Ireland

Luck of the Irish!

Uncover an island brimming with mystical charm and welcoming people during this 9-day trip to Ireland. Drift across the land where valleys and coasts give way to a never ending sight of breathtaking views. Ireland has a vast and varied history with awe-inspiring scenery. So come discover all of the Emerald Isle’s hidden treasures!

Day 1 : Dublin Arrival

Welcome to Dublin! Today is arrival day and you will have the afternoon/evening free to relax and unwind after your travels. Later, in the evening, we will head to the outskirts of Dublin to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for some Irish food, Irish drink, Irish music, Irish dancing and of course some Irish banter from the musicians!

Included :

  • Activities : *Arrival (at your own expense)
  • Meals : Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 2 : Dublin

After breakfast, we will head to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells which is one of the world’s most famous medieval manuscripts. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy afternoon tea on a vintage double decker bus that has been converted into a cafe. Enjoy tea and snacks while touring the streets of Dublin on this very unique and fun way to see the city. In the evening, you’ll have some free time to explore Dublin’s vibrant nightlife as well as a chance to visit Temple Bar. 

Included :

  • Activities : Trinity College; Book of Kells; Dublin vintage bus tour; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 3 : Dublin – Killarney

In the morning, we will make our way to the infamous Teeling Whiskey Distillery to discover how Ireland’s “water of life” is crafted. Thereafter, we’ll depart from Dublin and head South towards the Wicklow mountains. We will stop in Glendalough, a beautiful glacial valley with a picturesque lake and ancient monastery dating back to the 6th century. We’ll keep traveling South and stop to visit a cheese farm where we will try some delicious samples and see how the cheese is made. We will then visit the Rock of Cashel, the former, ancient capital of Ireland. This majestic ruin sits on a hilltop surrounding the fields of grazing cows and sheep. 

Continuing South, we’ll arrive at Killarney, Ireland’s favorite pub town, renowned for its lively character, stunning surroundings and heartwarming locals where we will stay the night. 

Included :

  • Activities : Teeling Whiskey Distillery; Wicklow mountains; Glendalough; Cheese farm visit; Rock of Cashel; Killarney
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 4 : Ring of Kerry & Muckross House

Departing in the morning, we will be exploring Ireland’s most scenic route with 100 miles of beautiful valleys of the Ring of Kerry and its spectacular shoreline. Don’t forget to charge your camera because there will plenty of marvelous photo stops along the way! 

Returning to Killarney, we’ll stop at the elegant Muckross House and discover its beautiful park with a variety of different plants and scenic surroundings. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a local chocolate and whiskey pairing in one of Killarney’s well known establishments. 

Included :

  • Activities : Ring of Kerry; Muckross House; Chocolate and whiskey pairing
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 5 : Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head

After breakfast, we will be heading West towards the Dingle peninsula. Mentioned in National Geographic as one of the most beautiful places on Earth, it is also one of Europe’s most westerly points! This peninsula is overflowing with rugged coastline, colorful villages and ancient sites. It is also one of Ireland’s last Gaelic speaking regions. We will visit scenic places like Slea Head and the lovely village of Dingle where we’ll enjoy hearing the village locales speak Gaelic and try some delectable seafood. 

Included :

  • Activities : Dingle peninsula & village; Slea Head
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 6 : Dingle

Today will be a free day in Dingle during which you’ll have some relaxing time to enjoy the delights of Ireland’s Wild West. As an  optional activity, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the bewildering beauty of the Blasket Islands with a boat trip across Dingle Harbor. Otherwise, you will find countless village pubs where you’ll be able to try the delicious craft beer which Ireland is so famous for!

Included :

  • Activities : Free day in Dingle; *Blasket Islands (Optional & at your own expense)
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 7 : County Clare, Cliffs of Moher, The Burren

Departing Kerry, we will continue our journey across the Wild Atlantic Way. We’ll stop to visit a renowned organic cheese farm. Later on, we’ll take a ferry across the estuary of the River Shannon (Ireland’s largest and longest river) to Clare, the fairytale county of Ireland. We’ll visit the Cliffs of Moher where you will experience the natural, awe-inspiring power of the Atlantic in its rawest form. Hearing the sound of the waves, the wind and the birds hovering over their nests is a unique experience in Ireland.
We will head to the Burren National Park which takes its name from the Irish word ‘bhoirean‘, meaning rocky place. This region of special beauty will catch your breath with the sight of never ending limestone fields. After our visual feast, your senses will be stimulated in another way as we enjoy the scents of the local Burren Perfumery. To complete the day, we will finish the evening in Galway, known as Ireland’s happiest town and famous for its traditional Irish music nights.

