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The Irish Isle: Intergenerational Enchantment

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Program #15503RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jul 20 — Aug 1, 2014

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Day One: Sunday, July 20 - Overnight on board plane
In Transit: International overnight flight to Ireland

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Imperial Hotel Cork, has been serving Cork city centre since 1813, when the Cork Committee of Merchants commissioned architect Sir Thomas Deane to design and build The Commercial Rooms. In 1816 the merchants requested Deane to extend the original building along Pembroke Street to serve as a hotel and coach-yard. The Imperial Hotel, originally the place where merchants met to discuss business, has played host to a number of renowned figures including Fr Mathew the temperance priest, writers such as Sir Walter Scott, William Makepeace Thackeray, Charles Dickens and the composer Liszt. Michael Collins, who negotiated the Free State Treaty in 1921 and is an important figure in Irish history, spent his last night in room 115 at the Imperial Hotel in Cork City Centre.

Contact info:
South Mall
Cork City, Ireland
phone: +353 21 4274040
web: www.flynnhotels.com/Imperial_Hotel

Room amenities: Direct Dial Telephone with Voice Mail, Digital Interactive TV, digital music library and Internet browser. Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Hairdryer, Trouser Press, Iron/Ironing Board. 24 hour room service. Laundry service.

Facility amenities: Pembroke Restaurant, the Food Hall with take out service, Lafyette Brasserie, South's Bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 21 - Arrive at Shannon Airport
Arrive To: Transfer by coach to the Imperial Hotel, Cork city

Lunch: Excluded

Afternoon: Check in at hotel. Welcome meeting and orientation at 5:00pm.

Dinner: At Hotel.

Evening: Free Evening

Lodging: Imperial Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Imperial Hotel Cork, has been serving Cork city centre since 1813, when the Cork Committee of Merchants commissioned architect Sir Thomas Deane to design and build The Commercial Rooms. In 1816 the merchants requested Deane to extend the original building along Pembroke Street to serve as a hotel and coach-yard. The Imperial Hotel, originally the place where merchants met to discuss business, has played host to a number of renowned figures including Fr Mathew the temperance priest, writers such as Sir Walter Scott, William Makepeace Thackeray, Charles Dickens and the composer Liszt. Michael Collins, who negotiated the Free State Treaty in 1921 and is an important figure in Irish history, spent his last night in room 115 at the Imperial Hotel in Cork City Centre.

Contact info:
South Mall
Cork City, Ireland
phone: +353 21 4274040
web: www.flynnhotels.com/Imperial_Hotel

Room amenities: Direct Dial Telephone with Voice Mail, Digital Interactive TV, digital music library and Internet browser. Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Hairdryer, Trouser Press, Iron/Ironing Board. 24 hour room service. Laundry service.

Facility amenities: Pembroke Restaurant, the Food Hall with take out service, Lafyette Brasserie, South's Bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 22 - Mythology and music with Irish dancing and tin wh...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Lecture: Irish Music and Mythology. Tea / Coffee. Followed by an Irish dancing lesson and a workshop showing how to learn a traditional Irish tune on the tin whistle.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Depart by coach on a guided field trip of Cork city including St Fin Barre's Cathedral and Cork city gaol.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Imperial Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Imperial Hotel Cork, has been serving Cork city centre since 1813, when the Cork Committee of Merchants commissioned architect Sir Thomas Deane to design and build The Commercial Rooms. In 1816 the merchants requested Deane to extend the original building along Pembroke Street to serve as a hotel and coach-yard. The Imperial Hotel, originally the place where merchants met to discuss business, has played host to a number of renowned figures including Fr Mathew the temperance priest, writers such as Sir Walter Scott, William Makepeace Thackeray, Charles Dickens and the composer Liszt. Michael Collins, who negotiated the Free State Treaty in 1921 and is an important figure in Irish history, spent his last night in room 115 at the Imperial Hotel in Cork City Centre.

