Day 1 – Saturday, August 15th, 2020 A luxury coach will take us from Baltimore County to the Philadelphia Airport. We will fly American Airlines overnight to Shannon, Ireland.
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Day 7- Friday, August 21st
After a sleep-in and full Irish Breakfast at the Royal Marine Hotel, you will have the option to play golf or spend the day discovering Dublin city. You will have passes to the Guinness Storehouse at St. James’ Gate. Traffic is crazy in Dublin so plan accordingly. You will be given a list of interesting sites you should see while in Dublin. Dublin is a pedestrian-friendly city and it is sometimes easier and quicker to walk places. We will leave our hotel tonight to enjoy the best Irish Showand dinner in the Country at Taylor’s Three Rocks. It's a short ride to the Wicklow Mountains. See the video below!
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Day 6- Thursday, August 20th After an early, full Irish breakfast, we check out of the Castle Court Hotel, leave by 9 and head to Clonmacnoise, the historic monastic and Christian settlement of Clonmacnoise(founded about 548 by St Kiernan). It has been declared a Unesco World Heritage site. Pope John Paul II thought the site an important, sacred and visited it during his trip to Dublin in 1979. We’ll first enjoy a video which recants the significant events in the settlement during its1500 year plus history. We’ll then have a short guided tour of the site to include three stone, Celtic crosses (oldest, The Cross of the Scriptures from 900). Then we’re onto the secular establishment whose lengthy history rivals Clonmacnoise-Sean’s Bar in the town of Athlone, County Westmeath-, documented as ”The oldest pub in the world.”
Day 8- Saturday, August 22nd
After a full Irish Breakfast at The Royal Marine, You will have options, You can play golf, horse riding with Anne or join Patrick at Malahide Castle. (Warning, Patrick will most likely lead you to his favorite pubs!). Dinner tonight is at The Royal Marine Hotel
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Day 10- Monday, August 24th
After a full Irish Breakfast at The Royal Marine Hotel, we say goodbye to Ireland with a brief drive to the Dublin airport to catch our flight. We clear Emigration and US Customs in Ireland. We will arrive in the States late afternoon the same day taking with us a, “100,000 memories”. We will always remember this trip but are truly happy to be returning to the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Day 5- Wednesday, August 19th
After a full Irish Breakfast at the Castle Court Hotel, you will have the option to play golf or go on a day trip in and around County Mayo. For the rest of us, our first stop will be the Foxford Woolen Mills' where you can find great buys on area products and learn the inspiring story of the woman who founded the woolen mill in 1892. Then a short stop at the nearby, 'Holy Shrine at Knock' . In the Afternoon we will stop in Swinford and buy a drink at Boland’s Bar. Boland's is what the Irish call a “Local”. Boland’s is a Pub that, "With the right reasons", could become an Irish habit! Hint, Patrick has visited Boland’s annually since 1960. Being a true, traditional Irish pub, food hasn’t and isn’t served, but the Guinness is perfect! We will then explore Ffrench the family land of our friend Kathy Jarboe it will prob to be less than Galway but more than most for some! Then we're off to the ‘The Museum of Country Life’. The museum is on the beautiful grounds and gardens of Turlough Park estate. The Museum of Country Life has exhibitions spread over four floors, which give a glimpse of how the people of rural Ireland lived in the hundred years between the Great Famine and the end of the 1950s. By contrast, the original 19th century, Irish Gothic manor house shows us how the landowners lived. You may also want to visit the Victorian greenhouse, gift shop or café for a scone and tea.
Dinner tonight is at our hotel, The Castle Court Hotel, Westport. After dinner, night owls might enjoy just a very short walk to, 'Matt Molloy's' Pub'. It’s a must for music lovers! Matt Molloy won several 'Grammy's' playing the flute with the 'The Chieftains'. The Video on above is The Chieftains. If you have the luck of the Irish, you may actually meet Matt who does frequent the pub.
Day 2 - Sunday, August, 16th we arrive in Shannon. After collecting our luggage and clearing customs, we will board our 1st class coach and go to the nearby town of Bunratty where we will have Mass at a local Catholic Church. Then we will explore the Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a true reconstruction of a typical 18th-century Irish village from Church to the licensed McNamara’s pub. The one farmhouse actually had been relocated from Shannon runway and reconstructed in the village. Except for the 15th-century castle, all buildings were selected to be relocated because they are the best example of available.
