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Emerald Escape: A Voyage Through Time in Ireland, England and Wales

Program Number: 21027RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/24/2013 - 9/2/2013;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Ireland/Wales/England
Price starting at: $6,525.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 23; 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Rolling green glens, idyllic lochs, Stone Age monoliths and medieval castles — these arresting scenes form the backdrop for the fascinating history and heritage of Ireland, England and Wales. Journey back through the centuries in quaint harbor villages, tiny Channel islands and bustling commercial seaports where every windswept dale and ancient citadel is as storied as it is striking.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile, mostly paved surfaces, some uneven terrain. Some optional excursions may require more walking.



Programs with Crystal Cruises are designed for the independent traveler. These programs offer a lower activity level and the ability to choose your own shore excursion based on your preferences and physical ability. Road Scholar will provide one exclusive shore excursion and private onboard lectures with our own Study Leader.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Dublin (Ireland), 1 night; aboard Crystal Serenity, 7 nights.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2–3: Arrival Dublin (Ireland) / embark Crystal Serenity:

Ireland’s largest city is also its economic and educational epicenter, as well as the setting for many of the most important developments in the country’s long history. Explore Dublin with an expert to trace its many transformations through the centuries, from Viking settlement to seat of British Rule in Ireland to central character in the works of James Joyce. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



Day 4: Belfast:

Belfast has put the decades-long civil strife known as “the Troubles” behind it, reemerging as a world-class city full of grand Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Explore the city’s quaint lanes lined with pubs and boutiques dressed with overflowing window boxes and brightly painted doors.



Day 5: Holyhead:

In the northwest of Wales on Holy Island, Holyhead boasts a long history stretching to pre-Roman times and some settlements dating to prehistory. Take in the delights of this picturesque town and its surroundings, including St. Cybi’s Church and the spectacular lighthouse at South Stack.



Day 6: Liverpool:

Liverpool grew to greatness in the 18th century as the riches of the Americas and West Indies flowed through its docks. Enjoy the Town Hall built in those flourishing years, the Walker Art Gallery and the restored Albert Dock.



Day 7: Cork:

From bustling Winthrop and Castle streets to the magnificent St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, discover the city of Cork in the south of Ireland, founded by Viking raiders on a natural harbor and known ever since for its strong seafaring tradition.



Day 8: Portland:

Part of the English Channel’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its geology and landforms, Portland is home to Portland Castle, built by Henry VIII and one of the best preserved castles of the period. Explore the island and learn how its famous white limestone found its way to London to be included in the construction of such iconic buildings as St. Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace.



Day 9: Guernsey:

A mere 25 square miles in size, charming Guernsey is geographically closer to France but has remained staunchly British through the ages. In St. Peter Port, the island's picturesque main town, admire pastel-colored houses and discover a bustling community of goldsmiths, silversmiths, woodcarvers and clockmakers.



Crystal Serenity

At 820 feet long, this elegant ocean liner offers its 1,080 passengers plenty of space, unsparing amenities including the high-tech Computer University@Sea and several restaurants, including one by acclaimed chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Complimentary fine wines and premium spirits available throughout voyage.


Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Dublin Kilmainham
  At Sea., UK:England 1 night
   Crystal Serenity
  At Sea - Dublin, Ireland
At Sea-Belfast (Northern Ireland), Northern Ireland
At Sea., UK:England
At Sea - Liverpool, UK:England
At Sea., UK:England
At Sea - Dublin, Ireland
7 nights
 Hilton Dublin Kilmainham
Type: Hotel
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: Inchicore Road
Dublin,   Ireland
phone: +353 1 420 1800
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A 

