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THE WILLIAM MARSHAL IN

IRELAND TOUR

JUNE 4 – 15, 2017 | 12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS

JOIN OUR SPECIAL GUEST

ELIZABETH CHADWICK

on an exciting journey to retrace William Marshal’s steps in Ireland!

Elizabeth Chadwick

Elizabeth Chadwick is an award-winning author of historical fiction. Her novel about William Marshal, The Greatest Knight, is a New York Times Bestseller. Its sequel, The Scarlet Lion, was nominated by Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society as one of his top 10 novels of the decade. She has been studying the Marshal family both for her work as a writer, and out of personal interest for more than a decade and occasionally lectures on the subject at conferences and historical venues. She is a member of the Royal Historical Society.

Join New York Times best-selling author

ELIZABETH CHADWICK

on an exciting journey to retrace William Marshal’s steps in Ireland!

Elizabeth Chadwick

Elizabeth Chadwick is an award-winning author of historical fiction. Her novel about William Marshal, The Greatest Knight, is a New York Times Bestseller. Its sequel, The Scarlet Lion, was nominated by Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society as one of his top 10 novels of the decade. She has been studying the Marshal family both for her work as a writer, and out of personal interest for more than a decade and occasionally lectures on the subject at conferences and historical venues. She is a member of the Royal Historical Society.

A JOURNEY TO THE MEDIEVAL PAST

William Marshal was one of the greatest knights who ever lived.

A JOURNEY TO THE MEDIEVAL PAST

Known primarily as a Norman (French) knight, the details of William Marshal’s life and times in Ireland are not as well known to the general public. Indeed, very few know that when he assumed the title, “Earl of Leinster,” the Marshal family spent almost a decade building up their holdings in Southeastern Ireland. On this trip you’ll learn the history of the colorful de Clare family, visit Marshal castles in Kilkenny, Ferns, and Carlow, and explore modern-day medieval towns.

IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST

IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST For those who love to peel back the layers of time, Ireland’s Ancient East is a wonderful opportunity to experience 5000 years of history, through lush green landscapes in a compact geography. Get off the beaten track to see, hear, touch and feel the imprints of the millennia of settlers in this land – from Ancient man and early Christians to Medieval Lords, Colonial Settlers and their descendants. From Invaders to Settlers, they have all been seduced by these most lush, green and fertile lands. Hear for yourself the stories from the best story-tellers in the world. Take time to discover it all – from Stone-Age art to monastic artifacts.

William Marshal Tours is very pleased to partner with Ireland’s Ancient East. The William Marshal in Ireland Tour pays homage to the “Castles and Conquests,” “Sacred Ireland,” and “Vikings” themes.

TOUR DETAILS

$4,995 USD

Shared Room Package

(Two Guests, One or Two Beds)

$5,995 USD

Private Room Package

(One Guest, One Bed)

BOOKING DETAILS

  • The tour is limited to 16 guests.
  • A deposit of $595 per person is required to reserve your spot.
  • We accept personal checks and all major credit cards for deposit and final payment
  • A payment plan is available upon request
  • Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure

William Marshal Tours is not responsible for any charges levied by third parties and/or financial institutions and payable by the client as a result of credit card or other payment transactions in connection with the tour purchase. William Marshal Tours will not refund or return any fees charged by such third parties in connection with payments made by guests.

TOUR PACKAGES INCLUDES

  • VIP Welcome at Dublin International Airport
  • Group airport transfers to/from Dublin International airport
  • Luxury sightseeing motor coach
  • Experienced driver guide
  • ITMI-Certified tour director
  • Local Irish photographer
  • Boutique hotel accommodations for eleven nights
  • Full Irish breakfast (B) for eleven days
  • Welcome reception (R) at Christ Church Cathedral
  • Welcome dinner (D) in Dublin City Centre
  • Farewell dinner (D) featuring traditional Irish entertainment
  • Two (2) group dinners (D) in New Ross and Kilkenny
  • Afternoon Tea (T) at Mount Juliet Estate
  • Three (3) lectures by local Irish historians
  • Once-in-a-lifetime falconry experience
  • Special tribute to the Marshals at Tintern Abbey
  • Private tours of Dublin, New Ross, Waterford & Kilkenny
  • Admission fees to more than 25 heritage sites
  • Goody bag filled with gifts worth over $150 USD
  • Hotel porterage for one (1) suitcase per person
  • All local taxes and gratuities for group meals

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PACKAGE

  • Tips for driver guide, tour director or local tour guides (all at your discretion)
  • Flights to and from Dublin International Airport
  • Our preferred travel agent, Siobhan Callaghan of Travel Counsellors, can assist you with flight arrangements.
  • Travel insurance (required for travel, see resources page)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional excursions, personal items, souvenirs, incidental purchases, etc.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Prices quoted are per person.
  • Prices quoted are in US Dollars and include service charges where applicable and all taxes.
  • All prices quoted are based on seasonal rates for a specific number of persons travelling, shared accommodations and current availability.
  • Minimum number of guests is 10, maximum number is 16 guests. Should the number of participants increase or decrease, William Marshal Tours reserves the right to re-cost the tour based on the new number of participants.
  • Where no specific contract is submitted, the general terms and conditions apply.
  • View full terms and conditions here.

