College Football Classic Tour

Game Day: August 29, 2020 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland

Coming to Ireland to see Navy and Notre Dame clash in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic? Extend your stay with a custom tour of Ireland!

  • Explore the history and culture of Ireland from 1500BC to present day

  • Enjoy stunning views of Irish coasts, cliffs and stone-walled countrysides

  • Tap your feet to the Irish music in local pubs while enjoying beer and whiskey throughout the trip

  • Get lost in the rhythm of the Irish language and culture of the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) areas of Ireland

  • Get inspired by the ancient churches of Ireland from Medieval Abbeys that dot the countryside to more recent Christ Church and St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin

  • Revel in stone walls dating to 4000BC and deserted villages left behind when residents died or emigrated. 

  • Stay in a 19th century Manor House complete with a bar constructed with salvaged wood of a Spanish Armada Galleon

  • Customize the tour for the interests of your group

  • Children welcome

  • GAME TICKETS ARE NOT INCLUDED

This tour is available for groups of 8-18 people. A $1600 non-refundable deposit is required to hold the date. Once the deposit is received, the itinerary can be customized to your group and a final price will be agreed upon. The sample itinerary is $4,695 per person, double occupancy. The deposit will be applied toward the cost of the tour.

Tour Dates*

Aug20-30, 2020

Aug27-Sep6, 2020

Available?

Yes

Yes

* Tour dates are the first day in Ireland. If you are traveling from North America, you will need a flight departing one day earlier than the Tour start date.

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) 

Overnight: Dublin

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.

Overnight: Dublin

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!

Overnight: Dublin

Enjoy the Irish hospitality and cheer your team on to victory!

Day 4, Sunday, August 30: Dublin to Ballina

Overnight: 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

Overnight: Ballina

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

Overnight: 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

Overnight: 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

Overnight: 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

Overnight: 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

Overnight: 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.

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