Ireland is not only beautiful but is a well-established favorite of many wheelchair travel bloggers. Many have called this one of their most loved countries!
Stringent accessibility guidelines for all public buildings were implemented by the Building Regulations Acts in 2000. With strong advocacy from The Irish Wheelchair Association, Ireland continues to create environments we all can delight in while in the “land of poets and legends”.
PUSHLiving Travel Presents Wheelchair Accessible Ireland Tour for July 26-August 9th 2019
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DAY 1 – JULY 26th
Sightseeing: St. Patrick’s Cathedral & Park
Upon arrival in Dublin, your driver meets you and takes care of your transfer to a 4-star, “Universally Accessible” hotel located rolling distance to the St Patrick’s Cathedral and Park. Located in the Heart of Dublin City Centre, it is a convenient base for exploring Dublin’s lively neighborhoods.
After check-in, we invite you to join us for a reception at the hotel where we can get acquainted and begin to learn more about your needs. For this first evening, we will plan activities close to the Hotel so that everyone can be refreshed for day two! We will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant then spend some time relaxing and absorbing the vibe of the place. It is the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers and recap activities for the days ahead.
Dublin will be our home for the next three nights.
DAY 2 – JULY 27th
Choose from our substantial range of freshly prepared fruits, healthy cereals and grains, smoothies, eggs, grilled traditional breakfast items and much more.
After a good breakfast at the hotel, we depart with our guide for a tour of the main landmarks and neighborhoods of the city.
We will take our coach to a tour of World famous Guinness Beer, Dublin’s #1 tourist attraction.
While here, you will learn all about Guinness’ rich history. As you take in each accessible floor, you will learn what goes into making a perfect Guinness, while drinking a complimentary pint!
After this fun and merry excursion, we will lunch at The Bailey Bar, an iconic establishment.
After lunch, we will do some sightseeing at your own pace on Grafton Street, remarkable for its pastries and shopping. We will then visit St. Stephen’s Green, a beautiful urban park immortalized in James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” This is an ideal spot to walk and roll off our lunch in this beautiful scenery and park.
Those who do not wish to join us on evening excursions are welcome to relax and have dinner in the hotel.
Dinner: The Bank on College Green
An award-winning Heritage bar and elegant dining experience.
Nightlife: Temple Bar
DAY 3 – JULY 28th
Dublin Castle & Zoo
After Breakfast at the Hotel, or across the street if you’re aiming to wander, our tour bus will take us to the Dublin Zoo, one of the world’s oldest zoos. The zoo is modern in design and houses more than 600 animals.
It has been redesigned in recent years to be a safe environment for people and the animals with gardens, lakes and natural habitats. We will have lunch at the zoo and then take off for the Dublin Castle, where we will tour. We will then head back to the hotel where we can unwind and relax before dinner.
DAY 4 – JULY 29th
After breakfast at Hotel (eat a big breakfast! Full day!), the coach will pick us up, and we will embark to our second destination — Cork
Cheerfully referred to it as the ‘real capital of Ireland,’ Cork has a bit of a hipster scene. The best of the city is still happily traditional – snug pubs with live-music sessions, restaurants dishing up top-quality local produce, and a genuinely proud welcome from the locals.
Drive to Cork | 2 hours 30 minutes
On the way to Cork, we will stop for a Guided Tour of Waterford Crystal Factory, and visit the Opulent Retail Store featuring the most extensive collection of the world’s most coveted name in crystal.
Our Hotel in Cork is a premier 4-star hotel overlooking the River Lee and facing the inspired architecture of City Hall.
Once we check in, we will relax and unwind before dinner. We will be here for the next four nights as our base hotel for exploring the region. We will have an early dinner on St Patrick’s Street. We will provide several options, and you choose where you want to dine from Traditional Irish, Italian or Smokehouse Brewery! Enjoy!
DAY 5 – JULY 30th
After Breakfast our coach will drive us 30 minutes to Kinsale (Ireland’s ‘colorful’ town on the water & one of the oldest cities). We will tour this quaint, colorful seaside town and have lunch at the famous Fishy Fish for the best seafood!
We return to Cork and tour the Gaol Museum. Corks Most Captivating Experience is a step back in time. We’ll see what 19th/early 20th-century life was like inside and outside prison walls. Then it is back to the hotel to get ready/unwind for dinner!
DAY 6 -JULY 31st
Breakfast at Hotel
Our first stop today is The English Market, Ireland’s most famous covered food market, is a bustling social hub of the city. With its variety of products, the personalized service, the growing emphasis on organic products and reliance on small-scale producers, it is forever popular.
A mix of traditional Cork fare and exciting new foods from afar, its longstanding family-run stalls and newcomers from outside, all contribute to its unique appeal. The Market’s offerings are celebrated widely, especially by visitors to the city.
After our market visit, we will go to St. Peter and Paul’s Church, “Must see in Cork,” for some divine inspiration.
