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St. Patrick's Day in Dublin

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The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin is part of a five-day festival that’s a great excuse to honor Ireland’s beloved saint.  This entire wild and glorious event begins on March 16, 2012.  The entire city turns green as Dublin becomes a vibrant party, often considered the largest festival in the world.  Onlookers cheer on the street performers, bands and floats, while traditional music and Guinness flow freely. Participants whoop and dance.  (Join them!)  With our 5-day St. Patrick's Day Festival package, become part of this festival and celebrate in true Irish-style!
 

Your Festival Package Includes 5 nights Accommodation to include:
- 5 Nights at Trinity Capital Hotel, Dublin - a central city hotel
  5 Breakfasts - Full Irish Breakfast each morning Irish Parlor Party & Dinner on March 16 - A delicious four course dinner from a choice menu, live traditional Irish music with champion musicians and dancers, a humorous introduction to Irish music and writers and entertaining stories about Dublin A Wilde Literary Pub Night - entertaining evening with Ireland's most famous characters and Dublin's best pubs Hidden Corners of Dublin Walking Tour - This exceptional walking tour takes in hidden gems and surprises that visitors often miss. Glendalough & Wicklow Tour - Day Tour south of Dublin to enchanting Wicklow & Glendalough, a 6th century monastic site Ancient Newgrange Tour - Day Tour north of Dublin to ancient Ireland - visit 5,000 year-old megalithic sites that pre-date the Egyptian pyramids! 3-day Hop-on, Hop-off Double-Decker Sightseeing Bus Pass - This ticket, valid for a 3-day (72 hour) period affords you the freedom of Dublin City! Jump on an open-top 'hop-on, hop-off' double-decker sightseeing bus at any of its stops. Airport Transfer upon arrival in Dublin - you won't need your car in Dublin so we provide you with a Airlink pass to get from the airport to DublinFree Travel Extras Also Included Discounted admission to top Dublin attractions Dublin Map & Guidebook Online Access to your Travel Details 5-Star Support and Assistance in Ireland Travel Bag for documents & maps Optional Roundtrip Flight (at extra cost - see Flights Tab above)

Dublin, County Dublin

Arrive at

Arrive at Dublin Airport, County Dublin

Arrive at Dublin Airport after your overnight flight from the U.S. (not included in quoted price!)

Dublin is Ireland's main airport - located just north of Dublin City.
If you are heading downtown, it takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes from the airport, depending on traffic.
There are 2 terminals at Dublin Airport, the second of which opened to air traffic in November 2010.
Most flights from the U.S. (on Aer Lingus, Delta, United, US Airways & American Airlines) arrive into Terminal 2.


Accommodation

Trinity City Hotel - More Info - Dublin, County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon. 


Included Experiences

3-Day Double-Decker Sightseeing Pass

Dublin, County Dublin

This ticket, valid for a 3-day (72 hour) period affords you the freedom of Dublin City! Jump on an open-top 'hop-on, hop-off' double-decker sightseeing bus at any of its stops, and enjoy discounted admission to Dublin's best visitor attractions. With 33 stops at a varied selection of the city's finest sites and buses running every 10 minutes, you have the freedom to explore the treasures and sights of the city at your leisure. No need to cram everything into one day - take time to soak up the unique atmosphere which Dublin offers. The ticket includes access to all regular Dublin Bus services. A map and guide to sightseeing stops is included, as is a free 'Hidden Corners of Dublin' walking tour of the city. The walking tours run Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 11am between the months of November 1st to April 30th each year.  On all other months the walk operates daily at 11:00am.


Overnight Location

Dublin, County Dublin

On the Map: Dublin, Ireland's Capital City is located on the east coast of the country, and is well served by infrastructure linking it to all parts of the Emerald Isle.

