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 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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Miriam C. Davis

Miriam C. Davis

Jun 19 - Jul 1, 2016

After graduating from Emory University with a degree in history, Miriam C. Davis 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.

Christopher Griffin

Christopher Griffin

Jul 31 - Aug 12, 2016; Sep 18 - 30, 2016

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.