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OKLAHOMA MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION 
Nomads Travel Program
10 day tour to Ireland
March 10-19, 2020
Space is limited to 30 travelers, send in your deposit today

Welcome to the Oklahoma Museums Association Nomads Travel Program. Join the Oklahoma Museums Association for another adventure as we traverse on a ten day tour of Ireland. Traveling the lush meadows and cliffs of Ireland inspire even the most seasoned traveler with the majestic scenery yielding to medieval towns and historic castles.  This 10 day tour will immerse you in the history, scenery, and legends at the heart of the island. Please travel with us.

For more information and details on the trip, including itinerary, cost, deposit information, Nomads Travel Program requirements, and more, download the full tour brochure here.

The trip will be led by local cultural travel guides who are familiar with the region’s culture, heritage, art, culture and food. This trip is for the museum enthusiast who enjoys experiences usually not offered to the general public. OMA Staff and Board Members will accompany the trip to help bring the world to our travel program participants.

Our itinerary will include starting in Dublin as we enjoy a panoramic city tour where amongst our stops we visit Trinity College- home to the historic Book of Kells.  The 18th century Library of Trinity College is one of the most iconic libraries in the world, home to over 200,000 manuscripts and the College’s oldest volumes.  To walk through the library is to walk through history.

The adventure in Dublin continues over the next day and a half with tours of museums, including The National Gallery and the National Museum of Archaeology.  The former houses artworks by Vermeer, Van Gogh, Monet, and other famous European Masters.  The latter features Celtic and Medieval art, Viking hoards, and bog bodies- bodies preserved in peat bogs.  So there is a little something for everyone.

A jaunt to the Guinness Storehouse will delve into the history of the brewing process of the famous beer and ends with drinks at the Storehouse’s Gravity Bar which offers 360⁰ views of the city’s magnificent skyline.  Day 3 wraps up with Irish stories and legends at the Brazen Head pub, reputedly a drinking haunt of the legendary Robin Hood.

The journey continues south and west to Waterford and Cork for the history of crystal ware and onto Cobh which was the Titanic’s last port of call on its ill-fated voyage.  Journeying westward to Kerry we visit the famous Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the Blarney Stone in a safe manner- you won’t be held by your ankles and lowered head first over the battlements as was once done!  Day 5 wraps with a visit to Muckross House, a 19th century estate and dinner at Kate Kearney’s Cottage with traditional Irish food, music, and dancers.

The next two days will consist of traveling north through Kerry toward Galway.  The Ring of Kerry will be your panoramic route, featuring mountains, peat bogs, lakes, and views of the Atlantic Ocean.  The Cliffs of Moher will not disappoint with their spectacular height and are some of the best views in Ireland.  The natural shoreline, limestone fissures, and hazel woods on the way to Galway are sure to add to the scenic charm of the route.

The finale of the trip is Galway.  We will be celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day in Galway- a carnival atmosphere that is said to be second only to Dublin’s celebration.  Galway is the 2020 Culture Capital of Europe, so the celebration will be extra special.  A Farewell Dinner at 15th century Bunratty Castle and stay in 5 star 19th century Dromoland Castle Hotel round out the trip.  

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The OMA Nomads Travel Program is offered to OMA members and donors as well as to members of museums who are Institutional members of OMA. 

The mission of the Oklahoma Museums Association Nomads Travel Program is to connect Oklahoma Museums Association members, colleagues and friends to the world and to each other. The Oklahoma Museums Association Nomads Travel Program Vision is that the OMA Nomads Travel Program affirms traveling to places abundant with culture, history and art builds upon the spirit of the Oklahoma Museums Association mission, education, networks and connections. OMA believes the Nomads Travel Program will be an exceptional learning experience which will broaden intellectual horizons in fun and culturally-rich venues.

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Oklahoma Museums Association Nomads Travel Program

Oklahoma Museums Association Nomads Travel Program Mission:  The OMA Nomads Travel Program connects OMA members, colleagues and friends to the world and to each other.      

Oklahoma Museums Association Nomads Travel Program Vision:  The OMA Nomads Travel Program affirms traveling to places abundant with culture, history and art builds upon the spirit of the Oklahoma Museums Association mission, education, networks and connections.  OMA believes the Nomads Travel Program will be an exceptional learning experience which will broaden intellectual horizons in fun and culturally-rich venues.

Rules and Requirements

  • One person in the traveling party must be a member of the Oklahoma Museums Association or named member of an OMA institutional member museum to participate in the OMA Nomads Travel Program.
  • Single accommodations will be made available when possible, and be available on a first-come, first-served basis for an additional fee.
  • OMA Nomads Travel Program is designed primarily for adults who are interested in educational and cultural travel, but realize mature and curious children would find such travel rewarding. The same price is applicable to adults and children, regardless of age, and a parent or guardian must accompany those under 18.
  • Tour coordinators are responsible for the entire group and not able to assist individuals.
  • All participants must enjoy group travel and be tolerant of occasional changes or delays that are common when traveling.
  • Respect when experiencing cultural differences is expected.
  • The OMA Nomads Travel Program works with U.S. Tour Operator, Far Horizons.
  • All international travel requires a passport which should be valid for a minimum of six months beyond your planned return date.
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended.
  • All participants are required to sign and date the Oklahoma Museums Association Release of Liability and Waiver of Rights