EF Tours for Graduating Seniors: Active Ireland
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EF Tours for Graduating Seniors: Active Ireland

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Why Go?

Extraordinary destinations, one of the best accents in the world, and more gorgeously green landscapes than you can shake a stick at (they don’t call it the Emerald Isle for nothing). Welcome to Ireland. Get ready to explore more than the expected—challenging you to hike, bike, and walk your way to jaw dropping views. You’ll see world-famous attractions and visit and explore 5 cities.

What are the top highlights?

  • Hike and bike along some of the most scenic stretches in all of Ireland
  • Pose at the base of Torc Waterfall and wish you had that kind of water pressure at home
  • Stand speechless at the Cliffs of Moher while trying to come up with some good puns
  • Traverse the appropriately named ‘One Man’s Pass’ along the crest of a mountain
  • Check off a huge bucket list goal at The Giant’s Causeway

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motorcoach
  • 5 days of hiking and biking Ireland
  • 9 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • Daily breakfast & dinner included

Accommodations

You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for our travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.

Flights

  • Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
  • Flights are booked with major airlines
  • 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
  • One checked bag included on most flights

Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Board your overnight flight to Shannon. Find your seat, pick a movie, and then try to get a wee bit of shuteye. The majesty and raw beauty of Ireland awaits.

Day 2: Arrive in Shannon & Travel to Limerick

Your first true taste of Ireland is the city of Limerick, which dates all the way back to 150. You’ll find old world charm at King John’s Castle and St. Mary’s Cathedral. Limerick also provides the namesake for a certain type of humorous poem. Hint: There once was a man from Nantucket…

Today's Highlights:

  • Meet an EF representative at the airport.
  • Transfer to your accommodations and check in.
  • Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
  • Take a guided walking tour of the city.

Day 3: Killarney National Park Waterfall Walk & Travel to County Kerry

Lace up those hiking boots - today you’ll explore the first national park in Ireland, encompassing over 25,000 acres. Keep an eye out for the only herd of red deer on the mainland then stand at the foot of Torc Waterfall.

Hike Stats:
3 hours
TIME
7.75 miles
DISTANCE
Flat
ASCENT
Easy
DIFFICULTY

Today's Highlights:

  • Explore the most extensive native forest remaining in Ireland.
  • Cross Old Weir Bridge—after checking for trolls.
  • Walk the Trail of Two Lakes.
  • Relax in front of Torc Waterfall.

Please note: All outdoor and hiking activities are weather dependent and may be adjusted on tour due to local conditions.

Moonlight Kayaking(extra cost)

Relax your body and mind as you watch the day slip into a stunning sunset while floating on a loch. Paddle around while the moon rises and the breeze brings you inner peace.

Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 4: Walk the Cliffs of Moher & Travel to Galway

Ireland’s top attraction, the Cliffs of Moher, feature over 8.5 miles of stunning views. Ruggedly wild and utterly beautiful, the sheer cliffs will make your jaw drop as you take in the view of a lifetime. Then, drop your jaw a little more and take a mental picture. Because no photo could ever do a view this magnificent justice.

Hike Stats:
2 hours
TIME
3.75 miles
DISTANCE
400 feet
ASCENT
Medium
DIFFICULTY

Today's Highlights:

  • Hike along the world-famous cliffs reaching heights of over 700 feet.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive from the Cliffs of Moher to Galway.
  • Stop at The Burren, a dramatically sparse landscape of rocks, caves, and prehistoric sites.
  • Meander along the banks of the River Corrib to Galway Bay

Please note: All outdoor and hiking activities are weather dependent and may be adjusted on tour due to local conditions.

Day 5: Hike Connemara National Park

Climb the figure-eight circuit of two looped trails that begin at the National Park visitor center. The lower loop features boardwalk sections that stretch over sections of rich bog land, while the upper loop provides gorgeous views of the Connemara region.

Hike Stats:
3 hours
TIME
3.8 miles
DISTANCE
1,266 feet
ASCENT
Medium
DIFFICULTY

Today's Highlights:

  • Gaze into the distance at inspiring views of the Twelve Bens, the sharp-peaked summits of a mountain range
  • Discover remnants of the past by looking for the 4,000-year-old megalithic tombs found in the park
  • Search the skies for a plethora of meadow pipits, skylarks, and European stonechats
  • Climb Diamond Hill

Please note: All outdoor and hiking activities are weather dependent and may be adjusted on tour due to local conditions.

Day 6: Gaelic Games & Irish Step Dancing

Visit one of the Emerald Isle’s 2,200 local Gaelic Clubs to learn the basics of traditional Irish games. Then show off your newly acquired hurling skills before lunch and Irish step dancing lessons to top it all off.

Today's Highlights:

  • Play some traditional Irish games-hurling and Gaelic football-with local coaches and fellow travelers
  • Find out why Galway is nicknamed ‘City of the Tribes’
  • Practice your Irish jig during a private lesson with a professional step-dancer

Day 7: Bike the Great Western Greenway & Travel to Sligo

Trade those hiking boots for sneakers as you ride along this off-road trail. Located in County Mayo, the trail follows the route of a former railway line. Then, trade two wheels for a bus and head to Sligo to finish your day.

Hike Stats:
2.5 hours
TIME
11.2 miles
DISTANCE
270 feet
ASCENT
Medium
DIFFICULTY

Today's Highlights:

  • Bike along the Great Western Greenway
  • Take a guided sightseeing tour of Sligo

Please note: All outdoor and hiking activities are weather dependent and may be adjusted on tour due to local conditions.

Day 8: Hike Slieve League

Overshadowed by the Cliffs of Moher, the sea cliffs of Slieve League are a hidden gem of Ireland, and you get to see them! Reaching nearly 2,000 feet, three times taller than their popular counterparts, you won’t be thinking of anywhere else when looking down from these cliffs.

Hike Stats:
4.5 hours
TIME
5 miles
DISTANCE
2,600 feet
ASCENT
Medium
DIFFICULTY

Today's Highlights:

  • Get your heart pumping as you stand atop some of the highest sea cliffs in Ireland.
  • Walk single file as you navigate the aptly named One Man’s Pass.
  • Take in dramatic views of the cliffs and sea below from Bunglass Viewpoint, the most popular place to take photos.

Please note: All outdoor and hiking activities are weather dependent and may be adjusted on tour due to local conditions.

Day 9: Belfast Sightseeing Tour

Today, drive across the border to Northern Ireland to visit its capital, Belfast. You’ll explore this old center of industry (the Titanic was built here!) with a local guide.

Today's Highlights:

  • Travel to Belfast by bus.
  • Head out on a guided sightseeing tour in Belfast.
  • Learn about the boat behind the movie in the Titanic museum

Please note: All outdoor and hiking activities are weather dependent and may be adjusted on tour due to local conditions.

Day 10: Giant's Causeway + Farewell Dinner

For your last full day of adventure in Ireland it’s time to go big—like Giant’s Causeway big. Some say this unique geological formation is a result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption, others believe that an Irish giant by the name of Finn MacCool built it so he could fight a Scottish giant. Either way, it’s a stunningly beautiful spot to watch the crashing sea.

Today's Highlights:

  • Travel by bus to the coast
  • Walk among the nearly 40,000 basalt columns of the Causeway.
  • Hang on tight as you cross the almost 100-foot high Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge to a tiny island.

Farewell Dinner
Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.

Please note: All outdoor and hiking activities are weather dependent and may be adjusted on tour due to local conditions.

Day 11: Fly Home

Beannacht mo chairde!
Translation: Goodbye, friends! Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?

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