Experience the best of the Emerald Isle during St. Patrick's Festival with this 6 Day Tour of Ireland (including the world- famous Dublin festival).
We set out on our 6 day tour, departing from Dublin and making our way West for a spectacular day tour out in Connemara, where we'll visit the picturesque village of Cong. From beautiful abbeys to medieval castles, rivers, stunning lakes and babbling brooks, Cong is a true picture postcard of Ireland! We take a break here with a visit to Cong Abbey, the ruins of an Augustinian monastery. Following this, we head to a stunning spot renowned for its fishing. Lough Corrib is the second largest lake in Ireland and is surrounded by its abundance of wildlife such as otters, hawks, minks and birds. The lake consists of 356 different islands. We continue our drive through the wilderness of Connemara, before we then head back to Galway via the Maam Valley, an area of scenic and unsurpassed beauty with the lakes of Connemara, with famine villages which unfold among the twelve Bens mountains. We travel back along the coast of Galway Bay through Gaelic-speaking Spiddal, and enjoy magnificent views of the Atlantic Coastline to Galway and Aran Islands. Finally we arrive in the busy city of Galway, with plenty of time to explore it's cobbled streets and enjoy it's hibernian culture. Ireland's traditional capital is home to some of our finest traditional musicians. Explore highlights like the Spanish Arch, St. Nicholas Cathedral, the colourful Shop Street, or maybe even sample some world famous Galway Bay oysters. The evening is free for you to spend pub-hopping - pull up a chair and have a pint, or jig the night away at an impromptu traditional Irish music session before bedtime!
Good morning! On the second day of our tour, 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. Explore the lunar landscape of the Burren a lunar landscape dating back 300 million years with unique features like underground rivers and waterfalls. 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 County 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. 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!
Today we embark on the world famous Dingle Peninsula. 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 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 colourful pubs with local musicians playing some mystic tunes. Tonight we stay in the beautiful town of Killarney.
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) followed by visiting Blarney Castle, where you'll kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the much coveted ‘Gift of the Gab' for seven years. Situated on the battlements of Blarney Castle you will have to bend over backwards to kiss the stone! We also visit the Witch's Cave in the castle grounds, and explore the famous Gardens. There will also be plenty of time to indulge in the shopping haven of the Blarney Woolen Mills and craft shop, the largest Irish shop in the world. We make our way south towards Co. Cork. Our first stop will be the world famous Rock of Cashel in Co. Tipperary. One of Ireland's most evocative sites, you can stroll in the footsteps of St. Patrick flanked by ruins, Celtic crosses and round towers. Feel the soul of Ireland. The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster until they donated the complex to the Catholic Church almost 1,000 years ago for use as a cathedral. One of the best examples of medieval architecture anywhere in Europe. We head back toward Dublin then to get ourselves warmed up for the festivities! Check into your fine city centre accommodation and tonight we'll party at a massive Irish traditional dance party and singalong on the banks of the river Liffey.
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.
The following day, we awake bright eyed and bushy-tailed into a brand new day and boy, are you in for a treat on our fun-filled day trip out to the mouth-wateringly beautiful Wicklow Mountains. Glendalough is the monastic citadel of St. Kevin set in the majestic Wicklow mountains. This beauty spot was chosen by Mel Gibson to be the backdrop of epic blockbuster 'Braveheart'. More recently it sent hearts a-throbbin' when Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank filmed PS I Love You in this idyllic setting! It is located less than an hour from Dublin, which makes it the perfect day trip from our capital city. Our afternoon stop is one of Ireland's most symbolic and sought-after visitor destinations. The Guinness Brewery has an amazing story, beginning in 1759 when Arthur Guinness created his first pint of the Black Stuff. There will be much time to enjoy the Guinness Brewery and even enjoy a complimentary pint in the atrium bar, with its 360 degree view of Dublin's Fair City, Free evening to enjoy the delights of our capital's nightlife, from fantastic pub grub to fine dining, traditional music and maybe even a club or too, to bring our tour to a close. Accommodation for tonight is not included in the price for this tour. Should you want an extra night of hostel accommodation and would be EUR35. In order to avail of this, you would have to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please Note: Due to high demand, this tour is now only available as a standard tour staying in shared hostel accommodation on the two Nights in Dublin. The upgraded accommodation options is available for the nights we do not stay in Dublin. Book early to avoid dissapointment.