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Aran islandThis tour is designed specifically for friends and family of the Niceville High School Chorus.  Several tour elements are arranged to coincide with performances and sightseeing activities in which the students participate.  Ultimately, these “shadow” opportunities will be at the discretion and approval of Mr. Dye and the directing staff at Niceville High School. Unlike the “student tour”, we’ve designed this tour to provide a balanced mix between sightseeing and individual time to explore on your own.  Your Adventure Starts Here!

David McGuffin plans, designs, and leads tours to European destinations for any sized group.  Individuals, families, clubs, and organizations are encouraged to send a request to David to get your adventure on the road.  david@davidmcguffin.com

 

 


 

Tour Itinerary

Sunday, March 22, 2015:  Overnight Flight to Ireland

Join your travel partners for your overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland. Flight to Ireland with dinner and breakfast enroute.

Monday, March 23: Welcome to Dublin

Join your Irish driver and guide for a scenic bus tour of Dublin City. Enjoy a stop at the famous Guinness Brewery for a look at the production process and a visit to the panoramic Gravity Bar for your first taste of an authentic pint of the stout brewed here in Dublin. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral for sightseeing and an opportunity to experience a concert by the Niceville High School Chorus.  Later, check into our hotel where you’ll have the remainder of the evening to relax, settle in, and enjoy a group dinner. Sleep 2 nights in Dublin. Dinner.

 Tuesday, March 24: Dublin City

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Trinity College followed by a look at the “illuminated” Book of Kells.  The afternoon is scheduled to be event-free for you to experience more of Dublin on your own.  We’ll meet tonight for dinner at a restaurant featuring traditional songs, music, stories, and dance. Dinner.

 Wednesday, March 25: Glendalough and Kilkenny

Following breakfast, leave the big city behind and begin your journey around the island.  The first stop is the ancient monastic site of        Glendalough, located in the beautiful Wicklow Mountains.  We’ll take a peaceful walk along the lakes and through the forest while learning about the monastery and its role in history.  Then, travel to the university town of Kilkenny where you will have some free time to experience the town, castle, cathedral and shops. Enjoy some free-time in the town with members of the Niceville Chorus. Finally, experience a tastebud tingling dinner at my favorite Italian restaurant this side of Tuscany.  Sleep 1 night in Kilkenny. Dinner.

 Thursday, March 26: Kilkenny to Dingle

Cutting across southern Ireland from east to west, we’ll eventually make our way to Dingle.  Once settled in our hotel, we’ll take a driving and walking orientation of town followed by free-time to do some exploring on your own.  Tonight’s menu features a selection of fresh and sumptuous locally sourced products.  After dinner, join the fun at a pub for a traditional music session or live folk music. Sleep 2 nights in Dingle. Dinner.

 Friday, March 27: The Dingle Peninsula

Experience some of Ireland’s wildest natural beauty and oldest pre-historic settlements on our driving tour of the Slea Head. Enjoy endless fields of “40 shades of green”, rock-crashing waves and all the sheep you’ll ever want to count. Back in Dingle, you’ll have the afternoon and evening for shopping, dinner, and music on your own in addition to joining the Niceville Chorus to explore the town. Want to play a round of golf or go horseback riding?  We can help make arrangements. 

Saturday, March 28: The Cliffs of Moher and Galway

After a breathtaking drive through the coastal mountains we will ferry across the River Shannon to County Clare.  Experience the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher where you’ll find yourself teetering on the edge of a series of 600 foot cliffs perched on the North Atlantic. Once in Galway, enjoy some free time to visit this bustling town, stroll the pedestrian-friendly shopping district, or take a walk along Galway Bay.  Enjoy an event-free evening and dinner on your own.  Sleep 2 nights in Galway

Sunday, March 29: The Aran Islands

Today, enjoy an excursion by boat to Inishmor, the largest of the Aran Islands (weather permitting). Once on the island, experience a minivan tour of its natural and historic sites as well as having an opportunity to do a bit of looking around in the craft shops.  Return in the late afternoon to meet with the Niceville Chorus and perhaps attend a concert.

