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Join the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA) for a tour of Ireland from May 19 – 26, 2018 (7 Nights).

View of Hore Abbey from Rock of Cashel. Photo: Valerie Tkaczyk

ITINERARY:

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 – DEPART UNITED STATES

Depart the United States on an overnight flight to Dublin.

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018 – ARRIVE DUBLIN

Arrive to Dublin Airport where, after clearing customs, you are privately transferred to your city-center hotel. Step out the door and you are near pedestrianized Grafton Street with its many shops and restaurants. The rest of the day is free to browse this 1,000-year-old city on your own. Join us for a Welcome Reception (including wine and appetizers) in a private banquet room at the Westbury Hotel at 5:00 PM.

  • Overnight: Westbury Hotel
  • Meals: None

DUBLIN, MAY 20, 2018 – DUBLIN

After breakfast, enjoy a ½ day historical walking tour of Dublin. In just a few hours, this award-winning and entertaining “seminar on the street” explores the main features of Irish history- Dublin’s development, the influence of the American and French Revolutions, the 1845-49 Potato Famine, the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence, the partition, and concludes with the current peace process. Also, enjoy a visit to The Book of Kells housed in the Trinity College Library. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the National Gallery.

  • Overnight: Westbury Hotel
  • Meals: Full Breakfast

Trinity College Library. Photo: Valerie Tkaczyk

MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018 – DUBLIN-KILKENNY

After breakfast, meet the Driver/Guide in the lobby of the hotel. Travel south through Naas and the Curragh where famous racehorses are bred. Continue to County Wicklow, the “Garden of Ireland”. It is on to Glendalough, the monastic settlement of St. Kevin in the 6th century. Continue to the Medieval City of Kilkenny, where you will enjoy a visit to Kilkenny Castle which has been completely refurbished in recent years. The impressive Victorian building was erected in the mid-19th century when it served as a home to the Hackett family. After this visit, enjoy a walking tour of Kilkenny with a local guide.

  • Overnight: Mount Juliet Estate Kilkenny
  • Meals: Full Breakfast

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 – KILKENNY-WATERFORD

After breakfast, meet the Driver/Guide in the lobby of the hotel. It is on to Wexford. Wexford has developed a major National Heritage Park on the outskirts of the town. As well as preserving the ancient town walls, they have established an impressive municipal interpretive centre at Westgate in a tower built around 1300 A.D. Enjoy a Dunmore East coastal-area drive. Travel via Dunmore East and Tramore. Continue to Waterford, a medieval town, now known for its majestic Crystal Factory, a family passed-down trade, still secret among the workers. The Factory is closed (and cannot be toured in any fashion), however there still stands a visitors center. Visit the Waterford Visitors Center, then enjoy a walking tour of Waterford with a local guide.

  • Overnight: Faithlegg Hotel Waterford
  • Meals: Full Breakfast

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2018 – WATERFORD-CORK

After breakfast, continue the journey to Lismore and to Cork. Cork City is the second largest city in Ireland and takes its name from the Irish word Corcaigh, meaning “marshy place”. The ancestral home of America’s automobile pioneer, Henry Ford is located here. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Cork City. The tour will pass by Cork’s most popular cultural and historical attractions – Cork City Gaol, the Shandon Bells, U.C.C. and the award winning Glucksman Gallery, the English Market, art galleries, shops and restaurants.

  • Overnight: Hayfield Manor
  • Meals: Full Breakfast

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 – CORK-KINSALE-CORK

After breakfast, meet the Driver/Guide in the lobby of the hotel and drive to begin touring the town of Kinsale. Kinsale in County Cork is one of the most picturesque, popular and fashionable resorts of the south-west coast of Ireland, famous for its beautiful yachting, sea angling, gourmet restaurants, and golf. Charles Fort, a popular attraction was constructed in the late 17th century on the site of an earlier coastal fortification. Charles Fort is a classic example of a star-shaped fort and has five bastions. The two seaward bastions, the Devil’s and the Charles’ were for defending the harbor and both are casemated – that is, they have gun embrasures inside as well as on top of the walls. Desmond Castle, (French Prison) Cork Street, Kinsale, was built as a custom house by the Earl of Desmond c. AD 1500. Desmond Castle has had a colorful history, ranging from Spanish occupation in 1601 to use as a prison for captured American sailors during the American War of Independence. It is known locally as “The French Prison” after a tragic fire in which 54 prisoners, mainly French seamen, died in 1747. The castle was also used as a borough jail from 1791 to the onset of the Great Famine when it was used as an auxiliary workhouse tending to the starving populace.

