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Ireland

The Best of Ireland: The Coast, the Countryside and Dublin

Discover ancient relics on the Islands of Aran, enjoy an exclusive dinner in Glenlo Abbey, explore the beauty and history of Dingle Peninsula and learn about Dublin's famous literature.
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Program No. 18731RJ
Length
15 days
Starts at
4,999
Flights start at
850
Ireland

The Best of Ireland: The Coast, the Countryside and Dublin

Discover ancient relics on the Islands of Aran, enjoy an exclusive dinner in Glenlo Abbey, explore the beauty and history of Dingle Peninsula and learn about Dublin's famous literature.
Length
15 days
Starts at
4,999
Flights start at
850
Length
15 days
Rating (4.77)
Starts at
4,999
Flights start at
850
Program No. 18731RJ

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At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven, rocky, and hilly terrain and cobblestones.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Delve into the rich archaeology of the Dingle Peninsula, finding prehistoric and medieval remains in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
  • Take an Irish language lesson at a Gaelic cultural center.
  • Spend a full day on Inis Mor, the largest of the Islands of Aran, exploring remarkable ruins and relics.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
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See Dublin on foot, an architectural walking guide
by Julie Craig
Guide to the National and Historical Monuments of Ireland
by P.Harbison
Since its first publication in 1970, this classic Guide has introduced countless thousands to the archaeological riches with which the Irish landscape is endowed. Detailed plans and reference maps, reconstructions and illustrations enliven the text, which describes all the monuments in close detail. A comprehensive introduction places these monuments within the context of Irish history. The author's unparalleled knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, his subject have ensured that this Guide is an indispensable companion for everyone travelling through Ireland who wishes to appreciate the riches of its ancient building heritage.
The Irish World: The History and Cultural Achievements of the Irish People
by Brian de Breffny
The Peoples of Ireland: From Prehistory to Modern Times
by Liam de Paor and Kevin B Nolan
Ireland in the 20th Century
by Tim Pat Coogan
Ireland entered the twentieth century savaged by poverty and memories of the famine but inspired by the Celtic Dawn, a remarkable cultural renaissance led by Yeats, Synge and Lady Gregory. She left it in the era of the Celtic Tiger, with unparalleled prosperity and a new, confident, outward-looking view of herself and the world - although this prosperity and self-confidence is now giving way to uncertainty. In the intervening hundred years, Ireland has experienced more 'history' than almost any other country: beginning under the British crown, she was racked by revolution, the Anglo-Irish war, partition and civil conflict. Led by towering figures such as Michael Collins and De Valera, she has suffered terrible hardships and disputes but has nevertheless provided brilliant cultural and literary examples and is now a country of importance in the wider international community, providing leadership in a variety of moral and development issues. In this readable and authoritative study, Ireland's bestselling popular historian tells the extraordinary story of how contemporary Ireland came into existence. Covering both South and North and dealing with social and cultural history as well as political, this will surely become a definitive single-volume account of the making of modern Ireland.
Modern Ireland 1660-1970
by Roy Foster
A history of Ireland from 1600 to 1972; an account not only of the events themselves but also the way in which those events acted upon the peoples living in Ireland to produce an 'Irish Nation'; a description of that nation's tragedy and resilience.
After the Famine: Irish Agriculture 1850-1914
by Michael Turner
After the Famine examines the recovery in Irish agriculture in the wake of the disastrous potato famine of the 1840s, and presents an annual agricultural output series for Ireland from 1850 to 1914. Michael Turner’s detailed study is in three parts: he analyses the changing structure of agriculture in terms of land use and peasant occupancy; he presents estimates of the annual value of Irish output between 1850 and 1914; and he assesses Irish agricultural performance in terms of several measures of productivity. These analyses are placed in the context of British and European agricultural development, and suggest that, contrary to prevailing orthodoxies, landlords rather than tenants were the main beneficiaries in the period leading up to the land reforms. After the Famine is an important contribution to an extremely controversial area of Irish social and economic history.
The Ulysses Guide, Tours through Joyce’s Dublin
by Robert Nicholson
Ireland 1912-1985
by J.J.Lee
7 Days in Dublin: Everything to See and Do
by Shane Kennedy
To School Through the Fields: An Irish Country Childhood
by Alice Taylor
