St. Patrick's Day in Ireland: Traditions of the Emerald Isle with Linda Piccolo

with 2-night Belfast Post-Extension extension
Mar 13-24, 2020 / 12 DAYS

Ireland’s green landscapes, welcoming cities, and rich culture await.

There’s no better time to discover the country’s vibrant spirit than during St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. Kick off your tour in Ireland’s capital city,…

Your package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • Guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Rock of Cashel, Cobh, Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Kilmainham Gaol

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets  and paved roads, with some hi…

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Mar 13: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Dublin today.

County Dublin / 4 NIGHTS

Mar 14: Arrival in Dublin

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Ireland! Gather with your group at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Mar 15: Sightseeing tour of Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast

Set out on a tour of Ireland’s capital city with a local expert leading the way.  • Stop in Phoenix Park, site of the presidential residence, and pass by the worldfamous Guinness Storehouse  • Step inside the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church  • Pass St Stephen’s Green and admire the Georgian architecture of Merrion Square as you go  • See Trinity College and walk past Grafton Street to the Molly Malone statue, ending in the Temple Bar district  Enjoy a free afternoon in Dublin or add an excursion.

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Guinness Storehouse
3 hours
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Take a self-guided tour of the Guinness Brewery this afternoon. Explore the many fun, colorful exhibits that highlight how the Irish brand has evolved since Arthur Guinness crafted the first beer in 1759. Learn how to pour a perfect glass of the famous stout. Then, head up to the top floor to sip your beer and soak in 360-degree views of Dublin.3 hours and departs in the afternoonSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Mar 16: Free day in Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a free day in Dublin or add an excursion. This evening, sit down at a historic pub to enjoy a three-course dinner complete with live entertainment.

Jameson Distillery Tour
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More information coming soon. Call your Group Coordinator with any questions.Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Mar 17: St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast

Dublin is yours to explore on this festive occasion. Join locals to watch the annual  St. Patrick’s Day parade, or take advantage of the many musical, art, and sporting events held throughout the day.

County Cork / 1 NIGHT

Mar 18: County Cork via the Irish National Stud & Rock of Cashel

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to County Cork, stopping for several guided visits along the way.  • Visit the Irish National Stud farm in County Kildare, where world-class race horses are bred and trained  • Explore the Japanese Gardens of the Irish National Stud farm  • Take a tour of the iconic Rock of Cashel, commanding stone buildings that date back to the 12th and 13th centuries  After, continue on to County Cork.

County Kerry / 2 NIGHTS

Mar 19: County Kerry via Cobh, Cork & Blarney Castle

Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to County Kerry today, stopping in Cobh, Cork, and Blarney on the way.  • Discover the town of Cobh, once a launch site for ships bound for North America  • Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre to see exhibits that highlight the story of Irish emigration over the past 150 years  • Pass through Cork, also known as “The Rebel City," and enjoy a brief walking tour around the city center  • Stop at Blarney Castle to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone  Spend a free evening in County Kerry or add an excursion.

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Traditional Irish Music with Dinner
4 hours
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Tonight, sit down to enjoy a hearty dinner featuring classic Irish cuisine. As you chat with your fellow group members over a three-course dinner, you'll be treated to the full Irish experience as musicians brighten the room with traditional tunes.4 hours and departs in the evening, dinner includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Mar 20: The Ring of Kerry & Killarney National Park

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel around the Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route that covers some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery, before visiting Killarney National Park.  • Pass the pristine Lakes of Killarney  • Explore the picturesque villages that line the Ring of Kerry  • Stop for photos at Muckross Lake and Lough Leane  Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Galway / 2 NIGHTS

Mar 21: Galway via the Cliffs of Moher & the Burren

Included meals: Breakfast

Head north to Galway today, taking time to visit a historic castle and view spectacular scenery en route.  • Walk along the mesmerizing coastline of the majestic Cliffs of Moher  • Pass through the Burren, a unique limestone plateau where fields of rock are dotted with wildflowers  Arrive in Galway and set off on a culinary-themed walking tour with a local guide. You’ll meet with cheese makers, brewers, and chocolatiers to learn how each artisan  is leaving their mark on the local food scene.

Mar 22: Free day in Galway

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Galway or add an excursion.

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Kylemore Abbey & Connemarra National Park
9 hours
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Make your way to the island village of Cong, situated on the border of counties Galway and Mayo. Here, enjoy free time to stroll through the town’s charming streets, catching glimpses of the nearby Ashford Castle. Then, continue on to Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine convent founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle. Here, you’ll have time to explore the abbey’s interior and walled Victorian gardens. After free time for lunch on your own, take a scenic drive through the Irish countryside to Connemara National Park, one of the country’s most beautiful and unspoiled places. Make photo stops in the Inagh Valley and Maam Cross before returning to Galway.9 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

County Dublin / 1 NIGHT

Mar 23: Transfer to Dublin & Kilmainham Gaol

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave Galway behind as you make your way to Dublin today. Once back in the capital, take a guided tour of the Kilmainham Gaol, a historic prison-turned-museum, which once housed some of Ireland’s most notorious criminals.  This evening, celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

Mar 24: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to visit Belfast.

Extension / Starting from $399 pp

2-night Belfast Post-Extension / 2 NIGHTS

Add 2 nights in Belfast

Mar 24: Sightseeing tour of Belfast

Included meals: Breakfast

Journey to Belfast, the cultural heart of Northern Ireland, where you’ll get the local perspective of the city on a guided tour.  • Glimpse the copper-domed City Hall and the recently restored Grand Opera House  • Learn all about Belfast’s long history, from its origins in the Bronze Age and rise as an international seaport to its role in the conflict known as “The Troubles”  • Enter the Titanic Belfast Museum for a look at the vessel’s infamous history

Mar 25: Free day in Belfast

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Belfast or add an excursion. This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

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Giant's Causeway
6 hours
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Pay a visit to the rugged Giant’s Causeway, a series of naturally formed basalt columns. The hexagonal columns, which you can walk on, are 60 million years old and originated as volcanic lava. A colorful local legend says that mythical giant Finn McCool built the walkway so that he could cross the sea to Scotland. Please note: Raingear is recommended for this excursion.6 hours and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Mar 26: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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