Thinking GREEN – planning 2013 Ireland trip
Green is the Purdue "All-American" Marching Band's new favorite color as plans emerge for its 2013 trip to Ireland which includes a companion excursion for parents and band friends.
Both groups will leave on Sunday, March 10 and return Monday, March 18, and will enjoy identical itineraries – two nights in Limerick, two nights in Cork and three nights in Dublin capped by the band's participation in the legendary St. Patrick's Day parade on March 17.
The week coincides with Purdue's 2013 spring break. The trip is not mandatory for students.
Stops on the sightseeing itinerary include the majestic Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Kilkarney National Park with its magnificent Muckrose Mansion and Gardens, the 15th century Blarney Castle and the Blarney Woolen Mills, the 18th century seaport of Cobh ( the Titanic's last stop before crossing the Atlantic), the iconic Rock of Cashel visited by St. Patrick in 450 AD, the 12th century Kilkenny Castle and, of course, the Guiness Brewery and Storehouse in Dublin. Free time for personal exploration is built in on several days.
Final cost will be determined by number of travelers. Early estimates, based on 270 travelers, cover everything but airfare. The tour with a single room for that size tour party would cost $1,866; a twin room (two twin beds) comes in at $1,399.