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Ireland has a long and storied history, with Neolithic peoples, Vikings, Normans and more calling this little island their home. Ireland’s Neolithic inhabitants, who lived here some 5,000 years ago, had great respect for astrology and the changing of seasons, with many of monuments aligned with the winter solstice or other similar events. To them, as to us today, the journey is just as important as the destination, with ancient pilgrimages to tombs and religious sites an important part of life in Neolithic Ireland. On this winter journey, visit some of the sites and places that these ancient peoples once built and revered.
This private departure trip is ideal for anyone looking to visit Ireland in the off season, preferring to travel with friends and family rather than join a group departure. On this trip you will meet local experts, learn about Irish history, enjoy Irish traditions, and explore the beauty of short, crisp days in Ireland during winter. If desired, it can be adapted for other seasons, though it is designed to take advantage of historic and cultural experiences best suited to winter.