Depart Syracuse 19 May at 6:00pm, arrive Philadelphia at 7:07pm.
Depart Philadelphia at 8:55pm, arrive Dublin at 8:40am on 20 May
Private transfer from airport to Belvedere Hotel, Dublin
Have a leisurely day. Music available in the evening at the Cobblestone Bar, Smithfield, Dublin city centre, and O’Donoghue’s, Merrion Row.
Irish Breakfast at hotel, included.
We leave late morning for Castledermot and Rathvilly for a look around and a cup of tea. Lunch either here or in Kilkenny, which is not far away; again, we have time to explore the local country towns in the area. We leave this area and take a leisurely drive via the Rock of Cashel to Tipperary town where we have ample time to explore. We are now adjacent to the beautiful Galty Mountains, and we spend the night nearby at Cahir, Co. Tipperary.
We leave County Tipperary this morning as late as we want; today is a leisurely day exploring rural villages and sipping a pint or two en route. We will travel through the mountains to Mitchelstown, the home of Irish cheese, and head to the spectacular Killarney National Park in Co. Kerry, where we may see some of Ireland’s native wildlife – our own indigenous Red Deer or wild mountain goats. After we visit the spectacular and world famous Ladies View, (at a time of day well before all the tourist coaches come along!) we head to the beautiful town of Kenmare to explore remote Co. Kerry and have a leisurely lunch. Later we return to Killarney town for overnight and traditional music. Depending on time or inclination, the spectacular mountain drive to Bantry, Co Cork, can also be included in the afternoon. Overnight in Killarney at a very down-to-earth but top class local restaurant, where all produce is delivered fresh every day straight from the farm.
Ladies' View in Killarney National Park
Leaving Killarney, we head north through Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, to Tarbert, from where we take the ferry across the River Shannon Estuary to Killimer in Co. Clare. We head north to the famous Cliffs of Moher via Lahinch and Liscannor where we have lunch. Afterwards we travel round the shoreline of the serene and peaceful Galway Bay, admiring the unique rocky landscape of the Burren en route; one of Ireland’s “must-sees”. We end up in Galway City, where we will spend the night. Traditional music is everywhere in Galway; we will visit the sessions in Tigh Fox, Tigh Coilí, Taaffes, and take in a rock act, hopefully later on in the Quays Bar.
We drive from Galway city today out to Rossaveal, from where we board the ferry for the largest and outermost of the three Aran Islands, for an island tour, including the spectacular 4000-year-old Dun Aengus Fort. On our return to the mainland, we return to Galway for the evening. Should bad weather prohibit the crossing we will take a scenic tour through the remotest part of western Co. Galway; this is the wild and desolate mountain and lake region of Connemara. If you prefer this in any case, we will do the Connemara tour instead. Overnight back in Galway.
Dún Aonghasa on Inis Mór (Inishmore)
We leave Galway reasonably early – say by 10 – in order to reach Westport by early lunchtime. We will then take a short trip to the nearby town of Newport from where we hire cycles and travel along 11 miles of the erstwhile Westport – Achill railway line, which closed in 1937 and has in recent years been converted into Ireland’s most spectacular cycleway. On our return to Westport we will have dinner included in tonight’s activities, which later on will centre around the famous Matt Molloy’s Bar. Matt may be there, or not; but many musicians will, in a densely packed little local bar. There is usually music in at least two other bars in the same street, as is often the case in rural Ireland, “it just depends on who’s hangin’ about”! Overnight in Westport.
Today we take a very special tour out to the remote and spectacularly beautiful Achill Island, which is connected to the mainland by a causeway and a bridge. Here, we are in a totally unspoilt area of Ireland, the “Real Ireland” – completely, utterly off the beaten track and unknown by tourists as the roads are quite unsuitable for large coaches! We will visit the lonely remains of Slievemore village, largely abandoned after the Irish Famine in the 19th Century, which resulted in huge numbers of Irish people emigrating to the USA. This is the story of your own ancestors. We will also experience one of the highest points in the area, from the transmitter mast at the very top of the wild and very windy Minaun mountain, from where we can see far out into the Atlantic Ocean, and far inland, across many ranges of mountains and coastal islands – providing there’s no fog! Back to Westport for overnight.
Keel Beach, Achill Island
From Westport return to Dublin; day at leisure. Music available in several Dublin venues.
Accommodation: Belvedere Hotel, Dublin
Ha'Penny Bridge, River Liffey, Dublin
Irish Breakfast at hotel, included. Private transfer from hotel to Dublin airport.
(Sadly) return home.
Depart Dublin at 11:20am, arrive Philadelphia at 1:45pm
Depart Philadelphia at 4:10pm, arrive Syracuse at 5:26pm
Roundtrip air from Syracuse to Dublin.
All accommodations, which also includes a breakfast. Killarney accommodation is a high-class B&B.
All transport, fuel and guide.
All admission fees.
Lunches and dinners
Cost for flights, Dublin accommodation, and airport transfers: $2,619.96
Cost for all others included above: 3,150 Euro
**** Please Note: All prices are subject to change and are based on availability. ****