Shades of Ireland

10 Days: April 1 – 10, 2017

This 10-day guided tour takes travelers via plane, motor coach and boat to Dublin, Waterford, and Limerick where you will enjoy an overnight stay at the regal grounds of the Cabra Castle. Highlights for this trip include a visit to Waterford and the House of Waterford Crystal and stop at the historic Blarney Castle for an opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Journey along the Ring of Kerry and experience the daily life of a traditional Irish family at the Molanna Dairy Farm and immerse yourself in the Emerald Isle.

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Double $2,999*
Single $3,399*
Triple $2,969*

For bookings made after October 03, 2016 call for rates.

Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Washington, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $280 per person
* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from WAS


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Itinerary:

Saturday, April 1, 2017: Overnight Flight

Travel to the magical Emerald Isle. 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.

Sunday, April 2, 2017: Dublin

Open your tour in Dublin. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for some traditional entertainment during a fun-filled Irish evening. (D)

Monday, April 3, 2017: Dublin

Today you decide how you want to explore Dublin. You may choose to set out with a local guide on a drive to see St Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Stephan’s Green, Grafton Street, and the historic Phoenix Park. Or, you may select a walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the River Liffey. Spend the remainder of your day relaxing or set out to explore more of charming Dublin on your own. (B)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017: 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)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017: 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. This afternoon, decide how you would like to explore charming Killarney. You may enjoy a time-honored jaunting car ride* to beautiful Muckross House. Set out on a tour of this stately home and its gardens and get a glimpse into the elegant lifestyle of the Victorian gentry as you explore the perfectly restored rooms of this magnificent mansion. Or, perhaps you’ll choose to enjoy a scenic jaunting car ride* through Killarney National Park to Ross Castle; then, board a traditional boat* and sail through the breathtaking lakes in the company of an expert boatman known for their local knowledge and ‘craic’ (amusing nature). This evening its Diner’s Choice…tonight your dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a ‘menu’ of Killarney’s great restaurants. (B, D)

Thursday, April 6, 2017: 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)

Friday, April 7, 2017: 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)

Saturday, April 8, 2017: 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. 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 you to “The City of Tribes.” Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Sunday, April 9, 2017: 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)

Monday, April 10, 2017: Kingscourt

Your tour ends in Kingscourt. (B) 

B= Breakfast / L= Lunch / D= Dinner

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For more information, contact the RCC Adult & Fitness Director at 703-390-6159, or Andy Vivien at 703-815-8747.