TOUR HOST LTGEN “BILL” MALONEY, USMC(RET) FORMER COMMANDING GENERAL, III MARINE AMPHIBIOUS FORCE & TOUR LEADER COL DAVE WALL WILL LEAD THE 2019 TOUR OF THE REST OF THE EMERALD ISLE! REGISTER NOW TO SAVE YOUR SEAT!
MHT IS GOING BACK TO THE EMERALD ISLE TO EXPERIENCE THE NORTH COUNTIES! DON'T MISS THIS GREAT TOUR & ALL THE WWII U.S. MILITARY SITES PLUS THE IMPORTANT BATTLE OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC.
If you missed 1/2 of Ireland join MHT takes you to the rest of the Emerald Isle with our Expert Tour Partners: Tourism Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
Our Irish Tour Highlights…Ceremonies honoring the WWII Marines, Sailors & Soldiers of NI, Dublin, Irish Evening, Sligo, Galway, Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher, Limerick, Bunratty CastleEnniskillen, Belleek, Eisenhower Field, Castle Archdale, Derry, Giant's Causeway, Glens of Antrim & Belfast!
Tour Leader: Col Dave Wall USMCR (Ret)
Full Tour: $ TBD
Prices Based On Double Occupancy (BODO)
Single Supplement: $ TBD
Tour Price Includes:
- 13 Days/11 Nights accommodation in superior 4 & 3 star hotels in rooms with private facilities
- Coach with professional driver/guide per itinerary
- Transfers on arrival & departure by private coach
- Meals as listed in itinerary 11 Breakfasts/1 Lunch/5 Dinners
- Admission fees to all sites, museums and special attractions listed
- Services of experienced Tour Directors and knowledgeable local guides
- All local sales taxs & Hotel service charges
Not included in tour: Trip Cancellation Insurance & Gratuities. Airfare not included: Book Optional MHT Airfare: Round-trip economy or business class airfare from your hometown to Dublin and return from Shannon International Airport price quoted upon registration!
Travel to the Emerald Isle with MHT’s special “50 Shades of Green” tour to see the amazing sites other companies fail to visit. Soak in the landscapes of rolling hills and feel the warmth of an Irish welcome. This comprehensive tour introduces Ireland's natural beauty, rich history and most importantly, its hospitable culture.
Day 1: Tue, 10 Sept Overnight Flight to Dublin
Departure for overnight flight to Dublin to arrive by 8AM local time on the 12th.
Day 2 Wed, 11 Sept Dublin—Tour Begins
Meet your Tour Leader at the Airport in Dublin and kick off our Ireland tour, we are based in fabulous Dublin for the next two days and will visit the following places during our guided city tour of Dublin; O’Connell & Grafton Streets, Jameson Distillery, Trinity College for The Book of Kells, St Patricks Cathedral. End today’s tour at the Guinness Brewery. Discover how Ireland’s most famous export is made and sample a pint in the Gravity Bar overlooking Ireland’s Capital City. Overnight Ashling Hotel
Day 3: Thur, 12 Sept Dublin
We finish up our Dublin sites which has a bit of walking involved. We end the day and celebrate the start of our Irish adventure with an Irish Night. After dinner, we enjoy a talk from a local historian who will tell you about General Robert Ross. Ross was a distinguished and busy career British Army Officer. While he won many plaudits for his performances in a number of military actions from Europe and North Africa, he is probably best remembered for his attack on Washington, DC during the War of 1812. Overnight Ashling Hotel (Meals: Breakfast—B)
Day 4: Fri, 13 Sept Belfast, N.I.
