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Highlights of Southern Ireland (6/9/18 - 6/19/18)

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TRIP AT A GLANCE



Tour Details:

Departure City: Savannah
Duration: 11 Days
Overnights: Killarney 3, Waterford 1, Dublin 5

Itinerary:

Jun 9, 2018 Overnight Flight
Depart from the USA.
Jun 10, 2018 Killarney
Fly into Shannon and meet your Tour Manager. Journey to the Cliffs of Moher today. Tonight, join your group for an upgraded arrival dinner, with drinks included. (D)
Jun 11, 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 loop includes stops for scenic photos. Returning to Killarney, visit Muckross House before dinner on your own. (B)
Jun 12, 2018 Killarney
This morning, you’ll explore Limerick on a walking tour with your Tour Manager, with free time to explore on your own. Visit to King John's Castle included. Return to Killarney this afternoon for a tour of the Killarney Brewing company followed by a free evening. (B)
Jun 13, 2018 Waterford
Visit Blarney Castle this morning. Stop in Cobh to visit the Queenstown Story exhibition at the Cobh Heritage Centre, a fascinating exhibit on Irish emigration. End the day with a special included dinner and overnight in a countryside Irish Manor house. (B,D)
Jun 14, 2018 Dublin
This morning depart Waterford and head towards Wicklow County. Enjoy a cooking lesson and cheest tasting. Then sit down and enjoy your results! Stop at Wicklow Mountains National Park and then end the day in Dublin, where you’ll have time for dinner on your own (B)
Jun 15, 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, visit the Jameson whiskey distillery including a whiskey tasting. (B)
Jun 16, 2018 Dublin
This morning, visit the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum before continuing to the Guiness Brewery for a tour and tasting. This afternoon is free to enjoy Bloomsday festivities. Later join your group for a farewell dinner – an evening of Irish music, with upgraded dinner and drinks included. (B,D)
Jun 17, 2018 Dublin
This morning say good bye to your ACIS Tour Manager. Free day in Dublin. (B)
Jun 18, 2018 Dublin
Free day in Dublin. (B)
Jun 19, 2018 Departure
Depart for the USA. (B)
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Tour Cost:

Cost Per Traveler: $4,777
Cost breakdown
Program Fee: $4,727
Weekend Surcharge: $50
Total Group Fees 1:
$4,777
1 Valid through 2/17/18 with deposit of $495

Additional Fees (as applicable)
Single Room Supplement: $855
Ultimate Protection Plan: $330
Comprehensive Protection Plan: $275

Full Payment Deadline: 2/17/18


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
  • Centrally Located Hotels
  • 24-Hour Tour Manager
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Limerick
  • Killarney Brewery
  • Blarney Castle
  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Irish Cooking Lesson and Cheese Tasting
  • Wicklow National Park
  • Dublin Tour with Guide
  • Trinity College
  • Jameson Whiskey Distillery
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Traditional Irish Evening


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