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A Craicing Long Weekend in Ireland - Active Travel

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Thurs 8 September - Mon 12 September 2022: A 5 Day Escorted Coach Holiday to Ireland with Jones Holidays

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A CRAICING WEEK IN IRELAND – Part of our Active Traveller range

 

8 – 12 September 2022

Thursday - Monday

5 Days

From £679

 

This lively Irish experience is sure to be right up your street! Based at the superb Treacys Enniscorthy, we enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of real Ireland on this action-packed tour.

 

We put our best foot forward on a stunning guided walking trail with breath-taking Wicklow Mountain views, try our hand at scone and tea making and visit the fantastically atmospheric Malzard-O’Gradys pub where we hone our pint-pulling, Irish singing, dancing, storytelling and even hurling skills!

You won’t want the fun to end, so we’ve also included a chocolate making masterclass and murder mystery evening to this cracking craic-filled line-up.

 

HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

 

Avonmore Way Trail   |   Ballyknocken House & Cookery School   |   Malzard-O’Gradys Irish Pub Experience   |   Kilkenny & Games Night    |    Waterford   |    Chocolate Making   |   Murder Mystery

 

DAY ONE – Arrival

We depart from your home and travel to Holyhead and our ferry crossing to Dublin, before heading on to our hotel where there is dinner this evening and live entertainment.

 

DAY TWO – Avonmore Way Trail & Ballyknocken House & Cookery School

This morning we put our best foot forward as we embark on the picturesque Avonmore Way trail, which takes around 3 ¼ hours to complete. We follow a mixture of minor road, forest road and track on this 12-kilometre guided trail, as we navigate our way around the scenic slopes of Trooperstown Hill and through the beautiful Claravale Nature Reserve, with the tranquil Avonmore River running alongside for company.

There are plenty of lovely picnic spots where we can make a pitstop for lunch (packed lunch provided by the hotel) and take some time to soak in our stunning surrounds – the magnificent views of the surrounding Wicklow Mountains and the Vale of Clara are truly spectacular.

Having worked up an appetite, this afternoon we visit the Ballyknocken House & Cookery School, owned by Day Time Emmy nominated celebrity TV chef, Catherine Fulvio. We begin by donning our aprons and getting stuck into a bakery masterclass, making flavoured scones (such as blueberry and ginger – yum!).

As our creations are baking, we head into the Ballyknocken garden where we enjoy a tour and have the chance to pick our own herb and floral mix to create our own herbal tea! We put the fruits of our labour together and tuck into our freshly baked scones served with Ballyknocken homemade rhubarb and ginger jam and cinnamon butter, washed down with our tasty tisanes.

Back at our hotel, we enjoy a Thai night with a Thai cooking demonstration and fascinating vegetable carving, followed by a delicious Thai buffet dinner.

 

DAY THREE – Malzard-O’Gradys Irish Pub Experience, Kilkenny & Games Night

After a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a stroll around Enniscorthy town, we make our way to the Malzard-O’Gradys Pub in Stoneyford for a truly memorable Irish pub experience.

After an introduction to the history of Malzard-O'Gradys and the role of the Malzard-O’Grady family as publicans in the village, we are hurled into the ancient Gaelic game of hurling with a smashing demonstration courtesy of two local Stonyford hurlers!

The Irish have a reputation for their fascinating stories, so we continue our authentic experience with an insight into the art of Irish storytelling with a master storyteller... it’s all in the timing!

The fun continues with some lively singing and dancing as we learn how to play some traditional Irish instruments, get stuck in and sing along with local musicians.

Our visit would not be complete without perfecting the perfect pint, so we learn how to pull the perfect Irish pint and can enjoy our efforts as we tuck into a tasty pie lunch.

We spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure in the medieval city of Kilkenny before ramping things up again back at our hotel with an action-packed, traditional games night and plenty of competition – healthy, of course! We feast on hog roast, show off our new-found Guinness pulling skills and enjoy more traditional Irish dancing with a Celtic Roots Riverdance show.

 

DAY FOUR - Waterford, Chocolate Making & Murder Mystery

We spend the morning with time at leisure to explore Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, founded in 914. After free time for lunch, we go in search of something sweet with a chocolate making experience.

