Discover the literary contribution of the Emerald Isle on a private bookish Ireland tour, custom-tailored to follow the milestones, landmarks, and scenery that inspired your favorite authors. Find ancient megaliths, captivating cathedrals, stunning beaches, and medieval charms that gave rise to Nobel Laureates and the Writers’ Museum. From the castle ruins that stimulated Bram Stoker to the tower at which James Joyce opened Ulysses, the architecture enchanting WB Yeats to the folklore...
Dublin – Arrive in Ireland with a Literary Exploration of the Capital City
The traditions of literature in Dublin run deep. Trinity College, the most prestigious university in Ireland, creates a tranquil retreat from Dublin’s bustling cobblestone street. Masterful architecture decorates the landscape with Georgian design rising above the cobbled and grassy squares. The 18th and 19th-century buildings guide pedestrians to the Old Library, a treasure-trove of books, literature, and history. The structure was erected in the early 18th century and features illuminated manuscripts of the four Gospels of the New Testament dating back to the 9th century.
The Long Room, the library’s main chamber, spans nearly 215 feet, housing over 200,000 antique volumes. Your private transfer greets you at Dublin International Airport and escorts you into the center of the capital’s literary heart. Pubs erupt with traditional music in the historic center, and the scent of malt and barley emanates through the doors. The window displays of gorgeous antique shops glisten against the brick buildings on Grafton Street, and flowers shimmer with bright petals as fiddlers play an enchanting jig.
You are drawn to James Joyce Tower and Museum, the silver-stoned structure immortalized in the opening of Ulysses. The British erected the Martello Towers as a small defensive fort during the 19th century. The tower in which James Joyce once stayed for six nights, stands 40 feet tall with two floors. The rounded structure has thick walls of solid masonry resembling the turrets of a dramatic medieval castle. The interior contains a museum dedicated to the famous Irish author and the setup of the room in 1904. You cannot help but quote the beginnings of Ulysses while standing in the quiet room looking at the antique tea set.
Sligo – Visit Newgrange and Ardagh before Discovering Literary Sligo
Galway – Enjoy Castlebar’s Museum of Country Life and Medieval Galway
Galway – Relish an Enriching Scenic Tour of Inspiring Connemara
Kerry – View Cliffs of Moher and the Burren en route to Limerick
Kerry – Traverse Inspiring Villages and Landscapes on the Dingle Peninsula
Kerry – Discover Folklore and Captivating Traditions on the Ring of Kerry
Dublin – Return to Dublin with the Remainder of the Day at your Leisure
Dublin – Depart for Home
- Follow in the footsteps of the great characters of Ulysses by James Joyce, during a private literary walking tour of Dublin, one of the world’s four UNESCO Cities of Literature
- View the WB Yeats Memorial Building and statue in Sligo after visiting the ancient tomb of Newgrange that predates Stonehenge
- Traverse the former estate of Oliver St. John Gogarty at Renvyle, where Jack and WB Yeats, along with John Pentland Mahaffy would vacation
- Discover the Ring of Kerry with a private driver to find unique scenery and the Blasket Center, which promotes the famous writers of the Blasket Islands
- Witness the stunning natural contours of Western Ireland’s coastline at the Cliffs of Moher
- Explore the charms of Limerick and the museum dedicated to Frank McCourt and his phenomenal work, Angela’s Ashes
- Witness the glistening stones embellishing the Oscar Wilde Memorial in Dublin’s Merrion Square
Storytelling is part of the lifeblood of Ireland and is ingrained in the folklore, music, novels, and poems spanning the island’s history. Your 9-day literary tour takes a deeper look at the tales spun by the Irish literati known for crafting unforgettable fairytales, memoirs, plays, and verse. Whether at the Writer’s Museum in Dublin or following in the life and times of Frank McCourt in Limerick, the beauty of the landscape complements the brilliant prose of famous past and present writers.
The literary adventure begins with your arrival in Dublin. Your private transfer escorts you to a grand hotel at the heart of the city before your introductory bookish tour of the capital, a UNESCO Literary Heritage City. You travel across the sensational countryside finding ancient ruins at Newgrange and a captivating old manor at Ardagh, which set the scene of Oliver Goldsmith’s 18th-century play, She Stoops to Conquer. Learn about the Great Famine and visit the WB Yeats’s Memorial Building. Have an immersive experience in rural style at the Museum of Country Life before exploring the streets and history of Galway, a city of medieval allure and the stories of Padraic O’Conaire.
Travel the gorgeous landscapes of Connemara, home to Renvyle House, the poet Richard Murphy, and writer Tom Murphy. Step away from the footpaths of the Irish scholars to view the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and winding limestone swirls at the Burren. Limerick offers a sense of history through the memoirs of Frank McCourt in Angela’s Ashes. Majesty grips you while traveling the Dingle Peninsula and Ring of Kerry, both known for their elaborate histories, dramatic scenery, and wealth of literary inspirations. Upon returning to Dublin, you have the remainder of the day at your whim to discover remnants of Oscar Wilde or Roddy Doyle before returning home.
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$3,595 per person (excluding international flights)
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