College Football Classic
Stunning Ireland

Aer Lingus College Football Classic – Stunning Ireland Tour

Tour Ireland the before the grand finale of Notre Dame – Navy game. The Stunning Ireland tour takes you all over island of Ireland visiting amazing sights, in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. See iconic sights like the Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, and the Giant's Causeway, and stay in fascinating towns like Waterford, Killarney, Galway, Donegal and Belfast before you close out your tour in Dublin with the excitement of the game!

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Dublin (2 Nts), Kinsale (1 Nt), Dingley (2 Nts), Shannon (1 Nt), Galway (2 Nts), Donegal (2 Nts), Belfast (1 Nt), Kildare (1 Nt),    Dublin (2 Nts)
15 Days/ 14 Nights

Depart US on Saturday, August 12, 2023
Land Tour: August 13-August 27, 2023

Land Only Package:

$5,489 per person, double occupancy
    $6,476 per person, single occupancy

Highlights

Highlights


  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Killary Harbor Catamaran Cruise
  • Slieve League Cliffs
  • Derry Walking Tour
  • Brú na Bóinne

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 14 nights
    • The Gibson Hotel | Dublin (2 nights)
    • Kinsale Hotel & Spa | Kinsale (1 night)
    • Dingle Skellig Hotel | Dingle (2 nights)
    • Oakwood Hotel | Shannon (1 night)
    • Galway Bay Hotel | Galway (2 nights)
    • Mill Park Hotel | Donegal (2 nights)
    • Maldron Hotel Belfast City | Belfast (1 night)
    • Barberstown Castle | Kingscourt (1 night)
    • The Croke Park 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 (14)
  • Lunch (1)
  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Dinners (9)
    • Medieval Castle Banquet
    • Traditional Irish dinner and show at the Taylor's Three Rock
    • Table d’hôte dinners (7)

TOURS, ENTERTAINMENT, ENRICHMENT

  • Dublin Castle Guided Tour
  • Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Visit your choice of Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or GPO Museum
  • Kinsale Walking Tour
  • Scenic drive of Slea Head Loop
  • Visit Murphy's Ice Cream
  • Triona Design Spinning and Weaving Demonstration
  • Walking tour of Derry
  • Scenic drive of the Nine Glens of Antrim
  • Sheepdog Demonstration
  • Walking tour of Galway
  • Catamaran cruise of Killary Harbour
  • Visits and admission fees to:
    • Blarney Castle
    • Cliffs of Moher
    • Blasket Centre
    • Kylemore Abbey
    • Foynes Flying Boat Museum
    • Belleek Pottery
    • Donegal Castle
    • Slieve League Cliffs
    • Giant's Causeway
    • Titanic Belfast
    • Brú na Boinne
    • Castletown House
  • Personalized audio system on walking tours to hear every word your guide says, even from a distance

Itinerary

Itinerary


SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2023: DEPART US FOR DUBLIN


SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2023: DUBLIN PANORAMIC TOUR | DUBLIN CASTLE

Your tour begins at 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Experience a panoramic tour of the city, then visit Dublin Castle for a guided tour. Learn how the castle was the seat of power in Ireland for centuries, and see the State Apartments, used today for official ceremonies and Presidential inaugurations. Enjoy a Welcome drink with your group before enjoying an evening free to dine as you wish.

OVERNIGHT: The Gibson Hotel | Dublin


MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2023: DUBLIN HOP ON HOP OFF BUS TOUR | TAYLORS THREE ROCK

Tour Dublin independently, on a Hop On Hop Off bus tour. Plus, choose, a visit to one of Dublin's top attractions - Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, GPO Museum or EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Join your group in the evening for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show at Taylors Three Rock Pub (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: The Gibson Hotel | Dublin


TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2023: BLARNEY CASTLE | KINSALE WALKING TOUR

Blarney Castle, Cork

Travel to Blarney Castle; climb the winding staircase to kiss its famous stone or enjoy the gardens. Then on to Kinsale, a picturesque old fishing town now known for art galleries and gourmet food. Join a local guide for a fascinating walk around its historic streets, once besieged by the Spanish Armada, before dinner in your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Kinsale Hotel & Spa | Kinsale


