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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.
Please note: 2021 itinerary is based on 2020 and is subject to change, but by booking today you will lock in your price. Full details will be confirmed in September 2020.
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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.
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 LF 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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 LF IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION.
Today’s Distance: 132 mi / 213 km
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
This morning, board a LF 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
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
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
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Experience what Limerick has to offer first hand at Clayton Hotel Limerick - the friendliness of the people, the vibrancy of the riverside City, the sporting passion, the history, the rural majesty of County Limerick and lots more.
A unique and individual hotel with an exceptional location on the Shannon. The award-winning River Restaurant and welcoming Terrace Bar & Café serve the finest quality of Irish and international cuisine, created with locally sourced produce. The Energize Health Centre features a 20-meer swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, state-of-the-art exercise and high-performance cardo & weights machines as well as a plunge pool and hydrotherapy facilities. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel.
The Clifden Station House Hotel Connemara is a modern hotel set around the old Clifden Railway Station in Galway. More than 70 years ago the last Steam Train departed from Clifden to Galway. Today the Railway Station, its Station House Platform and Engine House have been magnificently restored and transformed into The Clifden Station House Hotel and Courtyard. Clifden Station House Hotel Connemara combines old brick and native oak, with quintessential Irish hospitality and all the facilities of a new International standard hotel.
The newly refurbished 4 star Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo is nestled between the beautiful vistas of Sligo Bay and Benbulben Mountain and sits along the Wild Atlantic Way. The hotel is just 3km from the bustling centre of Sligo and a shells throw from the seaside village of Rosses Point. The hotel has 132 light and airy guest rooms complete with black-out curtains, free high-speed WiFi and Satelitte Television. The elegantly stylish AA Rosette accredited Classiebawn Restaurant offers the very best of locally sourced ingedients. Benwisken Bar also offers an extensive bar selection.
Step straight out of the Clayton Hotel and into the heart of Belfast's city centre; you'll find it minutes from central landmarks like Belfast City Hall and Victoria Square shopping centre. You can watch the world go by on cosmopolitan Ormeau Avenue as you dine in the hotel's glass-fronted restaurant, enjoy a drink in Junction Bar, or retreat in the Spirit Heath & Beauty Club, an oasis with its own heated pool and Fitness Centre. The air-conditioned bedrooms feature satellite TV, free Wi-Fi access, work desk, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, and tea/coffee making facilities.
The Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire is an historic and much-loved luxury landmark hotel, dating back to 1828, located in a prime South Dublin position overlooking Dublin Bay.
Explore the city from our family-friendly Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House hotel, just a 10-minute walk from the city center. Located on the River Liffey, near to Dublin's 3 Arena, Bord Gais theatre, EPIC Ireland and a five-minute walk to the shopping district. Dine on-site at Oly's Bar & Restaurant.
Family-owned Hotel overlooking the River Suir; former home of Waterford's mayor, Thomas Meagher the father of a Civil War General.
The Trident is four star hotel, spectacularly located on the water's edge overlooking Kinsale Harbour. The hotel has 75 bedrooms all with beautiful sea views. The Pier One Restaurant is a member of the famous Kinsale Good Food Circle and is one of the only restaurants in Kinsale with water views and guests can choose from an extensive menu including the freshest of locally caught seafood and other local produce.
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.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
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