The Emerald Isle


Uncover Ireland's many charms on this intimate exploration of a country steeped in history and rich in culture.

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 Cultural traditions reflected in modern life  The dramatic Cliffs of Moher  The 19th-century Elizabethan-style Muckross House, outside Killarney  The 15th-century Ross Castle, outside Killarney  The stunning mountain and coastal landscape of Ireland's Ring of Kerry  The beautiful landscape of Connemara  Kylemore Abbey in Connemara  The lively streets of Galway  The Rock of Cashel, the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster  Irish step dancers  The 12th-century Kilkenny Castle  In the heart of Ireland's Dublin
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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

What a great overview of Ireland's political and religious history, its music, literature and arts. With the small group size, everyone is included in the lectures, activities and experiences. Wonderful adventure! 


Previous Journeys Traveler

Hard to imagine a more rewarding experience. 


Michael G.

My first experience with Smithsonian was beyond all my expectations! I look forward to being a regular traveler with the Smithsonian! 


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The Shelborne Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

Well-located right on St. Stephen's Green in the heart of Dublin city center, the Shelbourne Dublin offers easy access to shopping on Grafton Street and to Dublin's many cultural attractions, including St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College. The hotel, built in 1824, offers a restaurant, bar, and lounge; fitness center; Internet access; and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

The Twelve Hotel

Galway City, Ireland

Opened in 2007, the boutique-style Twelve Hotel sits on the west coast of Ireland just a short drive from Galway City and its many shops, restaurants, and pubs. This 48-room hotel combines classic Irish culture with many up-to-date amenities including a restaurant, bar, lounge, and wellness center. Each air-conditioned guest room comes with private bath with hairdryer, in-room safe, wet-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Killarney Royal Hotel

Killarney, Ireland

Owned and managed by the Scally family for three generations, the Killarney Royal Hotel stands in the heart of Killarney and just minutes from the Outlet Center. This boutique-style hotel offers a restaurant, bar, bistro, and safe deposit boxes. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, Internet access, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

The Pembroke Hotel

Kilkenny, Ireland

With its marble façade and tinted glass windows, the newly built Pembroke Hotel resembles a traditional Irish hotel enhanced with contemporary facilities including a restaurant, bar, lounge, indoor pool, and spa. Located at the top of High Street, Kilkenny's primary shopping district, the hotel offers beautiful views of the city and of neighboring Kilkenny Castle. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar, lounge, indoor pool, and spa. The 74 air-conditioned rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

Finnstown Country House Hotel

Dublin, Ireland

This charming late 18th-century restored mansion is situated in a tranquil setting of 45 acres of mature gardens and conveniently located outside Dublin's city center, a short drive from the airport. The 82-room hotel has a restaurant, coffee shop, lounge, steam room, fitness center, indoor pool, and tennis court. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, ironing facilities, TV, phone, and complimentary internet access.

Number of nights: 1