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    Shay’s Irish Spring tour

    $3,575 Per Person, Double Occupancy from Chicago including airfare and all taxes! 

    This is an exclusive travel program presented by InterTrav Corporation 

    Tour Highlights Include: Smithwicks Brewery, Kilkenny Castle, Cork Foodie Tour, Ring of Kerry Tour, Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle, Dingle Peninsula, Kylemore Abbey, Slane Castle Distillery, The Irish House Party & more…..

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Fri., May 10 – CHICAGO / EN ROUTE

    Today we depart Chicago’s O’Hare International  Airport on our overnight flight to begin our Irish Spring Adventure! (I)

    Sat., May 11 – DUBLIN / KILKENNY

    We arrive in Dublin this morning where we are met by our Driver/Guide, who will accompany us as we explore Ireland.  Our day begins with a drive along the coastal road through the lovely villages of Dalkey and Killiney on our way to Powerscourt House and Gardens, a magnificent estate boasting 47 acres of gardens, where we’ll have lunch, enjoy a walk in the gardens, and have time to visit the Powerscourt shops.  Leaving the gardens we’ll drive through the wonderful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains on our way to Glendalough.  “The glen of the two lakes” is a truly spellbinding place; an ancient monastic          settlement and two clear water lakes beneath the sheer cliffs of a deep valley.  The monastic settlement has been a center for pilgrims and visitors since its foundation by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Afterward we’ll journey to Kilkenny, one of Ireland’s loveliest medieval cities.  (L,D)

    Sun., May 12 – KILKENNY 

    An introduction to Kilkenny today will take us past the Dominican Black Abbey and St. Canice’s hilltop cathedral before reaching Parliament Street, home to the Rothe House, a unique Irish merchant’s        townhouse. We’ll then travel along High Street   dominated by the 18th century Tholsel, with its     distinctive clock tower and arcade, before stopping to visit magnificently restored Kilkenny Castle. After the castle, we’ll enjoy a tour and tasting at Smithwicks Brewery, for which Kilkenny is famous.    Kilkenny is famous for many charming pubs; Kytlers Inn, The Marble City Bar, Lanigan’s and Matt the Miller – just to mention a few – and it’s Shay’s      intention to sink a pint in most of them, and enjoy fine Irish music. (B)

    Mon.,  May 13 – KILKENNY / KINSALE

    This morning we travel through Ireland’s Golden  Vale to County Tipperary to visit the Rock of Cashel.  A symbol of royal and priestly power for more than a       millennium, the Rock enabled Cashel’s inhabitants to scour the surrounding plains for potential invaders. Next we’ll visit Dualla House, a local farmhouse, for tea and scones and to watch a demonstration of the herding dogs at work with the sheep.  Then we’re headed to the port town of Cobh, the last stop for the Titanic before its doomed Atlantic crossing in 1912, where we’ll visit the Heritage Centre tracing the    history of emigration from Ireland to the United States. After our visit we’ll travel on to Kinsale,    Ireland’s “Foodie Capital” and one of the prettiest towns in Ireland, famous for its many wonderful    restaurants and pubs. (B,D)

    Tues., May 14 – KINSALE

    This morning we’ll journey to Cork City for a relaxed but highly focused food stroll with an engaging and experienced guide.  We’ll go to places that are off the usual food route where tastings are generous and the people lively.  Cork people are enormously proud of their food, and quite rightly! There is a bit of         architecture and culture along the way, including Cork’s famous Victorian English Market.  We’ll    allow time on your own in Cork City to shop Patrick Street and explore its quaint laneways and pubs.    Afterwards we’ll return to Kinsale for a leisurely evening where you’ll have your choice to dine at some of Ireland’s most famous restaurants. (B,L)

    Wed., May 15 – KINSALE/KILLARNEY

    We depart Kinsale this morning for the journey through the Rebel County of Cork, visiting the        historic West Cork towns of Clonakilty, Skibbereen, Bantry and Glengarriff, as we make our way to Kenmare and then to Killarney in the Kingdom of Kerry.  (B,D)

    Thur., May 16 – KILLARNEY

    Today we take a leisurely excursion around the   magnificent Ring of Kerry.  Here, mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is        breathtaking beyond words.  We’ll journey past lush lake-lands, by towering cliffs and sweeping sea views.  We’ll drive through beautiful villages such as Sneem, Waterville, Caherciveen and Killorglin as we make our way back to Killarney via Queen Victoria’s Ladies View of Killarney’s Lakes.  (B)

