Discovery Tour of Ireland August 30 - September 8, 2019
Journey of Discovery
Martha’s “small group” Journey of Discovery
Tour to Ireland.
Join a small group for a “Journey of Discovery” tour of Ireland. For those who have never been to Ireland, each and every day will bestow a new discovery of beauty, mystery, history, friendly people, music, and a deeper awakening of your own self discovery. For those who have been this way before, then you can just sit back and enjoy the journey as you revisit some of your own favorite places of discovery in Ireland. We are a small group so we will take our time, soak it all in and savor the moments along the way.
Friday August 30th ~ Board your overnight flight (not included in price.) Be sure to wear comfortable clothing with a light sweater or jacket as it sometimes gets a little chilly on the flight. Shoes that slip on and off easily are suggested for going through security checkpoints. We will have an overnight flight with a dinner and continental breakfast served en route. Sit back, relax and sleep a “wee” bit . The next thing you know, you will look out your window and see the most beautiful 40 shades of green, Welcome to Ireland!!!!
Saturday, August 31st ~ Dublin to Galway. After clearing customs we will claim our luggage and meet driver/guide Tom O’Toole who will greet us with a warm “Cead Mile Failte” (A hundred thousand welcomes in Irish Gaelic) The fresh Irish air will wake us up and energize us for our adventure. We will take a drive around Ireland’s Capital, Dublin to see some of the historical and cultural highlights of the city. We then drive through the midlands making stops along the way in towns such as Athenry as we head for the Viking town of Galway. Galway is a robust University town tracing its proud Irish roots back to the year 1124. From a medieval trading port, drawing merchants from all over the known world including Christopher Columbus to what is now one of the fastest growing towns in all of Europe. We will be staying and the Park House Hotel right in the heart of town. You can get out and explore Galway or rest and relax in our beautiful surroundings. We will have a welcome drink in the bar before meeting for dinner at our hotel. Dinner and Overnight: Park House Hotel: Galway
Sunday, September 1st ~ Killary Cruise and Gaynor’s Pub
After breakfast we can take our time as we tour the majestic countryside of Connemara where winding roads give way to gentle streams and lakes. We will enjoy Irish Coffee as we visit the famous Gaynor's Pub in Leenane on the shore of Killary Harbour where the The Field was filmed. A special treat today will be to enjoy a light lunch while enjoying the unspoilt splendour of Killary Fjord on board the Connemara Lady catamaran. We will return to Galway refreshed from all of the fresh air and beauty we have enjoyed. The evening is yours to enjoy the town and dinner on your own time. Overnight: Park House Hotel, Galway
Monday, September 2nd ~ Cliffs of Moher, Doolin and Adare
After a hearty breakfast we will make our way with dramatic views of the Burren Landscape as we head to the famous Cliffs of Moher. Soaring to 702ft, the striated stone reaches its long fingers southward to counties Cork and Kerry beyond. For those who cannot make the decent up the trail to behold the Cliffs of Moher, there is a magnificent Visitor center that captures the experience on a large screen for your viewing. We will also make a stop in the musical town of Doolin where you can do some shopping or have a bit of lunch before we continue on to the Thatched cottages of Adare. We should arrive in the town of Adare by early afternoon. This town has everything, shops, thatched cottages, Pubs, Cathedrals and all within reach of our lovely family owned hotel. The Dunraven Arms Hotel, once an old hunting lodge turned hotel is located just off the centre of Adare village an idyllic heritage village with its Franciscan Friary Tower, Desmond Castle, built by the Normans. This is one of the oldest hotels in Ireland, established in 1792. We will enjoy a delicious dinner together this evening at our hotel. Dinner and overnight: Dunraven Arms Hotel
Tuesday, September 3rd ~ Inch Strand and Dingle . We can take our time this morning and enjoy breakfast or a walk about town before setting off for the fishing village of Dingle. By the sixteenth century, Dingle was one of Ireland's main trading ports, exporting fish and hides and importing wines from the continent of Europe. Today Dingle offers rugged scenery, beautiful beaches, great pubs and plenty of shops for the traveler to enjoy. Weather permitting, we can take our shoes off walk the beach at Inch Strand before arriving at our beautiful Dingle Skellig Hotel where we will enjoy a dinner together with views of cows grazing and the ocean in the distance. Dinner and Overnight: Dingle Skellig Hotel
Wednesday, September 4th ~ Dingle Peninsula
A hearty breakfast and we are off for another adventure. We will pray for the good Lord to grant us plenty of sunshine today as we take the breathtaking drive around the Dingle Peninsula. We will see sights such as Bee Hive Huts dating back to St. Patrick’s Day, Dunbeg Fort, which is a circular stone defensive structure on the edge of a cliff dating back hundreds of years. The Gallarus Oratory is believed to have been a place of worship or even a shelter for pilgrims as they journeyed. The dry-stone construction of Gallarus contains no mortar, plant or animal remains. The structure has neither carvings nor associated cultural artifacts; thus it cannot accurately be dated. It remains timeless.
