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

Starting at: $4,992 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The dramatic Cliffs of Moher  Cultural traditions reflected in modern life  Lively music in a pub. Credit: Brian Morrison, Ireland Tourism  In the heart of Ireland's Dublin  Trinity College Library, Dublin  St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin  Early monastic site of Clonmacnoise  Connemara landscape with sheep  The Connemara landscape. Credit: Ireland Tourism  Connemara's Kylemore Castle, once an abbey and school   Landscape of the fabled Aran Islands  The lively streets of Galway  The Polnabrone Domen, the Burren  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 Rock of Cashel, the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster  The 12th-century Kilkenny Castle

The Emerald Isle

13 days from $4,992 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

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

or Call 855-330-1542

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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! 

- Gerald M.


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May 14 - 26, 2017 Departure; Sep 17 - 29, 2017 Departure
Christopher Griffin

Christopher Griffin

Smithsonian Journeys Expert Christopher Griffin hails from the West of Ireland and studied at Trinity College and University College in Dublin, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Anglo-Irish Studies. He taught many courses relevant to this travel program during his 28 years as a professor of humanities in Washington, D.C. His courses have involved much pre-history, history and other aspects of civilization and cultures. For more than seven years, Christopher has been a lecturer in English at The George Washington University, where he teaches poetry, drama, and fiction. He has led several Smithsonian Journeys tours, including “The Emerald Isle” and transatlantic cruises.

Jun 25 - Jul 7, 2017 Departure
Cassandra Potts Hannahs

Cassandra Potts Hannahs

Cassandra Potts Hannahs has enjoyed leading Smithsonian groups to Great Britain, France, and Ireland since 2000.  With a Ph.D. in medieval history, she was a tenured professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she taught courses on a wide range of subjects, from ancient history through the Reformation.  A Fulbright scholar and recipient of several grants, she has also spent considerable time living in France pursuing research.  Her publications include a book exploring the Viking settlement of Normandy in northern France during the 10th and 11th centuries, and the revival of monasticism that took place as the new rulers encouraged monks to return to the region after the Viking raids.  In her research and lectures, Cassandra explores the cultural and political exchanges that have historically linked Britain, France, Ireland, and Scandinavia. She looks forward to sharing her love and knowledge of these lands, their history, music, and literature, with Smithsonian Journeys travelers.

Aug 6 - 18, 2017 Departure
Hilary Lennon

Hilary Lennon

Dr. Hilary Lennon completed her PhD in Trinity College Dublin and she is now the Harriet O'Donovan Sheehy Research Fellow in the School of English, University College Cork. She lectures and researches in the area of Irish literature and her Selected Letters of Frank O'Connor is forthcoming from Cork University Press. Dr. Lennon is vastly experienced at discussing and teaching on a wide range of Irish writers, as well as being very experienced at discussing a wide variety of subjects relating to Irish culture and history. Dr. Lennon has also been the academic leader on numerous Smithsonian programs in Ireland, and is therefore well placed to ensure a very enjoyable and stimulating tour for all participants. 

Sep 3 - 15, 2017 Departure
Miriam C. Davis

Miriam C. Davis

After graduating from Emory University with a degree in history, Miriam studied history and archaeology at the University of St. Andrews on a Bobby Jones Scholarship. She went on to earn an MA in medieval archaeology from the University of York and a Ph.D. in medieval history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has participated in archaeological excavations in Mississippi, Alabama, England, and Scotland. In addition to her scholarly publications, Miriam has written for the popular press on archaeology, history, and travel and has lectured throughout the U.S., Great Britain, and Israel. After teaching for sixteen years at Delta State University, she left as Professor of History and is now a freelance writer. Miriam is the author of Dame Kathleen Kenyon: Digging Up the Holy Land. She is currently at work on her next book.