College Football Classic –
Celtic Journey Tour

College Football Classic 2020 Travel Partner

Aer Lingus College Football Classic
Celtic Journey Tour

Tour Ireland the week before the Notre Dame – Navy game: the Celtic Journey tour visits all the key sights you've dreamed of, plus many more. Stay in Kilkenny, Killarney, and Galway while seeing the best of Ireland!

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Celtic Journey Ireland Tour

Dunboyne (1 Nt), Kilkenny (2 Nts), Killarney (2 Nts), Galway (2 Nts), Dublin (2 Nts)
10 Days/ 9 Nights

Depart US on Thursday, August 20, 2020
Land Tour: August 21- August 30, 2020

Land Only Package:

$3,109 per person, double occupancy

    $3,699 per person, single occupancy;
    Travel insurance: $194/person;
    Cancel for Any Reason Coverage: $291/person

Highlights

Highlights


  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
  • Sean’s Bar, the Oldest Pub in Europe
  • Dunbrody Famine Ship
  • Irish National Stud & Gardens

Inclusions

Inclusions


NOTRE DAME vs. NAVY FOOTBALL GAME

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

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

  • Transport by luxury motorcoach
  • Professional Irish driver/guide
  • Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath for 9 nights
    • Dunboyne Castle Hotel | Dunboyne (1 night)
    • Newpark Hotel | Kilkenny (2 nights)
    • Killarney Towers Hotel | Killarney (2 nights)
    • Salthill Hotel | Galway (2 nights)
    • North Star Hotel | Dublin (2 nights)
  • 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 Irish breakfasts (9)
  • Lunches (2)
  • Dinners (6)
    • Welcome dinner at Dunboyne Castle Hotel
    • Drink with dinner and entertainment at Foley’s Bar and Restaurant
    • Traditional Irish dinner and show at the Abbey Tavern
    • Table d’hôte dinners (3)

TOURS, ENTERTAINMENT, ENRICHMENT

  • Tea and Scones at Rathbaun Farm
  • Ferry ride across the River Shannon
  • Day tour to Inishmor, largest of the Aran Islands
  • Irish coffee at South Pole Pub
  • Visits and admission fees to:
    • Malahide Castle
    • Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens
    • Kennedy Homestead
    • Dunbrody Famine Ship
    • Choristers’ Hall Museum
    • Bishop’s Palace
    • House of Waterford Crystal
    • Titanic Experience
    • Blarney Castle
    • Blarney Woollen Mills
    • Cliffs of Moher
    • Dun Aengus Fort
  • Personalized audio system on walking tours to hear every word your guide says, even from a distance

Itinerary

Itinerary


THU, AUG. 20: DEPART US FOR DUBLIN


Fri, Aug. 21: DUBLIN ARRIVAL | MALAHIDE CASTLE

Ireland Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle Exterior

Tour begins 2:00 PM at Dunboyne Castle Hotel. Head out to visit nearby Malahide Castle, first built in 1185 and filled with medieval artifacts. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. (Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Dunboyne Castle Hotel | Dunboyne


Sat, Aug. 22: IRISH NATIONAL STUD | KILKENNY WALK

Ireland Kildare Irish National Stud

Visit the home of equine royalty, the Irish National Stud, where you’ll see some of the world’s finest thoroughbreds. Take a walk around the grounds to see St. Fiachra’s Garden and the miniature Japanese Gardens. Enjoy lunch in the Kilkenny Design Centre. Take a walking tour of Kilkenny with a local guide along the Medieval Mile, the city’s main road to see historic streets and buildings. The evening is free for dining on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch)

OVERNIGHT: Newpark Hotel | Kilkenny


Sun, Aug. 23: WATERFORD CRYSTAL | DUNBRODY FAMINE SHIP

Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Then join a local guide for a gentle walking tour to hear stories about Waterford’s long history and some of its colorful characters. Explore more of the town with time for lunch on your own, then head to New Ross to explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of the vessel used during the 1840s famine to transport emigrants to North America. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Newpark Hotel | Kilkenny


Mon, Aug. 24: COBH HERITAGE CENTRE | BLARNEY CASTLE

Blarney Castle, Cork

Travel south to Cobh, the last port of call of the Titanic and where many places associated with the liner still exist. Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, which traces the history of emigration over a number of centuries from Ireland to North America. Head to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or stroll through the spacious parklands to view Blarney House before traveling on to Killarney. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Killarney Towers Hotel | Killarney


Tue, Aug. 25: KILLARNEY | DINGLE PENINSULA

Spend the morning at leisure in Killarney, a little town with an ideal location beside Ireland’s highest mountains. Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula as you drive along the south shore to admire views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach, and rocky headlands. Stop at the South Pole Inn to learn about Tom Crean, an early Irish explorer who braved the South Pole. Browse around the town of Dingle and enjoy a drink, dinner and entertainment at Foley’s Bar and Restaurant before returning to Killarney. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Killarney Towers Hotel | Killarney


Wed, Aug. 26: CLIFFS OF MOHER | GALWAY PANORAMIC TOUR

Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. View the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs where on a clear day you can see great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Immerse yourself in farm life at Rathbaun Farm and watch a farmer demonstrate how his trained dogs herd sheep. Enjoy tea and homemade scones at the farm. Head to Galway for a panoramic city tour. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Salthill Hotel | Galway


Thu, Aug. 27: ARAN ISLANDS EXCURSION | PRE-HISTORIC DUN AENGUS FORT

Set out across the Galway Bay for Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands. These rocky islands are renowned for the hardy islanders who maintain traditional fishing and farming methods. Head to Dun Aengus, a huge pre-historic fortress perched on sheer cliffs, which fall away to the Atlantic Ocean below. Explore Kilronan, the main town, and enjoy a casual lunch before returning by ferry. (Breakfast, Lunch)

OVERNIGHT: Salthill Hotel | Galway


Fri, Aug. 28: CLOCMACNOISE MONASTIC SITE | SEAN’S BAR

Lush landscape in central ireland, Clonmacnoise

Visit Clonmacnoise, a monastic settlement founded in 545 AD and set on the banks of the River Shannon. Marvel at elaborate High Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes, walk around the many church ruins and two round towers. Head to nearby Athlone and stop at Sean’s Bar for an Irish coffee, a CIE Tours Exclusive experience. This pub has a documented history going right back to 900 AD – and is featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest pub in Europe. During renovations in 1970, ancient walls and old coins dating back centuries were discovered. In the evening, head to Dublin’s Abbey Tavern for an Irish dinner and lively show. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: North Star Hotel | Dublin


Sat, Aug. 29: 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: North Star Hotel | Dublin


Sun, Aug. 30: RETURN TO THE US

Your program ends after breakfast. Transfer to the Dublin Airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions for Notre Dame-Navy Tour Packages


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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
  • 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
  • November 14, 2019: $500 Additional Due per Tour Package {$1,000 total deposited}
  • June 8, 2020: Final Balance Due 

Tour Package Cancellation Policies:

  • Through November 13, 2019: $400/tour package
  • November 14, 2019 – June 7, 2020: $950/tour package
  • June 8, 2020: Non-refundable

Name Change Policies:

Name Changes - Air:

    • Cannot change names or substitute for air reservations.

Name Changes - Land Tour:

    • October 15, 2019: No change fee
    • October 16, 2019 – May 31, 2020: $300 change fee/tour package
    • After June 1, 2020: No Changes Allowed

Travel Insurance is highly recommended to protect your travel investment. Please see the optional trip insurance offered for our group.

Participant Agreement required for tour registration and available via hyperlink through registration form. 

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