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The Island Of Saints and Scholars

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Itinerary

Day 1
DEPART FOR SHANNON, IRELAND
Overnight flight to Shannon, Ireland
Day 2
ARRIVAL IN SHANNON, IRELAND, BUNRATTY CASTLE, KILLARNEY
Early morning arrival in Shannon airport where your driver/guide will be waiting to welcome you to the Emerald Isle. Visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park –Bunratty Castle is noted both for its medieval candlelit banquets and for the towering arched recess of its main doorway, Bunratty Castle dates from the mid 15th century. By 1800 it had become a stronghold of O’Briens, Kings and later Earls of Thomond. This castle is the most complete example of a medieval castle in Ireland, beautifully restored to show exactly how life was in the middle ages. The Folk Park depicts life through the 17th, 18th, and 19th century in rural Ireland through a series of cottages, houses and street scenes and really offers an insight into the development of Irish rural life. Continue the journey south through the picturesque village of Adare with its pastel coloured thatched cottages and down into the Kingdom of Kerry. Mid afternoon arrival at your hotel in Killarney – check-in. Early dinner at the hotel and overnight in Killarney. (D)
Day 3
DINGLE PENINSULA, KILMALKEADAR CHURCH,
Irish breakfast at the hotel. The Dingle Peninsula is the most northern of the Kerry peninsulas. Famed as the location for the filming of David Lean’s movie “Ryan’s daughter” on Inch strand. In Early Christian Ireland monks settled at the Gallarus Oratory, which is one of the most isolated places in the country. Dating from the 9th century this amazingly preserved Oratory was the place of prayer for monks whilst they lived in ‘beehives’. Our next stop is Kilmalkeadar Church, built in 12th century, once part of a complex of religious buildings, Romanesque in style. Overnight with diner in Killarney. (B,D)
Day 4
RING OF KERRY, MUCKROSS HOUSE AND GARDENS
Irish breakfast at the hotel. Full day touring the Ring of Kerry – The broad Iveragh Peninsula stretches southwest from Killarney for nearly 40 miles. It has some of the finest mountains in Ireland and panorama of land seascapes, which have featured in many famous movies. Visit to Muckross House and Gardens – a 19th century manor house, beautifully situated near to Muckross Lake surrounded by informal gardens noted for their rhododendrons and azaleas, water gardens and outstanding rock garden on natural limestone. The house now has two main themes – the environment of the National Park and the folklore of County Kerry in the 19th and 20th centuries. Dinner and overnight In Killarney. (B,D)
Day 5
THE CLIFFS OF MOHER, BURRREN, GALWAY
Irish breakfast at the hotel. Departure this morning with luggage for the drive north through Listowel to Tarbert on the banks of the River Shannon to catch a ferry to Killimer and then drive through County Clare to Lahinch, a Victorian seaside resort. Next stop is at The Cliffs of Moher where the multicoloured limestone cliffs drop vertically over 300 metres to the raging Atlantic below – dramatic in any weather. On a clear day there are magnificent views to the Aran Islands Continue through the Burren, an area of karst vegetation where the porous limestone has allowed the rain to flow through, creating a network of underground rivers, lakes and waterfalls whilst the surface looks like the moon. There is an abundance of alpine and arctic flora living happily side by side, wonderful birds and many prehistoric burial chambers, tombs and Dolmens – stop at Poulnabrone Dolmenand Corcomroe Abbey, a 13th century Cistercian monastery. From here we go on to Galway, it has kept its medieval charm with its colourful streets and many authentic pubs. Dinner and overnight in Galway. (B,D)
Day 6
INISMORE, ARAN ISLAND
Irish breakfast at the hotel. Thirty miles out to sea from Galway lie the three Aran Islands, home of the sturdy fisherfolk immortalised by the playwright J.M. Synge in “Riders to the Sea”. Full day visit to Inismore, the largest of the Aran Islands. Despite their remote location, the Aran Islands have been inhabited for centuries. The earliest surviving ruins are the great stone forts which date from the prehistoric era. DUN AENGHUS is a great dry-stone fort set on the very edge of the cliffs (200ft above sea level). It is one of the finest prehistoric monuments in Europe and consists of three lines of defence. In a hollow on the north coast overlooking a small bay is an ancient monastic site including an early church of St Eanna – over 120 recognised saints are buried here. From St. Benen’s Church there is great view of Killeany Bay, the Burren (south) and the mountains of Connemara (north). The everyday language of the islanders is Irish, and their songs and stories enshrine much of Ireland’s folklore and culture. Return ferry crossing from Rossaveal and minicoach on the island for tour. Dinner and overnight in the Galway hotel. (B,D)
Day 7
KNOCK, CONNEMARA
Irish breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive from Galway to Knock and the shrine situated in the plains of East Mayo. It is one of the worlds leading Marian shrines following an Apparition which took place in 1879 witnessed by a group of local people. Afternoon drive to Westport and Coragh Patrick, where St Patrick is said to have fasted for 40 days and nights and drive south to Leenane, then through the magnificent scenery of Connemara to Maam Cross and back to Galway. Dinner and overnight at Galway Hotel.
Day 8
CLONMACNOISE, TRINITY COLLEGE
Irish breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure from Galway for the journey to Dublin. Visit to Clonmacnoise, which is Ireland’s most important monastic site, overlooking the River Shannon. The site was founded by St. Ciaran in the 6th century and consists of a walled field containing numerous early churches, high crosses, round towers and graves. Lunch at leisure. Early afternoon arrival in Dublin, an exciting European capital. The city boasts some of the finest Georgian architecture as seen in Merrion Square, Mountjoy Square, Fitzwilliam Square as well as medieval in the areas around Christchurch and St Patricks Cathedral. We would include a visit to Trinity College, the impressive university founded by Queen Elizabeth 1 of England in 1592 to educate the children of the British in Ireland. It is located in the very centre of the city but standing in Front square you are transported back 400 years. Visit the priceless Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript which dates from the 8th century and the beautiful Long Room. Check in at the chosen hotel in Dublin. Dinner and farewell Irish night at the Abbey Tavern in Howth. Traditional Irish music and dancing in a lovely old pub in a fishing village to the north of the city. (B,D)
Day 9
DEPART FOR USA
Irish breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Dublin airport for homeward flight. (B)

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Trip Cost

Plan Cost*

$1 – $500

   $59

$501 – $1,000

   $85

$1,001 – $1,500

 $155

$1,501 – $2,000

 $180

$2,001 – $3,000

 $300

$3,001 – $4,000

 $280

$4,001- $5,000

 $315

$5,001- $6,000

 $360

$6,001 – $7,000

 $410

$7,001 – $8,000

 $455

$8,001 – $9,000

 $505

$9,001 – $10,000

 $540

*Rates a Subject to Changes. Add $3/day for trips 31-120 days.

Plan Benefits

Maximum Coverage Per Person (up to the limits below)

Trip Cancellation

100% of Insured Trip Cost

Trip Interruption

150% of Insured Trip Cost

Trip Delay

$1,000

Missed Cruise Connection

$1,000

Baggage & Personal Effects

$1,500

Baggage Delay

$250

Emergency Medical & Dental Expenses

$50,000

Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation

$250,000

24 Hour AD&D

$25,000

Travel Assistance & Concierge Services**

Included

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