Contact info:
South Mall
Cork City, Ireland
phone: +353 21 4274040
web: www.flynnhotels.com/Imperial_Hotel

Room amenities: Direct Dial Telephone with Voice Mail, Digital Interactive TV, digital music library and Internet browser. Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Hairdryer, Trouser Press, Iron/Ironing Board. 24 hour room service. Laundry service.

Facility amenities: Pembroke Restaurant, the Food Hall with take out service, Lafyette Brasserie, South's Bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 23 - Cobh/Cork
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Lecture: Irish Folklore & Traditions: Celtic Gods, rituals and customs, curses and cures’. Depart on a field trip to Cobh: the Queenstown Story to learn at first hand about emigration from Ireland to America

Lunch: Lunch in Cobh at the Queenstown Centre.

Afternoon: Meet your guide Michael Martin to take the ‘Titanic Trail’: Follow in the footsteps of the passengers who boarded the doomed ‘Titanic’. Return to Cork via St. Colman’s Cathedral .

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Grandchildren ‘interview’ their grandparents in order to complete their family tree. Special prize for the grandchild with the most ancestral information!

Lodging: Imperial Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Uniquely Irish!

Contact info:
Kenmare Place
Killarney, Co. Kery, Ireland
phone: +353 64 31816
web: www.killarney-inter.com

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, trouser press, ironing boards.

Facility amenities: Hannigans Restaurant and bar, resident's lounge, snooker room and library. Conference facilities

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, July 24 - Blarney
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart for Blarney Castle. Climb the steps to the top of the castle for spectacular views and kiss the Blarney Stone to get the ‘gift of gab’.

Lunch: Lunch at Blarney Woollen Mills hotel.

Afternoon: Transfer to the hotel in Killarney in Co Kerry.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: International Hotel Killarney

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Uniquely Irish!

Contact info:
Kenmare Place
Killarney, Co. Kery, Ireland
phone: +353 64 31816
web: www.killarney-inter.com

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, trouser press, ironing boards.

Facility amenities: Hannigans Restaurant and bar, resident's lounge, snooker room and library. Conference facilities

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Friday, July 25 - Outdoor Adventure Centre.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Lecture: Growing up in Kerry: A Ramble down the ole Bodhrin. Tea / Coffee. Group depart for an Outdoor Adventure Centre.

Lunch: Lunch at centre

Afternoon: Enjoy a day’s sailing on the beautiful Carragh Lake

Dinner: Dinner at the Centre

Evening: Grandchildren: Supervised activities with leader

Lodging: International Hotel Killarney

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Uniquely Irish!

Contact info:
Kenmare Place
Killarney, Co. Kery, Ireland
phone: +353 64 31816
web: www.killarney-inter.com

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, trouser press, ironing boards.

Facility amenities: Hannigans Restaurant and bar, resident's lounge, snooker room and library. Conference facilities

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Saturday, July 26 - Storytelling
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Adventures and Heroes of Irish mythology; a morning of storytelling. Our story teller weaves worlds of mythic Irish lore, shrouding us in the mythological knowledge that has shaped this land. Tea/coffee. The Art of Storytelling, the traits of the craft: Release the storyteller within!. This involves the use of drama games, enactment, telling and retelling of tales both familiar and new. All the morning's activities work towards opening up the storytelling skills of each member.

Lunch: Lunch allowance given.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: International Hotel Killarney

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Uniquely Irish!

Contact info:
Kenmare Place
Killarney, Co. Kery, Ireland
phone: +353 64 31816
web: www.killarney-inter.com

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, trouser press, ironing boards.

Facility amenities: Hannigans Restaurant and bar, resident's lounge, snooker room and library. Conference facilities

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Sunday, July 27 - Ring of Kerry. Kissane.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Full day field trip around the Iveragh Peninsula: - the world - renowned ‘Ring of Kerry’ including a visit to the Kissane family Sheep Farm, located in the scenic area of Moll's Gap. The goal of this family run farm is to preserve the Irish heritage of mountain sheep farming and the mountain sheep that have been in the hills and on the roads of Kerry for over one hundred years. In doing so, the heritage of a traditional family farm in this Special Area of Conservation is saved for future generations. You will have the opportunity to learn about the work of the sheepdogs and see them in action on this mountainous terrain, to catch a sheep in the farmyard and try to shear it yourself and to bottle feed some of the orphan lambs!

