Emerald Isle with Belfast 2019 - 13 days from Dublin to Belfast
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Emerald Isle with Belfast 2019

13 days from Dublin to Belfast

Starting at $3,416


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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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, Ballina, Galway, Limerick, Tralee, 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 Glendalough, the Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin. 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 and then eat them. Then, sample a classic Irish Coffee at the very place where the first one was served in the 1940s after a group of Americans stepped of Pan Am Flying Boat in Foynes. Or how about lunch at one of the Aran Islands’ oldest and most traditional pubs or a dinner at a local pub on Dingle peninsula? All 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!

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Destination & Sightseeing

DUBLINOrientation drive; welcome dinner
KILDAREGuided tour of the Irish National Stud
STROKESTOWN HOUSE Guided tour of the house and Famine Museum, and visit the gardens
KYLEMOREVisit the Benedictine abbey
CONNEMARAVisit a marble workshop
GALWAYOrientation
ARAN 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 Aengus
RATHBAUN FARMSee the farmer at work, [LF] bake your own scones, and enjoy morning coffee in the farmhouse
CLIFFS OF MOHER Savor the spectacular views
FOYNESGuided tour of the Flying Boat Museum, enjoy an Irish Coffee
DINGLE PENINSULA Slea Head drive and visit Dingle town, enjoy [LF] dinner at a local pub
RING OF KERRY Scenic peninsula drive
KILLARNEYHorse-drawn jaunting car ride
BLARNEYVisit the famous village
WATERFORDGuided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
AVOCAGuided tour of the handweaving mill
GLENDALOUGHGuided tour of St. Kevin’s center of Irish Christianity
BELFASTHop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour; ticket to the Titanic Experience
Headsets throughout the tour except Belfast.
Notes:
  • Due to the adventurous style of the Aran Islands excursion, we recommend you bring suitable outdoor wear and comfortable shoes.
Transportation:
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.

MEALS

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, plus 1 dinner at a local pub on Dingle Peninsula

ITINERARY

Day 1 ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND.
Céad 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
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Day 2 DUBLIN–KILDARE–STROKESTOWN–BALLINA.
Horse-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, head north to Longford for a guided tour of STROKESTOWN HOUSE, the 1740s mansion with its fine gardens. Experience an insight into the circumstances of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s at the Famine Museum. Overnight in Ballina, famous for its hospitality and internationally renowned for its exceptional salmon fishing in the Moy River
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Day 3 BALLINA–KYLEMORE–GALWAY.
Via 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
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Day 4 GALWAY. EXCURSION TO THE ARAN ISLANDS.
At 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 [LF] 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. End 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
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Day 5 GALWAY–CLIFFS OF MOHER–LIMERICK.
Enjoy a real Irish farm experience at RATHBAUN FARM this morning. Try your hand at [LF] 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, savor the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. This evening, why not take part in a unique optional dinner excursion to Bunratty Folk Park?
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Day 6 LIMERICK–FOYNES–DINGLE PENINSULA–TRALEE.
This morning, make your way to Foynes for a guided tour of the FLYING BOAT MUSEUM. Board and explore the world’s only full-size replica of a Boeing B314 “Clipper.” 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 classic drink. Then, enjoy the wonderful views during the Slea Head drive on Dingle Peninsula, stroll through quaint Dingle, and maybe catch a glimpse of Fungi, the resident dolphin. Dinner will be at a [LF] LOCAL PUB on the peninsula. (B,D)
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Day 7 TRALEE. RING OF KERRY EXCURSION.
At Killorglin, join the famous 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 colored farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Stop in the popular resort town of Killarney and enjoy 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. (B,D)
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Day 8 TRALEE–BLARNEY–WATERFORD.
Across 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. (B,D)
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Day 9 WATERFORD–AVOCA–GLENDALOUGH–DUBLIN.
Today’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 your Local Guide will show you the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. Back in Dublin tonight, join your traveling companions for a fitting farewell to Ireland: an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter
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Day 10 DUBLIN–BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND.
Travel by TRAIN (first-class) to Belfast. Your Local Host is available to help you make the most of your stay. (B)
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Day 11 BELFAST.
Your HOP-ON/HOP-OFF SIGHTSEEING TOUR will take you past all the city’s attractions, including City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, Queens University, the murals on Falls Road and Shankill Road, and the Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Also included is a ticket to the fascinating TITANIC EXPERIENCE, where you learn all about the construction of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. (B)
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Day 12 BELFAST.
Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (B)
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Day 13 BELFAST.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Accommodations

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The Gibson
Superior First-Class

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Point Village Dublin Ireland

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.
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