The Best of Ireland
See the best of the Emerald Isle. Visit the Guinness Storehouse and drink a pint overlooking Dublin. Kiss the Blarney Stone, peer over the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, tour Dublin and Killarney, see a sheepdog demonstration, enjoy a whiskey distillery tour and tasting and explore Ireland’s best cities and more!
July 18-25, 2017
Cost with Air & Land: $2544 per person double, $3030 single
Land Only Cost: $1599 per person double, $2186 single
Get $100 off these prices if you register by March 1, 2017!
HURRY! Space is Limited to 40 Members!
Group Air from Columbus is $945, including fees and taxes (Air cost subject to change due to taxes or fuel surcharges until final payment.) You also may choose to book your own air and meet us in Dublin.
Add a 3-Night Extension: You get 3 more nights in Dublin, plus 3 breakfasts, a Hop-On, Hop Off Bus Tour pass, plus the option to do day tours to the Wild Wicklow Mountains, Belfast or other options. Our hotel for the extension is the Harrington Hall, by St. Stephen’s Green and on the tram line. It is in one of the famous Georgian style homes for a very historic and classy experience. Temple Bar and all of Dublin’s major attractions are within walking distance of the hotel.
Extension Land Cost is an additional $329 per person double, $489 single
Group Airfare for the Main Tour and Extension July 18-28 is $1195. (This fare is more than the main tour simply because of variations from the airlines. We got a great deal on the main tour dates! We must have at least 10 on each group flight to maintain the group fare. If less than 10 rate is subject to change.) You get one checked bag up to 50 pounds for free.
Golfers: Play a round July 22 at lovely Killorglin Golf Club (www.killorglingolf.ie) near Killarney with views of the Macgillicuddy Reeks Mountains and Dingle Bay for $50 for green fees, transportation, pull cart rental. Does not include rental clubs. Bring your own balls and shoes!
Your Tour includes:
- Sightseeing by luxury coach with professional driver/guide
- 6 nights hotel: Killarney Towers (2), Menlo Park Hotel Galway (2), Dublin at Davenport Hotel (2)
- Full Irish breakfast daily (B), 3 dinners (D) Plus Welcome Beverage on Arrival Evening
- Panoramic tour of Dublin with admission to Trinity College Book of Kells and The Long Room
- Guinness Storehouse admission, including a pint in the Gravity Bar overlooking Dublin
- Whiskey Distillery visit and tasting
- Sheepdog demonstration
- Blarney Castle and Blarney Woolen Mills for the finest shopping for Irish goods and souvenirs
- Tour & demo at the Connemara Marble Factory, Tea and Scones in a thatched cottage
- Visits Celtic Crystal
- A drive through The Burren, a moonscape area unique in the world
- The Cliffs of Moher, towering above the Atlantic on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
- Photo stops at the Rock of Cashel and Kylemore Abbey
- All local taxes, hotel service charges and baggage handling for one suitcase per person.
July 18: Depart Columbus for New York on Delta, then take an overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner will be served shortly after take-off. A light breakfast is served before landing.
July 19: Morning arrival at Dublin Airport. We’ll meet our driver and then cruise across the heart of Ireland, with a stop at one of Ireland’s oldest distilleries to have a tour and sample of the fine whiskey. Onward to Galway, where we check into our hotel. We then have a panoramic tour of Galway City, followed by free time for shopping and dining in the vibrant center of town. Dinner and overnight in our hotel just outside central Galway. (D)
July 20: Today we enjoy a scenic tour of Connemara. Travel along Galway Bay to Maam Cross and Clifden. Continue on via Kylemore Abbey and stop for an iconic Irish photo opportunity. We continue via scenic countryside; keep an eye out for sheep en-route to Moycullen. We stop to visit the Connemara Marble Factory and the Celtic Crystal Factory. Return to Galway. We’ll also go to a farm to see a sheepdog demonstration. Our evening is free to enjoy Galway this evening, with dinner on your own. Overnight in Galway. (B,D)
July 21: Morning departure from Galway. We make our way to the awe inspiring and majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll also see the moonscape of The Burren. This is a spectacular day with great sea and cliff views. We then head to Killarney and stay in the heart of town. (B,D)
July 22: A delightful day takes us along the Kerry coast to the Dingle Peninsula, which offers magnificent coastal scenery. Beyond Slea Head, we see the Blasket Islands, the last outpost of Europe. A full day tour returning to Killarney, where we enjoy dinner at our hotel this evening. Overnight in Killarney. (B,D) (Golfers play today!)
July 23: Leaving Killarney we travel over the mountains to Blarney, where we pause for a visit to Blarney Woollen Mills. Here you have time to enjoy an optional visit to Blarney Castle, and perhaps kiss the famed Blarney Stone. Leaving Blarney we travel via Tipperary and Cashel, where we pause for a photo-op at the historic Rock of Cashel. Arrive in Dublin, where the evening is free to dine on your own tonight. We stay in the heart of the city.
July 24: Coming into the capital city this morning for sightseeing. We visit the Guinness Storehouse, enjoying panoramic views and a pint from the Gravity Bar, followed by a visit to Trinity College and the 8th century Book of Kells. You’ll have free time in Dublin with a wealth of shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes, museums and more to enjoy.
July 25: Morning transfer to Dublin Airport for your return flight home. Arrive home the same day.
LAND ONLY PACKAGE:
- Send your $300 per person deposit or full payment as soon as possible.
- All but $150 is refundable through May 1, 2017. After that, all payments for land and air are non-refundable.
- Final Payment for Land due May 1, 2017.
- $150 Deposit due no later than March 13, 2017.
- Final payment for Group Air Due May 1, 2017.
By Credit Card – on-line only: Complete Registration here. Once completed you will be securely linked to Paypal to pay using your Paypal account or with your credit card.
By Check at next meeting or by mail:
Drop off or mail your $300 per person deposit or full payment as soon as possible. Make checks payable to Prime Tours and mail to Prime Tours, 7177 Dublin Rd., Dublin, OH 43017.
Book us on the Best of Ireland Tour! You must be a member of the Columbus Ski Club or their guest. Join today for just $30! Questions or phone registration: 614-766-5553
Please book me/us on Group Air or We will get our own air (Circle one)
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