Dublin is a lively cosmopolitan city brimming with culture. You could spend your time strolling the streets soaking up the atmosphere, relaxing in its cafes and bars or you could check out its myriad historical, literary and cultural delights. The 8th century illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells, must be viewed. It is on display at the impressive Trinity College, Ireland's first university (founded 1592) in the heart of Dublin. For the rest of your time, it is up to you how much you want to pack in. Phoenix Park (twice the size of New York City's Central Park), Georgian Dublin around Stephen's Green, Dublin Castle, the National Botanical Gardens, National Museum, Kilmainham Gaol and the Hugh Lane Municipal Art Gallery are all highly recommended stops on your tour. Then there's the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery.  A visit to Dublin's Temple Bar to experience the lively Dublin pub culture is a must, though many of Dublin's best bars can be found outside this area in the streets and laneways around Grafton Street, the shopper's street of choice. Purchasing a 'hop-on, hop-off' Dublin Bus Tour ticket is a great way to get around and see all the major sites at a very reasonable cost.


Dublin, County Dublin

Accommodation

Trinity City Hotel - More Info - Dublin, County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon. 


Included Experiences

Hidden Corners of Dublin Walking Tour

Dublin, County Dublin

This exceptional walking tour takes in hidden gems and surprises that visitors often miss. Starting from O’Connell Street, the approx. 2 hour stroll covers many Dublin icons such as the General Post Office, Henry Street shopping district, the early 18th century St Mary’s Church (now a famous café/bar), the Italian Quarter, the River Liffey, the Ha’penny Bridge, Temple Bar, City Hall, Dublin Castle, the 18th century former Houses of Parliament and Trinity College Campus and Dublin Castle (this is the only walk authorized to conduct tours on the grounds of Dublin Castle). Your guide is available to answer any questions you might have, as you learn of the city's many centuries of history. You will have the opportunity to take memorable and unique photos as you travel, and your ticket also entitles you to discounts at the Church Bar and Cafe, a wonderfully restored early 18th century church. This walking tour runs at 11:00am daily from April to October and on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays during other months.


Irish Parlor Party & Dinner

Dublin, County Dublin

The Irish House Party show is currently running at the Irish House Party Pub & Restaurant and following your eveing meal; in the Tivoli Theatre (beside restaurant).  This famous Theatre Venue is located in Dublin's south city centre. The party was something of a revolt by Irish musicians against the cheesy and the twee. It is traditional Irish music and Irish dancing at its very best performed with All-Ireland champion musicians and dancers. It's a humorous introduction to Irish music and writers with entertaining stories about Dublin and its unique characters. Learning a song in the Irish language, taking part in singalongs & house guest partypieces where guests are encouraged to perform (all well aided by a full private bar!) are par for the course at this entertaining evening, which is consistently voted as one of the top ten things to do in Dublin.
On arrival you are greeted at the front door by your host and are checked in on the House Party Guest List.  You will enjoy a delicious three course dinner consisting of nothing less than home style cooking with big flavoured traditional & contemporary dishes; followed by freshly brewed tea or fine roasted coffee in The Irish House Party Pub and Restaurant. Dinner seating is at 7pm sharp. After dinner your host will bring you into the Theatre where the Irish music show takes place. The show itself begins after the dinner at 8.30pm and finishes at 10.00pm followed by a late bar.


Must-See Sites

Guinness Storehouse, County Dublin

On The Map: The Guinness Storehouse is centrally located in Dublin City at St. James Gate, just off Crane Street and south of the River Liffey. The Storehouse is a leisurely 20 minute stroll west of Trinity College.

Come and explore Ireland’s top visitor attraction, providing an unforgettable welcome and a magical journey deep into the heart of the world famous Guinness brand and company. The Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery at St James’s Gate, Dublin. Housed in an old fermentation plant, the seven-story visitor experience tells the epic tale of Ireland’s iconic drink and brings to life the heritage of Guinness from early days to growth as a global brand, known all around the world. The experience starts standing at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass, which rises through the building.  It’s a dramatic story that begins over 250 years ago and ends in The Gravity Bar where visitors will receive a complimentary pint of Guinness while relaxing and enjoying spectacular views over Dublin. 


Trinity College, County Dublin

On The Map: Trinity College is located in the heart of Dublin City. Just south of the River Liffey, the campus grounds are bordered by Grafton, College, Pearse, Nassau & Leinster Streets.

