the Thrill of
Immerse yourself in true Irish culture
explore this magical
March 14 - 22,
fascinating history and warm, friendly people await you as we travel
off the beaten path and discover the real gems of Ireland's
Joining us on this tour will be Geocacher, "MaxB on the River"!
is an outdoor adventure hobby first played in May, 2000. Participants use a
GPS receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers,
called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world.
The appeal to many in this hobby is in searching for caches that will take
them to fascinating places that they might otherwise overlook!)
Warren of "MaxB on the River" have used their expert geocaching skills
to help us put together a very special custom itinerary that will
take us off the beaten path to some of Ireland's hidden gems! We will
visit the favorite sights you have heard about, as well as some you will not
visit on other tours!
starts with three nights in one of Europe's most popular cities, Dublin!
While here we will visit the Guinness Storehouse for a peek at the
makings of this world famous brew and the perfect bird's eye view of this
famous city from the top. We will have the opportunity to visit the
first Geocache in Europe, Ireland's most favorited, and learn about the history of this seaside
area! On St. Patrick's Day we will enjoy the grand St. Patrick's
Day parade from reserved seats, along with all the festivities of
holiday time in this fun city! The next day our travels take us south
from Dublin through County Wicklow and into the peaceful ambiance of
small villages. We will visit Cobh and it's heritage center,
which depicts emigration from Ireland to the US during the Great famine of
the mid-1800s. Our overnight in Cork will give cachers an
opportunity to explore on their own. Then we will make a stop to kiss the Blarney
stone on our way to Killarney. From Killarney we will experience
a full day tour of the famed
Ring of Kerry. The next day our morning departure from Killarney has us
heading north by way of the Tarbert Ferry on our journey to the majestic Cliffs of Moher.
We overnight in Limerick, and we will take part in a Medieval Farewell Banquet
in a 600 year old castle in nearby Bunratty!
the way, "MaxB on the River" has found caching opportunities
& suggestions that will
take us to the heart of this magical land on a tour you will never forget.
Irresistibly Irish and endless fun... from the heart of Dublin to Blarney Castle to the Cliffs of Moher... and
Transport by deluxe motorcoach
with a professional Irish driver/guide
for 7 nights
Full Irish Breakfast
Daily (except day of arrival)
tickets for St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin
Admission into: Guinness Storehouse, Hook Head Lighthouse, Blarney Castle,
Cobh Heritage Center, Cliffs
Medieval Banquet at Bunratty with entertainment
Custom itinerary with geocaching opportunities and suggestions for your own
Hotel tips and taxes throughout.
(Except tips to your personal Driver/Guide)
porterage of one suitcase per person
Day One – 3/14/14 - Friday
Tonight we begin our Irish journey as we board our jet bound for the Emerald
Isle. If you have selected the optional group air flight you will enjoy
getting to know our group as we make our way from Newark, NJ to Dublin, Ireland!
Day Two – 3/15/14 - Saturday
Failte! One Hundred Thousand Welcomes! Upon clearing customs, we
will be met by our Professional Irish Driver Guide and escorted to our deluxe motorcoach. En route
to our hotel we enjoy a panoramic orientation tour of Dublin. 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 will pass by Trinity College which houses the
8th century manuscripts, The Book of Kells, still
preserved as they were when the Monks produced them all those centuries ago. Our group
will enjoy a visit to the Guinness Storehouse
for a peek at the makings of this world famous brew. You will have free time this afternoon to explore this
1000-year old city and cache as you go. Within a mile of downtown and our
nearby hotel you can hunt for over 100 caches, many
of them cacher's favorites. This evening we are planning a possible event
with local cachers.
– 3/16/14 - Sunday Dublin,
Bray, Greystone Cliff
After breakfast we enjoy an
optional side trip to Bray, and
an opportunity to do some geocaching! The 1.5 miles round trip walk will
take you to Europe's First Cache. You may wish to spend some time
in Bray, exploring it's history and local caches before our bus takes us on to
Greystone for more caching. Bray's town history predates Norman times,
when Strongbow granted lands on behalf of the Crown, to Sir Walter de
Riddlesford, circa 1171. Thanks to the arrival of the railway in 1834, the
bustling town developed as a popular seaside resort and became known as the
"Brighton of Ireland"! For the adventurous cachers, you might
decide to walk the Bray
to Greystone Cliff Walk - which is 5 miles - but includes Europe's First
Cache and several others. If you wish to remain in Dublin, the streets will already be abuzz with St.
Patrick's Day celebrations!
– 3/17/14 - Monday ♣
St. Patrick’s Day!
Today is a very special day – St. Patrick’s
Day in Dublin! After breakfast we are transferred to the
Parade Route to our reserved Grandstand
Seats to see this world famous event. The rest of the day you
are free to enjoy. This is among the best St. Patrick Day celebrations in Ireland! As it
is a national holiday, all businesses and major stores are closed, but there will be a lot
going on. The atmosphere will be one of high spirits and great fun.
- 3/18/14 - Tuesday
Dublin - Hook Head - Cobh - Cork
breakfast we depart Dublin and head south through County Wicklow, "The Garden of
Ireland". We pass through the Vale of Avoca onwards to Wexford for a tour
of the beautiful South Wexford coastline, past Loftus Hall where the devil
appeared during a card game. Then on to fabled Hook Head which sports one of the
oldest working lighthouses in the world. We enjoy a visit at the Hook
Head Lighthouse with time for some geocaching and/or a bite of lunch!
