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Traditions of the Emerald Isle (11 Days)

It’s a little ironic that such a rainy country could give rise to some of the brightest, most charming people in the world. Blessed with outstanding wit and the so-called Gift of Gab, the Irish themselves are the Emerald Isle’s true attraction. When an entire pub bursts into song or an entire city rallies around a hurling match, it’s easy to see that even the oldest traditions continue to thrive here (and proudly, too). Discover all that Ireland holds dear, from Dublin and the Rebel County all the way down to the breathtaking Ring of Kerry.

Your Edventure Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from SFO or LAX (price may vary based on choice of departure gateway)
  • 9 nights in hand-picked hotels (11 on extension)
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 three-course dinners served with wine or beer
  • Full-time multilingual tour director
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Select entrance fees
  • Tour of Mountjoy Prison (for Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)

Dingle Ruins

Blarney Castle

Sheep on the Dingle Peninsula

Killarney County

Cliffs of Moher

Aran Island

Galway's Thatched Houses

Giant's Causeway

Price: $3,836.00 (2016) based on double occupancy

Optional Excursion: Castle Banquet - $115 per person (seasonal May-October)

Optional 2-Day Extension: Belfast - $299 per person

Optional Excursion on Extension: Giant's Causeway - $105 per person

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Itinerary


Day 1 - (In-flight meals) Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Dublin aboard an internationally recognized airline.


Day 2 - (In-flight meals, Dinner) Welcome to the Emerald Isle! Our representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to begin exploring Dublin. Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s included Welcome Dinner.


Day 3 - (Breakfast) A local guide leads a sightseeing tour of the city. Drive to Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed public park in Europe. Its grounds include the Arás an Uachtaráin (the residence of the Irish President). Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded by Ireland’s patron saint in A.D. 450, and then visit Trinity College, where you can view the illuminated Book of Kells in the university’s library. This afternoon, discover Dublin at your own pace. You might choose to sample the perfect pint at the Guinness Storehouse, or explore the Writers Museum. Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials will tour the Mountjoy Prison this afternoon before rejoining their companions.Tonight, enjoy a special evening of Irish food, music and live entertainment. Taste traditional Irish dishes, then be treated to a live show of Irish music and dance.


Day 4 - (Breakfast) Today, you discover County Wicklow, home to some of the wildest and most spectacular scenery in Ireland, as well as two of the country’s most important historic sites. Your first stop is at the picturesque village of Enniskerry, where you’ll visit Powerscourt, an elegant country mansion with the finest formal gardens in the country. Later, continue on to Glendalough, which became famous throughout Europe as a center of Christian learning before it was sacked by Viking crusaders in the 10th century. You’ll also see St. Kevin’s Cross, the remains of the 6th-century cathedral and the remarkable Round Tower, thought to have been used by the monks as a place of refuge.


Day 5 - (Breakfast) Leaving Dublin this morning, travel a short distance southwest to County Kildare. Stop at the Irish National Stud farm, where world-class race horses are bred and trained. Continue to County Tipperary where you’ll visit the iconic Rock of Cashel. The commanding stone buildings date back to the 12th and 13th centuries and offer a glimpse into Ireland’s past. Later arrive in County Cork, Ireland’s largest county.


Day 6 -(Breakfast, Dinner) This morning, your Tour Director will acquaint you with Cobh and Cork. Cobh is a fishing village, which served as a launch site for ships bound for North America centuries ago. Here you’ll visit the Queenstown Story museum, whose exhibits tell the story of Irish emigration during the past 150 years. Then, travel to Cork, an island city with an impressive network of channels, docks and quays overlooking a vast natural harbor. Later, continue on to Blarney Castle. This 15th-century fortress is known above all else for the legendary Blarney Stone, said to grant magical powers of eloquence to those who kiss it—which you can attempt by climbing to the top of the parapet and leaning out of the battlements. Continue on to County Kerry, where dinner is included tonight.


Day 7  - (Breakfast) Travel around the Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route that covers some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery. Pass the pristine Lakes of Killarney and gaze across Dingle Bay to Dingle Peninsula. This afternoon, enjoy unsurpassed views of the Skellig Islands, before continuing to the picturesque village of Sneem, the “Knot in the Ring,” where brightly painted cottages surround the cozy market green. End the day in picturesque Killarney.


Day 8 - (Breakfast) En route to Galway, stop for a guided tour of the 13th-century Bunratty Castle. Then continue to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, towering 600 feet above the Atlantic. Continue the journey through the desolate karst landscape of the Burren. Rife with archaeological sites, the Burren’s grikes and clints are punctuated by portal tombs and ring forts that are thousands of years old. Today’s final destination is Galway, which was an independent city-state for 400 years. As recently as the 19th century, local citizens were still in the habit of setting their clocks 40 minutes behind Dublin time. Tonight, consider joining our optional excursion, Castle Banquet Dinner (additional excursion fee required).


Day 9 - (Breakfast) Today's excursion is to the Aran Islands (weather permitting), a rugged region of traditional Irish culture that has remained largely unchanged in recent centuries. Board a ferry across Galway Bay for a guided tour of Inis Mór, one of the three remote Aran Islands.The Aran Islanders still speak Gaelic and rely on fishing and farming to make a living. Local crafts produced here include hand-knit “fisherman” sweaters. While you're here, you’ll also visit the ruins of Dún Aonghasa, a prehistoric fort. Please note: This tour involves a fair amount of walking over somewhat rugged terrain. Travelers should be accustomed to moderate physical activity. This excursion is weather dependent, and weather conditions may also result in a rough sea crossing.


Day 10 -  (Breakfast, Dinner) Depart Galway and transfer to Dublin. Enjoy your last afternoon in the capital of Ireland, before being treated to a Farewell Dinner.


Day 11 - (Breakfast) Transfer to the airport for your return flight home

OR Optional Extension:

Day 11 - (Breakfast) Journey to Belfast, the cultural heart of Northern Ireland, where you’ll get the local perspective of the city on a guided tour. Glimpse the copper-domed City Hall and the recently restored Grand Opera House, then learn all about Belfast’s long history, from its origins in the Bronze Age and rise as an international seaport to its role in the conflict known as The Troubles. Also, enter the Titanic Museum for a look at the vessel’s infamous history


Day 12 - (Breakfast) Today, you can spend the day exploring Belfast on your own, or choose the optional excursion and pay a visit to the rugged Giant’s Causeway, a series of naturally formed hexagonal basalt columns. The columns, which you can walk on, are 60 million years old and originated as volcanic lava. A colorful local legend says that mythical giant Finn McCool built the walkway so that he could cross the sea to Scotland. Please note: Raingear is recommended for this excursion (additional excursion fee required).

Day 13 - (Breakfast, In-flight meals) Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Next Departure Dates: 
May 2018 (IREI0518)
June
2019
(IREI 0619)
June 2020 (IREI0620)
October 2020 (IREI1020
)
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