Introduction to Ireland 2020

Introduction to Ireland 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

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 breath-taking 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 true 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!

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. (D)

Day 2: DUBLIN–KILDARE–CASHEL–LIMERICK–ENNIS.
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.
Today’s Distance: 165 mi / 266 km (B)

Day 3: ENNIS. WEST COAST EXCURSION.
Your day excursion along Ireland’s spectacular Atlantic coastline begins with a drive to the 668-foot CLIFFS OF MOHER, where you savor 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 [LF] SCONE BAKING, and learn from the farmer about sheep shearing and herding. Afterwards, enjoy coffee and your scones, fresh from the oven.
Today’s Distance: 122 mi / 198 km (B)

Day 4: ENNIS–RING OF KERRY–KILLARNEY.
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?
Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 281 km (B,D)

Day 5: KILLARNEY–BLARNEY–WATERFORD.
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 [LF] IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION.
Today’s Distance: 131 mi / 210 km (B,D)

Day 6: WATERFORD–AVOCA–GLENDALOUGH–DUBLIN.
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.
Today’s Distance: 120 mi / 192 km (B)

Day 7: DUBLIN.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

Sightseeing & Activities:

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
Savor the spectacular views

GALWAY
Orientation

RATHBAUN FARM
See the farmer at work, [LF] 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; [LF] enjoy an Irish Coffee demonstration

AVOCA
Guided tour of the handweaving mill

GLENDALOUGH
Guided tour of St. Kevin’s center of Irish ChristianityMotorcoach; ferry across the Shannon estuary.

Meals:
Full Irish breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Dublin


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$370

Triple room reduction per person:
$30

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

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 center: close enough to be there within minutes - yet peacefully removed.
Address:
Inchicore Road
Dublin 8 , Ireland
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.
Address:
The Square
Ennis-Co.Clare , Ireland
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.
Address:
College Square
Killarney , Ireland
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.
Address:
The Quay
Waterford , Ireland
Dublin: The Gibson
The Gibson does sleeping, dining, imbibing, and relaxing really well. The chic restaurant and bar offers pan-Asian cuisine; or choose the sleek outdoor terrace lined with bamboo to enjoy wicked cocktails and a great choice of beers and wines. The gym and a relaxation area with outdoor baths invite you to relax after a day out in town.
Address:
Point Village
Dublin , Ireland

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Questions & Answers

Question: In general how many people are on the tour?

This tour averages between 36 to 44 guests.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Ratings based off 140 reviews . Currently showing 50 reviews with comments only.
By Susan F on Oct 20, 2019

This was our 6th Globus tour and we definitely told all of our traveling companions how much we liked this company and also that we book our trips through Affordable Tours. Globus has always been very organized. their buses and drivers are top-notch, the itineraries allow us to see many of the country's highlights, and we have found the guides to be knowledgable and interesting. The guide for this trip was Ireland's #1 guide with 47 years of experience. Paul was incredible!

By Gail L on Oct 06, 2019

Intro to Ireland was amazing trip enjoyed every bit of trip saw so much and learned so much loved this trip! Our tour guide peter was a wonderful guide enjoyed all his stories made trip wonderful for everyone. Our coach driver John did such a great job coach was comfortable and felt very safe. I will definitely be doing another tour with Globus they did everything we just had to arrive.

By Charles W on Sep 08, 2019

First bus tour for us and we found it a great way to hit a lot of the highlights with little stress over the travel.

By Marjorie B on Aug 15, 2019

I would have liked to visit the Cashel Rock rather than looking up at it. The scone making instructor was not very pleasant and the older gentleman didn't shear the sheep due to weather but his talk droned on. Also they sold the receipts for 5 Euros I really think they could have handed them out to whoever wanted them. You may want to add a trip to Guinness, and a little longer time in Dublin.

By John W on Jul 28, 2019

The Irish country side was beautiful. This tour had some interesting stops including Scone making and a visit to the National Stud Horse Farm. It was very family friendly. About 25% of the tour was college age or younger.

By James B on Jun 30, 2019

Tour Guide Kevin did a great job, hotels were very nice and food was great. People of Ireland were very friendly. Overall a great family vacation. Taylors Irish Cabaret was a excellent experience. The music, dancing and food were great.

By Pamela H on Jun 02, 2019

Globus put together a wonderful tour to get a good overview of Southern Ireland. Great meats, hotels and daily tours. Optional excursions were all well worth the money.

By Dawnell W on May 23, 2019

Our tour exceeded expectations, everything from our highly professional tour guide who met and escorted us to and from the airport to our accommodations and daily excursions. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a true, hassle free vacation.

By Diane D on May 19, 2019

This was our 3rd Globus tour each one is better than expected.

By Douglas Y on May 09, 2019

We took both the Globus tour of Ireland and a 12 day cruise with Princess. The Globus tour was by far the better value and did a much better job of showing us the tour's people and its landmarks.

By Joseph R on Apr 21, 2019

Great initial exposure to Ireland.

