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"Was it worth the ascent???? Absofreakinlutely..... LOL
Robert, it was an amazing experience!!! What a fantastic holiday!!! We all had a great time! We'll be back!"
Debbie M. (Ireland 2017)

Ireland

Green is life. Abundant in nature, green signifies growth, health, and environment. As the emblematic color of Ireland, green represents the vast green hillside as well as Ireland's patron saint, St. Patrick. From the moment you set foot in this inviting country, you will understand why it is called the “Emerald Isle”.

 

We begin in Killarney in the southwest region, commonly described as "picture postcard beautiful". We'll be staying at the modern SCOTTS HOTEL, situated right in the heart of Killarney village. Our goal here is to impress upon you how the region got its deserving reputation. We hike in the legendary Killarney National Park, set on 24,000 acres of forest, lakes and mountains. We will cut right through the famed Gap of Dunloe surrounded by massive glacial rocks, visit the famous Muckross House Manor and travel the Ring of Kerry en route to hikes on the Iveragh & Beara Peninsulas. On your day off, you might choose to pucker up and book a tour to kiss the Blarney Stone!

 

From Killarney, we then travel by private coach to the charming capital of Dublin. Split into two halves by the River Liffey, Dublin is not only a vibrant city, but one that offers history and literary buffs a chance to walk in the footsteps of Edmund Burke, Ernest Shackleton, Oscar Wilde & James Joyce. Of course, you can also easily while away the day enjoying a Guinness (or two!) in one of Dublin’s 1,000+ pubs. While here, we shall be staying at the MESPIL BY THE CANAL HOTEL overlooking the Grand Canal in Dublin's embassy district. Our program in this area includes a couple of excellent hikes, as we walk in and around the fishing village of Howth and in picturesque Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains.

 

It'll be the most "craic" you’ll have on a hiking holiday!

Dates

June 5 to 15, 2018

Grade

Moderate to Challenging

What's Included

- 10 nights' hotel accommodations
- 10 breakfasts & 8 dinners
- 6 guided hikes
- Dublin sightseeing tour
- Ground transportation and transfers

Cost

$3330 CAD land

Send $300 deposit to reserve - balance is payable April 5, 2018.

My Own Room

If you would like to share accommodations, we offer a roommate pairing service. If there is another solo traveller looking to share accommodations, we will pair the two of you up together; in this case there would be no single supplement to pay.

If you would like to have your own room (or if a roommate is not available), then the single supplement would apply.

The cost of the single supplement for this holiday is $675 CAD.

Meeting Times/Places

In order to allow for greater flexibility and more competitive pricing, group airfare is not available for this holiday. However, we will gladly book your airline tickets on an individual basis. We can accommodate any itinerary that suits you and from any city, including stopovers. Call us to discuss and we will tailor your flights to meet your needs.

Status

This trip is full but we would be pleased to add your name to the wait list.

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Daily Synopsis

Day 1

CEAD MILE FAILTE
As the saying goes - "One Hundred Thousand Welcomes" and so we welcome you to Ireland.

Day 2

HIGHLIGHTS OF KILLARNEY
The perfect introduction to Killarney National Park! From Ross Castle, travel by motorboat across Loch Lein to Dinis Cottage. A footpath leads around the north side of Muckross Lake to Muckross House where you will have free time to explore. The final leg of the walk takes us right to Torc Waterfall. (Light, 9 km)

Day 3

BLACK VALLEY & THE GAP OF DUNLOE
The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass between the MacGillycuddy Reeks and the Purple Mountains. It has a chain of 5 small lakes running through it and waterfalls can be seen all around! (Moderate, 16 km)

Day 4

DAY OF LEISURE
Killarney village has some great little souvenir shops and plenty of pubs where you can have lunch. Day tours around the Ring of Kerry or to the Dingle Peninsula can also be arranged, or you might even choose to pucker up and book a tour to kiss the Blarney Stone!

Day 5

BEARA PENINSULA - COASTAL HIKE
The rugged Beara Peninsula is on the southwest coast of Co. Cork. Take in the salty air as we hike along the rocky coastline from Eyeries all the way to the ruined coastguard station near Ballycrovane Harbour. Then do a little sightseeing in the town of Kenmare. ((Moderate, 8 km)

Day 6

THE WINDY GAP
The small town of Glenbeigh is the start of a beautiful hike that takes in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the entire region. As we zig-zag our way up towards the Gap, we see the Dingle Peninsula on the other side of the Bay. The views only get better as Lake Caragh comes into sight as does Carrantuohil Mountain (Ireland's highest at 3460ft). (Moderate, 11km)

Day 7

TRANSFER TO DUBLIN
Bus transfer to Dublin, stopping for lunch in Adare.