After meeting our chocolate expert, we are treated to a masterclass in the wonderful world of the sweet stuff, lasting approximately 90 minutes. We start by tempering chocolate and then make some temptingly decadent ganache, before unleashing our creative skills with some piping work on extravagant chocolate truffles.

At the end of our session, we can take our treats away with us to impress our friends and family (or just devour them ourselves!).

Our day then takes an intriguing twist as we embark on a murder mystery experience in Enniscorthy Castle this evening. We enjoy canapés and wine as we are transported back to 1798 to get into character. As we wander around the stunning castle, the mystery unfolds around us as we try to solve the murder and bring the culprit to justice!

 

DAY FIVE – Departure

After breakfast this morning we leave our hotel and make our way back to Dublin for our ferry and home.

 

YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Luxury coach travel

  • Home pick-up

  • 4 nights accommodation, dinner & breakfast

  • Ferry crossing

  • Porterage

  • Tea/coffee after dinner each evening

  • Live musical entertainment each night

  • Free use of leisure facilities at Waterfront Leisure Centre (opposite hotel)

  • Thai night demonstration and dinner

  • Evening of a mix of Old Traditional Irish night and games night

  • Wicklow guided walking tour

  • Chocolate making experience

  • Murder Mystery in Enniscorthy Castle

  • Packed lunch on one day

  • Irish Buttermilk Scone making demonstration and hands on cooking

  • Malzard’s pub experience includes one course pub lunch

  • Hurling explanation and demonstration.

 



*Please Note:  Currency is Southern Ireland is Euros.  No Passport is required, but Photo ID is necessary i.e. driving licence/bus pass.

 

Please note this is an active holiday and a good level of fitness and mobility is needed.

 

TREACY’S HOTEL, ENNISCORTHY

Our hotel, located in the heart of Enniscorthy is expertly run by the Treacy family, offering a high level of cuisine and service for groups. All 57 bedrooms are contemporary and modern. Meals are served in the traditional, homely French themed restaurant and the popular Temple Bar is a typical traditional Irish bar oozing ambience and craic! Guests enjoy free use of the leisure facilities at the Waterfront Leisure Centre across the road.

 

DAY ONE

*Please Note: Currency in Southern Ireland is Euros. No Passport is required, but Photo ID is necessary.

We depart from your home and travel to Holyhead and our ferry crossing to Dublin, before heading on to our hotel where there is dinner this evening and live entertainment.

D

DAY TWO

This morning we put our best foot forward as we embark on the picturesque Avonmore Way trail, which takes around 3 ¼ hours to complete. We follow a mixture of minor road, forest road and track on this 12-kilometre guided trail, as we navigate our way around the scenic slopes of Trooperstown Hill and through the beautiful Claravale Nature Reserve, with the tranquil Avonmore River running alongside for company.
There are plenty of lovely picnic spots where we can make a pitstop for lunch (packed lunch provided by the hotel) and take some time to soak in our stunning surrounds - the magnificent views of the surrounding Wicklow Mountains and the Vale of Clara are truly spectacular.
Having worked up an appetite, this afternoon we visit the Ballyknocken House & Cookery School, owned by Day Time Emmy nominated celebrity TV chef, Catherine Fulvio. We begin by donning our aprons and getting stuck into a bakery masterclass, making flavoured scones (such as blueberry and ginger - yum!).
As our creations are baking, we head into the Ballyknocken garden where we enjoy a tour and have the chance to pick our own herb and floral mix to create our own herbal tea! We put the fruits of our labour together and tuck into our freshly baked scones served with Ballyknocken homemade rhubarb and ginger jam and cinnamon butter, washed down with our tasty tisanes.
Back at our hotel, we enjoy a Thai night with a Thai cooking demonstration and fascinating vegetable carving, followed by a delicious Thai buffet dinner.

