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The Orient and Emerald Isle

By Kim Huggett

HAYWARD, Calif. -- With past trips to China, Tuscany and Spain, the Hayward Chamber of Commerce has a solid reputation for sponsoring reliable, safe and fascinating overseas excursions. This is your opportunity to experience memorable journeys to two of the world's most beautiful countries China and Ireland.

Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai are featured stops for the Hayward Chamber of Commerce's third trip to China from November 4 to November 12, 2012. The chamber's previous China trips attracted more than 100 travelers and this excursion is certain to attract attention with a price of $2,299 per person, double-occupancy, for airfare from SFO, seven nights in China, 16 meals and professional guides.

Highlights include Tianamen Square,The Forbidden City, The Great Wall, and a cruise in Hangzhou. In Shanghai, travelers will tour a silk workshop, the Bund and enjoy an acrobatic show. An option includes Xian's Terracotta Warriors.

The trip is coordinated by Hayward Chamber member 55 Star Ventures and Chamber Explorations, which put on our trip to Spain in spring 2011. View the trip brochure at http://tinyurl.com/8aj7z2p obtain a copy at the Hayward Chmaber of Commerce office. For more information, contact Janet Dean at 888-251-0101.

The chamber will sponsor a trip to Ireland, featuring exploration of the countryside, castles, villages, pubs and local cuisine. The cost is just $2,499 per person, double occupancy, for the period February 27 to March 7, 2013.

The package includes round-trip air transportation from SFO, a professional tour host throughout the program, first class hotel accommodations for seven nights, daily breakfasts and three dinners. All excursions are via deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches and include full-day tours of The Burren and The Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Kylemore, Galway, County Wicklow and Malahide and Howth. No tour of Dublin would be complete without a visit to Guinness, Europe's largest stout producing brewery. An optional extension of three days adds Belfast to the itinerary.

The Chamber's travel partner is ABC Destinations, which was our partner on the 2011 trip to Tuscany. ABC and the Chamber will host an information session for interested persons in October 2012. The trip brochure is available at http://tinyurl.com/9yh7bxc and from the Chamber office at 22561 Main St., Hayward. For more information, contact Diane at (510) 537-2424.


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