Notre Dame vs Navy in Ireland

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DAY 1 USA / DUBLIN: Fly transatlantic overnight from Chicago to Dublin Ireland. Dinner is served and in-flight entertainment is provided.

DAY 2 ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND / BELFAST: Welcome to Ireland! After collecting your bags, you will meet with your driver in the arrival’s hall at Dublin Airport. Shortly afterwards, depart and make your way north towards Belfast.  Pause in Balbriggan where you will enjoy breakfast in the Man O’War Pub. Continue to visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth. Afterwards, travel past the gentle slopes of the Mourne Mountains to your hotel located in Belfast. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner in your hotel. (B/D)

DAY 3 BELFAST / TITANIC: This morning, enjoy a Belfast city sightseeing tour with a local guide. Afterwards, head to the newly opened Titanic Belfast. It is in the heart of the city, on the slipways where RMS Titanic was built. You truly re-live the entire Titanic story from her birth in Belfast to the fateful maiden voyage and her eventual discovery on the seabed. The remainder of your day and evening are at leisure in Belfast. (B)

DAY 4 BELFAST / GIANT’S CAUSEWAY / DERRY / DONEGAL: In the morning after breakfast, you will depart and travel north along the scenic route of the “Nine Glans of Antrim”. Visit the unique Giant’s Causeway and hear the legend of the giant Finn MacCool. View enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity 60 million years ago. Continue to Derry where you join a local guide for a walking tour around the defensive walls that encircle the old city. Onwards to Donegal for dinner and overnight. (B/D)

DAY 5 DONEGAL EXCURSION: Enjoy breakfast. Afterwards, depart and travel through the rugged countryside of Donegal. Travel to Glenveagh National Park and visit Glenveagh Castle. This 19th century castellated mansion and was built between 1867 and 1873. Its construction in a remote mountain setting was inspired by the Victorian idyll of a romantic highland retreat. Pause to visit Triona Design in Ardara for a demonstration of spinning and knitting. Later, return to Donegal where your evening is free. (B)

DAY 6 DONEGAL / OMAGH / DUBLIN: This morning, depart from Donegal and make your way towards Dublin. Travel via Omagh where you pause to visit the Ulster American Folk Park. Immerse yourself in the story of the brave emigrants who made the journey across the Atlantic to America hundreds of years ago. Wander through the thatched cottages and log cabins and meet costumed characters who will show you traditional crafts and tell you a few stories. Board a full-scale emigrant ship to experience the conditions faced by many as they set sail for a new life in America. Continue to Dublin for dinner and overnight. (B/D)

DAY 7 DUBLIN: After breakfast, depart and make your way to Trinity College to view the exquisitely illustrated Book of Kells. Afterwards, visit Epic Ireland the Irish Emigration Museum which tells the dramatic story of how Irish people have spread around the globe, and how they changed the world. Through 20 state-of-the-art galleries, visitors immerse themselves in the stories of some of the most remarkable tales of sacrifice, endurance, adventure, and discovery the world has ever known. This afternoon visit the Guinness Storehouse. Raise a mug of the “black stuff” and drink in Dublin views at the Gravity Bar. Tonight, you will enjoy dinner and traditional entertainment in Dublin’s Three Rock Pub. (B/D)

DAY 8 DUBLIN / GAME DAY:  Enjoy breakfast in your hotel. This afternoon meet in the hotel lobby for your transfer to the Aviva Stadium. Enjoy the Game!  A return coach transfer is also included. This evening, you are free in Dublin. (B)

DAY 9 DUBLIN / USA: After breakfast, bid farewell to Ireland as transfers begin to Dublin airport, where after check-in you will have plenty of time for your last-minute duty-free shopping. Your flight to the US arrives the same day. Have a safe journey! (B)

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 Inclusions

  • Round-trip air from Chicago to Dublin
  • Belfast – 2 nights, 4-Star Europa Hotel
  • Donegal – 2 nights, 4-Star Mill Park Hotel
  • Malahide – 3 night, 4-Star Grand Hotel Malahide
  • Breakfast each morning, including day of arrival
  • 4, three course dinners, including dinner and traditional entertainment in Dublin’s Taylors Three Rock Pub
  • Luxury Coach with services of a professional Irish Driver/Guide
  • Game ticket to the College Football Classic, Notre Dame vs. Navy
  • Boyne Valley Visitor Centre
  • Belfast City tour with local guide
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Walking tour of Derry with local guide
  • Donegal Excursion
  • Glenveagh National Park and Glenveagh Castle
  • Ulster American Folk Park
  • Trinity College and the Book of Kells
  • Epic Ireland (Emigration Museum)
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Portfolio of documents
  • Hotel porterage of one suitcase per person
  • 24-hour emergency support while in Ireland

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Departure taxes and fuel surcharges are included. Single supplement is additional $899.00. Air inclusive rates are subject to availability and are based on departure from Chicago on Aer Lingus . Rate includes round-trip economy class airfare, including carrier and government-imposed taxes and fees, and the September 11th Security Fee of $5.60 per enplanement originating at a U.S. airport. Fluctuations in exchange rates may affect some taxes or fees. Child/infant discounts are not available, and stopovers are not permitted. Baggage fees may apply; please check with carrier for specific policies. Not eligible for accrual of frequent flyer points/mileage. Above mentioned hotels are subject to change. Cancellations/Changes: Rates are non-refundable. Substantial restrictions apply for cancellation/change, and depend upon the package type. Trip protection is recommended. The applicable Travel Protection Plan will be applied to your purchase. Additional details will be provided on your Itinerary and Travel Protection Plan Voucher travel documents upon purchase. For travelers on offered Escorted Vacations, Golf, or Cruise Vacations, travel protection is provided by Trip Mate Inc. This coverage is designed to protect your travel investment with a full cash refund less the cost of the insurance and cancellation fees for the following covered reasons such as death, sickness, injury or certain other covered reasons. Full description of coverage can be found by visiting http://tripmate.com/wpF421S. The cost of this protection is 9% of the total cost of your trip and must be purchased at time of booking. All claims are to be made to Trip Mate Inc.