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Program #21258RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.

Itinerary for Aug 8 — Aug 18, 2014

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Day One: Friday, August 08 -
In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight from North America.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Nestled in it’s wooded vale beside the tumbling waters of the River Inagh, the distinctive building known today as the Falls Hotel Spa Resort conceals within it’s walls an eighteenth century mansion, a late medieval castle, and a formidable history of four and a half centuries embracing clans and warfare, landlords and tenants, poets, dreamers and entrepreneurs.

Contact info:
Ennistymon
Ennistymon, County Clare Ireland
phone: +353 65 707 1004
web: www.fallshotel.ie

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, satellite tv. Tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Two restaurants-An Teach Mor in the original Georgian manor house and Cascades Restaurant at the river's edge, Dylan Thomas Bar. Aqua & Fitness Club, which has swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, outdoor hot tub, bubble pool, childrens pool and fully equipped gymnasium. River Spa, which contains 12 treatment rooms, a thermal suite and a relaxation room overlooking the River Inagh.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
Complete the form in the preparatory materials and return to EIL Ireland.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, August 09 - Arrival day.
Arrive To: Shannon Airport where your group leader will direct you to tea/coffees/breakfast dependent on arrival times. The coach will then transfer you to Ennistymon.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Ennistymon, hidden in a recess among surrounding hills. The market town is located close to Lahinch in the northwest of County Clare. The town is known for the traditional shop fronts of its centre and the lively “craic" pubs. Welcome meeting and reception before dinner.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. Ennistymon is home of Daly’s pub owned by the famous matchmaker Willie Daly. You may wish to visit this well known establishment or Cooley's pub or perhaps decorated Eugene's--all have live music in authentic surroundings.

Lodging: Falls Hotel.

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

Description: Nestled in it’s wooded vale beside the tumbling waters of the River Inagh, the distinctive building known today as the Falls Hotel Spa Resort conceals within it’s walls an eighteenth century mansion, a late medieval castle, and a formidable history of four and a half centuries embracing clans and warfare, landlords and tenants, poets, dreamers and entrepreneurs.

Contact info:
Ennistymon
Ennistymon, County Clare Ireland
phone: +353 65 707 1004
web: www.fallshotel.ie

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, satellite tv. Tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Two restaurants-An Teach Mor in the original Georgian manor house and Cascades Restaurant at the river's edge, Dylan Thomas Bar. Aqua & Fitness Club, which has swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, outdoor hot tub, bubble pool, childrens pool and fully equipped gymnasium. River Spa, which contains 12 treatment rooms, a thermal suite and a relaxation room overlooking the River Inagh.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
Complete the form in the preparatory materials and return to EIL Ireland.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, August 10 - Galway City. Coole Park Nature Reserve and Coole...
Breakfast: Full Irish breafast.

Morning: Full day field trip to Galway City. This morning discover Galway Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and part of the original city wall on foot. Finish at the Galway Museum where you will have free time for independent exploration. Galway City Museum is a spacious, modern building, situated in the heart of Galway on the banks of the River Corrib, overlooking the famous Spanish Arch. The museum houses a variety of permanent and touring exhibitions dealing with archaeology, local history, art and crafts.

Lunch: Excluded for you to explore Galway's amenities.

Afternoon: Explore Coole Park-a Nature Reserve of over 1000 acres. The seven woods celebrated by W.B.Yeats are part of nature trails taking in woods, river, turlough, bare limestone and Coole Lake. Coole Park was once the home of Lady Augusta Gregory, dramatist, folklorist and co-founder of the Abbey Theatre with Edward Martyn of Tullira Castle and Nobel prize-winning poet William Butler Yeats. Coole Park, in the early 20th century, was the centre of the Irish Literary Revival. Trace the famous initials on the Autograph Tree. "The trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water mirrors a still sky;" W.B. Yeats "Wild Swans at Coole"

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Traditional music and dance.

Lodging: Falls Hotel.

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

Description: Nestled in it’s wooded vale beside the tumbling waters of the River Inagh, the distinctive building known today as the Falls Hotel Spa Resort conceals within it’s walls an eighteenth century mansion, a late medieval castle, and a formidable history of four and a half centuries embracing clans and warfare, landlords and tenants, poets, dreamers and entrepreneurs.

