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THE IRISH ADVENTURE
Saturday, March 8 – Sunday, March 16, 2014
Sat, Mar 8 UNITED STATES TO DUBLIN
Depart your hometown and take an overnight flight across the Atlantic. Enjoy in- flight entertainment and meal service as you travel to start your vacation.
Sun, Mar 9 DUBLIN ARRIVAL AND SIGHTSEEING
After landing at Dublin Airport, complete customs and immigration formalities. Then your CIE Tours driver/guide will welcome you to Ireland and escort you and your luggage to the coach. Set off with a local guide who will show you around the prominent historic buildings and monuments of Dublin. Dublin is an ancient settlement, founded by the Vikings in the 9th century. Stop at Trinity College to see the Book of Kells, an 8th century illuminated manuscript of the gospels and see the Old Library. The city has been molded through the centuries with many architectural styles, reflecting the economic, political and artistic influences. Next visit the Guinness Storehouse to see exhibits on how this world famous stout was first created and why it is so popular today. Finish your visit in the roof-top bar, Gravity, overlooking the city center where you can sample a draft Guinness and enjoy the view of the city. Then drive to your hotel and check in. In the evening join your fellow travelers for a welcome drink.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: MALDRON HOTEL CARDIFF LANE, DUBLIN
Mon, Mar 10 GLENDALOUGH & WATERFORD WALKING TOUR
This morning leave Dublin to see the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains on the way to Glendalough. Learn about St. Kevin’s 6th century monastery in the Glendalough Visitor Centre and walk through the site to see its round tower, church ruins and Celtic crosses. Continue your drive south to Dunbrody where a walk through a reconstructed Famine Ship will demonstrate the harsh conditions that emigrants endured during the 19th century. Drive to Waterford with time to settle in to your room before dining in the hotel restaurant.
This evening take a short walking tour through the older sections of Waterford with a local guide. Walk along Merchant’s Quay where ships docked in former times and see the Clock Tower. Pass the Norman stronghold of Reginald’s Tower and stroll along the Mall to see the City Hall, Theatre Royal and many other places.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: DOOLEY’S HOTEL, WATERFORD
Tues, Mar 11 WATERFORD CRYSTAL & BLARNEY CASTLE
This morning, visit the House of Waterford Crystal to learn about glass blowing and cutting and see one-of-a-kind masterpieces. After your visit depart Waterford and travel along the south coast via Dungarvan and Youghal. Then drive through the outskirts of Cork to Blarney where you may climb to the battlements of Blarney Castle to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills, which has an excellent range of Irish products of all types. You will also have time to browse around the village, charmingly set around a large village green. Then journey west through rugged countryside to Killarney, widely celebrated for its setting overlooking lakes and mountains. Check into your hotel and enjoy some time to relax and freshen up before dinner with your fellow travelers.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: INTERNATIONAL HOTEL, KILLARNEY
Wed, Mar 12 RING OF KERRY & SKELLIG EXPERIENCE
Today admire breathtaking vistas of mountains, cliffs and beaches on Ireland’s most popular drive. See a variety of natural beauty as you drive 100 miles around this scenic route. Cross to Valencia Island by bridge to visit the Skellig Experience, which describes the way of life of early Christian monks who built their monastery on one of the offshore islands. Also learn about the many birds that nest in the Skelligs. A number of stops will allow you to admire the spectacular scenery and take a brief walk around the colorful village of Sneem. Stop at a local pub with your group and have a traditional Irish lunch. Head back to Killarney through Lady’s View with stunning views of the Lakes of Killarney. Make way back to your hotel, where you can enjoy the evening at your leisure.