Next it is on to the Cobh Heritage Center which depicts emigration from
Ireland to the US during the Great Famine of the mid-1800s. Tonight we
will stay in nearby Cork!
Six-3/19/14 - Wednesday
Cork - Blarney - Killarney
After breakfast we enjoy time in Cork
for Geocache visits or to relax and explore the area! Then it is on to
Blarney with its fabulous Woolen Mills and 14th century Kissing Stone!
This afternoon we will continue our journey to Killarney.
Sites of interest in the town of Killarney reflect its strong religious
and educational history. Killarney was a monastic settlement from the 5th or 6th
century and house settlement began here from around 1500. Explore colorful laneways, a
fine cathedral and experience the ambience of busy
streets in the town centre. Nestled
amidst deep, lake filled valleys with astounding sights such as the famous Ladies’ View
(Named after Queen Victoria’s Ladies’ in Waiting) and the MacGillicuddy Reeks – Ireland’s
largest mountain range, home of Carrauntoohil, the country’s largest peak. Killarney
itself is a lively hub of activity. We will spend our first of two
nights in Killarney!
Day Seven-3/20/14 - Thursday
Ring of Kerry
breakfast we depart Killarney for a full day tour of the famed Ring of Kerry!
There is an unspoiled nature to Ireland's most beautiful region and the Ring of
Kerry provides many unforgettable memories as it passes through the many
picturesque villages such as Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem and returns via
Ladies View and the famous Lakes of Killarney. We will have stops along the way
to visit caches as time allows. Our circle back to Killarney from the Iveragh
Peninsula will pass through Kenmare and Molls Gap. You will want to be
sure to visit one of the three Lakes of Killarney: Lough Leane, The Upper
Lake, and The Lower Lake, which is near the town. Tonight we will enjoy
another stay in Killarney!
Day Eight-3/21/14 - Friday
Killarney - Cliffs of Moher - Bunratty - Limerick
Our morning departure from Killarney has us heading north. We take the
Tarbert Ferry from County Kerry to County Clare on our
view the majestic Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs rise 700 feet and
stretch out along the very rugged Atlantic Coastline for five miles.
You'll have the opportunity to complete the "Cliffs of Moher" Earthcache while
visiting the area.
overnight tonight in Limerick, Ireland’s 3rd largest city and home to author
Frank McCourt, who wrote Angela’s Ashes. Limerick is an area steeped in
history. The origin of Limerick city dates back to the 9th century,
a site settled by the Vikings. Limerick City is known as “City of the Broken Treaty”, due
to the treaty which was signed surrendering the city to William. The terms of
which included respect for the rights of Catholics, were immediately breached. The treaty
was signed on the Treaty Stone, which can still be seen today. King John’s Castle is a
fortified 13th century Castle on “King’s Island” in the heart of medieval
Limerick. The castle, overlooking the river Shannon, opens an exciting window on the
lives and stories of the people through political upheaval, war and famine.
Archaeological excavations open to the public roll back the mists of time to pre-Norman
houses which predate the castle by 100 years, as well as siege mines, garrison and
soldiers quarters and sallyport all found under the level of the present courtyard. The
castle itself features an imaginative exhibition spanning the castle’s history.
to nearby Bunratty with its 600 year old Bunratty
Castle and adjacent folk park. Be sure to visit “Durty Nellie’s Pub” which has been
serving up the locals for over 300 years. This evening we enjoy a
special Medieval Farewell Banquet at
Bunratty with entertainment! Our deluxe
motorcoach will transport us back to modern times as we make our way back to
Limerick for a good nights sleep before tomorrow's journey home.
Day Nine-3/22/14 - Saturday
Limerick - Shannon Airport - USA
Sadly, today our Irish vacation has come to its final day. We will
transfer to the Shannon Airport in good time to check in for our flight. In the true
Irish tradition, Ireland wishes you a “Safe Home”. We will arrive home the same day
with fond memories and new friends!
- Only $1795.00 per person double
Single Supplement $550 (Very limited)
(Please let us know if you are single & would
like to room with someone by noting it in the comment box on the online
Join the group in Newark, NJ for our overseas
flight to Dublin (return from Shannon)!
Roundtrip Air - Only $895 per person!
(Extremely Limited Availability)
Insurance is available and recommended
(Trip cancellation insurance covers cancellation prior to your trip due to illness or death of
self, roommate or immediate family (not aunt, uncles or cousins).
members traveling together, living at the same address, must each purchase insurance to be
A $350 per person deposit ($450 if air is selected)
is required for space confirmation.
Final payment is due January 8, 2014.
The deposit is refundable if
cancelled before December 1, 2013.
All cancellations must
be received in writing.
Cancellation Penalties (Please
consider the trip insurance)
December 1, 2013–January
8, 2014....$350 deposit
January 9, 2014 - Day of
departure/no show......100% penalty (No refund)
All travel documents
will be sent approximately 2 weeks prior to departure.
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.
This tour is not suitable for
children under 16.
very limited. Please reserve
Reserve online here!
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