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This 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!
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Join your travel partners for your overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland. Flight to Ireland with dinner and breakfast enroute.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Enjoy a relaxed morning at your hotel. Your flight departs mid-morning to zip you back to Florida. Sláinte!
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.
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