Enjoy the city of Dublin with a private airport pick up and drop off and a balance of organized sightseeing activities with time to explore and discover the city independently.
A sightseeing tour on a hop on-hop off bus allows you to discover places of interest at your own pace, and your 2 day Cultural pass will give you fast track access to the many attractions. Enjoy a morning tour to Malahide castle and the coastline north of Dublin to get the complete lay of the land.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer in a private vehicle.
Explore Dublin as you wish with a 2 day Dublin Pass giving you fast track and free entry to over 30 of Dublin's top attractions as well as over 25 special offers in restaurants, shops, tours, theatres and other entertainment venues. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy lunch at leisure (not included in tour price). Here are a few suggestions: Pasta Fresca- 3 - 4 Chatham St. Tel.: (01) 679-2402. Il Baccaro- Meeting House Square (southeast corner), Temple bar.Tel.: (01) 671-4597. Have a wander through the Gallery of Photography (nearby on Meeting House Square) heading to dinner. Ely Bar - Ely Place (just off Lower Baggot Street) Tel.: (01) 676-8986.
Orientate yourself with a 90 minute hop on hop off bus tour that will take you past Trinity College, the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle, St Patricks Cathedral, The Phoenix Park and the Old Jamieson Distillery. Tours depart every 8 to 15 minutes throughout the day so you will be sure to catch a bus. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours and with 25 stops at Dublins top visitor attractions there is no better way to see Dublin. Please note that although the tours run on Monday, many museums are closed. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.
The O'Callaghan Mont Clare Hotel (3*) is ideally located at Merrion Square in the heart of the business, cultural and shopping district. Opened in 1989 and completely refurbished in 1999, the Mont Clare is popular among Dubliners and visitors alike where you are assured of a warm welcome and professional and friendly service. Guest rooms are comfortably furnished with a full range of facilities and services. Goldsmiths restaurant serves breakfast, table d'hote lunch and a la carte dinner. The Gallery Bar is well renowned for its carvery lunch and is a popular meeting place to relax after work over a pint Guinness. The Mont Clare Hotel gives you a great sense of Dublin and welcomes you into heart of the city.
Take the morning to discover the suburbs of Dublin. In a shared tour, you will pass the famous Abbey Theatre and head out across the north of the city to the 14th century Castle at Malahide. The Castle, which is set in magnificent gardens, has some of the finest Irish period furniture and contains famous portraits from the National Art Gallery. Continue on to the award winning village of Malahide, then trace the coastline to the fishing village of Howth. Enjoy magnificent views of Dublin Bay from Howth Head. Return to Dublin along the coast, via north city villages whose lore and legend are recounted by your guide. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.
Spend the afternoon as you wish, perhaps visiting one of the many attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse or the Jameson distillery.
Located in the heart of the St James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s No. 1 Dublin Tourist attraction. The state of the art interactive museum and audio visual exhibition takes one on an incredible journey through the history and making of Guinness and includes some very entertaining advertisements that were used throughout the past fifty years. Finish off your discovery by sipping on a complimentary pint from the birds eye viewing room located at the top of the building and take in the panoramic views of the city and coast.
The Jameson Distillery provides a fascinating visit of its factory and introduces the visitor to the various stages that go in to the process of premium whiskey. At the end of the tour you can sit down and do a tutored vertical tasting of various whiskeys from around the world and you'll be sure to appreciate Jameson's premium whiskey all the more!
Other places of interest in the city include St Patrick's Cathedral, Christchurch and Trinity College incorporating The Book of Kells. You may also enjoy Irelands historic and cultural resourses at the world class museums on Kildare Street. There is also excellent shopping on Grafton Street and nearby Nassau Street as well as Dublin's European Style Boulevard of O'Connell Street.
Enjoy dinner at leisure (not included in tour price). Here are a few suggestions: L’Ecrivain- 109a Lower Baggot St. Tel.: (01) 666-1919. Have a drink at the comfortable bar before heading upstairs to the stylish and airy restaurant, or out to the patio if weather allows. Chapter One- 18/19 Parnell Sq. Tel.: (01) 873-2330. Located in the basement of Dublin Writers Museum (the former Jameson Whiskey family home), Booking approx 3 months prior essential.Brownes Brasserie- 22 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 Tel.: (01) 638-3934 . Part of Browne’s townhouse hotel, located in St. Stephen’s Green, this restaurant oozes charm.
Depart from Dublin airport ---end of itinerary.
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November 06, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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October 07, 2013
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