February 2nd to 10th 2019

 

Join JIGJAM On our first fan tour of ireland!!!

Dear Friends, 

We are delighted to offer our Fans and Supporters the opportunity for us to show you around Ireland! This is our first annual JigJam Bus Tour of Ireland. On an action packed all inclusive tour of Ireland we will explore some of Ireland's most beautiful sights together as well as have a rip-roaring time filled with music, craic and probably a few pints of Guinness!

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

For any questions email or call:

 

Hammond Tours

34 Wedgewood Lane

Voorheesville New York, 12186

EMAIL : sales@hammondtours.com

TEL :1-518-765-2056

TEL: 1-866-486-8772 (Toll-Free)

FAX: 1-518-205-0173

 

All prices are per person

Land only: $1639.00

With air: $1999.00

Departure tax: $479.00*

Single supplement: $599.00 (This cost only applies if you are traveling by yourself)

Itinerary 

Day 1: Saturday, February 2nd - Depart for Ireland

Depart USA for an overnight flight to Ireland. . . Dinner is served aloft. 

Day 2: Sunday, February 3rd - Tullamore & Galway

Morning arrival at Shannon Airport where after clearing customs you are met by your Professional Irish Driver/Guide. We first make our way to a venue for breakfast (at own expense). We then continue to Galway, on our way we make a stop in Tullamore, where Jamie, Cathal and Daithi all hail from. Tullamore, Offaly's county town, is a bustling place with a pleasant setting on the Grand Canal, and most famous for its namesake Tullamore D.E.W. Whiskey. We've even got a song in it's honour in case you haven't heard it! Continuing on to Galway you will find the town arty and bohemian. 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. Remnants of the medieval town walls lie between shops selling Aran sweaters, handcrafted Claddagh rings and stacks of second-hand and new books. Bridges arch over the salmon-stuffed River Corrib, and a long promenade leads to the seaside suburb of Salthill, on Galway Bay, the source of the area's famous oysters. Galway is often referred to as the 'most Irish' of Ireland's cities, it's the only one where you're likely to hear Irish spoken in the streets, shops and pubs. Time this afternoon to go out of your city center hotel and walk the cobble stone streets. Dinner and Overnight Imperial Hotel Galway.

Day 3: Monday, February 4th - Aran Islands (optional)

After a full Irish Breakfast, we enjoy a tour of The Aran Islands. Inis Mór is the largest of the three Aran Islands and is the most developed in terms of tourist facilities. There are about 900 inhabitants on Inis Mór making it by far the most populated of the islands. The main village on the island is Kilronan, which has a quite large harbour that accommodates a vast amount of tourist travel to the island. Standing guard over Inishmore, Dun Aengus, 8km west of Kilronan, has three massive drystone walls that run right up to sheer drops to the ocean below. Believed to be up to 2000 years old, the fort is protected by remarkable chevaux de frise, fearsome and densely packed defensive limestone spikes. Displays at its small visitor centre provide context and a 900m walkway wanders uphill to the fort itself. We return to Galway. Those not taking the Aran Islands tour will have a free day in Galway. Overnight Imperial Hotel Galway.

 

Day 4: Tuesday, February 5th - The Burren - Cliffs of Moher- Killarney

Today after breakfast we may take a tour of Ireland’s stony place – The Burren, You can find villages abandoned since famine times and green roads on which you can walk for miles without ever seeing a car. This is not the green Ireland of postcards. But there are wildflowers in spring, giving the 560-sq-km Burren brilliant, if ephemeral, color amid its ascetic beauty. Continuing on to the Cliffs of Moher are 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. As you leave the cliffs you’ll travel through the little village of Liscannor and just across the bay, you’ll see the beautiful seaside village and golfers’ mecca, Lahinch. We then arrive in Killarney. Dinner & Overnight Killarney International Hotel.

Day 5: Wednesday, February 6th - Dingle Peninsula

After breakfast we depart Killarney for the Dingle Peninsula. The journey begins with some of the most magnificent scenery in all of Ireland. The little town of Dingle is straight out of a story book. The fishing boats in the harbor and tiny brightly painted pubs portray a time that has continued to stand still. The population of 1500 people and only 52 pubs are ready to welcome you this afternoon. Worth the wait is the native seafood chowder served up at lunch time with freshly baked brown bread. We continue on to Slea Head. Along the way, we will see bee hive style huts, originally inhabited by 12th century monks, which overlook the rugged Blasket Islands. The awe inspiring beauty of this particular area is unmatched. There is no other landscape in western Europe with the density and variety of archaeological monuments as found on the Dingle Peninsula. Overnight Killarney International Hotel.