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2023: KILLARNEY | DINGLE

Savor your morning in Kinsale; stroll along the scenic harbor or relax at your hotel before heading west. Stop in the bustling and friendly town of Killarney, where you will have free time to explore. Next visit Moriarty's in the Gap of Dunloe for some Irish specialty shopping. Continue on to Dingle where you will dine in your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Dingle Skellig Hotel | Dingle


THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2023: SLEA HEAD LOOP | BLASKET CENTRE

Set out on the Slea Head Loop, one of Ireland's most beautiful drives, through scenic ocean and mountain vistas. Visit the Blasket Centre in Dunquin to learn about the Blasket Islands, visible off the coast. Abandoned in 1954, there were once a lively outpost of traditional culture and language. Return to Dingle and visit Murphy's Ice Cream; taste their distinctive flavors like Orange Marmalade, Brown Bread or Dingle Gin. Take the rest of the day to wander and dine as you wish in this quaint harbor village. (Breakfast)

OVERNIGHT: The Lodge at Ashford Castle| Cong


FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2023: CLIFFS OF MOHER | MEDIEVAL CASTLE BANQUET

Evening daisies at the Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, Ireland.Visit the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, which recalls air travel in the 1930s and 1940s. Drive to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. In the evening, head to a castle for a medieval-style banquet with traditional songs and stories. b

OVERNIGHT: Oakwood Hotel | Shannon


SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023: SHEEPDOG DEMONSTRATION | GALWAY

Travel through the rounded limestone hills of the Burren to Caherconnell and watch skilled dogs round up sheep. Stop in a charming Burren village to explore independently. Head to Galway for a guided walking tour around the central attractions - the narrow streets, the medieval city walls, and Lynch's Castle. Enjoy free time to explore before dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Galway Bay Hotel | Galway


SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2023: KILLARY HARBOR CATAMARAN CRUISE | KYLEMORE ABBEY

Ireland Connemara Kylemore AbbeyDrive through Connemara to Leenane for a catamaran cruise (seasonal) of Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord. Travel on to see Kylemore Abbey, a beautiful castle in a lakeside setting. Enjoy an evening free to explore vibrant, artistic Galway city. (Breakfast)

OVERNIGHT: Galway Bay Hotel | Galway


MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2023: BELLEEK POTTERY | DONEGAL TOWN

Travel north through County Mayo. Stop in County Fermanagh and visit Belleek Pottery to see craftspeople create their renowned fine china. Visit Donegal Castle, built by the O'Donnell chieftains in the 15th century and restored in the 1990s after falling into ruin for centuries. Enjoy free time in Donegal town before dinner in your hotel this evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Mill Park Hotel | Donegal


TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2023: SLIEVE LEAGUE CLIFFS | TRIONA DESIGN DEMONSTRATION

Enjoy a coastal drive to view Slieve League, Europe's highest sea cliffs. Continue on to our CIE Tours preferred shopping partner, Triona Design in Ardara; see a demonstrations of spinning, weaving, and knitting. Enjoy some free time to explore before returning to the hotel for dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Mill Park Hotel | Donegal


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2023: DERRY WALKING TOUR | GIANT'S CAUSEWAY

Northern Ireland-Giants Causeway-ws-CIEMeet with a local guide for a walking tour to see Derry's medieval walls, the Diamond, and St. Columb's Cathedral. Explore the Giant's Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. Travel along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim before heading to Belfast. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Maldron Hotel Belfast City | Belfast


THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 2023: TITANIC BELFAST | HILLSBOROUGH CASTLE | CABRA CASTLE

Tour Belfast and see a city filled with grand Victorian buildings. Visit Titanic Belfast and discover the city's rich maritime history including the shipyards where the RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Hillsborough Castle, the residence of the Secretary of State of Northern Ireland. Drive to Kingscourt to Cabra Castle Hotel, built in 1760, and enjoy free time there. After dinner, experience a lively step-dancing display. (Breakfast, Lunch)

OVERNIGHT: Barberstown Castle | Kingscourt


FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2023: FAREWELL LUNCH | BRÚ NA BÓINNE | DUBLIN

Spend some free time this morning exploring your hotel, the neo-Gothic Cabra Castle, and its 100 acres of parkland and gardens. Take in a farewell lunch at Cross Guns Gastropub before heading to Brú na Bóinne. Learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, and visit one of the tombs. Enjoy a free evening in Dublin.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: The Croke Park 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: The Croke Park 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

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