Emerald Isle with 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!
DUBLIN Welcome dinner; orientation driveKILDARE Guided tour of the Irish National StudSTROKESTOWN HOUSE Guided tour of the house and Famine Museum, and visit the gardensKNOCK Visit the religious siteKYLEMORE Visit the Benedictine abbeyCONNEMARA Visit a marble workshopGALWAY OrientationARAN ISLANDS Ferry to and from Inishmore, hear a presentation on life on the island by a local historian, [LF] enjoy lunch at Tí Joe Watty’s pub, take a minibus tour with a driver-guide, visit Dun AengusRATHBAUN FARM [LF] See the farmer at work, bake your own scones, and enjoy morning coffee in the farmhouseCLIFFS OF MOHER Savor the spectacular viewsLIMERICK Orientation drive, visit King John’s castleFOYNES Guided tour of the Flying Boat MuseumRING OF KERRY Scenic peninsula driveKILLARNEY [LF] Horse-drawn jaunting car rideBLARNEY Visit the famous villageWATERFORD Guided tour of the House of Waterford CrystalAVOCA Guided tour of the handweaving millGLENDALOUGHGuided tour of St. Kevin’s center of Irish ChristianityDUBLIN–BELFAST By first-class train BELFAST Hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour; ticket to the Titanic Experience Headsets throughout the tour except Belfast
Full Irish breakfast daily; 1 lunch at a local pub; 4 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Dublin
NOTE:Due to the adventurous style of the Aran Islands excursion we recommend you bring suitable outdoor wear and comfortable shoes.
Motorcoach; ferry to/from Inishmore; minibus on the Aran Island; horse-drawn jaunting car in Killarney; first-class train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.