Ireland 2024

Ireland Trip November 2024

Hello to all our prospective travelers and those already confirmed. Below you will find a detailed description of our Ireland trip set for early November 2024. Here you will find our travel agents description of the tour (Hammond Tours) and some notes from Keith and the boys. This tour is almost sold out so make sure to contact HAMMOND TOURS with all your questions and to save your spot asap.

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November 2 – 11, 2024 $2995 Land only

“THE YOUNG DUBLINERS”

Tour of Ireland Daily Itinerary

Tour Includes:

Deluxe Motorcoach vehicle throughout your tour, including all transfers and sightseeing

Per Person Sharing

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Day 1, November 2 – Saturday: USA – Ireland

Depart USA for overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner and in-flight entertainment is served shortly after take-off.

Day 2, November 3 – Sunday: Dublin Airport – Galway

 

FROM HAMMOND

Morning arrival at Dublin Airport where once clearing customs and collecting our lug- gage, we meet our driver guides & Tour escort in the arrival’s hall of Dublin Airport. We will depart the airport by 10:00AM. Depending on timing of the group arrival, the group will either make its way to breakfast (Not included) or travel west to Galway check into our first hotel, The Galmont Hotel. Dinner & Overnight Galmont Hotel

FROM KEITH

When you arrive in Dublin, and if you like a pint, then grabbing one at the airport is considered a right of passage for those coming home. Of course you could opt for the new Guinness zero if it’s against your beliefs to have a pint that early. But if you’re on this trip with us. that’s probably not of concern.  Tonight is our first big dinner where everyone gets to meet the rest of the group and the band. It’s always one of my favorite evenings as, up until that point, we really don’t know who has come along. Friendships that will last a lifetime often start at this first gathering. Let the games begin.

Day 3, November 4 – Monday: Galway- Cliff of Moher- Galway

FROM HAMMOND

Today, after a leisurely breakfast, we will make our way to visit the Cliff of Moher. The cliffs are astonishingly impressive and staggeringly beautiful. The entirely vertical cliffs rise to a height of 700 feet, their edge falling away abruptly into a ceaselessly churning Atlantic. A progression of vast heads, the dark limestone marches in a rigid formation that’s gob-smacking, no matter how many times you look at it. On a clear day you’ll channel Barbra Streisand as you can see forever; the Aran Islands stand etched on the waters of Galway Bay, and beyond lie the hills of Connemara. Then re- turn to Galway. Overnight Galmont Hotel

FROM KEITH

The day of our first concert. One of the main reasons we picked Galway to kick things off is because of the venue, The Quays!!! Phenomenal bar with the most unique stage in the country.

During the day you will enjoy our amazing drivers, who are both educational and hilarious, as they guide you through the beautiful countryside. They won’t let you miss a thing and  are a huge part of the experience.

At night, you rock.

 

Day 4, November 5 – Tuesday: Galway- Connemara- Donegal

FROM HAMMOND

After breakfast we depart Galway and tour Connemara. Connemara has white sand beaches, dark bogs and tall jagged mountains make this one of the most scenic and unspoiled areas in the country. Wild and rugged, in some places here, Gaelic remains the only spoken lan- guage. We travel first to Clifden, (An Clochan). Founded in the early 19th century by John D’Arcy, it retains much of its Georgian architec- ture. Placed at the head of a broad Atlantic Bay and nestled below the Twelve Bens, the town is blessed by its beautiful setting. We continue touring Connemara. We then make our way to Lough Eske Castle. Powerful 14th century clans of Donegal, the O’Donnell’s had their seat here, wealthy landowners ruled from here and Edwardian glamour was played out. In 1861 the new Lough Eske Castle, as we know it today, was built on the site of the old Brooke Mansion. Always a place for entertaining international guests since 1861, Lough Eske Castle re- mains full of warn Donegal hospitality today as it did over 150 years ago. Dinner and Overnight Lough Eske Castle

FROM KEITH

If you only need one reason to come with us, this is it. This castle is unbelievable. I know this because we have been here before. Without a doubt it was the highlight of that trip too.We have two days here so you can really relax and take yourself back in time. As the castle is not close to a town, both nights we will host dinners there, just like we live there !!!

On one of the nights we will do an acoustic performance just for our Trippers. Although we will be playing a few tunes, we invite our fellow travelers to come up and sing one too. This is always a great night. You will not want to leave this castle.

Day 5, November 6 – Wednesday: Donegal – Slieve League – Donegal

FROM HAMMOND

After breakfast, we meet our driver guide and continue our journey. We travel via the fishing village of Killybeggs to Slieve League. We visit the Sea Cliffs. Standing at the viewing point on Slieve League in Donegal Ireland an amazing sea vista and landscape open before you. From here we can see across Donegal Bay to counties Letrim, Sligo and Mayo. Out to the west is the Atlantic Ocean as far as the eye can see. North west is Rathlin O’ Byrne island and Glencolmcille and here beside you of course are the magnificent cliffs of Slieve League. Rising almost 2000 feet from the Atlantic, one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe and twice as high as the Cliffs of Moher. We then return to Lough Eske Castle. Dinner and Overnight Lough Eske Castle

FROM KEITH

Another night in paradise and another dinner. There is only one way to coax you out of the Lough Eske, Belfast!!!!

Day 6, November 7 – Thursday: Donegal – Giants Causeway – Belfast

FROM HAMMOND

After breakfast, we meet our driver guides and make our way east. It’s onto the Giant’s Causeway. This impressive area of hexagonal columns was formed over 60 million years ago by cooling lava. Legend also has it that the Giant’s Causeway was built by the ancient giant, Fionn Mac Cumhail. Climb the Shepherd’s Steps and hike along the cliff-top trail to get a bird’s eye view of the beautiful causeway coast. We then make our way to Belfast. Overnight Europa Hotel Belfast

FROM KEITH

What can I say about Belfast other than it will be a place you will never forget. We had to add it to this years trip as it is just such a magnificent place to see, Packed to the gills with history, we are staying at the Europa hotel by bands request as it is simply the best.

During The Troubles it was the most bombed hotel in Europe (you don’t see hotels advertising that very often) and now it’s a beautiful building in the heart of the city.

This is the night of our second concert at The Empire. Another favorite venue in Ireland. This will be a rocking show.

Day 7, November 8 – Friday: Belfast

FROM HAMMOND

After breakfast we take a tour of Belfast and the Titanic Museum. The Titanic Belfast attraction extends over nine galleries, with multiple di- mensions to the exhibition. Drawing together special effects, dark rides, full scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features, you will explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900’s through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. Rest of the day free to enjoy Belfast. Overnight Europa Hotel

FROM KEITH

Second day in Belfast and a chance to discover the city. The great thing about our Ireland adventures is that we leave some of the planning to you so you can see things you want to see and not always ride on the couch. You will love Belfast and it’s people.

On nights off for the band, we usually find some fun things to do with you all. These are “day of” plans and we encourage suggestions. Of course, there will be pints at the Crown Pub across the street from the hotel.

Day 8, November 9 – Saturday, Belfast – Dublin

FROM HAMMOND

After breakfast, we depart Belfast and make our way South. We arrive into Dublin where we will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city. We will ar- rive in Dublin early enough for the group to have free time in the after- noon. Overnight Camden Court

FROM KEITH

The return to my hometown! Tonight will be our last concert and most epic of the tour. Dublin has changed a lot since I grew up but it is still one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in all of Europe. Our hotel is in the middle of the action so you will never have to go far for the craic.

By now you will have shown the Irish fans that you Americans know a lot of words to a lot of songs that will surprise them. We encourage singing a long at the top of your voices and making this a perfect way to finish the shows.

Day 9, November 10 – Sunday, Dublin

FROM HAMMOND

Today is a free day in Dublin. We have included a Hop On/Hop Off Dublin Bus Pass for each traveler. You’ll be sure to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral where Jonathan Swift gave his sermons; or the G.P.O. on O’Connell Street, the scene of the 1916 Easter Uprising where bullet- holes remain to this day. Visit the famous Phoenix Park where Pope John Paul II said Mass in 1979 to over a million people; and finally, Trinity College to view the 8th century manuscripts, the Book of Kells, still preserved as they were when the monks produced them all those centuries ago. You may also like to take a visit to Dublin’s newest mu- seum, a high-tech, interactive exploration of emigration and its effect on Ireland and the 70 million or so people spread throughout the world that claim Irish ancestry. Overnight Camden Court Dublin

FROM KEITH

The last day but no need for sadness. You will have had the journey of a lifetime, made new friends, toured with a rock band and, most importantly, created memories you will have forever.

On this night we usually all gather in the Bleeding Horse pub next to the hotel and say our goodbyes, take pictures and get the last few juicy pints down the gullet. It’s an early morning next day so we won’t keep you out too late.

Day 10, November 11, Monday, Dublin – USA

After breakfast we are transferred to nearby Dublin Airport. In the off chance that you missed shopping opportunities; Dublin has a large Duty-Free Shop that you can visit once you are checked in for your flight. In the traditional Irish way, we wish you “Safe Home”.

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