The Silver Spirit

Myths, Music and Mayhem

9-17 September 2010

It is with great excitement that we invite you to join Erin Hart as she leads you through Ireland this coming September on a very special Exclusive Excursion.  Erin has staked claim to the Irish past as it comes alive in her series of archeological mysteries set against a backdrop of the country’s boglands.  Erin will share her hard-earned insight into Ireland and her people.  Her love of Irish music will provide us with an evening of fabulous intimate, local entertainment; the kind of music listened to by those in-the-know.

The Silver Spirit

Erin Hart

Erin Hart writes a series of archaeological crime novels set in the mysterious boglands of Ireland. A lifelong interest in Irish  traditional music also led her to co-found Minnesota’s Irish Music & Dance Association.

Jerry at the Brandenburg GateErin’s debut novel, Haunted Ground, introduced readers to pathologist Nora Gavin and archaeologist Cormac Maguire. In addition to winning the Friends of American Writers award and Romantic Times Best First Mystery, the book was shortlisted for Anthony and Agatha Awards, and was named by Book-Of-The-Month Club and ALA Booklist as one of the best crime novels of 2003. Lake of  Sorrows, the second novel in the series, was  recognized as a Minnesota Book Award finalist in 2004. False Mermaid, third in the series, was published in March 2010.
 
 She lives in Saint Paul with her husband, Irish button accordion player Paddy O’Brien, with whom she frequently visits Ireland, carrying out essential research in bogs and cow pastures and castles and pubs.

September 9th, 2010 Day 1 Depart USA

Depart the US aboard your jet bound for the Emerald Isle.  Dinner will be served shortly after take off, relax then, or watch a movie, as you approach the dawn of an Irish morning.

September 10th, 2010 Day 2 Arrive Dublin/Dublin Castle

Arrive at Dublin Airport where you are met by your Irish driver/guide and whisked to your waiting luxury motor-coach. Enroute to your Dublin hotel enjoy a drive through Dublin's fair city with a stop to visit Dublin  Castle. After hotel check-in you are free to relax for a few hours.  This evening enjoy dinner together at the hotel, and then you are free to explore the nightlife of Dublin City. Dinner and Overnight:  Alexander Hotel, Dublin

September 11th, 2010 Day 3 Wicklow Mountains

After breakfast depart for the Garden of Ireland – County Wicklow. We leave the city behind and head for the heathery hills of the Wicklow Mountains. We drive south through Enniskerry to Glendalough, "the glen of the two lakes"; a spellbinding place - an ancient monastic  settlement which has been a center for pilgrims and  visitors since its foundation by St. Kevin in the 6th  century. Tonight enjoy dinner and live entertainment with Erin’s musical friends. Lunch and Dinner

September 12th, 2010 Day 4 Dublin City

After breakfast we set out to explore some of the famous sights of Dublin: Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells, and then St. Patrick's Cathedral, founded in 1190.  After some free time for lunch visit the National Museum of Archaeology. Later tonight we come together to enjoy a Literary Pub Tour.  On this half mile walk you will visit four well-known pubs to soak up local color and anything the pubs have on offer  - available for purchase, of course.

September 13th, 2010 Day 5 Newgrange/Knowth

After breakfast visit the Boyne Valley Visitors Centre at Newgrange. As a magnificent prehistoric monument, Newgrange is unique in the world and stands as irrefutable evidence of an ancient society with knowledge of astronomy and architecture unaided by modern technology. Our journey continues across Ireland to County Mayo and our hotel for the next two nights. Dinner and Overnight: Breaffy Woods House, Castlebar. 

September 14th 2010 Day 6 National Museum of Country Life/
Ceide Fields

Our first stop today after breakfast is a visit to the National Cultural Museum of Ireland which documents the lives of the Irish people of all types and their skills as farmers, fishermen, and weavers. We continue on to the Ceide Fields, which are the oldest known field systems in the world, over 5,500 years old. This unique Neolithic landscape has shed much light on the daily lives and habits of Stone Age people. This award  winning structure houses exhibits and restaurant and is  located on the north Mayo coast within view of Down Patrick Head. Dinner

September 15th, 2010 Day 7 Connemara

After breakfast explore the rugged yet serene Connemara. This rocky land of broad-backed mountains and pearl-like lakes is the largest Irish speaking section of the country. Drive south through Westport and then to Leenan. We continue on to Galway via the coastal route, stopping to explore Spiddal, a coastal market town. Overnight Jurys Inn, Galway

September 16th 2010 Day 8 Cliffs of Moher/ Rathbaun Farm

This morning awake in the "City of the Tribes", Galway. Close by is  Claddagh, said to be the oldest fishing village in Ireland. We set off for the mighty Cliffs of Moher, and the mysterious Burren, a mass of limestone rock that contains megalithic tombs, ringforts and cairns. We visit Rathbaun Farm with its’ enchanting thatched cottage home, turf fire, stone walls and an array of animals. Enjoy the afternoon treat of tea and scones before returning to Galway.
This evening we depart our hotel for a medieval banquet at 15th Century Dunguaire Castle, situated on the shores of    Galway Bay.  Dinner: Dunguaire Medieval Banquet

September 17th, 2010 Day 9 Depart SNN

After breakfast, we bid farewell as we board our coach for   transfer to Shannon Airport.  So, “May the road rise up to meet you...blah, blah, blah”. By now you should know this Irish blessing of farewell.

HART OF IRELAND includes:

· Hosted by Erin Hart
· Fly Delta Air Lines from the Twin Cities (other cities available)
· SkyMiles Accrual 
· Celebratory Dublin Dinner & Evening with Erin’s  Musical friends   
· 4 Dinners
· Dunguaire Castle Medieval Banquet
· Daily breakfast buffet
· All hotel taxes and fees
· Private Deluxe Motorcoach
· Personalized baggage tags
· Pre-trip social gathering
· All Listed Entrance fees
· Escorted by New Departures’ Irish Specialist: Kathleen Carey Sidla

$750.00 deposit per person due at sign-up; space is not held without a deposit. Final payment due 25 June 2010.  

Sign me up for “HART OF IRELAND”:
Myths, Music and Mayhem

» Double Occupancy, per person $2995.00
» Single Supplement: $ 995.00

Cost includes only listed features; gratuities and items of a personal nature are additional.

Post-tour air extensions available, including returns from other European airports, for a deviation fee of $100.00, plus any additional airfare costs.

Minimum number of group participants is required to operate this tour. If number is not met we reserve the right to increase the cost or cancel the tour, in which case all money will be refunded.

Cancellation fees:
Due to the special nature of this tour all payments are non-refundable.
Trip insurance is highly recommended (A brochure will be sent at deposit).

Phone 612.305.0025 or 1-800-853-1880

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