We have lunch then check out the Crawford Art Gallery, a beautiful gallery with amazing permanent collections and visiting exhibitions. Set in a beautiful historic building in the heart of Cork city.
Back to Hotel | Get ready/Unwind
Dinner: Crane Lane Theatre for live music!
DAY 7 – AUGUST 1st
Breakfast at Hotel
Coach Picks us up for a 15-minute drive to the destination: Elizabeth Fort.
After this fresh air activity, we learn the history of Irish Butter at the Cork Butter Museum. It is then back to Cork City Center for lunch.
We will relax at the hotel after lunch in the afternoon, then Dinner at Oliver Plunkett Bar and nightlife!
DAY 8 – AUGUST 2
Breakfast at Hotel
Pack up, Friends, we are heading out!
The coach arrives, and we drive to our next stop, Kerry about 1 hour 30 minutes. Enroute, we stop at Blarney Castle.
This historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. Before we do, however, we will visit Gougane Barra on the way.
Gougane Barra is an area of wild and beautiful scenery; this magnificent Forest Park covers over 137 splendid hectares (339 acres). It is tucked in a lush valley at the edge of the Sheehy Mountains, the ideal place to hike, get in touch with nature, picnic and inhale the fresh air.
Think Canadian Rockies with its sharp crags, high pine forests and panoramic views sweeping down the lake. It is in these hills where the majestic River Lee rises, flowing to Cork Harbour approximately 89km away.
Dropped off at the hotel, you can unwind for dinner near the hotel.
DAY 9 -August 3rd – August 5th (3 nights)
August 3rd Breakfast at Hotel
We will drive about 1 hour our destinations for Sightseeing Tour of the spectacular vistas of the “Ring of Kerry.” This is a breathtaking drive of the most beautiful, pastoral, rugged section of Ireland. We will also learn about the history of Ireland.
We will stop by the Gap of Dunloe & visit the Dunloe Hotel for lunch. After experiencing this long and remarkable day, day, we will head back to the hotel to unwind and get ready.
Dinner is on us and Nightlife | Murphy’s Bar (Irish music – by the hotel is optional for those invigorated by the day!)
DAY 10 – August 4th
Breakfast at Hotel
Coach Pick Up
1-hour drive to our newest destination – bring snacks! – this is an all-day tour!) stop off at the world famous inch beach for a walk on the beautiful beach and see the Atlantic waves favored by surfers, then it’s on to Dingle town for a coffee, a walk around for some shopping and sightseeing.
Then we are off to do a tour of the Peninsula, stopping off at Aidan’s sheep farm and the sight of the opening scene of the movie Far and Away starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
We can stop where the group wants along the way…maybe the Blasket Island center, Louis Mulcahy pottery, Clogher beach providing stunning views of the Wild Atlantic, or maybe Gallarus Oratory, a sixth-century church made entirely of stone resembling an upturned boat.
Then we are back to Dingle for a look at the local pubs and some refreshments.
Lunch | The Fish Box
Back to Hotel | Get ready for dinner.
DAY 11 – August 5th
Breakfast at Hotel then we check out and begin our drive to Galway! On the road again….
First, we will drive up to take the Shannon Ferry roll-on, roll-off, car ferries between Tarbert and Killimer on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Once we cross, we tour the Cliff of Moher, one of Ireland’s 7 Wonders! This unforgettable journey to the Wild Atlantic will provide us with dramatic and breathtaking views that are nothing short of amazing. This tour takes you to one of the best natural attractions in Ireland. Then, in addition, we will explore the delightful village of Doolin, Burren National Park, and Galway.
We arrive at our new hotel….The Galway Hotel and Spa! Dinner at the beautiful Hotel this evening.
Galway August 5th – August 8th (3 nights)
Dropped Off at Hotel
Dinner | TBD – See Suggestion List
DAY 12 – AUGUST 6th
Breakfast at Hotel (eat a big breakfast!)
Our coach will take us to visit Connemara National Park (bring snacks!).
Spa services can be taken today as well, just let us know if you want us to schedule a luxurious day for you.
Dinner is on the water this evening.
DAY 13 – AUGUST 7th
Breakfast at Hotel
Coach comes to pick us up, and we see the Salthill Promenade, a beautiful coastline. Easy to walk and roll and take in the fresh air and close to the center of town with friendly pubs and shopping.
Lunch | O’Connor’s Famous Pub
(it was in Ed Sheeran’s Music Video Galway Girl). After we head back to our wonderful hotel and later we can check out Galway Cathedral & Latin QuarterBack to Hotel | Get ready/Unwind
Back to Hotel | Get ready/Unwind
DAY 14 – AUGUST 8th
Breakfast at Hotel and check out the day.
We head off to go sightseeing along Quay Street, Galway Bay, Eyre Square, and Kirwan’s Lane (all within the same general area).
