Trip to Ireland St. Patrick’s Day 2019
March 16 - March 23$1799
March 16th – March 23th, 2019
- $1799 if paid by credit card
- $1774 if paid by check
- Price based on double occupancy. See description for single rates.
- Check price valid if all payments, other than the initial deposit, are paid by check.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- 8 Days 7 Nights of Premiere City Center Hotels (including taxes and fees)
- All Transfers to and from Airports and Included Excursions
- Full Time Guide
- Daily Irish Breakfast
- Guinness Connoisseur Experience Tour
- Farewell Dinner and Entertainment
- Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Festival Grandstand Tickets
- Dublin Hop-on/Hop-off City Sightseeing Bus Tour -OR- Old Jameson Distillery tour -OR- Irish Whiskey Museum -OR- Teeling Whiskey Museum
- Please note that you need to plan to arrive in Ireland to have time before the Guinness Tour to attend one of these tours
- Killarney: Ring of Kerry day tour -OR- Dingle Peninsula day tour
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- International Airfare
- Optional Excursions
- Meals not indicated
- Travel Insurance
- Gratuities for tour guide, drivers, chambermaids, restaurant staff, porters, etc.
Join Professionals in the City for 8 days, 7 nights in Ireland. Explore Killarney, Galway, and Dublin at the height of their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!
Take a week to experience one of the most exciting times to be in this beautiful country of rolling green hills and shoreline cliffs that offer some of the most spectacular views of nature ever known. We will immerse ourselves in the exciting celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in its origin country. Let the locals welcome you with open arms and a delicious pint, as you embark on a journey filled with popular pubs and once in a lifetime experiences.
We will visit Ireland’s capital, Dublin where we will be treated to one of Ireland’s most famous beers, Guinness. We will enjoy our tasty beverage on a Connoisseur Tour in this beautiful capital. Trust that you have the chance to enjoy many more green beers during the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin. During this celebration, everyone is Irish. Join us in celebrating the talents and achievements of the Irish people while grabbing a beer with the locals as they strive to help you feel the excitement and creativity their country boasts, not only during this momentous time, but throughout the year as well.
While in Galway, we can take time to see the stunning oceanside cliffs that we all picture in our heads when thinking of Ireland. With a great arts and music scene, mixed in with some popular pubs and farmers markets, Galway will offer us a chance to integrate ourselves with some old Irish culture and traditions.
Our time in Killarney gives us a chance to see the rich history of Ireland. Fought over since the bronze era, this southern Irish port is home to some of the most beautiful monuments in the country, enjoyed by tourists year-round. Highlights of this ancient city include castles, forts, stunning gardens and of course, the Killarney Brewhouse.
Join us in Belfast for a tour of Northern Ireland on March 14th for the pre trip extension, or extend your stay through March 26th for some time to tour the Southern Castles in Cork and Kilkenny.
Pre Trip Extension
March 14th: Arrive today in Belfast any time. Check into your hotel and relax after your long flight.Take some time for a Belfast City Tour that includes the Titanic Museum. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time for to explore this amazing exhibit to take it all in. Enjoy the evening exploring Belfast on your own. Ask your hotel concierge for suggestions that fit the adventure you are looking for.
March 15th: Awake to your traditional Irish breakfast before taking off to explore the stunning North Antrim Coast. Not only will we have tons of natural beauty to take in from the gorgeous landscape, we will also soak in Carrickfergus Castle, the Giant’s Causeway (Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site), the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle, the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery at Bushmills, and the infamous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Tonight is yours too enjoy Belfast the way you want to.
March 16th: For those of you on our Northern coast pre trip tour, enjoy an Irish breakfast before jumping on your transport to Dublin. For those of you arriving today, arrive in time to ensure that you have enough time to attend one of the tours included before your Guinness tour at 3:00pm local time. One of the below tours is included in today’s itinerary. Then, join us on our Guinness Connoisseur Experience Tour. Here you will learn the long history of advertising and crafting that is involved with making this brew loved worldwide. Find out the perfect way to pour a Guinness and enjoy it on the seventh story of this amazing structure with a 360-degree view of Dublin.
