Day 3: Wednesday, October 10th, after a well-needed sleep-in and a Full Breakfast, we'll head for the Medieval, walled town of Derry, Northern Ireland. We’ll actually walk on the promenade atop the wall in the company of an entertaining and informative guide, Mr. Martin McCrossen. We’ll be in Donegal town in time to tour the restored 15th century Donegal Castle, home of the O’Donnells. We will have free time for a bit of shopping and sight-seeing in Donegal. Dinner tonight will be at, The Olde Castle Bar
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and then onto Foxford Woolen Mills for a bit of shopping. Our last stop, ‘The Museum of Country Life’ is for those of us with an interest in how rural Irish lived in the hundred years between the Great Famine and the end of the 1950s. The exhibits are spread over four floors of a modern museum which shares the beautiful grounds of Turlough Park estate. The 17th century, Irish Gothic manor house is open to the public. Our day ends when we check-in at the Wyatt Hotel in Westport. Tonight, we’ll have a relaxed dinner at the Wyatt Hotel in Westport.
Day 6: Continued, With Saturday’s traffic we’ll arrive in Galway about 12:30 pm in time for lunch and some sightseeing by foot. (We’ll visit Galway for about an Hour and a half.) We’ll leave Galway about 2:00 pm we will travel through Gort to avoid the traffic in the Burren. We’ll arrive at the ‘Cliffs of Moher’, County Clare between 3:30 and 4 pm. With the proper mix of the wind and the sea, you will witness breathtaking views of Mother Nature from 702 feet above the Atlantic ocean. Mother Nature will decide how long we stay at the cliffs! Today’s final destination is The Bunratty Castle Hotel. It is an hour away. When we arrive you’ll have time to check-in and freshen up before the 7:00pm Dinner and Show across the road at the 15th century Bunratty Castle. You will step back it time to enjoy ‘The Bunratty Medieval Banquet’ in Bunratty Castle. After dinner and the show, those of us who are young at heart will cross the road to the 1620’s pub, Durty Nelly’s it’s time to buy a pint for your favorite priest or for your guide! Although tourists find their way to “Nellie’s”, it is the “local” for area residents and has that feel about the place.
Day 6: Saturday, October 13th, after a full Irish breakfast at our hotel, we’ll check out of the Wyatt Hotel at 9 am and head south to Cong. As we drive through Neale you will view from the coach, Ireland’s most famous step pyramid. It was built in the eighteenth century by the eccentric 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 a tiny village (2011 population of 938) known for larger than life figures: Rory O’Connor, history’s bad boy and last High King of Ireland;
John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara stars of ‘The Quiet Man’ filmed in the village of Cong and on the Ashford castle grounds; home to Oscar Wilde’s family and the larger than life Ashford Castle and Hotel and it’s 26,000 acre estate. 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.
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Day 11: Thursday, October 18th, after a full Irish breakfast, you are free to explore Dublin on your own! After breakfast, your tour guide will give you an all-day pass for the "Hop On Hop Off" Tourist Bus. Each of you will have a hop on hop off pass, You'll have all day to examine the best Ireland's Capital City has to offer. This evening we'll meet back in our Hotel lobby 6:00 and our bus (coach) will take us to Johnny Fox's Pub where we'll enjoy one of Ireland's best Irish Shows and dinner.
Day 9 Tuesday, October 16th, after a full Irish breakfast we take a short hop down the road, through the oldest deep forests of Charleville to Charleville Castle, the “most haunted castle and grounds in Europe”. It appeared on Living TV's Most Haunted and Fox's Scariest Places on Earth. The most famous of these ghosts is that of a little girl called Harriet, who died after a fall in a staircase. It has also been visited by numerous paranormal investigators and psychics. It was on ABC Family's Scariest Places on earth. It also appeared on Ghost Hunters International. We will have a guided tour of the castle. After the castle, we get to sample spirits of a different sort at the Tullamore D.E.W. Whiskey Distillery and Visitor Center. This is a guided tour and “product” sampling which is very near our hotel. Dinner tonight will be at ‘Sirocco’s’ one of Ireland’s best Italian restaurants.
