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“Ireland is a country known for its stunning landscapes, vibrant colorful villages, ancient Celtic relics, lush green valleys and abandoned castles. As an ocean ‘outpost’ at the western edge of Europe, Ireland has a natural character quite different to the Continental landmass. Its geology is remarkably varied, with rocks that range back over 2,500 million years. Once, long ago, Ireland was covered by ice, and the track of the glaciers can be read in the dramatic shapes of the mountains and the little drumlins hills of the countryside. “
|Package Price including Land Arrangements & Game ticket||Game Ticket Only Price|
|$3,135.00 per person sharing Twin/Double Room||$495 per person (Extra)|
|Single Room – $3,135.00 plus $1,825.00 supplement per single room|
● Package rates are based on 8 days touring (Aug 20th to Aug 27th 2023) with a fully qualiﬁed driver guide in a luxury vehicle, including driver’s expenses, fuel & road tolls & a daily allowance of 250 kms (155 miles).
● August 28th 2023 – 1 Private group airport transfer from Dublin Hotel to Dublin Airport.
● Drivers are based on a maximum touring day of 9 hours daily (under EU driving laws).
Accommodation: (Twin/Double Rooms) – 14 rooms
● August 20th 2023 x 2 nights B&B & 1 Dinner: Westport Plaza Hotel, Westport (4 star)
● August 22nd 2023 x 2 nights B&B & 1 Dinner: Muckross Park Hotel, Killarney (5 star)
● August 24th 2023 x 1 night B&B & 1 Dinner: Kingsley Hotel, Cork (4 star)
● August 25th 2023 x 3 nights B&B & 1 Dinner: Morrison Hotel, Dublin City (5 star)
● Full Irish Breakfast daily at all hotels and 4 dinners included.
● Cliffs of Moher and Atlantic Edge Exhibition.
● Muckross House & Gardens.
● Half Day local guide for panoramic tour in Dublin City.
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
● Rates are quoted in USD $
● A non-refundable deposit of 15% is due at time of booking for the main tour package [note: all credit card payments are processed in our Cork ofﬁce in Ireland]. Full payment is due 45 days prior to travel.
● Optional Trip Insurance is recommended – details of inclusions can be found: www.special-ireland.com
● Full Terms & Conditions can be found at https://www.special-ireland.com/index.php/sts-terms-individuals/
DAY 1 – Sunday August 20th 2023 – Dublin to Westport.
GROUP TRANSFER FROM DUBLIN AIRPORT AT 12.00PM
RECOMENDED FLIGHT DETAILS – Aer Lingus – EI124 from Chicago at 10:25AM – Terminal 2 Dublin Airport.
Cead Mile Failte (a hundred thousand welcomes!). On arrival into Dublin Airport Terminal 2, collect your luggage from baggage claim and make your way out to the arrivals hall, where your driver guide will meet you with a group sign at 12:00 Noon. He will then escort the group to the awaiting coach to travel north West to Westport –
You might like to stop to visit Strokestown Park and 1he Irish National Famine Museum – (Entrance not included – extra supplement applies). Considered the single greatest social disaster of 19th century Europe, the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s (during which Ireland still exported food) decimated the island of Ireland, when in excess of two million people, almost one-quarter of the entire population, either died or emigrated. The National Famine Museum at Strokestown tells the story of this tragic chapter of Irish history through the words and stories of the very people who experienced it, while drawing parallels with contemporary famine events.
The streets of Westport Town have a magical quality that will make you want to explore every street. Colorful shop fronts and friendly locals are just some of the things that make it so special. Whether your ideal night out is a quiet pint by a crackling ﬁre, a hot whiskey and a trad session, a nice merlot in a wine bar, or a multicolored cocktail and a spirited dance-floor, Westport has it all. Everywhere is within walking distance, so it’s easy to stroll around the town at your leisure, drifting from one place to the next or just soaking up the friendly atmosphere. Locals and tourists alike hotfoot it to trad-favorite Matt Molloy’s for a pint, a few tunes and a good dose of “craic” (fun).
Dinner and overnight at Westport Plaza Hotel (Dinner, B&B Basis).
