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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
3,999
Flights start at
625
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
3,999
Flights start at
625
Program No. 18731 RJ
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Apr 15 - Apr 29, 2021
Starting at
3,999
May 6 - May 20, 2021
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3,999
May 13 - May 27, 2021
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3,999
May 27 - Jun 10, 2021
Starting at
3,999
Jun 3 - Jun 17, 2021
Starting at
4,129
Jun 17 - Jul 1, 2021
Starting at
4,129
Jul 8 - Jul 22, 2021
Starting at
4,129
Aug 26 - Sep 9, 2021
Starting at
4,129
Sep 2 - Sep 16, 2021
Starting at
4,129
Sep 3 - Sep 17, 2021
Starting at
4,129
Sep 16 - Sep 30, 2021
Starting at
4,129
Oct 7 - Oct 21, 2021
Starting at
3,999
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 15 - Apr 29, 2021
Starting at
4,729
May 6 - May 20, 2021
Starting at
4,729
May 13 - May 27, 2021
Starting at
4,729
May 27 - Jun 10, 2021
Starting at
4,729
Jun 3 - Jun 17, 2021
Starting at
4,829
Jun 17 - Jul 1, 2021
Starting at
4,829
Jul 8 - Jul 22, 2021
Starting at
4,829
Aug 26 - Sep 9, 2021
Starting at
4,829
Sep 2 - Sep 16, 2021
Starting at
4,829
Sep 3 - Sep 17, 2021
Starting at
4,829
Sep 16 - Sep 30, 2021
Starting at
4,829
Oct 7 - Oct 21, 2021
Starting at
4,729

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 10 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, where Christian ruins stand side by side with remarkable Pagan 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.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
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.
Ireland 1912-1985
by J.J.Lee
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)
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.
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
A Guide to the Landscape of Ireland
by Frank Mitchell
The Ulysses Guide, Tours through Joyce’s Dublin
by Robert Nicholson
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.
The Peoples of Ireland: From Prehistory to Modern Times
by Liam de Paor and Kevin B Nolan
Ireland, a Bicycle and a Tin Whistle
by D.Wilson
See Dublin on foot, an architectural walking guide
by Julie Craig
7 Days in Dublin: Everything to See and Do
by Shane Kennedy
Ireland : The Emerald Isle and Its People
by Mark Morris and Anthony Cassidy





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