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St. Patty’s Day in Ireland
Friday March 10th-Sunday March 19th, 2017

A six night guided tour of Ireland
followed by 3 full free days in Dublin to celebrate the 3 days of the
St. Patrick’s Day Festival

You have never truly celebrated St. Patrick’s Day
until you have celebrated it in Ireland.

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The Cliffs of Moher                                                   Blarney Castle           

In Dublin, the run-up to St Patrick’s Day is an excuse for a four-day festival embracing everything from salsa dancing to céilís (traditional dances);
With festival activities ranging from the greatest St. Patty’s Day Parade on earth, street music and dance performances, an Irish treasure hunt and even an Irish Beer Village set up just for the festival, everyone is sure to have fun.  Plus, you will be awe struck with the green lights that adorn Dublin throughout the festivities, making Dublin glow in green lights each night.

Enjoy 3 days and nights in Dublin during the festival plus a 6 night tour of this scenic country, along with 3 festive dinners with Irish entertainment during the tour.

Our guided tour will start in Dublin on March 10th and weaves through Ireland’s scenic attractions, with visits to such landmarks sights as the Cliffs of Moher, the stunning scenery along the Ring of Kerry drive, the opportunity to “kiss the Blarney stone” at the top of Blarney Castle, a chance to shop for Irish wool at the Wollen Mills, a visit to the scenic island where scenes from the movie Star Wars episode 7 were filmed, plus much more.
At the end of our tour we will return to Dublin and enjoy 3 full days and nights there to savor the festivities of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival.

 

Daily itinerary

Included meals:   B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Friday March 10th - Day 1: Arrive Dublin
 Arrive into Dublin on your own flight arrangement.  Passengers whose flight arrives by noon will receive our included airport pickup/shared shuttle from the airport to our group’s hotel.  (Please email us your flight info. by 30 days prior to arrival).

Welcome to Dublin!   You will receive an independent open-top bus tour voucher along with a Guinness or General Post Office visit voucher. – These are valid to be used for 48 hours, today or tomorrow.

 

Saturday March 11th - Day 2:   Dublin & Merry Ploughboy Pub.  Enjoy a free morning in Dublin for further sightseeing with the included vouchers.  At 2:00 pm meet at our hotel to join a local guide for a tour of ancient and modern Dublin. We will be driven through the main streets to see historic buildings such as Trinity College, where the Book of Kells is housed; rows of Georgian houses with gaily-painted doorways and the new buildings around the Financial Centre beside the River Liffey. Take a guided tour through parts of Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries and today plays a leading role in European Union activities.

Return to our hotel for a get-together with our tour group and a welcome drink. In the evening head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a great dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with popular Irish songs and intricate step-dancing. (Meals: B, D)

Dublin’s Merry Ploughboy Pub Dinner/Show - Enjoy the very best of fresh Irish food followed by entertainment with one of Ireland’s leading traditional Irish music groups, The Merry Ploughboys, and Irish dancing. From start to finish, this is a show based on fantastic interaction between the performers and the audience.

 

Sunday March 12th - Day 3:    Blarney Castle & Killarney   Our guided tour departs Dublin and travels through the midlands of Ireland, which has many mixed farms. Stop for photos of the stately ruins on the Rock of Cashel, rising high above the surrounding plain. We continue our drive south and just a few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, often called the “Stone of Eloquence” and learn why it has earned that nickname and learn about the legend of the reward to all who kiss it.   Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish made goods of all types, conveniently displayed under one roof.

Drive through Macroom, built around a fine castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains, the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to our hotel and relax before dinner. (Meals: B, D)

Kiss The Blarney Stone - Built nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, this stronghold has been attracting attention ever since. Millions have flocked to Blarney to kiss the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the tower, making it one of Ireland’s greatest treasures.

 
Blarney Castle.

 

Description: Killarney Lakes and Jaunting Cars.

