In partnership with CIE Tours, Single Step Travel Planners warmly invite you to join us in Ireland in summer of 2024.
Tom & Christine Kelly, Owners
An Independent Agency in the Avoya Travel Network
Ireland is a truly magical destination. I have traveled the Emerald Isle by train, bus, car, boat and thumb (hitchiking) from Giant's Causeway to the Dingle Penninsula and Derry to Waterford; I've lived and studied in Dublin; I walked the Falls Road in Belfast with soldiers in saracens training rifles on me as they drove by; and I've been "locked in" at a local pub in a remote Donegal village after mandatory closing time, when the music and fun really starts.
Pubs bring Ireland's magical people together where they reflect the mystery and troubled beauty of their homeland in laughter, stories and song.
For several months, I had been working on an itinerary that would let me share the Ireland I know and love with friends and family. Last June, I discovered that CIE - a long respected leader in building and leading group travel packages in Ireland and Britain - had a perfect itinerary combining Ireland's natural beauty and historical sites with a focus on the magic of Irish pubs. Working with CIE's Group Travel Team, I have booked space on this tour and can't wait to experience the magic of Ireland again with friends and family. I hope that you will join Christine (in her first visit to Ireland!!) and me to experience Irish people, places and pubs in June/July of 2024! We promise, we will get to visit with some pretty amazing dogs on this trip too!
PS - If you are unable to join us on these dates, but are interested in this itinerary we can help you find and plan your trip for another time. This, and other itineraries throughout Ireland, Scotland, Britain, Italy and Iceland are all available through CIE Tours on multiple dates throughout the year.
No, this isn't Ireland...we just got back from Alaska where we visited these amazing sled dog pups.
Single Step Travel Planners will help you coordinate your flights (see ADD ONS section below) from any North American city to arrive in Dublin on the morning of July 29, 2024. There will be one scheduled group transfer from the airport into the city which is included in the tour. Transfer time will be determined based on arrival schedule of all passengers. We can also arrange for a private transfer to the hotel on your schedule if you would prefer, though this would be at an additional cost.
If you'd like to arrive early to explore Dublin on your own, or stop and explore another European destination on your way to or from Ireland, we specialize in helping our clients develop and book personalized European getaways which can easily be combined with this trip, just give us a call!
Your tour departs at 2:00 PM from your Dublin hotel. A local guide will bring you for a panoramic tour of central Dublin, a friendly city famed for its wit and sense of fun. Board a barge, once used for transporting Guinness, for a cruise down the centuries-old Grand Canal as you sip a welcome drink and enjoy dinner while listening to live music.(D)
Head to historic Kilkenny for a guided walking tour along its Medieval Mile, stretching from cathedral to castle. Discover the rich heritage, narrow streetscapes, and picturesque merchants' houses of this small, historic city. Next, enjoy a special beer-tasting experience. Spend some time browsing as you please before dinner in your hotel. (B, D)
Visit the Marine Bar in Dungarvan in a CIE Tours Exclusive, and enjoy a drink with some traditional music in this centuries-old, family-run pub. Travel on to visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone, which legend promises will bestow the “Gift of the Gab” or explore the beautiful gardens. Pass through County Cork to the lively town of Killarney - a draw for visitors to Ireland since the 18th century - where you will have free time after dinner to explore some of its friendly pubs, many with live music. (B, D)
Visit Moriarty's in the Gap of Dunloe, a CIE Tours preferred shopping partner, before heading out to the Dingle Peninsula. You may know this beautiful region from films like “Ryan's Daughter” and “Far & Away”. Visit a farm for an immersion into traditional farming life and watch skilled sheepdogs demonstrate their talents at herding. Take some free time to explore the charms of Dingle town. In the evening, head to the Celtic Whiskey Bar in Killarney for a tasting, chocolate pairing, and dinner. (B, D)
Embark on a ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic surf. Walk along the top of the cliffs for views across Galway Bay to Connemara and the Aran Islands. In the evening, have an early dinner at your hotel, then head out for a CIE Tours Exclusive: You'll visit the nearby seaside suburb of Salthill for a special evening of storytelling at O'Connor's Famous Pub. (B, D)
Spend a leisurely morning exploring vibrant, artistic Galway as you please. Travel to Athlone, where you'll enjoy a choice of Irish coffee, whiskey, or beer as you cruise Lough Ree in a replica Viking longship. Then head to Sean's bar. This pub is not only the oldest in Ireland; dating back to 900 AD, it's the oldest in Europe, according to the Guinness Book of Records. The sloped floors (often covered with sawdust), candlelight, and turf fire pay nostalgic tribute to this pub's rich history. Enjoy dinner in your Athlone hotel this evening. (B, D)
Enjoy the scenery of central Ireland as you head to Dublin on the east coast. Visit the Guinness Storehouse in the heart of the city - one of Ireland's most popular attractions - and sample Ireland's iconic brew as you take in the panoramic view from the seventh-floor Gravity Bar. In the evening, head to the Irish Whiskey Museum for a private tour and a tasting. In a CIE Tours Exclusive, enjoy a special after-hours experience: a traditional band will play lively tunes for your group as you relax over a drink and finger foods. (B)
