June 1st through 10th, 2018
Single or Double Occupancy: $4200 per person
If Europe were a sentence, Ireland would be its exclamation point. She is perched at the edge of the continent, the last land you see before crossing the Atlantic. She is untamed, unruly, a wild child. She is heartbreaking. She is a looker. She is a song and a story. She encompasses every emotion and is defined by a rugged tenacious people who have fought for her for centuries and still came out singing. Charles Haughey said, “Ireland is where strange tales begin and happy endings are possible”
Krummi Travel presents “NOT A DIDDLY IDLE SHITE TOUR OF IRELAND” a 10 day tour which has nothing to do with commoners who think of Ireland as shamrocks and leprechauns. Would the company that delivers Iceland’s Elves and Hidden People to you treat Ireland any differently? Please. You will be experiencing a good deal of this verdant nation. Along the way, ample amounts of laughter, music, stories, and locals will add the bells and whistles which make this tour a happening. There is a candy bag so you can now totally book with confidence! Your leaders on this journey are Michael D’Angelo (MY FAVORITE IRISH SURNAME! He’ll explain) and Sean Power. Michael’s roots in Ireland span fifteen years. He lives and breathes this country. He is a citizen. His off the Richter scale passion for Ireland and its people make him uniquely qualified to deliver an uncommon experience. He is quite tall and will no doubt eat a good deal of candy. Sean is a licensed guide and tour operator. He and Michael have collaborated on numerous excursions through Ireland. Both men are totally capable of tolerating your nonsense and will return the favor in kind. You will be meeting many Irish friends along the way. Of course this tour is loaded with surprises which are none of your beeswax. Behave yourself and be surprised and don’t ask questions.
PRICES & DATES
June 1st through 10th, 2018
Price per person Double Occupancy: $4200
Minimum 8 passengers / Maximum 15 passengers
Price includes roundtrip economy class flights from Hartford (based on $700, other gateways available) to Dublin, Ireland, airport taxes, all ground transportation in Ireland, the services of an amazing Irish guide and an Irish / American Magician who will totally put up with your questions, jokes, pranks, and will return the favors in kind, accommodation for 9 nights at cozy B&B’s and family run hotels around the country MOST with private facilities, breakfast and dinner each day, admission to museums, and many other surprises which are none of your beeswax…
Not included: Transportation to and from Bradley International Airport in Hartford / Windsor Locks, CT, anything that has to do with your drinking habit, lunches, any extras not listed in the itinerary, and gratuities for Michael and Sean at the end of the journey.
Departure from Hartford: Friday August 25, 2017. Returning Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
Day 1: Welcome to Ireland
Fly from Hartford to Dublin, Ireland on Aer Lingus. Upon arrival collect your bags. Waiting outside will be the smiling faces of Michael D’Angelo and Sean Power. They will be your guides while in Ireland. Check into your hotel. Breakfast is at an off the beaten track not loaded with tourists pub followed by a Literary Walking Tour of Dublin . This walk is a journey from Gulliver’s travels to Ulysses that combines an anecdote account of Dublin writers lives with the city’s most famous landmarks and that unique sense of fun and personality which the Irish are famous for. Soak up the atmosphere and follow in the steps of literary legends including James Joyce, Johnathan Swift and Bram Stoker and visit the places where some of the writers studied, worked and enjoyed a social drink too. Be part of the story. Your afternoon will be free to explore Dublin on your own or just sleep because this is the only opportunity you will have to sleep when there are no cameras around. Optional visits in Dublin City in the afternoon:
- Dublins Writers Museum
- Kilmainham Jail
- The Guinness Storehouse
- Free time in Temple Bar Area
Overnight in Dublin.
Day 2: Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains
It takes less than 2 hours to drive from Dublin into the Wicklow Mountains, Drive through the town of Enniskerry to the great estate of Powerscourt (voted 3rd best garden in the world by National Geographic also has Irelands tallest waterfall) on the south end of the village. After lunching in its Avoca Café, head on to Glendalough and feel your soul relax in the pastoral mountain setting of this ancient monastic retreat.
This early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and from this developed the “Monastic City”
Walking Trails of Glendalough: Trail climbs steeply up alongside the Poulanass Waterfall before leading you to the upper reaches of Derrybawn Mountain. Flanked by larch and pine trees, the route offers magnificent views of the whole Glendalough Valley. Red squirrels and birds such as tree creepers are often seen here and wood sorrel, bluebells and wood anemones add colour to the woodland floor.
Overnight Kilkenny City.
Day 3 : Killkenny City to Cork
The morning will be spent exploring Killkenny City. Its picturesque ‘Medieval Mile’ of narrow lanes and historic buildings strung between castle and cathedral along the bank of the River Nore. Kilkenny is a centre for arts and crafts, and home to a host of fine restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops.
