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Day 1, Sunday June 30, 2019         DEPART FOR IRELAND.
Today our trip starts in Joplin/Neosho as we transfer you to your local airport for flight departure.
Our official flight schedule and travel timing will be announced in March
Overnight flight into Dublin arriving Monday morning.  Meals served onboard your flight.
Day 2, Tuesday July 1, 2019          ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND.
With our morning arrival, we will transfer to our hotel for check-in.  Rooms are normally ready in the afternoon
From the Bonnington Dublin Hotel you can catch the Hop-on/Hop-off bus for some sightseeing, or relax at the hotel
Today is free for you to enjoy Dublin, and your included Hop-on/off pass can help you explore the sights.
We suggest you explore some today, have an early dinner and get a good nights rest. (no meals included today)
Day 3, Tuesday July 2, 2019          FREE DAY TO EXPLORE DUBLIN
Today you can join the hop-on/hop-off bus at 8am from your hotel and explore the city.
This afternoon at 3pm, you have the option to meet your Tour Director and enjoy an afternoon orientation drive
through statue-lined O’Connell Street and elegant Georgian squares to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College.
End the today with an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse. (Breakfast)
Day 4, Wednesday July 3, 2019      DUBLIN–DOWNPATRICK, NORTHERN IRELAND–BELFAST.
On your northbound route today, pass Drogheda, scene of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, then through the fertile
landscape of the Boyne Valley, known for its prehistoric passage graves. Cross the border into Northern Ireland and
drive past the Mountains of Mourne to Downpatrick, the burial place of Patrick, Ireland’s Patron Saint, and on to the
vibrant city of Belfast, where the Titanic was built. Later, why not join a Local Guide on a “living history” tour, including
a visit to the fascinating Titanic Experience? (Breakfast)
Day 5, Thursday July 4, 2019      BELFAST–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–DERRY–DONEGAL, IRELAND–DRUMCLIFF–SLIGO.
First stop this morning is awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, let the
province’s story unfold as you head for the city of Derry before returning to the Republic to visit Donegal, the ancient
town founded by Danish Vikings and home of the O’Donnell Clan. Drive along Donegal Bay with its small fishing ports
and hidden beaches, and stop in Drumcliff to see the grave of W.B. Yeats before arriving in Sligo. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 6, Friday July 5, 2019     SLIGO–GALWAY–CLIFFS OF MOHER–LIMERICK.
Travel farther south to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops,
and a busy café and bar culture. Cross the limestone plateau of The Burren to visit the spectacular 668-foot CLIFFS
OF MOHER. Tonight, you might like to join an optional medieval banquet. (Breakfast)
Day 7, Saturday July 6, 2019      LIMERICK–ADARE–DINGLE PENINSULA–KILLARNEY.
Start your day with a stroll through Adare, a village known for its prize-winning thatched cottages. Then, take in
the breathtaking scenery of the Dingle Peninsula, where the 32-mile Slea Head drive affords magnificent vistas of
the Atlantic Ocean. See the Blasket Islands, and hear about the way of life and unique literary achievements of its
inhabitants prior to their evacuation in 1953. The next two nights are spent in the popular resort of Killarney. Tonight,
enjoy the optional outing to Tralee for dinner and a performance at Siamsa Tire, Ireland’s National Folk Theatre.
(Breakfast)
Day 8, Sunday July 7, 2019     KILLARNEY. RING OF KERRY EXCURSION.
At Killorglin, join the RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile coastal panoramic drive featuring sparkling seascapes, mountains
dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and spectacular views
of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Back in Killarney, a special optional adventure: take a horse-drawn jaunting
car along the national park lakeshore for pictures of Ross Castle. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 9, Monday July 8, 2019     KILLARNEY–BLARNEY–WATERFORD–TRAMORE.
More scenic splendor as you head over the Kerry Mountains into County Cork. Stop in Blarney, famous for its Stone
of Eloquence, with time at your leisure to see the castle and shop for Irish crafts and handmade crystal. After lunch,
drive past Cork, the country’s second-largest city on the way to Waterford, where a guided tour of the HOUSE OF
WATERFORD CRYSTAL is included. Spend the night at the nearby seaside resort of Tramore. Later, consider an
optional pub tour. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 10, Tuesday July 9, 2019    TRAMORE–AVOCA–DUBLIN.
On the last leg of your journey, visit Ireland’s oldest HANDWEAVING MILL at Avoca, and enjoy views of the Wicklow
Mountains on your way to Dublin. An optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter would
be an exciting finale to your vacation. (Breakfast)
Day 11, Wednesday July 10, 2019     TRAVEL HOME FROM IRELAND.
Today our Irish Adventure ends with breakfast, then it's off to the airport to return home.
Our official flight schedule and timing will be announced in March
Once we arrive back in the USA, we'll transfer you back home to Neosho/Joplin
 
Tour Hotels (subject to change)
The Bonnington Hotel - Dublin      Jul 1 - 3
Jurys Inn - Belfast                               Jul 3 - 4
Southern Hotel - Sligo                       Jul 4 - 5
Limerick City Hotel - Limerick      Jul 5 - 6
Killarney Court Hotel - Killarney  Jul 6 - 8
Majestic Hotel - Tramore                Jul 8 - 9
Kingswood - Dublin                         Jul 9 -10

 

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