Southern Gems – 7 Days


This Southern Gems Escorted Coach Tour of is 7 days/6 nights

Highlights:  Southern Gems
Blarney Castle
Blasket Centre
Dingle Bay Cruise
Dublin Castle
Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum
Russborough House

Superior First Class
The Gibson Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
Actons Hotel, Kinsale (1 night)
Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis (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 night out at Taylors Three Rock for dinner and a show, and a
festive medieval castle banquet.
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

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2020 Prices
Apr 12 – Apr 18 – €1340
Apr 19 – Apr 25 – €1435
May 3 – May 9 – €1570
May 24 – May 30 – €1570
May 31 – Jun 6 – €1875
Jun 7 – Jun 13 – €1610
Jun 21 – Jun 27 – €1915
Jul 3 – Jul 9 – €1650
Jul 10 – Jul 16 – €1650
Jul 17 – Jul 23 – €1930
Aug 2 – Aug 8 – €1930
Aug 9 – Aug 15 – €1650
Aug 16 – Aug 22 – €1625
Aug 30 – Sep 5 – €1620
Sep 6 – Sep 12 – €1620
Sep 25 – Oct 1 – €1485
Sep 27 – Oct 3 – €1765
Oct 2 – Oct 8 – €1410
Oct 4 – Oct 10 – €1370
Oct 18 – Oct 24 – €1330


Southern Gems 7 Days / 6 Nights

Day 1: Dublin Castle & City Tour
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Set out on an introductory tour of central Dublin. Take a guided tour of Dublin Castle, the seat of power and government for many centuries. See the State Apartments, where many state functions are held in the richly decorated chambers. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.

Day 2: Russborough House & Taylors Three Rock
Head to Blessington for a guided tour of Russborough House, a Palladian mansion filled with interesting treasures, works of art, and early photography collections. Enjoy your afternoon with an independent open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions — Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland, or the General Post Office Museum. Head to Taylors Three Rock for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show.
(B, D)

Day 3: Blarney Castle & Kinsale Walk
Pause for photos at the Rock of Cashel as you travel to Blarney Castle. Climb the ramparts to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or walk through the gardens. Treat yourself to Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Head to Kinsale, a delightful old fishing town renowned for sailing and gourmet food. Join a local guide for a short walk around the historic streets.
(B, D)

Day 4: West Cork Coastal Drive & Killarney
Journey along the rugged western coastline of Cork via Clonakilty and Skibbereen, passing picturesque coves and beaches. Travel to Killarney for some leisure time and a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park to view Ross Castle. Enjoy dinner at your hotel and a free evening in Killarney.
(B, D)

Day 5: Dingle Peninsula & Blasket Centre
Explore the Dingle Peninsula and embark on a boat trip of Dingle Harbor and Bay for scenic views of heathery mountains, sandy beaches, and stunning green landscapes. Visit the Blasket Centre in Dunquin to learn about the Blasket Islands, inhabited until 1953 by hardy farming and fishing families. Enjoy free time in Dingle and sip an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn before returning to Killarney for a free evening for independent dining.

Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet
Visit the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum. Drive to the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic. Travel inland to the charming town of Ennis. Head to Knappogue or Bunratty Castle for a medievalstyle banquet, songs, and stories. (B, D)Visit the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum. Drive to the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic. Travel inland to the charming town of Ennis. Head to Knappogue or Bunratty Castle for a medievalstyle banquet, songs, and stories.
(B, D)

Day 7: Tour Ends in Ennis
Your program ends after breakfast.

B: Breakfast; D: Dinner


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.

Blasket Centre  Blasket Islands

The Blasket Centre on the mainland in Dún Chaoin on the tip of the Dingle Peninsula is a fascinating heritage centre/museum honouring the unique community who lived on the remote Blasket Islands until their evacuation in 1953. The Blasket Centre tells the story of island life, subsistence fishing and farming,

Dublin Castle Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin and has been the site of many fortifications. The magnificent State Apartments were built as the residential quarters of the viceregal court. They are now the venue for Ireland’s Presidencies of the European Community, Presidential Inaugurations and State Functions.

Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum Foynes

On July 9th 1939, the luxury Pan Am Flying Boat, the ’Yankee Clipper’ landed at Foynes and the Museum is dedicated to recalling the time when Foynes became the center of the aviation world from 1939 to 1945. Irish Coffee was first created here in 1942

Russborough House Russborough house

Set in Blessington, to the south of Dublin city, this magnificent Palladian mansion is set in spacious grounds and is filled with interesting treasures as well as noted works of art and early photographic collections.