the Thrill of
Travel with us as we explore this magical Emerald Isle
March 15 - 23, 2010
Land Package Includes:
· Transport by deluxe motorcoach with a professional Irish driver/guide.
· Hotel accommodations based on twin bedded room with private bath for 7 nights.
· Full Irish Breakfast Daily.
· Dinner and entertainment at Merry Ploughboys in Dublin.
· Admission into: Guinness Storehouse, Bushmills Distillery, Giant's Causeway, Cliffs of Moher.
· Panoramic tour of Belfast and 2 overnights in Belfast, Galway and Dublin. 1 overnight in Westport..
· Hotel porterage of one suitcase per person.
· Hotel tips and taxes throughout. (Except tips to your personal Driver/Guide)
· 2 Private Concerts by Bill Danoff, Mack Bailey & Rachel Levy.
· 2 dinners in your hotel before the concerts.
Day One – 3/15/10 Depart US
Tonight we begin our Irish journey as we board our jet bound for the Emerald Isle. Enjoy getting to know our group as we make our way from Washington D.C. to Shannon, Ireland!
Day Two – 3/16/10 Shannon-Cliffs of Mohr-Galway Cead Mile Failte! One Hundred Thousand Welcomes! Upon clearing customs, we will be met by our friendly Irish tour director and escorted to our deluxe motorcoach. Your journey today heads north towards the town of Ennis turning east towards Ennistymon and eventually to Lahinch. This is a great stop. See the world famous golf links course, originally constructed for the Black Watch Regiment of the British army and now a challenge for all golfers. Continue on through Lisconnor (home to John Holland the inventor of the submarine and the name on the tunnel in New York City). A major stop is the cliffs, which rise up from the sea some 700 feet. Then onto Lisdoonvarna where the annual matchmaking festival takes place each summer. From here it’s around the lower half of Galway Bay and into the city center hotel for overnight. Everything is within walking distance of the hotel. Galway is full of music and many pedestrian walkways. The Au Pucan pub on the other side of Eyre Square has traditional Irish Music seven nights a week.
Day Three – 3/17/10 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Galway
Today is a very special day – St. Patrick’s Day in Galway! After breakfast you will have some free time before positioning yourself on the Parade Route. Enjoy the Parade Festivities. This is among the best St. Patrick Day celebrations in Ireland! As it is a national holiday, all businesses and major stores are closed. The atmosphere will be one of high spirits and great fun.
Day Four – 3/18/10 Galway-Leenane-Westport
Today we will drive north through Cong and along the scenic shoreline of Lough Corrib to Leenane. You will take in the magnificent views of the Connemara region, Ireland’s treasure of wild, natural beauty. You then pass by Kylemore Abbey, monastic home of the Benedictine Nuns. Today’s journey ends with a visit to Cong for “The Quiet Man Tour”, where John Wayne filmed his famous movie that made Maureen O’Hara famous. Our journey travels through County Mayo passing the pilgrimage mountain of Croaghpatrick en route to Westport. Tonight we will check into our hotel where we will enjoy dinner with our group and a great show by Bill, Mack & Rachel!
Day Five - 3/19/10 Westport, Sligo, Enniskillen-Belfast
After breakfast we depart Westport and head towards Sligo, where famous author William Butler Yeats is buried. Our journey will then continue east towards Enniskillen. Optional stop at the Belleek factory home to fine Parian china. We continue into Belfast where we enjoy a panoramic tour. Our tour features visits to the Edwardian-style City Hall and adjacent Linen Hall Library as well as Queen’s University, the alma mater of a glittering list of luminaries including Ireland’s prize-winning poet, Seamus Heaney.
Day Six-3/20/10 Belfast-Bushmills-Giant's Causeway-Glens of Antrim-Belfast
After a full Irish Breakfast we depart Belfast and travel north, first stopping at Bushmills, for a wee Dram! We travel along the north coast to visit the Giant’s Causeway. This impressive area of hexagonal columns was formed over 60 million years ago by cooling lava. We then experience one of Ireland’s popular scenic routes traveling south and along the coast road. See the “Nine Glens of Antrim” which offer wonderful views of mountains, valleys and coastline. We return to Belfast for overnight.
Day Seven-3/21/10 Belfast-Dublin
Morning departure from Belfast takes us through Newcastle & Drogheda. Known as the "Gateway to the Boyne Valley", Drogheda is associated with an extraordinary number of significant events in the history of Ireland - The Battle of the Boyne, St Oliver Plunkett, Poynings Law, Cromwell's Siege and the surrender of the Irish Chieftains to the English King. We continue south into Dublin where we will overnight. Tonight we will enjoy dinner with our group and another great show by Bill, Mack & Rachel!
Day Eight-3/22/10 Dublin
Our last day in Ireland presents itself with a plethora of activities. We enjoy a morning panoramic tour of this 1000 year old city. You will be sure to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral where writer Jonathan Swift gave his sermons, The G.P.O. on O’Connell Street, scene of the 1916 Easter Uprising where the bullet holes still remain to this day. We drive through famous Phoenix Park where the Pope said Mass in the late 70’s, and finally a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. This afternoon you are free, with perhaps a visit to Trinity College to view the 8th century manuscripts, The Book of Kells, still preserved as they were when the Monks produced them all those centuries ago. Make sure to visit one of Dublin’s oldest Pubs, O’Donohues, for a last pint! Tonight we will enjoy a wonderful Irish dinner and show by the Merry Ploughboys!
Day Nine-3/23/10 Dublin-USA
Sadly, today our Irish vacation has come to its final day. We will transfer to the Dublin Airport in good time to check in for our flight. You may want to do some last minute shopping at the duty free stores. We will arrive home the same day.
Note: You must reserve through Traveling Troubadour to be a part of these private group events, including the performances by Bill, Mack & Rachel.
9 days - Only $1799.00 per person
Single Supplement $540 (very limited)
Airfare from Washington, D. C.
your trip right by joining our group for the flight to Ireland!
Just $659 per person
Trip Insurance $185 (land only) $220 (with air)
(Cancellation insurance covers cancellation prior to your trip due to illness or death of
self, roommate or immediate family (not aunt, uncles or cousins). Immediate family
members traveling together, living at the same address, must each purchase insurance to be
A $350 per person deposit is required for space confirmation. Final payment is due January 4, 2010.
All cancellations must be received in writing.
Cancellation Penalties (Please consider the trip insurance)
December 15, 2009–January 14, 2010....$350 deposit
January 15, 2010 - Day of departure/no show......100% penalty
All travel documents will be sent approximately 2 weeks prior to departure.
PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP:
All U. S. passengers must carry a passport valid for 6 months past the last date of travel. Passengers who are denied entry to aircraft or foreign country due to improper documents are NOT entitled to a refund.
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Note: You must reserve through Traveling Troubadour to be a part of these private group events, including the performances.
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