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Insider's Ireland (5/25/18 - 6/2/18)

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TRIP AT A GLANCE



Tour Details:

Departure City: Savannah
Duration: 9 Days
Overnights: Dublin 2, Cork 1, Killarney 2, Galway 1, Dublin 1

Cultural Connections:

Evening of Traditional Irish Song, Dance and Food Group Rate: $60
Irish Dancing Lesson
Irish for a Day

Field Trips & Extensions:

Irish for a Day
Irish Dancing Lesson
Also Available
Evening of Traditional Irish Song, Dance and Food

Learning Objectives:

  • Passengers will learn about the early production of text by viewing the Book of Kells at Trinity College Library.
  • As the only country in the world with a musical instrument as its symbol passengers will learn about the importance of music in Ireland
  • Passengers will learn about the roles that Catholic and Protestant religions have played and continue to play in Irish life and politics.

Itinerary:

This is a preliminary itinerary for your group.

May 25, 2018 Overnight Flight
Depart from the USA.
May 26, 2018 Dublin
Arrive in Dublin, a former Viking settlement at the mouth of the River Liffey and now Ireland's capital. Meet your ACIS Tour Manager and begin exploring your surroundings. During your time in Dublin you will visit the Mercy Motherhouse on Baggot St (time and details permitting). (D)
May 27, 2018 Dublin
Morning sightseeing with a local guide introduces you to Dublin. Discover statue-filled O'Connell Street and Ha’Penny Bridge and admire the interior of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Then visit Trinity College and see the Book of Kells—Ireland's most richly decorated medieval illuminated manuscript. In the afternoon find your rhythm during an Irish dance lesson taught by a local expert. (B,D)
May 28, 2018 Cork
Today's journey brings you first to the Rock of Cashel to visit the imposing ruins of Cormac's chapel. Continue to Blarney Castle, where you can acquire Ireland's famous eloquence by kissing the Blarney Stone. We’ll stop tonight in the southern port city of Cork. (B,D)
May 29, 2018 Killarney
This morning stop first at the Queenstown Story exhibition at Cobh Heritage Center to learn about Cobh’s role as Ireland’s most important port of emigration. Later, we make our way along the coast to explore the quaint village and popular holiday resort of Kinsale at the mouth of the River Bandon. Your final destination today is Killarney. As you begin to explore, perhaps take an authentic jaunting tour from Muckross House through Killarney National Park. (B,D)
May 30, 2018 Killarney
A full-day excursion takes you along the Ring of Kerry’s stunning, rugged coastline past stone walls, heather and beautiful Lough Leane. The drive along the Ring’s 100-mile scenic loop includes stops for photos as well as an opportunity to watch a sheepdog demonstration showcasing this talented canine’s herding skills. Return to Killarney for dinner. (B,D)
May 31, 2018 Galway
Your journey swings north to Bunratty Folk Park and Castle, a recreation of rural life in Ireland at the turn of the century. We’ll drive through the unique, nature-carved limestone landscape of the Burren, dotted with interesting archaeological and historical sites, before arriving at the dramatic and exhilarating Cliffs of Moher. The delightful city of Galway is your final destination today. Perhaps start to get to know it with an evening stroll of its medieval center. (B,D)
Jun 1, 2018 Dublin
On our way back to Dublin, dive deep into the Irish countryside with the chance to be Irish for a Day. Experience rural Irish culture and partake in traditional activities such as bodhran drum lessons, sugán rope making, a bog visit, and brown bread baking, followed by lunch on the farm. Continue to Dublin in the afternoon and contrast the different customs and practices of the country's rural and urban dwellers. Tonight you may opt to be transported to the land of fairies and banshees with an optional evening full of traditional Irish food, music and folklore—participation encouraged! (B,L,D)
Jun 2, 2018 Departure
Depart for the USA. Optional Extensions and Extra Nights: One-night Belfast extension including the services of your ACIS Tour Manager. (B)
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Tour Cost:

Cost Per Traveler: $5,306

$1,061/MONTH USING AN AUTOMATIC PAYMENT PLAN

Cost breakdown
Program Fee: $5,306
Early Registration Discount: -$100
Weekend Surcharge: $100
Total Group Fees 1:
$5,306
1 Valid through 12/1/17 with deposit of $495

Additional Fees (as applicable)
Single Room Supplement: $665
Ultimate Protection Plan: $270
Comprehensive Protection Plan: $225
Evening of Traditional Irish Song, Dance and Food: $60

Full Payment Deadline: 2/1/18


What to See

Shopping
DUBLIN

Grafton Street
It's no more than 200 yards long and about 20 feet wide, but brick-lined Grafton Street, open only to pedestrians, can claim to be the most humming street in the city, if not in all of Ireland.

