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This is a private tour designed specifically for the Hagerty High School Marching Band. Your Adventure Starts Here!
Tuesday, March 15, 2016: Fly to Ireland – Depart Orlando International Airport. The entire group will fly Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national air carrier, on a direct and regularly scheduled flight to Dublin arriving the next morning.
Wednesday, March 16: Dublin – After clearing airport security and customs, join your Exploring Europe guide for a scenic coach and walking tour of Dublin. Enjoy the sights of Dublin including: Trinity College, Merrion Square, Grafton Street, O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and more. You will have a bit of free time this afternoon to shop and explore this vibrant town center. Enjoy a group lunch at a local restaurant. Later, arrive at your hotel for check-in and dinner on your own. Sleep 2 nights in Dublin. Lunch.
Thursday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Festivities – Much of the day will be filled with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the Marching Band and Color Guard. After a full day of music performance and festivities, enjoy a final few hours celebrating with the Irish in Dublin. Later, we will return to your hotel for a St. Paddy’s Day dinner. Dinner.
Friday, March 18: Glendalough and Cork – Enjoy sleeping in a bit this morning! After a late breakfast, we will leave the big city behind and begin a 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 down to Cork where you’ll set up in your hotel and have dinner. Sleep 1 night in Cork City. Dinner.
Saturday, March 19: Blarney and Dingle – We will do a bit of driving today cutting across southern Ireland from east to west. Our first stop is Blarney Castle, home to the famous Blarney Stone. After “kissing the stone” we will make our way to Dingle at the far southwest tip of Ireland. Settle in to your hotel and experience charming Dingle town. We will meet later for a group dinner. Sleep 2 nights in Dingle. Dinner.
Sunday, March 20: The Dingle Slea Head Experience – Today, experience some of Ireland’s wildest natural beauty and most ancient Christian sights. We’ll travel the Slea Head road through endless fields of “40 shades of green,” ocean waves crashing on rocks, and all the sheep you’ll ever want to count. Tonight, enjoy opportunities to experience some traditional Irish folk music and dinner on your own.
Monday, March 21: The Cliffs of Moher and return to Dublin – After a scenic drive through the coastal mountains, enjoy a ferry ride crossing 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 a 700 foot cliffs perched on the North Atlantic. Then we will head back across the island to Dublin for a grand farewell dinner to cap off your adventures in Ireland. Sleep 1 night in Dublin. Dinner.
Tuesday, March 22: Heading Home – Enjoy your final Irish Breakfast and pack your bags. Your tour ends today with a late morning departure from Dublin arriving in Orlando later tonight.
Itinerary specifics are subject to change.
Roundtrip airfare from Orlando, Florida.
Transportation in Ireland by deluxe motorcoach.
6 nights accommodation in traditional Irish hotels. All rooms have private baths. 2-3 people per room.
All tips and gratuities to guides and drivers.
All breakfasts, 1 lunch and four dinners. You’ll pay for your lunches, snacks and one dinner on your own.
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 ▪ Wicklow Mountain driving tour ▪ Glendalough monastic site orientation and tour ▪ Dingle Town walking tour ▪ Slea Head coach tour ▪ The Cliffs of Moher experience ▪ Blarney Castle entrance ▪ and much more (itinerary specifics are subject to change).
Participation in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin
A fulltime Exploring Europe guide and local experts dedicated to bringing to life the art, history, and culture of the tour destinations.
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.
Special and unique cultural events specifically tailored to your student group.
Comprehensive Travel Insurance providing full coverage for emergency medical and baggage loss from the moment you depart for your tour.
and much more!
We have booked these flights as a group. Your seats are assigned at check-in. Exploring Europe and your band director have no control over seat assignment. You will be assigned a specific seat somewhere in the vicinity of the rest of your group.
Departs Orlando MCO at 8:50 p.m.
Arrives in Dublin on March 13 at 9:50 a.m.
Departs Dublin at 2:15 p.m
Arrives at Orlando MCO on March 19 at 8:00 p.m.
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The tour itinerary is listed above in the “Tour Itinerary” tab. You can download and print a copy of this itinerary by clicking here.
Watch the tour video at the top of this page. It will give you a real sense of what to expect in Ireland.
Visit this website to learn about the Irish struggle for independence.
Open Monday to Saturday 09:30-17:00
Buy your tickets online – http://www.tcd.ie/visitors/book-of-kells/tickets-information/
Live Streaming on St. Paddy’s Day: http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/
The Slea Head road on the Dingle Peninsula has become a favorite destination on my tours, one which offers natural beauty weaved with loads of history. Learn more by watching my featured YouTube video below. Your Adventure Starts Here!