    Fri., May 17 – KILLARNEY

    Our journey today takes us to the Dingle Peninsula, the westernmost part of Ireland that juts out into the Atlantic and contains some of the most ancient and traditional aspects of Irish culture.  We’ll head back into the thriving fishing port of Dingle for lunch and time to explore at your leisure.  Be sure to try the chowder that County Kerry is famous for!  (B)


    We depart Killarney this morning and travel north to visit Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, home to the world’s only full-size replica of a B314 flying boat, for Irish coffee and a tour.  Next we’ll travel to the village of Adare.  Billed as Ireland’s prettiest   village, we’ll have an opportunity to stroll along the town’s Main Street of thatched houses, colorfully painted storefronts and beautiful gardens. From Adare we drive to nearby Bunratty for overnight.  Tonight we’ll join the Earl of Thomond for a glorious      banquet at the majestic 15th century Bunratty Castle.  (B,D)

    Sun., May 19 – BUNRATTY/GALWAY

    This morning we depart Bunratty and make our way to the Cliffs of Moher to enjoy spectacular views. Even when shrouded in mist or buffeted by gales, the Cliffs of Moher are a breath-taking sight as they rise to a height of 650 feet from out of the Atlantic. We’ll travel through the Burren, a vast limestone plateau occupying an area of over one hundred square miles in northwest County Clare, as we round Galway Bay to visit the city of Galway, stopping to have a drink at The Quays, one of Shay’s favorite pubs in all of Ireland.  (B,D)

    Mon., May 20 – GALWAY

    This morning a ferry will take us across to            Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands.  We’ll enjoy stunning coastal views and several large prehistoric stone forts, including the Iron Age    promontory fort of Dun Aengus.   Protected for   centuries by their isolation, the islands today are a bastion of traditional Irish culture – it’s like going back in time.  (B)

    Tues., May 21 – GALWAY

    Today we explore the rugged yet serene Connemara region.  This rocky land of broad-backed mountains and pearl-like lakes is the largest Irish-speaking   section of the country and the old traditional ways of life are as much a part of this regions attraction as is the scenery.  We’re headed to picturesque Kylemore Abbey, a castellated neo-Gothic mansion occupied by an Irish Benedictine community of nuns, where we’ll have an opportunity to walk the abbey grounds.  (B) 

    Wed., May 22 – GALWAY/DUBLIN

    We depart County Galway this morning for the  journey across the beautiful countryside heading to Dublin.  We’ll stop in Athlone to visit Sean’s Bar, the oldest pub in Ireland. Situated in the Heart of  Ireland, Sean’s Bar plays host to visitors from all around the world, and we’ll join the uncountable number of visitors who have been stopping here for a drink, a chat and maybe a bit of music for more than a thousand years.  Then we’ll drive to Slane Castle, the residence of Ireland’s most famous     aristocrat, Henry Conyngham, Earl of Mount Charles. We’ll enjoy a tour and tasting at the Slane Distillery, before continuing south to Dublin.  On arrival in the capital city, we’ll enjoy a panoramic tour of the city before arriving at our hotel. (B)

    Thur., May 23 – DUBLIN

    Today is free for you to explore Dublin on your own.  Perhaps you’d like to use the Hop-on Hop-off bus to explore, or stroll pedestrian Grafton Street where you’ll find energetic street musicians and theater  artists, and plenty of shopping.  Tonight we’ll end our stay with style at The Irish House Party for our farewell dinner and show featuring traditional Irish music and dance.  (B,D)

    Fri., May 24 – DUBLIN/CHICAGO

    This morning we travel to Dublin Airport for our return journey to Chicago. (B,I)

    * * * Welcome Home * * *

    Meal Codes: I = In-flight   B = Breakfast   L = Lunch   D = Dinner

    The Vacation Price Includes:

    Economy class round-trip air transportation from Chicago on scheduled service of United Airlines

    Transportation by deluxe private motor coach with accompanying Driver/Guide

    Accommodations in 4-star hotels with private bath or shower

    Breakfast each morning, 2 lunches, and 6 dinners as indicated in the tour itinerary 

    Sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary including entrance fees where necessary

    Luggage handling and porterage charges for one suitcase per person at hotels

    Taxes for included ground services and U.S. departure taxes, Customs service charges, airline security fees, and fuel surcharges

    The Vacation Price Does Not Include:  Items of a personal nature such as passport fees; laundry and cleaning; telephone calls; optional tours and excursions; tips to the Driver/guide and local guides, tips to hotel and breakfast room staff; luggage handling at airports; travel protection; meals other than those stated above, and drinks with meals other than breakfast.

    TOUR ACTIVITY:  During our tour there will be days with a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach, and between attractions.  The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. tours can be up to 2-3 hours per tour.

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