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Tour Itinerary

It may come as a surprise that the beloved Irish tune “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” was written by a trio of American songwriters. That’s the moving influence of this enchanting and captivating land. So, when are Irish eyes smiling? At every moment on this undiscovered tour of Ireland – as you stroll down the lively streets of Dublin, sip Guinness in a boisterous pub on the Dingle Peninsula, take a horse-drawn jaunting-car ride through the Killarney countryside, and even bake scones on a quaint Irish sheep farm near Galway. By way of the most dramatic coastal and pastoral scenery, this tour of Ireland leads you to the lesser-known gems of the Emerald Isle as well as the cliffs, castles, and famous crystal you’ve long heard of. As you hum along the winding Ring of Kerry and the rocky Aran Islands, this tour of Ireland “will steal your heart away.”

  1. Day 1
    Céad mile fáilte—a hundred-thousand welcomes! At 3pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for an afternoon orientation drive, including O’Connell Street, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. (D)

    CITY 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 legendary library of Trinity College.

    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Triumphs & Tragedies KILDARE Visit the Irish National Stud.
    STROKESTOWN Guided tour of the 1740s mansion and gardens at Strokestown House and the Famine Museum. (B,D)
    172 mi / 276 km

    HISTORIC SPOT Relive history at Strokestown Park House, a stunning Georgian Palladian Mansion, with its original furnishings, and stroll the walled gardens in this historic site. Get a glimpse into the lives of generations of people who lived and worked here over the centuries, each adding their own chapter to the story and leaving their mark. Witness the history of the Great Irish Famine with a visit to the National Famine Museum to learn about the most devastating and tragic event in Irish history.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Wild Atlantic Way and Irish Roses KYLEMORE Visit the Benedictine Abbey.
    GALWAY Free time this afternoon. (B)
    165 mi / 265 km

    CULTURE & TRADITION Nestled between the woodlands and lakeshore near Galway City, Kylemore Abbey is home to the Benedictine Sisters who have been in residence since 1920 in a life of prayer, work, and community. The history of this stunning abbey reaches back to the 1800s as the estate of Irish patriot Mitchell Henry. Visit the abbey where handmade chocolates, wild Irish honey and traditional fuchsia pottery are sold. Stroll the lovely grounds of Ireland’s largest walled garden in the heart of the Connemara countryside.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Islands of Saints & Scholars GALWAY Ferry crossing to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands.
    INISHMORE Stop in for a light lunch at [LF] Joe Watty’s pub and hear from a local who shares stories about life on Inishmore Island. A minibus tour of the island with a local guide-driver includes a visit to the prehistoric clifftop fort of Dun Aengus. (B,L)
    45 mi / 72 km

    TRADITION & CULTURE Joe Watty’s Bar & Seafood Restaurant on Inishmore Island is the place for good food, Gaelic music, and craic (good company). Unwind beside the fire or enjoy a Guinness in the beer garden to watch the world go by and learn a cúpla focal (few words of Irish) from some of the locals.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  5. Day 5
    Sheep, Scones & Ancient Stones RATHBAUN Visit Rathbaun Farm and [LF] try your hand at scone baking, learn about sheep herding, and enjoy coffee and scones.
    CLARE COAST See the rocky landscapes of The Burren and stop to take photos of the prehistoric megalith at Poulnabrone Dolmen.
    CLIFFS OF MOHER Visit the 668-foot-high cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean.
    LIMERICK Free time this evening. (B)
    129 mi / 207 km

    LOCAL 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 longtime tradition of sheep farming in this beautiful Irish landscape.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Daring Young Men & Flying Machines FOYNES Take a guided tour of the Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, followed by Irish coffee demonstration and tasting.
    DINGLE PENINSULA Enjoy a scenic drive on Slea Head promontory. (B,D)
    159 mi / 255 km

    LEGENDS & LORE Experience the era of transatlantic passenger flights, and the maritime legends of the River Shannon with a visit to the fantastic Flying Boat & Maritime Museum in Foynes, home to the world's only full-size replica of a B314 flying boat, commemorating this Irish town’s role in early passenger flights across the Atlantic and the legendary flying boats that carried celebrities, royals, and refugees alike. Learn about the daring history and folklore of Ireland’s longest river.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    A Jaunting Good Time RING OF KERRY Panoramic drive around part of Ireland’s southwestern peninsula.
    KILLARNEY Take a horse-drawn jaunting-car ride through the national park (B)
    99 mi / 159 km

