Thursday, January 26, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland

Until recently, St. Patrick’s Day was a bigger celebration for the Irish in other countries than on their home soil, but this has changed dramatically in the past few years, with residents of the Republic and Northern Ireland embracing Lá Fhéile Pádraig. So celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland with Emerald Custom Tours! Jetsetter has a great deal on the tour for five nights and six days,

On March 17, Dublin puts on the biggest show of all, and this is where Emerald Custom Tours’ six-day guided tour will finish, timed to this grand finale. Before the dramatic conclusion, guests will visit fascinating sights like the 12th-century Rock of Cashel, the Glen of Two Lakes, and drive the historic Titanic Trail to Cobh — the port from which the Titanic sailed on the centenary of its fateful voyage.

Day One: Arrive at Dublin Airport
Drive to Cork, with sightseeing along the way. Visit the ancient home of Irish kings, the Rock of Cashel, and its 12th- and 13th-century castles. Tour downtown Cork and the city’s English Market.
Overnight at Hayfield Manor
Day Two: Tour County Cork
Visit Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone, then drive the historic Titanic Trail to seaside Cobh and see the shipyard from which the Titanic was launched, and the exhibition commemorating its centenary. Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre and tour the scenic Kinsale Peninsula, with lunch in the quaint town of Kinsale, and visits of Charles Fort and Desmond Castle.
Overnight at Hayfield Manor; breakfast and lunch included
Day Three: Cork to Kilkenny
Day Three includes visits to Kilkenny Castle and leisure time in the charming town.
Tour Jerpoint Abbey and Kilkenny Castle, with lunch and free time in charming Kilkenny. In the afternoon transfer to Mount Juliet resort in the countryside and explore the 1,500 acres of grounds and many sporting and outdoor activities.
Overnight at Mount Juliet; breakfast, lunch and dinner, with wine, included
Day Four: County Wicklow
Known as the “Garden of Ireland,” County Wicklow is lush and full of parks and well-kept estates with formal gardens. Visit Glendalough, the Glen of Two Lakes, a dramatic glacial valley filled with ancient monastic ruins, then tour Powerscourt, the grandest of Wicklow’s estates, which has extensive gardens and landscaping. Have lunch in Wicklow’s Roundwood Village and visit the James Joyce Tower before arriving in Dublin to a welcome hot Irish whiskey on arrival at the hotel.
Overnight at Clontarf Castle; breakfast and lunch included
Day Five: St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin!
Day is at your leisure to watch the holiday parade and explore top sights, including the Guinness Storehouse (brewery and museum), the Old Jameson Distillery, the National Museum of Ireland, the city of Dublin itself and its famous Phoenix Park.
Overnight at Clontarf Castle; breakfast included
Day Six: Depart from Dublin Airport

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