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Overview

Emerald Isle

It may come as a surprise that the beloved Irish tune “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” was written by a trio of American songwriters. That’s the moving influence of this enchanting and captivating land. So, when are Irish eyes smiling? At every moment on this undiscovered tour of Ireland – as you stroll down the lively streets of Dublin, sip Guinness in a boisterous pub on the Dingle Peninsula, take a horse-drawn jaunting-car ride through the Killarney countryside, and even bake scones on a quaint Irish sheep farm near Galway. By way of the most dramatic coastal and pastoral scenery, this tour of Ireland leads you to the lesser-known gems of the Emerald Isle as well as the cliffs, castles, and famous crystal you’ve long heard of. As you hum along the winding Ring of Kerry and the rocky Aran Islands, this tour of Ireland “will steal your heart away.”

Highlights of Emerald Isle

Travelers Notes

We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi.

Private Touring

6 guests in a party: $1,875*
18 guests in a party: $455*

Small Group

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus Europe escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized European tour—without the crowds.

Product Group

Emerald Isle

Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 4 three-course dinners

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND Céad mile fáilte—a hundred-thousand welcomes! At 3pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for an afternoon orientation drive, including O’Connell Street, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. (D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CITY SIGHTS “In Dublin’s fair city where girls are so pretty,” you’ll also find great personality and charm. The charisma of Dubliners and the bounty of pubs here is matched only by the gorgeous Georgian Squares, 12th-century St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and legendary library of Trinity College.

Day 2

DUBLIN–KILDARE–STROKESTOWN–CASTLEBAR Triumphs & Tragedies KILDARE Visit the Irish National Stud.
STROKESTOWN Guided tour of the 1740s mansion and gardens at Strokestown House and the Famine Museum. (B,D)
172 mi / 376 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT Relive history at Strokestown Park House, a stunning Georgian Palladian Mansion, with its original furnishings, and stroll the walled gardens in this historic site. Get a glimpse into the lives of generations of people who lived and worked here over the centuries, each adding their own chapter to the story and leaving their mark. Witness the history of the Great Irish Famine with a visit to the National Famine Museum to learn about the most devastating and tragic event in Irish history.

Day 3

CASTLEBAR–KYLEMORE–GALWAY Wild Irish Roses CASTLEBAR Depart via Westport en route to the Connemara region.
KYLEMORE Visit the Benedictine Abbey.
CONNEMARA Visit the Joyce family at their marble workshop at Moycullen.
GALWAY Free time. (B)
89 mi / 143 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURE & TRADITION Nestled between the woodlands and lakeshore near Galway City, Kylemore Abbey is home to the Benedictine Sisters who have been in residence since 1920 in a life of prayer, work, and community. The history of this stunning abbey reaches back to the 1800s as the estate of Irish patriot Mitchell Henry. Visit the abbey where handmade chocolates, wild Irish honey and traditional fuchsia pottery are sold. Stroll the lovely grounds of Ireland’s largest walled garden in the heart of the Connemara countryside.

Day 4

GALWAY. EXCURSION TO THE ARAN ISLANDS Islands of Saints & Scholars GALWAY Ferry crossing to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands.
INISHMORE Stop in for a light lunch at [LF] Joe Watty’s pub and hear from a local who shares stories about life on Inishmore Island. A minibus tour of the island with a local guide-driver includes a visit to the prehistoric clifftop fort of Dun Aengus. (B,L)
45 mi / 72 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
TRADITION & CULTURE Joe Watty’s Bar & Seafood Restaurant on Inishmore Island is the place for good food, Gaelic music, and craic (good company). Unwind beside the fire or enjoy a Guinness in the beer garden to watch the world go by and learn a cúpla focal (few words of Irish) from some of the locals.

