21258
Ireland
Enchanting Ireland: Town and Country
From the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher to the vibrant city of Dublin, discover myths, history, traditions and local life on this comprehensive exploration of the Emerald Isle.
Rating (4.85)
Program No. 21258RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
2,250
Flights start at
800
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11 days
10 nights
19 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival Day & Transfer to Ennistymon
Ennistymon.
L,D
Falls Hotel

Lunch: A served lunch in the hotel with tea, coffee and water. Other beverages are available for purchase.

Afternoon: Arrivals continue, with free time for those who have already arrived. Before dinner we will have an Orientation in the hotel. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities and answer any questions you may have. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: A served dinner in the hotel with tea, coffee and water. Other beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: Free time to unpack, relax and prepare for the program ahead. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions should you wish to further explore Ennistymon.

DAY
3
Galway & Coole Park Nature Reserve
Ennistymon.
B,D
Falls Hotel

Breakfast: A full Irish breakfast in the hotel dining room. Choices vary but will include a variety of eggs, bacon, sausages, tomato, potatoes, cereals, fruit, toast, pastries and jams served with water, juices, tea and coffee.

Morning: We’ll board the motor coach for a full day field trip to Galway and Coole Park. Discover the cradle of Gaelic culture in the West and often referred to as the “city of tribes”, as it was once home to 14 famous merchant families. You’ll enjoy an expert-led walk around the city, visiting Galway Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and part of the original city wall before finishing at the Galway City Museum for some free time. Should you wish to explore the museum, it houses a variety of permanent and touring exhibitions dealing with archaeology, local history, arts and crafts.

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 and give directions.

Afternoon: We board the motor coach for an afternoon field trip to Coole Park. Coole Park is a nature reserve spanning over 1000 acres and was the centre of the Irish Literary Revival in the early 20th Century; the seven woods celebrated by W.B Yeats can all be found within its confines. Here you’ll be able to trace your fingers across the historic Autograph Tree, its bark deeply engraved with the initials of many of the authors who helped Ireland rise to literary prominence during the revival.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Relax and enjoy an evening of traditional Irish music and dance.

DAY
4
The Cliffs of Moher & The Burren
Ennistymon.
B,L
Falls Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we travel by motor coach to view two of Ireland’s most incredible natural phenomena. We begin at the Burren where we will meet a local expert, who will lead us through one of the largest karst limestone landscapes in Europe, stopping for a gentle walk on its moon-like terrain.

Lunch: Served in the village of Kilfenora.

Afternoon: After lunch visit the spectacular and world-famous Cliffs of Moher. We’ll have time to linger by the cliffs, which rise like a cathedral into the sky some 700 feet over the wild Atlantic Ocean. The views stretch as far as Galway Bay and the Aran Islands, and the location is also home to one of the major colonies of cliff-nesting seabirds in Ireland.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
5
Transfer to Adare: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Adare
B,D
Dunraven Arms Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we transfer by motor coach to the charming village of Adare. Regarded as being one of Ireland’s most picturesque villages, it is steeped in history and has been the site of many rebellions, wars and conquests. This legacy has shaped the village today and you’ll find a fascinating story around every corner. En route we’ll take the opportunity to visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park in County Clare, home to the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Originally built in 1425, Bunratty Castle was restored in the 1950’s and now mainly reflects how it would have looked in the 15th and 16th Centuries. Within the grounds of the castle lies Bunratty Folk Park, a living village where 19th Century life is vividly recreated through actors, volunteers and a painstaking attention to detail. We’ll then continue onwards to Adare, where we’ll enjoy an expert-led walk around the village.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
6
The Dingle Peninsula: 6000 Years of History
Adare
B,D
Dunraven Arms Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We take a motor coach to the Dingle Peninsula, exploring 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. Along the way we’ll make a stop in Dingle Town, where you’ll have the opportunity for independent exploration.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like in the colourful fishing port of Dingle.

Afternoon: We’re joined by a local expert to continue our exploration of the Dingle Peninsula, whose Slea Head is the most westerly part of Ireland.

Dinner: Taken at a restaurant en-route.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
7
An Irish Dairy Farm
Adare
B
Dunraven Arms Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Board the motor coach for a field trip to a local dairy farm, where you will meet a seasoned farmer who lead you through Ireland’s rural traditions past and present.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
8
Transfer to Dublin: The National Stud & Japanese Gardens
Dublin.
B,D
Grand Canal Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we transfer to Dublin, Ireland’s bustling capital city, by motor coach. Along the way we’ll pay a visit to the Irish National Stud, a 1,000 acre holding where some of Ireland’s best racehorses are conceived and cared for. The site is also, somewhat surprisingly, the home to what is often considered to be the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe – a perfect place for quiet contemplation as you wander through its tranquil surrounds.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: The field trip and transfer continue.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
9
Dublin Castle, Trinity College & The Book of Kells
Dublin.
B,L,D
Grand Canal Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy an expert-led insight into Dublin as we visit Dublin Castle; in continuous occupation for over 800 years and, until 1922, the seat of British government in Ireland. We continue on to explore Trinity College. Trinity College, sometimes referred to as the University of Dublin, dates back to 1592 and is one of the seven ancient Universities of Britain and Ireland. It is also home to the Book of Kells, one of the finest examples of illuminated manuscript in the world. The artistry and attention to detail in its spellbinding calligraphy and illuminations truly is a sight behold and the book, dating back to 800 AD, is considered Ireland’s finest national treasure.

Lunch: We will visit a local farmer’s market where you will receive a lunch allowance to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Served at a local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a performance in one of Dublin’s many renowned theatres.

DAY
10
An Evening of Traditional Irish Music
Dublin.
B,D
Grand Canal Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Free time to continue your exploration of Dublin. Perhaps venture further afield to the ancient megalithic monument at Newgrange, or stay closer to home and undertake some ancestral research at the National Library of Ireland. Your Group Leader will be able to advise and give directions.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Enjoy a served farewell dinner at an evening of traditional Irish music.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
11
Program concludes
Dublin.
B

Breakfast: In the hotel. Some participants may depart prior to breakfast, whereupon a boxed breakfast will be provided.

Morning: Transfer to Dublin Airport (DUB) for onward flights. This concludes our program. 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 rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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