IRELAND is a country that dates back to the 13th century and is known
for its medieval castles, charming villages, narrow winding roads and
warm Irish hospitality. You’ll marvel at the spectacular countryside
including a day spent on what’s called “The Ring of Kerry.” Breakfast
is included daily plus we have included five typical Irish dinners. One
of the highlights will be staying in a 15th century castle for two nights.
Don’t miss this popular tour at a great price as the magnificent
scenery on this Emerald Isle is world famous and stunningly beautiful!
THE ITINERARY WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:
Nov. 4 Depending on your
departure city, everyone will fly overnight on various flights to Dublin,
Ireland. Dinner will be served followed by a movie and a few hours of
rest as you cross the Atlantic Ocean before touring this most interesting
country and learning about the history of Ireland.
Nov. 5 Arrive DUBLIN this
morning where you will meet our tour escort at the airport and then
transfer to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a “Welcome Reception” to meet
other Jehovah’s Witnesses from various parts of the country who will
be traveling with you on this tour.
Nov. 6 After breakfast
there will be a sightseeing tour of Dublin to see the architectural
treasures and to learn the history of the city that goes back more than
1,000 years. There will be an interesting tour of Dublin’s famous library
to see one of Ireland’s greatest treasures—The 8th Century Book of Kells.
The highlight of the day will be a cruise on the Dublin River.
Nov. 7 Enjoy breakfast
at leisure. The entire day will then be free to explore more of the
city and O’Connell Street which is the longest pedestrian only walking
street for shopping in Ireland. Be sure to visit an Irish pub for some
Irish music and traditional food such as corned beef or an Irish pie
made with steak and mushrooms, mashed potatoes and peas.
Nov. 8 This morning everyone
will board our deluxe motorcoach for a scenic countryside tour passing
castles, historic sites and small villages. You will see why Ireland
is noted for its “40 Shades of Green.” A stop will be made to visit
the 15th century “Blarney Castle” to view the main house and the grounds.
This is where the famous Blarney Stone is located on top of the castle
tower. (See Awake, 4/22/04, p.18) Next to the castle is the Blarney
Mills Outlet, known for its woolens, china, jewelry and other Irish
treasures. Continue over the mountains and stay for two nights in the
town of Killarney, Ireland’s loveliest city where an Irish dinner is
included each evening. If you like, after dinner another highlight will
be attending a meeting at the Kingdom Hall to meet some of the local
Nov. 9 An exciting day
as you experience one of the most scenic drives in all of Europe around
the famous “Ring of Kerry” with its breathtaking views of the lakes,
mountains and beaches. Lean about the ancient Irish heritage as you
travel on narrow roads along the cliffs over Ireland’s highest mountain
range. Visit the quaint villages of Waterville and Sneem before returning
to your hotel where dinner is again included. This is Ireland as you
have always imagined it!
Nov. 10 Today you will
visit Adare, Ireland’s prettiest village known for its thatched cottages
and stone walls. Next will be an interesting tour of Bunratty Folk Park
that depicts life in Ireland as it once was in the past. Surprise, tonight
you will be guests at a Medieval Banquet just as in times past. The
Lords and Ladies of the castle will sing and perform during your dinner
including wine. This will truly be a night to remember!
Nov. 11 Another day to
remember as you drive along the Atlantic coastline to see the spectacular
Cliffs of Moher. Both you and your motorcoach will first board a ferry
boat for a short ride across the Shannon River. You will then journey
across Ireland’s scenic West Coast to the limestone plateau of the Burren
that’s compared to the moon’s surface. Next you will be able to walk
along the amazing and awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher. These cliffs are
a solid wall of rock that rises 700 feet above the pounding surf of
the Atlantic Ocean that stretches for five miles offering dramatic views
of Ireland’s coastline. You will then travel on winding roads along
the cliffs passing some quaint Irish villages before arriving at your
hotel in the historical city of Galway where dinner will be on your
Nov. 12 Today you will
learn about the lives and the working conditions of the people who live
in Ireland as you travel through the farmlands. The highlight will be
spending this afternoon plus two nights including dinner each evening
at the 15th Century Cabra Castle.
Nov. 13 This morning you
will depart on a historical tour of Belfast and its harbor and dock
area where the Titanic and her sister ships were built. See the landmarks
that have played their part in this Victorian city’s colorful development.
There will be time for shopping and then you will return to the castle
where the afternoon will be free to enjoy the beautiful grounds and
its activities. The last highlight will be tonight’s “Farewell Dinner”
in the Castle!
Nov. 14 It’s time to depart
to the Dublin Airport for the return flight to your hometown city. Traveling
with friends from other parts of the country is something you will enjoy
as you have now seen the Best of Ireland!