May
Month
10 Nights
Duration

Ireland’s “Wild Atlantic Way” Adventure

with EMS Photo Adventures

May 9th -19th 2019

Brack Tours, in collaboration with EMS Photo Adventures

We will begin our Green Isle adventure in Dublin where we will get our first taste of this warm and historic country. After two nights in Dublin, we will head west to Galway and the Wild Atlantic Way. We will have a chance to explore Galway City and the following day visit the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.

Next on the agenda is Clifden from where we will take two days in the area to visit the photogenic Kylemore Abbey  and Victorian Botanical Garden and Connemara National Park. We will continue our journey towards Castlebar, stopping along the way to take the Killary Fiord Boat Tour; visit the beautiful Leenaun Village, and spend time at the Glen Keen Sheep Farm for demonstrations of sheep herding and wool spinning.

What tour of Ireland would be complete without a stop at an Irish cemetery – Killeen Cemetery – followed by an afternoon at Rosserk Friary/Abbey built in 1460. We will continue to Sligo for a one-night stay at the Raddisson Blu Hotel and Spa.

After a morning on picturesque Streedagh Strand, a long sandy beach with sand flats and salt marshes, we will continue on to the fabulous Slieve League Cliffs, where you feel like you are standing on the very edge of the world.

After an overnight stay in Dungloe, we will take a morning flight from Donegal back to Dublin where you will have time to explore Dublin’s vibrant city before we have our farewell dinner.

And of course, there has been special time set aside for sessions with Essdras to share his photos and review those you wish to share.

Our 10 Nights tour of  Ireland includes:

  • Deluxe motor coach for all transfers, Touring and Sightseeing
  • Services of a professional Tour Director throughout
  • First class hotel accommodations for Ten (10) nights: Iveagh Garden Hotel, Dublin (2), Harbour Hotel, Galway (2), Alcock and Brown Hotel, Clifden (2), Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar (1), Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo (1), Waterfront Hotel, Dungloe, (1), Iveagh Gardens Hotel, Dublin (1)
  • Full Irish Breakfast daily including the day of arrival.
  • Ten (10) dinners included at various locations
  • Seven (7) lunches included at various locations
  • Welcome drink reception
  • Porterage at hotels throughout of 1 suitcase per person
  • Taxes and Service Charges on items included
  • Travel documents to include: luggage tags and daily itinerary

Tour Details:

TOUR PRICE$6310.00 per person based on Double Room Occupancy (Land Only)
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT$850.00 to be paid along with full per person tour price based on Sole Room Occupancy
START DATETour Commences 9th May 2019 at Dublin Airport
END DATETour Finishes with Brack Tours on 19th May 2019 at Dublin Airport
WEARClothing (we recommend layered clothing, sensible walking shoes, rain jacket and carry bag for daily touring)

INCLUDED

Sightseeing & Visitor Attractions

Epic Ireland

Little Museum Dublin

Visit to The Kilkenny Shop (Nassau Street) & Lunch Stop

Trinity College & Book of Kells

St Stephens Park for Photos

Pichet Restaurant

Browne’s On Green Tyrellspass Lunch

Galway Bay Harbour

Explore Quay Street

Dinner at local Galway Restaurant

Cliffs of Moher

Lunch at restaurant in local village

Dinner at local Galway Restaurant

Letterfrack Pier

Kylemore Abbey

Lunch on Own Expense Kylemore

Clifden Area

Connemara National Park

Lunch on Own Expense National Park

Killary Boat Tour

Glen Keen Sheep Farm

Lunch at Glen Keen Farm

Killeen Cemetery Newport

Ballina

Rosserk Friary/Abbey

Streedagh Strand Beach

Slieve League Cliffs

Flight to Dublin from Donegal

Farewell dinner at Dublin Restaurant

NOT INCLUDED
Optional Travel Protection
Gratuity to Tour Director

Tour Registration

For all tour registrations please fill out the booking form found on the right hand side of this webpage please also click the number of members that you will be signing up for and that all information is correct before proceeding.

If you require any assistance please fill out the Tour Enquiry form which can be found by clicking the Tour Enquiry Tab, alternatively please email info@bracktours.com and a member of our team will be in contact. 

