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MARIA FORDE 2023 WINTER WONDERLAND TOUR OF IRELAND


MARIA FORDE 2023 WINTER WONDERLAND TOUR OF IRELAND

JANUARY 1-14, 2023

I am delighted to announce the MARIA FORDE 2023 WINTER WONDERLAND TOUR OF IRELAND

Our tour dates are JANUARY 1-14, 2023

This year we will enjoy the beauty of Ireland, travelling north, south, east and west.

Destinations include Dublin, Belfast, Derry, Donegal, Sligo, Galway, Kerry, Dingle, Wicklow, Wexford, and Waterford, but to mention a few!

If you enjoy travelling with a small group, staying in comfortable accommodation, live Irish music and a wonderful singing tour guide, then this tour is for you.

With the renewed interest in overseas travel, this tour is already filling, so please secure your seat by contacting Debbie at Emerald Travel on 03 96902123 or via email at debbie@emeraldtravel.com.au

Maria Forde Winter Wonderland Tour

01 January – 14 January 2023

TOUR SUMMARY & COSTS (based on min 15 participants)

Cost Per Person $6,400.00
Single Supplement $1,050.00

The above prices are inclusive of the following:

• Accommodation (12 nights):

  • 2 x Belfast City
  • 2 x Letterkenny
  • 2 x Galway City
  • 2 x Killarney
  • 2 x Cork City
  • 1 x Waterford City
  • 1 x County Wicklow
  • 1 x Dublin City

• 12 x breakfast / 11 x dinner at the hotel (dinner outside the hotel on day 13)

• A fully qualified English-speaking driver-guide for the duration of the trip

• A modern 29-seater coach for the duration of the trip, approx. 09:00 – 18:00hrs daily (including one evening return transfer on day 13)

• Entrances:

  • Crumlin Road Gaol
  • Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre
  • Museum of Free Derry
  • Slieve League Cliffs
  • Shuttle Service Glenveagh National Park (the Castle is not included; closed in January 2023)
  • Drumcliffe Cemetery
  • Cong Abbey
  • Kylemore Abbey and gardens
  • Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre
  • Shannon Ferry
  • Muckross House & Gardens Jaunting Car Ride
  • Irish Coffee Demonstration
  • Blarney Castle
  • Midleton Distillery
  • Dunbrody Famine Ship
  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Glendalough Visitor Centre
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Trinity College
  • Merry Ploughboys Irish Night including dinner

Not included in the prices:

• Porterage not included (available at a supplement upon request)

• Gratuities not included

• No lunches included

TOUR HOTELS (or similar)

Date Nights Hotel
01/01/2023 & 02/01/2023 2 4* Holiday Inn Belfast
03/01/2023 & 04/01/2023 2 4* Clanree Hotel
05/01/2023 & 06/01/2023 2 4* Salthill Hotel
07/01/2023 & 08/01/2023 2 4* Dromhall Hotel
09/01/2023 & 10/01/2023 2 4* The Address Hotel (formerly The Ambassador Hotel)
11/01/2023 1 3* Tower Hotel Waterford
12/01/2023 1 4* Glenview Hotel
13/01/2023 1 4* Camden Court Hotel

Day 1: 01 January 2023

- Flight Arrival - Airport Transfer to Hotel in Belfast

- Check-in at the hotel

- Day at Leisure

- Welcome Dinner at Hotel

- Overnight in Belfast City

Day 2: 02 January 2023

- Panoramic Belfast city tour

- Visit of Crumlin Road Gaol

- Overnight in Belfast City

Note: Please note that Titanic Belfast advised they will be closed in early January for refurbishments. We have therefore included a visit of the Crumlin Road Gaol instead. The Titanic Belfast building can be visited as a photo stop during the city tour.

Day 3: 03 January 2023

- Visit of Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre

- Continue to Derry, Visit of Museum of Free Derry

- Continue to Donegal & check-in at hotel

- Overnight in Letterkenny

Day 4: 04 January 2023

- Visit Slieve League Cliffs

- Visit Glenveagh National Park (the castle is not included; closed in January 2023)

- Return to hotel

- Overnight in Letterkenny

Day 5: 05 January 2023

- Drive to Galway

- Stop at Drumcliffe Cemetery where Yeats is buried; site offers great views over Ben Bulben, a flat-topped rock formation

- Stop at Cong Abbey

- Check-in at hotel

- Overnight in Galway

Note: As an optional extra the group could stop at Ashford Castle for tea/coffee & scones.

Supplement: approx. EUR 30.00 per person

Day 6: 06 January 2023

- Connemara day trip

-Kylemore Abbey and gardens

- Photo stop at Killary Fjord, Ireland’s only fjord

- Stop in Spiddal, a traditional small Irish town where the people still speak Irish

- Return to hotel

- Overnight in Galway

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Day 7: 07 January 023

- Visit Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre

- Ferry from Killimer to Tarbert

- Continue to Dingle, enroute stop at Inch Beach and short walk

- Check-in at hotel

- Overnight in Killarney

Day 8: 08 January 2023

- Visit Muckross House & Gardens

- Jaunting car experience; a trip from Killarney town Centre to Ross Castle and back

- Irish coffee demonstration in an Irish pub

- Leisure in Killarney town

- Return to hotel

- Overnight in Killarney

Day 9: 09 January 2023

- Explore West Cork with stops in Kenmare, Glengarriff, Bantry

- Continue to Cork and check-in at hotel

- Overnight in Cork City Day 9 - Panoramic Cork City Tour

- In the afternoon drive to Blarney village and visit Blarney Castle

- Return to hotel

- Overnight in Cork

Day 10: 10 January 2023

- Panoramic Cork City Tour

- In the afternoon drive to Blarney village and visit Blarney Castle

- Return to hotel - Overnight in Cork

Day 11: 11 January 2023

- Visit Midleton Distillery

- Continue to Waterford along coast

- Walking tour through Waterford, Ireland’s Viking city and city of crystal

- Continue to hotel and check-in

- Overnight in Waterford

Day 12: 12 January 2023

- Visit Dunbrody Famine Ship –

Continue to Kilkenny, visit Kilkenny Castle

- Continue to Wickow

- Continue to hotel and check-in at hotel

- Overnight in County Wicklow

Day 13: 13 January 2023

- Visit Glendalough Visitor Centre

- Drive to Dublin and enjoy a panoramic city tour

- Visit Guinness Storehouse & Trinity College - Or optional: Shopping

- Irish Night (music & dancing) including dinner at the Merry Ploughboys Pub

- Return to hotel

- Overnight in Dublin

Day 14: 14 January 2023

- Time at leisure if time permits

- Transfer to Dublin Airport

- Departure

I guarantee you the trip of a lifetime!

Cead Mile Failte!

Maria Forde

Tour Director

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