Tuesday, October 8
Depart from Chicago and connect at Newark with an overnight flight to Dublin.
Wednesday, October 9 - Dublin
Arrive in Dublin and transfer to hotel. We will visit the Temple Bar area and view Grafton Street and other main sights. We will then enjoy a welcome dinner at Gallagher's Boxty House.
Thursday, October 10 - Dublin
We will be guided on a local tour for about half the day. We will then visit the National Museum of Ireland and have the afternoon free.
Friday, October 11 - Dublin, Monasterboice, Belfast
Today we will travel from Dublin to Monasterboice and visit the monastic settlement with a guided tour on site. We will then travel from Monasterboice to Befast. In Belfast we will visit the Titanic Quarter. We will meet for a group dinner at a hotel or local restaurant in the evening.
Saturday, October 12 - Belfast
Half of today will be spent on a guided tour by a "Troubles" specialist. We will view the Peace Wall, murals, and sectarian neighborhoods in the west city. There will be some leisure time in the afternoon with a speaker in the evening.
Sunday, October 13 - Belfast, Stormont
Today will be full of sightseeing. We will start out by visiting the Parliament Buildings and the PSNI Police Museum. Following that we will visit the Royal Ulster Constabulary Memorial Garden and the Belfast Botanic Gardens.
Monday, October 14 - Ballycastle, Bushmills, (London)derry
Today we will travel from Belfast to Ballycastle to see the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. From Ballycastle we will travel to Bushmills to Giant's Causeway and Dunluce Castle. After these tours we will then travel to (London)derry for a half-day walking tour of Bogside. After visiting the Bogside district and seeing murals, Bloody Sunday Memorial, Hunger Strikers' Memorial, and Free Dairy Corner Memorial, we will have dinner at a local hotel or restaurant.
Tuesday, October 15 - (London)derry
Today we will have a full day of guided sightseeing. We will see the Hands Across the Divide Monument, Peace Bridge, we will walk the city walls, and visit the Guildhall. We will also see the Tower Museum and the Museum of Free Dairy.
Wednesday, October 16 - Omagh, Silgo, Castlebar, Galway
We will start the day by traveling from (London)derry to Omagh. In Omagh we will see Ulster American Folk Park to learn the history of emigration to America. From there we will travel to Silgo and have a guided tour of W.B. Yeats Society Museum. We will then travel from Silgo to Castlebar to visit the Country Life National Museum of Ireland. Lastly, we will travel from Castlebar to Galway and have dinner in a local hotel or restaurant.
Thursday, October 17 - Galway
We will spend half of the day on a guided tour around the city seeing sights including Kirwan's Lane in the old quarter and we'll view Wolfe Tone Bridge. After the tour, we will visit the Galway City Museum before an afternoon of leisure time.
Friday, October 18 - Spiddal, Clifden, Galway
Today we will travel from Galway to Spiddal to visit local artisanal shops and boutiques. We will then take a scenic route from Spiddal to Clifden stopping along the way for photos. In Clifden we will visit the Capital of Connemara and the Connemara Heritage and History Centre. We will then return to Galway for our farwell dinner at McSwiggan's Pub.
Saturday, October 19 - Departure
After breakfasts, we will travel to Shannon (SNN) Airport for our trip back to the U.S.