AND MASHPEE CHAMBER TO IRELAND
(with GOLF as an option)
OCTOBER 2 – OCTOBER 11 2018
Arrive in Dublin airport and meet with your driver for transfer to your hotel in Galway. Galway is just over 2 hours from Dublin and on arrival and check in at your hotel the rest of the day can be spent at your leisure getting to know the “City of the Tribes” Galway City – a city and an experience to be savored and remembered. The historic city of the tribes dances to a beat uniquely its own. There is a certain chemistry and vibrancy to this friendly University City, which many delight in, and few forget. Music, festivals, horse racing, pubs, restaurants, shops, theatres and most of all Galway people, combine to create this atmospheric medieval city of culture.
Today we take a tour along the scenic coast of County Clare, on the Wild Atlantic Way. We drive across the landscape of the Burren, which is a fascinating geographical region by the Atlantic Ocean and a haven for people who like diversity in plants. In the crevasses you see flowers and plants which are usually to be found in subtropical and even artic regions. Continue to the famous Cliffs of Moher with walls falling 702 feet straight down into the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to Bunratty Castle and Folk Village. The village is a replica of a typical Irish Village of the 1920’s. Nearby is ‘Durty Nellys’, the oldest pub in Ireland from the 12th century. Return to Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Golf or Connemara
After breakfast depart on an excursion to the west of Galway to see the Connemara region. As Oscar Wilde put it “Connemara is a savage beauty” This unique area is characterized by a multitude of lakes, mountains and bog lands. From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll know you’re in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape. In the afternoon we will visit Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden. Visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history of tragedy, romance, education, innovation and spirituality. Explore the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden with its delightfully restored garden buildings. Discover woodland and lakeshore walks that will take you on a beautiful journey through our 1,000 acre estate. The beautiful Gothic Church is a short walk from the Abbey, nestled nearby is the Mausoleum where Mitchell and Margaret Henry are buried side by side.
Day 4 or Free Day
This morning you will take the ferry to the Aran Islands. The three Aran Islands, Inis Mór Island (Big Island), Inis Meáin Island (Middle island) and Inis Oírr Island (East island) are situated in a north westerly, south easterly direction at the mouth of Galway Bay, Ireland. You will be visiting Inis Mór Inis. The islands are famous for their geological formation, historical monuments and their linguistic and cultural heritage. The Irish(Gaelic) language is still spoken here and in the twenty first century all native born islanders are bilingual in both Irish and English. Return ferry to Galway for overnight in your Hotel.
This morning you will enjoy some free time in Galway and afterwards you will travel through the market town of Ennis to Killimer. Here we will board the Shannon Ferry to Tarbert in the Kingdom of Kerry. We travel onwards to Tralee probably best known for the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Spend some time exploring Tralee – your home for the next 3 days. The Kerry County Museum has galleries on local history and a re-creation of medieval Tralee. Nearby, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, Siamsa Tíre, puts on Irish music and dance performances.
This morning you will take a tour of the Ring of Kerry. This is a truly spectacular drive due to the constant changes in countryside. Rivers, high mountains, extensive bogs are intermingled with quaint little towns and villages. One of these is Waterville where Charlie Chaplin often went on vacation. See the colourful village of Sneem, Molls Gap and of course Ladies View. Overnight in your Hotel in Tralee.
Day 7 Golf or Dingle
For the golfers among us take the opportunity to play on of Irelands many Links courses. A true test of any golfers ability. For the non – golfers we will take a drive to the spectacular Dingle Peninsula. Mt Brandon overlooks the peninsula and this spectacular scenic driver has it all, fuschia lined country lanes, prehistoric ring forts and beehive huts, sandy coves and treacherous cliffs. Coumeenole Beach just north of Slea Head, was one of the locations used for Ryans Daughter and in more recent times the area was a location for the Star Wars films. In the afternoon spend some time in the colourful town of Dingle. Return to Tralee for dinner and overnight.
This morning you will travel the short distance to Blarney Castle and kiss the stone that is believed to endow the person with the gift of ‘flattery.’ The castle and garden of Blarney are approximately 10 kilometres west of Cork. The castle of a good example of the Anglo-Norman artr of building and the garden is worth a visit. We then travel on to Kilkenny – the marble city. See Kilkenny castle or St. Canices Church or just explore the vibrant streets that the city has to offer. Overnight in your hotel in Dublin
Day 9: Free Day in Dublin with Guinness Storehouse
Ireland’s capital city is an intriguing melting pot of international cultures, eclectic architecture, warm and welcoming locals and not so warm weather. With its ever-growing immigrant population, Dublin has become inundated with a host of international influences resulting in a wealth of ethnic restaurants serving up an array of exotic culinary delights. Despite this multi-culturalism, Dublin has managed to preserve much of its traditional Irish culture, particularly evident in its fine literary history and fascinating folklore. While the city is over thousand years old, it has a decidedly 21st-century feel – glitzy shopping centres, and state-of-the-art skyscrapers exist alongside the city’s myriad ancient cathedrals, Georgian squares, castles, and historical monuments. Once these sites have been ticked off the list, pop into one of Dublin’s legendary pubs, order a Guinesss, and strike up a conversation with one of the friendly locals. They are a charismatic bunch whose wit and warmth is so welcoming that you are unlikely to ever want to leave! In the afternoon visit Guinness Storehouse for a tour of the world famous brewery and get to have a pint in the gravity bar which overlooks the whole city.
Day 11: Return Flight
Transfer from your hotel in Dublin to airport for your return flight
Following services are included in the tour price:
* 9 Overnights in the Hotels below
* Coach (39 seater) including driver from Airport to Airport – 9 Days.
* Ferry to the Aran Islands and return
* Porterage of 1 bag per person per Hotel
* Entrances: Bunratty Castle, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Sheepdog demonstration, Blarney Castle, Guinness Storehouse.
* Dedicated Tour Director for the duration of the tour.
The following hotels are booked: * 4 x Overnights with Halfboard in 3 Star Nox Hotel in Galway
* 3 x Overnights with Halfboard in 4 Star Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee
* 2 x Overnights with B&B in 3 Star Arlington Hotel in Dublin City Centre
Price per Person 39 seater Coach
$ 1480,– per person for 40 paying passengers
$ 1,580,– per Person for 30 paying passengers
$ 1,725– per Person per 20 paying passengers
* Single room: $ 450,– for 9 x Hotel overnights
Extra supplement for more than 6 single rooms
*Traditional Irish Night on final evening $ 55 – includes 3 course evening meal with music and dancing
* Golf in Galway area: e.g Galway Golf Club $ 75
* Golf in Tralee area: e.g. Ceann Sibeal Golf Links $ 80. Tralee Golf Club $220
* Evening meal in IL VICOLETTO $ 30 for early bird (not including wine) FABULOUS ITALIAN RESTAURANT!
Not included in Price:
AIRFARE (currently being negotiated)
Drinks with meals
DEPOSIT $300.00 DUE AT TIME OF BOOKING
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