Day 5

GALWAY–CLIFFS OF MOHER–LIMERICK Sheep, Scones & Ancient Stones RATHBAUN Visit Rathbaun Farm and [LF] try your hand at scone baking, learn about sheep herding, and enjoy coffee and scones.
CLARE COAST See the rocky landscapes of The Burren and stop to take photos of the prehistoric megalith at Poulnabrone Dolmen.
CLIFFS OF MOHER Visit the 668-foot-high cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean.
LIMERICK Free time this evening. (B)
129 mi / 207 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES Someone’s in the kitchen in Rathbaun Farm, just outside of Galway. You can don an apron and whip up your own delicious home-made scones, served with fresh preserves and whipped cream. Learn about the longtime tradition of sheep farming in this beautiful Irish landscape.

Day 6

LIMERICK–FOYNES–DINGLE PENINSULA–KILLARNEY Daring Young Men & Flying Machines FOYNES Take a guided tour of the Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, followed by Irish coffee demonstration and tasting.
DINGLE PENINSULA Enjoy a scenic drive on Slea Head promontory. (B,D)
159 mi / 255 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDS & LORE Experience the era of transatlantic passenger flights, and the maritime legends of the River Shannon with a visit to the fantastic Flying Boat & Maritime Museum in Foynes, home to the world's only full-size replica of a B314 flying boat, commemorating this Irish town’s role in early passenger flights across the Atlantic and the legendary flying boats that carried celebrities, royals, and refugees alike. Learn about the daring history and folklore of Ireland’s longest river.

Day 7

KILLARNEY. EXCURSION TO RING OF KERRY A Jaunting Good Time RING OF KERRY Panoramic drive around part of Ireland’s southwestern peninsula.
KILLARNEY Take a horse-drawn jaunting-car ride through the national park (B)
99 mi / 159 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
NATURAL WONDERS County Kerry is home to the exquisite natural beauty of a rugged and mountainous expanse in Killarney National Park. A horse-drawn jaunting car ride is a great way to experience this natural wonderland, including the 1,000-foot McGillycuddy’s Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland. Nestled at the foot of these mountains, the Lakes of Killarney’s shores and woodlands share this magical place with waterfalls and dramatic skies above Ross Castle.

Day 8

KILLARNEY–BLARNEY–WATERFORD Fine Crystal & The Gift of Gab KILLARNEY Cross the Kerry Mountains into County Cork.
BLARNEY Visit the village known for its magical Kissing Stone.
WATERFORD Take a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal. (B,D)
126 mi / 203 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDS & LORE Cut the blarney and hear the history of how telling tales is forever linked to the 15th-century castle and the village below in Blarney. One of the last estate villages that remain standing in Ireland, the village was built by an 18th-century landlord to house the castle workers there. It’s true!

Day 9

WATERFORD–GLENDALOUGH–DUBLIN MOUNTAIN LOUGHS & MEDIEVAL MONKS GLENDALOUGH Stop at the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century.
DUBLIN Free time this afternoon. (B)
122 mi / 196 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT In Wicklow Mountains National Park, wander around the medieval monastic settlement of Glendalough and see its 6th century houses, churches, stone cross and the impressive Round Tower in the beautiful ‘valley of the two lakes.

