Day 1: Saturday, June 23rd 2018 - for those who have elected the full package with air fare, our trip to Ireland begins when we board our luxury coach to Newark Airport.
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Day 4: Tuesday, June 26th – after breakfast we will check out of ‘The Crowne Plaza Hotel’ and attend a local service at Saint Patrick’s Church. We’ll board our coach and cross the border into Northern Ireland. 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 to 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. We will 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. Go right out the front door and enter the ‘Rocking Chair Pub, a favorite musical pub for locals!
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Durty Nelly's Next to Bunratty Castle
This Tour Also Includes:
Shopping at 'Blarney Woolen Mills'
A visit to historic 'Kinsale'
Admission to 'The Cobh Heritage Center'.
A stop in 'Avoca' where Ballykissangel was filmed.
A stop at 'Fitzgerald's Pub, Avoca
Shopping at 'Avoca Handweavers' establish 1723
1 Night in Dublin at 'The Clayton Hotel', Leopardstown
'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.
Day 8: Saturday, June 30th - after a full Irish Breakfast at the Westport Coast Hotel we’ll join Fr. Murphy 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.
Day 11: Tuesday, July 3rd - 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 .
Day 13: Thursday, July 5th - after mass and 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 9: Sunday, July 1st - after mass and a full Irish breakfast we’ll check out of the Westport Coast Hotel and head south to Cong (We’ll Leave the hotel about 9:00am 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 10:00am) 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 two and a half hours.) We’ll leave Galway about 3:00pm we will travel through Gort to avoid the traffic in the Burren. We’ll arrive at the ‘Cliffs of Moher’ between 4:30 and 5pm. 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 ‘The Bunratty Castle Hotel’. You’ll have time to check-in and freshen up before our 7:00pm Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle.
Day 6: Thursday, June 28th – after a Full Irish Breakfast at The Riverside 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 atFiddler's Creek Restaurant & Bar.
Day 14: Friday, July 6th - after a full Irish Breakfast at The Clayton Hotel, We will have an early mass check out of the hotel and head for the airport. We’ll sight see 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. The driver’s tip is not part of your package. The recommended tip is 5 Euros per day per person. If you liked him Tip him! 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 to Newark leaves Dublin 12:55 pm; we need to be checked in 2 hours before the flight. We will clear customs and immigration at the Dublin Airport. Our flight lands Newark 3:35 pm. 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 7: Friday, June 29th - We have a full Irish Breakfast and mass with Father Murphy and we will check out of The Riverside 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 Westport Coast Hotel. The Westport Coast Hotel is a 4 Star hotel. It’s close to Westport Town, and 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.
Day 5: Wednesday June 27th - after mass at 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 Riverside Hotel. We’ll have dinner at the Sligo City hotel tonight.
Day 10: Monday, July 2nd - 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!
Day 3: Monday, June 25 – after a well needed sleep-in and a full breakfast! We will meet for morning mass. We’ll board our coach and we are off to Dublin! You'll receive an all day pass for the Hop on Hop Off tourist bus. The day is yours to explore that what interests you! Your guide will give you the 'Dublin Pass'. The Dublin Pass includes the cost of admittance to Dublin's leading most sought after attractions. Including: The Guinness Storehouse, The Jameson Distillery, The Teelings Distillery ,
The Dublin Zoo, The GPO and the new (2016) Witness History Exhibition, The Glasnevin Museum, The Aviva Stadium Tour, The Christ Church Cathedral, and Dublinia! We'll Gather together and return to Dundalk for dinner at 'Fitzpatrick's Irish Restaurant'.
This Tour Includes:
$3,397* Per Adult Double Occupancy including Airfare.
$2,802* Per Child under 14 Sharing with an Adult including Airfare.
$2,611* Per Adult Double Occupancy (Land Only).
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The Pyramid in Neale Co. Mayo
Day 2: Sunday, June 24th – This morning after sleeping on the plane we will land at Dublin Airport in Ireland. 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 who are saintly (and those who wish to become saints) will attend Sunday Mass at Saint Sylvester’s Churchin Malahide. With Anne’s (Your Tour Guide) direction you will discover unique pubs that serve lunch in Malahide. Later we’re off to our first hotel The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk. We will rest and get over our jet lag and end the day with dinner at our hotel.
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Day 12: Wednesday, July 4th – after a full Irish breakfast at The Blarney Hotel we will board our coach to attend mass at The Church of the Resurrection, in Blarney. After mass we will visit Kinsale. Anne, our history guide will be on this tour. Anne will speak on the coach about Irish history. She has the ability to make a complicated subject simple enough that we Americans get a better grasp 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.