White House (CNN) – President Barack Obama's family will start their summer vacation with a trip to Europe, joining him as he travels to the United Kingdom and Germany next week, the White House announced on Friday.
First lady Michelle Obama and first daughters Malia and Sasha will start their three-day tour by attending the president's speech to local students in Belfast, in Northern Ireland.
They will then travel to Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland, while the president attends the G8 summit in the secluded Lough Erne, in the southern part of Northern Ireland. While in Dublin, Mrs. Obama and her daughters will tour Trinity College where they will look at the documentation of the president's Irish ancestry. The first lady accompanied her husband in 2011 for his visit to his ancestral hometown of Moneygall.
The Obama family will also be together in Berlin later in the trip where Obama will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and will give a speech at the Brandenburg Gate. He spoke near there in 2008 as he was running for president, and next week's speech will be near the 50th anniversary of a speech by President John F. Kennedy at the height of the Cold War when Berlin was under siege.
Mrs. Obama and the girls will do some educational sight-seeing with visits to the Holocaust Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, as well to the Reichstag, the German Parliament building.
But it won't be a completely educational trip. While in Dublin, the daughters will join their mother and the wives of the Taoiseach and president of Ireland for an Irish youth performance of Riverdance at the historic Gaiety Theater.