Time spent in Dublin would not be complete without a visit to Trinity College. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1st, it is one of the oldest universities in the British Isles, and the very oldest in Ireland. Standing on a self contained site in the very heart of Dublin, the College itself covers some 35 acres of cobbled squares and green spaces surrounded by buildings which represent the accumulated architectural riches of nearly three centuries. Although Trinity offers much of interest to the visitor, the crown jewel is without doubt the Book of Kells. The Book is an 'illuminated manuscript', globally celebrated for its lavish decoration. The manuscript contains the four Gospels in Latin based on a Vulgate text, written on vellum (prepared calfskin), in a bold and expert version of the script known as 'insular majuscule'. Written in the 9th century, it has been on display in the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin from the mid-19th century, and attracts over 500,000 visitors a year.


Dublin, County Dublin

Accommodation

Trinity City Hotel - More Info - Dublin, County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon. 


Included Experiences

Dublin Literary Pub Crawl

Dublin, County Dublin


No city is as rich in pubs and poetry as Dublin, and the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl is a genius amalgam of both - a 2½ hour walking pub tour with Wilde, Joyce, Behan and Beckett. This is an award-winning show that travels from pub to pub with professional actors performing the works of Dublin's most famous writers. Colm Quilligan kicks off the Literary Pub Crawl with a song - 'Waxie's Dargle', then takes you from the Duke Pub through the cobbled square of Trinity College. The tour then meanders through a maze of narrow streets, taking in the sights, smells, sounds and scenes of this historical city. A team of rambling players and minstrels completes the ensemble, giving renditions of verse, prose, drama and song from the literary hall of fame. You'll find the wit and humor is as potent as the drink itself!

*Just to note that in addition to your tour, you can purchase a beautifully written & illustrated guide of Dublin Pubs & the Irish writers they served (Recommend by The Rough Guide, The Toronto Star, The Times and more) at an excellent retail price of €10.00.* </p>

 



Must-See Sites

Saint Patrick's Cathedral, County Dublin

On The Map: Saint Patrick's Cathedral is located in the heart of Dublin City, just south of the River Liffey, and west of such landmarks as Trinity College and Grafton Street. The Cathedral is located at the junction of Patrick Street and Upper Kevin Street.

Built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has contributed much to Irish life since its founding in 1191. The Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well, at which St Patrick himself reportedly baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. The writer and satirist Jonathan Swift was Dean of Saint Patrick's from 1713 to 1747, and is buried within the church. In a romantic twist, Esther Johnson (Stella) is buried next to Swift. Although never married, Swift had a life-long, intense and mysterious relationship with Stella, and she was an inspiration for much of his work. Handel's Messiah received its first performance there in 1742, sung by the combined choir of Saint Patrick's and Christ Church. Music has played an integral part in the life of Saint Patrick's since its foundation and it is the only cathedral in these islands to sing two services every day. Living Stones, the cathedral's permanent exhibition, celebrates Saint Patrick's place in the life of the city, its history and its role at the dawn of the third millennium. It emphasises that the cathedral is not a museum, but a building embracing the past to herald the future.


Dublin Museums, County Dublin

Dublin has long been recognized as a center of art & culture. The city is literally awash with interesting museums and galleries of all types and sizes.
It's impossible to make note of them all, but three of the best are:
The Chester Beatty Library: Alfred Chester Beatty, a New Yorker donated a fantastic collection of books to the city of Dublin. Highlights include papyrus scripts, valuable copies of the Koran, Buddhist & Far Eastern literature, as well as early mediaeval manuscripts.
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: Enter this museum and be transported back in time to almost 7000BC! Gold and other treasures recount a varied Irish history through Christian and pre-Christian times. A range of exhibitions also present artifacts from many other cultures and regions.
National Gallery: Here you can admire European works of art from the late Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century. As well as Irish artists, the Gallery also boasts works by Angelico, Goya, Gainsborough & Reynolds, to name but a few.


Dublin, County Dublin

Accommodation

Trinity City Hotel - More Info - Dublin, County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon. 


Dublin, County Dublin

Accommodation

Trinity City Hotel - More Info - Dublin, County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon. 