 Crystal Serenity
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The readers of Condé Nast Traveler consistently vote Crystal Serenity the number one cruise ship in the world. At 68,000 tons and capable of serving 1,070 guests, Crystal Serenity while the larger of Crystal's two ships, still maintains one of the highest space-per-guest ratios at sea, so you'll never feel crowded.
  Ship Information: Guest Capacity: 1,070 Per guest space ratio: 63 Ship’s Registry: The Bahamas Officers: European Captain, International Officers International Crew: Countries Represented: 40 European-trained Hotel and Dining Staff American/European Cruise Staff Total Crew: 655 Gross Registered Tons: 68,870 Length: 820 ft. (249.9 m) Width: 106 ft. (32.3 m) Draft: 25 ft. (7.6 m) Cruising Speed: 21 knots Maximum Speed: 22 knots
  Contact info: 2049 Century Park East
Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA
phone: 310-785-9300
web: www.crystalcruises.com
  Room amenities: Hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers, soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, sewing kit, umbrealla, pillow menu, 24 hour in stateroom dining, wireless internet access, phone, TV, refrigerator filled with complimentary soft drinks and bottled water, safe
  Facility amenities: Two-story Crystal Plaza and Crystal Cove, lobby area with atrium, comfortable seating and piano bar "Avenue of the Stars" shopping arcade with three boutiques offering upscale clothing, jewelry, and specialty items. Casino featuring slot machines, bar poker and slant top poker machines, blackjack tables, craps, a roulette table, baccarat table and the Ultimate Texas Hold'em Galaxy Lounge, the ship's main entertainment venue Hollywood Theatre for recently released movies, with state-of-the-art audio visual and translation equipment that may be used for meetings and/or conferences; theatre also features audio enhancement for the hearing-impaired Computer University@Sea® center with a lab for classroom instruction and separate room offering 24-hour Internet and e-mail access The Studio, a completely new learning center for a variety of creative and educational hands-on classes Variety of lounges including the Stardust Club for dancing and cabaret, Avenue Saloon cocktail and piano bar, Connoisseur Club, an intimate refined cigar lounge, Palm Court/Sunset Bar observation lounge, and Pulse disco Fantasia children's center and Waves teen center Library featuring over 3,000 books, videos, DVDs, and books-on-tape Bridge Lounge Wi-Fi access is available on board throughout the ship Laundry Service Complimentary self-service launderettes including washing machines, detergent, fabric softener, dryers, irons and ironing boards are provided on Decks 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program begins on Sunday, August 25, 2013 with an arrival in Dublin, Ireland You will be staying at Hilton Dublin Kilmainham that night.
  End of Program:
The programs ends on Monday, September 2 2013 with depatures from London/Dover, England You will be staying at Crystal Serenity the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Crystal Cruise line requires that you register online in order to receive your cruise documents. Please go to www.crystalcruises.com to register and click on the Register button at the top leftt of the page. If you need assistance with the online registration please feel free to call the Road Scholar Program Department at 866-359-5966.
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  At Sea.
  Transportation to site: A group arrival transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and arrive on the group date. Independent travelers may take a taxi directly to the program hotel. The transfer time will be confirmed in the final mailing approximately 5 weeks prior to departure.
  From End of Program
  Location: At Sea.
  Transportation from site: A group departure transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and depart on the group date. Independent travelers may join the group transfer if they are departing on the program end date. The transfer time will be confirmed in the final mailing approximately 5 weeks prior to departure.
    (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: Depature from North America to Dublin
(Saturday, August 24)
   
 In Transit: Overnight flights from North America to Dublin, Ireland

Day 2: Arrive in Dublin/ Program Orientation/Welcome Dinner
(Sunday, August 25)
   
 Morning: Arrive in Dublin. Transfer to the program hotel and check in at hotel and take time to unpack and relax before orientation.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at hotel.
 Evening: Evening at leisure
   
Accommodations: Hilton Dublin Kilmainham
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Dublin, Ireland/Embarkation
(Monday, August 26)

Note: Choose your own field trip from a variety of excursions offered by Crystal Cruises. To book shore excursions please use the Priority Check-In and Planning Center at www.crystalcruises.com (see the end of this booklet for more information)



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel
 Morning: Enjoy a morning lecture by your study leader at the program hotel.
 Lunch: Free time/ Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a visit to Sweny's Victorian pharmacy - where you will take part in a private sessions of reading James Joyce. The sessions involves a short talk on Joyce and the shop connection, followed by a reading of a story from Dubliner. Afterwards embark on the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Crystal Serenity
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Belfast, Ireland
(Tuesday, August 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Enjoy an exclusive Road Scholar excursion. Meet your on-site co-ordinator at the port of Belfast who will welcome you to the city. Board the private motor coach for brief transfer to city centre. En route learn about the rich legacy of the Harland & Wolff shipbuilders where the ‘Titanic’ was built. Illustrated Lecture: “The Mural Tradition & Political Transformation in Northern Ireland”. This will serve as an Introduction to Belfast and a basis for understanding the expertly guided field trip of Belfast city later in the morning. Depart by a fleet of former London black taxi cabs who will take you to see the colourful and evocative murals of East and West Belfast. It has been said that a city can be defined by its taxi drivers and nowhere is this more true than in Belfast. Your driver, having lived through the Troubles and an era of massive social change acts as your local expert, giving you a unique insight into the social history and daily life of the neighborhoods you visit. The Belfast wit and humour is renowned so expect a lot of laughs throughout the morning!
 Lunch: Lunch at An Culturlann, a community run arts and culture centre on the Falls Road. An Culturlann is the centre for the Irish Language community in Belfast. It is home to the Irish language Radio Station 'Raidió Fáilte', an Irish language theatre company and filmmaking company and Pobal, the umbrella organisation for the Irish speaking community in Northern Ireland. You will hear the Irish language spoken by staff and customers alike at this lively centre
 Afternoon: Depart by private motor coach to Stormont. The building at Stormont served as the seat of Parliament in Northern Ireland and is now home to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the legislative authority for Northern Ireland established under the terms of the Belfast Agreement 1998 (the Good Friday Agreement). Learn about the workings and current challenges of the historic Power Sharing Assembly. Meet with a Member of the Local Assembly (MLA) or a member of Belfast City Council who will lead a question and answer session on what the future holds for this formerly deeply divided society. Return to your ship by private motor coach with a new impression of Belfast, one of Europe's most unique cities.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: Crystal Serenity
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Holyhead, Wales
(Wednesday, August 28)

