Ireland Trip Date Range: May 10-21, 2020. *This is a 9-day trip, exact departure and return dates will not be determined until early spring semester, but will fall within the published date range.
Day 1: Fly to Ireland
Meet your group and travel on an overnight flight to Dublin.
Day 2: Dublin
Explore Dublin: Welcome to the Emerald Isle, where the greens are greener and the history is rich and full. Depending on your arrival time, you may have free time to explore the city on your own. Explore Dublin: Join your Tour Director for a stroll through Dublin. Originally the Viking settlement of Baile Átha Cliath, which means “town of hurdles,” Dublin is situated on the banks of the River Liffey. This informative orientation is perfect for your first day in the historic capital of Ireland. Keep an eye out for Dublin’s famous 18th-century Georgian architecture as you stroll through the city. Walk down the brick-lined Grafton Street, the city’s premier shopping street, and make your way through Temple Bar, Dublin’s hippest neighborhood. Dinner: Tonight, enjoy a taste of Ireland with your group and get to know your new friends.
Day 3: Dublin
Sightseeing tour of Dublin: Experience Ireland’s capital, scenically situated between Dun Laoghaire and Howth Head’s rocky peaks. On your sightseeing tour, you’ll pass by Phoenix Park and the presidential residence before continuing to bustling O’Connell Street. When you ride through Dublin’s elegant Georgian squares, remember to ask your guide about the colorful doors. Trinity College: Playwright Samuel Beckett and satirist Jonathan Swift studied at Trinity College, your next stop. In the Long Room of the Old Library you’ll view the Book of Kells. Irish monks created this calligraphic manuscript more than 1,000 years ago. St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Explore St. Patrick’s Cathedral, whose presence honors the patron saint of Ireland.
Day 4: Dublin | Cork
Travel to Cork: A thriving cultural center, Cork is full of art, live music, and a growing restaurant scene. Make your way to the Cobh Heritage Centre to see exhibits that tell the story of Irish emigration over the past 150 years. Dinner: Share a group dinner at your hotel.
Day 5: Cork | Kinsale | Killarney
Travel via Kinsale and Blarney Castle to Killarney: The coastal town of Kinsale is full of picturesque thoroughfares and centuries-old market houses, and makes an ideal escape for yachters or appreciators of gourmet fare. En route you’ll stop in Blarney to visit the famed Blarney Castle. At this medieval fortification, join other visitors in kissing the Blarney Stone, which is said to grant the gift of eloquence. Dinner: Test out your newfound wit over a group dinner in Killarney
Day 6: Killarney
Ring of Kerry: Traverse the Ring of Kerry on a guided tour and encounter Ireland’s legendary verdant beauty. This stunning, 112-mile coastal route wraps around the Iveragh Peninsula. Here you can experience everything from the Old Monastery to unspoiled beaches to Killarney National Park. On your visit, make your way along lush rolling hills and take in magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean and the placid Lakes of Killarney. You’ll also pass by the misty peaks of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks. This range reaches its zenith at Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s tallest mountain. Kerry Bog Village Museum: Check out the Kerry Bog Village Museum, a winner of the prestigious National Heritage Award. Wander through a re-creation of an Irish village from the early 1800s as costumed guides demonstrate the way of life that prevailed in 19th-century rural Ireland.
Day 7: Killarney | Dublin
Travel via the Rock of Cashel to Dublin: Head back to Dublin and discover the Rock of Cashel. Set on rolling Irish hills, the Rock of Cashel—the former seat of the Kings of Munster—is home to a stunning array of medieval architecture. Be sure to check out Cormac’s Chapel and the Round Tower.
Day 8: Dublin
Dublin’s Rebellion on foot: Step back in time and follow the historic route of a band of insurrectionists during the 1916 Rebellion. They brought about the event known as Easter Rising, and ultimately, after much bloodshed, paved the way for the formation of the Irish Republic. Free time: The city is yours to explore as you see fit. Walk through the vibrant sights and sounds of Moore Street, the oldest outdoor food market in Dublin. Or trade cobblestones for clovers with a stroll through St. Stephen’s Green, a beautiful park that is just a stone’s throw from Henry Street—another famous shopping center.
Day 9: Depart for home
Transfer to the airport and check in for your return flight home.
All seminars will begin at 7 p.m. in the Sargent Boardroom, room 312 on the 3rd floor of the Pond Student Union.
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