My husband and I have been to Ireland three times before and cannot wait to go again.
This tour, which will arrive in Shannon, will have lots to do and see. Some of the sights will include the village of Bunratty, which has spectacular scenery, and the most beautiful thatched cottages I have ever seen.
You will be visiting a farm that will allow you to experience sheep shearing and learning how sheep dogs are trained to keep them in a flock and herd them where the farmer wants them to be. At the farm, have coffee and homemade scones. You will definitely want more than one scone.
At the Connemara Marble Factory, you will learn how they mine the marble and make it into wonderful jewelry. This is a very remote, but beautiful area that has many mountains, rivers and lakes.
Kylemore Abbey is a very large castle that belongs to the Benedictine nuns and has some great gardens to walk through. People from all over the world go there to visit, since some locals have seen apparitions. On your trip from the castle to Sligo Bay visit the grave of poet W. B. Yeats.
The next day's travel will have you heading to Donegal Bay with its views of the Finn Valley and the Blue Stack Mountains. Later this day, there will be a stop at the Belleek Pottery Factory known for cream-colored pottery. When shopping here, or anywhere else in Ireland, you can have your purchases shipped home. The store will tell you what day it will arrive and, believe it or not, your package arrives as scheduled.
A trip to the Giant's Causeway is a must and is included in this tour. This awe-inspiring sight consists of thousands of symmetrical columns jutting out to sea as if built for a giant's stepping-stones across the sea.
An orientation drive in the city of Dublin includes an informative tour of Trinity College where you will have the opportunity to view the 1200-year-old Book of Kells.
Also, take a picture of a friend with the statue of Molly Malone on the corner of O'Connell Street. One more thing about this town; locals do not get lost because they paint their front doors many different colors and have many different decorations.
Now, get ready for a day of crystal.
The Waterford Crystal Factory tour is very informative and a perfect chance to get that one special piece you have been waiting for. Again, have it shipped. After leaving Waterford, head to Queenstown. This was the last port of call for the Titanic in April 1912.
Now head to Kilkenny and the famous Ring of Kerry. This day will bring many choices for picture taking.
A natural harbor where colonies of seals live and the mountains along the way are just some idea of the views along the way. Travel to Killarney and visit Dingle (the setting for the movie "Ryan's Daughter" starring Robert Mitchum and Sarah Miles).
On your last day, enjoy the green, lush and beautiful countryside of Ireland. Also, on this final day and evening celebrate the thrilling tour you had with friends made on the trip and those that are left behind in Ireland.
Again, let me invite you to experience this wonderful country and it's many happy people.
Reference: Globus Tours brochure
Rose Mascarenhas is a travel consultant with Gadabout Travel in Sebastian. Call (772) 589-0633. Gadabout Travel also has an office in Melbourne. Call (321) 253-3674.