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11-Day Irish Wonders Tour

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11 Day Irish Wonders Tour

Slow Travel the STORY Way Means You Can Enjoy This Trip

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After meticulous planning, re-imagining and dreaming, Story trip planner Dan Dieckhaus reveals his 'Celtic Masterpiece' with this itinerary discovering Ireland's true wonders. This trip is leisurely paced with intentional down time built in so you can soak up what you've been experiencing.
 

Travel Style: Deluxe to Elegant
Beginning in the authentically Irish town of Galway, and then to our 5-Star castle hotel, Dromoland Castle, enjoy this journey in style as we delight at the ambiance, and the moving history of the Irish people. The balance of our properties still have that deluxe feel with their own character. Story Way Dining is featured throughout this itinerary.

Service Level: Deluxe
From posh Deluxe hotels with very comfortable amenities, to our private transportation in our luxe vehicles, capped with our Story Tour Captain throughout your journey.

Activity Level: Balanced
Great walking opportunities but unhurried and unrushed. Extra leisure time built in so you can enjoy the cities and towns along the way. Some stairs in castles provide a nice challenge but not too much!

Trip Membership: 12+
Only guests over 12 years of age may participate in this adventure. Make note, certain departures are Adult Only or Family Friendly - inquire for details.

 

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First-Time Traveler's perfect itinerary:

11-Day Irish Wonders Small Group Tour

Discover the amazing Story of Ireland.

Story Land & Sea®'s tour features a true 'Leave the Herd Behind' approach to traveling Ireland. You will discover authentic experiences with our stays in and visits to the Castles of Ireland, and enjoy our literary Pub Crawl in Dublin, while also discovering the taste of Whiskey at our Tastings, and, of course, the diverse beauty of this amazing country.

The trip is fully-hosted by our professional Story Land & Sea® Tour Captain and local native staff that will entertain and delight.

 

  • Scottish Highlands
  • Ireland Duty Free
  • Ireland Tour
  • Cliffs of Moher

Day 1: International Flight Day: Bound for Ireland

Today is your flight date from North America, Canada, Australia or New Zealand - Your flight is not included, however we do have an air department that could provide you a quotation. You will cross the Atlantic Ocean tonight en-route to Europe.

Please Note: "Day 1" is the published tour date and is the date you will arrange your air travel to depart your home airport.

Your Small Group Tour will commence on Itinerary Day 2.

Travel Protection
Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.



The Adventure Begins - The Story of Ireland

Day 2: Welcome to Galway, Ireland

Upon arrival into Galway, check in to your hotel. If you have arrived early, have no fears, you can drop your bags and set off to wander Galway City's cobble stone streets. Feel yourself stepping back in time to medieval Ireland. Known the world over for its friendly people, charming streets, shopping and nightlife, Galway will refresh flagging spirits like no other place.

We get everyone checked in and plan for a 4:00 pm transfer to Galway city center for an informative orientation walkabout.

INCLUDED ORIENTATION WALKABOUT
Join your Tour Captain for an Orientation Walk on your arrival day in Galway. Learn the major landmarks and the lay of the land in relation to our hotel. We'll introduce you to the best ATM machines and other helpful information for your stay in Galway.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace. Volume: Light

About the Walking on our Tours
We do walk on our small group tour through Ireland. We walk a lot, but it's unhurried and there are ample opportunities to sit and relax. You must be physically capable of walking and experiencing the many cobblestone-paths and lanes of Ireland.

Story Way Dining
Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight with your Tour Captain in the incredible Irish city of Galway.

Our approach to dining is truly unique: We've collected our favorite dishes from the incredible restaurants we visit for each included dinner. No buffets here! Your Tour Captain is there to make sure your dining experience goes smoothly. For the 5 total included dinners, your Tour Captain will select a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your wine for the evening ~ a variety of red and white wine from the region you're traveling ~ and yes, there is always an Irish or Scottish Pint available.

Accommodation in Galway, 2 Nights
Deluxe: The Galmont Hotel or similar.
Classic: Galway Bay Hotel or similar.

Galway

Day 3: Connemara Drive

After a wonderful Irish breakfast at the hotel, meet our driver and guide in the lobby as we set out to explore the Connemara area of Ireland.

