Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 After a Full Irish Breakfast at Jurys Inn you 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 Jurys Inn. The Spanish Arch is right outside the door. The Spanish Arch was built in 1584 but is an extension of the 12th-century Norman-built town wall, which stretched from Martin’s Tower to the riverbank. It housed soldiers who kept watch and manned cannons on the roof. Constructed by William Martin, the 34th mayor of Galway, it was first known as Ceann an Bhalla (‘the head of the wall’) but later became known as the Spanish Arch. This misnomer is thought to be a reference to the former merchant trade with Spain and Spanish galleons, which often docked here. In medieval times, European ships carrying cargo of wine and spices sold their goods at the docks. In fact, Christopher Columbus visited in 1477. In 1755, The Spanish Arch was partially destroyed by a tsunami. In the 1800s, the Eyre family added the Long Walk extension. Until 2006, The Spanish Arch housed the Galway City Museum, which has now moved to a new location 50 yards away behind the original museum building. 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.
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Sunday, August 8th, 2021 A luxury coach will take us from Baltimore County to the Philadelphia Airport.
This Tour Includes;
* Roundtrip Transportation from Baltimore County to Philadelphia Airport 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.
* Time to roam in and be on your own in Galway.
* A full Irish breakfast every morning, except the day we arrive.
* Dinner every evening.
* Admission to the ‘Cliffs of Moher’.
* 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.
* An evening 'Musical Pub' stop at Matt Molloy's Pub.
* Sightseeing ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’ by coach on Achill Island.
* Dinner near Achill Island at Nevins Inn.
* View Ireland's largest pyramid in County Mayo.
* A stop in Cong, the filming location for ’The Quiet Man’.
* Admission and private guided tour of Clonmacnoise Monastic Site.
* Lunch and a Pint at ‘Sean’s Bar’ the oldest Pub in the whole world!
* Transportation to Dublin Airport.
* Airfare to The Land of the Free and Home of the Brave! (If you selected the air option).
* Transportation from the Philadelphia airport to were you were picked-up in Baltimore Couty.
Friday, August 13th, 2021
After a full Irish Breakfast at The Castlecourt Hotel, you will have a free day or the option to go to Croagh Patrick a 2,507-foot mountain it is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland. Some of the young and fit may strive to walk along the stony 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. After dinner, you 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. Dinner tonight will be in Westport.
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Thursday, August 12th, 2021 After a Full Irish Breakfast at Jurys Inn, 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 Castlecourt Hotel in the very Irish Town of Westport! We will be staying at The Castlecourt Hotel for the next 4 nights. You can unpack and relax! Dinner tonight will be at The Castlecourt Hotel.
Friday, August 20th
After a full Irish Breakfast at The Morgan 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 “100,000 fond memories”. In Philadelipha we will take the same coach that brought us to Philly on August 8th back to Baltimore County. We will always fondly remember this trip but are truly happy to be returning to the land of the free and the home of the brave.
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$3,799. Per Person Sharing includes Airfare
$3,250. Per Person Sharing for the Land Package.
$986. Single Room, Without a roommate. (AKA, Single Supplement).
12 Days 11 Nights
Sunday, August 8th through Tuesday, August 17th, 2021
Saturday, August 14th After a full Irish breakfast at The Castlecourt 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.
The Spanish Arch, Galway
Wednesday, August 11th, 2021 After a Full Irish Breakfast at Jurys Inn, 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 Jurys Inn.
Tuesday, August 17th
After a full Irish Breakfast at The Morgan 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!
Thursday, August 19th
After a full Irish Breakfast at The Morgan Hotel, you will be on your own to shop till you drop or pub hop! We will meet back at the Morgan Hotel this evening for a farewell dinner.
Monday, August, 9th 2021 We arrive in Shannon. After collecting our luggage and clearing customs, we will board our 1st class coach and go to the World famous Cliff of Moher. We will 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 Jurys Inn. Dinner tonight will be at Jurys Inn.
Sunday, August 15th
After a full Irish Breakfast at The Castlecourt Hotel, We will make a stop at the nearby, 'Holy Shrine at Knock'. 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. After dinner, a few of the more adventurous in our group will have a pint or two at Boland's. 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 (It's a relative). Being a true, traditional Irish pub, food hasn’t and isn’t served, but the Guinness is perfect!
Monday, August 16th
After an early, full Irish breakfast, we will check out of The Castlecourt Hotel, We’ll leave by 9:00 am 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 its 1500 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 a drink at, Sean's Bar. During your time there you'll be 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 sitting. We'll arrive at our home for the next 4 nights our final destination, The Morgan Hotel in Temple Bar, Dublin. Dinner will be at The Morgan Hotel about 7:30.