Day 10

DUBLIN Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2023-04-13 2023-04-14 2023-04-23 $2639 $0 $2639 GH30414 Available
2 2023-04-20 2023-04-21 2023-04-30 $2859 $0 $2859 GH30421 Available
3 2023-04-27 2023-04-28 2023-05-07 $3189 $0 $3189 GH30428K Not Available
4 2023-05-04 2023-05-05 2023-05-14 $2899 $0 $2899 GH30505 Available
5 2023-05-11 2023-05-12 2023-05-21 $2899 $0 $2899 GH30512 Available
6 2023-05-18 2023-05-19 2023-05-28 $2899 $0 $2899 GH30519 Available
7 2023-05-25 2023-05-26 2023-06-04 $2899 $0 $2899 GH30526 Available
8 2023-06-01 2023-06-02 2023-06-11 $2899 $0 $2899 GH30602 Available
9 2023-06-08 2023-06-09 2023-06-18 $2899 $0 $2899 GH30609 Available
10 2023-06-15 2023-06-16 2023-06-25 $2899 $0 $2899 GH30616 Available
11 2023-06-22 2023-06-23 2023-07-02 $3189 $0 $3189 GH30623K Not Available
12 2023-06-29 2023-06-30 2023-07-09 $2899 $0 $2899 GH30630 Available
13 2023-07-06 2023-07-07 2023-07-16 $2899 $0 $2899 GH30707 Available
14 2023-07-13 2023-07-14 2023-07-23 $2899 $0 $2899 GH30714 Available
15 2023-07-20 2023-07-21 2023-07-30 $2899 $0 $2899 GH30721 Available
16 2023-07-27 2023-07-28 2023-08-06 $2899 $0 $2899 GH30728 Available
17 2023-08-03 2023-08-04 2023-08-13 $3189 $0 $3189 GH30804K Available
18 2023-08-10 2023-08-11 2023-08-20 $2899 $0 $2899 GH30811 Available
19 2023-08-17 2023-08-18 2023-08-27 $3189 $0 $3189 GH30818K Available
20 2023-08-24 2023-08-25 2023-09-03 $3189 $0 $3189 GH30825K Available
21 2023-08-31 2023-09-01 2023-09-10 $2899 $0 $2899 GH30901 Available
22 2023-09-07 2023-09-08 2023-09-17 $2899 $0 $2899 GH30908 Available
23 2023-09-14 2023-09-15 2023-09-24 $2899 $0 $2899 GH30915 Available
24 2023-09-21 2023-09-22 2023-10-01 $2899 $0 $2899 GH30922 Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 The Gibson 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. Dublin Point Village Superior First-Class
2 The Ellison Hotel The hotel is located in the heart of Castlebar, County Mayo. The bedrooms are fully equipped with the following: free WIFI, workstation with power connectivity, luxury toiletries, in-house room safe, flat screen multi-channel TV, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer. Guests can dine in Siar Restaurant & Bar and enjoy local produce. Castlebar Lannagh Road Superior First-Class
3 Galmont Hotel and Spa You are guaranteed the best of all worlds when you stay at the luxury 4 star Galmont & Spa Galway. One of the finest Galway Hotels with scenic Galway Bay views, luxury city center hotel accommodation, excellent food and world class spirit one spa & leisure facilities. Galway Lough Atalia Road Superior First-Class
4 Limerick Strand Hotel A unique and individual hotel with an exceptional location on the Shannon. The award-winning River Restaurant and welcoming Terrace Bar & Café serve the finest quality of Irish and international cuisine, created with locally sourced produce. The Energize Health Centre features a 20-meter swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, state-of-the-art exercise and high-performance cardo & weights machines as well as a plunge pool and hydrotherapy facilities. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel. Limerick Ennis Road Superior First-Class
5 Killarney Towers Hotel Killarney Towers Hotel offers spacious and bright rooms, designed, furnished and decorated with comfort and convenience in mind. The hotel boasts restaurants, bars, a concierge service and on-site fitness facilities. Killarney College Square First-Class
6 Granville Hotel The Granville, a boutique hotel in the center of Waterford's historic and shopping district, overlooking the marina. Dating back to the early 1700's, The Granville is one of Ireland's most historic hotels. Stained glass, tapestries, and wood panelling lend to the charm of it. There are standard modern amenities in all bedrooms such as flat screen TVs, 24 hour room service, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. There is an AA Rosette awarded Bianconi Restaurant to sample delicious local food. Waterford The Quay Superior First-Class
7 Hilton Garden Inn Dublin City Centre The hotel is walking distance from the Temple Bar neighborhood, Irish Whiskey Museum, Trinity College, O'Connell Street, and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Guests can enjoy all-day restaurant and fitness center. All bedrooms have complimentary WIFI, 40-inch TV, mini-fridge, work desk with ergonomic chair and the Suite Dreams® by Serta bed. Dublin 1 1 Custom House Quay First-Class
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