DAY 2 – Monday August 21st 2023 – Westport & County Mayo.
Westport is steeped in cultural heritage. One of Ireland’s few architect-planned towns, it was commissioned in the late 18th century by the ﬁrst Earl of Altamont, of Westport House , as a place for his workers and tenants to live. Elegant Georgian buildings frame the charming banks of the Carrowbeg River, and the generous streets are tree lined. Kissed by the Atlantic and hugged by a stunning landscape, Westport has so much to offer for anyone who loves to be in nature, culture and the great outdoors. You might like to conquer Croagh Patrick, stroll along the sandy beaches, surf the waves, forage in the forests, ramble along the boreens and over the hills, be amazed by the wildlife and enchanted by the wildflowers.
Possibly visit Westport House (Entrance not included – extra supplement applies) – Boasting an incredible location surrounded by parkland and with views of Clew Bay, Achill Island and the
Atlantic Ocean, the 18th century house and gardens serve up everything from exquisite interiors to a hawk walk through forest trails at the Birds of Prey Centre. Of course, before the Earl of Altamont arrived, Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley ruled these lands, and the house you see was built on the foundations of one of her castles – you can even tour the dungeons today.
Overnight at Westport Plaza Hotel (B&B Basis).
DAY 3 – Tuesday August 22nd 2023 – Burren, Cliffs of Moher to Killarney.
After breakfast, travel southwards through the area of Clare known as the Burren. There is no front gate that says you have arrived at The Burren. Instead you move slowly from being surrounded by green ﬁelds, to being immersed in a sea of limestone paving, framed only by the ocean. The coast road south of Black Head provides a ﬁne view of the huge boulders, deposited at the end of the Ice Age which rest on the bare limestone pavement in ﬁne weather the Aran Islands are visible offshore.
Stop off at the Cliffs of Moher and Atlantic Edge Exhibition; Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of up to one million visitors every year. Standing 214 meters (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometers (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast. From the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years.
The journey will continue to County Kerry and the town of Killarney traveling on the Shannon ferry from Killimer to Tarbert and on to Killarney. Killarney has been welcoming visitors for over 250 years. Known for its scenic beauty, atmospheric town and welcoming locals, Killarney is a great base to explore Kerry but there is so much to experience in Killarney itself.
Dinner and overnight at the Muckross Park Hotel Killarney, Co. Kerry (Dinner, B&B Basis).
DAY 4: Wednesday August 23rd 2023 – Ring of Kerry & Muckross House.
Experience the Ring of Kerry today with its rolling green hills and sparkling lakes. Pristine golden strands giving way to jaw-dropping cliffs. See the sheep bleating and cows grazing in patchwork ﬁelds. This treasure trove in the southwest coast of Ireland really has it all, which is why people come from far and wide to see the Ring of Kerry.
This scene-stealing route around the Iveragh Peninsula, beginning and ending in Killarney, takes in all the big hitters. Hear about Moll’s Gap, Torc Waterfall and the Gap of Dunloe – but really, the route itself is so much more than the sum of its parts. Within this 179 km of road, you’ll ﬁnd that each turn brings a new treat to the eye, from lakes, rivers and waterfalls, to grand houses and castles.
There’s a story behind the stunning “Ladies View” at the Lakes of Killarney – when Queen Victoria visited the Ring of Kerry in 1861, this spot was a favorite of her ladies-in-waiting. And the grandeur doesn’t stop at the scenery: sleeping on the edges of the world-famous lakes sits Muckross House & Gardens. This 19th century mansion, along with its lush gardens, became Ireland’s ﬁrst National Park in 1932. Inside is luxury on another level, and upstairs you can even enter the perfectly preserved room that housed Queen Victoria during her famous stay!
Overnight at the Muckross Park Hotel Killarney, Co. Kerry (B&B Basis).
DAY 5 – 1hursday August 24th 2023 – Killarney to Cork.
After a leisurely breakfast this morning continue to Cork with time to explore Cork City and perhaps a walk through the English Market or meet your local Cork Colleagues.
