Day 2: Sunday, June 23rd – this morning after sleeping on the plane we will land in Dublin Ireland. We will all gather together in the Dublin Airport. We will meet our driver and board our luxury coach. We’ll have tickets to visit the Malahide Castle and Gardens. We’ll spend time window shopping and pub stopping in the quaint town of Malahide. We will attend Sunday Mass at Saint Sylvester’s Church in Malahide. With Anne’s (Your Tour Guide) direction you will discover unique pubs that serve lunch in Malahide. This afternoon we’re off to, ‘The Grand Central Hotel’Belfast's newest 4 Star hotel. We will rest and get over our jet lag and end the day with dinner at our hotel.
Day 1: Saturday, June 22nd 2019 – We will fly overnight to Dublin Ireland! Full package travelers will meet at BWI Airport. People that took advantage of the opportunity to book their own airfare will unite with the group on Sunday in Malahide. Malahide is less than 6 miles from the airport, about a 7 dollar cab ride.
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Day 13: Thursday, July 4th - after a full Irish Breakfast we will check out of The Blarney Hotel Golf and Spa Resort and be off to Dublin’s Suburban neighborhood of Leopardstown. We have reservations tonight for Taylor’s Three Rocks so we must get an early start. We will be leaving The Blarney Hotel at 9:00 am! On our way today, we will stop and Tour Kilkenny Castle. The Kilkenny Castle is one of the most impressive castles in Ireland. We will enjoy a personal tour of the Castle and its gardens. After our Castle tour we will be off to Avoca. Avoca is home to the world renown Avoca Woolen Mills A.K.A. 'Avoca Handweavers' established in 1723. Some of our travelers have said Avoca is more stylish than other mills. Avoca is also where the BBC filmed Ballykissangel the popular PBS TV show about Irish life. While in Avoca you'll have time to be a patron at Fitzgerald's Pub. You can count on Patrick buying you a taste of the Irish in Fitzgerald’s! Our hotel tonight is The Clayton Hotel in Leopardstown it’s only 5 minutes from ‘Taylor’s Three Rocks’! We will check in and have a bit of time to freshen up for tonight’s actives. We will meet in the lobby at 6:00. ‘Taylor Three Rocks’ is the BEST Irish Show in Ireland. It’s a grand finish to a grand Tour! Dinner is included with the show at Taylor's Three Rocks..
Day 5: Wednesday, June 26th - after an optional mass at the beautiful St Columba's Church, Long Tower we’ll have a leisurely breakfast and we will check out of the Maldron Hotel and take a walking tour of the Historic wall of Derry. Many of our travelers say the walking tour of The Wall of Derry was the highlight of their time in Northern Ireland! It’s historic, heartwarming, interesting and humorous. We’ll cross back across the border into the Republic of Ireland and drive south to Sligo. We’ll drive through the very British towns of Strabane and Castlederg and Letterkeen to Belleek. We will tour Belleek. After the Belleek tour we’ll have the opportunity to purchase Belleek at discount prices! Later we will cross back over the border to stop and visit Yeat’s grave Tonight we’ll stay in Sligo at The Sligo Park Hotel. We’ll have dinner at the Sligo Park hotel tonight.
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Day 11: Tuesday, July 2nd - after a full Irish breakfast we’ll check-out of The Bunratty Castle Hotel and be on the road by 10am. We stop at one of the nine Catholic Churches in Limerick. On our way to Cashel we’ll drive through Limerick and Tipperary! Saint Patrick crowned Brian Boru the first High King of Ireland on the Rock of Cashel. After touring this Tenth Century castle we’ll Head South to Blarney. The famous Blarney Stone is on the grounds of Blarney Castle. We have time to wander the Castle gardens and Kiss the Blarney Stone. Tonight our hotel is The Blarney Hotel Golf and Spa Resort. (bring your swim trunks) Dinner will be a bit down the road at The Blarney Castle Hotel .
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Day 12: Wednesday, July 3rd – after a full Irish breakfast at The Blarney Hotel we will board our coach to visit Kinsale. Anne will speak on the coach about Irish history. She has the ability to make a complicated subject simple
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Day 4: Tuesday June 25th – after a full British breakfast, we will check out of ‘The Grand Central Hotel’ leave Belfast and Travel northwest to ‘The Giant's Causeway’. At the Causeway we learn to believe in Finn McCool and the Scottish Giant Benandonner. We will leave the Causeway and head towards our stop for the Night. Tonight we’ll stay in Derry at the Maldron Hotel. Our dinner tonight will be at the Maldron Hotel. After dinner, go to your right out the front door of our hotel and enter the ‘Rocking Chair Pub', a favorite musical pub for locals!
