Sunday, August 12, 2007

Shades of Ireland

Shades of Ireland
Familiarization Tour

8 Days

Departure: November 12, 2007




Highlights…
Limerick • Cliffs of Moher • Galway
Farm Visit • Killarney • Ring of Kerry
Blarney Castle • Dublin
Many Meals Included


Day 1: Overnight Flight
Begin your familiarization tour to the Emerald Isle with an overnight flight.

Day 2: Arrive Shannon, Ireland - Limerick
Arrive in Ireland today. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Limerick - Cliffs of Moher - Galway - LimerickHA trip to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, nearly 700 feet high, will leave you gazing in awe at the mighty Atlantic and the stunning views of the Aran Islands!H You then travel to the limestone-rich region of the Burren, known for its natural beauty and unique geological features. Continue through the rugged and scenic countryside into Galway, “The City of Tribes,” and take a brief city tour before returning to your hotel.

Day 4: Limerick - Killarney
Enjoy a short tour of Limerick, taking in the Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the famous Treaty Stone. Experience the customs and daily life of a traditional Irish family with a memorable visit to the Molanna Dairy Farm. After arriving in Killarney, you will be treated to a tour of the beautiful Muckross House and Gardens.

Day 5: Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney
Today you will travel along one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the world, the Ring of Kerry. See spectacular ocean scenery as you pass through picturesque villages. After passing through the town of Sneem, travel through rugged mountain passes into “Ladies View,” where you will see spectacular views of the Lakes of Killarney.

Day 6: Killarney - Blarney Stone - Dublin
Today is highlighted by a journey to the historic Blarney Castle. Pass through the mountains of West Cork and the scenic towns of Ballyvourney and Macroom before arriving at the castle, where you have the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. It is said that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquence. There will be time for shopping at the Blarney Woollen Mills before traveling to Dublin. Tonight you may wish to sample the famous Dublin pubs and experience renowned Irish hospitality.

Day 7: Dublin
This morning you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of this “Fair City.” You will visit Trinity College and see the world-famous Book of Kells, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Bank of Ireland, O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and Dublin Castle. This evening join your fellow travelers for a memorable farewell dinner celebrating the end of a wonderful fam trip to Ireland.

Day 8: Dublin - Depart for Home
Today you bid farewell to Ireland and depart for home.

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