By Betsy G on Apr 17, 2019

This was truly an introduction to Ireland at times it felt like we were on the coach to long but we had a lot of ground to cover Helen was amazing gave us so much info can't say enough good things about her! Ben was also amazing no matter how dumb the question he always called back and helped

By Mary Anne V on Apr 17, 2019

Some of the hotel accommodations were lacking. Noisy and hot especially in Ennis. The last hotel was the best as far as accommodations but still not near anything. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable with a great sense of humor. There were entirely too many people on the tour (42). This was the largest amount of people that have been on the other tours with Globus.

By Geraldine O on Oct 14, 2018

Our tour guide,Peter, was exceptional. He was so knowledgeable and always pleasant and courteous. We would not hesitate to book again wifh Globus.

By Vivian T on Oct 14, 2018

Our Globus tour was a wonderful introduction to Ireland. Our guide, Peter, was terrific - he kept us on schedule (not always easy with a group of 40), often getting us to great locations before other groups arrived so we could see without crowds and waiting in long lines. He was friendly with a great sense of humor, made everyone feel welcome, and had a tremendous knowledge of Ireland and the region. I never saw him unable to answer a question, no matter how obscure. Our driver, Sean, was amazing. The bus was always clean; Sean clearly was an expert driver, maneuvering the bus safely through small places seemingly with ease. We had a lot of fun on this trip. We especially enjoyed the "off the beaten track" experiences like scone baking and the pub tour.

By Janet H on Sep 02, 2018

I was disappointed that none of the hotel rooms had alarm clocks in them. Many of us were under the impression that admission to Blarney Castle was included in our package. One day on this trip needs to be changed--the Ring of Kerry day is too long in the bus. Especially if the day is cloudy/rainy, like it was for us. We spent all day in the bus and saw very little. I was also on the "wrong side of the bus" that day and didn't get to see much-could seats be switched halfway through the day so everyone is on the "right side of the bus" for part of the day to enjoy the view.

By Michaelle H on Aug 09, 2018

I had an amazing time with my daughter. Our agent, Marianne, CTA, was very professional and helpful with any questions that I had along the way. Very memorable experience, I will definitely book again with Affordable Tours. Xoxo

By Anto A on Jul 12, 2018

We expected more stops for sightseeing. stops were mostly for lunch and sometimes at the place where you can not see anything but restaurant. Hotels were just satisfactory, we expected better, but that is the Europe and it is hard to expect more for the price. At Blarney, the entrance in the park should be included in the itinerary and guided, or the stop should be shorter, there is nothing that you can do outside the park.

By Jacklyn S on May 13, 2018

We did lots of 'touristy' things. Most places we went we full of tour buses and lines to use the facilities. We had too much time to shop, and in my opinion wasted time looking at the same stuff in shops instead of looking at things in Ireland

By Linda K on May 03, 2018

I would book an extra night so we could fly during the day & not on a red eye.

By Joel Y on Apr 19, 2018

Tour Director forced everyone to rotate seats each day, really stupid idea that pissed off a lot of people. People traveling with more than one other person like I was were separated after day one for the rest of the trip. I was traveling with my wife and daughter. They rotated back and I went foward, never sat together the whole trip. Tour Director made no attempt to keep us together, it really sucked and I'll will never do that again, it ruined our trip. Last bus tour I took, everybody got settled on day one, then kept the same seats for the rest of the tour and everybody was happy.

By Lori E on Apr 15, 2018

The Globus Introduction to Ireland tour was outstanding! The tour guide Kristina was outstanding, Mercedes Benz bus was excellent and comfortable with our superb driver Rhoda! All the stops on the tour were perfect and we went on all the optional tours! Highly recommend all the optional tours. Hotels were excellent, breakfasts and dinners included were delicious! Entire itinerary was well planned and enjoyed immensely!!! Awesome vacation to Ireland!!! Thank you Globus!!!!!

By Bruce C on Mar 18, 2018

Myself and others on the tour were disappointed on the way the tour ended.The majority of the people including myself felt there should have been a farewell dinner.After spending a week with the group you tend to bond as a group & just did not seem right to get off the bus & having everyone looking at each other saying "This doesn't seem right to say goodbye in the street".Something you might like to consider.I realize there was an optional dinner & show for the last night which I & my son did sign up for, there could of been a better way of saying goodbye to all.James,our tour director & Margaret our driver were both informative and professional.They both are an asset to globus.

By Vena M on Oct 15, 2017

I enjoyed the activities, but there was a great deal of time spent on the bus looking out the window.

By Daniel C on Sep 03, 2017

The tour director was absolutely the best my wife or I have experienced. Whenever she got up to talk about something coming up, everybody on the bus stopped talking and listened, as her comments were always interesting with a bit of humor thrown in. Our bus driver was, as usual, wonderful. How these drivers do what they do is amazing.

By Faith O on Aug 13, 2017

Excellent accommodations. Professional operator tour guide and driver. The lesser expensive optional excursions seemed to me to be more authentic. I enjoyed the mix of history and culture that was provided by the tour experiences and by the tour guide.

By Reba P on May 04, 2017

Great tour and experience! This was our third Globus tour, and we're getting ready for an Avalon tour next month. We will definitely be looking for our next trip soon. Now that's what you call satisfaction!