Tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland for Alumni, Parents, and Friends 2019

Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland.

Tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland
Tuesday, October 8 - Saturday, October 19, 2019

There is so much to be revealed about Ireland, one island but two countries. Ireland is a place to explore fairy myths, age-old cemeteries, ancient history, art and literature. All of this while enjoying an Irish jig or two and visiting its gregarious citizens in local pubs and shops. The awe of the natural beauty of Ireland will bring into light this amazing history, as we also explore and learn from the conflict and peace and reconciliation process between the Catholic and Protestant communities of Northern Ireland.

Stephen McPhilemy will lead the Ireland Revealed tour. Stephen has worked as a guide for many Luther January study abroad courses in Ireland as well as for Rick Steves. He generously shares the heart and soul of Ireland with his wealth of knowledge and stories to tell. Stephen will assist your hosts as we strive to be interactive travelers rather than inactive tourists.

Your Tour Hosts

Paul Gardner is an emeritus Luther professor who retired this summer after teaching Political Science at Luther for thirty three years (1985-2018). During that time he directed Luther’s Nottingham program and led six student groups to Ireland and Northern Ireland. Rebecca Wiese also retired this year from a career in health care management. Paul and Rebecca also directed Luther’s spring 2018 program in Malta.

Paul and Rebecca love sharing travel experiences with others. They invite you to join them as they uncover and re-discover the beauty, mystery, and history that is Ireland. The tour will begin and end in the Republic of Ireland and spend six days in Northern Ireland. The twelve day tour will allow time in Dublin, Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, and Galway to visit sites, hear stories, enjoy the people on the streets, shops and pubs.

Peak experiences call for times of preparation and reflection. Prior to departure, Paul will guide participants with suggested readings, web sites and films. During our time together in Ireland, Paul will offer opportunities to reflect on our impressions, as it is through reflection that experiences gain meaning.