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Irish Tour with Notre Dame vs. Navy Itinerary
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itinerary on this tour are subject to adjustment based on fuel surcharges, tax
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USA with dinner and breakfast served during the overseas flight.
Arrive this morning in
Ireland where you will be met by your coach. We'll drive via the CLIFFS
OF MOHER and the BURREN to
Galway. The famous towering CLIFFS OF
MOHER is one of Ireland's most spectacular sights. Standing 700 feet above
the Atlantic Ocean and stretching 5 miles along the rugged coastline, the
Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran
Islands are visible as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara. Then travel through the magnificent landscape of the BURREN.
This fascinating lunar like landscape is an area of sedimentary limestone and
shell. The unusual geological formation has produced an astonishing botanic
variety harboring some 2000 species of rare plants and flowers, some unique to
the Burren. Overnight in Galway area, in the
center of the village of Claregalway, with Welcome Dinner at Claregalway Hotel. (D)
A full day tour of the Galway and Connemara region today which is a magnificent wilderness populated
largely by sheep and dotted with hundreds of small
lakes. The stone walls, tiny farms,
isolated thatched cottages and heather covered hills are bounded by a sea
coastline with many quiet sandy beaches.
Many of the inhabitants of this region still speak Gaelic and ancient
Celtic traditions and customs have been preserved. Visit KYLEMORE
GARDENS, a Victorian Castle in Tudor Style, beautifully situated on the
shores of a lake and surrounded by the Twelve Bens – an impressive mountain
range. Now it is the only remaining monastic home of the Benedictine nuns in
Ireland who have restored its Victorian Gardens. Continue to view Crough
Patrick, the holy mountain that St. Patrick climbed and fasted on for 40 days.
Then on to a visit to Knock, home of Ireland’s most famous Marian shrine.
Then back to Galway. Enjoy
a guided walk through this young and vibrant place, yet filled with history.
See Galway’s Cathedral beautifully situated at the Salmon Weir Bridge, the
Lynch House, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square. Overnight at Claregalway Hotel. (B)
29: GALWAY- CABRA:
Leave Galway and travel through the heart of Ireland to the town of Kilbeggan for a visit
of LOCKE’S DISTILLERY. Locke's
Distillery is the only small pot still whiskey
distillery remaining in Ireland, the only examples of what used to be a
widespread Irish industry. Check into Cabra Castle hotel for overnight in Kingscourt
with Royal Castle Dinner. (B,D)
30: In the morning leave Kingscourt and travel to Belfast and
take a CITY TOUR OF
BELFAST and see all the highlights of this vibrant city including
the famous shipyard of Harland & Wolff where the “Titanic” was
built, the historic Queen’s University, Stormont Castle, The Linen Hall
Library, Belfast Castle and the famous political wall murals. See the new
developments along the Lagan River with the Waterfront Hall and the impressing
Odyssey Complex. You will also see Belfast’s famous CITY HALL, home
of the Belfast County Council and a fine
example of Classical Renaissance style of Portland stone with a most ornate
dome, a grand staircase, an oak furnished Council
Chamber. Overnight in Belfast at Days Hotel. (B)
31: DUBLIN -
In the morning drive to Dublin via the historic Boyne Valley,
site of the famous battle, which we'll learn about. Then we stop at MONASTERBOICE
to look at the high crosses, some of the finest in Ireland. We arrive in Dublin
for a panoramic city tour. See the famous Georgian quarter of Dublin,
which incorporates some of Dublin's loveliest
18th-century streets, squares, and
landmarks – most famous the colorful doors of Dublin. See the Parliament
Building and other landmarks, including St. Patrick's Cathedral.
STOREHOUSE offers a unique experience where visitor will discover what goes
into making a pint of Guinness. Glass walled lifts whisk you from floor to
floor, through a fascinating exhibition that uses words, music, images, sounds and smells to bring to life the rich
splendor of the Guinness story. The best part of
the visit is always the tasting - the lift passes through the ceiling to
deposit you in the breathtaking view of the Gravity Bar, the highest
bar in Dublin, which gives a 360 degree view across Dublin and its
Overnight in Dublin at Camden
Court or Temple Bar
Hotel, both in the city center. (B, D)
1: Breakfast at the
hotel with free time to explore and shop on nearby Grafton Street, or visit
Trinity College. We'll transfers guests to
Aviva Stadium for the game with a 2 p.m. kickoff time. Overnight in Dublin for
those flying out of Dublin. Guests flying out of Shannon the next morning or
after will be transported to Park Inn by Radisson
at Shannon after the game, with a dinner stop en route. (B)
a relaxing trip back to the U.S. and your home city. Thank you for joining us
in Ireland on this special tour.
is subject to adjustment based on weather, traffic, site changes, etc.
"I just wanted to drop you a note
telling you how much I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Everything went better than I ever
imagined. No glitches, no hitches, just a perfectly flowing trip. Our tour
guide was just awesome too! His attention to the little
details and facts of Ireland were what made his commentary such a
pleasure to listen to. I couldn't have asked for a better vacation and
Prime deserves a round of applause." --