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St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland: Traditions of the Emerald Isle

11 days |  13 days with Belfast extension
11 days |  13 days with Belfast extension
Group size1538 travelers
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Ireland’s green landscapes, welcoming cities, and rich culture await.

On this adventure through the Emerald Isle, you’ll see that even the oldest traditions continue to thrive. There’s no better time to discover the country’s vibrant spirit than during St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. Kick off your tour in Ireland’s capital city, where you’ll take in historic sights and join the locals at the legendary St. Patrick’s Day parade. Then, take off to discover the ins and outs of this charming country, from “The Rebel County” to the breathtaking Ring of Kerry.

Your tour package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 liquor tasting
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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Included highlights

  • St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin
  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Cork
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Dublin today.

County Dublin3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Dublin
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Ireland! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Dublin
Included meal: Breakfast

Take a comprehensive tour of Ireland’s capital city with a local expert leading the way.

  • Stop in Phoenix Park, site of the presidential residence, and pass by the Guinness Brewery.
  • Step inside the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church.
  • Pass St Stephen’s Green and admire the Georgian architecture of Merrion Square as you go.
  • See Trinity College and enjoy a walking tour of the college grounds.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Dublin to visit Grafton Street or the Temple Bar district, or add an excursion.

Please note: The departure time of the Glendalough optional excursion may vary.

Glendalough

From $55 per person

Day 4: St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel into Dublin to celebrate your own way today—catch a glimpse of the legendary St. Patrick’s Day Parade, or take advantage of the cultural events held across the city.

County Cork1 night
Day 5: Cork via the Kilkenny Castle & Rock of Cashel
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Cork, stopping for several guided visits along the way.

  • Stop in Kilkenny, Ireland’s best-preserved medieval town.
  • Tour the imposing 12th-century Kilkenny Castle, overlooking the River Nore.
  • Take a tour of the iconic Rock of Cashel, commanding stone buildings that date back to the 12th and 13th centuries.
County Kerry2 nights
Day 6: County Kerry via Cobh, Cork & Blarney Castle
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to County Kerry today, stopping in Cobh, Cork, and Blarney on the way.

  • Discover the town of Cobh, once a launch site for ships bound for North America.
  • Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, whose exhibits tell the story of Irish emigration over the past 150 years.
  • Pass through Cork, also known as “The Rebel City," and enjoy a brief walking tour around the city center.
  • Stop at Blarney Castle to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 7: The Ring of Kerry
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out on the Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route that covers some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery.

  • Pass the pristine Lakes of Killarney in Killarney National Park and gaze across Dingle Bay.
  • Enjoy unsurpassable views of mountains, beaches, and the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Explore the picturesque village of Sneem, known as “The Knot in the Ring.”
Galway2 nights
Day 8: Galway via Cliffs of Moher & the Burren
Included meal: Breakfast

Head north to Galway today, taking time to view spectacular scenery en route.

  • Walk along the mesmerizing coastline of the Cliffs of Moher.
  • Pass through the Burren, a unique limestone plateau where fields of rock are dotted with wildflowers.

Continue on to Galway for a sightseeing tour of the city led by your Tour Director.

  • Stroll past Lynch’s Castle, Galway Cathedral, the Druid Theater Company, and the broad expanse of Eyre Square.
  • View the city’s medieval walls and Spanish Arch.
  • Peruse authentic Claddagh rings in a local shop.
Day 9: Free day in Galway
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Galway or add an excursion.

Kylemore Abbey & Connemara National Park

From $89 per person

County Dublin1 night
Day 10: Travel to County Dublin & Teeling Whiskey Distillery
Included meals: Breakfast, Liquor tasting, Farewell dinner

Travel to Dublin and take a guided tour of the Teeling Whiskey Distillery.

  • Learn about the process and history of distilling whiskey.
  • Sample some of the whisky during a tasting.

This evening, celebrate your trip with your group during a farewell dinner at a traditional Irish pub.

Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to visit Belfast.

Extension to Belfast
Journey to Belfast, the cultural heart of Northern Ireland. You’ll join a local guide on a citywide tour past the Grand Opera House and shipbuilding docks where the Titanic was built.
Belfast2 nights
Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Belfast
Included meal: Breakfast

Journey to Belfast, the cultural heart of Northern Ireland, where you’ll get the local perspective of the city on a guided tour.

  • Glimpse the copper-domed City Hall and the recently restored Grand Opera House.
  • Learn all about Belfast’s long history, from its origins in the Bronze Age and rise as an international seaport to its role in the conflict known as The Troubles.
  • Enter the Titanic Belfast Museum for a look at the vessel’s infamous history.
Day 12: Free day in Belfast
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Belfast or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Giant’s Causeway

From $95 per person

Flight Home
Day 13: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.8 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    St Pat's in Ireland
    3/14/24 by 2nd-time traveler Elaine

    First of I want to compliment our amazing tour director, Archie. He loves his country and it shows. He is very knowledgeable and kept us quite entertained with stories and laughs! This was a wonderful crash course of Ireland. What a beautiful, friendly country. I anticipated a crowd for the St Pat'...

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    Ireland 🇮🇪 40th Anniversary
    3/14/24 by 1st-time traveler Elizabeth

    We had a wonderful tour, it was a dream of ours for years . My husband got to Wicklow Mountains where his ancestors are from and it was one of the highlights of our trip. Our tour guide, well there is no words to describe how amazing he was, he definitely made our trip. If I ever do another tour and...

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    Ireland is the real green thing
    3/14/23 by 1st-time traveler Chiara

    My eyes are green, but wanted that green reflection from the Ireland hills’ landscape and scenery to be permanently absorbed by my eyes. The country could be called out an overall “country side”, not so populated, but with very friendly people keeping their traditions and welcoming visitors from al...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Maldron Hotel Parnell Square
    Maldron Hotel Parnell Square

    This charming hotel is located in Parnell Square in the Dublin city center. Guests enjoy a restaurant and lounge, bar, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you'll ...

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    Castle Hotel
    Castle Hotel

    This boutique hotel is located in downtown Macroom. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and gym. Nearby, you’ll find the Macroom Golf Club, the Gearagh, a...

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    Arbutus Hotel Killarney
    Arbutus Hotel Killarney

    This charming hotel is located in Killarney town centre. Guests enjoy bike rentals, home-cooked, traditional Irish recipes from the on-site Buckley's ...

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    Maldron Sandy Road
    Maldron Sandy Road

    This comfortable hotel is located near the center of Galway. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a hotel bar, and a restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find the Galway Sh...

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    Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
    Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport

    This modern hotel is located near the Dublin airport. Guests enjoy the soundproof rooms, on-site restaurant, and fitness center.

    Maldron Belfast City
    Maldron Belfast City

    This modern hotel is centrally located in Belfast. Guests enjoy the on-site coffee house, bike rentals, restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find Belfast City H...

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