You can see the three Lakes of Killarney, Derrycunnihny Oak Woods, the Eagles Nest, Torc Mountain either side of the lakes. To the left the Gap od Dunloe, Purple Mountain and the MacGillycuddy Reeks

 

Monday March 13th - Day 4: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience   Today our guided tour embarks on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive of 100 miles – the Ring of Kerry. This winding route reveals breathtaking sights of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks as well as coastal views of beaches and cliffs. As you travel along, there will be plenty of stops for photos at the best vantage points. Drive through the village of Cahirciveen and cross to Valentia Island by bridge where you’ll visit the Skellig Experience. Learn about the off-shore islands where early Christian monks lived in austere conditions and how they were used as one of the locations for “Star Wars VII” movie. After a casual lunch in a cozy restaurant we continue our scenic drive. Pause for a stroll around Sneem, with its brightly-painted houses and again at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Ireland’s highest mountains and deep valleys. Get a taste of farm life with a sheepdog demonstration of herding flocks, a shearing demonstration and see different breeds of sheep. Return to Killarney and enjoy a free evening for independent dining or exploring the many pubs in the town. (Meals: B, L)

The Ring of Kerry Tour - One of Ireland’s most popular circular drives around the Iveragh Peninsula, starting and ending in Killarney. The 100-mile route of ever-changing scenery of mountains and shoreline ensures splendid views.

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scenic view along the Ring of Kerry

 

Tuesday March 14th - Day 5:  Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle 
Today our guided tour leaves Killarney as we drive north to Tarbert for a 20-minute ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Our tour continues along the Clare coast to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches to almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean and extends for 5 miles. Drive past Lahinch Golf Course, one of Ireland’s most famous, and through the town of Ennis to Bunratty. Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel, which is located close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.

 In the evening WE WILL head to Bunratty Castle for a memorable experience in a wonderful setting with good food and entertainment. Take your place in the Great Hall for a medieval-style feast of excellent dishes and plenty of wine. During and after the meal the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music, evocative of the Middle Ages. ( Meals:  B,D)

 


The Cliffs of Moher     

 
Puffins along the Cliffs of Moher

 

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Bunratty Castle

 

Wednesday March 15th - Day 6:  Dublin via Galway   Today our guided tour heads north to Galway city for a panoramic tour and some time to look around the city before traveling out along the famous Galway Bay to Spiddal where the locals still speak the Old Irish language. Then we drive across the rugged boglands of Connemara to Moycullen to visit the Connemara Marble Factory. See how locally-quarried marble is made into attractive products and enjoy tea and scones.  Our drive continues back to Dublin and there we check in to our hotel.

This evening you are free to spend the night exploring the pubs in the lively Temple Bar area or experience one of Dublin’s fine restaurants. (Meals: B)

 

Thursday March 16th - Day 7:  Guided tour ends and 4 day St. Patrick’s Day Festival begins.  Depart from the guided tour hotel (Academy Plaza Hotel off of Upper O’Connell street) and check in to the nearby Gresham Hotel on Upper O’Connell street for our three nights’ accommodations to enjoy three free days of celebrating the St. Patty’s Day Festival.  (B)

The Gresham Hotel is ideally located walking distance from the center of the festival zone where on March 16-19 you can enjoy daily and nightly festival activities such as live street music, food booths, green beer and traditional Irish Beer stands and of course the St. Patty’s Day Parade on March 17th. It is the ideal location to be based for our 4 days/3 nights enjoying the festivities.

There are so many fun activities to enjoy during the festival days and one can simply savor these days by merely exploring the streets of the festival on foot.  The exact time and location of the activities for the 2017 festival will be announced by the local authorities closer to the holiday, so we have listed below, some of the lineup of activities from the 2016 festival to give our passengers a window into the fun that awaits them in March 2017.

 

Irish Craft Beer & Whiskey Village
Opens at 12:01 PM, Thu, Fri and Sat.

Description: Irish Craft Beer & Whiskey Village

Venue: Hall 1, Main Hall, RDS, Dublin 4 (main RDS entrance)

PAID Ticketed Event:  10 euro entry, includes live music, silent disco & loads of fun!