After lunch, we drive on around back to our starting point Dublin | 2 hours & 30 minutes
We arrive at our final hotel, Carlton Hotel Dublin
Once dropped off we check in,
Relax, have a drink and get ready
for dinner nearby.
DAY 15 – AUGUST 9th
Breakfast at Hotel
* Note: today is a free day in Dublin, can see the sights below, go around the city and wander, etc. “Hop on Hop off the bus, take an accessible cab to want anywhere…let us know if we can help plan.
Sightseeing Options | Trinity College & The Book of Kells, National Galleries, Jameson Distillery, Irish Whiskey Museum
Departure Day – August 10th
Breakfast at Hotel
THE EMERALD ISLE ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
We have selected only four-star**** or better both exquisite traditional and modern hotels and spas on our journey through the land of the green to accommodate our travelers. We have booked accessible rooms and bathrooms. We dine in wonderful restaurants, carefully selected for their excellent food, great atmosphere or local color and characteristics.
We have reserved a fully accessible Tour Bus that will take us on our journey to the many sites and venues we have selected specifically to create a diverse and remarkable experience. Naturally, we take care of your accessible transfers to and from the airport and can arrange to provide you with any equipment necessary to enjoy all the activities of this pampered and relaxed trip.
SIZE OF THE GROUP & SUPPORT
We are keeping the group small so that we can easily maneuver through the locations, restaurants, and venues, and give plenty of attention to each of our guests. Our group will have a
dedicated driver, and a dedicated guide who intimately understands how to make a trip accessible and will work with you beforehand to prepare you and your companions for the best experience.
On some occasions, we also provide local guides for specific activities such as walking/rolling tours in cities, site visits, etc. During free time, or when we have a special request, we can use our driver to accommodate if at all possible.
GOOD TO KNOW
Main attractions of the country that we will be visiting as tourists, use ramps, modified pathways to make them enjoyable by all. All the sites on this trip have been researched and vetted by our local partners and us as accessible.
While travel to new locations and accommodations is never perfect for all disabilities, and we must improvise and challenge ourselves in these new environments, our Guide is a manual wheelchair user since 18yrs old (C 6-7 Incomplete Spinal cord injury) and an experienced traveler who has worked to build this trip to be comfortable, relaxing and as free of concerns as possible. Come with a great attitude, enthusiasm, and desire to explore, and we will overcome and exhilarate in these new sites and experiences together!
US$ 6,875 per person in double occupancy (shared room)
US$ 8,630 single occupancy
Included in the price 14 days / 15 nights:
- Accessible transfers to and from the airport
- Accessible transportation for wheelchair passengers (“tie down” or transfers to seat option) and ambulatory guests in a tour bus to during the trip
- Five nights in Dublin
- 4 nights in Cork.
- 3 nights in Kerry/Killarney.
- 3 nights in Galway
- Breakfast every morning
- One meal per day (lunch or dinner reservations).
- Guided tours and site visits as described
- Museums, Gardens, and other venues entry fees as Ongoing support from our tour host and team to meet your needs
- Flight to and from Dublin (DUB)
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses, equipment rental, (please let us know if you have any special rental needs and we will arrange for you!)
- Other meals and activities not mentioned or in free time
MAKE YOUR RESERVATION!
We want to make it easy for you to come on this trip. Start by submitting your request by sending us an email directly with your request at [email protected] Please mention the number of people in your party in wheelchairs and without and your phone number.
Once we receive your request, we will confirm your reservation within 48 hours. We will then communicate with you to go over the details of the trip, discuss accommodations and your specific mobility requirements, to make your trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
THE SMALL PRINT
Deposits and Payment:
Payment is accepted by MasterCard or Visa credit or debit card, bank transfer and bank check from certain countries. An administration charge of 2.3% is levied against credit card transactions. We will provide a prompt invoice for payment.
A non-refundable booking deposit of 30% applies to all bookings, and it is only on receipt of this deposit that the reservation is secured. The balance (70%) must be paid in full sixty days before the scheduled date of departure or on the date of booking if the booking is made less than sixty days prior to the departure date.
If the balance is not paid by that date, PUSHLiving has the option to cancel the booking after communicating with the customer. Cancellation will be subject to a cancellation fee set out below. All prices quoted are valid for 30 days and may be subject to revision thereafter due to changes in availability or currency fluctuation.
Once booked and a deposit is paid, the price of your itinerary in the base currency (US$) is fixed and will not change. Price changes will also apply if there is an increase in VAT or taxes by the government on services provided.
The balance is due no later than May 28, 2019.
While preserving the overall quality, framework and richness of the tour, we reserve the right to make changes to the program without notice to account for local events, climate conditions and the like.
This tour requires a minimum of 5 travelers to be cost-effective.
If less than five travelers, we will make other individual arrange- mints or refund the deposit.
TO RESERVE YOUR TRIP
email us at [email protected] or
call us toll-free at (866) 269 8335
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