The Luck of the Orange: Syracuse University Ireland 2018 (May 21-30, 2018)

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The Luck of the Orange: Syracuse University Ireland 2018 (May 21-30, 2018)

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TOUR PRICE:  $1998.00 per person, air-inclusive based on double occupancy and a group of at least 31 participants.  If the group falls below 30 but is above 20, the rate will be approximately $146.00 more per person.  Aer Lingus taxes and surcharges are an additional $336.00 (subject to change until time of ticketing). The single supplement for the nine days is $565,00.  We have only a very few single rooms

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THE LUCK OF THE ORANGE:  SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY IRELAND 2018

The popularity of Ireland as a tourist destination for Americans is truly astounding. Few countries command such widespread interest. The mystery behind this fascination, however, is easily understood with one visit. The countless well-preserved medieval castles, the world famous literary tradition, the luscious green rolling hills and striking coastal scenery, the extensive history extending from the Neolithic period to the present, the joviality of the Irish, who seem to welcome Americans with open arms, and, of course, the pubs--ah, yes, the pubs! For beer drinkers the world over, Ireland is THE pilgrimage site for the purest frothy mug of Guinness. Thus, there is much to admire about this humble nation whose citizens truly know the meaning of hospitality. This tour is designed to give you a wonderful introduction to the Irish culture and heritage and to enjoy some great pubs and music.

Day 1: Tuesday 22nd May 2018 – Welcome to Ireland

 Arrive at Shannon Airport, meet with your driver/guide and depart for the coast.

Visit the Cliffs of Moher

Situated on the Atlantic Ocean and bordering the Burren region, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most spectacular sights. Standing 230 metres above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara. The cliffs reach their highest point just north of O' Brien's Tower built by Cornelius O’ Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru, to entertain his lady friends. A visit of the tower is also possible. The sweeping view across the Atlantic has recently been ranked the best 'cliff-view' on the planet by Conde Nast Traveler. The respected travel publication has voted the world-famous landmark at the top of a new chart of ' Nine Gorgeous Cliff Views That Rival The Grand Canyon'. Atlantic Edge is the exciting new interpretive centre at the Cliffs of Moher and is built into the natural landscape. The centre is a huge domed cave that contains images, exhibits, displays & experiences exploring different elements of the mighty Cliffs of Moher: Ocean, Rock, Nature and Man.

Continue to your hotel in Galway and check in. Please note check in may not be possible until after 15h00.

Overnight, bed & breakfast at your hotel in Galway.

 Day 2: Wednesday 23rd May 2018 – Pub Tour

Enjoy the morning at leisure.

At approximately 12 noon, begin the Connemara Pub Tour

The typical tour involves leaving Galway city in the afternoon and travelling through North Connemara with the first stop in the fishing village of Oughterard. The Boat Inn in the centre of the village serves excellent quality food and a range of locally produced craft beers. Moving on through the mountains of Connemara, we make our way to Keane’s of Maam Valley, a pub that is over 200 years old with an interesting history attached to it. From here we head south to the Gaeltacht villages of Casla and Inverin before finishing at Paraicin’s located directly on Furbo beach. Each participant gets a Euro 5.00 voucher to spend on Food and Drink for each of our five stops (guest pays the remainder of the price of the goods bought) before returning to Galway city in ample time to enjoy the evening. Maximum 30pax per group.

Overnight, bed & breakfast at your hotel in Galway.

Day 3: Thursday 24th May 2018 – Free Day in Galway

 This morning enjoy a walking tour of Galway with a local guide followed by the day at leisure in Galway.

Overnight, bed & breakfast at your hotel in Galway.

 Day 4: Friday 25th May 2018 – Galway to Killarney

Today you will depart Galway and travel to Killarney.

On arrival in Killarney, check into your hotel.

Overnight, bed & breakfast at your hotel in Killarney.

