We leave Dublin at 8.30am and travel south-west through the lush green Irish countryside. Pass the River Liffey, we head to the imposing Rock of Cashel, proudly towering over the fields of the Golden Vale. Once the seat of the Kings of Munster and a medieval architectural delight, this iconic site will awaken your Celtic soul. We continue to the rebel county of Cork and the famous Blarney Castle. Now s your chance to give the stone a big juicy smacker to get the legendary gift of the gab . You will now realise your Guide has kissed the stone many, many times Tonight, use your new gift in a pub and get friendly with the locals in the party town of Killarney. It s bound to be an epic night!
Today, it s all about breathtaking scenery and adventure. We take the stunning Slea Head Drive down the coast and spend the day exploring the dramatic Dingle Peninsula, the highlight of the Wild Atlantic Way. Your Guide will take you to the edge of the ancient world and tell tales of our ancient heroes and warriors. Spot 'The Sleeping Giant' and 'The Three Sisters' amongst the rugged coastline and take in the stunning Coumeenoole Beach, before we travel through Tralee into County Clare. We spend the night in charming Ennis where the pubs are filled with locals playing traditional Irish music. Grab your pint of Guinness and get carried away by the lively tunes!
Today we brave the heights and soak up the dramatic views at the Cliffs of Moher that tower high above the wild Atlantic Ocean. The cliffs continue for eight kilometres and reach a staggering 214 meters in height. You might have spotted them on the big screen as a backdrop for Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince and The Princess Bride. Afterwards, we ll explore the weird and magical world of the Burren, Ireland s lunar landscape and home to fairies and leprechauns! It s time to decide if you believe in the mythical world when your Guide recites fairy stories and Irish legends to you. We overnight in Galway, Ireland s cultural capital where you can enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and listen to the city s many buskers.
We travel through the wild and rugged region of Connemara, past its bogs and lakes in the south to the stunning mountain vistas in the north. We make our way to the town of Westport for lunch, before visiting the resting place of the world-famous poet, W.B. Yeats in Sligo. In the afternoon, we cross the border into Northern Ireland and travel to its second largest city, Derry which is our home for the night. This medieval city will test your emotions when you take an award-winning walking tour to hear all about the 1972 massacre known as Bloody Sunday from a local Guide.
Follow in the footsteps of giants at the eighth natural wonder of the world and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant's Causeway. Thousands of hexagonal stone columns on the North Atlantic coast created by a giant or geology, you decide! We spent the night in the village of Ballintoy, which was used as the town of Lordsport on the Isle of Pyke in Game of Thrones. You have the chance to head to the stunning Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and sway Indiana Jones' style over the choppy Atlantic Ocean. Ballintoy is also famous for its gorgeous sunsets so take your time and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery and have your camera at the ready.
This morning we make our way to 'The Dark Hedges', an atmospheric avenue of beech trees that became famous as the Kingsroad from the HBO hit series Game of Thrones. Then onto Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. Take the famous Black Cab Tour with a local cabbie into the Loyalist and Republican heartlands to learn about the recent Troubles that raged and see the infamous political murals all around the city. After exploring Belfast, we head back to Dublin, check in to our city centre hostel and join the legendary St Pat's welcome party where you ll meet all the other partygoers.
Explore the sights and streets of Dublin on our orientation walking tour led by your local Guide, before we head to the Guinness Storehouse to discover all there is to know about 'the black stuff'. No need to queue with our fast track entry tickets, so we get straight to business! In the afternoon, you have plenty of time to enjoy the festival vibe and take in the music and dancing happening throughout the city. This is also your chance to put the finishing touches to your outfit for the big day. And remember you can never go too GREEN!
St Patrick's Day! Today is the day you've been waiting for. Put your funkiest green outfit on and grab your spot early, as the streets of Dublin fill up fast with other partygoers ready to enjoy the official parade. We're based in the heart of the action, Temple Bar so get ready to have your senses bombarded with colour, music and dancing! Squeeze into a nearby pub for a live music session or join the dancing in the streets. This is St Patrick s Day done by the Irish on their native soil expect a wild one!
Sadly, all good things have to come to an end. After a fan-feckin-tastic time celebrating St Pat s, it s time to check out of your hostel at 10 am. Wander the city streets and soak up the atmosphere before you bid farewell to your new friends and the Emerald Isle. And then it s time to start planning the next St Pat s bash in Dublin because maybe you can leave Ireland, but it will never leave you!
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Trip Name: St Pat's Party (dep. London)
Duration: 9 Days
From Price: £369
Supplier Tour ID: SR6/159587
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