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St. Patty’s Day in Ireland
 Friday March 16th-Thursday March 22nd, 2018

A six night guided tour of Ireland
Plus the fun festivities of the
St. Patrick’s Day Festival and parade
  
And an optional 3 night post tour stay in Dublin
Thursday March 22 – Sunday March 25, 2018
         
You have never truly celebrated St. Patrick’s Day
until you have celebrated it in Ireland!

                   
The Cliffs of Moher                                                Blarney Castle          

In Dublin, the run-up to St Patrick’s Day is fun for everyone, 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 a 6 night tour of this scenic country, along with 3 festive dinners with Authentic Irish entertainment during the tour.

Our guided tour will start in Dublin on March 16th 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 for one final night in the heart of Dublin to explore the always lively nightlife of Dublin
 
If that is not enough for you, enjoy an optional 3 post tour nights here to enjoy more nightlife, shopping and sightseeing in Dublin and enjoy optional day trips to Northern Ireland to see the Titanic Museum or to see the filming location of the hit TV series Game of Thrones or a day trip to see the Waterford Crystal Factory and shopping gallery.

 

Daily itinerary

Included meals:  The Symbols B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner, indicate the meals included each day.

Friday March 16th - 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 17th - Day 2:    HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY

Dublin & Merry Ploughboy Pub.  Enjoy a free morning in Dublin to take our included hop on hop bus tour of Dublin.  Then at noon enjoy the free St. Patrick’s Day Parade through the streets of downtown Dublin.

At 2:00 pm meet at our hotel to join a local guide for an included 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.  We will enjoy an included 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. This evening we will 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. This show is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Night, as the music and dancing is so authentic Irish, you will truly feel like you have stepped into the cast of the legendary Irish production of Riverdance.  Dinner is included at the show.   (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.
Transport from the hotel to the show and back to the hotel is all included in your tour.

DUBLIN HAS MANY FESTIVITIES ACROSS THE CITY ON BOTH MARCH 16 AND 17 TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY: THE PARADE OF COURSE IS THE #1 ATTRACTION

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

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.

 

Description: Greening the City

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


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.

 

 

 

Description: Festival Céilí


Festival Céilí

4:30 PM, Fri, Mar 16th
FREE


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.

 

 

Sunday March 18th - 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 19th - 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 20th - 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)

 

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              The Cliffs of Moher                  Puffins along the Cliffs of Moher                         Bunratty Castle                      

 

Wednesday March 21st - 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 22nd – day 7 -  Today you will return to the Dublin airport for your flight home or take our optional post tour three night weekend stay in Dublin. (B)


Our hotel accommodations on this trip:


Superior & First Class

6 night guided tour:
Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin – 2 nights March 16 and 17
Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney – 2 nights March 18 and 19
Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty – 1 night March 20
Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin City Center – 1 night March 21
AND
Optional Three night post tour stay accommodations:  Academy Plaza Hotel Dublin City Center March 22-25

Optional 3 night post tour in Dublin - Thursday March 22- Sunday March 25 - Details

Why go home on Thursday right?  If you want to see more of Dublin or take an optional excursion to see the Titanic Museum in Belfast Northern Ireland, the “Game of thrones TV film site in Northern Ireland or the Waterford Crystal Factory and showroom, by spending  the three day post tour weekend in Dublin and wait until Sunday to head home!

Enjoy 3 more nights at the Academy Plaza Hotel in Dublin.  The hotel is located in the heart of downtown, a short walk to the many bars and shops of the city.

There are many optional excursions you can take over these free days. The most popular is the full day excursion to Belfast in Northern Ireland to see the Titanic Museum and the shipyard where the Titanic was built.

Day trip One: Northern Ireland and the Titanic Museum: $75 per person

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage and natural splendor of Northern Ireland on a full-day excursion to the Titanic Belfast Visitor Experience and the Giant’s Causeway from Dublin. With a local guide, enrich your knowledge of the tragic story of Titanic at the engaging Titanic Visitor Experience, and then travel to the UNESCO-listed wonder of the Giant’s Causeway. Marvel at the rugged rock formations and dramatic cliffs of the region and then summon your courage to cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, a historic structure suspended high over the crashing waves of the Atlantic.

Highlights:
 

Follow the footsteps of the Titanic's fateful voyage while exploring interactive discovery galleries at the Titanic Visitor Experience

Visit the Ocean Exploration Centre and learn how ocean behavior is tracked

Travel along the Antrim Coastal Drive by luxury coach

Spend time at leisure at the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site Trek across the swaying Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge


Another popular excursion is the full day tour to see the Game of thrones Filming location in Northern Ireland, plus a visit to the scenic Giants Causeway and Rope Bridge

Day trip Two -  Northern Ireland and the  “Game of Thrones”  $75 per person

Highlights:

View the 15th-century Dunluce Castle, a Game of Thrones filming location

See top Belfast attractions including the Harland and Wolff shipyard and Belfast Docks

Learn about Belfast’s complex history as you visit the Falls and Shankill neighborhoods

 Travel along the Antrim Coastal Drive and admire the scenery from your luxury coach

Spend time at leisure at the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site Walk across the teetering 80-foot (24-meter) high Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Day trip three: Waterford Crystal : $125

Admire the scenic splendor of Ireland's southeast region on a full-day tour to Kilkenny and Waterford Crystal from Dublin. Relish the romance of travelling by train to Kilkenny, an artistic town famed for its medieval history, and take a guided tour on arrival. Discover the esteemed crystal factory located in Waterford City and conclude with a picturesque train ride back to Dublin through the beautiful countryside of the Suir Valley. Gain valuable insight into the culture and history of the Irish region from your expert guide.

 

 Highlights:

 Enjoy free time in Kilkenny to visit local attractions such as Kilkenny Castle or the Kilkenny Design Centre

Explore the Waterford Crystal factory, located in the center of Waterford City

Relish the romance and spectacular views of travelling by train

Learn about the culture and history of the region from your expert guide



OUR 6 NIGHT ST PATTY’S DAY IN IRELAND TOUR MARCH 16-22 INCLUDES

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional local driver/guide
  • 6 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 16th 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: ONLY $1599 with a non-smoking roommate of the same gender assigned to you

Optional single room supplement – limit 2 - $450

Optional 3 night post tour trip includes 3 nights’ accommodations at the Academy Plaza Hotel
3 night post tour trip cost: $599 per person with a roommate of the same gender assigned
Optional single supplement: $499

DEPOSIT POLICY FOR THE THIS TRIP
If booking only the 6 night tour March 16-22, 2018
A deposit of $300 is due within 7 days of booking. Balance payments are due November 16th
OR
If booking the 6 Night tour March 6-22 with optional 3 night post tour stay in Dublin March 22-25
A deposit of $400 is due within 7 days of booking.  Balance payments are due November 16th.

Cancelation policy on both the 6 day tour and the 6 day tour with 3 night post tour stay in Dublin:
For reservations made by August 15th, Deposits are refundable if canceled within 2 weeks of booking.  For cancelations made between August 30th and Sept. 30th, your deposit is transferable to any other trip on our 2018 or 2019 singles trips calendars, but is not refundable.

Cancelations made after Sept. 30th are non-refundable or transferable.

Optional day trip excursions on any of the three day trips listed above for the 3 night post tour stay in Dublin can be booked anytime until Wed. Nov. 22nd.

 

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