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Ireland’s Coasts from North to South tour

Ireland’s Coasts from North to South

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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
18 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • With a National Trust expert, explore Giants Causeway and learn the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit a working Irish farm where you will get the opportunity to milk a cow and try your hand at baking traditional Irish soda bread.
  • Learn about the history of Northern Ireland with a field trip to the political murals in Belfast and an excursion to the parliament of Northern Ireland.

Short Description

Journey from the natural wonder that is the Giants Causeway to the rugged seacoast of the Southwest as you experience the unrivaled beauty of Ireland. Walk the Walls of Derry, and discover Northern Ireland’s troubled history in Belfast. Witness the haunting beauty of the Inishowen peninsula in county Donegal and journeying south, explore the stone age passage tombs of Newgrange. Learn about Irish emigration while in Cork and encounter some of Ireland’s greatest treasures — its people — as you meet a Member of Parliament in Belfast and dine with local families in county Cork.

Stride Take

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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 Only ground transport
Start City Belfast
End City Dublin

Trip Includes

  • 16 nights of accommodations
  • 4 expert-led lectures
  • 20 expert-led field trips
  • 5 hands-on experiences
  • 1 performance
  • 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

In Flight

Day 2: Arrival Day, Belfast

Meals: Dinner

Jury's Inn Belfast

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: 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 seated three course dinner will be taken in the hotel dining room with coffee, tea and water. Other beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure to unpack, relax and prepare for the program ahead.

Day 3: Belfast Murals, Stormont, Belfast

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Jury's Inn Belfast

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: Enjoy an illustrated talk on the colourful and evocative murals of Belfast, followed by an expert-led field trip to the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at a local restaurant such as Molly's Yard in the city centre.

Afternoon: This afternoon, enjoy an expert-led motor coach ride around this endlessly fascinating city.

Dinner: In the hotel.

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

Day 4: Amargh & St. Patrick’s Cathedrals, Belfast

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Jury's Inn Belfast

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We begin this morning with a lecture on "The Legend of St Patrick: Ireland's Revered Saint". We depart by motor coach for Armagh where we will experience an expert-led visit of Armagh Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at a local restaurant such as 4 Vicars in the centre of Armagh.

Afternoon: Following our excursion in Armagh, we will return to Belfast by motor coach for free time.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 5: Transfer to Derry, Giant’s Causeway

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: City Hotel Derry.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We board the motor coach to transfer to Derry, stopping en route to enjoy a field trip to Bushmills Whiskey distillery, the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery having first been operational from 1608.

Lunch: Lunch will be served in the village of Bushmills.

Afternoon: This afternoon we visit the Giant’s Causeway, a natural amphitheatre made up of hexagonal shaped basalt rocks, and a UNESCO world heritage site. We will begin in the capable hands of a National Trust expert as we explore the site, before some free time to allow you to make the most of this breathtaking natural phenomenon. The transfer to Derry then continues.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 6: Derry’s City Walls, The Inishowen Peninsula, Derry

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: City Hotel Derry.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Discover why Derry is regarded as one of the best examples of a walled city in Europe as we set out on foot with a local expert. Following the walk, we depart by motor coach for a field trip to the Inishowen Peninsula to take in the spectacular coastal scenery.

Lunch: Served in a traditional Irish pub in the seaside town of Culdaff.

Afternoon: Our field trip around the Inishowen Peninsula continues.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 7: Transfer to Galway, Yeats at Drumcliff, Galway

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Salthill Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We depart by motor coach for Galway – the cradle of Gaelic culture in the West and often referred to as the “city of tribes”, as it was home to 14 famous merchant families. 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!”

Lunch: Lunch will be served in a restaurant en route.

Afternoon: The transfer to Galway continues.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 8: Connemara, Galway

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Salthill Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we travel by motor coach for a full day exploring Connemara. A broad peninsula between Killary Harbour and Kilkieran Bay in the west of County Galway, Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland. Expect to see Cong, the Quiet Man and Kylemore Abbey – the oldest Benedictine abbey in Ireland.

Lunch: Served in Kylemore Abbey.

Afternoon: We continue on to explore the sleepy seaside villages of Connemara, stopping at Lough Inagh Lodge in the village of Recess. Enjoy the opportunity to try an Irish Coffee in this beautiful old hunting lodge, nestling on the shores of Lake Inagh. Our day continues with a visit to the award winning Cnoc Suain Heritage Centre for an insight into the rural folklore, traditions and way of life in the west of Ireland.

Dinner: Served at a restaurant in the village of Spiddal.

Evening: Return to Galway by motor coach after dinner, followed by free time.

Day 9: Galway City

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Salthill Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Take in an informative lecture on “The Celts and the West of Ireland”, followed by an expert-led walking orientation of Galway City in the company of a local historian.

