Our three-day Dublin tour allows travelers with limited time to get the most out their experience in this city deep in history and steeped in culture. The three days in “The Fair City” will leave participants with a greater appreciation of the Irish people and with memories that will last a lifetime. Come and see some amazing museums and cathedrals, hear Celtic music and enjoy the craic (Irish for banter) in an Irish pub, while enjoying Irish food in the many restaurants in this robust city.
This tour is perfect for people with a limited time or budget, or for those who are visiting other areas of Ireland, but want to start (or end) their trip with a guided tour. Our guides will be there to help you acclimate to this new and wonderful country and be there to assist you along every step of the trip.
“One of the most incredible experiences I will never forget was the trip to Ireland I took in college guided by Fred Campbell. Learning the history of all the sites we visited made this trip 100x more memorable. We went to places I probably never would have been able to had I visited on my own. Mr. Campbell is an excellent tour guide and keeps things extra interesting. I highly recommend taking one of his tours if you ever get the chance!” -Hannah K.
Day 1: Friday (6/18)
Day One- We hit the ground running. Our company representative will meet you in the airport and shuttle you to your hotel in the heart of Dublin. Once settled in, we head out to explore the city. Our first stop will take us to Christ Church Cathedral founded by the Viking King Sitric Silkenbread around 1028 after his conversion to Christianity. Completed in 1163, this place of worship has hosted Norman Kings such as Henry II and was the location of a coup against the English king in 1487 by Lambert Simnel. There is a rich history and amazing architecture to take in at this site.
In the afternoon we will visit on of Dublin’s great parks, St. Stephens Green, a Georgian Park which was reopened in 1880 and one the largest park in Dublin full of beautiful scenery and monuments. Mentioned in James Joyce’s Ulysses, this place is a great place for a summer stroll. Nearby, we will then visit the National Museum of Ireland home to some of the most important objects from Ireland’s rich history including the first century Loughnashade Horn and Lismore Crozier from 1100 AD.
A respite in the early evening will allow you to wander the around the southern part of town. You can visit Grafton Street or relax in any number of cafes, coffee shops or pubs. Our evening will end with a Michelin Star dinner at The Pig’s Ear which focuses on local and seasonal ingredients. A refined and authentic taste of Ireland awaits you here.
Day 2: Saturday (6/19)
Day Two- Our morning will take us to the northern side of the Liffy, the river that divides Dublin north and south. We will visit more modern locations such as the Garden of Remembrance and see numerous monuments to Irish heroes and learn about people like Parnell, O’Connell, Connelly, and Larkin and hear the stories about Irish independence. Our walk will take us down O’Connell Street to the General Post Office, which in 1916 was the center of rebellious activity that would eventually spark a revolution and led to Irish independence a few years later. A museum in its basement showcases what happened in Dublin in the spring of 1916.
We will lunch in Temple Bar with its cobble stone streets and delightful restaurants and shops. Our pub lunch at The Quay Restaurant will give you the quintessential Irish pub grub experience. After lunch there will be ample time to grab a few souvenirs.
Our evening will include a wonderful dinner followed by one of Dublin’s most unique walking tours. The Literary Pub Crawl is a first-class tour that incorporates history, culture as well the literary trove of Irish works including Oscar Wilde and James Joyce.
Day 3: Sunday (6/20)
Day Three- After breakfast we will taxi to Kilmainham Goal, an iconic landmark where modern Irish impendence was sealed in 1916 with the execution of rebel leaders. This location served as a goal (jail) for centuries and is now a national landmark. The guided tour will touch on the many stories of this important building.
After a break for lunch and given a bit of time to do some last-minute shopping, we will bring you back to Dublin airport for your return flight.
Pricing: $550 double occupancy ($700 single occupancy)
What is Included
Trips include all accommodations, all transportation (flight’s not included on international trips), entry to all sites and museums, all tours, all breakfasts and two additional meals (one lunch and one dinner).