Alumnae Travel Program

Itinerary for Shades of Ireland
October 26-November 4, 2014

Day 1: Sunday, October 26, 2014 Overnight Flight Travel to the Emerald Isle and find yourself surrounded by its “forty shades of green.” Soak in the landscapes of rolling hills and feel the warmth of an Irish welcome. 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: Monday, October 27, 2014 Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins Begin your tour in Dublin. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for some traditional entertainment during a fun-filled Irish evening. (D)

Day 3: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 Dublin Become familiar with the “Fair City” of Dublin during a tour highlighting the top sights! 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. Enjoy the freedom to spend your afternoon relaxing or set out on a personal adventure to discover the cultural offerings of delightful Dublin on your own. (B)

Day 4: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Dublin - Kilkenny - Waterford Travel to Kilkenny to explore the medieval atmosphere of this city situated on the banks of the River Nore. Then, arrive in the historic city of Waterford and visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Enjoy a fascinating factory tour and browse the 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. (B, D)

Day 5: Thursday, October 30, 2014 Waterford - Blarney Stone - Killarney Today, 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. Imagine what their days were like as you explore the perfectly restored rooms of this magnificent mansion or stroll in the lush gardens, spectacularly adorned with blooms. (B, D)

Day 6: Friday, October 31, 2014 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, one of Ireland’s finest, gaze upon the Lakes of Killarney. Tonight, use your leisure time to sample a true taste of Irish culture. (B)

Day 7: Saturday, November 1, 2014 Killarney - Limerick Today, experience the customs and daily life of a traditional Irish family during a memorable visit to the Molanna Dairy Farm. Continue to Limerick where a panoramic city tour showcases King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone. Delve into the fascinating history of the "city of the violated treaty." (B)

Day 8: Sunday, November 2, 2014 Limerick - Cliffs of Moher - Galway - Limerick An exciting day awaits. Journey to the stunning, 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic and the Aran Islands. Stand tall as the ocean winds blow in from half a world away. 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.” (B, D)

Day 9: Monday, November 3, 2014 Limerick - Tullamore/Kilbeggan - Kingscourt Start your day with a cross-country journey to Irish Whiskey territory. The ancient towns of Tullamore and Kilbeggan have long been associated with the whiskey industry. Become engaged in the process of whiskey making and enjoy a tasting of the final product during a visit to one of these historic distilleries. Top your day 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. (B, D)

Day 10: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 Kingscourt - Tour Ends Your tour ends in Kingscourt. (B)