Lunch: Taken en route.

Afternoon: The field trip continues.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: International Hotel Killarney

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Uniquely Irish!

Contact info:
Kenmare Place
Killarney, Co. Kery, Ireland
phone: +353 64 31816
web: www.killarney-inter.com

Room amenities: Satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, trouser press, ironing boards.

Facility amenities: Hannigans Restaurant and bar, resident's lounge, snooker room and library. Conference facilities

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Monday, July 28 - Lakes of Killarney.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Experience the most beautiful part of Ireland in the most memorable way; on board a traditional jaunting car where you will explore the famous Lakes of Killarney on a boat with your grandchildren. This spectacular tour will inform you on the history, legends & folklore of the area, and if you are lucky enough you might just bump into the odd 1 or 2 Leprechauns!!!

Lunch: At the Muckross Garden Restaurant.

Afternoon: Children depart by mini bus with leader to attend an afternoon of discovery with Irish young people their own age at Killarney National Park Education Centre, whose ethos is based on a hands-on approach to learning about nature. Activities include live capture and release of small mammals, scavenger hunts, food chain games, quizzes, pond dipping, moth trapping, and use of microscopes. It is hoped that through this the participant will become more aware of the value of an unspoilt environment and the need for conservation. Grandparents have a guided visit of Muckross House, a magnificent Victorian mansion in the beautiful surroundings of Killarney National Park.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Depart hotel for a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance.

Lodging: International Hotel Killarney

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Centrally located historic building

Contact info:
OConnell Street
Ennis
Co. Clare, Ireland
phone: +353 65 682 8127
web: www.flynnhotels.com

Room amenities: remote controlled television, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, trouser press and iron, tea & coffee available in room.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar and meeting room on site, residents' library, wireless internet access.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Ten: Tuesday, July 29 - Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart for Ennis in County Clare. Stopping at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.

Lunch: Lunch in Bunratty.

Afternoon: Look around the model village of traditional farm houses and cottages at Bunratty Folk Park.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Evening of Limericks. Learn how to put together your very own Limerick!.

Lodging: Old Ground Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Centrally located historic building

Contact info:
OConnell Street
Ennis
Co. Clare, Ireland
phone: +353 65 682 8127
web: www.flynnhotels.com

Room amenities: remote controlled television, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, trouser press and iron, tea & coffee available in room.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar and meeting room on site, residents' library, wireless internet access.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eleven: Wednesday, July 30 - The Medieval City of Galway
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart for the medieval city of Galway. Talk and Introduction to the City of the Tribes followed by a walking tour of this medieval city.

Lunch: Enroute

Afternoon: Grandparents enjoy free time in Galway while the children visit an Atlantic Ocean Aquatic Centre and Swimming Pool.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Lodging: Old Ground Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Centrally located historic building

Contact info:
OConnell Street
Ennis
Co. Clare, Ireland
phone: +353 65 682 8127
web: www.flynnhotels.com

Room amenities: remote controlled television, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, trouser press and iron, tea & coffee available in room.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar and meeting room on site, residents' library, wireless internet access.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Thursday, July 31 - Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, Medieval Banquet ...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart for an excursion to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Explore the Burren, a magnificent moonscape type terrain renowned all over the world for its rare flora and fauna. via the Poulnabrone Dolmen. Dating from between 3800 and 3200 B.C., Poulnabone is one of the finest examples of a portal dolmen in Ireland. Depart for the village of Bealaclugga

Lunch: In the cottage in Bealaclugga.

Afternoon: Take a Ramble through the foothills of the Burren with an expert guide and storyteller. See the landscape and terrain of the Fairies. Learn about Fairy Forts, scary banshees and ancient Celtic customs .

Dinner: At Bunratty Castle you will be taken back in time to medieval Ireland, enjoy an authentic medieval banquet with court jesters and entertainers!

Lodging: Old Ground Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Friday, August 01 -
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Transfers to Shannon Airport for departure.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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