Discover Ireland Tour 2015 - Itinerary

Discover Ireland & United Kingdom Tour

July 10 - 20, 2015

Friday, July 10

Depart USA for arrival in Dublin early the following morning.

Saturday, July 11

Early morning arrival in Dublin. You will be met at Dublin airport by Dr. Stephen Robinson, Director of Champlain College Dublin and tour leader, and transported to your hotel in central Dublin. You can choose to rest and get over your jetlag for a while before meeting the group for a tour of Trinity College and view the Book of Kells. If there is something you'd rather do in Dublin than Trinity College we can provide advice. The entire group will meet for dinner. Meals include: Breakfast, dinner

Sunday, July 12

After a full breakfast in the hotel, the group will meet for a walking tour of Historic Dublin with celebrated local guide, Pat Liddy. We will then walk to the Champlain Abroad Dublin Academic Centre for lunch and a lecture on Irish culture from one of our faculty members. We'll board an afternoon ferry with our tour coach for the sailing to Holyhead in Wales. Overnight stop will be on Anglesey, Wales. Meals include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Monday, July 13

We will start the day off with a morning tour of Caernarfon Castle in Caernarfon, one of the most historic towns in Wales. The castle is one of the most picturesque in all of the United Kingdom. Following lunch in Caernarfon we'll board the coach for the drive to Chester, in England. Chester was founded by the Romans in AD 79 but is mostly known for medieval architecture and for being one of England's finest examples of a walled city. We'll have a walking tour of Chester and stay in the town overnight. Meals include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Tuesday, July 14

Leaving Chester we'll skirt to the south of the industrial city of Manchester and head into the Derbyshire Dales, where we'll stop for a tour of Chatsworth House, the seat of the Duke of Devonshire and one of England's finest stately homes.  Chatsworth House features as Mr. Darcy's home in the 2005 film Pride and Prejudice. After lunch we'll take the short drive to Eyam, also known as the Plague Village. During a 1665 outbreak of bubonic plague the villagers of Eyam chose to isolate themselves rather than to let the infection spread. We'll stay overnight in Buxton, a Roman spa town in the Derbyshire Dales. Meals include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Wednesday, July 15

After breakfast in the hotel we'll head north to Yorkshire and the charming historic walled city of York. In York we'll tour the famous York Minster and get a walking tour of the town itself. In the afternoon and evening you'll have some free time to explore the city. Overnight in York and dinner is on your own. Meals include: Breakfast & lunch

Thursday, July 16

The day will start with a tour of Castle Howard outside of York. Castle Howard is actually not a castle but a large country home built on the site of a former military castle. It was featured in the fictional Brideshead in both TV and film versions of Brideshead Revisited. Following our tour we'll board the coach for the drive to the Lake District, where we'll stay in one of the picturesque villages in the area. Meals include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Friday, July 17

Leaving the Lake District we'll head towards the ferry port of Stranraer, Scotland, for the ferry to Belfast, Northern Ireland. A tour of Belfast, including some of the hotspots of The Troubles will finish our day. Overnight will be in the Belfast area. Meals include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Saturday, July 18

Leaving the Belfast area we'll head north to tour Northern Ireland's majestic Antrim Coast where we'll make several stops, including the Giant's Causeway and Dunluce Castle. We'll overnight in a hotel along the coast. Meals include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Sunday, July 19

After breakfast in the hotel we'll start the drive back to Dublin, arriving early afternoon. The afternoon is yours to continue your exploration of Dublin....perhaps the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle or a bit of shopping. In the evening the entire group will meet up for a final dinner in the city. Meals include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Monday, July 20

Flights back to the USA generally leave Dublin mid-morning, but don't worry we'll help you get to the airport on time. If you are planning to stay in Dublin to extend your trip, the Champlain Dublin staff can help with any advice and arrangements.

The 2015 Discover Ireland & UK tour includes the following:

Meals as noted, lodging & transportation (while in Ireland & UK) and admission to planned events. This trip assumes a certain amount of mobility. While travellers of limited mobility are welcome, please understand that there is a certain amount of walking and getting on and off coaches. We will do our utmost to cater to those of limited mobility, but there may be some places that you will not be able to access.

This trip is designed so travellers see parts of Ireland and the UK that most tours do not visit. We do not visit places that we consider to be tourist traps (e.g. Blarney Castle), but instead concentrate on beautiful scenery, history, historic buildings and smaller villages. You are free to extend your stay to explore more before or after the tour, and Champlain Dublin staff can help you with advice and arrangements.

Any questions about the trip itinerary can be sent to:

Stephen Robinson
Director of Champlain College Dublin
srobinson@champlain.edu.

Questions about booking and payment can be sent to:

Kathy Lynn
 lynn@champlain.edu.

Please note there may be some minor changes to the plans owing to reasons beyond our control.