On Site: Brian Moore International Tours' Fam Trip in Ireland Kicks Off

DUBLIN - Brian Moore International Tours (BMIT), a division of Europe Express, kicked off its six-night fam trip October 11, in Dublin. Travel Agent arrived at 10 a.m. Monday morning via Delta Air Lines, where we were picked up by a BMIT coach and escorted to the Jurys Inn Custom House, approximately a 10-minute walk from Dublin's city center.

The trip is designed to give agents a taste of what the company's itinerary looks like on Ireland excursions. Our first day was spent touring the famous Guinness Storehouse, where we were taken throughout the factory to learn how the famous Irish brew has been concocted for the last 250 years. The highlight was no doubt a trip to the Gravity Bar, whose floor-to-ceiling windows and circular design offers 360-degree views of Dublin and the surrounding areas. An entry ticket to the storehouse includes a free pint of Guinness at the bar.

The night concluded with a trip to a small suburb outside of Dublin to the Taylors Three Rock pub, where we were treated to a traditional Irish supper followed by live entertainment, including traditional Irish step dancing, music and comedy.

Day two began bright an early with a city tour. Guided by our lovable guide Matt Nolan (highly recommended for his Irish charm and wit), we wound our way through the streets of Dublin, passing by highlights from St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College, the General Post Office and Grafton Street. The rest of the afternoon is given to individual exploration. We ducked into Porterhouse, a microbrewery next to Trinity College on Nassau Street for a pint, a bite to eat and, of course, an Irish coffee (the best treat to beat the chilly Irish air).

Stay tuned tomorrow when BMIT leads us out of Dublin and off to Killarney.

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