THE GARDENS OF IRELAND

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UNCG'S EMERITUS SOCIETY PROGRAM AND PAUL J CIENER BOTANICAL GARDEN

WITH GUEST LECTURER DR. HEPHZIBAH ROSKELLY

May 18 to 25, 2020

$3900 DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

Tour includes 8 nights accommodation, 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, 1 high tea, all trip-related admissions and guides, transportation and gratuities. Cost does not include airfare, airport transfers or alcoholic beverages.

Single supplement $1100

Please note that this trip begins in Dublin and ends in Limerick (Shannon)

 MONDAY MAY 18

WALKING TOUR

It’s a Studio Traveler tradition to we start with a 2 to 3 hour leisurely walking tour. This time we are introduced to Dublin, this jaunty and deeply historic town

TEA AT THE FITZWILLIAM

We finish up our get acquainted afternoon with high tea at the Fitzwilliam

TUESDAY MAY 19

Professor Roskelly’s first discussion 'The Irish Question: Selected Writings From The History of The Irish Struggle for Independence

THE NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS

It is hard to imagine a more stunning and picturesque botanical garden than this national treasure

DILLON GARDEN

The Dillon Garden serves as a charming counterpoint to the National Gardens,

the private garden of one of the most renowned master gardeners of Ireland

 WEDNESDAY MAY 20

Professor Roskelly prepares us for our day ahead with our next discussion: ‘The Early Religious Mystics and Ireland’s Mystic Landscape’

POWERSCOURT ESTATE

Powerscourt is quite literally considered one of the most outstanding, swoon-worthy gardens in the world

GLENDALOUGH

Nature is the the gardener at the site site of a 1000 year monastery in the legendary Wicklow Mountains

WICKLOW HEATHER IRISH WHISKEY BAR

We have a wee dram of this small batch local brew, well, just for the fun of it!

THURSDAY MAY 21

We depart for points west!

ROTHE HOUSE TUDOR GARDENS

We arrive in Kilkenny in time to tour this 400 years old, perfectly preserved house and garden

CLOCLOUGH WALLED GARDENS AND TINTERN ABBEY

This recently restored garden is a supremely fine example of an 18th century walled garden

FRIDAY MAY 22

We ‘re in Waterford so we take the morning off for shopping, touring or just dreaming

in this beautiful place before we are off for an afternoon of visits

LISMORE CASTLE GARDENS

The Irish seat of the legendary Cavendish family, the gardens of Lismore are thought to rival those of the family’s English estate

Chatsworth House

BALLYMALOE ORGANIC GARDEN TOUR

Ballymaloe has been a renowned and innovative cooking school since the 1970’s. Its decades-long dedication to farm to table cooking now includes a particularly fine and extensive organic garden

We end our day in Cork, our home base for our next day of adventures

SATURDAY MAY 23

Professor Roskelly discusses ‘The Romance of The Irish Landscape: ‘Lady Gardeners’ to Keats to Joyce and Beyond’

GARNISH ISLAND

Pictured above, Garnish Island is part Mediterranean dream, part fairyland and all magic as is the ferry ride out to this very special place

SKY GARDEN

American visionary artist James Turrell has blended sky and landscape on a monumental scale that defies description

SUNDAY MAY 24

Professor Roskelly leads us through our final discussion ‘Descriptions of Landscape in Modern Irish Writing’

STOPS ALONG THE IVERAGH PENINSULA

We make the most of this of our transit from Cork to Limerick as we travel along the rugged coast and through the rural seaside villages stopping along the way to take in the views and to visit the equally rich historic sites

MONDAY MAY 25

TOUR ENDS AT BREAKFAST