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Heritage Tour

Enchanting Ireland

Enchanting Ireland

$3200 $2895 / per person
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Join us on this trip of a lifetime to Ireland and discover a land of epic historical and cultural proportions, beauty, folklore, and modern progress. We’ll spend several days in the iconic capital city of Dublin, absorbing its sights and sounds, learning about the magnetic artists, writers, politicians, and business people that have formed it and shaped it from the time of the Vikings into one of today’s most important European capitals for technology and international business.


We’ll also visit Galway City, European City of Culture 2020, and enjoy time on the Wild Atlantic Way, exploring monasteries, castles, the coastline of Connemara, wildlife, and more all along the way!



Your guide is a native Dubliner, STEM coordinator, and direct descendant of not one, but two 20th Century head brewers (chemists!) at Guinness. She will share fun relevant facts about Ireland especially for your group, as you experience unique activities you all will enjoy. Whether you join our Small Group Heritage Tour or our School STEM Tour, she’ll reconnect you to your own personal heritage, if any, and/or lead you on some excellent STEM workshops for students through her network of great Irish educators, so you can deepen your connection to this wonderful country.


Please be aware that our Small Group Tours differ in itinerary somewhat from our Student STEM Tours, though there may be certain similarities. Please enquire for details.

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Dublin City Center with Airport Pickup
  • Departure Time
    Arrive to Dublin Airport by 12pm
  • Return Time
    Return Flights book from 10am onwards
  • Dress Code
    Casual, bring layers for rain, bring warm jacket and sweater, waterproof walking shoes
  • Included
    3 Star Accommodation
    4 Star Accommodation
    Activity Fees
    Airport Transfer
    Ground Transport
    Museum Tickets
    Professional Guide
  • Not Included
    Bilingual Guide
    Educational Workshops
    Travel Insurance

Tour Plan


Day 1

Today we fly in with pick up at the airport and drop off to your city-center hotel, have some lunch and a nap if needed, explore the city on foot this afternoon on your own and meet up at the hotel at 6pm for dinner, live music and trip orientation.
  • Arrivals
  • Late Lunch
  • City Center Accommodation
  • Welcome Dinner

Day 2

Today we will walk to Epic The Irish Emigration Museum along the river Liffey, taking in along the way several important monuments and buildings in Dublin City Center. At the Museum, we'll get a chance to learn about the importance and influence the Irish have had for centuries on other cultures and discover something about your own family's unique heritage, if any, here as well. We end the day with dinner in the famous Temple Bar area in City Centre and a live theatre show at 8pm all together about the history of Dublin.
  • Breakfast
  • Museum visit
  • Group Lunch
  • Liffey Walk and Monuments
  • Dinner of your choice- Temple Bar
  • Theatre Show

Day 3

Today we'll have an optional visit to the Irish Writer's Museum for a little creative inspiration and to discover and/or reconnect with your favorite Irish literature giants. Later this morning we all head across the Liffey for a walk into the Trinity College Campus where we'll learn about this centuries' old hub of Irish intellectual activity, and see the Book of Kells in the famous Library on campus. After a most excellent 'Pub Lunch' in the College Green area we head over to the world famous Guinness Store House in the afternoon for an entertaining visit to learn about this iconic brew. We'll end our Guinness tour with a pint of the good stuff in the rooftop bar, and enjoy panoramic views of the city before dinner back in the city center.
  • Breakfast
  • Optional Irish Writer's Museum visit
  • Trinity College and Book of Kells visit
  • Pub Lunch
  • Guinness Store House Tour and Pint
  • Dinner of your choice- City Center

Day 4

This morning we head down the coast to gorgeous Dun Laoghaire (pronounced "Dun Leary") town, formerly known as Kingstown in honor of King George IV's 1821 visit to the town. It boasts a 200 year old man made walkable pier, stunning views, and the best ice cream cone in Ireland (double cream recipe!). Next, we'll stop in to the Viking town of Dalkey for a terrific Pub Lunch and make our way out of County Dublin southwards to County Wicklow to spend a most excellent afternoon exploring the legendary 6th Century monastic settlement of St Kevin in Glendalough (pronounced "Glen da Lock", meaning "Valley of two lakes"), Wicklow. Here we will learn about the very early origins of Christianity in Ireland and get a chance to take in the breath-taking scenery on a walk around the lakes before heading back to city center for a fabulous evening meal together.
  • Early Breakfast
  • Visit to the Coast
  • Viking Village visit
  • Pub Lunch
  • Glendalough Tour and Optional Walk
  • Group Dinner- City Center