Day To Day Itinerary

*Subject to change*

1

Wednesday 8th May - Overnight Flight to Ireland

Dinner and refreshments will be served. You will awaken this morning to your first glimpse of Ireland’s forty shades of green.

2

Thursday 9th May - Arrive Dublin - Dublin City

  • Arrive in Dublin, transport to hotel

Dinner: Welcome Dinner at hotel

Dinner & Overnight: Iveagh Garden Hotel, Dublin 

3

Friday 10th May - Dublin City Continued

  • EPIC (Irish Emigration Museum) Housed in the iconic CHQ building, an historic stone and iron warehouse, built in 1820, this state-of-the-art visitor experience tells the epic story of the Irish people’s dispersal throughout the world over the ages.
    • Visitors will be taken on a journey that starts on the island of Ireland and ends with the global presence of the Irish today. Running through this journey is the question: what does it mean to be Irish
  • Little Museum of Dublin: The Little Museum tells the remarkable story of Dublin in the 20th century. There are over 5,000 artifacts in the collection

Lunch: Kilkenny Shop, Café & Restaurant: Overlooking Trinity College:

  • This wonderfully located Restaurant in the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street offers a variety of homemade dishes, prepared in-house daily by their team of dedicated chefs!

Afternoon:

  • Trinity College: The oldest university in Ireland. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1, the College is located in the very heart of Dublin City.
    • The 40-acre site retains some of its ancient seclusion of cobbled squares, gardens and parks.
    • The College is famed for its great treasures. These treasures include the Book of Kells, a 9th century illuminated manuscript, the Books of Durrow and Armagh, and an early Irish harp.
    • These are displayed in the Treasury and The Long Hall (library) which house over 300,000 books, some dating back to its foundation
  • Photograph in Saint Steven’s Green. The park, in the centre of Dublin, is centered on a formal gardenand with unique areas around the perimeter:
    • A large lake spanned by bridge that is home to ducks and other water fowl
    • Fountains and 15 statues and memorials to historic figures and events
    • A large commemorative arch, inviting gazebos
    • A garden for the blind with scented plants
  • Optional, if interest: The Merrion Hotel – Art Tour: The art tour will be guided by a curator from the National Gallery followed by an insight into the Merrion’s Hotel Afternoon Tea.

Dinner – Pichet Restaurant: A trendy place to dine on 14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin 2

Overnight & Breakfast: Iveagh Garden Hotel, Dublin

4

Saturday 11th May - Dublin to Galway

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning:

  • Drive to Galway, stopping along the way to take scenic, landscape shots!

Lunch: Brownes on the Green, Tyrrellspass

Afternoon:

  • Arrive in Galway and check into the hotel
  • Tour Galway Bay Harbor:
    • Admire the rows of colorful houses decorating the port, generating a quaint charm.
    • Walk through the harbor for views of Galway Bay and rows of yachts.
    • Capture pretty photos of the boats with the water reflecting changing hues of the sky.
  • Explore Quay Street, one of the city’s most lively and fun areas to see on foot.
    • Photograph the beautiful and colorful buildings,
    • The people along this very active thoroughfare
    • Window-shop at one of many artisan boutiques, and
    • This street is known for having some of the best nightlife in Galway because of its welcoming atmosphere.

Dinner: At hotel or local restaurant

Dinner & Overnight: Harbour Hotel, Galway

5

Sunday 12th May - Local Touring of Galway & County Clare

Breakfast: at hotel

All Day

  • Visit the spectacular Cliffs of Moher
  • When you make your pilgrimage to the Cliffs of Moher, you’re coming for one of two things: the staggering height of the rock face, and the even more staggering beauty of the views from the top.
  • Of course, one of the most unique and precious aspects of the cliffs is the local wildlife that calls them home. Those with a love of bird watching will be spoiled here: think countless sad-eyed puffins; elegantly dressed razorbills; chattering kittiwakes; and if you’re lucky, even an elusive peregrine falcon.
  • The surrounding landscape itself is a marvel of natural delights, with delicate sea campion, blushing sea pinks and wildflowers dotting the springy coastal grass around your feet. On a calm day, keep an eye out for any ripples in the water – breaching basking sharks and friendly dolphin pods are a common sight.

