Ireland 8 Day Trip 2019: June 21 – June 28 (Friday – Friday)
For more information, contact: MissionIntegration@mtaloy.edu
To register for tour visit this page. The maximum amount of travelers for this group is 28… so don’t wait! Once registered, all your planning will be done through the Rick Steve’s Tour website and your own account. Waivers and all other information are located through your account.
- There is an initial $500 deposit ($400 early deposit)
- Registration and deposits are due by Dec. 31, 2018.
- The rest of the payments will be due at a date that is given on the account.
- You will also be responsible for paying your own airfare.
- It is recommended that you fly in the day before the tour just to make sure you get there on time in case of delays. You would have to cover the cost of that hotel as well.
Costs not included in the trip payment:
- Extra nights in hotel
- Shuttle to and from airports
- 5 lunches
- 4 dinners
Mount Aloysius will be sponsoring a few meals while there.
Mount Aloysius will also be providing transportation from MAC to the airport and back.
- A small, friendly group of 24 – 28 people – half the size of most tour groups
- Full-time services of a professional Rick Steve’s guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Ireland come alive for you
- All tours and admissions – at no extra cost – covering at least 20 group sightseeing events
- Ennis Friary
- Ennis orientation walk
- Cliffs of Moher
- Village of Adare
- Irish music evening
- Dingle’s Slea Head Drive
- Crystal cutting demonstration
- Great Blasket Centre
- Gallarus Oratory
- Irish whiskey tasting
- Dingle harbor boat cruise
- Rock of Cashel
- Kilkenny walking tour
- Kilkenny Castle
- Dublin walking tour
- Trinity College
- Book of Kells
- Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum
- Brú na Bóinne archaeology site…and more!
- All group transportation from Ennis to Dublin
- 7 nights’ accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels and B&Bs
- All breakfasts and half your dinners
- All tips for guides and driver
- A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
- Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
- Optional single supplements – this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
- Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you’ve taken prior to 2019
- 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
- Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour
Daily Activity Key
- Light = 2 -4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
- Moderate = 2 – 6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
- Strenuous = 2 -8 miles of walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.
Day 1: Welcome to Ireland
We’ll gather together at our hotel at 2 p.m. for a meeting. Then we’ll take an orientation walk around Ennis, beginning with a tour of the Friary. Afterward we’ll get to know one another over a hearty “Welcome to Ireland” dinner together. Sleep in Ennis (1 night). No bus. Walking: light.
Day 2: Ennis to Dingle Town
After breakfast, we’ll pack up and board our comfy bus, setting course for Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula. En route we’ll stop to visit the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, where you’ll find yourself leaning into the wind, teetering on the very edge of Europe, more than 600 feet above the churning waters of the North Atlantic and County Limerick’s lovely village of Adare. At the end of our drive we’ll arrive in the pastel-painted, quintessentially Irish harbor town of Dingle. Tonight we’ll enjoy a gourmet dinner of local specialties followed by an evening of Gaelic tunes. Sleep in Dingle (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: light.
Day 3: The Dingle Peninsula
It’s a great day to experience some of Europe’s wildest natural beauty and most ancient Christian sites. We’ll start our day with a crystal cutting demonstration from a master craftsman, then hop aboard our bus with our local expert to follow the famous Slea Head Drive, our vote for the most beautiful road in Ireland. We’ll stop to tour the strikingly situated Great Blasket Centre, where we’ll get a close-up look at the language, literature, and daily life of a traditional Gaelic Blasket community. Upon returning to town, we’ll see Dingle from another angle and hopefully meet its famous dolphin, Fungie, as we take a boat cruise around Dingle Bay. The remainder of the evening is free for you to soak in more of Dingle’s charms and enjoy dinner on your own. Bus: 3 hours. Boat: 1 hour. Walking: moderate.
Day 4: The Rock of Cashel and Kilkenny
Today we’ll bid goodbye to Dingle as our bus transports us across the Emerald Isle. On our way we’ll stop to tour one of Ireland’s most historic and evocative sights: the Rock of Cashel. St. Patrick himself was here more than 1,500 years ago, and ever since, the Rock has been the spiritual heart of Ireland. From the craggy remains of the cathedral and castle to the views stretching out across the Plain of Tipperary, this is where the Irish in you will stir from head to toe. Upon arrival in Kilkenny, we’ll meet a local guide for a walking tour of the medieval town center. Your evening is free for dinner and traditional music in one of the many atmospheric pubs. Sleep in Kilkenny (1 night). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: strenuous.
Day 5: Medieval and Monastic Heritage
This morning we’ll visit Kilkenny Castle, a symbol of Norman occupation since the 12th century. After a walk through its restored Victorian interiors and extensive parklands, we’ll head further back in time with a visit to Glendalough, Ireland’s most impressive monastic settlement. We’ll visit the iconic Round Tower, ruined churches, and the lakes that give Glendalough its name. Then we’re off to Dublin, where we’ll get oriented and enjoy dinner together. Sleep in Dublin (3 nights). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: strenuous.
Day 6: The Historic Heart of Dublin
This morning we’ll take a walking tour through Dublin, learning about its often calamitous history, from the days of Viking raids to the hard centuries of British occupation, to its remarkable literary legacy, to the modern city of today. We’ll end at Trinity College for an illuminating look at the remarkable Book of Kells, a jolt of Irish creativity that helped pull Europe out of the Dark Ages. The rest of your day will be free to take in some of Dublin’s other world-class sights, such as the National Museum or Dublin Castle. No bus. Walking: moderate.
*Afternoon is free – this could be the day to take the entire Mount Aloysius College group to the Mercy International Center
Day 7: Prehistoric Tombs and Dublin
Today we’ll drive an hour out of Dublin to one of Europe’s premier archaeological sites: the ancient tombs of Brú na Bóinne. Predating Stonehenge by a thousand years and the pyramids at Giza by 500, these massive “passage tombs” of Newgrange and Knowth are windows into a mysterious, pre-Celtic Ireland, just as it was pulling itself up and out of the Stone Age. This afternoon we’ll return to Dublin to tour Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum, the final resting place of more than one million Dubliners, including many of Ireland’s national heroes and heroines. Tonight we’ll compare notes and celebrate our marvelous week together over a farewell dinner. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: moderate.
Day 8: Tour Over After Breakfast
Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. You can fly out of Dublin’s handy airport, or for those not ready to return home yet, Dublin is a great jumping off point to Paris, London, Amsterdam, and many other exciting destinations. Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Slán leat!
Itinerary specifics subject to change.