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2020 ~ Treasures of Ireland Tour September 1 - 12, 2020

This is a Small Group Tour. Maximum 20 passengers for an intimate experience! This tour will sell out quickly, so don't wait to secure your spot!

USA to Dublin, Ireland

9/1/2020 ~ Depart USA for Dublin, Ireland

Flight cost & Itinerary will not be available until October 31st, 2019. (Airfare will be additional & added to the overall tour cost when it becomes available)

First Stop..... DUBLIN

9/2/20 ~ Arrive Dublin. Private Transportation provided to our hotel upon arrival

Private Airport Transfers

Dublin. . . . a lively capital city that’s as intimate as a village and as friendly as your local Irish pub. With its seamless blend of classic visitor sights, excellent social scene and the natural playgrounds of Dublin Bay and the Dublin Mountains framing it on all sides, this laid back city is an adventure in itself.

Welcome to the Cliff Townhouse Hotel

A Luxury 4* Boutique hotel. . .

Located in a fashionable city center neighborhood rich with culture, historic sites and upscale boutiques. With Cliff Townhouse as a base, it’s easy to make the most of Dublin's destination highlights, many of which are accessible within a few minutes’ walk.

~ Accomodations ~

9/2/20 ~ 2nts in a Townhouse Room, including Breakfast Daily

Townhouse Room

Our five Dublin hotel rooms on St Stephen’s Green have elegant Georgian proportions — and exude the soul of a private home rather than grand hotel.

Pretty palettes of shell pink, muted fawn and duck-egg blue are accented by shot-silk curtains, oversized velvet headboards and delicately pleated georgette lampshades.

Reproduction period prints on the walls, elegant side tables and chests of drawers ensure this Dublin townhouse competes with the best hotels in town. Donegal tweed blankets accent the crisp, comfortable beds.

Day 1 ~ Explore Dublin!

After check-in at our hotel, feel free to explore your surroundings the rest of the day/evening.

Day 2....Explore some more!

9/3/20 ~ Explore Dublin 1/2 day using your 24hr Hop on/Hop off bus tour pass provided to catch all the highlights of Dublin!

Guinness Storehouse

In the afternoon, we will all meet to visit the Guinness Storehouse, where we will also have a brew at the Gravity Bar and enjoy stunning panoramic views of Dublin!

Gravity Bar

Next we visit the EPIC Irish Museum!

EPIC Irish Museum

EPIC tells the moving and unforgettable stories of those who left the island of Ireland, and how they influenced and shaped the world. EPIC embraces the past and the future with 1,500 years of Irish history and culture housed in its atmospheric vaults. The world’s only fully digital museum, experience this breathtaking story in state-of-the-art interactive galleries, complete with touch screens, motion sensor quizzes and a feast of powerful audio and video that bring Irish history to life. Watch characters from the past tell one-of-a-kind tales of adventure and perseverance, conflict and discovery, belief and community.

This evening, we enjoy an authentic Irish Night & Cabaret dinner show with music, dancing & comedy!

Ireland’s most loved pub and entertainment venue Taylors Three Rock involves a rip roaring evening of traditional Irish song and dance accompanied by a great selection of quality Irish food to delight your palate. Our resident band and traditional Irish Dancers provide breathtaking performances for their audience and never fail to entertain.

Day 3...Meet our tour guide

9/4/20 ~ Today, we meet our tour guide/driver for the week and board our lovely private motor coach to set out on an amazing journey through Ireland together!

NOTE: Throughout our tour, we will be stopping along the way between some of the main attractions to see or do things that our driver/guide suggests based on the interests of the group as a whole. So although we're highlighting some of the primary sights we'll be seeing and things we'll be doing, please know that there will be MUCH MORE we will be experiencing during our time together than what is listed here!

1st stop......Birr Castle

Birr Castle

There was a castle here built on a motte by the Anglo Normans. The gate tower of this led into the castle bawn and is now the centre of the present building. This central gate passage with its 12’ walls can be seen in the lower floor of the present building.

