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College Football Classic - Charming Ireland

Aer Lingus College Football Classic – Charming Ireland Tour

Tour Ireland the before the grand finale of Notre Dame – Navy game. The Charming Ireland tour visits all the major sights you wanted to see plus many more. Stay in Waterford, Killarney, and Cong while seeing the best of Ireland!

Dublin (1 nt) - Waterford (1 nt) - Killarney (2 nts) - Cong (2 nts) - Dublin (2 nts)
9 Days / 8 Nights

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

$3,289 per person, double occupancy {Land Only}
      $4,299 per person, single occupancy {Land Only}
Travel insurance:$194/person;Cancel for Any Reason Coverage:$291/person




  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Blarney Castle
  • Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Jameson Experience Middleton
  • Ashford Castle Estate


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 8 nights
    • Ashling Hotel or Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel | Dublin (1 night)
    • Dooley’s Hotel | Waterford (1 night)
    • Killarney Towers Hotel | Killarney (2 nights)
    • The Lodge at Ashford Castle| Cong (2 nights)
    • Grand Canal Hotel | Dublin (2 nights)
  • Full Irish breakfasts (8)
  • 5 Dinners
    • A fun Irish Night in Killarney
    • Traditional Irish dinner and show at the Abbey Tavern
    • Table d’hôte dinners (3)
  • 1 Lunch at Eddie’s of Clonbur
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Dublin Tour
  • GPO Witness History
  • Walking tour of Waterford
  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Ring of Kerry
  • “The Quiet Man” walking tour
  • Connemara drive
  • Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
  • Visits and admission fees to:
    • House of Waterford Crystal
    • Blarney Castle
    • Cliffs of Moher
    • Jameson Experience
  • 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 Charming Ireland Tour Cost:
$3,439 per person, double occupancy      [$4,379 per person,single occupancy]
{Tour pricing subject to change until deposited. Airfare not included}


Sat, August 22


Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Meet your guide and set off on a tour of central Dublin. Highlights include the shopping areas around Grafton and Nassau Streets, Dublin’s elegant Georgian squares, and a drive along wide O’Connell Street. Visit GPO Witness History, where you will enjoy a welcome drink in one of Ireland’s most important historic buildings before dining independently at one of Dublin’s many restaurants or pubs.

OVERNIGHT: Ashling Hotel or Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel | Dublin

Sun, August 23


Enjoy the Irish countryside as you head to the city of Kilkenny to visit Kilkenny Castle, which was the principal residence of the powerful Butler family for almost 600 years. Immerse yourself in its rich history through its collection of portraits and artifacts. Then, proceed to Waterford, where you will witness the creation of crystal masterpieces by skilled glass blowers and cutters during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. After dinner, take a gentle walking tour of the historic city with a local guide to learn about the region’s history. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Dooley’s Hotel | Waterford

Mon, August 24


Head out to County Cork to Midleton for a tour of the Jameson Experience, a journey through the story and making of Irish whiskey complete with a sample at the end. Next up, visit the famous Blarney Castle with a climb to the top to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” or enjoy a walk through the lovely parklands and gardens. Head to Killarney, a small town that’s big on glorious scenery. After dinner, you may want to explore the town on your own, perhaps sampling a lively pub or two. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Killarney Towers Hotel | Killarney

Tue, August 25


Start your day with a jaunting car ride through the Killarney National Park to Ross Castle for views of Lough Leane and the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountains. Then set out to enjoy the highlights of Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry. Spend some free time in the picturesque town of Kenmare and have lunch independently and then stop at Moll’s Gap for panoramic mountain views. In the evening, head out for an Irish night with dinner and a traditional show.(Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Killarney Towers Hotel | Killarney

Wed, August 26


Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic surf. Relax as you travel through the Burren and on to Cong where your hotel, the Lodge, sits on the magnificent 350-acre estate of Ashford Castle. Take time to relax before dinner in your hotel. You may choose to explore the beautiful gardens and grounds, or the castle itself, which is open to guests as long as there are no special events taking place. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: The Lodge at Ashford Castle| Cong

Thur, August 27


In Cong take a walking tour with a local guide to see locations for “The Quiet Man,” the classic film made in the village in 1952 starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Dine on a casual lunch at Eddie’s of Clonbur, a traditional pub. Explore scenic Connemara and the crossroads known as the Maam Cross. Return to the Lodge at Ashford to enjoy many of the facilities it has to offer. (Breakfast, Lunch)

OVERNIGHT: The Lodge at Ashford Castle| Cong

Fri, August 28


Head to the center of the country to visit Clonmacnoise. This monastic settlement was founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran and is set on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. See elaborate High Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes. Continue your journey to Dublin and enjoy the fishing village of Howth on the north side of the city. Finish up the day at the popular Abbey Tavern with a hearty dinner and a lively show of traditional music, songs and step-dancing. (Breakfast, Dinner)

OVERNIGHT: Grand Canal 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: Grand Canal Hotel | Dublin

Sun, August 30


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.