Our signature tour! The ultimate way to experience St Paddy's Day... 8 Day Extravaganza! Enjoy the festival in Dublin with the most FUN tour company in the world and then a cool tour through our beloved island.
Meet us at Kilburn (tube) station at 6:15 am, where your Leprechaun tour guide will meet you with our luxurious Paddywagon bus and take you on an unforgettable journey at 6.30 am sharp! We cruise through the English countryside, taking in the beautiful vistas as we head to North Wales where our ferry awaits. Take the time to get to know your fellow travelers and guide, and make the most out of the ferry ride across the beautiful Irish sea. We arrive in Dublin early evening and take you to your accommodation for the night. Once you check in, we depart for the amazing Paddywagon welcoming party that we have prepared just for you! We take you to one of the best pubs Dublin has to offer where you can enjoy traditional music and a pint or two! Not a bad start , wouldn't you agree? ;)
The only national festival celebrated the world over! Your morning is free for you to relax and explore. At 10.30am we'll regroup and go to O'Connell bridge to take our places at the world's biggest non-military parade and festival and watch it proceed past us with over 250,000 participants! The parade continues until approximately 3pm where we have time to mingle with the crowds or join in with the locals for some fun and banter on our great national day. At 5pm, you are invited to the legendary Paddywagon Paddy's Day party in our fine city center venue. In the evening maybe try out the monster Ceili (traditional Irish dancing) or the many other activities we have laid out for you our valued guests. Afterwards, we enjoy a celebration of human happiness in the famed Temple Bar area before we overnight in Dublin city.
Depart Dublin and make our first stop at Monasterboice, a monastic settlement dating back to year 501. This ancient monastery is home to Ireland's best preserved and finest Celtic crosses, and it also has a monumental fully intact Round Tower. Discover why Lonely Planet regards Belfast as one of the top 10 'must-see' destinations on Earth. We strongly recommend the world famous Black Taxi tour (optional) to view the Peace Wall and political murals. Your driver will show you highlights of the city including City Hall, Queen's University, Albert's Clock, Botanic Gardens and much more. Tonight we stay in the charming University Quarter.
A glorious touring day cruising the Beautiful North Coast. We initially visit the Dark Hedges, made famous by Game of Thrones. Then it's the jackpot visit of the day - we will trace the footprints of Celtic Giants, walk the Giant's Causeway! A UNESCO world heritage site featuring an estimated 60,000 hexagonal columns of basalt rock formed by volcanic eruptions a long long time ago! Your guide will wax lyrical about how our giant warrior hero - Fionn McCool - built it to fight off our cousins the pesky Scots. This afternoon we'll visit the city of Derry. Learn why the city is officially known as Londonderry and the story of the long bloody siege here in 1689. Your guide will take you down to the well known Bogside district, scene of the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972 and inspiration for U2's classic anthem 'Sunday, Bloody Sunday'. We'll cross the border to nearby Co. Donegal where we'll stop for the evening in Letterkenny.
This morning we'll turn south and begin making our way down the west coast of Ireland. The drive takes you through the beautiful counties of Donegal and Sligo, once home to Nobel Laureate poet W.B. Yeats. We visit his final resting place in Drumcliff Abbey, and admire the beautiful Benbulben referenced in many of his poems. The road also takes us to Ireland's premier surf town and beach at Strandhill. This afternoon we'll arrive in Galway, City of the Tribes, where we'll overnight. Perhaps take a relaxing stroll along Salthill Promenade whilst the sun sets over Galway Bay. Meanwhile, the Latin Quarter offers streets of cosy pubs where you can sip Guinness to the beat of electrifying Irish music and the sweet sound of the Gaelic language.
Today you will have the wild Atlantic ocean by your side as we cruise down the West coast. See beautiful beaches, golden sand, maybe even a few dolphins and whales. Run around the lunar landscape of the Burren, the only place on earth where Alpine, Arctic and Mediterranean flowers grow side by side, and hear your guide tell inspiring tales of how our ancestors overcame the horrors of the great Potato Famine of 1845-49, sending over a million of our ancestors to the four corners of the globe and in particular Britain, North America, and Australia. We visit CLIFFS OF MOHER, the most popular natural tourist destination in Ireland and most spectacular cliffs in Europe. Rising over 700 ft in height, these cliffs are home to some of natures most majestic birds including puffins, gannets and many more. We'll cross the River Shannon in historic Limerick, the setting for Frank McCourt's blockbuster book, Angela's Ashes. Our last stop is the beautiful heritage town of Adare with its fabulous thatched cottages, renowned for being regularly voted Ireland's tidiest town. We spend the night in Killarney.
Today we embark on the world famous Dingle Peninsula. The day begins with a horse and cart ride through Killarney National Park (optional) or horseback ride through the park for the energetic and adventurous (optional). We visit Ireland's longest beach at Inch, and then we take the short drive to Dingle, a charming Gaelic speaking fishing village. Famed in many films like Far and Away and Ryan's Daughter, Dingle is celebrated for having most pubs in Ireland for a town of its size, 52 pubs and 2000 people. We cannot forget Dingle's most famous resident, Fungi the Dolphin who we shall have time to visit in the early afternoon. Then it's off on a wonderful pleasant drive around Slea Head with amazing views of Sleeping Giant Island, the Blasket Islands, and Beehive Huts dating back to 2000 B.C. Regarded as the most beautiful Peninsula in the world by many photographic magazines, Slea Head has some of Ireland's most fabulous beaches and is definitely the highlight of Ireland's famed Wild Atlantic Way. This area is completely Gaelic speaking, and you may even get to hear some of the locals converse in this ancient language. Then it's back to Dingle where there is ample time for shopping in traditional arts and crafts stores, and some refreshments in one of the many colorful pubs with local musicians playing some mystic tunes. Tonight we stay in your very own Irish pub, the Randy Leprechaun on the Dingle Peninsula. Here we mix with the locals, and enjoy the characteristics of a genuine Irish small-village, away from the hustle and bustle. Pull up a stool by the fire or choose to dance the night away!
Our day begins by crossing the Cork and Kerry mountains and heading for the world renowned Blarney Castle. Here we spend plenty of time (2h) visiting the Castle, and kissing the Blarney Stone endowing us with the gift of eloquent speech (gift of the gab) for 7 years. Surrounded by beautiful and majestic gardens, we may also take the time to visit the Blarney Woolen mills, the world's largest Irish shop.
After lunch we take a leisurely drive through Golden Vale, Ireland's finest agricultural land with its rolling fields and pastures fresh, a lovely place to reflect on the great 9 days you've just had.
We will arrive in Dublin where yu will still have some time to do you final shopping or enjoy you last Guinness in Ireland before we take the overnight ferry to London. We will arrive in Kilburn tube station approx 7 am on Sunday morning.