Discover Ireland Tour 2014 - Planned Itinerary

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This trip is designed to let the traveller see parts of Ireland 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, and smaller villages. We do not spend as much time in Dublin as we have on previous tours.  You are free to extend your stay in Ireland to explore Dublin more, and the Champlain Dublin staff can help you with advice and arrangements.

Note that 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.

Any questions about the trip can be sent to Stephen Robinson, Director, Champlain College Dublin at

Below is the 2014 Discover Ireland itinerary but please allow for some changes. Meals that are included are noted, and all site admissions are included in the tour cost.  

Friday,  July 11

Depart USA evening for early morning arrival in Dublin

Saturday,  July 12

Early morning arrival in Dublin.  You will be met at the airport by Dr. Stephen Robinson, Director of Champlain College Dublin, and transported to Augustine Apartments in central Dublin.  Continental breakfast will be waiting for you in the apartment.   You can rest and get over some of your jetlag before meeting the group for a tour of Trinity College and the Book of Kells.  If there's something you'd rather do in Dublin than Trinity College we can provide advice.  The entire group will meet for dinner. 

Meals included:  Breakfast, Dinner

Sunday,  July 13

After a continental breakfast in your apartment, the group will meet for a walking tour of Historic Dublin with celebrated local guide Pat Liddy.  We will then walk to the Champlain College Dublin Academic Centre for lunch and a lecture on Irish culture from one of our faculty members.  You'll have some free time in the afternoon to shop or visit other tourist site in Dublin.  Dinner and an Irish music show will finish the day. 

Meals included:  Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Monday,  July 14

After a continental breakfast in the apartments, the group will board our own private coach and head to the small medieval city of Kilkenny where we will tour the castle and have lunch.  After lunch we'll continue on to the famous Rock of Cashel, the ruined castle of the Eoghnacht Chiefs of Munster.  We will stay overnight in the small town of Cashel. 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Tuesday,  July 15

After leaving Cashel we'll head to the town of Cobh (pronounced 'Cove'), Co. Cork, the last port of call of the doomed Titanic.  Options for an activity in Cobh include the Cobh Heritage Centre, Cobh Cathedral, or the Titanic Experience (to be decided).  After Cobh we'll head into nearby by Cork, the second largest city in Ireland.  Lunch on your own in the English Market before we drive a short distance to the quaint town of Clonakilty, our home for the night. 

Meals included:  Breakfast, dinner.

Wednesday,  July 16

Leaving Clonakilty in the morning we'll head towards the rugged beauty of County Kerry, with a stop in Killarney National Park for lunch and a tour of Muckross House.  Leaving Killarney in mid-afternoon we'll start along the world famous Ring of Kerry and stay overnight in the small village of Killorglin. 

Meals included:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.  

Thursday,  July 17

Leaving Killorglin, we'll continue around the rest of the Ring of Kerry, a trip of amazing views of cliffs, crashing waves and small villages, and of course lunch along the way.  We'll stop at some ruins and some of the scenic lookouts along the way.  After finishing the Ring of Kerry, we'll head towards our overnight stop in Dingle on the Dingle Peninsula, where the 'craic' is always mighty in the pubs. (Note: Craic is Irish for fun and good times). 

Meals included:  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner  

Friday,  July 18

Leaving the Dingle Peninsula we'll head north through County Kerry and cross the Shannon Estuary by ferry to County Clare.  We will make our way north along the coast stopping at the world famous Cliffs of Moher.  Our stop for the night will be in Lahinch, famous for its golf and surfing.

  Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner  

Saturday,  July 19

Leaving Lahinch we'll start the drive back to Dublin, stopping at various sites in the Burren, a fantastically desolate limestone plateau that has been inhabited for over 5,000 years.  Here we'll see some archaeological sites and visit ruined churches.  Back in Dublin late afternoon, the entire group will meet up for one final dinner. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.  

Sunday,  July 20

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

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