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Welcome to Ireland! Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Epic Museum in Dublin - Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction 2019 Blarney Castle Irish dancing Ring of Kerry Cliffs of Moher Titanic Experience, Belfast Carrick-a-Rede bridge Giant's Causeway The bridge to Skye Edinburgh
Welcome to Ireland!
Guinness Storehouse, Dublin
Epic Museum in Dublin - Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction 2019
Ring of Kerry
Cliffs of Moher
Titanic Experience, Belfast
The bridge to Skye
The tour is hosted by Becky McGarrity and Taree McGee who look forward to welcoming adventurous travelers who love to explore new countries. We’ll begin in Dublin with a tour of the award winning Epic Ireland, recently named Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction for 2019. The tour will continue around the coast of Ireland, including Waterford, the Ring of Kerry up to Northern Ireland. After returning to Dublin, we’ll fly to Edinburgh. The Scottish part of the tour includes a 3-day trip up to the Isle of Skye and the Scottish Highlands.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Pre-tour: Thursday, May 28, 2020: Depart
We will gather at the St. Louis airport and set off for Dublin, Ireland. Those not doing the pre-tour night will depart on Friday, May 29. (IF)
Day 1: Friday, May 29, 2020: Dublin
On arrival in Dublin, we will transfer to our hotel. This afternoon we will visit the Guinness Storehouse at St. James’ Gate Brewery as well as the book of Kells. We will check in to our hotel and have a free evening in Dublin, with the option of visiting pubs with live music. (IF)
Day 2: Saturday, May 30, 2020: Dublin, Wexford
This morning we will welcome the rest of the group. Billy Fitzpatrick, our expert Irish tour director, will welcome us to Ireland and take us on a city orientation tour. We will see the Georgian Squares with their 18th Century houses, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Phoenix Park (biggest town park in Europe), statue filled O’Connell Street, and the fashionable Grafton Street. We will visit EPIC Ireland, the award-winning Irish Emigration Museum. Then we will enjoy lunch at The Brazen Head Pub. In the afternoon, we will have a guided tour of Kilmainham Gaol, where political prisoners were housed. We will check in to our hotel in Wexford this evening and dine in the hotel. (IF/L/D)
Day 3: Sunday, May 31, 2020: Waterford
This morning, we will drive to Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, which was founded by Vikings in 914. We will have a tour of the city, including a visit to the world-famous Waterford Crystal Factory. In the afternoon, we will visit the beautiful coastline and have an hour’s horseback ride at Lake Tours Stables. We will have dinner at our hotel in Waterford. (B/D)
Day 4: Monday, June 1, 2020: Blarney Castle, Killarney
No trip to Ireland would be complete without a visit to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, said to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who dare. We will have free time to explore Cork and have lunch. In the afternoon, we will visit the Franciscan Wells Brewery for a tour and tasting. We will spend two nights in Killarney. (B/D)
Day 5: Tuesday, June 2, 2020: Killarney, Ring of Kerry
Today, we embark on one of Ireland’s most famous tours – The Ring of Kerry. We will travel the wild and rugged landscape of the Iveragh Peninsula, which has some breathtaking views of the Atlantic coastline, in a horse drawn jaunting car. The highlight of the day will be a visit to Muckross House and Gardens, one of Ireland’s leading stately homes. The elegantly furnished rooms portray the lifestyles of the landed gentry, while downstairs in the basement one can experience the working conditions of the servants employed in the House. The Gardens at Muckross House are renowned world-wide for their beauty. We will also see a number of skilled craft workers using traditional skills in the crafts of weaving, bookbinding and pottery in the adjacent walled garden center. This evening, we will have dinner at The Laurels and then enjoy The Show Ireland at the Celtic Steps before returning to our hotel. (B/D)
Day 6: Wednesday, June 3, 2020: Galway
This morning, we bid farewell to Killarney and take the coast road to the majestic Cliffs of Moher standing 702 feet at their highest point. They stretch for 5 miles along the Atlantic coast line. We will have fabulous views from the vantage point of O’Brien’s Tower. Following some free time to view the cliffs, we will travel through the lunar type landscape of the Burren which takes its name from the Irish word ‘bhoireann’ meaning, ‘a stony place’ or ‘a rocky place’. We will enjoy lunch at Gus O’Connor’s Pub before continuing on to the Galway area where we will stay for 2 nights. (B/L)
Day 7: Thursday, June 4, 2020: Aran Islands
Located off the Connemara coast, the three Aran Islands are a time capsule of traditional Irish culture. We will take the ferry to Inis Mor and have spectacular view of the coastline and the wild Atlantic Ocean. Our day trip will include a bike ride to see the prehistoric hill fort, Dún Aonghasa. We will visit Kilmurvey Beach with turquoise water and stunning views of Connemara. The Kilmurvey craft village is an ideal place to buy genuine Irish souvenirs, including the famous Aran sweaters. We will return to Galway in the evening for dinner at Busker Brownes and enjoy some traditional Irish music. (B/D)
Day 8: Friday, June 5, 2020: Belfast