    NATURAL WONDERS County Kerry is home to the exquisite natural beauty of a rugged and mountainous expanse in Killarney National Park. A horse-drawn jaunting car ride is a great way to experience this natural wonderland, including the 1,000-foot McGillycuddy’s Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland. Nestled at the foot of these mountains, the Lakes of Killarney’s shores and woodlands share this magical place with waterfalls and dramatic skies above Ross Castle.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Fine Crystal & The Gift of Gab KILLARNEY Cross the Kerry Mountains into County Cork.
    BLARNEY Visit the village known for its magical Kissing Stone.
    WATERFORD Take a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal. (B,D)
    126 mi / 203 km

    LEGENDS & LORE Cut the blarney and hear the history of how telling tales is forever linked to the 15th-century castle and the village below in Blarney. One of the last estate villages that remain standing in Ireland, the village was built by an 18th-century landlord to house the castle workers there. It’s true!

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    MEDIEVAL & MODERN IRISH CAPITALS KILKENNY Time to explore one of Ireland’s most quaint towns.
    DUBLIN Free time this afternoon. (B)
    122 mi / 196 km

    HISTORIC SPOT Time to explore the city of Kilkenny, referred to as the "Marble City" because of the widespread use of local black limestone to construct many local buildings. The "Medieval Mile" is the city's main thoroughfare and is lined with medieval landmarks, quaint shops and charming pubs. Today Kilkenny is renowned for its active arts and crafts scene.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

    Meals:   Breakfast

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Small Group Discoveries
Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus Europe escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized European tour—without the crowds.

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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.
Point Village
Dublin , Ireland
Castlebar: The Ellison Hotel
The hotel is located in the heart of Castlebar, County Mayo. The bedrooms are fully equipped with the following: free WIFI, workstation with power connectivity, luxury toiletries, in-house room safe, flat screen multi-channel TV, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer. Guests can dine in Siar Restaurant & Bar and enjoy local produce.
Lannagh Road
Castlebar , Ireland
Galway: Galmont Hotel and Spa
You are guaranteed the best of all worlds when you stay at the luxury 4 star Galmont & Spa Galway. One of the finest Galway Hotels with scenic Galway Bay views, luxury city center hotel accommodation, excellent food and world class spirit one spa & leisure facilities.
Lough Atalia Road
Galway , Ireland
Limerick: Limerick Strand Hotel
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-meter 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.
Ennis Road
Limerick , 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.
College Square
Killarney , Ireland
Waterford: Granville Hotel
The Granville, a boutique hotel in the center of Waterford's historic and shopping district, overlooking the marina. Dating back to the early 1700's, The Granville is one of Ireland's most historic hotels. Stained glass, tapestries, and wood panelling lend to the charm of it. There are standard modern amenities in all bedrooms such as flat screen TVs, 24 hour room service, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. There is an AA Rosette awarded Bianconi Restaurant to sample delicious local food.
The Quay
Waterford , Ireland
Dublin: Hilton Garden Inn Dublin City Centre
The hotel is walking distance from the Temple Bar neighborhood, Irish Whiskey Museum, Trinity College, O'Connell Street, and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Guests can enjoy all-day restaurant and fitness center. All bedrooms have complimentary WIFI, 40-inch TV, mini-fridge, work desk with ergonomic chair and the Suite Dreams® by Serta bed.
Custom House Quay, North Dock
Dublin 1 , Ireland

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Tour guide was exceptional. He was knowledgeable about Irish history, and the specific places we visited and was able to answer questions about the tour. The air line lost my luggage in Heathrow and he was instrumental in getting it in a timely manner. His good humor and ability to include 28 different people into a cohesive happy group was exceptional. The driver was the best driver I have ever experienced. His skill, good humor and personality made what could have been a tedious drive at times a delight. These two should be commended for their ability as valued employees of Globus.

An excellent choice of tour to restart traveling after the long Covid delay!

