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Shades of Ireland
September 23 - October 5, 2021 - 11 Nights

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Day 1 - Thursday, September 23, 2021 Overnight Flight
Set out on an amazing Irish adventure that tells the complete story of the Emerald Isle.

Day 2 - Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins
Get a taste of old Dublin. Tonight, you and your fellow travelers revel in a traditional Irish evening, including regional cuisine. (D)

Day 3 - Dublin
Today, it’s your choice! Choose to ride with a local guide to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the historic Phoenix Park -OR- choose a walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and the River Liffey. Either way, what follows is an afternoon to discover Dublin’s charms on your own. (B)

Day 4 - Dublin - Kilkenny - Waterford
Step back in time and begin the day in the medieval splendor of 12th century Kilkenny on the River Nore. Then, in Waterford, embark on a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city. It’s your choice! Tour the Waterford Crystal factory and learn how exquisite crystal has been made for centuries -OR- visit the Medieval Museum for a guided tour and glass of wine in the 15th-century Mayor’s Wine Vault. (B/D)

Day 5 -Waterford - Blarney Stone - Killarney
Live the legend. The story goes that those who kiss the Blarney Stone gain the gift of eloquence. This morning, give it a shot at historic Blarney Castle. Cross into County Kerry and continue on to charming Killarney, where you will board a traditional boat* and sail through breathtaking lakes in the company of an expert boatman. This evening, enjoy dinner on the town. (B/D)

Day 6 - Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney
Take in the rugged coastline as you loop your way around the picturesque Ring of Kerry, past pristine beaches, quaint villages and majestic landscapes. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for local artisan-made crafts. End your day with a traditional jaunting car ride* through one of Ireland’s best kept secrets - Killarney National Park. (B)

Day 7 - Killarney - Cliffs of Moher - Ennis
Bid Killarney farewell and travel across the lovely Shannon River into County Clare. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most iconic sites. Walk along the rambling edge, soaking up unparalleled views and snapping incredible photos. Complete your day at the historic Old Ground Hotel and experience the finest in Irish hospitality. (B)

Day 8 - Ennis - Galway - Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
Experience the daily life of a traditional Irish family during a memorable farm visit. Then, continue to Galway for a brief tour that showcases “The City of Tribes.” Your day ends in the northwest reaches of Eire. (B/D)

Day 9 - Enniskillen - Donegal Town - Derry
Take in the rugged, natural beauty of County Donegal. Stop in Donegal Town and stroll the town square, enjoying its quaint craft and woolen shops. Next, travel to Derry, known for its turbulent political history. This afternoon, a local guide leads a walk through the old city, including the Craft Village, a charming 19th century Georgian square in the heart of the walled city. Tonight, it’s Diner’s Choice…choose your included dinner from a "menu" of Derry’s great restaurants. (B/D)

Day 10 - Derry - Inishowen Peninsula - Derry
This morning, journey to the Inishowen Peninsula and Malin Head. Take in breathtaking scenery as you explore Ireland's northernmost point. Return to Derry and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 11 - Derry - Giant's Causeway - Glens of Antrim - Belfast
See the most famous natural site in Northern Ireland as you visit the magnificent Giant’s Causeway. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, the causeway resembles a cobble road leading into the sea. Then lose yourself in the natural beauty of Northern Ireland as you explore the scenic back roads of the Glens of Antrim to Belfast. (B)

Day 12 - Belfast
Begin the day with a guided tour of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, and hear of the struggles in this great city’s history as you pass through the different neighborhoods. See “Samson” and “Goliath,” the cranes at the shipyard that built the Titanic, before touring the “Titanic Experience,” Northern Ireland’s most visited attraction. Top your day off with a traditional Irish ceili; an experience that takes you back to the cobblestoned streets and Irish fare in 20th-century Ulster. Enjoy rousing music and dance as your Irish adventure ends. (B/D)

Day 13 - Belfast - Tour Ends
Your tour ends in Belfast. (B)



Departure From:
Buffalo
Cleveland
Columbus
Louisville
Newark
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh



Price Includes:



Deposit:
A nonrefundable deposit of $1,900.00 per person is due at the time of booking. A Trip Cancellation Waiver of $399.00 per person (nonrefundable) is available and must be purchased at time of deposit.



Hotels (subject to change):
Dublin - Herbert Park Hotel - 2 nights
Waterford - Granville Hotel - 1 night
Killarney -Killarney Avenue - 2 nights
Ennis - Old Ground Hotel - 1 night
Enniskillen - Manor House Country Hotel - 1 night
Derry - City Hotel Derry - 2 nights
Belfast - Europe Hotel Belfast - 2 nights



Notes:



Final Payment:
March 15, 2021



Cancellation Penalties:
$1,900.00 per person is nonrefundable. Cancel on or after March 15, 2021, and the entire tour is nonrefundable. With Trip Cancellation Waiver purchase (at time of deposit) you may cancel for any reason prior to the day of departure and receive a full refund less cost of waiver ($399.00 per person).


Travel Insurance:
Please ask your Travel Agent about travel insurance to protect your investment.


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Pricing Table

AAA Rate - Per person rate prior to any discounts or promotions is based on double occupancy and is subject to air availability, current taxes, and fuel surcharges:

  Single Double Triple
Buffalo On Request $4,749.00 On Request
Cleveland On Request $4,749.00 On Request
Columbus On Request $4,749.00 On Request
Louisville On Request $4,749.00 On Request
Newark On Request $4,499.00 On Request
Philadelphia On Request $4,699.00 On Request
Pittsburgh On Request $4,699.00 On Request

 

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