The castle or fortress of Birr was re occupied by the O’Carrolls who held it until the 1580s when it was sold to the Ormond Butlers. In 1620 the now ruined castle was granted to the Parsons family by James I. Rather than occupy the tower house of the O’Carrolls they preferred to turn the Norman gate tower into their ‘English House’, building on either side and incorporating two flanking towers. Sir Laurence Parsons did a large amount of building and remodelling including, probably, the building of the two flanking towers, before his death in 1628. This is all accounted for in our archives.

The castle survived two sieges in the 17th century, leaving the family impoverished at the beginning of the 18th century and little was done to the 17th century house. However at some time towards the end of that century, or at the beginning of the 19th century, the house, which had always faced the town, was given a new gothic facade, which now faced the park. The ancient towers and walls on this, now the park side of the castle, were swept away, including the Black Tower (the tower house) of the O’Carrolls, which had stood on the motte. Around 1820 the octagonal Gothic Saloon overlooking the river was cleverly added into the space between the central block and the west flanking tower.

After a fire in the central block in 1836 the centre of the castle was rebuilt, ceilings heightened, a third story added and also the great dining room. In the middle of the 1840s to employ a larger work force during the famine, the old moat and the original Norman motte were also flattened and a new star-shaped moat was designed, with a keep gate. This was financed by Mary, Countess of Rosse. At this time the great telescope was built.

The final work on the castle was done in the 1860s when a square tower at the back of the castle on the East side was added. This now contains nurseries on the top floor which have a great view over the town.

Birr Castle Gardens

The Award-Winning Gardens of Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre in Ireland are both rich in amazing feats of science and engineering as well as rare trees and flowers, wonderful wildlife, and walks along peaceful rivers and the lake. The Parsons family invite you to explore one of the most extraordinary places in Ireland. Created over generations it is an environmental and scientific time capsule.

Birr Castle Science Center

The interactive center reveals the wonders of early photography, engineering and astronomy with a special emphasis on the brilliant design and assembly of the world famous Great Telescope. Discover astronomical instruments, cameras, photographs and photographic equipment used by the Third and Fourth Earls and Mary, Countess of Rosse, in the middle and late 1800s.

Also on display is electrical and engineering equipment originally belonging to Charles Parsons and used in his experiments as well as a large area devoted to the botanical work carried out in the Demesne.

Next stop..... Ashford Castle

ASHFORD CASTLE

Unrivaled service, warm Irish hospitality and five star luxury await at Ashford Castle. Situated in a spectacular 350 acre estate, discover splendid interiors brimming with antique furniture, fine fabrics and unique features at every turn.

This afternoon, we will enjoy High Tea together at Ashford Castle!

An exquisite setting for a traditional pastime. The long established tradition of Afternoon Tea has been wonderfully preserved at Ashford Castle since 1868. You’ll notice the original silver tea set displayed in the Connaught Room, which was presented to Lord and Lady Ardilaun to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in 1896. With spectacular views from the comfort of the castle’s elegant interior, take your time to savour every delicious moment.

As time permits, take time to explore this incredible castle/hotel & it's grounds

Head to Ennis to check-in to our hotel

Check-in to the Old Ground Hotel

A beautifully restored 18th Century Manor House Hotel in Ennis, Ireland

Luxury 4* Boutique Hotel

Built in the early part of the 18th Century as a private dwelling and a hotel since 1895 the Old Ground Hotel Ennis has a long tradition and connection to the people of County Clare.

This unique 4 star Ennis Hotel is on the doorstep of the Cliffs of Moher and the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland. A warm welcome, a highly acclaimed culinary experience using local Ennis produce and luxurious accommodation awaits you. Our dedicated and experienced staff will ensure that you come to see the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis as a home away from home.

~ Accommodations ~

9/4/20 ~ 2nts in a Classic Room, including Breakfast Daily

Fresh, white crisp linen and the softest duvets and pillows ensure a great night's sleep. Each room is non-smoking: Classic rooms have the option of either two beds - a double bed and single bed or two single beds. Certain rooms are appointed with a double bed.

All our classic bedrooms provide the following: Tea/coffee making facilities; 16 channel TV including CNN&BBC1,2&3; Complimentary WI-FI; Direct Dial Telephone; Safe; Luggage Rack; HairDryer; Iron & Iron board upon request; 110/220 Volt Adapters built in or upon request

Tonight, enjoy your evening out at a local restaurant or pub for dinner in Ennis

Day 4....Connemara & Kylemore Abbey

9/5/20 ~ Today, our tour begins through the majestic Connemara National Park area where breathtaking scenery abound, and leads us to Kylemore Abbey & it's Victorian Walled Gardens

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

Welcome to Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden, one of Ireland’s best loved and most iconic tourist attractions and home to the Benedictine nuns since 1920.

At Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden, there is so much for all the family to enjoy. Visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history of tragedy, romance, education, innovation and spirituality. Explore the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden with its delightfully restored garden buildings. Discover woodland and lakeshore walks that will take you on a beautiful journey through our 1,000 acre estate. The beautiful Gothic Church is a short walk from the Abbey, nestled nearby is the Mausoleum where Mitchell and Margaret Henry are buried side by side. Children will enjoy making a wish at the Giants Ironing stone. With great options for dining and shopping we have all you need for the perfect Connemara day out.

Ennis on your own....

This evening, you are free to explore, shop & dine out in Ennis

Day 5.... Irelands stony place ~ The Burren & Cliffs of Moher

9/6/20 ~ Today we begin our tour with Irealnd's stony place ~ the Burren.

It is home to rare alpine plants, delicate wonders that grow in the thin soil & crevices - gentians, orchids and maidehhair ferns amongst others. The survival of both alpine and Mediterranean plants in this unusual habitat continues to arouse and to delight its visitors. The Burren contains dozens of megalithic tombs, Celtic crosses and a ruined Cistercian Abbey dating from the 12th century, Corcomroe. You can find villages abandoned since famine times and green roads on which you can walk for miles without ever seeing a car.

We continue on to the Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs, a spectacular natural phenomenon, rise 660 feet above the Atlantic. O'Briens Tower is the best location from which to view the Cliffs. From this vantage point one can see the Aran Islands as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk Mountains to the nor in Connemara.

Great Southern Hotel

Check-in to the Great Southern Hotel

Luxury 4* Boutique Hotel

Great Southern Killarney's spectacular architecture melded with effortless service and genuine hospitality has made Great Southern Killarney an iconic retreat for over 160 years. Originally opened in 1854, the hotel was named The Great Southern Hotel for over 100 years then changed to The Malton Killarney in 2007 before returning once again in 2018 as the iconic Great Southern Killarney. The reason for returning back to the Great Soutehrn from The Malton was that many members of the local community and also our guests still refer to, and are familiar with the hotel as the Great Southern, and also due to the Great Southern’s rich history and it’s positive legacy which endures. Killarney hoteliers, the Scally Family, who also own Killarney Royal and Hayfield Manor in Cork undertook ownership of the Great Southern in November 2014, since then the Great Southern team have worked towards restoring the hotel to its former greatness. As part of that restoration project, the hotel’s magnificent Grand Foyer has been restored to the original Victorian design, the sublime public areas have been redecorated in classical style, an extensive bedroom refurbishment program has been undertaken and the facilities surrounding Great room.

Today Great Southern Killarney stands proudly as Killarney’s Premier Historic Hotel. The hotel is uniquely situated on 6 acres of beautiful gardens, directly adjacent to Killarney Train Station, right in the heart of Killarney town centre. Great Southern Killarney enjoys an impressive history, throughout which the hotel has fortunately retained its striking original Victorian features, as well as developing a deluxe guest experience with beautifully appointed accommodation & guest facilities including the gourmet Garden Room Restaurant, the welcoming meeting point Brownes - The Bar, The Killarney Wine Room, home to the hotel’s wine tasting experience & traditional Afternoon Tea served daily in The Grand Foyer & the beautifully restful, Reading Room Residents’ Lounge.

~ Accommodations ~

9/6/20 ~ 3nts in a Classic Room, including Breakfast Daily

Discover an amazing restaurant or pub on your own this evening for dinner

Day 6.... Gap of Dunloe & Lord Brandon's Cottage Lunch

9/7/20 ~ Today we tour the majestic Gap of Dunloe located in the Killarney National Park. Here we can horseback ride, take a hike or perhaps a boat ride.

Time to Explore!

