MHT WILL RETURN AGAIN TO IRELAND IN 2018. PLAN NOW TO TOUR THE THE EMERALD ISLE WITH MHT!

2018 MHT IRELAND BROCHURE

2018 MHT ONE-PAGE BROCHURE

MHT Tour Participates in “Irish Marines” Plaque Presentation in Derry, NI

MHT Receives the 2015 Paddy Hone Award

MHT HAD A GREAT PRICE IN 2017 FOR GOING BACK TO THE EMERALD ISLE TO EXPERIENCE BOTH THE NORTH & SOUTH COUNTIES! DON'T MISS 2018’S 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…Our Irish Tour Highlights…Ceremonies honoring the WWII Marines, Sailors & Soldier of WWII NI, Dublin, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Jameson Distillery, O’Connell & Grafton Streets, Book of Kells, Titanic Museum, Bushmills Distillery,  Beech Hill, Derry, Killdare, Cliffs of Moher,  Peace Bridge,   Enniskillen, Belleek Pottery, Limerick,  Eisenhower Field,  Castle Archdale, Derry, Giant's Causeway, Glens of Antrim & Belfast

Tour Leader: Col Dave Wall USMCR (Ret)

TOUR PRICE:

Price: $ 3,095 (Price Based On Double Occupancy)

Single Room Supplement: $875 (depending on availability) 

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 12 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 taxes & Hotel service charges

Not included in tour: Airfare & Gratuities.

Airfare not included: Book Optional MHT Airfare: Round-trip economy  or business class airfare from your hometown to Dublin price quoted upon registration!

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. 

Wednesday 12th September Day 1 Ashling Hotel (No Dinner Breakfast only)

Meet your driver at Dublin Airport in the morning and kick off our tour in Ireland. 

First port of call is St Patrick’s Cathedral, where we take a self guided tour. Information booklets are supplied on arrival.

Built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, St Patrick’s Cathedral is one of the most important historic landmarks in Dublin. Dating back to 1191 to the site of an ancient well where, legend has it, St Patrick used to baptise new converts into Christianity, St Patrick’s Cathedral has played a vital role throughout Ireland’s social, cultural and spiritual history. Walk through the nave and see the 200 monuments and impressive alter which makes St Patrick’s so breath-taking. 

Afterwards we travel to Trinity College for a guided tour at 2pm followed by a visit to the Book of Kells. 

The Book of Kells Exhibition is a must-see on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. Located in the heart of Dublin City, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring visitors back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed and which displays the Book of Kells.

The Book of Kells is Ireland's greatest cultural treasure and the world's most famous medieval manuscript. The 9th century book is a richly decorated copy of the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ.

We finish our day with a visit to the Fabulous Guinness Brewery at 4pm for a guided tour

The Guinness Storehouse is the Home of Guinness, where you will discover what goes into the making of 

each and every pint, and learn about the incredible brand history stretching over 250 years.

Ireland’s number one International Visitor Attraction unfolds its tale across seven floors shaped around a 

giant pint, which, if filled would contain 14.3 million pints of Guinness. 

Make your way through the impressive storehouse, discover the age-old art of brewing that makes Guinness so distinctive; visit the Tasting rooms, a multisensory tasting experience designed to help you appreciate the distinctive taste of the iconic stout, from the very first velvet sip to the last lingering drop. Finish your day off in the Gravity Bar on the 7th Floor where you get to taste it for yourself whist enjoying the 360®views over the city 

Thursday 13th September Day 2- Dublin Ashling Hotel (Breakfast) Arlington Hotel (Irish Night with Dinner)

We start off our day with a drive around the City taking in some of the fabulous sights Dublin has to offer

After some free time we end our tour today with a visit to the Jameson Distillery. Ireland loves its drink

And if it’s not Guinness then it has to be Whiskey and none come more popular than Jameson.

Tour Booked for 3.30pm Arrive 15 mins prior to start time.

Follow in the footsteps of the founding fathers of Jameson on the only tour of the original Jameson distillery in Dublin. We’ve been a constant presence in the heart of our beautiful city since 1780, and as you can imagine, we’ve seen quite a few things in our time. Our Ambassador will guide you for a serving of heritage and history on the definitive Jameson tour experience - stories, craic, a comparative whiskey tasting and of course, a complimentary Jameson in the exact spot where it all began.

