From the priceless 8th century Book of Kells and the 545 AD settlement of Clonmacnoise experience the feeling of the passage of time moving through some of the golden moments of Irish history.
- Duration: 7 Nights
- Start Location: Dublin Airport
- End Location: Dublin Airport
Deluxe & Superior First Class Hotels - 8 or 9 Day Coach Tour
Our Irish Gold 8 or 9 day escorted tour gives a wonderful overview of Ireland including a Catamaran Cruise of Killary Fjord and ending with a lively show of traditional Irish music, songs and step-dancing.
Also included are tours to Trinity College to view the famous Book of Kells, Clonmacnoise Monastic Site, Kylemore Abbey, the Blarney Woollen Mills, the Cliffs of Moher and the tour highlight of the Ring of Kerry renowned the world over for it’s stunning scenery.
Day 1: Dublin Tour & Book of Kells
The tour will begin at Dublin Airport with a group transfer to your hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. If your flight is later than noon, you will need to transfer to the hotel at your own expense.
At 2:00 pm you will meet with your tour director will show you Dublin’s River Liffey, O’Connell Street, St. Stephen’s Green, the seat of government at Leinster House, public buildings and various other places of interest. See some of Dublin’s famous Georgian houses and pause at the poignant Famine Memorial, which acts as a constant reminder of the mid-19th century disaster. We advise you to visit Trinity College’s campus and the Old Library to view the Book of Kells. Join your fellow travellers and guide for a welcome drink at the hotel. Your dining option for tonight is up to you but your guide will be happy to advise.
Day 2: Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Galway
On day 2 you will leave Dublin and travel across Ireland’s heartland to visit Clonmacnoise. This monastic settlement was founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran. You will see elaborate high crosses as well as many church ruins and round towers on your journey. You will then drive to Galway and view the main sights of the city before checking into your hotel.
Enjoy some free time to browse around Galway’s fun specialty stores, cafés and pubs on your own before dining in your hotel later that evening. (B, D)
Day 3: Tue: Connemara & Kylemore Abbey
Day 3 includes a drive through the heart of Connemara, past granite hills and sparkling lakes on the way to Leenane to embark on a short cruise of Killary Harbour which is a 9-mile fjord. Once you have explored the stunning sights, you will then rejoin your coach and stop for photos at the Kylemore Abbey Visitor Centre. Enjoy a casual lunch and savour the spectacular views of Connemara before returning to Galway in the evening to explore the city (B, L)
Day 4: Cliffs of Moher, Sheepdogs and Jarveys Pub in Killarney
On the fourth day, you will travel south around Galway Bay to see the Cliffs of Moher. In Caherdonnell watch trained sheepdogs herd sheep through various obstacles. Drive south to take a ferry across the Shannon Estuary and head to Killarney. Killarney is a little town that is world-known thanks to its exquisite location beside the famous lakes and mountains. After you have checked in to your hotel you may head out to view stunning scenery before heading to Jarvey's Irish Pub for a lively show with dinner (B, D)
Day 5: Ring of Kerry & Muckross House
On day 5 you will be invited to explore County Kerry’s popular scenic drive (The Ring of Kerry ) with Ireland’s highest mountains on one side and a varied Atlantic coastline on the other. At the tip of the peninsula you will find the Skellig Experience , which explains the history of the region. Enjoy a light lunch on route, stopping off at the attractive village of Sneem and stop at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Killarney before you return. Back in Killarney take a horse drawn jaunting car ride through the Killarney National Park to Muckross House for a guided tour to see period furnishings and learn about it's history. Enjoy your free evening with independent dining. (B, L)
Day 6: Blarney Castle, Traditional Music Session
Today continue to Blarney where you can climb to the ramparts of Blarney Cstle to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Also check out the colourful gardens and lovely parklands. Shop for irish goods at Blarney Woollen Mills before continuing along the coast to the Marine Bar in Dungarvan for a creamy Irish cofee and informal traditional music. Continue to Waterford and check into your historic hotel, located on the waterfront of this ancient port city. After dinner, take a fun walking tour around the narrow streets and ancient buildings to discover Waterford’s long history. (B, D)
Day 7: Waterford Walk & O'Connell's Restaurant in Dublin
After breakfast join a local guide for a walking tour through the streets of Waterford to discover the city's long history as well as some of its colourful characters. Visit the city's Medieval Museum, a modern building which incorporates a 13th century Chorister's Hall as well as the 15th century mayor's wine vault. Travel along the east coast of Ireland to your hotel in Dublin and in the evening time drive to O'Connell's Restaurant for a superb dinner and music. (B, D)
Day 8: Depart for Home or Extra Day in Dublin
For those booked on the 8-day tour, you will receive a complimentary group transfer. These transfers are provided toDublin Airport and are set to arrive at 6:00 am, 9:00 am or 12:00 noon.
If you have booked our 9-day tour, spend an additional day in Dublin with an independent Dublin open-top bus tour pass (valid for 24 hours) plus a visit to Guinness or General Post Office. (B)
Day 9: Homeward bound
You will receive a Taxi transfer to Dublin Airport on the final day. (B)
B=Breakfast, D=Dinner, L= Lunch
(Please note prices are based on a 8 day tour).
- 8 days/7 nights/13 meals or
- 9 days/8 nights/14 meals
- Roundtrip Group transfers when you book our flights ($30 fee for transfers on Land-only bookings)
- Sightseeing by luxury coach
- Professional tour director
- 7 (8-day tour) or 8 (9-day tour) nights in hotels listed above
- Full breakfast daily except on day 1 (B)
4 dinners (D) including:
- Jarvey's Irish Night
- O'Connell's Restaurant in Dublin
- 2 table d'hote dinners
- - 2 lunches
- Welcome get-together drink
- Tour of Dublin with your tour director
- Walking tours of Trinity College, Galway & Waterford
- Catamaran cruise of Killary Fjord
- Sheepdog trials at Caherdonnell
- Ferry ride across the River Shannon
- Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
- Irish coffee and music session at the Marine Bar in Dungarvan
- Visits and admissions to Book of Kells at Trinity College, Clonmacnoise Monastic Site, Kylemore Abbey Visitor Centre, Cliffs of Moher, Muckross House & Gardens, Skellig Experience, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills and Waterford's Medieval Museum.
- Headsets for walking tours
- Deluxe flight bag, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
- All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
- Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office (9-day tour only)
(Please note prices are based on a 8 day tour).
Overnights for this tour:
- Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoighaire, Dublin (1 night)
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway (2 nights) or Old Ground Hotel, Ennis for July 24 & 27 departures
- The Malton Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
- Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night)
- Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin (1 or 2 nights depending on whether you are on a 8 or 9 day tour)
|Tour Start Date in Ireland||Tour End Date in Ireland||Land price Twin Sharing||Guranteed Departure|
|Sun 2 Oct 16||Sun 9 Oct 16||$1,518||Please Call|
|Sun 9 Oct 16||Sun 16 Oct 16||$1,518||Please Call|
|Sun 16 Oct 16||Sun 23 Oct 16||$1,380||Available|
|Sun 23 Oct 16||Sun 30 Oct 16||$1,380||Available|
|Wed 12 Oct 16||Wed 19 Oct 16||$1,518||Please Call|
|Wed 5 Oct 16||Wed 12 Oct 16||$1,518||Please Call|