2019 Irish Gold Coach Tour – 8 Days/7 Nights  or 9 Days/8 Nights

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

  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners including a traditional Irish Night in Killarney, and O’Connell’s Restaurant in Dublin.

Trip Highlights

Hotels – 8 Nights

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

Day 1Dublin Tour & The Book of Kells

Tour begins 1:00 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 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 2 Clonmacnoise 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. (B, D)

 

Day 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. 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. (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. 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 5 Jaunting 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. 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. (B, L)

 

Day 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. 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 & O’Connell’s Restaurant

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. Partake of the Smithwick’s Experience and enjoy a tasting paddle of their famous ales. Travel to Dublin and in the evening head to the popular O’Connell’s Restaurant for a glass of wine and dinner. (B, D)

 

Day 8 Independent Day in Dublin

(8 Day tour ends after breakfast)

Enjoy an independent Hop-on, Hop-off bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions -- Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland, or the General Post Office Museum. (B)

 

Day 9 Tour Ends in Dublin

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

START END PRICE 9 days   8 days
Sunday Mar 10, 2019 from Dublin Monday Mar 18, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $2645 ends Mar 17 $2320
Sunday Mar 17, 2019 from Dublin Monday Mar 25, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $2580 ends Mar 24 $2255
Sunday Mar 24, 2019 from Dublin Monday Apr 1, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $2580 ends Mar 31 $2255
Sunday Mar 31, 2019 from Dublin Monday Apr 8, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $2710 ends Apr 7 $2385
Sunday Apr 7, 2019 from Dublin Monday Apr 15, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $2710 ends Apr 14 $2385
Sunday Apr 21, 2019 from Dublin Monday Apr 29, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3355 ends Apr 28 $2695
Wednesday Apr 24, 2019 from Dublin Thursday May 2, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $2900 ends May 1 $2580
Sunday Apr 28, 2019 from Dublin Monday May 6, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3095 ends May 5 $2770
Sunday May 5, 2019 from Dublin Monday May 13, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3315 ends May 12 $2965
Sunday May 12, 2019 from Dublin Monday May 20, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3380 ends May 19 $3030
Wednesday May 15, 2019 from Dublin Thursday May 23, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3380 ends May 22 $3030
Sunday May 19, 2019 from Dublin Monday May 27, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3380 ends May 26 $3030
Sunday May 26, 2019 from Dublin Monday Jun 3, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3445 ends Jun 2 $3095
Wednesday May 29, 2019 from Dublin Thursday Jun 6, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3445 ends Jun 5 $3095
Sunday Jun 2, 2019 from Dublin Monday Jun 10, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $4025 ends Jun 9 $3610
Wednesday Jun 5, 2019 from Dublin Thursday Jun 13, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3510 ends Jun 12 $3160
Wednesday Jun 12, 2019 from Dublin Thursday Jun 20, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3510 ends Jun 19  $3160
Sunday Jun 16, 2019 from Dublin Monday Jun 24, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3510 ends Jun 23 $3160
Sunday Jun 23, 2019 from Dublin Monday Jul 1, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3510 ends Jun 30 $3160
Wednesday Jun 26, 2019 from Dublin Thursday Jul 4, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3510 ends Jul 3 $3160
Sunday Jun 30, 2019 from Dublin Monday Jul 8, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $4090 ends Jul 7 $3675
Wednesday Jul 3, 2019 from Dublin Thursday Jul 11, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3510 ends Jul 10 $3160
Sunday Jul 7, 2019 from Dublin Monday Jul 15, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3510 ends Jul 14 $3160
Sunday Jul 14, 2019 from Dublin Monday Jul 22, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3510 ends Jul 21 $3160
Sunday Jul 21, 2019 from Dublin Monday Jul 29, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3510 ends Jul 28 $3160
Wednesday Jul 24, 2019 from Dublin Thursday Aug 1, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3510 ends Jul 31 $3160
Sunday Jul 28, 2019 from Dublin Monday Aug 5, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3510 ends Aug 4 $3160
Sunday Aug 4, 2019 from Dublin Monday Aug 12, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3445 ends Aug 11 $3095
Wednesday Aug 7, 2019 from Dublin Thursday Aug 15, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $4025 ends Aug 14 $3610
Sunday Aug 11, 2019 from Dublin Monday Aug 19, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3510 ends Aug 18 $3160
Wednesday Aug 14, 2019 from Dublin Thursday Aug 22, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3445 ends Aug 21 $3095
Wednesday Aug 21, 2019 from Dublin Thursday Aug 29, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3445 ends Aug 28 $3095
Wednesday Aug 28, 2019 from Dublin Thursday Sep 5, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3445 ends Sep 4 $3095
Sunday Sep 1, 2019 from Dublin Monday Sep 9, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $4025 ends Sep 8 $3610
Wednesday Sep 4, 2019 from Dublin Thursday Sep 12, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3510 ends Sep 11 $3160
Sunday Sep 8, 2019 from Dublin Monday Sep 16, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3510 ends Sep 15 $3160
Wednesday Sep 11, 2019 from Dublin Thursday Sep 19, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3510 ends Sep 18 $3160
Sunday Sep 15, 2019 from Dublin Monday Sep 23, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3510 ends Sep 22 $3160
Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 from Dublin Thursday Sep 26, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3510 ends Sep 25 $3160
Wednesday Sep 25, 2019 from Dublin Thursday Oct 3, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3315 ends Oct 2 $2695
Wednesday Oct 2, 2019 from Dublin Thursday Oct 10, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $3830 ends Oct 9 $2900
Wednesday Oct 9, 2019 from Dublin Thursday Oct 17, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $2990 ends Oct 16 $2645
Sunday Oct 13, 2019 from Dublin Monday Oct 21, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $2925 ends Oct 20 $2580
Sunday Oct 20, 2019 from Dublin Monday Oct 28, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days $2925 Ends Oct 27 $2580