This faculty led, Spring Break program is designed to expose students to experience Irish culture and society, from a safety perspective.
*The following itinerary is tentative and subject to change. Final itinerary will be given upon acceptance to program.
Day 1: Fly into Dublin on an overnight group flight
Day 2: Explore Dublin:
Welcome to the Emerald Isle, where the greens are greener and the history is rich and full. Join your Faculty Director for a stroll through “Dublin’s fair city.” Originally the Viking settlement of Baile Átha Cliath, which means “town of hurdles,” Dublin is situated on the banks of the River Liffey. This informative orientation is perfect for your first day in the historic capital of Ireland. Keep an eye out for Dublin’s famous Georgian-era (18th century) architecture as you stroll through the city. Walk down the brick-lined Grafton Street, the city’s premier shopping street and make your way through Temple Bar, Dublin’s hippest neighborhood. On this night, enjoy a taste of Ireland with your group and get to know your new group members.
Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Dublin:
Experience Ireland’s capital, scenically situated between Dun Laoghaire and Howth Head’s rocky peaks. On your sightseeing tour, you’ll pass by Phoenix Park and the presidential residence before continuing to bustling O’Connell Street. When you ride through Dublin’s elegant Georgian squares, remember to ask your guide about the colorful doors. Trinity College: Playwright Samuel Beckett and satirist Jonathan Swift studied at Trinity College, your next stop. In the Long Room of the Old Library you’ll view the Book of Kells. Irish monks created this calligraphic manuscript more than 1,000 years ago. St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Explore the Gothic arches and spires of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, whose presence honors the patron saint of Ireland.
Day 4: Dublin - Cork:
A thriving cultural center, Cork is full of art, live music and a growing restaurant scene. Make your way to the Queenstown Story Museum to explore exhibits that tell the story of Irish emigration over the past 150 years. Tonight, you’ll share a group dinner and experience the finest local flavors.
Day 5: Cork - Kinsale - Killarney:
Travel to Kinsale: The coastal town of Kinsale is full of picturesque thoroughfares and centuries-old market houses, and makes an ideal escape for yachters or appreciators of gourmet fare. En route you’ll stop in Blarney to visit the famed Blarney Castle. At this medieval fortification, join other visitors in kissing the Blarney Stone, which is said to grant the gift of eloquence. Test out your newfound wit over a group dinner in Kilarney.
Day 6: Ring of Kerry in Killarney and Bog Village:
Killarney Ring of Kerry: Traverse the Ring of Kerry on a guided tour and encounter Ireland’s legendary verdant beauty. This stunning, 112-mile coastal route wraps around the Iveragh Peninsula. Here you can experience everything from the Old Monastery to unspoiled beaches to Killarney National Park. On your visit, make your way along lush rolling hills and take in magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean and the placid Lakes of Killarney. You’ll also pass by the misty peaks of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks. This range reaches its zenith at Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s tallest mountain.
Bog Village: Check out the Bog Village, a winner of the prestigious National Heritage Award. Wander through a recreation of an Irish village from the early 1800s as costumed guides demonstrate the way of life that prevailed in 19th century rural Ireland.
Day 7: Killarney - Dublin:
Travel to Dublin: Head back to Dublin, the largest city in Ireland and discover the Rock of Cashel. Set on rolling Irish hills, the Rock of Cashel—the former seat of the Kings of Munster—is home to a stunning array of medieval architecture. Be sure to check out Cormac’s Chapel and the Round Tower.
Day 8: Dublin:
Dublin’s Rebellion on foot: Step back in time and follow the historic route of a band of insurrectionists during the 1916 Rebellion. They brought about the event known as Easter Rising, and ultimately, after much bloodshed, paved the way for the formation of the Irish Republic. Free time: The city is yours to explore as you see fit. Walk through the vibrant sights and sounds of Moore Street, the oldest outdoor food market in Dublin. Or trade cobblestones for clovers with a stroll through St. Stephen’s Green, a beautiful park that is just a stone’s throw from Henry Street— another famous shopping center.
Day 9: Depart Dublin:
Transfer to the airport and check in for your return flight home
Official program dates are listed on each semester’s Estimated Budget
To see how this program compares, view the Illinois State budget.