Day 5

This morning we make our way across Ireland's green fields and hills to the West Coast and the European Capital of Culture 2020 City, Galway. We arrive just in time for a stroll into the city and a chance to enjoy some lunch on your own and an afternoon of shopping. We'll meet up again together at 6pm at one of Ireland's oldest medieval Taverns for a delicious dinner and to enjoy some live traditional Irish Music. Don't forget to finish off your evening with a taste of the best Irish whiskey from their whiskey bar before we head up the road to our resort and hotel after a fine evening of good Irish "Craic" (pronounced "Crack", meaning fun) in Galway!
  • Early Breakfast
  • Travel to Galway City
  • Lunch of your choice
  • Free afternoon to shop, explore
  • Dinner at Medieval Tavern with Whiskey Bar and Traditional Irish Music Session
  • Late check-in Mayo resort

Day 6

Today after a terrific breakfast, we'll get out to explore a little of the famed Wild Atlantic Way landscape. First, we make our way over to the iconic Kylemore Abbey (formerly a castle) to have a morning visit around this national landmark, learn about its tumultuous history, famous former residents, and current residents, the Benedictine nuns. We'll also get to walk the gardens and take in the unforgettably gorgeous views. After lunch at the Abbey's restaurant, serving an award-winning buffet with traditional home-made brown bread and Irish butter, pastries, scones and more, we will have a choice of participating in one of three terrific afternoon activities: 1) Surfing the Atlantic (for the truly adventurous) 2) Salmon and Trout Fishing in the Fjord or 3) A wonderful hike in the hills behind the Abbey. Dinner is back at our resort with a movie to relax after a full day of fresh air.
  • Breakfast
  • Kylemore Abbey & Walled Victorian Garden's visit
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Afternoon Activity of choice: Surf/Fish/Hike
  • Dinner at resort
  • Optional Movie after dinner

Day 7

Today our guests will have a chance to enjoy the activities of the resort as they wish. Included in our tour you may select from activities such as: Kayaking, Fishing, Hiking, A Spa Day (certain extra services can be added on, such as massages and other special treatment services with notice), Cycling, Mountain Biking, and more. Certain activities such as ziplining, golf and horse riding are also available for an add-on fee. (Please enquire upon booking). A packed picnic lunch is available to order for anyone wishing to spend a day away from the resort. Dinner is served for you at the restaurant between 6 and 9pm followed by an optional story teller or music session in the lounge.
  • Breakfast
  • Free day at resort and spa
  • Optional activities included
  • Optional extra activities such as golf, horse riding can be pre-booked for an add-on fee
  • Lunch on your own schedule at resort or optional packed picnic lunch to-go
  • Dinner served at resort restaurant between 6 and 9pm
  • Optional after dinner entertainment of story teller or musician

Day 8

We head out at 9am sharp for the iconic Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy heart-stopping views of the Wild Atlantic Ocean from this incredible perch on the edge of Europe, looking back towards North America. After a picnic lunch (indoors depending on the weather), we'll make our way to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park for a look back in time at this 15th century medieval restored castle and animated village, replicating life in a 19th century Irish country town, complete with doctor's office, shops, cottages and more. Take your time this afternoon and enjoy visiting all the Castle and Folk Park has to offer, including a last minute chance to shop for some lovely authentic gifts, crafts, and souvenirs in the Castle Shop. At 5:30pm we enter the dining hall to enjoy our final evening's meal together with some excellent entertainment, including song, dance and a well-produced, full medieval Irish Banquet complete with great "Craic" for our last evening together in Ireland. After dinner we board our bus around 8pm for the 2 1/2 hour trip back to our comfortable, Dublin hotel.
  • Breakfast at resort
  • Travel to Cliffs of Moher
  • Enjoy pre-packed picnic lunch (Outdoors weather permitting)
  • Bunratty Castle & Victorian Folk Park
  • Medieval Banquet Dinner
  • Return to Dublin after Dinner

Day 9

Departure Day from Dublin Airport
Please CLICK HERE for our HIGH SCHOOL STEM Tour Itinerary. IMPORTANT: Visits to establishments that serve alcohol is permitted by law in Ireland for those age 18 and older or aged 17 and under when accompanied by adults. However our itinerary for schools will strictly forbid the consumption of alcohol by students under the age of 21. Our High School STEM Trip will NOT include any visits to Guinness Brewery as a result. Please visit this page for further details.
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