PLEASE JOIN TOUR HOST GEN CARL FULFORD USMC(RET) FORMER DEPUTY COMMANDER IN CHEIF, U.S. EUROPEAN COMMAND & TOUR LEADER COL DAVE WALL IN MHT’S RETURN TO IRELAND. THE GENERAL & DAVE TEAM TOGETHER AGAIN AFTER THE 2007 U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY CLASS OF 1966 RETURN TO VIETNAM SO DON’T MISS IT!
MHT HAS A GREAT PRICE IN 2017 FOR GOING BACK TO THE EMERALD ISLE TO EXPERIENCE BOTH THE NORTH & SOUTH COUNTIES! DON'T MISS THIS GREAT TOUR & ALL THE WWII U.S. MILITARY SITES PLUS THE IMPORTANT BATTLE OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC.
Don’t do 1/2 of Ireland as MHT takes you to all of the Emerald Isle with our Expert Tour Partners: Tourism Ireland, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board & J&K Tours.
Our Irish Tour Highlights…Ceremonies honoring the WWII Marines, Sailors & Soldiers of NI, Dublin, Irish Evening, Kilkenny, Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Limerick, Cobh Heritage Center, Enniskillen, Belleek, Eisenhower Field, Castle Archdale, Derry, Giant's Causeway, Glens of Antrim & Belfast!
Tour Host: General Carl Fulford, USMC(Ret) CLICK HERE FOR GEN FULFORD’S BIO)
Tour Leader: Col Dave Wall USMCR (Ret)
Full Tour: $ 2,795
Prices Based On Double Occupancy (BODO)
Single Supplement: $ 625
Tour Price Includes:
- 12 Days 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 13 Breakfasts/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
- Medical & Evacuation Insurance
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 price quoted upon registration!
Day 1: Thur, 14 Sept Overnight Flight
Travel to the Emerald Isle and find yourself surrounded by its “forty shades of green.” Soak in the landscapes of rolling hills and feel the warmth of an Irish welcome. Visit Dublin, Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Derry and Belfast as this comprehensive tour introduces Ireland's natural beauty, rich history and most importantly, its hospitable culture.
Day 2: Fri, 15 Sept Dublin, Ireland—Tour Begins
Begin your tour in Dublin. Early check in to our hotel for recovery and enjoy the freedom to spend your afternoon relaxing or set out on a personal adventure to discover the delightful Dublin pub scene on your own. Overnight Belvedere Hotel, Dublin (B)
Day 3: Sat, 16 Sept Dublin
Become familiar with the “Fair City” of Dublin during a tour highlighting the top sights! See St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell & Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and tour the infamous Kilmainham Gaol. End you city 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. Enjoy a special Irish Night & Dinner. Overnight Belvedere Hotel, Dublin (B, D)
Day 4: Sun, 17 Sept Dublin - Kilkenny - Waterford
We depart Dublin for Kilkenny with a stop at the Newbridge Silverware & Fashion Museum. We stop at the Irish National Stud & Gardens at Tully is the most successful horse farm in Europe. We travel onto Kilkenny to explore the medieval atmosphere of this city situated on the banks of the River Nore. Complete your day with a leisurely-paced walking tour of this unique city. Overnight Waterford Marina Hotel, Waterford (B)
Day 5: Mon, 18 Sept Waterford - Blarney Stone - Killarney
We start the day visiting the historic House of Waterford Crystal. Enjoy a fascinating factory tour and browse the retail store housing the world’s largest collection of Waterford Crystal. Today, journey to historic Blarney Castle and embrace the opportunity to kiss the iconic Blarney Stone. Legend has it that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquence. Onwards to Cobh where you can visit the Heritage Centre. 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 departure port. Overnight Scotts Hotel, Killarney (B)
Day 6: Tue, 19 Sept Killarney - Ring of Kerry
In Killarney you will be treated to a time-honored Irish jaunting cart ride while touring the beautiful Muckross House and Gardens that offers a glimpse into the elegant lifestyle of the Victorian gentry. Imagine what their days were like as you explore the perfectly restored rooms of this magnificent mansion or stroll in the lush gardens, spectacularly adorned with blooms. Travel along one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the world, the Ring of Kerry.