Lunch: At restaurant in village

Early Afternoon: Photo discussion and review lead by Essdras

Dinner: At restaurant in Galway

Overnight & Breakfast: Harbour Hotel, Galway

6

Monday 13th May - Galway to Clifden

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning:

  • Drive to Letterfrack and make a quick stop at Letterfrack Pier
  • Continue on to Kylemore Abbey a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920, is on the grounds of Kylemore  Photograph:
    • The Gothic Kylemore Castle, built in the late 1800s, reflected in a Connemara Lake has made the location world-famous.
    • The Victorian Walled Garden is Ireland’s largest walled garden and are a must see. Stroll through the beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, fern walk, tree nursery and elegant herbaceous border.
    • The neo-Gothic Church built in the 14C, is described as a “Cathedral in Miniature”

Lunch – on your own at the Garden Tea House, the perfect destination for lunch offering sandwiches, salads, home baked treats and delicious herbal teas freshly made with herbs from the Walled Garden.

Afternoon:

  • Continue to explore Kylemore Abbey
  • End the day in Clifden and check into the hotel

Dinner: At hotel

Dinner & Overnight: Alcock & Brown Hotel, Clifden

7

Tuesday 14th May - Local Touring of Clifden & Connemara

All Day: Lead by Park Ranger

  • Connamara National Park – N59 continues east towards Connemara National Park, which is an area with awe-inspiring landscapes.
  • What this place lacks in hype it makes up for in substance. About 4000+ hectares of natural beauty that covers mountains, coastlines, bogs, heaths, grasslands and forests is untouched by man. The star attractions here are the purple moor grass that swathes the land with color. Even if you don’t get out of the car, the drive itself is too scenic for words. That’s not all you’ll find; there’s remnants of old settlements – villages centuries old and megalithic tombs about four millennium old.
  • The ecosystem isn’t lacking either:
    • many carnivorous plants (sundew, butterwort trap_ that must survive on insects instead of the nutrient-poor bog-land;
    • beautiful and plentiful birdlife (Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, European Stonechats, Common Chaffinches, European Robins; Eurasian Wrens, Common Kestrel. Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Merlins, Peregrine Falcons, Woodcock, Common Snipe, Common Starling, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwing Fieldfare);
    • Butterflies – shore excursion
    • Connemara Pony, Shetland Sheep, Red Deer, Donkeys
  • There are winding nature trails, breath-taking mountain views, the Diamond Hill
  • A classic tea-room at the visitor center with hugely popular items on the menu. The visitor center also has an exhibit: Man and the Landscape

Lunch on your own: At the Parks’s Visitor Center

Dinner: At hotel

Dinner & Overnight: Alcock & Brown Hotel. Clifden

8

Wednesday 15th May - Clifden to Castlebar

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning:

  • Take a 90 minute Killary Fiord Boat Tour on a luxury boat for uninterrupted views of the spectacular scenery on Killary Fjord, Ireland’s only fjord. The inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland. Because of its sheltered nature, the waters are always calm.
  • Visit Leenaun village, a beautiful little village that was the the setting of 1990’s film The Field

Lunch: Restaurant in Leenaun Village

Afternoon:

  • Stop at the Glen Keen Sheep Farm considered unique due to its size, location and natural beauty.
    • Glen Keen is one of the largest farms in Irelands agri-tourism offering, over 1,400 acres in size
    • Is single family-owned sheep farm with a commonage footprint that extends to over 5,500 acres (larger than some national parks)
    • The farm will offer demonstrations of sheepdog herding and wool spinning

Dinner: At Hotel

Dinner & Overnight: TBA, Castlebar

9

Thursday 16th May - Clifden to Sligo

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning:

  • Visit Killeen Cemetery in Newport, County Mayo, to photograph traditional Irish headstones and the monument honoring St. Brendan’s well.
  • Continue to Ballina

Lunch: Along the way

Afternoon:

