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Relaxing Guided Tours

For families interested in traveling to Europe, consider one of the guided tours offered by several outfits that will take
you and show you the best sights and sounds of Ireland.  Such vacations are often not very expensive when compared to the
rest of Europe and family members of all ages will enjoy the scenery and attractions.
Most guided tours of Ireland will have you fly into Shannon.  This is a small airport on the western side of the island and
it’s close to many attractions you’ll see.  Your first stop will be to the village of Adare, famous for its thatched roof
cottages and quaint charm.  This is your first stop along the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland’s most beautiful natural area.
You’ll see dramatic mountains, green fields and many archeological sites.
As for your next stop, guided tours of Ireland may take you to some of the sites or to a pub in the Dingle Peninsula.  You
may choose to go dolphin-watching at specified places along the Peninsula road.  Soak up the beautiful scenery and eat some
of the hearty local dishes.  After that, you’ll travel to Killarney and visit the Gap of Dunloe, a four mile gulch carved
out by glaciers.
Guided tours of Ireland would be remiss if they didn’t take you to the infamous Blarney Castle.  While much of the castle
is in ruins and it doesn’t have a roof, visitors will be amazed by the ancient architecture and will be given a chance to
kiss the Blarney Stone—a feat which is done while lying on your back.  Afterward, you’ll likely go to the picturesque town
of Kinsdale, within County Cork.  Visit one of their gourmet restaurants and walk along the cobblestone streets.
The next logical stop for guided tours of Ireland is the town of Cobh, the departure point for many emigrants to the US and
the last port of call for the Titanic.  Visit the local graveyard where many of the Titanic’s passengers are buried. From
there, travel to the medieval town of Kilkenny, famous for its cathedrals and its history of witchcraft.
Often, guided tours of Ireland will then bring you into Dublin where there are numerous sites to see, including the site of
Ireland’s first Parliament and the famous Guinness Brewery.  Taste some of Ireland’s finest beer and stay at the Cabra
Castle, complete with a golf course, gardens and beautiful walking paths.
To get the most out of guided tours of Ireland, you’ll continue on to visit Carrick-on-Shannon, a scenic boating haven and
Boyle, the site of some lovely abbey ruins.  After touring this area, you’ll likely move on to the County Mayo. In Mayo,
you’ll walk the streets of Westport and see its seashore, dotted with a number of tiny islands.  Shop along the traditional
Irish shops and take in the quaint nature of this lovely town.
Guided tours of Ireland rarely miss Galway, the cultural capital of Ireland.  Take in some traditional Irish music by
visiting one of the town’s several pubs.  After that, you’ll visit the Aran Islands, the place where the famous Irish Aran
sweaters originally came from.  These islands will take you back in time as little has changed over the years.
Most guided tours of Ireland will let you see and taste and listen to Ireland at every possible chance.  It’s a beautiful
country with lovely people and it will be an experience you’ll never forget.

Guided Tours

In response to the fabulous interest folks all over the world have to the Harry Potter book series and movies, guided tours
involving all things Harry Potter have popped up everywhere.  A perfect tour for families and fans alike, many visitors will
come to have a greater appreciation for the filming of this famous series of movies.
Many Harry Potter guided tours begin in London where you’ll visit the London Zoo, called the Little Whinging Zoo in the book.
The scene where Harry speaks to the snake took place in the reptile house at this otherwise wonderful family attraction.
Then, it’s on to the Kings Cross Station, where Harry’s Platform 9 ¾ took Harry on the Hogwarts Express.
Many Harry Potter guided tours go straight over from the train station to the Australia House on the Strand, the building
that was transformed into Gringotts Wizarding Bank in the movie.   A short ways away is the Charing Cross Road, also known
in the movie as Diagon Alley, where Harry bought his school supplies and his wand.
While in London, Harry Potter guided tours often let you see some of the other more ordinary sites in the city. Don’t forget
to stop at the Westminster Tube Station where Harry and Mr. Weasley stop on their trip to the Ministry of Magic hearing.
Just down the road from the station is the red telephone booth near Scotland Yard that Harry used to get into the Ministry.
A most exciting stop on Harry Potter guided tours is a trip to Oxford where you’ll visit Christ Church College, the site of
many of the interior scenes of Hogwarts Academy, including the great hall, where the students of Hogwarts ate.  The Duke
Humphrey’s Library was featured as the library inside Hogwarts.  Truly, there are places all over Oxford where Harry Potter
movie scenes were filmed, including the Divinity School, which was turned into the hospital wing at Hogwarts.
On the next stop on many Harry Potter guided tours, you’ll visit Warwick Castle to see what real castle life is like and
you’ll travel to the Cathedral of Gloucester, one of the places where many interior scenes were shot, including those of
Gryffindor’s dormitory.  All of the ghost scenes and talking picture scenes were done at the cathedral as well.
Finally, you can visit the medieval village of Lacock—a favorite spot for Harry Potter guided tours.  The village inspired
the village of Gordric’s Hollow, where Harry lived with his parents.  Several scenes from Hogwarts School for Wizardry and
Magic, including Professor Snape’s classroom in the dungeon, were shot in the village.  Visitors may discover that the
village of Lacock was the location of other movies, including Pride and Prejudice.    
Many Harry Potter guided tours will offer evening sessions for tour guests to view the movies all over again and discuss
the places they’d visited that day.  As there are numerous other attractions along the way, some guided tours will fill in
the time with visits to castle ruins, quaint villages or other historic sites to give guests the full picture of what living
like Harry Potter would be like.