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Dublin's Cultural Heritage

Program Number: 20646RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/3/2013 - 9/11/2013; 5/20/2015 - 5/28/2015; 9/1/2015 - 9/9/2015; 10/6/2015 - 10/14/2015; 10/20/2015 - 10/28/2015;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Ireland
Price starting at: $2,145.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 16; 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Swift, Wilde, Shaw, Yeats, Joyce, Beckett — this town is big enough for all of them. Dublin can lay claim to some of the greatest titans of literature, not to mention great actors, musicians and artists. Hear the stories of this culturally rich city while experiencing the forward-looking energy of today. Tap your feet to the music, learn about the turbulent history and absorb the matchless culture of Dublin.




Highlights

• Delve into the lives of Dublin’s authors and poets as you view their correspondence, walk in their footsteps and even tip a pint at their favorite pubs.
• Attend a performance at the Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theater, where many of the city’s great playwrights had their works staged.
• Discover Dublin’s great cultural landmarks including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some cobblestones and other uneven terrain. Stairs in historic buildings.




Date Specific Information

9-3-2013

This program date ONLY is an "Easy" Activity Level. This program will involve less walking and additional coaching.
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5-20-2015, 9-1-2015, 10-20-2015

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10-6-2015

This departure is an EASY level programme.
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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Dublin, 7 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Dublin
7 nights
Departure

Explore exhibits devoted to the likes of James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw and William Butler at the Dublin Writers Museum and walk in the footsteps of these and more with a literary expert. Go inside the Dail Eireann, the principal chamber of the Irish Parliament, on a field trip. Examine great works of art including the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript created by Celtic monks around the year 800, and the modern masterpieces at the Hugh Lane Gallery. Visit the famed St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the medieval monastic site at Glendalough, a beautiful green valley. Attend a screening at the Irish Film Institute in the hip Temple Bar neighborhood and enjoy rollicking Irish music, dance and a bit of the “craic” (fun and lively conversation) at a house party.




Ireland

In 1801, the Act of Union merged the Kingdom of Ireland with the Kingdom of Great Britain. In the mid-19th century, the Irish experienced terrible famine and crowding that led to a spirited nationalist movement. With the Government of Ireland Act in 1920, five-sixths of the island began independent governance. Northern Ireland voted to remain a part of the United Kingdom, creating an island that today fosters two shared, yet opposite identities.



Accommodations
Stylish hotel near Trinity College.
Meals and Lodgings
   Ashling Hotel
  Dublin., Ireland 7 nights
 Ashling Hotel
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org
  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


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
A light lunch will be served at 12:30pm in the hotel. At 3:00pm take a panoramic coach ride around central city. The welcome meeting is at 5:00pm in the hotel. You will be staying at Ashling Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast on departure day. Some departures may leave before breakfast. You will be staying at Ashling Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
No parking.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Buses and trains available from Dublin Airport to hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Dublin.
  Nearest city or town:  Dublin.
  Nearest airport:  Dublin.
  Transportation to site: There are a number of bus services operating from Dublin airport. The best public transport link from Dublin Airport to the hotel is the aircoach. Aircoach - This service departs every 15 mins outside the Arrivals terminal at the Airport. If using the Aircoach your stop off is "Trinity College". When you get off the bus, follow the railings of Trinity college back around onto Pearse Street. Continue walking down Pearse Street, about 250 metres, you will see the hotels' glass façade. The one-way fare from the airport is 7 Euros and return is 12 Euros. The Aircoach is easily identifiable, it is usually a blue bus with Aircoach on the side. For timetables and more information about the Aircoach visit www.aircoach.ie Taxi service. Outside of the arrivals hall there is a taxi rank. Standard taxis carry 4 persons, but you can request a seven seater. All taxis are metered, expect to pay approx 30 Euros to get to the hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location: Dublin.
  Transportation from site: Take the Aircoach from outside the hotel to the airport.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Tuesday, September 3)
   
 In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight to Dublin.

Day 2: Dublin city.
(Wednesday, September 4)
   
 Arrive To: Dublin. Transfers to the hotel.
 Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel.
 Afternoon: Take a coach journey around the centre of Dublin to see its historic, cultural and architectural highlights. Welcome meeting in the hotel before dinner.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Ashling Hotel
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Dublin writers and a theatre performance.
(Thursday, September 5)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Depart by coach for the Dublin Writers Museum where an expert will introduce Dublin's Story and History.
 Lunch: In the Writers Museum.
 Afternoon: Lecture by a literary expert on Dublin's Writers. Explore the museum's exhibitions, displays and activities which show Irish literature as a whole as well as the lives and works of individual Irish writers. Displays show a history of Irish literature from its beginnings up to recent times. The panels describe the various phases, movements and notable names, while the showcases and pictures illustrate the lives and works of individual writers. Room 1 takes the story through to the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the Literary Revival. Room 2 is entirely devoted to the great writers of the twentieth century. Living writers, even those who have already established their place in history, are not included in the display.
 Dinner: Pre-theatre dinner.
 Evening: Theatre performance at the Abbey Theatre-the National Theatre of Ireland, opened to promote Irish culture and plays.
   
