoon is free for you to explore the lively town on your own.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 BELFAST–CARLINGFORD, IRELAND–DUBLIN

Your first stop today is at HILLSBOROUGH CASTLE, where you will be treated to a guided tour of the official residence of the Royal Family when they are in Northern Ireland, and home of the Secretary of State. Afterward, enjoy morning coffee. Then stop in the charming village of Carlingford on the Cooley Peninsula, known for its oyster farms and medieval buildings, before heading for Dublin. For a first taste of the Irish capital, join an optional cabaret evening with dinner and entertainment.
Today’s Distance: 121 mi / 200 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 DUBLIN

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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 DUBLIN–KILKENNY–WATERFORD

Kilkenny, one of Ireland’s prettiest towns with medieval cobblestone streets and Old-World charm, is your first destination today. Visit magnificent KILKENNY CASTLE, which overlooks the Nore River and has guarded this important river crossing for more than 900 years. The gardens, with extensive woodland paths, rose garden, and ornamental lake, create the setting for a beautiful stroll. 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION.
Today’s Distance: 132 mi / 213 km

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Day 9 WATERFORD–BLARNEY–KINSALE

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 is in picturesque Kinsale, a historic port and fishing town. You will have time to stroll along the waterfront, admire yachts moored in the harbor, walk up the winding streets and marvel at brightly painted galleries, shops, and houses.
Today’s Distance: 105 mi / 171 km

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Day 10 KINSALE–GARINISH ISLAND–KILLARNEY

This morning, board a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 fragrant 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.
Today’s Distance: 100 mi / 158 km

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Day 11 KILLARNEY. DINGLE EXCURSION

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.
Today’s Distance: 107 mi / 172 km

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Day 12 KILLARNEY–ADARE–LIMERICK

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 medieval banquet at an historic castle.
Today’s Distance: 68 mi / 110 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 LIMERICK

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 a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

PETER DUNDON

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

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

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

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). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

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


Sligo
Dublin
Waterford
Limerick

Sligo

Pub Evening

Pub Evening

Immerse yourself in Irish pub culture in County Sligo during this popular evening outing to a classic inn, featuring live Irish music and song, a bit of local craic (fun), and two drinks of your choice!

Price Range: $

Dublin

Guinness Storehouse Visit and Supper

Guinness Storehouse Visit and Supper

Discover the history, traditions, and brewing techniques behind one of the world's most popular beers on this fascinating tour, tasting, and dinner at Dublin's legendary Guinness Storehouse.

Price Range: $$

Waterford

Pub Evening

Pub Evening

Get a real taste of everyday life in Ireland on this memorable evening at a Waterford pub, featuring live music, two drinks of your choice, and the chance to rub elbows with the friendly locals!

Price Range: $

Limerick

Jaunting Car Ride

Jaunting Car Ride

Irish craic (fun) awaits on this enjoyable pre-dinner outing to a country pub, featuring live music, your choice of drinks, and time to rub elbows with the locals!

Price Range: $

Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet

Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet

Step back in time at Bunratty Castle's original Irish medieval banquet. Enjoy a 4-course feast with wine, then relax as your medieval hosts dazzle you with unforgettable music and storytelling.

Price Range: $$

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $2,373*
18 guests in a party: $563*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2019 travel year. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

 Know Before You Go

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* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

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