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Island Cultures and Ancient Ports of the North Atlantic: Voyage from Ireland to Scotland

Program Number: 21217RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/15/2013 - 5/28/2013;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: United Kingdom:England/Ireland/Scotland/Wales
Price starting at: $5,399.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising
Meals: 33; 12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

From quaint sheep farms and ancient fishing villages, to the urban homes of legendary singers and political leaders, Ireland and Great Britain offer a fascinating mosaic of culture and history. Discover all that they have to offer during this journey that leads through the cities, ports and villages of Ireland, Wales, England, the Isle of Man and Scotland.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1-2 miles per day; some uneven and hilly terrain. Getting in/out of small boats and tenders.

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

Day 2-3: Arrival Glasgow (Scotland) / Troon / embark Sea Explorer:

Explore Dublin with an expert, and learn about the history of Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells. Admire the interior and grounds of Kilkenny Castle. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.

Days 4-5: Killarney / Ring of Kerry:

Spend a day along the Iveragh Peninsula — the Ring of Kerry — and learn about farming traditions during a field trip to the Kissane Sheep Farm. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.

Day 6: Cork / Cobh / embark Sea Explorer:

En route to Cobh, stop in Cork to explore Blarney Castle, built over 600 years ago by Cormac McCarthy. Make your way along the Titanic Trail and experience the historic seaport of Cobh.

Day 7: Waterford:

Join an expert for an introduction to Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city. Chat about daily life with locals as you savor a home-cooked lunch in the seaside town of Tramore.

Day 8: Liverpool (England):

Hear stories of The Beatles as you walk the neighborhoods where John, Paul, George and Ringo grew up and performed. Learn why Liverpool’s Maritime Mercantile City was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 9: Holyhead (Wales):

Discover the history of St. Cybi’s church, built on Roman ruins, and walk through the village with the longest name in the world. Admire the beauty of Beaumaris Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 10: Douglas (Isle of Man):

See treasures unique to the Isle of Man at the Manx Museum, followed by an afternoon of free exploration.

Day 11: Belfast (Northern Ireland):

View the colorful murals of East and West Belfast, and delve into politics during a meeting with a local Sinn Fein party member and former Lord Mayor of Belfast Tom Hartley.

Day 12: Isle of Mull (Scotland):

Learn about the island’s earliest inhabitants at the Mull Museum, and admire views of the Sound of Mull.

Days 13-14: Troon / disembark / Glasgow / departure:

In Glasgow, take in the exquisite exhibitions at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Lodging: Comfortable airport hotel.

Sea Explorer

The deluxe Sea Explorer is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 114 guests. Completely refurbished and redecorated, it has 57 suites, each with sea view, queen-sized bed separable into two twin-sized beds, sitting area, flat-screen TVs, DVD/CD player, telephone, mini-refrigerator, and marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries.

