Maine Irish American Club Tour 2013

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October 7th – October 16th 2013


 
Its that time once again, the fun loving members of the Maine Irish American Club take to the skies and return back to the shores of the Emerald Isle to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the club. Our timing couldn’t be better, as 2013 is the year of The Gathering. A year when all those with Irish ancestry are returning home to be part of an amazing country wide reunion. The itinerary has been purpose built for the members of the club to suit our specific needs and includes visits to some very special places indeed.

I hope you can join us, this promises to be one fantastic immersion into the heart of Ireland, its culture and most importantly its people.

 

October 7th

Depart Portland in the early afternoon and make our way to Boston for our 9pm overnight flight to Dublin.

October 8th

Hopefully after a good nights rest, we will arrive into Dublin at 8am and take a little tour around the suburbs of Malahide and Howth for a brief background into the importance of these towns and their role in Irish history. Shortly after, we will make our way into the city. Where you will be free to explore the city and its many fantastic sights and tours available.

Accommodation: Camden Court Hotel

October 9th

Dublin is full of unusual places to see and today you have the full day to explore the sights that you might have had the opportunity to visit in the past. Some areas that you might have missed: The National Museum, Killmainham Gaol, Casino Marino (not really a casino), Glasnevin Cemetery, St Michans Church, The list goes on and on. The idea here is to give you back control of your experience. Evening entertainment will also be included, more on this a little later.

Accommodation: Camden Court Hotel

October 10th

We head off early to a new stop for the club at New Grange, in Co Meath. Built in 3200BC (long before Stonehenge and the Pyramids) this Unesco World Heritage Site is a must on any Itinerary. After exploring this region we will travel south towards Kilkenny. Dinner will be with the group tonight and then we will go in search of some tradition entertainment is some of Kilkenny’s great traditional pubs.

Accommodation: Hibernian Hotel

October 11th

We Depart Kilkenny and head south towards Kinsale (via Middleton Distillery) for a brief tour of this beautiful seaside village of Kinsale and Charles Fort, before we head on over to Bantry along the coast via Skibbereen. Bantry is one of those great towns that often falls off the radar on many visitors radar. Bantry is a stunning port town and has a magnetic personality in itself.

Accommodation: Maratime Hotel, Bantry

October 12th

This morning we will take a trip to Glengarrif after a walk around the tropical gardens (yes, you did read this correctly) we head out along the Beara Peninsula which is considered one of the great Circle drives in Ireland. Stopping in the towns of Castletownbere and Allihies, before returning into Bantry for this evenings entertainment.

Accommodation: Maratime Hotel, Bantry

October 13th

The drive from Bantry to Killarney is an beautiful journey through some of Irelands most dramatic landscape, through the town of Kenmare before continuing down through Molls Gap, to Ladies View and on into Killarney through Killarney National Park and Muckross House and Gardens. The camera had better be ready to go all day long! After a day like this we had better take it slow tonight.. or we could go and enjoy the fantastic Restaurants and bars that makes Killarney the entertainment capital of Kerry.

Accommodation: Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney

October 14th

Free day. Today is yours to do as you wish. Killarney is one of the premier destinations in Ireland and with good reason. If you have not yet done the Ring of Kerry, or the Gap of Dunloe now is the time! Or you could stay local and explore Ross castle, Muckross House and Gardens, or Torc Waterfall or all of the above, as you get jaunted around by horse and cart. Perhaps you would like a day at the Spa to rest those tired bones after the previous days coach journeys. Whatever you decide, you will be in the drivers seat.

Accommodation: Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney

October 15th

Now what trip to Ireland would be complete without an adventure to The Cliffs of Moher? We leave Killarney and head towards Tarbet to cross the River Shannon by Ferry and head to visit these majestic Cliffs. I can’t think of a more fitting way to say farewell. Weather and time permitting, we will head on up to the Burren, a lunar like landscape that has to be seen to be believed. We return to Adare in the evening for one last night of craic before the voyage home tomorrow.

Accommodation: Woodlands Hotel

October 16th

The short drive to Shannon will allow us to have breakfast at leisure and with plenty time for some duty free shopping.

 

 

Pricing:

Land $ 1499

Airfare $871

Total package price US$2370.00 Based Per Person sharing

Single rooms are available for an additional cost of $350.00

Download Booking form HERE

A deposit of $300 is required to secure your space, Final payment is due June 1st.

To Download a copy of the Itinerary click HERE

 


 
This package is open to MEMBERS AND GUESTS of the Club on a first come first served basis. Only a limited number of spaces are available, book today to avoid being left behind. It is being arranged exclusively by Longer vacations and all arrangements and agreements are between clients and Longer Vacations.

 

Whats Included?

Transport to and from Boston.
Luxury coach with Driver / Guide
Breakfast each morning
Two Evening Meals / Entertainment
Admission fees
Porterage
Unimaginable amount of fun
Exposure to a side of Ireland that most people never experience

Not Included

Meals (except when specifically stated) & DrinksTours that you decide to do independently
Gratuities

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is NOT included package price, but it is highly recommended and will protect you from those unexpected misfortunes, a policy that will cover unexpected medical needs, baggage loss/ delay, trip cancellation and Interruption. Pre-existing conditions are often included if taken out at time of deposit.

For only $160.00 per person, you have to ask can you afford to be without it. Download Policy information HERE