​​Herbal Excursion to Ireland, the Emerald Isle (Please slide bar on far right to view whole page including tentative itinerary)


2017 Herbal Excursion to Ireland, the Emerald Isle 


​                                  Experience the magick, mystery & history of Ireland

We will have time on the bus to delve into traditional uses of herbs, essential oils, homeopathy, flower essences, as well as Reflexology & Acupressure Techniques.

The gardens will offer Steven lots of time to talk about the science of herbs and tidbits in photography.

Qigong will be an optional offering before breakfast, after dinner and at various sites along the way.

This Itinerary is still being adjusted slightly with timing.  Hotels (3-5 star) will be added later. ​

Day 1, July 8
Arrive Dublin
Please eat a breakfast before joining tour
9 am Bus Departs from Dublin to Galway
12 noon Brigit’s Garden
                Light Lunch, or scones and tea
                Guided garden tour
                Herb Walk and Workshop
Check into Hotel, Diner, Overnight

Day 2, July 9
8-9 Breakfast at Hotel
9 am Bus leaves for Walking tour with Shane Connolly in The Burren 2 hours
12 pm Bus leaves for lunch and sight-seeing Cliffs of Moher
4:30 pm Bus leaves for Galway to freshen up
7 pm Bus leaves for Dunguaira Castle Medieval Banquet in Kinvarra

Day 3, July 10
8-9 Breakfast at Hotel
9 am Bus leaves for Connemara National Park
10 am Park Naturalist Guided Tour of Ellis Wood Nature Trail (focus flora and fauna) or similar easy hike.
1 pm Lunch, Tour Kylemoore Abbey and Gardens
Return to Galway Flexible
Afternoon evening free to roam Galway City

Day 4, July 11
8-9 Breakfast at Hotel
9 am Bus leaves for Cork area
Lunch in Cobh
2 pm Emmigration Museum Tour
Evening free overnight in Kinsale

Day 5, July 12
8-9 Breakfast at Hotel
9 am Bus leaves for full day to explore Blarney Castle & Grounds, Woolen Mills-shopping available
4 pm return to Hotel
Evening Ghost Tour, with Brian O'Neill

Overnight in Kinsale

Day 6, July 13
8-9 Breakfast at Hotel
9 am Bus leaves for Waterford

1030 Visit Mount Congreve Gardens

Continue to Waterford

lunch opportunuity at Wareford Crystal

1500/1630 Visit Waterford Crystal (guided tour)

Overnight in Waterford 

Day 7, July 14
8-9 Breakfast at Hotel
9 am Bus Leaves for day at Blackstairs Eco Trails
                Guided:
Celtic Tree Trails
Foraging
Picnic Lunch, from Eco Trails if they can supply will supply
Wild Herbs & Medicine Making

Overnight in Dublin, Free to explore Dinner on own

Day 8, July 15
8-9 Breakfast at Hotel
9:30 am Bus Departs

10:00 Visit St. Anne's Physic Garden, St. Anne's Park

11:30 Visit Dublin National Botanical Garden, Tour with Steven and Cyndi, Leave at leisure to explore Dublin on own.
7:30 Dinner together at Hotel

Day 9
Varied, Breakfast when available depending on flight departures
Bus transport to airport in groupings according to flights.  We will only be able to transport to airport if you are willing to go when the bus assigns you.  If you wish to go at a different time the hotel will usually help you find a shuttle or taxi.


For further information and/or reservations contact Cynthia Graham 832-443-8113 or cynthia@nursenaturalpath.com
Non-refundable deposit -? US upon joining list.  Single rooms available for an additional fee. 
Price based on: Minimum of 16 participants & current exchange rate; possibility of increase with lower participant level or increased exchange rate, until final payment to Discover  Ireland Tours is made.

