Ireland 2022

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WE’RE GOING TO IRELAND!

And you can come with us!

You are invited on the trip of a lifetime with the Boston Crusaders! March 11th-19th, 2022, alumni, family, and friends will travel with us to Ireland as we perform in the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day parade!

Our tour partner Celtic Horizon Tours has assembled a parallel travel package so that our most valued fans can experience Ireland with us! While the corps is preparing for their upcoming performance, those traveling on the Alumni & Friends tour will be treated to a week of sightseeing, tours, dining, and reuniting. This package allows travelers to experience everything Ireland has to offer and access to all three of BAC’s live performances! Travelers will spend the days exploring Dublin, Belfast, and Glendalough, and touring key attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse, the EPIC Centre, and Teeling Distillery, before unwinding in the country’s best pubs and restaurants.

Join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity but don’t wait too long! The first deposit for the Alumni & Friends tour package is due on May 1st and space is limited. Make your payments with Celtic Horizon Tours by clicking the button below.

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PAYMENT AND PACKAGE DETAILS

All prices and payments are in Euro and therefore is subject to change with conversion rates. The full trip costs approximately $2,028.73 (or €1,695) based on a double occupancy room. First deposit of approximately $450.38 (€378) is due on May 1st, 2021. There is an extra charge of €378 (approximately $873) for a single room. This surcharge will be distributed across your payments and may not match the amounts listed below. All payments for the Alumni & Friends package will be made on the Celtic Horizon Tours website. The full payment schedule is:

  • May 1st: Deposit of $450.38 (€378)
  • September 16th: 25% remaining balance due, approximately $387 (€329)
  • December 16th: Full balance of $2,028.73 (€1,695) due


Payments must be made in Euro by bank transfer or via the Celtic Horizon Tours website – make a payment section. All payments are fully refundable until December 16th (excluding any credit card fees / bank charges)

 

INCLUDED:

-Hotel accommodation for 7 nights
-Daily breakfast, select lunch and dinners
-Travel and transfers by luxury coach
-Professional drivers and tour guide
-Museum and tour admission
-Local taxes and fees

 

NOT INCLUDED:

-Flights
-Travel and flight insurance
-Meals other than those listed
-Drinks
-Drivers & tour guide gratuities
-Porterage

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PRELIMINARY ITINERARY

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change and will be communicated throughout the year.

Airplane

Friday, March 11th

Depart the United States on an overnight flight to Dublin International Airport. You are responsible for booking your own flight that lands in Dublin on Saturday the 12th.

Dublin

Saturday, March 12th

Arrive in Dublin, depart on a panoramic bus tour of the city, and settle into your accommodations at Ashling Hotel.

EPIC Museum

Sunday, March 13th

Visit the EPIC Museum (the Irish Emigration Museum), watch BAC’s open rehearsals, and dinner on your own in Dublin.

Guinness Gates

Monday, March 14th

Attend BAC’s rehearsals in the morning before visiting the Guinness Storehouse. Dinner will be on your own in the Temple Bar area.

Belfast City Hall

Tuesday, March 15th

Spend the day in Belfast at the Titanic Centre, a panoramic city tour, watch BAC’s performance at city hall, and leisure time in Belfast. Dinner at the hotel.

Glendalough

Wednesday, March 16th

Enjoy leisure time in Dublin before visiting the Monastic City of Glendalough. Dinner with the corps at Taylors Three Rock.

Dublin Parade

Thursday, March 17th

The big day! Watch the corps perform in the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Dublin and the Celbridge Parade. Close out the day with dinner at a local restaurant.

Teeling Distillery

Friday, March 18th

Leisure time in Dublin before visiting Teeling Whiskey Distillery, Ireland’s first new distillery in 125 years. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the Abbey Tavern in Dublin.

Airplane

Saturday, March 19th

All good things must come to an end. Depart for the United States, landing on Saturday the 19th. You are responsible for booking your return flight.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who can go on the alumni and friends trip? Can we travel with the corps?

Alumni, parents, family, and friends of the corps are all invited to join our parallel alumni & friends travel package offered by Celtic Horizon Tours. This package is tailored specifically for family and friends of the Boston Crusaders. Parents and family are not permitted to travel and house with the corps, but the parallel package provides ample time to view rehearsal, performances, and free time with your member.

Who is organizing the trip?

We are proud to have Irish travel operators Celtic Horizon Tours as our tour partner! Celtic Horizon Tours will handle all of the planning, housing, and transportation while the corps and alumni & friends are in Ireland. Both groups will have a tour guide on site for their full trip.

What is the Alumni & Friends package cost? What is included?

Please refer Celtic Horizon Tours’ website for full financial information. The full trip costs $2,028.73 (€1,695). First deposit of $450.38 (€378) is due on May 1st, 2021. All payments for the Alumni & Friends package will be made on the Celtic Horizon Tours website. The full payment schedule is:

  • May 1st: Deposit of $450.38 (€378)
  • September 16th: 25% balance due
  • December 16th: Full balance of $2,028.73 (€1,695) due

Included in the trip is 7 nights hotel accommodation, daily Irish breakfast/lunch on St. Patrick’s Day/dinner nightly (evening meal served at hotel on nights two and five, light lunch on St. Patrick’s Day, dinner in Dublin on day four, dinner on day seven, dinner at the Abbey Tavern on day eight; Irish night and dinner at Taylors Three Rock on day six)

Travel and transfers by touring coach all 8 days with professional driver and tour guide

Admission to: Epic Museum; Titanic Centre; Guinness Storehouse; Teelings Distillery; Glendalough Visitor Centre; City tour of Belfast

All local taxes and service charges

(driver gratuity is not included)

Can I book a single room? Can my family room with me?

Pricing is based on double occupancy. There is a €740 (approximately $873) supplement if you wish to book a single room. There are options to book single, double, and family rooms at checkout.

How many alumni & friends can we accommodate? When do I have to decide?

We can offer pricing and accommodation in groups of 50 (coach bus and hotel capacity). Once we sell the initial 50 slots, we will open an additional 50 slots (of which we must sell 35). If we exceed 100, we will open another 50 seats on a waiting list.

The process will be rolling. Again, we need increments of 50. The Boston Crusaders will update via social media and the website the progress toward reservation numbers. We intend to keep the portal open for as long as possible and will communicate any final decision date if/when that becomes known.

Can I attend alumni and friends events if I do not travel with the group?

No, you must travel as part of the corps alumni & friends group package. Due to the nature of our tour, we are unable to accommodate extra travelers at individual itinerary events.

Am I responsible for my own flight? When should I book?

Yes, you will be responsible for your flight. You will depart the United States on March 11th and we will give you a window of time to land in Dublin. Our tour director will meet us at the airport and stay with us during the entire tour. As it is St. Patrick’s Day week, we recommend booking as early as possible.

What is the itinerary? Are there options to arrive early or stay longer?

The corps and Alumni & Friends package both have individualized itineraries that are subject to change. For more information on the member trip, please click here. For more information on the alumni & friends trip, please scroll up to the itinerary section above. As the trip fills up, Celtic Horizon Tours will add on extension packages for those wishing to arrive early or stay later.

Do you offer refunds? Is there trip insurance?

All payments are fully refundable (excluding bank charges / credit card fees) until the date of the final payment, December 16th. Travel insurance may be purchased privately. You may elect flight insurance through your preferred airline.

How does my participation in the trip support the Boston Crusaders?

A portion of every alumni & friend reservation will be donated back to the Boston Crusaders by Celtic Horizon Tours. This will help offset the cost of bringing the members to Ireland.

Still have questions?

Email ireland@bostoncrusaders.org for more info.

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