State Police

State Police Tour 2016

 

 Ireland, March 13th - 23rd, 2016

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Dingle Peninsula
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone
  • See the last port of call for the Titanic
  • March in Cork St. Patrick’s Day parade
  • Visit the gourmet capital of Ireland
  • See Templemore Garda College
  • Walk in the footsteps of John Wayne’s Quiet Man

More Information

  • Call Paddy at 617 327 4242617 327 4242
  • Email paddy@crystal-travel.com

Cost

  • $2,699.00 per person, double occupancy
  • Single Supplement is $599.00 (limited singles available)
  • Travel Insurance is strongly recommended and available. Information will be provided upon request.
  • Deposit of $500 is required at time of booking plus insurance premium, if applicable.
  • Balance is due no later than October 31st, 2015.

 

State Police 2016 itinerary

Mar 13th - Fly overnight to Shannon

Go to Boston's Logan Airport and check in for your overnight flight to Shannon. We always recommend you arrive at the airport three hours before your scheduled departure.

Mar 14th - Shannon to Dingle via Bunratty

Arrive in Shannon early this morning. Pick up your bags and meet with your coach drivers who will take you on your journey. Your first stop will be Bunratty for breakfast a short drive away. Use this time to stretch your legs around the village and see the castle. Continue your journey through the picturesque village of Adare and the town of Tralee.Your destination tonight is Dingle out on the famed Dingle Peninsula.You will journey through the village of Annascaul past the South Pole Inn, the home of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean.

Mar 15th - Slea Head & Tralee

From your hotel in Dingle today, you will explore the Dingle Peninsula further. Continue along the Wild Atlantic Way to Slea Head.From here, out on the very edge of Europe, as far west as you can go inIreland, you can see the Great Blasket Islands. Visit to the Blasket Centre where its director provides moving insights into the islanders’ hard lives, the sorrows of emigration, and the literary heritage of the Blaskets. Continue up along the coast and inland around Tralee Bay to the town of Tralee. Spend a couple of hours in Tralee whether it is to visit Blennerville Windmill, walk in the town park or just stretch your legs. Return to Dingle towards evening.

Mar 16th - Blarney Stone & Cobh

You leave Dingle this morning for Cork where you will march in the parade tomorrow. Before you get to your hotel, you will stop in Blarney to Kiss the famous Blarney Stone and receive the "gift of eloquence". Take a quick visit to Blarney Woolen Mill, which sells authentic Irish clothes, jewelry, pottery, crystal, and more. From Blarney you will go slightly east of Cork city to the town of Cobh.

From 1848 – 1950 over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland – over 2.5 million departed from Cobh, making it the single most important port of emigration. Annie Moore, who left from Cobh, became the first ever emigrant to be processed in Ellis Island when it officially opened on 1st January 1892. Arrive in Cork towards evening and settle in to your hotel.

Mar 17th - St Patrick's Day Parade

You will March in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Cork today or be part of the crowd. The rest of the day is free to enjoy as you please.

Mar 18th - Kinsale

You have a relatively easy day today as you take the short half hour trip to Kinsale following a late breakfast. Kinsale is best known forits food so be sure to leave some room for lunch there. There is plenty to do in Kinsale besides; take the guided historic walking tour, and evening ghost tour, or Kinsale Brewery Tour. Alternatively, make your own tour by exploring the barrow winding streets; tour the sites of the battle of Kinsale, the galleries, craft shops and more than 20 pubs in this little town. Return to Cork towards evening.

Mar 19th - Garda College & Cashel

Today you leave Cork and journey to the West of Ireland. Galway will be your home for the remainder of your time in Ireland. You will take the slightly longer route to get there, stopping first at the Rock of Cashel. A spectacular group of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone, according to local mythology, the Rock of Cashel originated in the Devil's Bit, a mountain 20 miles (30 km) north of Cashel when St.Patrick banished Satan from a cave, resulting in the Rock's landing in Cashel. You move next to Templemore Garda College where you will meet the Chief Superintendent among others. The Garda College is the national centre for police training, development and education within the Irish State. Continue on to your hotel in Galway.

Mar 20th - Free Day

Following a long day yesterday, you will have today free to explore Galway city. Galway is a perfectly quaint little town that is easily explored on foot. Take a walk around Eyre Square and down Shop Street,through the Latin Quarter and onto the Claddagh. Galway has some great restaurants so be sure to grab some lunch while you are out and about.There is also no shortage of pubs with many having outdoor seating so be sure to take advantage of this if the weather is good.

Mar 21st - Mass at Knock & Cong

Today you will journey into Mayo. You will arrive in Knock in time for mass at 12 noon before continuing to Castlebar for lunch. After lunch you will make your way back to Galway through Cong. Cong is a small village on the border of Galway and Mayo and was the filming location of Oscar winning movie The Quiet Man. See all the sites made famous by the movie and visit the Quiet Man Museum. Aside from its movie history, Cong is just a beautiful little village and home to Ashford Castle so be sure to walk its wonderful grounds.

Mar 22nd - Optional: Islands or Cliffs

Today you will leave Galway for a day trip along the Wild Atlantic Way to the Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland's most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of up to one million visitors every year. Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 5 miles along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. From the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years. Explore the Burren and Wild Atlantic Way on your way to and from the Cliffs.

Mar 23rd - Return Home

Your driver will take you to Shannon Airport in plenty of time for your flight home.

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