Ireland’s Ancient East (land tour)

Dates: Saturday, June 9, 2018 to Sunday, June 24, 2018 (16 days)

Tour Leaders: Stephen Mandal and Lisanne O'Loughlin

Trim Castle. Image © Duckhalt1-CC BY-SA 4.0

Amidst the natural beauty of Ireland’s landscapes (especially in June) are monuments and archaeological sites that attest to an extraordinary prehistoric, ancient, and medieval legacy. Join this bespoke, exclusive, 14-night program and experience the most comprehensive tour of Ireland’s ancient east, including two nights in Northern Ireland, led by a charming and informative Irish study leader/archaeologist and an expert trip manager. Special guest experts will meet us at various places along the way to provide further insights. Roundtrip from Dublin, we will travel to the Early Christian monastery of Glendalough, the medieval city of Kilkenny, and through the heart of the Boyne Valley to see the prehistoric passage tomb complexes at Newgrange and Knowth, the seats of the High Kings at Tara and Navan Fort, the Giant’s Causeway coast, and much more. Stay at comfortable, 4-star hotels, and savor fabulous food throughout. This trip is limited to a maximum of just 15 travelers.

$8,495 (12-15 participants) per person double occupancy
$8,995 (8-11 participants) per person double occupancy
$1,095 single supplement (limited availability)




Saturday, June 9, 2018: Depart Home
Sunday, June 10: Arrive Dublin, Ireland
Monday, June 11: Dublin
Tuesday, June 12: Dublin | Glendalough | Wexford
Wednesday, June 13: Wexford | Tintern Abbey | The Hook Lighthouse | Wexford
Thursday, June 14: Wexford | Ferrycarrig | Wexford
Friday, June 15: Wexford | Knockroe | Kilmogue | Kilkenny Castle | Kilkenny
Saturday, June 16: Kilkenny | Seir Kieran | Kells Priory | Kilkenny
Sunday, June 17: Kilkenny | Rock of Dunamace | Trim​​​​​​​
Monday, June 18: Trim | Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange & Knowth) | Hill of Tara | Trim
Tuesday, June 19: Trim | Loughcrew | Trim Castle | Trim
Wednesday, June 20: Trim | Carlingford | Proleek | Dundalk
Thursday, June 21: Dundalk | Navan Fort, Northern Ireland | Giant’s Ring | Belfast
Friday, June 22: Belfast | Giant’s Causeway | Tievebulliagh | Belfast
Saturday, June 23: Belfast | Portmarnock, County Dublin, Ireland
Sunday, June 24: Dublin | Fly Home

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