2017 - 8 Day Irish Gold
4 Star Vacation - 7 Nights - 13 Meals

FromUS$1664 Land Only  *About Prices
or

Save Time and Money - Book Air and Land Together

Highlights

Irish Gold 8 Day Tour
Click to Enlarge Map
  • Traditional Irish Night in Killarney
  • O’Connell’s Restaurant in Dublin
  • Blarney Castle
  • Killary Fjord Catamaran Cruise
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Jaunting Car Ride
  • Waterford Crystal & Medieval Museum

Hotels:

Deluxe & Superior First Class

  • Royal Marine Hotel
    Dublin (1 night)
  • Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa - Galway
    Galway (2 nights)
  • The Malton Hotel Killarney
    Killarney (2 nights)
  • Granville Hotel
    Waterford (1 night)
  • Clayton Hotel Burlington Road
    Dublin (1 night)

Tour Includes:

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 7 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 4 dinners (D) including
    - Traditional Irish Night in Killarney
    - O'Connell's Restaurant in Dublin
    - 2 table d'hote dinners
  • 2 Lunches (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tour of Dublin
  • Walking tours of Dublin’s Trinity College, Galway and Waterford
  • Killary Fjord catamaran cruise (Mar 26 – Oct 22 depts)
  • Sheepdog trials at Caherconnell
  • 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, Cliffs of Moher, Skellig Experience, Muckross House & Gardens, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, House of Waterford Crystal and Waterford’s Medieval Museum
  • Audio headsets and group photo
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies
View Dates & Prices

Alternate Length Tour Choices:

Top of Page

Itinerary

2017 Irish Gold Coach Tour 8 Days / 7 Nights

Day 1: Dublin Tour & Book of Kells
Your vacation starts at your Dublin hotel at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director. Head out to see Dublin’s main attractions including O’Connell Street, St. Stephen’s Green, the seat of government at Leinster House and other public buildings. View Dublin’s famous Georgian squares and elegant town houses with elaborate doorways. Take a stroll through Trinity College’s campus in the center of the city with a student guide and in the Old Library view the priceless 8th century Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the four gospels. Your tour director will host a welcome drink with your fellow travelers and advise where to dine independently.

Day 2: Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Galway City Tour
Leave Dublin and journey across the rolling pastures of Ireland’s heartland to visit Clonmacnoise. This monastic settlement was founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran and is set on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. See elaborate high Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes. Walk around the many church ruins and two round towers. Drive to Galway and join a local guide on a gentle walk through the city center before checking into your hotel. Your hotel is located within easy walking distance of lively streets with fun specialty stores, cafés and pubs. Enjoy free time to browse around on your own before dining in your hotel.
(B, D)


Day 3: Connemara Catamaran Cruise & Kylemore Abbey
Today explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly-changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. While visually stunning, this area is not good for farming and only suitable for the sturdy mountain sheep that survive on the steep hills. Drive through the picturesque Inagh Valley to Leenane where you embark on a short catamaran cruise of Killary Harbour, a 9-mile fjord (Mar 26 – Oct 22 depts). Enjoy views of hills where traces of “lazy beds” of potato ridges from the 19th century and earlier can still be seen. Drive to Kylemore Abbey to tour elegant rooms in the mansion and the charming church, set beside a tranquil lake. Enjoy a casual lunch and savor more views of Connemara before returning 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. In Caherconnell watch trained sheepdogs obey their owner as they direct sheep through various obstacles. On the coast view the Cliffs of Moher, which rise almost 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic surf. Drive south to take a ferry across the River Shannon Estuary and head to Killarney. Drive through the Killarney National Park by traditional jaunting car to view Ross Castle set on the shores of Lough Leane with mountains forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel in the center of the town and head to a cozy pub venue for an Irish Night featuring a lively show with dinner.
(B, D)


Day 5: Ring of Kerry Tour & Muckross House
Set out on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive – the Ring of Kerry. The variety of scenery in such a small area will amaze you and there will be plenty of photo opportunities. The road winds between the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountains, and the heavily-indented Atlantic coastline. Cross to Valentia Island by bridge and tour the Skellig Experience to learn about the offshore island of Skellig Michael where early Christian monks lived. Savor a light lunch and take a break in the colorful village of Sneem and admire panoramic mountain views at Moll’s Gap. Head to Muckross House for a guided tour to see period furnishings and learn about its history. Stroll through the mature gardens before returning to Killarney where the evening is free for independent dining or checking out some of the pubs with live music.
(B, L)


Day 6: Blarney Castle & Traditional Music Session
Drive through the mountains into richer farming country on the way to Blarney. Climb to the ramparts of Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or, if you don’t feel like a climb, take a gentle walk through the lovely parklands and colorful gardens. Shop for Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills before traveling along the coast to the Marine Bar in Dungarvan for a creamy Irish coffee and informal traditional music. Continue to Waterford and check into your historic hotel, located on the waterfront of this ancient port city. Tour the House of Waterford Crystal to watch the many stages of glass blowing, cutting and polishing by master craftspeople. At the end of the tour admire the huge display of magnificent trophies and you will have an opportunity to purchase elegant tableware and gift items.
(B, D)


Day 7: Waterford Walk & O’Connell’s Restaurant
This morning join a local guide for a fun 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 your hotel in Dublin and in the evening drive to the popular O’Connell’s Restaurant where a warm welcome and superb cuisine await you.
(B, D)


Day 8: Depart Dublin for Home
Your program ends after breakfast.
(B)


B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

View Dates & Prices
Top of Page

Rates & Hotels

Dates & Prices – Book Now by selecting from the dates below
If you choose a land only tour with us, book your flights from North America one day earlier than the tour start date.
If you book our air-inclusive tour, our system will automatically choose a date prior to land start day and based on lowest available prices with one of our preferred airline carriers. For group bookings with a confirmed air block, our system will offer those specific flights.

Enter a departure date:

 Continue

8 days Dublin to Dublin
Start
Dublin
End     
Dublin
Price (Land Only)
Twin Sharing
 
 
Special
Departure
 
 
Book
Online
 
 
Request a
Price Quote
        
Sun Sep 24, 2017Sun Oct 01 2017US$1940
 
Guaranteed
 
Sold Out
 
Wed Sep 27, 2017Wed Oct 04 2017US$1798
 
Guaranteed
 
Call to book
 
Sun Oct 01 2017Sun Oct 08 2017US$1664
 
Guaranteed
 
Call to book
 
Wed Oct 04 2017Wed Oct 11, 2017US$1664
 
Guaranteed
 
Call to book
 
Sun Oct 08 2017Sun Oct 15, 2017US$1664
 
 
 
Sold Out
 
Wed Oct 11, 2017Wed Oct 18, 2017US$1664
 
Guaranteed
 
Sold Out
 
Sun Oct 22, 2017Sun Oct 29, 2017US$1664
 
Guaranteed
 
 
 

Single room supplement: $514

 

Top of Page

Customer Reviews

View Dates & Prices