At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for traditional Irish goods handcrafted by local artisans. Enjoy pristine ocean scenery as you move through picturesque villages. Continue on as you traverse rugged mountain passes into “Ladies View.” From this spectacular vantage point, one of Ireland’s finest, gaze upon the Lakes of Killarney. Tonight, use your leisure time to sample a true taste of Irish culture. Overnight Scotts Hotel, Killarney (B)
Day 7: Wed, 20 Sept Killarney - Limerick
An exciting day awaits as we travel to Limerick for a panoramic city tour showcases King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone. Delve into the fascinating history of the "city of the violated treaty." We complete the day with a journey to the stunning, 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic and the Aran Islands. Stand tall as the ocean winds blow in from half a world away. Overnight Castleoaks Hotel Limerick (B, D)
Day 8: Thur, 21 Sept Limerick - Enniskillen
Today we bid farewell to the West Coast and travel North to County Fermanagh. We pay a visit to the The Inniskillings Museum which tells the story of the town of Enniskillen’s two regiments, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the 5th Dragoon Guards. Enniskillen Castle is the splendid location of the Inniskillings Museum. The Castle‚ once the medieval stronghold of the Maguires, the Gaelic chiefs of Fermanagh‚ stands on the bank of the picturesque River Erne and presents, in addition to the medieval Keep, an array of eighteenth and nineteenth century barrack buildings. Afterwards we enjoy a boat trip on the Loch Erne. We stop at Devenish Island Monastic Site with its history dating back to the sixth century and including the best preserved Irish Round Tower, Augustinian Abby, church ruins, ancient graveyards & high cross. Overnight Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen (B)
Day 9: Fri, 22 Sept Enniskillen - Lisnarick - Derry, NI
Today’s adventure begins with a visit to Eisenhower Field where General Dwight D. Eisenhower reviewed the 45th Infantry Division on the Portora Royal School Playing Fields before D-Day in 1944. Next stop is to Castle Archdale where the flying boats flew to support the battle of the North Atlantic near Lisnarick. From here a Catalina spotted the German Battleship Bismark on 26 May 1941. After a stop at the famed Belleek Pottery Factory we check into Beech Hill. Overnight: Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Derry (B)
Day 10: Sat 23 Sept Derry - WWII U.S. Military
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 at Beech Hill, 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 walk through the old city of Derry. The tour features the medieval city walls, St. Augustine's Cathedral and the Guildhall. Overnight: Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Derry. (B, L)
Day 11: Sun 24 Sept Derry - Inishowen
Today we head to the An Grainnan Fort, the oldest monument in the entire country. St Patrick is said to have preached here in AD 450. We proceed to Dunree Fort that following the partition of Ireland, Lough Swilly remained in British control as one of the “Treaty Ports” it was only handed over to Irish control in 1938. It is now a Military Museum displaying memorabilia and artefacts. We pass through secenic Mamore Gap and visit Doagh Famine Village. The Irish famine was worst during the years 1845 – 1848, during this period the population dropped from 8 million – 4 million through death and emigration and the village offers by means of numerous exhibits, restored buildings and re-enactments of scenes from time gone by to explain the famine as well as show the social customs, lifestyles and traditions of the people from Inishowen. We reach Malin Head the northmost point of Ireland before our return to Derry where tonight we invite some members of the Royal Naval Association (RNA) and local dignitaries to dinner. Overnight: Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Derry. (B,D)
Day 12: Mon 25 Sept Derry - Giant's Causeway - Bushmills - Glens of Antrim
We journey over Binevenagh Mountain to get the stunning views over Benone Strand & out to Greencastle. Perched on cliff’s edge is the spectacular Mussenden Temple. Built as a library and modelled on the Temple of Vesta in Italy. We travel the limestone cliffs of the Whiterocks that end abruptly against a dark basalt outcrop which is majestically crowned by Dunluce Castle a classic example of the Anglo Norman period in Ireland. Just a stone throw from Dunluce has become known as the eighth wonder of the world, the Giants Causeway, an amazing array of basalt columns, estimated at around 40,000 formed over 60 million years ago by the cooling and shrinking of molten lava. After some free time at the Causeway we make our way to Bushmills Distillery. Famous worldwide for its Old Bushmills Whiskey, the oldest licensed distillery in the world being given legal status in 1608 when James the 1st granted a license to local landowner Sir Thomas Phillips. We then travel on to Carnlough, lose yourself in the natural beauty of Northern Ireland as seen on Game of Thrones as we reach the Beautiful Glens of Antrim where we will be based tonight. Overnight: Londonderry Arms Hotel, Carnlough (B)
Day 13: Tue, 26 Sept Belfast - Warrenpoint
We make brief stops at Carrickfergus Castle, the castle played an important military role until 1928 and remains one of the best preserved medieval structures in Northern Ireland. Next stop is the home of the U.S. Army Rangers Rock & Museum on the site of the Andrew Jackson Cottage. Get ready for a guided tour of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. See “Samson” and “Goliath,” the cranes that built the Titanic and the cutting edge Titanic Museum. We stop at the Eisenhower WWII Memorial at the Belfast City Hall. We travel south to Warrenpoint to end our stay with a Farewell Dinner. Overnight Whistledown Hotel, Warrenpoint (B, D)
Day 14: Wed, 27 Sept Dublin - Flight
We bid farewell to the Emerald Isle. Depart from Dublin International Airport for the USA. (B)
"All of the Emerald Isle" U.S. Marines, Sailors & Soldiers in WWII Ireland (14 - 27 Sept 2017)
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