Irish Gold 9 Days

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.

With luxury Hotels, meals and amenities, this 8 or 9 day tour is an excellent taste of the country's culture in the comfort of modern lodgings and transport. Enjoy traditional entertainment in Killarney, fine dining in Dublin and stay in Irelands cultural hubs, Galway, Killarney and Waterford.

Included in this tour:
  • 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:
    - a traditional Irish Night in Killarney
    - 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 to Blarney Castle, Book of Kells, Cliffs of Moher, Clonmacnoise Monastic Site,House of Waterford Crystal, Ring of Kerry Tour, Skellig Experience and Waterford's Medieval Musseum. 
  • 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)
  • The Galmont Hotel & Spa (Formerly Radisson Blu),  Galway (2 nights) o
  • Great Southern Killarney (formerly the Malton), Killarney (2 nights) 
  • Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night)
  • Clayton Hotel Burlington Road,  Dublin (2 nights)

Currency:

Please note that we charge in Euros (€). Prices in other currencies are for indication only and subject to fluctuation.
 

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: Independent Day in Dublin
8-day tour ends after breakfast. Guests on the 9-day tour enjoy an independent Dublin 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.
(B)

Day 9: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

Tour Start Date in Ireland Tour End Date in Ireland Land price Twin Sharing Guranteed Departure
Wed 21 Aug 2019 Thu 29 Aug 2019 $2,669 Sold Out
Sun 25 Aug 2019 Mon 2 Sep 2019 $2,719 Please Call
Wed 28 Aug 2019 Thu 5 Sep 2019 $2,669 Please Call
Sun 1 Sep 2019 Mon 9 Sep 2019 $3,119 Sold Out
Wed 4 Sep 2019 Thu 12 Sep 2019 $2,719 Please Call
Sun 8 Sep 2019 Mon 16 Sep 2019 $2,719 Sold Out
Wed 11 Sep 2019 Thu 19 Sep 2019 $2,719 Sold Out
Sun 15 Sep 2019 Mon 23 Sep 2019 $2,719 Sold Out
Wed 18 Sep 2019 Thu 26 Sep 2019 $2,719 Sold Out
Sun 22 Sep 2019 Mon 30 Sep 2019 $2,619 Please Call
Wed 25 Sep 2019 Thu 3 Oct 2019 $2,569 Available
Sun 29 Sep 2019 Mon 7 Oct 2019 $2,519 Sold Out
Wed 2 Oct 2019 Thu 10 Oct 2019 $2,969 Sold Out
Sun 6 Oct 2019 Mon 14 Oct 2019 $2,469 Sold Out
Wed 9 Oct 2019 Thu 17 Oct 2019 $2,319 Please Call
Sun 13 Oct 2019 Mon 21 Oct 2019 $2,269 Sold Out
Sun 27 Oct 2019 Mon 4 Nov 2019 $2,219 Available
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