Discover Ireland

Champlain College Offers Academic Tour for Staff, Faculty and Friends

Kilkenny Countryside The Offices of the President and International Education at Champlain College offer an annual 11-day tour of Ireland and the United Kingdom July 10-20, 2015, for staff, faculty, parents, students, alumni and friends of Champlain College. The focus this year will be historic cities and heritage sites including castles, stately homes, walled and medieval cities.

Tour leader is Dr. Stephen Robinson, Director of Champlain College Dublin.  Local guides will join us at most of the other destinations. Tour participants will gain an insider understanding of the region, its people and culture and a chance to see and learn about Champlain's study abroad program in Dublin.

While in Dublin, you will get a chance to see the world famous Book of Kells and take a historic walking tour of the city. There will also be a visit to Champlain's Dublin study abroad campus with a lecture from a faculty member. We'll take the ferry across the Irish Sea to Wales where we will tour world famous Caernarfon Castle before heading into England.

Highlights of the England portion of the trip include the city of Chester, founded by the Romans, historic Chatsworth House, the plague village of Eyam, the walled city of York, Castle Howard and the beautiful countryside of the Lake District. We will briefly enter Scotland to catch the ferry over to Northern Ireland. In Northern Ireland, we will drive through Belfast in one of the famous black cab historical tours, led by a local expert to learn about its history and see how Belfast has largely rebuilt itself from the destruction of the Troubles. You will also visit the Titanic Museum and see where the passenger liner was born. We will be sure to take in the spectacular Antrim coast before heading back to Dublin.

Plan on great scenery, amazing history, stunning architecture, fantastic food and wonderful company.

For the day-by-day itinerary or for any additional questions you may have about the tour, please contact Dr. Stephen Robinson, Director, Champlain College Dublin, or contact Kathy Lynn, Office of International Education, Champlain College Burlington, 802-865-6485.