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Road Scholar
Program #19446RJ
18 Days | 17 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Itinerary for Jun 1 — Jun 18, 2015

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Day One: Monday, June 01 -
In Transit: Overnight flights from North America.

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Modern hotel located in the heart of the city next to Belfast Opera House.

Contact info:
Fisherwick Place
Great Victoria Street
Belfast, Northern Ireland
phone: +44 28 9053 3500
web: belfasthotels.jurysinns.com/jurysinn_belfast

Room amenities: High speed Internet access, Satellite TV , 24-hour news channel , Hairdryer, Tea/coffee tray, Direct dial telephone, Voicemail.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar. Dry cleaniing/laundry service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Program # 19446 arrives in Dublin with a transfer up to Belfast on arrival day. 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: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, June 02 -
Morning: Transfers by coach to Belfast after arrival in Dublin.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel followed by an orientation and welcome meeting.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Jury's Inn Belfast

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Modern hotel located in the heart of the city next to Belfast Opera House.

Contact info:
Fisherwick Place
Great Victoria Street
Belfast, Northern Ireland
phone: +44 28 9053 3500
web: belfasthotels.jurysinns.com/jurysinn_belfast

Room amenities: High speed Internet access, Satellite TV , 24-hour news channel , Hairdryer, Tea/coffee tray, Direct dial telephone, Voicemail.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar. Dry cleaniing/laundry service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Program # 19446 arrives in Dublin with a transfer up to Belfast on arrival day. 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: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, June 03 - Belfast Murals / Meet a Member of Parliament at S...
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Illustrated Talk on the colourful and evocative murals of Belfast followed by a guided field trip to the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont including an opportunity to meet a Member of Parliament.

Lunch: At Molly’s Yard restaurant in Belfast City. Located in the heart of Queen's University Quarter, Molly's Yard is a Belfast restaurant with such a disarmingly relaxed and familiar charm that once inside you feel far from the madding crowd. Molly’s Yard is housed in the converted Victorian stables and courtyard of College Green House and serves superior but unpretentious Modern Irish cuisine.

Afternoon: This afternoon, enjoy a guided city coach ride.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Jury's Inn Belfast

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

Description: Modern hotel located in the heart of the city next to Belfast Opera House.

Contact info:
Fisherwick Place
Great Victoria Street
Belfast, Northern Ireland
phone: +44 28 9053 3500
web: belfasthotels.jurysinns.com/jurysinn_belfast

Room amenities: High speed Internet access, Satellite TV , 24-hour news channel , Hairdryer, Tea/coffee tray, Direct dial telephone, Voicemail.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar. Dry cleaniing/laundry service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Program # 19446 arrives in Dublin with a transfer up to Belfast on arrival day. 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: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, June 04 - Armagh Cathedral / St Patrick's Cathedral
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: "The Legend of St. Patrick - Ireland’s Revered Saint". Depart for Armagh, where we experience a guided visit of Armagh Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Lunch: Lunch is taken out in Armagh.

Afternoon: Return to Belfast for free time.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Jury's Inn Belfast

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

Description: City Hotel Derry enjoys an idyllic location perched on the banks of the River Foyle, within 5 minutes walking distance of the historic Derry Walls. These walls remain the oldest complete defensive walls in Ireland.

Contact info:
Queen's Quay
Derry, BT48 7AS Northern Ireland
phone: +44 2871 365 800
web: www.cityhotelderry.com/

Room amenities: Telephone with voice mail, hairdryer, interactive TV system, trouser press, iron, tea and coffee making facilities, fax/modem lines.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar. The leisure centre has a 15 metre swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and gym.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Friday, June 05 - UNESCO World Heritage Site Giant's Causeway
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Derry. En route, enjoy a field trip to Bushmills Whiskey distillery, the world's oldest licensed Whiskey distillery with a license to distil from 1608.

Lunch: Lunch is taken out, in the village of Bushmills.

Afternoon: This afternoon we visit the Giant’s Causeway, a natural amphitheatre made up of hexagonal shaped basalt rocks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will have a guided visit of the site with a National Trust expert, followed by free time to explore this breathtaking natural phenomenon. The transfer to Derry continues.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: City Hotel Derry.

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

Description: City Hotel Derry enjoys an idyllic location perched on the banks of the River Foyle, within 5 minutes walking distance of the historic Derry Walls. These walls remain the oldest complete defensive walls in Ireland.

Contact info:
Queen's Quay
Derry, BT48 7AS Northern Ireland
phone: +44 2871 365 800
web: www.cityhotelderry.com/

Room amenities: Telephone with voice mail, hairdryer, interactive TV system, trouser press, iron, tea and coffee making facilities, fax/modem lines.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar. The leisure centre has a 15 metre swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and gym.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Saturday, June 06 - Derry City Walls / The Inishowen Peninsula
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Expertly guided walk of Derry’s Walls, one of the best examples of a walled city in Europe. Following the walk we depart for a field trip to the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal and enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery.

