St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin

A Taste of Ireland: St. Patrick's Day

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Featuring Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Dublin, then tour the Ring of Kerry, Killarney, the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, Limerick and Galway
Style Value VacationTravel in larger groups than our Small Group tours, but at fantastic value prices. These group tour packages are operated by our carefully selected partners and may be shared with other English speaking passengers ensuring guaranteed departures. More of these packages
37 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
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Price Includes
  • Round-trip flights from JFK or Newark (EWR) to Dublin, including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations in Tourist Class hotels
  • 8 Meals: Irish breakfast daily, plus 1 dinner
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees
  • Professional, English-speaking driver/guide
Highlights
  • Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Dublin
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Explore Ring of Kerry
  • Enjoy a Jaunting Car Ride in Killarney National Park
  • Marvel at the Cliffs of Moher
  • Discover Galway
Departs New York City (NYC); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
What to Expect This moderately-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness.
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A Taste of Ireland tour itinerary Just about everyone can find something to love about Ireland, from its stunning emerald green countryside, to its friendly helpful people, to its ancient castles and cozy pubs, and so much more. Join us on our special 9-Day Taste of Ireland with St. Patrick's Day tour and discover why it's one of the world's most visited destinations. Your tour includes two additional days in Dublin for St. Patrick's Day, where you'll have the opportunity to join the locals at the St. Patrick's Day Festival Parade, or sample any of the various street festivals and local pubs. Then after your celebratory time in Dublin, you're still in for more Irish highlights as you visit Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Limerick and Galway. And you'll even get to kiss the Blarney Stone for good luck! But don't wait too long to reserve your spot as this deal will sell out fast.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA/Overnight Flight

  • Depart the USA on your overnight flight for Dublin

Day 2: Dublin

Accommodations: 3 nights Croke Park Hotel or similar, Dublin.

  • Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel
  • Balance of the day at leisure
  • Take advantage of included vouchers for a one day hop-on, hop-off bus tour and pint of Guinness

Bridge over Liffey River, DublinFull Day Itinerary: Upon arrival in Dublin, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Today is yours at leisure to discover Dublin independently. Make your way to one of its most famous sights and continue exploring the city at your own pace with an included hop-on, hop-off bus tour voucher (valid for 1 day), visiting a number of Dublin's sightseeing highlights. If by the end of the day the touring has left you feeling parched, stop by a traditional Irish pub for a complimentary pint of Guinness, courtesy of Friendly Planet.

Day 3: St. Patrick's Day in Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Dublin

St. Patrick's Day Parade photo by raygunbFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel at your leisure. Today, celebrate St. Patrick's Day, the religious feast day of Ireland's patron saint. Join the people of Dublin to watch the St. Patrick's Day Festival Parade, and also take in the many different street festivals and local pubs, or visit the Irish Craft Beer & Food Market.

Day 4: Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Full day at leisure
  • Meet your fellow travelers for an included dinner at the hotel

Full Day Itinerary: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel at your leisure. If you did not already activate your hop-on hop-off voucher or enjoy your complimentary Guinness, you can do so today. Later this evening, meet your fellow travelers, and enjoy dinner included at the hotel.

Day 5: Ireland's Midlands, Blarney Castle & Kerry

Accommodations: 2 nights Randles Court Hotel or similar, Kerry. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Time for shopping at Blarney Woolen Mills

Blarney CastleFull Day Itinerary: Today, you will board your touring coach, depart Ireland's capitol and travel to County Kerry. En route, stop in the town of Blarney for a visit to Blarney Castle. Dating from 1446, the castle is a tower house built on solid limestone. At the top of the Tower you will find the legendary Stone of Eloquence (Blarney Stone). Kiss it and you will never again be lost for words.

Enjoy some time for shopping at Blarney Woolen Mills. The existence of the Woolen Mills during the famine shielded Blarney from the worst effects of the great famine, due to its employment of local workers. The success story at the mills continued until a disastrous fire in 1869. By August 1871, the mill was once again operational with a labor force of over 200 and in 1976 Chris Kelleher, himself a mill worker, bought the old mill property. Within a short period of time Chris and his family transformed the mill into what is perhaps the largest quality craft shop in Ireland.

Continue through Ireland's Midlands to your hotel in the Kerry region.

Day 6: Ring of Kerry

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Tour the Iveragh Peninsula
  • Enjoy a jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park

Ring of Kerry Photo by Florian FuchsFull Day Itinerary: Today you can enjoy a superb tour of the Iveragh Peninsula, which will give you the opportunity to discover the Ring of Kerry, taking in the spectacular scenery: mountains, peat bogs, lakes and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. Leaving Killarney, pass through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair and Glenbeigh, where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Bay. Passing through the peat bogs, arrive at the sea town of Waterville. Continue to Sneem Village, famous because of its brightly colored houses. The road continues through the mountains to Moll's Gap and Ladies View with superb views of the famous Lakes of Killarney.

Next, enjoy a ride through Killarney National Park by pony and trap, also known as a jaunting car, to discover areas of the park that you might not otherwise visit by foot. Relax aboard the jaunting car as your jarvey (driver) takes you through the magnificent scenery of Ireland's first National Park.

This evening enjoy dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants or pubs in Killarney town.

Day 7: Burren & the Cliffs of Moher

Accommodations: 1 night George Hotel or similar, Limerick. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Take a short ferry ride across the mouth of the river Shannon
  • Explore the Cliffs of Moher and the Atlantic Edge Interpretive Center
  • Tour the Burren Region

Cliffs of Moher at sunsetFull Day Itinerary: Travel northwards to Tarbert and take a short boat ride across the mouth of the river Shannon, landing on Clare's shore at Killimer. Travel along the coast to the Cliffs of Moher. The most majestic cliffs in Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher rise 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean and extend over four miles in length. On a clear day, you can admire the Aran Islands, the Connemara Mountains and the many sea birds that colonize this place to nest in spring. Visit the Atlantic Edge Interpretive Center built into the natural landscape. The center is a huge domed cave that contains various exhibits showcasing the mighty Cliffs of Moher.

BurrenLater enjoy a tour of the Burren Region, a strange and unique region in Europe. "Burren" means "large stones", an apt description for this impressive scenery. Often described as lunar, the Burren is a high plateau of porous limestone situated in Northern Clare, between Ballyvaughan and Kilfenora. No trees grow here and no soil covers the stone, but the Burren is not deserted, as different types of flowers grow from the cracks all year round. The Burren Region is also historically rich, with many castles and monastic ruins.

Continue to Limerick and check into your hotel. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.

Optional Excursion: Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle, $60. Take advantage of an optional Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle on the banks of the Raite River including entertainment, a four-course meal and wine.

Day 8: Galway & Dublin

Accommodations: 1 night Academy Plaza Hotel or similar, Dublin. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Visit Galway for independent exploration or shopping

Galway CathedralFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, travel from Limerick to Dublin. Along the way, visit Galway, a delightful city of narrow streets, old stone and wooden shopfronts, good restaurants and busy pubs. The city has attracted a bohemian crowd of musicians and artists, whom add much to its character. Enjoy some free time in the city for independent sightseeing or shopping.

Continue to Dublin and check into your hotel.

Day 9: Dublin/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA.

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This was my second trip to Ireland, but my first actual tour. I was very pleased with the tour. My sister had never been to Ireland, and this tour gave her a wonderful introduction to Ireland.

Pat Robinson

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