Village Life in Ireland
June 10 to June 18, 2008
On this delightful nine-day itinerary, immerse yourself in Ireland's timeless charm and beauty and its vibrant Celtic heritage. Begin your sojourn amid the lakes of County Kerry, where you will experience the legendary warmth of Irish hospitality in the traditional Riverside Hotel in the tranquil lakefront town of Killarney. From here, explore southwest Ireland's enchanting countryside on a lake cruise and a ride in a traditional jaunting car. Spend a day on the ruggedly scenic Dingle Peninsula, a stronghold of Celtic culture and the ancient Gaelic language. Continue to Dublin, stopping en route at historic Blarney Castle and in lively Cork city. Enjoy three nights in Ireland's capital in the elegant Brooks Hotel, located within walking distance of fashionable Grafton Street, St. Stephen's Green and Trinity College. In Dublin, follow in the footsteps of such literary giants as Jonathan Swift, James Joyce and Sean O'Casey; view the magnificent Book of Kells, a masterpiece of medieval manuscript illumination; and visit the 18th-century Palladian mansion of Powerscourt, renowned for its beautifully landscaped formal gardens, considered to be some of the finest in Europe. Your appreciation of this nation's unique history and culture will be enhanced through a custom-designed program of exclusive lectures and enrichments, including a presentation on architectural preservation by a resident expert and a specially arranged Village Forum with local residents that will shed insight into life in rural Ireland.