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Republic of Ireland

Overview

Stay in Luxury Bed & Breakfast Cottages at the heart of Ireland with our Program Director showing your group a different part of Ireland every day. You'll see busy city streets, rolling green hills, spectacular glacial valleys with lakes and waterfalls, awe-inspiring cliffs, Norman castles, Viking churches, and ancient illustrated Christian texts. You'll experience amazing food, music, dance, and singing, and you'll meet the friendliest people on earth.

Highlights of Leinster: Dublin City, home to Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Temple Bar, Christchurch Cathedral (founded by the Vikings), Kilmainham Gaol, and EPIC Ireland.

Highlights of Connacht: The Cliffs of Moher, King John's Castle in Limerick, lunch at Bunratty Castle, and shopping in Galway.

Highlights of Meath: Viking Cruise on the River Shannon, Clonmacnoise Monastery (settled 546), and our cottage in Tullamore.

Highlights of Munster: Kissing the Blarney Stone, The Rock of Cashel, The Titanic Experience, and shopping in Cork.

Itinerary

DayCityHighlights
1AirborneMeet your Program Director at the airport for an overnight flight to Ireland!
2LakelandsPrivate transfer from Dublin to farmhouse accommodations in the center of Ireland where we’ll unpack and head to the dining room to experience the renowned Full Irish Breakfast. After breakfast we depart for Athlone and take boat ride along the Shannon to Clonmacnoise (a monastery settled in 546). Guided Tour of Clonmacnoise. Private transfer back to Athlone for dinner overlooking the Shannon across from a beautifully lit Athlone Castle.
3Dublin CityPrivate transfer to Dublin. Visit Epic Ireland and learn about Ireland’s influential diaspora (you probably expect to hear about John F. Kennedy and Bono, but you probably didn’t expect to hear about Charles de Gaulle and Che Guevara!). Lunch. Guided tour of Christchurch Cathedral (founded in 1028 by a Viking King) and Kilmainham Gaol. The day ends with a professionally guided walk around the old inner city visiting a selection of restaurants including a few in the Temple Bar district (Dublin’s Cultural Quarter). Transfer back to Tullamore.
4The SouthPrivate transfer to Cork. Along the way we’ll stop and explore the Rock of Cashel and take in the Titanic Experience in Cobh. Visit Blarney Castle where we’ll be “Blessed with the Gift of the Gab” when we kiss the Blarney Stone. Dinner in Cork and then transfer back to Tullamore.
5The WestPrivate transfer to Lahinch for some time strolling along the Cliffs of Moher. Lunch, then transfer to Limerick to explore the beautifully restored King John’s Castle. End the day enjoying an evening of traditional music and food at Bunratty Castle.
6Dublin CityPrivate transfer to Dublin. Visit to the Book of Kells and the Trinity College Library (Harry Potter fans will recognize it immediately as the dining hall at Hogworts!). Lunch in Saint Stephen’s Green followed by an afternoon of shopping on Grafton Street. Final packing, then farewell banquet in Tullamore.
7AirborneEnjoy a farewell Full Irish Breakfast before boarding our private transport to the airport. Slainté!

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