Testimonial from a satisfied client who travelled with Ireland On My Mind!
"I have just had the pleasure of taking a
tour of the real, authentic Ireland with Linda Rosen of Ireland
On My Mind. I can not begin to explain how her love and knowledge of this beautiful country, its people,
history and the music are passed on to anyone who accompanies her.
Linda Rosen has the ability to bring Ireland to you rather than you to Ireland."
-- MW, Vancouver, Canada
Overview of Ireland
Come with me to the most beautiful country in the world, Ireland.
I will be very pleased to show you the most breath-taking part
...... the West.
We will spend 9 days and nights touring County Kerry, County Clare, County Galway and County Mayo.
We stay right in the heart of Galway City located on the famous Galway Bay and in the middle
of two of Ireland’s most quaint 17th villages…..An Daingen/Dingle Town and Lehinch....
both situated on the dramatic and stunning shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
The itinerary, timing and the venues/sites we see are carefully thought out....all aimed at
providing a dream experience for women: jaw-dropping oceanscapes,
pristine beaches, beautiful mountains, deep verdant valleys, thatched roof cottages, sweeping green
fields dotted with sheep, islands, waterfalls, lakes and more!
Let us introduce you to traditional Irish music,authentic Irish people, 18th and 19th century
cathedrals and ruins, ancient grave yards, and quaint Disney-like villages.
You will get a feeling and appreciation
for the history and the spirituality of Ireland and best of all....you will be experiencing this dream vacation in a quiet,
intimate setting with like-minded friends. Some of the people you meet on this tour, if not all, will remain your friends for life.
We are driven around by a licensed driver/guide who was born and raised in Ireland and speaks Gaelic. The stories our drivers tell
and the jokes they share are wildly entertaining. Just getting to know the driver and trying to decipher his accent
is an adventure in itself!
I am determined to make this journey a Trip of a Lifetime for you
and do try to honor requests whenever possible. Please call or
email me with any questions. Thank you for visiting my website!
NOTE: We advise everyone to fly in a day early to refresh and get ready for
the tour. We will help you with these reservations. Most likely, everyone who is going on the trip will be
in the same place.
"Do you like to travel and see out of the way, unusual places? Then the Linda Rosen,
‘Ireland On My Mind’ tour is the one for you. The scenery, the local people, the history
and the beauty come alive in this well-organized tour planned by Rosen. As a person who has
conducted many tours in Europe, I can highly recommend the professionalism exhibited by this tour.
The travel accommodations are well-chosen, the itinerary is superior and the driver adds a touch of Irish humor for the participants."
"I’ve been lucky enough to see many beautiful countries in my life. Yet, I was unprepared for the continuous
day-after-day beauty of Ireland. I can’t get that trip out of my mind...and I must say that I have never had
more fun on any trip than the time I went to Ireland with Linda Rosen."
"My friend whom I always travel with found Linda Rosen’s website, 'Irelandonmymind.com' on line. After having
traveled with Ireland On My Mind, we want to go back to Ireland and if we do we will go with Linda Rosen. Linda is an amazing
woman with boundless energy and is a fun person to be around. She hires an Irish driver that she directs to the most gorgeous
places I have ever seen. There are at least 40 shades of green in almost every Irish scene! We enjoyed the people of Ireland as
well as the beautiful scenery. The food in the pubs is delicious. If you have any reservations about going to Ireland, go to a
Barnes & Noble store and look at an Irish calendar. You will be hooked and you will be lucky to have Linda Rosen help you get there!!!"
"This is a unique concierge-like tour with a small group of women, a tour guide and an Irish driver. Linda
Rosen is not only lots of fun but also has an encyclopedic knowledge of western Ireland that became clear
early into our tour as we explored the nooks and crannies of that magical place. I once read that the best
kind of travel takes you into another “world” and challenges you to be bold, curious and engaged. Linda Rosen’s
tours meet all of those criteria and more."
"I thoroughly enjoyed traveling in Western Ireland with Linda Rosen and Ireland On My Mind.
Linda is very knowledgeable and went out of her way to make sure that our trip was memorable and we were comfortable.
Our Irish driver was an exceptional asset with his wit and stories. The best part of the trip was travelling with our
small group in a van. We were able to see parts of Ireland that a group in a large tour company would never see and
mingle with the true Irish population. I would repeat this trip in a minute!"
We will meet you at the Shannon Airport, head north to Ashford Castle, one of the most visited castles in Europe.
We will have the opportunity to stroll through the castle grounds and the village of Cong, home to many scenes from "The Quiet Man" movie.
Another fascinating site we will explore is Ballintubber Abbey, in existence since before Columbus discovered America.
