When I sat down with Michael and Angela from Maine Bikram Yoga to discuss the possibility of creating a custom-built Tour of Ireland like no other, I really had no idea how special a trip it would be. Researching each desired component, it became obvious that this tour will indeed be something incredibly unique with so many surprises that take participants far beyond those of a typical Ireland tour offering.
There are many ways to experience a country or a new destination. One can travel independently or sometimes with a large group of unknown people. Both of these can be daunting endeavors, for different reasons. But how about taking the best of both and combing them? How about taking a group of adventurous, open minded people with similar interests and showing them a side to a country that very few have been privileged to explore? And while we're at it, how about keeping that independent travel vibe buzzing, offering plenty of time to yourself, - time to explore and meet new people? After all if your vacation isn't unique to you, it’s not the best it can be.
Each day, as we are immersed in new surroundings, we'll take time to connect with the landscape by taking Bikram class with the locals and by engaging in daily opportunities for outdoor yoga, simple meditation and just breathing it all in. Seeing Ireland is one thing. Feeling the energy of this land and its people permeate your senses is a very different experience. There are subtle geomagnetic earth forces called Ley lines that were used by ancient people for spiritual connection, healing, and enlightenment. We will explore how earth energies are incorporated into sacred structures like cathedrals and standing stones, and bring that sense of alignment and power into our yoga practice. The human body has similar lines of energy called nadis. These are used in the formation of asanas. We will come to understand the deep connections between earth energies and yoga practice.
One thing is certain: Upon returning, you will forever carry a piece of Ireland with you. Not a piece that you will hang on a wall collecting dust, but a part deep inside of you that will remain changed by the experience in profound ways.
We will embark on a journey across a stunning landscape. Beginning in a time of foreign invaders, as we explore Dublin and stand in the very spot where the destiny of this land would forever change. From there, will visit a site older that the Pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge. Next, we will head south to a very special part of the country and visit sites ranging from grand Castles, to old circle forts. These ancient sites have their own stories to tell and hold so much mystery and folklore. We will spend time in cites as well as small rural country villages, exposing you to a wide variety or people, culture and landscapes bursting with the vibrance of spring. Each stop has been hand-picked, each hotel offers it own unique offering and every attraction has been carefully selected to give a great perspective of this stunning country.
So come join us as we explore Ireland from a new perspective.
27th April Sunday
Depart USA for an overnight flight. As this is a land based only tour. Flight is not included in the price, many come from different areas and may decide to leave earlier or stay on after the group has departed. Just be sure to remember when booking your flight that all flights arrive into Ireland the next day. Ie. Leave on Sunday to Arrive on a Monday.
28th April Monday
Arrive into Dublin in the morning and meet the group at the Hotel. Then we will take a brief city tour to help you get familiar with the city. The rest of the day will be yours to explore the city and visit such the great landmarks such as Trinity College, St. Stephens Green, Grafton St or enjoy a pint in the home of Guinness. Either way the choice is yours.
In the evening you are free to take a class at the local Bikram studio to help shake off the jet lag.
Accommodation: O'Callaghan Stephens Green
29th April Tuesday
Today we head towards a very powerful site of huge significance: a landmark older than the Pyramids themselves. Newgrange is place that needs to be experienced to be understood. It’s much more than can be explained and there are as many questions, as there are answers about the site. Every year at the winter Solstice, the Sun illuminates the inner passage of this prehistoric monument and leaves us in complete awe at to the methods used in it construction and how it came to be.
We will spend some time in this region before returning back to the city to explore Dublin by night.
Accommodation: O'Callaghan St Stephens Green
30th April Wednesday
After an early morning stretch in St Stephens Green in Dublin (weather permitting) and a little breakfast, we will travel south towards the coastal town of Kinsale and then onto Drombeg Stone Circle, again a very well preserved site of great importance. After we take some time to explore this region, we will head onto the small harbor town of Bantry. Here we leave the busy tours buses behind and begin to experience Ireland in all its glory..
Accommodation: Maritime Hotel, Bantry.
1st May Thursday
We will start this first day of May with our own special celebration before heading onto Killarney via Molls Gap and Ladies View, arriving into Killarney to enjoy the numerious activities available: Muckross House, Gap of Dunloe, Ross Castle and the Lakes of Killarney. The rest of the evening will be yours to prepare for your next great adventure. Tomorrow promises to be pretty special.
Accommodation: Lake Hotel Killarney
2nd May Friday
The region is so diverse with many options, it’s tough to pick something that would suit everyone. So instead, you will decide and I will be there to make it happen. Perhaps a walk along with a horse and cart ride, or a day trip to Dingle and the Slea Head Peninsula…. or if you are feeling particularly adventurous (and the weather co-operates) you could join us on a trip to a the Skellig islands, and visit a monastery that was founded out on this remote island between the 6th and 8 century. But it also starts the story of a very interesting Ley line of huge significance and much like Newgrange has to be experienced to be truly appreciated.
Accommodation: Lake Hotel, Killarney.
3rd May Saturday
Today we explore the beautiful West coast of the country, up through Co. Kerry, crossing the river Shannon on a ferry ,and onto the world famous Cliffs of Moher. One of the countries most recognizable sites, this sheer cliff face drops 700ft to the wild ocean below. We will spend the remainder of our time in the very interesting region of the country. The site of our accommodations is very unique (so new its not even complete yet!!) But we will have the whole property to ourselves, our own chef and the use of a purpose built Yoga Studio over looking the Atlantic Ocean. This place is pure heaven, and a perfect finish to an amazing tour.
Accommodation: The Cliffs of Moher Retreat At Moher Lodge
4th May Sunday
After Breakfast we will take a high energy walking adventure through the unique landscape, and find out why this complex region that has more in common with the Amazon than you might expect (oh, and the moon…) We will spend time with a local and learn a lot about this region and exactly why it is so special. That evening we will share in a very special evening together before our return journey back to the US.
Accommodation: The Cliffs of Moher Retreat At Moher Lodge
5th May Monday
Some of you may decided to extend your journey, but for the rest of us, a transfer service will be arranged to Shannon Airport in time to catch the return flights home.
Pricing and Booking form
- Escorted Tour with expert driver/ guide,
- 7 nights in luxury accommodations,
- 7 breakfasts,
- All featured attractions including New Grange, Skellig Is, Cliffs of Moher,
- Ferry crossing,
- Walking tour and Local guide in the Burren.
- Retreat center by the Cliffs of Moher, including yoga and meals (2 nights)
Julie Bernier, Maine
Last year’s tour was simply an incredible value for money. Great accommodations, just the right blend of relaxation, partying and touring the countryside, and the opportunity to meet and travel with some awesome folks! Evan knows Ireland. There’s no better way to see it than with Longer Vacations!
Jim B., Pennsylvania
Evan did an excellent job. We couldn’t have asked for a better person to accompany us on our Ireland journey. He was knowledgeable, flexible, and a lot of fun to be around.
Colleen Larrea. NC
Last year’s trip to Ireland was just perfectly planned. We had been to Ireland once before and it was great, but the trip last year with Longer Vacations was just perfect! The hotel accommodations were great. We would not have changed a thing, and are looking forward to the next trip with him.