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Riches of the Emerald Isle

Trip Highlights

Experience the best of Ireland’s heritage and natural history on this 10-night adventure including stays in Ennis, Killarney, Mallow and Dublin. From dancing to storytelling to a special farm-to-fork meal, you’ll sample Irish culture, cuisine and traditions. Walk along the fossil-laden limestone terrain of the Burren and peer into a Neolithic portal tomb on the dramatic Cliffs of Moher—a UNESCO Global Geopark. On the Loop Head and Dingle Peninsulas, take in the stunning coastline from land and water. Cruise to the Aran Island of Inishmore to learn more about island life from a local guide, and explore Killarney National Park by horse-drawn carriage. Watch border collies corral sheep in the open countryside of the Ring of Kerry, and meet the shepherd to learn more about the dogs and flock. Cap off your journey in seaside Dublin and Dalkey Village. Your first-class accommodations are enhanced by a generous meal plan featuring wine with dinner.

Exclusive departure: This departure is considered exclusive. The participants are U-M travelers, consisting of alumni, family, and friends.


Day 1

Depart gateway city

Day 2

Arrive in Shannon | Transfer to Ennis

Day 3

Burren | Cliffs of Moher

Day 4

Aran Islands

Day 5

Loop Head Peninsula

Day 6

Dingle Peninsula | Killarney

Day 7


Day 8

Ring of Kerry

Day 9


Day 10

Cashel | Dublin

Day 11


Day 12

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Your Journey

Riches of the Emerald Isle

Meet Your Trip Host

Diarmaid Ó Foighil

Diarmaid Ó Foighil is currently serving as professor and chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and as a Curator of Mollusks in the U-M Museum of Zoology. A native of the Connemara Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) of County Galway, Ireland, Ó Foighil completed his undergraduate education at the National University of Ireland, Galway and his Ph.D. at the University of Victoria (British Columbia). After postdoctoral studies in Canada and the US he joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1995. He works on invertebrate evolution and conservation and although his primary background is in marine systems, since moving to Ann Arbor he has also become interested in freshwater and terrestrial taxa, including endangered Pacific Island land snails.

By participating in an Alumni Association of the University of Michigan travel trip, you have stated that the Alumni Association has the exclusive right to use video and other visual/audio portrayals of You or Your likeness taken during Your trip in any medium of any nature whatsoever for any purpose, including advertising or promoting the services of the trip without any compensation being paid to You. Any such portrayal or likeness shall be the exclusive property of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.

  • Aug. 5–16, 2020
(12 days)
Starting price: $4,695
+ air + taxes; singles please ask
Deposit per person: $600
Type: Land, Exclusive U-M Departure

You must be an Alumni Association member to travel with us. Questions? Call Michigan Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064.

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