  • Overnight: Hayfield Manor Cork
  • Meals: None

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018 – CORK-BLARNEY-DUBLIN

This morning after breakfast, travel to nearby Blarney with its fabulous woolen stone and magical “Blarney Stone”. If kissed, it is said one has “The Gift of Gab”. It is on to the Rock of Cashel, where legend has it St. Patrick crowned the High Kings of Ireland in the 5th century. Continue north to Dublin. Join us for a Bon Voyage Dinner.

  • Overnight: Davenport Hotel
  • Meals: Full Breakfast, Bon Voyage Dinner

Blarney Castle. Photo: Valerie Tkaczyk

SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018 – DEPART DUBLIN

Private transfer to Dublin Airport.

LAND PRICES:

  • Double or Triple Occupancy: $4,014 per person—Discounted to $3,897 per person if paid by check/echeck.
  • Single Supplement: $2,072 additional for person in single room—Discounted to $2,011 if paid by check/echeck.

Prices are based on a minimum of 15 passengers.

Inclusions:

  • Professional Irish Driver/Guide with deluxe vehicle from Day 2 pick-up from Dublin Airport until Day 9 drop-off at Dublin Airport
  • Accommodations for Seven (7) nights as follows or similar:
  • Full Irish Breakfast Daily
  • Welcome Reception at Westbury Hotel- includes wine & appetizers (well drinks available for purchase at reception- range from €3-€8 per drink)
  • Farewell Dinner at Davenport Hotel
  • Admissions to: Book of Kells in Dublin, Glendalough, Kilkenny Castle, Waterford Visitors Center, Blarney Castle, Rock of Cashel
  • Walking Tours of Dublin, Kilkenny & Waterford
  • Fully escorted sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Porterage of one suitcase per person (plus one carry-on bag)
  • All Driver’s Expenses
  • Includes tips to the Driver/Guide and Transfer Driver
  • Hotel tips and taxes

Exclusions:

  • International round-trip flights from the United States.
  • Lunches, dinners, and suggested optional sightseeing that is mentioned in itinerary. All admissions suggested in the itinerary that are not included in the rate are paid directly to sightseeing venues unless otherwise requested prior to departure. As a Chauffeur- Drive Tour is meant to be flexible, it is our concern that you would pay for a venue that you would then decide not to visit.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any items of a personal nature.

FLIGHTS:

Please let us know if you’d like assistance with your flights. If you book your own flight, please make sure to forward confirmations to katie@classictravelusa.com.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

Travel insurance offers travelers coverage for unforeseen problems from a cancelled flight to a serious illness—or in rare cases, even an act of terrorism. If an illness, accident, or other covered unforeseen circumstance forces a traveler to cancel or interrupt their travel plans, they face two potentially major financial losses—money invested in nonrefundable pre-payments and medical expenses that in many instances aren’t covered by health insurance. Please indicate on your registration form if you would like a quote.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Passports are required for international travel and should be obtained well in advance. Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return to the United States. For more information, visit travel.state.gov.

REGISTER:

REGISTER HERE

DEPOSIT: A land deposit of $250 per person is due at time of registration to confirm space. Space is limited. First come, first served!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE & FINAL PAYMENT DUE MARCH 2, 2018. Any cancellations made on or before March 2, 2018 are refundable less a $100 per person fee. Any cancellations made between March 3-31, 2018, 50% of the tour is non-refundable. If any cancellations are made between April 1-May 18, 2018, 100% of the tour is non-refundable.

Classic Travel accepts all major credit cards, paper checks, and electronic checks. If you would like to pay by paper check, make checks payable to Classic Travel and mail or deliver to the address below.

CONTACT:

KATIE CONWAY (katie@classictravelusa.com)

or

JOY THRUN (joy@classictravelusa.com)

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Phone: 517-349-6200
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