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Introduction to Ireland

Price per person
from £1,232

Price based on
London Gatwick
14th Apr 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 7 days

  • Ireland

  • Active pace

  • Globus escorted tours

Our first-class range of tours include more of everything you love, weaving in VIP access to the must-see sights and authentic experiences so you come away from your holiday having truly lived each place you visit.

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 savour 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 truly 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!

At a glance

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 Savour the spectacular views

Galway Orientation

Rathbaun Farm 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; enjoy an Irish Coffee demonstration
Avoca Guided tour of the handweaving mill 

Glendalough Guided tour of St. Kevin’s centre of Irish Christianity

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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Make your own way

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Overview

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 savour 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 truly 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!

Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners

UK - Dublin, Ireland

Day
1

Fly to Dublin.

Céad míle fáilte—a hundred-thousand welcomes! Check into your hotel. At 3 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling 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.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Dublin - Kildare - Cashel - Limerick - Ennis

Day
2

Horse-racing country awaits 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 medieval banquet at an historic castle.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Ennis. West Coast Excursion

Day
3

Your day excursion along Ireland’s spectacular Atlantic coastline begins with a drive to the 668-foot CLIFFS OF MOHER, where you savour 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 BAKING, and learn from the farmer about sheep shearing and herding. Afterwards, enjoy coffee and your scones, fresh from the oven.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Ennis - Ring of Kerry - Killarney

Day
4

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 photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View, then spend the night in the popular resort of Killarney. Before dinner at your hotel, why not take a horse-drawn jaunting-car ride along the national park to Ross Castle?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Killarney - Blarney - Waterford

Day
5

Travel 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, for a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. After dinner this evening, enjoy an IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Waterford - Avoca - Glendalough - Dublin

Day
6

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 join your Local Guide to see 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Dublin - UK

Day
7

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
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Things to note

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus 

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Dublin - Hilton Dublin Kilmainham

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 centre: close enough to be there within minutes - yet peacefully removed.

  • Location

    Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Ennis - Temple Gate Hotel

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.

  • Location

    The Square, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Killarney - Killarney Towers Hotel

Killarney Towers Hotel offers 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.

  • Location

    College Square, Killarney, Ireland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Waterford - Granville Hotel

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

  • Location

    The Quay Waterford, Ireland

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

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