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In 2018: Ireland is for Friends & Family. Sans-students.
The Best of Ireland June 9 - 16, 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 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, we have dinner atThe Church: The former St. Mary’s Church of Ireland is one of the earliest examples of a galleried church in Dublin.. (B,D)
16 June - Bid farewell as you board your transatlantic flight home, filled with memories of your time in The Republic of Ireland.