Irish Gold

8 Day Guided Tour from Dublin to Dublin with CIE Tours

Read 9 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on CIE Tours 8 Day Irish Gold. This leisurely tour featuring luxurious 4-star hotels takes in the most acclaimed sights and scenic byways of southern Ireland.

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Guided Tour Starts In
Starts In
Dublin
Guided Tour Ends In
Ends In
Dublin
Accomodation
Accomodation
3 - 4 Star
44
Max Group Size
44
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Ireland
Trip Operated By:
CIE Tours
CIE Tours
212 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.6 out of 5
9 Reviews
Trip Code:
GOA21

Itinerary

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1 Dublin 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 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 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.
2 Sean’s Bar & Galway City Tour
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)
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. 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)
4 Sheepdogs, Cliffs & Traditional Irish Night
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)
5 Jaunting Car Ride & Ring of Kerry Highlights
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)
6 Blarney 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. 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)
7 Waterford 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 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)
8 Tour Ends in Dublin
Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

CIE Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Blarney Castle: Built nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, this stronghold has been attracting attention ever since. Millions have flocked to Blarney to kiss the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the tower, making it one of Ireland’s greatest treasures.
  • Trinity College Book of Kells: Visitors walk through the city-center campus of Trinity College to view this world-famous 9th century gospel manuscript housed in the magnificent Old Library. See the ’Turning Darkness into Light’ exhibition, the Book of Kells and other related manuscripts in the Treasury and the magnificent 18th century Long Room.
  • Cliffs of Moher: One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, the cliffs are 700 feet high and extend for 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on a headland and one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and Connemara. The cliffs are home to major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds.
  • House of Waterford Crystal: Tour this working factory to see all stages of production from craftspeople forming molten glass to the intricate cutting and polishing. At the end of the tour view magnificent trophies and the opulent retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world.
  • Ring of Kerry: One of Ireland’s most popular circular drives around the Iveragh Peninsula, starting and ending in Killarney. The 100-mile route of ever-changing scenery of mountains and shoreline combined with varying weather conditions ensures splendid views.
Authentic Local Experiences
  • Local guides will impart historic facts and local lore on walking tours of Dublin's Trinity College, Galway and Waterford.
  • Join generations of pub-goers in raising a glass at Sean's Bar in Athlone – Featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest bar in Europe, it's been serving thirsty customers since 900 AD.
Included Meals
  • 7 breakfasts (B) , 2 lunches (L) and 4 dinners (D) including a traditional Irish Night in Killarney, and a Dublin restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Royal Marine Hotel (4 Stars)
  • The Galmont Hotel & Spa (4 Stars)
  • Great Southern Killarney Hotel (4 Stars)
  • Granville Hotel (4 Stars)
  • Clayton Hotel Burlington Road (4 Stars)
Trip Notes
  • Airport transfers at your arrival and departure destination are not included in the price of the tour.
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
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Where do we Stay?
Where do we Stay?
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Reviews (9)

8 Day Irish Gold reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

Rating 4.6 out of 5
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“Our guide was phenomenal”
- Australia Sep 2019

This is the first review we have written about a tour guide in several years, and we are a well-travelled couple fast approaching our 80s who have paid lots of excellent visits to numerous places on most continents. Our affordable eight day and first-ever bus tour in Ireland was especially pleasurable because our hotels were excellent, but, most important, because the tour guide Marlene Sullivan was so phenomenal and unforgettable inspiring words such as articulate, in love with her home country...read more

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“Superb tour”
- Australia Aug 2019

We have finished our Irish Gold tour and it was superb. Great hotels and very full days seeing the areas we were in and hearing about the history of Ireland. Tommy our guide looked after us well, ensuring we were all happy, and our driver, Sean, was excellent. Well done. The best of two bus tours we have done.

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“A wonderful week in Ireland”
- Australia Jun 2018

We just finished our 8 day tour of Ireland and we had such a great time. John was our driver and we felt very safe with him. Sabina was our tour guide. Sabina is very knowledgeable and organised, and she knows how to keep everyone feeling happy whether it was raining or sunny. The hotels were really great and food was excellent. Lots of sheep and beautiful green hills. The Irish people are ready to party and love to tell their jokes!! Thanks for a wonderful week.

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“Fantastic tour director”
- Australia Apr 2018

I want to praise our driver/tour director Sean Flood. He was absolutely fantastic!!! This is the first tour of this kind that I have taken and will definitely take another if all of CIEÆs drivers are of his calibre. His humour, depth of knowledge, warmth and caring attitude were fantastic. He made sure we knew all the areas we travelled through and gave us more than enough information, fun anecdotes and interesting tidbits about Ireland and its people. I feel so blessed to have met him and would...read more

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“We had a fantastic time”
- Australia Apr 2018

Just returned from the CIE Irish Gold Coach Tour. It was superb, beyond all our expectations. We enjoyed all the places we visited, and the hotels as well as the meals were very nice. It was a truly memorable trip and all the more so thanks to the amazingly kind, witty, efficient and learned tour director, Sabina Murphy. The driver, Collin, was also amazing. He looks like James Bond (Daniel Craig) but drives like an angel--very very smooth indeed. My daughter and I get motion sickness easily so...read more

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