Price includes airfare from Portland, Oregon, ALL ground transportation, lodging, breakfasts and some dinners. It does not include alcoholic beverages, personal items and souvenirs.
Price quote is per person sharing a double room. Single supplements apply for those who wish single accomodations.
A deposit of 20% ($840) is required to reserve a space. The remainder is due 60 days before departure. 20% cancellation fee applies
Remember: You must have a valid passport. If you don't have one, NOW is the time to get one. DON'T WAIT!
PROPOSED IRELAND ITINERARY
Day 1: Fly from Portland JFK Dublin Ireland
Day 2: Arrive Dublin. Transfer to the Radisson St. Helens. In the afternoon we will have a city tour that includes St. Patricks Cathedral, Trinity College where you will find the Books of Kells and the Guinness Brewery where we can taste the product. In the evening we will drive to the fishing harbor of Howth for dinner and rousing Irish music at the Abbey Tavern and perhaps, some more Guinness.
Day 3: After having breakfast at out hotel we will travel north to Belleek and watch the craftsmen design and produce fine china at the famous Belleek China Factory. Lunch is on our own. Dinner at the Ballyshannon. Off to find a pub for those who want to enjoy more great Irish music....and maybe a pint.
Day 4: After breakfast at out hotel we will head to Drumcliff churchyard where we will see the grave of W.B.Yeats and continues west to Knock, a humble village that attracks pilgrims from all over the world since the local residents experienced Mariam apparitions in 1879. On to the pictureques village of Cong where we will be staying and dining at Connemara. Who’s up for a pint?
Day 5: After breakfast we visit Galway Cathedral before dropping in for refreshments at Rathbaun Farm where we will meet the family and watch the sheep shearing. Then travel to the Cliffs of Moher rising 700 feet above the Atlantic ocean. Later cross the Shannon estuary by ferry before setting off for Killarney for dinner at a local restaruant and lodging. A pint anyone?
Day 6: The Ring of Kerry the road winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula. One of the most magical places in all of Ireland. Mountains, green valleys, lakes and sea all blend into a breathing landscape. We are on our own for dinner tonight. Anyone for some good toe tapping music and maybe a pint?
Day 7: After breakfast, off to visit the Blanrey Castle with its magical stone that gives the gift of eloquence for a kiss. (It’s a bit tricky). After that we visit the Blarney Woolen Mills for beautiful Irish woolen goods. Next off to visit the famous Waterford Crystal Factory. Watch the skilled craftsmen turn molten glass into exquisite crystal. Spend the night at a local B&B Another pint?
Day 8: Kilkenny Enjoy a gouded tour of Kilkenny Castle where the Irish parliament often met in the 13th century. Return to Dublin to relax or attend a farewell show with singing , dancing and dinner........and hopefully ...a pint.
Day 9: After breakfast, depart for airport, returning home full of wonderful memories, tapping our feet to the music and recovering from all those pints.