Join Carroll Brown’s “Return to Ireland
North, West and Dublin” 2022 Tour
Cost – $3,999 including airfare
Single space is available for a supplemental payment of $799
Departure Day – June 24, 2022
Depart Charlotte (CLT) for Dublin (DUB) non-stop group air. Flights will be on American Airlines with special group pricing. Transportation to/from Charlotte airport is not included.
Expected flight details, subject to change by the airline
CLT – DUB AA 724 departs at 6:20 pm on June 24 and arrives in Dublin on June 25 at 7:00 am.
DUB – CLT AA 725 departs at 9:50 am on July 2 and arrives in Charlotte on July 2 at 1:05 pm
Saturday, 25 June
Welcome to Ireland! Arrive Dublin airport at approximately 7:00 am after your overnight flight. Our professional Irish driver/guide will meet the group in the arrivals hall and escort you to your waiting coach for the start of the tour.
On the way, we’ll make a comfort stop for a Coffee/Tea and Scones break.
Arrive in Armagh, the city that shares the name with the County Armagh – or the Orchard County for all of the apple orchards that dot the hillsides of this verdant area. As you arrive, twin Cathedrals welcome you to what many call the “Ecclesiastical” capital of Ireland, both named for the Patron Saint of Ireland – Patrick. One Church of Ireland where Brian Boru, the last High King of Ireland was laid to rest 750 years ago. And not far away you will find the Roman Catholic Cathedral dedicated to St. Patrick.
We estimate arrival time in Armagh at around 10:00 due to the early arrival time of your flight. Your room will be waiting for you so you may avail of the opportunity to take a nap or just freshen up after the overnight flight – they’re not called red-eye flights by accident! Those who prefer may join an optional walking tour of the city led by a local guide. Stop into one of the local cafes for a bite to eat (lunch is not included) as your familiarize yourself with the city.
Departing the hotel around 2:00 pm, we’ll stop into the arts center named for the singer and learn a bit more about the man and his music and have a pint in a local pub. We’ll visit the nearby Navan Fort – a wonderful example of Neolithic architecture and tools that trace the presence of mankind in Ireland over 5,000 years.
We return to the hotel for an included dinner and WELCOME TO IRELAND MUSIC SESSION!
Overnight at Armagh City Hotel (DBB)
Sunday 26 June
After a relaxing “Full Irish” breakfast, (it’s included daily with your tour) we’ll make our way across the province of Ulster to city of Enniskillen and the beautiful Fermanagh Lakelands region of Ireland. Along the way, you’ll get a glimpse into the traditional craft of weaving as we visit a weaver and see how they create the beautiful sweaters and blankets so popular around the world. This is our driver’s home turf, so be prepared for an unscheduled stop or two and a chance to get to meet the Irish people.
We arrive this evening at the family run Kee’s Hotel in the village of Ballybofey in Co. Donegal for our overnight stay. We’ll gather as a group for dinner this evening.
Overnight Kees Hotel, (DBB)
Monday 27 June
Our journey today leads us through County Donegal, a rugged and beautiful landscape in the remote northwest corner of Ireland where time seems to stand still. The namesake main town features a classic town square with quaint shops and cafes and we’ll stop here for a look around and lunch on your own.
This afternoon, we continue to Belleek Pottery where artisans create the iconic table ware and other items to perfection. Marvel at the hand made embellishments and the intricate painting that that goes into so many of the pieces.
This afternoon we return to Kee’s Hotel for dinner and a bit of music with Carroll Brown.
Overnight Kees Hotel, Ballybofey (DBB)
Tuesday 28 June
Today we journey to south travel south along the Wild Atlantic Way for the next leg of our journey. For a relatively small island, Ireland has produced 4 Nobel Prize winners for literature, and we’ll stop to pay our respects to one of the most popular today, W.B. Yeats as we stop by the church yard where he is buried then pop into the shop for “a wee cuppa” as you may now be referring to that welcome cup of tea or coffee.
Further along we’ll cross into County Mayo and weather permitting, we’ll venture out to Achill Island and the edge of Clew Bay – said to have so many islands that there is one for each day of the year. Enjoy the rich cultural history of this land and the rugged and rocky landscape.
