Kennedy's Kitchen Ireland Tour Fall 2022

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Come home to Ireland!

Come home to Ireland!

Wild Atlantic Way : Galway to Donegal With Kennedy’s Kitchen  

October 14 - 23, 2022  Intertrav Tours https://grouptripsandtravel.com/     630 377-5840  $2,990 Per Person, Double Occupancy  from Chicago including airfare.

Landing, Dublin, Three Nights in Galway, Two nights in Westport, Two nights in Donegal Town, and then our last evening again near Dublin.  

Fri., Oct. 14 – CHICAGO / DUBLIN (I) Today we depart Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport on the American Airlines non-stop flight to Dublin.  

Sat., Oct. 15 – DUBLIN / GALWAY (D) After landing at Dublin Airport, your Driver/Guide will welcome you to Ireland. Leaving the airport,  we’ll journey into the Irish countryside where we’ll stop to visit the medieval monastery of Clonmacnoise on the River Shannon that once served as a crossroads of routes linking all of Ireland. Afterwards, we’ll [1] head out for the city of Galway. On arrival, we’ll[2]  enjoy a panoramic introduction to the city’s main sights including the stunning Cathedral of St.  Nicholas, set on an island in the River Corrib; Eyre Square; the Old Quays; the Spanish Arch; and the Claddagh, an independent fishing community beyond  the city walls. Galway is a great city for music! 

Sun., Oct. 16 – GALWAY (B) This morning, we travel into the  Banner County of  Clare to the spec tacular Cliffs of  Moher, a breathtak ing sight rising to a   height of 650 feet   from the Atlantic.   Take an optional   walk to O’Brien’s   Tower for an   impressive view of   the Aran Islands   and Galway Bay. Then it’s lunch in Doolin at Gus  O’Connor’s Pub, famous for its fish-n-chips[3] , and  perhaps some story-telling by musician Eoin O’Neill. We’ll travel back to Galway through the  Burren, one of the world’s most unique ecological  regions.  joHn, Chris, and Nancy will be making music somewhere.    

Mon., Oct. 17 – GALWAY (B,D) After breakfast we’ll embark on a walking tour with our friend and Galway local, Brian Nolan, a humorous and informative tour that might even involve a pub or two. There is music everywhere in Galway and it’s a favorite city for exploring on foot. [4]  The rest of the day is yours in one of Europe’s best small cities.  

Tues., Oct. 18 – GALWAY / WESTPORT (B,D)  This morning[5] , we’ll say   goodbye to Galway and   journey into the rugged yet   serene Connemara region.   This rocky land of broad backed[6]  mountains and lakes is the largest   Irish-speaking section of the   country, and the traditional   ways of life are as much a   part of this region’s[7]    attraction as the scenery.   We’ll begin our day by   traveling along the shores   of Galway Bay for a view of the Aran Islands. Then  we’re headed to picturesque Kylemore Abbey, a  castellated neo-Gothic mansion occupied by an Irish  Benedictine community of nuns, where we’ll have an  opportunity to walk the abbey grounds. We’ll make a  brief stop to see Aasleagh Falls on the river[8]  Erriff  before it flows into  Killary Harbour. [9] . We’ll end our day in the  beautiful town of Westport.  joHn and Chris have musical connections in Westport!    

Wed., Oct. 19 – WESTPORT (B)  After breakfast this morning, we’ll set out on a walking tour of Westport. Our local guide, Stephen  Clarke, will give us a light-hearted tour of one of Ireland’s[10]  tidiest towns and introduce us to all the shops,  pubs and[11]  restaurants that make Westport officially "The Best Place to Live in Ireland." Then we’ll enjoy more beautiful scenery along with tales of how the Irish Famine affected the area in the 1840s and 50s. We’ll pass Ireland’s[12]  holy mountain Croagh Patrick, visit the National Famine Memorial[13]  and the National Famine Walk[14]  before making our  way towards Doolough and the Leenane mountains. Our tour will finish at Gaynor’s Pub, where  scenes of the movie “The Field” were filmed.

 Thur., Oct. 20 – WESTPORT / DONEGAL (B,D) This morning[15] , we travel to Achill Island for some of  the most stunning scenery on the Wild Atlantic Way.  First inhabited 5,000 years ago, Achill Island is  Ireland's largest island, offering spectacularly  beautiful views and equally spectacular beaches.  Afterward we’ll journey to the town of Sligo, a  vibrant coastal town known for its literary and  musical heritage, and closely associated with W.B.  Yeats's poetry, prose and drama. We’ll have time for  lunch and a pint at Hargadons Pub, maybe even time  for a story or two from joHn. Heading north[16]  we’ll  stop at Drumcliffe, at the foot of Benbulben, to view  the final resting place of Yeats before continuing  into County Donegal, where joHn's family roots run  deep.  

Fri., Oct. 21 – DONEGAL (B,D)  Today we explore the wildest part of the Wild Atlantic Way, as we take in some of the raw beauty of County Donegal, including the astounding panorama of the Slieve League Cliffs, which are  three times the height of the better known Cliffs of Moher. Words fail to capture the majesty and sheer  height of the cliffs, which are the tallest sea cliffs in  Europe. We’ll also see the      coastal village of  Glencolumbkille, windswept and stunningly  beautiful, studded with the remains of monastic huts, and Killybegs, which is the premier fishing port in Ireland. This evening we’ll have a group dinner at Harvey’s Point, which takes its name from the land  joHn's family once farmed.

 Sat., Oct. 22 – DONEGAL After breakfast today, we depart Donegal and travel to Ireland's Valley of The Kings, and New Grange, a highlight of ancient Ireland. Tonight is our last night before  leaving the Emerald Isle, so we’ll be sure to enjoy  music and more craic before settling in for the night.   

Sun., Oct. 23 – DUBLIN / CHICAGO (B,I) All too soon, our time in Ireland has come to an end.  We transfer to Dublin Airport in plenty of time to  check in for our non-stop flight to Chicago.   * * * Welcome Home * * *  Meal Codes  I = In-flight meals B = Breakfast D = Dinner  The Vacation Price Includes:  • Economy class round-trip air transportation from  Chicago on scheduled service of American Airlines  • Transportation by deluxe private motor coach with  accompanying Driver/Guide  • Accommodations in 4-star hotels with private bath or  shower  • Breakfast each morning and 5 dinners as indicated in  the tour itinerary   • Sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary including  entrance fees where necessary  • Luggage handling and porterage charges for one  suitcase per person at hotels  • Taxes for included ground services and U.S. departure  taxes, Customs service charges, airline security fees,  and fuel surcharges  The Vacation Price Does Not Include: Items of a  personal nature such as passport fees and destination  entry requirements; luggage handling at airports;  gratuities to the Driver/Guide and Tour Guide(s); meals  other than those stated above; and Travel Protection. 

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