Pricing

$4,895 per person, double occupancy, land only.

$5,195 per person, double occupancy with economy-class roundtrip airfare from Boston and New York, plus $377 airline taxes and fees.

$5,595 per person, double occupancy with economy-class roundtrip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $377 airline taxes and fees.

Other Gateway cities are available.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,195 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Business class upgrade on roundtrip Trans-Atlantic flight: $3,595 per person from Newark and Washington, DC.

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Overview

Irish Crosses and CastleIreland charms on this full yet well-paced small group trip. Begin your 13-day journey touring the intimate capital of Dublin, including Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Proceed to Galway, stopping at 6th-century Clonmacnoise and continuing through the legendary Connemara to beautiful Kylemore Abbey. Next destination: Inishmore, largest of the dramatic Aran Islands. Travel County Clare’s fabled coastline, passing through The Burren and visiting the majestic Cliffs of Moher. Ferrying to County Kerry, you tour charming Killarney and travel by boat to historic Muckross House. Experience the Ring of Kerry’s stunning mountain and coastal scenery, and watch an Irish sheepdog demonstration. Visit Blarney, where you see the 15th-century castle with its famed Blarney Stone, then continue on to the celebrated Rock of Cashel. Tour Kilkenny, Ireland’s cultural capital, and visit the National Stud Farm en route back to Dublin. An optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension to Northern Ireland is available.

Program Highlights

• Small group limited to 22 participants
• Take a scenic drive along the stunning Ring of Kerry
• Embark on an excursion to the dramatic Aran Islands
• Tour beautiful Dublin, including Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral
• Admire the magnificent natural scenery of counties Galway and Kerry
• Explore charming Killarney, including the Muckross House
• Visit historic Blarney and Kilkenny castles
• See the celebrated Rock of Cashel

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Thursday, August 23

Depart U.S. for Dublin, Ireland

DAY 2 - Friday, August 24

Arrive Dublin

We arrive in the intimate, and beautiful, Irish capital today and check in at our hotel located right on St. Stephen’s Green. Tonight, we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. The Shelbourne Dublin
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DAY 3 - Saturday, August 25

Dublin

Bust of James Joyce wearing a UVA HatThis morning’s city tour includes a visit to Trinity College, home of the stunning 8th-century Book of Kells illuminated manuscript; and to St. Patrick’s, the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland. This afternoon we embark on an informal walking tour (led by our tour director), passing some of the haunts and hiding places of Ireland’s beloved literary sons. Dinner tonight is on our own in this enchanting city.
The Shelbourne Dublin
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DAY 4 - Sunday, August 26

Galway

We leave Dublin this morning for Galway in the West, the region some consider to be the “most Irish part of Ireland.” En route we stop for tea and coffee at Tyrrellspass Castle then continue on to 6th-century Clonmacnoise, Ireland’s most important early monastic site. After lunch on our own we resume our journey, reaching Galway City this afternoon. We dine at our hotel located in the village of Bearna just outside the city.
The Twelve Hotel B,D

DAY 5 - Monday, August 27

Connemara

CastleA day of scenic highlights is in store as we travel through western County Galway in the legendary region known as Connemara, a rugged, silent landscape of mountains, glacial lakes, endless roads, and uninhabited bog lands. Our first stop is at beautiful Kylemore Abbey, built as a private home in 1861 and one of Ireland’s most photographed castles. We continue on through this singular landscape, stopping for lunch en route. Tonight, we enjoy dinner with traditional Irish entertainment at Padraicins overlooking Galway Bay
The Twelve Hotel B,D

DAY 6 - Tuesday, August 28

Aran Islands

Today we embark on an excursion to Inishmore, the largest of the fabled Aran Islands, whose unique culture and history have been an inspiration to artists, writers, and filmmakers. Sitting across Galway Bay in the midst of the Atlantic, the islands feature primitive stone forests, early Christian churches, and medieval castles – as well as shops, galleries, and restaurants. An islander guides our tour here, imparting local lore along the way. We stop at Dun Aenghus Fortress, the three prehistoric stone walls crowning the tallest cliffs of Inishmore; have lunch in a local pub; and enjoy some free time before returning to the mainland and our hotel late this afternoon. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant in the village of Bearna.
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DAY 7 - Wednesday, August 29

County Clare/Killarney

Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher
Another day of breathtaking scenery is in store as we leave Galway for Killarney, traveling south along the fabled coastline of County Clare. We pass through The Burren, the 116-square-mile “rocky place” of craggy gray karst (limestone) formations that stretch endlessly in all directions. Then we visit the Cliffs of Moher, the majestic flat-topped “mountains” that rise vertically from the sea for five miles from north to south. After lunch on our own here, we cross by ferry into County Kerry, reaching Killarney in beautiful Killarney National Park late this afternoon. This evening we enjoy dinners in local family-run B&Bs.
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Day 8 - Thursday, August 30