Lunch at Lord Brandon's Cottage

Experience dinner on your own this evening at a local restaurant/pub

Day 7...... Dingle Peninsula

9/8/20 ~ Dingle peninsula

After Breakfast, depart Killarney for the Dingle Peninsula. The journey begins with some of the most magnificent scenery in all of Ireland! The little town of Dingle is straight out of a story book. The fishing boats in the harbor and tiny brightly painted pubs portray a time that has continued to stand still. The population of 1500 people and only 52 pubs are ready to welcome this afternoon. Worth the wait is the native seafood chowder served up at lunch time with freshly baked brown bread. We continue on to Slea Head. Along the way, we will see bee hive style huts, originally inhabited by 12th century monks, which overlook the rugged Blasket Islands. The awe-inspiring beauty of this particular area is unmatched. There is no other landscape in western Europe with the density and variety of archaeological monuments as found on the Dingle Peninsula.

Find an amazing place on our last night in Killarney for dinner!

Day 8......Blarney & Cork

9/9/20 ~ Today, we journey onward toward Cork with stops along the way in Macroom and Blarney!

Blarney Castle is home to the blarney stone, which legend has it bequeaths the "gift of eloquence" to those who kiss it! Time to shop at the Woolen Mills or stop in Christy's Pub for a Pint! We depart Blarney and enjoy a panoramic tour of Cork City, home to several magnificent churches including St Ann's & St Finbar's cathedral. Cork City is the second largest city Ireland and takes its name from the Irish word Corcaigh meaning "marshy place". The ancestral home of America's automobile pioneer, Henry Ford is located here.

Imperial Hotel Cork

Check-in to the Imperial Hotel Cork

Luxury 4* Boutique Hotel

The Imperial Hotel is a timeless landmark in the heart of Cork City. This luxury 4 star boutique Cork hotel enjoys an unrivaled setting, with the world famous English Market and the bustling main shopping districts of St. Patrick and Oliver Plunket Street right on the doorstep. Steeped in over 200 years of history and tradition, The Imperial Hotel in Cork is regarded by many as the ‘Grand Dame’ of Cork.

Magnificently renovated, The Imperial Hotel, Cork, offers the finest luxury accommodations with a bespoke, personal and professional service in surroundings bristling with old world charm, opulent décor and a truly welcoming atmosphere.

~ Accommodations ~

9/9/20 ~ 1nt in a Superior Room, including Breakfast Daily

Explore this new city and find a local hot spot for dinner this evening

Day 9...... English Market & Dromoland

9/10/20 ~ Today, we stroll the famed English Markets of Cork and make our way to Dromoland Castle to take the afternoon & enjoy the property and the plethora of activities and amenities available at this 800 year old authentic castle.

Dromoland Castle Hotel

Check-in to the Dromoland Castle Hotel

5* Luxury Hotel

Ireland’s most magical address, Dromoland Castle has been welcoming guests since the 16th century. The ancestral home of the O’Briens of Dromoland, whose lineage dates back 1,000 years to Brian Boru, one of the last High Kings of Ireland, we’ve got nobility and hospitality in our DNA.

From the imposing baronial façade to our startling interiors, you’ll find a world of historic grandeur underpinned by the finest modern comforts. With lavish decor, indulgent dining, fabulous views and magnificent bedrooms, this is a place to feel at home.

Behind our warm Irish welcome is the belief that every guest is royalty. Stroll the 450-acre estate. Tee off on our world class golf course. Take afternoon tea by a roaring fire. Relax in our intimate spa. Enjoy delicious cuisine. No matter what your preference, at Dromoland Castle there’s no escaping the sense that you are walking in the shadows of kings.

The pinnacle of excellence, come in the knowledge that all your expectations will be met. A remarkable retreat with an easy elegance, it’s time to make Dromoland Castle a part of your story.

~ Accommodations ~

9/10/20 ~ 1nt in a Queen Anne Room, including Breakfast

Bright, spacious, and luxurious, our Queen Anne Rooms blend five-star sophistication with castle heritage. Recently renovated, these spacious rooms feature soothing color schemes, bespoke wool carpets, sumptuous fabrics, state-of-the-art technology and glamorous bathrooms. Designed for indulgence and relaxation, you’ll feel right at home.

