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CIE Tours 2017 - 8 Day Irish Gold

4 Star Vacation - 7 Nights - 13 Meals
Overnights: 1 Dublin, 2 Galway, 2 Killarney, 1 Waterford, 1 Dublin
From Dublin to Dublin
Tour Code #: IE-GOA-17-8D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $1,664

CIE Tour Highlights:

  • Traditional Irish Night in Killarney: 
  • O’Connell’s Restaurant in Dublin: O’Connell’s Restaurant in Dublin Located in the well-established suburb of Donnybrook this charming restaurant offers you a warm welcome. The very best Irish ingredients, local, artisan, free-range and organic where possible, cooked with great care. After dinner, sit back and enjoy lively music to set your toes tapping.
  • Blarney Castle: 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.
  • Killary Fjord Catamaran Cruise: Killary Fjord Catamaran Cruise Travel along the nine-mile inlet of Killary, Ireland’s only fjord, and enjoy uninterrupted views of the spectacular scenery. Because of its sheltered nature, its waters are always calm and the company guarantees no sea-sickness!
  • Cliffs of Moher: 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.
  • Jaunting Car Ride: Jaunting Car Ride Drive through part of the extensive Killarney National Park at a leisurely pace to enjoy wonderful lake and mountain views and stop for photos. All the while your driver entertains you with local folklore and history of the area.
  • Waterford Crystal & Medieval Museum: Waterford Crystal & Medieval Museum 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.

Hotels:

Deluxe & Superior First Class

Royal Marine Hotel: Dublin (1 night)
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa - Galway: Galway (2 nights)
The Malton Hotel Killarney: Killarney (2 nights)
Granville Hotel: Waterford (1 night)
Clayton Hotel Burlington Road: Dublin (1 night)

CIE Tour Includes

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 7 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 4 dinners (D) including
    • Traditional Irish Night in Killarney
    • O'Connell's Restaurant in Dublin
    • 2 table d'hote dinners
  • 2 Lunches (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tour of Dublin
  • Walking tours of Dublin’s Trinity College, Galway and Waterford
  • Killary Fjord catamaran cruise (Mar 26 – Oct 22 depts)
  • Sheepdog trials at Caherconnell
  • Ferry ride across the River Shannon
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Irish coffee and music session at the Marine Bar in Dungarvan
  • Visits and admissions to Book of Kells at Trinity College, Clonmacnoise Monastic Site, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Skellig Experience, Muckross House & Gardens, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, House of Waterford Crystal and Waterford’s Medieval Museum
  • Audio headsets and group photo
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies

CIE International Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin Tour & Book of Kells
Your vacation starts at your Dublin hotel at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director. Head out to see Dublin’s main attractions including O’Connell Street, St. Stephen’s Green, the seat of government at Leinster House and other public buildings. View Dublin’s famous Georgian squares and elegant town houses with elaborate doorways. Take a stroll through Trinity College’s campus in the center of the city with a student guide and in the Old Library view the priceless 8th century Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the four gospels. Your tour director will host a welcome drink with your fellow travelers and advise where to dine independently.

Day 2: Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Galway City Tour
Leave Dublin and journey across the rolling pastures of Ireland’s heartland to visit Clonmacnoise. This monastic settlement was founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran and is set on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. See elaborate high Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes. Walk around the many church ruins and two round towers. Drive to Galway and join a local guide on a gentle walk through the city center before checking into your hotel. Your hotel is located within easy walking distance of lively streets with fun specialty stores, cafés and pubs. Enjoy free time to browse around on your own before dining in your hotel. (B, D)

Day 3: Connemara Catamaran Cruise & Kylemore Abbey
Today explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly-changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. While visually stunning, this area is not good for farming and only suitable for the sturdy mountain sheep that survive on the steep hills. Drive through the picturesque Inagh Valley to Leenane where you embark on a short catamaran cruise of Killary Harbour, a 9-mile fjord (Mar 26 – Oct 22 depts). Enjoy views of hills where traces of “lazy beds” of potato ridges from the 19th century and earlier can still be seen. Drive to Kylemore Abbey to tour elegant rooms in the mansion and the charming church, set beside a tranquil lake. Enjoy a casual lunch and savor more views of Connemara before returning 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. In Caherconnell watch trained sheepdogs obey their owner as they direct sheep through various obstacles. On the coast view the Cliffs of Moher, which rise almost 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic surf. Drive south to take a ferry across the River Shannon Estuary and head to Killarney. Drive through the Killarney National Park by traditional jaunting car to view Ross Castle set on the shores of Lough Leane with mountains forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel in the center of the town and head to a cozy pub venue for an Irish Night featuring a lively show with dinner. (B, D)

Day 5: Ring of Kerry Tour & Muckross House
Set out on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive – the Ring of Kerry. The variety of scenery in such a small area will amaze you and there will be plenty of photo opportunities. The road winds between the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountains, and the heavily-indented Atlantic coastline. Cross to Valentia Island by bridge and tour the Skellig Experience to learn about the offshore island of Skellig Michael where early Christian monks lived. Savor a light lunch and take a break in the colorful village of Sneem and admire panoramic mountain views at Moll’s Gap. Head to Muckross House for a guided tour to see period furnishings and learn about its history. Stroll through the mature gardens before returning to Killarney where the evening is free for independent dining or checking out some of the pubs with live music. (B, L)

Day 6: Blarney Castle & Traditional Music Session
Drive through the mountains into richer farming country on the way to Blarney. Climb to the ramparts of Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or, if you don’t feel like a climb, take a gentle walk through the lovely parklands and colorful gardens. Shop for Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills before traveling along the coast to the Marine Bar in Dungarvan for a creamy Irish coffee and informal traditional music. Continue to Waterford and check into your historic hotel, located on the waterfront of this ancient port city. Tour the House of Waterford Crystal to watch the many stages of glass blowing, cutting and polishing by master craftspeople. At the end of the tour admire the huge display of magnificent trophies and you will have an opportunity to purchase elegant tableware and gift items. (B, D)

Day 7: Waterford Walk & O’Connell’s Restaurant
This morning join a local guide for a fun 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 your hotel in Dublin and in the evening drive to the popular O’Connell’s Restaurant where a warm welcome and superb cuisine await you. (B, D)

Day 8: Depart Dublin for Home
Your program ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner  >

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