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Gardens of Ireland: A Thousand shades of green
May 24th-June 2nd, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
Ireland’s climate and persistent landscape designers have created some of the best gardens in the world. We begin our adventure with a tour of Dunloe Castle Gardens; the international collection includes Chilean firs, Australian gums, South African lilies, Japanese maples and North American dogwoods. We’ll continue on to the Ring of Kerry, Muckross House and Gardens, Bantry Bay and the short crossing to Ilnacullin Garden on Garinish Island, the inspiration of a Scotsman who decided in 1910 to turn this gorse-covered rocky outcrop into an Italianate Arts & Crafts garden. We’ll cross the Beara peninsula and visit Derreen Garden, a woodland garden famous for its tree ferns. We will visit Lismore Castle Gardens, believed to be the oldest gardens in Ireland. With visits to Waterford and County Wicklow for a guided tour of Mount Usher gardens, an informal 19th century garden which began as a potato patch and now is home to over 4,000 species of plants, shrubs and trees. With time for Irish tales and the warmth of the people, come experience the magic of Ireland.
The Island of Saints and Scholars
August 16th-25th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
This trip is for travelers who want to see beyond the tourist façade and explore the deeper artistic and cultural facets of this small complex island. From the literary haunts, to dramatic seascapes, our itinerary offers an experience of the full range of the Emerald Isle. Starting in Dublin for three nights, where we will see the celebrated Book of Kells, we will then venture on to Sligo with a visit to the Neolithic Newgrange, one of the most spectacular archeological sites in Europe; to Galway where we will drive along the Connemara Coast and venture to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. With a balance of guided and free time in the ancient country, you’ll revel in the mystical beauty and literary references as we explore this magical land.
The Emerald Isle: A tour of ireland, north and south
September 20th-29th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
From the Rose of Tralee to Dublin’s fair city, Ireland is an almost mythic land of lyrical folk song, romantic poetry, turbulent history and deep green fields. Join Discover Europe for an in-depth exploration of the Emerald Isle, from the pre-Celtic hill forts punctuating the island to her dramatic seascapes and fabulous formal gardens. Our itinerary offers an introduction to Ireland, both north and south, for travelers who want to see beyond the tourist façade and explore the epic history of this small island. We begin in Dublin, which has emerged from the recent recession more vibrant than ever. We will wander through Temple Bar and the revitalized riverfront with an excursion to Powerscourt House and Glendalough. As we cross the border into Northern Ireland, we’ll visit the Giant’s Causeway on the north coast. From the warm and welcoming people, the dramatic Gaelic history, and spectacular countryside, this tour of Ireland will send you back into the pages of time.