College Football Classic
Pub Explorer Tour

Air Lingus College Football Classic – Pub Explorer Tour

Join our Pub Explorer tour to discover a variety of great Irish towns where you can learn all about pub culture first-hand. You'll enjoy daily sightseeing of a variety of Irish sights and experiences, most dinners including two different nights with Irish entertainment shows, and special touches throughout. After your visits throughout Ireland, you'll finish your tour with the highlight of your trip: the weekend in Dublin to see Notre Dame versus Navy in Aviva Stadium for the season football opener.

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R4G Pub Tour 2022 Map

Dublin (1 Nt), Kilkenny (1 Nt), Killarney (2 Nts), Galway (1 Nt), Athlone (1 Nt), Dublin (2 Nts)
9 Days/ 8 Nights

Depart US on Friday, August 18, 2023
Land Tour: August 19 - August 27, 2023

Land Only Package:

$3,429 per person, double occupancy

        $4,002 per person, single occupancy

Highlights

Highlights


  • Blarney Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Guinness Storehouse Tour
  • Smithwick’s Experience
  • Sean’s Bar – Oldest Pub in Europe
  • South Pole Inn with Irish coffee
  • Dingle Peninsula
  • Sheepdog Demonstration

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 8 nights
    • Hilton Garden Inn Custom House or Croke Park Hotel | Dublin (1 night)
    • Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel | Kilkenny (1 night)
    • International Hotel | Killarney (2 nights)
    • Salthill Hotel | Galway (1 night)
    • Sheraton Athlone Hotel | Athlone (1 night)
    • Ashling 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 (8)
  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Dinners (6)
    • Welcome dinner at the Church Café in Dublin
    • Dinner and chocolate pairing at Celtic Whiskey Bar
    • Exclusive dinner in Irish Whiskey Museum
    • Table d’hôte dinners (3)

TOURS, ENTERTAINMENT, ENRICHMENT

  • Panoramic tour of Dublin
  • Walking tour of Kilkenny's Medieval Mile
  • Tour of Smithwick’s Experience
  • Dungarvan Brewing Company
  • Visit the South Pole Inn for an Irish coffee
  • Ferry ride across the River Shannon
  • Storytelling and traditional music at O’Connors famous Pub in Salthill
  • Cruise along Lough Ree on a replica Viking longship
  • Visit Sean’s Bar in Athlone, oldest bar in Europe
  • Tour and a Pint at the Guinness Storehouse
  • Irish Whiskey Museum
  • Visits and admission fees to:
    • Cliffs of Moher
    • Blarney Castle
  • Personalized audio system on walking tours to hear every word your guide says, even from a distance

Itinerary

ITINERARY


FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2023: DEPART US FOR DUBLIN


SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023: DUBLIN TOUR | WELCOME DRINK

Tour starts 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Set out on a panoramic tour of central Dublin, a friendly city famed for its wit and sense of fun. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner with your group at The Church Café Bar and Restaurant; this converted building is where brewer Arthur Guinness was married, playwright Sean O’Casey was baptized, and where Handel practiced the organ before the first-ever public performance of his “Messiah” in 1742. (Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Hilton Garden Inn Custom House or Croke Park Hotel | Dublin


SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2023: KILKENNY | SMITHWICK’S EXPERIENCE

colourful shop fronts in the midieval city of Kilkenny in County Kilkenny

Head to the small, historic city of Kilkenny for a walking tour along its Medieval Mile to experience its rich heritage, narrow streetscapes, and well-preserved merchants’ houses. Stop at one of its classic pubs. Smell the hops and enjoy a sample on a tour of Smithwick’s Experience, telling the story of the popular brewery in the heart of the city since 1710. Spend some free time browsing in charming Kilkenny before dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel | Kilkenny


MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2023: BLARNEY CASTLE | KILLARNEY

Blarney Castle, Cork

Visit the Marine Bar in Dungarvan and enjoy a drink with some traditional music in this centuries-old family-run pub. Travel on to visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone, which legend promises will bestow the “Gift of the Gab” or explore the beautiful gardens. Pass through County Cork to the lively town of Killarney – a draw for visitors to Ireland since the 18th century – where you will have free time to explore some of its friendly pubs, many with live music. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: International Hotel | Killarney


TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2023: DINGLE PENINSULA | CELTIC WHISKEY BAR

The Gathering...Dingle Peninsula.

Head to the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies, “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away,” which showcased the wonderful scenery. Visit the South Pole Inn for an Irish coffee and learn about Tom Crean, an early explorer who bravely journeyed to the South Pole and opened the pub in 1927 after his return to Ireland. Visit a farm for an immersion into traditional farming life and watch skilled sheepdogs demonstrate their talents at herding. Enjoy some free time and lunch on your own in the town of Dingle. In the evening, head to the Celtic Whiskey Bar in Killarney for a tasting, chocolate pairing, and dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: International Hotel | Killarney


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2023: CLIFFS OF MOHER | GALWAY

Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland

Embark on a ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic surf. Walk along the top of the cliffs for views across Galway Bay to Connemara and the Aran Islands. In the evening, have an early dinner at your hotel, then head out for a special event: private early access to a special evening of storytelling and traditional music by the turf fire at O’Connors Famous Pub in Salthill. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Galway Bay Hotel | Galway


THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 2023: SEAN’S BAR | LOUGH LEE CRUISE

Sean's Bar, Athlone

Spend a leisurely morning and lunchtime exploring vibrant, artistic Galway as you please. Head to Athlone and enjoy an Irish coffee as you cruise along Lough Ree on a replica Viking longship. Then head to Sean’s Bar in Athlone. Sean’s Bar is not only the oldest in Ireland; dating back to 900 AD, it’s the oldest in Europe, according to the Guinness Book of Records. The sloped floors (often covered with sawdust), candlelight, and turf fire pay nostalgic tribute to this pub’s rich history. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Sheraton Athlone Hotel | Athlone


FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2023: GUINNESS STOREHOUSE | IRISH WHISKEY MUSEUM

Enjoy the scenery of central Ireland as you head to Dublin on the east coast. Visit the Guinness Storehouse in the heart of the city, one of Ireland’s most popular attractions, and enjoy a sample of Ireland’s iconic brew as you enjoy the panoramic view from the 7th floor Gravity Bar. In the evening, head to the Irish Whiskey Museum, where you will take a short private tour and savor a tasting. You’ll enjoy a special after-hours experience with an information dinner and music from a traditional band – and they’ll provide instruments so you can learn to play along. (Breakfast)

OVERNIGHT: Ashling 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: Ashling Hotel | Dublin


SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2023: 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


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.
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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.

Participant Agreement terms and conditions acknowledgement required for tour registration.