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Enchanting Ireland: Town and Country tour

Enchanting Ireland: Town and Country

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
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Highlights

  • Absorb the beauty of Ireland’s West at the soaring Cliffs of Moher and the otherworldly Burren.
  • Learn about the life of an Irish farmer as one welcomes you to his land and discusses the meeting of tradition and technology in agriculture.
  • In Dublin, get a look at the Book of Kells, attend a show at the Abbey Theatre and enjoy free time to discover the city.

Short Description

The spirit of Ireland is as stirring as a fiddle reel, as hearty as a pub breakfast and as complex as “Finnegans Wake.” Experience it as you explore Ireland’s cities, villages, farms and natural environments and interact with her people on this journey from the rural West to cosmopolitan Dublin in the East. Along the way, enjoy plenty of free time to make your own discoveries.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Internal airfare and ground transport
Start City Ennistymon
End City Dublin

Trip Includes

  • 9 nights of accommodations
  • 1 expert-led lecture
  • 10 expert-led field trips
  • 3 performances
  • An experienced Group Leader
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program
  • The Road Scholar Travel Protection Plan, 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage
  • Taxes

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Itinerary

Day 1: In Transit to Program

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Day 2: Arrival Day & Transfer to Ennistymon

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast

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.

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Falls Hotel: 3 nights  Ennistymon

Nestled in it’s wooded vale beside the tumbling waters of the River Inagh, the distinctive building known today as the Falls Hotel Spa Resort conceals within it’s walls an eighteenth century mansion, a late medieval castle, and a formidable history of four and a half centuries embracing clans and warfare, landlords and tenants, poets, dreamers and entrepreneurs.

 

Dunraven Arms Hotel: 3 nights  Adare

Country house hotel style with award winning beautiful landscaped gardens. The interior of the hotel contains antique furnishings and rich fabrics.

 

Grand Canal Hotel: 3 nights  Dublin 4

A coveted location in picturesque Dublin 4, the heart of the city near Dublin's theatre district of Grand Canal dock.

Guides

Shane Connolly

A native of the Burren, Shane Connolly has a diploma in archaeology from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a diploma in local and regional studies from University College Cork. He is also qualified with a certificate in agribusiness , a degree in business studies and currently runs a cattle and sheep farm in Corkscrew Hill, Ballyvaughan. An experienced educational excursion leader in the Burren, Shane enjoys good conversation and a laugh. His interests include place names, stone wall construction and folklore.

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9 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 7 Dinners

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