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Ireland’s Coasts from North to South

Program Number: 19446RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/31/2014 - 9/17/2014; 9/28/2014 - 10/15/2014; 10/5/2014 - 10/22/2014; 5/4/2015 - 5/21/2015; 6/1/2015 - 6/18/2015; 6/22/2015 - 7/9/2015; 8/3/2015 - 8/20/2015; 8/31/2015 - 9/17/2015; 9/28/2015 - 10/15/2015; 10/5/2015 - 10/22/2015;
Duration: 17 nights
Location: Ireland
Price starting at: $4,295.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 44; 16 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 14 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Journey from the natural wonder that is the Giants Causeway to the rugged seacoast of the Southwest as you experience the unrivaled beauty of Ireland. Walk the Walls of Derry, and discover Northern Ireland’s troubled history in Belfast. Witness the haunting beauty of the Inishowen peninsula in county Donegal and journeying south, explore the stone age passage tombs of Newgrange. Learn about Irish emigration while in Cork and encounter some of Ireland’s greatest treasures — its people — as you meet a Member of Parliament in Belfast and dine with local families in county Cork.




Highlights

• With a National Trust expert, explore Giants Causeway and learn the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Visit a working Irish farm where you will get the opportunity to milk a cow and try your hand at baking traditional Irish soda bread.
• Learn about the history of Northern Ireland with a field trip to the political murals in Belfast and an excursion to the parliament of Northern Ireland.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven terrain and stairs.




Date Specific Information

8-31-2014, 9-28-2014, 10-5-2014, 5-4-2015, 6-1-2015, 6-22-2015, 8-3-2015, 8-31-2015, 9-28-2015, 10-5-2015

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Belfast (Northern Ireland), 3 nights; coach to Derry, 2 nights; coach to Galway (Republic of Ireland), 3 nights; coach to Killarney, 2 nights; coach to Cork, 2 nights; coach to Dublin, 4 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Belfast (Northern Ireland)
3 nights

View the evocative murals of Belfast on a city exploration by coach before taking a field trip to the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont to meet a Member of Parliament. Attend a lecture on St. Patrick, Ireland’s revered saint, and enjoy an excursion to Armagh Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral.



Coach to Derry
2 nights

En route to Derry, explore the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sample whiskey at the Bushmills Whiskey distillery, the oldest distillery in the world. With a local expert, walk Derry’s Walls and embark on a field trip to the Inishowen Peninsula.



Coach to Galway (Republic of Ireland)
3 nights

Visit the final resting place of the poet W.B. Yeats, and meet a local Yeats expert. Explore Galway city with a local historian and on your own. A field trip to Connemara includes a visit to Cong, the Quiet Man and Kylemore Abbey.



Coach to Killarney
2 nights

Explore the Cliffs of Moher and Burren and the Ring of Kerry Day with local folklorists. Walk the halls of Muckross House, a magnificent Victorian mansion at the base of the Torc and Mangerton Mountains.



Coach to Cork
2 nights

Kiss the famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle before exploring the bustling city of Cork. Learn about the “Queenstown Story” in Cobh, enjoy a traditional dinner with host families in Carrigaline and sample Irish coffee.



Coach to Dublin
4 nights
Departure

Dazzle at crystal in Waterford before taking field trips to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle. Explore the site of Bru na Boinne which comprises Neolithic age burial chambers. Bake traditional Irish soda bread at a local farm and take a field trip to Glendalough, a sixth-century Christian Monastic site in county Wicklow.




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
Belfast: Modern hotel located next to the Belfast Opera House. Derry: Four-star hotel on the banks of the River Foyle. Galway: Comfortable hotel with spa. Killarney: Modern hotel near Killarney National Park. Cork: Comfortable hotel with spa. Dublin: Historic four-star hotel.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Bill Rolston

Bill Rolston is professor of sociology and director of the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster in Jordanstown, just north of Belfast. He has researched and written about Northern Ireland society and politics for more than 30 years. Bill is also the leading expert on the political wall murals of Northern Ireland and has written three books on the subject.
 
Paul Gosling

Paul Gosling is an archaeologist and author who lectures in humanities at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. He is also coordinator of The Diploma in Humanities, which is part of the Heritage Studies course. His research area is in archaeological survey, rural and urban. Paul has published a number of books and papers on Irish Medieval towns, including books on his hometown of Dundalk and the archaeology of The Burren.
 
Peadar O'Dowd

Peadar O’Dowd is a historian dedicated to sharing his love for the heritage of Galway, Ireland, with students and visitors of all ages. A native of Galway, he has lectured on the region’s treasures both in Ireland and in the U.S., and is a columnist for the Connacht Sentinel newspaper and Galway Now magazine. He is the author of several books on Galway and the west of Ireland, including “Old and New Galway,” “Down by the Claddagh,” and “Tracing Your Galway Ancestors.” Now retired from his work as a lecturer at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Peadar is a member of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, and is an alumnus of University College, Galway.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Jury's Inn Belfast
  Belfast, Northern Ireland 3 nights
   Waterfoot Hotel
  Derry, Northern Ireland 2 nights
   Harbour Hotel
  Galway, Ireland 3 nights
   International Hotel
  Killarney., Ireland 2 nights
   Imperial Hotel
  Cork., Ireland 2 nights
   Ashling Hotel
  Dublin, Ireland 4 nights
 Jury's Inn Belfast
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Modern hotel located in the heart of the city next to Belfast Opera House.
  Contact info: Fisherwick Place
Great Victoria Street
Belfast,   Northern Ireland
phone: +44 28 9053 3500
web: belfasthotels.jurysinns.com/jurysinn_belfast
  Room amenities: High speed Internet access, Satellite TV , 24-hour news channel , Hairdryer, Tea/coffee tray, Direct dial telephone, Voicemail.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar. Dry cleaniing/laundry service.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Program # 19446 arrives in Dublin with a transfer up to Belfast on arrival day. For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Waterfoot Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Located on the Waterside area of the city overlooking the River Foyle and five minutes drive to the city centre of Derry.
  Contact info: Caw Roundabourt
Waterside
Derry,  BT47 6TB Northern Ireland
phone: +44 28 7134 5500
web: www.waterfoothotel.com
  Room amenities: Direct dial telephone. Flatscreen tv with Freeview. Tea and cofee making facilties. Iron and ironing board. Hairdryer. Safety deposit box. WiFi.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, wine bar. WiFi throughout
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Harbour Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
  Contact info: New Docks Road
Galway City,   Ireland
phone: +353 91 569466
web: www.harbour.ie
  Room amenities: Direct Dial telephone, Personal Messaging Service, Full Fax and Modem Connections, Cable Television, Tea and Coffee facilities, Trouser Press, Hairdryer, Laundry Service (Off Site), Iron and Ironing Board
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Leisure center including gym, jacuzzi and steamroom
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 International Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Contact info: Kenmare Place
Killarney,  Co. Kerry Ireland
phone: +353 64 31816
web: http://www.killarneyinternational.com/
  Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, trouser press, ironing boards, room safe. Non-smoking rooms on request.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar, resident's lounge, snooker room and library. Conference facilities.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Imperial Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: AVEDA Lifestyle Salon and Spa.
  Contact info: South Mall
Cork,  Co. Cork. Ireland
phone: +353 21 4274040.
web: http://www.flynnhotels.com/Imperial_Hotel_Cork
  Room amenities: Satellite TV, radio, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, coffee and tea making facilities.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar and meeting rooms on site .
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 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 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:
Meet at Dublin Airport for a two hour transfer to Belfast. EIL Ireland will confirm time in advance. Past programmes have met at Dublin Airport Terminal 2 at 10:30am. You will be staying at Jury's Inn Belfast that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast on departure day. Breakfast ends at 10:00am and check out is by 11:00am. 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: As above.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Belfast
  Nearest city or town:  Belfast
  Nearest airport:  Belfast
  Transportation to site: Flights and buses available to Belfast from Dublin Airport. There is a public bus service Bus Eireann/Translink between Dublin Aiport and Belfast. They operate 24 hours a day. The Europa bus statiion is 3 minutes walk from Jury's Inn and central Belfast. The journey takes 2 hrs and 20 mins and costs approx. EURO 20 one way. see www.translink.co.uk/Journey-Planner/
  From End of Program
  Location:  Dublin
  Nearest city or town:  Dublin.
  Nearest airport:  Dublin.
  Transportation from site: Bus Eireann stops in front of Trinity College, a single journey ticket is 7 Euro and tickets may be purchased at the stop. Taxis should take between 20-35 minutes depending on traffic and cost around 30-40 Euros one way.
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:
(Monday, June 22)
   
