Literary Tour of Ireland with Steve Bertrand – 2nd trip added!

2nd Departure Added Due to Popular Demand
October 30th – November 7th, 2013
Dublin ● Killarney ● Galway ● Sligo

BertrandIrelandCastle400Join award winning WGN radio host Steve Bertrand on a unique literary tour of Ireland. Explore Irish heritage and scholarly traditions, discover where many world famous writers, poets and playwrights were born and lived and were inspired to write about the spectacular beauty, culture and history of their native isle; and visit famous galleries, and towns that celebrate Ireland’s proud literary history.

Chicago: $2,449.00
Rates include all departure & government taxes

Package Includes:


  • Round-trip air from Chicago to Dublin


  • 1 night 4-Star Davenport Hotel, Dublin
  • 2 nights 4-Star Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney
  • 1 night 4-Star Meyrick Hotel, Galway
  • 1 night 4-Star Sligo Park Hotel, Sligo
  • 2 nights 4-Star Davenport Hotel, Dublin


  • Private Luxury Motorcoach with services of a professional driver/guide

BertrandIrelandBoat400Other Inclusions

  • Full Irish breakfast daily
  • 5, three-course dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing, including: Trinity College and the Book of Kells; Dublin Writers Museum; Rock of Cashel; Old Midleton Distillery; Dingle Peninsula; The Cliffs of Moher; Connemara Excursion; Kylemore Abbey; Drumcliff; Panoramic Galway City Tour; Panoramic Dublin City Tour
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person

Click here for reservation form
For more information contact:

Steve Bertrand: 847-606-6065

Terms and Conditions: Rates are per person based on double occupancy, and include all departure taxes and fuel surcharges. Single supplement is additional $393. Air inclusive rates are subject to availability and are based on departure from Chicago on Aer Lingus. Not eligible for accrual of frequent flyer points/mileage. Child/infant discounts not available. Cancellations /Changes: Fares are non-refundable.

Itinerary (Details subject to change):

October 30: USA – Dublin
Fly transatlantic overnight to Dublin Ireland. Dinner is served and in-flight entertainment is provided.

TheGatheringIrelandOctober 31: Arrive in Dublin, Ireland
Arrive Dublin. Visits to: Dublin Writers Museum; Trinity College Book of Kells. Welcome dinner in hotel. Overnight in Davenport Hotel which holds UNESCO Literature Plaque. (D)

November 1: Dublin – Killarney
Depart Dublin for Killarney. Visits to: Rock of Cashel; Old Midleton Distillery. Free evening in Killarney. Overnight in Killarney Plaza. (B)

November 2: Dingle Peninsula
Dingle Peninsula Excursion. Take a full day tour around the Dingle Peninsula with its breath-taking views and sceneries of the Atlantic Ocean, bright sandy beaches as well as ancient and early Christian relicts and small Gaelic speaking villages. You will reach the most Western point of Europe at Slea Head, from where you can catch a view of the offshore Blasket Island, which has been abandoned by its inhabitants in 1953. You will learn more about the rough life at the sea and great literary past of the islands in the Blasket Centre in Dunquin. Find out more about fascinating life on the island in Thomas O’Crohan’s “The Islandman”, which was written in Gaelic language. Return to Killarney for overnight and dinner in Killarney Plaza. (B/D)

November 3: Killarney – Galway
Depart Killarney. Travel via Limerick (the setting for Frank McCourt’s bestseller “Angela’s Ashes) for visit to Cliffs of Moher. Onwards via the Burren to Galway for overnight and dinner in Meyrick Hotel. (B/D)

November 4: Galway – Sligo
Depart Galway and travel through Connemara for visit to Kylemore Abbey. Onwards via Westport to Sligo, Yeats Country. Tonight group will enjoy a special evening with a visit to a private home for a bit ‘o food, fun and poetry. Damien Brennan and his wife Paula, together with their adult children Sarah and Paul, live at Broc House, a modern abode with rustic touches overlooking beautiful Lough Gill. Inside, you will find walls adorned with contemporary Irish paintings and a table set for a feast prepared by Paula, a noted chef. Damien, meanwhile, is an acknowledged expert on the Yeats family. Scrumptious food, fine company and the delicious poetry of Yeats come together ‘round the accommodating table, positioned in front of gracious windows that let in countryside views. Overnight in Sligo Park Hotel. (B/D)

November 5: Sligo – Dublin
Depart Sligo. Visit Yeats grave in Drumcliff, which is located at the foot of the Benbulben Mountain. Onwards to Dublin. Once you are back in Dublin visit James Joyce Centre and the birth place of George Bernhard Shaw. Enjoy some free time in Dublin. Later this afternoon, enjoy local authors tell stories in a Salon once owned by Oscar Wildes Mother. This evening you are free to enjoy dinner on own. (B)

November 6: Sligo – Dublin
Authors meet and greet, followed by free time. This evening experience an enchanting evening of Irish folklore and storytelling while enjoying a candlelit traditional Irish dinner in The Brazen Head, Dublin’s oldest Pub. (B/D)

November 7: Dublin – USA
Depart Dublin for US.

Click here for reservation form
For more information contact:

Steve Bertrand: 847-606-6065


8 Comments to “Literary Tour of Ireland with Steve Bertrand – 2nd trip added!”

    Steve Bertrand said:
    June 2, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    I hope you can join me. Please send the reservation forms to: Steve Bertrand on Books, PO Box 615, Deerfield, IL 60015.


    Fred Pearson said:
    July 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Hi Steve,

    Any idea how the weather will be at that time of year?

    Also, about how many spots are left on the tour? We're becoming very interested!!

    Fred Pearson

    Chicago City attractions said:
    August 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Thanks for finally writing about >Literary Tour of Ireland with Steve Bertrand – 2nd trip added!

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    Jeff said:
    February 26, 2014 at 12:15 PM


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