Michelle Estes, Thayer High School English teacher, has announced plans for a nine-day trip to the Emerald Isle of Ireland. All adults and students in the area are invited to join this educational and recreational experience. The trip will be from May 30-June 5, 2008. "The benefits of planning ahead to the summer of 2008 is that it gives participants plenty of time to pay for their trip," Estes said.
The group will fly out of Memphis, Tenn., and land in Dublin where sightseeing will include St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College, Ha'penny Bridge, Christ Church and sundry literary shrines. In Waterford the tour will visit a crystal factory. They will also visit Cork, the Blarney Stone and Killarney before enjoying the scenery of Irish land and seascapes along the coastline known as the Ring of Kerry. Other sights include Magillycuddy's Reeks and Carrauntoohill (Ireland's highest points), Limerick, the River Shannon, Bunratty Castle with its turn-of-the-century folk park, Cliffs of Mother, Galway, O'Brien's Tower, the Burren, and the ruins of Corcomroe Abbey. Overnight stays will be in Dublin, Killarney, Limerick and Galway.
The price of the tour for students and adults is $2,533. A deposit of $495 is due at registration with the balance of the trip due at the end of February 26, 2008. The tour cost includes round-trip air transportation on major scheduled airlines. Accommodations in three- or four-star hotels, private motor coach transportation in Ireland, continental breakfast, dinners, airports, taxes, all tips and gratuities, except for tour guide and bus drivers. Tour insurance is available for each participant for $129.
Anyone interested in going with the group should contact Estes at home at 870-266-3105. "We only have 12 spaces left, so be sure to call soon if you are interested in the trip. Also, as a little bonus, we will be having a drawing for a free Apple ipod for those who have signed up by March 15," Estes said.
Estes has hosted trips in the last five years to New York City, London, Paris, Switzerland and Italy. This marks Estes' first trip with Passports, an educational travel company.