 In Transit: Overnight flights from North America.

Day 2:
(Tuesday, June 23)
   
 Morning: Transfers by coach to Belfast after arrival in Dublin.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel followed by an orientation and welcome meeting.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Jury's Inn Belfast
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Belfast murals and MP at Stormont.
(Wednesday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Illustrated Talk on the colourful and evocative murals of Belfast followed by a guided city coach ride.
 Lunch: In Belfast’s most famous pub & restaurant, the Crown Bar & Saloon Dining Rooms, now run by the British Trust.
 Afternoon: Guided field trip to the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont including an opportunity to meet a Member of Parliament.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Jury's Inn Belfast
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Armagh Cathedral and St Patrick's Cathedral.
(Thursday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: ‘The Legend of St: Patrick: Ireland’s Revered Saint’. Depart for Armagh, guided visit of Armagh cathedral & St Patrick’s Cathedral
 Lunch: Lunch is taken out in Armagh.
 Afternoon: Return to Belfast for free time.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: Free after dinner.
   
Accommodations: Jury's Inn Belfast
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: UNESCO World Heritage Site Giant's Causeway.
(Friday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: En route to Derry, visit the Giant’s Causeway , a Unesco World Heritage site. A natural amphitheatre made up of hexaganol shaped basalt rocks, Guided visit of the site by a National Trust expert, followed by free time to explore this breathtaking natural phenomenon.
 Lunch: Taken out on the North coast.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Bushmills Whiskey distillery, the world's oldest licensed Whiskey distillery with a license to distil from 1608.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Waterfoot Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Derry city walls and the Inishowen Peninsula.
(Saturday, June 27)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Expertly guided walk of Derry’s Walls, one of the best example of a walled city in Europe. At 10:30am depart for field trip to the Inishowen Peninsula, county Donegal and enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery.
 Lunch: Pub lunch in the seaside village of Culdaff.
 Afternoon: The field trip on the Inishowen Peninsula continues.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Waterfoot Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Yeats at Drumcliff.
(Sunday, June 28)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Depart for Galway-the cradle of gaelic culture in the West of Ireland and often referred to as the ‘City of the Tribes’ as it was home to 14 famous merchant families. En route visit W.B. Yeats’ final resting place at Drumcliff county Sligo. Meet local Yeats expert for a guided visit of some of the areas near Drumcliff associated with Ireland’s national poet and Nobel Laureate, including readings www.yeats-sligo.com/html/tour.html
 Lunch: Taken en route.
 Afternoon: Transfer continues.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Harbour Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Galway city.
(Monday, June 29)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: ‘The Celts & the West of Ireland’ folowed by an expertly guided walking orientation of Galway city in company of local historian.
 Lunch: Traditional Irish lunch in a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free time in Galway.
 Dinner: Free to explore one of Galway’s many cosy restaurants
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Harbour Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Connemara.
(Tuesday, June 30)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Full day field trip to Connemara. A broad peninsula between Killary Harbour and Kilkieran Bay in the west of County Galway Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland. Field trip includes Cong, the Quiet Man & Kylemore Abbey, the oldest Irish Benedictine abbey.
 Lunch: Taken out in Kylemore Abbey.
 Afternoon: Continue on to explore the sleepy seaside villages of Connemara, stopping to enjoy an Irish coffee in the village of Roundstone.
 Dinner: Early dinner of local seafood in the village of Spiddle followed by a Recital of SeanNos singing and storytelling OR music & dancing at the award winning Cnoc Suain heritage centre.
 Evening: Musical entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Harbour Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Cliffs of Moher and the Burren.
(Wednesday, July 1)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Cliffs of Moher & Burren. Including brief gentle walk to experience the unique flora of the region in the company of a local folklorist.
 Lunch: In a Burren village.
 Afternoon: Transfer to Killarney.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: International Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Ring of Kerry.
(Thursday, July 2)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Ring of Kerry Day expertly guided by a local farmer and story-teller.
 Lunch: In the seaside town of Waterville.
 Afternoon: Visit Muckross House en route back to Killarney. Muckross is a magnificent Victorian mansion spectacularly situated close to the eastern shore of Muckross Lake and set beneath the impressive backdrop of Torc and Mangerton Mountains.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Lecture and slideshow: Traditional Ireland.
   
