In 2019 we will be celebrating 15 Years as a band and to celebrate we have put together the most amazing Scythian in Ireland itinerary to date!  We invite you to join us on our 2019 Castle Tour! View the itinerary below and save your spot - the last time we released an itinerary the trip sold out in three weeks!  (We currently have 80 of the 90 available spots sold!) 

Day 1: Saturday, February 16 - USA to Ireland.

Depart USA for overnight flight to Ireland.  Dinner is served while in flight.

Day 2: Sunday, February 17 - Welcome to Dublin!

Morning arrival at Dublin Airport where you are greeted by your Driver/Guide.  Leaving the airport we travel to a nearby venue where everyone will have an opportunity for their first Full Irish Breakfast (at own expense).  We travel into Dublin Town where we enjoy a panoramic tour of this 1000-year old city.  We then see statue filled O’Connell Street, The General Post Office scene of the 1916 Easter Uprising, as well as Georgian Square. Then onto one of the most popular visit in town is this multimedia homage to Guinness in a converted grain storehouse that is part of the 26-hectare brewery. Across its seven floors you'll discover everything about Guinness before getting to taste it in the top-floor Gravity Bar, with its panoramic views. Then some free time to browse the city and then to our hotel. Overnight at the Camden Court Hotel.

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Day 3: Monday, February 18 - Dublin to Galway

Today after breakfast we depart Dublin and head north to County Meath. Our first stop will be at Slane Distillery for a tour of this 250 year old Castle estate. An unfolding story as unique as its smooth and flavorful, triple-casked whiskey, Slane Distillery is housed within the 250 old stables of the iconic Slane Castle estate. The new distillery pays homage to the resilient nature of Ireland's heritage and the surrounding lands that its inhabitants call home.  Allow Slane's storytellers to immerse you into our wonderful world of whiskey. The fabrics of the Conyngham family tapestry are carefully woven through an interactive and immersive tour of our state of the art working distillery. Finish the tour in the best way possible, with a taste of Slane's signature triple casked blend, Slane Irish Whiskey. We have time for lunch at the Castle which has hosted everyone from King George IV to renowned bands recording albums to more than a million music fans during the Slane Concert series. In the afternoon we then travel west to Galway.  Artsy, bohemian Galway is renowned for its pleasures. Brightly painted pubs heave with live music, while cafes offer front-row seats for observing street performers.  Steeped in history, for sure, but the city buzzes with a contemporary and cultured vibe as students make up a quarter of the population. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. Overnight at the Imperial Hotel Galway.

 

Day 4: Tuesday, February 19 - Galway (Aran Island optional tour)

This morning after breakfast you may choose to enjoy an optional tour of the Aran Islands ($65 additional for tour). Easily visible from the coast of counties Galway and Clare along the Wild Atlantic Way, the rocky, wind-buffeted Aran Islands have a desolate beauty that draws countless day-trippers. Inishmore (Irish: Inis Mór) is the largest island and home to the only town, Kilronan. Inishmaan (Inis Meáin) preserves its age-old traditions and evokes a sense of timelessness.   It is well known internationally with over 50 different monuments of Christian, pre Christian and Celtic mythological heritage. There isn’t far you can go before being somewhere where there’s something of historical interest and little reason to question its importance in modern Irish Culture. There are minibuses as well as horse and carts to take people around. For those of you that choose not to do the tour you have the day free to explore the charms of Galway on your own. Overnight at the Imperial Hotel Galway.  If not doing Aran Island Tour you will have a free day in Galway.

Dromoland Castle - One of the three fived-star Castles in Ireland

Dromoland Castle - One of the three fived-star Castles in Ireland

Cliffs

Day 5: Wednesday, February 20 - Galway to Dromoland Castle

This morning after breakfast we leave Galway and travel to the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs are an astonishing impressive and staggeringly beautiful. The entirely vertical cliffs rise to a height of 203m, their edge falling away abruptly into a ceaselessly churning Atlantic. A progression of vast heads, the dark limestone marches in a rigid formation that's gob-smacking, no matter how many times you look at it. On a clear day you'll channel Barbra Streisand as you can see forever; the Aran Islands stand etched on the waters of Galway Bay, and beyond lie the hills of Connemara. From there we head south to Dromoland Castle. Savor your first glimpse of this majestic castle and its enchanting lake, as you pass through the castle gates. This was the ancestral home of the O’Briens of Dromoland who were the Kings of Thomond and whose lineage goes back 1,000 years to Brian Boru, the only High King of Ireland. Under glittering antique chandeliers descend grand staircases and meander through elegant hallways and beautifully furnished rooms. Luxuriate in plush, sink-in sofas in front of large, ornate fireplaces with blazing log fires. (see video of interior) Relax as our unsurpassed, experienced and friendly staff takes special care of you. Time today to enjoy this Five Star Deluxe property and its entire splendor.  Dinner & Overnight at Dromoland Castle.
 

