Travel With Ramapo Professors Ireland: Land of Poets and Writers
To visit Ireland once is to want to go back again. A country filled with nature's beauty; a people legendary for their wit and charm, and a literary tradition equal to any country in the world. Ireland is filled with the past as an integral part of its future. The Irish bring their ghosts and myths with them to their daily lives, their literature, and their understanding of a spiritual part of their beliefs. A literary tour of Ireland is an exploration of Irish history, Irish culture, and Irish life. Ireland's writers, poets, and playwrights are essential ingredients of the face of Ireland. Our tour will focus on the relationship between writers and their vision of Ireland as an essential characteristic of their genius. On our journey we will experience the relationship of select writers of the past century to an Ireland that is a source of inspiration and story. Included in our visit will be, among others, William Butler Yeats's and his breathtaking vision of the beauty of Ireland, complete with a tradition of ghosts, fairy tales and centuries old myths that exist in his work. We will see the great city of Dublin through James Joyce's eyes as we visit this great city, the inspiration for Ulysses, one of civilization's greatest work. We will visit the Aran Islands and the western counties of playwright John Millington Synge and walk among the castles and shrines of the past found within the beauty of the Connemara Mountains. Our journey will focus on three locations in Ireland: Dublin, the country's capital and cultural and intellectual center; Galway, the legendary musical capital of Ireland; and the beautiful northern counties of Sligo, Mayo and Donegal.
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|Day 1||Galway||Arrive in Galway|
Arrive at Shannon Airport and meet with your experienced Irish driver/guide who will transfer you to a nearby hotel/restaurant for a welcome breakfast. Feeling suitably refreshed, we travel to one of Ireland's natural wonders, the Cliffs of Moher to stretch our legs and walk on the cliffs that rise over 700 feet above the ocean and afford magnificent 360 degree views. Next, we are off to Coole Park, once the home of Lady Gregory, who was the co-founder of the Abbey Theatre and one of the leaders of the Irish Renaissance along with W.B. Yeats and Edward Martyn. Finally, travel to Galway for dinner and our lodgings. We'll meet in the evening to discuss the journey forthcoming and a bit of Irish history and culture. Overnight stay in Galway at the Park House Hotel or similar hotel. (Lunch on your own).
|Day 2||Galway||Inis Mor|
This morning after breakfast we proceed north of the city along the coast to take the ferry to Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands. In addition to being the home of the world famous Aran Island Irish wool sweaters, the islands have had an influence on world literature and arts disproportionate to their size. We will embark on a guided tour of the island via mini-bus complete with a visit to Dun Aonghasa, an ancient fort constructed circa 1100 BC, located atop the highest point on the island. Lunch (on your own) and shopping will follow before our return to Galway, the music capital of Ireland. Most people would tell tell you that a day on the seas to visit the Aran Islands is exhausting, so this evening is slow paced and leisurely. We go on our own to find a small restaurant; go for a pleasant spring evening walk through this delightful city, or just rest. Overnight stay in Galway at the Park House Hotel or similar hotel. (Lunch on your own).
|Day 3||Galway||Walking Tour of Galway|
After breakfast enjoy a walking tour of Galway that will include such places as the Oscar Wilde Statue, Lynch Memorial window, Nora Barnacles House and a trip to Dunguaire Castle, once the meeting place of the Irish literary revivalists of the Irish Renaissance. The day will also include a visit to NUI Galway, the National University. The evening will include the opportunity for Irish theatre at the Town Hall Theatre. In addition, we will be on our own to explore Galway City, including visiting one or more of the many pubs complete with Irish music and song. Overnight stay in Galway at the Park House Hotel or similar hotel. (Lunch, dinner, and theatre on your own).
|Day 4||Galway||Leisure Day in Galway|
A free day to explore Galway and enjoy full participation in the Cuirt International Literature Festival. Note: the Cuirt International Festival program is not as yet available. Our stay in Galway will be amended once we receive more information as we get closer to the actual trip dates. Overnight in Galway at the Park House Hotel or similar hotel. (Lunch and dinner on your own).
Check out of the hotel and start our journey to Sligo, a favorite spot of the first Irishman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, William Butler Yeats. However, we take a little more time to get there and enjoy some of the Wild Atlantic Coast route through the Northwest counties. We start out early from Galway and proceed to the city of Westport and the beautiful coastal village of Clifden for lunch (on your own). After lunch we head over the breathtaking Connemara mountains to Sligo. On arrival at Sligo, we visit the Yeats Memorial Building, which houses the Yeats Exhibition. The exhibition outlines the Yeats family genealogy, the people and places that were a major influence on his life and career. In the evening, you are on your own for dinner. Afterwards, if we're not too tired from our scenic adventure you can purchase tickets (for those interested, we can assist in the purchasing of tickets prior to the trip) and attend a dramatic performance by the Wild Swans Theatre Company at Thoor Ballyee, the Yeats family home of many years. Overnight in Sligo at the Sligo Park Hotel or similar hotel. (On your own for lunch and theatre tickets).
|Day 6||Dublin||Journey to Dublin|
A morning drive around Lough Gil passing Yeats's locations that inspired the man and his works. We visit Innisfree and Parkes Castle, a restored 17th century manor house on the shores of the lake. We go from there to Drumcliffe, Yeats's final resting place before we return to Sligo. In the evening, we will be joined at dinner by an authority on William Butler Yeats and, in a casual gathering we talk about William Butler Yeats, his life, his work, and his contribution to Irish literature. Overnight in Sligo at the Sligo Park Hotel or similar hotel. (Lunch on your own).
Our Final Destination - Dublin: The Emerald City
Considered one of the thirty cultural capitals of Europe, Dublin is home to such renowned writers as George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker, to name a few. Dublin is a city that embraces its past as part of its present. It is filled with constant reminders of Ireland's struggle for survival through the centuries as well as examples of its prominence in art, education and letters. There is too much to see and do in this extraordinary city. However, we will do our best to see what we can see without sprinting through its streets. Here we go!
|Day 7||Dublin||Dublin Castle|
On our journey East to Dublin from the West and Sligo, we visit Stokestown Park, the Georgian Palladian museum and the Irish National Famine Museum. Before checking into our accommodations, we stop at Dublin Castle for a private tour. This evening, if our visit and their programming coincides, we will attend a play at the world famous Abbey Theatre. Overnight in Dublin at the Camden Court Hotel or similar hotel. (Lunch on your own).
|Day 8||Dublin||Explore Dublin|
After breakfast we begin our exploration of Dublin with a visit to the James Joyce Centre to see the James Joyce & Ulysses exhibition before setting off in the Footsteps of Leopold Bloom walking tour. As you must have heard, the novel, Ulysses, is considered to be one of the finest works written in the past 100 years. The novel follows Leopold Bloom and one day in his life walking the streets of Dublin. Following lunch we visit the National Gallery of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland. The rest of the afternoon is ours to spend some time exploring this remarkable city as we have some time to ourselves, to explore or just rest for a few hours. Our evening includes a Canal Dinner Cruise along Dublin's Grand Canal. Overnight in Dublin at the Camden Court Hotel or similar hotel. (Lunch on your own).
|Day 9||Dublin||City Bus Tour|
Our last day in Ireland has us touring the city using one of Dublin's city tour buses which allows us to get on and off the bus as we choose to visit one of the city's attractions or to just walk about for a while. You can choose from many sights including Christ Church, Trinity College (the Library and the Book of Kells), St. Stephen's Green or the Temple Bar section of the city (or Guinness Brewery if you have a mind to) and enjoy the leisurely pace of the day. We are on our own for dinner and evening activities (a list will be provided of suggested activities). Or just do some final shopping for Irish wool sweaters and jackets, or purchase and send some postcards, if you haven't done it yet. Or just rest and pack. Later on in the evening we will gather at a quiet meeting place to discuss the trip and our journey through Ireland. Overnight in Dublin at the Camden Court Hotel or similar hotel. (Lunch and dinner on your own).
|Day 10||Depart to USA||Depart to USA|
Home to the U.S. from Dublin airport.