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

Program No. 18731RJ
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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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. Your Group Leader and a host of memorable and knowledgeable scholars and locals offer you “céad míle fáilte” (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.

What You'll Learn

  • 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.
Featured Expert
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Antoinette O'Sullivan
Antoinette O'Sullivan grew up in the town of Killarney. Antoinette spent a few years teaching English as a foreign language, before following in her parents' footsteps into the world of group leading. She has lived in New York, Australia, Italy, and Spain. With a background in classics and English, and an M.A. in journalism, Antoinette likes to write, and is an Irish history and mythology fanatic. When not traveling, working, or writing, you’ll find her at a gig, or camping in the Irish countryside.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Antoinette O'Sullivan grew up in the town of Killarney. Antoinette spent a few years teaching English as a foreign language, before following in her parents' footsteps into the world of group leading. She has lived in New York, Australia, Italy, and Spain. With a background in classics and English, and an M.A. in journalism, Antoinette likes to write, and is an Irish history and mythology fanatic. When not traveling, working, or writing, you’ll find her at a gig, or camping in the Irish countryside.
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Meals
26 Meals
13 Breakfasts
3 Lunches
10 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Low Fat, Vegetarian, Low Salt, Gluten Free
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Sep 05, 2024 - Sep 19, 2024
  • Sep 05, 2024 - Sep 19, 2024
  • Jul 11, 2024 - Jul 25, 2024 (Killarney to Dublin)
  • Aug 01, 2024 - Aug 15, 2024 (Killarney to Dublin)
  • Aug 29, 2024 - Sep 12, 2024 (Killarney to Dublin)
  • Sep 05, 2024 - Sep 19, 2024 (Killarney to Dublin)
  • Sep 12, 2024 - Sep 26, 2024 (Killarney to Dublin)
  • Sep 19, 2024 - Oct 03, 2024 (Killarney to Dublin)
  • Oct 03, 2024 - Oct 17, 2024 (Killarney to Dublin)
  • Apr 10, 2025 - Apr 24, 2025 (Killarney to Dublin)
  • May 01, 2025 - May 15, 2025 (Killarney to Dublin)
  • May 08, 2025 - May 22, 2025 (Killarney to Dublin)
  • May 15, 2025 - May 29, 2025 (Killarney to Dublin)
  • Jun 05, 2025 - Jun 19, 2025 (Killarney to Dublin)
  • Jun 12, 2025 - Jun 26, 2025 (Killarney to Dublin)
  • Jul 03, 2025 - Jul 17, 2025 (Killarney to Dublin)
  • Aug 07, 2025 - Aug 21, 2025 (Killarney to Dublin)
  • Aug 28, 2025 - Sep 11, 2025 (Killarney to Dublin)
  • Sep 04, 2025 - Sep 18, 2025 (Killarney to Dublin)
  • Sep 11, 2025 - Sep 25, 2025 (Killarney to Dublin)
  • Sep 25, 2025 - Oct 09, 2025 (Killarney to Dublin)
  • Oct 02, 2025 - Oct 16, 2025 (Killarney to Dublin)
4 nights
Killarney
Earls Court House Hotel Killarney stands on its own grounds, located 7 minutes gentle stroll to Killarney’s bustling town centre. The olde world charm and relaxed atmosphere makes it your ideal base for exploring the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula and Killarney National Park.
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.
4 nights
Killarney
Family-owned town center hotel
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.
4 nights
Killarney
Earls Court House Hotel Killarney stands on its own grounds, located 7 minutes gentle stroll to Killarney’s bustling town centre. The olde world charm and relaxed atmosphere makes it your ideal base for exploring the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula and Killarney National Park.
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.
4 nights
Killarney
Family-owned town center hotel
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.
4 nights
Killarney
Earls Court House Hotel Killarney stands on its own grounds, located 7 minutes gentle stroll to Killarney’s bustling town centre. The olde world charm and relaxed atmosphere makes it your ideal base for exploring the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula and Killarney National Park.
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.
4 nights
Killarney
Family-owned town center hotel
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.
4 nights
Killarney
Earls Court House Hotel Killarney stands on its own grounds, located 7 minutes gentle stroll to Killarney’s bustling town centre. The olde world charm and relaxed atmosphere makes it your ideal base for exploring the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula and Killarney National Park.
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.
4 nights
Killarney
Family-owned town center hotel
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.
4 nights
Killarney
Family-owned town center hotel
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.
4 nights
Killarney
Family-owned town center hotel
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.
4 nights
Killarney
Family-owned town center hotel
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.
4 nights
Killarney
Family-owned town center hotel
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.
4 nights
Killarney
Family-owned town center hotel
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.
4 nights
Killarney
Family-owned town center hotel
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.
4 nights
Killarney
Family-owned town center hotel
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.
4 nights
Killarney
Family-owned town center hotel
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.
4 nights
Killarney
Family-owned town center hotel
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.
4 nights
Killarney
Family-owned town center hotel
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.
4 nights
Killarney
Family-owned town center hotel
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.
4 nights
Killarney
Family-owned town center hotel
3 nights
Galway City
Minutes walk from Eyre Square the Galway Harbour Hotel is convenient to all shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres.
2 nights
Stranolar
Between the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey, in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains, you’ll find Donegal’s warmest welcome at Kee’s Hotel. Established in 1845, the hotel has been family run for four generations, winning numerous awards of excellence.
4 nights
Dublin
Central city location, a short walk to St Stephens Green, Grafton Street and Trinity College.





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