CONNEMARA SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION
Now we are entering the wild beauty of Connemara: Mountains start to rise and there are vast, open, breath-taking spaces in the Maam Valley, a spectacular region that divides up the Maamturk mountains of Connemara.

Dropping down into the village of Leenane where the film The Field directed by John B. Keane was filmed, Killary Fjord (Ireland’s only fjord) unfolds.

Here you can see the salmon and mussel pots floating on the surface of the water where the fish are farmed here. Arriving now at the highlight of the tour, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens, one can absorb the tranquil atmosphere while walking in one of Ireland’s most peaceful scenic areas.

We'll take in a sheep dog demonstration which is quite fascinating. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure.

We enjoy a panoramic journey and return to Galway.

ENJOY SIGHTSEEING INCLUDING:

    • Connemara - The drive is on the Wild Atlantic Way driving route and winds its way in spectacular fashion along the northern side of Killary Fjord, through a series of valleys between the peaks of Ben Creggan and Ben Gorm.
    • Leenane Village - The picturesque village of Leenane is our destination and the way there provides an unforgettable driving experience through the Connemara wilderness.
    • Sheep Dog Demonstration

Consider an optional dinner tonight with the Tour Captain or explore at leisure.

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Galway to Cliffs of Moher, The Burren

Day 4: Cliffs of Moher

After a wonderful Irish breakfast at the hotel, meet our driver and guide in the lobby as we set out to explore and experience the Cliffs of Moher, a sheer precipice that stretches for 5 miles along the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland's western edge.

    • The Cliffs of Moher - The Cliffs of Moher rise to a height of 668 feet above the Atlantic and is one of the most impressive coastlines in Ireland. In nesting season the cliffs are home to a variety of seabirds.

 

Cliffs of Moher

The Burren
What is most realized upon entering The Burren is the silence. Tourism Ireland describes it this way, "It’s a silence as layered as the undulating landscape itself, filled with the riches of Irish history; of aeons of stories, told and untold. All around you is pale grey stone ribboned with crags and crevices; miniature cliffs spread like mosaics as far as the horizon; and a microcosm of Ireland’s wildlife thrives." We agree. Its a special place that makes the Story of Ireland that much more interesting.

SIGHTSEEING INCLUDES:

    • The Cliffs of Moher - The Cliffs of Moher rise to a height of 668 feet above the Atlantic and is one of the most impressive coastlines in Ireland. In nesting season the cliffs are home to a variety of seabirds.
    • The Burren - The Burren (Irish: Boireann, meaning "great rock") is a region of amazing environmental interest located in northwestern County Clare, Ireland, dominated by glaciated karst landscape.

Welcome to the Pearl of Ireland

Later this afternoon we continue our journey and arrive at our home for the next two days, to a beautiful estate. Depending on the itinerary, STORY guests will enjoy Dromoland Castle, Adare Manor, Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate or similar property.

STORY Exclusive
Once everyone is checked in enjoy our orientation walkabout the grounds of the estate and then enjoy a special experience at our property.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace. Volume: Light

Story Way Dining
Enjoy our signature Welcome Dinner tonight with your Tour Captain on the grounds of the estate (some itineraries will feature dinner in nearby Bunratty).

Our approach to dining is truly unique: We've collected our favorite dishes from the incredible restaurants we visit for each included dinner. No buffets here! Your Tour Captain is there to make sure your dining experience goes smoothly. For the 5 total included dinners, your Tour Captain will select a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your wine for the evening ~ a variety of red and white wine from the region you're traveling ~ and yes, there is always an Irish or Scottish Pint available.

Accommodation, 2 Nights
Deluxe and Classic: Dromoland Castle Hotel, Adare Manor, Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate, or Similar

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Treasure of Ireland

Day 5: Enjoying the Estate

Plan Your Day
Fill your day with excitement and discovery with a range of exhilarating activites, indoor and out. Or just find that perfect space to enjoy your good read, or maybe it's time to continue working on your own piece of literature —  whichever you prefer, today is the perfect day to enjoy as you desire.

Taking place on the grounds of the estate and also nearby within a short drive are amazing experiences which must be booked in advance including game shooting, horse riding, falconery demonstrations, spa expeirences, cycling and much more.

