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Traditions of the Emerald Isle (13 Days)

It’s a little ironic that such a rainy country could give rise to some of the brightest, most charming people in the world. Blessed with outstanding wit and the so-called Gift of Gab, the Irish themselves are the Emerald Isle’s true attraction. When an entire pub bursts into song or an entire city rallies around a hurling match, it’s easy to see that even the oldest traditions continue to thrive here (and proudly, too). Discover all that Ireland holds dear, from Dublin and Belfast in Northern Ireland, to the Rebel County, all the way down to the breathtaking Ring of Kerry, and the western Cliffs of Moher.

Your Edventure Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from SFO or LAX (price may vary based on choice of departure gateway)
  • 11 nights in hand-picked hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 three-course dinners served with wine or beer
  • Full-time tour coordinator
  • Multilingual tour director
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Transportation (planes, trains, boats, etc.) while on tour
  • Select admissions with priority entry
  • Mountjoy Prison (for Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)

Ruins on the Dingle Peninsula 

Blarney Castle

Cliffs of Moher

Aran Island

Galway's Thatched Houses

Giant's Causeway

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Price: $4,526.00 (2018) based on double occupancy, plus optional $384 premium trip protection*

Next Departure Dates: 

May 2020 (IREI0520)
June
2021
(IREI 0621)
June 2022 (IREI0622)
October 2022 (IREI1022
)

Contact us for exact departure dates

Edventure Highlights Include:

~ Welcome Dinner


~ A sightseeing tour of Dublin by a local guide, including Phoenix Park, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College to view the illuminated Book of Kells


A special evening of traditional Irish food, music and entertainment, including a live show of Irish music and dance


~ County Kildare for a stop at the Irish National Stud farm, where world-class race horses are bred and trained, followed by a stop in County Tipperary at the iconic Rock of Cashel, where the commanding stone buildings date back to the 12th and 13th centuries


~ Cobh, a fishing village that served as a launch site for ships bound for North America centuries ago, including the Queenstown Story museum, whose exhibits tell the story of Irish emigration during the past 150 years


~ Cork, a colorful island city with an impressive network of channels, docks and quays overlooking a vast natural harbor


~ The Blarney Castle, a 15th-century fortress known above all else for the legendary Blarney Stone, that is said to grant magical powers of eloquence to those who kiss it


~ The Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route that covers some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery, including the pristine Lakes of Killarney


~ Views from Dingle Bay to the Dingle Peninsula to enjoy unsurpassed views of the Skellig Islands, followed by a visit to the picturesque village of Sneem, the “Knot in the Ring,” where brightly painted cottages surround the cozy market green


~ A stop at 13th-century Bunratty Castle, followed by a journey to see the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, which rise 600 feet above the Atlantic Ocean


~ The desolate karst landscape known as the Burren, a plateau rife with archaeological sites, where "grikes" and "clints" punctuated by portal tombs and ring forts that are thousands of years old

 

~ Galway, an independent city-state for 400 years, demonstrated by the local citizenry who set their clocks 40 minutes behind Dublin time up until the 19th century, to see its sights, including Lynch's Castle, Galway Cathedral, the Druid Theater Company, and Eyre Square 


~ A castle banquet dinner inside Dunguaire Castle, a 17th-century tower house overlooking Galway Bay, beginning with a goblet of mead and the history of the castle, before proceeding up the spiral staircase to the banquet hall for a sumptuous, four-course dinner and an evening of live entertainment, including songs and stories


~ An optional excursion to the Aran Islands, a rugged region of traditional Irish culture that has remained largely unchanged in recent centuries, beginning with a ferry ride across Galway Bay to Inis Mór, one of the three remote Aran Islands where Gaelic is still spoken, and where the islanders rely on fishing, farming and crafts (the authentic, hand-knit “fisherman” sweaters are produced here) to make a living, and continuing to the ruins of Dún Aonghasa, a prehistoric fort ($99/pp - this excursion involves a considerable amount of walking, and possible rough seas during ferry crossing)


~ Belfast, the cultural heart of Northern Ireland, to get the local perspective of the city on a guided tour that includes the copper-domed City Hall, the recently restored Grand Opera House, and the Titanic Museum for a look at the vessel’s infamous history


~ The rugged, 60-million-year-old Giant’s Causeway, a series of naturally-formed, volcanic, hexagonal basalt columns that can be walked on, where the colorful local legend says that mythical giant Finn McCool built the walkway so that he could cross the sea to Scotland (raingear is recommended for this excursion)

Tour Activity Estimates
 Average Daily Walking: 1.5 Hours
Average Activity Level: Moderate (uneven terrain, including paved and unpaved roads, cobblestone streets, some hills and stairs)

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