Join us for a special 7-day guided tour of Ireland in March 2018 customized for the Friends & Family of the Purdue Marching Band!  This unique itinerary includes a guided walking tour of Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny, passage on the Tarbert Ferry, Ennis plus a tour of Dublin with a local guide and St. Patrick’s Day Parade with Grand Stand seats.

Please review the tour itinerary below and call Janet at 800-499-3780, or email her at jtaylor@cruiseandtravelexperts.com, or complete the inquiry request.

Friends & Family of the Purdue Marching Band 7-Day Guided Tour of Ireland
Dates: March 11-18, 2018
Fare:  From $1,799 per person, double occupancy.
Single supplement: add $600.
$500 deposit due at time of booking (by Nov. 15, 2017), and vacation balance due Jan. 2, 2018
Includes: All lodging, local guides, sightseeing, daily breakfast and two dinners, and more (airfare additional)

Tour Itinerary:

Sun, Mar – 11
DEPART THE UNITED STATES
Depart your hometown and take an overnight flight across the Atlantic. Enjoy in-flight entertainment and meal service as you travel to start your vacation.
Mon, Mar – 12
SHANNON ARRIVAL
After customs and immigration formalities at Shannon Airport, your CIE Tours driver/guide will welcome you to Ireland. Drive through Ireland’s rolling hills and into the Village of Bunratty. Upon arrival, stop to visit the Bunratty Folk Park, which comprises a collection of farmhouses from different regions of Ireland. Also see a 19th century village street with a pub, school, general store and many other buildings where traditional lifestyles and crafts are demonstrated. Drive into Ennis, check into your hotel and spend the balance of the afternoon free to relax, sightsee or shop. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a traditional Irish dinner at the hotel restaurant.DINNER & OVERNIGHT: OLD GROUND HOTEL, ENNIS
Tue, Mar – 13
GALWAY WALKING TOUR
Today, drive through Ireland’s green pastures and into the bustling city of Galway. Upon arrival, join a local guide for a gentle walking tour. See the medieval city walls, Lynch’s Castle and the narrow streets. Enjoy some free time to do some further exploring on your own. The travel through the Burren, an area of rocky limestone hills where a number of unique flowers thrive. This region also contains many dolmens, prehistoric monuments formed by large limestone slabs. Return to Ennis and enjoy the remainder of the day free for individual pursuits and dining options.OVERNIGHT: OLD GROUND HOTEL, ENNIS
Wed, Mar – 14
CLIFFS OF MOHER
Today, drive through Ireland’s rolling hills and into the village of Adare, famous for its attractive main street of thatched houses and colorful gardens. Stroll through the village and take some photos. Drive to Tarbert and take a 20-minute ferry ride across the River Shannon estuary. Travel along the coast of scenic County Clare to visit the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most beloved, natural landmarks. See magical vistas, overlooking the shimmering Atlantic Ocean along with Ireland’s Western coastline. Return to your hotel where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.OVERNIGHT: OLD GROUND HOTEL, ENNIS
Thu, Mar-15
LIMERICK PANORAMIC
After a hearty Irish breakfast, drive into Limerick for a panoramic tour of the city, which features the sights made famous in Frank McCourt’s biography, “Angela’s Ashes.” Pass the 13th century King John’s Castle in the center of the town. This imposing fortress with its massive walls and towers has guarded the River Shannon crossing for the past 700 years. Continue your journey into Kilkenny and stop to visit Kilkenny Castle, home of the Butlers, Earls and Dukes of Ormonde. The castle estate boasts both formal and informal gardens, which overlooks the Nore River. Afterwards, enjoy some time at leisure to watch a group performance. Continue your journey into Dun Laoghaire, check into your hotel and relax or freshen up before a festive evening.This evening drive to the town of Rathfarnham to The Merry Ploughboy Pub for dinner followed by a lively show of traditional Irish songs, dancing and music. OVERNIGHT: ROYAL MARINE HOTEL, DUN LAOGHAIRE
Fri, Mar-16
DUBLIN GUIDED TOUR
After breakfast, drive into Dublin and set off with a local guide who will show you around Dublin. The city has been molded through the centuries with many architectural styles, reflecting the economic, political and artistic influences. Stop to tour Guinness Storehouse to see exhibits on how this world famous stout was first created and why it is so popular today. Finish your visit in the roof-top bar, where you can sample a draft of Guinness. Next, visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which is almost as old as the city itself and famous for its connections with the brilliantly eccentric Dean Jonathan Swift. Return to your hotel where the remainder of the day is free for individual pursuits and dining options.OVERNIGHT: ROYAL MARINE HOTEL, DUN LAOGHAIRE
Sat, Mar-17
ST. PATRICK’S DAY (DUBLIN)
Today is a very special day – St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin with Grand Stand Seating! As it is a national holiday, all businesses and major stores are closed. Head to O’Connell Street and join all the locals to watch the bands perform, and also see decorated floats. The atmosphere will be one of high spirits and great fun. In the evening you are free to choose from the many restaurants and pubs in the area.OVERNIGHT: ROYAL MARINE HOTEL, DUN LAOGHAIRE
Sun, Mar-18
RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES
All too soon, your vacation has come to its final day. Transfer to Dublin Airport in good time to check in for your flight. You may do some last minute shopping at the duty free stores before boarding your aircraft and flying across the Atlantic Ocean back to the United States.

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