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Irish Coast

Discover the heart of Ireland

Take your time on this Ireland tour, which explores the most acclaimed sights in the south and west. 

Trip details

Tour start Dublin

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Tour end Dublin

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Nights

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Itinerary

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slide Day 1Dublin Tour | The Book of Kells
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your hotel in Dun Laoghaire, a charming suburb of Dublin just outside the city. Head out for an introductory Dublin tour 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 guide and view the priceless 9th-century Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels. Enjoy an independent evening at one of Dun Laoghaire’s many restaurants or pubs.
Head to the beautiful harbor city of Galway, stopping off for a welcome drink and a CIE Tours Exclusive experience at Sean’s Bar in Athlone, the oldest bar in Europe; Sean’s Bar has been serving customers since 900 AD. Take a guided walking tour through Galway center to view its iconic 18th-century Eyre Square and the surrounding stone-clad buildings and medieval winding lanes. Enjoy some free time to explore Galway on your own, then join your fellow travelers for dinner at your hotel. (B, D)
Explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly-changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. Take a short catamaran cruise of Killary Harbour, a 9-mile fjord (seasonal). 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. Return to Galway where the evening is free to explore the city. (B, L)
Travel south around Galway Bay and through the Burren, a region of rounded limestone hills that 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. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, which rise almost 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic surf. Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary and head to Killarney. The evening concludes with a traditional Irish night featuring a lively show with dinner. (B, D)
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through Killarney National Park to scenic Ross Castle, set on the shores of Lough Leane. See the highlights of 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 Kenmare. Return to Killarney for an evening on your own. (B, L)
Drive through the mountains into rich farming country on the way to Blarney Castle. Kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Travel along the coast to the Marine Bar in Dungarvan for some traditional music. Continue to Waterford to witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. (B, D)
In the 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. Later, stop in Kilkenny for a look around the medieval city center and have lunch on your own. Partake in the Smithwick’s Experience and enjoy a tasting paddle of their famous ales. Travel to Dublin and in the evening head to Cleaver East, a popular Dublin restaurant for a glass of wine and a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Tour ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Where you’ll stay

Inclusive package with no hidden extras

What's included?

  • Full daily breakfast (except day 1)
  • Transportation (Buses, shuttles & ferries)
  • Welcome drinks with your group
  • Free Wi-Fi on luxury coaches
  • Comprehensive travel itinerary and documents

Our welcome gift to you

  • A travel backpack
  • Travel adapter
  • Rain poncho
  • Luggage strap and tags
  • Documents wallet

From our travelers

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I cannot even begin to tell you how marvelous this tour is! Each day was full of craic, laughs, adventure, and beautiful scenery. The sights were amazing and the food was top notch.

Penny & Michael
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Jeanine B 1 year 1 month ago

5.0
Loved it; made the trip easy and fun the whole time. Everything was handled for us and went smoothly. Saw much more of the beautiful sights than we would have managed on our own. Although we've often rented cars in foreign countries, it was more relaxing to observe the gorgeous countryside without the stress of driving on the left side of the road. Our guide, Marian, is a gem -- funny and knowledgeable, but kept everyone moving along, as you need to with a big group.
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CIE Tours Customer 11 months 2 weeks ago

5.0
The Irish Gold tour was well organized. Our tour guide, Carmel, was a wealth of knowledge, and our bus driver, John's humor made them a great team. I didn't know what to expect since this was my first time visiting Ireland, but they were such a fantastic team that they made me feel like I was on a family vacation although there was a schedule to be kept. How else would I have seen and learned all that I did in eight days!
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Daniel Stewart Torpey 1 year 1 month ago

5.0
For our first trip to Ireland CIE tours is the best.
Our tour guide Brendon & bus driver Lawrance made the trip so much fun . We learned so much about the history from Brendon
His jokes and singing made the trip that much better. Thank You
Danny, Laura &Megan
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Robert A Kennedy 1 year 1 month ago

5.0
The tour was pretty much all inclusive and I thought it was a good value for the money.
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Mary Elizabeth Crilly 2 months 3 weeks ago

5.0
The price of the tour was well worth it, it included the best hotels, dining and no extra excursions at a cost. The places we went to were all beautiful and all well planned out. Tour guide was excellent!
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