Contact info:
Ennistymon
Ennistymon, County Clare Ireland
phone: +353 65 707 1004
web: www.fallshotel.ie

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, satellite tv. Tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Two restaurants-An Teach Mor in the original Georgian manor house and Cascades Restaurant at the river's edge, Dylan Thomas Bar. Aqua & Fitness Club, which has swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, outdoor hot tub, bubble pool, childrens pool and fully equipped gymnasium. River Spa, which contains 12 treatment rooms, a thermal suite and a relaxation room overlooking the River Inagh.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
Complete the form in the preparatory materials and return to EIL Ireland.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Monday, August 11 - Cliffs of Moher and the Burren.
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Depart for a full day field trip to the world famous inspirational Cliffs of Moher. Afterwards a local folklorist and botanist leads a guided gentle walk on the Burren, an area renowned for its unique flora and fauna. Discover the magical kingdom of the Burren, land of fertile rock and Ireland's flagship heritage landscape, from flora to fauna, geology to archaeology, agriculture to community.

Lunch: Take a traditional pub lunch in the village of Kilfenora.

Afternoon: The field trip continues.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Falls Hotel.

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

Description: Country house hotel style with award winning beautiful landscaped gardens. The interior of the hotel contains antique furnishings and rich fabrics.

Contact info:
Main Street
Adare, Co Limerick Ireland
phone: +353 (0) 61 605900
web: www.dunravenhotel.com

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone. Satelite TV. Complimentary WiFi.

Facility amenities: Multi award-winning Maigue Restaurant. Cocktail Bar with live pianist. Health and Leisure Centre with 17 metre swimming pool and gym.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Tuesday, August 12 - Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: En route to Adare take a field trip to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park in County Clare. The model village features traditional farm houses and cottages. The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Within the grounds of Bunratty Castle is Bunratty Folk Park where 19th century life is vividly recreated. Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural setting. Meet and chat with the Bean an Ti (Woman of the House) and various street characters including the Policeman and Schoolteacher. Continue on to Adare for a guided heritage walk. Situated on the river Maigue, Adare is regarded as being Ireland's prettiest and most picturesque villages. Steeped in history, the village has been the subject of many rebellions, wars and conquests, leaving behind a legacy of historical monuments.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free time in Adare for independent exploration.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Dunraven Arms Hotel

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

Description: Country house hotel style with award winning beautiful landscaped gardens. The interior of the hotel contains antique furnishings and rich fabrics.

Contact info:
Main Street
Adare, Co Limerick Ireland
phone: +353 (0) 61 605900
web: www.dunravenhotel.com

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone. Satelite TV. Complimentary WiFi.

Facility amenities: Multi award-winning Maigue Restaurant. Cocktail Bar with live pianist. Health and Leisure Centre with 17 metre swimming pool and gym.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Wednesday, August 13 - The Dingle Penninsula-6000 years of history.
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Full day field trip to the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. Once cited as 'the most beautiful place on earth' by the National Geographic . The Dingle Peninsula or Corca Dhuibhne stretches 30 miles (48 kilometres) into the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland's south-west coast. The peninsula is dominated by the range of mountains that form its spine, running from the Slieve Mish range to Mount Brandon, Ireland's second highest peak. The coastline consists of steep sea-cliffs, broken by sandy beaches, with two large sand spits at Inch in the south and the Maharees to the north. The Blasket Islands lie to the west of the peninsula. The Dingle Peninsula / Corca Dhuibhne ia a unique storehouse of Irish cultural heritage. Until recently, the peninsula was remote from the influences of the modern world, and this meant that the language and traditions of the area have survived intact to a greater degree than in most of Ireland. Enjoy free time for independent exploration of Dingle town.

Lunch: Lunch on own in Dingle.

Afternoon: There is no other landscape in western Europe with the density and variety of archaeological monuments as the Dingle Peninsula. This mountainous finger of land which juts into the Atlantic Ocean has supported various tribes and populations for almost 6,000 years. Because of the peninsula's remote location, and lack of specialised agriculture, there is a remarkable preservation of over 2,000 monuments. T.P.O'Connor will lead you on an exploration of the rich archaeological heritage of the peninsula. Enter the Gallarus Oratory, built between the seventh and eight century and the best preserved early Christian church in Ireland.

Dinner: Taken en route back to Adare.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Dunraven Arms Hotel

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

Description: Country house hotel style with award winning beautiful landscaped gardens. The interior of the hotel contains antique furnishings and rich fabrics.

Contact info:
Main Street
Adare, Co Limerick Ireland
phone: +353 (0) 61 605900
web: www.dunravenhotel.com

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone. Satelite TV. Complimentary WiFi.