Lunch: Pub lunch in the seaside village of Culdaff.

Afternoon: The field trip on the Inishowen Peninsula continues.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: City Hotel Derry.

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

Description: Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.

Contact info:
New Docks Road
Galway City, Ireland
phone: +353 91 569466
web: www.harbour.ie

Room amenities: Direct Dial telephone, Personal Messaging Service, Full Fax and Modem Connections, Cable Television, Tea and Coffee facilities, Trouser Press, Hairdryer, Laundry Service (Off Site), Iron and Ironing Board

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Leisure center including gym, jacuzzi and steamroom

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Sunday, June 07 - Yeats at Drumcliff
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Depart for Galway - the cradle of Gaelic culture in the West of Ireland and often referred to as the ‘City of the Tribes’ as it was home to 14 famous merchant families. En route, visit W.B. Yeats’ final resting place at Drumcliff, County Sligo. Meet a local Yeats expert for a guided visit of some of the areas near Drumcliff associated with Ireland’s national poet and Nobel Laureate, including readings.

Lunch: Taken en route.

Afternoon: The transfer to Galway continues.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Harbour Hotel

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

Description: Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.

Contact info:
New Docks Road
Galway City, Ireland
phone: +353 91 569466
web: www.harbour.ie

Room amenities: Direct Dial telephone, Personal Messaging Service, Full Fax and Modem Connections, Cable Television, Tea and Coffee facilities, Trouser Press, Hairdryer, Laundry Service (Off Site), Iron and Ironing Board

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Leisure center including gym, jacuzzi and steamroom

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, June 08 - Connemara
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Full day field trip to Connemara. A broad peninsula between Killary Harbour and Kilkieran Bay in the west of County Galway, Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland. Our field trip includes Cong, the Quiet Man & Kylemore Abbey, the oldest Irish Benedictine abbey.

Lunch: Taken out in Kylemore Abbey.

Afternoon: Continue on to explore the sleepy seaside villages of Connemara, stopping at Lough Inagh Lodge in the village of Recess. We have the opportunity to enjoy an Irish coffee in this beautiful old hunting and fishing lodge, nestling on the shores of Lake Inagh. Our day continues with a visit to the award winning Cnoc Suain Heritage Centre for an insight into the rural folklore, traditions and way of life in the west of Ireland.

Dinner: At An Cruiscin Lan in the village of Spiddal.

Evening: Return to Galway after dinner. At leisure.

Lodging: Harbour Hotel

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

Description: Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.

Contact info:
New Docks Road
Galway City, Ireland
phone: +353 91 569466
web: www.harbour.ie

Room amenities: Direct Dial telephone, Personal Messaging Service, Full Fax and Modem Connections, Cable Television, Tea and Coffee facilities, Trouser Press, Hairdryer, Laundry Service (Off Site), Iron and Ironing Board

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Leisure center including gym, jacuzzi and steamroom

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, June 09 - Galway City
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: "The Celts and the West of Ireland" followed by an expertly guided walking orientation of Galway City in the company of a local historian.

Lunch: Traditional Irish lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time in Galway.

Dinner: Free to explore one of Galway’s many cosy restaurants.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Harbour Hotel

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

Contact info:
Kenmare Place
Killarney, Co. Kerry Ireland
phone: +353 64 31816
web: www.killarneyinternational.com/

Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, trouser press, ironing boards, room safe. Non-smoking rooms on request.

Facility amenities: 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 Ten: Wednesday, June 10 - Cliffs of Moher / The Burren
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Today we explore the natural wonders of the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Including a brief gentle walk to experience the unique flora of the region in the company of a local folklorist.

Lunch: In the village of Kilfenora.

Afternoon: Transfer to Killarney.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: International Hotel

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

Contact info:
Kenmare Place
Killarney, Co. Kerry Ireland
phone: +353 64 31816
web: www.killarneyinternational.com/

Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, trouser press, ironing boards, room safe. Non-smoking rooms on request.

Facility amenities: 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 Eleven: Thursday, June 11 - Ring of Kerry
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Talk and slideshow: "A Ramble Down the ol' Botharin". Following the talk, we depart for the Ring of Kerry, expertly guided by a local farmer and story-teller. Enjoy a visit to Muckross House en route. Muckross is a magnificent Victorian mansion spectacularly situated close to the eastern shore of Muckross Lake and set beneath the impressive backdrop of the Torc and Mangerton Mountains.

Lunch: IIn Cahersiveen.

Afternoon: The field trip continues.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: International Hotel

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

Description: AVEDA Lifestyle Salon and Spa.

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

Room amenities: Satellite TV, radio, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, coffee and tea making facilities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar and meeting rooms on site .

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Friday, June 12 - Blarney Castle
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Depart Killarney for Blarney. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Tradition dictates that the gift of eloquence is conferred on all those who kiss the stone!

Lunch: In Blarney.