Afterwards head out of the city and you’ll ﬁnd compelling Titanic tales, romantic castles and pretty seaside towns, all within easy reach. A good ﬁrst choice is the charming and colorful port of Cobh, set in one of the world’s ﬁnest natural harbors – it was here that Titanic last set sail, an event commemorated in the Titanic Experience Cobh (Entrance not included – extra supplement applies) and also at the Cobh Heritage Centre (Entrance not included – extra supplement applies). You might also like to visit Spike Island, “Ireland’s Alcatraz” from Cobh – a short ferry ride across Cork Harbour. (Entrance not included – extra supplement applies). Overnight at the Kingsley Hotel Cork ( Dinner, B&B Basis).
DAY 6: Friday August 25th 2023 – Cork City to Dublin City.
After breakfast, travel northwards to Dublin City, A UNESCO City of Literature, a historic powerhouse and a super-cool capital that’s been named Europe’s friendliest city twice by TripAdvisor. The city has become a thriving center of culture and enjoyment. The new wave of cafes and restaurants are meeting places for all ages while traditional Dublin pubs are rightly world-famous for their informal atmosphere and lively conversation. The city oozes atmosphere, not least in the heady scents that cling to it – the rich aroma of the hops being roasted in the Guinness brewery and the salty tang of the sea.
Have a half day panoramic overview of Dublin City with a local tour guide to get your bearings. Discover the capital city and see some of Dublin’s most renowned sites, such as St Patrick’s Cathedral and Christchurch Cathedral. On the city tour you will also see the Georgian Squares, O’Connell Street, the Greens and the Phoenix Park, which is the largest urban parkland area in Europe and where the president of Ireland resides. Framed by mountains, centered on the River Liffey and edged by the beautiful Dublin Bay, the city’s streets and alleys are ﬁlled with vibrant art and historic buildings, hip cafés and traditional “old man” pubs, as Dubliners call them. Walk the streets and you’ll feel the energy of over 1,000 years of history, as echoes of the Vikings mix with buzzing boutiques, cobbled streets reverberate with the sounds of buskers, and 18th century parks play host to festivals, ﬁlm and food markets.
Dinner & overnight at the Morrison Hotel Dublin (Dinner, B&B Basis).
DAY 7: Saturday August 26th 2023 – Game Day – Notre Dame V’s Navy.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today is free for you to enjoy the Notre Dame V Navy Game at the Aviva Stadium Dublin – *Game tickets included in the package rate.
Overnight at the Morrison Hotel Dublin (B&B Basis)
DAY 8: Sunday August 27th 2023 – Dublin City.
Breakfast at the hotel followed by a leisurely day around Dublin to explore more of the city sights. Possibly visit the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street. (Make sure to check for opening times online as they might vary). You might like to visit the Guinness Storehouse located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery at St James’s Gate, Dublin. We would recommend to pre book your visit to this attraction.
Another popular visit is Trinity College and the Book of Kells (need to pre book tickets), which is celebrated for its lavish decoration. It has been on display in the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin from the mid-19th century, and attracts over 500,000 visitors a year.
Overnight at the Morrison Hotel Dublin (B&B Basis)
DAY 9: Monday 28th August 2023- DEPART FROM DUBLIN AIRPORT.
Departure Flight recomendations – Aer Lingus EI123 – Dublin to Chicago – Departing at 11:35AM.
This morning, a coach will transfer the group from the hotel directly to DUBLIN Airport in time to check in for their departure flight back to the US. Need to allow at least 3.5 hours at the airport for check in, security checks, duty free and customs.
NOTE: ONLY 1 GROUP AIRPORT TRANSFER INCLUDED. If any guests are departing on different flights to the main group, we can arrange a private transfer to the airport for an extra supplement.
Slán Abhaile (Safe Home).
Specialized Travel Services – Monday to Friday – Ofﬁce hours – 09:30am to 5:30PM Dublin Ofﬁce – Phone + 353 1 278 2677.
Specialized Travel Services – Monday to Friday – Ofﬁce hours – 09:30am to 5:30PM Cork Ofﬁce – Phone + 353 21 439 1996.
Specialized Travel Services – Emergency Contacts – Outside of ofﬁce hours Derry Cronin – Phone + 353 86 167 8507.
Margaret Cronin – Phone + 353 87 257 3610.