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enough that we Americans get a better grasp of Irish history. The Battle of Kinsale was the ultimate battle in England's conquest of Gaelic Ireland, commencing in October 1601, near the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and at the climax of the Nine Years War campaign by the O’Neill’s and O’Donnell’s and other Irish lords against English rule. In this century the bloodshed is but a distance memory. The battle of Kinsale has been replaced with a pleasant harbor view with: Shops, Bistros and Pubs. We will enjoy a stroll in Kinsale and maybe stop for a pint of Murphy’s Irish Stout. Then it’s back on the coach, we’re going to Cobh. The Titanic’s last stop was Cobh! A statue of Annie Moore and her two brothers stand silently on the dock looking to America. An exact replica is in the New York Harbor looking back toward Ireland. The song, 'Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears' is about Annie Moore. We will visit the 'The Cobh Heritage Center'. If your family emigrated from Ireland, they most likely left from Cobh. We will have dinner at 'Blair’s Inn' in Blarney. Then we’ll return to The Blarney Hotel Golf and Spa Resort for an opportunity to buy your tour leader a drink in the hotel’s bar.
Round Trip Airfare to Ireland. (If the option is Elected)
All local taxes, hotel service charges.
Sightseeing on a Luxury Coach with a Professional Driver.
A full Irish Breakfast Every Morning.
Dinner every evening.
Dinner at 'Brannans' in Belfast, Ireland
Admission to 'Titanic Belfast'
A visit and Free Pint at 'The Crowne Liquor Bar' in Belfast
Admission to ‘The Giants Causeway’
Dinner at, 'Fiddler's Creek Restaurant' in Sligo
Entrance to 'Belleek Pottery Factory'
A day trip to Donegal Town
A stop at Yeat's Grave
Shopping at the 'Foxford Woolen Mills'.
Admission to ‘The Museum of Country Life'
A visit to 'Ballintubber Abbey'
The 'Shrine of Knock'
A driven tour of Achill Island.
Dinner on Achill Island.
Dinner at, 'Durty Nelly's' in Bunratty Ireland
Free time to explore the town of Westport.
A stop at 'Matt Molloy's Pub'.
A visit to Cong, where they filmed 'The Quiet Man'.
Free time to roam about in Galway
Admission to 'The Cliffs of Moher'.
Admission to Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
Admission to the Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Admission to The Rock of Cashel
Dinner at Blair’s Inn in Blarney
Admission to Blarney Castle to 'Kiss the Blarney Stone'
Shopping at 'Blarney Woolen Mills'
A visit to historic 'Kinsale'
Admission to 'The Cobh Heritage Center'.
5 Four Star Hotels and 2 Three Star Hotels!
'Taylors 3 Rocks', Dinner and Irish Show. See it on YouTube.
Admission and tour of ‘Kilkenny Castle’
Transportation from your Dublin hotel to Dublin Airport.
100,000 Memories that will last a lifetime.
Day 9: Sunday, June 30th - after a full Irish breakfast we’ll check out of the Castlecourt Hotel and head south to Cong (We’ll Leave the hotel about 9:00 am today). In Neale from the coach, you will view Ireland’s only 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 10:00 am) 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 11:00 am) Then it’s off to Galway. With Thursday’s traffic we’ll arrive in Galway about 12:30 pm in time for a late lunch and some sightseeing by foot. (We’ll visit Galway for about two and a half hours.) We’ll leave Galway about 3:00 pm we will travel through Gort to avoid the traffic in the Burren. We’ll arrive at the ‘Cliffs of Moher’ between 4:30 and 5 pm. With the proper mix of the wind and the sea, you will witness breathtaking 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 ‘The Bunratty Castle Hotel’. You’ll have time to check-in and freshen up before our 7:00pm Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle.
