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College Football Classic - Pub Explorer Tour

Air Lingus College Football Classic - Pub Explorer Tour

Join our Pub Explorer tour to discover a variety of great Irish towns where you can learn all about pub culture first-hand. You'll enjoy daily sightseeing of a variety of Irish sights and experiences, most dinners including two different nights with Irish entertainment shows, and special touches throughout. After your visits throughout Ireland, you'll finish your tour with the highlight of your trip: the weekend in Dublin to see Notre Dame versus Navy in Aviva Stadium for the season football opener. 

Dublin (1 nt) - Kilkenny (1 nt) - Killarney (2 nts) - Galway (1 nt) - Athlone (1 nt) Dublin (2 nts)
9 Days / 8 Nights

Depart US: August 21, 2020
Land Tour: August 22 – August 30, 2020

$3,299 per person, double occupancy {Land Only}
      $3,949 per person, single occupancy
Travel insurance:$194/person;Cancel for Any Reason Coverage:$291/person




  • Blarney Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Guinness Storehouse Tour
  • Smithwick’s Experience
  • Sean’s Bar – Oldest Pub in Europe
  • South Pole Inn with Irish coffee
  • Dingle Peninsula
  • Sheepdog Demonstration


Tour Includes:

  • Air 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 8 nights 
    • Hilton Garden Inn Custom House or Croke Park Hotel | Dublin (1 night)
    • Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel | Kilkenny (1 night)
    • International Hotel | Killarney (2 nights)
    • Salthill Hotel | Galway (1 night)
    • Sheraton Athlone Hotel | Athlone (1 night)
    • Ashling Hotel | Dublin (2 nights)
  • Full Irish breakfasts (8)
  • 6 Dinners
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Panoramic tour of Dublin
  • Walking tour of Kilkenny's Medieval Mile
  • Tour of Smithwick’s Experience
  • Dungarvan Brewing Company
  • Visit the South Pole Inn for an Irish coffee
  • Ferry ride across the River Shannon
  • Storytelling and traditional music at O’Connors famous Pub in Salthill
  • Cruise along Lough Ree on a replica Viking longship
  • Visit Sean’s Bar in Athlone, oldest bar in Europe
  • Tour and a Pint at the Guiness Storehouse
  • Irish Whiskey Museum
  • Headsets for walking tours
  • Visits and admission fees to:
    • Cliffs of Moher
    • Blarney Castle 
  • 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

9 Day/8 Night Pub Explorer Tour Cost:
$3,479 per person, double occupancy      [$3,999 per person,single occupancy]
{Tour pricing subject to change until deposited. Airfare not included}


Sat, August 22


Tour starts 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Set out on an introductory tour of central Dublin, a friendly city famed for its wit and sense of fun. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner with your group at The Church Café Bar and Restaurant; this converted building is where brewer Arthur Guinness was married, playwright Sean O’Casey was baptized, and where Handel practiced the organ before the first-ever public performance of his “Messiah” in 1742. (Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Hilton Garden Inn Custom House or Croke Park Hotel | Dublin

Sun, August 23


Head to the small, historic city of Kilkenny for a walking tour along its Medieval Mile to experience its rich heritage, narrow streetscapes, and well-preserved merchants’ houses. Stop at one of its classic pubs. Smell the hops and enjoy a sample on a tour of Smithwick’s Experience, telling the story of the popular brewery in the heart of the city since 1710. Spend some free time browsing in charming Kilkenny before dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel | Kilkenny

Mon, August 24


Visit the Dungarvan Brewing Company and learn about their traditional, bottle-conditioned ales and stouts. Travel on to visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone, which legend promises will bestow the “Gift of the Gab” or explore the beautiful gardens. Pass through County Cork to the lively town of Killarney – a draw for visitors to Ireland since the 18th century – where you will have free time to explore some of its friendly pubs, many with live music. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: International Hotel | Killarney

Tue, August 25


Head to the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies, “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away,” which showcased the wonderful scenery. Visit the South Pole Inn for an Irish coffee and learn about Tom Crean, an early explorer who bravely journeyed to the South Pole and opened the pub in 1927 after his return to Ireland. Visit a farm for an immersion into traditional farming life and watch skilled sheepdogs demonstrate their talents at herding. Enjoy some free time and lunch on your own in the town of Dingle. In the evening, head to the Celtic Whiskey Bar in Killarney for a tasting, chocolate pairing, and dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: International Hotel | Killarney

Wed, August 26


Embark on a ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic surf. Walk along the top of the cliffs for views across Galway Bay to Connemara and the Aran Islands. In the evening, have an early dinner at your hotel, then head out for a CIE Tours Exclusive: Private early access to a special evening of storytelling and traditional music by the turf fire at O’Connors Famous Pub in Salthill. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Salthill Hotel | Galway

Thur, August 27


Spend a leisurely morning and lunchtime exploring vibrant, artistic Galway as you please. Head to Athlone and enjoy an Irish coffee as you cruise along Lough Ree on a replica Viking longship. Then head to Sean’s Bar in Athlone. Sean’s Bar is not only the oldest in Ireland; dating back to 900 AD, it’s the oldest in Europe, according to the Guinness Book of Records. The sloped floors (often covered with sawdust), candlelight, and turf fire pay nostalgic tribute to this pub’s rich history. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Sheraton Athlone Hotel | Athlone

Fri, August 28


Enjoy the scenery of central Ireland as you head to Dublin on the east coast. Visit the Guinness Storehouse in the heart of the city, one of Ireland’s most popular attractions, and enjoy a sample of Ireland’s iconic brew as you enjoy the panoramic view from the 7th floor Gravity Bar. In the evening, head to the Irish Whiskey Museum, where you will take a short private tour and savor a tasting. In a CIE Tours Exclusive, you’ll enjoy a special after-hours experience with an information dinner and music from a traditional band – and they’ll provide instruments so you can learn to play along. (Breakfast)

OVERNIGHT: Ashling Hotel | Dublin

Sat, 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: Ashling Hotel | Dublin

Sun, August 30


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


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.