Killarney

Horse and CarriageOur exploration of this attractive town, founded as a resort in the 18th century, begins with a jaunting-cart ride from the center of town to 15th-century Ross Castle, the last stronghold to fall to Oliver Cromwell’s forces in 1652. Then we travel by boat to Muckross House, a 19th-century Elizabethan-style manor housing the Kerry Folklife Centre, which showcases the art and craft of bookbinding, pottery, and weaving. We tour the elegantly furnished rooms, as well as the informal garden. Lunch is on our own here before we return to Killarney mid-afternoon.
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Day 9 - Friday, August 31

Ring of Kerry

Today we experience one of Ireland’s most popular attractions, the stunning mountain and coastal scenery of the Ring of Kerry, a 110-mile route connecting the Dingle, Iveragh, and Beara peninsulas. This is the Ireland of postcards and pictures, with tiny villages dotting the breathtaking landscape; we stop in one of them for an Irish sheepdog demonstration and in another for lunch. We return to Killarney late this afternoon. Dinner tonight is on our own in this charming town.
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Day 10 - Saturday, September 1

Blarney/Cashel/Kilkenny

Ireland BartenderOn our way to Kilkenny this morning we stop in the small town of Blarney to visit the ruins of the 15th-century castle, with its celebrated Blarney Stone believed to bestow the “gift of gab” on those who kiss it. We also visit the Blarney Woolen Mills, housing an excellent selection of Irish crafts as well as knits and woolens of all kinds. After lunch on our own in Blarney, we continue on to the Rock of Cashel, the celebrated – and beloved – archaeological complex (c. 432 CE) of
medieval ruins atop a limestone outcropping that presides over the surrounding plain. Late this afternoon we return to Kilkenny and our hotel, where we dine tonight.
The Pembroke Hotel B,D

Day 11 - Sunday, September 2

Kilkenny

Today is devoted to Kilkenny, a well-preserved medieval city known as Ireland’s cultural capital – and the country’s smallest city. We tour 12th-century Kilkenny Castle, considered one of the country’s most beautiful, then embark on an informal walking tour of Kilkenny itself, noting the many buildings of “black” or Kilkenny marble, quarried locally. After lunch together at a local pub, the remainder of the day is at leisure.
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Day 12 - Monday, September 3

Dublin

We leave Kilkenny this morning to visit the National Stud Farm, the center of Ireland’s horse racing industry. Mid-afternoon we reach our hotel outside Dublin; tonight, we celebrate our adventure over a farewell dinner.
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Day 13 – Tuesday, September 4 -

Depart for U.S

We leave this morning for the Dublin airport and our return flights to the United States.
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Please note: This trip involves considerable walking on uneven terrain in a natural environment and cobblestone streets. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy this tour to the fullest.

Post-Tour Extension
Northern Ireland, September 4-7, 2018
4 days/3 nights for $1,195 total price (Single supplement: $245)

Included in Extension Price: Round-trip private motorcoach or van transportation Dublin/Belfast; 3 nights’ accommodations: 2 night in Belfast at Fitzwilliam Hotel (Deluxe); 1 night in Dublin at Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport (Superior First Class); 7 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners; Extensive sightseeing including Belfast, Antrim Coast (Giant’s Causeway UNESCO site, Bushmills Distillery; Carrick-a-rede Bridge), new Titanic Museum in Belfast; Services of an Odysseys Unlimited representative; Gratuities for dining room servers; airport and hotel porters

Accommodations

• Dublin – The Shelbourne Dublin
• Galway – The Twelve Hotel
• Killarney – Killarney Royal Hotel
• Kilkenny – The Pembroke Hotel
• Dublin – Finnstown Castle Hotel

Meals

22 meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners

Program Fees

$4,895 per person, double occupancy, land only.

$5,195 per person, double occupancy with economy-class roundtrip airfare from Boston and New York, plus $377 airline taxes and fees.

$5,595 per person, double occupancy with economy-class roundtrip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $377 airline taxes and fees.

Other Gateway cities are available.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,195 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Business class upgrade on roundtrip Trans-Atlantic flight: $3,595 per person from Newark and Washington, DC.

Price includes:
Round-trip air transportation from specific cities
11 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
Luggage handling for one bag per person
Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Price Does Not Include:
Airfare when purchasing a Land Only package;Airfare from your hometown to your departure city; Costs of passports and visas; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified; airport transfers when purchasing a Land Only package; communication charges; optional sightseeing; gratuities to your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director, which are at your discretion (suggested gratuities: $10-$15 per traveler, per day); and travel protection insurance. Additional baggage fees may apply and are subject to change at any time. You should confirm directly with your airline(s) prior to departure.

