KCKCC trip to Ireland, England and Scotland nearly full

by Alan Hoskins

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s 2015 spring trip to Ireland, England and Scotland is filling up fast.

“Just eight spaces remain and there may be less than that by the time this is read so anyone interested should act quickly because it’s only a matter of time when it is filled,” said Alan Hoskins, trip organizer. “The last thing we want is to have to turn someone down.”

A total of 25 persons from the Kansas City area have signed up for the trip, the largest number to go on a KCKCC trip in many years. While most of those signing up are from the KCK area, the trip is open to all interested persons.

Entitled “Rural Landscapes of Ireland & Britain,” it’s a 16-day adventure beginning May 22, 2015, and includes an optional 3-day extension in London. The first KCKCC trip to the British Isles in more than 10 years, travelers will spend six days in Ireland and four each in Scotland and England plus the 3-day London extension.

Highlights of the Ireland agenda which will begin in Shannon will include the spectacular scenery of the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula, exploration of such charming areas as County Cork, Killarney and Kilkenny, the Blarney Castle and a tour of Dublin.

A ferry will take travelers across the Irish Sea to Wales and the landmark Conwy Castle before crossing into England and the largest Roman amphitheater in England, the magnificent Pennines known as “the backbone of England” and an optional excursion to Liverpool to explore the world of the Beatles.

Loch Lomond, the Eilean Donan Castle and Isle of Skye and the site of the notorious 1692 massacre of the MacDonald clan are among the stops in the Scottish Highlands before finishing in Edinburgh, one of Europe’s most striking cities, and St. Andrews where golf was founded centuries ago. The extension to London will include a sightseeing tour of Big Ben, Downing Street and Buckingham Palace and excursions to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford.

The cost of the trip is $4,529 (double occupancy) and includes round trip airfare from Kansas City, daily breakfast buffets, eight 3-course dinners with wine or beer, lodging in hand-picked hotels, private deluxe motor coach and tour director. The 3-day London extension is $569 and single accommodations are available.

Brochures and full itineraries are available either by mail or email by contacting Alan Hoskins at ahoskins@kckcc.edu or 913-687-6426. A deposit of $300 will guarantee space and no price increase.

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