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11 Day Ireland & Wales

11 Days featuring: Galway, Killarney, Kerry, Waterford, Dublin, Holyhead, Chester, North Wales

Included Features

• Round trip air transportation
• English speaking tour director throughout
• Accommodations in First Class and select hotels in twin bedded rooms with private bath
• Breakfast and dinner daily
• All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary by private, deluxe motor coach
• Entrance fees for included features
• Taxes, tips and service charges for all included features except tour escort and driver, guides and items excluded below.
• Baggage handling included throughout the tour for one suitcase per person, irrespective of air carrier allowance

Not included:
• Items not specifically mentioned in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature such as passport fees
• Tips to tour escort, driver and guides
• Beverages with dinner
• Additional baggage other than one piece allowed as mentioned in the itinerary
Airport departure taxes, fees and September 11th Security surcharges
• Travel insurance, Visas, etc.

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Ireland1 Day 1/ DEPARTURE
Depart USA

Day 2/ IRELAND/ GALWAY
After arriving in Ireland, proceed through the countryside en route to Galway.

Day 3/ GALWAY
Today, enjoy sightseeing in Galway, which is situated on the northern shore and and near the head of Galway Bay. Explore the city with its quaint winding streets, broad quays and medieval houses. Continue through scenic Connemara, home of the famous ponies. Visit craft stores which are popular in this region and the Royal Tara China Factory. Your journey will also include a stop at the Shrine of Knock.

Day 4/ GALWAY/ KILLARNEY
This morning, drive south through Limerick on your way to Killarney. enjoy a horse-drawn cart ride around the lakes of Killarney. A visit to the Muckross House folk museum is also on today's agenda.

Day 5/ KILLARNEY/ RING OF KERRY
A full day of touring awaits you as you start off on the popular scenic drive, The Ring of Kerry. Travel through some of Ireland's highest mountains, the MacGillycuddy Reeks, and view the wild and scenic Atlantic coastline. Drive through the charming villages of Cahirciveen and Derrynane. Finally, head back to Killarney through a mountain pass known as Moll's Gap.

Day 6/ KILLARNEY/ WATERFORD
This morning, you will head east to Blarney Castle to kiss the "Blarney Stone," which will bless you with "the gift of eloquence." Shop here at the Woolen Mill for many traditional Irish products. Travel through Cork on to Cobh. At the Heritage Center, you can trace the history of emigration from Ireland to the United States.

Day 7/ WATERFORD/ DUBLIN
Visit the Waterford Crystal Factory to see the cutting and polishing of this world famous product. Of course, there will be a shopping opportunity before you head north to Kilkenny. Visit the Castle which dates back to the 12th century. Continue through County Kildare before arriving in Dublin.

Day 8/ DUBLIN
This morning, enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Dublin, a great literary city. It has given the world many famous writers including 3 Noble Prize winners. Visit the 400 year old Trinity College, the Alma Mater to many of the great Irish writers and poets. See the book of the Kells, a beautifully illuminated manuscript fo the Gospels dating from the 8th century. At Dublin Castle, you will visit the State Apartments and the Chapel. This afternoon is free to finish your shopping or perhaps do more sightseeing. This evening, you will have a very special farewell dinner at the Abbey Tavern, where you will enjoy traditional Irish music and singing.

DAY 9/ DUBLIN / WALES AREA
On arrival at Holyhead, the group will be met and transferred to Chester. Upon arrival, we will have a short walking tour of this historical city with a visit to the 900-year old Chester Cathedral. The city was founded by the Romans some 2000 years ago and offers an extraordinary atmosphere and wealth of history, architecture and culture.

DAY 10/ WALES
After breakfast, we will go on a full day excursion of North Wales including a visit to the Snowdonia National Park, the Llechwedd Slate Caverns which tell the story of Welsh slate and depict the working conditions in the last century, and Caernarfon Castle. Built for his royal patron in 1283 under Master James of St. George with walls decorated with bands of coloured stone and polygonal towers like those of Constantinople, the castle was grandiose in design and was to serve as the seat of English government in the principality. This evening, there will be a Farewell Medieval Banquet at Ruthin Castle set on 30 acres of beautiful parkland on the edge of the medieval town of Ruthin. The castle was originally a Welsh fortress of wood and stone, rebuilt and enlarged in 1296 by Reginald de Grey in the service of Edward I. The banquet allows guest to enjoy the authentic flavour of medieval living. Wine is quaffed from pewter goblets and mead from clay cups. Entertainment is provided by harp music and singing of the Ladies of the Court, who are watched over by the jealous eyes of the Court Steward. After the dinner, the group will be transferred back to Chester for overnight.

DAY 11/ WALES / USA
Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home bringing with you many fond memories of your fabulous trip.

WELCOME HOME!

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