This morning the Option A's group will visit 'The Epic Emigration Museum '. The Epic is what many of us will consider the Highlight of our time in Ireland, The 'EPIC', Dublin's Irish Emigration Museum. (See the video below) You will have time to shop and pub hop in Ireland's capital city.
Day 6 Thursday, July 14th ~ After a Full Irish Breakfast at The CastleCourt Hotel you will have the morning free to shop and explore the quaint town of Westport. We will meet our coach at the hotel after lunch and visit Ballintubber Abbey, the 800 year old church that refused to die! There will be a short audio-visual and then a tour of the beautiful church and grounds. From the sublime mood of the abbey, we head to the in the Achill Island! We'll travel Irelands Wild Atlantic Way. You will have some great locations to take photographs on Achill. Dinner this evening will be at Nevins Inn. visit
This Tour Includes;
* Land transportation to our Airport from Baltimore County.
* Roundtrip airfare 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.
* 3 Nights in Galway at The Eyre Square Hotel
* Pub hopping and shopping in Galway.
* Time to roam in and be on your own in Galway.
* A full Irish breakfast every morning (except 1st Day).
* Dinner every evening.
* Dinner on Achill Island
* Dinner in Ballina at Dillons Bar and Restaurant.
* Turlough Park & The Museum of Country LIfe
* Free time in Westport
* Admission and guided tour of The Clonmacnoise Monastic Site.
* 4 Nights at 'The Castle Court Hotel' in Westport.
* Admission and a private tour of ‘Charleville Castle’
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Day 12 - Wednesday, July 20th, 2022, ~ After a full Irish Breakfast at the Camden Court Hotel, Take advantage of your last full day in Ireland. You can experience Saint Stevens Green as you make your way over to Grafton Street Dublin’s pedestrian walkway. You can join Patrick as he travels through his favorite Pubs and eateries. You can be free to visit and photograph Mollie Malone's Stature known by Dubinlers as 'The Tart with the Cart' or take a selfie or take a selfie with James Joyce aka 'The prick with the stick'. You can search for a one-of-a-kind poster at Trinity College. Tonight we will enjoy a going away dinner and hear from each other what we liked most about the Tour.
Day 1 – Saturday, July 9th, 2022 ~ We will fly overnight to Dublin, Ireland. Or if you booker your own
airfare we will meet you in Dublin.
Day 8 Saturday, July 16th ~after a full Irish breakfast at the CastleCourt Hotel, we take a short ride to Country Life Museum at Turlough Park. For those who wish to attend mass, it is suggested to do so at 6:30 pm at St. Mary's in Westport a short walk from our hotel. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel at 7:30.
Day 3 - Monday, July 11th ~ After a Full Irish Breakfast at the Eyre Square Hotel we will board our coach and head South 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 will explore the Bunratty Castle and spend a bit of time in the Bunratty Folk Park, a true reconstruction of a typical 18th-century Irish village from Church to the licensed McNamara’s pub (licensed means you can buy alcoholic). The one farmhouse had actually been relocated from Shannon runway and reconstructed in the village.
Day 4 ~ Tuesday, July 12th ~ After a Full Irish Breakfast at The Eyre Square Hotel you will have the entire day to explore the very pedestrian city of Galway on your own. You will be given a list of suggested places to visit all of which are free.Dinner tonight will be at the landmark McSwiggan's Restaurant and Pub close to our hotel.
Day 2 - Sunday, July, 10th 2022 ~ We arrive in Dublin at 8:55 am. After collecting our luggage and clearing customs, we will board our 1st class coach and go to the nearby town of Malahide. After our guided tour of Malahide, we will board our coach and head South West to Clonmacnoise Abbey.
The historic monastic and Christian settlement of Clonmacnoise (founded about 548 by St Kiernan the first Saint of Ireland!) has been declared a Unesco World Heritage site. Pope John Paul II thought the site to be a very important, sacred place that he 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). Leaving Clonmacnoise, 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 The Eyre Square Hotel where when you step out of the door, you are in the heart of Galway. Dinner tonight will be at The Eyre Square Hotel.
Option 'A' ~ 13 Days 11 Nights
Saturday July 9th to Thursday July 21st
$3,989. Per Person Sharing includes Airfare.
$3,340. Per Person Sharing for the Land Package.
$626. Single Supplement, Without a roommate.
