Legendary the world over for their beer, music and joie de vivre, the Irish are an eloquent lot. Never short on charm, the land that has produced more poets and writers than any small island should, is equally renowned for the countryside that produced them. From the rolling deep-green hills of Kerry to the rocky Aran Islands and unearthly geometry of the Giants Causeway, Ireland is storybook at every page, complete with stone castles, lush glens and rugged shores. But a new Ireland has risen too, and fresh sophistication has creeped into everything from design to cuisine. No matter which Ireland you seek, just visit the local pub for a few pints and you're sure to find some good craic (fun). Slainte!
St. Patrick's Day in Ireland (EQPD)
Leave the green beer and tacky hats behind and have an authentic St. Patrick’s Day experience in Ireland. Of course, there’ll be the requisite Paddy’s Day partying in Dublin, but there will also be pub crawls in locales like Galway, Killarney and Cork, as well as storytelling tours and orientation walks to get you up to speed on Ireland’s culture. A small group size means that you’ll get more attention from the trip’s CEO—and more seats at the pub!
Highlights: Blend into a green on a Paddy's Day pub crawl in Templebar (Dublin), kiss the Blarney Stone, dance an Irish jig to traditional music at the local pub, experience the best craic Ireland has to offer.
Highlights of Ireland (EQHI)
We’re all a little bit Irish come March 17th, but if you’re in the market for something more meaningful than a pint of green beer, hop aboard this delightful 9-day adventure to the Emerald Isle. Yeats’ grave, Cork, Blarney Castle, the karsts of the Burren, traditional music in a local pub... seriously, it doesn’t get much more quintessentially Irish than this. We mix the essential sites and time in the villages and country to really round out the experience. Even if Ireland isn’t the Old Country for you, this trip will make you feel as though you’re back home.
Highlights: Drink a pint and listen to traditional music in a local pub, visit the famous sites of Newgrange and Drumcliffe, learn how to bake traditional goodies, sail to the Aran Islands, kiss the Blarney Stone for the gift of gab