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College Football Classic - Celtic Journey Tour

Aer Lingus College Football Classic - Celtic Journey Tour

Tour Ireland the week before the Notre Dame – Navy game: the Celtic Journey tour visits all the key sights you've dreamed of, plus many more. Stay in Kilkenny, Killarney, and Galway while seeing the best of Ireland!



Dunboyne (1 nt) - Kilkenny (2 nts) - Killarney (2 nts) - Galway   (2 nts) - Dublin (2 nts)
10 Days / 9 Nights
Depart US August 20, 2020
Land Tour: August 21 – August 30, 2020

$3,109 per person, double occupancy {Land Only}
        $3,699 per person, single occupancy {Land Only}
Travel insurance:$184/person;Cancel for Any Reason Coverage:$291/person





  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
  • Sean’s Bar, the Oldest Pub in Europe
  • Dunbrody Famine Ship
  • Irish National Stud & Gardens


Tour Includes:

  • Aer Lingus College Football Classic game tickets
  • Recess 4 Grownups Tailgate Party
  • Transport by luxury motorcoach
  • Professional Irish driver/guide
  • Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath for 9 nights
      • Dunboyne Castle Hotel | Dunboyne (1 night)
      • Newpark Hotel | Kilkenny (2 nights)
      • Killarney Towers Hotel | Killarney (2 nights)
      • Salthill Hotel | Galway (2 nights)
      • North Star Hotel | Dublin (2 night)
      • Full Irish breakfasts (9)
      • 6 Dinners:
          • Welcome dinner at Dunboyne Castle Hotel
          • Drink with dinner and entertainment at Foley’s Bar and Restaurant
          • Traditional Irish dinner and show at the Abbey Tavern.
          • Table d’hôte dinners (3) 
        • 2 Lunches
        • Tea and Scones at Rathbaun Farm
        • Ferry ride across the River Shannon
        • Day tour to Inishmor,
        • Irish coffee at South Pole Pub
        • Headsets for walking tours
        • Visits and admission fees to:
            • Malahide Castle
            • Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens
            • Kennedy Homestead
            • Dunbrody Famine Ship
            • Choristers’ Hall Museum
            • Bishop’s Palace
            • House of Waterford Crystal
            • Titanic Experience
            • Blarney Castle
            • Blarney Woollen Mills
            • Cliffs of Moher
            • Dun Aengus Fort
          • Airport transfers at start and end of tour (on scheduled tour dates)
          • Hotel porterage, service charges and government taxes
          • Ticket wallets, baggage tags and identifying strap

          10 Day/9 Night Celtic Journey Tour Cost:

          $3,249 per person, double occupancy      [$3,749 per person,single occupancy]
          {Tour pricing subject to change until deposited. Airfare not included}


          August 20


          August 21


          Tour begins 2:00 PM at Dunboyne Castle Hotel. Head out to visit nearby Malahide Castle, first built in 1185 and filled with medieval artifacts. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. (Dinner)

          OVERNIGHT: Dunboyne Castle Hotel | Dunboyne
          August 22


          Visit the home of equine royalty, the Irish National Stud, where you’ll see some of the world’s finest thoroughbreds. Take a walk around the grounds to see St. Fiachra’s Garden and the miniature Japanese Gardens. Enjoy lunch in the Kilkenny Design Centre. Take a walking tour of Kilkenny with a local guide along the Medieval Mile, the city’s main road to see historic streets and buildings. The evening is free for dining on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch)

          OVERNIGHT: Newpark Hotel | Kilkenny
          August 23


          Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Then join a local guide for a gentle walking tour to hear stories about Waterford’s long history and some of its colorful characters. Explore more of the town with time for lunch on your own, then head to New Ross to explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of the vessel used during the 1840s famine to transport emigrants to North America. (Breakfast, Dinner)

          OVERNIGHT: Newpark Hotel | Kilkenny
          August 24


          Travel south to Cobh, the last port of call of the Titanic and where many places associated with the liner still exist. Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, which traces the history of emigration over a number of centuries from Ireland to North America. Head to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or stroll through the spacious parklands to view Blarney House before traveling on to Killarney. (Breakfast, Dinner)