Tonight, perhaps join the Tour Captain into Bunratty for an optional dinner or make your own plans for dining.

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To Killarney

Day 6: Muckross House | Killarney

Muckross House

This morning we make our way bound for Killarney, but first we enjoy visiting a stop at a 19th century Victorian mansion by the name of Muckross House.


Muckross House
The house stands close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney's three lakes. Originally built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the water-colorist Mary Balfour Herbert. The fourth house in a series of homes that were owned by generations of the Herbert family for almost two hundred years.

STORY Exclusive
Enjoy a very special surprise as we make our way to Killarney.

Upon arrival, check in, freshen up and meet later tonight for a proper welcome.

Story Way Dining: Join tonight for an included dinner with the Tour Captain in Killarney.

Accommodation, 3 Nights
Deluxe:
Killarney Plaza Hotel or Similar
Classic: 3+ to 4 Star Hotel or Similar

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Blarney Castle & Woolen Mills

Day 7: Exploring Blarney Castle & Gardens

Today we head to Dublin with a stop at Blarney Castle, where you will have the chance to kiss the famous Stone of Eloquence (some call the gift of Gab) and time to pillage the adjacent woolen mills.

Situated 8km from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it.

In the grounds of the castle, the Rock Close, and its surroundings, is a curious place of ancient trees and far more ancient stones, by legend a garden of druidic origin and a center of worship in pre-Christian days. The place has an aura of magic and mystique with Wishing Steps, Witch's Kitchen, Druid's Cave and many other delights, telling a story of centuries past. Blarney Castle Estate offers visitors the chance to stroll in one of the country's most spectacular gardens. Blarney Castle & House are set in acres of parkland filled with rare and unusual trees and plants. There will be time for lunch and shopping at the nearby Blarney Woolen Mill's, the largest in Ireland.

SIGHTSEEING INCLUDES:

    • Blarney Castle - The word “Blarney” was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss it, one has to lean backwards (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet walk.
    • Stone of Eloquence - The gift of 'gab' is just a castle's stairwell away from you if you dare!

We return to KIllarney for a night of leisure. Join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner or enjoy exploring on your own.

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Killarney

Day 8: A Day at Leisure

Today, enjoy a complete day at leisure. May we suggest optional touring to the Ring of Kerry?

Tonight, join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner or enjoy exploring at your leisure.

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Journey to Dublin

Day 9: Welcome to Dublin.

   Included Dinner Tonight: Tonight's dinner is included in Dublin.

Today we head to Dublin with a stop at the Rock of Cashel, also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick's Rock, is a historic site located at Cashel, County Tipperary, Irelandwith time for lunch on your own.

Our final destination this afternoon is Dublin. Upon arrival we will check in, freshen up and join the Tour Captain for a guided orientation walkabout of your Dublin surroundings.

ORIENTATION WALKABOUT
As the capital of the Emerald Isle, Dublin is a beautiful destination filled with coffee shops, museums, and one shop called Peacock Green & Co. known for its specialty in tea. Oh! And don't forget the Queen of Tarts, whose delectable sweets are manifest in the many cakes available! Learn about these sites and more on your Orientation Walk with the Tour Captain. Then later enjoy Dinner in Dublin!

Story Way Dining: Join the Tour Captain for an included dinner in fascinating Dublin this evening.

Accommodation in Dublin, 2 Nights
Deluxe:  
Brooks Hotel, The Fitzwilliam or Similar
Classic: Drury Court or Similar

About our Deluxe Hotels in Dublin
Brooks Hotel is a boutique luxury four star boutique hotel located in the heart of Dublin City Centre, just a 2 minute walk from Grafton Street and St. Stephen’s Green. It oozes charm and personality with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The Fitzwilliam is one of Dublin's most luxurious design hotels where guests may experience the best of both worlds: to one side the tranquility and calm of St Stephen’s Green, and to the other, Dublin’s finest shopping avenue, Grafton Street.

Both hotels are located in what is becoming the most creative area of the city, with theaters, great restaurants, an array of bars/pubs and an eclectic mix of interesting boutiques.