Note: Choose your own field trip from a variety of excursions offered by Crystal Cruises. To book shore excursions please use the Priority Check-In and Planning Center at www.crystalcruises.com (see the end of this booklet for more information)



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Enjoy an independent exploration of Holyhead. Located in the northwest of Wales on Holy Island, Holyhead might be considered a remote locale. But connecting it to the mainland is the Four Mile Bridge and a causeway, which in turn carries both the A5 road and local rail line. Such routes easily transport travelers to the charming half-timbered town of Chester and to Britain’s primary city, London. Yet there is much in Holyhead to keep visitors happily engaged right here. At the heart of Holyhead is St. Cybi’s Church, situated inside one of Europe’s only three-walled Roman forts. Indeed, local history stretches back to Roman times and before, with area settlements dating to prehistoric times. Maritime history is revealed in a museum where visitors can learn about the 100 or so shipwrecks that have occurred in the vicinity. Those who are feeling particularly energetic might make the trek to the South Stack Lighthouse, which stands guard over an area popular with birdwatchers.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue your independent exploration of Holyhead
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Serenity
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Liverpool, England
(Thursday, August 29)

Note: Choose your own field trip from a variety of excursions offered by Crystal Cruises. To book shore excursions please use the Priority Check-In and Planning Center at www.crystalcruises.com (see the end of this booklet for more information)



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Enjoy an independent exploration of Liverpool. Liverpool grew to greatness in the 18th century, as the riches of the Americas and the West Indies flowed through its docks and marketplaces. (At one point it even had more dock space than London.) Enjoy the Town Hall built in those flourishing years, the Walker Art Gallery, or the delights of the restored Albert Dock, with its classy shops and maritime museum
 Lunch: Lunch onboard
 Afternoon: Continue your independent exploration of Liverpool.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: Crystal Serenity
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Cork, Ireland
(Friday, August 30)

Note: Choose your own field trip from a variety of excursions offered by Crystal Cruises. To book shore excursions please use the Priority Check-In and Planning Center at www.crystalcruises.com (see the end of this booklet for more information)



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Enjoy an independent exploration of Cork. Cork was first founded by Viking raiders, attracted by its superb bay-among the best natural harbors in Europe-and its mild climate, due to warm ocean currents. Today Cork remains a superbly authentic corner of Ireland, with a strong seafaring tradition and one of the first yachting clubs in the world.
 Lunch: Lunch on board
 Afternoon: Continue your independent exploration of Cork
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: Crystal Serenity
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Portland, England
(Saturday, August 31)

Note: Choose your own field trip from a variety of excursions offered by Crystal Cruises. To book shore excursions please use the Priority Check-In and Planning Center at www.crystalcruises.com (see the end of this booklet for more information)



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Enjoy an independent exploration of Portland, England. In some ways, the “Isle” of Portland is a misnomer. Measuring about four miles long by one-and-a-half miles wide, the small land mass located in the English Channel is limestone tied, connected to the mainland by both a beach and bridge. Discussions of whether Portland qualifies as an island aside, there is no doubt as to its historic significance. Part of the Jurassic Coast, Portland is a World Heritage Site, so designated for its geology and landforms. Important manmade forms include Portland Castle, built by King Henry the VIII in 1539. The structure remains one of the best preserved castles of the period. Portland’s famous white limestone, meanwhile, has found its way to London, with iconic buildings such as St. Paul’s Cathedral and the eastern front of Buckingham Palace constructed with the Portland limestone Sir Christopher Wren used to rebuild London after the Great Fire of 1666.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue your independent exploration of Portland
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: Crystal Serenity
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Guernsey/St.Peter Port, Channel
(Sunday, September 1)

Note: Choose your own field trip from a variety of excursions offered by Crystal Cruises. To book shore excursions please use the Priority Check-In and Planning Center at www.crystalcruises.com (see the end of this booklet for more information)



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Enjoy an independent exploration ofGuernsey. Charming Guernsey, a mere 25 square miles in size, offers a host of enticing visitor attractions. Although geographically closer to France, it has remained staunchly British through the ages. Today, its diverse culture reflects the best of both worlds. Pastel-colored houses rise layer upon layer behind St. Peter Port, the island's picturesque main town. Beyond, you discover a wealth of activities centering around goldsmiths, silversmiths, wood carvers and clockmakers. Important: Please Read before Booking the Following Tours: Although the best available equipment has been requested, guests should be aware that transport may not be of international standard. Motor coaches are not air-conditioned. Your understanding is appreciated. Guernsey Island Introduction and Goldsmith's Workshop
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue to enjoy your independent exploration ofGuernsey.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Crystal Serenity
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: London/Dover, England/Disembarkation
(Monday, September 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Group transfers from the cruise port in London to the airport for depature flights back to the USA.
   
