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 THIS NEW AROUND THE EMERALD ISLE ITINERARY!
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:
- 13 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/7 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: Wed, 13 Sept Overnight Flight to Dublin
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. This comprehensive tour introduces Ireland's natural beauty, rich history and most importantly, its hospitable culture.
Day 2: Thur, 14 Sept Dublin—Warrenpoint—Tour Begins
After arrival experience a Dublin City 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. We travel north to Warrenpoint where we are based tonight. 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 Whistledown Hotel (Meals: Dinner (D))
Day 3: Fri, 15 Sept Belfast, N.I.
We depart Warrenpoint and travel to Belfast. We start the day with a visit to the Titanic Museum followed by a guided City tour. 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 centre. Later, Sean our guide will escort us for our city tour, including a stop at the Eisenhower WWII Memorial at the Belfast City Hall. The City tour includes seeing the murals in the Falls Road (Catholic) & the Shankill Road (Protestant) areas from the past “Troubles.” Then over to Stormont (Parliament), for a photo opportunity. Overnight Balmoral Hotel (Meals: Breakfast (B) & D)
Day 4: Sat, 16 Sept Carrickfergus—Giant’s Causeway
We depart Belfast & start our scenic drive up through the Glens, stopping briefly at Carrickfergus Castle. Over the centuries, It has been besieged by Scotch, Irish, British & French troops since 1180 & is one of the oldest & most important fortified settlements in N.I. John Paul Jones was the United States' first well-known naval commander in the American Revolutionary War as such, he is often referred to as the "Father of the American Navy," In 1778, at Carrickfergus John Paul Jones lured a Royal Navy vessel from its moorings into the North Channel and won an hour-long battle that was the first American defeat of a Royal Navy ship within British home waters. From there we don’t travel too far to our next stop, 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. Beside the Andrew Jackson Cottage 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. We continue up through the Glens 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. Overnight Lodge Hotel (Meals: B & D)
Day 5: Sun, 17 Sept Causeway Coast—Derry
We depart the Lodge Hotel & start the morning with a visit to Dunluce Castle. It is one of the most iconic monuments on the craggy and treacherous Antrim Coast. We leave there for Bushmills Distillery, famous worldwide for its Old Bushmills Whiskey, the oldest licensed distillery in the world being given legal status in 1608. We can avail of the guided tour for those who wish to do so and if not you can brose in the gift shop and even sample some of the hard stuff for yourself. You can also get a bite to eat in the excellent restaurant. We finish our day in the Causeway with a stop at The Dark Hedges, one of the most photographed attractions in N.I. mostly due to its part in the Game of Thrones TV series. We end the day in Derry. Overnight Beech Hill Hotel (Meals: B)
Day 6: Mon, 18 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 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 walking tour through the old city of Derry. The tour features the medieval city walls, St. Augustine's Cathedral and the Guildhall. Overnight Beech Hill Hotel (Meals: B)
Day 7: Tue, 19 Sept Enniskillen
We bid farewell to the North West and travel towards County Fermanagh. Our first stop is at Belleek Pottery, the famed parian china manufacture established in 1857. From Belleek we stop in Irvinestown to visit the war graves before we arrive at Castle Archdale where our guide Joe 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 the U.S. Forces, reviewed his troops who had been stationed across Fermanagh, before the D-Day Landings. We will also see Castle Coole in Enniskillen used by the U.S. Army as a headquarters. Overnight Killyhevlin Hotel (Meals: B & D)
Day 8: Wed, 20 Sept Enniskillen
We start the day with a visit to the 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. Afterwards, we enjoy a boat trip on the Erne, the boat does a stop at Devenish Island, a monastic site with its history dating back to the sixth century and features the best preserved Round Tower in Ireland, Augustinian Abby, church ruins, ancient and a high cross. Overnight Killyhevlin Hotel (Meals: B&D)
Day 9: Thur, 21 Sept County Clare—Limerick
