June 8-20, 2014
Hosted by: Tom Shandley, Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students
Cost: From $4,558 – including airfare and all taxes and fees. Pricing and itinerary subject to change. Operated by Odysseys Unlimited, 888-370-6765. Program Brochure (PDF)
From Dublin to Galway, Killarney to Kilkenny, this full yet well-paced tour showcases Ireland's many charms-both old and new. Begin your 13- day trip in Dublin and tour the beautiful Irish capital, including visits to Trinity College and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Embark on an excursion to Inismor, the largest of the dramatic Aran Islands. Take in the magnificent scenery across both Galway and Kerry counties including the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, and Connemara. Stop at Kylemore Abbey, Ireland's most photographed castle.
Enjoy dinner at a local farmhouse outside Killarney. Travel by boat to Muckross House, with the Kerry Folklife Centre showcasing the art and craft of bookbinding, pottery, and weaving. Experience one of Ireland's most popular attractions, the stunning mountain and coastal scenery of the Ring of Kerry. Along the way, stop for an Irish sheepdog demonstration. Dine at Kate Kearney's Cottage, a 150-year-old family-run establishment at the entrance to the Gap of Dunloe. Visit the small town of Blarney and see both the ruins of the 15th century castle and the Rock of Cashel.
Conclude your journey in Kilkenny with a tour of the castle, considered one of the most beautiful in the country. On an optional 4 day/3 night post-tour extension to Northern Ireland, savor the dramatic beauty of the Antrium Coast, one of the most scenic in all of Ireland and the British Isles, and encounter the lively capital city of Belfast.