Day 1: Friday, November 3rd 2017, we depart for Ireland. We'll board our private coach and be taken to Dulles Airport. Our overnight destination is Dublin.
Day 2: we'll arrive in Dublin we'll arrive at Dublin airport at mid morning. Our flight was 7 hours and 5 minutes. After collecting our luggage and clearing customs, we will board our 1st class coach and go to Newgrange. Newgrange is an ancient monument that dates back 3,000 years before the Pyramids'. Our next stop will be "The Hill of Tara". The Hill of Tara was the Coronation place of Ireland's pre-Christian kings it dates back 5,000 years. On a more recent calendar, You’ll enjoy the best coffee in Ireland at the 'coffee and gift shop' at the base of the Hill of Tara! We’ll leave the Boyne Valley and head for the boarder. Our home for the next two nights is Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. We will be staying at the 'The Balmoral Hotel, Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.
Day 3: after a Full Irish Breakfast, we are off to visit Europe's best attraction, "Titanic Belfast". We will spend the day visiting this amazing partial reproduction of the Titanic and witnessing the hundreds of interactive museum quality exhibits that millions have showered with praise! We guarantee this will be the day you will tell your friends about! Tonight, we are having dinner at the "Felons Club". The Felons Club was a private club for years. Recently they opened it to the public. In past days, to be a member of the Felons Club, you had to be a felon. In those days Club members had to have been incarcerated by the Occupying British Forces for at least one year, to qualify for membership! Those days of "The Troubles" are behind most of us, and we can join together and lift a pint to better days ahead! 26 + 6 = 1
Day 4: we will enjoy a Full Irish Breakfast at the Balmoral Hotel and check out. Today we will ride along the North Ireland Coast and enjoy the beautiful vistas as we travel to "The Giants Causeway" we'll visit the Giant's Causeway and learn the legend of Finn MacCool. After ample time to discuss the origins of the causeway we will drive a few miles to "Old Bushmills Distillery". We will tour Ireland's oldest distillery and sample a wee spot of the square bottled Irish whiskey! From Bushmills if time permits, we will stop in a city with two names! Derry and Londonderry are the same place! The Irish call it Derry and the British refer to it as Londonderry. To experience some of Derry's history we will join local historians in a walking tour of "The Wall of Derry". After Derry we leave Great Britain, our next stop is back in The Republic of Ireland. Tonight we sleep and dine at The Jackson Hotel in Ballybofey County Donegal Ireland. FYI the owners of the Jackson Hotel had an Uncle that served as a Baltimore City Councilman and as President of the City Council. The Late Great Frank Gallagher was our friend RIP.
Day 5: today we eat Breakfast and checkout of the Jackson Hotel about 11am. We will stop in Donegal Town to find out first hand, the quality of Donegal Tweed! We will have time to shop or just look in Magee's Store on the diamond in Donegal Town. Our next stop is in Sligo Town. In Sligo you will be set free to "E.S.&E." (Explore, Shop and Eat!). You will find hundreds of little shops and places to grab lunch. We'll reach our destination hotel late afternoon. Tonight we stay and dine at "The Gateway Hotel" in County Mayo. After Dinner at the Gateway, we will walk out their front door make a left walk to the corner and another left puts us at "Boland's Bar" a real neighborhood Irish Pub! Boland's cousin owns Patrick's Custom Tours, (us). So our tour guide will buy us our first Pint, or Hot Whiskey!
Day 6: after a full Irish Breakfast we at the Gateway Hotel, we’ll board our coach and visit, the "Foxford Woolen Mills" for a bit of shopping. From the Woollen Mills we'll travel to Castlebar and "The Museum of Country Life". For those of us with an interest in the Irish and what their living conditions were ‘The Museum of Country Life’ is the ultimate answer to your questions. Its exhibitions spread over four floors; you’ll see how the people of rural Ireland lived in the hundred years between the Great Famine and the end of the 1950s. When we leave Castlebar we'll make a short stop in Westport. Westport is the home of Matt Molloy's Pub. Matt Malloy is the flutist with "The Chieftains Irish Band". After walking, shopping and window shopping in Westport we will drive westward to the Atlantic and 'Achill Island'. We will enjoy a driven tour of Achill Island. We'll stop on the Atlantic Drive for a photo opp. Then drive to Keel where we will enjoy Dinner at the Achill Cliff House. We return to our hotel and the option to visiting Boland's tonight!
