Emporia State University President’s Tour
IRISH CASTLES, LANDSCAPES & FLAVORS June 4 – June 14, 2015 Please join us! Karen and I are looking forward to sharing with you, your friends and your family the beauty, history and flavors of a great country that has contributed much to the World - IRELAND. Spaces are limited for this special departure and early reservations are recommended. With the special 100% Reservation Deposit Refund Guarantee we have been able to secure, you can reserve your spaces at this time to assure participation; and then if your plans change, for any reason, you can cancel and receive a prompt 100% cash refund of your deposit until the “100% date” detailed later in this brochure. I urge you to visit with our travel coordinating company to ask all questions you may have, and to reserve. It’s going to be a great learning experience with much fun, all of which will be enhanced if we can share it with you.
Michael Shonrock President, Emporia State University Enjoy an incredible journey through Ireland’s bustling cities and lush countryside. Begin in Dublin with an overnight and guided sightseeing experience that includes O’Connell Street, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. Heading west, stop in Kildare at the Irish National Stud, then north to Longford’s Strokestown House for a tour of the mansion and an insight into the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s. Then, travel to the pilgrimage village of Knock. Drive along the beautiful coastline, visiting Kylemore Abbey and a marble workshop. The two night stay in the port city of Galway features an included excursion to the Aran Islands, famous for their linguistic and cultural heritage, and a genuine Irish farm experience. Also
on the agenda: the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, King John’s castle in Limerick, and Foynes Flying Boat museum, where you can explore the only Boeing B314 “Clipper” full-size replica in the world. Enjoy a spectacular 100-mile panoramic drive around the Ring of Kerry, and then a horsedrawn jaunting cart ride in Killarney. Blarney, the House of Waterford Crystal, and St. Kevin’s Centre of Irish Christianity at Glendalough are the final highlights before you return to Dublin for your last overnight on the Emerald Isle! Interspersed throughout – at just the right locations experience special included “Presidential Bonuses” highlighted in the following daily itinerary.
Itinerary DAY 1 – Depart North America for overnight flight to Dublin Relax and enjoy rest as you fly over the Atlantic. DAY 2 - Arrive in Dublin, Ireland Céad míle fáilte! A hundred-thousand welcomes! Check into your hotel. At 3 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions 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. (Dinner) DAY 3 - Dublin–Kildare–Strokestown–Knock– Claremorris Horse-racing country this morning. Drive across the Curragh to the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare, whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. Then, north to Longford for a visit to STROKESTOWN HOUSE for a guided tour of the restored 1740s mansion, a stroll through its fine gardens, and insight into the circumstances of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s at the Famine Museum. Stop in Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world since townsfolk saw the
apparitions, then arrive in Claremorris, in the heart of beautiful County Mayo, for your overnight stay. (Breakfast, Dinner) DAY 4 - Claremorris–Kylemore–Galway Via Westport, head for the unspoiled region of Connemara, an area known for its hardy breed of ponies. Visit KYLEMORE ABBEY, a massive yet graceful castle acquired by Benedictine nuns as a precious heirloom for Ireland. At Moycullen, visit the Joyce family at their MARBLE WORKSHOP before arriving in the port city of Galway. Tonight’s PRESIDENTIAL BONUS - an evening at Dunguaire Castle, where the intimate banquet has an enlightening literary theme. (Breakfast, Dinner) DAY 5 - Galway. Excursion to The Aran Islands At Rossaveal, board a comfortable, modern FERRY for the 45-minute crossing to Kilronan on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands and where Gaelic is the first language of the islanders. Your fascinating day continues with a presentation on life on Inishmore by an island historian. After a light LUNCH at Tí Joe Watty’s pub, board a minibus to enjoy your