Day 3 - Monday, August 16th, 2021 After a Full Irish Breakfast at The Hardiman Hotelyou are free to explore Galway. Stepping out the front door you will find yourself in the heart of Galway. The “Center City’ location is just part of the reason we chose The Hardiman Hotel. For those of you that wish to see the countryside, there will be optional (no extra charge) a day trip to Connemara. We will visit the Connemara Marble Company and see why Connemara marble was chosen for so many US government buildings and some of America’s great churches. Tonight, dinner will be at a restaurant T.B.D. at 6:00 pm.
THE LUXURIOUS 4* ROYAL MARINE HOTEL
4* Luxury Hotel & Spa in South Dublin
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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Day 10 – Monday, August 23rd, 2021
After an early, full Irish breakfast, we check out of the Wyatt Hotel, We’ll 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 that 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.”
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 Turlough 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 arrive at our home on the Irish Sea for the next 4 nights our final destination, The Royal Marine Hotel, Dublin Dinner will be at The Royal Marine Hotel at 7:30.
Day 5 – Wednesday, August 18th, 2021
After a Full Irish Breakfast at The Hardiman Hotel, We’ll board our luxury coach and head to Westport. On the way, we will stop in Cong. The village of Cong is the filming location for the movie, "The Quiet Man". The classic movie starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. We will check-in to The Wyatt Hotel in the very Irish Town of Westport! We will be staying at the Wyatt Hotel for the next 5 nights. You can unpack and relax! Dinner tonight will be at The Wyatt Hotel
Day 8 - Saturday, August 21st
After a full Irish Breakfast at the Wyatt Hotel, you will have the option to play golf or go on a day trip in and around County Mayo. 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! 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 will be at a restaurant yet T.B.D.
Day 9 - Sunday, August 22nd
After a full Irish Breakfast at The Wyatt Hotel, we’ll take the coach to Croagh Patrick Ireland's Holy Mountain! It is the third highest mountain in Ireland. Croagh Patrick is a 2,507-foot mountain and an important site of pilgrimage in Ireland. Croagh Patrick overlooks Clew Bay with its 365 islands, it is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland. Some of the young and fit may strive to walk along the stoney walkway to the chapel at the top of Croagh Patrick. Most will cross the road to view the “Great Famine National Monument”. Our next 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. Dinner tonight is at our hotel, The Wyatt Hotel. 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 Below is The Chieftains. If you have the luck of the Irish, you may actually meet Matt, he does frequent the pub.
Day 11 – Tuesday, August 24th, 2021
After a Full Irish breakfast at The Royal Marine Hotel, 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 Show and Dinner in Ireland at Taylor’s Three Rocks. The quality of the show at Taylor's 3 Rocks has been compared to a Broadway production with the finest performers anywhere!
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Day 7- Friday, August 20th
After a full Irish breakfast at the Wyatt 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 Ballintubber Abbey’s fascinating history.
This afternoon we leave Ballintubber to go to the rugged hills of Achill Island, the largest island in Ireland. Achill is 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. We head back across the Michael Davitt Bridge at Achill Sound, we will continue on to Newport’s great pub overlooking Clew Bay, we’ll have dinner at Nevins Inn where about 6:30.
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Day 12 - Wednesday, August 25th, 2021, After a Full Irish Breakfast at the Royal Marine Hotel we will visit the'EPIC' Dublin's Irish Emigration Museum. Then for a lighter side of Dublin, we will walk a few wee blocks to the Leprechaun Museum. As the day matures so does the Irish whiskey! We find ourself at the home of Irish Whiskey the
Day 2 - Sunday, August, 15th 2021 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. We will explore the Bunratty Castleand spend a bit of time in the Bunratty Folk Park, a true reconstruction of a typical 18th-century Irish village from Church to the licensed McNamara’s pub (licensed means you can buy alcoholic). The one farmhouse had actually 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. After our time in Bunratty, 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 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. We will stay in Galway for three nights at The Hotel Meyrick. Dinner tonight will be at The Hardiman Hotel.
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Day 4 - Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 After a Full Irish Breakfast at The Hardiman Hotel, you are free to explore Galway. You can enjoy old Galway or take a day trip to the town of Athenry. The town of Athenry lies just east of Galway city. Some of the attractions of the medieval town are its town wall, Athenry Castle, its priory and its 13th-century Anglo-Norman street-plan. The town is also well known by virtue of the song "The Fields of Athenry". The song is an Irish folk ballad. Set during the Great Famine of the 1840s, the lyrics feature a fictional man from near Athenry in County Galway, who stole food for his starving family and has been sentenced to transportation to the Australian penal colony at Botany Bay. Many Irish wanted to replace the Irish National anthem with the “Fields of Athenry”! Dinner tonight will be at The Hardiman Hotel.
Day 14 - Friday, August 27th, 2021, After a full Irish Breakfast at the Royal Marine Hotel, We will check-out Board our coach and be taken to the Dublin Airport. We clear Emigration and US Customs at the Dublin Airport. We will arrive in the States late afternoon the same day taking with us a, “100,000 fond 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. The same bus that brought you to Philly 13 days ago will return, to take you back to the same location in Baltimore County!
2021 Leprechaun Hunt
Saturday, August 14th through Friday, August 27th, 2021
Day 13 - Thursday, August 26th, 2021, After a full Irish Breakfast at the Royal Marine Hotel we will travel West from Dublin 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. 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 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 will return to our hotel, Dinner tonight will be at The Royal Marine Hotel.
$3,799. Per Person Sharing includes Airfare
$3,250. Per Person Sharing for the Land Package.
$3,402. Per Child Per Child under 17 yrs old, Sharing with an adult includes Airfare.
$2,698. Per Child under 17 yr old, Sharing with an adult for the Land Package.
$986. Single Room, Without a roommate. (AKA, Single Supplement).
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Day 6 - Thursday, August 19th, 2021
After a full Irish Breakfast at the Wyatt Hotel, you will have the option to play golf or Explore the quaint Irish town of Westport. Dinner tonight will be in Westport.
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.
*3 Nights in Galway at The Hardiman Hotel
* Time to roam in and be on your own in Galway.
* 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 the ‘Cliffs of Moher’.
* 5 Nights in The Wyatt Hotel, Westport, County Mayo.
* Free time in Westport.
* 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 near Achill Island at The Grainne Uaile.
* 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
Day 1 – Saturday, August 14th, 2021 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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