EMERALD ISLE WITH BELFAST 13 DAY TOUR FROM DUBLIN TO BELFAST

Vacations to Ireland evoke lush, green landscapes, impressive historic and religious sites, medieval ruins, and authentic Irish food. Amazing Ireland is yours to discover on your amazing guided tour of the Emerald Isle with overnight stays in Dublin, Ballina, Galway, Limerick, Killarney, Waterford, and Belfast.

You’ll see spectacular scenery, including the 668-foot Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast with its breathtaking views of rugged oceanside cliffs. You’ll witness sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, and a breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney as you drive the 100-mile panoramic drive through the Ring of Kerry. The Aran Islands offer limestone rock, rugged cliffs, and a variety of wildflowers, as well as spectacular and dramatic prehistoric stone forts on the largest Aran Island -- Inishmore.

Your guided Ireland tour will show you historic sites, including Kylemore Abbey – the massive castle acquired by the Benedictine nuns – and the 12-century King John’s Castle. Learn about Irish history on your visit to the Strokestown House, a restored 1740s mansion with its original furnishings and fabrics, splendid gardens, and the Famine Museum.

You’ll also get a taste of Irish life when you visit a sheep farm. Learn to make scones and enjoy eating them. You’ll savor a classic cup of 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? All of these are special treats offered by Globus to bring authentic experiences to your Ireland vacation tour.

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 your Belfast vacation package, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms. It’s a perfect way to end this amazing Ireland tour!

DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

DUBLIN
Welcome dinner; orientation drive
KILDARE
Guided tour of the Irish National Stud
STROKESTOWN HOUSE
Guided tour of the house and Famine Museum, and visit the gardens
KYLEMORE
Visit the Benedictine abbey
CONNEMARA
Visit a marble workshop
GALWAY
Orientation
ARAN ISLANDS
Ferry to and from Inishmore, hear a presentation on life on the island by a local historian, enjoy lunch at Tí Joe Watty’s pub, take a minibus tour with a driver-guide, visit Dun Aengus
RATHBAUN FARM
See the farmer at work,  bake your own scones, and enjoy morning coffee in the farmhouse
CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views
LIMERICK
Orientation drive, visit King John’s castle
FOYNES
Guided tour of the Flying Boat Museum,  enjoy an Irish Coffee
RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive
KILLARNEY
Horse-drawn jaunting car ride
BLARNEY
Visit the famous village
WATERFORD
Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
AVOCA
Guided tour of the handweaving mill
GLENDALOUGH
Guided tour of St. Kevin’s center of Irish Christianity
DUBLIN–BELFAST
First-class train
BELFAST
Hop-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

 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, 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, 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.

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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  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.

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DAY 5 GALWAY–CLIFFS OF MOHER–LIMERICK

A 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, 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–KILLARNEY

On 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.

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DAY 7 KILLARNEY. RING OF KERRY EXCURSION

Join 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 colored 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.

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DAY 8 KILLARNEY–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.

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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 let your Local Guide show you the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. Back in Dublin tonight, join your traveling companions for a fitting farewell to Ireland: an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.

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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.

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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.

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DAY 12 BELFAST

Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.

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DAY 13 BELFAST

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

DUBLIN THE GIBSON SUPERIOR FIRST-CLASS

BALLINA BALLINA MANOR HOTEL FIRST-CLASS

GALWAY RADISSON BLU GALWAY SUPERIOR FIRST-CLASS

LIMERICK LIMERICK STRAND HOTEL SUPERIOR FIRST-CLASS

KILLARNEY KILLARNEY TOWERS HOTEL SUPERIOR FIRST-CLASS

WATERFORD GRANVILLE HOTEL FIRST-CLASS

DUBLIN HILTON DUBLIN KILMAINHAM SUPERIOR FIRST-CLASS

BELFAST EUROPA FIRST-CLASS

April 2018

Friday 13 Apr 18-Wednesday 25 Apr 18

$3,854

Friday 20 Apr 18-Wednesday 02 May 18

$3,899

Friday 27 Apr 18-Wednesday 09 May 18

$3,989

May 2018

Friday 04 May 18-Wednesday 16 May 18

$3,989

Friday 18 May 18-Wednesday 30 May 18

$3,989

$3,989

$3,989

Friday 29 Jun 18-Wednesday 11 Jul 18

$3,989

 July 2018

$3,989

$3,989

August 2018

$3,989

Friday 17 Aug 18-Wednesday 29 Aug 18

$3,989

Friday 24 Aug 18-Wednesday 05 Sep 18

$3,989

Friday 07 Sep 18-Wednesday 19 Sep 18

$3,989


Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy

Single room supplement: 
$861

Triple room reduction per person: 
$63

Extra nights per person in Dublin:
in single room $248-$306, in twin $170-$190, in triple $153-$184

Extra nights per person in Belfast:
in single room $219, in twin $138, in triple $134