10 Day Ireland: The Emerald Isle
CruisePlus Land Offer
June 6, 2019
Globus Land Tour
When you think of a vacation to Ireland, what comes to mind? Lush, green landscape, historic and religious sites, or ancient medieval ruins? Perhaps it’s visiting farms or savouring authentic Irish food. Your amazing guided tour of Ireland includes overnight stays in Dublin, Ballina, Galway, Limerick, Killarney, and Waterford.
- Visit the famous Blarney Castle & Kissing Stone… pucker up!
- Try your hand at scone baking and sheep shearing at an authentic Irish farm in Rathbaun
- Savour the spectacular views from the Cliffs of Moher
What we are Including
- Roundtrip international airfare including transfers*
- Superior transportation including motorcoach with Wi-Fi
- 9 nights superior accommodations
- 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
- Daily guided sightseeing with certified local guides & admission fees
- Ask about adding on optional activities and excursions, or perhaps extending your trip with a few nights to explore Dublin!
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DAY 1 ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELANDCéad 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.
DAY 2 DUBLIN–KILDARE–STROKESTOWN–BALLINAHorse-racing country awaits this morning. Drive across the Curragh to the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare, whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. Then, north to Longford for a visit to STROKESTOWN HOUSE for a guided tour of the restored 1740s mansion, a stroll through its fine gardens, and insight into the circumstances of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s at the Famine Museum. Overnight is in Ballina, famous for its hospitality and internationally renowned for its exceptional salmon fishing in the Moy River.
DAY 3 BALLINA–KYLEMORE–GALWAYVia Westport, head for the unspoiled region of Connemara, an area known for its hardy breed of ponies. Visit KYLEMORE ABBEY, a massive yet graceful castle acquired by Benedictine nuns as a precious heirloom for Ireland. At Moycullen, visit the Joyce family at their MARBLE WORKSHOP before arriving in the port city of Galway. Tonight’s recommendation: an optional evening at Dunguaire Castle, where the intimate banquet has an enlightening literary theme.
DAY 4 GALWAY. EXCURSION TO THE ARAN ISLANDSAt Rossaveal, board a comfortable, modern FERRY for the 45-minute crossing to Kilronan on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands and where Gaelic is the first language of the Islanders. Your fascinating day continues with a presentation about life on Inishmore by an island historian. After a light LUNCH at Tí Joe Watty’s pub, board a minibus to enjoy your driver/Local Guide’s commentary on a tour of the island, ending with a visit to clifftop DUN AENGUS, one of the most spectacular and dramatic prehistoric stone forts in Europe. Back in Kilronan, board your ferry back to the mainland. There are plenty of dining options in Galway this evening.
DAY 5 GALWAY–CLIFFS OF MOHER–LIMERICKA real Irish farm experience at RATHBAUN FARM this morning. Try your hand at SCONE BAKING, and learn from the farmer about sheep shearing and herding. Afterwards, enjoy coffee and your scones, fresh from the oven. Take the scenic route across the desolate limestone plateau known as The Burren, and stop for photos of prehistoric Poulnabrone Dolmen. At the CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, savour the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. This evening, why not take part in a unique optional dinner excursion to Bunratty Folk Park?
DAY 6 LIMERICK–FOYNES–KILLARNEYOn this morning’s Limerick city tour, view the Treaty Stone and St. Mary’s Cathedral, and visit KING JOHN’S CASTLE in the medieval heritage precinct. Make your way to Foynes for a guided tour of the FLYING BOAT MUSEUM. Board and explore the only Boeing B314 “Clipper” full-size replica in the world, and in the flight simulator, re-enact the thrilling experience of crossing the Atlantic in a 1930s long-range flying boat. You will also be treated to an IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION, complete with a sample of the tasty drink. Then, travel to the popular resort of Killarney, your destination for the next two nights. Later, maybe an entertaining optional evening in Tralee with dinner, followed by tickets for Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre.
DAY 7 KILLARNEY. RING OF KERRY EXCURSIONJoin the famed RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Plenty to focus your camera on here: sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly coloured farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Back in Killarney, a special treat: a fun-filled horse-drawn JAUNTING CAR RIDE through the national park with glorious vistas of the Lakes of Killarney and ancient Ross Castle.
DAY 8 KILLARNEY–BLARNEY–WATERFORDAcross the Kerry Mountains, drive into County Cork for a visit to Blarney, renowned for its castle and 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, Youghal, and Dungarvan to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. Here, enjoy a visit to the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL.
DAY 9 WATERFORD–AVOCA–GLENDALOUGH–DUBLINToday’s agenda: Enniscorthy, site of the final battle of the Great Rebellion of 1798; Ireland’s oldest HANDWEAVING MILL at Avoca; and GLENDALOUGH, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. See the engaging audiovisual Ireland of the Monasteries, then let your Local Guide show you the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. Back in Dublin tonight, join your travelling companions for a fitting farewell to Ireland: an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.
DAY 10 DUBLINYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning.