Discover the magic, myths and modern realities of the Emerald Isle on this comprehensive journey from the dramatic coast and the spectacular Ring of Kerry to the pilgrimage sites of Glencolmcille and the cultural hotbed of Dublin. Scholars and schoolchildren, politicians and musicians offer you “cead mile failte” (a hundred thousand welcomes) and share the best of their country with you.
• Delve into the rich archaeology of the Dingle Peninsula, finding prehistoric and medieval remains in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
• Experience the sights, sounds, streets and monuments of James Joyce’s Dublin on foot with a Joycean expert.
• Spend a full day on Inis Mor, the largest of the Islands of Aran, where Christian ruins stand side by side with remarkable Pagan relics.
Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven, rocky, and hilly terrain and cobblestones.
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Arrival Shannon, coach to Killarney, 4 nights; coach to Galway, 3 nights; coach to Killybegs, 2 nights; coach to Dublin, 4 nights; departure.
Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
Coach to Killarney
Enjoy a walk on the beach of Rossbeigh, a natural heritage area, before journeying around the breathtaking Ring of Kerry on the Iveragh Peninsula. Take a gentle hike through Killarney National Park with a local expert then explore Killarney town on your own. Share a traditional home-cooked meal with an Irish family. A field trip reveals the heritage of the Dingle Peninsula, once called the “most beautiful place on earth” by National Geographic Traveler.
Experience the stunning Cliffs of Moher and walk the otherworldly landscape of the Burren with a local expert. Explore Galway with a historian, making stops at Galway Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and the tiny fishing enclave of the Claddagh. Delight in a private dinner at Glenlo Abbey, part of the ancestral home of two of the fourteen “Tribes of Galway.” A boat excursion to Inis Mor immerses you in authentic Gaelic civilization and offers an opportunity to explore the village of Kilronan.
Coach to Killybegs
Make your way through the town of Sligo before stopping at Drumcliffe, the final resting place of the famed poet W. B. Yeats. Learn about life in Killybegs from a member of the local fishing community. Discover the megalithic tombs, cross pillars and breathtaking scenery of Glencolmcille on an expert-led walk and learn a few steps of Irish dancing with a local musician.
Coach to Dublin
Visit a local elementary school for a glimpse into education in Ireland. Learn about Irish immigration to America during an afternoon at Ulster American Folk Park. Set out on foot to experience the Dublin of James Joyce with a Joycean scholar. Walk through Trinity College, visit The National Museum of Ireland and enjoy ample time to explore on your own.
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.