DEPARTURE FROM CLEVELAND HOPKINS AIRPORT (MEET AT CONTINENTAL CHECK IN AREA BY 2:00 PM)
Enjoy your Continental Airlines flight, CO 112, departing from Cleveland CLE Airport at 17:17.DAY 2 Monday, 27 Jun 11
Arrive at Newark EWR Airport at 19:04 on the 26 Jun 11.
Continue on Continental Airlines flight, CO 126, departing from Newark EWR Airport at 21:55.
Arrive at Dublin DUB Airport at 09:25 on the 27 Jun 11.
Our 24-hour Casterbridge Tour Managers/Guides, Ciaran Moss (Chief Guide) and Bryan Moody, will
meet us at the airport and remain with us until our final airport departure.
We will have use of a private coach and driver, while touring for the next 9 days.
Dublin is a complex small city, whose 19th-century architecture conceals a modern
place filled with trendy shops, pubs, restaurants and boutiques. Long perceived to be
stuck in the past, Dublin has experienced a rebirth that has brought new life to the
historic, modern, charming, and entertaining city. Spend time wandering the Victorian
streets, visiting the incredible churches and museums, exploring the vibrancy of the
Temple Bar area, and discovering why Dublin is one of the most popular destinations
for Europeans and the world.
Take an Introductory Walking Tour of Southeast Dublin. We will begin
outside the Bank of Ireland, one of Dublin’s most treasured landmarks, then
stroll along Grafton Street, the spine of Dublin’s most popular and stylish
shopping district. After viewing the Molly Malone statue, we continue to St.
Stephen’s Green, a beautiful 22 acre park in the heart of Dublin, filled with
beautifully landscaped flowerbeds, fountains, a lake, and memorials to
important Dubliners. Our tour concludes with a walk around Merrion Square, a
marvel of Georgian architecture known for its colorful doors and for the famous
literary figures that once lived here, including Yeats and Wilde.DAY 3 Tuesday, 28 Jun 11
Discover Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland. Trinity was founded
in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. The beautiful campus features cobbled squares,
gardens, a picturesque quadrangle and buildings that date from the 17th to 20th
centuries. Trinity College is also home to the Book of Kells, an 8th-century
version of the four Gospels decorated with elaborate scripting and illumination.
We will view this famous treasure and other early Christian manuscripts in the
Colonnades, an exhibition area on the ground floor of the Old Library.
For the next 3 evening(s) we will enjoy the convenience of our centrally-located Dublin hotel, where
daily breakfast will be included.
Dinner this evening will be taken at our hotel.
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin
Address: Golden Lane Dublin 8 Ireland
Telephone: +353-1 898 2900
Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland. It
is said that St. Patrick baptized converts on this site. Consequently, a church has
stood here since 450 AD, making it the oldest Christian site in Dublin. The
cathedral’s design is primarily Early English in style, and features a
300-foot-long interior and a square medieval tower that houses the largestDAY 4 Wednesday, 29 Jun 11
ringing peal bells of Ireland. St. Patrick's is closely associated with Jonathan
Swift, who was dean from 1713 to 1745, and whose tomb lies in the south aisle.
♫ Our concert performance will be at St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.
Rehearsal Time: 1230-1300 (no earlier due to service from 1115-1215)
Performance Time: 1300 - 1400
Explore Dvblinia, a historically accurate presentation of the Old City during
medieval times, re-created through a series of theme exhibits, spectacles, and
experiences. Highlights include an illuminated Medieval Maze, complete with
visual effects, background sounds and aromas that lead us on a journey through
time from the arrival of the Anglo-Normans in 1170 until the closing of the
monasteries in the 1530s. Another area depicts everyday life in medieval Dublin
with a diorama, as well as a prototype of a 13th-century quay along the banks of
the Liffey. A new addition is the medieval Fayre, displaying the wares of
merchants from all over Europe. We will have the opportunity to try on a
flattering new robe or even be fitted for chain mail and a helm.
Restaurant Information: Break for the Border at 18:30
Address: 2 Johnson Place Dublin 2
Discover Dublin Castle, built between 1208 and 1220, containing some of theDAY 5 Thursday, 30 Jun 11
oldest surviving architecture in the city. It was the center of British power in
Ireland for more than seven centuries, until the new Irish government took
power in 1922. Highlights include the 13th-century Record Tower; the State
Apartments, once the residence of English viceroys; and the Chapel Royal, a
19th-century Gothic building with particularly fine plaster decoration and
carved oak gallery fronts and fittings. The newest developments are the
Undercroft, an excavated site on the grounds of an early Viking fortress, and
the Treasury, believed to be the oldest surviving office building in Ireland.
Tour the National Museum. Established in 1890, the museum is a reflection of
Ireland's heritage from 2000 B.C. to the present. It houses many of the country's
greatest historical finds, including the Treasury exhibit that features the Ardagh
Chalice, Tara Brooch and Cross of Cong, the Wood Quay excavations of the
Old Dublin Settlements, and an extensive exhibition of Irish Bronze Age gold
ornaments dating from 2200 to 700 B.C.
