College Football Classic – Brilliant Ireland

College Football Classic 2020 Travel Partner

Aer Lingus College Football Classic - Brilliant Ireland Tour

Experience all the best sights of Ireland - Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle, plus special extras like a jaunting car ride in Killarney, a walking tour in Waterford, and a Medieval Banquet.

AND - there's an option to add a stay at a real Irish castle - the 5-star Dromoland Castle.

Registration Is Open

Brilliant Ireland Tour Notre Dame vs Navy

7 Days / 6 Nights with comprehensive sightseeing and many included meals

Limerick (1 Nt), Killarney (2 Nts), Waterford (1 Nt), Dun Laogharie Dublin (2 Nts)
7 Days/ 6 Nights

Depart US on Sunday, August 23, 2020
Land Tour: August 24- August 30, 2020

Land Only Package:

$2,989 per person, double occupancy

    $3,499 per person, single occupancy;
    Travel insurance: $172/person;
    Cancel for Any Reason Coverage: $258/person

8 Days / 7 Nights with extra night at
5-star Dromoland Castle

Limerick (1 Nt), Killarney (2 Nts), Waterford (1 Nt), Dun Laogharie Dublin (2 Nts), Newmarket-on-Fergus (1 Nt)
8 Days/ 7 Nights

Depart US on Sunday, August 23, 2020
Land Tour: August 24- August 31, 2020

Land Only Package:

$3,599 per person, double occupancy

    $4,369 per person, single occupancy;
    Travel insurance: $242/person;
    Cancel for Any Reason Coverage: $363/person

Dromoland Castle Tour Notre Dame vs Navy 2020

Highlights

Highlights


  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Sheepdog Demonstration
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • King John’s Castle
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Blarney Castle

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 6 or 7 nights
    • Clayton Hotel | Limerick (1 night)
    • The Brehon Hotel | Killarney (2 nights)
    • Granville Hotel | Waterford (1 night)
    • Royal Marine Hotel | Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights)
    • < Extended Tour> Dromoland Castle Hotel | Newmarket-on-Fergus, Clare (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 Irish breakfasts (6 - 7)
  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Dinners (5 - 6)
    • Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
    • Killeen House Restaurant in Killarney
    • Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner and traditional show
    • <Extended Tour of 7 Nts> Farewell dinner at Dromoland Castle
    • Table d’hôte dinners (2)

TOURS, ENTERTAINMENT, ENRICHMENT

  • Ferry ride across the River Shannon
  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Walking tour of Waterford
  • Tour of Dublin
  • Visits and admission fees to:
    • King John’s Castle
    • Cliffs of Moher
    • Blarney Castle
    • Blarney Woollen Mills
    • Cobh Heritage Centre
    • House of Waterford Crystal
    • <Extended Tour> Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens
  • Personalized audio system on walking tours to hear every word your guide says, even from a distance

Itinerary

Itinerary


SUNDAY, AUGUST 23: DEPART US FOR SHANNON


MONDAY, AUGUST 24: LIMERICK MEDIEVAL | CASTLE BANQUET

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Limerick hotel. Following a short trip around Limerick, you’ll step back in time at King John’s Castle. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Limerick with costumed guides and touchscreen technology. Then join your group for a welcome drink before heading out for a medieval-style banquet. (Dinner) 

OVERNIGHT: Clayton Hotel, Limerick


TUESDAY, AUGUST 25: CLIFFS OF MOHER | RIVER SHANNON FERRY

Ireland Cliffs of Moher

Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic surf. Relax on a ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary, and travel on to Killarney. Enjoy free time before dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT: The Brehon Hotel, Killarney


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26: RING OF KERRY TOUR | SHEEPDOG TRIALS

Embark on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry, with plenty of stops to capture photos of Ireland’s natural beauty and view some of the locations from the film “Star Wars VII.” Passing through Waterville and the village of Sneem, stop at Moll’s Gap for views of the mountainous Macgillycuddy’s Reeks. Travel via jaunting car to Ross Castle & Killarney Estate. Experience farm life at a nearby farm and watch specially trained dogs herding sheep. Return to Killarney for dinner at the award-winning Rozzers Restaurant at The Killeen House. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: The Brehon Hotel, Killarney


THURSDAY, AUGUST 27: BLARNEY CASTLE| COBH HERITAGE CENTRE

Blarney Castle, Cork

Visit the famous Blarney Castle and kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” or walk through the lovely parklands and gardens. Head to the Cobh Heritage Centre where you can trace your ancestors, learn more about the ill-fated Titanic and Lusitania, or immerse yourself in the history of Irish emigrants. Relax as you follow the coastal route to Waterford. In the evening, take a gentle walk with a local historian who will reveal Waterford’s Viking and medieval past. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Granville Hotel, Waterford


FRIDAY, AUGUST 28: WATERFORD CRYSTAL | 6TH CENTURY GLENDALOUGH

Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Travel through the stunning scenery of the Wicklow Mountains on the way to Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most beautiful destinations. There you’ll explore the remains of one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Continue on to your hotel overlooking Dublin Bay and Dun Laoghaire Harbor. Dine on Irish specialties at the Merry Ploughboy Pub while enjoying a lively show of traditional Irish songs and step-dancing. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT: Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin


SATURDAY, AUGUST 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)

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT: Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin


SUNDAY, AUGUST 30: IRISH NATIONAL STUD | DROMOLAND CASTLE HOTEL

6 Night Tour - Enjoy Breakfast and transfer to the Dublin Airport.

 

7 Night Tour - Visit the home of equine royalty, The Irish National Stud, where you’ll see impeccably-bred stallions alongside protective mares, frolicking foals, and athletic yearlings. Stroll around the delightful grounds to explore St. Fiachra’s Garden, including its miniature Japanese Gardens. Travel to the majestic and deluxe Dromoland Castle Hotel. Relax in the elegant surroundings of this wonderful fairy tale castle. Savor a delicious farewell dinner in the oak-paneled dining room. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DINNER AND OVERNIGHT: Dromoland Castle Hotel, Newmarket-on-Fergus


MONDAY, AUGUST 31: RETURN TO THE US

Your program ends after breakfast. Transfer to the Shannon 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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