Price includes: 8 nights bed & full Irish breakfast in 3-4 star hotels, 2 evening dinners (3 courses + tea/coffee, choices for each course), all visits and admissions to sites listed above+.  Examples of not included: tips to driver/guide, room service, laundry, personal items, alcohol, meals not listed (i.e. Lunches).
Air Travel and Travel Insurance (a requirement) are not part of this package. 
Joining this group, you agree the laws of Texas apply to any dispute which arises and the venue for any legal action will be Katy/Houston, Texas.  










Previous Excursions below and to side.




We are back!!!  It was a wonderful journey!  We had so much fun, we are beginning preparations for the next excursion!  Email me if you want to be on the list of the first to be informed of details.  I am convinced the next trip will fill quickly once friends and family here the tales and see the pictures!  Cynthia Graham RN, BSN- Nurse NaturalPath.


August 29-September 6, 2015

Accommodations, Land Travel (Motor coach) and Admission to Sites Handled by Discover Ireland Tours


Guide:

Cynthia Graham-RN, BSN, Traditional Naturopath, Qi Gong Instructor


​Each day will include at least one opportunity to wander through a plant environment and listen to Steven Foster discuss the benefits and wonders of plants.  In addition, we will also enjoy one visit to a historic site and one shopping option per day.  You are invited to play Qi Gong with Cynthia in the mornings and tap into the energy of Ireland.  Sea breezes, vibrant greenery, tall trees and the folktales that are unique to Ireland as well as open one to healing; mind, body and spirit.


Sites Include:

Rock of Cashell, Fota Arboretum & Gardens, Blarney Castle (The Stone of Eloquence), Bantry House & Gardens, Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, Cliffs of Moher & Atlantic Edge Centre, Powerscourt Gardens, Private Garden in Wicklow, Cahir Castle, Jameson Whiskey Experience, Dromberg Stone Circle, Garinish Island & Ferry Crossing, Boyce's Gardens, National Botanical Gardens (Dublin), Glendalough.


Pictures to right depict a general tour of Ireland. They may not be specific to the items on above list. ​

​Entering our final registration period.  We still have a few spaces.

For Further Information Contact cynthia@nursenaturalpath.com or call 832-443-8113.

Deposits and payments made to:

by check: Cynthia Graham-Nurse NaturalPath

     mail to address:  Nurse NaturalPath

                                   c/o Cynthia Graham ​RN, BSN

                                   6203 Cotton Field Lane

                                   Katy, Texas 77449

by MasterCard/Visa: an additional fee of 4.75% will be charged

Please telephone Cynthia at 832-443-8113

    ***Do not send credit card information through email, not secured

If you are looking for a roommate, I will try to connect you with others also wishing to have a roommate.  The choice is yours.  It will be difficult to change once the trip has been booked.  Single rooms are limited at current price.


 

Frequently Asked Questions and packing hints-updating often

1.  When looking for travel insurance it should be fairly inexpensive and well worth the price.  Trips can be cancelled/interrupted these days for many reasons.  Large groups can not always slow down for injuries and illness, so here are some hints.

        A.  Buy quickly after your very first deposit to avoid exclusions like pre-existing illness.

        B.  Must haves to make your travel less worrisome (required for this excursion): trip cancellation/trip interruption, medical, evacuation & repat.

        C.  Also at this time check your passport expiration date has 6 months past return date available. ​

2.  What time will the bus actually pick us up at Dublin Airport (DUB)?  The bus will leave Dublin Airport at 8:30am.  Most flights from the US arrive between 7 and 8am.  If any flights are delayed will need to be made for those passengers. There are plenty of public buses and trains between Dublin to Cork, so they could easily catch up to the group.


3.  Is there a B & B or hotel near the airport that is inexpensive which you recommend, should people wish to arrive a day or two early and return to the airport to meet us?  We (DIT) use Bewley's Hotel at Dublin Airport:  bewleyshotels.com/dublinairport.  We can make reservation here should they wish to stay extra nights.


4.  On departure 08 September, will the bus bring us back to the airport?  Is there a shuttle or taxi from the airport so people can leave at the time of thier liking?  If so, what would the cost be generally?  If possible, we will try to transfer as many people as we can.  Usually wefind a common time that suits most people.  There is also public transport or taxis if people prefer to arrange their own transfer.  (The guide books I've seen range taxis between 25 Euro and 50 Euro it dependon how many people and amount of luggage-Cyndi)


5.  Tipping?  Do people generally tip in Ireland?  Is it included in meals?  If not, what is the standard rate?  I know the bus driver/guide is usually tipped at the end of this type of excursion, is there a general idea of how much per person per day so our guests can plan?  Tipping in Ireland is a very "gray area"!  It's not really part of our culture, but it is becoming more common in restaurants.  Pubs it is not necessary.  For dinner in a restaurant I would suggest around 10%.  For the driver/guide on the tour, we usually suggest between 3 to 5 Euro per person per day.


6.  Do you need passport information prior to arrival?  If so how early?  Do you need photocopies or just numbers and expirations, et cetera?  How long does 

passport need to be good for after arrival?  Most countries stipulate 6 months in case of rare occurrences.  We don't need any passport information for the passengers, but I would recommend that their passport is valid for 6 months after their trip.


7.  Will we be staying anywhere sleep would be interrupted by pub/bar, entertainment?  None of the hotels are located in the city centres, so there shouldn't be any problems with noise.  However, at weekends, many hotels will have some kind of entertainment, or maybe a wedding/private party, so we can't guarantee that there will be no noise at all.  We usually ask the hotel to allocate quiet rooms for our groups, furthest away from the bar.


8.  I have rated this trip's difficulty (walking/climbing) easy to medium, do you agree?  Yes, this would be correct.  Some of the visits are quite flexible, for example Blarney Castle.  There are beautiful gardens and grounds at Blarney, and beautiful walks for those who are able.  Climbing to the top of Blarney Castle to kiss the Stone can be quite a challenge.  The staircases are very narrow in places, with two-way traffic (people going up and people coming down).  So it can be difficult for "larger" folk.


9.  We move hotels, should someone feel ill, can they stay on the bus and rest/sleep while the rest attend venues during the day?  Yes, if people want to stay on the bus to rest, or skip a visit, this will be absolutely fine.  Also, where there are 2 nights at the same hotel, they could stay at the hotel to rest if necessary.


   


 


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Nurse NaturalPath

This was 2016


Day 1- Saturday 29 August, 2015
Arrive Dublin Airport-most flights into Dublin from the US arrive early morning
Meet with Irish driver and depart for Cork
1000/1100 Morning coffee at a Farmhouse near Kilkenny
1145/1300 Visit the Rock of Cashel-Spectacular group of Medieval buildings on an outcrop of limestone; Cathedral, Romanesque chapel, round tower.
Lunch opportunity in Cashel
1400/1500 Visit Cahir Castle-One of the largest and best preserved castled set on a rocky island in the River Suir.
Day 2 - Sunday 30 August, 2015
0700 Qi Gong (optional)
0800 Full Irish breakfast in the hotel
0900 Depart for Fota island
0930 Visit to Fota Arboretum-mild, sheltered microclimate with trees and shrubs from every continent (special treats from China, Japan & Chile)
1130/1300 Jameson Experience (old whiskey distillery Middleton) largest pot still in the world, waterwheel once used to power tools, etc.
Lunch opportunity at distillery.
1430/1600 Visit Blarney Castle (the Stone of Eloquence-accept the gift of gab)
Opportunity for shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills 
Dinner & Overnight Silver Springs Hotel, Cork (or similar)
Day 3 - Monday 31 August, 2015
0700 Qi Gong (optional)
0800 Full Irish breakfast in the hotel
0900 Depart
0915/1000 Visit the English Market in Cork City Centre-roofed food market since 1788, one of the oldest municipal markets of its kind.
Travel to Skibbereen
1130/1230 Visit the Dromberg Stone Circle (Druid's Altar) site dated 1000 BC.
Continue to Bantry
Lunch opportunity in Bantry
1400/1530 Visit Bantry House and Gardens-dates before 1765, unique collections of tapestries, furniture, carpets and art from 19th century Europe.
Dinner & overnight Maritime Hotel, Bantry (or similar).
Day 4 - Tuesday 1 September, 2015
0700 Qi Gong (optional)
0800 Full Irish breakfast in the hotel
0900 Depart
Travel to Glengariff & take boat trip to Garnish Island
0930/1130 Visit Ilanacullin (Garnish Island)-20meters by ferry, on ride view seals on the rocks, Italian Garden designed byHarold Peto, the Martello Tower, Grecian Temple overlooking the sea, flights of steps & magnificentpediment gateways, all integrated into a brilliant plant collection of worldwide renown.
1230/1330 Visit St Finbarr's Oratory at Gougane Barra-Gougane Barra Lake, small church on island in lake, 6th century monastery remains, beautiful old stations of the cross above the ancient prayer cells, some lovely stained glass windows.
Continue to Kenmare
Lunch opportunity in Kenmare
1500/1600 Visit the Kenmare Lace & Design Centre in Kenmare-meeting place for lace makers from all over the world. The art & craft of lace making is their own form of communication. Displays, demonstrations & vending.
Continue to Killarney
Dinner & overnight in Brook Lodge Hotel, Killarney (or similar).

