Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta

DUBLIN, IRELAND | Sept. 10-17, 2019

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THE TRIP

Sept. 10-17, 2019

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Join the 9th Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta at Grand Canal Dock! Situated in the heart of Dublin between the River Liffey and the Grand Canal.  In Irish, Duga na Canálach Móire, Grand Canel Dock has undergone significant changes as part of the Dublin Docklands redevelopment project, and local Dragonboaters are looking forward to showing it off! Join Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock as it fills with the sound of pounding drums as long, slim boats glide through the water with painted dragons at their helms, while each crew paddles for fun, fitness, and glory!

In addition to the weekend of racing with your team, you will have time to discover the sights of Dublin and its surroundings. Enjoy meeting Irish Dragon Boat Clubs and see where they practice, while also enjoying the sights, tastes, music, and dance that Ireland has to offer!

ITINERARY

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

DEPARTURE

  • Depart North America on an overnight flight bound for Dublin, Ireland.
  • Select meals, snacks, and refreshments will be served on board the flight. Be sure to read through the great tips and travel information in your American Expedition handbook!
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

ARRIVE IN DUBLIN

  • Welcome to Dublin, Ireland!
  • Upon arrival at Dublin International Airport, your American Expeditions tour manager will greet your group at the airport.
  • Together, board your private motor coach and transfer south to Kilkenny through Wicklow County.
  • County Wicklow, the “Garden of Ireland.” This region features all the types of scenery that make Ireland so beautiful. The coastline is bordered by charming sea resorts such as Bray and Greystones, and in the heart of its gentle hills are the picturesque villages of Enniskerry and Avoca. Throughout, you’ll see rolling mounts where nothing but heather grows.
  • First visit Powerscourt Gardens, a magnificent example of aristocratic gardens from the 19th century. The gardens have many stunning features including the Triton Pool with its 100-foot fountain, winged horses flanking a grotto, American, Italian and Japanese gardens, and the famous Bamberg Gates. There are countless rare plants and flowers and beautiful views of the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain.
  • Enjoy time for lunch at the lovely restaurant in Powerscourt or choose just tea and scones in their cafe.
  • Continue on to visit Glendalough, a 6th-century monastic site. The English name originated from the Irish "Gleann dá Locha," which translates to "the valley of the two lakes." It was here that St. Kevin founded a monastery which grew to become a famous center of learning throughout Europe. The buildings that survive date from the 8th and 12th centuries, with the most famous being the Round Tower. Return to Dublin late this afternoon.
  • Continue on to your hotel, check in and refresh before dinner.
  • Tonight, a special welcome dinner is planned for your group with Irish dancing and music!
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

KILKENNY | PRACTICE DAY

  • This morning, following breakfast in the hotel dining room, board your waiting motor coach and transfer to a dragon boat club’s practice area in Kilkenny or Waterford or Clonmel, where Nore Dragon Paddlers, Waterford Dragon Warriors, or Suir Dragon Paddlers practice regularly.
  • Following your practice time, return to the hotel and refresh before an afternoon of exploration in Kilkenny.
  • Kilkenny is often referred to as the “Marble City,” Kilkenny is the most interesting and well preserved of the medieval Irish cities, owing its immense charm to a variety of impressive historical monuments, including Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice’s Cathedral. Characterized by many beautifully restored buildings and winding slipways, it is small and compact, yet full of fascinating shops, galleries, and restaurants.
  • Examples of optional activities:

    - Enjoy a sheepherding demonstration, heritage walk and tea and scones at Jerpoint Park. A warm Irish welcome is guaranteed at Jerpoint Park, a period family home and working sheep farm. Also included is a Sheepdog demonstration with a collie dog herding sheep in the farmyard – a sight to behold! (See optional prices)

    - Visit the Smithwicks Experience - During the tour of Ireland ’s most popular ale’s, the Smithwick’s brewing process will be brought to life. (See optional prices)
  • This evening, dinner will be arranged for the group with a local Dragon Boat club or two from the area. Spend time sharing stories of paddling and getting to know each other!
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

KILKENNY - DUBLIN | PRACTICE DAY

  • After breakfast, pack your bags and check out of your Kilkenny hotel. Board your waiting motor coach and transfer to a dragon boat club’s practice area in another town, Carlow or Kildare en route to Dublin, where clubs such as Athy Dragon Boat and Carlow Dragon Boat practice.
  • Following practice, stop for lunch before getting to Dublin.
  • Upon arrival, enjoy a locally guided panoramic tour of Dublin. Discover the north side of the River Liffey, where you will find great striking monuments such as the GPO (General Post Office) on the city’s main thoroughfare, O’Connell Street, and the Custom House located along the quays between Butt Bridge and Talbot Memorial Bridge, as well as Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe. Landmarks on south side of the river include vast Georgian squares, lined by townhomes with iconic colorful doorways, including Oscar Wilde’s childhood home, along with Grafton Street, renowned for its shops. Not far from St. Stephen’s Green, on Kildare Street, you will see the House of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula.
  • Optionally continue on to the storied campus of Trinity College. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland. At Trinity, you will get to view the Book of Kells, perhaps the most famous illuminated manuscript in the world. It was created by monks in approximately 800 AD on the Scottish island of Iona and contains a lavishly illustrated version of the four Gospels of the New Testament. It is a masterwork of Western calligraphy and is widely regarded as Ireland’s finest national treasure, having been brought there by the monks for safekeeping from Viking raiders many centuries ago. As you exit the Book of Kells exhibition, you will get to experience the incomparable grandeur of Trinity College’s Long Library, a stunning grand reference hall of leather-bound volumes, marble busts and wood carving that lives up to its name as the longest room in all of Ireland! (See optional prices)
  • Check in at the hotel, refresh, and get ready for the first race day. Your tour manager will be able to make suggestions for dinner tonight.
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2019

