"Capitals and Castles Tour"
The Best of Ireland and the North!
A friendly safe educational tour of Ireland.
This Tour Includes:
Day five: Wednesday July 5th, after a Full Irish Breakfast you will have time to wonder about the streets of Ballybofey Town! We'll check out of our hotel and be on the road to the award winning town of Westport, County Mayo by 11am. We will stop in the picturequest town of Westport to explore! 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'. Later we'll check in at the Gateway Hotel in Swinford. The Gateway is a small country bouquet hotel. It’s close to Westport, and Castlebar, and most importantly it around the corner from a real Irish pub, Boland’s Bar. Dinner tonight is at our hotel. After dinner we will walk to Boland's Bar (Pub) where we will receive a complementary pint paid for by our tour guide.
Day 4: Tuesday July 4th,-after Breakfast we will check out of our hotel. Our destination is Ballybofey, Donegal. On the way, we will stop at The Giant's Causeway and learn to believe in Finn McCool and the Scottish giant Benandonner. Less than a mile away is The OldBushmills Distillery where we will stop in for a tour and a taste. We'll drive through Derry and Letterkenny to scenic Donegal! In Ballybofey town we will stretch our legs and window shop. We'll check in at The Jackson Hotel and have dinner at the hotel.
Day 6: Thursday July 6th, after a full Irish breakfast at our hotel, we’ll board our coach and visit, the "Foxford Woollen 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. The 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. After leaving Castlebar we'll make a short stop in Westport and visit
Croagh Patrick then it's off to 'Achill Island'. We will enjoy a driven tour of Achill Island. We'll stop on 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!
Round Trip Airfare to Ireland. (If the option is Elected)
All local taxes & hotel service charges.
Sightseeing on a Luxury Coach.
Breakfast Every Morning.
Dinner every evening.
Admission to Newgrange or Malahide.
2 nights at 'The Balmoral Hotel, A hotel in West Belfast.
Admission to "Titanic Belfast".
A walking guided tour of 'The Wall of Derry'.
Admission to the "Giant's Causeway".
Admission to 'Donegal Castle'
A stop to shop on 'The Diamond' in Donegal Town.
Shopping at McGee's on the diamond in Donegal.
1 Night at 'The Jackson Hotel', or Similar Hotel in Donegal.
Admission to Belleek Pottery Factory.
A stop at Yeat's Grave.
Stop and Shop at 'The Foxford Woollen Mills'.
A free Pint (or Coffee) at Boland's Bar in Swinford.
2 Nights at 'The Gateway Hotel', or Similar Hotel in Mayo.
Free time to roam about in Galway.
Day 11: Tuesday July 11th, after a full Irish Breakfast at the Gresham Hotel, This evening we'll meet back in the lobby of the Gresham Hotel. A special shuttle bus will take us to "Taylor's Three Rock" (Google it!) for dinner and an Irish Show.
Day 7 Continued: 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. When we arrive at the ‘Bunratty Manor Hotel’. You’ll have time to check-in and freshen up before the 7:00pm Dinner and Show! Tonight you will go a few miles up 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 to buy a pint for your guide.
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Day 7: Friday July 7th,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 we'll view from the coach Ireland’s only pyramid. It was built in the 18th century by the first Baron of Kilmaine, John Brown! It was built to remember his
Dublin "Hop On Hop Off" Tourist Bus
Patrick's Custom Tours reserves the right to substitute visits, entertainment, hotels and other features when they cannot be visited for reasons beyond our control.
Day 1: Saturday July 1st, 2017 - we depart for Ireland! Our trip to Ireland leaves this afternoon from Catonsville, where we board our luxury coach to Newark! You'll fly Aer Lingus direct to Dublin, Ireland.
This Tour is at Activity Level, 1 EASY.
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Day 8: Saturday July 8th, after a full Irish breakfast you will be free to enjoy all that Bunratty Castle & Folk Park has to offer. Next to the Bunratty Castle is a shopping area where you'll find the 'Creamery Pub' a nice place to grab lunch. Next to the Buttery is an outlet for the Blarney Woolen Mills. Entrance to the Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is included. Tonight dinner is at Durty Nelly's.
This tour also includes:
Admission to 'The Cliffs of Moher'.
2 Nights at 'The Bunratty Radisson Blu Hotel'.
Admission to the Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.
Admission to “Bunratty Medieval Banquet”.
A free Pint at Durty Nelly's Pub.
Admission to The Rock of Cashel or "Ballykissangel".
3 Nights at 'The Gresham Hotel' in Dublin.
Admission and dinner at the Irish Show in Dublin.
A 24 hour "Hop on Hop Off' Bus Pass in Dublin.
dog or his brother Sir. George (there is still speculation if he built it for his dog or his brother!). Cong, (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 Friday’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 and travel through
Gort to avoid the traffic in the Burren. We’ll arrive at the ‘Cliffs of Moher’
$2,570 Per Adult Double Occupancy (Land Only).
$3,181 Per Adult Double Occupancy including Airfare.
$2,058 Child* Sharing with an Adult (Land).
$2,769 Child* Sharing with an Adult including Airfare.
Day 9 Sunday July 9th, after a full Irish breakfast we’ll check-out of the Bunratty Manor Hotel and be on the road by 10am. We will drive through Limerick and Tipperary on our way to Cashel. 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 north to Dublin. When in 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 good bye to our Driver today. If you enjoyed our driver, 'Remember it's traditional to tip your driver and your tour guide on the driver's last day'. The amount is up to you. it's not
Day 12: Wednesday July 12th, after a full Irish Breakfast at the Gresham Hotel, You will have very little time for a bit of last minute shopping before heading to the airport. Our flight leaves Dublin in the morning; we need to be checked in 2hr. before the flight. Our flight lands at Newark mid afternoon. You will have a comfortable ride to Catonsville by our luxury coach. Our tour ends at the Catonsville Senior Center in Baltimore County. You will take home with you a hundred thousand memories that will last a lifetime.
Day 10: Monday July 10th,after a full Irish breakfast, you are on your own! At breakfast your tour guide will give you an all day pass for the "Hop On Hop Off" Tourist Bus. You have all day to examine the best Ireland's Capital City has to offer. This evening we will take the Dart Line (Train) to Bray a town south of Dublin on the Irish Sea! We'll visit Bray and have a early dinner buffet at 'The Hibernia Pub! The Friends of José will entertain us.
The Pyramid in Neale Co. Mayo
Day 3: Monday July 3rd, -after a well needed sleep-in and a Full Breakfast! We'll spend the day 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. It is likely to be named The World’s Best Tourist sight in 2017! Titanic Belfast is a self-guided experience through nine state of the art, interactive galleries detailing the entire Titanic story in chronological order.
Spend this 4th of July with us in Ireland!
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Day 2: Sunday July 2nd,- we'll arrive at Dublin airport at 10:25 am local time. 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 and 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 Belmoral Hotel in West Belfast. Dinner tonight will be at “The Felon’s Club”.
Durty Nelly's Next to Bunratty Castle
included in your package. In Dublin we'll stay at the luxurious "Gresham Hotel" Our dinner tonight is at The Gresham Hotel.
NOTICE! Bushmills is closed for cleaning. So, we'll added the guided walking tour of The Wall of Derry