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Ireland planning

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I'm planning a trip to Ireland for summer 2016 and have started reading and making lists of what we would like to see. Work schedules mean this needs to be a 9-12 day trip, probably in first half of June. It's a trip, too, not a vacation, want to see as much as possible in that time.
We do not drive on trips. I know -- that's very limiting! We like history, art, and nature but very little shopping. Ring of Kerry excursion is a must on this trip.
We have traveled very successfully with Globus in the past on a Reformation trip to Germany and on a Normandy trip to France by spending 3 days on our own in Berlin and Paris & then joining a tour that carries us around the countryside. Getting up early is no problem but being taken places that we have no interest in is and I'm having a problem finding a good tour of Ireland. Would prefer to avoid Waterford crystal.
The Globus hotels seem to be in more out of the way parts of the cities and towns than usual; I like to walk early in the morning before breakfast and after dinner. I also want to extend the trip by just one or two nights in Dublin and it is easier not to switch hotels but can, if necessary.
Globus tours are http://www.globusvacation.com/tour.cfm?npid=51086&nhr=1 and
http://www.globusvacation.com/tour.cfm?npid=58226&nhr=1 Hotels on first, shorter tour look better located than the ones on the second trip, which includes wonderful sounding Aran Islands.
I saw an old post on the forum that mentioned C.I.E. and I will start looking at their tours. I'm used to Globus and try to avoid ones that travel too many miles -- learned that on first trips to England/Scotland and Italy with them.
Found an excellent Odyssey tour but it is only offered once in the summer and the time was when I absolutely can't get away from work.
Another old post mentioned Rabbies and Timberbush Tours. Timberbush seems to just go to Scotland but there are Rabbies tours in Ireland. They seem to operate very differently than the companies like Globus -- we are responsible for finding our own hotels, b & b, etc. Has anyone toured with Rabbies before or have another tour company to recommend?
Thanks!

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