RACE DAY | FESTIVAL DAY

  • After breakfast in the hotel dining room, transfer to the Grand Canal Dock, where the Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta is held.
  • In the past the schedule looked something like this:
    - 8:45 am - Crew Manager’s Meeting at Waterways Ireland Visitor’s Centre
    - 9:30 am - Crew Briefings Commence at Waterways Ireland Visitor’s Centre.
    - 10:00 am - Racing Commences:
                            International Open Challenge – 400m
                            Women’s Challenge – 400m
                            Novice Challenge – 200m
                            Under 18’s Challenge – 200m
    - 2:25 pm - Lion Dance and Breast Cancer Survivor’s Flower Ceremony on the water adjacent to the promenade at Grand Canal.
    - 6:00 pm - Last Race.
    - 6:20 pm Prize Giving at Waterways Ireland Visitor’s Centre.
  • Dinner can be arranged for the group upon request.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2019

RACE DAY | FESTIVAL DAY

  • After breakfast in the hotel dining room, transfer to the Grand Canal Dock, where the Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta is held.
  • In the past the schedule looked something like this:
    - 8:45 am - Crew Manager’s Meeting at Waterways Ireland Visitor’s Centre
    - 9:30 am - Crew Briefings Commence at Waterways Ireland Visitor’s Centre.
    - 10:00 am - Racing Commences:
                            International Open Challenge – 400m
                            Women’s Challenge – 400m
                            Novice Challenge – 200m
                            Under 18’s Challenge – 200m
    - 5:20 pm - Last Race
    - 5:40 pm - Prize Giving at Waterways Ireland Visitor’s Centre. Our guest International Officials will present the prizes.
  • Dinner will be served to your group this evening at a local restaurant or the hotel.
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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2019

DUBLIN

  • Following breakfast in the hotel, enjoy a day in Dublin.
  • Examples of optional activities:

    - Enjoy a guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse - The Guinness Brewery in Dublin is Europe's largest stout producing brewery and home to the Guinness Storehouse. (See optional prices)

    - Enjoy a session of Experience Gaelic Games - With Experience Gaelic Games, visitors learn a unique piece of Irish culture and heritage, such as traditional Gaelic games and dances, and then take part. (See optional prices)
  • This evening, enjoy a festive farewell dinner and entertainment at Merry Ploughboys Pub. The show is a highly entertaining performance of live traditional Irish music, song and Irish dancing. There will be ample opportunity to recount the many highlights of your tour.
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2019

IN FLIGHT

  • After breakfast, check out of the hotel and depart for the Dublin Airport and your return flight to North America.
  • Welcome home!

 

TOUR DETAILS

ACCOMMODATIONS

6 nights in upper-middle-class hotels (4-star), centrally located, double occupancy, including all hotel service charges and taxes:

  • 2 nights Kilkenny, such as Hotel Kilkenny or similar
  • 4 nights Dublin, such as Camden Court Hotel or similiar

TRANSPORTATION

  • Transportation as described in the itinerary in a modern climate controlled motor coach with a professional driver

MEALS

  • Breakfast served daily in the hotel dining room
  • 3 three-course dinners served as follows –
    • Welcome Dinner at Lanigan's Pub or similar
    • Dinner with a local Dragon Boat Club
    • Festive Farewell Dinner at the Merry Ploughboys Pub

TOUR MANAGER

  • A full-time American Expeditions tour manager to accompany your group from arrival to departure

LOCAL GUIDES & ENTRANCES

  • Entrances and Sightseeing tours with local guides as described in the itinerary:
    • Powerscourt House and Gardens
    • Glendalough Visitors Center
    • Locally Guided Tour of Dublin

 ONLINE ACCOUNTING AND PAYMENT SYSTEM

  • Group leaders can opt that each traveler in the group makes individual trip payments online with credit cards or debit cards. Individuals receive electronic reminders, receipts, and statements.
  • Group leaders can track payments made by each traveler and receive automated reports with current balances and due dates.

CUSTOM TRAVELER’S RESOURCE WEBSITE FOR YOUR GROUP FEATURING

  •  Day to day itinerary
  • Things to Know Before You Go
  • Helpful links, including recommended reading and websites

 

NOTES ON PRICING

PACKAGE PRICE

Prices based on a minimum of 50 paying travelers:
LAND PACKAGE PRICE: $1,869.00 per person in double occupancy


Prices based on a minimum of 40 paying travelers:
LAND PACKAGE PRICE: $1,942.00 per person in double occupancy


Prices based on a minimum of 30 paying travelers:
LAND PACKAGE PRICE: $2,057.00 per person in double occupancy

FLIGHTS

Flights are not included in the tour package.  Reach out to American Expeditions to book your flight.

Want to fly with a preferred airline? Just let us know of any specific flight requests you have, and we'll work to find you the best possible itinerary.

Whether you'd like to arrive early at your destination, stay longer to explore more of even add another city to your trip, our team of travel experts will help you customize your flight itinerary to fit your travel preferences.

 


IMPORTANT TOUR INFORMATION

MANAGER AND LOCAL GUIDES:

American Expeditions will send a professional, full-time manager to accompany your group during the entire program. The manager will handle all logistics for your group and provide general information about the regions to be visited. Local guides will conduct tours of specific cities and sites as indicated in your itinerary.

OPTIONAL SERVICES:

American Expeditions can make additional meal or excursion arrangements for the group, for example: lunches, museum tours, theater or performing arts tickets. Prices listed for optional activities are subject to reconfirmation at the time a reservation is made. Group discounts may be available.

 

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