After we check into our hotel in Galway City, we will take time to prowl amongst the many shops, pubs and historic sites of
Ireland’s most vibrant city. The streets of Galway have been blocked off creating a hospitable and exciting street atmosphere
which includes musicians, street vendors,open markets and sidewalk cafes.
Days 2 & 3
Today we leave Galway and head west to Connemara and Joyce Country. This area is rugged while
being stunningly beautiful. We will leave the main roads, if weather permits, and see some of the most
serene, natural landscapes you have ever seen.
Connemara offers extraordinary ocean vistas, castel ruins, gardens, bogs, mountains and the Irish fjord,
the Killary. This area has been often described in poems as "haunting".
We will stop at Roundstone and Clifden, two charming villages...take a little time out to stroll and explore and have a fun lunch
in a quaint café, tea house or pub.
After touring, we will head back to Galway and enjoy another
late afternoon and evening in this wonderful, medieval town. We are staying directly on Eire Square
across the street from the JFK Memorial and right around the corner from Saint Nicolas' Cathedral...
visited by Christopher Columbus before he set sail on the voyage that led to his discovery of America.
Overview of Connemara
We are off this morning for the Dingle Peninsula. Along the way we will see many interesting sites...
the most noteworthy being the village of Adare.
Adare is often called "the most photographed village in all of
Ireland". It is famous for its thatched roof cottages, lovely town park, Adare Manor and the ruins of Desmond
Castle. We will stop here for a walk-about and perhpas lunch or tea.
The beach at Inch, one of our favorite beaches in Ireland, is our next stop. If the weather permits we
will have time to explore and walk the mile-long beach. If you have seen the movie "Ryan's Daughter", it
is featured in many scenes. Sited between the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula, it is truly a
We will reach Dingle Town in late afternoon. Our hotel is located on the wharf area of Dingle
Harbour, a natural cove in the Atlantic Ocean. If you want to take a brisk walk in the mornings
or early evening....this is the perfect location for you!
The Photographers of National Geographic Magazine once cited the Slea Head Drive on the Dingle Peninsula
as the most beautiful place in the world. So, today, look forward to seeing what some people believe is the most
goegeous place on earth.
We plan on taking it slowly...savoring every beautiful spot and leaving no stone unturned. We will visit Dunquin Pier,
the Blasket Island Center, Counminole Beach and the Gallorus Oratory as well. To top off a perfect day, we will have
a wonderful lunch (on own) at a quaint pub in Bally David, right on the ocean's edge.
And if that wasn't enough, tonite we will be treated to an exceptional candle lit concert of incredibly
talented musicians at St. James Chapel right in the heart of the village.
Dingle Town is our favorite village on the tour. The whimsical architecture, abundance of fascinating
shops, welcoming nature of the townspeople and high volume of available exceptional musicians is unequaled.
We find that if we don't allow time to shop or stroll around Dingle Town, our travellers mutiny. So, today
we will allow time in the early day "on own". You will want to take the time to shop, explore, photograph or
hang out at the wharf. If not, we can always meet at Benner's for a hot scone topped off with a blob of real
cream the size of a baseball, and I promise you....you will not want to go home.
In the afternoon, we will be delighted to show you castle ruins...Minard's Castle at Stone Beach...and if
the weather permits you will see some of the clearest water in the Atlantic Ocean and one of the
most beautiful coves. We will lunch (on own) at The South Pole, one of Ireland's well-known pubs and
once owned by Tom Crean, Ireland's most famous explorer. After a fun lunch, we will venture up the mountain side
to photograph Lake Annascaul...a serene lake in a valley in the mountain, and Tom Crean's grave at the foot
of the mountain.
Tonite, we are invited to attend a small, private concert located at a thatched roof cottage on the
wharf hosted by Michael Herlihy. All the music you hear in Dingle Town will blow you away, I promise!
The Dingle Peninsula
Today we head for County Clare via a ferry across the Shannon River.
We are going to
spend our last 3 days and nights in Lehinch, home of one of the world’s most well-known links golf
courses. Lehinch is a wee village but is sited on a mile long stretch of sandy beach loaded with surfers
during mild weather. When its sunny the townspeople come out with their dogs and prams and walk up and
down the promenade.
If you enjoy a good morning walk, this is the perfect spot to meander around before
we take off for our day’s adventures.
Today is going to be filled with one of the greatest adventures you have even been on. We will be taking a
ferry across Galway Bay to one of the Aran Islands, Inis Oirr. On the island we will have additional time to explore or
have tea or lunch. This island is the least developed of the Aran Islands and is one of the finest examples of what
"old Ireland" would have looked like.
In the early afternoon we will board the ferry again and this time go directly under the Cliffs of Moher.
