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Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Real Ireland

Echoes of Erin 20th Anniversary Tour to Ireland
The Province of Ulster
Visiting Counties of
Donegal, Derry, Tyrone, Antrim, Monaghan,
Down, Armagh, Fermanagh, Clare
You’ve Seen the Rest, Now Come See the Best!

12 June – 22 June 2008

Thursday, 12 June - Depart Home City
Friday, 13 June - Arrive Dublin Airport.

Friday, 13 June Donegal, Ardara / Glenties – Hotel Three Nights, Bed & Breakfast, Two Dinners. ouring throughout Donegal. Day trips to Derry, Tyrone

Monday, 16 June -Tour Bushmills Distillery, Giants Causeway, Glens of Antrim. Europa Hotel, Belfast, Two Nights – Bed & Breakfast, One Dinner.

Tuesday, 17 June - Belfast City Tour, Andersonstown, Falls Road, Shankill Road, Mourne Mountains. Evening Free.

Wednesday, 18 June - Monaghan – Hotel Three Nights, Bed & Breakfast, Two Dinners. Day trips to Armagh, Slieve Gullion, Newry and surrounding area.

Saturday, 21 June - Touring enroute to Co. Clare, Hotel One Night, Bed & Breakfast; Dinner at Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet, Quin, County Clare.

Sunday, 22 June - Depart Shannon Airport for Home

Package Includes: Round Trip Transfers, Touring by Luxury Coach, Tour Guide -- Patricia Sharkey, 9 Nights in 3 and 4 Star Hotel Accommodations - 3 Nights Donegal, 2 Nights Belfast, 3 Nights Monaghan, 1 Night Clare; 10 Full Irish Breakfasts, 5 d’hote Dinners, 1 Medieval Banquet at Knappogue Castle, Admission to all attractions, Portage of luggage, Taxes.

Options: Travelers Insurance, optional, but Highly Recommended.

Can Extend Stay on either end of Tour

Price: Land Package -- $2,625.00 Per Person,
Based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement -- $ 425.00


Air Fare is NOT included. The air fare price has changed due to fuel surcharges. The fuel surcharges may continue to increase until traveller is ticketed. The price traveling outbound from Pittsburgh to Boston to Dublin and returning Shannon to Boston to Pittsburgh was $808.59. I can arrange to ticket you or you can take care of your own air fare, making sure to arrive in Dublin on 12 June 2008 to travel by our coach to Donegal.

Should you book your own air, it will be your responsibility to arrive at Dublin Airport by the set time, (flights from the US usually arrive early morning, between 5:30AM and 7:30 AM) in order to board our coach. If you miss the time frame and do not travel with the group, it will be your responsibility and at your cost to find another means of transportation to our first destination in Donegal. No portion of your land package will be refunded If you book your own air fare, you must inform Echoes of Erin of your flight itinerary..

Deposit: A Deposit by check of $500.00 per person for land arrangements is required at time of booking. No reservation can be processed without deposit. Incremental Payments will be accepted after deposit is received. Final Payment is due 60 days prior to departure (April 12, 2008). Payments by Check are to be made payable to ECHOES OF ERIN and mailed to Diane Byrnes, 78 Grant Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15223-1863. (Credit Cards are not accepted).

Baggage: Only one piece of checked luggage is permitted for travel on the coach, not weighing more than 70 lbs. Additional fees will be incurred if luggage is overweight. A carry-on is permitted. Travellers will be provided with baggage guidelines.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: The Traveller may cancel reservation within 30 days of receipt of deposit without penalty. If Traveller cancels 31 days after receipt of deposit, $150.00 will be non-refundable. All cancellations must be in writing.

If Echoes of Erin cancels this Tour, then all monies received from Travellers will be refunded 100 per cent.

A Minimum of 20 travellers are required before this Tour can proceed.

Penalties: will be in effect for the following cancellations.
Cancellation 31 days after receipt of deposit is $150.00 (as stated in paragraph above) and up until January 11, 2008.

Cancellation from January 12, 2008 through February 11, 2008 is $200.00.

Cancellation from February 12, 2008 through March 11, 2008 is $ 250.00.

Cancellation from March 12, 2008 through April 11, 2008 is Deposit amount, $500.00.

After Final Payment is received by April 12, 2008, cancellations from April 12 through May 11, 2008 is 50 per cent of amount paid.

Cancellation from May 12, 2008 through departure date of June 12, 2008, No Refund as all of the suppliers will have been paid and admission tickets purchased. These are non refundable to Tour Operator (Echoes of Erin).

Changes to Reservation: Whatever costs are paid by Echoes of Erin will be passed on to Traveller for changes to reservation, outside of cancellation, as stated above.

Rate of Exchange: Should the Rate of Exchange escalate more than 3 per cent of calculated rate for price of Tour, then this increase will be passed on to the Traveller. All efforts will be made by Echoes of Erin to maintain price as quoted.

Likewise, if a decrease in the Rate of Exchange by 3 per cent or more, Echoes of Erin will provide the traveller with refund; to be determined upon arrival back home.

Tour Price is Based on per person sharing in Double Occupancy accommodations.

See Attached Tour Contract. Please fill out and return with Deposit of $500.00 per person.

Travelers Insurance although optional is highly recommended.

Please contact Diane Byrnes for a 'Tour Contract' which is required for your reservation to be accepted.

Group Leader: Diane Byrnes, Echoes of Erin
78 Grant Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15223
412-781-6368. Email:


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