Welcome to Ireland, a land where culture and people meet in a splendor of colorful, imaginative wonder. Ireland is known as the land with 40 shades of green. It is a country with a rich history that dates back several thousand years, with a fascinating Celtic heritage. Green hills and fields surrounded by some of the most spectacular coastline in the world, the landscape makes a perfect vacation setting. There is so much to see and do, that Ireland will appeal to almost everyone. It is also an economical vacation compared to other areas of Europe. There are frequent air specials available, and from New York it’s only around a 6 hour flight to Dublin.
Best Time to Travel to Ireland:
June through August are the most popular for tourists because
the weather is a bit warmer and there tends to be more sunshine. You get long days as it doesn’t get dark
until around 11 p.m. We recommend
considering the spring or fall months so that there are less crowds, and the
weather is still pleasant although the night are colder.
Rain showers are common during the spring afternoons, but these usually stop within a few hours and afford memorable views of rainbows over the countryside. We feel the best months to travel are May, June and October. Always take a jacket or sweater.
Getting To Ireland:
Several airlines fly into Dublin including Delta, Aer Lingus,
and United. Several major airports on the East Coast of the U.S. offer direct
flights into Dublin or Shannon airports.
We've listed a variety of Ireland tours so you can choose the perfect Irish travel experience. Whether you wish to travel independently on a variety of carefully created itineraries, or as part of an escorted group where all the planning if done for you and you can just sit back and relax, we have compiled a list of trips throughout Ireland for you to choose from. Most recently several companies started offering small groups tours in Ireland meaning that you will travel with around 25 people and get more personalized service than traveling with a standard tour group. There are also specialty trips that include pub tours and castle stays, as well as Ireland vacations over St. Patrick's Day.
We invite you to browse by your budget of the number of days you wish travel travel, or contact an Ireland tour specialist to help you find the right trip. There is still some availability for this year, and 2014 Ireland tours are available with lots of early booking deals.
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Create many memorable moments by enjoying Ireland's renowned attractions. To really know the country, you'll need to experience these Irish favorites.
Food Specialties: Guinness (yes they consider this a food group,) Irish coffee, seafood, traditional dishes using bacon and cabbage and Irish Stew.
Ireland tours are good for many interests. Art enthusiasts visiting Belfast have several renowned galleries to explore, including the Golden Thread Gallery, Catalyst Arts, and the Ormeau Baths Gallery. Many tours also stop at historical landmarks such as Belfast's Grand Opera House and the Titanic Quarter where the famous ship was constructed.
Dublin is also a prime area for tours. Highlights include historic Powerscourt Townhouse Centre and the O'Connell Street shopping district. Dublin is known for its nightlife and friendly locals as well; some pubs such as the Turk's Head have become known internationally. For those who would prefer to tour the city from outside a bus, Dublin has several walking and bike tours that are especially popular during the summer months.
Ireland vacationers who wish to take a break from the large cities often take day trips to the less-populated western and southern counties. County Kerry in the south boasts one of the most beautiful scenic drives, known as the Ring of Kerry; visitors should take plenty of camera batteries to capture photos of the awe-inspiring coastline cliffs and mountains. Traveling west to County Clare, another prime photo opportunity is at the Cliffs of Moher, which also offers a guided visitor experience.
Ireland's timeless historical sights and ruins, villages and cliffs, stunning coastal scenery, charming people, excellent golfing and legendary Irish pubs are the country's main attractions.
Packed with history, creativity, folk legend, religious devotion and fantastic landscapes, don’t delay in discovering the true magic of Ireland.