Navy V Notre Dame College Football - Wild Atlantic Way Tour

This package begins at €2,299 Per Person Sharing a Twin / double Room. A supplement of €599 applies for a Single Room.

 

Your jouney will begin upon landing at Dublin airport where you will meet your driver. From there you will be taken across the country to the beautiful Galway city, stopping along the way in some of the countries finest attractions.

 

From there, you will explore the timeless region of Connemara before returning to Galway to experience one of the finest traditional pub scenes available with live trad music.

 

Your tour will continue with visits to the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle and of course stopping off in Ireland's Kingdom, Co. Kerry. 

 

From there, you will continue South, to the Real Capital of Ireland, Co. Cork, visiting the quaint harbour town of Cobh, the Blarney Stone and Blarney Woolen Mills.

 

Returning to Kerry, you will then visit Dingle where you will be offered the finest views of the Blasket Islands and an impressive array of Pubs and local shops.

 

On your second last day, your driver will collect you and head back to Dublin, to the Aviva Stadium where you will enjoy the match, followed by an opportunity to visit The Guinness Storehous, Trinity College and the Book of Kells on your final day.

  • Transfers on departure by private coach (on 31st August only)
  • Sightseeing in a luxury coach with an experienced Irish driver as per itinerary
  • Services of an accredited guide throughout the tour
  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities for 9 nights
  • Irish breakfast daily
  • 3 hotel table d’hote dinners
  • Return ferry to Inis Mor (Aran Islands)
  • Tour of Inis Mor including entrance to Dun Aengus fort
  • Lunch on Game Day 29th August 2020
  • Farewell Irish Night including dinner and show
  • Entrance fees to the following sites & attractions: Kilbeggan or Tullamore D.E.W Distillery, Clonmacnoise, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara History & Heritage Centre, Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Cobh Heritage Centre, Blarney Castle, Blasket Centre, Cahir castle, Rock of Cashel, Trinity College Library and Book of Kells Exhibition, Guinness Storehouse
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage per person at each hotel
  • Hotel service charges and tax (at current rate)

Not included in the cost of the tour

  • Travel to or from Ireland
  • Transfer on arrival
  • Pre or Post tour extensions – on request
  • Items of a personal nature such as wines, drinks phone calls etc.
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Game tickets – details not yet available
  • Tips & gratuities

 

Day 1: Saturday 22nd August 2020

Meet with your experienced Irish driver and accredited guide at Dublin Airport at 12.30pm to start your tour at 1.00pm. Travel across the country to the vibrant city of Galway, stopping en-route at Kilbeggan or Tullamore D.E.W. Distillery where you will be shown the age-old art of creating Irish whiskey. After enjoying a sample of the golden nectar continue to the early Christian monastic site at Clonmacnoise which was founded by St. Ciaran in 545 AD, when Christianity flourished throughout Ireland. See round towers, church ruins and Celtic crosses with elaborate carvings, all in a picturesque setting on the banks of the River Shannon. Finally travel to your hotel in the centre of Galway city. This evening dinner will be at the hotel where your guide will be available to answer any questions regarding the tour. Overnight Hotel Meyrick, Galway, Dinner, Bed & breakfast included

 

Day 2: Sunday 23rd August 2020

Today explore one of Ireland's famous scenic regions, Connemara. Here the constantly-changing cloud formations give hills, lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. Visit Celtic Crystal Visitor Centre and see a live glass cutting demonstration or Connemara Marble and marvel at the master craftsmen’s skills as they cut this unique stone; stop at Kylemore Abbey which is home to Ireland’s Benedictine Nuns and where you can visit their walled garden and Gothic church whilst enjoying the tranquility of the estate; the Connemara History & Heritage Centre where you will be introduced to the history of the area from prehistoric times to the foundation of the Irish Free State and visit Dan O’Hara’s Homestead and experience turf cutting and much more. Return to Galway late afternoon where there will be time for shopping. This evening is free to enjoy some of the local fare and craic in one of Galway’s lively pubs or restaurants. Overnight Hotel Meyrick, Galway, Bed & breakfast included


