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18 Days | 17 Nights
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
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Sandie from Clearwater, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/31/15 - 09/17/15
Our guide, Maeve, was the best and I made a lot of new friends!!! Learned a little more about "the troubles" than I cared to, but definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

Jean from Coconut Creek, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/31/15 - 09/17/15
It's not necessary to have an Irish connection to enjoy this most informative and worthwhile adventure !!

Martha from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 08/03/15 - 08/20/15
This is an amazing tour, particularly to visit Northern Ireland (Belfast and Derry) and to learn so much about the history of the country and the issues they face. The local guides and lecturers were excellent and added to the depth of learning. The field trips (learning to dance an drum, make soda bread, visit a farm, have an evening meal with an Irish family, etc) bring back wonderful memories. The highlight was our group leader, Breda, so was so much fun and made our group bond quickly with laughs, limericks, a hurling game, and funny stories. The location and quality of the hotels, food, and transportation around the country were excellent.

Sharon from Grass Valley, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/03/15 - 08/20/15
This tour was a wonderful glimpse of the amazingly beautiful island that is Ireland. Our itinerary included a delightful balance of diverse historical, political, and cultural sites as well as activities sure to satisfy any and all. Local expert guides were knowledgeable, interesting, and great fun! Group leader Breda was a delight, and did an amazing job of keeping us all on track throughout a somewhat rigorous schedule, all with great good humor. Our group of fellow travelers was absolutely wonderful, the Irish people warm, friendly, and generous. This was a special trip to a special place and will forever remain a travel highlight.

Carolyn from Beaverton, OR Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 08/03/15 - 08/20/15
This is an excellent tour. We learned so much about Irish history and saw such beautiful scenery. Our tour guide was excellent and everyone on our tour was very friendly.

Janet from London, ON Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/22/15 - 07/09/15
This trip exceeded my expectations, and they were high, as Ireland was a country I most wanted to visit for many years. The countryside was beautiful, and the people were warmhearted and generously shared their stories and music. Our guide, Sarah Clancy, was full of history and anecdotes, bringing 5,000 years of history alive as we traveled around Ireland's coasts from north to south. I cannot imagine a better guide, full of energy and fun. At most stops were local experts, and each was outstanding. Our fellow travelers were a great group, which makes a trip that much more enjoyable.

David from Cedar Falls, IA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/22/15 - 07/09/15
Ireland Coast to Coast was terrific. Extremely important to experience both Ireland and Northern Ireland. Sarah Clancy was the best guide we have ever had in years of international travel. Enjoyed a wonderful group of fellow travelers. Our first Road Scholar trip but not our last.

Sharon from Cedar Falls, IA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/22/15 - 07/09/15
A great trip! Loved the experience, participants and guide. Learned a lot. I would recommend the trip.

Deborah from Divide, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/22/15 - 07/09/15
What a fantastic experience!! There are not enough great expletives to describe this adventure!! Sarah Clancy was our tour guide, what a super person!!

Louise from Dallas, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/22/15 - 07/09/15
Loved it have sung its praises to all who have asked me about my vacation

Becci from Lexington, KY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/01/15 - 06/18/15
If you want to explore and learn about ALL of Ireland..Northern and Republic of, I recommend this trip. It is a whirlwind of learning with so much to see. If possible ( it was not for me) I would recommend going on the trip then staying and renting a car for a while to have time to return to some of the places you wished you had more time to explore! Our group leader, Beibhann O' Conner, was absolutely wonderful. I have been on other Road Scholar trips with other great leaders but she was by far the best.

Yvonne from Qualicum Beach, BC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/01/15 - 06/18/15
This is an intensive introductory/exposure fun field trip of Ireland where you eat and drink while laughing and learning romping through Ireland. A great cultural, political, historical, prehistorical, social and geomorphological introduction to the complexities and beauty that is Ireland.

