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May 2, 2015

At the airport

So our meet at the airport went incredibly smooth. All present and accounted for at baggage check in at 4pm, this bodes well. Now as we wait in the checkin area we are short 6.... How is that possible? Nope all good boarding has begun and our stragglers are here. The excitement is palpable! See you in London. E54B127BF19D455B5B69FECCF73C180F.jpg

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April 27, 2015

5 sleeps till we leave....

sunny 12 °C

Classes are officially over at SAIT-Polytechnic and the one handed countdown till take off has begun!!! Contiki has dropped off our luggage tags, we have our insurance forms and plane tickets and perhaps the only things left to do are to pack, repack, pack again.

My plan is to provide daily written and visual updates, free and available wifi permitting, so that all of our family, friends and colleagues can regale in our travels.

Here is an overview of our tour and hotels:
Day 1 Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 Depart Calgary
• Meet SAIT Study Tour Faculty (Alita & Cynthia) at Calgary International Airport, Air Canada Group Check In desk @ 4:30 pm
• Flight information: AC850 YYC to LHR depart Calgary at 5:50 pm, arrive London Heathrow at 9:35 am on May 3rd

Day 2 Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 Arrive London
• Met at London airport by our Contiki Tour Guide, Tour Bus & Driver
• Morning bus tour of London
• Staying at Contiki’s London hotel The Royal National Hotel located at Russell Square – http://www.imperialhotels.co.uk/royal-national
• Meals and day on own

Day 3 Monday, May 4th, 2015 London
• Breakfast included at hotel
• Lunch and day on own
• Contiki Welcome Dinner at The Audley in Covent Garden area – http://www.taylor-walker.co.uk/pub/audley-mayfair/c3003/
• Theatre experience – Mamma Mia – http://www.mamma-mia.com/london.asp

Day 4 Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 Travel from London to Dublin via Holyhead, Wales
• Breakfast included at hotel
• This is our one long vista filled day of travel – approximately 6 hours on the bus to Holyhead plus 2 hours on the ferry
• Staying at Travelodge Dublin Airport North – http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/227/Dublin-Airport-North-Swords-hotel
• Dinner and evening on own – public transit is available, bus line 41, into Dublin City centre, shuttle service will be provided by our Contiki Bus from Dublin City centre @ 9:45 pm

Day 5 Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 Dublin
• Breakfast included at hotel
• Morning bus tour of Dublin
• Lunch on own
• Afternoon tour of Guinness Brewery – http://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en/Index.aspx
• Dinner, sponsored by SAIT’s Hospitality 100 Club, at Chapter One, a Michelin * restaurant – http://www.chapteronerestaurant.com/

Day 6 Thursday, May 7th, 2015 Travel from Dublin to Galway
• Breakfast included at hotel
• Early departure for tour of Dublin Institute of Technology – http://www.dit.ie/hospitalitymanagementtourism/
• On to Tullamore for tour and lunch of the Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey complex – http://www.tullamoredew.com/
• Staying at Travelodge Galway City – http://www.travelodge.ie/hotels/252/Galway-City-hotel
• Dinner and evening on own in Galway

Day 7 Friday, May 8th, 2015 Galway, with day trip to Ashford Castle Hotel
• Breakfast included at hotel
• As by law, our Contiki Bus Driver must have a day off from driving, we will have a local tour bus and driver for our day trip
• Lunch and tour at Ashford Castle Hotel – http://www.ashfordcastle.com/
• Dinner and evening on own in Galway

Day 8 Saturday, May 9th, 2015 Travel from Galway to Cork City
• Breakfast including at hotel
• Early departure for stop at the beautiful Cliffs of Moher – http://www.cliffsofmoher.ie/
• On own for lunch at Crescent Shopping Centre, Limerick – http://crescentshoppingcentre.ie/
• Prompt departure will be required to ensure we arrive for our tour at the Old English Market – http://www.englishmarket.ie/
• Staying at the Imperial Hotel Cork City – http://www.flynnhotels.com/Imperial_Hotel_Cork/
• Dinner and evening on own

Day 9 Sunday, May 10th, 2015 Cork City, with day trip to The Old Head Golf Club and Kinsale
• Happy Mother’s Day!
• Breakfast included at hotel
• Early departure for Blarney Castle – http://www.blarneycastle.ie/
• Exclusive tour of The Old Head Golf Links luxury resort facility – http://www.oldhead.com/
• Wild Irish Beach walk on the Old Head
• Lunch and horizontal Irish Whiskey tasting at Vista Bistro, Kinsale – http://www.kinsale.ie/2014/09/06/vista-cafe-bar-and-bistro/
• Opportunity to explore the small town of Kinsale (population 2,198), known as ‘the Gourmet Capital of Ireland,’ – http://www.kinsale.ie/
• Dinner and evening on own in Cork City

Day 10 Monday, May 11th, 2015 Travel to Kilkenny
• Breakfast included at hotel
• Early departure for Midleton for photo op with world’s largest copper still – https://www.jamesonwhiskey.com/us/tours/jamesonexperience
• Next stop Waterford Crystal guided factory tour – http://www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com/
• Lunch and tour at Dunbrody Country House Hotel – http://www.dunbrodyhouse.com/
• Staying at The Kilford Arms – http://www.kilfordarms.ie/
• Dinner and evening on own in Kilkenny

Day 11 Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 Travel to Dublin
• Breakfast included at hotel
• Mid-morning departure for Dublin
• Lunch at The Marker, Dublin’s newest luxury design hotel – http://www.themarkerhoteldublin.com/
• Afternoon on own
• Staying at Clyde Court Hotel, Dublin – http://www.clydecourthotel.com/
• Contiki Farewell Dinner at a local Dublin Restaurant

Day 12 Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 Dublin
• Breakfast included at hotel
• Full day FREE to do with as you wish!

Day 13 Thursday, May 14th, 2015 Travel home from Dublin to Calgary
• Breakfast included at hotel
• Transfer to the airport via our Contiki Tour Bus
• Flight Information: AC1909 DUB to YYZ depart Dublin at 12:25 pm, arrive Toronto 2:45 pm, AC125 YYZ to YYC depart Toronto 4:00 pm, arrive Calgary 6:10 pm

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