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Shades of Ireland - May 11-20, 2014

This trip to Ireland is intended for USC Upstate faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university.

From vibrant and history-filled Dublin, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coast, experience all of the charm of Ireland on this 10-day tour of the Emerald Isle. Live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle. Visit the new House of Waterford Crystal factory. See the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry. Have tea and scones at a working farm. See beautiful Killarney from your seat on an Irish jaunting car. Journey to historic Blarney Castle, lean back and kiss its famous stone!

Single $3,599, Double $3,199, Triple $3,169*
Included in price: round trip air fare from Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel transfers
Not included in price: cancellation waiver and insurance of $230 per person
* All rates are per person and are subject to change

Important Conditions:
Your price is subject to increase prior to the time you make full payment. Your price will not increase after you make full payment, except for charges resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes or fees. Once deposited, you have seven days to send us written consumer consent or withdraw consent and receive a full refund. (See registration form for consent.)  

Day 1:  Overnight Flight
The Emerald Isle, a land renowned for its “forty shades of green,” is filled with rolling hills, warm people, stately castles and rollicking fun. Visit Dublin, Waterford, Killarney and Limerick as this comprehensive tour introduces Ireland's natural beauty, rich history and most importantly, its hospitable culture.
Day 2: Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins
Your tour begins in Dublin. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers and enjoy a fun-filled Irish evening complete with traditional entertainment.

Day 3: Dublin
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Dublin, the “Fair City.” Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and see the city's trademark - magnificent rows of stately Georgian town homes. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or discover the cultural offerings of delightful Dublin on your own.

Day 4 Dublin - Kilkenny - Waterford
Start your day with a trip to Kilkenny and explore this medieval city situated on the banks of the River Nore. Arrive in the historic city of Waterford and visit the House of Waterford Crystal factory.  Enjoy the fascinating visitors center and retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world. Complete your day with a leisurely-paced walking tour of this unique city.

Day 5: Waterford - Blarney Stone - Killarney
Journey to historic Blarney Castle and embrace the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquence. In Killarney you will be treated to a time-honored Irish jaunting car ride.* A tour of the beautiful Muckross House and Gardens offers a glimpse into the elegant lifestyle of the Victorian gentry. Explore the perfectly restored rooms of this magnificent mansion or stroll in the lush gardens, spectacularly adorned with blooms.

Day 6: Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney
Travel along one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the world, the Ring of Kerry. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for traditional Irish goods handcrafted by local artisans. Enjoy pristine ocean scenery as you move through picturesque villages. Continue on as you traverse rugged mountain passes into “Ladies View.” From this spectacular vantage point, gaze upon the Lakes of Killarney. Tonight, use your leisure time to sample a true taste of Irish culture.

Day 7:  Killarney - Limerick
Experience the customs and daily life of a traditional Irish family during a memorable visit to the Molanna Dairy Farm. Continue to Limerick where you will enjoy a city tour showcasing King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone. Delve into the fascinating history of the "city of the violated treaty."

Day 8:  Limerick - Cliffs of Moher - Galway - Limerick
A most interesting day awaits. Journey to the stunning, 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic and the Aran Islands. Learn about our Collette Foundation project that benefits over 470 children in the local community. Then, travel through the vast limestone landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. Continue past scenic countryside into Galway, where a brief city tour introduces “The City of Tribes.”

Day 9:  Limerick - Tullamore - Kingscourt
Today, travel across the country on your journey to Tullamore. Visit the Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre where you will learn how Irish whiskey is made and enjoy a tasting. Your day is topped off with an overnight stay on the regal grounds of Cabra Castle, where you toast the end of a fabulous trip during your farewell dinner.

Day 10: Kingscourt - Tour Ends
Your tour ends in Kingscourt.

Trip Information: Download .pdf
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