DETAILED TOUR ITINERARY

SUNDAY | JUNE 4 | DUBLIN (R, D)

When you arrive at Dublin International Airport, you’ll be escorted to the VIP Lounge while your luggage is collected and your passport clears customs. Meet your Tour Director and Driver Guide, drive to Dublin City Centre, then check into the Westin Dublin Hotel. You’re invited to attend a welcome reception in the Crypt at Christ Church Cathedral that afternoon. There you’ll meet Irish scholar Dr. Turtle Bunbury and view the Irish Magna Carta. Enjoy a delicious welcome dinner in Dublin City Centre. Professor Bunbury will also provide a short overview of the history of the Norman presence in Ireland. Overnight at the Westin Dublin Hotel in Dublin City Centre.

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MONDAY | JUNE 5 | DUBLIN (B)

We’ll begin our morning (and each morning hereafter) with a full Irish breakfast in the hotel, then enjoy a private Dublin city tour on the motor coach with our drive guide. Next, we’ll take a guided tour of Dublin Castle, built by King John. Our visit includes a walk through the state apartments. Lunch is at your leisure in Dublin City Centre. Later, we’ll explore Dublin’s Viking history at Dublinia Museum. Immediately following is a private tour of Christ Church Cathedral. See the effigy of Richard “Strongbow” de Clare and visit the belfry where you’ll have an opportunity to ring the church bells! Dinner is at your leisure in Dublin. Overnight at the Westin Dublin Hotel in Dublin City Centre.

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TUESDAY | JUNE 6 | DUBLIN / NEW ROSS (B, D)

This morning we’ll take a private tour of Trinity College, which includes entrance to the world-famous Book of Kells. Lunch is at your leisure in Dublin City Centre. In the afternoon, we’ll take a guided tour of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, with the rare Verger’s Tour. Depart for New Ross and check into the Dunbrody Country House & Hotel. Enjoy a 3-course group dinner prepared by Celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon. Overnight at the Dunbrody Country House & Hotel in Arthurstown.

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WEDNESDAY | JUNE 7 | NEW ROSS (B)

Today we head to Marshal lands. We’ll drive to New Ross for the day, and visit the Ros Tapestry, which tells the amazing story of William and Isabel Marshal’s life in 16 beautiful tapestries. Lunch is at your leisure in New Ross. Following lunch, the New Ross Street Focus will lead us on a walking tour of the town. Local historian and heritage preservationist Jenny Nuttall will provide a private tour of St. Mary’s Church & Graveyard, the church sponsored by Isabel & William Marshal. Our friends with the New Ross Street Focus will escort us from St. Mary’s to our motor coach, and provide additional commentary on William and Isabel Marshal’s presence in the town of New Ross. Dinner is at your leisure at the Dunbrody Country House & Hotel, then we’ll overnight at the Dunbrody Country House & Hotel in Arthurstown.

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THURSDAY | JUNE 8 | NEW ROSS (B)

We drive to the Hook Lighthouse for an interactive tour, then climb to the top of the lighthouse to look out over the Hook Peninsula. After a quick stop for pictures at St. Dubhan’s Church where the medieval monks who lit the lighthouse fires lived, we’ll have lunch at the Templar’s Inn in Thomastown overlooking Templar’s Church ruins. During lunch, Dr. Adrian Empey will provide an overview of William Marshal’s administration as Earl of Leinster. After lunch we travel to Tintern Abbey, the Cistercian abbey William Marshal built in gratitude for surviving the stormy crossing from Wales. Following our private tour of the Abbey, we’ll participate in a special tribute to William & Isabel Marshal featuring a traditional Uilleann piper! We stroll through neighboring Colclough Walled Gardens, then dinner is at your leisure at the Dunbrody Country House & Hotel. Overnight at the Dunbrody Country House & Hotel in Arthurstown.