Hop-on/Hop-off City Sightseeing Bus Tour – this is an all day bus/transportation tour, which runs every 15-20 minutes from approximately 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Old Jameson Distillery Tour– this tour runs every 15-30 minutes and takes approximately 45-60 minutes to tour the distillery. The location is open Sun – Thurs 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Fri – Sat 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Irish Whiskey Museum- this tour runs every 30 minutes and takes approximately 60 minutes. Location is open Mon – Sun 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Teeling Whiskey Museum – this tour runs every 20 minutes and takes approximately 45 minutes. The tours run Mon – Fri 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Sat – Sun 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM</i>
After loading up on Guinness memorabilia, head back to the hotel for some rest and relaxation or get ready to head out on the town for the night on your own pub crawl through Dublin. Tomorrow is a big day! Get acclimated to the energy of this widely celebrated holiday in the heart of the country that does it best. Let the cheer and excitement take over and use this night to get into the holiday spirit.
March 17th: Today is the day! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! After breakfast, we set out to enjoy the Dublin festivities and the famous Dublin St. Patrick’s Day parade. Join the locals as they celebrate their culture and history through extravagant performances and lively music. This parade tops all others for this widely celebrated holiday and is considered one of the most colorful and diverse. The rest of the day is yours to integrate with the locals, explore Dublin and get as green as possible. Ask your guide for pub and food suggestions.
March 18th: Wake up to a traditional Irish breakfast at your hotel before we jump on our transport to Galway. We know you probably had quite a night so take this time to relax and enjoy the stunning countryside on your way west. Upon arrival, check in to our hotel and the day is yours to venture through the town. Enjoy a few Irish pints and the art and culture throughout Galway. Galway has many things to do for all types of people. Take a horseback ride through the country, experience one of their many golf courses or take a short trip out to sea for some cod fishing. You can also head to the Galway airport for a daring perspective of the seaside town by skydiving over the gorgeous scenery.
March 19th: Wake up to a traditional Irish breakfast at the hotel before setting off to explore Galway. Meander the streets filling your bags with locally made product and whiskey… lots of whiskey. You can also take today to sit back and enjoy the town at one of the nearby cafes while sipping an Irish coffee and soaking in the atmosphere of the lingering holiday that just passed.
Take this opportunity to hop on a ferry and head to Connemara for an exploration by bicycle and the amazing, Kylemore Abbey. Founded in 1920 by nuns who fled Belgium during World War I, The Kylemore Abbey is a monastery that is situated on a serene lakeside with stunning gardens and beautiful paths. The ambiance and visual beauty will relax even the most tense with just a short stroll through the property. This is an opportunity to see just a little of Ireland’s hidden lush green beauty that expands through this 1000-acre estate. Or check out a tour to one of the Aran Islands, Inis Mor where tourist can see huge limestone cliffs and an array of Christian, pre-Christian and Celtic monuments that are scattered across the jagged rocks. Make sure to ask your hotel concierge for suggestion on where to spend your evening.
March 20th: After a traditional Irish breakfast we depart for Killarney. Along the way we will stop at Ireland’s most visited natural attraction, the Cliffs of Moher. Some of these cliffs soar over 700 feet above sea level and offer a view of crystal clear waves crashing on Ireland’s coast. Home to the site of an ancient 1st century fort, the cliffs are widely used for aerial shots in many movies and support stunning views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins and, on a clear day, the Maumturk mountains in Connemara.
After our arrival in Killarney we will check into the hotel and process the beautiful sites we saw along the way. Relax for the evening or check with your hotel concierge for nightlife suggestions.
March 21st: Enjoy a rejuvenating Irish breakfast at the hotel and do some exploring of Killarney in the morning. Today we have the opportunity to head out on a tour of the Ring of Kerry. This unspoiled region of Ireland draws tourists year-round for some of the most spectacular view of nature Ireland has to offer. This tour is a photographer’s dream. We will see gorgeous beaches on calm lakes, winding mountain roads, astonishing architecture throughout the scattered towns and villages, panoramic views filled with lakes, mountains and many shades of green.
Instead of the Ring of Kerry Tour, you can head out to the Dingle Peninsula for some of the most spectacular views of the Atlantic that any country in the world can offer. Sandy beaches, rocky cliffs and gorgeous mountains can be seen in a 360 degree view.
March 22nd: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and some early morning exploring of Killarney. For those of you departing tomorrow, hop on a transfer to either Co. Claire or back to Dublin. Check into your hotel and head out for some last minute shopping, exploring, or tours before your farewell dinner with traditional Irish dance and music entertainment.