Sally from Louisville, KY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/01/15 - 06/18/15
The perfect tour of Ireland awaits you when you participate in Ireland's Coasts from North to South. Our tour coordinator was Beibhinn OConnor and she did an excellent job making sure we were all comfortable. Highly recommended! S Adams from Kentucky

J Michael from Pittsboro, NC Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 06/01/15 - 06/18/15
If you want to see the Emerald Isle and have an enjoyable experience learning about it (i.e., both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland), this is definitely the way to do it! Our guide (Beibhinn O'Connor) was fantastic! She not only shepherded our group with the attention to detail that Road Scholar programs are known for, she did it with grace, humor, and warmth. The guest speakers and other experiences (e.g., a home-cooked meal with a host family one evening) were all top-notch as well.

Jocelyn from Traverse City, MI Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 05/04/15 - 05/21/15
Delightful intro to Ireland with a most sympatico group! Our guide, Stephen Delaney, was simply terrific and had us applauding each morning after a story as we headed off to a wide variety of daily activities. The tour opened my eyes to the complexity of Irish history, both the contentious connections within the country and without down through the ages. The landscapes were gorgeous and the coasts particularly inviting to me.

Diane from Ellicott City, MD Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 05/04/15 - 05/21/15
This is a fabulous program. I gained a great appreciation for both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We saw all the major sites. What a beautiful country with such warm wonderful people. Our Group Lead, Stephen Delaney, is top-notch. He was extremely well organized, unflappable, and very funny.

Juanita from Miami Springs, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/22/14
Our "Ireland's Coasts from North to South" tour was amazing. It was extremely informative, inspiring and lots of fun. The variety of activities in this tour helped us learn so much about Irish history and culture. Experts provided fascinating lectures and walking tours. Our tour coordinator, Beibhinn O'Conner was outstanding, very knowledgeable and helpful. She made this trip very special for us.

Chris from Buffalo Grove, IL Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/15/14
Ireland,as introduced by Sarah Clancy, is a magical place. Its beauty delights the eye and melts the heart. For a place that is so loved by its transplanted sons and daughters and so revered by Hollywood and folk tunes, the reality truly exceeds its press. Both The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are the most heartbreakingly wonderful places replete with good food, fun experiences and welcoming people. See for yourself the magic of this jewel of a place.

Dorothy from Marblehead, MA Number of programs attended: 30
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/15/14
If you are thinking about doing this program, just read all the reviews - and sign up quickly!!! I've just returned, and must rate this program very near the top of my 30 adventures with RS. Ireland brought out the best in all of us - friendly folks, lovely towns and villages, and unbelievable sites to photograph. We expanded our knowledge of Ireland's history - North and South. Our leader, Sarah Clancy, is a walking encyclopedia of Ireland, and a bundle of energy that is contagious. She kept us on the go so we did not miss a thing. The days spent in Northern Ireland were very moving - hearing about "The Trouble" and meeting those courageous people was a highlight of our tour. Food and hotels were lovely - and there truly is something special about the "green" of Ireland. You can't believe it until you see it!!! This program covered the entire island - and makes one want to return. Go for it!!!

Sondra from Cambria, CA Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/22/14
I did two back to back programs in Ireland. The Best of Ireland and Northern Ireland/ Irelands Coasts. It was very important to do both programs because I had a complete understanding of the country, politically, socially and was able to see the very diverse landscapes. I had 4 days on my own in Dublin waiting for the 2nd program to begin and this was great because I could do things that were not included in the itinerary. Both programs went to different places. I encourage Road Scholar to offer more programs that are back to back so participants can have the opportunity to experience a complete understanding of where they are and not have to leave out anything when it often takes so long to travel to a location.

Robert from Rancho Mission Viejo, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/31/14 - 09/17/14
This wonderfully complete tour of Ireland was very well-planned and executed. Two thumbs up for our superb group leader, Stephen, who made everything so much more enjoyable. Here it is in a nutshell: There was a group leader named Stephen Whose tour I found hard to be leavin' Great stories we never did lack And yes we had lots of good craic* Now shared memories we're all a weavin' *(Gaelic for fun)

Patty from Allen, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/31/14 - 09/17/14
This program was awesome from start to finish! Great accommodations, great food, great people, great group leader, beautiful country! Highly recommend!

Michelene from Green Valley, AZ Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 08/31/14 - 09/17/14
Without a doubt, the best way to learn everything about Ireland, see its beautiful scenery, and meet its wonderful people. Deserves a ten star rating!

