GLOBUS 2017: Emerald Isle with Belfast (GHE)
13 days from Dublin to Belfast
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, Claremorris, Galway, Limerick, Killarney, 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 King John's Castle, dating back to the 12th century. 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, which you'll get to eat with coffee. Or how about lunch at one of the Aran Islands' oldest and most traditional pubs? Both 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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- Offer valid through 6/30/2017
- 13 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Dublin||Cead mile failte-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. (D)|
|Day 2||Claremorris||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, north to Longford for a visit to STROKESTOWN HOUSE for a guided tour of the restored 1740s mansion, a stroll through its fine gardens, and insight into the circumstances of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s at the Famine Museum. Stop in Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world since townsfolk saw apparitions, then arrive in Claremorris, in the heart of beautiful County Mayo, for your overnight stay. (B,D)|
|Day 3||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. (B)|
|Day 4||Galway||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 [LF] a light LUNCH at Ti Joe Watty's pub, board a minibus to enjoy your driver/Local Guide's commentary on a tour of the island, ending 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. (B,L)|
|Day 5||Limerick||A real Irish farm experience at RATHBAUN FARM this morning. Try your hand at scone making, and learn from the farmer about sheep shearing and dog whistling. Afterwards, enjoy [LF] 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? (B)|
|Day 6||Killarney||On this morning's Limerick city tour, view the Treaty Stone and St. Mary's Cathedral, and visit KING JOHN'S CASTLE in the medieval heritage precinct. Make your way to Foynes for a guided tour of the FLYING BOAT MUSEUM. Board and explore the only Boeing B314 'Clipper' full-size replica in the world, and in the flight simulator, re-enact the thrilling experience of crossing the Atlantic in a 1930s long-range flying boat. Then, travel to the popular resort of Killarney, your destination for the next two nights. Later, maybe an entertaining optional evening in Tralee with dinner, followed by tickets for Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre. (B)|
|Day 7||Killarney||Join the famed 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. Back in Killarney, a special treat: a fun-filled horse-drawn [LF] JAUNTING CAR RIDE through the national park with glorious vistas of the Lakes of Killarney and ancient Ross Castle. (B,D)|
|Day 8||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. (B,D)|
|Day 9||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 let your Local Guide show you the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. Back in Dublin tonight, join your traveling companions for a fitting farewell to Ireland: an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse. (B)|
|Day 10||Belfast||Travel by TRAIN (first-class) to Belfast. Your Local Host is available to help you make the most of your stay. (B).|
|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. (B)|
|Day 12||Belfast||Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (B)|
|Day 13||Belfast||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Prices based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $579Triple room reduction per person: $40Extra nights per person in Dublin:in single room $171-$196, in twin $114-$131, in triple $109-$126Extra nights per person in Belfast:in single room $159, in twin $100, in triple $97
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