Day 6: Thursday, February 21 - Dromoland Castle (Limerick day trip optional)

Today after breakfast in the beautiful Castle you may want to go on a tour of Limerick or choose to stay behind and enjoy the Castle for the day. The medieval city of Limerick was established on the southern tip of King’s Island. The Island is formed by the Abbey and Shannon Rivers. Walled in 1185 it became known as English Town and from earliest times was the administrative heart of the city. Today Limerick's low-lying farmland is framed on its southern and eastern boundaries by swelling uplands and mountains. Limerick city is boisterously urban in contrast and has enough historic and cultural attractions for a day's diversion. About 15km south of the city are the haunting archaeological sites around Lough Gur, while about the same distance southwest of the city is the cute thatched village of Adare. Today try one of the many activities offered by the Castle, such as falconry, archery, boating to name just a few. Hammond Tours will make the reservations for you and you can pay the Castle directly. Check Dromoland Castle website for a list of activities for an additional cost.  Dinner & Overnight at Dromoland Castle

Ornate sitting rooms

Ornate sitting rooms

Indoor pool

Indoor pool

Two dinners provided

Two dinners provided

Day 7: Friday, February 22 - Dromoland to Kilkenny 

This morning we depart Dromoland and head towards Kilkenny. Rising above the River Nore, Kilkenny Castle is one of Ireland's most visited heritage sites. Stronghold of the powerful Butler family, it has a history dating back to the 12th century, though much of its present look dates from Victorian times. For most visitors, the focal point of a visit is the Long Gallery, which showcases portraits of Butler family members, the oldest dating from the 17th century. It is an impressive hall with a 19th-century timber roof vividly painted with Celtic, medieval and Pre-Raphaelite motifs by John Hungerford Pollen (1820–1902), who also created the magnificent Carrara marble fireplace, delicately carved with scenes from Butler family history. The castle basement is home to the Butler Gallery, featuring contemporary artwork in temporary exhibitions, and to a popular summertime tearoom housed in the castle kitchen. You can also stop in the café for a bite to eat. Then onto the town of Kilkenny. Dinner & Overnight at the Kilkenny River Court Hotel.

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle

Day 8: Saturday, February 23 - Kilkenny 

Today after breakfast we will tour Kilkenny. Kilkenny is the Ireland of many visitors' imaginations. Built from dark-grey limestone flecked with fossil seashells, Kilkenny (from the Gaelic 'Cill Chainnigh', meaning the Church of St Canice) is also known as 'the marble city'. Its picturesque 'Medieval Mile' of narrow lanes and historic buildings strung between castle and cathedral along the bank of the River Nore is one of the Southeast’s biggest tourist draws. It's worth braving the crowds to soak up the atmosphere of one of Ireland's creative crucibles – Kilkenny is a centre for arts and crafts, and home to a host of fine restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops. This afternoon enjoy some free time to explore Kilkenny. Overnight at the Kilkenny River Court Hotel.

Day 9: Sunday, February 24 - Kilkenny-Dublin

After our Irish breakfast at our hotel we head north. We travel through Wicklow, a wild pleasure garden of coastline, woodland and daunting mountains through which runs the country's most popular walking trail. Stretching 127km from Dublin's southern suburbs to the rolling fields of County Carlow, the Wicklow Way leads walkers along disused military supply lines, old bog roads and forest trails. Along the way you can explore monastic ruins, handsome gardens and some magnificent 18th-century mansions. Then onto Dublin. 

In the afternoon you will have some free time to explore. You may want to see Dublin's most famous street is pedestrianized Grafton St., the bustling heart of the city centre. You'll find the biggest range of pubs, shops and restaurants in the busy hive that surrounds it, a warren of side streets and alleys that is almost always full of people. Many of the city’s most important sights and museums are here, as is Dublin’s best-loved city park, St Stephen's Green. Overnight at the Camden Court Hotel.

Day 10: Monday, February 25 - RETURN HOME

TRIP OVERVIEW

** FOR TOUR PRICE SEE FAQ SECTION **

Your tour package includes the following:


~ Roundtrip airfare from NYC (Flights announced 90 days prior to departure)

~ Six (6) nights accomodations as follows or similar

~ Full Irish Breakfast daily

~ Three Dinners: 2 Dromoland Castle & 1 Kilkenny

~ Three Scythian shows + Scythian rides with you on the bus

~ Admission to Guinness Factory, Slane Distillery, Cliffs of Moher & Kilkenny Castle.

~ Sightseeing as per itinerary

~ Touring by Deluxe Touring Motorcoach

~ Services of professional Irish Driver/Guide throughout

~ Taxes and service charges except gratuity to driver/guide

Please visit Hammond Tours for their official itinerary and see payment schedules and cancellation policies.

For any questions email Joe Wasserbach or call:

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