2019 NORTH OF IRELAND ESCAPE 7 DAYS

Escape to the beauty and history of the “Emerald Isle” on your guided tour of Ireland. Begin your escape into the green farms and sweeping seashores without the large crowds or costs of the “busy” travel season. You’ll begin in the fair city of Dublin. See the statues lining O’Connell Street—Dublin’s main thoroughfare with its red-brick townhouses and colorful doors behind the wrought-iron fences of elegant Georgian squares. You’ll also see Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral along the way.

Leave the bustle of Dublin for the green landscapes of Ireland’s fields, with a visit to Rathbaun Farm. You’ll see a sheep-dog corral sheep, and be invited to bake your own scones in the farmhouse kitchen. You’ll travel on to West Ireland’s colorful harbor city of Galway, with its vibrant shops, cafés, and traditional Irish pubs. You’ll travel to Northern Ireland—passing through Westport, Donegal, and Letterkenny. Enjoy a guided walk in Derry’s Old Town, and visit the amazing natural formation of Giant’s Causeway—massive basalt columns that dramatically extend across the seashore.

Spend two nights in Belfast, with plenty to see in Northern Ireland’s capital city, including the fascinating Titanic Experience. You’ll stop in Carlingford on your return trip to Dublin. This Cooley Peninsula town is famous for its oyster farms, medieval buildings, and 12th-century King John’s Castle which overlooks the city. Spend the last night of your escorted tour of Ireland where you began, in Dublin. You’ll see why this escape through Ireland’s beauty and history is made even better without the crowds of the high season on your affordable, guided Ireland vacation.

DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

DUBLIN
Orientation drive; welcome dinner
RATHBAUN FARM
See the farmer at work,  bake your own scones, and enjoy coffee in the farmhouse
WESTPORT
Visit the heritage town
DONEGAL
Visit the county town
DERRY
Guided walking tour
COUNTY ANTRIM
Visit Giant’s Causeway
BELFAST
Orientation, visit the Titanic Experience
CARLINGFORD
Visit the medieval town

Notes:

  • Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternative hotels of equivalent standard.

Transportation:

Motorcoach; free wi-fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies

 

 MEALS

Full Irish breakfast daily; 2 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus

 ITINERARY

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

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 with their tall, red-brick townhouses, colorful doors, and wrought iron-decorated windows, Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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DAY 2 DUBLIN–ATHLONE–RATHBAUN FARM–GALWAY

Drive through lush green country side to Athlone, on the River Shannon, and then to RATHBAUN FARM, where you’ll see the farmer maneuver a flock of sheep with the help of a sheep dog. Try your hand at  SCONE BAKING and then enjoy them fresh from the oven with a cup of coffee. On to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture.

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DAY 3 GALWAY–WESTPORT–DONEGAL–LETTERKENNY

On your way north, pause at Westport, the elegant holiday resort on the edge of an Atlantic inlet, before continuing to Donegal, named ‘Fort of the Foreigners’ by the Vikings who invaded the town in the 8th century. Continue on through rich and fertile farmland, strewn with whitewashed houses, to Letterkenny.

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DAY 4 LETTERKENNY–DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND–GIANT'S CAUSEWAY–BELFAST

The first highlight today is Derry, situated on the banks of the Foyle River, and a WALK on the Old Town walls in the company of a Local Guide. After lunch, visit the awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, composed of thousands of strangely symmetrical basalt columns jutting out to sea. Stay overnight in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s seat of government.

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DAY 5 BELFAST

This morning’s orientation drive will take you past all the city’s attractions, including City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, and Queens University. Next, visit the fascinating TITANIC EXPERIENCE and learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. The afternoon is free to explore the city on your own.

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DAY 6 BELFAST–CARLINGFORD, IRELAND–DUBLIN

On your way back south, stop in Carlingford, on the Cooley Peninsula, known for its oyster farms and medieval buildings. The 12th-century King John’s Castle overlooks the harbor and Taaffe’s Castle—a 16th-century tower house. Back in Dublin, a fitting farewell to Ireland would be to join an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter.

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DAY 7 DUBLIN

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 ACCOMMODATIONS

DUBLIN

NORTH STAR

SUPERIOR FIRST-CLASS

GALWAY

GALMONT HOTEL AND SPA

SUPERIOR FIRST-CLASS

LETTERKENNY

SUPERIOR FIRST-CLASS

BELFAST

SUPERIOR FIRST-CLASS

January 2019

Sunday

06 Jan 19

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Saturday

12 Jan 19

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Sunday

20 Jan 19

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Saturday

26 Jan 19

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Sunday

27 Jan 19

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02 Feb 19

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February 2019

Sunday

03 Feb 19

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09 Feb 19

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Sunday

10 Feb 19

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16 Feb 19

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17 Feb 19

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Saturday

23 Feb 19

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24 Feb 19

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02 Mar 19

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March 2019

Sunday

17 Mar 19

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Saturday

23 Mar 19

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Prices are per person in single, double, or triple room occupancy.

The single supplement waiver and single room capacity is limited, please call for availability.

All Escapes by Globus tours and departures are excluded from the following Globus discounts: Book Early & Save, Journeys Club discount, Second Tour discount and Small Group discount.

Extra nights per person in Dublin:

in single room $174, in twin $97, in triple $91


Dates & Prices do not include international air travel.