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Day 2: Dublin
Arrive Dublin, greet your Teach By Travel tour manager, and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Guided city sightseeing tour of Dublin, including Trinity College
and the Book of Kells
, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Castle and more. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Dublin - Knock - Sligo
Depart Dublin and travel to Boyle to see the Cistercian Abbey. Continue to Knock, which in the 20th century became one of Europe's major Catholic Marian shrines, alongside Lourdes and Fatima. Over one and a half million pilgrims visit the Shrine of Knock annually. On to Sligo for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Northern Ireland - Belleek Pottery - Sligo
Board your coach, sit back and take in the stunning scenery on your day excursion to Northern Ireland and Belleek Pottery. Established in 1857, Belleek Pottery holds a very special place in the cultural and commercial heritage of Northern Ireland, and is one of its oldest and most fascinating attractions. Your tour of the Visitor's Centre features original and unique pieces, made using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation. Return to Sligo for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Limerick
First stop today is Kylemore Abbey, in the heart of the Connemara Mountains, and steeped in history. The Abbey, home to the Irish Benedictine nuns since 1920, and surrounded by breath-taking mountain and lake scenery, was originally built in 1867. Timer permitting, also see the Victorian Walled Gardens, Gothic Church, Craft Shop and Pottery studio. Enjoy the region of superb scenic grandeur dominated by the rocky mountain range known as the Twelve Bens enroute to a stop in Galway. View the unforgettable Cliffs of Moher before continuing to Limerick for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Limerick
Get to know Limerick, setting of the film "Angela's Ashes", on your included guided tour. Entrance into St. Mary's Cathedral (The Cathedral Church of St. Mary Blessed Virgin) and 13th century King John's Castle, where you'll explore 800 years of history and life in Norman times! Continue to Bunratty Folk Park, which recreates rural and urban life in 19th century Victorian Ireland. The Park is a living museum - bread is baked, animals are tended, roofs are thatched. Return to Limerick with balance of the day free before dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Limerick - Killarney - Tralee
Postcards visions today as you motor through the rolling hills of lush Killarney and the Ring of Kerry, part of the mystical and unspoiled region of Ireland. Dinner and overnight in Tralee.
Day 8: Dublin
Journey to the medieval stronghold of Blarney
, Blarney Castle. Don't forget to kiss the Blarney Stone and receive the gift of eloqunce! Surrounding the castle are beautiful and quite extensive gardens. Continue to Dublin for your final overnight.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
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