Monday, March 30: Galway to Dublin

We’ll leave the morning for some last minute shopping and winding down in Galway. Then, let’s head back across the island to Dublin making several scenic stops enroute. Arriving at our Dublin airport hotel we’ll have one final dinner to celebrate our trip around the Emerald Isle. Sleep 1 night near Dublin airport. Dinner.

 Tuesday, March 31: Heading Home

Enjoy a relaxed morning at your hotel. Your flight departs mid-morning to zip you back to Florida. Sláinte!



 What’s Included:

  •  Transportation by coach, van, and boat from Dublin to Dublin.
  • 8 nights accommodation in traditional Irish hotels, guesthouses, and B&B’s.  All rooms have private en-suite baths.
  • All tips and gratuities to guides, drivers, restaurant and hotel staff.
  • A guaranteed encounter on at least four occasions with the Niceville Chorus.
  • All breakfasts and five of your dinners.
  • Traditional and gourmet dining experiences at some of David’s personal favorite restaurants. Eating well is a priority and you’ll enjoy fine regional fare featuring the best the locale has to offer.
  • All tours and admissions at no extra cost: Comprehensive Dublin coach and walking tour covering all the essential sights in the city ▪ a visit to the Guinness Storehouse and Gravity Bar ▪ Trinity College and Book of Kells tour ▪ an evening of traditional music and dinner in Dublin ▪ Wicklow Mountain driving tour ▪ Glendalough monastic site orientation and tour ▪ Kilkenny orientation ▪ Dingle Town walking tour ▪ Slea Head coach tour ▪ Blasket Island Centre entrance ▪ The Cliffs of Moher experience ▪ Galway walking and coach tour ▪ Boat cruise and guided tour of Inishmor (weather permitting) ▪ and much more (itinerary specifics are subject to change).
  • A fulltime Exploring Europe guide and local experts dedicated to bringing to life the art, history, and culture of the tour destinations.
  • David’s printed tour handouts detailing each day’s historical and cultural experiences.
  • Free luggage tags and David’s custom designed drawstring backpacks.
  • Our Unconditional Tour Price Guarantee that once locked in, will never change.
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance providing full coverage for emergency medical, baggage loss, and trip delay from the moment you depart for your tour.
  • $100 discount if making all payments by check, cash or bank draft. The $400 initial deposit may be made by credit card and still qualify for this discount.
  • Single rooms for solo travelers are available for an additional fee.
  • Please note – You are responsible for the cost of your drinks at all group dinners and for any additional costs incurred while sightseeing on your own.

 


David McGuffin established David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, Inc. in 2001 to formally offer European tours.  Since then, he has taken several thousand satisfied customers on memorable and educational tours to Europe.  This Niceville High School Chorus Friends and Family Shadow Tour is a product of David’s meticulous planning and time-tested travel strategies which ultimately produce a well-planned, fun, educational, and worry-free tour experience.

 

 

SPECIAL FEATURES

  •  Private Group: Niceville Chorus Friends and Family Shadow Tour 
  • A Taste O’Ireland –  March 2015. 
  • David and music Students – Sing “Molly Malone.” click the play button to watch 
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SIGN UP

The quickest way to sign up is to  reserve your tour online and make your initial deposit with a credit card. There are several options for sending us your application (available for download here:SHADOW TOUR APPLICATION  You may also download and print a tour description here:NICEVILLE SHADOW TOUR ITINERARY.

1. Fax Application and Credit Card information to (800)570-1351.

2. You may scan the application and email it to: david@davidmcguffin.com.

3. Mail Information to: Exploring Europe – 4036 Hidden Acres Rd. – Middleburg, Florida 32068.

Once we receive your application and deposit, we will send you a confirmation over e-mail (or written notification if no e-mail address is provided).

If you would like to talk to a tour expert before signing up, please give us a call at 1 (800) 570-1351 or e-mail us at david@davidmcguffin.com.