Day 10: Wednesday, October 17th, after a full Irish Breakfast, we’ll check out of the Bridge House Hotel and head for a change of pace in the hustle and bustle of Dublin. But first, we’ll have one last taste of tranquility in the village of Avoca, County Dublin the home to the TV series Ballykissangel.
This Tour Includes:
Round Trip Airfare to Dublin Ireland,
Land transportation on a Luxury Coach by a Professional Driver
A full Irish Breakfast every morning except day of arrival
Dinner every evening
Admission and guided Tour of Malahide Castle
Admissions to Malahide’s Walled Garden,
2 Nights at "The City Hotel" in Sligo
Pub Hopping and Shopping in Donegal Town
A professional guide for a "Walking Tour of the Wall of Derry"
Admission to Donegal Castle
Free time in Donegal Town
Dinner at the, Olde Castle Bar
Admission and tour of Belleek
A stop at Yeat’s Grave
Shopping stop at Foxford Woolen Mills
Entrance to Museum of Country Life and grounds of Turlough Park
2 Nights at the Wyatt Hotel in Westport, Co. Mayo
Stop and Shop in Westport town
Admission to Ballintubber Abbey and guided tour
Sightseeing "The Wild Atlantic Way" by Coach on Achill Island
Dinner on Achill Island
View Ireland's largest Pyramid in Co. Mayo
A stop in Cong, the filming location for "The Quiet Man"
A stop to explore Galway Town
Admission to the Cliffs of Moher
2 nights at Bunratty Castle Hotel
Admission to Bunratty Medieval Banquet and Show
Admission to Bunratty Folk Park and Castle
Dinner at World Famous pub, Durty Nellie’s
Admission and guided tour of Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
Day 1: Monday, October 8, 2018, for those who have elected the full package with air fare, our trip to Ireland begins when we board our luxury coach for Newark airport. Our direct, overnight destination is Dublin, Ireland. UPGRADE UPDATE We will be flying Aer Lingus from Dulles. Our coach (Bus) will have 2 locations for your convenience.
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Day 8: Monday, October 15th, after a full Irish breakfast, we’ll check-out of the Bunratty Castle Hotel and work our way northeast to the town of Tullamore, County Offaly stopping along the way to stretch our legs and see the historic sites. Our first stop is Clonmacnoise monastic and Christian settlement overlooking the River Shannon. Pope John Paul II thought it a significant enough site to visit during his trip to Ireland in 1979. The visitor center is complete with artifacts and audiovisual presentation. Our guided tour of the site is approximately 30 minutes. Then from the sacred to the secular, we continue north to Athlone town and Sean’s Bar. At 1,000, Sean’s Bar has been documented as the oldest pub in Ireland and probably in Europe. A section of the original wicker and wattle wall, along with Roman coins is on display in the National Museum, Kildare St. Dublin. We can linger a little longer in Athlone for those who might like lunch (or a pint). Our final destination is Tullamore town, County Offaly. We check in the Bridge House Hotel dinner will be at the Bridge House Hotel tonight.
Day 4: Thursday, October 11th, after Breakfast we will check out of The Sligo City Hotel. Our destination is the picturesque, award-winning town of Westport, County Mayo. On the way, we will stop and do a guided tour at the famous, 160-year-old Belleek Pottery factory reminiscent of open-weave baskets in Belleek, County Fermanagh just inside the border of Northern Ireland. We’ll do a short stop at William Butler Yeats grave in Drumcliff, Co. Sligo
Day 10: Continued, Be sure you have your picture taken in front of Fitzgerald’s Pub: a good place to grab lunch if you’re hungry or yes, A PINT. Then we have about an hour or so to Dublin (depending on traffic which can be fierce). Our driver will do a short “show and tell trip” on the way to the 'The Clayton Hotel. Today we say goodbye to our Driver! A tip is not expected but is always welcome. Traditionally 5 Euros per person per day is the rule of thumb. Your Guide will pass out envelopes for your discretion. After we check in at the Gresham Hotel We have time to will freshen up a bit, then walk a few blocks from our hotel to dinner at 'The Church Pub', a not-so-traditional Irish Pub.
