AOH Loudoun Member Trip to Ireland: 24 Sep to 1 Oct 2017

On Apr 3, 2017, at 4:38 PM, vigor2@aol.com wrote:

Good afternoon Brothers.  We still have a few spaces available for the 1st Division Trip to Ireland in late September.  Details can be found in our Cunningham Chronicle as well as on our Division website..  This trip has been designed as a “Turn Key” type of trip in that just about everything we plan to do and see and eat (I was about ready to print “and drink” but that is not realistic for this trip!) is essentially covered.  The hotels are Top Notch!  

If you have any interest to pursue, please give me a call ASAP.  We may plan to open this trip up to “others”………!  

Slainte’

Jay McCarthy

Division President

703 477-5934 

www.aohloudoun.org

The Col. Cunningham Division is taking a trip to Ireland in September 2017. There is room for up to 30 people and right now the reservations are open to Division Brothers and their wives. After mid-January, if there are still openings, the reservations will be opened up to friends and families of Division Brothers. An exciting trip is planning and all the critical details have been finalized.

Payment Schedule:

A deposit of $500 per person is due at time of booking.

Trip insurance is recommended – $189 per person

Final Payment is due: July 21, 2017

Please make check payable to Caddie Tours

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AOH Cunningham Division Tour to Ireland September 24th to October 2nd 2017

SUN, SEPT 24th – UNITED STATES TO DUBLIN

Depart Dulles on United 126 nonstop to Dublin at 10:25pm

MON, SEPT 25th DUBLIN ARRIVAL & GALWAY

Cead Mile Failte -Welcome to Ireland. After claiming your luggage and passing through Irish customs your Caddie Tours driver/guide will escort you to your coach. We’ll have a full Irish breakfast at the Coachman’s Inn before continuing on to the tribal city of Galway . Galway, one of the most youthful cities of Europe, is full of craic. It boasts many street performers, bookstores, pubs, cafes and nightlife . Check into your hotel and enjoy free time for independent activities and discover some of the excellent restaurants and fun pubs.

OVERNIGHT: SALTHILL HOTEL, GALWAY (B)

TUES, SEPT 26th – ARAN ISLANDS

Take a short ferry ride across Galway Bay from Rossaveal to Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands. These rocky islands are renowned for the hardy islanders who maintain traditional fishing and farming methods and where the popular intricately patterned fishermen’s sweaters originated. The Irish language is still spoken widely amongst islanders today. These islands are divided up into tiny fields by stone walls but farming is difficult as the winds tend to carry away the soil. Take a minibus ride to Dun Aengus, a huge pre-historic fortress perched on sheer cliffs, which fall away to the Atlantic Ocean below. Return to Kilronan, the main town, for a casuallunchandhavealookaroundonyourownbeforereturningtothemainlandbyferry. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner in the hotel restaurant.

OVERNIGHT: SALTHILL HOTEL, GALWAY (B,D)

WED,SEPT 27th – CLIFFS OF MOHER & KILLARNEY

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On the coast view the Cliffs of Moher, which rise almost 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic surf. Drive south to take a ferry across the River Shannon Estuary and head to Killarney. Killarney was a monastic settlement from the 5th or 6th century. Explore colorful laneways and a fine cathedral and experience the ambience of busy streets in the town center. Nestled amidst deep, lake filled valleys with astounding sights such as Ladies’ View and the Macgillcuddy Reeks – Ireland’s largest mountain range. Check in to your hotel in the center of the town and enjoy dinner with the group in the Garden room restaurant. Discover some of the excellent fun pubs around town for Irish tradiional music,

OVERNIGHT: THE MALTON,KILLARNEY (B,D)
THURS, SEPT 28th – THE RING OF KERRY & TRADITIONAL IRISH NIGHT

After breakfast drive on a scenic tour around the Ring of Kerry. Visit the Skellig Experience Centre where you can experience many aspects of those offshore Skellig islands while remaining on the dry land, in a custom built, stone clad, grass roofed, prize winning building located right on the waterfront. . Back in Killarney we’ll head to Kate Kearney’s cottage for an Irish Night featuring a lively show with dinner.

OVERNIGHT: THE MALTON, KILLARNEY (B,D)

FRI, SEPT 29th – BLARNEY CASTLE & ROCK OF CASHEL

Drive through the mountains into richer farming country on the way to Blarney. Climb to the ramparts of Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or, if you don’t feel like a climb, take a gentle walk through the lovely parklands and colorful gardens. Shop for Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills before traveling north. Pause for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel, a limestone outcrop with picturesque ruins and continue to Kilkenny for the overnight. Enjoy free time for independent activities and discover some of the excellent restaurants and fun pubs.

OVERNIGHT: THE PEMBROKE, KILKENNY (B)

SAT, SEPT 30th – DUBLIN CITY & THE BRAZEN HEAD

After breakfast depart for Dublin and explore the city and the sites such as Trinity College (which hosts the Books of Kells), Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Jail just a few to mention. We’ll end the tour by attending an enchanting evening of Irish folklore and storytelling while enjoying a candlelit traditional Irish dinner in The Brazen Head.

OVERNIGHT: STEPHENS GREEN HOTEL DUBLIN (B,D)

SUN, OCT 1st – DUBLIN CASTLE & CITY

After breakfast take a guided tour of Dublin Castle which is still used today for many official functions. Enjoy a free day in Dublin.

OVERNIGHT: STEPHENS GREEN HOTEL DUBLIN (B) MON,OCT 2nd – RETURN TO THE US

The tour has come to its final day. Transfer to Dublin Airport in good time to check in for your United flight 127 departing at 12:25pm for Washington Dulles. You may do some last minute shopping at the duty free stores before boarding your aircraft and flying across the Atlantic Ocean back to the United States and will clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin and arrive in the US as a cleared flight.

Tour Includes:

•Sightseeing by luxury coach •Professional tour director
•7 nights in hotels listed
•Full breakfast daily (B) including on day 1 •4 dinners (D) including

– Traditional Irish Night in Killarney

• The Brazen Head in Dublin – 2 table d’hote dinners

•Bailey’s Irish Coffee upon arrival in Killarney

Ferry crossing to Aran Islands/day tour of Inis Mor

•Ferry ride across the River Shannon

•Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney

• Visits and admissions to Dun Aengus, Cliffs of Moher, Skellig Experience, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Rock of Cashel & Dublin Castle

•Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
•All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person

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