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<p align="justify"><strong>Cork</strong>, situated on the south coast of Ireland, is the country's second city after Dublin and the largest city in the province of Munster. Most of the city center is located on an island in the River Lee, so there are many bridges from there to the other parts of the city. The name Cork is derived from an Irish word meaning 'marshy place', referring to its location on the Lee. The river flows from the city south to Cork Harbour, one of the largest natural harbors in the world.</p>
<p align="justify">Don your most comfortable shoes for <strong>Killarney</strong>, where town trails offer history lessons and country walks traverse Ireland's first national park, 26,000 acres of woodlands, sandstone mountains and low-lying lakes. In the town center, Killarney House and Gardens provides a break for urban explorers. Renowned Muckross House, with its 15th-century abbey ruins and massive yew tree, is just outside of town.</p>
<p align="justify"><strong>Galway's</strong> streets are steeped in history, yet have a contemporary vibe. Students make up a quarter of the city's population, while the remains of the medieval town walls lie between shops selling Aran sweaters, handcrafted Claddagh rings, and stacks of secondhand and new books. Bridges arc over the salmon-filled River Corrib, and a long promenade leads to the seaside suburb of Salthill, where at night the moon's glow illuminates Galway Bay, where the area's famous oysters are produced. Galway is often referred to as the most 'Irish' of Ireland's cities (and it's the only one where you're likely to hear Irish spoken in the streets, shops and pubs), but some locals lament that these may be the last days of 'old' Galway before it absorbs the effects of the country's globalised economy. But for now at least, Galway remains true to its spirited roots.</p>
<strong>Note:</strong> for reasons beyond our control it may not be possible to visit everything listed above. However every effort will be made to include as much as reasonably possible.
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<strong>Wed 22-Aug / Day 2 – Dublin:</strong> Walking Tour of Dublin. A visit to the Chester Beatty Library.
<strong>Thu 23-Aug / Day 3 – Cork:</strong> From Dublin visit Blarney, Cork
<strong>Fri 24-Aug / Day 4 – Killarney:</strong> Killarney, Ring of Kerry
<strong>Sat 25-Aug / Day 5 – Bunratty:</strong> Killarney National Park, Muckross House & Gardens, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, attend <a href="http://www.shannonheritage.com/BunrattyCastleMedievalBanquet/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Banquet Dinner in Castle</a>.
<strong>Sun 26-Aug / Day 6 – Galway:</strong> Cliffs of Moher, Cliff of Moher Cruise, Burren, Galway
<strong>Mon 27-Aug / Day 7 – Galway:</strong> Connemara & Kylemore Abbey
<strong>Tue 28-Aug / Day 8 – Dublin:</strong> Visit Trim Castle (Where the movie Braveheart is filmed).
<strong>Wed 29-Aug / Day 9 – Departure:</strong> Depart Dublin.
<strong>Possibilities for your Best of Ireland itinerary (in no specific order). A detailed itinerary will be posted approximately 30 days from departure.</strong>
<li>Great food and storytelling at the oldest pub in Dublin (not included)</li>
<li>Chester Beatty Library.</li>
<li>Killarney, Ring of Kerry</li>
<li>Possible visit of the Sheepdog show on the ring of Kerry</li>
<li>Killarney National Park</li>
<li>Possible tour of Muckross House & Gardens</li>
<li>Bunratty Castle & Folk Park</li>
<li>Cliffs of Moher</li>
<li>Connemara & Kylemore Abbey</li>
<li>Trim Castle (Where the movie Braveheart was filmed).</li>
<li>Possible visit Locke’s Distillery</li>
All prices herein are per person and are subject to change without notice. "Full Package" prices are especially subject to change due to the fluctuation in airfare. For Instance: Travelers can expect to pay additional airfare for summer tour dates if their tour includes New York. We will notify you three months, or less, before your departure of any additional fees.
Regarding Land Package Pricing:
Land Package prices signify that...
- ...BCT will NOT provide your transportation EXCEPT during the tour.
- ...you will be required to arrange your own transportation (be that airfare or train or car) at the beginning and after the tour.
- ...BCT is not responsible for any cost associated with the cost of your transportation (be that airfare or train or car) at the beginning and after the tour. Including penalties, fees and/or rebooking cost when a trip is cancelled or moved.
- ...while your transportation is provided during the tour you will be required to arrange your own transportation (be that airfare or train or car) at the beginning and after the tour.
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<li>Transportation for sightseeing and events scheduled by BCT</li>
<strong>What's Included Ireland:</strong>
<li>Shuttle from Dublin Port to Dublin hotel</li>
<li>Shuttle from Dublin airport hotel to airport</li>
<li>Transportation in luxury tour bus in Ireland</li>
<li>Walking tour through Dublin with Local Pioneer</li>
<li>Visit Blarney Castle, Muckross House, Bunratty Castle</li>
<li>Dinner at Bunratty Banquet with music and dance</li>
<li>Visit to Cliffs of Moher</li>
<li>Ireland: Cliffs of Moher cruise</li>
<li>Visit Kylemore Abbey</li>
<li>Visit Trim Castle</li>
<li>Scheduled entrance fees Ireland</li>
<strong>What's Not Included</strong>
<li>Meals other than breakfast and those noted as included in the day by day itinerary</li>
<li>Transportation for sightseeing and events Not scheduled by BCT</li>
<strong>Special Note to International Convention Attendees:</strong>
<li>None of the prices quoted include airfare from the Convention City to Rome. During the reservation process you will have opportunity to indicate that you are in fact attending a Special International Convention and would like optional Airfare added. Airfare option includes airport to hotel transfers in Rome</li>