The Blackrock Market
With over 50 shops specializing in clothing, gifts, art and curiousities, the Blackrock Market is one of the most popular shopping destinations amongst visitors and locals too.  Housed in a 250 year old Georgian house and located in the elegant Blackrock village in South Dublin, one can go for simply for the sights, if not the shopping.

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Museums
DUBLIN

Dublin Theatre
Dublin is home to a thriving theater scene. Venues include the Gate Theatre, the Rupert Guinness Theatre, and the Abbey and Peacock Theatres, home of Ireland's National Theatre Society.

Kilmainham Gaol, Inchicore Road
Restored in the 1960s, this building stood as a prison for 130 years and served as the holding place for many of the Nationalists that were executed after the Uprising of 1916. Tours include an audio-visual component. Open daily.

National Museum, Kildare Street
Built in the 1880s to the Victorian Palladianism design of Sir Thomas Deane, the museum houses priceless items such as Ireland’s Bronze Age gold, silver and glassware as well as unique items including 16th and 17th century wollen garments recovered from Irish bogs. Open daily, closed on Monday.

National Gallery, Merrion Square West
Houses a collection of more than 2,000 works from every major European school of painting, with particular emphasis on Irish landscape and portraits. Admission to the permanent collection is free. Open daily.

Dublinia, St. Michael's Hill, Christ Church
Presents a multimedia offering of Dublin’s medieval heritage from the arrival of the Anglo-Normans to the closures of the monasteries in 1540. Formerly the Synod Hall of the Church of Ireland, the impressive building was designed by G. E. Street. Open daily.

Chester Beatty Library
A connoisseur's delight, this "library" is considered by many to be the most impressive museum in Ireland. After Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968), a Canadian mining millionaire and a collector with a flawless eye, assembled one of the most significant collections of Islamic and Far Eastern art in the Western world, he donated it to Ireland.

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Outdoors
DUBLIN

Merrion Square
Created between 1762 and 1764, this tranquil square a few blocks east of St. Stephen's Green is lined on three sides by some of Dublin's best-preserved Georgian town houses, many of which have brightly painted front doors crowned by intricate fanlights.

St. Patrick's Cathedral
The largest cathedral in Dublin and also the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland, St. Patrick's is the second of the capital's two Protestant cathedrals.

St. Stephen's Green
Dubliners call it simply Stephen's Green, and green it is (year-round) -- a verdant, 27-acre Southside square that was used for the public punishment of criminals until 1664.

Trinity College
Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I to "civilize" (Her Majesty's word) Dublin, Trinity is Ireland's oldest and most famous college.

Christ Church Cathedral, Christ Church Place
Work on the present building at Christ Church began in 1169 under the direction of the Norman knight, Strongbow. The crypt below the cathedral is one of the largest in the British Isles and is thought to be Dublin’s oldest surviving building. Open daily. (During services, access is limited.)

For Those of Drinking Age
Literary Pub Crawl, The Duke Pub, 9 Duke street
Professional actors lead this tour, performing from the works of Ireland’s great writers while visiting Dublin’s best known literary haunts. Open daily in the summer, Thursday through Sunday in the winter.

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Restaurants
DUBLIN

Café Carlo, 63-64 O'Connell Street
Across from the famous Dublin Spire, Café Carlo is a wonderful eatery that offers a mix of Irish and Italian cuisine. This is a favorite spot amongst locals and visitors for its relaxed and intimate atmosphere.

The Green Bistro, Pearse Street
This bistro prides itself in the quality of its food, so it only uses the freshest of local ingredients. Known for its mouth-watering steaks and burgers, they only use prime Irish beef in their meals.  The bistro is located in the Holiday Inn in Dublin Center and also has 24 hour room service. This makes it an excellent place to dine before going up to your room accomodation.

Trocadero, 3 St. Andrew Street
"The Troc," as it's called is over a half century old and is known for its excellent pre-theater menu. Because the Troc is within walking distance of the Olympia Theatre, The Gaiety and Andrew's Lane Theatre, it is a popular place to have a traditional Irish dinner before heading out to see a show.

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Route

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What's Included

  • Round-Trip Flights
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner (unless otherwise noted)
  • Centrally Located Hotels
  • 24-Hour Tour Manager
  • Dublin Tour with Guide
  • Trinity College Library
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • Irish Dancing Lesson
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Blarney Castle
  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Bunratty Folk Park and Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Irish for a Day


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