Time: Noon - 11pm

Running for its fifth year - the Irish Craft Beer and Whiskey Village is a true celebration of beer, cider, whiskey, artisan food and entertainment! This festival is totally indoors so you don’t need to worry about the weather as you browse the stalls, enjoy a master class or two and soak up the festive atmosphere and live music. Come and celebrate St Patrick’s Week 2016 with over 12,000 friends at the Irish Craft Beer and Whiskey Village.

 

Street Theatre

Begins at 2:00 PM, Thurs, Fri. and Sat.
FREE
Description: Street Theatre

Venue: Dublin City Centre

The streets of Dublin will become an exciting stage for street theatre to wow audiences. National and international acts will deliver amazing, comedic, theatrical performances that will enthrall and entertain. 
Description: Street Theatre Times
The streets of Dublin will become an exciting stage for street theatre to wow audiences.  National and international acts will deliver amazing, comedic, theatrical performances that will enthrall and entertain. 

The Dinner Table: A playful show where all the guests can learn a little something. With audience participation, lots of foodie mess and a little dancing thrown in for fun.

Coláiste Tayto: Take your seat at Coláiste Tayto, enjoy picking up words and phrases at these fun Irish language sessions where the lively tutors are bound to make you smile.  It’s Irish school, but not as you know it, especially with Mr. Tayto supervising.  Bain taitneamh as!

The Lords of Strut are satire, surreal and silly, all wrapped up in a parcel of laughter. A circus of acrobatics like you’ve never seen before!

The Four-Handed Guitarist plays five-minute concerts in this lavish, tiny Victorian theatre inside a horsebox! Catch the incredible, side-splitting and incredibly Spanish Bernie and his magic guitar.

Chapeau Magique:  Paul Henri Jeannel is a professor and a magician, with his spectacular folding paper workshops that generate hundreds of large scale paper hats. Join in the fun, and make your very own festival hat. 

 

Music In The City

Starts at 12:30 PM, Friday March 18th
FREE
Description: Music In The City

Venue: Dublin City Centre

FREE EVENTS

Where:
St. Annes Church, Powerscourt, Barnardo’s Square, National Gallery, Stephens Green Shopping Centre

Time:  Various times (see below)

This year, the city will be packed full of songs, tunes and beats to get you in the festival mood

 

In the Footsteps of St. Patrick-Walking Tour
2:15 PM, Thu, Fri and Sat.

Description: In the Footsteps of St. Patrick-Walking Tour

Venue: Corner Suffolk & Andrew Streets

The annual St Patrick’s Walk is back again! Enjoy one of our very special walks in celebration of Ireland’s national patron saint, in the company of professional and enthusiastic guides, led by the renowned Dublin historian and author Pat Liddy. See the places that most tourists and many Dubliners miss! Discover the fascinating truth behind the legend of St. Patrick and the Dublin of his time. The tour finishes with a visit to St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Dates: Thurs 17th March, Fri 18th March, Sat 19th March and Sun 20th March

Times: 11.00am & 2.15pm (Thursday 17th 2.15pm only)

Departure point: Corner Suffolk & Andrew Streets beside Molly Malone statue.

Finish point: St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Tour duration: Approximately 2 hours

Prices:  1 euros 4 (€12 senior/students) per person. The price includes the entrance to St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Please turn up at least 10 mins in advance.
Under 16 with adult free on walk but €4 into Cathedral.


Bookings: You can send an email: info@walkingtours.ie, phone: +353 1 832 9406 or simply turn up on the day!
       

 

See Dublin by Bike Cycle Tour
2:00 PM, Thu, Fri and Sat.
Description: See Dublin by Bike: Easter Rising Cycle Tour

Venue: Starts at Cafe Rothar, 16 Fade Street, D.2

PAID Ticketed Event: 2 euros 5, half price 12-16yrs.