Day 5: Saturday 26th May 2018 – Ring of Kerry

Today you will tour the Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry (166km) is the most famous and panoramic route in Ireland.  The astonishing beauty of this large peninsula, Iveragh, comes from the great diversity of its scenery, which offers incessant contrasts. En route around the Ring, take in spectacular scenery - mountains, peat bogs, lakes and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean as one travels along the coast road. Leaving Killarney pass through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair, then to Glenbeigh where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Bay. Continuing to Cahirciveen, you’ll pass the birthplace of our National hero, Daniel O’Connell. Next, continue on through peat bogs to the town of Waterville. Continue to Sneem Village, famous for its brightly coloured houses. The road then continues through the mountains to Molls Gap and Ladies View with superb views of the famous Lakes of Killarney.Molls’ Gap is a spectacular photographic viewing point on the famous Ring of Kerry Tour.  The visitor is presented with a magnificent view of Black Valley. Close by is the famous Ladies View viewing point with gives a different perspective of this magnificent countryside, with the 3 Lakes of Killarney all surrounded by the Kerry Mountains. Ladies View received its name from Queen Victoria, who was so impressed with the view that she insisted that her ladies-in-waiting should also visit here.

On arrival back in Killarney, enjoy a jaunting car ride in Killarney National Park

Step aboard a jaunting car and discover areas of the National Park that you might not otherwise visit.  Relax aboard a jaunting car as your Jarvey [driver] takes you through the magnificent scenery of Killarney National Park. The scenery is stunning and the trap will stop as often as you wish to facilitate your taking photographs.

Overnight, bed & breakfast at your hotel in Killarney.

Day 6: Sunday 27th May 2018 – Killarney to Dublin

Today you will travel to Dublin via Cork.

Visit Blarney Castle

Attracting visitors from all over the world, Blarney Castle is situated in Blarney village, 8 km from Cork city. An ancient stronghold of the McCarthy's, Lords of Muskerry, it is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles, and one of the strongest fortresses in Munster.  Built in 1446, Blarney Castle is famous for its Blarney stone, the Stone of Eloquence, which is traditionally believed to have the power to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who kiss it. Many legends tell the story of the Stone, but why not kiss it and find out the truth behind the legend. The Castle gardens covering 60 acres of land are under constant change and over the past few years, a water garden, fern garden and poison garden have been developed and are all open to visitors.

Continue to Dublin and check into your hotel.

This evening enjoy a Musical Pub Crawl

This musical visit of pubs in Dublin is told by two professional musicians, who will explain the history of Irish music as well as its influence on contemporary music, all while playing traditional airs, and allowing guests to discover typical Irish songs. You will move from pub to pub in the company of the musicians. Each of the pubs is reserved for the group, and there is access to a private bar. No drinks included.

Make own way back to hotel.

Overnight, bed & breakfast at your hotel in Dublin.

Day 7: Monday 28th May 2018 – Dublin

This morning enjoy a panoramic tour of the city with a local guide.

Enjoy a panoramic tour of Dublin City. Here you will discover the north and south side of the River Liffey. This area offers great striking monuments such as the GPO (General Post Office) on the city main thoroughfare, O'Connell Street, or the Custom House along the quays, as well as the Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe. The south side appears more sophisticated with its vast Georgian squares, such as Merrion Square, where Oscar Wilde’s House can still be found (today owned by an American College), its colourful doors, along with Grafton Street and its quality shops. Not so far from St. Stephen’s Green, in Kildare St., you will see the house of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula. This part of the city is also dominated by the students of Trinity College, where the famous book of Kells is permanently exhibited in its library. The university is facing the medieval district where Dublin Castle and the two Anglican Cathedrals can be found.

Visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells

Thomas Burgh built the Old Library building in the 18th century. Today it houses one of Ireland’s most illustrious books, the 9th century “Book of Kells”. Before viewing the famous book, visitors pass through an excellent exhibition based on the Book of Kells and other important books written in monasteries around Ireland from the 9th century. After viewing the Book of Kells visitors are invited to visit the Long Room built in 1745. Once the principal library of the University, it now contains over two hundred thousand books and manuscripts of the Trinity’s oldest volumes. Brian Boru’s harp said to be the “ oldest harp in Ireland” and a copy of the 1916 proclamation, one of the most important documents relating to Irish history are also on display in the Long Room. In 2015, Conde Nast Traveler magazine included visiting the Book of Kells as one of the '50 things to do in Europe before you die'.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight, bed & breakfast at your hotel in Dublin.

Day 8: Tuesday 29th May 2018 – Dublin

Today explore Dublin on your own. No coaching included.

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 Optional day trip to Belfast.

Transfer back to Dublin.

Overnight, bed & breakfast at your hotel in Dublin.

Day 9: Wednesday 30th May 2018 – Farewell

Transfer to Dublin Airport.