Ireland October 2017
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$2,899 P/P Dbl. Occ. (Plus Fuel Surcharges/Air Taxes Exceeding $350, Pending Air Confirmation) 8-Day Tour Includes: • Roundtrip Airfare • 6 Nights Accommodation • Luxury Motor Coach • Tour Manager Throughout • Irish Breakfast Daily • Welcome and Farewell Dinner • Lunch at Broc House • 1 Additional Dinner • Guinness Storehouse • Old Bushmills Distillery • Cruise on Lough Corrib • Sightseeing Per Itinerary • Fuel Surcharges/Air Taxes Up To $350 Day 1: Depart USA Overnight transatlantic flight to Shannon, Ireland. Meals and snacks are served on board. Day 2: Arrive Shannon - Galway/Lough Corrib Cruise We are greeted by our World Cultural Tours representative upon arrival at the airport in Shannon and escorted to our private motor coach for our transfer to Galway. Upon arrival, we enjoy a guided walking tour of Galway. Our tour includes the Lynch Castle, home to many of Galway’s mayors, Saint Nicholas Church, and the famed Spanish Arch. Following our tour, we set sail on the Corrib Princess as we cruise the Lough Corrib. This peaceful 90-minute tour bears witness to majestic monuments, sights, and an abundance of wildlife, as we make our way to the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland. At the conclusion of the cruise, we check into our hotel in Galway. We have our Welcome Dinner together this evening in the hotel. (D) Jurys Inn or similar Day 3: Galway - Connemara/Smokehouse Tour - Galway Following breakfast this morning, we enjoy a guided excursion through the Connemara Region. Brimming with iconic images of Ireland’s beauty, the region offers the magnificent fjord Killary Harbour and the rocky coastline of Galway Bay. While here, we visit the oldest smokehouse in Connemara, which specializes in smoked wild Atlantic Salmon. Here, we enjoy a tour, followed by the opportunity to sample this delectable product. Our next visit is to the stunning Kylemore Abbey, a Neo-Gothic masterpiece featuring a beautiful garden laid out in 1867. This afternoon, we return to our hotel and dinner is on our own this evening. (B) Jurys Inn or similar Day 4: Galway - Sligo/Yeats Country Tour - Derry After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and depart for Sligo where we embark on the Yeats Country Tour, dedicated to the poetry of W.B. Yeats, and be led by Yeats enthusiast Damien Brennan. During the tour, we observe the splendid Lough Gill, the unique Yeats associated buildings, the breathtaking view of the Glencar Waterfall, and the grave of the dignified poet, all the while discussing the poetry associated with each landscape. Subsequently, we dine for lunch with Mr. Brennan at his home, Broc House, and hear about Maud Gonne, Lady Gregory, and some of Yeats’ influential political poems. We continue on to Derry, where we enjoy a guided walking tour of the Derry city walls. Afterwards, we check into our hotel and dinner is on our own this evening. (B, L) Ramada Da Vincis Hotel or similar Day 5: Derry - Bushmills Distillery Tour - Giant’s Causeway - Belfast After breakfast, we depart our hotel in Derry and travel to Belfast, stopping for a tour of the Old Bushmills Distillery, the oldest licensed whiskey distillery. We enjoy a tasting before continuing on to explore the Giant’s Causeway, an UNESCO World Heritage site. We continue on to Belfast, where dinner is on our own following check-in. (B) Holiday Inn Belfast City Center or similar Day 6: Belfast - Dublin This morning after breakfast, we begin our guided tour of Belfast. We visit the leaning Albert Memorial Clock Tower and the Opera House, two of Belfast’s greatest landmarks. On the tour, we pass by the City Hall, The Crown Bar, Queens University and the Botanic Gardens. Finally, we see the Harland and Wolfe Shipyard where the famed Titanic was built and launched. Immediately following, we visit the Titanic Belfast which re-creates the story of the world’s most famous ship in a six-floor building next to the ship’s construction site. This afternoon, we depart Belfast and head to Dublin and check into our hotel upon arrival. Dinner is under our own arrangements. (B, D) Academy Plaza Hotel or similar Day 7: Dublin/Guinness Storehouse Visit Following breakfast this morning, we enjoy a panoramic tour of Dublin. We discover the north side of the River Liffey, an area that houses the General Post Office, O’Connell Street, and Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe. From the north side, we journey to the south side, which offers Merrion Square, Grafton Street, and the homes of Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker. Finally, we visit Trinity College, which was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. Not only is this the oldest university in Ireland, but is also home to the Book of Kells. Afterwards, we visit the Guinness Storehouse to discover the making of this favorited beverage. This evening, we enjoy our Farewell Dinner at Taylor’s Three Rock, with traditional music entertainment. (B, D) Academy Plaza Hotel or similar Day 8: Dublin - Depart Ireland - Arrive USA Following our last hearty Irish breakfast, we board our private motor coach and transfer to the airport for our return flight home to the USA. (B)
Come to the Tour Presentation at Three Shaw's Cove, New London Adult Education Center on MARCH 30th at 6:30. Light refreshments will be served.
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