The mighty Blasket Island rises in the background. This beautiful, desolate island surrounded by the wild seas was once home to a small but fiercely independent community of people whose medieval way of life has long vanished from the mainland. Many famous poets and storytellers came from this rugged island in the sea, inspired only by the glow of turf fires and a pure Gaelic language. Recently, some of the houses have been restored and a tea room is available for refreshment. If anyone would like to take a boat ride out to the Blasket Island to walk and enjoy the desolate beauty instead of going around the Dingle Peninsula, then - this is an “Optional excursion” and would cost approximately 50 - 60 Euro per person. PLEASE let me know if this would interest you and I can get a reservation for those who want to visit the Blasket Island. The visit, of course is dependent on the weather. We will head back to the town of Dingle in time for you to enjoy the town and have dinner on your own. Overnight: Dingle Skellig Hotel, Dingle
Thursday, September 5th ~ Moriarty’s, Killarney with music and dance show
Ahhhhh, we have had so much fresh ocean air, our minds are clear of our worries and we are ready to move on to more excitement. So, enjoy your coffee and breakfast because our next visit to the town of Killarney is not too far away. For the shoppers among us, we can make a stop at the family run Moriarty’s Shop and Tea Room. You will find the “real deal” here when it comes to authentic Irish clothing, scarves, hats, jackets, jewelry and more. The tea room has homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts for those who just want to enjoy the view. Oh, we just might have to have another Irish Coffee. Killarney is one of Ireland’s best known tourist destinations and probably the most written about and sung about place in the land. We will arrive in Killarney in time to rest and unwind before enjoying an early dinner at one of the local restaurants. After dinner get ready for some energetic Irish music, song and dance. Overnight: Plaza Hotel, Killarney
Friday, September 6th ~ Jaunting Cars through Killarney National Park
After breakfast we will take a journey through the Killarney National Park by way of the “jaunting carts” the best way to see the beautiful scenery. Afterwards everyone can be let out in the charming town of Killarney for their own time to explore and have a few pints with the locals. In the evening, you might want to check out Scruffy’s Pub at the Towers Hotel on College Street where there is always a mighty music session going on. There are plenty of restaurants and pubs for dinner on your own this evening. Overnight: Plaza Hotel, Killarney
Saturday, September 7th ~ Limerick, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Enjoy Breakfast and perhaps a final walk around Killarney before we depart this memorable town. We will stop in the historical town of Limerick which was home to Frank McCourt in the book Angela’s Ashes, we can also make a photo stop at the famous 13th Century St. John’s Castle. We move on to visit Bunratty Castle, which dates back to 1425 and was an important stronghold of the O’Briens in the 16th and 17th centuries. Take time to stroll through the surrounding folk village, which gives us just a glimpse of how life was way back then. Our Bunratty Castle Hotel is just steps away from excellent shopping that you can enjoy before we gather for our grand finale evening. Dinner this evening is at the famous Durty Nelly’s Pub that has been a part of the surrounding landscape for over 400 years. Durty Nelly’s has been a place of refuge as well as a “watering hole” for weary travelers and locals alike for hundreds of years. We will enjoy this same hospitality over a lovely dinner and the option to enjoy a bit of music in the bar area afterwards. Back at our hotel, we will do our last minute packing and get things in order for our return flight home in the morning. Overnight: Bunratty Castle Hotel, Dinner: Durty Nelly’s Pub
Sunday, September 8th ~ Return to the United States
All too soon we have come to the final part of our journey – the day of departure. There has been so much excitement, wonder, mystery, and friendly people, as well as the grand beauty of this very misty, mystical island called Ireland. A part of our hearts will remain in Ireland with a promise to return one day. We will transfer to Shannon Airport in plenty of time to check in for our flight, clear security, and claim any VAT refunds. Again, be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes that slip on and off easily as you will have to remove them as you clear customs.
The Fare Includes:
~Exclusive transport by luxury motorcoach with a local driver/guide (Small group tour based on 16 - 18 people) (Walking level - Moderate)
~Meet and greet service with one group transfer upon arrival and departure at airport
~Hotel accommodation based on twin bedded rooms with private bath for 8 nights
~Full breakfast (7)
~Included Dinners at hotels (3) Local restaurants (2)
~Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage, gratuities for included meals, service charges and taxes
~Trip insurance for Land Only
Visits and admission to:
~Killary Boat Cruise
~Cliffs of Moher
~Irish Music and Show
~Bunratty Folk Park
What is Not included on the Tour The land price of the tour does not include airfare to the tour departure point; (Air can be arranged by Martha’s Travel Corner) excess baggage charges; items of a personal nature; meals not included on the itinerary; sightseeing attractions listed as “optional excursions” and gratuities to the Full time Motorcoach Driver. (Allow 10 Euro per day per person)
$2500.00 per person based on two persons to a room
$300.00 Single Room Supplement
Deposit to hold space: $300.00 per person - (non-refundable)
Final payments due by: June 1, 2019
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