Day 7 Friday, July 15th ~ After a full Irish Breakfast at the CastleCourt Hotel, We are going to Kylemore Abbey and gardens, a community of Benedictine nuns, women committed to witnessing to the Gospel of Jesus through the monastic life of prayer, work, and community according to the Rule of St. Benedict at Kylemore Abbey
Day 11 – Tuesday, July 19th. After a Full Irish breakfast at The Camden Court Hotel, you could choose to visit the Guinness Storehouse at St. James’ Gate. Guinness Storehouse admission is usually not included in our tour but we are making an exception for the A group! No place in the Guinness Storehouse will you read why the Irish called Guinness the Protestant Porter, but your guide will. You are free to walk the streets for a few hours before we group- up to go to dinner. 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 gather in the lobby of The Camden Court Hotel and go as a group to dinner. Dinner tonight will be at "The Church Restaurant".
END of Group B's Tour.
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Day 13 - Thursday, July 21st, 2022, After a full Irish Breakfast at the Camden Court 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 a 100,000 fond memories. We will always remember this trip but are truly happy to be returning to the land of the free and the home of the brave. The same bus that brought you to Philly 12 days ago will return, to take you back to Baltimore County!
Continuation of Group A's Tour.
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Day 10 - Monday, July 18th ~ After a Full Irish Breakfast we say goodbye to our friends that opted for Plan B our driver will take them to the Dublin Airport. You will clear Emigration and US Customs at the Dublin Airport. You will arrive in the States late afternoon the same day taking with you 100,000 fond memories. You will always remember this trip but are truly happy to be returning to the land of the free and the home of the brave. The same bus that picked you up on July 9th will pick you up at the Philadelphia Airport and return you to your pick-up location. Thank You for traveling with us.
This Tour Also Includes;
* 1 Night at 'The Camden Court Hotel' Dublin. <4 nights with Option A>
* Dinner and The Irish Show at, 'Taylor's 3 Rocks'.
* Admission to 'EPIC' the Irish Emigration Museum. <With Option A>
* A Tour of the Guinness Storehouse <With Option A>
* Dinner at, ‘The Church Pub’. <With Option A>
* Time to roam and be on your own in Dublin. <With Option A>
* Transportation from your hotel to the Dublin Airport.
* Transportation from Philadelphia Airport to Baltimore County
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Day 9 - Sunday, July 17th After a Full Irish breakfast we will check-out of the CastleCourt Hotel. Today we travel East to Dublin. We will stop along the way in Athlone and visit the world's oldest pub Sean's Bar. Sean's is a 1000-year-old watering hole with riverside garden, and historical objects. About 5 miles East of Sean's Bar is Chareville Castle the most haunted castle in Europe. We will stop and have a private guided tour of Charleville Castle.
Day 5 – Wednesday, July 13 ~ After a Full Irish Breakfast at The Eyre Square Hotel we will check-out board our luxury coach and head to North to County Mayo. We will have a short stop in the tiny village of Cong for a photo-op with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Then onto 'The Holy Shrine at Knock'. On a wet dark August evening in 1879, the villagers of this place had spent the day doing the usual work of the harvest time of the year – gathering winter fuel and fodder. As evening approached, the heavy mist that had been persistent throughout the day, turned to a downpour. The villagers gathered around the turf fires in their homes, taking comfort and shelter on a terrible night. The witnesses clearly saw the Blessed Virgin Mary dressed in white robes, her hands and eyes turthe , "Church that refushed to die"ned towards heaven in prayer. On her head was a gold crown and where the crown fitted the brow, a single golden rose. On her right, bowed respectfully towards her, was St. Joseph. He appeared older, h beard and hair were grey and, like Our Lady, he was barefoot.
To Our Lady’s left stood John the Evangelist vested as a bishop, wearing a small mitre. He held an open book in his left hand and in its pages the lines and letters could clearly be seen. He appeared to be preaching but no voice was heard. He stood so that his back was neither turned to the Virgin or to the Lamb that stood upon a simple plain altar. Behind the Lamb was a Cross. The witnesses watched and prayed for over 2 hours and though they were wet, they noticed that no rain fell on upon the Apparition or on the gable. When we leave Knock we will stop at Patrick's family pub in Swinford. Patrick will introduce you to his cousin Shamus and buy you a beverage of your choice. We will check-in and have dinner at the CastleCourt Hotel in thevery Irish Town of Westport! We will be staying at The CastleCourt for the next 4 nights. You can unpack and relax! Dinner tonight will be at The CastleCourt Hotel.
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Option 'B' ~ 10 Days 8 Nights
Saturday July 9th to Monday July 18th
$3,486. Per Person Sharing includes Airfare.
$2,837. Per Person Sharing for the Land Package.
$556. Single Supplement, Without a roommate.
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