Lunch: Served in a traditional Irish restaurant, Ard Bia on the river at Spanish Arch.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 10: Transfer to Cork, Cliffs of Moher & the Burren

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Imperial Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We board the motor coach to transfer to the city of Cork. En route will we stop to take in the natural wonders of the world-famous Cliffs of Moher, with time to linger by the cliffs which rise like a cathedral into the sky some 700 feet above the wild Atlantic Ocean. We’ll then continue onwards towards the Burren to meet a local expert, who will lead us through one of the largest karst limestone landscapes in Europe, stopping for a short hike on its moon-like terrain.

Lunch: Taken in a pub in the village of Kilfenora.

Afternoon: We continue on to Cork City. Ireland’s second largest city, Cork was founded in the 7th Century and is today a bustling, lively little city.

Dinner: Three course served and plated dinner In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 11: Cobh, The Queenstown Centre, Cork.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Imperial Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We travel to Cobh by motor coach, where we will be treated to an expert-led walk of this attractive port town, followed by a visit to the Queenstown Story exhibition. Here we retrace the steps of 2.5 million adults and children who emigrated from Ireland on coffin ships, early steamers and finally on the great liners.

Lunch: Taken out at the Queenstown Centre.

Afternoon: Free time in Cork after returning to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be taken with local host families in Carrigaline.

Evening: Spend some time this evening getting an insight into life in a modern Irish home as you enjoy dinner with your host family.

Day 12: Transfer to Killarney, Blarney Castle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Earls Court House Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We depart Cork by motor coach for Killarney, via Blarney Castle – home of the famous Blarney Stone. Tradition dictates that the gift of eloquence is conferred on all those who kiss the stone!

Lunch: Served in Blarney.

Afternoon: We continue on to Killarney. We’ll have a short orientation walk around the local area before enjoying an Irish coffee demonstration.

Dinner: Three course served and plated dinner In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 13: Ring of Kerry, Killarney

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Earls Court House Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We begin with a talk and slide show, “A Ramble Down the Ol’ Bothrain”, before we depart by motor coach with a local expert to explore the Ring of Kerry. The Ring of Kerry is made up of spectacular coastal and mountain scenery, enveloping the towns of Glenbeigh, Cahersiven, Waterville and Sneem. We’ll enjoy a visit to Muckross House en route, a magnificent Victorian mansion spectacularly situated close to the eastern shore of Muckross Lake

Lunch: Served in Cahersiveen.

Afternoon: The field trip continues.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 14: Transfer to Dublin, Waterford, Tramore

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Ashling Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Depart by motor coach for Dublin, Ireland’s capital city and your final destination. On the way we’ll visit the world-famous Waterford Crystal visitors centre.

Lunch: Enjoy a community hosted lunch in the seaside town of Tramore, County Waterford.

Afternoon: The transfer to Dublin continues.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 15: St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Ashling Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Orientate yourself to Dublin with an expert-led field trip of the city, including visits to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy an evening on one of Dublin’s many renowned theatres.

Day 16: Brú na Bóinne, Dublin

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Ashling Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Board the motor coach for an expert led visit of Brú na Bóinne in nearby County Meath. Brú na Bóinne comprises the Neolithic burial chambers of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. Their survival through more than 5,500 years reflects the sophistication of their design and ingenuity of the Stone Age men who constructed them.

Lunch: Served at Causey Farm.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at Causey Farm, a family run cattle and sheep farm. Meet the family, stroll through the farm and discover the traditional practices of Irish farming.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 17: Glendalough, Dublin

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Ashling Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We begin with a lecture on “Christian & Monastic Ireland”, before boarding the motor coach and departing for Glendalough. First established in the 6th Century, Glendalough is a Christian Monastic site magnificently situated in a glacial valley between two lakes.

Lunch: Served in Wicklow.

Afternoon: The field trip continues.

Dinner: A farewell dinner at the hotel with an evening of traditional Irish music and song.

Evening: Your farewell continues.

Day: 18: Program Concludes, In Flight

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast: In the hotel. Some participants may depart prior to breakfast.

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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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group - 25 + people

Accomodations

Jury's Inn Belfast: 3 nights  Belfast

Modern hotel located in the heart of the city next to Belfast Opera House.         

 

City Hotel Derry.: 2 nights  Derry

City Hotel Derry enjoys an idyllic location perched on the banks of the River Foyle, within 5 minutes walking distance of the historic Derry Walls. These walls remain the oldest complete defensive walls in Ireland.

 

Salthill Hotel: 3 nights  Galway

The hotel boasts views over Galway Bay, Clare Hills Salthill Promenade.

 

Imperial Hotel: 2 nights  Cork

AVEDA Lifestyle Salon and Spa.

 

Earls Court House Hotel: 2 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.   

 

Ashling Hotel: 4 nights  Dublin 8

The Ashling is located in the heart of historic Dublin adjacent to Heuston Station, Dublin Zoo, Kilmainham Gaol and on the Luas red line.

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Meals Included:

16 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches and 14 Dinners

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