Our itineraries reflect 40 years of experience in crafting exceptional educational tours. That means we know exactly how to make the best of your time abroad—incredible destinations, immersive activities, centrally located hotels, and smart, well-traveled tour managers who ensure your educational goals are met. Here are some of the exceptional features of this tour.
We have high standards, which is why we take care to include these features in every tour.
After a busy day, comfort is key.
Save the commuting time, beat the morning crowds and keep right on exploring after dark when your hotel is in the heart of the city.
Delicious, authentic, multi-course dinners at local restaurants with meal times tailored to maximize your experience.
Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.
Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.
We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!
24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.
Participants will have unlimited access to personal headsets so that local guides and ACIS Tour Managers can more easily communicate with the group along the way.
Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.
Take part in a Gaelic Games experience and get a unique window into Irish heritage. Gaelic football, handball and hurling are some of the world’s oldest sports. They’re also some of the most fun! You’ll have the chance to learn about and play sports whose history dates back over 3,000 years. Don’t know your imirt peile (football) from your iománaíocht (hurling)? Don’t worry! A coach at a local sporting club will demonstrate the basic skills of these ancient games, before you try them out for yourself. You’ll get to know first-hand why Gaelic Games are such an intrinsic part of Irish culture.
Experience a real slice of rural Irish life first-hand in the countryside just outside Dublin. This fun and interactive introduction to Irish culture could include activities such as a bog visit, tour of a working farm, sheepdog demonstration, traditional bodhrán drum lesson, sugán rope making, turf cutting, learning the game of Hurling, and baking loaves of the quintessential Irish brown bread. After you work up an appetite, enjoy lunch on the farm.
Tower Bridge, Tower of London, London Eye, St Patrick's Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe, The Lake District, St Paul's Cathedral, York Minster, Edinburgh Ghost Tour, Ha'penny Bridge, Edinburgh Castle, Hadrian's Wall, Covent Garden, Camden Market, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, Irish Dance Lesson, Haggis Dinner, Conwy Castle, Wordsworth's Grave
This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.
Depart from the USA.
Arrive in Dublin, a former Viking settlement at the mouth of the River Liffey and now Ireland's capital. Meet your ACIS Tour Manager and begin exploring your surroundings.
Morning sightseeing with a local guide introduces you to Dublin. Discover statue-filled O'Connell Street and Ha’Penny Bridge and admire the interior of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Then visit Trinity College and see the Book of Kells—Ireland's most richly decorated medieval illuminated manuscript. This afternoon, you'll experience Irish culture through a unique
Gaelic Games experience. Meet a coach at a local sporting club and try traditional sports such as Gaelic football, handball and hurling.
Today's journey brings you first to the Rock of Cashel to visit the imposing ruins of Cormac's chapel. Continue to Blarney Castle, where you can acquire Ireland's famous eloquence by kissing the Blarney Stone. We’ll stop tonight in the southern port city of Cork.
This morning stop first at the Queenstown Story exhibition at Cobh Heritage Center to learn about Cobh’s role as Ireland’s most important port of emigration. Later, we make our way along the coast to explore the quaint village and popular holiday resort of Kinsale at the mouth of the River Bandon. Your final destination today is Killarney. As you begin to explore, perhaps take an authentic jaunting tour from Muckross House through Killarney National Park.
A full-day excursion takes you along the Ring of Kerry’s stunning, rugged coastline past stone walls, heather and beautiful Lough Leane. The drive along the Ring’s 100-mile scenic loop includes stops for photos as well as an opportunity to watch a sheepdog demonstration showcasing this talented canine’s herding skills. Return to Killarney for dinner.
Your journey swings north to Bunratty Folk Park and Castle, a recreation of rural life in Ireland at the turn of the century. We’ll drive through the unique, nature-carved limestone landscape of the Burren, dotted with interesting archaeological and historical sites, before arriving at the dramatic and exhilarating Cliffs of Moher. The delightful city of Galway is your final destination today. Perhaps start to get to know it with an evening stroll of its medieval center.
On our way back to Dublin, dive deep into the Irish countryside with the chance to be
Irish for a Day. Experience rural Irish culture and partake in traditional activities such as bodhran drum lessons, sugán rope making, a bog visit, and brown bread baking, followed by lunch on the farm. Continue to Dublin in the afternoon and contrast the different customs and practices of the country's rural and urban dwellers. Tonight you may opt to be transported to the land of fairies and banshees with an
optional evening full of traditional Irish food, music and folklore—participation encouraged!
Depart for the USA.
Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:
Enhance your European experience with a two-night extension to Belfast via bus from Dublin, including sightseeing, the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Giant's Causeway and Dunluce Castle.
Most Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $270Add to Tour
Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $225Add to Tour