~ Room Amenities ~

*30 sq meters with a maximum capacity of 2 people with Twin or King bed. *Dromoland Castle's signature soft slippers and bathrobes *Espresso coffee maker *Full stocked minibar – charged on consumption *Interactive television with music and movies on demand *Complimentary wireless and cabled Internet *Turndown service each evening *24 hour in-room dining *Hairdryer *Iron and Ironing boa *Personal safe *American socket (110V) *Asprey luxury bathroom amenities

TONIGHT..... We enjoy a 6 course gourmet dinner together! (Men ~ Jacket & Tie required)

6 course Gourmet Dinner

Enjoy your evening with a nightcap and take in your surroundings at this iconic hotel!

Day 10...... head to Dublin via the Irish Midlands

9/11/20 ~ Today, we head toward Dublin for our last night of the tour. We will drive through the Irish Midlands to Clonmacnoise. The ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise is situated at the crossroads of Ireland in County Offaly and dates back almost 1,500 years. We continue onto Clontarf Castle for our last overnight in Ireland.

Clontarf Castle

Check-in to Clontarf Castle, Dublin

4* Luxury Hotel

Clontarf Castle is a unique 12th Century castle hotel offering a perfect blend of Irish history & tradition with all of the luxuries of the 21st century, following a significant investment that has seen glamorous, bespoke interiors that will capture the imagination and enrich the senses.

Located just 10 minutes from the heart of Dublin City Centre and 5 miles from Dublin Airport, Clontarf Castle Hotel in Ireland is an oasis, tucked away in a tranquil setting, surrounded by fabulous golf courses and the sounds of lapping waters from the Irish Sea.

Clontarf Castle Hotel’s 111 newly refurbished guest rooms and hotel suites range from the luxurious to the truly extravagant, with individual and unique designs that mesmerises your senses and all the in room touches you need to ensure the perfect nights rest in great Dublin accommodation with beautiful views of the stunning Dublin Mountains.

~ Accommodations ~

9/11/20 ~ 1nt in a Deluxe room including Breakfast

Our beautifully re-modeled deluxe bedrooms come in a variety of boutique schemes from country Heritage to more contemporary schemes. Bold fabrics and wall coverings are used throughout with different ambiences being created through use of textile patterns, color choices and bespoke art pieces.

Bedroom amenities/facilities: 55” Interactive TV Systems; Pillow top mattresses; HD IP Telephone system with direct dial access; Complimentary 100 Mb Wi-Fi; Laptop–friendly safes; Complimentary mineral water and tea / coffee making facilities; Individually controlled air conditioning; and climate control; 24 hour room service; Splendidly stocked mini bar; Hairdryer; Tea and coffee making facilities; Trouser Press

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Enjoy your last night at a great restaurant/pub for dinner!

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Day 11.......Transfer to Dublin Airport

9/12/20 ~ Transportation to Dublin Airport for your flight home with amazing memories to share with friends & family back home!

Memories to last a lifetime!!
TOUR PRICING......

*This is a Small Group Tour with a Maximum Capacity of 20 passengers for an Intimate Experience, and will sell out quickly!

$3100 per person

LAND ITINERARY COSTS Per Person based on double occupancy. Single & Triple rates available upon request. (Minimum 10 passengers required for this departure)

Non-Refundable Deposit: $250 per person to secure your spot. (singles = $500 deposit)

Final Payment Due: July 1st, 2020

OPTIONAL INTEREST FREE PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE!

Once deposit is made, you may make up to 2 payments monthly that can be made on the 1st and/or 15th of each month only. All scheduled payments must be completed by the final payment due date.

*Airfare is additional ranging from $600-$800pp based on availability and will be available November 1st 2019.

*Due to supply & demand, some details and/or accommodations may be changed based on availability until deposit is received.

RESERVATIONS......

In order to secure your spot, please click the button below and submit your reservation form. Once your reservation form is received, we will send you an invoice with the link to the Credit Card form for you to fill out and submit your deposit.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Infinite Journeys Travel at 330-364-5348 or by Email: Cindy@InfiniteJourneysTravel.com

Trip Insurance......

Trip Cancellation Interruption Insurance is available to protect your investment in case you need to cancel your reservation, among many other features. Trip Insurance will also cover you medically while traveling as our health insurance in the USA does not cover us when traveling internationally. For details, pricing and to purchase, please visit click the button below:

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