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Land of Saints & Scholars

Overview

Stay in Luxury Bed & Breakfast Cottages at the heart of Ireland with our Program Director showing your group a different part of Ireland every day. You'll see busy city streets, rolling green hills, spectacular glacial valleys with lakes and waterfalls, awe-inspiring cliffs, Norman castles, Viking churches, and ancient illustrated Christian texts. You'll experience amazing food, music, dance, and singing, and you'll meet the friendliest people on earth.

Highlights of Leinster: Dublin City, home to Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Temple Bar, Christchurch Cathedral (founded by the Vikings), Kilmainham Gaol and EPIC Ireland

Highlights of Connacht: The Cliffs of Moher, King John's Castle in Limerick, lunch at Bunratty Castle, and shopping in Galway.

Highlights of Munster: Kissing the Blarney Stone, The Rock of Cashel, The Titanic Experience and a trip out to Skellig Micheal.

Highlights of Meath: Viking Cruise on the River Shannon, Clonmacnoise Monastery (settled 546), and our cottage in Tullamore.

Highlights of Ulster: The Giant's Causeway, Crossing the rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede, Dunluce Castle, and dinner in Portrush.

Itinerary

DayCityHighlights
1AirborneMeet your Program Director at the airport for an overnight flight to Ireland!
2LakelandsPrivate transfer to farmhouse accommodations in the center of Ireland where we’ll unpack and head to the dining room to experience the renowned Full Irish Breakfast. After breakfast we depart for Athlone and take boat ride along the Shannon to Clonmacnoise (a monastery settled in 546). Guided Tour of Clonmacnoise. Private transfer back to Athlone for dinner overlooking the Shannon across from a beautifully lit Athlone Castle.
3Dublin CityPrivate transfer to Dublin. Visit Epic Ireland and learn about Ireland’s influential diaspora (you probably expect to hear about John F. Kennedy and Bono, but you probably didn’t expect to hear about Charles de Gaulle and Che Guevara!). Lunch. Guided tour of Christchurch Cathedral (founded in 1028 by a Viking King) and Kilmainham Gaol.
4The SouthPrivate transfer to Cork. Along the way we’ll stop and explore the Rock of Cashel and take in the Titanic Experience in Cobh. Visit Blarney Castle where we’ll be “Blessed with the Gift of the Gab” when we kiss the Blarney Stone.
5The NorthDay trip up north to see the fascinating basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway, cross the rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede and take in the incredible views from the coastal walk, then wander around the ruins of medieval Dunluce Castle high up on the coastal cliffs. Dinner overlooking the harbor in Portrush then transfer back to Tullamore.
6The WestPrivate transfer to Lahinch for some time strolling along the Cliffs of Moher. Lunch, then transfer to Limerick to explore the beautifully restored King John’s Castle. Coffee, then transfer to Portmagee.
7The WestChoose one: (A) Skellig Micheal - Boat ride out to Skellig Michael to explore the remains of the Christian Monastery (selected by J.J. Abrams as the first Jedi Temple in Star Wars: The Force Awakens); (B) Valentia Island - Road trip includes the Skellig Experience Visitor Center, Bray Head Tower, Cromwell Point Lighthouse, Geokaun Mountain, Fogher Cliffs, and the Subtropical Gardens at Glanleam. Evening of traditional music and food at Bunratty Castle.
8Dublin CityPrivate transfer to Dublin. Visit to the Book of Kells and the Trinity College Library (Harry Potter fans will recognize it immediately). Lunch in Saint Stephen’s Green followed by an afternoon of shopping on Grafton Street. The day ends with a professionally guided walk around the old inner city visiting a selection of restaurants including a few in the Temple Bar district (Dublin’s Cultural Quarter).
9AirborneEnjoy a farewell Full Irish Breakfast before boarding our private transport to the airport. Slainté!

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