driver/Local Guide’s commentary on a tour of the island, ending with a visit to clifftop DUN AENGUS, one of the most spectacular and dramatic prehistoric stone forts in Europe. Back in Kilronan, board your ferry back to the mainland. There are plenty of dining options in Galway this evening to share with a special someone, or with friends. Special observation: Due to the adventurous style of the Aran Islands excursion, suitable outdoor wear and comfortable shoes be worn. (Breakfast, Lunch) DAY 6 - Galway–Kilfenora–Cliffs of Moher–Limerick A real Irish farm experience at RATHBAUN FARM this morning. Try your hand at scone making, and learn from the farmer about sheep shearing and dog whistling. Afterwards, enjoy COFFEE and your SCONES, fresh from the oven. Take the scenic route across the desolate limestone plateau known as The Burren, and stop for photos of prehistoric Poulnabrone Dolmen. At Kilfenora, take in THE BURREN CENTRE and learn about the time when this area lay beneath a warm tropical sea. In the nearby churchyard of the ancient cathedral, see the greatest concentration of high crosses in Ireland. At the CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, savor the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. (Breakfast) DAY 7 - Limerick–Foynes–Killarney On this morning’s Limerick city tour, view the Treaty Stone and St. Mary’s Cathedral, and visit KING JOHN’S CASTLE in the medieval heritage precinct. Make your way to Foynes for a guided tour of the FLYING BOAT MUSEUM. Board and explore the only Boeing B314 “Clipper” full-size replica in the world, and in the flight simulator, re-enact the thrilling experience of crossing the Atlantic in a 1930s long-range flying boat. Then, travel to the popular resort of Killarney, your destination for the next two nights. (Breakfast) DAY 8 - Killarney. Ring of Kerry Excursion Join the famed RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Plenty to focus your camera on here: sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, winding lanes
bordered with subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Back in Killarney, a special treat: a funfilled horse-drawn JAUNTING CART RIDE through the national park with glorious vistas of the Lakes of Killarney and ancient Ross Castle. (Breakfast, Dinner) DAY 9 - Killarney–Blarney–Waterford Across the Kerry Mountains, drive into County Cork for a visit to Blarney, renowned for its castle and 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, Youghal, and Dungarvan to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. Here, enjoy a visit to the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. (Breakfast, Dinner) DAY 10 - Waterford–Avoca–Glendalough–Dublin Today’s Todayo’sTagenda: Enniscorthy, site of the final battle of the Great Rebellion of 1798; Ireland’s oldest HANDWEAVING MILL at Avoca; and GLENDALOUGH, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. See the engaging audiovisual Ireland of the Monasteries, then let your Local Guide show you the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. Back in Dublin tonight, join your traveling companions for a fitting farewell to Ireland: a PRESIDENTIAL BONUS outing to the Guinness Storehouse and dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner) DAY 11 - Dublin Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Flights return you to North America. (Breakfast)
Special “Presidential Bonuses” Dunguaire Castle Banquet - An evening of superb music, song and storytelling awaits you at Dunguaire Banquet on the majestic shores of Galway Bay, one of Ireland's most picturesque locations. Dunguaire Castle is a small 17th century castle on a rocky promontory, situated just outside the picturesque village of Kinvara. The castle's wonderful artists will inspire you with readings from Ireland's literary greats while you savor a delicious four-course dinner with wine. Guinness Storehouse Visit & Irish Supper - The Guinness Storehouse, a former fermentation plant, has been remodeled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness. This visit will teach you everything about the world famous beer: from how Guinness is made, to the ancient craft of barrel making in the cooperage. The highlight is the 7th floor Gravity Bar, where you will sample a pint of "the black stuff" and enjoy the breathtaking views across Dublin City. Round the evening off with an excellent buffet dinner with wine.
