Ireland: Tracing Heritage & Traditions with Ancestry ProGenealogists

Oct 22-Nov 1, 2017 / 11 DAYS

Ireland’s green landscapes, welcoming cities, and ancestral stories await.

On this adventure through the Emerald Isle, you’ll see that even the oldest traditions continue to thrive. Discover the country’s highlights and endur…

Your package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • Breakfast daily, 6 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 1 whiskey tasting
  • Expert Tour Director
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees
  • Expert Genealogist Guide, AncestryDNA Kit, Pre-Trip Family History Consultation

Included highlights

Special lectures and consultations with AncestryProGenealogists, An up-close look at Irish heritage, emigration, and your family history, Dublin’s lit…

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Oct 22: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Dublin today.

Dublin / 2 NIGHTS

Oct 23: Arrival in Dublin

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Ireland! Meet your Tour Director and an AncestryProGenealogists expert this afternoon to hear how you will be tracing your heritage. Learn about Irish genealogy and receive an optional personalized ancestry consultation (at an extra cost). Afterward, get to know your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Oct 24: Sightseeing tour of Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a comprehensive tour of Ireland’s capital city with a local expert leading the way. • Stop in Phoenix Park, site of the presidential residence and home of the Ordnance Survey, then pass by the Guinness Storehouse and Christ Church Cathedral • Step inside the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland • Pass Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church en route to St Stephen’s Green and admire the Georgian architecture of Merrion Square • See Trinity College and walk past Grafton Street to the Molly Malone statue, ending in the Temple Bar district This afternoon, take a guided tour of the National Library of Ireland and its resources for family history research. Here, an AncestryProGenealogists expert will give a presentation about Irish genealogical records and ways of tracing your heritage.

County Cork / 2 NIGHTS

Oct 25: County Cork via Kilkenny & New Ross (County Wexford)

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to Cork, also known as the “Rebel County,” stopping for several guided visits along the way. • Enter the imposing 12th-century Kilkenny Castle, overlooking the River Nore • Tour the Gothic St. Canice’s Cathedral, built in the 13th century • Walk past St. Mary’s Cathedral before enjoying free time for lunch in Kilkenny • Continue on to New Ross, where a local guide leads a visit to the Dunbrody Famine Ship & Irish Emigrant Experience, a museum that tells the story of those who left their home country in the 19th century

Oct 26: Cobh (County Cork) & Cork City

Included meals: Breakfast

Get a feel for the many sides of Ireland, from rural townlands and charming villages to vibrant cities and iconic castles. • Discover the town of Cobh, a port once known as Queenstown, from which millions of emigrants left Ireland • Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, where exhibits tell the story of Irish emigration over the past 150 years, and meet with the museum’s genealogist and historian • Step inside the stunning St. Colman’s Cathedral before enjoying free time for lunch in Cobh • Explore Cork City, walking through the English Market, a traditional food hall

County Kerry / 2 NIGHTS

Oct 27: County Kerry via Muckross House

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to County Kerry today. On the way, stop at Muckross House, which was the seat of the Herbert landlord family. Take time to explore this Victorian mansion and stroll through its beautifully manicured gardens, then listen to an AncestryProGenealogists expert describe landlord-tenant relationships. After free time to settle in to your hotel, head outside of Killarney and sit down to a hearty dinner. Following your meal, watch as musicians, singers, and dancers put on a show of traditional Irish tunes and choreography.

Oct 28: The Ring of Kerry & Killarney National Park (County Kerry)

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way around the Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route that covers some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery. • Pass the pristine Lakes of Killarney • Explore the picturesque villages that line the Ring of Kerry • Stop for photos at Muckross Lake and Lough Leane in Killarney National Park

Galway / 2 NIGHTS

Oct 29: Galway via the Cliffs of Moher, Doolin & the Burren (County Clare)

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head north to Galway City today, taking time to view spectacular scenery en route. • Walk along the mesmerizing coastline of the majestic Cliffs of Moher • Visit the charming Irish town of Doolin • Pass through the Burren, a unique limestone plateau where fields of rock are dotted with wildflowers This evening, get to know the living traditions of Galway City on a walking tour led by your Tour Director. • Stroll past Lynch’s Castle, the Druid Theatre Company, and Eyre Square • View the city’s medieval walls and Spanish Arch • Peruse authentic Claddagh rings in a local shop • Watch fishermen at work in the traditional fishing village of Claddagh

Oct 30: Kylemore Abbey & Connemara National Park (County Galway)

Included meals: Breakfast

Take in the stunning scenery as you travel north through Connemara, which contains a large Irish-speaking Gaeltacht. • Visit Kylemore Abbey, a monastery founded on the grounds of Kylemore Castle • Drive through Connemara National Park to the Heritage & History Centre • Tour the Centre’s homestead and farm, where Dan O’Hara once lived, to learn about what rural Irish life was like in the 19th century • See demonstrations of turf cutting, sheep shearing, and soda bread making Later, enjoy a free evening in Galway.

Dublin / 1 NIGHT

Oct 31: Dublin via Clonmacnoise Monastery (County Offaly) & Kilbeggan Distillery (County Westmeath)

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel east across the country to Dublin today, making several stops along the way. • Take a guided tour of Clonmacnoise, an ancient monastic site in County Offaly • Enjoy free time for lunch in the town of Athlone • Visit the historic Kilbeggan Distillery for a tasting of Irish whiskey This evening, say goodbye to your fellow travelers and enjoy a summary of all you’ve learned about Irish heritage from an AncestryProGenealogists expert at a farewell dinner in Dublin.

Flight home / 0 NIGHTS

Nov 01: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or, continue your experience by adding an ancestral home visit (at an extra cost) to the places where your family members once lived, worked, worshipped, and went to school.

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