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FRIDAY | JUNE 9 | NEW ROSS (B)

Today we take a break from the rigors of touring and learning to enjoy a leisurely, relaxed day at the Dunbrody Country House & Hotel . Choose from a variety of optional excursions such as walking, hiking, biking, picnicking, horseback riding, archery, sailing, spa treatments, and much more! Lunch & dinner are at your leisure at the Dunbrody Country House & Hotel (or elsewhere). Overnight at the Dunbrody Country House & Hotel in Arthurstown.

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SATURDAY | JUNE 10 | NEW ROSS (B)

In the morning we’ll drive to Ferns Castle, where Isabel Marshal’s mother was reared, and take a private tour of the grounds. Ferns Castle is just a stone’s throw away from St. Edan’s Graveyard where Dermot MacMurrough, Isabel Marshal’s grandfather, is thought to be buried. Lunch is at your leisure in nearby Enniscorthy. In the afternoon we’ll explore Dunbrody Abbey, a Cistercian monastery built at the request of Richard “Strongbow” de Clare. Then you’ll have time to explore the Dunbrody Abbey Maze at your leisure. Dinner is at your leisure at the Dunbrody Country House & Hotel. Overnight at the Dunbrody Country House & Hotel in Arthurstown.

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SUNDAY | JUNE 11 | WATERFORD (B, D)

In the morning we depart for Waterford where we’ll spend the entire day exploring the rich Viking history of this marvelous port town. This is also where the Normans sealed their victory over the region through the marriage of their leader, Richard “Strongbow” de Clare to Aoife MacMurrough, daughter of the King of Leinster. Our day begins with a private walking tour of the Viking Triangle neighborhood and a visit to Reginald’s Tower, Waterford’s landmark monument and Ireland’s oldest civic building. Lunch is at your leisure in Waterford. In the afternoon, we’ll enjoy a private tour of the magnificent Medieval Museum, which showcases the treasures of Medieval Waterford. We’re honored to have the museum curator personally lead our tour. Depart for Kilkenny and check into the River Court Hotel. Enjoy a fun group dinner at Matt the Millers in Kilkenny. Overnight at the River Court Hotel in Kilkenny.

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MONDAY | JUNE 12 | KILKENNY (B)

Our day starts with a tour of the medieval section of Kilkenny Castle led by our personal guide, Amanda Pitcairn, of Touch the Past Ireland. Amanda will lead us on a 2-hour walking tour of Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile that includes stops at Black Abbey and St. Canice Cathedral & Round Tower. Lunch is at your leisure in Kilkenny. After lunch we will visit the Medieval Mile Museum, Kilkenny’s newest visitor attraction located in the heart of Ireland’s Medieval Mile. The afternoon is spent at your leisure in Kilkenny. The Medieval Mile Pass in your goody bag entitles you to go cycling with Kilkenny Cycling Tours, visit the Rothe House, take a Haunted Walking Tour, and to receive discounts at the Kilkenny Design Center. Dinner is at your leisure in Kilkenny. Overnight at the River Court Hotel in Kilkenny.

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TUESDAY | JUNE 13 | KILKENNY (B, T)

Our day gets under way with a visit to Jerpoint Abbey, one of the best-preserved Cistercian monasteries in Ireland. Dr. Breda Lynch will lead our private tour of the Abbey, highlighting the sculptured cloister arcade with its unique carvings. Next we’ll make a brief stop at Kilfane Church, a 13th-century ruin, where you may have your picture taken with an 8-foot knight in effigy! Our afternoon includes another memorable highlight as we take afternoon tea at the lovely Mount Juliet Estate. Following tea, we’ll join John Duggan from Hawkeye Falconry for an afternoon of falconry, traditionally considered the sport of kings. Dinner is at your leisure in Kilkenny. Overnight at the River Court Hotel in Kilkenny.

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WEDNESDAY | JUNE 14 | CARLOW (B, D)

Sadly, this is our last day in Marshal land. We’ll visit Borris House, the ancestral home of the MacMurroughs, high kings of Leinster. Next, we’ll drive to Carlow Castle on the eastern bank of the River Barrow where we meet with Dr. Turtle Bunbury. During lunch, Dr. Bunbury will give us a history of the Marshals in Carlow and Isabel Marshal’s valiant efforts to defend Carlow from attack. Following lunch, we drive to the Rock of Dunamase, once a stunning MacMurrough stronghold, and later a wedding present to Richard “Strongbow” de Clare. Depart for Dublin and check into the Westin Dublin Hotel. Finally, we’ll gather for a lively farewell dinner featuring traditional Irish music and dancing in Dublin City Centre. Overnight at the Westin Dublin Hotel in Dublin City Centre.

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THURSDAY | JUNE 15 | DUBLIN (B)

Today we say our fond farewells as we depart for Dublin International Airport in two separate airport transfers.