Included Experiences

Glendalough & Wicklow Tour

Dublin, County Dublin


This full day tour is an exciting opportunity to explore one of the most famous and enchanting places in Ireland - Glendalough, County Wicklow. Glendalough, 'The Glen of the Two Lakes', is the site upon which St. Kevin founded a unique monastic settlement in the 6th century. You will be personally guided through this wonderful site with its distinctive round tower, culminating in a gentle walk to the breathtaking upper lake. But that's not all. On collection in Dublin, a brief city tour is followed by a coastal drive through Dublin's most affluent suburbs, Dalkey & Killiney (home to Bono, The Edge & Neil Jordan, so keep your eyes peeled!) Thereafter, journey south through the spectacular Sally Gap, taking in mountain lakes, wild heather and barren bog-lands, (many scenes of the movie, Braveheart were filmed in this area).The day includes a stop at the famous Avoca Handweavers for morning coffee and a browse. The tour also stops at Lynam's Pub for a hearty, traditional Irish lunch. Although the tour does include a free tasting of Jameson Whiskey, morning coffee and lunch are optional at an additional cost.


Depart From

Depart from Dublin Airport, County Dublin

Return to Dublin Airport at least two hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure. This will allow ample time to check in for your flight home.

After check-in and passenger security, browse the array of shops on offer at 'The Loop' in Dublin Airport. With an extensive range of stores, bars and cafes, any spare time you have will fly!


“Everything went smoothly”

Jul 18, 2017 by Christine Crain. Your Hometown: Fredericton NB, Canada

Lonna took great care of us. I had never booked an overseas vacation before so was a bit apprehensive but it was a wonderful experience. I am recommending Lonna and Authentic Ireland Vacations to anyone who dreams of seeing Ireland. The car, rooms, excursions and advice were great. Each time I was pleased to see no hitches in the plan and lots of attention to small details to make our stay very special. We had 8 days so time was precious and none was wasted. The places Lonna picked for us were so helpful and friendly. They wen out of their way to make sure we had everything to make our trip smooth and lots of fun. The breakfasts included each morning were fabulous and we were so well fed on scrumptious food we never wanted to stop for lunch. Thanks again Lonna. Very successful adventure in Ireland!!

“Great Trip”

Jul 18, 2017 by Bernie O'Connor. Your Hometown: Brigantine, NJ

What a great trip we had. Our 11 days in Ireland was incredible, AuthenticIreland did a great job with setting our trip. We had one minor issue with a castle that was chosen, but, other than that, we had an amazing time.

“Great Travel Service!”

Jul 18, 2017 by Mike Ochs. Your Hometown: Lowell Massachusettes

I have to say that my experience with Authentic Ireland was first class! Our agent, Maggie Lunde did a great job and made adjustments to all the (many) changes we made as we were in the planning stages of our trip.
Once we arrived at each destination, there wasn't one hiccup or issue with rentals and accommodations. Everything was setup in advance and there weren't any problems.

I definitely recommend Authentic Ireland to anyone considering using them!

Jul 13, 2017 by Sara and Darren. Your Hometown: Emeryville, Ca

Thank you, Authentic Ireland! We had the most wonderful 8-night vacation, without a hiccup, thanks in no small part to the thoughtful, timely, flexible, and attentive support of our travel advisor, Edna Gudino, When we requested a couple of changes to our itinerary before the trip, she had a updated itinerary to us within 24 hours. Every accommodation we went to was beautiful and unique. Highly, highly recommend this company, and Edna in particular, should you find yourself planning to go to Ireland!

“6 Nights in Ireland”

Jul 13, 2017 by Alan. Your Hometown: Westchester County

I started "planning" my vacation with only the loosest of goals: to fly into Dublin, have a scenic drive, and spend a little time on the Western coast. Kati, from Authentic Vacations, helped fill in the blanks with helpful suggestions. She quickly understood the spirit that we had, and was able to offer a great travel plan. We enjoyed two nights in Dublin, one night in Kilkenny, two nights in Galway, and our final night in Bonratty. Authentic Vacations made all of the arrangements--hotel, car rental, and tickets for the hop-on/hop-off bus. The accommodations were fantastic. A very satisfying vacation.

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