To finish off our time in Dublin we leave the hotel tonight and enjoy an Irish Night

Located in the heart of Dublin city, next to the famous O’Connell Bridge overlooking the river Liffey, this show is choreographed for maximum audience participation and full family entertainment.

It includes World Championship dancers and All-Ireland winning musicians showcasing some of Ireland’s ‘sean nos’ (old style) Irish dance & the famous Brush Dance.

Friday 14th SeptemberDay 3 – Dublin – Belfast Park Inn Hotel (Breakfast)

Depart Dublin and travel to Northern Ireland’s 1st City Belfast, we are here for two nights and on route we will pay a visit to Brownlow House before we reach Belfast. Over the next few days we get to visit the famous Titanic Museum, N Ireland War memorial, US Rangers Cottage plus take in the sites of Belfast with a guided City Tour. As we are based right in the City Centre you also get some free time to explore on your own

Brownlow House In September 1912 the Ulster Covenant was signed at Brownlow House by thousands of Lurgan people and not a few were called to make the supreme sacrifice between 1914 and 1918. Many of them were Orange Brethren and their names are all recorded on the roll of honour at the town's war memorial.

At the outbreak of the first World War, Brownlow House was the headquarters of the 16th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and the 10th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers..

Various contingents of British and American troops were stationed in Lurgan between 1939 and 1945 and when the United States forces were billeted in Brownlow House, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander is said to have spent at least one night there with his men. The corridor to the room in the House where he slept is still called the Officer's Corridor. One of the stained glass heraldic panes on the grand staircase was removed then reputedly by the Yanks as a memento of their stay. It has however been replaced by a replica. (Lunch here)

We depart and travel to Belfast for a tour of Titanic at 2.30pm

The iconic six-floor building, featuring nine interpretive and interactive galleries that explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic, as well as the City and people which made her, is an unmissable experience which brings history to life in an unforgettable way.

Titanic Belfast tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to its maiden voyage and subsequent place in history.

Saturday 15th September Day 4 – Belfast Park Inn Hotel (Dinner & Breakfast)

We start the morning with a guided City Tour of Belfast, N Irelands first City.

Historically, Belfast has been a centre for the Irish linen industry, tobacco production, rope-making and shipbuilding: the city's main shipbuilders, Harland and Wolff, which built the ill-fated RMS Titanic, propelled Belfast on to the global stage in the early 20th century as the largest and most productive shipyard in the world. Belfast played a key role in the Industrial Revolution, establishing its place as a global industrial centre until the latter half of the 20th century. The City tour includes both sides of the divide; see the murals in the Falls & the Shankill.. Then over to Stormont, the seat of devolved government and legislative assembly in Northern Ireland.

The coach will drop off at City Hall to give you time for lunch at your leisure. Pick up again and over to The Northern Ireland War Memorial for a tour, followed by a visit to the Us Rangers Cottage

Brief stop at Sunnylands Memorial where we have time for a photo opportunity before we arrive at Andrew Jacksons Cottage. It highlights Carrickfergus' strong American and Ulster-Scots connections as well as telling the story of Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the USA, whose parents emigrated to America from Carrickfergus in 1765. Beside the Andrew Jackson Cottage is an exhibition dedicated to the US Rangers, the elite American army regiment. Formed in 1942, the US Rangers were based in Carrickfergus during the World War II. The exhibition has an enthralling collection of uniforms, photographs, documents and other material detailing this famed combat unit.  

Sunday 16th September Day 5 - Belfast – Derry/Londonderry Beech Hill Hotel (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast)

We bid farewell to Belfast and travel via the Antrim Coast today ending up in historic Derry/Londonderry

We will get a chance to visit all the popular sites on the North coast today including; Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery & Dunluce Castle. 

Our day will start with a visit to 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. The tallest column is the Organ 12m high. The causeway’s fame has been increased by the discovery – and recovery at Port na Spaniagh in 1967/68 of the most valuable treasure ever found in a Spanish Armada wreck. 