Day 7: Sunday, October 14th, after a full Irish Breakfast at the Bunratty Castle Hotel, you will be free today to experience all that ‘The Bunratty Castle and Folk Park’ has to offer.Admission to both is included in your package. The entrance is just across the road behind the castle where you were last night for dinner. The folk park is set on 26 acres and is a well-done recreation of an 18th-century village.There are 30 typical buildings complete with a fully licensed pub so stop and have a pint or tea. Park opens at 9am and closes at 5:30. Your admittance includes the castle. Be sure to tour the castle because you only saw a limited section last night! Also, when you leave Bunratty Castle Hotel, there is a small shopping area where you'll find the 'Creamery Pub', a nice place to grab lunch. Next to the pub is an outlet for the Blarney Woolen Mills; there are often discounts! Dinner tonight is at Durty Nellys.
Day 5: Friday, October 12th, after a Full Irish Breakfast and on our way to the hauntingly beautiful Achill Island, we will stop in the town of Westport. You can 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 (opens around noon)! Matt Molloy won several 'Grammy's' playing the flute with the 'The Chieftains'. Next, we’ll marvel at Ballintubber Abbey where Catholic mass has been said every day for over 800 years. The abbey was the starting point for the 26-mile pilgrimage to the holy mountain of Crough Patrick. The church was founded on an ancient well site that was sacred to the Druids, long before St. Patrick arrived in Ireland. The best part of the day is our ride out to and time on Achill Island (still in County Mayo). It is the largest of Ireland’s islands and a most primordial landscape filled with bogs and mists. It is connected by a causeway to the mainland. We will be on The Atlantic Coast Road, and for much of the ride it will be just us with spectacular vistas, stops for photo ops and hundreds of “free range” sheep. Dinner tonight will be on Achill Island.
Day 2: Tuesday, October 9th, we'll arrive at Dublin airport about 6:00 in the morning. 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 the nearby town of Malahide, County Dublin for a guided tour one of Ireland’s premier tourist attractions, Malahide Castle and Walled Garden. You may decide to lunch at the Castle or in the town of Malahide. We will enjoy the quaint town of Malahide while waiting for our late arrivals who are flying on another flight. After lunch, we'll head to Sligo town, County Sligo on the magnificent, Wild West coast and the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll check in to The Sligo City Hotel, our home in the heart of town for the next two nights. Dinner tonight will be at the Sligo City Hotel.
This Tour Also Includes:
Admission and guided tour of Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
A stop at the oldest pub in Europe Saen’s Bar
Two nights at the Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore
Admission and tour of the infamous haunted Charleville Castle
Admission for a Tour and Tasting at Tullamore Dew
Dinner at Sirocco’s Ireland's Best Italian Restaurant in Tullamore
A visit to Avoca-home of Fitzgerald’s Pub of Ballykissangel fame
A free Cup of Tea (or a Pint) at Fitzgerald's (of Ballykissangel)
2 Night at the GJohnny Fox's in Dublin
Transportation from your hotel to Dublin Airport,
October 8th through October 19th
No trip through County Offaly would be complete without a wee bit of Music, Irish Humor and Tullamore DEW
Adults $2,404 land
Adults $3,281 including airfare
Children $2,053 land
Children $2,953 including airfare
Day 12: Friday, October 19th, after a full Irish Breakfast at the Clayton Hotel, You will have a very wee bit of time for last minute shopping before heading to the airport. Our flight leaves Dublin late morning; we need to be checked in 2hr before the flight. Today we return to the land of the brave and the home of the free! Our direct flight home, lands in Washington this afternoon. Our tour ends when we arrive in Baltimore. You will take home with you a hundred thousand memories that will last a lifetime.