Irish Gold Tour – 8 Days / 7 nights

 

<big>Irish Gold Tour</big>

 

This Irish Gold Escorted Coach Tour Includes 8 days/7 nights and 13 meals 

Highlights:
Blarney Castle
Book of Kells
Cliffs of Moher
Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
House of Waterford Crystal
Ring of Kerry Tour
Skellig Experience
Waterford’s Medieval Museum

 

Hotels:
Deluxe & Superior First Class
Royal Marine Hotel, Dublin (1 night)
Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway (2 nights)
The Malton Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night)
Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin (1 night)

 

Tour Includes:
Full daily breakfast (except Day 1)
All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries
Welcome get-together drink with your group
Four dinners including a traditional Irish Night in Killarney, and O’Connell’s Restaurant in Dublin.
Free Wi-Fi on coaches so you can stay connected along the way
Documents wallet and backpack to keep you organized
All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person

 

<big>Tour Pricing</big>  

 

 Travel Dates  Departure Days  Price
 Mar 11-Apr 01 2018  Sun  €1,350
 Apr 01 – 08 2018  Sun  €1435
 Apr 08 – 15 2018  Sun  €1475
 Apr 18 – 25 2018  Wed  €1435
 Apr 22 – 29 2018  Sun  €1475
 Apr 29 – May 06 1018  Sun  €1630
 May 02 – 30 2018  Sun/some Weds  €1830
 May 30 – Jun 06 2018  Wed  €1840
 Jun 03 – Sept 30 2018  Sun/some Weds  €1855
 Sep 26-Oct 07 2018  Wed, Sun  €1,715
 Oct 03 – Oct 28 2018  Sun/some Weds  €1,570
 Oct 28 2018  Sun  €1,525

*All prices are per person sharing. Single Supplements apply.

 

<big>Tour Itinerary</big>  

 
*All prices are per person sharing. Single Supplements apply.

Tour Itinerary:

Irish Gold 8 Days / 7 Nights

Day 1: Dublin Tour & Book of Kells
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Head out for an introductory tour of Dublin including O’Connell Street, St Stephen’s Green, the seat of government at Leinster House, and other public buildings. Take a stroll through Trinity College’s campus in the center of the city with a student guide and view the priceless 8th century Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the four gospels. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group then enjoy an independent evening at one of Dublin’s many restaurants or pubs.

Day 2: Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Galway City Tour
Journey across the rolling pastures of Ireland’s heartland to visit Clonmacnoise. This monastic settlement was founded in 545 AD and is set on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. See elaborate high Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes. Head to Galway and enjoy a guided walking tour through the city center. Enjoy free time to explore Galway on your own before dinner.
(B, D)

Day 3: Connemara Catamaran Cruise & Kylemore Abbey
Explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly-changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. Head to Kylemore Abbey to see elegant rooms and the charming church, set beside a tranquil lake. Visit the Victorian Walled Gardens and enjoy a casual lunch. Take a short catamaran cruise of Killary Harbour, a 9-mile fjord (Mar 18 – Oct 28 departures). Return to Galway where the evening is free to explore the city.
(B, L)

Day 4: Cliffs, Sheepdogs & Traditional Irish Night
Travel south around Galway Bay and through the Burren, a region of rounded limestone hills which has a curious lunar-like appearance. Immerse yourself in farm life and watch trained sheepdogs obey their owner as they direct sheep through various obstacles. View the Cliffs of Moher, which rise almost 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic surf. Embark on a memorable ferry across the River Shannon Estuary and head to Killarney. Head out for an Irish night featuring a lively show with dinner.
(B, D)

Day 5: Jaunting Car & Ring of Kerry
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through the Killarney National Park to scenic Ross Castle, set on the shores of Lough Leane. Head to Muckross House for a guided tour and a stroll through the gardens. Set out on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive – the Ring of Kerry – with plenty of stops for photo opportunities. Savor a light lunch and take a break in the colorful village of Sneem. Cross to Valentia Island by bridge and tour the Skellig Experience, which explains the life of early Christian monks on Skellig Michael, a rocky offshore island that was featured in the “Star Wars VII” movie. Return to Killarney for an evening on your own.
(B, L)

Day 6: Blarney Castle & Traditional Music Session
Drive through the mountains into richer farming country on the way to Blarney Castle. Kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish made goods at Blarney Woollen Mills before traveling along the coast to the Marine Bar in Dungarvan for a creamy Irish coffee and traditional music. Continue to Waterford to witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal.
(B, D)

Day 7: Waterford Walk & O’Connell’s Restaurant
This morning join a local guide for a walking tour through the narrow streets of the old city to discover Waterford’s long history and some of its colorful characters. Visit the nearby Medieval Museum, a modern building which incorporates a 13th century Choristers’ Hall and the 15th century Mayor’s Wine Vault. Stop in Kilkenny for a look around the compact city center and have lunch on your own. Travel to Dublin and in the evening head to the popular O’Connell’s Restaurant where a warm welcome and superb cuisine await you.
(B, D)

Day 8: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

 

 

<big>Tour  Highlights</big>

 

Blarney Castle Blarney Castle

Built nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, this stronghold has been attracting attention ever since. Millions have flocked to Blarney to kiss the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the tower, making it one of Ireland’s greatest treasures.

Book of Kells Book of Kells

Visitors walk through the city-center campus of Trinity College to view this world-famous 9th century gospel manuscript housed in the magnificent Old Library. See the ’Turning Darkness into Light’ exhibition, the Book of Kells and other related manuscripts in the Treasury and the magnificent 18th century Long Room.

 

Cliffs of Moher Cliffs of Moher
One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, the cliffs are 700 feet high and extend for 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on a headland and one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and Connemara. The cliffs are home to major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds.

Clonmacnoise Monastic Site Clonmacnoise
This great monastery was founded in 548 by St Ciaran and was a great centre of learning in medieval times. Many manuscripts were written there. Today see three high crosses and the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches and two round towers set on a mound beside the River Shannon.

 

House of Waterford Crystal waterford Crystal

Tour this working factory to see all stages of production from craftspeople forming molten glass to the intricate cutting and polishing. At the end of the tour view magnificent trophies and the opulent retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world.

Ring of Kerry Tour Ring of Kerry

One of Ireland’s most popular circular drives around the Iveragh Peninsula, starting and ending in Killarney. The 100-mile route of ever-changing scenery of mountains and shoreline combined with varying weather conditions ensures splendid views.

 

Skellig Experience Skellig Islands

You can experience many aspects of those offshore Skellig islands while remaining on the dry land, in a custom built, stone clad, grass roofed, prize winning building located right on the waterfront beside the Valentia Island bridge at Valentia, County Kerry!

Waterford’s Medieval Museum Waterford Medieval Museum

The Waterford Museum of Treasures is a museum for historical artifacts associated with the city of Waterford. There are three museums in the Viking Triangle collectively known as Waterford Museum of Treasures.