The partitioning of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland was finalized on 3 May 1921 and today we will travel up into Northern Ireland, which is part of United Kingdom. The capital city is Belfast, a center of industry and shipbuilding. We will tour Titanic Belfast, Winner of Europe’s Leading Visitor Attraction (World Travel Awards, 2016). Housed in an iconic, six-floor building, Titanic Belfast is located in the heart of Belfast, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship’s construction. We will spend two nights in Belfast. (B)
Day 9: Saturday, June 6, 2020: Belfast
Today’s day trip is to the exciting coastline of North Antrim. Giant’s Causeway is a geological outcropping of hexagonal basalt columns, which are fun to climb. We will also hear the legend of the giant, Finn MacCool. The Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge hangs 80 feet above the sea and is made of planks and wires. Brave members of the group can walk across to the tiny island with a salmon fishery. Our final stop is the Old Bushmills Distillery. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 10: Sunday, June 7, 2020: Dublin, Edinburgh
On our way back to Dublin, we will visit Newgrange (subject to availability), which dates back to 2300 BC, before the Pyramids of Egypt. It’s a recognized place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. At Causey Farm, we will have fun learning how to dance the traditional Irish céilí, watch a sheepdog demonstration and learn how to make Irish bread. After some delicious Irish stew, we will continue on to Dublin for our evening flight to Edinburgh. (B/L)
Day 11: Monday, June 8, 2020: Edinburgh
This morning we will have free time to explore Edinburgh. We will have a guided tour of the city in the afternoon ending at the Cellar Door restaurant. This evening we will have dinner and storytelling with Mercat Tours before returning to our hotel. (B/D)
Day 12: Tuesday, June 9, 2020: Isle of Skye
Our Highland Exlorer Tours driver and guide will pick us up from our hotel in Edinburgh and we will travel west, past stunning views of the Forth Bridge and enter the Highlands through Perthshire, a land of forests, rivers, and mountains. We will visit the quaint village of Dunkeld with its historic cathedral sitting on the banks of the River Tay. Traveling north we will enter the Great Glen. At Fort Augustus there is time to explore the shores of Loch Ness and a chance to spot Nessie. We will visit the spectacular Eileen Donan Castle before crossing the bridge over to the Isle of Skye. We will stay in Portree for 2 nights (B)
Day 13: Wednesday, June 10, 2020: Isle of Skye
Today is a flexible day on Skye; and our driver-guide will ensure we take a unique route that suits the weather, the local events, and our group’s interests. We can travel north to the Trotternish Ridge and beyond. Here we will find the geological wonders like Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the stunning mountain pass of the Quiraing. As an alternative, our guide may take us back in time and teach us about the legends and clan culture surrounding the 13th-century home of the Clan MacLeod, Dunvegan Castle. We will return to our accommodations in the evening. (B)
Day 14: Thursday, June 11, 2020: Isle of Skye, Edinburgh
We will have the chance to explore the castle and gardens of Clan Donald Skye before taking the ferry to the west coast fishing village of Mallaig. Here we will board the Jacobite Steam Train to Fort William, one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world. The train crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct where a monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s campaign now stands. We will head south through the dramatic scenery of Glencoe, with Rannoch Moor, then the heart of Rob Roy country, before arriving back in Edinburgh in the evening. (B/D)
Day 15: Friday, June 12, 2020: Return
We will transfer to the airport this morning to return to the USA. (B/IF)
Please note that the itinerary is subject to slight changes.
Our hotels are chosen for their quality, amenities and proximity to areas of interest. Whenever possible, we choose hotels in town centers, so that you are able to go off and explore in your free time. It may be necessary for us to substitute hotels for others of equal quality. You will be fully informed of any changes that affect you. Enjoy your stay!
Optional Pre-tour night
May 29-30, 2020
35-39 Lower Abbey Street
Dublin 1 D01 C9F8
May 30-31, 2020
On the Quay
Wexford Y35 FP9P
May 31-June 1, 2020
Waterford X91 XHSR
June 1-3, 2020
Lakes of Killarney
Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 VN5P
June 3-5, 2020
June 5-7, 2020
Grand Central Hotel
9-15 Bedford Street
Belfast BT2 7FF
June 7-9, 2020
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
81 Holyrood Road
Edinburgh EH8 8AU
Isle of Skye
June 9-11, 2020
Accommodation will be in small B&Bs or hotels
June 11-12, 2020
Novotel Edinburgh Park
15 Lochside Avenue
Edinburgh EH12 9DJ
Transfers are automatically included if we have booked your flights.
If you have booked your own flights, we can still provide transfers, as long as we have your flight details on file and a phone number to give to the driver. We will include your transfer information in your final packet. Transfers will be arranged for each arrival, so that you won’t have to wait for other tour members if their flight is delayed. Transfers can be arranged for the day of your choosing, but we can’t arrange transfers if you arrive or depart by train.
Please note that individual transfers are booked through a third-party and you will be responsible to communicate with the company in case of delays.
Various flight booking options are available for this tour. Please read our printable guide to booking your flight to better understand these options.