For those of you who purchased the extension, you will have some time to explore Killarney before your afternoon transfer. We recommend checking out the Killarney National Park by horseback or the 19th century lakeside mansion and gardens of the Muckross House. In the afternoon it is off to Cork. Once we arrive in Cork, the evening is yours to enjoy. get a special dose of Irish history by visiting Blarney Castle and Cork City Gaol. Climb the tower of Blarney castle to kiss the stone which legend states guarantees anyone who kisses it never again to be lost for words. Then continue your tour to step back in time to get a taste of the crime ridden 19th century Ireland at the Cork City Gaol, a former prison turned museum.
March 23rd: After your traditional Irish breakfast, the day is your to enjoy Cork and it’s surrounding area. Venture to Cobh, the last known port of the Titanic and home to the Titanic Museum. Here you can trace your Irish roots at the Cobh Heritage Center are meander around town enjoying the Irish hospitality. If you’re looking for something a little different, travel to the bright and colorful town of Kinsale, the gourmet capital of Ireland. Eat your way through the town and it’s amazing Irish cuisine. Kinsale is also home to two 17th century forts worth viewing, the Charles Fort and the James Fort.
March 24th: After breakfast we head out for the amazing Irish town of Kilkenny. Following checking into the hotel, you can choose to take the Black and Gold Kilkenny City Train Tour or visit the Smithwick’s Brewery Experience, depending on how you are feeling that day. You’ll have the evening to yourself to relax or, continue exploring the city! Take this opportunity to include yourself in some rowdy Irish pub shenanigans at The Dylan Whiskey Bar or The Blue Bar. You can also choose to have a show with dinner with live music at Cleere’s Bar and Theatre or catch the DJ at Morrison’s Bar.
March 25th: You will start the day with your traditional Irish breakfast and a little time enjoy Kilkenny before our transfer back to Dublin. We recommend visiting the inspiring Kilkenny Castle. After checking into your Dublin hotel, enjoy a farewell dinner with traditional Irish dance and music entertainment. The night is then yours to make of it what you will. With this being your last night in Ireland, make sure you check with the hotel concierge in order to get the best recommendation for what you are looking for.
March 26th: Enjoy your traditional Irish breakfast at the hotel before your transfer to the airport for your flight back to the states. Slainte!
This trip does not include an international flight. If you would like Professionals in the City to assist you in booking your flight, please mention in the comments section of your order.
Keep in mind when booking your flight that this tour begins in Dublin and ends in either Co. Claire OR Dublin. For the pre trip extension, the tour begins in Belfast.
- Please arrive at the airport 3 hours prior to your flight’s scheduled departure time.
- Professionals in the City is not liable if you miss your flight
- Please wait for your trip forms to arrive before booking your flight
Extensions: If you would like to purchase the pre or post trip extensions, please indicate this in the “comments” section while placing your deposit. The pre trip extension is an additional $559 for double occupancy. The post trip extension is an additional $459. Please note that the extensions are not sold separately and must be purchased in addition to the 8 day tour.
Roommates: If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, please indicate in the “comments” section of your order form. We do our best to pair roommates, although there is no guarantee. If we are unable to pair you, you would need to upgrade to a single supplement.
Single Supplement: A single supplement is available for an additional fee of $675. If you would like to sign up for a single supplement, please indicate this in the comments section of the order form. The single supplement for the pre trip is an additional $199. The single supplement for the post trip extension is $79.
Payment Deadlines: After you make your initial $700 deposit, an additional payment of $500 is due November 1st, 2018. The final payment of the remaining balance is due on December 15th, 2018.
Cancellations: Cancellations prior to November 1st, 2018 will be subject to a $700 cancellation charge. Cancellations made on or after November 1st, 2018 and before December 1st, 2018 will be subject to a $1200 cancellation charge. There will be no refund issued in case of a cancellation on or after December 15th, 2018.
Passport Information: A valid passport will be required of all passengers (please verify that your passport will be valid six months beyond your returned date to the United States). Please complete your Trip Information Form (will be e-mailed to you after registration) immediately upon receipt and return to Professionals in the City for verification.
Insurance Information: Professionals in the City strongly recommends that you purchase travel insurance to cover many personal emergency situations that might arise. We recommend that you purchase travel insurance from Travelex Insurance Services, a reputable travel insurance company with extensive 24-hour emergency assistance services. For more information, or to purchase travel insurance directly from Travelex, please http://www.travelex-insurance.com/index.asp?LOCATION to be directed to the relevant page of the Travelex website.
The prices listed are U.S. dollars per person and based on double occupancy.