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Celtic Cultures

19 Days. Discover the best of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Visit the fascinating remnants from England’s medieval past, live with a host family in Dublin, play Gaelic football with locals, and learn all about the modern-day relationship between the UK, Ireland and Europe.
Duration

19 days

Availability

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Description

Continue to Edinburgh, Scotland’s fascinating capital city. Visit the famous Edinburgh Castle perched high atop an extinct volcano, and explore the ancient cobbled streets.

Traveler Details

Leaders for Celtic Culture

June 23 to July 11, 2018 – Departs from New York (JFK)
July 2 to July 20, 2018 – Departs from New York (JFK)

Details of traveling Teacher Leaders will be confirmed shortly.

Duration in days

19

Program Details

Day to Day

Depart, USA

Overnight Flight

Day 1

Your adventure begins. Meet up with your delegation and board your overnight flight. Be sure to get some shut-eye, as you’ll hit the ground running when you land in London.

London, England

JFK and the River Thames

Day 2

Arrive in London, a city of rich history, iconic sights, diverse cultures, museums, music, and more. Visit Runnymede along the banks of the River Thames, where the Magna Carta was signed in the year 1215. See the John F. Kennedy Memorial here, which was dedicated in 1965 by Queen Elizabeth II and Jacqueline Kennedy. Later, take to the sky on the Coca-Cola London Eye, and get an incredible bird’s eye view of the city.

London, England

London Leaders and Landmarks

Day 3

Today, like a true global ambassador, you’ll meet with a former Member of British Parliament. You’ll have a chance to ask questions and discuss the current challenges faced by the UK and European government, including the impact of the UK leaving the European Union. Later, visit the Tower of London and meet a world famous Yeoman Warder. After a cruise on the River Thames, top off your big day with a theater show in the West End district, England’s answer to Broadway.

Warwick, England

Modern to Medieval

Day 4

Experience life as a student at the world-renowned BRIT School for Music and Performing Arts, meeting with talented peers from the school that produced the likes of Adele. Then travel to historical Warwick and participate in a medieval encampment re-enactment at the famous castle. In this interactive hands-on experience you’ll travel back to the Middle Ages, seeing history come to life as you fire the world’s largest trebuchet (catapult) and learn to sword fight.

North Wales

The North Wales Countryside

Day 5

Explore the Ancient Roman city of Chester, and meet with the local mayor. Then travel through beautiful rolling British countryside into North Wales, arriving in the uniquely named village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. The Welsh are proud of their distinct culture and language, and according to local folklore the village’s train station boasts one of the longest station names in the world (so long we can’t fit it here).

Cahersiveen, Ireland

The North Wales Countryside

Day 6

This morning take a ferry cruise across the Irish Sea to Ireland, a country of emerald green landscapes, rich literary and music traditions, and a proud culture going back centuries. Travel through the natural wonders of rural Ireland, stopping in Limerick on the way to your guest house in the town of Cahersiveen, which showcases the very best of this beautiful country.

Cahersiveen, Ireland

Breathtaking Beauty

Day 7

Today you’ll immerse yourself in the scenic beauty and rich history of the County Kerry countryside. Journey through the Gap of Dunloe, a spectacular narrow mountain pass carved by glaciers millions of years ago. Also visit the charming Lord Brandon’s Cottage, a 19th-century hunting lodge surrounded by picturesque green meadows.

Cahersiveen, Ireland

Give Back

Day 8

Today you’ll join in a unique Cahersiveen Community Day, where you’ll make a meaningful contribution to the community as you spend time working alongside local residents. Afterwards play some Gaelic football with your new Irish friends, and later top off your day together with a fun evening of music and dance, at a traditional event called a “ceilidh.”

Dublin, Ireland

Irish Homestay

Day 9

Explore Bunratty Castle, one of Ireland’s most revered historical sites, and see how the Irish people lived and worked throughout the centuries. Later, meet your Dublin homestay family, who you’ll be living with for the next two nights. Enjoy a dinner of typical Irish home cooking, and learn all about family life in Ireland.

Dublin, Ireland

The City of Literature

Day 10

Feel a mix of centuries-old history and modern-day college life on a tour of the renowned Trinity College, which was founded back in 1592. Then take a stroll down the world-famous O’Connell Street. Visit the Gaelic Athletic Association Museum and witness the pivotal role played by sports in Irish culture, history and politics. Spend the night with your Irish Homestay Family.

Belfast, Ireland

Northern Ireland

Day 11

Travel on to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. During an afternoon with your professional guide learning about Belfast’s history, you’ll come to understand the cultural and religious differences between Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland. See the city’s most significant sights, including the peace walls that were built as barriers between neighborhoods.

Belfast, Ireland

Giant's Causeway

Day 12

Embrace the thrill of accessing “Rocky Island” via the Carrick-a-Rede, a suspended rope bridge with amazing views of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Then hike along Giant’s Causeway, a famous area of interlocking basalt columns, and let your imagination bring the folkloric legends to life.

Stirling, Scotland

Storming Stirling Castle

Day 13

Set sail for Scotland, a country with a proud history and culture like no other. Visit the famous Stirling Castle, where you’ll unearth the secrets of the 500-year-old castle through beautifully restored rooms, a renaissance Royal Palace, a Regimental Museum, and the stunning gardens and landscapes.

Aviemore, Scotland

White Knuckle Thrills

Day 14

Step out of your comfort zone on a whitewater rafting trip down the River Tay. After your adrenaline-filled morning on the rapids, spend the afternoon in a more relaxed state of mind, on a visit to a working Scottish farm.

Aviemore, Scotland

Loch Ness

Day 15

Today you’ll explore the rich history and timeless legends of Loch Ness. Set against a beautiful rural landscape, this is the mythical home of the famous Loch Ness Monster. Later, visit the Highland Folk Park for a first-hand experience of life in the Scottish Highlands.

Aviemore, Scotland

Adventures in Scotland

Day 16

Spend an action-packed day in the Highlands, taking part in a number of adventure activities—of varying difficulties—designed to push you to your limits. Whether you want to rappel down a rock face or do some team-building in the hills of rural Scotland, you won’t be disappointed.

Edinburgh, Scotland

St. Andrews

Day 17

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience during a morning of Scottish storytelling from a true Highlander. Learn how to tie a traditional Scottish kilt and to wield weapons used in battle centuries ago. Then head to St. Andrews, famous as the golf capital of the world. Take a lesson from a golf pro at the prestigious Elmwood Golf Academy, and explore St. Andrews University, the oldest university in Scotland. Also visit the most famous golf course in the world, St. Andrews, where many a legendary Ryder Cup and British Open tournament has been played.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle

Day 18

Continue to Edinburgh, Scotland’s fascinating capital city. Visit the famous Edinburgh Castle perched high atop an extinct volcano, and explore the ancient cobbled streets.

Depart, Scotland

Depart for USA

Day 19

Mar sin leat! Depart for home, taking with you a lifetime of treasured memories and new friends from near and far.