When you think of a vacation to Ireland, what comes to mind? Witnessing the lush, green landscape? Visiting historical and religious sights, and seeing remains from medieval times? Perhaps it is visiting farms or savoring authentic Irish food. If so, all of this and more are offered on this amazing Ireland tour—with overnights in Dublin, Claremorris, Galway, Limerick, Killarney, and Waterford. </BR></BR>As you’d expect on an Ireland tour, you will have the opportunity to see spectacular scenery. The 668-foot Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast offer breathtaking views of rugged cliffs dropping into the ocean. You’ll also witness sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, and a breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View 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, you’ll visit Dun Aengus, one of Europe’s most spectacular and dramatic prehistoric stone forts on a truly unique and unforgettable day.</BR></BR>Other historical sights you’ll see 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. You’ll also 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. </BR></BR>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. So grab your camera and get ready for an amazing tour through Ireland!
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 Christianity
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. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.