St Patrick's Footsteps
Follow in the footsteps of Ireland's patron saint with a 8 day Ireland travel package, exploring the landmarks and legends of Saint Patrick all for an unbeatable price.
Follow in the footsteps of Ireland's patron saint with an 8 day Ireland travel package, exploring the landmarks and legends of Saint Patrick all for an unbeatable price.
Begin your journey in Ireland capital city of Dublin where the some of the country's most ancient medieval artefacts lay in wait at Trinity College. Pay a visit to the Guinness Storehouse and explore the city's famous shopping boulevards.
Travel north towards County Down, visiting the ancient sites at the Hill of Tara, Hill of Slane and one of the finest stone age passage tombs in existence at Newgrange.
Your journey will take you along the beautifully scenic route along Northern Ireland's coast, stopping off at the seaside town of Newcastle before heading on to Downpatrick where St. Patrick's first church and burial site is located in the grounds of Down Cathedral.
Following an overnight stay in Belfast, make your way south west through the Northern Irish countryside towards Sligo where you will delve into the writings of W.B. Yeats with a visit to the Yeats Building and stop by his grave, beneath the shadow of Benbulben.
Continue on your journey west to the town of Westport from where you can discover the mountain of Croagh Patrick from where, legend has it, St. Patrick banished all snaked from Ireland.
The final leg of your journey takes you to the Marian Shrine at Knock, where a vision of Our Lady appeared before the local inhabitants in the 19th Century. Then head to County Clare where you will enjoy a medieval evening banquet at Bunratty Castle to celebrate the end of your mystical Ireland vacation before you fly home from Shannon Airport the following day.
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Days 1 & 2: Dublin City
Enjoy two nights in Dublin while you visit the famous sights of the city, view the medieval artefacts like the Book of Kells at Trinity College, sample a pint of Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse after a tour of the brewery and do some shopping along Grafton Street and O'Connell Street.
Day 3: Hill of Tara & Newgrange
Leaving Dublin head north towards County Down stopping off at the Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of power for the High Kings of Ireland and the Hill of Slane where Saint Patrick adopted the shamrock to explain the holy trinity.
Close by is Newgrange, the finest stone age passage tomb in Ireland and a place steeped in Celtic Mythology. Enjoy the night at an approved B&B.
Day 4: Downpatrick, Armagh & Belfast
Drive on into Northern Ireland, taking the scenic coast road towards the seaside town of Newcastle overlooked by the Mourne Mountains. Take a short hike in the hills before heading to Downpatrick nearby. It was here that Saint Patrick built his first church and is where he is buried, his grave marked by a slab of Mourne granite with the inscription Patric, in the grounds of Down Cathedral.
Close to the cathedral is the Saint Patrick Centre, which houses an excellent multi-media exhibition illustrating the life and legacy of Ireland's patron saint. From Downpatrick drive to Armagh the ecclesiastic capital of Ireland since Saint Patrick built Ireland's first stone church here in 445. Continue to Belfast and stay at the Stormont hotel.
Day 5: Sligo & Carrowmore
This morning head South West through Northern Ireland's majestic countryside towards Sligo. The poet W.B. Yeats features strongly in Sligo and you could take a brief stop to explore some of the landscapes that inspired his writing, visit the Yeats Building and stop by his grave, under the shadow of Benbulben. Around Sligo are some amazing Megalithic tombs at Carrowmore and a trek up nearby Knocknarea will present you with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside, before you head off into neighbouring County Mayo and stay at a B&B for the evening.
Day 6: Westport & Croagh Patrick
This morning proceed to Westport where you will find the mountain of Croagh Patrick. It was here at the 765m summit that, according to legend, Saint Patrick banished all the snakes from Ireland. A trek up the holy mountain forms an important pilgrimage and on the last Sunday of July, tens of thousands of people line the route to the top. A walk up and down the mountain would take about four hours but the views on a good day across Clew Bay and the rugged Mayo countryside are well worth it.
Day 7: Knock & Bunratty Castle
Visit the world famous Marian Shrine at Knock, where a vision of Our Lady appeared before the townsfolk in the 19th Century. Then head to County Clare for a medieval evening banquet at Bunratty Castle.
Return home from Shannon Airport .
It doesn't have to be Saint Patrick's Day to enjoy this adventure vacation in Ireland and follow in the Footsteps of Saint Patrick, Ireland's national Saint.
This is a suggested route, you can ask to change it if you wish
Included in your price:
- Free calls to your personal Ireland vacation specialist
- 2 Nights at Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin
- 4 Nights at Homestyle B&Bs
- 1 Night at Stormont Hotel, Belfast
- A hearty cooked Irish Breakfast each morning
- Road map of Ireland
- Discounted admission to attractions throughout Ireland
- Coupon Booklet-"Ireland at a Glimpse" offering discounted admission to attractions
Rental of a economy-size car. Included with your car is all compulsory insurances - Collision Damage Waiver insurance (CDW with an excess/deductible), theft protection insurance, location fee of €30, Road fund tax, sales tax at 13.5%, unlimited free mileage, third party liability insurance, 24 hour peace of mind breakdown cover.
Prices are per person based on 2 persons in each room with full Irish breakfast and taxes included. A single supplement will apply to rooms and car rental in the case of single occupancy.
Please note that we charge in Euros (€). Prices in other currencies are for indication only and subject to fluctuation.
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