The House of Waterford Crystal
The city’s famed Waterford Crystal is almost an icon in name only. A highlight is the blowing room where you can see the red-hot molten crystals take shape and seemingly miraculously transform into delicate glassware.
The Rock Of Cashel
The ‘Rock’ is a prominent green hill, banded with limestone outcrops. It rises from a grassy plain on the edge of the town and bristles with ancient Sturdy walls circle an enclosure that contains a complete round tower, a 13th-century Gothic cathedral and the finest 12th-century Romanesque chapel in Ireland. Sheep grudgingly allow you to pass.
Overnight in Ballycotton, County Cork
Day 4: County Cork
Today we are exploring County Cork, Ireland’s largest county, as you will see is diverse in terms of scenery, coastlines and history. After a bit of whiskey tasting there are visits to locations that witnessed events that would shape Irish and international history. Visit the Choctow Memorial in Midleton, built as a thank you from the Irish people to Native Americans for their help during the Great Hunger.
The water of Life! A taste of Irish whiskey at it’s undisputed home, The Jameson Distillery Midleton. On to the town of Cobh (AKA Queenstown) on Cork harbour – a centre of mass emigration and last pot of call for the Titanic.
Overnight in Kinsale.
Day 5: West Cork
It’s west Cork day, heading to a region of hidden coves, lush green landscape and some of the best foods you’ll find anywhere. After a visit to the shore side ruins of Timoleague Abbey, we travel further west into the colourful village of Clonakilty famous for its tasty black pudding. After a wee visit to the factory and some tastings , we travel further off the tourist trail, enjoying some truly local experiences. Eventually we will arrive in Gouganebarra where we will experience being a shepherd for a day, with the Lucey family , who farm in the valley. This includes sheep dog handling, tea and scones in the barn with the Lucey’s, hike up onto the hill with the shepherd to meet the sheep and trying your hand at turf cutting.
Overnight in Gouganebarra.
Day 6: West Cork to Kenmare
After a morning stroll in the forest park, we drive back down to the Atlantic coastline at Bantry Bay, we can do a little bit of seal spotting in Glengarriff or a boat trip to Garnish Island and its formal Italian Gardens.
Head out to the wild and rugged Beara Peninsula, the undiscovered peninsula, followed by lunch in the famous McCarthys Bar in Castletownbere.
Drive up the Healy Pass , one of the most scenic drives in Ireland and go back to the bronze age at the remote Uragh Megalithic stone circle.
Overnight in Kenmare
dDay 7: Kenmare to Killarney
Today is truly magnificent as you have the option of taking a boat trip to the Skellig Islands, which are breathtaking or an optional visit around Valentia Island as a trip to the Skelligs is very weather dependant. A trip to the Skellig islands would consist in catching a boat at 9.15am to the island, and climbing the hundreds of steps to the ancient monastery at the top. An optional trip to Valentia Island would include a visit to the Skellig Chocolate Factory, a 60 minute walk around Bray Head or maybe a cruise around the Skellig Islands.
Overnight in Killarney Town
Day 8: The Dingle Peninsula
Today is a truly magnificent day full of jaw dropping scenery, amazing coastal walks, secluded beaches and tasty local produce. This is a stunning and dramatic drive tour of the edge of Europe. With it’s sheer cliff side drops on onside and the patchwork green fields on the other side. Plenty of splendid photo stops combined with stories of Irish folklore, local legends and historical information. Visit Louis Mulcahy Pottery or a local crystal cutter and see some of Irelands most skilled craftsmen at work. After a majestic walk on Dunmore Head, you will get the chance to sample the fresh seafood and local craft beers in a nice cozy Irish pub.
Overnight in Dingle
Day 9: Dingle to Doolin
Travelling through the Conor Pass, Ireland highest mountain road and then crossing over the river Shannon by ferry we will eventually arrive at the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. We take you away from all the hustle and bustle of the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre, and bring you on a stunning guided walk of the unspoilt region along the cliffs.
The walk is along a gravel path with flagstone steps cut out of the terrain to cross the drains and streams and on the steeper inclines. The trail is not a difficult walk; it requires a basic level of fitness and a good head for heights.
You will walk along until you reach the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher standing 214m (702 feet) above sea level, where views of the Dingle Peninsula and Loop Head in the South, the Aran Islands to the West with the Twelve Pins and mountains of Connemara to the North can be seen on a clear day.
After the walk, you will get the chance to experience a traditional Irish music night with some local craft beers in a nice cosy Irish Pub.
Overnight in Doolin
Day 10: All Good Things Must Come to an End
Rise and shine, eat your breakfast, pack your bags, tip these wonderful men. This morning you will be transferred to Dubiln for your flight home. Try not to stash the lads in your bags. This is illegal.