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Celtic Roots, Ireland, Wales and the English Lakes

Term To Study: Spring 2017
Application Deadline: Mar 31, 2017
Program Starts: May 08, 2017
Program Ends: May 18, 2017
Program Category: Multi-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Link 1: APST 430: Celtic Roots
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Ireland Dublin
United Kingdom Gwynedd, Lake District, London, Wales
Contact Phone: 304-876-5297
Contact Name: Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt
Contact Email:
What is Included: - Round trip airfare with a major carrier on scheduled flights and guaranteed dates;
- Accommodation in three star (occasional 4 star or superior 2 star) tourist class hotels with private facilities guaranteed throughout;
- Breakfast throughout and three group dinners as noted in your touring program;
- Admissions for Cliffs of Mohr, Burren Center, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Yeats Church, Parke Castle, Lake Isle of Innisfree Boat Tour, Glencar, Blaenau Ffestiniog Railroad and Deep Mine Tour, Criccieth Castle, Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Trust Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe tour and Globe Theater Production;
- The expertise and perspective of 2 local guides, Dublin and London Walking Tours;
- Transportation by private coach for airport transfers and touring, except in the capital cities, where public transport is used;
- Public transport in London and air transfer from Sligo to Manchester (for Welsh leg of the tour).
What is not Included: - SU medical travel insurance fee
- Airline baggage or ancillary fees
- Lunches or alcoholic beverages with meals, dinners not included above;
- Visas (if required)
- Tips and gratuities for the guide and driver
Estimated Costs: Per Person Ground Costs
$2,627 Twin Accommodation based on 15 travelers
$2,448 Twin accommodation based on 20 travelers
$551 Supplement for single accommodations
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Program Description

The Celtic Roots travel experience, a cornerstone the Shepherd University Appalachian Studies program, has been designed to expose students to the Celtic heritage associated with the region of Appalachia—specifically in 2017 through travel to Ireland, Wales, and those parts of England that bear the Celtic influence. An array of Appalachian and Irish writers who have been influenced by Gaelic traditions will be explored through literature and through travel to those places that haunt their habits and hearts. The Cliffs of Moher, the Burren Center, the streets of Sligo and Dublin will take travelers into the world of Beckett, James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, and Lady Gregory. Parke Castle will reveal life in an Irish castle as it truly was, and a boat ride on the Lake of Innisfree and trekking the craggy hills of Ben Bulben will bring the world of Yeats to life and make ours the Wild Irish Way. Mount Snowdon is the centerpiece of Welsh Snowdonia, and our hotel rests in the shadow of Castle Criccieth, while an adventure on the Festinog Railroad will take us into the mining district and the heart of the Welsh mountains, the land of the Mabinogion, and the poetry of Ron Rash. The road from Wales leads to the Cumberland Lakes, as we explore the countryside of Grasmere, Windermere, and Helm Crag, walking in the footprints of Dorothy and William Wordsworth. The last leg of our journey takes us to London’s literary places, as we explore the world of Shakespeare, Shaw, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Oscar Wilde. The quest for our Celtic Roots takes us into a land rich in the love of language and storytelling that is inspiration to modern-day Appalachians and us all.

Per Person Ground Costs
$2,627 Twin Accommodation based on 15 travelers
$2,448 Twin accommodation based on 20 travelers
$551 Supplement for single accommodations
September 1, 2016—Deadline for $300 deposit to hold a place at the exclusive rate above.
October 15, 2016—Final deadline for $300 deposit and travel insurance protection.
December 1, 2016—Balance due
January 10, 2017—Celtic Roots course begins
May 8-18, 2017—Celtic Roots Tour

Quick Facts

Population: 4722028
Capital: Dublin
Per-capita GDP: $ 40100
Size: 70273 km2
Time Zone: (GMT) Dublin

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