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CIE Tours 2018 - 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-18-8D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $1,500

CIE Tour Highlights:

Authentic Local Experiences:


Sip an Irish coffee as you enjoy a casual music session at the Marine Bar in Dungarvan. Local guides will impart historic facts and local lore on walking tours of Dublin’s Trinity College, Galway and Waterford. 

Trip 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 Blarneyto kiss the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the tower, making it one ofIreland’s greatest treasures.

Book of Kells Visitors walk through the city-center campus of Trinity College to view this world-famous 9th centurygospel manuscript housed in the magnificent Old Library. See the ’Turning Darkness intoLight’ exhibition, the Book of Kells and other related manuscripts in the Treasury and themagnificent 18th century Long Room.

Cliffs of Moher One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, the cliffs are 700 feet high and extendfor 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O’Brien’sTower 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.

Clonmacnoise Monastic Site This great monastery was founded in 548 by St Ciaran and was a great centre of learning in medieval times.Many manuscripts were written there. Today see three high crosses and the ruins of a cathedral,seven churches and two round towers set on a mound beside the River Shannon.

House of Waterford Crystal Tour this working factory to see all stages of production from craftspeople forming molten glassto the intricate cutting and polishing. At the end of the tour view magnificent trophies and theopulent retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world.

Ring of Kerry Tour One of Ireland’s most popular circular drives around the Iveragh Peninsula, starting and ending inKillarney. The 100-mile route of ever-changing scenery of mountains and shoreline combined withvarying weather conditions ensures splendid views.

Skellig ExperienceWaterford's Medieval Museum  The Waterford Museum of Treasures is a museum for historical artifacts associated with the city of Waterford. There are three museums in the Viking Triangle collectively known as Waterford Museum of Treasures.


Dining Experiences:


Four dinners including a traditional Irish Night in Killarney, and O'Connell's Restaurant in Dublin. 

Hotels:


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 International Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin Tour & Book of Kells
Tour begins 2:00 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 student guide and view the priceless 8th century Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the four gospels. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group then enjoy an independent evening at one of Dublin’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 and enjoy 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 an 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 richer 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 a creamy Irish coffee and traditional music. Continue to Waterford to witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. (B, D)

Day 7: Waterford Walk & O’Connell’s Restaurant
This 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. 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 Dublin and in the evening head to the popular O’Connell’s Restaurant where a warm welcome and superb cuisine await you. (B, D)

Day 8: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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