Introduction to Ireland 2023 - Small Group
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Like a classic Irish coffee made with hot java, Irish whiskey, brown sugar, and fresh whipped cream, this introductory tour of Ireland blends the most stimulating sights, soothing scenery, and sweet accents of the Emerald Isle. Journeying on a loop from Dublin to the west coast and back, first-time visitors will be awakened by the revelry of the lively capital city, jolted by the dramatic scenery along the storied coast, and calmed by the verdant rolling hills throughout the lush green countryside. Don’t be surprised if you’re suddenly inspired to craft limericks as you try your hand at baking scones on an Irish sheep farm in Galway. With authentic local experiences and visits to the sights you’ve always dreamed of—including the stunning Cliffs of Moher, the spectacular Ring of Kerry, and the famous House of Waterford Crystal—this tour of Ireland is the perfect break from the daily grind.
Avoca , Blarney , Cashel , Cliffs of Moher , Dublin , Ennis , Galway , Kildare , Killarney , Killorglin , Limerick , Ring of Kerry , Rock of Cashel , Waterford
ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELANDCéad mile fáilte—a hundred-thousand welcomes! At 3pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for an afternoon orientation drive to see O’Connell Street, Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. (D)TOUR HIGHLIGHTCITY SIGHTS “In Dublin’s fair city where girls are so pretty,” you’ll also find great personality and charm. The charisma of Dubliners and the bounty of pubs here is matched only by the gorgeous Georgian Squares, 12th-century St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the legendary library of Trinity College.
DUBLIN–KILDARE–CASHEL–LIMERICK–ENNISStallions, Saints & Stones KILDARE Visit the Irish National Stud.CASHEL See the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached.LIMERICK Orientation drive includes St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle, and the Treaty Stone. Free time this evening. (B) 165 mi / 266 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTCULTURE & TRADITION The Irish National Stud is home to the long tradition of Ireland’s love of horses. This horsebreeding facility in County Kildare, considered the beating heart of Ireland's thoroughbred industry, continues to inspire all who visit. Hear about some of the world’s most magnificent champion stallions that have made racing history since the turn of the 20th century.
ENNIS. EXCURSION TO WEST COASTSheep, Scones & Seacliffs CLARE COAST Visit the Cliffs of Moher and the rocky plateau of The Burren above the Atlantic coast.GALWAY Free time.RATHBAUN [LF] Try your hand at scone baking, learn about sheep herding, and enjoy coffee and scones at an Irish farm. 122 mi / 198 km (B) LOCAL FAVORITELOCAL TASTES Someone’s in the kitchen in Rathbaun Farm, just outside of Galway. You can don an apron and whip up your own delicious home-made scones, served with fresh preserves and whipped cream. Learn about the long-time tradition of sheep farming in this beautiful Irish landscape.
ENNIS–RING OF KERRY–KILLARNEYBeauties of Counties Kerry & Clare ENNIS Take a short drive via Clonderlaw Bay to Killimer; cross the Shannon estuary by ferry.RING OF KERRY Panoramic drive around part of Ireland’s southwestern peninsula.KILLARNEY Free time the remainder of the day. (B,D) 174 mi / 281 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTNATURAL WONDERS Explore the emerald tapestries of green fields and ocean views that make other coastlines green with envy. The Ring of Kerry begins and ends in Killarney, taking you on a trip along the southwest coast of Ireland. Discover a paradise of panoramic cliffs, lush landscapes, and breathtaking beaches of the Iveragh Peninsula.
Meals: Breakfast Dinner
KILLARNEY–BLARNEY–WATERFORDFine Crystal & The Gift of Gab Drive across the Kerry Mountains and through County Cork.BLARNEY Visit the village known for its magical Kissing Stone.WATERFORD Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal. Dinner followed by [LF] an Irish coffee demonstration. (B,D) 131 mi / 210 kmLOCAL FAVORITELOCAL TASTES It’s crystal clear why we get a warm feeling in Waterford with traditional Irish Coffee – as much a warm welcome now as it was for stranded travelers in 1943. It was a wintry night in Limerick when Foynes Port chef Joe Sheridan concocted this soothing elixir of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and whipped cream to make their cancelled flight a little more palatable. Raise a toddy glass of Caife Gaelach with a hearty “slainte!”
Meals: Breakfast Dinner
WATERFORD–GLENDALOUGH–DUBLINMOUNTAIN LOUGHS & MEDIEVAL MONKS GLENDALOUGH Stop at the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century.DUBLIN Free time this afternoon. (B) 122 mi / 196 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTHISTORIC SPOT In Wicklow Mountains National Park, wander around the medieval monastic settlement of Glendalough and see its 6th century houses, churches, stone cross and the impressive Round Tower in the beautiful ‘valley of the two lakes.