Day 10: Monday, July 1st - This morning we will take a short drive to Church. We are going to attend Wells Church, in Ballycunneen. We will return to The Bunratty Castle Hotel for breakfast. The balance of the day is free time to explore and enjoy all that Bunratty offers. The Bunratty Castle and Bunratty Folk Park are included in your package. You could easily spend the day in the Park. Across from the Bunratty Castle is 'The Buttery' a nice pub to have lunch. Next to the Buttery is an outlet for the Blarney Woolen Mills (look but don’t buy, we are at the factory Tomorrow!) Dinner tonight is at the world famous Durty Nelly’s!
Durty Nelly's Next to Bunratty Castle
Day 14: Friday, July 5th - after a full Irish Breakfast at The Clayton Hotel, We will head for the airport. We’ll sightsee Dublin City from our coach, with our final drive around the city center we’ll point out 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. Note: It is customary to Tip the Driver and the Guide. Their tips are not part of your package. The recommended tip is 5 Euros per day per person. If you liked them Tip! If you didn’t, not tipping will show your dislike! We will give you little envelops so you can be as discreet as you wish! Our flight leaves Dublin early to mid-afternoon; we need to be checked in 2 hours before the flight. We will clear customs and immigration at the 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.
Day 6: Thursday, June 27th – after a Full Irish Breakfast at The Sligo Park Hotel We will stop for a quick service at 'The Sligo Cathedral'. Then we are off to Donegal Town. We’ll have free time to stop and shop or pub hop in Donegal Town. We’ll Visit Donegal Castle after an afternoon of; history, pub hopping and shopping, We’ll return to Sligo town and have a 6:00 dinner at Fiddler's Creek Restaurant & Bar.
Day 7: Friday, June 28th - We have a full Irish Breakfast and check out of The Sligo Park hotel. Today’s destination is Westport in County Mayo. On the way we will stop at ‘The Museum of Country Life’ on the beautiful grounds and gardens of Turlough Park. The museum is a must for those of us with an interest in Irish living conditions from the days of ‘The Famine’. ‘The Museum of Country Life’ has 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. Our final stop of the day will be at the 'Foxford Woolen Mills' for a bit of shopping. Dinner tonight is at our hotel The CastleCourt Hotel. The Castlecourt Hotel is a 4 Star hotel. It’s in the heart of Westport Town, and close to Castlebar, and most importantly it's around the corner from a real Irish pub (20 minutes), Boland’s Bar. Your tour guide will buy you your first pint at Boland’s.
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Day 8: Saturday, June 29th - after a full Irish Breakfast at the Castlecourt Hotel we’ll join our guide (Anne) at Ballintubber Abbey where mass has been said daily for over 800 years. We’ll have a guided tour and watch a video about the Abbey and learn its interesting history. We will return to the award winning picturequest town of Westport for some free time. You will enjoy the many quaint shops and pubs. There are specialty shops on every street and down every alley! The pubs are meeting places that have inspired poets and musicians for centuries. A visit to Matt Molloy's Bar is a must! Matt Molloy won several 'Grammy's' playing the flute with the 'The Chieftains'. We’ll travel to Croagh Patrick and view the path that thousands take on hands and knees to the top of the mountain each year. We’ll have a photo shoot at the statue of St. Patrick and at 'The Great Famine National Monument' at the foot of Croagh Patrick. After being inspired, we'll leave for Achill Island. We will enjoy a driven tour of Achill Island. We'll stop on Atlantic Drive for a photo opp. Then drive to the seaside park at Keem Bay we will enjoy Dinner on Achill Island.
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Day 3: Monday, June 24th – after a full British Breakfast at the Grand Central hotel our first stop will be at ‘Titanic Belfast’. We’ll spend time at Titanic Belfast. This great interactive museum is the most visited location in Europe. It was named Europe's Leading Visitor Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards. More recently in 2017 it was named The World’s Best Tourist sight! Titanic Belfast is a self-guided experience through nine state of the art, interactive galleries detailing the entire Titanic story in chronological order. After seeing how the wealthy of the last century traveled, we will go back downtown Belfast and have a drink in luxury. You will experience the feel of an 1820 pub at ’The Crown Liquor Saloon’. This pub famed for its décor features Carved-mahogany booths, etched-glass, plus 1800 gas lamps. It’s owned by the National Trust. Tonight we’ll have Pub Grub and be entertained with Irish Music at ‘Brennans’ Bar’.
The Pyramid in Neale Co. Mayo