Day 8

GLENDALOUGH
Today's hike will lead us through some of the most spectacular scenery in Co. Wicklow. From the Glendalough Visitor Centre, past one of Ireland's premier monastic sites and Poulanass Waterfall to the boardwalk skirting the clifftops around the Lake. (Moderate-challenging, 12 km)

Day 9

DUBLIN TOUR & AFTERNOON AT LEISURE
A guided half-day walking tour of Dublin followed by a free afternoon. Dublin is a bustling city with lots to do - perhaps a tour of Trinity College to see the Book of Kells or a visit to the Guinness Brewery & Storehouse.

Day 10

HOWTH HEAD
Promenade along Howth harbour before climbing away from the village around the nose of Howth Head and onto the clifftops. From here, there are stunning views of both Lambay Island and Ireland's Eye. (Moderate, 14 km)

Day 11

SLAN GO FOILL

 

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What an experience!

 

"Was it worth the ascent???? Absofreakinlutely..... LOL
Robert, it was an amazing experience!!! What a fantastic holiday!!! We all had a great time! We'll be back!"
Debbie M. (Ireland 2017)

 

"Ireland was a fantastic holiday and now I am back and it is hard to believe how fast it went, but each day there was so good and totally got me away from the crazy busy life at home. As a said to you in Ireland, my hip replacements gave me my life back, but this hiking trip has given me a future back. I now know that I can continue to improve physically and get back into activities I hadn't done for many years."
Maurene M. (Ireland 2017)

 

"You were an excellent leader, we felt safe and in good hands at all times.
We really enjoyed the "people" part of this experience. Those that you attract seem to be our kind of people but I also think that you helped a lot in creating that harmonious feeling.
I also appreciated your "no pressure" attitude about each individual choosing which hikes were for them and which to opt out of..."
Tricia & Blair L. (Ireland 2016)

 

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RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENTS

A non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking (see individual trips for amount required for deposit). The balance is due 60 days prior to departure unless otherwise specified. Late payments causing penalties to be levied by the airlines or any other supplier shall be the responsibility of the traveller.

 

Reservations are to be made online. We accept PayPal (deposits only), credit cards and personal cheques (payable to Comfortable Hiking Holidays). If paying by cheque, mail cheque along with a reservation form to:

 

Maddalena Molino

Comfortable Hiking Holidays

251 Consumers Road, 7th floor

Toronto, ON  M2J 4R3  Canada

 

Comfortable Hiking Holidays is a part of Vision 2000 Travel (Toronto) Inc., a Canadian Company registered under the Ontario Travel Industry Act, Registration No. 50023501.

 

CANCELLATIONS

All deposits are non refundable. After the balance has been paid, a refund can be made (less $50 per person and less any incurred charges by hotels, airlines etc.) if you can find a replacement person. If no replacement is found then all monies paid will be forfeited. No refund for any unused portion of a trip. All cancellations are only considered to have been received on the date of receipt of written cancellation in the office of Comfortable Hiking Holidays.

 

AIRFARE

In order to allow for greater flexibility and more competitive pricing, Comfortable Hiking Holidays will no longer be offering group airfare for its trips. However, we will gladly book your airline tickets on an individual basis. We can accommodate any itinerary that suits you and from any city, including stopovers.

Comfortable Hiking Holidays will provide a meeting time and place for each trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you coordinate your schedule to fit with the trip’s itinerary, and we will be more than happy to help you with this so that you can take advantage of transfers between airports and hotels together with the group.

Do not book your airfare until you check with Comfortable Hiking Holidays that we have the minimum number of participants to move ahead with the trip. Comfortable Hiking Holidays is not financially responsible for additional expenses incurred by you (such as non-refundable airline tickets) should a trip be cancelled.

Call us to discuss and we will tailor your flights to meet your needs.

 

TAXES

H.S.T.

The Harmonized Sales Tax will be added to all trips taking place in Canada.

 

INSURANCE

Medical and cancellation insurance is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED and can be arranged through our offices. See the Reservation Form. If insurance is declined, a signed form will be required. Note that health insurance is mandatory for travel to Cuba; travellers must present proof of health insurance in order to enter the country.

 

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

It is the traveller's responsibility to determine what documentation is necessary for each country to be visited. All Canadian and U.S. citizens require valid passports for travel. It is recommended and sometimes necessary that passports have a minimum of 6 months to expiry. Other nationalities should check with Comfortable Hiking Holidays. For more information on travel requirements per country, visit www.voyage.gc.ca.