Lyrical reminiscences of growing up Irish, recounted with both wistfulness and wit by a postmistress from Innishannon. Raised on a farm by a quick-tempered father and a cheerfully indulgent mother, Taylor and her six siblings enjoyed a childhood of boundless freedom as the family worked together sowing their fields, nourished themselves with their own crops and livestock, walked miles across verdant hills to and from their two-room schoolhouse, and rode their wagon to Mass in town on Sundays. As befits one whose early years were spent in such close proximity to nature, Taylor's eye is refreshingly unsentimental as she recounts local legends featuring neighbors she knew from birth, including a crone-like skinflint who hoarded her tea cake from hungry callers while allowing the beloved birds in her cottage's thatched roof practically to bring the house down; a bachelor farmer who dressed only in long johns and a long white beard; the dutiful priests who performed Mass in each house in turn, no matter how mean or eccentric its inhabitants; and the schoolteachers who punctuated monotonous sessions of rote memorization with sharp slaps on their pupils' knuckles. Informed with an earthy, childlike sensuality, these stories evoke a time when family life consisted of a procession of joyful celebrations, when neighbors tended to one another's needs as a matter of course, and when nature was a benevolent presence, intimately connected with every soul. A best-seller in Ireland, this slim collection should find a modest niche among country-loving American readers as well. (Kirkus Reviews)
Ireland : The Emerald Isle and Its People
by Mark Morris and Anthony Cassidy
Ireland, a Bicycle and a Tin Whistle
by D.Wilson
The Concise History of Ireland
by Sean Duffy
This attractive one-volume survey tells the story of Ireland from earliest times to the present. The text is complemented by 200 illustrations, including maps, photographs and diagrams. Sean Duffy, the general editor of the bestselling Atlas of Irish History , has written a text of exceptional clarity. Duffy stresses the enduring themes of his story: the long cultural continuity; the central importance of Ireland's relationships with Britain and mainland Europe; and the intractability of the ethnic and national divisions in modern Ulster.
A Guide to the Landscape of Ireland
by Frank Mitchell
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15 days
14 nights
26 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Shannon, To Killarney, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Killarney
D
Earls Court House Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This program is staffed with a Group Leader who will accompany us throughout the program and deal with logistics, deliver informal talks, conduct some field trips, and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. At various points during the program, we will be joined by local experts, who will lecture and conduct field trips. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room, we’ll have a 3-course plated and served welcome dinner with coffee, tea and water; other beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
Ireland’s History, The Dingle Peninsula
Killarney
B,D
Earls Court House Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 110 miles, approximately 4 hours. Walking approximately 3 miles, periods of standing; varied terrain including grassy flat areas, gravel paths, and rugged hilly trails; some low entrances to ancient buildings. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, we’ll have a full Irish breakfast buffet. Choices vary but will include a variety of eggs, breakfast meats, tomato, potatoes, cereals, fruit, toast, pastries and jams, plus juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We’ll gather at the hotel for a lecture on Ireland’s history, delivered by a local expert. After the lecture, we will take a motorcoach to the Dingle Peninsula to explore the area’s rich archaeological heritage and unique culture. Once cited as “the most beautiful place on earth” by National Geographic magazine, much of the peninsula is a Gaeltacht – an area where the Irish language is widely spoken at home, in the workplace, and at school. As we ride along narrow country roads, enjoying spectacular sea views, our Group Leader will explain the ways in which governments and communities have made efforts to preserve the Irish Gaelic language since the establishment of the Irish Free State in the 1920s. Along the way, we’ll make a stop in Dingle Town, where we’ll have the opportunity for independent exploration.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: We’ll be joined by a local expert to continue our exploration of the Dingle Peninsula, whose Slea Head is the westerly part of Ireland. The sandstone of the rugged peninsula has been a rich resource for builders through the ages, and ancient stone structures abound in the landscape. Our local expert will explain the significance of these prehistoric and medieval constructions. Some of the most distinctive, which we’ll explore during our field trip, are the beehive huts (clocháns) and the mysterious Gallarus Oratory. Our local expert will also give us a history and a firsthand account of life on the peninsula, including changes that have taken place here in recent decades. We’ll return to the hotel by motorcoach after our field trip, and the remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: Plated hotel meal.

Evening: At leisure. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions should you wish to further explore Killarney.

DAY
4
The Ring of Kerry, Dinner With A Local Family
Killarney
B,L,D
Earls Court House Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 105 miles, approximately 5 hours. Walking approximately 2 miles, periods of standing; varied terrain including paved streets, grass with uneven rocky areas, stone paving, gravel paths, sandy beach. Extent and duration of walking and other activities in Sneem according to personal choice. Transport arrangements and driving distances for dinner with local families vary.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Traveling by motorcoach with a local expert, we’ll explore the Ring of Kerry, which is made up of spectacular coastal and mountain scenery that envelops the towns of Glenbeigh, Cahersiveen, Waterville, and Sneem. We’ll stop in Rossbeigh and enjoy a walk along the dramatic sandy beach that provides a safe haven for all kinds of marine life and seabirds. It is a designated natural heritage area and a Special Area of Conservation.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in the charming village of Cahersiveen, we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water; other beverages are available for purchase.

Afternoon: The picturesque village of Sneem comprises two squares, North and South, with a bridge acting as a knot between them. We’ll stop for some time to explore the village independently on foot as we continue our field trip by motorcoach around the Ring of Kerry. We’ll finish our field trip at the hotel, with some time to relax before dinner. In the late afternoon, we will meet members of the families who will host our dinners this evening and travel to their homes.

Dinner: In the homes of local host families from the surrounding area, we’ll be treated to family-style meals featuring traditional dishes. While chatting with our hosts and savoring home-cooked Irish cuisine, we’ll learn about the rhythm of daily Irish life.

Evening: After returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
5
Killarney National Park, Free Time
Killarney
B
Earls Court House Hotel

Activity note: Walking about 3 miles, periods of standing; varied terrain including tarmac and gravel paths, woodland, uneven grassy areas. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll set out on foot for a field trip to Killarney National Park, led by our Group Leader. The park is home to magnificent native oak woods and one of the oldest yew woods in Europe. We’ll enjoy a gentle hike through the park, and hope to catch a glimpse of the native Irish red deer along the way.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most in Killarney. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
6
Transfer to Galway, The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren
Galway
B,D
The Hardiman Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 205 miles, approximately 5.5 hours. Walking approximately 2 miles, periods of standing; varied terrain including paved streets and paths, flat grassy areas, uneven limestone surfaces; main routes at Cliffs of Moher include numerous steps, alternative step-free access is available.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Once checked out of the hotel, we’ll begin our transfer by motorcoach to Galway.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like in the coastal town of Lahinch.

Afternoon: As we continue our transfer to Galway, we will take a field trip to two of Ireland’s most incredible natural phenomena. We will begin at the spectacular and world-famous Cliffs of Moher, a few miles along the coast from Lahinch. The cliffs rise like a cathedral into the sky some 700 feet over the wild Atlantic Ocean, with views stretching as far as Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Human activity here dates back at least 2,000 years. They are home to one of Ireland’s major colonies of cliff-nesting seabirds, and also lend their name to a popular fiddle jig performed at least as early as 1850. After an introduction by our Group Leader, we’ll have some time for self-directed exploration at the visitor center. We’ll continue by motorcoach to the Burren, where we’ll meet a local expert who will lead us through one of the largest karst limestone landscapes in Europe. The Burren — meaning “rocky place” — is what remains of a tropical sea from 350 million years ago. The starkly beautiful karst limestone surface is almost moonlike in appearance. Geologists, botanists, and zoologists flock to this region to learn about its rare flora and fauna. We will take a gentle hike on this rugged terrain, which together with the Cliffs of Moher forms a UNESCO Global Geopark. We’ll complete our transfer to Galway by motorcoach, and check in to the hotel with some time to settle in to our rooms before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Galway, Community Visit, The Claddagh, Glenlo Abbey
Galway
B,D
The Hardiman Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 5 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking approximately 2 miles, walking and standing for up to 2 hours. Paved city streets with numerous cobbled areas. You may wish to wear more formal attire for the dinner at Glenlo Abbey. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will take an in-depth look at different aspects of Irish heritage and community life in Ireland, meeting locals who are actively involved in preserving their region’s culture and heritage at a community center. Following this, we will enjoy an expert-led walk around Galway during which we will visit the Spanish Arch and part of the original city wall before making our way down the cobbled streets to the tiny fishing enclave of the Claddagh. Immortalized in the song “Galway Bay,” the Claddagh is also where the piece of traditional jewelry – the Claddagh Ring – originated as a symbol of love, friendship, loyalty and commitment.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: We’ll begin the afternoon with some time for independent exploration in Galway. In the late afternoon, we’ll board a motorcoach at the hotel and ride to our dinner venue, Glenlo Abbey. Despite its name, the Abbey was never consecrated. It was constructed in the 1790s as a private church adjoining a grand house built in 1740 for the Ffrenches, one of the fourteen “Tribes of Galway” — famed merchant families who dominated the economic and social life of the city at that time. In the years since, ownership of the house and estate passed to other notable Galway families, and in the 1980s it was converted into a hotel. Upon arrival at historic Glenlo Abbey, we will be welcomed by our host, a Galway academic and expert in the field of Anglo-Irish literature.

Dinner: At Glenlo Abbey, we’ll enjoy a sumptuous candlelit plated dinner with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: During our dinner, we’ll enjoy conversation on the topics of the Irish Big House and Galway’s literary tradition. After returning to the hotel by motorcoach, the rest of the evening will be at leisure.

DAY
8
Inis Mor, Free Time
Galway
B,D
The Hardiman Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach and boat; driving about 50 miles, approximately 2 hours; ferry crossing approximately 3/4 hour each way. Varied terrain, south side of island generally rugged cliff paths with some steep sections, north side generally paved village streets and narrow country roads (with few vehicles other than bikes), sandy beaches. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach and ride along the Connemara coast to the village of Rossaveel. At the village’s harbor, we’ll board a ferry and sail to Inis Mor, the largest of the islands of Aran. Stepping ashore, we’ll meet a local resident who will introduce us to this last remnant of authentic Gaelic civilization, where Christian ruins stand side by side with remarkable Pagan relics. The remainder of the morning will be free for independent exploration. You may wish to set out on foot, bicycle, mini-van or traditional horse-drawn jaunty car.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time to continue your independent exploration of Inis Mor. Please refer to the list of free time opportunities for Inis Mor (listed under Galway) for further information. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. We’ll regroup at the pier in Kilronan in the late afternoon, and return to the hotel by ferry and motorcoach.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
9
Transfer to County Donegal, Sligo, Drumcliffe
Ballyshannon
B,D
Dorrians Imperial Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 150 miles, approximately 5 hours. Walking about 1/2 mile, periods of standing; paved streets, grass lawns.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll begin our transfer by motorcoach to County Donegal. Undoubtedly one of Ireland’s most untouched and ruggedly beautiful counties, County Donegal’s striking landscape has remained relatively unaffected by the passage of time. The Donegal people, too, are renowned for their warmth and hospitality.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like in the town of Sligo, en route to County Donegal.

Afternoon: En route from Sligo to County Donegal, we’ll make a stop at Drumcliffe, the final resting place of famed Irish poet W.B. Yeats. Yeats is remembered as an important cultural leader, as a major playwright, and as one of the very greatest poets of the century. The epitaph on his gravestone is well known: “Cast a cold eye / On life / On death / Horseman, pass by!” Once we have completed our motorcoach transfer to Donegal, we will check in to the hotel with some time to settle in to our rooms before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll be joined at the hotel by local musicians, who will regale us with a performance of traditional Irish music.