  • Rosserk Friary/Abbey
    • The Abbey lies some 7 km north of Ballina, on the banks of the Moy, near Killala,
    • Built by the Joyce family, in 1460, for the Friars of the Franciscan Third Order Regular.
    • This Franciscan Abbey is the finest in the country and is in a good state of preservation.
    • The church is built in the late Irish Gothic Style and the ruins include a square bell-tower suspended over the chancel arch, a single-aisle nave and south transept cloister with two chapels.
    • Among the curiosities of the friary are the double piscine with a Round Tower carved on one of its pillars, two angels and the instruments of the Passion, a fine arched doorway and east window.
    • The double piscine was used as special basin for washing items in the church service.
  • Continue to Sligo

Dinner: At hotel

Dinner & Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo

10

Friday 17th May - Sligo to Dungloe

Breakfast: At hotel and check out

Morning:

  • Spend the morning on Streedagh Strand, an impressive long sandy beach consisting sand flats and saltmarsh provide thriving habitats for a rich array of flora and fauna. The strand harbors:
    • Fossils of ancient coral especially Zaphrentis (spolitary cup-shaped tetacorals)
    • Wedge tombs – the most common type of megalithic tomb known in Ireland
    • Tropical sea limestone being violently recycled

Lunch: On way to Dongloe

Afternoon:

  • Travel to the Slieve League Cliffs: the cliffs are among the highest sea cliffs in Europe.
    • From the designated viewing points, an astounding panorama opens up before you.
    • Some say: “Standing at the top of the magnificent Slieve League Cliffs, it feels like you’re at the very edge of the world”
  • Drive to and check into hotel

Mid-afternoon: Photo review by Essdras

Dinner & Overnight: Waterfront Hotel, Dungloe

11

Saturday 18th May - Dungloe to Dublin

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning:

  • Check out of hotel
  • Transport to Airport for flight to Dublin

Lunch: At restaurant in Dublin

Afternoon: On own in Dublin

Dinner: Farewell dinner at local restaurant

Dinner & Overnight: Iveagh Garden Hotel, Dublin 

12

Sunday 19th May - Depart Ireland to US

Breakfast: At hotel

  • Check out of hotel
  • Be transported to airport for flight home

Full touring itinerary to be finalised, for more information please email info@bracktours.com and a member of the team will be in contact.

September 20th – Overnight Flight to Ireland

9th & 10th May 2019 – Iveagh Garden Hotel, Dublin

A modern take on traditional luxury, the four-star Iveagh Garden Hotel is an urban oasis just steps from Grafton Street. Unwind with a stroll through the Iveagh Gardens, enjoy delicious casual dining, craft cocktails and the freshest local ingredients in Elle’s bar and bistro.

Designed to the highest standards with a classic contemporary feel, the hotel’s rooms and suites are infused with jewel colours, rich textures, bespoke joinery and luxury finishes.

11th & 12th May 2019 – Harbour Hotel, Galway

Harbour Hotel is owned and run by MHL Hotel Collection, owned by the Galway based Lally family. Guests will enjoy the first-hand experience of true Irish hospitality. Many team members at Harbour Hotel are from the West of Ireland, others have been captivated by the charm of life in Galway City and have decided to call it home. All share a passion for the culture, spirit and beauty of Galway and enjoy sharing the best of their local knowledge with visitors to the area.

This commonality instils a sense of community within the team at Harbour Hotel, we take great pleasure in working together to create a friendly, inviting atmosphere where our guests feel comfortable and well taken care of. When you come to stay with us in Galway city you can expect excellent service from people who enjoy what they are doing and want to help you to make the most out of your stay. We are very proud of the team we have assembled and they are delighted to be able to assist you throughout your stay.

13th & 14th May 2019 – Alcock & Brown Hotel, Clifden

The Alcock and Brown hotel in Clifden is a boutique style, family run business offering a dedicated welcoming service in a relaxed atmosphere. Centrally located in the heart of Clifden Town Square, the Alcock and Brown is perfectly situated for you to leisurely browse the local shops, boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants, while being perfectly located to explore the beautiful surroundings of Connemara on day trips.

15th May 2019 – Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar

Breaffy House Resort is located in the heart of County Mayo and is the perfect destination if you are looking for a well-deserved and relaxing break!

