Orlando Ski and Travel Club

Ireland In Depth

Explore the Emerald Isle

June 28-July 12, 2023

 …with optional 5-day extension to Glasgow, Scotland 

July 12-17, 2023

CO-LEADERS: Cyndy Valence & Robin Beckman

EMAIL:  cyndyvalence@icloud.com   robinbeckman101@hotmail.com

(407) 810-3434 / (386) 717-3106

As you travel through Ireland, delve deeply into a land rich in history, legend, stirring music, and verdant landscapes. Begin your journey in Dublin, Ireland’s cosmopolitan capital, before continuing on to the historic city of Kilkenny. From there, you’re off to Cork and its nearby seaport of Cobh, from which thousands of Irish emigrated during the Potato Famine. You’ll also visit Killarney and the 110-mile Ring of Kerry, boasting some of Ireland’s most astonishing scenery, before exploring the eerie landscape of the Burren and the captivating Cliffs of Moher. Finally, end your Ireland guided tour in lovely Galway, where there’s a tune playing around every corner. This Ireland tour is an in-depth discovery of the Emerald Isle—its lore, its lands, and above all, the gregarious charm of its people. 


Earlybird pricing of $4,653/pp including RT air and transfers from Orlando!

***MUST PAY IN FULL BY 8/30/22 TO RECEIVE EARLYBIRD RATES!***

Prices After 8/30/22 ---$5,142




WHAT'S INCLUDED:

International RT airfare to/from Orlando, airport transfers, government taxes, fees, and airline fuel surcharges (unless you choose to make your own air arrangements).

 

Accommodations: 13 nights in comfortable rooms with private bath


22 Meals: 13 breakfast, 3 lunches, 6 dinners (including 1 Home-Hosted Lunch)


16 Included Features: 12 guided tours and 4 Exclusive Discovery Series events: Hurling demonstration · Home-Hosted Lunch · Irish History & Culture · Sheep farm experience  


Local Program Directors:  Experts alongside our group from beginning to end to provide insiders knowledge and perspective to enrich your experience. 


Gratuities: on your main trip for local guides and motor-coach drivers also included.


Baggage handling: for 1 piece of luggage per person, including tips


***Again, must pay in full at time of registration by 8/30/22 to receive early-bird rates!***


Accommodations (or similar)

Highlights

3-nights Dublin—Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane

Burren & Cliffs of Mohr; Ring of Kerry;

2-nights Kilkenny—Pembroke Kilkenny Hotel

Blarney Castle, Cobh Heritage, Guiness
2-nights Cork--Maldron Hotel Cork South Mall Kilkenny Castle Gardens, Cahir Castle
3-nights Killarney—Killarney Towers  Waterford Crystal Visit, Glendalough
3-nights Galway—Galway Bay Hotel  

OPTIONAL TOURS: (can be purchased on tour)

  • Day 4: Traditional Irish Night—enjoy a night of craic” (having a good time) w/ trad. Irish 3-course meal followed by live music
  • Day 10: Dingle Experience—venture along the rugged Dingle Peninsula and experience a medieval village and trace some of Ireland’s most spectacular coastline! Includes a stop in the fishing port of Dingle for a lunch of locally caught fish & chips
  • Day 11: National Folk Theatre Performanceenjoy a performance of Siamsa Tíre, performed by the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, and the country’s only repertory company (incl. 3-course dinner)
  • Day 13: Connemara & Kylemore Abbey—visit Connemara and ramble around its lakes, mountains, and bogs. Visit Kylemore Abbey, former gothic mansion and now home to Benedictine Nuns, enjoy a lunch as you cruise Killary Harbor, then see the deserted village of Clough Na Mara


OPTIONAL 5-DAY POST-TRIP EXTENSION TO GLASGOW, SCOTLAND*

$1,526- EARLY-BIRD PRICING 8/30/22

Experience the warmth and charm of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. Study its contrast of modernist chic and old-fashioned Victorian elegance, and expand your Scottish discoveries with day trips to peaceful Loch Lomond, the largest lake in all of Great Britain, and the birthplace of Robert Burns, one of Scotland's national heroes.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

   Flight:  Dublin to Glasgow & all transfers; Gratuities for motor coach driver

   Accommodations: 5 nights at Maldron Hotel Glasgow City or similar

   10 meals: 5 breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

   3 included tours: Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Robert Burns Museum; exclusive services of a Local Program Director

   OPTIONAL TOUR: Edinburgh on Day 3

*Extension may require a minimum of 15 travelers to run


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MAIN TOUR AND EXTENSION:

  • Walk 2 miles unassisted and participate in 1.5-2.5 hours of physical activities daily, including stairs
  • Agility, balance, and stair-climbing are required to kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Uneven walking surfaces, including unpaved paths, hills, stairs, and cobblestones. NOT accessible for travelers using wheelchairs or scooters; travelers using walkers, crutches, or other mobility aids must travel with a companion who can assist them. Program Directors reserve the right to restrict participation, or in some circumstances send travelers home, if their limitations impact the group’s experience


RATES DO NOT INCLUDE Passport fees, travel insurance, personal charges, gratuities for Local Program Director, or any items not specified above.

EARLYBIRD rates only: 

Base $4,653; Extension $1526 Must be Paid in Full via Credit Card by 8/30/22

Rate after 8/30/22: Base $5,142 Extension: $1,695


Non-Early Bird Rate Check Payment Schedule:

Initial Deposit                        $500.00 per person

November 1, 2022                 $2000.00 per person

March 15, 2023                      Balance due

 RESERVATIONS: OSTC membership, deposit or full payment via credit card at time of registration and a completed trip registration online are required to reserve space on this trip. Space cannot be held without trip deposit or full CC payment. Parties of 2 or more must register separately with their own email login. Surf www.orlandoskiandtravelclub.com to register and pay by credit card for this trip at time of registration or send checks payable to Orlando Ski & Travel Club to:

Cyndy Valence, 300 Avila Court, Winter Springs, FL 32708.


COVID VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS: You must be fully vaccinated—including a Booster Shot—against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to your departure.


CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations must be received by Orlando Ski and Travel Club in writing. A $100.00 per person non-refundable fee applies if cancellation is received after initial deposit/full payment but before August 30, 2022. 


After August 30, 2022 cancellation policy is as follows:

  • 90 days or more prior to departure: $100
  • 89-60 days prior to departure: $100 + 10% of your trip price
  • 59-30 days prior to departure: $100 + 65% of your trip price
  • 29 days prior to departure: 100% of your trip price

Wherever and whenever you choose to travel with O.A.T./ G.C.T., reserve at no risk: If you cancel a reservation at least 90 days prior to your departure, you will receive a refund equal to your Trip Price (minus $100 club fee). Unless otherwise stated next to the program’s rate chart, you will receive a refund (which excludes the cost of the non-refundable Travel Protection Plan) less any non-refundable airfare/add-ons, non-refundable services fees, and the above per-person charges. Any applicable refunds will be returned to you in a manner to be determined by O.A.T. or Grand Circle, including, but not limited to, credit for future travel. The majority of applicable refunds are processed within 90 days of receipt of your cancellation.

Trip Insurance is HIGHLY recommended.

OSTC does NOT endorse any Insurance provider. Shop carriers & read the small print, encourage a minimum of Medical coverage with BED REST option.


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