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The Best of Ireland June 9 - 17, 2018
June 09 Overnight transatlantic flight from Charlotte to Dublin
June 10 Welcome to the Emerald Isle. We board our coach into Dublin. Once in town, we enjoy our first Full Irish Breakfast, a delightful treat of so many choices. Be sure to sample some traditional dishes. We take the local train to the seaside fishing village of Howth, for an invigorating cliff walk with beautiful scenery. In the village, lunch of your first fish and chips - with fish freshly plucked from the sea. Return for dinner at a local, historic restaurant.(B,D)
June 11This morning, we board our train and travel to Galway. Here, we will settle in for several days. This afternoon, a walking tour of Galway, and a walk along the shore line to Salt Hill. Return for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
June 12 Aran Island excursion
A full day excursion to the Aran Island of Inishmore the largest of the Aran Islands. Climb to Dún Aonghusa. One of the most famous and most important prehistoric sites in Europe, this semi circular stone fort sits dramatically on top of a 100 meter drop into the sea. We return to Galway, where you are free to enjoy dinner on your own, and discover many of the pubs with live Trad music.(B)
June 13 Kylemore Abbey and Connemara
This morning, we venture into the beautiful Connemara region, with stunning views of granite hills, peat bogs and glistening lakes. We visit Kylemore Abbey, operated by Irish Benedictine Nuns. We return to Galway for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
June 14 Galway to Dublin
As we depart the West Coast of Ireland, we board our train to Dublin. This afternoon, we visit thenumber one tourist attraction in Ireland: The Guinness Factory.A self-guided tour will take you throughout the history of this famous institution, ultimately to the top of the factory with a 360º view of Dublin. (B)
June 15 Dublin City
Today we set out a daytrip to Glendalough & Powerscourt Gardens tour brings you to visit two of the most popular tourism destinations in Ireland, both conveniently located just an hour's drive from Dublin city. First stop is Glendalough, a destination that’s known to every Dubliner for its idyllic beauty and serenity. The tour then continues through Wicklow, passing the picturesque town of Enniskerry before arriving at Powerscourt House and gardens. Relax in the Georgian glory of the Powerscourt Estate with gardens voted No.3 in the world by National Geographic and set within the beautiful backdrop of the Wicklow Mountains. (B,D)
16 June - Today is Bloomsday, celebrating James Joyce's Ulysses, you will be in the midst of celebrations with many in 1900s dress. We set out for an excellent overview of the city. For the remainder of the day, you are free to explore, perhaps spending time on Grafton Street. This evening, prehaps you will enjoy dinner atThe Church: The former St. Mary’s Church of Ireland is one of the earliest examples of a galleried church in Dublin, or The Bank on College Green, dating back to the late 1890s, as a Bank, but the property has ties back to days of the Vikings. (B,D)
17 June - Bid farewell as you board your transatlantic flight home, filled with memories of your time in The Republic of Ireland.