Included :

  • Activities : Organic cheese farm; River Shannon to Clare ferry; Cliffs of Moher; Burren National Park; Burren Perfumery; Galway
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 8 : Falconry & Midlands

Departing Galway, we will be heading North this time to enjoy a class of falconry on the grounds of one of Ireland’s most famous castles. You’ll be amazed at how these majestic animals glide across the sky with their breathtaking beauty and precision. Later, we will be moving East across the valleys of the River Shannon before stopping at Clonmacnoise Monastery. Dating back to the the 5th century, on the banks of the river Shannon, this beautiful place has been subject to invasions from the Vikings and others over the centuries and is renowned for its well-preserved round tower. There’ll be a stop for refreshments during which we will enjoy a local lunch in an Irish pub before continuing our way to the East until Dublin where we will spend our last night.

Included :

  • Activities : Falconry class in Irish castle; Valleys of the River Shannon; Clonmacnoise Monastery; Dublin
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 9 : Dublin Departure

Say goodbye to Ireland before heading back home. Hopefully, along the way you made some amazing memories and friendships! We hope to see you again on our next adventure!

Included :

  • Activities : *Departure (at your own expense)
  • Meals : Breakfast

*Itinerary is subject to change.

Ireland 9-Day Trip

$3,390 – Trip Cost (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)

I’m a single traveler. Will I be charged a single supplement?

If you would like to be paired with someone of the same gender on the trip to avoid paying the single supplement, we can arrange this for you. If there is no other traveler with whom to pair you, you WILL have to pay the single supplement. Pairing with another person of the same gender comes on a first-come, first-served basis. At the time of booking, there will be a questionnaire pertaining to this. Please complete it accurately so that we can try our best to accommodate your preferences.

If you want a single room throughout the tour, you can buy the “single supplement”The single supplement fee for this trip is $675. If you would like your own room, you can purchase the additional supplement at check-out. We have made the single supplement fee as affordable as possible so that those traveling solo are not discouraged from traveling with us because of a costly single supplement fee.

What is included :

  • 8 nights accommodation (Double occupancy)
  • Local Irish guide and driver
  • All breakfasts
  • Welcome dinner
  • All activities as noted on itinerary

What is not included :

  • Most dinners & lunches
  • Optional activities
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Souvenirs
  • International airport pick up and drop-off
  • International flight
  • Supplementary insurance
Group Size

Our tour groups have a maximum of 12 travelers plus one local guide. We prefer small group travel because based on our experience, large groups are less easily able to integrate into a society and generally have less authentic contact with the locals. The more people in the tour group, the more the group experiences their own “group culture” rather than the one of the country that they are visiting.

A small group number also means that tour group members will receive more personal treatment by the tour guide who can more thoroughly attend to the needs of each person. Small tour groups are also more mobile and can be easily integrated into a social scene. In this way, the traveler is more likely to be treated as an individual rather than a tourist ready to be exploited for his or her money.

Small tour groups are more flexible as travel plans can be more easily altered en route. If the group discovers a special event or festival in Ireland that they would like to attend, and it is not covered in the original tour itinerary, it is possible to change the itinerary. As a small group, it is easier for the group to come to an agreement and for the tour guide to alter the reservations, if needed.

Small groups are low-impact because they don’t introduce a large number of foreigners to a local scene where they can have adverse impacts on the local society and other travelers. For example, a large tour group can take up all the seats on a local bus, or book an entire restaurant forcing locals and other travelers away from their preferences.

Airfare

Airfare is not included in the cost of our tours. Your flight arrangements are up to you, but we’re here to offer suggestions!

Currency

The official currency of Ireland is the euro (EUR; 1 EUR ≈ $1.10).

The most convenient way to handle money is to use a debit card for withdrawals from an ATM and/or to bring money to exchange. If you need to buy euros on arrival, you can exchange a small amount at the airport and then some more elsewhere as airports usually offer unfavorable exchange rates.