Meals and Lodgings
   The Grand Canal Hotel
  Dublin, Ireland 1 night
   The River Court Hotel
  Kilkenny City, Ireland 1 night
   The Earls Court House Hotel
  Killarney, Ireland 2 nights
   Sea Explorer
  Sea Explorer, At Sea 7 nights
   Ramada Glasgow Airport Hotel
  Glasgow, UK:Scotland 1 night
 The Grand Canal Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Experience Irish hospitality as it should be at the Mc Eniff Grand Canal Hotel in picturesque Dublin 4. Featuring a coveted location in the heart of the city centre, the newly refurbished hotel is only steps from the vibrant Grafton Street shopping promenade. At the meeting point of the Dublin’s technology hub & Ireland’s Broadway like theatre district of Grand Canal dock, The Grand Canal Hotel is truly amidst the best of what the historic Georgian city of Dublin has to offer, such as the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Aviva Stadium, Trinity College, The Irish Financial Services Centre, The RDS, Convention Centre Dublin and The O2.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Grand Canal Hotel
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Dublin,   Ireland
phone: +00353-1-6461000
  Room amenities: The Grand Canal Hotel boasts 142 deluxe rooms over 5 floors and two suites. All rooms are en-suite and fitted with all the modern facilities expected from a top hotel including: Cable television with In room Movies and Games Complimentary Wireless Internet access provided Direct dial telephone with voice mail Tea and coffee making facilities Steam Iron and Ironing Board Hairdryer Work desk with lamp Complimentary soap, shampoo and bath & shower gel
  Facility amenities: After a relaxing nights sleep you can look forward to a sumptuous breakfast in the Epic restaurant, the hotels more formal dining choice. In a rush and don’t have time for breakfast? Grab a coffee and a pastry at canal express. Gasworks bar, serving casual food and drink in a lively atmosphere, is the perfect location for an important business meeting or just an informal coffee with friends. The Grand Canal Hotel offers an array of additional facilities such as 2,200 square feet of fully equipped meeting and conference space, a fully equipped gymnasium and a two story complimentary parking for all guests.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact PD for additional night information
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 The River Court Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: On the banks of the Nore River in the heart of Kilkenny, with views of the 12th-century castle, this 4-star hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a 19-yard pool. The Kilkenny Rivercourt Hotel has a quiet location in a private courtyard, back from the busy Kilkenny streets. The main shopping areas, theaters and entertainment are all close by. Each of the large rooms is stylishly decorated with nice furnishings, goose-down comforters and pillows. Most overlook the Nore River and the castle. The Riverside Restaurant and the Riverview Bar have great views. Recreational facilities include a 19-yard indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a geyser pool, a steam room and a state-of-the-art gym.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: The Bridge
John Street
Kilkenny,   Ireland
phone: +353 (0)56 772 3388
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 The Earls Court House Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Earls Court House is a unique 4 star hotel ideally located on its own grounds, just a 7 minute gentle stroll to Killarney’s bustling town centre. The hotel is renowned among Killarney Hotels for its awards and splendid collection of antiques, period furniture and works of art. With olde world charm and relaxed atmosphere, it is the ideal base for exploring the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Killarney National Park and the Main Attractions of the magical Kingdom of Kerry and South West Ireland.
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: Woodlawn Junct. Muckross Rd
Killarney,   Ireland
phone: +353 64 6634366
  Facility amenities: HOTEL FACILITIES AT A GLANCE . Beautifully furnished antique rooms . Choice of Queen, King and Four Poster beds . Award winning Breakfast . Privte Bathroom . Flat Screen LCD Televisions . Broadband computer port . Private Parking . Tea coffee making facilities . Elevator and disabled acccessibility facilities . Complimentary wireless Access . Jacuzzi baths exclusive to four poster Suites. . Drying room for golf and outdoor enthusiasts . Electronic safe, ironing facilities and buckets of ice . Direct Dial Telephone . American 110v power sockets in most rooms
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Sea Explorer
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The deluxe Sea Explorer is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 114 guests. Built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2005, it has 57 suites. This small ship offers several advantages that mass cruiseliners cannot match. It can dock or anchor almost anywhere and are not limited to large commercial ports. The Sea Explorer can slip into small towns and tiny fishing villages. The ship's 75 officers and crew ensure personalized service.
  Ship Information: Length: 297 feet / Beam: 50 feet / Draft: 12 feet / Gross Tonnage: 4, 200 / Suites: 57 The Sea Explorer is outfitted with the most current navigational and communications technology and with retractable fin stabilizers.
  Contact info: Enrichment Journeys
1801 NW 66th Avenue, Suite 102
Plantation, FL 33313 USA
phone: Pla-nta-tion xFL333134534
  Room amenities: Sea view, Satellite TV, DVD/CD player, Telephone, Mini-refrigerator, Marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries, 225 square feet or more, 24-hour room service, safe.
  Facility amenities: Afternoon Tea and all day coffee Library with Internet access Lounge with audio visual facilities wraparound sundeck with Jacuzzi Exercise room Beauty salon Medical facilities with available doctor Dining room Elevator serving all passenger decks Swimming platform
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Ramada Glasgow Airport Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Ramada Glasgow Airport Hotel offers excellent accommodation right on the doorstep of Glasgow Airport, and is also just seven miles from the cosmopolitan city centre of Glasgow, with great connections. This purpose-built contemporary Airport Hotel is ideal for both business and leisure. Each of the 108 rooms are comfortable and stylish and feature all the necessary creature comforts required to guarantee a restful and stress-free stay. The hotel’s location and accessibility makes it an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area. Glasgow central station and Buchanan Bus Station are both just 15 minutes drive away whilst Paisley Gilmour Street Station is only 1 mile. With the airport within easy access you can take the Airport shuttle bus straight into Glasgow city centre, and the service operates 24 hours a day. With the hotel just next to the M8 junction in just minutes you can be enjoying the sea views and coastline along the mouth of the Clyde with views of the West Coast. Head in the other direction and you can be in the city centre in just 15 minutes, or Edinburgh in just over a hour!
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Marchburn Drive, Glasgow Airport Business Park
Abbotsinch,  PA3 2SJ UK:Scotland
phone: +44 (0)141 843 4800
  Room amenities: Every room comes fully equipped with an en-suite bathroom with shower facilities, satellite TV with pay to view movies, direct dial telephone with internet access, hairdryer, trouser press, iron and ironing board and tea and coffee making facilities.
  Facility amenities: •24 Hour Front Desk •Airport Shuttle available from 4am - 12noon (extra charge) •Hotel is now completely Non Smoking •Free High Speed Internet in Public Areas. •6 Accessible & adapted bedrooms (interconnecting rooms for carers are also available) •Family and Interconnecting rooms available •On Site residents parking (Overnight Car Parking Charge £4.00)
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Depends upon availability Please contact RS Programming Department for more information
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program starts in the afternoon at the program hotel Dublin, Ireland. You will be staying at The Grand Canal Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after breakfast at the hotel in Glasgow. You will be staying at Ramada Glasgow Airport Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. A valid passport is required. Please check to be sure it is valid or six months after the end of the tour and that it has sufficient space for entry and exit stamps, not including the amendment and endorsement pages.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Taxis are available
To Start of Program
  Location:  Dublin
  Transportation to site: The Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin is located approximately 8 miles from the Dublin Airport (DUB). By Bus Take the Aircoach Bus in the direction to the city centre/Ballsbridge and get off at the School House Hotel. When you leave the bus turn right down the footway next to the School House Hotel. The School House Hotel will be on your right and the canal will be on your left. Follow this way for about 100 m, and then turn right. After 50 m you will see the Grand Canal Hotel to your right. Costs: Adults: one way 7 euros By Taxi There is a taxi rank outside the arrivals area at Dublin airport. A one way fare to the city centre takes around 45 minutes (depending on traffic). Costs: approximately 25-30 euros.
  From End of Program
  Location: Dublin
  Transportation from site: Upon disembarkation in Troon, Scotland, all participants will be transfered to Glasgow. You will be staying in the Ramada Glasgow Airport Hotel that evening. Transfers the following morning will be arranged with the hotel.
    (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: Departures
(Wednesday, May 15)
 Depart From: Depart North America for flights to Dublin, Ireland

