Irish Excursion


A travel-study opportunity focused on music, art, theatre, and history through Riverland’s World Cultural Studies course

Trip Dates: MARCH 8-18, 2019

Wednesday, September 19 12:00 pm Room E102 or 7:00 pm Room E102

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Things to see and do


Giant's Causeway, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Cliffs of Moher
Blarney Castle
St Patrick's Cathedral


The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the north coast of Northern Ireland.  

According to legend, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant. The story goes that the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool), from the Fenian Cycle of Gaelic mythology, was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. Fionn accepted the challenge and built the causeway across the North Channel so that the two giants could meet.  


Step on to the edge of the world and into an awe-inspiring view that dreams are made of – at the Cliffs of Moher you will encounter nature in its wildest, purest form – see the rugged cliffs facing the mighty ocean, taste the salt air, hear the birds cry, feel the ancient rocks beneath your feet, smell the wind. Decide today to grant your highest wish to visit Ireland’s most spectacular natural wonder at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way – the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience. 

Blarney Castle

Built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftans, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney making it a world landmark and one of Ireland's greatest treasures.

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, founded in 1191, is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. With its 43-metre (141 ft) spire, St. Patrick's is the tallest church (not Cathedral) in Ireland and the largest. Christ Church Cathedral, also a Church of Ireland cathedral in Dublin, is designated as the local Cathedral of the diocese of Dublin and Glendalough.


Titanic Belfast • St. Patrick’s Cathedral • The Jameson Distillery • National Gallery of Ireland • National Botanic Gardens • Abbey Theatre • Irish Rock-n-Roll Museum • The Guinness Storehouse •  The River Lee • Blackrock Castle • Northern Ireland War Memorial • Ulster Museum

Important Dates

November 1, 2018

  • $500.00 non-refundable deposit & registration due (accepted until November 1 or space is filled)

December 3, 2018

  • $1000 Due

January 4, 2019

  • $1,595 Due


Pre-Trip Class Sessions 

Orientation classes are designed to assist you to maximize your time in Ireland. Faculty will present options for exploring music, art, theatre, and historical offerings in Ireland and Northern Ireland as well as providing practical travel advice for your trip. Please keep these Tuesday evenings open for these classes.

All sessions are 6:30 - 8:30 pm

  • December 11, 2018
  • January 29, 2019
  • February 12, 2019
  • March 5, 2019

Financial Information


  • Double Occupancy /  $3,095
  • Single Room / $3,545


  • Tuition for a 2-credit class at Riverland Community College
    • $371.34 total including fees $66.60 (MN Senior Citizen) total including fees 
  • Trip insurance (required)
  • Meals
  • Public transit passes
  • Concert & theatre tickets
  • Museum/visitor fees
  • Miscellaneous spending money
    (Tips and gratuities for coach drivers, porters, etc. are included in the trip price.)


  • Elective credits in fine arts & humanities (all participants must register for 1 credit of MUSC 2295 and 1 credit of THTR 2295)
  • Guidance of experienced Riverland faculty
  • Pre-trip orientation classes
  • Information session each morning of the trip
  • Information and assistance obtaining tickets for cultural events

Eligible students: financial aid can be used to cover the tuition and costs for this course. 

Registration and Contact Information

This trip is open to all interested persons who are 18 on or before March 1, 2018. Persons under the age of 18 must have a responsible adult over 21 years of age to accompany them.

Reservations will not be accepted without $500.00 non-refundable deposit. After deposit is received, you will receive a confirmation letter and registration instructions for THTR and MUSC 2295 World Cultural Studies. All participants must register for credits.  However, these credits may be taken on an audit basis for those who wish to be free from academic responsibility.

Final day for registration & non-refundable deposit: November 1, 2018 or as soon as space is filled. Deposit will be returned if trip does not meet minimum number of participants.

Scott Blankenbaker
or toll-free at 800-247-5039 

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