Day 6: Thursday, February 7th - Blarney Castle - Cork

We enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast this morning. Our next stop, Blarney Castle, (admission to the castle is not included) is home to the blarney stone, If you need proof of the power of a good yarn, then join the queue to get into this 15th-century castle, one of Ireland's most popular tourist attractions. They're here, of course, to plant their lips on the Blarney Stone, which supposedly gives one the gift of gab. The Blarney Stone is perched at the top of a steep climb up claustrophobic spiral staircases. On the battlements, you bend backwards over a long, long drop (with safety grill and attendant to prevent tragedy) to kiss the stone; Time to visit and shop the famous woolen mills. This shop shouldn't disappoint, with a particularly wide range of cut crystal, porcelain presents and its trademark woolly things. Then it’s onto Cobh a charming waterfront town on a glittering estuary, dotted with brightly coloured houses and overlooked by a splendid cathedral. We can then visit the Cobh Hertiage Center. Learn about Irish Emigration story, trace your ancestors, hear about the ill-fated Titanic and the Lusitania, and immerse yourself in Irish naval and military history. The howl of the storm almost knocks you off-balance, as you feel your right on the deck of the Titanic. Housed in the old train station This beautiful, informative and sometimes emotive cultural Centre is situated within Cobh’s beautifully restored Victorian railway station, a building with its own historic story. Overnight at the Imperial Hotel Cork.

Day 7: Friday, February 8th - Rock of Cashel - Kilkenny Castle - Glendalough
After breakfast we depart Cork. We start our journey passing through Tipperary, the boyhood home of Gavin. Continuing on we travel through Cashel, where legend has it St. Patrick crowned the High Kings of Ireland in the 5th century. We continue to the Medieval City of Kilkenny, where we enjoy a visit to Kilkenny Castle which has been completely refurbished in recent years. The impressive Victorian building was erected in the mid-19th century when it served as a home to the Hackett family. We make our way through the Wicklow Mountains to visit Glendalough, the 6th century monastic home of St. Kevin, surrounded by beautiful mountains and gardens where once again time has stood still. Here we see the round tower and ruined churches of the 6th century monastery and stop at the visitor center for an explanation of the history of the settlement. Overnight Camden Court Hotel.

Day 8: Saturday, February 9th - Dublin


Morning departure where we first take a full panoramic tour of this fascinating port city. We make our way to the Jameson Distillery, it is tucked away in a quaint cobbled alley that opens into a small courtyard, has managed to maintain the charm of its heyday in the early 1800s. After learning about malting, milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling and maturing, visitors are invited to take part in the final step—tasting. You will have the rest of the afternoon free to explore Dublin. You may want to stop and see St. Patrick’s Cathedral where writer Jonathan Swift gave his sermons, The G.P.O. on O’Connell Street scene of the 1916 Easter Uprising where the bullet holes still remain to this day. Drive through famous Phoenix Park where the Pope said Mass in late 70’s and finally Trinity College to view the 8th century manuscripts, The Book of Kells, still preserved as they were when the Monks produced them all those centuries ago. Why not visit Guinness Storehouse for a peek at the makings of this world famous brew. Make sure to visit Dublin’s oldest Pub this afternoon, The Brazen Head. You might enjoy a Literary Pub Crawl this evening after dinner. Overnight Camden Court Hotel.

Day 9: Sunday, February 10th - Fly Home!

After breakfast we are transferred to nearby Dublin Airport. In the off chance that you missed shopping opportunities, Dublin has a large Duty-Free Shop that you can visit once you are checked in for your flight. In the traditional Irish way, we wish you “Safe Home”.

Your Tour Package Includes the Following:

• Roundtrip airfare from NYC Area (Flights announced 100 days prior to departure)

• Seven (7) Nights Accommodations as follows or similar: Location Property Galway -Imperial Hotel-2 Nights *** www.imperialhotelgalway.ie Killarney -The Killarney International-2 Nights **** www.killarneyinternational.com Cork-Imperial hotel-1 Night ***** www.flynnhotels.com Dublin- Camden Court Hotel-2 Nights *** www.camdencourthotel.com

• Full Irish Breakfast Daily

• Two Dinners: Galway & Killarney

• Admission to Cliffs of Moher, Cobh Heritage Center, Kilkenny Castle, Jameson Distillery

• Sightseeing as per itinerary

• Touring by Deluxe Touring Motor coach

• Services of Professional Irish Driver/Guide throughout • Taxes and Service Charges except gratuity to driver/guide

 

Cancellation Penalties: If written cancellation is received by Hammond Tour more than 120 days prior to departure, a processing fee of
$250.00 per person will apply. From 119 days to 60 days prior to departure, a cancellation penalty of $700.00 per person will apply. 60 Days
or less prior to departure- a 100% cancellation penalty fee applies. We strongly recommend Travel Cancellation & Interruption Insurance.
This insurance will cover you in the event of death to the said traveler, someone in their immediate family, (mother, father, sister, brother,
children etc.) Additionally, any serious illness or other ailments (with a doctor’s note) saying that traveler cannot attend trip, would also be
covered. Any circumstances of a personal nature other than the aforementioned are not covered. Please note, Hammond Tours and Jigjam
are not responsible for any loss, damages or injuries that may happen while on the tour.