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Irish Gold

  • 2019 Irish Gold Coach Tour – 8 Days/7 Nights
Starts Dublin
Ends Dublin
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  • Itinerary
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences

  • Local guides will impart historic facts and local lore on walking tours of Dublin’s Trinity College, Galway and Waterford
  • See the beautiful ruins of the sixth-century monastery at Clonmacnoise on the banks of the Shannon

Dining Experiences

  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners including a traditional Irish Night in Killarney, and a Dublin restaurant.

Trip Highlights

Hotels – 7 Nights

  • Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (1 night)
  • The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway (2 nights)
  • Great Southern Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night)
  • Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin (1 night)

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Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin Description:

Originally built in 1863, this hotel today offers 228 air-conditioned guestrooms, all featuring modern decor in natural shades with burgundy touches and light-wood furnishings. Experience fine dining or casual bar food and enjoy the award-winning Sansana SPA and Pier Health Club. Dun Laoghaire has many shops and restaurants to explore. The property overlooks Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin Bay and is located eight miles from Dublin city center. Dublin International Airport is 16 miles away, and can be reached by car or airport coach in approximately 45 minutes. Hotel parking.

The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway

The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway Description:

Established in 2001 in Galway City Centre, The Galmont is one of Ireland’s finest 4 star hotels. Just a three-minute walk from the central Eyre Square and overlooking Galway Bay, The Galmont (formerly the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway) stands in the heart of the city. With a range of guest rooms to choose from, the hotel is home to the award-winning spirit one spa and the best events facilities in the west of Ireland. Whether you’re in Galway for a weekend getaway, a family trip or on business, this hotel’s central location, helpful team and excellent facilities will make your stay one to remember.

Great Southern Killarney, Killarney

Great Southern Killarney, Killarney Description:

First opened in 1854, this hotel offers old-world charm coupled with up-to-date luxurious facilities and friendly service. Enjoy great food in the elegant dining room and relax in the bar or one of the many sitting areas. Guests will luxuriate in spacious and well-equipped bedrooms, and can take advantage of a full-service leisure center. The hotel is set on 20 acres of secluded, landscaped gardens, yet sits right in the center of Killarney and within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants and pubs.

Granville Hotel, Waterford

Granville Hotel, Waterford Description:

This family-run hotel is one of Ireland’s oldest, with significant historical connections, old-world charm and unique features. The friendly and professional staff are dedicated to making your stay pleasant and memorable. Enjoy delicious menus in the attractive dining room. The bar is a lively meeting place, often with live music. Comfortable and well-appointed guest rooms make for a great stay. Set on the waterfront, in the heart of Waterford city, this hotel is within easy walking distance of shopping, Reginald’s Tower and the House of Waterford Crystal.

Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin

Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin Description:

This lively, modern hotel offers an excellent standard of hospitality, with two bars and two restaurants and 500 fully equipped guest rooms, making it Dublin’s largest hotel. With its many facilities and great location, it makes an ideal base for exploring Dublin. Located on Upper Leeson Street, this hotel is a 20-minute walk to Grafton Street. There is a city bus service right outside the hotel, which is within easy walking distance of Dublin’s “Georgian Mile” and the Grand Canal.

Itinerary

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Irish Gold 2019 8 Days / 7 Nights

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 1Dublin Tour & The Book of Kells

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your hotel just outside Dublin. 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 guide and view the priceless 8th century Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the four gospels. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group and then enjoy an independent evening at one of Dun Laoghaire’s many restaurants or pubs.

Day 2Clonmacnoise 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 for a guided walking tour through the city center. Enjoy free time to explore Galway on your own before dinner.

Day 3Connemara 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 17 – Oct 27 departures). Return to Galway where the evening is free to explore the city. (B, L)

Day 4Cliffs, 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 a traditional Irish night featuring a lively show with dinner. (B, D)

Day 5Jaunting 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. Return to Killarney for an evening on your own. (B, L)

Day 6Blarney Castle & Traditional Music Session

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. Treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at Blarney Woollen Mills before traveling 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)

Day 7Waterford Walk & Kilkenny

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 compact city center and have lunch on your own. Visit the Smithwick’s Experience and enjoy a tasting paddle of their famous ales. Travel to Dublin and in the evening head to a popular Dublin restaurant for a glass of wine and dinner. (B, D)

Day 8Tour Ends in Dublin

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

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20 Reviews


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From start to finish, exceeded all of our expectations! Beautifully well planned tour which hit every possible noteworthy feature. Our awesome tour guide Marlene was an absolute joy that we feel made our trip such a cherished memory. Our talented and oh so helpful Brendan made us feel safe and well cared for. We would book again with CIE in a heartbeat! Thank you for such an amazing trip of a lifetime.

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Awesome time! Thanks Lloyd and Brendan!!

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The tour guide, Merrion, was outstanding, the tours great, and the value for the money was very good. The hotels were almost all great as were all the activities planned and local history along the way. Beautiful country!

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First of all I have to give a rave review to our guide Brendan and our driver Colin. They both made my tour unforgettable!! They knew the best routes and restaurants for all our stops. All the hotels were very comfortable, tho some were not very close to the center of whichever city or area we were touring.The daily local guides were all excellent and very informative. I also felt that we had a good amount of time to explore on our own as well. I chose the Irish Gold tour because it enabled me to see all the places most recommended by previous travelers. So I have great photos for memories. Also I met so many wonderful people, some of whom I hope to keep in touch. But I could not have asked for a more informative, entertaining, funny and warm guide as Brendan.

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The first call I made to CIE did not go well but I called backed and got a young lady who was extremely helpful. She was a good communicator and followed up with timely emails. I did not get my first choice of tours and I tried different sites but went with CIE because of her help.

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The whole package; hotels, food, tours, driver, tour guide, etc.

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My agent was friendly, professional and reassuring with great follow through as promised in planning our trip.

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I went through an agent who was not so good.

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The representatives were knowledgeable and helpful. The driver was safe and efficient, got us places on time. The guide was knowledgeable and kept us on schedule so the stops were the appropriate length. This provided a good overview and should not be considered adequate for extensive exploration.

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Barbara was very helpful with her guidance of which tour to book.

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The tour was well planned and executed. Hotels were very nice, bus driver and guide were super.

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Our Irish Gold Tour was amazing. Our guide and driver did a great job showing us the beauty of Ireland and making it all easy. Marian and Colin were thorough, professional, and also a whole lot of fun

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We had excellent tour guides...Marlene and driver, John. Light hearted and informative. They offered a great blend of information in addition to keeping us on schedule. Only wish is CIE Tours would offer tours to South America and other parts of Europe. We will definitely recommend CIE to our California neighbors...

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Horrible service before we went. It was easy enough to pay the deposit and book it but from then on it was a hassle. No one works in your north American office or answers emails/phone and you don't get the documents out in a timely manner.

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The website is very easy to use. The agents provided excellent service when we had any additional questions.

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