St Patrick’s Day in Ireland

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Date period: 08 March, 2012 - 18 March, 2012
Duration: 11 Days
Activity level: Introductory to Moderate
Location: British Isles
Availability: Single | Twin
Tour type: Discovery

Top 5 things we'll experience

  1. Typical Irish villages, abbeys and a whiskey distillery.
  2. The icons of Dublin from St Patrick’s Cathedral to the Book of Kells.
  3. The dramatic countryside of the Connemara National Park.
  4. The outstanding coastal scenery of the Ring of Kerry.
  5. The St Patrick’s Day Parade from a grandstand seat in Dublin.

Itinerary - Full details


Day 1

Ex Australia/ New Zealand

Overnight flight from Australia and New Zealand to London. Inflight.

Days 2-3

Dublin

Our program commences with an orientation of Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland (Eire). Dublin is a city that abounds in historic and literary heritage. Originally settled by Vikings it is home to Trinity College and the famous Book of Kells, the Abbey Theatre where Irish playwrights have long premiered their works, Dublin Castle, St Patrick's Cathedral and many fine Georgian squares.

Highlights

  • Introduce the history and culture of Ireland and Dublin.
  • Dublin's icons including Trinity College's Library, the Book of Kells as well as St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Accommodation

We stay in a comfortable hotel, located within easy walking distance from the centre of Dublin, offering ensuite share twin, double and single rooms. Facilities include meeting room, restaurant, and Irish bar. Irish breakfasts and 2 dinners are provided.

What you will experience

As well as learning about Dublin's history and literary heritage, we review our program here. We explore the sights of the city and view the famous Book of Kells as well as visiting St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Day 4

Waterford

We leave Dublin to travel south through the Wicklow Mountains to visit the romantic site of Glendalough, beautifully set in a valley between two lakes, before arriving for an overnight stay in Waterford.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a short walking tour of the city.
  • Visit to the House of Waterford Crystal.

Accommodation

Here we stay in a typical city hotel offering twin and single ensuite rooms. Typical Irish dinner and breakfast are included.

What you will experience

Enjoy a short walking tour of the city and a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. En route to County Kerry, we pass through Cork and pause in the small fishing village of Cobh from which convicts were transported to Australia. We also visit legendary Blarney Castle.

Days 5-6

County Kerry, Killarney

The dramatic landscapes of the Ring of Kerry are world renowned, as is the lush "greenness" around Killarney. We are assured of a friendly welcome in County Kerry, where visitors can still enjoy a 'jaunting cart' ride. During our field trip to the Ring of Kerry, we experience the landscape which has inspired many writers.

Highlights

  • The Ring of Kerry.
  • An evening of typical Irish music.

Accommodation

In Killarney - the popular resort centre of County Kerry - we stay at a comfortable hotel offering ensuite share twin, double and single rooms. Facilities include dining room and bar. Irish breakfasts and dinners are provided.

What you will experience

We shall experience the unusual topography of the Ring of Kerry with its quaint villages and spectacular views over the coast and the Lakes of Killarney. En route to County Galway we pass through Limerick and experience The Burren, a vast limestone plateau featuring "Poulnabrone Dolmen" and the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's West Coast's most dramatic landforms. En route to County Galway we pass through Limerick and experience The Burren, a vast limestone plateau featuring "Poulnabrone Dolmen" and the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's West Coast's most dramatic landforms.

Days 7-8

County Galway

Home to the historic Anglo-Norman city of Galway and the Connemara National Park, County Galway is renowned for the bracken browns and soft violets of Connemara, the unusual bog and heathland plants, the semi-wild Connemara ponies and the rugged countryside dotted with peat bogs, low stone walls and thatched cottages. Here the locals speak Gaelic as a first language. Galway, a university city and important trading centre is the heart of the Irish speaking regions of the West.

Highlights

  • Connemara National Park, a botanist's paradise.
  • Historic Kylemore Abbey still home to Benedictine nuns.

Accommodation

We stay in a comfortable hotel close to Galway offering ensuite share twin, double or single rooms. Facilities include dining room, meeting room, lounge and bar. Irish breakfasts and dinners are provided.

What you will experience

While in Galway we will learn how the Irish have adapted to an inhospitable environment for over 5,000 years. The natural heritage will be experienced during a field trip to Connemara National Park and the religious heritage during a visit to Kylemore Abbey. From Galway we cross through the central Irish countryside and pause to visit Locke’s Whiskey Distillery before arriving back in Dublin.

Days 9-10

Dublin

Our program leader will help us soak up the atmosphere of Ireland at its most quintessentially Irishness!

Highlights

  • Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day Parade with Grandstand seats.

Accommodation

We stay in a comfortable hotel, located within easy walking distance from the centre of Dublin, offering ensuite share twin, double and single rooms. Facilities include meeting room, restaurant, and Irish bar. Irish breakfasts and farewell dinner are provided.

What you will experience

We experience Dublin on St Patrick’s Day with its Parade, its crowds of happy people sharing in the joint celebration of their National Day.

Day 11

Dublin

Our program concludes with a transfer to the airport for our return flights to Australia and New Zealand.

Conclusion

Itineraries may change if flight schedules, site availability and other inclusions have to be amended prior to departure. Odyssey Travel will notify registrants if, and as soon as, such changes occur.