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: $5,472 * 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

Featuring Dublin and Ireland's Western Coast

13 days from $5,472 | 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

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.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Experts

Aug 12 - 24, 2018 Departure
Katherine Forsyth

Katherine Forsyth

Katherine Forsyth grew up in the north-east of Scotland where she developed a fascination with the early medieval inhabitants of the region – the Picts – and their remarkable stone sculptures. She pursued this interest at the University of Cambridge, and then Harvard University, where she gained a PhD in Celtic Languages and Literatures. After research fellowships at the University of Oxford and University College London, she moved to the University of Glasgow’s department of Celtic and Gaelic, where she has taught since 1998. Katherine has published extensively on various aspects of Pictish studies and on sculpture in Scotland and Ireland, having conducted field-work there and in the Isle of Man and Brittany. She has particular expertise in the field of inscriptions, and her current research interests include the relationships between stone monuments, landscape and memory, and an inter-disciplinary study of Celtic board-games. Katherine has acted as academic consultant on the display of early medieval sculpture at a number of sites, including Iona, and worked with contemporary artists who seek to engage with Scotland’s ancient art. When she’s not thinking about old stones she likes to dance Argentine Tango.

Sep 6 - 18, 2018 Departure; Jul 14 - 26, 2019 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.

May 19 - 31, 2019 Departure; Aug 18 - 30, 2019 Departure; Sep 8 - 20, 2019 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. 

Jun 16 - 28, 2019 Departure
Jennifer Paxton

Jennifer Paxton

Jennifer Paxton has taught the history of the British Isles and Ireland for the past seventeen years, first at Georgetown and then at the Catholic University of America, where she is currently the director of the University Honors Program. She earned her B.A. in history at Yale and her Ph.D. in medieval history at Harvard, where she also did course work in the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures. Dr. Paxton will soon be producing a video course on The Celtic World for The Great Courses series, for which she has already made courses on medieval England and the Norman Conquest. She lectures regularly on Irish, Scottish, and British history for Smithsonian Associates.