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"Then it’s a very short coach ride through the oldest, deepest forests of Charleville Demesne to the Most Haunted Castle in Ireland, Charleville Castle. We have a private, guided tour of the castle and thank goodness the summer days stay light ‘til late because even the guides won't stay after dark! Charleville Castle has a reputation as the “most haunted castle and grounds in Europe”. It appeared on Living TV's “Most Haunted “and Fox's, “Scariest Places on Earth”. It also was featured on,” Ghost Hunters International”. The most frequently seen of these ghosts is that of a little girl called Harriet, who died after a fall in a staircase. Whether it was a fall or whether she was thrown is the source of why she still appears. It has also been visited by numerous paranormal investigators and psychics. We arrive at our final destination The Royal Marine Hotel, Dublinon the Irish sea. Our home for the next 4 nights. Dinner will be at the The Royal Marine Hotel at 7:30.
We head North to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. The highest sea cliffs in Europe. You will view the splendor of nature from your 700-foot high view of the Atlantic. We continue on our journey to the medieval city of Galway, “City of The Tribes”. In Galway, we will be free to roam and explore things like the open-air, Galway City Market, Galway City Museum, the King’s Head Pub if you wish your guide "Anne'' will suggest places you can have lunch. Our destination is the very Irish Town of Westport! Dinner tonight will be at The Castle Court Hotel. We will be staying at the Castle Court Hotel for the next 4 nights. You can unpack and relax!
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Catch a tiny Leprechaun in Ireland, and win a tiny Prize. Details at the first Dinner in County Mayo! This is going to be a fun Tour!
Day 9- Sunday, August 23rdAfter a sleep-in and full Irish Breakfast, you will have the option to play golf or just chill. Dinner tonight will be at a great restaurant in Dublin, “The Church”
2020 Leprechaun Hunt
Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy. -
William Butler Yeats
Sean’s Bar In the medieval town of Athlone, a city at the geographic center of Ireland. Athlone’s location made it a seat of secular and ecclesiastic power. The pub has been at the crossing point since 900 AD and Tourlough O’Connor built the first wooden castle at the Crossing Point in 1129. Your tour guide, Anne, will buy you lunch and a drink at, Sean's Bar. During lunch, you ’ll be regaled, educated, amused and mesmerized by Tim (the senior man in management) who entertains everyone with his lively explanation of how they invented whiskey right on the spot you’re standing. We reluctantly leave Sean’s and continue East to the town of Tullamore for our scheduled guided tour and tasting at Tullamore D.E.W. distillery. The distillery was built on, "The Grand Canal”, a Public Works Project started in 1757 to provide Guinness Brewery and other merchants in Dublin a cheap means of access to the Shannon River and distribution of goods to the west of Ireland.
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Day 3 - Monday, August 17th
After a full Irish Breakfast at the Castle Court Hotel, you will have the option to play golf or go on a day trip. Today we'll board our luxury coach and enjoy a day trip to the ancient, market town of Donegal. Our first activity will be a private, guided tour of the restored 'Donegal Castle' ancestral home of the powerful O’Donnell clan. After the castle tour, your guide, Anne, will orient you to Donegal town and points of interests you may want to visit while exploring the little shops and friendly pubs. Donegal town is known for its fine, traditional Irish Donegal Tweed clothes. On the way back to Westport, we'll stop in Drumcliffe. In the shadow of the Fairy Mountain, Ben Bulben and Celtic High Crosses, we can pay our respect at the grave of William Butler Yeats. In a land of literary giants, he is one of Ireland’s best-loved poets and winner of the 1923 Noble Prize for literature. Dinner tonight will be in Westport. (Needs to be nailed down check this site later.)
$3,375. Per Person Sharing includes Airfare
$2,672. Per Person Sharing for the Land Package.
$2,768. Per Child Per Child under 17 yrs old, Sharing with an adult includes Airfare.
$2,218. Per Child under 17 yr old, Sharing with an adult for the Land Package.
$786. Single Room (AKA, Single Supplement).