          OVERNIGHT: Killarney Towers Hotel | Killarney

          August 25


          Spend the morning at leisure in Killarney, a little town with an ideal location beside Ireland’s highest mountains. Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula as you drive along the south shore to admire views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach, and rocky headlands. Stop at the South Pole Inn to learn about Tom Crean, an early Irish explorer who braved the South Pole. Browse around the town of Dingle and enjoy a drink, dinner and entertainment at Foley’s Bar and Restaurant before returning to Killarney. (Breakfast, Dinner)

          OVERNIGHT: Killarney Towers Hotel | Killarney

          August 26


          Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. View the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs where on a clear day you can see great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Immerse yourself in farm life at Rathbaun Farm and watch a farmer demonstrate how his trained dogs herd sheep. Enjoy tea and homemade scones at the farm. Head to Galway for a panoramic city tour. (Breakfast, Dinner)

          OVERNIGHT: Salthill Hotel | Galway

          August 27


          Set out across the Galway Bay for Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands. These rocky islands are renowned for the hardy islanders who maintain traditional fishing and farming methods. Head to Dun Aengus, a huge pre-historic fortress perched on sheer cliffs, which fall away to the Atlantic Ocean below. Explore Kilronan, the main town, and enjoy a casual lunch before returning by ferry. (Breakfast, Lunch)

          OVERNIGHT: Salthill Hotel | Galway 

          August 28


          Visit Clonmacnoise, a monastic settlement founded in 545 AD and set on the banks of the River Shannon. Marvel at elaborate High Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes, walk around the many church ruins and two round towers. Head to nearby Athlone and stop at Sean’s Bar for an Irish coffee, a CIE Tours Exclusive experience. This pub has a documented history going right back to 900 AD – and is featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest pub in Europe. During renovations in 1970, ancient walls and old coins dating back centuries were discovered. In the evening, head to Dublin’s Abbey Tavern for an Irish dinner and lively show. (Breakfast, Dinner)

          OVERNIGHT: North Star Hotel | Dublin

          August 29


          This morning enjoy attending the Recess 4 Grownups tailgate party in a Temple Bar pub reserved just for our guests. Then we’ll drive to Aviva Stadium, a sporting stadium with a capacity for 51,700 spectators. It is also commonly known as Lansdowne Road while UEFA refers to it as the Dublin Arena. Today, Notre Dame and Navy will kick off the football season in what is hoped to be an epic game, where bragging rights are on the line. (Breakfast)

          OVERNIGHT: North Star Hotel | Dublin

          August 30

          RETURN TO THE US

          Your program ends after breakfast. Transfer to the Dublin Airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)

          Terms and Conditions

          Terms and Conditions for Notre Dame-Navy Tour Packages

          General Tour Inclusions – see tour listing for specifics:                                Print Terms and Conditions

            • Football Game Tickets for College Football Classic at Aviva Stadium, Notre Dame vs. Navy
            • Exclusive Tailgate party in Temple Bar pub for Recess 4 Grownups tour guests, including food and beverage
            • Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy rooms with private bath as listed in specific tour description
            • Full Irish breakfast each morning of tour (after first overnight)
            • Transport by luxury motorcoach with a professional Irish driver/guide (one man) for tour days
            • Additional meals, visits, activities, and admission fees as described in specific tour itinerary
            • Hotel porterage, service charges and government taxes
            • Flight bags, ticket wallets, baggage tags and identifying strap

              Tour packages are land only and airfare is not included.

              All travel packages are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Tour space is limited, and pricing is subject to change prior to deposit. Land tour prices are guaranteed once deposited. It is best to make reservations early to ensure you can confirm your desired travel package.

              Notre Dame-Navy Tour Deposit and Payment Information:
              • $500 per tour package at time of booking
              • November 14, 2019:  $500 Additional Due per Tour Package {$1,000 total deposited}
              • May 15, 2020:            Final Balance Due 
              Tour Package Cancellation Policies:
              • Through November 13, 2019:              $400/tour package
              • November 14, 2019 – May 14, 2020:   $950/tour package
              • May 15, 2020:                                      Non-refundable
              Name Change Policies:

              Name Changes - Air: Cannot change names or substitute for air reservations.

              Name Changes - Land Tour:
              • October 15, 2019: No change fee
              • October 16, 2019 – April 30, 2020: $300 change fee/tour package
              • After May 1, 2020: No Changes Allowed
              Travel Insurance is highly recommended to protect your travel investment. Please see the optional trip insurance offered for our group.

              Participant Agreement required for tour registrationand available via hyperlink through registration form.