Globus did everything they could to make our tour successful! We enjoyed the Emerald Isle itinerary and although there were a couple of changes due to renovations or COVID Closings, the operator tried to substitute the best that they could. We had someone sick on our tour and I also thought that they did the best that they could to take care of all of us.

Very high quality guide - informed, personable, attentive, responsive to people's interests and needs.

Tour guide and and driver where both pleasant and where very knowledgeable! We loved our tour and enjoyed our visit to Ireland. I would have enjoyed maybe fewer excursions and more time at some of the stops. We were very rushed at times, even not getting to have lunch one day. We enjoyed the more intimate visits like the pub evening. The singing excursions where nice, but maybe one too many. I would have liked to spend some more time in a smaller town, have a cuppa and a bun. In all, we had a blast.

The trip was a great experience. It was very informative, and we enjoyed it a lot. All entry tickets to venues was supposed to be paid However, that was not the case for a couple of stops inclused in the tour where we had to pay the entry tickets. I consider this a glitch that should be eliminated in the future.

Just returned from a 10-day trip to Ireland and it was simply AMAZING! Everything we thought it would be and more. Thanks Affordable Tours for fabulous trip experience!

I would encourage my family or friends to take this trip. We picked it because it went to specific areas and smaller towns. It was everything we expected.

Everything was top notch and our tour director made sure there were no problems or snafus.

This trip was !st class Lodging was actually better than expected the Guide was experienced and knowledgeable

Excellent tour guide and excellent driver

This tour was our first experience with both Globus and Affordable Tours. Our Affordable Tours representatives guided us through the registration, insurance, and other processes well. Globus provided an excellent guide and wonderful driver! The bus was quite comfortable, as were the hotels. We would recommend this tour to anyone interested in visiting Ireland.

This tour gave us an excellent overview of Ireland. We enjoyed it very much.

Wonderful trip..better than expected

Everything was great and first class. Air Canada Rogue terrible airline.

The itinerary and package were less expensive had I gone on my own to travel to the same locations. The accommodations were excellent. The Staff were professional at all times. The tour guide was well prepared and took care of us each step of the way. The Bus operator was excellent and handled herself well on the open roads and in the crowded cities.

This was a great trip. The hotel accommodations were exceptional, the food good and the additional excursions were worthwhile except for the Dunguaire Castle Banquet. You sat on stools, the food was not good and definitely not worth the money paid. The only other negative was the description of visiting the Blarney castle. We were lead to believe we could visit the castle, which you can BUT there is an additional cost associated with it. This was very disappointing and I refused to pay the money to see the Blarney stone. Otherwise a great trip, had a fantastic group, an exceptional tour guide and a superb driver. Definitely worth the price.

The hotels were exceptionally nice. Would you believe we had the same tour director 18 years ago with Globus?

Our trip to Ireland was full of beautiful experiences, from the picture-postcard views of castles and round towers, the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, and the Ring of Kerry, to explorations of pedestrian cities with their mixtures of old architecture and new museums and shops. The countryside, from coastal views to pastoral midlands, is a feast for the eyes!

A wonderful trip. There were no problems of any kind. The tour director was considerate, kind, helpful, and professional. The same goes for the bus driver. They did everything possible to provide us with a happy experience and a sense of understanding of the country, the people, and it's history. Everything was done efficiently, but with enough time allowed to absorb the sights and sounds.

We had a wonderful tour of Ireland. Just what we hope for except one day of rain at Aran Island. Our Tour Director was outstanding in every way. She knows her stuff and made the tour. Our Coach driver did a really really nice job of getting us where we needed to be and was so accommodating with our luggage.

Fabulous trip to Ireland. It all was made easy through the help of our agent. So pleased

The trip to Ireland was even more than I expected. Things were well planned and executed efficiently. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and extremely humorous. I learned so much about the history of Ireland as well as geography. The rooms and food that were part of the package were wonderful. Thanks so much for all the work that goes into planning a trip like this. I take away great memories. 

Way too much time allowed (wasted) for shopping; would prefer more included guided tours rather than free time.

It was a lovely tour and I had a wonderful time. 

It was a wonderful package. the Bus driver and the Tour Guide were awesome, the absolute best!!!! I had a wonderful time.

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