 

It is imperative that the traveller discloses to Comfortable Hiking Holidays any medical condition(s) that may affect his/her ability to complete the hike and/or tour. Examples include (but are not limited to): allergies, ailments, diseases, medical conditions, special diets, medications and so forth. This information will be kept strictly confidential.

 

Our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, but if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, they are authorized to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity. Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be responsible for additional costs incurred.

 

In booking this trip, you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described. If you have any doubt about your abilities, please call us to discuss.

 

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Prices are quoted are in CANADIAN DOLLARS (with some exceptions which are quoted in USD). They were calculated based on the exchange rates in 2018 and are subject to change without notice. Should tour costs increase, Comfortable Hiking Holidays reserves the right to increase the price accordingly. If the price change is more than 7% of the total price for the travel services (except for a price change that is a result of Government Taxation), you are entitled to cancel if you wish, with full refund. You must notify us of your intention at least 48 hours after notification or if the change is a last minute change, within 24 hours of notification.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Prices quoted are for shared accommodations (two to a room unless otherwise agreed). A roommate (of the same sex) will be arranged  when possible, otherwise the single supplement will apply. Single rooms are available on most holidays; cost for the single supplement is available on request.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

The scenery is always picture-worthy so please take as many photos as you wish. We will do the same, but please note that it is customary for us to use photographs taken on actual hikes for our promotional materials. If you do not wish to have your photo used in any of our promotional materials, please inform your hike leader at the BEGINNING OF THE TRIP.

 

SMOKING

As the great majority of trip participants do not smoke, those who do are requested to refrain from smoking while with the group (e.g. on the bus, during the hikes, at meals, in the bar and in your room if sharing with a non-smoker).

 

CHILDREN

All participants must be at least 18 years of age.

 

SITE ACCURACY

Comfortable Hiking Holidays has attempted to make this site accurate. However, changes might occur for reasons beyond the control of Comfortable Hiking Holidays. In addition, the right is reserved to substitute hotels or change the itinerary when necessary, provided the travel facilities or other services are of at least the same standard or value.

 

HIKE LEADERS

All of our leaders are experienced hikers and have had first aid training. A representative of C.H.H. will accompany all of the trips (unless otherwise specified) to ensure they run smoothly and efficiently. Our hike leaders will be your guides on most holidays, but in some cases we will use local guides. C.H.H. reserves the right to make changes in hike leaders when necessary.

 

FORCE MAJEURE

We shall not be liable for any claims, losses damages, costs, expenses, delays or loss of enjoyment for any nature or kind whatsoever, resulting from events beyond our or a supplier's reasonable control, including but not limited to acts of God, strikes, lockouts or other labour disputes or disruptions, wars, blockades, insurrections, riots, earthquakes, weather conditions, floods or acts of restraints imposed by government authorities.

 

OPERATOR'S RESPONSIBILITY

Comfortable Hiking Holidays and Vision Travel the operators, its agents, and/or suppliers of services act only as agents for the traveler and accept no responsibility for services of any hotel, aircraft, vessel, train, motor coach or any other conveyance used in connection with these tours, nor any delays, loss or accident to travelers or baggage occasioned by such services, from whatsoever cause. In the event it becomes necessary due to changes by supplier's airlines, or for the comfort or well being of passengers, or for any other reason, to alter the itinerary or arrangements, such alterations may be made without penalty to the operator. The extra cost, if any, resulting therefore, shall be paid by the tour members. Conversely, refunds will be made to passengers if any savings are effected thereby. The right is reserved to cancel any tour and to decline to accept any person as a member of the tour, at any time. Acceptance of the initial service to be provided under the tour shall be considered an acceptance of all these conditions. There may be different living standards and practices and different standards and conditions with respect to the provision of utilities, services and accommodations outside Ontario. Climate conditions may affect the provisions of services and the accommodations included in our tours. Accommodations offered in the tour are, to the best of our knowledge, available at the time of printing and accurately described.

 

AIRLINE CLAUSE

The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omissions or event during the time the passengers are not on board the aircraft. The Passenger Ticket in use by the airline(s) when issued constitutes the sole contract between the airline(s) and the purchase of the ticket and/or passenger.

 

Although every precaution is taken for your safety, this type of excursion involves, by its very nature, a certain amount of risk. All participants are therefore required to sign a form releasing Comfortable Hiking Holidays of all liability.