Accommodations: Ashling Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Book of Kells and Dail Eireann.
(Friday, September 6)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to the National Gallery, Trinity College and the Book of Kells. The National Gallery of Ireland is Ireland's main art gallery with an impressive range of masterpieces by artists from the major European schools of art whilst also featuring the world's most comprehensive collection of Irish art. Trinity College, founded in 1592, is Ireland's oldest university. Its Library houses the Book of Kells, the illuminated manuscript in Latin, considered Ireland's finest treasure.
 Lunch: Lunch excluded so that you can explore Dublin's restaurants, cafes and pubs.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues to Dail Eireann-the House of Representatives, the principal chamber of the Irish Parliament- and the National Museum of Ireland which houses the collection at the Collins Barracks site with displays of furniture, silver, ceramics and glassware, as well as examples of folk life and costume, and money and weapons. The Archaeology section on Kildare Street has displays on prehistoric Ireland, including early work in gold, church treasures and the Viking and medieval periods.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner out at an Irish House Party.
 Evening: Relax as you enjoy traditional Irish music and dance.
   
Accommodations: Ashling Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Glendalough.
(Saturday, September 7)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Depart for a guided field trip to the early Christian monastic site at Glendalough. The monastery was founded by St. Kevin, a hermit monk who died about 618 AD. The extensive ruins of Glendalough include several early churches, a graceful round tower, and various sites associated with the life of St. Kevin.
 Lunch: Taken out.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues to Russborough House. Built between 1741-1750 Russborough is regarded as one of Ireland’s most beautiful houses. It has magnificent views of the Blessington Lakes and Wicklow Mountains. The house, which is beautifully maintained and lavishly furnished, contains fine furniture, tapestries, carpets, porcelain, silver and much of the Beit collection of paintings.
 Dinner: Dinner is excluded this evening.
 Evening: Walk in Dublin's Literary Footsteps this evening.
   
Accommodations: Ashling Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Irish film and cafe theatre.
(Sunday, September 8)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to the Irish Film Institute, located in the heart of Dublin's famed Temple Bar. Lecture " A Panoramic look at classic and contemporary Irish film." The have a private screening of the 1936 film "Ourselves Alone" followed by a screening of some modern Irish short films.
 Lunch: Taken in Bewley's Cafe Theatre for lunch and a theatre performance.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Ashling Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Kilmainham Gaol.
(Monday, September 9)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to Kilmainham Gaol and St Patrick's Cathedral.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Field trip to the James Joyce Centre followed by the Hugh Lane Gallery.
 Dinner: Pre theatre dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Theatre performance at the Gate Theatre.
   
Accommodations: Ashling Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Dublin Castle.
(Tuesday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Free morning.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Dublin Castle and the Chester Beatty Library.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Ashling Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9:
(Wednesday, September 11)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Transfers to Dublin Airport for departure flights to North America.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


7 days in Dublin. The Ultimate short stay guide


Author: Shane Kennedy


A Traveller's History of Ireland


Author: Peter Neville


Description: From the Celts to the Norman invasions and modern-day Ireland, this short history is highly recommended for those who would like a brief overview of the Emerald Isle through the centuries



Dublin American Express


Author: Polly Devlin


For the Love of Ireland: A Literary Companion


Author: Susan Cahill (ed.)


Description: A rich anthology of writing about Ireland by such Irish luminaries as James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Seamus Heaney, William, Trevor, Frank McCourt, Edna O'Brien, and Samuel Beckett. The well-chosen excerpts, organized by province, evoke in wonderful literary detail the geography of Ireland. Highly recommended for any traveler, the anthology is also a fine introduction to Irish literature.



Ireland in Mind: An Anthology


Author: Alice Leccese Powers


Description: Editor Powers presents three centuries of fiction, poetry, and essays on the Emerald Isle by a stellar cast of mostly Irish, English, and American writers. What is portrayed is not the stereotypical Ireland of facile travel writing but an altogether deeper and profounder place.



Rock n Stroll Dublin’s Music Trail


Author: Dublin Tourism


See Dublin on foot, an architectural walking guide


Author: Julie Craig




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