DUBLINSafe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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Dublin 8 , Ireland
Ennis-Co.Clare , Ireland
Killarney , Ireland
Waterford , Ireland
Dublin , Ireland
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was our 3rd Globus tour each one is better than expected.
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.
Great initial exposure to Ireland.
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
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.
Our tour guide,Peter, was exceptional. He was so knowledgeable and always pleasant and courteous. We would not hesitate to book again wifh Globus.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
I would book an extra night so we could fly during the day & not on a red eye.
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.
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!!!!!
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.
I enjoyed the activities, but there was a great deal of time spent on the bus looking out the window.
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.
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.
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!
Everything was great.
The one hotel, Temple, was older and nice, however, we had a room on the back and the noise coming from apartments and another place playing music didn't help with a good night's sleep. The Bunratty Castle dinner was a big disappointment. Tiny room for dinner, elbow to elbow to eat, had to sit with my back to entertainment, and food was average. Wasted money.
My husband and I had a wonderful Ireland experience. We would definitely go back and now want to explore more areas of the world and would use Globus tours to do that. We met many new friends on our tour bus and had a grand time. Our tour guide and driver made our trip wonderful.
Our guide, was vey good, informative, helpful etc. hotels and meals very good. Short tour for good overview of country.
Globus and Affordable Tours delivered a wonderful trip for my husband and me!! I can't say enough. Exceeded my expectations!!
For our first oversea tour it was excellent, description was right on, our accommodation were as expected in fact they exceeded our expectations. Everything included in package was of great value and the extras, mostly evening activities were reasonable and very enjoyable. Our tour director was excellent, knowledgeable, very personable and handled any difficulties with easy and grace. Our driver was very skilled and put all at ease. He assisted everyone in tour group and even helped other drivers when they went a little of course. All in all a great experience that incourages us to do it again. The tour was Globus run and will get our vote any time.
Very nice birthday trip. An experience I'll never forget.
This was my first tour and I was very pleased with the tour guide and the driver, both were experience at their jobs and went out of their way to make the trip a good experience. I plan to tour again.
Second trip with Globus and another outstanding travel experience. The tour guide was the best.
Our tour guide was great! He, and the driver went above and beyond for our group. They were there to address our every need... we were amazed by the driver's skills.... They both added so many interesting bits of information about the history of places we traveled through. It was our first trip to Ireland, and what an amazing collection of memories we brought home with us! We are already thinking about our next tour with Globus, and Affordable Tours.
Everything went according to plan. The eight day tour was very filled and met my expectations. Globus is a very reliable tour company and takes good care of their travelers. Globus listened to our concerns and seems to be willing to meet our needs and interests. The booking was superb and I could not feel more confident in the reservations.
Rooms were a bit warm...need an overhead fan at minimum. Clarion Hotel did not inform the tour guide that we were already checked in...as such we missed the orientation drive of Dublin (partially our fault as we were 10 min late).
The hotels were very bad in bad locations although I know its not affordable tours its globus/monograms who that coordinates these hotels and stops but someone needs to take this trip and see for themselves the accommodations this trip involves the most disgusting hotels I have ever seen.
My Booking Agent was great and fantastic! He was quick in responding and very caring. Thank you!!!! We had a wonderful trip.
Our agent did an outstanding job for us.... made this my husband's best birthday celebration yet (and that's a quote from him). Where do I start: The Rooms were incredible and all were 1st class, unlike the normal european hotels. One stands out the most and it was the GRANVILLE HOTEL. Talk about stepping back into the past.... it was breathtaking. Our tour guide and our driver were the perfect hosts....not only were they knowledgable, they were extremely easy and relaxing to deal with. I can't say enough about this trip and you can be sure that I\'ll spread the word to all my \'traveling buddies\' here in the desert. Thanks for one of the best vacations ever!
Accomodations were way beyond expectations! Dinners were first class at the hotels. Would most certainly recommend this tour company. Personal woes were that I missed my flight thus missing 2 days, camera broke, curling iron died, and mistakenly left ATM card at home...
the tour director and the driver from Globus were the best I have met. They did a terrific job.
We just got back today from Ireland. We had a great trip. All things went as planned. We learned a lot and had a lot of fun. Thanks for your help in planning and booking the adventure. (The weather was perfect too!)
Globus is a good tour provider and this was our second Globus tour. it was a very good tour.
Guides, accomodations, tour stops were better than we expected. Having a former teacher as your guide offered deeper knowledge of the area. Drivers on those narrow roads were stupendous! Having a view over all the walls and hedges along the roads was so much better than from a lower vehichle. Check in to the hotels was much snoother than we have ever experienced. Pre trip help was great.
The perfect tour in all aspects from start to finish!
Everything about the experience was terrific. Our tour guide with Globus was outstanding! I would definitely book another trip with Affordable Tours.
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GLOBUS did a fine job.Our tour guide was fabulous. Hotels were excellent, meals and special excursions were a little pricey ,but we enjoyed them immensely.