Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day

  • Date

    March 10-18, 2020 | Tue / Wed – 9 Days

  • Location

    Dublin | Shannon | Cliffs of Moher | Bunratty | Killarney | Cork | Waterford City

Overview

Pack something green for this trip to the Emerald Isle — you’ll be in Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day! It’s no secret that the Irish know how to have a good time every day of the year but just wait until you experience the revelry on the country’s national holiday. More than 4,000 performers take part in the parade, which dazzles the one million spectators with an artistic display of floats and performances.

By the time you arrive in Dublin in the midst of the week-long St. Patrick’s Day festival, you will be well accustomed to the Irish spirit, thanks to days of touring some of the country’s most scenic and stirring sights.

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HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin with optional grandstand seating
  • Medieval banquet at an Irish Castle
  • Sheepdog herding demonstration
  • An intimate performance of traditional Irish music and dance
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney National Park
  • Visits to famous sights, including Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Irish National Stud, and Blarney Castle
  • City tours of Waterford City & Dublin
  • Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Dublin, Ireland
  • Escorted
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE:

This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required. Some of the most unique sightseeing can be restrictive to motorcoaches, especially in historic areas.

Grandstand seats for the parade may be available for an additional fee. Seats sell out every year so book early with your Ambassadair Travel Counselor

PASSPORT REQUIREMENT!

A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

Itinerary

Tue, Mar 10: Overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland.

Wed, Mar 11: Upon arrival in Dublin, board a motorcoach and transfer to Shannon — about two hours west. Visit the village of Bunratty and tour the Folk Park, where traditional lifestyles and crafts from different regions of Ireland are demonstrated. Check in to the Bunratty Castle Hotel for one night. Tonight, take in a signature Irish experience: a medieval banquet in the 15th century castle with lords and ladies singing and dancing. (Meals: Lunch, Dinner)

Thu, Mar 12: Drive west to the stunning Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic surf. Ferry across the wide estuary of the River Shannon to Tarbert and travel to Killarney , a draw for its exquisite setting amid lakes and mountains. Take a horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney National Park, and enjoy a guided tour of the 19th century Muckross House. Check in to the Killarney Plaza Hotel for the next two nights and enjoy dinner at your leisure in the charming town. (B)

Fri, Mar 13: Start the day with a Ring of Kerry tour , with its coastline of high peaks and golden beaches. Enjoy some free time in Killarney and an evening of dinner, traditional entertainment, and dancing the jig at Kate Kearney’s Cottage, located at the entrance to a beautiful glacial valley, the Gap of Dunloe. (B,D)

Sat, Mar 14: Journey to Cork to visit Blarney Castle and for an opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone (also known as the “Stone of Eloquence”). Visit the Blarney Woolen Mills with its wide range of Irish products. Continue to Waterford City, Ireland’s oldest city and the home of fine hand-cut crystal. Tour the House of Waterford Crystalto learn about glass blowing and cutting, and to see one-of-a-kind masterpieces. On a guided walking tour of the old city pass the Norman stronghold of Reginald’s Tower and walk along Merchant’s Quay. Overnight at the town’s Granville Hotel. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening. (B,D)

Sun, Mar 15: Travel to Jerpoint, stopping for tea and scones and to meet a local farmer for a taste of farm life during a demonstration of sheepdogs herding their flocks. Also see one of Ireland’s best examples of a deserted 12th-century town, Jerpoint Park, believed to be the final resting place of St. Nicholas. Drive through the prime horse-breeding country of County Kildare and stop to visit theIrish National Stud to learn about the history and current trends of horse-breeding in Ireland. See some of the magnificent horses and walk around the spectacular Japanese Gardens. Continue on to >Dublin, where the week-long St. Patrick’s Day festival will be underway! Check in to the Herbert Park Hotel for the next three nights. This evening, enjoy a dinner of Irish specialties followed by a lively show of traditional Irish music, songs, and displays of step-dancing. (B,D)

Mon, Mar 16: Guided Dublin sightseeing includes Trinity College, home of the treasured Book of Kells, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and a stop at Teeling Distillery, known for its hand crafted production process of Irish whiskey since 1782. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. (B)

Tue, Mar 17: Don a spot of green to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The party continues after the parade in the streets and pubs around the city. (B)

Wed, Mar 18: Fly home from Dublin, returning the same day. (B)

*Please note that itineraries and hotels are subject to minor changes until departure.

Hotels

Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty

 New sophistication and luxurious style are the hallmarks of the renowned Bunratty Castle Hotel, nestled in the heart of the historic countryside. The hotel is within easy walking distance of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Durty Nelly’s Pub and the shops at the Bunratty Village Mills. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary in-room WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • indoor pool • fitness center • spa.

Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney

Located in the heart of Killarney at the gateway to the Ring of Kerry, this four-star luxury hotel neighbors Killarney National Park. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary WiFi access • restaurant • bar • sauna, steam room, and whirlpool • indoor pool • fitness center.

Granville Hotel, Waterford City

Overlooking the waterfront and marina in the center of Waterford City, this four-star hotel was once a gracious old mansion in the 18th century. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar.

Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin

Located in the picturesque area of Ballsbridge with stunning views of the magnificent 48 acres Herbert Park. The Ballsbridge area is rich in heritage and offers an abundance of Georgian architecture with welcoming green spaces and buzzing pubs and restaurants all just a few steps away. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary in-room WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • fitness center.

Pricing

  • Package with Air
  • Double P/P – $3,799
  • Single – $4,399
  • Land Only
  • Double P/P – $2,829
  • Single – $3,429

Documents Required: Valid Passport

*Subject to change due to increase in the exchange rate or fuel surcharge

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