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Exploring the Story of Dublin

Day 10: Trinity College, The Book of Kells, St. Patrick's Cathedral

   Optional Dinner Tonight: Pub Crawl with Tour Captain through Dublin. Visit Brazen Head, Dublin's oldest Pub.

After your full Irish breakfast this morning meet the Tour Captain and our expert local guide in the lobby to commence our walking tour exploring the city center. Enjoy an informed and fun perspective of life and history in Ireland’s capital.

The walking tour will begin at Trinity College Library where we include entrance fees to see the famous Book of Kells.

In the afternoon you may choose to visit Kilmainham Gaol, The Guinness Storehouse, The Dublin Writers Museum or any of the great museums and galleries.

EXPERIENCE IN DUBLIN TODAY:

    • Trinity College Library - Inspiration for movies and more.
      • Book of Kells
    • St. Patrick's Cathedral - Included admission and tour with our guide.
    • Enjoy our guided walking tour of the heart of Dublin.
    • Brazen Head Pub

Optional dining tonight with your Tour Captain or explore at leisure.

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Exploring the Story of Dublin

Day 11: Departure Day Or Extend Your Adventure

Your Tour ends this morning after breakfast. May we suggest an extension to your journey:

Perhaps Scotland is the right next move? Enjoy our magnificent 5 Day, 4 Night extension to Scotland.
Please inquire with Reservation about extensions and pricing.



 

Optional Experiences

from $3,439/pp
Amazing Scotland —  5 Day/4 Night Extension

Includes 2 days and nights in Inverness, gateway to the Scottish Highlands, Eilean Donan admission, Loch Ness, Stirling Castle admission and tour, 2 days and nights in Edinburgh, admission and tour of Edinburgh Castle, and Scottish Whiskey Experience.

$119/pp
Rosslyn Chapel, Hadrian's Wall, the Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

Journey to the frontier of ancient Rome on this full-day tour of Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish borders from Edinburgh. First up is a tour of the 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, famously featured in 'The Da Vinci Code' and renowned for its mysterious stone carvings and unique architecture. After lunch (not included), stop at Melrose Abbey, the burial site of King Robert the Bruce's heart, and look out over the English border from Cheviot Hills, before walking along the UNESCO-listed Hadrian's Wall.

St Andrews and The Villages of Fife Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Explore St Andrews and the Villages of Fife on this day trip from Edinburgh. Admire fine views over the Forth Rail Bridge from South Queensferry on route into the Kingdom of Fife. Discover pretty coastal villages such as St Monans and Pittenween, then visit Anstruther and Crail with a guide. Perhaps visit St Andrews' castle and cathedral ruins, stroll along the harbor or soak up the sunshine at your leisure. Afterward, travel through the Lomond Hills and past Loch Leven on route back to Edinburgh.


 
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Don't Leave Too Soon —  Consider Exploring Amazing Scotland!

Have questions? To reach us by telephone, call toll free 1-877-865-6711

 
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Exclusive Locations & Heart of City Hotels & Castles

There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story's Exclusively Located & Heart-of-City hotels and castles. Our Deluxe tour hotels feature a full, hot breakfast included daily with coffee, tea, juice and an assortment of meats, fresh, local vegetables, fresh-baked pastries and fruit.

Galway - 2 Nights


 

Castles & Manor Houses - 2 Nights



Killarney Hotel - 3 Nights



Dublin Hotels - 2 Nights





11 Day Air Travel, 10 Day/9 Night Irish Wonders Small-Group Tour



Deluxe Tours

Our Deluxe True Small Group Tour of Ireland Features:

4- and 5-Star Deluxe Hotels located in the places you want to be! Deluxe tour features include:

  • Hotels feature world-class amenities, larger rooms and lobbies
  • Deluxe features a Castle or Manor House on Days 4-5
  • Private bathrooms with showers and some baths
  • Air-Conditioned Guest Rooms based on season and culture
  • Full, Hot Daily Breakfast
  • Professional Local Guides per itinerary
  • Portage of your luggage
  • Walking Tours with Guides and Tour Captain
  • Special Access Entrance
  • Story Land & Sea® Exclusives
  • Your professional, fully trained Tour Captain/Driver is with you throughout the tour.