Accommodations: International Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Blarney Castle.
(Friday, July 3)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Depart Killarney for Blarney Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. Tradition dictates that the gift of eloquence is conferred on all those who kiss the stone.
 Lunch: In Blarney.
 Afternoon: Continue to Cork city, Ireland’s second largest city, Cork was founded in the seventh century and is today a bustling, lively little city. Check in followed by short walking orientation of Cork.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Irish coffee tasting.
   
Accommodations: Imperial Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Queenstown Centre, Cobh.
(Saturday, July 4)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Depart for Cobh, Lunch in the Queenstown Centre. Visit the ‘Queenstown Story’ exhibition, where we retrace the steps of 2.5 million adults and children who emigrated from Ireland on coffin ships, early steamers and finally on the great liners. Free time in Cork.
 Lunch: Taken out in Cork.
 Afternoon: Return to hotel. Free time in Cork.
 Dinner: Taken with local host families in Carrigaline.
 Evening: With local families.
   
Accommodations: Imperial Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Waterford.
(Sunday, July 5)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Depart for transfer to Dublin via Waterford. Visit new Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com/Home
 Lunch: Family/community lunches in Waterford.
 Afternoon: The transfer to Dublin continues.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Ashling Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: St Patrick's Cathedral and Dublin Castle.
(Monday, July 6)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Expertly guided field trip of Dublin City, including visits to St Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening at Dublin’s renowned Abbey Theatre, founded by Nobel Laureate, William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory in 1904 (* Subject to availability*).
   
Accommodations: Ashling Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16: Bru na Boinne.
(Tuesday, July 7)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Depart for a guided visit of Bru na Boinne in nearby county Meath. Brú na Bóinne comprises of the Neolithic age burial chambers of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. Their survival through more than 5,500 years reflects the sophistication of their design, and ingenuity of the Stone Age man, which constructed them.
 Lunch: Taken out at Causey farm, a family run farm near Kells in County Meath. A family run working cattlle and sheep farm where you will meet the family and learn how to bake traditional Irish soda bread and scones or try your hand at milking an Irish cow!
 Afternoon: At the farm.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Ashling Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Glendalough.
(Wednesday, July 8)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: “Christian & Monastic Ireland”. Depart for field trip to Glendalough, a sixth century Christian Monastic site in country Wicklow, magnificently situated in a glacial valley between two lakes.
 Lunch: In Wicklow.
 Afternoon: Continues.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner & Evening of traditonal Irish music and song at a traditional Irish pub.
 Evening: Musical farewell.
   
Accommodations: Ashling Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18:
(Thursday, July 9)
   
 Depart From: Depart from Dublin Airport.
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Galway Galway
Galway Cathedral, Lynch's Castle. Pubs feature music some nights.
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