4* Breaffy House Hotel in Mayo offers traditional old world Irish charm and hospitality complimented by magnificent grounds for rambling. Retaining some of its original country house atmosphere, the house dates back to 1890 and is an excellent base for a relaxing break in Mayo.

16th May 2019 – Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo

Surrounded by the gorgeous countryside of Rosses Point, the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo offers majestic views of Sligo Bay and the neighbouring mountains. Take advantage of the outdoor recreation afforded by the beautiful landscape, including golf at championship courses and surfing at the beach, just 3 kilometres away.

The stylish yet cosy rooms of this Sligo hotel are the perfect place to rest while touring the Wild Atlantic Way. Winner of a AA Rosette, Classiebawn Restaurant offers Sligo guests the finest in local cuisine and international favourites prepared under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Joe Shannon.

17th May 2019 – Waterfront Hotel, Dungloe

The Waterfront Hotel, Donegal’s newest 4 Star resort offers a fusion of contemporary chic and classic elegance where you can relax and unwind in ultimate luxury.

Located on the breathtaking Wild Atlantic Way, The Waterfront Hotel in Dungloe (locally know as An Clochán Liath) is a superb hotel nestled on the tip of the peninsula with spectacular views overlooking the Atlantic in the beautiful Gaeltacht region known as the Rosses in County Donegal.

18th May 2018 – Iveagh Garden Hotel, Dublin

A modern take on traditional luxury, the four-star Iveagh Garden Hotel is an urban oasis just steps from Grafton Street. Unwind with a stroll through the Iveagh Gardens, enjoy delicious casual dining, craft cocktails and the freshest local ingredients in Elle’s bar and bistro.

Designed to the highest standards with a classic contemporary feel, the hotel’s rooms and suites are infused with jewel colours, rich textures, bespoke joinery and luxury finishes.

19th May 2019 – Return flight to US

You bid farewell to the Emerald Isle as you board your flight back home.

All our coaches are Luxurious and ideal for a comfortable tour of Ireland. There is ample leg room and all seats recline.  The coaches are fully air conditioned and have a wc on board. There is a PA system on board so as not to miss a word of our knowledgeable and competent drivers/guides.

Luxury 35 Seat Executive Coach

  • Up to 30 passengers / 20 golfers
  • 35 reclining seats
  • Toilet
  • Tables
  • Full air conditioning
  • Refrigerator
  • DVD Player

*Subject to Change depending on numbers going on tour *

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Ireland’s “Wild Atlantic Way”

with EMS Photo Adventures

May 9-19 2019

Land Tour Price

  • Land Tour Price $6310.00 per person – Based on double occupancy
  • Single Supplement $850.00 (Book early limited availability) – Based on single occupancy & to be paid along with Full Tour Cost

Optional Travel Protection (rate based on maximum tour coverage of $8000/$8500)

  • Optional Travel Protection $537 (Based on double occupancy) per person
  • Optional Travel Protection $561 (Based on single occupancy) per person
  • If you require post or pre travel arrangements to Ireland please note that this insurance price will not cover your additional costs. To receive a quote to cover all your travel arrangements please email info@bracktours.com and a member of the Brack Tours team will be in contact.
  • CFAR (Cancel for any Reason) travel protection upgrade available upon request, for more information please contact a member of the Brack Tours team via email at info@bracktours.com

How To Join

  • To join this tour, complete the below registration form and send along with check deposit of $300 per person (and insurance fee if required) and make payable to Brack Tours or if paying by credit card please see below.

Deposits & Payments Schedule per person:

  • Deposit of $500.00 per person required at time of booking
  • Travel Protection is also payable at time of booking, if registering online a PayPal invoice will be emailed shortly after booking.
  • Final Payment due by 5th March 2019

Tour Booking Code:

  • EMS19

Air Cancellation Penalties:

  • Air: 120 days prior to departure air is Non-refundable

Land Cancellation Penalties:

  • Land: Outside of 65 days Forfeit of deposit per person
  • Land: 64 – 46 days Forfeit 35% Land Price per person
  • Land: 45 – 16 days  Forfeit 50% Land Price per person
  • Land: 15 days or less Forfeit 100%  Land Price  per person

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