College Football Classic Tour
Game Day: August 29, 2020 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Sample Itinerary - Customize for your group
Day 0, Wednesday, August 26: Depart North America
Overnight: In Transit
Depart from your North American gateway city for an overnight flight to Ireland
Day 1, Thursday, August 27: Arrive Ireland (Tour Start Date)
Transfer from Dublin Airport to hotel
Drop your bags at your hotel in the city center and explore Dublin on your own before a mid-afternoon introductory tour, followed by a Welcome pint and a group dinner at one of Dublin's finest.
Day 2, Friday, August 28: Dublin
Enjoy your day in Dublin. Your hosts will be happy to provide suggestions for sight-seeing for your particular interests. Be sure to catch the pep rally Friday afternoon!
Day 3, Saturday, August 29: Dublin - Game Day!
Enjoy the Irish hospitality and cheer your team on to victory!
Day 4, Sunday, August 30: Dublin to Ballina
Board our luxury bus for transportation to a 19th Century Manor House. We'll stop at a distillery on the way for a tour and taste of some Irish Water of Life. After settling into your rooms, gather again for a formal tour of Belleek Castle including the Medieval Banquet Hall, the Spanish Armada Bar and one of Ireland's finest collections of arms, armour, fossils and antiques. Dinner is on your own.
Day 5, Monday, August 31: Mayo Coast
Today we'll head out to explore the Northwest coast of County Mayo. We'll explore the Ceide Fields, a Stone Age field system, the enchanted cliffs of DownPatrick Head and a 15th century Friary. We'll return to Belleek Castle with time to freshen up before gathering for a pint in the Spanish Armada Bar and dinner befitting a castle!
Day 6, Tuesday, September 1: Ballina to Westport
Our travels will take us along more of the beautiful Mayo coast with its blue-flag beaches and stunning cliffs. Upon arriving at our hotel, check in, freshen up and then meet for a walking tour of Westport that ends with a pint. Dinner is on your own, but you can join your hosts afterwards for a traditional music session.
Day 7, Wednesday, September 2: Westport
Westport is a bustling little Georgian town that will provide a lot of options. We will tour the Westport House which traces 300 years of Irish history. The remainder of the day can be spent on your own with a Clew Bay Cruise, hire a bike and ride the Great Western Greenway or just stroll the streets of Westport. Dinner is at an award-winning restaurant featuring local and seasonal ingredients.
Day 8, Thursday, September 3: Westport to Galway
We'll travel through the hills and fields of Connemara to the iconic Kylemore Abbey estate. Tour the main house and take a stroll up to the Neo-Gothic Church built by Mitchell Henry in honor of his wife Margaret. Take the shuttle bus up to explore the 6-acre Victorian Walled Garden, half a formal flower garden and half a "kitchen" garden of vegetables, herbs and fruits.
Evening entertainment will include some traditional Irish song and music.
Day 9, Friday, September 4: Galway
Start your day with an introductory tour of Galway. Immerse yourself in Galway's maritime history with a boat tour of Galway Bay. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your own exploring Galway's pubs and shops. Dinner is on your own.
Day 10, Saturday, September 5: Galway to Dublin
Leaving the west coast behind, we'll head inland for a tour of a medieval castle on our way back to Dublin. After checking into our boutique hotel, take some time to relax or complete your last minute shopping. We will gather together that evening to share your trip experiences and enjoy a group Farewell Dinner.
Day 11, Sunday, September 6: Travel Home
Transfer back to Dublin Airport to return home with wonderful memories of your time in Ireland.