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>  

 

Sun Mar 10, 2019 Sun Mar 17, 2019 €1345
Sun Mar 17, 2019 Sun Mar 24, 2019 €1310
Sun Mar 24, 2019 Sun Mar 31, 2019 €1310
Sun Mar 31, 2019 Sun Apr 7, 2019 €1385
Sun Apr 7, 2019 Sun Apr 14, 2019 €1385
Sun Apr 21, 2019 Sun Apr 28, 2019 €1720
Wed Apr 24, 2019 Wed May 1, 2019 €1495
Sun Apr 28, 2019 Sun May 5, 2019 €1610
Sun May 5, 2019 Sun May 12, 2019 €1720
Sun May 12, 2019 Sun May 19, 2019 €1755
Wed May 15, 2019 Wed May 22, 2019 €1755
Sun May 19, 2019 Sun May 26, 2019 €1755
Wed May 29, 2019 Wed Jun 5, 2019 €1795
Sun Jun 2, 2019 Sun Jun 9, 2019 €2095
Wed Jun 5, 2019 Wed Jun 12, 2019 €1830
Wed Jun 12, 2019 Wed Jun 19, 2019 €1830
Sun Jun 16, 2019 Sun Jun 23, 2019 €1830
Sun Jun 23, 2019 Sun Jun 30, 2019 €1830
Wed Jun 26, 2019 Wed Jul 3, 2019 €1830
Wed Jul 3, 2019 Wed Jul 10, 2019 €1830
Sun Jul 7, 2019 Sun Jul 14, 2019 €1830
Sun Jul 14, 2019 Sun Jul 21, 2019 €1830
Sun Jul 21, 2019 Sun Jul 28, 2019 €1830
Wed Jul 24, 2019 Wed Jul 31, 2019 €1830
Sun Jul 28, 2019 Sun Aug 4, 2019 €1830
Sun Aug 4, 2019 Sun Aug 11, 2019 €1795
Wed Aug 7, 2019 Wed Aug 14, 2019 €2095
Sun Aug 11, 2019 Sun Aug 18, 2019 €1830
Wed Aug 14, 2019 Wed Aug 21, 2019 €1795
Wed Aug 21, 2019 Wed Aug 28, 2019 €1795
Wed Aug 28, 2019 Wed Sep 4, 2019 €1795
Sun Sep 1, 2019 Sun Sep 8, 2019 €2095
Wed Sep 4, 2019 Wed Sep 11, 2019 €1830
Sun Sep 8, 2019 Sun Sep 15, 2019 €1830
Wed Sep 11, 2019 Wed Sep 18, 2019 €1830
Sun Sep 15, 2019 Sun Sep 22, 2019 €1830
Wed Sep 18, 2019 Wed Sep 25, 2019 €1830
Wed Sep 25, 2019 Wed Oct 2, 2019 €1720
Wed Oct 2, 2019 Wed Oct 9, 2019 €1980
Wed Oct 9, 2019 Wed Oct 16, 2019 €1535
Sun Oct 13, 2019 Sun Oct 20, 2019 €1495
Sun Oct 20, 2019 Sun Oct 27, 2019 €1495

Single room supplement: €520

 

<big>Tour Itinerary</big>  

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