We bid farewell to Northern Ireland and travel south to Limerick. First stop is the stunning Cliffs of Moher; located at the south western edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. They rise 390 feet above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag's Head and reach their maximum height of 702 feet just north of O'Brien's Tower nearly 5 miles to the north. From the top of the round stone tower built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O'Brien near the cliff’s midpoint visitors can see an amazing panorama. The cliffs rank amongst the top visited tourist sites in all of Ireland, and receives almost one million visitors a year. We then visit St John’s Castle; this remarkably intact Castle with its imposing walls and towers dominate the landscape of Limerick city as much today, as it did centuries ago. We stop at the new visitor centre, enjoy the exhibitions, with 21st century touch screen technology and 3-D models that are among the exciting techniques that will connect you to the tales of siege and warfare. Overnight South Court Hotel (Meals: B & D)
Day 10: Fri, 22 Sept Limerick - Killarney
We depart the hotel and travel to Foynes. The Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum recalls that nostalgic era when they became the centre of the aviation world from 1937 to 1945 as a vital escape route for refugees from the war in Europe. Their amazing story is told through a comprehensive range of exhibits and graphic illustrations featured throughout the original Terminal Building including their authentic 1940’s cinema; the Radio and Weather Room—complete with transmitters, receivers and Morse code equipment; the Brendan O’Regan restaurant and of course, the only full sized replica B314 flying boat. From there we travel on to Killarney and to the National Park where you get to enjoy a ride on the famous jaunting carts, to Muckross House & Gardens. What a fabulous way to experience your day outing. Your driver will drop you off at Torc Waterfall and the Jaunting Cars will pick you up there and take you through the park to Muckross House where you will have a guided Tour. Overnight Eviston Hotel (Meals: B)
Day 11: Sat 23 Sept Killarney
You are free today to explore Killarney at your leisure. The hotel is right in the heart of the town surrounded by numerous pubs & shops. Overnight Eviston Hotel (Meals: B)
Day 12: Sun 24 Sept Blarney-Cobh
We start the day with a stop at Blarney Castle, here you get a chance to kiss the famous stone for good luck. Later we travel onto Cobh in County Cork where we visit the Titanic Experience; Located in the original White Star Line Ticket Office a building steeped in history dating back to the early 19th century and the departure point for thousands of White Star Line passengers. When you arrive, check-in at reception and listen to the story of 123 passengers joining the Titanic for her maiden voyage to New York. You will receive your boarding card that has the details of one of those passengers who came to the White Star Line Ticket Office on Thursday 11 April 1912. These were the final passengers to join the Titanic at her last port of call in Queenstown. Your tour-guide will take you on a virtual journey to board the tenders. We end our day in Waterford. Overnight Treacys Hotel (Meals: B & D)
Day 13: Day 13: Mon 25 Sept Waterford-Kilkenny-Dublin
We begin our morning with a visit to the world renowned Waterford Crystal Factory. We have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the factory and visit the retail store, showcasing the world's largest collection of Waterford Crystal. In the afternoon, we travel to Kilkenny where you are free to do as you please, there is loads to see while here. Maybe take a tour of Kilkenny Castle which stands dramatically on a strategic height that commands a crossing on the River Nore and dominates the 'High Town' of Kilkenny City. There is also a little train you can take from the castle to do a city tour. If shopping is your thing then there are loads of fascinating shops to keep you busy browsing. Overnight Treacys Hotel (Meals: B)
Day 14: Tue 26 Sept Wexford—Dublin
Our morning starts with a visit to The Irish National Stud Farm in Kildare. Racehorses are conceived, born and raised on Tully's famous stud farm, which has long been and continues to be the source of thoroughbred champions. Next we travel on to the Newbridge Silver Museum. Newbridge is the largest provider of quality giftware and tableware in Ireland. It is a contemporary shopper's paradise, housing a the famous Museum of Style Icons on-site. The museum of hosts numerous collections from around the globe of Stars of the Silver Screen and many modern day artists - including Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Grace, Princess Diana, the Beatles and many more. Now rated as one of the top five tourist attractions in Ireland. We have afternoon and evening to enjoy Dublin. Overnight Ashling Hotel (Meals: B)
Day 15: Wed, 27 Sept Dublin - Flight
We bid farewell to the Emerald Isle. Depart from Dublin International Airport for the USA. (Meals: B)
"All of the Emerald Isle" U.S. Marines, Sailors & Soldiers in WWII Ireland (13 - 27 Sept 2017)
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