Mineral Area College Continuing Education will lead a community travel group to

Ireland: May 18-25, 2021

On our last community trip to Italy, our group of new friends and acquaintances had an amazing time getting to know each other as we explored the alleyways of Venice together, took in the most exquisite works of art from Renaissance Masters- and just laughing on the bus!

We have plenty of room left for you and your family or friends. Join us for an adventure of a lifetime!

During our week in Ireland, you'll get a feel for the local energy and living traditions of two of Ireland's largest cities- Dublin and Galway -as we take in renown sites like St. Patrick's Cathedral, Lynch's Castle, see Galway's medieval walls and the Spanish Arch. We'll stroll the broad expanse of the Eyre Square- and maybe even enjoy a pint in the Temple Bar district in Dublin. 

We'll also explore the Irish countryside- after all, don't we all want to see the emerald green rolling hills, dotted with great, rounded stone and grazing sheep?

We'll make our way by private charter bus to County Cork, via the Burren and 700 foot Cliffs of Moher-- two of Ireland's most dramatic landscapes!

In the ocean-side village of Cobh where great ships bound for North America were once launched, we'll explore the Heritage Centre then embark on a guided tour of Cork.

--And no trip to Ireland would be complete without a visit to Blarney Castle to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone!

We'll have plenty of free time, too, so you can explore on your own or break off with a few of your favorite group members. I always provide an in-depth guide loaded with more attractions, museums, places to shop and eat than you could possibly get to in the time available. I've already scoped out a fantastic festival in a neighboring village that should be going on while we're in Galway!

Don't miss this exciting journey.

Send your email address to me today and I will keep you in the loop for all of the pertinent information like costs and dates- and you'll be invited to join our group to learn more about the history and culture of the places we'll see before we head out.You may also see the itinerary for the Ireland portion of the tour- and even book the trip - at our Go Ahead Group Tour Site!

Request more information at ContinuingEd@MineralArea.edu.

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

+ 6 National Parks in October 2021

The community is invited to travel with us October 1 – 12, 2021 to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, the world's most prestigious international ballooning event with over 500 balloons! There are tons of activities and special events going on throughout the 8 day event, but I’ve been told the first weekend is the best—so that is how we’ve scheduled it. After a full day at the festival, from the mass ascension of hundreds of balloons to the afterglow, we’ll head out on our national park tour.

We’ll stop at Durango, Colorado on our way to Mesa Verde where we’ll get a glimpse into life in an Old West frontier town. At Mesa Verde, we explore the cliff dwellings. On the way to the next stop, we pass Monument Valley’s Mexican Hat.  We’ll see the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park before hitting up the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. It’s a packed 12-day tour that will surely be one of the most memorable trips of your life! 

Enroll now with a $450 deposit for the lowest monthly payment plan available! Tour prices will increase as we draw nearer to the departure date, so to see the price and full itinerary (or book now) go online to  grouptoursite.com/tours/balloonswithmac.