Ireland 2018

Ireland: Custom Land Package

March 11-18, 2018

Join the Purdue President’s Council in partnership with Purdue Bands & Orchestras, along with alumni and friends, as we support Purdue’s “All-American” Marching Band spreading Boilermaker spirit on a custom trip to Ireland! Hail Purdue!

Stay at the luxury castle resort, Adare Manor, in Limerick and let the Emerald Isle sweep you away with its rugged scenery, elaborate castles, charming small towns, and spirited history. Experience legendary Dublin in style from The Shelbourne Hotel.  Spend St. Patrick’s Day with fellow Boilermakers and see the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band perform in the annual parade.

Package Price:

$4,490 per person, double occupancy                                      $5,975 per person, single occupancy

Your participation supports

Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University

The land package price includes a $500 donation to support Purdue Bands & Orchestras and a $500 donation to the President’s Council Enrichment Fund. Your donations are tax-deductible and allow the University to deliver higher education at the highest proven value by creating new scholarships and funding facilities and innovative programs, while keeping a Purdue education affordable. Your $1,000 total per person tax deductible donation will be given to Purdue at time of your final payment and Purdue will supply a tax receipt for the 2017 tax year.

Package Inclusions:

  • 3 nights at Adare Manor with a full Irish Breakfast daily in the magnificent Minstrel’s Gallery
  • 3 nights at The Shelbourne Dublin with full Irish Breakfast daily in the stylish Saddle Room
  • President’s Council Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Additional meals include three lunches and two dinners in unique locations with a variety of traditional pub and gourmet Irish Cuisine
  • Grandstand tickets for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Custom sightseeing itinerary including all entrance fees with experienced local English-speaking guides and deluxe coach transportation
  • Opportunity to see three performances by the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers, porterage, and all taxes and service charges
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers and all included meals
  • Purdue President’s Council and Global Tracks staff


Sunday, March 11, 2018 | Depart

Depart home on an overnight flight to Ireland.

Monday, March 12, 2018 | Arrive Shannon, Ireland

Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to Adare Manor. The afternoon is at leisure, allowing time to settle into the elegant yet relaxed setting of our castle hotel. In the evening, gather for a festive Welcome Reception with our band students. Following the reception, enjoy an exclusive President’s Council dinner in the Grand Ballroom at Adare Manor, where you can network and become better acquainted with your travel companions for the week. (Reception, D)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | Galway

Wander the narrow medieval streets of Galway on a walking tour, followed by free time to enjoy quaint shops and perhaps a pub lunch on your own. Hear the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band perform in Eyre Square, the popular central square surrounded by Georgian buildings and the city’s busiest streets. (B)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | Cliffs of Moher

Journey to the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic and the Aran Islands. Marvel at the limestone karst pavement that blankets the Burren – home to rare plants and ancient remains, and known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. Lunch is included during the tour along the coast in County Clare. In the evening, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. (B, L, D)

Thursday, March 15, 2018 | Kilkenny to Dublin

Today you have the option to enjoy a leisurely morning with a late departure from Adare Manor or begin your day early with a visit to Limerick to see St. Mary’s Cathedral and King John’s Castle. With either option, both groups will reconnect for lunch at a country estate prior to visiting the picturesque Kilkenny Castle. Explore this 12th-century Anglo-Norman castle that stands dramatically along the River Nore. Join the locals for the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band performance in the courtyard and meander through the terraced gardens. Continue the journey to Dublin and check in to the Shelbourne Hotel. (B, L)

Friday, March 16, 2018 | Iconic Dublin

Visit must-see landmarks such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, built to honor the patron saint of Ireland, and Trinity College, Ireland’s most prestigious university. Satisfy your curiosity and quench your thirst with a brewery tour and pint at the Guinness Storehouse. After enjoying a traditional Irish pub lunch, the afternoon is yours to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of vibrant Dublin. (B, L)

Saturday, March 17, 2018 | St. Patrick’s Day

From your seats in the grandstand of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, enjoy the spectacular and energetic St. Patrick’s Day Parade as it winds through the heart of Dublin City, bursting with colorful pageants, whimsical theatrics and lively musical scores. Cheer on the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band as they play their way through this exciting procession. Gather in the evening for a President’s Council Farewell Reception. (B, Reception)

Sunday, March 18, 2018 | Depart Dublin, Ireland

Enjoy a final full Irish breakfast buffet or cooked-to-order entrée in The Shelbourne Saddle Room before transferring to the Dublin airport. (B)

(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland,


Adare Manor: March 12-15, 2018                                   

18th-century 5-star castle resort in the lush heartlands of County Limerick

Surrounded by medieval ruins, Adare Manor’s 840-acre estate is home to sweeping parklands, winding woodlands, and an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. Leisure activities include archery, falconry, skeet shooting, horseback riding, trout fishing, spa services and Irish Whisky tastings—or stroll into the thatched-roof village of Adare with authentic Irish pubs for a pint.

Shelbourne Hotel: March 15 – 18, 2018                                  

5-star iconic landmark hotel located in the heart of the city on St. Stephen’s Green

The Shelbourne has for nearly two centuries played a significant role in the literary, social, political, culinary and artistic traditions of Irish society. Today it is well known for its luxurious amenities, impeccable service, fine dining (such as The Saddle Room), the No. 27 Bar & Lounge and the Lord Mayor’s Lounge, plus its prime location with Dublin’s attractions only a 5 minutes’ walk away.

Reservation Booking Terms and Conditions:

Required Deposit: $1,500 per person deposit

Final Payment: December 8, 2017

Airfare is not included in your tour package. Global Tracks can assist with your air arrangements for a $75 booking fee, or you may choose to make your own arrangements.

Cancellations: All individual cancellations must be made in writing to Global Tracks. Airfare is non-refundable once ticketed. Penalties apply to the total package price which could include the land package and extra services:

From time of deposit until Nov. 10, 2017  $250 per-person penalty
From Nov. 11, 2017, to Dec. 8, 2017  $1,000 per-person penalty
From Dec. 9, 2017, to Jan. 25, 2018  50% of total package price penalty
After Jan. 25, 2018, to departure  100% of total package price penalty