Times: By arrangement, 2 hours in duration. To book email: seedublinbybike@gmail.com

‘See Dublin By Bike’ hits the streets of the capital this St. Patrick’s Festival weekend for a special Easter Rising bike tour to discover the rich history, folklore, unique architecture and atmosphere of Dublin city. ‘See Dublin By Bike’ takes you on a journey through some of the main sites of the Rebellion such as the GPO and Moore Street, where the rebels surrendered, to occupied buildings such as Boland’s Mills and Jacob’s Factory and to Dublin Castle, where government power was centered.

Tour guides re-live the momentous week profiling the main protagonists and offer reflections on the historical context, aftermath and legacy of the rebellion, all against the historical backdrop of Dublin city.

 

St. Patrick’s Festival Parade
9:00 AM, Thu, 17 Mar
FREE
Description: St. Patrick’s Festival Parade

Venue: City Centre, starting at Parnell Square, Dublin 1

‘Imagine If … ’ the theme for the Festival Parade was inspired by the imagination of the youth of Ireland as they looked to the future … the next 100 years. Ireland’s leading pageant companies responded artistically and brought these thoughts and ideas to life with spectacular pageantry and performance.
Bands from Ireland were joined by music ensembles from the USA & UK to deliver uplifting rhythms.

This future thematic marked the final instalment of an exciting creative trilogy of past, present and future embarked upon in 2014.

 

Greening the City
6:00 PM, Thu, Fri and Sat.
FREE
Description: Greening the City

Venue: Iconic Buildings across Dublin

Greening the City is a Festival program which encourages buildings and businesses in Dublin and beyond to light their buildings green in support of the St Patrick’s Festival

Watch as some of Dublin’s most iconic buildings “Go Green” to celebrate the Festival with us.

Festival Céilí
4:30 PM, Fri, 18 Mar
FREE

Description: Festival Céilí

Venue: Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2

You are the guest of honor at the Festival Céilí, so meet us at the crossroads for céilí classics such as the Stack of Barley, Shoe the Donkey and the Siege of Ennis. Céilí caller Jerry O’Reilly will lead you through the dances, demonstrated by the dancers of Brooks Academy, with world-class accompaniment from the Matt Cunningham Band. Join host and champion Irish dancer Dearbhla Lennon, with special guest sean-nós and step-dancing stars, for a céilí to remember.

 Festival Treasure Hunt

10:00 AM, Sat, 19 Mar
Description: Festival Treasure Hunt

Venue: City Hall

Unlock the city as you navigate the exciting trail, visit Dublin’s beautiful, historical locations and solve clues in this urban, participatory event.  Tap into your adventurous spirit, as you work in teams to solve a series of questions and discover Dublin city in this unique way!

Enjoy the atmosphere at HQ in City Hall with music, theatrics and prizes for best costumes (the theme is explorers!).

The Hunt takes about 1 hour 40 minutes to complete, with a special, shorter, mini hunt available for children!

Registration: 10am-1pm in City Hall

Max 4 people per team. There is no cost to this event.

 

Dublin Bay Prawn Festival

1:00 PM, Fri, Sat. and Sun.

Venue: Howth Village, County Dublin

The Dublin Bay Prawn Festival will be held 18th - 20th of March.

The Dublin Bay Prawn Festival takes place in the beautiful fishing village of Howth, County Dublin from Friday 18th March to Sunday 20th March. Celebrating the famous Dublin Bay Prawn Howth’s finest restaurants, bars and cafés will host a variety of amazing food experiences at the Festival Food Village serving the freshest, most delicious seafood including a selection of special Dublin Bay Prawn dishes. The festival is also famous for music & entertainment, walks, talks and seaside antics. #howthfestival

 

St. Patrick’s Festival at the Guinness Storehouse
March 16-20

Description: St. Patrick’s Festival at the Guinness Storehouse

Venue: The Guinness Storehouse, St. James’s Gate, Dublin 8

Date(s): 16th – 20th March 2016

Time: 9.30am – 6pm

Ticketing Information:

Adult 20 euros
Student with ID over 18 €16.00
Student with ID under 18 €13.50
Senior Citizen €16.00
Child €6.50
Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) €46.50
Book online or at venue.

The world is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and where better to celebrate than at the Home of Guinness?

