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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!


Dec 5, 2016 by Donald Barratt. Your Hometown: Lombard

Our Vacation was outstanding. The hotel (City stay St. Augustine) in Dublin was centrally located to everything we wanted to visit. The staff there was courteous, and helpful.Our visit to Roscommon was grand, and our stay at Gleeson's B & B was also nice with great food.Authentic Ireland did a great job setting everything up, and making our vacation worry free.A million thanks to Lonna a job well done.

“5 days in Ireland”

Dec 5, 2016 by Dan Karns. Your Hometown: Dillsburg, PA

Authentic Ireland was referred to me by a customer/friend of mine....and... i am so glad he did. We worked with Shannon, one of the representatives, and i couldn't be more happy with the experience and expertise that she had regarding details of our trip. I told her when we were arriving and leaving Ireland, what were the "must do" things during our stay, and what kind of accommodations we wanted to stay in. within a day or two, she had a full trip package, with other recommended things to do while there, sent to my email. the price was very reasonable, and after going on the trip, i appreciated the fact we used Authentic Ireland to get everything set up. kudos to the site and staff, especially Shannon. anytime i had a question, she had an answer. regarding car rental, electricity usage, what kind of money to keep on hand, anything... she was so much help. thank you so much!, you made our 20 year anniversary "holiday" that much better! the only thing i can even think about regretting, was that we didn't spend enough time there we spent the previous week in London, and think we should have cut that shorter and spent more time in Ireland... but.... that can be fixed by another visit! thanks again! your friends in Pennsylvania!

“Ireland Adventure”

Dec 4, 2016 by Jesse. Your Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Had a great experience working with the Authentic Ireland associate! I probably asked 9 million questions (this being my first international trip I'd planned), and patience and courteousness definitely describes the person that personally handled my account.The trip was great as well, including an itinerary that was well chosen, then tweaked for us. Rental car was indeed perfect for our crew that was traveling, as well as the accommodations arranged for us. I'm more of a researcher, but the website definitely put me leaps ahead with suggested places to visit at our lodging locations, as well as places to stop along the way.One of the only things I would have done differently was the transportation for our time in Dublin. I was so glad that we did not rent a vehicle for Dublin, but the sightseeing bus tour passes were not the most convenient for our purposes, in retrospect. We would have been better served with normal city bus passes. I also would have passed on the castle stay in our trip, but perhaps we just caught them at a bad time, as everything was great there, except the smell of cat urine just on the outside of the side door near our room.Authentic Ireland definitely impressed both myself and the members of my family that joined us on this trip! Definitely recommend them! Really great trip and a good price!

“Wonderful First Trip to Ireland”

Dec 4, 2016 by Alyssa Sommers. Your Hometown: Mahwah, NJ

This was our first trip to Ireland. You guys did a wonderful job of taking care of all of the details in regards to hotels, sites to visit with passes and car rentals. Each hotel and bed and breakfast was wonderful. All establishments offered breakfast in the morning. They all had WIFI. After spending 2 days in Dublin we left for the west coast in the car we rented. We spent the next 6 days traveling around the west/southwest part of Ireland. Maggie was the person that we dealt with at Authentic Ireland and she was great- she noticed that our hotel on the last night was over 2 hours away from Shannon airport so she moved us to a closer location... and what a location a 5-star castle!! There are no other words then amazing!! When we come back which we plan to do... we will be staying there.

“Outstanding Vacation”

Nov 5, 2016 by Anthony M. Kolankiewicz. Your Hometown: Jerusalem

The company did an outstanding job of arranging our circumnavigational tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland over a period of 17 days. We did the driving ourselves with an upgraded rental car, which offered the utmost flexibility in sightseeing destinations and route options. Our accommodations were in a combination of country homes, B&Bs, hotels, and a couple of castles.. Even the weather generally cooperated over such an extended period of time; only one day and one evening of steady rain that interfered with our plans. Overall, it was a delightful vacation that encouraged us to return for catch the attractions we didn't have time to see. There were only two quibbles we would mention. First, some of the driving directions left a lot of details out, especially in trying to get through larger towns and cities, such as Galway. More details would have saved us lots of time. Second, we very much enjoyed every place we stayed with the exception of the Lissyclearig Thatched Cottage in Kenmare. Unlike all the other places we stayed, our hosts' main concern was saving money and doing everything on the cheap. No heat in the rooms despite a chilly, rainy night and two cloudy days -- very uncomfortable! No WiFi connection (the only place not to offer it during our entire stay in the country). Even the breakfast was second-rate. Few choices on the buffet table and canned fruit instead of the fresh fruit we received in every other location. Might be time to drop this inn from the inventory! Otherwise, a great trip that we would do again through Authentic Ireland.

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