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The Irish Isle: Intergenerational Enchantment

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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
13 days
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Highlights

  • A morning of song and storytelling with an expert storyteller captures the nuances between generations.
  • Enjoy a Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle and explore the haunting landscape of the Burren, learning about faerie forts and folklore.
  • Participate in living Gaelic traditions during workshops on traditional Irish dancing and music.

Short Description

Enter an enchanting world of folklore, forts and faeries in the magical land of Ireland, where landscape, myth and tradition permeate the country. Two generations study the Emerald Isle, learning about traditional sheep farming, exploring the unique landscape of County Clare, the Irish art of storytelling, and your own family history through lessons on tracing ancestral roots! An evening of “limericks,” as well as traditional Irish dance and music, introduces the rhythms of everyday life.

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 Cork
End City Ennis

Trip Includes

  • 11 nights of accommodations
  • 4 expert-led lectures
  • 15 expert-led field trips
  • 9 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: Overnight on board plane

Overnight in Flight

Day 2: Arrive at Shannon Airport, Cork

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Imperial Hotel

Lunch: Excluded

Afternoon: Check in at hotel. Welcome meeting and orientation at 5:00pm.

Dinner: At Hotel.

Evening: Free Evening

Day 3: Mythology & music with Irish dancing & tin whistle workshop, Cork

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Imperial Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Lecture: Irish Music and Mythology. Tea / Coffee. Followed by an Irish dancing lesson and a workshop showing how to learn a traditional Irish tune on the tin whistle.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Depart by coach on a guided field trip of Cork city including St Fin Barre's Cathedral and Cork city gaol.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 4: Cobh/Cork

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Imperial Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Lecture: Irish Folklore & Traditions: Celtic Gods, rituals and customs, curses and cures’. Depart on a field trip to Cobh: the Queenstown Story to learn at first hand about emigration from Ireland to America

Lunch: Lunch in Cobh at the Queenstown Centre.

Afternoon: Meet your guide Michael Martin to take the ‘Titanic Trail’: Follow in the footsteps of the passengers who boarded the doomed ‘Titanic’. Return to Cork via St. Colman’s Cathedral .

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Grandchildren ‘interview’ their grandparents in order to complete their family tree. Special prize for the grandchild with the most ancestral information!

Day 5: Blarney, Killarney

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: International Hotel Killarney

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart for Blarney Castle. Climb the steps to the top of the castle for spectacular views and kiss the Blarney Stone to get the ‘gift of gab’.

Lunch: Lunch at Blarney Woollen Mills hotel.

Afternoon: Transfer to the hotel in Killarney in Co Kerry.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 6: Outdoor Adventure Centre, Killarney

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: International Hotel Killarney

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart for a full day's field trip to an Outdoor Adventure Centre.

Lunch: Lunch at centre

Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon of activities at the Centre, including fun team building activities and water activities.

Dinner: Dinner at the Centre

Evening: Grandchildren: Supervised activities with leader

Day 7: Storytelling, Killarney

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: International Hotel Killarney

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Adventures and Heroes of Irish mythology; a morning of storytelling. Our story teller weaves worlds of mythic Irish lore, shrouding us in the mythological knowledge that has shaped this land. Tea/coffee. The Art of Storytelling, the traits of the craft: Release the storyteller within!. This involves the use of drama games, enactment, telling and retelling of tales both familiar and new. All the morning's activities work towards opening up the storytelling skills of each member.

Lunch: Lunch allowance given.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 8: Ring of Kerry. Kissane, Killarney

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: International Hotel Killarney

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Hear a lecutre on "Growing up in Kerry: A Ramble Down The Ol' Botharin" before embarking on a full day field trip around the Iveragh Peninsula: the world renowned ‘Ring of Kerry’ including a visit to the Kissane family Sheep Farm, located in the scenic area of Moll's Gap. The goal of this family run farm is to preserve the Irish heritage of mountain sheep farming and the mountain sheep that have been in the hills and on the roads of Kerry for over one hundred years. In doing so, the heritage of a traditional family farm in this Special Area of Conservation is saved for future generations. You will have the opportunity to learn about the work of the sheepdogs and see them in action on this mountainous terrain, to catch a sheep in the farmyard and try to shear it yourself and to bottle feed some of the orphan lambs!

