WMT’s Ireland with Ron and Pat Gonder

Dates: July 16 - 24, 2019
Duration: 9 Days

Join WMT’s Ron and Pat Gonder for a spectacular tour of Ireland and the most magnificent scenery. Explore Dublin, Ennis, Killarney and Waterford. The 668-foot Cliffs of Moher provides breathtaking views and is a sure highlight as well as the Ring of Kerry – a 100-mile panoramic drive through gorgeous landscapes. From the scenic beauty to the charming experiences, this summer tour with Ron and Pat Gonder is a real delight!

TUESDAY, JULY 16

OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO DUBLIN

Begin your travels with an overnight flight from the U.S.A. to Dublin, Ireland.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17

ARRIVE IN DUBLIN

Arrive in Dublin in the morning with a day to explore on your own before we stay the night. We have a full day to get acquainted with Dublin and plenty of options such as several types of museums, memorials and gardens.  Or if you are a bit thirsty, you can check out the Jameson Distillery or Guinness Storehouse. A good night’s sleep will prepare the group for touring the next day.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 18

DUBLIN

Céad míle fáilte—a hundred-thousand welcomes! Enjoy a morning at leisure to relax or explore the area. At 3 pm, meet for an afternoon orientation drive through statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and past St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

 

FRIDAY, JULY 19

DUBLIN-KILDARE-CASHEL-LIMERICK-ENNIS

Horse-racing country awaits this morning. Drive across the Curragh to visit the Irish National Stud at Kildare, whose fine thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. Lots more to see: the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached; Tipperary, made famous in a wartime marching song; and Limerick, where an orientation drive acquaints you with St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle, and the stone where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691. Tonight’s suggestion for a very special night out: attend an optional medieval banquet at an historic castle. (B)

 

SATURDAY, JULY 20

ENNIS-WEST COAST EXCURSION

Your day excursion along Ireland’s spectacular Atlantic coastline begins with a drive to the 668-foot Cliffs of Moher, where you savor the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. A scenic route across the limestone plateau of The Burren takes you to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture. This afternoon, a special treat at Rathbaun Farm: try your hand at scone baking, and learn from the farmer about sheep shearing and herding. Afterwards, enjoy coffee and your scones, fresh from the oven. (B)

 

SUNDAY,  JULY 21

ENNIS-RING OF KERRY-KILLARNEY

After a short drive via Clonderlaw Bay to Killimer, cross the Shannon estuary by ferry. Continue on to Killorglin on Dingle Bay to join the spectacular Ring of Kerry for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Take your photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View, then spend the night in the popular resort of Killarney. Before dinner at your hotel, why not take an optional horse-drawn jaunting car ride along the national park to Ross Castle? (B, D)

 

MONDAY, JULY 22

KILLARNEY-BLARNEY-WATERFORD

Across the Kerry Mountains and through County Cork to Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone. Time for lunch, to walk up to the castle, and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts. In the afternoon, proceed via Cork to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings, and look forward to a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal. After dinner this evening, enjoy an Irish coffee demonstration. (B, D)

 

TUESDAY, JULY 23

WATERFORD-AVOCA-GLENDALOUGH-DUBLIN

An exciting agenda today: Enniscorthy, site of the final battle of the Great Rebellion of 1798; Ireland’s oldest handweaving mill at Avoca, where you watch the weavers at work; the Wicklow Mountains; and Glendalough, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. See the engaging audiovisual Ireland of the Monasteries, then explore the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. Back in Dublin tonight, a fitting farewell to Ireland would be an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter. (B)

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24

DUBLIN-RETURN HOME

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. We will transfer to the airport for our flight home with new friends and wonderful memories. (B)

 

SPECIAL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES:

  • Guided tour of the Irish National Stud
  • Bake scones at Rathbaun Farm
  • Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
  • Guided tour of the handweaving mill in Avoca
  • Guided tour of St. Kevin’s center of Irish Christianity in Glendalough

 

Included:

  • Fully Escorted
  • 7-night accommodations, taxes and luggage handling
  • Airport transfers
  • Luxury air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
  • Complimentary WiFi on motorcoach and in most hotels lobbies
  • Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
  • 6 full breakfasts (B) and 3 dinners (D) as specified

 

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Airline baggage fees
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

 

Price—reservations made by November 21, 2018:

Double occupancy: $2299 per person

Single occupancy:  $2799 per person

 

Deposit:

Deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your
reservation.

 

Final Payment:

Final Payment is due on or before April 12, 2019.

 

Cancellation Policy:

Deposit is nonrefundable.  After April 12, 2019, final payment is nonrefundable.

 

SPECIAL BOOKING BONUS!

Past Passenger Discount:
$150 per person discount for passengers who have traveled with Globus, Cosmos or Avalon in the last 5 years when booking  by November 21, 2018.

 

GROUP AIRFARE

Optional roundtrip group airfare out of Cedar Rapids will be available in September 2018.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is highly recommended and available through Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited. If the insurance premium is paid within 14 days of deposit, pre-existing conditions are covered, some limitations apply. If you decline the insurance offered by the agency, we strongly advise the purchase of travel insurance through another broker.

 

GROUP PHOTO POLICY

Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited reserves the right to take photos during any part of the tour and to use them for promotional purposes. By booking a reservation with Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited, group members agree to allow their images to be used in such photos. Group members who prefer that their images not be used are asked to advise their group escort at the beginning of the tour.

 

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY

All passengers are required to have a passport valid through January 25, 2020. Non-US citizens must have a valid passport and advise Travel Leaders/ Destinations Unlimited of your nationality at the time of deposit.

 

RESPONSIBILITY

Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited, escorts and hosts, selected air carrier, selected hotel, ground operators, Globus and their affiliates, shall have no liability for loss or damage to baggage and property, or for personal injuries or delay due to the acts or omissions of any carrier, hotel operator, restaurant, or any other supplier of services or facilities caused by weather, strike, war, quarantine or for any other reason. Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited acts only as an agent for suppliers in selling travel-related services, accepting reservations, and booking services that are not directly supplied by this travel agency (i.e. air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, tours, etc).

The itinerary, as published, will be followed as closely as possible. If, it is rendered necessary to make changes in this itinerary, the above named providers will not be responsible for any loss or expense caused guests by reason of such change.  The above named providers reserve the right to decline to accept or retain any person, whether with or without cause, at any time.  It is understood and agreed that a refund may not be made to guests who do not complete a tour for any cause whatsoever.  Please note that information on this flyer is based on details available at the time of printing and is subject to change. Please read this contract carefully.  Any payment constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions.

 

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