After a few hours here we travel not too far for a tour of Bushmills Distillery

The oldest licensed distillery in the world being given legal status in 1608 when James 1st granted a license to local landowner Sir Thomas Phillips. Illegal distillation in the village goes back even further, local folklore tells of whiskey being made for the troops in 1276. Enjoy a guided tour of the distillery followed by some time to browse in the gift shop before we depart

You can purchase personalised bottles of Bushmills here, great if you are looking for a special gift!

Back on board our last stop for the day is Dunluce Castle

House of Greyjoy for all the Game of Throne addicts amongst you. 

The Limestone cliffs of the Whiterocks ends abruptly against a dark basalt outcrop which is majestically crowned by Dunluce Castle and joined to the mainland by an arched walk-way. It is believed that the Castle was built by Richard de Burgh or one of his chief followers during the Anglo Norman period in Ireland. A thriving merchant village once surrounded the castle but was destroyed by fire in 1641 when besieged by an Irish army. The coastal scenery adjacent to the causeway is some of the most beautiful and awe inspiring that you are likely to find anywhere in the world. The majestic cliffs and inaccessible bays combine with myth and legend. Isolated ruins, kelp walls and shoreline fields bear testament to the harder life of subsistence farming and fishing endured in the past generations.

(We stop briefly here for a Photo-op)

Monday 17th September Day 6 – Derry / Londonderry Beech Hill Hotel (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast)

Today we take in all the historic sites of Derry/Londonderry Guided tour of all the Military sites and also The Histoic Derry Walls & New Peace Bridge

Mark Lusby will escort the group on a tour of all things Military today, although there are not many actual physical remains of Military presence in Derry Mark will explain the significance of the American presence here during  WW11. 

Derry was home to over 200 ships of the Royal Navy, the American Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy, the Free French and Free Dutch Navies. Some ships from the Royal Indian Naval Reserve were also based in Derry for convoy duties. The HQ for the Western Approaches was housed in two large underground bunkers in the grounds of Magee College. The sinking of many supply ships in the Atlantic made America agree to a secret deal with Churchill in which America would supply 50 ageing destroyers for four bases within the UK. The base at Lisahally was included and on 30 June 1941 some 400 American technicians arrived at HMS Ferret, working in civilian clothes, as America only officially entered the war in December 1941 after the attack on Pearl Harbour. HMS Ferret became the main base for all naval operations covering the Western Approaches and the main Royal Navy base for anti-submarine operations throughout World War II. 

Ebrington - The first recorded military use of the site was during the Siege of Derry (1689) when the land was used by Jacobite forces to bombard the walled city with cannon and mortar fire. At that time the lands were agricultural and known as Stronge’s Orchard.

In 1914 the barracks was home to the 1st Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment. Elements of Irish Regiments 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the Royal Inniskillen Dragoon Guards were also stationed at Ebrington.

Londonderry held the key to victory in the Atlantic. It became our most westerly base for the repair, the working up and refuelling of destroyers, corvettes and frigates. By that critical spring (1943) when battle for the security of our Atlantic lifelines finally turned our way, Londonderry was the most important escort base in the north western approaches”. 'N. Ireland in the Second World War'

Peace Bridge The Derry Peace Bridge over the River Foyle bridges a 400 year old physical and political gap between two sides of a once, bitterly divided community. With two structural arms heading in opposite directions, symbolizing the unification of both communities from the opposite sides of the Foyle river, the Protestant Waterside and the Nationalist Bogside, these two opposed and independent arms are now united in a symbolic handshake across the river. Opened in 2011 this 235 metre long, 4 metre wide curved footpath, track and cycleway stretches from the Guild Hall in the city centre of Derry City to Ebrington Square and St Columb’s Park on the far side of the River Foyle. 