Major credit cards are widely accepted and we recommend that you use them to avoid carrying cash. ATMs are widely available and will accept appropriate cards and dispense cash in the local currency. Additional fees may apply so please check with your financial institution before you travel. It’s also a good idea to inform your bank that you are traveling overseas to ensure that they don’t block your ATM/credit cards.

We recommend calling your bank before departure to let them know that you will be traveling so that your card is not put on hold. It is also a good idea to contact your bank to get any other information about international usage fees and your card while traveling. You may also consider getting a second card just in case you lose your primary one or it gets demagnetized, stolen, or eaten by an ATM.

As most components of your tour have been prepaid, you will only need money for lunch and dinners each day as well as any optional activity you may want to participate in. If you are an avid shopper or enjoy a cocktail in the evening, these costs will be incurred at your own expense.

We recommend using credit and ATM cards to avoid carrying large sums of cash. High denomination bills are not readily accepted for exchange, even in banks, so it is better to carry smaller denominations.

Visa

Visas to Ireland are not required for U.S. citizens. If you hold a passport from another country, please check with your local consulate or embassy about requirements for travel to Ireland. All passengers traveling internationally are required to have a passport with at least 6 months validity. Please carry proper identification (your passport) on you and do not leave it in your suitcase or hotel room. In many E.U. countries, you need to carry a national identity card or passport with you at all times.

Communication

To make calls to Ireland, the country code is +353. However, when making use of your phone overseas, be sure to check with your provider to get informed about data and call roaming prices as it can be quite expensive.

You may consider contacting your service provider to learn about what kind of international plans they offer for calls, texts and data, especially since you will be abroad for 9 days. In Ireland, prepaid calling cards offer excellent rates and are on sale in many stores. Otherwise, all hotels we will be staying at will offer free wifi and so will most restaurants and other public places. However, please be aware that it might not be as fast as you’re used to.

Outlets

Voltage for outlets in Ireland is 230V. North American voltage is generally 110V. Therefore, you will need a converter for your travels. Adapters will be necessary to adapt your plug into the outlet, but these may not convert the voltage so both devices are necessary.

Irish outlets have 3-prong outlets with two parallel flat prongs and one perpendicular (see below) :

Weather

Ireland has warm summers and cooler winters whereas spring and fall are mild. Pack lightweight clothing for the summer and warmer, wind-proof items for the winter. Rain gear is essential year-round.

Below are average low and high temperatures (in Fahrenheit) as well as rainfall averages for Ireland.

TIP : To convert to Celsius, subtract 30 and then divide by 2. While not exact, this simple formula will give you a close estimate.

What to Bring

Bring a good rain jacket. There can be frequent rain showers on the Atlantic coast. The average temperature is 50 F. Not too hot and not too cold. Weather can vary, but it’s rarely extreme.

Below are a few things that we suggest bringing to make your trip more comfortable.

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hiking shoes/boots (preferably water resistant)
  • Warm jacket with a hood
  • Extra layers or thermal underwear (wool is recommended)
  • Hat, scarf, gloves & buff
  • Umbrella
  • Small, across the shoulder day bag or small backpack
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen (biodegradable, if possible)
  • Any prescription/OTC medication (if needed)
Tipping

Ireland does not have a strong tipping culture. In restaurants, taxis and for personal services, all tips are at your discretion and are usually around 10% when you were satisfied with the service.

Tipping your tour guide : It is not necessary to tip your guide, but if you feel that he/she did an exceptional job, then you can tip anywhere from 5% – 15% of the total cost. 

Laundry

Almost all of the hotels on this trip offer laundry services at a fee, if needed.

Safety

Ireland is a great destination for solo travelers. North or South, it is a very safe place to visit and you will find most people to be friendly and welcoming. Statistically, it is among Europe’s safest travel destinations.

A great way to keep an eye on any tricksters that might try to take advantage of your uncertainty in a new country is to check in with the guys at TravelScams (Ireland page).

Food

Hotels throughout Ireland offer a wide variety of foods. When making your reservation, please notify us of your specific requests, especially those of you who require low-salt or celiac diets. We cannot guarantee all requests and it is a good idea to make specific requests with the hotel staff during the tour.

Emergencies

If you become ill on tour or have an emergency situation at home, contact your Globe Drifters tour guide immediately. In the unlikely event of an emergency, we will ensure that you receive the necessary treatment and taken to a medical facility of good standing.