Saturday, August 15th through Monday, August 24th, 2020
Day 4- Tuesday, August 18th
Not a good day for the Golf option unless you choose to make your own arrangement for dinner and transportation. After a full Irish breakfast at the Castle Court Hotel, we will travel Eight miles from Westport to, 'Ballintubber Abbey', “The Church that refused to die!” Catholic mass has been said here daily since its founding in 1216. However, 800 years earlier St. Patrick baptized the Irish at a well that the pagan, Druids held sacred. The well is still in existence. We’ll have a private, guided tour and watch a short video about the Abbey’s fascinating history.
When we leave Ballintubber this afternoon, we will go to the rugged hills of Achill Island, the largest Irish island and the closest to the Scottish Highlands you can get outside of Scotland. On the island, we will follow the dramatic Atlantic Coast Drive overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We will stop for photo ops. We’ll meet sheep who gave the original definition of “free-range” to the animal kingdom. Pray for a storm because Mother Nature can put on a magnificent show in the Atlantic ocean! Anne will narrate and explain the unusual flora and environs that are found on Achill from the bogs to calla lilies, hedge-high rhododendron, and the huge wild, rhubarb.
After we head back across the Michael Davitt Bridge at Achill Sound, we will continue on to Newport’s great pub overlooking Clew Bay, The Grainne Uaile where we’ll have dinner about 6:30.
Welcome to the Luxury 4 Star Royal Marine Hotel, situated In Dún Laoghaire overlooking Dublin Bay, this much loved, family-run and historic landmark Hotel is one of the most prestigious hotels in South Dublin. Dating back to 1828 and with a rich history, the hotel is situated in a unique location, within easy reach of Dublin City Centre and the Wicklow Mountains. Traveling to and from the hotel is made easier by the Hotels proximity to the DART train line and Dun Laoghaire Ferry Port. The Air-coach service also provides a luxury door to door direct service to and from Dublin Airport to the hotel.
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This Tour Includes;
* Roundtrip Transportation from Baltimore County to Philadelphia Airport (If you select the air option).
* Roundtrip airfare to Ireland, (If you select the air option).
* Land transportation on a Luxury Coach by a professional driver in Ireland.
* A seasoned knowledgeable Guide (Anne). Anne will share her knowledge of
Ireland's recent and ancient history.
* A full Irish breakfast every morning.
* Six days with the option to play Golf on the West and East Coast of Ireland.
* Dinner every evening.
* Admission to and guided tour of Bunratty Castle.
* Admission to Bunratty Folk Park.
* Admission to the ‘Cliffs of Moher’.
* Time to roam in Galway.
* 4 Nights in The Castle Court Hotel, Westport, County Mayo.
* Free time in Westport.
* Admission and a private guided tour of Donegal Castle.
* A stop at Yeats Grave.
* Pub hopping and shopping in Westport Town.
* Shopping stop at Foxford Woolen Mills.
* Entrance to ‘Museum of Country Life’ and grounds of Turlough Park.
* Admission to ‘Ballintubber Abbey’ and private guided tour.
* A stop to visit Seamus at Boland's Bar in Swinford.
* A visit to the Holy Shrine at Knock.
* Sightseeing ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’ by coach on Achill Island.
* Dinner on Achill Island.
* View Ireland's largest pyramid in County Mayo.
* A stop in Cong, the filming location for ’The Quiet Man’.
* Admission and a private tour of ‘Charleville Castle’ the Most
Haunted Castle in Ireland.
* Admission and private guided tour of Clonmacnoise Monastic Site.
* A Whiskey Tour of “Tullamore Distillery” and enjoy free samples.
* Lunch and a Pint at ‘Sean’s Bar’ the oldest Pub in the whole world!
* 4 Nights at 'The Royal Marine Hotel' South Dublin.
* Admission to 'The Guinness Storehouse'.
* Admission to 'EPIC' the Irish Emigration Museum.
* Dinner at, ‘The Church Pub’.
* Dinner and The Irish Show at, 'Taylor's 3 Rocks'.
* Time to roam and be on your own in Dublin.
* Transportation to Dublin Airport.
* Transportation from Philadelphia Airport to Baltimore County