Day 2: Arrive in Dublin
(Thursday, May 16)
 Morning: Arrive in Dublin, transfer to check-in to the hotel
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Depart for an expertly guided field trip of Dublin City.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.
Accommodations: The Grand Canal Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Dublin / Kilkenny City
(Friday, May 17)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Visit Historic Trinity College in the company of current undergraduates - Trinity College builds on its four-hundred-year-old tradition of scholarship to confirm its position as one of the great universities of the world. It has been the educator of many of Ireland's great writers from Swift to Wilde. Part of the tour will include Trinity College Library which houses 200,000 antique texts, marble busts of scholars and the oldest surviving harp in Ireland as well as the Book of Kells. This illuminated manuscript of the Gospels was created by Irish monks around the year 800. Meet Dublin historian at Trinity College to commence 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour of Dublin city, visiting the relevant sites of the Rebellion in Dublin, including O'Connell St, Dublin's main thoroughfare with its landmark statue of Daniel O'Connell, the Great Liberator; The General Post Office (GPO, headquarters of the 1916 Rising) the Four Courts, Dublin’s City Hall and finishing at Dublin Castle.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch in a Dublin Pub. You will be joined by a duo of young Dublin traditional musicians who will share their knowledge of Irish music with you and play a few jigs, reels, and airs!
 Afternoon: Transfer to Kilkenny City
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
Accommodations: The River Court Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Kilkenny City / Killarney
(Saturday, May 18)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Walking tour of Kilkenny City. Visit Kilkenny Castle, a 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands. Kilkenny Castle was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde. Due to major restoration works, the central block now includes a library, drawing room and bedrooms decorated in 1830's splendor, as well as the beautiful long gallery.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Depart for Killarney, county Kerry. Stop en route for a guided visit of the Rock of Cashel
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
Accommodations: The Earls Court House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Killarney / "Ring of Kerry"
(Sunday, May 19)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Full day field trip around the Iveragh Peninsula -the world renowned “Ring of Kerry” including a visit to the Kissane family’s Sheep Farm, located in the scenic area of Moll’s Gap. The goal of this family run farm is to preserve the Irish heritage of mountain sheep farming and the mountain sheep that have been in the hills and on the roads of Kerry for over one hundred years. In doing so, the heritage of a traditional family farm in the special area of conservation is saved for future generations. You will have the opportunity to learn about the work of the sheepdogs and see them in action on this mountainous terrain, to catch a sheep in the farmyard and try to shear it yourself and to bottle feed some of the orphan lambs.
 Lunch: Lunch at the farm.
 Afternoon: Visit to the sheep farm continues.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
Accommodations: The Earls Court House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cobh / Cork / Embark Sea Explorer
(Monday, May 20)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Depart for Cork. En route visit Blarney Castle.Built over 600 years ago by a great Irish Chieftain - Cormac Mac Carthy., the legendary Blarney Stone - Stone of Eloquence, is found at the top of the tower and has been attracting visitors to the area for decades. Kiss it and you will never be lost for words again!
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer continues to Cobh. Meet local historian & guide for the ‘Titanic Trail’ a guided visit of the historic seaside town of Cobh.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
Accommodations: Sea Explorer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Waterford, Ireland
(Tuesday, May 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Explore Waterford, Ireland's oldest city founded by the Vikings in 914 with an expert guide.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch as the guest of the local community in the nearby seaside town of Tramore. Learn about daily life and concerns of Irish people and share stories as you chat over a home cooked buffet lunch.
 Afternoon: Return to the ship
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
Accommodations: Sea Explorer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Liverpool, UK
(Wednesday, May 22)

