Irish Gold 9 Days / 8 Nights
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner