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MOCA Jacksonville Tour of Ireland


Join MOCA Jacksonville on an exclusive journey through arts and culture around five counties of Ireland, where MOCA Director Caitlín Doherty will introduce you to some of Ireland’s most important art, artists and institutions. Enjoy access to private collections along with stays at Ireland’s finest hotels, including the private Kilkea Castle, with dinner and a special guest lecture on the arts, as well as Hayfield Manor and the Westbury Hotel. Discover cities and towns, including Dublin, Carlow, Waterford, Cork and Kinsale. Join MOCA Jacksonville on this unforgettable tour of the Emerald Isle led by our new Director, Caitlín Doherty: “You have opened your community to me, now allow me to share with you my community abroad.”

View of Hore Abbey from Rock of Cashel. Photo: Valerie Tkaczyk



Depart the United States on flight to Dublin.


Arrive to Dublin Airport and be privately transferred to your city-center hotel. Step out the door in the heart of Dublin off pedestrianized Grafton Street with its many shops and restaurants. Enjoy a private visit to the Kerlin Gallery which will be presenting a sculpture exhibition as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, featuring the work of some of Ireland’s foremost contemporary artists. The rest of the day is free to browse this 1,000-year-old city before joining together for a Welcome Reception in a private banquet room at the Westbury Hotel at 5:00 PM.


After breakfast, enjoy a half-day historical walking tour of Dublin. This award-winning “seminar on the street” explores the main features of Irish history – Dublin’s development, the influence of the American and French Revolutions, the 1845-49 Potato Famine, the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence, the Partition, and concludes with the current Peace Process. Later marvel at The Book of Kells, one of Ireland’s greatest artistic treasures, housed in the world-renowned Trinity College Library, before enjoying a guided tour of the National Gallery of Ireland. Founded in 1854, the National Gallery houses a collection of over 16,300 artworks, spanning the history of western European art, from the 14th century to the present day, including artists from Mantegna and Titian, to Monet and Picasso.


After breakfast, meet the Driver/Guide in the lobby of the hotel. Travel south, passing through Naas and the Curragh where world famous racehorses are bred. Continue to County Wicklow, the “Garden of Ireland”, and on to Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most scenic areas, and site of the monastic settlement of St. Kevin from the 6th century. Continue to Carlow Town, where you will enjoy a private CEO-led tour of VISUAL, one of Ireland’s leading contemporary art institutions, incorporating four world-class gallery spaces, and the George Bernard Shaw Theatre. Afterwards, enjoy a fabulous night at Kilkea Castle, the party having exclusive use of the Castle for the evening, including dinner and lecture in the private dining room, and live traditional Irish music in the bar ‘til late!


After breakfast, enjoy a relaxing morning at Kilkea Castle Estate, perhaps playing a round of golf on their 18-hole par 70 championship parkland course, or simply strolling through their 180 acres of exquisite woodland property. Afterwards travel to Waterford City, Ireland’s ‘Viking City’, where you can explore the ‘Viking Triangle’, see crystal being blown on the Waterford Crystal tour, and meet local arts leaders and artists at the Waterford City Arts Office, Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery, and artists’ studios. Spend the evening relaxing by the coast, in one of Ireland’s best loved traditional fishing villages, Dunmore East, known for its great seafood restaurants, harbor walks and lively traditional pubs.


After breakfast, continue the journey to Lismore, Co. Waterford, a beautiful little town nestled along the banks of the Blackwater River, and known for its spectacular Castle, Lismore Castle, dating from 13th-19th centuries and private home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and their family. Here you will be given a private tour of the exquisite Castle Gardens, the finest Jacobean Gardens in Ireland, with a wonderful collection of contemporary sculpture on permanent display, before being shown around Lismore Castle Arts, the west-wing of the Castle that displays temporary, contemporary exhibitions by some of the world’s most significant contemporary artists. Afterwards, we will also have the privilege of an exclusive tour of the Devonshire Family’s private art collection in the castle, and enjoy a wonderful served lunch in the private dining room. Later travel on to Cork City, the second largest city in Ireland, visiting the award-winning Lewis Glucksman Gallery at University College Cork, before relaxing for the evening and exploring the bustling restaurants and bars that Cork City is famous for.


After breakfast, meet some of Cork’s artists in their own studios and learn more about the contemporary arts scene in Ireland. Later drive on to the town of Kinsale in County Cork, one of the most picturesque, and popular resorts on the south-west coast of Ireland. Charles Fort, a popular attraction was constructed in the late 17th century on the site of an earlier coastal fortification, and Desmond Castle, (French Prison) was built as a custom house by the Earl of Desmond c. AD 1500. Round the day off with a visit to a private home and collection, on route back to Cork City for the night.


This morning after breakfast, travel to nearby Blarney for a spot of shopping at its famous Woolen Store as well as your chance to kiss the “Blarney Stone,” which legend has it will bestow upon you “The Gift of Gab”. From here it is on to the Rock of Cashel, a majestic fortified site where St. Patrick is said to have crowned the High Kings of Ireland in the 5th century. Continue north to Dublin, where we will conclude our Journey Through Arts and Culture with a ‘Slán abhaile’ (Goodbye and Safe Home) dinner together at our hotel.


Private transfer to Dublin Airport.

*Itinerary subject to change based on special events.


Trip including lodging, meals as outlined, admissions and land transportation is $5,329 per person (based on double or triple occupancy)

$1000 of the fee is a tax-deductible donation to MOCA. Air transportation is available for an additional $1,330 flying from Jacksonville, FL, to Dublin, with Director Caitlín Doherty. Single-room supplement, add $2,072. A deposit of $250 per person is due at the time of registration. Final payment is due March 16, 2018. Deposits are refundable until this date, less $100 per person cancellation fee. After April 1, 2018, all payments become non-refundable. See below for more details.

Price is based on a minimum of 15 passengers.

Package Inclusions:

  • Seven nights premium hotel accommodations at castles, stately homes and character properties
  • Meals: daily full breakfast, first night welcome reception, private meal at Kilkea and Lismore Castles, farewell dinner
  • Private executive vehicle for touring, transfers, and excursions
  • Services of professional driver/guide
  • All tours listed in group itinerary
  • All service charges, porterage, fuel surcharges and taxes
  • Tips and gratuities

Package Exclusions:

  • Lunches and meals other than specified
  • International air round-trip from the US with Delta Air Lines (available at additional charge)
  • Travel inusrance
  • Expenses of personal nature and incidentals at the hotels
  • Transportation, sightseeing, and admissions other than specified


Classic Travel is holding a number of seats on Delta Air Lines from Jacksonville, Florida for $1,330 per person in coach class. Rates include taxes, fees and a $250 per person deposit for flight upon booking. Details as follows:

Date – Flight # Depart Arrive
May 18, 2018 – DL2297 Jacksonville 3:45 PM Atlanta 5:04 PM
May 18, 2018 – DL0176 Atlanta 8:04 PM Dublin 9:00 AM (May 19)
May 26, 2018 – DL0177 Dublin 11:00 AM Atlanta 2:49 PM
May 26, 2018 – DL1964 Atlanta 4:49 PM Jacksonville 5:57 PM

The last day to commit to the group flights is February 9, 2018. Please let Classic Travel know if you have any individual flight requests. If you book your own flight, please forward flight itinerary to katie@classictravelusa.com.


Travel insurance offers travelers coverage for unforeseen problems from a cancelled flight to a serious illness—or in rare cases, even an act of terrorism. If an illness, accident, or other covered unforeseen circumstance forces a traveler to cancel or interrupt their travel plans, they face two potentially major financial losses—money invested in nonrefundable pre-payments and medical expenses that in many instances aren’t covered by health insurance. Please indicate on your registration form if you would like a quote.


Passports are required for international travel and should be obtained well in advance. Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return to the United States. For more information, visit travel.state.gov.



Register online by clicking the link above or contact Carolyn Carley-Richart at 904-620-4208 or carolyn.carley-richart@unf.edu. For questions regarding flights, please contact Katie Conway at Classic Travel 517-349-6200 or katie@classictravelusa.com.


  • Land Deposit: $250 per person due at time of registration (payment through MOCA Jacksonville)
  • Group Air Deposit: $250 per person due at time of registration (payment through Classic Travel)


  • March 16, 2018


  • Please allow 48 business hours to receive an invoice from MOCA for payment. Make checks for LAND portion payable to MOCA Jacksonville. Classic Travel will contact you for flight payment, if required.


Land Cancellation:

  • On or before March 16, 2018: refundable less $100 per person fee
  • Between March 17 – 31, 2018: 50% refundable
  • After April 1, 2018: 100% non-refundable

Air Cancellation:

  • On or before February 9, 2018: refundable less $50 per person fee
  • Between February 10 – April 1, 2018: refundable less $150 per person fee
  • After April 1, 2018: 100% non-refundable


KATIE CONWAY (katie@classictravelusa.com)


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