Shades of Ireland

Ireland

The Village Green Community Center offers travel tours from our front door! Join your neighbors on travel tours throughout America and the world. Tours last anywhere from one to two weeks. All tours include transportation from the Village Green to the airport, flights, hotels, some meals and excursions. Maximum 15 travelers.

Travel to the magical Emerald Isle. Soak in the landscape of rolling hills and feel the warmth of an Irish welcome. Visit Dublin, Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, and Northern Ireland as this comprehensive tour introduces Ireland’s natural beauty, rich history, and most importantly, it’s hospitable culture.

Highlights: Dublin, Irish Evening, Kilkenny, Waterford, Choices on Tour, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Jaunting Car Ride*, Cliffs of Moher, Farm Visit, Galway, Donegal Town, Derry, Giant’s Causeway, Glens of Antrim, Belfast, “Titanic Experience”, Castle Stay

Day 1Sep 10, 2018: Overnight Flight – Set out on an amazing Irish adventure that tells the complete story of the Emerald Isle.

Day 2Sep 11, 2018: Dublin, Ireland – Tour Begins – Get a taste of old Dublin. Tonight you and your fellow travelers revel in a traditional Irish evening, including regional cuisine.

Day 3 – Sep 12, 2018: Dublin – Today, it’s your choice! Will you ride with a local guide to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and the historic Phoenix Park? Or will you choose a walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the River Liffey? Either way, what follows is an afternoon to discover Dublin’s charms on your own.

Day 4 – Sep 13, 2018: Dublin – Kilkenny – Waterford – Step back in time. Begin the day in the medieval splendor of 12th century Kilkenny on the River Nore. Then, in ancient Waterford, embark on a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city. It’s your choice! Tour the Waterford Crystal factory and learn how exquisite crystal has been made for centuries; or visit the Medieval Museum for a guided tour and glass of wine in the 15th-century Mayor’s Wine Vault.

Day 5Sep 14, 2018: Waterford – Blarney Stone – Killarney – Live the legend. The story goes that those who kiss the Blarney Stone gain the gift of eloquence. This morning, give it a shot at historic Blarney Castle. Cross into County Kerry and continue on to charming Killarney. In Killarney’s stunning national park, board a traditional boat* and sail through the breathtaking lakes in the company of an expert boatman. This evening, enjoy dinner on the town.

Day 6Sep 15, 2018: Killarney – Ring of Kerry – Killarney – Take in the rugged coastline. Loop your way around the picturesque Ring of Kerry, past pristine beaches, quaint villages and majestic landscapes. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for local artisan-made crafts. End your day with a traditional jaunting car ride* through one of Ireland’s best kept secrets – Killarney National Park.

Day 7Sep 16, 2018: Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Ennis – Bid Killarney farewell as we travel across the lovely Shannon River into County Clare. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most iconic sites. Walk along the rambling edge, soaking up unparalleled views and snapping incredible photos. Complete your day at the historic Old Ground Hotel and experience the finest in Irish hospitality.

Day 8Sep 17, 2018: Ennis – Galway – Enniskillen, Northern Ireland – Experience the daily life of a traditional Irish family during a memorable farm visit. Then, continue on to Galway, where a brief tour showcases “The City of Tribes.” Your day ends at the Manor House Hotel, a stunning 19th-century estate located on a secluded lake in the westernmost reaches of Northern Ireland.

Day 9Sep 18, 2018: Enniskillen – Donegal Town – Derry – Today you take in the rugged, natural beauty of County Donegal. Stop in Donegal Town and stroll the town square, enjoying its quaint craft and woolen shops. Next, we travel to Derry, known for its turbulent political history. This afternoon, a local guide leads you on a walk through the old city, including the Craft Village, a charming 19th century Georgian square in the heart of the walled city. Tonight, it’s Diner’s Choice…you will choose your included dinner from a ‘menu’ of Derry’s great restaurants.

Day 10 – Sep 19, 2018: Derry – Inishowen Peninsula – Derry – This morning, journey to the Inishowen Peninsula and Malin Head. Take in breathtaking scenery as you explore Ireland’s northernmost point. Return to Derry and enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Day 11Sep 20, 2018: Derry – Giant’s Causeway – Glens of Antrim – Belfast – See the most famous natural site in Northern Ireland as you visit the magnificent Giant’s Causeway. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, the causeway resembles a cobble road leading into the sea. Then, lose yourself in the natural beauty of Northern Ireland as you explore the scenic back roads of the Glens of Antrim.

Day 12Sep 21, 2018: Belfast – Kingscourt, Ireland – Get ready for a guided tour of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. Hear of the struggles in this great city’s history as you pass through the different neighborhoods. See “Samson” and “Goliath,” the cranes at the shipyard that built the Titanic, before touring the “Titanic Experience,” Northern Ireland’s most visited attraction. Next, we are off to Kingscourt, crossing back into the Republic of Ireland. Top your day off with an overnight stay on the regal grounds of Cabra Castle where you toast the end of a fabulous trip during your farewell dinner.

Day 13Sep 22, 2018: Kingscourt – Tour Ends in Kingscourt

 

* Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Seattle Tacoma Intl Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers

* Not Included in Price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $290 per person (see below)

Our industry-leading cancellation waiver offers travelers a full cash refund for the price of the tour, right up to the day prior to departure, minus the small cost of the waiver. Travel worry-free knowing if anything changes, you’re protected.

Our cancellation waiver and insurance plan covers you on tour. If you have to stop your trip or return home early, need medical assistance or evacuation, suffer a baggage loss or delay; or are delayed on tour for 12 hours or more, you’re covered.

 

Village Green Community Center

The Village Green Community Center is a beautiful 23,000 sq foot building serving as the home to the North Kitsap Boys and Girls Club, the Kingston Branch of the Kitsap Regional Library and the senior center. We have 3,300 sq feet of banquet space, a commercial kitchen, a smaller meeting space, a gymnasium and a computer lab. Classes, events and programs are offered every day. Our audio visual equipment is included in the cost of room rental. The building opened in May 2016 and is fully ADA compliant. It is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Building.

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