Spend the day independently with a Dublin Hop-On, Hop-Off bus voucher, plus, your choice of a visit to one of Dublin's most beloved attractions: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, GPO Museum, or Teeling Distillery. Alternately, we will be organizing an optional full day tour to Glendolough and The Powerscourt Estate in the nearby Wicklow Mountains. (B)
The tour ends after breakfast at the hotel. Single Step will arrange optional transport to Dublin airport for your flight home. If you would like to stay another night or two in Dublin, or perhaps spend a few days in London, Scotland, or Iceland on the way home, we can help work these options into your airfare and put together additional plans. (B)
8 breakfasts and 7 dinners included
$3,095 per person double occupancy
(Land Tour Only - Air Not Included)
Single Supplement - $635
Deposit With Booking - $250/person
Final Payments Due - March 15, 2024
Single Step Travels will be happy to assist you with planning and booking your flights to and from Dublin. Some sample roundtrip coach fares (including 1 checked bag and seat selection) for flights departing 6/28 and returning 7/7 as of October 17th, 2023:
Atlanta (ATL) - $1,374/person - 1 stop on Aer Lingus
Austin (AUS) - $1,358/person - 1 stop on Aer Lingus
Baltimore (BWI) - $956/person - 1 stop in Reyjavik on Play Airlines
Boston (BOS) - $1,122/person - Direct on Aer Lingus
Boston (BOS) - $971/person - 1 stop in Reyjavik on Play Airlines
Charlotte (CLT) - $1,812/person - Direct on American
Charlotte (CLT) - $1,388/person - 1 stop on Aer Lingus
Chicago (ORD) - $1,175/person - Direct on Aer Lingus
Dallas (DFW) - $1,813/person - Direct on American
Denver (DEN) - $999/person - 1 stop in Reyjavik on Iceland Air
Hartford (BDL) - $1,265/person - Direct on Aer Lingus
Los Angeles (LAX)- $1,155/person - 1 stop on American/FinnAir
Los Angeles (LAX) - $1633/person - Direct on Aer Lingus
Nashville (BNA) - $1,314/person - 1 stop on Aer Lingus
Phoenix (PHX) - $1,568/person - 1 stop on American
New York (JFK) - $985/person - 1 stop in Reyjavik on Iceland Air
New York (JFK) - $1,219/person - Direct on Aer Lingus
San Francisco (SFO) - $1,429/person - Direct on Aer Lingus
San Francisco (SFO) - $1,150/person - 1 stop on Virgin/KLM
Washington (IAD) - $1,238/person - Direct on Aer Lingus
*Airfares are provided for reference purposes. They are subject to availability, will change frequently and not final until they are booked and paid.
*Call 413-298-2327 for current quotes from these or any airports that you'd like.
Want to arrive in Dublin a day early to explore on your own? Or maybe extend your stay for an extra night. Great idea! Pricing for extended stays at the tour hotels is indicated below, pricing is subject to change and both hotels have limited availability:
Arriving June 28th - Extra night at Croke Park Hotel Dublin:
Staying night of July 7th - Extra night at Ashling Hotel, Dublin
We can also set you up at anything from a typical Irish B&B to a luxury stay in a Castle.
We will also be posting some sample packages for each of the following extensions coming soon, so check back often:
We STRONGLY RECOMMEND, and personally do not travel without, travel insurance. Here are a few reasons why:
We use, and highly recommend Allianz Travel insurance. We have set up a group policy for this trip and will be happy to discuss options and pricing with you. Available coverages and prices depend on your age and state where you live. Christine and I have an annual travel industry policy with Allianz, butf we purchased insurance for this trip on it's own, the recommended policy would cost $954 for both of us, with the option of a lower benefit amount policy available at $654. We will be happy to provide personal quotes for you.
Final payment is due March 15, 2024. It is highly recommended to authorize us to process your final payment 3-5 days prior to the final payment date.
If you need to cancel your tour, you will be charged a fee based on the standard CIE Tours cancellation policy based on the following percentages of amount paid:
66 Days or more prior to departure - Forfeit of Deposit
16-65 Days prior to departure - 30% fee
8-15 Days prior to departure - 50% fee
1-7 Days prior to departure - 90% fee
On day of departure - 100% fee
Travel insurance may reimburse you for the cancellation fees if you have purchased a policy and you cancel for a covered reason.
ABSOLUTELY! Single Step Travels is a full-service agency. We will gladly help you arrange an extra night in Dublin, other tours or car rentals, stopovers in Iceland, London, or anywhere else on your way to or from Dublin, or anything else you are considering.
US and Canadian citizens will need a passport valid for six months after the completion of your travel. The name on your booking must match the name on your travel document exactly. If you are a resident of another country, or will be traveling to another country as part of this trip, we will happy to discuss requirements with you.
Alcoholic beverages are only included when the itinerary mentions a beer or whiskey tasting. It's not an open bar. Besides, it's a Pub "Tour" not a Pub "Crawl". Buy me a pint and I'll tell you about the "Crawl" I led when studying in Dublin ;)
A pint of Guinness is currently averaging € 5 -7 Euros, with prices a bit higher in Dublin.
Pricing, Terms & Conditions: This quote and pricing is accurate as of Wednesday October 18, 2023 at 1:43:54 PM. Due to the nature of limited inventory, pricing and availability may change without notice. Your exact price depends upon selected departure date, residency, past passenger status, class of airfare available and more. Additional restrictions may apply. All information is subject to change without notice. Your final itinerary and documents will be provided by the CIE approximately 21 days prior to departure. .
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