OVERNIGHT: INTERNATIONAL HOTEL, KILLARNEY
Thu, Mar 13 CLIFFS OF MOHER & GALWAY
Depart Killarney and travel north through the village of Listowel to Tarbert. Take a 20-Minute ferry ride across the River Shannon estuary and drive along the coastline of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, one of the country’s most magnificent rock formations that rise to heights of almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Pass through the Burren Country, an area of rocky limestone hills where a number of unique flowers thrive. This region also contains many dolmens, prehistoric monuments formed by large limestone slabs. Continue north to Galway and embark on a panoramic tour to see the principal sights of the city. A drive around will take you to the large modern cathedral set on an island on the River Corrib. See the Spanish Arch in the Claddagh area, formerly a fishing village, the City Museum, National University of Galway and the Cathedral of Our Lady, which is built on the site of the former county jail. Then check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. This evening’s dinner will be held in your hotel with your group.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: ARDILAUN HOTEL, GALWAY
Fri, Mar 14 KNOCK SHRINE & DRUMCLIFFE CHURCHYARD
This morning travel into County Mayo to reach the pilgrimage town of Knock to visit Knock Shrine, one of the world’s leading shrines where the Virgin Mary appeared to 15 people on August 21, 1879. See the shrine and modern basilica. Journey north into Sligo and at Drumcliffe Visitor Centre see the grave of one of Ireland’s most influential poets, W.B. Yeats, and a display about his life and work. Continue north past Donegal bay and the Blue Stack Mountains, until you reach your destination of Derry. Enjoy a walking tour of central Derry to see the principal sights. See the 17th century city walls, which are some of the best- preserved in Europe, and the Diamond, the main central square. Also pass the 17th century St. Columb’s Cathedral, the Tower Museum with local history displays and the Guildhall where the history of Derry is depicted in stained-glass windows. Check into your hotel in Derry with time to settle in before dinner with your group.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: EVERGLADES HOTEL, DERRY
Sat, Mar 15 GIANT’S CAUSEWAY & TITANIC BELFAST
Today, your drive will bring you through Limavady and Coleraine to visit the Giant’s Causeway. This impressive area of hexagonal columns was formed more than 60 million years ago by the slow and even cooling and contraction of molten lava. Then travel through the “Nine Glens of Antrim” for wonderful views of mountains, valleys and coastline. Enter the city of Belfast to experience the Titanic Belfast. Embark on a journey through the life of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end. Through state of the art technology, the exhibitions nine interactive galleries take you back to the sights, sounds and stories of Titanic as well as the City and people which made her. The exhibition also explores the discovery of the wreck and has live links to current marine expeditions. Journey back to Dublin to check into your hotel and freshen up before dinner.
This evening drive to the town of Rathfarnham to The Merry Ploughboy Pub for dinner followed by a lively show of traditional Irish songs, dancing and music.
OVERNIGHT: CROKE PARK HOTEL, DUBLIN
Sun, Mar 16 RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES
All too soon, your week in Ireland has come to the end. Transfer to Dublin Airport in plenty of time to check in for your flight, clear security and claim your VAT refund. You may do some last minute shopping at the duty free stores before boarding your aircraft and flying west across the Atlantic Ocean back to the United States.
Any questions concerning the Irish Adventure? Contact:
Mr. Nick Buttino, Business Division Chair 743-2201
Ms. Carol Hopper, Social Science Division 743-2200 Ext. 2647
THE COMPLETE IRISH ADVENTURE INCLUDES:
· Roundtrip Airfare from JFK to Dublin, Ireland on Aer Lingus, the premier airline of Ireland. Airline departure taxes & government fees are included.
· Roundtrip Motorcoach Transfers from SUNY Adirondack to JFK Airport. The Tour Operator is CIE Tours International-Celebrating 82 Years of Travel Excellence and the National Tour Operator of Ireland.
· Services locally of HOLIDAYS Travel Planners in Clifton Park, NY prior to your departure for Ireland. Specialists in Group Travel Since 1981
· Luxury Motorcoach transportation & transfers in Ireland with a driver/guide.
· Hotel Accommodations for 7 nights, based on Double Occupancy, with private bath. Proposed Hotels: Maldron Hotel Cardiff Lane, Dublin – 1 night; Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford – 1 night; International Hotel, Killarney – 2 nights; Ardilaun Hotel, Galway – 1 night; Everglades Hotel, Derry – 1 night; Croke Park, Dublin – 1 night.
· Seven Full Breakfasts, 1 Pub Lunch, Six Complete Dinners which includes Merry Ploughboy Pub Irish Show. Taxes & Gratuities on Included Meals.
· All Touring, Admissions Fees as indicated in your Tour Itinerary.
· Hotel porterage, service charges and government taxes.
Additional Tour Information, Costs & Payment Information will be provided by your professors at SUNY Adirondack. For Interested Ireland Tour Travelers: An Information & Tour Registration Sheet will be provided by your professors & must be completed and returned to them with your Initial Deposit.
PAYMENT SCHEDULE: The All Inclusive TOTAL COST will be $2,850. Initial NON-REFUNDABLE Deposit of $1,500 is payable by November 25, 2013. Final Payment of $1,350 by December 20, 2013.
Items NOT included in tour package price: Cost of U.S. Passport (applications are available at any U.S. Post Office); Meals not specified in the tour itinerary; optional excursions, admissions or transfers; excess baggage charges; accident-baggage-trip cancellation insurance; ALL other items of a strictly personal nature. Gratuities for your Tour Guides and your Ireland Escort/Driver.