Early Bird Offer: Book this trip by August 1 for only €499!

Departure Frankfurt Main Airport: Best of Ireland by air (Columbus Day 4-Day Weekend)

The Irish are well known for their ability to tell a story. In fact, sometimes it’s hard to know where real life ends and the stories begin. Get to know the isle’s incredible emerald landscapes on a tour of its leading cities and natural wonders, from the rocky Burren to the world famous Cliffs of Moher!

Let us handle the details

  • Round-trip flights
  • Private Transportation
  • Experienced Trip Leader
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Handpicked Hotel
  • Local Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fee

 

Your trip includes

• Round-trip airfare & airport transportations in Ireland
• 4 overnights in a hotel
• 4 x Full Irish breakfast daily
• Guided sightseeing tour of Dublin with local tour guide
• Cliffs of Moher Day Trip in a private bus with local tour guide
• Entrance fee Cliffs of Moher
• Experienced local tour guide
• Explore Europe Trip Leader
• Hotel city taxes

Your trip highlights

• The vibrant, welcoming Irish people
• Tasting Guinness in Dublin
• The incredible Cliffs of Moher
• Seeing “40 shades of green” in Ireland
• Galway’s vibrant traditional music scene
• Local pubs, fresh pints and traditional music
• You’ll see how the Emerald Isle earned its nickname

 

 

Day 1 (Thursday, October 10)
Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled direct flight from Frankfurt (FRA) to Dublin (DUB) with an internationally recognized airline.

Flight times: FRANKFURT MAIN AIRPORT – DUBLIN 20:55 – 22:00

Welcome to Ireland! Meet your local guide at the airport and transfer to Dublin by private bus to settle in to your hotel.

Day 2 (Friday, October 11)
After an included breakfast buffet, take a comprehensive included 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
• See Trinity College and walk past Grafton Street to the Molly Malone statue

Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in Dublin or add an excursion.

Guided Optional Excursion – Traditional Irish Dinner & Show €59 pp
Enjoy this special evening of Irish food, music, and live entertainment. Dinner will be served first, giving you a taste of traditional Irish dishes. You’ll then be treated to a live show of Irish music and dance. Join in the fun as you enjoy a merry and memorable night!

Day 3 (Saturday, October 12)
Enjoy a free day in Dublin and explore 2,000 years of history. Travel along the River Liffey and get a look at the legendary Guinness Factory, or step inside the Trinity College. Or add optional excursion:

Guided Optional Excursion –  Giant’s Causeway Day Tour 59€ pp
Minimum number of participants: 20, must be pre-booked via email to info@explore-europe.de
Pay a visit to the rugged Giant’s Causeway, a series of naturally formed basalt columns. The hexagonal columns, which you can walk on, are 60 million years old and originated as volcanic lava. A colorful local legend says that mythical giant Finn McCool built the walkway so that he could cross the sea to Scotland.

Day 4 (Sunday, October 13)
Today we will leave Dublin behind for one day and experience the extreme beauty and culture of Ireland! Our Cliffs of Moher tour from Dublin will give you a great balance of the majestic 700ft Cliffs and the wild limestone Burren National Park on Galway Bay. En-route we’ll take in Dunguire Castle, Corcomroe Abbey, Bunratty Castle, Kinvara, Celtic ruins and have lunch (own expense) in a traditional Doolin village Pub! Overnight in Dublin.

Day 4 (Monday, October 14)
This morning continue to discover Dublin at your own pace before checking out from hotel at noon and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Flight times: DUBLIN – FRANKFURT MAIN 17:00 – 20:15

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING PASSPORTS: A valid tourist passport is required for this trip. Please make sure that you are traveling with the appropriate passport.

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird: Book this trip by August 1 for only €499 and save €70!
Regular price after August 1 is €569 per adult

Price per infant under 2 years old is €199.

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Passport and Visa Requirements
A tourist passport is required for all trips outside of Germany.

Important passport rules are as follows:
If you have a passport with a SOFA stamp on any page (a “No-Fee” passport), you are provided permission to reside in Germany, NOT to travel outside of Germany. You have to have a tourist passport in addition to the SOFA/”No-Fee” passport to travel outside of Germany. You cannot travel with a RED Official passport as that is used only for the purpose of a mission or deployment. If you have a passport with a detachable SOFA card clipped inside, it is acceptable to travel with as that was issued originally as a tourist passport. If you are not sure: a tourist passport will be BLUE and will be valid for 10 years for adults. It cannot contain a SOFA stamp on any page or it is not acceptable. A child’s tourist passport (under 15 years of age) is valid for 5 years, but will not have a SOFA stamp in it anywhere. All of this information has been verified to be correct with the Grafenwoehr Passport Office.

Baggage Allowance
· One carry-on bag: max weight up to 10kg (22lb). Max size 55cm H (21.5″) x 40cm W (15.5″) x 24cm D (9.5“)
· One personal item such as a purse or laptop bag: max size 25cm H (10”) x 33cm W (13”) x 20cm D(8”)

Clothing & Packing
We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please be respectful and avoid showing bare legs or shoulders when visiting churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health
There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Ireland. However, it’s always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine
Traditional Irish cooking is simple, relying heavily on meat-based dishes. Traditional Irish stew and bacon and boiled cabbage are always popular choices. Soda bread is delicious and very filling, as are Irish cakes, such as scones and Barm Brack. The thick black stout known as Guinness is a national institution. In recent years, Dublin has seen something of a culinary revolution, and the city now boasts an impressive array of new restaurants offering exciting and sometimes unexpected cuisine.

Transportation
Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Dublin. Included transportation is by private bus  in Ireland. Most of the destinations are easily walkable, but you may want to spend your free time exploring Dublin by a combination of walking and public transportation. The city is serviced by numerous buses, and if you wish to take excursions on your own outside of Dublin, use the very efficient Dublin Area Rapid Transport (DART) trains, which hit most locations on the coast.

Electricity
Ireland operates on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones
Ireland falls on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Currency
The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

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