Afternoon: Continue to Cork City. Ireland’s second largest city, Cork was founded in the seventh century and is today a bustling, lively little city. Check in followed by a short walking orientation of Cork. Later on, enjoy an Irish coffee demonstration by the hotel. Mix coffee with Irish whiskey and cream for an enticing drink.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Imperial Hotel

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

Description: AVEDA Lifestyle Salon and Spa.

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

Room amenities: Satellite TV, radio, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, coffee and tea making facilities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar and meeting rooms on site .

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Saturday, June 13 - Queenstown Centre, Cobh
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Depart for Cobh. Enjoy a guided walk of Cobh, followed by a visit to the ‘Queenstown Story’ exhibition. Here we retrace the steps of 2.5 million adults and children who emigrated from Ireland on coffin ships, early steamers and finally on the great liners.

Lunch: Taken out at the Queenstown Centre.

Afternoon: Return to hotel. Free time in Cork.

Dinner: Taken with local host families in Carrigaline.

Evening: With local families.

Lodging: Imperial Hotel

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

Description: The Ashling is located in the heart of historic Dublin adjacent to Heuston Station, Dublin Zoo, Kilmainham Gaol and on the Luas red line.

Contact info:
Parkgate Street
Dublin 8, Ireland
phone: +353 1 677 2324
web: www.ashlinghotel.ie

Room amenities: Direct Dial Telephone, Multi Channel Television, Complimentary WiFi access,In room safe, Hairdryer, Tea/coffee making tray.

Facility amenities: 180 Seater restaurant, Chesterfield Brasserie and Iveagh Bar.

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


Day Fourteen: Sunday, June 14 - Waterford
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Depart for transfer to Dublin via Waterford. Visit the new Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre.

Lunch: Enjoy a community hosted lunch in the seaside town of Tramore, County Waterford, a short journey from Waterford Crystal.

Afternoon: The transfer to Dublin continues.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Ashling Hotel

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

Description: The Ashling is located in the heart of historic Dublin adjacent to Heuston Station, Dublin Zoo, Kilmainham Gaol and on the Luas red line.

Contact info:
Parkgate Street
Dublin 8, Ireland
phone: +353 1 677 2324
web: www.ashlinghotel.ie

Room amenities: Direct Dial Telephone, Multi Channel Television, Complimentary WiFi access,In room safe, Hairdryer, Tea/coffee making tray.

Facility amenities: 180 Seater restaurant, Chesterfield Brasserie and Iveagh Bar.

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


Day Fifteen: Monday, June 15 - St. Patrick's Cathedral / Dublin Castle
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Expertly guided field trip of Dublin City, including visits to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy an evening at one of Dublin’s renowned theatres.

Lodging: Ashling Hotel

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

Description: The Ashling is located in the heart of historic Dublin adjacent to Heuston Station, Dublin Zoo, Kilmainham Gaol and on the Luas red line.

Contact info:
Parkgate Street
Dublin 8, Ireland
phone: +353 1 677 2324
web: www.ashlinghotel.ie

Room amenities: Direct Dial Telephone, Multi Channel Television, Complimentary WiFi access,In room safe, Hairdryer, Tea/coffee making tray.

Facility amenities: 180 Seater restaurant, Chesterfield Brasserie and Iveagh Bar.

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


Day Sixteen: Tuesday, June 16 - Brú na Bóinne
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Depart for a guided visit of Brú na Bóinne in nearby County Meath. Brú na Bóinne comprises of the Neolithic age burial chambers of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. Their survival through more than 5,500 years reflects the sophistication of their design, and ingenuity of the Stone Age man, which constructed them.

Lunch: Taken out at Causey Farm, a family run working cattle and sheep farm near Kells in County Meath.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at Causey Farm, where you will meet the family and learn how to bake traditional Irish soda bread and scones or try your hand at milking an Irish cow!

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Ashling Hotel

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

Description: The Ashling is located in the heart of historic Dublin adjacent to Heuston Station, Dublin Zoo, Kilmainham Gaol and on the Luas red line.

Contact info:
Parkgate Street
Dublin 8, Ireland
phone: +353 1 677 2324
web: www.ashlinghotel.ie

Room amenities: Direct Dial Telephone, Multi Channel Television, Complimentary WiFi access,In room safe, Hairdryer, Tea/coffee making tray.

Facility amenities: 180 Seater restaurant, Chesterfield Brasserie and Iveagh Bar.

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


Day Seventeen: Wednesday, June 17 - Glendalough
Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: “Christian & Monastic Ireland”. Depart for a field trip to Glendalough, a sixth century Christian Monastic site in County Wicklow, magnificently situated in a glacial valley between two lakes.

Lunch: In Wicklow.

Afternoon: The field trip continues.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel with an evening of traditional Irish music and song.

Evening: Musical farewell.

Lodging: Ashling Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eighteen: Thursday, June 18 -
Depart From: Depart from Dublin Airport.

Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Galway
GalwayGalway Cathedral, Lynch's Castle. Pubs feature music some nights.

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44 meals: 16 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
19 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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