DAY
10
Killybegs, Irish Language Lesson, Glencolmcille
Ballyshannon
B,D
Dorrians Imperial Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 105 miles, approximately 3.5 hours. Walking about 2.5 miles, periods of standing; varied terrain including paved streets, gravel paths, uneven grassy areas.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will board a motorcoach and ride to Killybegs, a fishing port located on a large natural harbor, where we’ll take a walking field trip.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like in Killybegs.

Afternoon: We’ll board a motorcoach and ride to Glencolmcille, where we’ll take an Irish language lesson at a cultural center aiming to preserve Gaelic language and culture. After our lesson, we’ll set out on foot to explore Glencolmcille, a unique and beautiful place that was chosen as a base by St. Columba, one of Ireland’s three patron saints. The name Glencolmcille, or “Gleann Cholm Cille,” means “The Glen of St. Columba’s Church” in the Irish language. It is not surprising that Glencolmcille is rarely on a standard Irish itinerary — you need to be determined to get there — but due to the stark beauty of its landscape, it has been drawing visitors for over 1,500 years. We will also enjoy an expert-led walk to one of the 15 Pilgrimage Stones, retracing the steps of pilgrims from 500 CE. We’ll return to the hotel by motorcoach after our field trips.

Dinner: Plated hotel meal.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
11
Transfer to Dublin, Ulster American Folk Park
Dublin
B,L,D
Camden Court Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 150 miles, approximately 4.5 hours. Walking about 2.5 miles, periods of standing; varied terrain including paved streets, some cobbled areas, gravel and woodland paths; steps to some areas at Ulster American Folk Park, including entrances to some buildings.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll board a motorcoach to begin our transfer to Dublin, the bustling capital of the Republic of Ireland and our final destination. We’ll pass through County Tyrone, one of the six counties of Northern Ireland as we make our way to the Ulster American Folk Park, an outdoor museum that tells the poignant story of emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th and 19th centuries. Volunteers in period costumes demonstrate day-to-day tasks of the era and the site consists of period housing, industry, and even a full-scale sailing ship.

Lunch: At a restaurant near the Ulster American Folk Park, we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will complete our transfer to Dublin, a settlement since the 8th century. Dublin is abundant with great universities, cathedrals and theatres and carries with it a unique literary legacy. Upon arrival, we will check in to our hotel with some time to relax and settle in to our rooms before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Exploring Dublin, Free Time
Dublin
B,L
Camden Court Hotel

Activity note: Walking about 2.5 miles, periods of standing; paved streets, some cobbled areas, gravel paths, grassy areas. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will set out on a field trip exploring Dublin’s rich literary heritage. Our program was planned far in advance when details of specific bookings were not available. When confirmed, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

Lunch: At a local restaurant we'll have a 2-course plated meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll enjoy a theatre performance at one of Dublin's historic buildings. Afterwards, we will have some time for independent exploration in central Dublin.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
General Post Office, Free Time
Dublin
B
Camden Court Hotel

Activity note: Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll set out on foot to Dublin’s iconic GPO, or General Post Office, significant for the role it played in the Rising of 1916 as the Irish Volunteers’ main stronghold. Inside the GPO, which still functions as the headquarters of the Irish postal service An Post, we’ll explore the immersive exhibition and learn how the Rising shaped modern Ireland.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Free Day in Dublin
Dublin
B,D
Camden Court Hotel

Activity note: Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Free time. Experience all of the variety that Dublin has to offer during a day of free time in Ireland’s capital and most populous city. You might like to take a field trip to the Hill of Tara and the megalithic tomb of Newgrange, or visit Glendalough in beautiful County Wicklow. Alternatively, you could relax, sip a coffee, and gossip with the locals as you sample some of Dublin’s famed café culture.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time. You might like to explore some more of Dublin’s many bookshops and museums, or see the National Library of Ireland’s genealogy research section.

Dinner: At a local eatery in Dublin’s city center, we’ll have a 3-course plated and served farewell dinner with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase. We’ll spend our last evening in Dublin enjoying traditional Irish food and relaxed banter as we bid farewell to Ireland and our newfound friends.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
15
Program Concludes
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Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m. See your program’s Transportation Information regarding transfers.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. Some participants may depart prior to breakfast, whereupon a boxed breakfast will be provided. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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