The U.S. Embassy in each country has a website with a list of doctors and medical facilities in various cities throughout each country. Beware that being treated internationally might not be included in your health insurance plan; therefore, we recommend that you check with your health insurance provider about coverage overseas.

Additional country-specific information for U.S. citizens traveling in Ireland can be found on the U.S. government’s website : U.S. Department of State – Travel to Ireland. Here, you can find the most up-to-date information about destination descriptions, passports/visas, safety and security, transportation, travel, local laws, alerts/warnings, vaccinations and more. For citizens of other nations, we recommend that you consult your local consulate or embassy for travel information, regulations, and requirements.

Language

Irish Gaelic (pronunciation in parentheses) :

  • Good Morning : Dia duit ar maidin (Djiah gwich air mahdjeen)
  • Good bye : Slán (Shlahn)
  • Thank you : Go raibh maith agat (Guramahhagut)
  • Please : Más é do thoil è (Mushayduh-hulyah)
  • Cheers : Sláinte (Shlandja)

Our friendly team is here to answer all of your doubts or questions! Feel free to reach us at any time by email at: info@globe-drifters.com or call us at any time at : +1 (561) 313 4860.

Visa

Nationals of Australia, Canada and the United States do not need a visa for a stay up to 90 days in Ireland. Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months after the date you plan to exit Ireland or the Schengen Area. Nationals of the European Union countries can stay for an unlimited period.

If you are not a citizen of one of the above-mentioned countries, please check with your nearest Irish embassy or consulate for information on visas and travel to Ireland.

Flights

Once you have booked your flights, please send us your flight information. Your arrival and departure city is Dublin.

 

*Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation from us which will be sent to you within 1 ~ 2 business days after paying your deposit. 

When to Go to Ireland

PEAK Season :  July to August – These are the most popular months to visit because of the longer days (with daylight from 4:30 until 22:30. Summer crowds, however, have grown over recent years, partly thanks to the cruise-ship industry, which affects mostly Dublin, the Cobh/Cork region, and Belfast.

SHOULDER Season : April to May and September – Travel during this time offers fewer crowds, less competition for rooms, and all the tourist fun. Weather is becoming increasingly warmer and clearer in the springtime, flowers are starting to bloom and Ireland is waking from winter. In the fall you’ll feel the cool chill in the air, fireplaces sparked up in pubs and the locals start to relax a bit after their busy summer season.

LOW Season : January to March and October to December – Winter travelers experience no crowds, soft room prices, colder rain, and shorter sightseeing hours (or sights open only on weekends, or even closed entirely November–February). Live music and pub crawls are limited to weekends. Winter weather can be chilly, dreary, and blustery, dampening the island’s rural charm, though city sightseeing is fine.

Ireland has warm summers and cooler winters. Spring and fall are mild. Pack lightweight clothing for the summer and warmer, wind-proof items for the winter. Rain gear is essential year-round.

Below are average low and high temperatures (in Fahrenheit) as well as rain averages for Ireland.

TIP : To convert to Celsius, subtract 30, then divide by 2. While not exact, this simple formula will give a close estimate.

You can zoom in and out on the map by pressing the plus and minus buttons to the right.

The hotels and accommodations in which you will be staying in Ireland are handpicked, 4-star boutique hotels. They are usually locally-owned or family-run hotels rather than big chains with hundreds of rooms and big crowds of tourists. We try our best to select accommodation with impeccable service as well as old world charm and that are centrally-located.

We are very selective in choosing the right accommodation for each specific tour and we are very proud of our selections. Some of these hotels are boutique hotels and others are family-owned, just like us!

If you will be in Ireland before or after the dates of your tour with us, we can pre-arrange your hotel stay for those nights. Just get in touch with us and we can talk you through it.


Dublin


Killarney

 


Dingle


Galway

 

*All hotels are subject to change.

Insurance

We recommend that you purchase trip/travel insurance for your trip. We work with Travelex which offers travel protection plans to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. Otherwise, you are welcome to shop around online for a provider and policy that best suits your needs.

For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click on the image below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792. Globe Drifters’ reference location number is 09-0984.

The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. 11.17 E7N

Vaccinations

Below is information from the CDC and its recommendations regarding vaccinations for travel to Ireland.

CDC Ireland

Trip Date

September 25
October 3, 2020
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Price based on double occupancy. Single Supplement can be purchased for an additional $675.


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