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Join us as we traverse Ireland from the capital city to the northwest coast and into Belfast. “What’s the story?” is a standard Dublin greeting and one that tells us so much about Ireland’s people. Here, it's said, everyone has a novel in them…if they’d only go home and write it. We will meet storytellers of this land, young and old, hailing from both cosmopolitan cities and islands that time has forgotten. We will trace the inspiration of some of Ireland’s famed writers whose art transcended political divisions to be held aloft in both the north and south. We will hunker down in the institution that is the Irish pub, a place which is captured in these lines: “it was a place where divisions were abolished, where people were taken on their own terms, where hierarchies were dispensed with.” As such, it could well be said to be a microcosm of Irish society, which has always tended to be less concerned with class than with sociability. These microcosms of society – from Dublin to Donegal and onwards to Belfast – were public houses where history was made. Their counters and corners were places of commerce, storytelling, and conviviality. As we travel, we’ll take our time to connect, chat, share stories and experiences, and meander along roads often missed by most travelers.
The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $570. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.
Our trip begins with a welcome drink in Dublin at 5:30 p.m. on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in Dublin by 3 p.m. that day so you can settle into your hotel room before meeting up with the group. Our trip concludes in the morning on Day 9. If you are leaving Belfast directly after our trip, we recommend departing any time that day. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own. If you are booking onto the May 2022 departure of this trip, consider also joining the Poetry and Music in the Scottish Lowlands trip that begins on May 14, 2022.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking between two and four miles over the course of each day, going up and down stairs, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. We’ll be spending time in rural areas and sometimes walking on uneven terrain.
We will be staying at comfortable, centrally-located, 3- and 4-star hotels.
Your participation in this trip provides significant financial contributions to the communities we visit, directly supporting small businesses, schools, villages, and local families. In addition, this trip's focus on traditional customs will help to preserve and maintain them for future generations.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
U.S. passport holders do not require a visa for travel to the UK or the EU, but this may vary depending on traveler citizenship. Please check requirements for travel to the UK, the EU, and any countries passed through in transit. A passport is required for international travel. We recommend your passport expire at least six months after your return home.