Restaurant Information: The Church at 18:30
Address: Junction of Mary Street & Jervis Street Dublin 1
Today we will travel from Dublin to Cashel. En route we stop in Glendalough.DAY 6 Friday, 01 Jul 11
Visit Glendalough, a former monastery in an idyllically secluded setting. Its
name is derived from Irish meaning “The Glen of the Two Lakes.” We will
stroll from the upper lake to the lower lake and walk through the remains of the
monastery complex, long since converted to a burial place. Although much of
the monastic city is in ruins, the standing remains include a nearly perfect round
tower, hundreds of timeworn Celtic crosses and a variety of churches. Our visit
will include the new Visitor Center, which provides a helpful orientation that
comprises exhibits on the archaeology, history, folklore, and wildlife of the
We will continue to the Cashel (Area), which will be our base for the next 1 night(s). While here, we
will enjoy breakfast and dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: Clonmel Park Leisure and Spa Hotel
Address: Clonmel Tipperary
Telephone: +353 52 618 8700
Cashel lies in the heart of Tipperary. The town’s rich history is reflected in its
prehistoric raths, medieval castles and monasteries, fortified town houses, and
See the Rock of Cashel, an extraordinary ruined abbey at the top of a hill near
the town center of Cashel. This outcrop of limestone, stretching 197 feet into the
sky, possesses sixteen centuries of history. It was the castled seat of the kings of
Munster as far back as 360 AD and remained a royal fortress until 1101. Today
there are ruins of a two-towered chapel, a cruciform cathedral, a round tower,
and a cluster of other medieval monuments. Inside the cathedral, ancientDAY 7 Saturday, 02 Jul 11
carvings survive in excellent condition.
Today we will travel from Cashel to Galway. We stop en route in Craggaunowen
Discover the Craggaunowen Project and an exhibit designed to bring Bronze
Age and Celtic culture to life entitled Craggaunowen: The Living Past. This
recreated prehistoric site was created in the 1960s around the grounds of
Craggaunowen Castle. Costumed interpreters act out particular trades, such as
spinning and potting, and a French slave describes how communities lived in
the ring fort, an early Christian homestead. Our visit will include a trip through
the collection of archaeological finds from the area, housed in the castle tower.
We continue on our journey to Galway.
Our base for the next 3 night(s) will be Galway (Area), where breakfast and dinner will be provided at
Accommodation: Imperial Hotel
Address: Eyre Square Galway Eire
Telephone: +353 91 563 033
This historic city is strongly associated with Irish language, music, and dance, and is
one of the most Irish cities in the country. The lively and bustling university town was
very prominent in the Middle Ages, and was the site of a nine-month siege during the
Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. With history, culture, and beautiful surroundings,
Galway is a favorite of visitors to the west coast.
Connemara, located in County Galway, is a mystical area where Gaelic is still theDAY 8 Sunday, 03 Jul 11
everyday language and the purest of Ireland’s cultural traditions still live on.
Visit Kylemore Abbey, one of the most beautiful sights in Ireland, sheltered by
the slopes of the Twelve Bens. This lakeside castle is a romantic Gothic
Revival fantasy that now houses a girls’ boarding school. We will view the
abbey, explore its gardens and visit the Craft Shop.
♫ Our performance today will take place at Kylemore Abbey.
Performance Time: 13:00
Take a Walking Tour of Galway’s city center. We will view many of Galway’sDAY 9 Monday, 04 Jul 11
most important areas and landmarks, including Eyre Square, Shop Street, the
Latin Quarter, Lynch’s Castle, the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas, the Quays,
the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, and the Spanish Arch.
Spend time at the Cliffs of Moher, a series of dramatic undulating cliffs
plunging 700 feet down to the Atlantic Ocean, offering unforgettable views of
Ireland’s west coast. On a clear day we may be able to see the Aran Islands in
Galway Bay as misty shapes off in the distance. Those who choose may climb
O’Brien’s Tower, a viewing point built for the benefit of Victorian tourists.
Today we will travel from Galway to Limerick. We will stop en route in Bunratty.
Discover Bunratty Castle, a formidable castle built in the 15th century. It has
been preserved just as it would have looked in the 1500s. A tour of the castle
will include the Great Hall, Main Guard and South Solar. We will then visit
the adjoining Folk Park, an authentic re-creation of life in Ireland at the turn of
the 20th century.
♫ Our performance today will take place at Bunratty Castle.
Performance Time: 11:30
Additional Information: If the weather is good, this will take place outside Mac’s Pub on the main
village street which should attract a good audience. In the event of rain, our performance will be
moved to the admissions area.
We continue on our journey from Bunratty to Limerick.
Our hotel in Limerick (Area), will be our base for the next 1 night(s). While here, we will enjoy
breakfast and dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: Limerick Strand Hotel
Address: Ennis Road Limerick Ireland
Telephone: +353 61 421 800
Limerick is the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland. Founded by Vikings, the
city thrived due to its position on the River Shannon until the Cromwellian conquest.
After years of neglect, the city is now experiencing a rebirth, and the historic districts
of the city center offer plenty to see and do.
Take a Walking Tour of the historic city center, known as King John's Island,
renowned for its fine Medieval architecture.
Visit St. Mary’s Cathedral. Founded in the 12th century on a hill on King's
Island, this was originally the site of a palace belonging to one of the kings of
Munster that was then donated for use as a church. The building has many
interesting architectural features including a Romanesque doorway, a
pre-Reformation stone altar, 15th-century misericords (supports for choristers)
with carvings in black oak, and a reredos (ornamental partition) on the high
Visit King John’s Castle, said to date from 1210, when King John of EnglandDAY 10 Tuesday, 05 Jul 11
visited and was so taken with the site that he ordered a strong castle to be built
here. Strategically built on the banks of the Shannon River, this royal fortress is
the centerpiece of Limerick's historic area. It survives today as one of the oldest
examples of medieval architecture in Ireland with five rounded, drum-style gate
towers and curtain walls. Inside we will see a wonderful exhibit on the history
of the city, replicas of siege machinery, and Viking excavations.
Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our guides accompany us to the airport on our
Enjoy your Continental Airlines flight, CO 25, departing from Shannon SNN Airport at 09:00.
Arrive at Newark EWR Airport at 11:15
Continue your journey on Continental Airlines flight, CO 325, departing from Newark EWR Airport
Arrive at Cleveland CLE Airport at 15:45 on the 05 Jul 11.