Uncover Ireland's many charms, from lively Dublin to the Aran Islands and Ring of Kerry, on this intimate exploration of a country steeped in history and rich in culture.

Starting at: $5,792 * 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  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 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 $5,792 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Uncover Ireland's many charms, from lively Dublin to the Aran Islands and Ring of Kerry, on this intimate exploration of a country steeped in history and rich in culture.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

The Emerald isle journey was flawlessly paced and planned. Accommodations were the best available for each location on the itinerary. The service was attentive and thoughtful throughout. the cultural information was thorough, paced well and wonderfully delivered. A great trip!

- Serena K.

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.

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Experts

May 17 - 29, 2020 Departure
Cassandra Potts Hannahs

Cassandra Potts Hannahs

Cassandra Potts Hannahs is a historian with special expertise in Celtic, Viking, and Anglo-Norman studies. She has enjoyed traveling with Smithsonian Journeys on more than 50 tours and cruises, sharing her passion and knowledge of Great Britain, France, and Ireland.

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.

Jun 14 - 26, 2020 Departure
Katryn Wiese

Katryn Wiese

Katryn Wiese is a professor of Geology and Oceanography at City College of San Francisco, where she has taught field, lab, and lecture classes since 1995. With degrees and training in the Earth and Ocean Sciences from Caltech and Oregon State University, and post-graduate work at Stanford University, her research background is in volcanic chemistry and processes. Her field research experiences include tin-mineralizing granites and sapphire mines in Australia, the Eyjafjöll Volcanic System in Iceland, and seafloor volcanism and hydrothermal vents in the Pacific Ocean offshore the Galapágos Islands and in the Atlantic off the Azores Islands. She has journeyed worldwide as a scientist, gaining extensive local geologic and oceanographic expertise across the U.S., Mexico, Peru, Palau, Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia and has organized and led geology and oceanography field trips for students, for the National Park Service, and for geoscience professionals at national and international conferences.

Jul 16 - 28, 2020 Departure
Kate Mathis

Kate Mathis

Kate Louise Mathis completed a PhD in medieval Gaelic literature at the University of Edinburgh, and has taught in the Celtic departments of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen. She was research assistant for Gaelic women’s poetry on the Leverhulme-funded project ‘Women’s poetry in Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, 1400-1800’, and is currently assistant lecturer in Celtic & Gaelic at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests include Gaelic women’s elegy and lament, the women of the Celtic Revival, and the reception of medieval Gaelic literature in post-Ossianic Scotland. She has published widely on women’s poetry, and is currently preparing a monograph assessing the development of ‘Deirdre of the Sorrows’ from the early medieval period to the Celtic Revival.

Aug 20 - Sep 1, 2020 Departure; Sep 10 - 22, 2020 Departure
Christopher Griffin

Christopher Griffin

Christopher is from County Galway in the West of Ireland. He studied literature at Trinity College, University College in Dublin, and the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. He has published many articles and theatre reviews. For 28 years Christopher taught humanities mostly to working adults at Strayer University in Washington, DC.  For eight years he was a lecturer in English at The George Washington University, where he taught Irish poetry, drama, and fiction.  For 25 years at Politics and Prose bookstore in DC, he has led numerous classes on various interests, including Irish literature, Shakespeare, literary Washington, and film. He was a Smithsonian Journeys Expert on over a dozen Smithsonian Journeys and has lectured at Smithsonian Associates.

Sep 27 - Oct 9, 2020 Departure
Miriam C. Davis

Miriam C. Davis

Miriam Davis is an expert in medieval history and archaeology. After graduating from Emory University, 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 on a Fulbright grant, 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. Currently, Miriam is a freelance writer. She has written for the popular press on archaeology, history, and travel and has lectured throughout the U.S., Great Britain, and Israel. Her work has also been featured on The Travel Channel. As a history professor at Delta State University for 16 years, she taught a wide variety of courses, including ancient and medieval history, the Renaissance and Reformation, English history, and the history of Christianity. Miriam is the author of Dame Kathleen Kenyon: Digging Up the Holy Land and The Axeman of New Orleans: The True Story. She has served as a Smithsonian Journeys Expert for trips since 2011.