The largest group ever of Transistion Year students from Scoil Chriost Rí Portlaoise travelled to Lake Garda in Italy last month.
A total of 95 girls with their teachers stayed in the mountaintop Hotel San Zeno, overlooking the picturesque lake.
There from March 16 to 19, they packed a lot in, starting with a day trip to Verona, where they took a walking tour of the city, and visited 'Juliet's House' with it's famed balcony.
The students had their first taste of Italian food, going for pasta, pizza and lots of gelato.
The next day was St Patrick's day, and with the flag colours painted on their faces, they visited Venice, taking a water taxi into the city and enjoying a walking tour of the historic narrow streets, eating lunch al fresco in St Mark's Square.
Spotting another Irish schoolgroup, they joined in an impromptu version of Amhrán na mBhiann on the Venetian docks to mark the national day.
Later they visited the Murano glass factory, renowned for its beautiful ornaments and jewellery.
A tour of the town of Sirmione on Lake Garda took place the following day, with boat tour around the lake, blessed by sunshine, with a fun night's bowling after.
On their last day the girls went to a safari zoo and visited Gardaland aquarium.
Then it was on to Milan for some last minute shopping before the tired but happy group caught their flight home.
"It was an amazing trip, it was great to go on holidays with your classmates, thanks so much to our TY co-ordinator Ms Dollard for organising it," said student Kate Reilly.