Lynda from Cedar Rapids, IA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/31/14 - 09/17/14
Our Irelands Coasts trip was extremely informative, inspiring, and fun. The variety of activities in this experience helped us learn so much about Irish History and Culture, as well as bring back fabulous memories of interactions of the friendly people of this land. Many photos and lots of stories will be shared with our friends and family.

Cynthia from Ft Worth, TX Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 08/05/14 - 08/22/14
The Coast to Coast Ireland trip was wonderful. Learning about Northern Ireland, murals etc. was so intense but helped me so much understanding the country. The beauty of Ireland was just as beautiful as everyone says. I loved the music visiting Crane's Pub in Galway. Loved the music throughout Ireland. Stephen Delaney was a fantastic guide. He was so informative, quick wit, and personable. Could not have asked for a better experience with a guide. As usual, the people on Road Scholar trips are wonderful. Caring and fun. I would recommend this trip whole heartedly.

Carolyn from Clarksville, TN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/05/14 - 08/22/14
Ireland's Coasts from North to South was a delightful tour paced just right and, the itinerary and lectures covered everything. Our tour leader Stephen Delaney was outstanding, knowledgeable, helpful, kind, and funny. I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in learning about the Emerald Isle.

Gayle from Moore, OK Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/22/14 - 07/09/14
I was amazed at the amount of history that we received and the speakers were delightful. This was a trip that I had wanted to do for a long time because my gggrandparents were from Ireland and it helped me understand what their life was like in their home country.

Brian from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 07/01/14 - 07/18/14
This was a very rich experience. Sarah Clancy, our guide, was excellent, filling in lots of details in the broader picture of what is Ireland. Full of energy, solicitous and caring, she added a lot to the experience. Fascinating to learn about the Troubles in the North. Dinner at home with an Irish family and a performance at the Abbey Theater in Dublin were nice additions to the itinerary.

Garland from Cary, NC Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 06/22/14 - 07/09/14
Wow, wow, wow! The coasts of Ireland from Malin Head at the tip in the north to Cobh in the south, from Konnemara and the Cliffs of Moher in the west to Newgrange in the east--we saw them all with some Belfast, Killarney, Cork and Dublin in between. Great lectures on the “trouble” and Ireland, past and present, and a dinner with an Irish family were other features. All this plus the enthusiasm of our leader, Alan Ralph. Absolutely tops! “How ‘bout that?”

Bonnie from Nokomis, FL Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 06/22/14 - 07/09/14
A truly educational tour of the past and present history of Ireland while a feast for your eyes from the scenery. Sorry you can't all have Alan Ralph as your guide. He was simply the best!

Kitty from Bridgewater, NJ Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 06/22/14 - 07/09/14
Ireland is not just for the Irish. If it's not on your bucket list, find a slot for it. I think you will be amazed at the varied landscapes and the genuine warmth of the people. The visit to Newgrange alone is reason enough to make the trip.

Dawn from Fairfax, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/01/14 - 06/18/14
This was a place I "needed" to see... where my roots are. Road Scholar made it easy and enhanced and expanded my understanding of Ireland's history.

Cheryl from Fort Meade, SD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/21/14
The group leader can make or break an otherwise good program. Stephen D. was wonderful to all of us and a great asset to the group and organization.

Barbara from Fair Oaks, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/21/14
The trip was fascinating. Every effort was made to facilitate comfort and good food in a variety of accommodations (including a home meal). I left Ireland with a deeper understanding of the history and culture of both Irelands: Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Experts provided fascinating lectures, walking tours. I have no doubt that our trip coordinator could have provided a great deal of that... and we would never have known what we missed. the experts were a huge plus, including the drop-in member of Northern Ireland's Parliament.

Jane from Marquette, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/21/14
The trip to Ireland more than exceeded my expectations in every way. I would recommend it to anyone considering a visit to Ireland. I came home feeling that I knew a great deal about this wonderful island, its history, its people, its culture!

Charlene from Thousand Oaks, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/30/13 - 10/17/13
This was an in depth experience with a group leader who brought Irish history to our immediate imagination!

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