How to Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646. Or, e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure.

Deposits can be made via MasterCard, Visa, or American Express, or by check made out to “Odysseys Unlimited, Inc.”

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

General Terms & Conditions

Please read this information carefully, as payment of a $500 deposit per person represents your acceptance of the following Terms and Conditions.

Cavalier Travels reserves the right to use photos that might include you in marketing materials and other purposes unless you specify otherwise.

Payment Schedule: A deposit of $500 per person confirms your reservation. The balance of your invoice is due 95 days (May 20, 2018) before departure.

Included in Tour Price: Round-trip air transportation from specific cities; 11 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels; extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees; services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director; private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip; luggage handling for one bag per person; gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers.

Not Included in Tour Price
: Airfare when purchasing a Land Only package; airfare from your hometown to your departure city; costs of passports and visas; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified; airport transfers when purchasing a Land Only package; communication charges; optional sightseeing; gratuities to your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director, which are at your discretion (suggested gratuities: $10-$15 per traveler, per day); and travel protection insurance. Additional baggage fees may apply and are subject to change at any time. You should confirm directly with your airline(s) prior to departure.

Cancellation, Refunds, and Changes: If you must cancel your trip, the effective date of cancellation will be upon the University of Virginia’s receipt of your written notification. Refunds for cancellations are subject to the following per person charges: cancel 95 days or more before departure: $200 charge; cancel 94-65 days before departure: 25% of tour price; cancel 64-45 days before departure: 50% of tour price; cancel 44-30 days before departure: 75% of tour price; cancel 29-0 days before departure: no refund. If you make any changes to your reservation from 94 to 30 days prior to departure, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. will apply a $100 per person administrative fee, in addition to any fees or penalties imposed by third parties. Changes are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. If your reservation changes from double occupancy to single occupancy for any reason, you will be charged the single supplement. No changes are allowed within 30 days of departure.

Upon reservation you must provide your full legal name as it appears on your passport, as well as your date of birth and gender. In the event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, you will be responsible for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue.

Responsibility: The liability of the University of Virginia, as sponsor, and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc., as tour operator, is strictly limited. The University of Virginia and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. purchase transportation, hotel accommodations, and restaurant and other services from independent suppliers not under our control. We serve only as agents for these suppliers in securing tour arrangements, and therefore will not accept responsibility for wrongful, negligent, or arbitrary acts or omissions of these independent contractors, or of their employees, agents, servants, or representatives. The University of Virginia and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. are not liable for injury, damage, loss, accident, or delay that may be caused by events not within our control, including, without limitation, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, the defect of any vehicle, or the negligence or default of any third party. All coupons, receipts, and tickets issued are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the air carriers, cruise lines, and other independent suppliers. We will make every effort to operate our tours as planned, but we reserve the right to make itinerary changes as necessary. If unforeseen circumstances require us to change a hotel, we will select alternative accommodations of the same or better quality.

Health and Medical Issues: We request that you be in fairly good health to participate in this University of Virginia tour. There is a reasonable amount of walking, and you must be able to get on and off motorcoaches and boats on your own. We regret that we cannot offer individual assistance; in such cases you must be accompanied by a companion who will assist you. Please note that our itineraries cannot accommodate wheelchairs. We reserve the right to remove anyone whose physical or mental condition, in our opinion, compromises the operation of the tour or detracts from the enjoyment or safety of the other passengers. In that event, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. and the University of Virginia assume no financial responsibility for any unused portion of the tour.

Air Transportation – Important Information: Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. includes in its tour price round-trip economy air from designated gateway cities, and contracts with those airlines the company feels provide the level of service, routings, and value necessary for your entire trip. While another airline may offer a more direct connection, it may be at a price unavailable at the lower group rates. You will receive your preliminary air schedule approximately 2½ months prior to departure. Please note that seat assignment on your international flight is usually done at airport check-in. Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. is unable to guarantee any seat assignments. Due to the nature of tour operator tickets, other restrictions apply, including, but not limited to, frequent flyer mileage accrual, stopovers, alternate travel dates, upgrades, and airline taxes and fees. If you prefer to make your own travel arrangements, Land Only is available on most tours. Since international and domestic air schedules are subject to change at any time, we recommend that if you choose to make your own airline reservation, you do not purchase non-refundable tickets or those with high penalties for changes. If you choose to make your own air arrangements, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. shall not have any liability for any loss resulting from cancellation of this tour or changes in this tour.