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Explore Ireland

Stay in Luxury Bed & Breakfast Cottages at the heart of Ireland with our Program Directors showing you and your new friends a different part of the Ireland every day.
You'll see busy city streets, rolling green hills, glacial valleys with lakes and waterfalls, awe-inspiring cliffs, norman castles, neolithic monuments.
You'll experience amazing food, music, dance, and singing, and you'll meet the friendliest people on earth.

Introduction

We organize a handful of programs each year for independent high school students.
(Independent students are those traveling without their teacher.)
Each group travels one of our US-based Program Directors and an assistant.
Just like our regular programs, we take care of all the logistics:
  • Flights
  • Accommodations
  • Breakfasts and Dinners
  • Ground Transport
  • Local Guides
  • Entrance Fees
  • Gratuities
And, just like our regular programs you can pay in easy monthly installments.

Eligibility

Summer Programs are open to students in high school at time of enrollment.
We recommend Explore Ireland to students in Grades 9-12.

Availability

We are limiting enrollment on this program to between 8 and 18 students.

Itinerary

Day City Highlights
1 Airborne Meet your Program Director at the airport for an overnight flight to Ireland!
2 Lakelands Private 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.
3 Dublin City Private 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.
4 The South Private 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.
5 The North Day 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.
6 The West Private 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.
7 The West Choose 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.
8 Dublin City Private 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).
9 Airborne Enjoy a farewell Full Irish Breakfast before boarding our private transport to the airport. Slainté!
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