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


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.



Birds of Europe


Author: Lars Svensson


Description: Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second revised edition of this exquisite guide has been brought up to date with revised text and maps.



Celtic Myths and Legends


Author: T.W. Rolleston


Description: The enchantment of the timeless world of the Celtic heroes, especially in Irish but also in Welsh myths and tales, is depicted in the legends of Arthur and many other traditional tales.



For the Love of Ireland, A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers


Author: Susan Cahill (Editor)


Description: Organized geographically, this rich anthology introduces Ireland through the words and lives of such luminaries as James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Frank McCourt and Samuel Beckett.



Great Britain and Ireland Map


Author: HEMA Maps


Description: A nicely detailed map showing both Great Britain and Ireland at a scale of 1:750,000.



How the Irish Saved Civilization


Author: Thomas Cahill


Description: This best-selling history tells the generally unknown story of Ireland's preservation of classical learning in the Dark Ages, revealing how the saints and scholars, monks and scribes labored to reproduce important texts and spread the learning as they evangelized Europe.



In Search of Ancient Ireland


Author: Leo Eaton, Carmel McCaffrey


Description: This spirited, illustrated history, the companion to a PBS documentary series, traces the foundation, archaeology and legends of ancient Ireland from 9000 B.C. to 1167 A.D. with style and substance.



Insight Guide Ireland


Author: Insight Guides


Description: This lavishly illustrated guide includes excellent color maps and thoughtful short essays on history, culture and attractions.



Insight Select London


Author: Insight Guides


Description: A handy pocket guide that provides over a hundred "secret gems" and "off-beat" itinerary ideas for a memorable stay in London. Also includes a handpicked list of hotels for all tastes and budgets and a useful travel tips reference guide.



Irish Fairy and Folk Tales


Author: W.B. Yeats


Description: Edited by the Nobel Prize-winning poet who spearheaded the Celtic Renaissance in the early 20th century, these enchanting stories introduce a cast of changelings, ghosts, mermaids, demons, saints, priests and fairies.



Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings


Author: John Haywood


Description: The history of the Vikings told through a series of innovative maps and excellent photographs. This book traces the route of the 9th-century Viking merchants and explorers throughout Europe and on to the New World.



Seamanship, A Voyage Along the Wild Coasts of the British Isles


Author: Adam Nicolson


Description: Nicolson offers an engrossing account of a coastal voyage from Cornwall, along the western coast of Ireland, out to the Faeroes and to Orkney in this brief hymn to the sea.



Stone Voices, The Search for Scotland


Author: Neal Ascherson


Description: Ascherson writes with verve and insight on the centuries-old impulse toward nationhood in Scotland in this absorbing portrait, interweaving history with archaeology, myth and his own interviews and travels.



Sun Dancing, A Vision of Medieval Ireland


Author: Geoffrey Moorhouse


Description: This wonderfully inspired combination of scholarship and historical fiction, set at the monastery on Skellig Michael, carries the reader back to Ireland's early monastic tradition.



The British Isles, A History of Four Nations


Author: Hugh Kearney


Description: The Celts, Romans, Vikings, Normans and modern immigrants all make an appearance in Kearney's elegant and revisionist history of not just the English but also of the Scots, Welsh and Irish.



The Celts: A Very Short Introduction


Author: Barry W Cunliffe


Description: A concise, revealing social history of the Celts, by a reigning authority and popular writer.



The Oxford Illustrated History of Ireland


Author: R.F. Foster


Description: A handsomely illustrated, comprehensive history of Ireland, written by a team of scholars.



The Penguin Illustrated History of Britain and Ireland, From Earliest Times to the Present Day


Author: Barry Cunliffe


Description: A wonderfully rich and comprehensive guide to the history of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland -- from the arrival of the first humans half a million years ago right up to the present.



Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide


Author: Tony Soper, Dan Powell (Illustrator)


Description: This compact, illustrated guide covers the many petrels, ducks, gulls, terns and other seabirds, as well as the rich abundance of life existing under the waves, that populate the vast Atlantic region from the British Isles to Newfoundland.





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