Where You Will Be Going
Just Some of What You Will Be Seeing
Doors of Dublin
Ti Joe Watty’s Irish Pub
Cliffs of Moher
Ring of Kerry
Types of transportation include: motor coach with free Wi-Fi; ferry to/from Inishmore; minibus on the Aran Island; horse-drawn jaunting cart in Killarney. Included meals are: full Irish breakfast daily; 1 lunch at a local pub; 4 three-course dinners with choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Dublin; “plus” special “Presidential” additions of Dunguaire Castle Banquet and Guinness Storehouse Visit & Supper (descriptions of these “special additions” appear elsewhere in this brochure.) Meals, sightseeing, accommodations and Presidential Bonuses (as outlined in the accompanying itinerary) are included in the price shown; as are Ireland airport transfers, taxes and gratuities on included items, luggage handling for one large suitcase per person while in Ireland, air taxes and fees, etc. Roundtrip air on regularly scheduled flights from Kansas City is also included in the price shown. Air pricing can also be calculated from any North American departure city, with any resulting adjustment necessary from that which is reflected in the price shown accruing to the individual traveler. The identity of specific carrier(s) used, which may include a code-share flight, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date, when known. Also, if a traveler has air miles that are compatible with the program contemplated by this brochure, as determined by the airline issuing the miles, and if efforts by traveler to use are successful, price will be adjusted accordingly. Price shown on this brochure reflects included air for 10 or more persons traveling on the same flight schedule and dates. Not included are items not specifically shown as included in the itinerary, purchases and activities of a personal nature, taxes and gratuities on meals and purchases others than those included in the itinerary, gratuities to Irish tour manager, bus driver(s) and local guides. Any price shown on this brochure is subject to change until paid in full, but changes are not anticipated. Travel protection insurance “is not” included in the price shown. It is definitely recommended, and is available at time of purchase through Please Go Away™ Vacations. Final Payment: tour members will be invoiced to pay final balance due on or before full payment due date of January 29, 2015. RESERVATION DEPOSIT: $750 per person. A 100% RESERVATION DEPOSIT REFUND GUARANTEE will be in place until November 24, 2014. Until this date cancellations “for any reason” will receive a 100% cash refund of monies paid. This date will also be shown on reservation confirming invoice or any subsequent invoices. However, cancellations occurring after this date are subject to the following cancellation assessment terms determined by Globus, the company operating this tour, and applicable airlines. They are: from date immediately following the 100% RESERVATION DEPOSIT REFUND GUARANTEE date, through January 29, 2015 - Applicable Air Penalties; January 30, 2015 through March 3, 2015 - 50% of total tour cost; March 4, 2015 through completion of tour - 100% of unused portion of tour plus any applicable penalties imposed by airlines.
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ESU PRESIDENT’S TOUR / Please Go Away™ Vacations 1600 Main Street - Suite A / Great Bend, KS 67530 / 800-362-9347 / [email protected]
Per Person - Double Occupancy
Triple occupancy - minus $25 per person / Single occupancy - plus $399 per person
I/we desire to join PRESIDENT SHONROCK and KAREN for the IRISH CASTLES, LANDSCAPES & FLAVORS experience they are hosting June 4-14 2015. Enclosed is my/our reservation deposit in the amount of $750 per person. I we/understand the full balance will be due on or before January 29, 2015, that we will be timely invoiced for the remaining balance, that payments for deposit and balances are preferred to be made with personal business check payable to Please Go Away™ Vacations; and that if I/we instead choose to use a credit card there will be a 4% accommodation fee added to each transaction. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Name (First/Middle/Last exactly as it appears on Passport) Address/City/State Telephone/Email __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Passport Number and Expiration Date Birthdate Gender (male or female) __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Name (First/Middle/Last exactly as it appears on Passport) Address/City/State Telephone/Email __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Passport Number and Expiration Date Birthdate Gender (male or female) Cost of this special travel experience includes everything shown as being included in this brochure. A very limited number of single occupancy accommodations may be available with a single supplement surcharge. Triple accommodations “may” be available at a per person reduced amount. Reserve early for best selections and best availability. IMPORTANT: This travel experience is offered in cooperation with EMPORIA STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION & Cheyenne Travel/Please Go Away™ Vacations in concert with GLOBUS, who reserves the right, although none are anticipated, to make changes in the itinerary until October, 2014. All persons reserving will be provided with a confirmation packet and a disclaimer and limitation of liability form. Should you desire not to proceed with your reservation it will be necessary for you to sign and return the disclaimer form indicating your decision within 3 days of reserving. If you do, an immediate refund to you of your reservation deposit will be processed. Should any person not return the disclaimer it will be understood that all persons covered by your reservation understand and agree with its contents. Upon request a copy of the disclaimer is available for viewing prior to making reservations. A Passport Book - not Passport Card - with 6 months validity following last date of travel on this tour, is required. Available spaces for this popular
itinerary are limited. Reserve now to assure your spaces and be protected by the provisions of the 100% RESERVATION DEPOSIT REFUND GUARANTEE until November 24, 2014.