Day 5 - Wednesday 2 September, 2015

0700 Qi Gong (optional)
0800 Full Irish breakfast in hotel
0900 Depart
0900/1400 Circuit of the picturesque Ring of Kerry; Glenbeigh, Cahirsiveen, Waterville, Castledaniel, Sneem and back to Killarney
1500/1600 Visit Muckross Gardens in Killarney National Park-small paths, winding steps, rock garden, dwarf conifers & shrubs, native strawberry tree, grasslands, mounds of mature rhodedendrons,and boles of Scots pine.

Day 6 - Thursday 3 September, 2015

0700 Qi Gong (optional)

0800 Full Irish breakfast at hotel

0900 Depart for Galway

1000/1130 Visit Boyce's Gardens near Foynes-rookeries, herbaceous borders, sunken gardens, water garden with fountain, rose garden, meditation garden, vegetable garden, glass house & conservatory with vine, driftwood scultures, geraniums, fuchsias, cacti arrangements,.

1200/1230 Cross the Shannon River by ferry & continue along the Atlantic coast.

Lunch opportunity at the Cliffs

1330/1500 Visit the Cliffs of Moher-UNESCO Geo Park. view of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay,Twelve Pins, Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara & Loop Head to the South.

Travel through the Burren-Lunar like limestone landscape, unique flora, 20 species of orchids growing wild.

Dinner & overnight Loughrea Hotel, Loughrea (or similar)

Day 7 - Friday 4 September, 2015

0700 Qi Gong (optional)

0800 Full Irish breakfast in hotel

0900 Depart for Dublin

1130/1230 Panoramic sightseeing tour of Dublin City

Lunch in Dublin

1400/1530 Guided tour of the National Botanical Gardens-Ireland's premier botanical &horticultural institution.  Founded 1795 by Royal Dublin Society. Its role is conservation, education & research.Varied gardens & displays.

Free evening for independent dinner

Overnight in Bewleys Hotel Leopardstown, Dublin (or similar)

Day 8 - Saturday 5 September, 2015

0700 Qi Gong (optional)

0800 Full Irish breakfast in the hotel

0900 Depart

1000/1130 Visit Powerscourt Gardens, in the foothills of Wicklow mountains-House @1731, formal tree plantation, walled garden, fish pond, cascades, grottoes & terraces.

1230/1400 Visit Glendalough-remains of monastery of St. Kevin in the 6th century, buildings still partially standing from 6th-8th centuries; Round Tower, Cathedral, Stone Churches & decorated crosses.

1430/1530 Vist a Private Garden near Wicklow

Return to Dublin

Dinner & overnight in Bewley's Hotel Leopardstown, Dublin (or similar)

Day 9 - Sunday 6 September, 2015

Full Irish breakfast in hotel

Transfer to Dublin Airport for return flight

​Timings this day depend on flight times..