College Football Classic
Irish Essence

Aer Lingus College Football Classic - Irish Essence Tour

Join our 11-night Irish Essence Tour where you will adventure through the most spectacular parts of Ireland, from emerald green farms to seaside cliffs and vibrant towns.

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Irish Explorer w extra Dublin Days

Dublin (4 Nts), Donegal (2 Nts), Galway (2 Nts), Killarney (2 Nts), Dublin (1 Nt)
12 Days/ 11 Nights

Depart US on Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Land Tour: August 24 - September 4, 2023

Land Only Package:

$4,445 per person, double occupancy
        $5,760 per person, single occupancy

Highlights

Highlights


  • Slieve League Cliffs
  • Blarney Castle
  • Trinity College and the Book of Kells
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Belleek Pottery
  • Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
  • Sheepdog Demonstration 
  • Connemara Celtic Crystal

Inclusions

Inclusions


NOTRE DAME VS NAVY FOOTBALL GAME

  • Aer Lingus College Football Classic game tickets
  • Recess 4 Grownups Tailgate Party

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath for 11 nights
    • Clayton Burlington Hotel | Dublin (3 nights)
    • Clontarf Castle Hotel | Dublin (1 night)
    • Mill Park Hotel | Donegal (2 nights)
    • The Hardiman Hotel | Galway (2 nights) 
    • Killarney Plaza Hotel | Killarney (2 nights) 
    • Herbert Park Hotel | Dublin (1 night) 
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage at arrival and departure of hotels
  • Airport transfers at start and end of tour (on scheduled tour dates)
  • Flight bags, ticket wallets, baggage tags
  • On-site Recess 4 Grownups event staff in Dublin
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • City stay taxes

DINING

  • Full breakfasts (11)
  • Lunch (1) 
  • Dinners (6)

TOURS, ENTERTAINMENT, ENRICHMENT

  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Glendalough
  • Blarney Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Slieve League Cliffs
  • Triona Design Tweed Center
  • Connemara Celtic Crystal
  • Nancy's Bar
  • Dan O'Hara's Homestead
  • Belleek Pottery
  • Lough Corrib Cruise
  • Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
  • Sheepdog Demonstration
  • Florence Court House
  • Blakes of Hollow Pub
  • Irish Night at Abbey's Tavern
  • Shannon River Ferry

Itinerary

Itinerary


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2023: DEPART US FOR IRELAND


THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 2023: FLY TO IRELAND | GUINNESS STOREHOUSE

Guinness Glasses

After landing at Dublin Airport, complete customs and immigration formalities. You will be welcomed to Ireland and transferred to your hotel.

This afternoon at 2:00 meet your Dublin guide for a panoramic sightseeing drive around Dublin. Then visit the Guinness Storehouse to see exhibits on how this world-famous stout was first created and why it is so popular today. Finish your visit in the roof-top bar, Gravity, overlooking the city center where you can sample a draft Guinness and enjoy the view of the city. The evening is free for you to explore Dublin and the Temple Bar area. 

OVERNIGHT: Clayton Burlington Hotel | Dublin


FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2023: GLENDALOUGH | GAME ACTIVITIES

St. Kevin's kitchen in Glendalough, Ireland

Depart in our private coach and drive south from Dublin and through the mountains to visit the scenic valley where Glendalough is located. Glendalough was an important monastic settlement, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century, which became one of the most important centers of learning in Europe. Today, the well-preserved round tower and church ruins are interesting to explore and the Visitor Center explains the history of the settlement. Then return to Dublin where the balance of the day and evening are free for you to attend any game events like pep rallies, and explore Dublin and the Temple Bar area. (Breakfast)

OVERNIGHT: Clayton Burlington Hotel | Dublin


SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2023: AER LINGUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL CLASSIC

This morning enjoy attending the Recess 4 Grownups tailgate party in a Temple Bar pub reserved just for our guests. Then we’ll drive to Aviva Stadium, a sporting stadium with a capacity for 51,700 spectators. It is also commonly known as Lansdowne Road while UEFA refers to it as the Dublin Arena. Today, Notre Dame and Navy will kick off the football season in what is hoped to be an epic game, where bragging rights are on the line. (Breakfast)

OVERNIGHT: Talbot Hotel Stillorgan | Dublin


SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2023: GLASNEVIN CEMETERY MUSEUM | CLONTARF CASTLE DINNER

Enjoy a leisurely morning after celebrating your team's performance Saturday evening. You may want to explore a bit more during your independent time - there are plenty of museums of Irish interest such as the National Museum, the National Gallery or the Writers Museum. There are many shops along Nassau Street and the pedestrianized Grafton Street or Henry Street.
 
Early afternoon, transfer from your game weekend hotel to your accommodations for your escorted tour of the around the island of Ireland. Meet your guide at 2:00pm in the Clontarf Castle Hotel lobby. Head out for a tour of central Dublin with a local guide to see elegant Georgian squares, public buildings, and monuments. Visit Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Ireland’s national cemetery –it’s a fascinating “who’s who” of modern Irish history. Join your group for a welcome drink followed by dinner in the castle hotel. (Dinner) 

OVERNIGHT:  Clontarf Castle Hotel | Dublin


MONDAY, AUGUST 28, 2023: FLORENCE COURT HOUSE | DONEGAL

Visit Florence Court House, home of the Irish Yew. The original tree, discovered in 1760, can still be viewed on the grounds. Tour the magnificent 18th century mansion, renowned for its elaborate rococo plasterwork. Next, visit Blakes of the Hollow Pub, a Victorian bar that retains many features original to its founding in 1887. Famed author John McGahern, a regular visitor, described it as “one of the happiest and most beautiful bars in the whole of Ireland”. Take a photo by its official “Game of Thrones” door highlighting the series’ sixth season. Continue your travels north to Donegal. With its windswept hills where only sheep can thrive, Donegal is renowned for woolen production and tweeds. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT:  Mill Park Hotel | Donegal


TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2023: SLIEVE LEAGUE CLIFFS | TRIONA DESIGN | NANCY'S BAR

Head to Teelin to reach the best viewing point of the Slieve League sea cliffs, the highest in Europe. Sip an Irish coffee as you take in the view from these impressive cliffs. Travel up through beautiful views of Donegal to reach Triona Design Donegal Tweed Center in Ardara, a preferred shopping partner, where spinners and weavers will demonstrate their crafts. Head to the popular Nancy’s Bar in Ardara for dinner before returning to your hotel in Donegal town, a busy little town that was once a Viking port. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Mill Park Hotel | Donegal


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2023: BELLEEK POTTERY | LOUGH CORRIB CRUISE | GALWAY

Discover the secrets that have made Belleek Pottery one of the most enduring success stories of Irish craftsmanship during a tour of Belleek Pottery. You’ll go behind the scenes to see how this world-famous fine china is made. Travel south to Galway and take a relaxed cruise on Lough Corrib, the largest lake in Ireland. Enjoy dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: The Hardiman Hotel | Galway


THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2023: CONNEMARA CELTIC CRYSTAL | DAN O'HARA HOMESTEAD

Explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes, and peat bogs an added dimension. Stop at the Connemara Celtic Crystal factory to watch skilled artisans demonstrate fine glass-cutting. Travel on through spectacular scenery to visit Dan O’Hara’s Homestead, where you’ll discover traditional farming methods, see Connemara ponies, and have a light lunch. Return to Galway and enjoy an evening free for independent dining and exploration. (Breakfast, Lunch)

OVERNIGHT:  The Hardiman Hotel | Galway


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2023: CLIFFS OF MOHER | KILLARNEY

Evening daisies at the Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, Ireland.

Drive through Co. Clare to visit the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk along the cliffs to see spectacular vistas, including Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Embark on a short ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Arrive in Killarney, where you will dine in your hotel this evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT:  Killarney Plaza Hotel | Killarney


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2023: RING OF KERRY TOUR | SHEEPDOG DEMONSTRATION

Head out to the Ring of Kerry, Ireland’s most famous and popular scenic drive. Stop at Moriarty’s in the beautiful Gap of Dunloe. Immerse yourself in farm life with a demonstration of sheepdogs herding flocks. Continuing on the scenic drive, pause for panoramic mountain views at Moll’s Gap. Your evening is free to explore in Killarney tonight, as you dine independently and
perhaps discover some of the town’s lively pubs. (Breakfast)

OVERNIGHT:  Killarney Plaza Hotel | Killarney


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2023: BLARNEY CASTLE | ABBEY TAVERN

Blarney Castle, Cork

Depart Killarney and head toward Cork to visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or take a gentle walk through the lovely parklands and colorful gardens. Continue back to Dublin and check into your hotel. Head to the Abbey Tavern for Irish cuisine, and an evening of lively entertainment. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Herbert Park Hotel | Dublin


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2023: FLY HOME TO USA

Your tour ends after breakfast. Board your flight home to the USA. (Breakfast) 

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions for Notre Dame-Navy Tour Packages


By booking travel with us, you hereby agree to all of our terms and conditions of travel which can be found here:    Click Here to Download Terms & Conditions (pdf)

You should read the terms and conditions in their entirety before booking travel with us.
If you do not agree with any terms, you should speak to us before making any booking

Payment Amounts and Dates for Notre Dame-Navy Tour Packages

General Tour Inclusions – see tour listing for specifics:

  • Football Game Tickets for College Football Classic at Aviva Stadium, Notre Dame vs. Navy
  • Exclusive Tailgate party in Temple Bar pub for Recess 4 Grownups tour guests, including food and beverage
  • Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy rooms with private bath as listed in specific tour description
  • Full Irish breakfast each morning of tour (after first overnight)
  • Transport by luxury motorcoach with a professional Irish driver/guide (one man) for tour days
  • Airport transfers on tour start and end dates
  • Additional meals, visits, activities, and admission fees as described in specific tour itinerary
  • Hotel porterage, service charges and government taxes
  • Flight bags, ticket wallets, baggage tags and identifying strap

Tour packages are land only and airfare is not included.

All travel packages are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Tour space is limited, and pricing is subject to change prior to deposit. Land tour prices are guaranteed once deposited. It is best to make reservations early to ensure you can confirm your desired travel package.

Tour Deposit and Payment Information:

  • $500 per tour package at time of booking
  • September 1, 2022: $900 Additional Due per Tour Package {$1,400 total deposited}
  • May 23, 2023, 2020: Final Balance Due 

Tour Package Cancellation Policies:

  • Through August 21, 2022: $250/tour package
  • September 1, 2022 - May 22, 2023: $1250/tour package
  • May 23, 2023: Non-refundable

Name Change Policies:

Name Changes - Air:

  • Cannot change names or substitute for air reservations.

Name Changes - Land Tour:

  • July 31, 2022: No change fee
  • August 1, 2022 - February 28, 2023: $300 change fee/tour package
  • After March 1, 2023: No Changes Allowed

Travel Insurance is highly recommended to protect your travel investment.

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