B, L, D

DAY THREE

After a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a stroll around Enniscorthy town, we make our way to the Malzard-O'Gradys Pub in Stoneyford for a truly memorable Irish pub experience.
After an introduction to the history of Malzard-O'Gradys and the role of the Malzard-O'Grady family as publicans in the village, we are hurled into the ancient Gaelic game of hurling with a smashing demonstration courtesy of two local Stonyford hurlers!
The Irish have a reputation for their fascinating stories, so we continue our authentic experience with an insight into the art of Irish storytelling with a master storyteller... it's all in the timing!
The fun continues with some lively singing and dancing as we learn how to play some traditional Irish instruments, get stuck in and sing along with local musicians.
Our visit would not be complete without perfecting the perfect pint, so we learn how to pull the perfect Irish pint and can enjoy our efforts as we tuck into a tasty pie lunch.
We spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure in the medieval city of Kilkenny before ramping things up again back at our hotel with an action-packed, traditional games night and plenty of competition - healthy, of course! We feast on hog roast, show off our new-found Guinness pulling skills and enjoy more traditional Irish dancing with a Celtic Roots Riverdance show.

B, L, D

DAY FOUR

We spend the morning with time at leisure to explore Waterford, Ireland's oldest city, founded in 914. After free time for lunch, we go in search of something sweet with a chocolate making experience.
After meeting our chocolate expert, we are treated to a masterclass in the wonderful world of the sweet stuff, lasting approximately 90 minutes. We start by tempering chocolate and then make some temptingly decadent ganache, before unleashing our creative skills with some piping work on extravagant chocolate truffles.
At the end of our session, we can take our treats away with us to impress our friends and family (or just devour them ourselves!).
Our day then takes an intriguing twist as we embark on a murder mystery experience in Enniscorthy Castle this evening. We enjoy canapés and wine as we are transported back to 1798 to get into character. As we wander around the stunning castle, the mystery unfolds around us as we try to solve the murder and bring the culprit to justice!

B, D

DAY FIVE

After breakfast this morning we leave our hotel and make our way back to Dublin for our ferry and home.

B

B=Breakfast Included, L=Lunch Included, D=Dinner Included

YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Luxury coach travel

  • Home pick-up

  • 4 nights accommodation, dinner & breakfast

  • Ferry crossing

  • Porterage

  • Tea/coffee after dinner each evening

  • Live musical entertainment each night

  • Free use of leisure facilities at Waterfront Leisure Centre (opposite hotel)

  • Thai night demonstration and dinner

  • Evening of a mix of Old Traditional Irish night and games night

  • Wicklow guided walking tour

  • Chocolate making experience

  • Murder Mystery in Enniscorthy Castle

  • Packed lunch on one day

  • Irish Buttermilk Scone making demonstration and hands on cooking

  • Malzard’s pub experience includes one course pub lunch

  • Hurling explanation and demonstration.

 



*Please Note:  Currency is Southern Ireland is Euros.  No Passport is required, but Photo ID is necessary i.e. driving licence/bus pass.

 

Please note this is an active holiday and a good level of fitness and mobility is needed.

 

TREACY’S HOTEL, ENNISCORTHY

Our hotel, located in the heart of Enniscorthy is expertly run by the Treacy family, offering a high level of cuisine and service for groups. All 57 bedrooms are contemporary and modern. Meals are served in the traditional, homely French themed restaurant and the popular Temple Bar is a typical traditional Irish bar oozing ambience and craic! Guests enjoy free use of the leisure facilities at the Waterfront Leisure Centre across the road.

 

 

DAYS

TOUR DATE

DEPARTS

TERMS

SUPPLEMENT

5

8 – 12 SEPT 2022

THURSDAY

£679

£86 SINGLE

JONES HOLIDAYS INSURANCE

£52.50

 



 

 

Rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis and are limited. If no single supplement applies this is limited to the tour single room allocation and therefore additional cost may apply. Prices displayed are per person unless otherwise stated. If door-to-door pick-up is included there may be additional charges for out of area. Itineraries and hotel inclusions may be subject to change. Covid-19 restrictions may apply. When making bookings you accept on behalf of yourself and your party the terms in our Trading Charter which can be found in our brochure, on our website at http://www.jonesholidays.co.uk/Jones-holidays-trading-charter, or a copy can be requested from our Sales office. If your holiday is more than 56 days from departure, we offer a 7-day cooling off period where a full refund will be offered from the date of the initial confirmation invoice (with the exception of flight holidays).

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