Derry Walls -400 years old, the Derry Walls are the largest ancient monument in Northern Ireland &claim the most complete circuit of ramparts of any surviving town walls in Ireland. They are celebrating their 400th Anniversary from 2013-2019 as it took them 6 years to be built at a cost of £11,147 by the City of London

Tuesday 18th September Day 7 – Derry – Enniskillen Killyhevlin Hotel (Bed & Breakfast)

Belleek Pottery is our first stop this morning on route to Enniskillen and the fabulous Killyhevlin Hotel overlooking Lough Erne where we are based for our duration here. During our visit we take in Enniskillen Castle & Castle Archdale to name a few plus Colebrooke House if the Viscount is in residence. (If Available)

Start off with a visit to Belleek Pottery. When you step into the world of Belleek Pottery you step back in history. The museum contains pieces dating back to when the pottery was started in 1857. We take a tour of the factory and then have time for a bit of shopping & a bite to eat before we depart& venture on

Castle Archdale- It was used during the Second World War by flying boats of No. 209 Squadron RAF. From Castle Archdale, Consolidated Catalinas and Short Sunderlands could patrol the North Atlantic for German U-boats. A secret agreement with the government of Ireland allowed aircraft to fly from Lough Erne to the Atlantic along the Donegal Corridor.

In May 1941 the German battleship Bismarck was found during a routine patrol by a Catalina flying out of Castle Archdale boat base on Lower Lough Erne, Northern Ireland.

Enniskillin Castle The Museum tells the story of the town of Enniskillen’s two regiments, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. The Inniskillings Museum is housed in the Castle Keep and in the old cavalry stables and has displays which tell the story of the regiments from their formation in 1689 up to modern times.

Wednesday 19th September Day 8 – Enniskillen Killyhevlin (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast)

Today we start with a visit to Colebrooke, The US Army were stationed here in 1942. The history of the Brooke family  includes “The burning of the Whitehouse”

In the afternoon we take a trip out to the Portora Playing fields where Eisenhower inspected the troops on the  18th May 1944, he made a secret wartime visit to the American Camp Breandrum beside the Model School, inspecting soldiers from the 28th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division.before they left for Normandy.

Thursday 20th September Day 9 – Enniskillen – Galway Jury’s Hotel (Bed & Breakfast) Lisadell House (Lunch)

We bid farewell to the North of Ireland & to our Military portion of our trip and travel South into the Republic of Ireland. This is the more relaxed part of your trip where you get to relax and do the touristy thing. We start with a visit to Lisadell House in the morning then stop briefly at Yeats Grave in the afternoon before we reach Galway City. Voted Ireland’s friendliest City in 2016, explore for yourself and see how it won this great accolade. During our time here we also get to visit the Aran Island’s by boat.

Lissadell House Start with a morning tour of Lissadell House. Lissadell is famous as the childhood home of Constance Markievicz, her sister Eva Gore-Booth and her brother Josslyn Gore-Booth. Constance was one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, and was the first woman to be elected to Dáil Eireann, where she served as Minister for Labour (thus becoming the first woman minister in a modern Western European democracy), and was also the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons at Westminster, London (where she declined to take her seat). Eva was a poet of distinction and an active suffragist, clashing with the young Winston Churchill over barmaids’ rights in 1908. Josslyn created at Lissadell one of the premier horticultural estates in Europe. This horticultural enterprise has now been recreated at Lissadell. The great poet W. B. Yeats was friendly with the Gore Booth sisters and stayed at Lissadell in 1892 and 1893. He immortalisedLissadell and the Gore Booth sisters in his poetry:

After a short tour we enjoy a light lunch before departing and travelling to Yeats Grave (Short visit)

“WB Yeats” William Butler Yeats was a Sligo boy who evoked the Sligo countryside with great beauty and genius in poetry and painting. When Robert Gore-Booth built the new house at Lissadell in the 1830s, Yeats’ great grandfather, John Butler-Yeats, was Rector of nearby Drumcliff (1811 to 1846).  As children the boys visited Lissadell for cricket matches and horse racing; and as a young man the poet made friends with the Gore-Booth sisters Constance and Eva, and often stayed at Lissadell during the years 1893-5 .William Butler Yeats is widely considered to be one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. He belonged to the Protestant, Anglo-Irish minority that had controlled the economic, political, social, and cultural life of Ireland since at least the end of the 17th century. Most members of this minority considered themselves English people who happened to have been born in Ireland, but Yeats was staunch in affirming his Irish nationality. 