Day 3: Monday 24th August 2020

After breakfast take the ferry to Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands. The rugged, natural beauty along with thatch roofed stone cottages that dot the islands provide a splendid example of Celtic and early Christian heritage and gives one the impression that they have just travelled back in time. The forts, churches and monasteries will leave you in bewildered awe at how people lived on this rock infested island. The islanders still speak their native language but will have no problem in communicating in English. Return to Galway late afternoon where there will be time for shopping. This evening is free to enjoy some of the local fare and craic in one of Galway’s lively pubs or restaurants. Overnight Hotel Meyrick, Galway, Bed & breakfast included

Day 4: Tuesday 25th August 2020

Check out of your hotel and travel through the lime stone landscape of the Burren to The Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs rise to over 214 meters (702 feet) at the visitor centre and afford magnificent 360 degree views. Next, it’s on to one of the most complete castles in Ireland, Bunratty Castle. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Within the grounds of Bunratty Castle is Bunratty Folk Park where 19th century life is vividly recreated. Located across the road from the Bunratty Castle the Blarney Woolen Mills store offers fine Irish made quality goods to take home & remind you of your visit to the Emerald Isle. After lunch (not included), leave Bunratty and travel the short distance to Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages. Walk along the main street which is lined with thatched roofed cottages or visit the old priory and monastery before departing to Ireland’s most popular town, Killarney. Overnight Dromhall Hotel, Killarney Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included

 

Day 5: Wednesday 26th August 2020

After breakfast visit Cobh where thousands of emigrants departed for a better life during the famine years and which was the last port of call of the Titanic. Then visit Cork where you will have time to explore Ireland’s second city. Finally travel to Blarney Castle where the famous Blarney Stone will be found. For those brave enough climb the ramparts of the castle and kiss the stone which is said to grant the gift of eloquence. There will be time to visit the nearby Blarney Woollen Mills which stocks many quality Irish made goods to remind you of your visit. Overnight Dromhall Hotel, Killarney Bed & Breakfast included


Day 6: Thursday 27th August 2020

Following breakfast depart the hotel and travel the Dingle Peninsula. Perhaps not as well-known as the Iveragh Peninsula where the Ring of Kerry is located, the Dingle Peninsula is less busy but every bit as beautiful. The town of Dingle is a small fishing port where you will find plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants to have lunch. Then to the west of the town the scenery is particularly rugged with views out to the formerly inhabited Blasket Islands. Visit the Blasket Center which celebrates the story of the Blasket Islanders, the unique literary achievements of the island writers and their native language, culture and tradition. Sadly An Blascaod Mór was abandoned in 1953 as a result of the decline of its once vibrant population. Return to Killarney where the remainder of the day will be at leisure. Overnight Dromhall Hotel, Killarney Bed & Breakfast included

Day 7: Friday 28th August 2020

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and travel to Cahir Castle, a 13th–15th century imposing structure.  Once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family, the castle retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure and is one of Ireland’s largest and best preserved castles. Continue then to the iconic Rock of Cashel, a spectacular group of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale including the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral. Relax as you travel to Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, where after checking into your hotel the remainder of the day is free for independent sightseeing, shopping and dining. Overnight D Hotel, Drogheda, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included

 

Day 8: Saturday 29th August 2020 – GAME DAY

This morning your coach will take you to a pub or restaurant for lunch and then as near as we can to the Aviva stadium for the game. After the game, make your own way back to your hotel. Overnight D Hotel, Drogheda, Bed & Breakfast included

Day 9: Sunday 30th August 2020

This morning take a panoramic tour of Dublin during which there will be an opportunity to celebrate Mass at one of the cathedrals in the city centre. Visits will include Trinity College Library and the Book of Kells exhibition and Guinness Storehouse. This evening enjoy a farewell Irish Night which will include dinner followed by a show of traditional Irish music, song and dance. Overnight D Hotel, Drogheda, Bed & Breakfast included


Day 10: Monday 31st August 2020

Transfer to Dublin Airport for your return flight.
 

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