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DAY 1 USA / DUBLIN: Fly transatlantic overnight from Chicago to Dublin Ireland. Dinner is served and in-flight entertainment is provided.

DAY 2 ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND / GALWAY: Welcome to Ireland! After collecting your bags, you will meet with your driver in the arrival’s hall at Dublin Airport. Depart and make your way to a local pub for your first full Irish breakfast of the week! Then head for Galway. Pause in Clonmacnoise, an early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th-13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian grave Christian grave slabs in Western Europe. Continue to Galway where you enjoy a panoramic tour of this great city. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner in your hotel. (B/D)

DAY 3 FREE DAY IN GALWAY, OR CONNEMARA EXCURSION: After breakfast in your hotel, you have a choice. Today you might decide to spend you day exploring Galway independently. Early afternoon, you might like to join Lou as he broadcasts live from the residents’ lounge in the hotel. Or, you might like join our excursion out to Connemara. Whitewashed cottages are scattered over a land of rocky mountains, sparkling brooks and rivers. Stop for to visit the beautiful Kylemore Abbey, a castellated neo-Gothic mansion occupied since 1920 by the Irish Benedictine community of Nuns. Onwards to Clifden for free time to enjoy lunch. Visit the Connemara Marble Factory before returning to Galway where your evening is free. (B)

DAY 4 GALWAY / CLIFFS OF MOHER / KILLARNEY: After breakfast, depart Galway and head south towards County Kerry.  Travel around the magnificent Galway Bay and on through the Burren. Pause to visit the dramatic, near-vertical Cliffs of Moher, rising 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves. From the cliffs on a clear day you can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years. Afterward, cross the River Shannon by ferry and head to Killarney where you enjoy dinner in your hotel. (B/D)

DAY 5 DINGLE PENINSULA EXCURSION: Today, begin by heading out to the beautiful Dingle Peninsula. This peninsula is a Gaeltacht, a unique area where the Irish language is preserved. We’ll drive to the Gallarus Oratory – a tiny stone church – built between the 6th and 9th century, which preserved Christianity in Ireland; Slea Head; beehive huts; views of the Blasket Islands; harbors; beaches; all spectacular! There is time to explore the town of Dingle, a colorful fishing port. Later, return to Killarney where the remainder of your afternoon and evening are free. (B)

DAY 6 KILLARNEY / BANTRY / BLARNEY / CORK: After breakfast, depart from Killarney and start your journey towards Cork. Enjoy picturesque views of the Lakes of Killarney as you drive through Moll’s Gap and over the Caha Mountains. Stop to see the stone circle, before continuing through Kenmare and Glengarriff. Enjoy a boat ride to Garnish Island, home to an Italianate garden landscape, viewing seals on the rocks of Bantry Bay. Then on to visit Bantry House, which was built in 1720 and has scenic views of Bantry Bay. Afterwards, make your way to visit Blarney Castle with its magical stone that gives the gift of eloquence for a kiss. There is time to stop at Blarney Woollen Mills to shop before driving a short distance to the beautiful Hayfield Manor Hotel for dinner and overnight. (B/D)

DAY 7 CORK / DUBLIN FOOD TRAIL: After breakfast you depart from Cork early this morning and make your way toward Dublin. When you arrive in Dublin, depart on a Dublin Tasting Walk. Visit a range of bakeries, food halls, street markets, cheese mongers, delicatessens, and other specialty shops. You’ll meet those who have produced and traded great food for generations as well as recent arrivals who use great Irish produce to bring new international and contemporary tastes to the table. As you enjoy the food, you’ll also learn a little about the culture and history of each neighborhood. Afterward, visit the Guinness Storehouse. Raise a mug of the “black stuff” and drink in Dublin views at the Gravity Bar. This evening you are free in Dublin. (B/L)

DAY 8 DUBLIN: Enjoy a day at leisure in Dublin. (B)

DAY 9 DUBLIN / USA: After breakfast, bid farewell to Ireland as transfers begin to Dublin airport, where after check-in you will have plenty of time for your last-minute duty-free shopping. Your flight to the US arrives the same day. Have a safe journey! (B)

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 Inclusions

  • Round-trip air from Chicago to Dublin on Aer Lingus
  • Galway – 2 night, 4-star Park House Hotel
  • Killarney – 2 nights, 4-Star Great Southern Hotel
  • Cork – 1 night, 5-Star Hayfield Manor Hotel
  • Dublin – 2 nights, 4-Star Davenport Hotel
  • Breakfast each morning, including a pub breakfast on day of arrival
  • 3, three-course dinners dinner
  • Luxury motorcoach with services of a professional Irish driver/guide
  • Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
  • Choice of free day in Galway, OR Connemara Excursion
  • The Cliffs of Moher
  • Dingle Peninsula Excursion
  • Gallarus Oratory
  • Boat excursion to Garnish Island*
  • Bantry House
  • Blarney Castle
  • Dublin Food Trail – Guided walking tour and tastings
  • The Guinness Storehouse
  • Portfolio of travel documents
  • Porterage of one suitcase per person
  • 24-hour emergency customer service while in Ireland

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This is a Private Group Journey based on a minimum of 30 participants to operate. Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Departure taxes and fuel surcharges are included. Single supplement is additional $899.00. Air inclusive rates are subject to availability and are based on departure from Chicago on Aer Lingus. Rate includes round-trip economy class airfare, including carrier and government-imposed taxes and fees, and the September 11th Security Fee of $5.60 per enplanement originating at a U.S. airport. Fluctuations in exchange rates may affect some taxes or fees. Child/infant discounts are not available, and stopovers are not permitted. Baggage fees may apply; please check with carrier for specific policies. Not eligible for accrual of frequent flyer points/mileage. Above mentioned hotels are subject to change. Cancellations/Changes: Rates are non-refundable. Substantial restrictions apply for cancellation/change, and depend upon the package type. Trip protection is recommended. The applicable Travel Protection Plan will be applied to your purchase. Additional details will be provided on your Itinerary and Travel Protection Plan Voucher travel documents upon purchase. For travelers on offered Escorted Vacations, Golf, or Cruise Vacations, travel protection is provided by Trip Mate Inc. This coverage is designed to protect your travel investment with a full cash refund less the cost of the insurance and cancellation fees for the following covered reasons such as death, sickness, injury or certain other covered reasons. Full description of coverage can be found by visiting http://tripmate.com/wpF421S. The cost of this protection is 9% of the total cost of your trip and must be purchased at time of booking. All claims are to be made to Trip Mate Inc. 1-800-888-7292 or 9225 Ward Parkway, Suite 200, Kansas City, Missouri 64114 Plan #: F421S

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