We arrive in wonderful city of Galway for our stay at Jurys Inn, famous for their Irish hospitality and wonderfully located in the city center. Traditional Irish music can be found in many spots, and there is food for every taste so enjoy the long summer evening discovering this great city. Dinner will be on your own tonight, and everything from Michelin Star restaurants to amazing “pub grub” can be found close by the hotel.
Overnight: Jury’s Inn Galway (B, D)
Wednesday 29 June
Today we’ll explore the magnificent Connemara Peninsula with breathtaking scenery from high mountains dotted with sheep to Ireland’s only Fjord to one of the most photographed places in Ireland Kylemore Abbey.
We stop in at the Connemara Cultural Center for a glimpse of life in the far west of Ireland over the ages, you’ll see how soda bread is made over an open fire, have a go at cutting turf, and of course hear a story or two about the history on this very spot of land.
We end this day as we return to the beautiful city of Galway where you will be free to discover the many shops, pubs, and other places that make up this busy place. Here, where “Trad” music is such a big part of the culture, Carroll has arranged a special guest to join him for our own session if you wish.
Overnight at Jury’s Inn (B)
Thursday 30 June
We’re heading east today across the fertile plains of Ireland’s interior. Along the way we’ll stop in the riverside town Athlone for a lunch in Ireland’s heartland. Located on the River Shannon, you’ll enjoy strolling along the bank of this charming city.
By now you’ve no doubt heard a story or two of the ancient traditions of this place and her people. Today, we stop by a 5000 year old gathering spot where many of the myths and legends of this special place began, where stories have been shared for generations. From stone circles and ring forts, one can almost feel the magic in this sport – Welcome to The Hill of Uisneach.
Inspired by the fascinating history of ancient Ireland, we continue our journey to the modern and bustling capital city of Dublin. There is perhaps nothing is more iconic to Dublin or Ireland the Guinness, and we end the day with a tour of the the birthplace of “the black stuff” as we visit the Guinness Storehouse. Discover the brewing process, clever advertisements, and commercial innovations that make Guinness one of the world’s most recognizable brands.
Tonight we’ll check in at the Camden Court and leave you free to explore the city from the non-stop action of the Temple Bar district to the world class dining throughout the city. Look for the famous Molly Malone statue just off famous Grafton Street on Suffolk Street and post a selfie with one of Ireland’s biggest legends.
Overnight Camden Court (B)
Friday 1 July
From Viking heritage to a modern reputation as the “Silicon Valley of Europe” today we’ll take a close look into Dublin. Our driver will lead an orientation tour of the city in the morning, then drop the group at the famed Trinity College for a glimpse of the remarkable Book of Kells – an ancient manuscript of the four books of the Gospel. Marvel at Trinity’s long hall where books from hundreds of years of history line the shelves.
On your own now, you may wish to stroll Grafton Street the busy pedestrian shopping spot and home to “buskers” playing music and entertaining. If you prefer, the city is home to wonderful museums, the impressive Christ Church Cathedral, a resurging craft whiskey district and so much more. You’ll have ample time to pursue your interests before we meet at the hotel this evening.
We cap off our week in Ireland with a final dinner this evening together in the hotel and a few more songs that will capture the trip in music as you bid farewell to new friends and old acquaintances.
Overnight Camden Court (DB)
Saturday 2 July
The coach will transport you to the airport in time for your 09:50 am return flight to the USA. Please note, all USA entry requirements (Passport, Customs, TSA formalities) are conducted prior to departure from Dublin so you arrive in the USA as a “domestic” passenger. As such, we will have an early departure from the hotel to ensure ample time for check-in procedures, security clearance, and USA entry requirements … and of course a little last minute shopping.
B – Breakfast
L – Lunch
D – Dinner
Admissions Included/Tour Highlights
- 7 nights Accommodation
- Full Irish breakfast daily
- 4 evening meals
- Fully escorted via deluxe motor-coach
- Services of an experienced Irish driver/guide
- Porterage of one suitcase per person
- All service charges and local government taxes