Note: Please note: The ports of Holyhead and Liverpool have reversed order from the original itinerary to insure that the ship is able to dock rather than tendered into port.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Discover Beatles' Liverpool and some of the places associated with John, Paul, George and Ringo as they grew up, met and formed the band that would take the pop world by storm.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship or on your own in town.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to explore Liverpool on your own. As the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool attracts many musical pilgrims, but its fascinating social history is recognized for its importance. Liverpool's Maritime Mercantile City was inscribed onto UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2004 to help preserve one of the of the world's most recognized ports as a historic site. Situated on the River Mersey, Liverpool's former maritime grandeur - in which it garnered a fortune from cotton and slaves during the 17th and 18th centuries - has left a striking architectural legacy. The Albert Dock and the Port of Liverpool Building are two such examples. Its status as European Capital of Culture in 2008 also helped chronicle the city's contribution to British history and culture, including the Beatles Story.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
Accommodations: Sea Explorer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Holyhead, Wales, UK
(Thursday, May 23)

Note: Please note: The ports of Holyhead and Liverpool have reversed order from the original itinerary to insure that the ship is able to dock rather than tendered into port.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Discover Anglesey. Start with a visit to St Cybi’s church, built on the remains fo a Roman Fort. Make a photo stop in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the village with the longest name in the world.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Continue for a visit to Beaumaris Castle, a World Heritage Site considered the most beautiful castle in Wales and widely accepted as probably the most technically perfect example of a medieval castle in Britain; then visit the local Courthouse and Gaol.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
Accommodations: Sea Explorer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Douglas, Isle of Man
(Friday, May 24)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Explore Douglas. The Manx Museum offering artifacts and treasures unique to the Isle of Man and presenting the Story of Mann through films, galleries and interactive displays. This is where we will start our discovery on Manx history and culture, and begin our journey around this fascinating land.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship or on your own in port.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to explore on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
Accommodations: Sea Explorer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Belfast, Northern Ireland
(Saturday, May 25)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Board private motor coach for a brief transfer to the city center. En route learn also about the rich legacy of the Harland and Wolff shipbuilders where the "Titanic" was built. Journey to Belfast Jury's Inn Hotel for an illustrated lecture titled "The Mural Tradition and 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. After the lecture you will depart by Belfast taxi cabs who will take you to see the colorful 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.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Meet with a member of the Sinn Fein political party and former Lord Mayor of Belfast Tom Hartley. Learn about life as a politician during the Troubles. Q & A session. Free time to explore Belfast city center before returning to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
Accommodations: Sea Explorer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Tobermory, Island of Mull
(Sunday, May 26)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Discover the Mull Museum. The history of the Isle of Mull is captured in the Mull Museum - a small museum crammed with information about Mull in the past. From early people living in duns and brochs, through the times of warring clans and their castles, to more recent events. Exhibits of crofting, farming, fishing and everyday objects show what life was like in Mull in the past. The wreck of a Spanish galleon in 1588 brough excitement to the place, as did the hundreds of navel personnel who trained here during the Second World War. Tobermory derives its name from the gaelic "Tobar Mhoire" meaning the well of Mary. Mary's Well and Mary's Chapel dated back to the Medieval period. The water from the well was said to possess medicinal properties. Both the well and the chapel are gone but a monument was erected on the approximate site of the well in commemoration of Edward VII's coronation. The only sign of the old chapel can be seen at one corner of the graveyard.
 Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch, or stay in town and eat on your own.
 Afternoon: Discover Duart Castle: The castle stands on a crag at the end of the peninsular jutting out into the Sound of Mull at the intersection of the Sound of Mull, Loch Linne and the Firth of Lorne and within view of the neighboring castles.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
Accommodations: Sea Explorer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Troon / Disembark / Glasgow, Scotland
(Monday, May 27)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the city of Glasgow. Explore the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Located in the park of the same name, this popular museum - the most visited in Scotland - is housed in a magnificent Victorian construction. The building is only a small part of the Palace of Fine Arts of the 1888 International Exhibition.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Check into the Ramada Glasgow Airport hotel for 1 night. Afternoon at leisure.
Accommodations: Ramada Glasgow Airport Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14: Glasgow / Departures
(Tuesday, May 28)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for flights returning to North America
Meals Included: Breakfast
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