Day 7: after a full Irish breakfast we’ll check out of the Gateway Hotel and head south to Cong (We’ll Leave the hotel about 9:00am). In Neale you will view from the coach, Ireland’s most famous pyramid. It was built in the eighteenth century by the first Baron of Kilmaine, John Brown! It was built to remember his dog or his brother Sir. George (there is still speculation if he built it for his dog or his brother!). (We’ll arrive in Cong about 10:00am) Cong is the village where John Wayne starred in ‘The Quiet Man’. We’ll take about a half hour and do a walking tour of Cong. (We’ll leave Cong at 11:00am) Then it’s off to Galway. With Thursday’s traffic we’ll arrive in Galway about 12:30pm in time for a late lunch and some sightseeing by foot. (We’ll visit Galway for about an Hour and a half.) We’ll leave Galway about 2:00pm we will travel through Gort to avoid the traffic in the Burren. We’ll arrive at the ‘Cliffs of Moher’ between 3:30 and 4pm. With the proper mix of the wind and the sea, you will witness breath taking views of Mother Nature from 702 feet above the sea. Mother Nature will decide how long we stay at the cliffs! Today’s final destination is an hour away. We arrive at ‘Bunratty Castle Hotel’. You’ll have time to check-in and freshen up before the 7:00pm Dinner and Show! Tonight you will go across the road to the ‘Bunratty Folk Park’. You will experience the magic of Irish traditional music, song and dance at the Traditional Irish Night in the Corn-Barn at Bunratty Folk Park. After dinner and the show it’s off to Durty Nelly’s it’s time for you to buy a pint for your guide.
Day 8: after a full Irish Breakfast at the Bunratty Castle Hotel, you will be free to enjoy all that Bunratty offers. Out the front door to the left of the Bunratty Castle Hotel is a small shopping area where you'll find the 'Buttery Pub' a nice place to grab lunch. Next to the Buttery is an outlet for the Blarney Woolen Mills, There are often discounts. ! The entrance to the Bunratty Folk Park and Castle is just across the road. The 'Bunratty Castle and Folk Park' is included in your package. You will easily spend the day in the Folk Park and viewing the Castle. Dinner tonight is at The Bunratty Castle Hotel.
Day 9: this morning we'll eat and check out of the Bunratty Castle Hotel. We will drive east to Dublin. On the way we'll stop at the town of Avoca. Avoca is home of "Avoca Handweavers" one of the oldest working wool mills in the world. We will visit the mill and shop. The town of Avoca is also home for the popular PBS TV show "Ballykissangel". We will stop at Fitzgerald’s Pub where our guide will buy us all a pint! When we get to Dublin, We'll take a drive around the city center to see some of the important public buildings such as Trinity College, the General Post Office, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle. We will say goodbye to our coach and driver today. Tonight we stay at "The Gresham Hotel"! Or "The Hilton Doubletree". Dinner will be at our hotel.
Land Only (excluding Airfare $1,985 per person, double occupancy
2 Nights at the Bunratty Castle Hotel or similar.
Option One Air
$2,796 Full Package Per person double occupancy
Option One: Full Package including Airfare from BWI Baltimore/Washington $2,796. Per Person double occupancy.
Option Two Land
$1,985 Per person sharing, if you book your own Airfare.
Option Two: Land only book your own airfare and meet the group in Ireland: $1,985. pp double occupancy. Some people prefer to arrange their own flights. Either to extend their visit or to use frequent flyer miles. This option makes the tour flexible and manageable.
$567 Single Room
Not Sharing a Room? Add $567 to You Choice Above. Single Supplement: Just $567.00 they are limited in number. Single Supplements are on a first come first served basis. Single Supplement, means private room, a room without a roommate. All other rooms require you to have a roommate. (book your trip early!)
Terms, Deposits and Deadlines:
For the Full Package that includes your round trip airfare: To save a spot on this tour and to lock-in this 'Advance Booking" tour price. Submit this form and a Deposit of $250 Per Person for double occupancy. The balance of $2,546 is due on or before Sunday, August 6th, 2017.
For the Land Only Option: Submit this form and a Deposit of $300.00 Per Person to assure your registration. The balance of $1,685 is due on or before Sunday, August 6th, 2017. You can book your flight on line. We will supply you with information on flights times.
Single Room:(AKA Single Supplement) If you are not going to share a room with a friend, add an additional deposit of $100.00. The $467.00 balance is due on or before Sunday, August 6th, 2017. Single Supplements (single rooms) are limited in number. Single Supplements are on a first come first served basis.
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1) Lunch is not included in this package. Many people find the full Irish breakfast so filling they eat little or no lunch. Although lunch is not included we will most always stop somewhere that has food available.
2) Alcoholic Drinks are not included, except where noted.
3) Travel Insurance. Although Travel Insurance is not required it is highly recommended.
Below are your options for the Cost of this Tour and the required Deposits and Deadlines!
Day 10: after a full Irish Breakfast at the Gresham Hotel, You will have a little time for a bit of last minute shopping before heading to the airport. We will supply you with transportation from the hotel to Dublin Airport. This afternoon we will fly home to the land of the free and the home of the brave. We will take with us a hundred thousand memories that will last a lifetime.
Child sharing with an Adult: Land Only Package no airfare $1,658 per child
Single Supplement $567 per person, single occupancy
Child sharing with an Adult: Total Package including Airfare $2,396 per child
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Total Package including Airfare $2,796 per person, double occupancy
Ten Day, Capitals and Castles Tour
This Tour is at Activity Level, 1 EASY.
When or if not available, “Patrick's Custom Tours” AKA “Patrick's Tours” reserves the right to substitute any; activities, restaurants and hotels for similar.
This Tour also Includes:
Friday November 3rd through Sunday November 12th 2017
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This is great! 10 Days spanning 2 weekends, You'll only miss 5 work Days!