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**Check Back - another Ireland tour is being offered for 2017**

 

Private Tour of Beautiful and Historic Ireland - April 9-17, 2016

Trip Highlights        Daily Itinerary        The Fine Print

Join Bart and Barb O'Brien in an exciting journey through Ireland, traversing the Brian Boru Trail from Killaloe in western Ireland, where Brian was born and became King of the Munsters, to Cashel, where he was crowned High King, to Clontarf, where he was killed, to Armagh in Northern Ireland, where he was buried. The beauty of the country is breathtaking, the history is invigorating, and the fun we had in the pubs was outstanding.

Traveling with a group of members is the most fun way to travel.  You start as strangers and become friends over pints of Guiness and Irish whiskey. This is the second trip to Ireland led by Bart and Barb O'Brien, following the 2014 celebration of the 1,000 anniversary of the death of Brian Boru.

$1,630* per person double occupancy**

Space is limited to 46 people – only a few spaces remain!

Sign up through Irish Tourism groups@irishtourism.com or (877) 298-7205

IrishTourism.com would also be pleased to arrange any pre or post accommodation, car hire etc. utilizing special rates they have negotiated. Contact groups@irishtourism.com should you require additional reservations.

*1500 Euros/person at the current exchange rate of 1 Euro to 1.087 Dollar as of 3-1-16

** If you are traveling by yourself, the Single Supplement is 459 Euros

*Brian Boru was the last great High King of Ireland, ruling from 1002 to April 1014, when he was killed on the battlefield after defeating the Viking invaders.  O'Brien in Gaelic means “son of Brian,” making all O'Briens (in theory) the descendants of Brian Boru.

Trip Highlights

Day 1: Saturday 9th April 2016

After your arrival at Shannon Airport, our professional driver/guide will transport you to a welcome breakfast before visiting the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s natural wonders. The cliffs rise to over 700’ and the views are magnificent. Visit O’Brien’s Tower which was built in 1835 by Cornelius O’ Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru (entrance to tower not included). Travel around the coast through the limestone landscape of the Burren to the vibrant city of Galway, stopping en-route for lunch.

Check into your hotel, and the remainder of the day is free for individual sightseeing, shopping or relaxing before a hosted dinner at the hotel.

Day 2: Sunday 10th April 2016

Explore Connemara, one of Ireland's famous scenic regions. The constantly changing cloud formations give hills, lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. Visit Celtic Crystal Visitor Centre for 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, home to the Benedictine Nuns, and visit their walled garden and Gothic church while enjoying the tranquility of the estate. Continue around Connemara to Clifden and 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.

Return to Galway where the remainder of the day will be free for individual sightseeing and shopping. This evening is free to enjoy the local fare and “craic” (Gaelic for fun and enjoyment when mixed with alcohol and music) in one of Galway’s lively pubs or restaurants (dinner is on your own).


Day 3: Monday 11st April 2016

Take the ferry to Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands. The rugged, natural beauty along with thatched roofed stone cottages dotting the islands take you back in time and provide a splendid example of Celtic and early Christian heritage. The forts, churches and monasteries will leave you bewildered by how people lived on this rock-infested island, where the islanders still speak their native language, but have no problem in communicating in English.

Return to Galway where the remainder of the day will be free for individual sightseeing and shopping. Dinner is on your own.

Day 4: Tuesday 12nd April 2016

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and travel to what was once the capital of Ireland and Brian Boru’s home town, Killaloe, to visit the Brian Boru Heritage Centre which houses an exhibition tracing the history of Killaloe from the 10th century, and St. Flannan’s Cathedral, built in the 1180’s by Donal O’Brien. Enjoy a cruise on Lough Derg.

Stay on the Dromoland Estate once owned by the O’Brien family, and enjoy a medieval banquet at Knappogue or Bunratty Castle. Dinner is on your own.

Day 5: Wednesday 13rd April 2016

Travel to the Rock of Cashel where Brian Boru was crowned High King of Ireland in 978 and where his descendants ruled for over 100 years following his death. Continue on to the medieval city of Kilkenny and enjoy a tour of Smithwick’s Brewery where, until recently, ale has been brewed for over 300 years. Before returning to County Clare visit Kilkenny Castle.

Stay on the Dromoland Estate and enjoy a hosted dinner.

Day 6: Thursday 14th April 2016

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and travel to the 15th century Bunratty Castle and its associated theme park. The park recreates life during the 19th century and has a building from each of the 32 counties in Ireland including shops, school, doctors and of course the pub! Continue then to Ireland’s modern capital with a stop at the Kildare Village Shopping Outlet for some retail therapy before arriving in Dublin.

Overnight in Dublin, at Clontarf Castle Hotel. Dinner is on your own.

Day 7: Friday 15th April 2016

Travel north to the Boyne Valley and the 5000 year old passage tomb at Newgrange. Then continue to Brian Boru’s final resting place in Armagh, visiting the two St. Patrick Cathedrals, continuing to the only center in the world dedicated to Ireland’s Patron Saint, St. Patrick.

Overnight in Dublin, at Clontarf Castle Hotel. Dinner is on your own.

Day 8: Saturday 16th April 2016

Enjoy a morning tour of Dublin including visits to Trinity College Library and the Book of Kells exhibition, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Guinness Storehouse.

The afternoon will be free for individual sightseeing and shopping before a farewell Irish Night which includes dinner and a show of traditional Irish music, song and dance. Overnight in Dublin, at Clontarf Castle Hotel.


Day 9: Sunday 17th April 2016

After your final Irish breakfast transfer to Dublin Airport for your flight home.