Facility amenities: Multi award-winning Maigue Restaurant. Cocktail Bar with live pianist. Health and Leisure Centre with 17 metre swimming pool and gym.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Thursday, August 14 - Field Trip to a Local Farm.
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: This morning enjoy a field trip to Adare Farm, where a local farmer welcomes us to his land to learn about rural traditions and modern challenges in farming.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free time in Adare for independent exploration.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Dunraven Arms Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: A coveted location in picturesque Dublin 4, the heart of the city near Dublin's theatre district of Grand Canal dock.

Contact info:
Ballsbridge
Dublin 4, Ireland
phone: +353 (0) 1646 1000
web: www.grandcanalhotel.ie

Room amenities: All rooms feature start-of-the-art smart televisions and complimentary 15mg WIFI as standard. Direct dial telephone with Voicemail, Cable TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities. Iron and ironing board.

Facility amenities: Epic Restaurant and Gasworks Bar. Fully equipped gym.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBC.
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: 11:00 AM

Day Eight: Friday, August 15 - National Stud and Japanese Gardens.
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Dublin via the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens in Tully, County Kildare. On roughly 1,000 acres some of Ireland's best horses are conceived and cared for at the Irish National Stud. This includes the museum, stables, several paddocks, (some quite secluded) and horses. The Japanese Gardens were created in 1906 by Tassa Eida and his son Minoru. This is a genuine Japanese garden laid out according to philosophical principles.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: The field trip and transfer continue.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Grand Canal Hotel

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

Description: A coveted location in picturesque Dublin 4, the heart of the city near Dublin's theatre district of Grand Canal dock.

Contact info:
Ballsbridge
Dublin 4, Ireland
phone: +353 (0) 1646 1000
web: www.grandcanalhotel.ie

Room amenities: All rooms feature start-of-the-art smart televisions and complimentary 15mg WIFI as standard. Direct dial telephone with Voicemail, Cable TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities. Iron and ironing board.

Facility amenities: Epic Restaurant and Gasworks Bar. Fully equipped gym.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBC.
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: 11:00 AM

Day Nine: Saturday, August 16 - Dublin Castle, Trinity College and the Book of Ke...
Dublin Castle, Trinity College and the Book of Kells. Local Farmer's Market, Performance at the Abbey Theatre.

Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Expertly guided field trip to Dublin city including Dublin Castle, the Book of Kells and Trinity College in the company of Irish undergraduate students. In continuous occupation since its establishment in 1204 AD, Dublin Castle has played a prominent role in Ireland's history. The State Apartments are among the most prestigious in the country. Trinity College, sometimes referred to as the University of Dublin, is one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland and is Ireland's oldest, dating back to 1592. Housed in Trinity College Library, the Book of Kells an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament, was created by Celtic Monks ca. 800. It is a masterwork of Western calligraphy and represents the pinnacle of Insular illumination. It is also widely regarded as Ireland's finest national treasure. Afterwards, enjoy a field trip to the local farmers' market to mingle with local people as they buy and sell produce of the land.

Lunch: Options for lunch at the farmers' market or at one of the many local amenities.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Dublin independently.

Dinner: Early evening pre-theatre dinner.

Evening: Enjoy a performance at Dublin's famous Abbey Theatre.

Lodging: Grand Canal Hotel

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

Description: A coveted location in picturesque Dublin 4, the heart of the city near Dublin's theatre district of Grand Canal dock.

Contact info:
Ballsbridge
Dublin 4, Ireland
phone: +353 (0) 1646 1000
web: www.grandcanalhotel.ie

Room amenities: All rooms feature start-of-the-art smart televisions and complimentary 15mg WIFI as standard. Direct dial telephone with Voicemail, Cable TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities. Iron and ironing board.

Facility amenities: Epic Restaurant and Gasworks Bar. Fully equipped gym.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBC.
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: 11:00 AM

Day Ten: Sunday, August 17 - Free day. Evening of traditional Irish music.
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Free day for you to explore Dublin independently or venture further afield to the ancient megalithic monument at Newgrange or undertake some ancestral research at the National Library of Ireland.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: Farewell dinner out with an evening of traditional Irish music.

Evening: Later evening at leisure.

Lodging: Grand Canal Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Eleven: Monday, August 18 -
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Dublin Airport. Coach transfers to DUB for return flights to North America

Meals Included: Breakfast

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19 meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners
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