Published Rate: Payable by credit card or check. See pricing table.
Single Supplement: $2540

Story Hotels
There is a difference between centrally located hotels and Story Land & Sea®'s Hotels - compare with mainstream tour companies and you'll see we mean what we say. Our deluxe hotels feature large rooms, private bathrooms, air conditioning, and all the amenities of modern luxury properties.

Our Deluxe Dining Plan:
Four (4) Dinners included. Our Tour Captains will invite you to join them to unique restaurants each night even when dinner is optional.

Gratuities Included: Gratuities are provided for your Local City Tour Guides, Restaurant and Hotel Staff. Customary gratuities for your Tour Captain/Driver are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis.

Classic Tours

Our Classic Budget True Small Group Tour of Ireland Features:

Superior Tourist or Classic Budget Hotel's features include:

  • Hotels feature private bathrooms with showers, typical European-sized rooms, small lobbies
  • Air-Conditioned Guest Rooms based on season and culture
  • Daily Continental Breakfast
  • Professional Local Guides
  • Walking Tours with Guides & Tour Captain
  • Special Access
  • Story Land & Sea® Exclusives per itinerary
  • Your professional, fully trained Tour Captain/Driver is with you throughout the tour.

Published Rate: Payable by credit card or check. See pricing table.
Single Supplement: $1680

Exploration & Immersion: Enjoy the same great sightseeing as our Deluxe package with our professional guides and, yes, you go inside to the venues per the itinerary.

Classic Budget Dinner Plan:
Welcome Dinner in Galway is included. Consider upgrading to a total of Four (4) Dinners Included Plan for an optional supplement of $390/person. This adds three (3) more dinners to your experience for a total of four (4) included dinners.

To add a dinner while on tour (not pre-paid) the rate to opt-in while on tour is $130 per person collected by credit card and includes the entire dinner experience.

Classic Budget Hotel Rooms: Superior Tourist Hotel rooms are small, but safe and located in the hearts of the towns and villages. The rooms feature private bathrooms (typically small, European style lodging with some bathrooms featuring only a shower) with included breakfast.

About the Classic Breakfast: Classic Superior Tourist Hotel breakfasts include a standard experience with most offering coffee, juice and pastries.

Gratuities Included: Gratuities are provided for your Local City Tour Guides, Restaurant and Hotel Staff. Customary gratuities for your Tour Captain/Driver are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis.


  • We've tried to include everything! However, make note of the following:

    Arrival Transfers from Shannon to Estate
    $69 per person (2 guest minimum)

    Departure Transfers to Dublin Airport
    $59 per person (2 guest minimum)

TOUR CONDITIONS:

Services of a full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

SIGHTSEEING
Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

PORTAGE
Portage (one suitcase per person) and all tipping (driver, restaurant, hotel and guide staff) included. Extra bag portaged for $USD119 per bag. Story Land & Sea® luggage tags upon arrival first hotel.

SOLO TRAVELERS 
Single Supplement applies. See Dates & Rates Tab.

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are based on your itinerary.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: All departure taxes and tipping are included. 

Airfare is not included but it can be quoted here. Remember, you are responsible to arrive at the point of your small group tour origination. If you are delayed for any reason, your vacation may be at risk even if Story Land & Sea® made your airfare arrangements. Airfare is a completely separate booking from your land tour vacation. You can cancel your vacation with a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days you will begin receiving penalties per the terms of the Tour Application should you have to cancel.

Travel Protection is not included. Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For your convenience, we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services. For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to travelexinsurance.com or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.

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11 Day Irish Wonders Tour
Dates & Rates

2020 Small Group Tour Departures

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2 STYLES OF TRAVEL
Choose from STORY's Deluxe or Classic Hotels -- Both feature Heart of City locations.

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$6,479

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June 2020 Departures

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July 2020 Departures

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August 2020 Departures

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$6,579

Classic from
$5,979

2021 Small Group Tour Departures

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2 STYLES OF TRAVEL
Choose from STORY's Deluxe or Classic Hotels -- Both feature Heart of City locations.

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Deluxe from
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Classic from
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May 2021 Departures

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June 2021 Departures

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July 2021 Departures

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August 2021 Departures

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