Back on board we travel directly to Galway

Friday 21st September Day 10 – Galway Jury’s Hotel (Bed & Breakfast)

Today we are going to the Aran Islands, we set off at 0900 to catch the ferry at Rossaveel

Ferry departs at 10.30am and will leave the island again at 4pm. 

The tour will take approx 2.5 hrs and will stop at Dun Aengus Fort. There you have the opportunity to walk up to the top of the fort. (€4 extra)

Sensible comfortable footwear is advisable; this can take up to 30 minute walk up to the fort via the visitor centre  passing some craft shops and a cafe. Dún Aengus alone is worth the trip to the Aran Islands. It is a prehistoric stone fort perching on the edge of 90 metre tall cliffs with the Atlantic right underneath. On this tour, you will also see The Seven Churches, (an Early Christian site) a seal colony, and the most Western point of the island.

Saturday 22nd September Day 11 – Galway – Bunratty Bunratty Castle Hotel (Bed & Breakfast) Bunratty Castle (Medeival Banquet)

We depart Galway and pay a visit to the Cliffs of Moher in the morning before a trip to Foynes Flying Boat Museum in the afternoon. We then get ready for our medieval dinner later n Bunratty Castle tonight

We get on the road early this morning & our first stop is the Cliffs of Moher (Approx 1hr 45min)

The Cliffs of Moher one of Ireland’s most visited natural attractions. They stretch for 8km (5miles), as the crow flies, along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland and reach 214m (702 feet) at their highest point at Knockardakin just north of O’Brien’s Tower. 

At the southern end of the Cliffs of Moher stands Hags Head a natural rocky promontory that resembles a seated woman when viewed from the north. The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is located almost midway along these spectacular cliffs and the site is home to an environmentally friendly visitor centre set into the hillside, O’Brien’s Tower – a 19th century viewing tower, and 800 metres of protected cliff side pathways, viewing areas and steps. There are a number of viewing points at the Cliffs of Moher.

From here we travel to Foynes Flying Boat Museum (Approx 2hrs)

Foynes Flying boat Museum captures perfectly the romantic era of the first transatlantic passenger flights by flying boat. Pan-Am Airlines commissioned Charles Lindbergh who had made the first solo flight to Europe in 1927, hot on the heels of Alcock and Brown who had beaten him to it in 1919, to find a suitable base for their flying boat service from New York to Ireland. Foynes on the Shannon estuary was chosen as the nearest European landfall, which turned out to be of strategic importance as a back door into Europe during WW2. 

Pam Ams first commercial flying boat the ‘Yankee Clipper’ landed at Foynes in 1939. The 2000 mile journey had taken just over 25 hours which was incredible compared to the 8-9 days it was taking by sea at the time. The excitement, craziness and prestige is captured in newsreel footage shown in the museums 1940s styled cinema. Air travel then was expensive, luxurious and glamorous. The preserve of politicians, business men and movie stars......

Depart and travel to Bunratty Hotel (Approx 1hr) Get checked in and then ready for our Banquet tonight in the Castle Banquet booked for 8.45pm (8.30pm arrival)

Sunday 23rd September Day 12 – Bunratty – Dublin Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport (Bed & Breakfast)

We depart and travel to our last port of call before we travel to the airport for our overnight & flight home. 

Irish National Stud Farm & Japanese Gardens in Kildare 

Travel time today is approx 1hr 50min to the Stud Farm. Tour is booked for 11.45 arrival 12 noon tour

The Irish National Stud and Gardens symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland's thoroughbred horse industry. It is the home of equine royalty, immaculately-bred stallions who can be seen and admired alongside protective mares, frolicking foals and athletic yearlings. Come to the stud and watch them at close quarters, marvel at their grace and splendour.

The Irish National Stud and Gardens in Tully is the only stud farm in Ireland open to the public and offering daily tours. Within the grounds are the world-famous Japanese Gardens, the Horse Museum and St Fiachra's Garden, created to celebrate the Millennium.

From here to Dublin Airport travel time is approx just over an hour (Traffic dependant)

Accommodation is booked in the Holiday Inn Express

Drop off – end of tour

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