Have you always vowed to go to Ireland but never got the chance? Next fall, Plymouth State University alumni and friends will have the opportunity to travel the Emerald Isle’s beautiful and historic town of Ennis, the capital of County Clare, in an eight-day Alumni Association trip to Ireland.
The all-inclusive journey, from September 25 to October 3, 2008, features seven nights in Ennis’ first-class Old Ground Hotel, an extensive meal program, and an exciting travel program. Ennis, a medieval town of meandering lanes, bustling markets, and the picturesque River Fergus (above) is close to many of Ireland’s famous attractions, including the majestic Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, W.B. Yeats’ home at Thoor Ballylee, and the timeless Aran Islands.
Visitors can also explore the nearby Burren National Park, one of Europe’s most mysterious geological regions, and journey to Coole Park and see the famous copper beech tree bearing the initials of Ireland’s most celebrated writers.
The meal program includes a breakfast buffet each morning, five two-course lunches and six three-course dinners. Some meals are served at local restaurants and feature a culinary experience of authentic regional specialties. The travel program features educational information presented by local experts.
The trip is organized by Alumni Holiday International, the same company that coodinates many colleges and universities alumni trips. “We enjoyed everything about our trip,” recalls Martin Schoenemann WNEC ’74. “The guide who was with us for the entire time made us feel as if we were the only thing on her mind. We were able to relax and enjoy our trip without having to worry about a thing. It was a perfect first visit to Europe.”
The cost for the Alumni Association trip to Ireland is $2,195 plus airfare and taxes. The roundtrip flight on Aer Lingus, which costs $899 inclusive of taxes and fees, will be a roundtrip from Logan International Airport in Boston to Shannon Airport. It will be an overnight flight to Ireland and an afternoon flight back to Boston. Those interested in more details and an itinerary of the trip should contact Linda Eisenhart at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-535-2589 or visit Ireland