Lunch: Taken en route.

Afternoon: The field trip continues.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 9: Lakes of Killarney.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: International Hotel Killarney

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Experience the most beautiful part of Ireland in the most memorable way; on board a traditional jaunting car where you will explore the famous Lakes of Killarney on a boat with your grandchildren. This spectacular tour will inform you on the history, legends & folklore of the area, and if you are lucky enough you might just bump into the odd 1 or 2 Leprechauns!!!

Lunch: At the Muckross Garden Restaurant.

Afternoon: Children depart by mini bus with leader to attend an afternoon of discovery with Irish young people their own age at Killarney National Park Education Centre, whose ethos is based on a hands-on approach to learning about nature. Activities include live capture and release of small mammals, scavenger hunts, food chain games, quizzes, pond dipping, moth trapping, and use of microscopes. It is hoped that through this the participant will become more aware of the value of an unspoilt environment and the need for conservation. Grandparents have a guided visit of Muckross House, a magnificent Victorian mansion in the beautiful surroundings of Killarney National Park.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Depart hotel for a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance.

Day 10: Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Ennis

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Old Ground Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart for Ennis in County Clare. Stopping at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.

Lunch: Lunch in Bunratty.

Afternoon: Look around the model village of traditional farm houses and cottages at Bunratty Folk Park.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Evening of Limericks. Learn how to put together your very own Limerick!.

Day 11: The Medieval City of Galway, Ennis

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Old Ground Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart for the medieval city of Galway. Talk and Introduction to the City of the Tribesfollowed by a walking tour of this medieval city.

Lunch: Enroute

Afternoon: Grandparents enjoy free time in Galway while the children visit an Atlantic Ocean Aquatic Centre and Swimming Pool.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Day 12: Cliffs of Moher & the Burren, Banquet at Knappogue Castle, Ennis

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Old Ground Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart for an excursion to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Explore the Burren, a magnificent moonscape type terrain renowned all over the world for its rare flora and fauna. via the Poulnabrone Dolmen. Dating from between 3800 and 3200 B.C., Poulnabone is one of the finest examples of a portal dolmen in Ireland. Depart for the village of Bealaclugga

Lunch: En route.

Afternoon: Take a Ramble through the foothills of the Burren with an expert guide and storyteller. See the landscape and terrain of the Fairies. Learn about Fairy Forts, scary banshees and ancient Celtic customs .

Dinner: At Knappogue Castle you will be taken back in time to medieval Ireland, where you will enjoy an authentic medieval banquet with court jesters and entertainers!

Day 13: Ennis

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Transfers to Shannon Airport for departure.

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Accomodations

Imperial Hotel: 3 nights  Cork City

The Imperial Hotel Cork, has been serving Cork city centre since 1813, when the Cork Committee of Merchants commissioned architect Sir Thomas Deane to design and build The Commercial Rooms. In 1816 the merchants requested Deane to extend the original building along Pembroke Street to serve as a hotel and coach-yard. The Imperial Hotel, originally the place where merchants met to discuss business, has played host to a number of renowned figures including Fr Mathew the temperance priest, writers such as Sir Walter Scott, William Makepeace Thackeray, Charles Dickens and the composer Liszt. Michael Collins, who negotiated the Free State Treaty in 1921 and is an important figure in Irish history, spent his last night in room 115 at the Imperial Hotel in Cork City Centre.

 

International Hotel Killarney: 5 nights  Killarney, Co. Kery

Uniquely Irish!

 

Old Ground Hotel: 3 nights  Co. Clare

Centrally located historic building

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.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 9

Max Age: 13

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TheIriRoa

Meals Included:

11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches and 11 Dinners

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