Enjoy a stay in Dublin and discover the cultural and natural highlights of Ireland's dynamic capital and surrounding countryside.

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 Ha'Penny Bridge, Dublin  Grafton Street, Dublin. Credit: Courtesy Ireland Tourism Bureau  St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin  Trinity Library, Dublin. Credit: Courtesy Ireland Tourism Bureau  Trinity College Library, Dublin  Typical scene of musicians in a pub. Credit: Courtesy Ireland Tourism Bureau  Scenic Howth harbor just outside Dublin  Newgrange Neolithic era monument, County Meath  Russborough House in County Wicklow  The site of Glendalough  Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin  Savor Irish favorites   Sample Irish whiskey

Dublin

A One-Week Stay in Ireland

9 days from $4,340

Enjoy a stay in Dublin and discover the cultural and natural highlights of Ireland's dynamic capital and surrounding countryside.

or Call 855-330-1542

SPECIAL OFFER

Save $250 per person off of the 2019 departures when you book by December 7, 2018!

Overview

Ireland is known as the land of “céad míle fáilte” or “a hundred thousand welcomes.” It’s a country where the greatest national asset is its people. Stay in Dublin, Ireland’s dynamic capital, and discover the cultural and natural highlights of the city and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Elegant and comfortable accommodations are found at the Davenport, located in the heart of the city and just steps from cultural sites and restaurants.

Highlights Include

  • Cultural Insights: Tour historic Trinity College and see the Book of Kells, one of the Ireland’s great treasures. Visit Kilmainham Jail and Museum, where Ireland’s political and penal history is showcased.
  • Day Excursions: Travel to Russborough House in Blessington, a magnificent Palladian mansion and estate, then visit Glendalough, a 6th-century monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin and famous for its Round Tower. Stroll Powerscourt Estate, featuring one of the finest formal gardens in Ireland and take a sightseeing cruise of Howth Harbor.
  • Archaeological Sites and Museums: Explore some of Ireland’s most famous Neolithic monuments and take a guided tour of the Irish National Museum of History and Archaeology.
  • Regional Specialties: Sample Irish whiskey and explore Dublin’s dynamic culinary scene on a walking tour.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Travelers depart the U.S. on an overnight trans-Atlantic flight to Dublin, Ireland.

Day 2 — Dublin

Upon arrival at Dublin International Airport, transfer to the upscale Davenport Hotel located in Dublin’s city center. Your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will be on hand to welcome travelers and assist with check-in. Each guest will receive a customized Welcome Kit containing general information about Dublin, as well as a map of the city and its environs. Your Travel Director will be available this afternoon and throughout the program for suggestions regarding points of interest, restaurants, and independent activities.

Later, attend a short orientation walk of the hotel’s neighborhood. This evening, join your Smithsonian Journeys Expert for a short presentation followed by a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. (R,D)

Day 3 — Dublin

A full Irish buffet breakfast is served at the hotel each morning during your stay. Begin the day with a presentation by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. Afterward, set out to visit a selection of independently owned food venues with a tasting at each one. The tastings reflect the current Dublin food scene. You’ll also learn about the culture and history of this lively and charming city.

After a break for lunch, continue to Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university known for its splendid architecture and remarkable history. A student-guide will point out historic highpoints on a walking tour. See the College’s four major squares and learn about its 400-year history. Finish the tour at the library to see the famous medieval illuminated Book of Kells, one of the world’s great treasures. This evening, join fellow travelers in a Smithsonian Journeys Traveler’s Corner at a local pub. (B)

Day 4 — Dublin / Wicklow / Glendalough / Powerscourt Estate

Drive out of Dublin to visit Russborough House, an impressive 18th-century Palladian mansion that offers some of the most beautiful views in Ireland. Drive across the Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough, a 6th-century monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin and famous for its Round Tower.

After lunch, continue to Powerscourt Estate, an 18th-century architectural masterpiece where you’ll discover splendid Greek and Italian-inspired statuary, decorative ironwork, a Japanese garden, and the occasional herd of deer. (B,L)

Day 5 – Dublin

Gather this morning for a presentation by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. This morning’s excursion takes you to Kilmainham Gaol, an infamous prison that has witnessed some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland's modern history. Attractions include a major exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. Now re-purposed, it has been the location for film and theater productions.

There’s a major debate about where whiskey originated. It is widely accepted that it has Celtic origins but was it the Scots or the Irish who first produced it? On a visit to the boutique Pearse Lyons Distillery, sample various whiskeys and hear stories about the historic area of Dublin surrounding the distillery.

In the early evening, gather for an engaging talk on Great Irish Literary Figures. Afterward, dinner will be served at a popular restaurant. (B,D)

Day 6 — Dublin / Howth / Dun Laoghaire

Board a coastal train and journey north to the picturesque fishing village of Howth. Enjoy lunch at one of the popular restaurants along Howth harbor. After lunch, explore the village at leisure. See the resident seal colony, then embark the MV St. Bridget for a cruise on Dublin Bay for the Victorian seaside town of Dun Laoghaire. Along the way, listen to local commentary as you pass the island of Ireland’s Eye and Lambay Island, where the Vikings invaders first landed in the 9th century. You’ll see Howth Head, Baily and Kish Lighthouses, Bull Island, and Clontarf.

Return via DART to Dublin city center and the hotel. Get together in the early evening in the Smithsonian Journeys Traveler’s Corner. (B,L)

Day 7 — Dublin / Boyne Valley / Newgrange

Start the day with a lecture by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. Afterward, travel to the Boyne Valley, Ireland’s ancient capital and a World Heritage Site. Begin at the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Center, an extensive exhibition that interprets the Neolithic monuments of Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth, Ireland's best-known prehistoric monuments.

After lunch at the award-winning Tankardstown House, return to Dublin and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B,L)

Day 8 — Dublin

Dublin was the “second city” in the British Empire, and today you’ll find some of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Europe. Marvel at splendid buildings and learn about life during the Georgian period from the luxuries of the upper classes to the lives of ordinary people who lived as servants, shopkeepers, and chimney sweeps. See the Oscar Wilde Statue, the National Gallery, Leinster House, and other attractions.

At the National Museum of History and Archaeology, your guide will bring the major highlights of the collection to life with a fascinating narrative. Lunch and the remainder of the day are at leisure. This evening, gather with fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers for a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 9 — Return to the U.S.

This morning, transfer to Dublin’s International Airport for your flight to the U.S. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)