Steeped in history and tradition and located in the heart of St. James’s Gate Brewery - the Home of Guinness since 1759 - the Guinness Storehouse is a must-see for anyone visiting Dublin.

The Guinness Storehouse will hold its 10th annual St. Patrick’s Festival from 16th – 20th March 2016.

With live music, entertainment and of course, a pint of the black stuff, the Guinness Storehouse is the perfect place to experience Ireland’s national holiday.

We will have live performances from our house band; a daily céilí and special evening performances by popular Dublin group Na Fíanna on 16th 17th and 18th (from 17.00hrs).

Visiting marching bands will take the building by storm on the 17th itself and there will be pop-up entertainment outside and throughout the building across the festival dates.

Our executive chef, Justin O’Connor is busily preparing new menus which will be on offer in our brand new restaurants and we will be offering our visitors complimentary canapés paired with samples of new Guinness innovations

 

The Laughter Lounge Presents Best of Irish

6:59 PM, Thurs, Fri. and Sat.

Venue: 4 – 8 Eden Quay, Dublin 1 (Just of O’Connell Street)

The hunt for the funniest comedian in Ireland is back on! Once again The Laughter Lounge brings together 6 of the greatest high-octane comedians for this no holds barred contest! If you’re in need of a dose of laughter, prepare for some side splitting comedy courtesy of the Laughter Lounge! Their roster of hilarious and award-winning acts are geared to ensure a night full of entertainment and fun.

Tickets: 25 euros

Time: Doors open 7.00pm, free cocktail before 7.30pm, show starts at 8.30pm till 11.00pm. Late night bar and music thereafter.



Our hotel accommodations on this trip:

Superior & First Class

6 night guided tour:

Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin – 2 nights March 10 and 11

Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney – 2 nights March 12 and 13

Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty – 1 night March 14th

Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin – 1 night March 15th

3 day/3 night St. Patty’s Day Festival in Dublin

Gresham Hotel, Dublin - 3 nights Match 16, 17 and 18

 

Our 9 night Taste of Ireland Includes:

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional local driver/guide
  • 9 nights in hotels listed above
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners  including
    -  Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner and traditional show
    -  Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
    -  1 table d’hote dinner in Killarney
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tour of Dublin with a local guide
  • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry and “Sheepdog trials” on Ring of Kerry
  • Ferry ride across the River Shannon
  • Tea and scones at Connemara Marble Factory
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office
  • Visits and admissions to Dublin Castle, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience and Cliffs of Moher
  • Headsets for walking tours during 6 day guided tour
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies during 6 day guided tour
  • Free pickup at Dublin airport on March 10th and transport to the group’s hotel in Dublin (this service is provided for all passengers whose flight arrives into Dublin by noon)

Trip cost : $1999  + $89 tax per person with a roommate of the same gender assigned

Optional single room supplement: Only $749 – LIMIT 4 SINGLE ROOMS SO BOOK EARLY IF YOU WISH A SINGLE ROOM

A $400 deposit is due within 7 days of booking.  This is refundable if cancelled by Friday October 21st and non refundable if cancelled after that date. Balance payment is due Friday December 9 th and is non-refundable.
Travel insurance is available upon request.

EARLY BIRD PROMO:  MAKE YOUR BOOKING WITH YOUR $400 REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT BY AUGUST 1ST AND RECEIVE $50 OFF YOUR TOTAL TRIP PRICE.

AIR:  Passengers should book their own flights from their own city arriving into Dublin Ireland Friday March 10th and returning from Dublin Ireland Sunday March 19th. Pickup at the Dublin airport and transport from the Dublin airport to the group’s hotel is included on March 10th via shared shuttle service for all passengers whose flight arrives into Dublin by noon.  Passengers should email us their flight info no later than 30 days before arrival.  Passengers may arrange their own return from our hotel in Dublin to the Dublin airport, or we can offer a shared shuttle to the airport for $25 per person.  Passengers wishing to book a space on the shared shuttle for March 19th transport from our hotel to the Dublin airport should email us their flight info no later than 30 days before arrival.  

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