Blarney Castle

March 5 - 17, 2020

Irish Odyssey

Enjoy free parking and roundtrip transfers to The Emerald Isle, where you'll visit the Cliffs of Moher, the Giant's Causeway, Titanic Belfast, and much more!

Booking Deadline: December 18, 2019

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Pricing

Occupancy Rate Per Person
Double $3,559
Single $4,409

All non-members must add $60 to the above rates.

Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 25 passengers.

Included Features

  • Free parking with roundtrip transfers to Newark Liberty International Airport
  • Roundtrip airfare to Dublin, Ireland
  • Roundtrip transfers - airport/hotel
  • Eleven night’s hotel accommodations
  • Sightseeing as stated in itinerary by luxury coach
  • Services of Professional CIE driver/guide
  • Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • Free Wi-Fi on motorcoach
  • Welcome reception
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager

Highlights

  • Ballintubber Abbey
  • Belleek Pottery
  • Brú na Boinne Visitor Center
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Titanic Belfast

Itinerary

Thursday, March 5: Depart for Ireland

Motorcoach from Central PA to Newark Liberty International Airport for overnight flight to Dublin. 

Friday, March 6: Dublin Tour & Kilmainham Gaol

Your tour begins with a group transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, set out on a tour of highlights to view Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the General Post Office and Kilmainham Gaol, where many of Ireland’s leaders were imprisoned during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently. Hotel: Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin

Saturday, March 7: EPIC Ireland & Taylors Three Rock Pub

Visit EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum, the world’s only fully digital museum, and discover the story of the 10 million people who have left Ireland in the last 1,500 years. Then enjoy an afternoon exploring on a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour with admission to one of Dublin’s key visitor attractions. Later, enjoy dinner and entertainment at Taylors Three Rock Pub. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Sunday, March 8: Farmhouse Visit & House of Waterford Crystal

Travel through Kildare to visit a traditional farmhouse and learn about country living while enjoying tea and scones. At the House of Waterford Crystal, watch experienced craftspeople blow and cut crystal. Continue along the south coast to Cork for Dinner. Hotel: The River Lee Hotel, Cork (Breakfast, Dinner)

Monday, March 9: Blarney Castle & Killarney

Start your day with a local guide on a brief walking tour of Cork and the English Market. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous "Stone of Eloquence" or stroll through the lovely gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at Blarney Woollen Mills. Enjoy the scenery in Counties Cork and Kerry as you head to the colorful town of Kenmare. Stop at Moll’s Gap for great views of part of the Ring of Kerry and watch trained dogs herding sheep. Hotel: Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney (Breakfast, Dinner)

Tuesday, March 10: Jaunting Car Ride & Dingle Peninsula

Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle to view Lough Leane, largest of Killarney’s lakes. Travel to the scenic Dingle Peninsula for views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach and rocky headlands. Stop at Slea Head to admire the views and take photos. Enjoy an early dinner at a charming pub in Dingle before returning to Killarney. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Wednesday, March 11: Cliffs of Moher & Galway

Sample tea and scones in a pub in Listowel associated with the writer J.B. Keane. Embark on a ferry ride across River Shannon Estuary and drive along the coast of County Clare. View the famous Cliffs of Moher, which soar 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk to O’Brien’s Tower for views of Connemara and the Aran Islands. Join a local guide for a walking tour of Galway. Hotel: The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway (Breakfast, Dinner)

Thursday, March 12: Connemara & Corrib Cruise

Travel through Connemara for sweeping views of misty mountains and shimmering lakes. Take a scenic cruise on Lough Corrib and sip some creamy Irish coffee. Stop at Kylemore Abbey for a walk through the elegant mansion, set beside a tranquil lake. Enjoy a casual lunch before returning to Galway, where the rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing and dining. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Friday, March 13: Ballintubber Abbey & Belleek Pottery

Travel north to Claremorris to visit Ballintubber Abbey, known as "the Abbey that refused to die", Ireland’s only royal Abbey, which has been in continuous use for more than 780 years. Visit Belleek Pottery, then follow the Atlantic shoreline of Donegal Bay to the town of Donegal for some free time. Continue your drive through the majestic Barnesmore Gap to Derry. Hotel: City Hotel, Derry (Breakfast, Dinner)

Saturday, March 14: Giant’s Causeway & Derry Walk

Explore the Giant’s Causeway, huge hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. Back in Derry, join a local guide for a short walk around the medieval city walls. Take a walk across the Peace Bridge and complete your tour at the Walled City Brewery Restaurant. You’ll enjoy a drink with your dinner and a flight of 4 of the brewery’s beers to taste – plus you’ll get a bottle of CIE Tours’ signature beer to take away. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Sunday, March 15: Titanic Belfast & Cabra Castle Stay

Head to Belfast for a panoramic city tour followed by a visit to Titanic Belfast. Travel to Kingscourt and your castle hotel, built in 1760. Arrive mid-afternoon to enjoy this lovely property and perhaps play the 9-hole golf course. After dinner in the Court Restaurant, enjoy a display of Irish step-dancing. Hotel: Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt (Breakfast, Dinner)

Monday, March 16: Megalith Tombs & Farewell Dinner

Visit the Brú na Boinne Visitor Center to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of newgrange. See how primitive people managed to align huge boulders precisely. Enjoy some free time on your own. In the evening, share a farewell dinner. Hotel: Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort, Trim (Breakfast, Dinner)

Tuesday, March 17: Depart for USA

After breakfast, transfer to Dublin Airport for your flight home and transportation to Central PA. (Breakfast)

Hotels and itinerary are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation

Tour Activity Level:2
This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.

General Information

Travel Documents

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank visa page for visa stamp(s).

Payment

Deposit of $250 per person will confirm your reservation. Final Payment is due to AAA by December 18, 2019. Solo Travelers Rewards Club maximum voucher redemption: $100

Cancellation/Penalties

Deposit date to day of departure $25 per person, plus...
From November 27, 2019 - January 5, 2020 $250 per person, plus additional suppliers fees
From January 6 - February 3, 2020 25% per person, plus additional suppliers fees
From February 4 - 26, 2020 35% per person, plus additional suppliers fees
From February 27 - March 4, 2020 50% per person, plus additional suppliers fees
After March 4, 2020 NON REFUNDABLE
*Airfare is nonrefundable after final payment.
**Deposit is non-refundable with Early Booking Discount promotion.

Insurance

For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.

Flight

Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airline 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flights schedules may contain code share agreements.

Clothing/Climate

Temperatures for Ireland in March average in the 50s with cooler evenings. Pack for a variety of temperatures. Casual clothes that can be layered work best. Comfortable walking shoes and a small umbrella are recommended.

Baggage

One suitcase per person will be allowed. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.

Travel Assistance

For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.

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