This is truly one of the most dramatic and spectacular sites in Ireland. Bring your camera!
In the evening we will be traveling to Doolin, a charming, wee village just north of Lahinch, to hear
some of the best music in County Clare.
Today we are going to explore County Clare and the Burren, an area reserved as a National Park and
loaded with historical and archeaological sites. The Burren is one of Ireland's most treasured areas. We will spend
some time at the Perfumery, view Red Mary's Mansion, the Dolmen Poulnabrone and tour one or two of Ireland's most
charming villages. We have a lot to choose from: Doolin, Liscannor, Ballyvaughan, Kinvara, Lisdoonvarna, or Ennystimon.
In the afternoon, in lieu of a farewell dinner, we will have high tea at Ireland's most elegant and exclusive Castle,
Dromoland. This extraordinary castle was originally the ancestral home of the fighting O'Brien Clan, direct descendants
of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. We will end the day by touring the walled English Garden on the beautiful grounds of
Domoland Castle. This afternoon is one you will never forget!
Taking the Ferry to Inis Oirr and Beneath the Cliffs of Moher!
Day 10 Back to the airport for an early morning flight.
This is an adventure you will not soon forget!
Just For Starters:
* Transfer to and from Shannon Airport per itinerary
* 9 Nights in Comfortable, Upgraded Hotels-Double Occupancy
* 9 Delicious Breakfasts
* 9 Full Days of Touring and Exploring, Many Photo Opportunities
* Comfortable, Modern Coach with Expansive Windows
* Licensed Irish Driver/Guide -- Informative As Well as FUN!!!
* Farewell Private High Tea at 16th Century Dromoland Castle in New Market On Fergus
* Drive the Connemara Loop 16th Joyce Country -- Olde Ireland As It Used To Be
* Candle Light Concert at St. James', Dingle Peninsula
* Concert at Michale Herlihy's Thatched Roof Cottage, "Siopa Ceoill", Dingle Peninsula
* Drive the Slea Head, "Most Beautiful Drive in Europe"
* Ferry Across Galway Bay to Inis Orr -- Most Undeveloped of the Aran Islands
* Pony & Cart Tour on Inis Oirr Island/Gaelic Speaking Guide
* Boat Beneath The Dramatic Cliffs of Moher on Galway Bay!
* Visit St. Nicolas' Cathedral -- Seen by Columbus Before He Went to America
* Explore Ballintubber 15th C. Abbey & Ruins -- site of 12th C. Pilgrim's Way to Crough Patrick
* Entrance Fee to the Blasket Island Interpretive Center
* Meet Willie Daly, Ireland's Top Matchmaker, if available
* Meet Tommy O'Sullivan, One of Ireland's Most Famous Musicians
* Ferry Across the Shannon River Estuary
* See Many 17th and 18th C. Pubs with Original Architecture
* Time for Exploring and Shopping On Own
* Opportunities to Meet and Converse With Many Irish People and Musicians!!
* Traditional Irish Music Will Be Sought Out Each Night
* And Much More in Store!!
We will be staying right in the middle of the towns and villages we visit.
So, at night, or in your free time everyone will be able to walk around easily,
shop, meet up with friends, go exploring or pub crawling with little effort!!!
*Lunches not included in program
*Travel or Health Insurance
*Tips to Driver
Registration and Reservations:
In order to reserve your place in this trip, contact Ireland On My Mind either by phone or
email and we will hold your spot for 2 weeks. We require a $500.00 deposit to secure your
Flying to Ireland:
If you are traveling from the U.S., you will need to leave your home city one day before the program begins.
You most likely will be in the air all night and your flight should land at Shannon the
morning of day one. If you prefer to fly in earlier, we would be very glad to assist you in
recommending a place to stay. Although we do not include airfare, we would be glad
to assist you in arranging airfare...especially if several of you are flying together. Just call.
Meeting At The Shannon Airport:
We will meet you on the morning of Day 1 in the Shannon Airport. We will bring you back
to Shannon on the morning of Day 10. Please arrange a flight that comes in early the morning of
the first day or if you prefer you can come a day early. Try to book a flight that leaves for the U.S.
late morning or mid-day. If you have any questions regarding your flight times...do call!
DEPOSIT AND CANCELLATION:
DEPOSIT: $500 per person at time of registration
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: Feb. 1, 2017
CANCELLATION POLICY: The following amount will be withheld based on the date of cancellation. *
90 + days prior to scheduled departure.............50% Refund
Within 90 days of scheduled departure...............NON-REFUNDABLE
*Trip cancellation INSURANCE is strongly recommended
Registration Form for Party of 6: Dates Open - Please call