We depart Dublin and travel to Belfast Northern Irelands #1 City. En route we will pay a visit to Brownlow House before we reach Belfast. Brownlow House was the Headquarters for U.S. Forces in Northern Ireland during WWII and has both WWI & WWII exhibits. We will have a guided Belfast city tour including a stop at the Eisenhower WWII Memorial at the Belfast City Hall. Some of the attractions we will visit includes the amazing Titanic Museum. The RMS Titanic Museum is a self guided tour and extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way; from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day with a live undersea exploration center. On the Titanic Pier where the museum is located now houses the massive sound stage for the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” series. Viewers will see many of the sites used for filming during our travels throughout Northern Ireland. The City tour includes seeing the murals from the past “Troubles” in the Falls Road (Catholic) & the Shankill Road (Protestant) areas Then over to Stormont (Parliament), for a photo opportunity. Overnight Park Inn Hotel (Meals: B)
Day 5: Sat, 14 Sept Carrickfergus—Belfast
We finish our Belfast Tour today, stopping briefly at Carrickfergus Castle. We visit the Andrew Jackson Cottage. It highlights Carrickfergus' strong American connection, telling the story of Andrew Jackson, the 7th American President, whose parents emigrated to America from here in 1765. Co-located is an exhibition dedicated to the U.S. Rangers, the elite U.S. Army Unit. Formed in 1942 at Carrickfergus during WWII we will see Ranger Rock. The exhibition has an enthralling collection of uniforms, photographs, documents and other material detailing this famed combat units creation. As we are based right in the City Centre you also get some free time to explore on your own. Overnight Park Inn Hotel (Meals: B & Dinner (D))
Day 6: Sun, 15 Sept Causeway Coast—Derry
We depart Belfast up through the Glens of Antrim and on to the Giants Causeway an amazing array of basalt columns formed over 60 million years ago by the cooling and shrinking of molten lava. Included in our sites are Dunluce Castle. And Bushmills Distillery, famous worldwide for its Old Bushmills Whiskey, the oldest licensed distillery in the world being given legal status in 1608. We end the day in Derry. Overnight Beech Hill Hotel (Meals: B & D)
Day 7: Mon, 16 Sept Derry
This morning, we tour Beech Hill grounds around which the Marine Provisional Battalion was housed in Quonset Huts followed by a wreath laying ceremony and tour of the museum by historian Mark Lusby. After lunch, we see where the U.S. Navy operated over 140 Destroyer Escorts to support the Battle of the Atlantic including a trip to the Navy Memorial near the Peace Bridge downtown. We end the day with a local guide on a walking tour through the old city of Derry. The tour features the medieval city walls, St. Augustine's Cathedral and the Guildhall. Tonight is the Memorial Dinner at Beech Hill. Overnight Beech Hill Hotel (Meals: B & D)
Day 8: Tue, 17 Sept Enniskillen
We bid farewell to the North West and travel towards County Fermanagh. Our first stop is at Belleek Pottery, the famed Parian Porcelain manufacture established in 1857. From Belleek, we stop in Irvinestown to visit the war graves before we arrive at Castle Archdale where our guide will meet us and give you the story of the Lough Erne Flying Boats, Donegal Corridor & the Battle of the Atlantic. The aircraft were based on Lough Erne 70 years ago to help protect Atlantic convoys carrying vital supplies from being attacked by German U-boats. A secret deal with the Irish Republic allowed the planes to fly through Irish airspace saving valuable flying time. The crucial role played by the flying boats was most notably demonstrated in May 1941 when a Catalina based on Lough Erne spotted the German Battleship Bismarck. From there we travel on to Eisenhower Field where in May 1944, the Supreme Commander of U.S. Forces, reviewed his troops who had been stationed across Fermanagh, before the D-Day Landings. If the Viscount & Viscountess Brookeborough are in residence we will end the day at Colebrooke Park, the seat of and one of region’s most important and historic stately homes. Overnight Killyhevlin Hotel (Meals: B)
Day 9: Wed, 18 Sept Enniskillen
We start the day with a visit to the Inniskillings Museum which tells the story of Enniskillen’s two regiments, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. Enniskillen Castle is the splendid location for the museum, a medieval stronghold that stands on the bank of the picturesque River Erne. Overnight Killyhevlin Hotel (Meals: B & D)
Day 10: Thur, 19 Sept Sligo—Galway
We bid farewell to Northern Ireland and travel south to Sligo to see the Lissadell House and estate where we will have lunch included. We depart for Drumcliff Cemetery to visit the poet W. B. Yeats’ gravesite. Overnight Jurys Hotel Galway (Meals: B & L)
Day 11: Fri, 20 Sept Aran Islands - Galway
Today is a chance to shop and enjoy downtown Galway from our centrally located hotel. Optional Tour: The Aran Islands are a 45-minute ferry ride from the Rossaveel ferry port. Three limestone islands make up the Aran Islands: Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer. The "largest" is Inishmore — nine miles of land with one sleepy town, a few farming hamlets, and a weather-beaten charm. Like the rest of Ireland, Inishmore has a mysterious history. The island's famous Iron Age fortress, Dún Aenghus, is the most impressive of its kind in all of Europe. Little is known about this 2,000-year-old Celtic fort. This stone fortress hangs spectacularly and precariously on the edge of a cliff 200 feet above the Atlantic. Overnight Jurys Hotel Galway (Meals: B)
Day 12: Sat 21 Sept County Clare—Limerick
We start the day visiting the stunning Cliffs of Moher; located at the south western edge of the Burren region in County Clare. The cliffs rise 390 feet above the Atlantic Ocean and rank amongst the top visited tourist sites in all of Ireland, and receives almost one million visitors a year. We continue on to Foynes to visit the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum recalls that nostalgic era when they became the center of the aviation world from 1937 to 1945 as a vital escape route for refugees from the war in Europe; the Brendan O’ Regan restaurant and of course, the only full sized replica B314 flying boat. We finish the day at Bunratty Castle, the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendor and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. This evening we attend one of the top attractions in Ireland, a four-course Medieval Banquet at the castle’s Great Hall with medieval enchantment, music and surprises. Overnight Bunratty Castle Hotel (Meals: B & D)
Day 13: Sun 22 Sept Day—Shannon Departure Flight
We bid farewell to the Emerald Isle as we fly from Shannon International Airport for IAD. (Meals: B)
Ireland "50 Shades of Green" U.S. Marines, Sailors & Soldiers in WWII Ireland (10 - 22 Sept 2019)
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