Option 1: We have reserved group air flights on American Airlines and they are currently $1,285 per person round-trip. We will continue to monitor options and will switch to another airline if we can get a lower rate. Payment is due with final payment in March 2020. The last day to sign up for group air is February 2, 2020.
The flight from Dublin to Edinburgh on RyanAir is included in the tour price. This includes priority boarding and 2 carry-on bags.
|AA 5493||May 28||Saint Louis||Charlotte||12:40 PM||3:36 PM|
|AA 724||May 28/29||Charlotte||Dublin||6:45 PM||7:25 AM|
|FR818||June 7||Dublin||Edinburgh||9:10 PM||10:20 PM|
|AA 279||June 12||Edinburgh||Philadelphia||11:10 AM||1:55 PM|
|AA 4602||June 12||Philadelphia||Saint Louis||6:15 PM||8:03 PM|
Option 2: You may request a flight quote from us by filling out this form. Payment is due at the time of booking.
Option 3: You may book your own flights, making sure you land in Dublin on the morning of May 30, 2020 no later than 7:25 AM. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night in Dublin. You are welcome to depart at any time on June 12. Please send us a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
Please note that if you would like to use air miles you will need to book directly with the airline.
We can arrange pre-tour nights in Dublin and post-tour nights in Edinburgh, but due to the volume of tours in 2020, we are not able to arrange additional travel within Europe.
Price based on a minimum of 25 participants. Tour cost for Ireland only is $2,799.
• Land transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior 3 and 4-star hotels
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional tour director and local guides
• Arrival and departure transfers
• All taxes and tips
• Basic passenger trip insurance (upgrade to full coverage from $215)
• Pre-tour night in Dublin ($150)
• Round-trip air transportation from St. Louis, including taxes and fees (group air is available for $1,285)
• Single supplement ($650)
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for six months beyond return date.
Please make checks payable to “Reformation Tours” send all payments to Reformation Tours, P.O Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222. If you would like to pay by credit card (3.5% surcharge), click here.
• Deposit of $350 will secure your place on the tour.
• Final invoices will be sent in February 2020.
• Final payment due March 15, 2020
• Reservations will be accepted after March 15, 2020, subject to availability, and must be paid in full
We offer the Professional Plan offered by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We offer all of our travelers post-departure insurance coverage (up to $500 of coverage.) If you would like to have pre-tour cancellation and trip interruption coverage, the upgrade cost depends on the tour price. It’s approximately the tour cost (minus the $500 that we cover) x 6.14%. To insure your land costs, the price is $3,999 – $500 x 6.14% = $215. To insure your land and air costs, the price is $5,284 – $500 x 6.14% = $294. A quote will automatically be added to your invoice and updated once the air cost is available.
|BENEFITS||TRAVEL INSURANCE COVERAGE
|Trip Cancellation||Up to 100% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption||Up to 150% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption (Return Air Only)||$750|
|Missed Connection||$500, after a 3+ hour delay|
|Trip Delay||$200 a day, after a 6+ hour delay, up to $1,000 total maximum|
|Evacuation and Repatriation of Mortal Remains||$500,000|
|Emergency Accident and Sickness||$50,000 max/$750 max for dental/ No deductible|
|Security Assistance Services||$100,000|
|Baggage / Personal Effects - Lost, Stolen or Damaged||No deductible, $250 per article limit, combined limit of $500 for valuables, $1,000 total limit.|
|Baggage Delay||$300, after a 12+ hour delay|
|Accidental Death or Dismemberment 24 Hours||$10,000|
|Worldwide Travel Assistance, Business and Concierge Assistance||Included|
|Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Waiver (Must insure full, non-refundable cost of Trip)||Must be purchased within 21 days after your initial trip deposit.|
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. To offset these costs the following fees will apply, plus any non-recoverable expenses to our suppliers:
From time of deposit to 100 days before departure: $100 cancellation penalty
From 99-15 days prior to departure: $350 cancellation penalty plus any non refundable deposits
14 days or less prior to departure: No refund– Cancellation charges also apply to additional accommodation reserved prior to and after the tour.
– Cancellations must be received in writing by 5:00 p.m. central time on the last business day of the applicable time period.
– For flight changes or cancellations, revision fees and/or airline cancellation charges will apply.
– Roommates canceling can result in a single supplement charge for the roommate. The Participant who cancels will be responsible for that charge if a substitute roommate cannot be found.
– Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance is strongly recommended.
Reformation Tours cannot assume responsibility for any additional costs or fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets or other arrangements not made through Reformation Tours.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour. Click on the image to download a copy of the brochure.
You can fill out your reservations online by clicking the “Book Now” tab or click here to download the form.
You can either send a check made payable to “Reformation Tours” to P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222 or click here to pay by credit card.
We offer the Professional Plan by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We include $500 coverage in your tour price and you are welcome to upgrade to cover the full tour premium. The cost of the tour insurance is the tour cost (minus $500) x 6.14%. A quote will be automatically added to your invoice.
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P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222
Tel: (618) 222-9914
Fax: (618) 222-9917
Toll Free: (800) 303-5534
CST # 2093421-30