Day 1: Arrive in Dublin
You can check-in to your city-centre hostel anytime and start to explore our vibrant capital. Check out the Festival festivities happening in the city. This evening there's a pre-tour meet up where you can meet the rest of your trip mates and the Shamrocker crew who will answer questions you may have (as well as point you in the direction of a decent pint).
Day 2: Dublin’s Fair City
Take a trip around the Guinness Storehouse and discover all there is to know about the black stuff. After a walking tour through the sights and streets of Dublin there's the chance to enjoy the music and dancing at all the festival events. This evening join us for the Shamrocker St. Patrick's Party.
Day 3: St. Patrick's Day
Today is the day you've been waiting for - St. Patrick's Day! Grab your spot early as the streets of Dublin fill fast. Get ready to have your senses bombarded with colour, music and scenes you will not forget. Then it's time to head to the pub for a live music session. This is St. Patrick's Day done by the Irish on their native soil... expect a wild one!
Day 4: Dublin to Belfast
We say farewell to Dublin and head north with a stop at Monasterboice ruined monastery with its Celtic High crosses. Then it's over the border into Northern Ireland and Belfast. This city has gone through some remarkable changes in the last few decades and is a highlight of many travellers trip to Ireland. We take a Black Cab tour of Belfast City with a local at the wheel. You'll visit the Loyalist and Republican heartlands, see the famous political murals and learn about the 'Troubles'.
Day 5: Belfast to Derry
Today we follow in the footsteps of Giants but first a stop at the precarious Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge (weather permitting) where you can sway Indiana Jones' style above the ocean. Then on to the eighth natural wonder of the world – The Giant's Causeway with its incredible arrangement of thousands of hexagonal columns. Home for the night is the medieval city of Derry which will test your emotions as you are brought face to face with its troubled past on a walk through both past and present...
Day 6: Derry to Galway
Today we make our way over back over the border and head through the wild, rugged and rural Connemara. We pass along the surfy coast of Co. Sligo to the resting place of world famous poet W.B. Yeats and stop for lunch in Westport. Our stop for the night is Galway, Ireland's cultural capital and festival city, also known as 'The City of the Tribes'.
Day 7: Galway to Ennis
We'll explore the weird and magical world of the Burren, Ireland's lunar landscape and home to fairies and leprechauns! Hear the Celtic legends surrounding the ancient burial tombs, or dolmens. Then hold on to your hats when we visit the awesome Cliffs of Moher rising hundreds of feet over the Atlantic Ocean. Vertigo sufferers beware! We spend the night in Ennis where the pubs are filled with locals playing traditional Irish music.
Day 8: Ennis to Killarney
Today it's all about breath-taking scenery and adventure. We spend the day exploring the dramatic Dingle Peninsula and take you to the edge of the ancient world. We stop at the stunning Coumeennole Beach before arriving at the party town of Killarney – last night of the trip!
Day 9: Killarney to Dublin
This morning we'll visit Blarney castle where you'll get a chance to give the stone a big juicy smacker and get the legendary 'gift of the gab'. Then we journey through the rebel County of Cork and the Golden Vale of Tipperary on the way to the imposing Rock of Cashel, once the seat of the Kings of Munster before we head back to the 'Fair City' of Dublin where it is time to say goodbye!