DAY

ACCOMODATIONS

William Marshal Tours enjoys special partnerships with locally managed, centrally located boutique hotels. These small, luxury establishments are known for their beautifully designed rooms, incredibly comfortable beds, and luxe details everywhere you turn. Everything they do is with your overall comfort in mind. After a busy day of touring, there’s nothing more soothing than taking a hot bath or relaxing shower in a private marble bathroom, or sinking into a plush, linen-draped bed. We invite you to enjoy the hustle & bustle of Dublin, steep yourself in the rich culture of County Wexford, soak up the history of charming Kilkenny, knowing all the while that your sanctuary awaits at the end of the day.

The Westin Dublin
DUBLIN, IRELAND

The Dunbrody Country House & Hotel
THOMASTOWN, COUNTY WEXFORD

The River Court Hotel
KILKENNY, COUNTY KILKENNY

TOUR BIOGRAPHIES

ELIZABETH CHADWICK, AUTHOR

Elizabeth Chadwick is an award-winning author of historical fiction. Her novel about William Marshal, The Greatest Knight, is a New York Times Bestseller. Its sequel, The Scarlet Lion, was nominated by Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society as one of his top 10 novels of the decade. She has been studying the Marshal family both for her work as a writer, and out of personal interest for more than a decade and occasionally lectures on the subject at conferences and historical venues. She is a member of the Royal Historical Society.

Elizabeth will be joining the tour as our VIP guest. She will be happy to interact with guests, talk about William Marshal, and answer any questions we may have. We’re very lucky to have someone with her breadth of knowledge and insights on tour with us!

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THERESE DALTON, PHOTOGRAPHER

Therese Dalton studied video and film in both Ireland and California.

She later taught film at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, whilst directing a community based TV programme called West Coast Irish.

After Therese’s return to Ireland she established Dalton Films in New Ross, Co. Wexford creating short films for both the commercial sector and the local community. Therese is currently manager of the County Wexford Youth Film Project.

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DR. TURTLE BUNBURY, SCHOLAR

Turtle Bunbury is a best-selling author, historian, speaker and TV presenter based in Ireland.

Raised at Lisnavagh House, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow, Ireland, he received his early education in Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow, before moving to Castle Park School in Dublin. He then read law at Trinity College Dublin.

Since 2004, Turtle has established himself as one of the most prolific and energetic writers in Ireland. As well as his twelve published books, he has travelled extensively, most notably in the USA, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, France and Australia. His work on Sri Lanka earned him the award for Ireland’s Longhaul Travel Journalist of the Year in 2006.

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DR. ADRIAN EMPEY, SCHOLAR

Dr. Empey studied for his PhD in medieval history under the direction of the late Prof. A.J. Otway-Ruthven in Trinity College Dublin and taught medieval history at Central Washington State University (1968 – 1972). On returning to Ireland in 1972, he studied for the priesthood of the Church of Ireland (Episcopalian). He lectured in ecclesiastical history as principal of the Church of Ireland Theological College, attached to Trinity College, from 2001 to his retirement in 2008. He has published widely on themes relating to Anglo-Norman settlement, mainly in journals and books of collected essays. More recently he has concentrated on the medieval parish. His most recent publication was Gowran, Co. Kilkenny, 1190-1610: custom and conflict in a baronial town (2015), in the Maynooth Studies in Local History series, and a chapter in the forthcoming William Marshal and Ireland (2016) by Four Courts Press.

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DR. BREDA LYNCH, SCHOLAR

Dr. Breda Lynch completed her BA in Local Studies in 2004, and her PhD in History in 2009 from the National University of Ireland Maynooth. A native of Slieverue, she works as a Supervisor guide with the Office of Public Works, based at the former Cistercian Abbey at Jerpoint. She recently launched her book, A Monastic Landscape: The Cistercians in Medieval Ireland (Xlibris Publishing, 2011).

Her book represents the fruits of her doctoral research, and is a detailed study of the lands and histories of the great medieval Cistercian houses of Leinster, including Jerpoint, Mellifont, Baltinglass, Duiske, Tintern and Dunbrody.

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AMANDA PITCAIRN, TOUR GUIDE

Touch The Past history tours are delivered by Amanda Pitcairn. She has a first class honors degree in History and a Masters Degree in Public History and Cultural Heritage. Since she employs her passion for the Middle Ages in delivering tours, they’re more than a mere observation of old buildings. Her tours focus on the lives of specific characters and life in general for medieval people. Amanda’s tours are accessible, enjoyable and also informative without compromising on the integrity of innate historical fact.

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