Massanutten Military Academy - Dublin and Paris

Dublin & Cork

March 8th – March 11th   

Dublin, Capital of Ireland, offers a whole host of activities to new arrivals wishing to sample all that this vibrant country has to offer. Bathed in countless ages of Irish history, Dublin is the host of many festivals, museums and historical sites that the Irish hold dear. On arrival on March 8th you will begin to visit such important locales as the hallowed halls of Trinity College* on your guided tour* of the city, take in the artful pages of the religiously glorious Book of Kells* and the gothic architecture of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral*, Christchurch Cathedral or the gorgeous grounds of St. Stephens Green Park.  The next day, March 9th you will embark on a visit to Blarney Castle*, sacred resting place of the world-renowned Blarney Stone.   For the brave among you, take a chance and venture forth to kiss the mythical stone for good luck!  Afterwards you will enjoy a scenic drive to the Rock of Cashel* also known as the Cashel of Kings, where St. Patrick converted Aenghus, the king of Munster, in the 5th century. The complex has a character of its own and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. On March 10th a morning excursion is planned to Newgrange*, a passage grave site built in 3200 BC.  Newgrange is the oldest solar observatory in the world and is known to rival Stonehenge with its splendor. Afterwards you will return to Dublin to enjoy your afternoon at leisure for last minute shopping or museum visits before departing for Paris the next morning.

Paris & Versailles

March 11th – March 14th

On your first day in Paris, March 11th, you will enjoy a guided panoramic tour of the city*, viewing such famous landmarks as the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, and the Place de la Concorde.  In the afternoon discover Notre Dame with your tour leader, and other sightseeing to explore the charm of this city.  On March 12th an excursion via train is planned outside of Paris to the Palace of Versailles*, once the home of King Louis XIV, the “Sun King”. Later this evening, perhaps enjoy a thrilling free ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower (complimentary to those who submit their application and deposit by September 12, 2014). On March 13th you will visit the Louvre* (world’s largest art museum), housing such legends as the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory and the Mona Lisa.  Later today, dedicate time discovering such sights as Sacre Coeur, Montmartre and Place du Tertre. Later this evening you will return to Paris and have time for last minute sightseeing or shopping for souvenirs to bring home.  You return on March 14th taking with you exciting memories of your European adventures.