Insiders Experience: Ireland
Join us in March of 2020 as we return to this very magical place. We will be in Galway for Saint Patrick’s Day – the most Irish of all of the days in the year.
The tour will begin and end in Dublin. Along the way, we will discover that there is much more to drink in this land than dry Irish stouts and delicious whiskeys. The country is producing some amazing food and drink, and we will explore many different angles of this transformation.
Join us in March 2020 for a brand new itinerary of our most popular group trip – Insiders Experience: Ireland!
In March of last year, we partnered with our friends at Independent Ireland to put together a most incredible beercation experience – a trip around Ireland in the week around Saint Patrick’s Day! 23 travelers from all over the United States joined us on that very memorable week.
We have put together an all-new beercation experience – a week in the cities and countryside of Ireland during the week surrounding Saint Patrick’s Day!
Our tour group will be led by Ireland’s native son, Evan McElligott, who is a Certified Travel Associate and has organized and led many a group tour back to his homeland.
The trip is designed to bring us to both well-known locales and out-of-the-way villages to live as the Irish do—at least for the week.
Insiders Experience: Ireland
Travel Dates: Thursday 3/12/2020 to Friday 3/20/2020
- Experience Saint Patrick’s Day in Galway, Ireland – the 2020 European Capital of Culture!
- Tours and tastes at The White Hag Brewery, Mescan Brewery, and more
- Visits to Strandhill, Connemara National Park, Clonmacnoise, and Athlone
- City tours in Galway and Dublin
- Walks with archeologists and whiskey experts
- A visit to the Oldest Pub in the World
- 2 nights in Westport
- Free time in lively Galway and exciting Dublin
- More details coming soon!
Coming Soon! A video talking about the day-by-day details of the trip
Here is what is included in the tour:
- All ground transportation with Driver/ Guide and Hosts
- Overnight hotel and inn accommodation, based on double occupancy
- Entrance to certain attractions and tours.
- Daily full Irish Breakfast, and one evening meal during the week.
- Admission and tastings at select locations
- City tours – Dublin, Galway, and more
- Galway Pub Crawl – Find your favorite.
- Explore St Patrick’s Day with the locals.
Some items are not included, they are:
- Airfare to and from Dublin. Many are selecting to come in a few days earlier, some are staying later. There are some great deals to be found, so we’ve decided to leave this on-your-own.
- Lunches and evening meals are not included. There is so much to choose from – and we’re gonna help you decide – but this is your chance to find amazing food in one of the most under-appreciated culinary destinations in the world.
- Alcohol purchases beyond tastings are on-your-own
- Additional attractions and tours that might interest you and as time allows.
You will have free time in the evenings to explore at your own pace (suggestions and support will be given beforehand)
Thursday, March 12th – Depart USA
An overnight flight from the United States will place us in Dublin in the early morning of Friday, March 12th.
Friday, March 13th – Dublin through the Midlands to County Sligo
We will all gather in Dublin, either at the airport or at a city pickup for those who have made their way to Ireland early. We then leave the hustle and bustle of the city to travel across the Ancient East into the Northwest part of the country.
The midlands are often overlooked and under appreciated and it’s truly a spectacular part of the country—a treasure trove of spectacular sights, quaint villages and towns, and amazing breweries.
We will be partnering up with some great breweries, and one of the first will be with the guys over at The White Hag Brewing Company who will be welcoming us with open arms and full glasses of beer. We will learn about their company story, from the launch in August 2014 to where they are today. And the beers we will enjoy may seem more familiar than you expect, as their Ohio-born head brewer favors big and bold flavors made in an American style made using Irish ingredients wherever possible.
Saturday, March 14th – Strandhill along the Wild Atlantic Way to Westport
We will spend the morning in the Strandhill area, and take a guided walk with a local archeologist that will explain the absolutely fascinating history of the area before continuing on along the Wild Atlantic Way towards Westport, one of Ireland’s most charming towns.
This area is truly stunning and we plan on sharing some very special experiences with you.
Sunday, March 15th – County Mayo near Croagh Patrick and return to Westport
This morning we will visit Mescan Brewery to learn why a veterinarian would close his practice to open a Belgian-style brewery on the slopes of Croagh Patrick. Mescan is a working brewery on a working farm, we will see (and taste) that much of their vet and farming equipment has effectively been upcycled to brew small batches of Belgian beers that range from effervescent blonde beers to heady stouts.
This is the true hidden Ireland. We will spend time exploring a very special place that only a few know about (so we can’t name it here) but it will blow your mind. We will also take a walk with an amazing character that tells a great story.
We will even enjoy an Irish Coffee in an old cottage that dates back to pre-famine times before returning to Westport for the evening.
Monday, March 16th – Connemara National Park to Galway
Moving a little closer to the action, we inch our way towards Galway, we travel through the Connemara region and we might find a spot or two to stop and learn a little more about why the West is inspiring a movement in the growth of craft beer in Ireland.
While this region is explored by many, we promise to show you a side to Connemara National Park that doesn’t get explored by the masses. This is a truly wonderful part of Ireland and we get to learn a little more about the flora, fauna, and wildlife in this wonderful National Park before continuing onto Galway to partake in the St. Patrick’s Day events.
Tuesday, March 17th – Saint Patrick’s Day in Galway
It just so happens that Galway is the European Capital of Culture in 2020, so be prepared for a party unlike any that you’ve experienced before.
Galway takes their arts and culture scene very seriously, and this will be a combination of Saint Patrick’s Day and a Mardi Gras celebration! All in a city that is known to throw the best party in the country.
2020 marks the 117th anniversary of the Galway St. Patrick’s Day Parade and you can expect a wonderful spectacle of all things Irish. The iconic fountain in Eyre Square will even turn green as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
If there was ever a time to be in Ireland for Patricks Day, this is it.
While we will be there to offer guidance and support, we want each of you to experience this special day in your own way. So the entire day is yours to do whatever you wish.
Wednesday, March 18th – The Midlands to County Athlone
No doubt your head is still spinning after the cultural event of the decade, and you’re feeling pretty fortunate to have been part of the festivities, but today the show goes on.
We begin our journey back in time and travel towards the midlands, where we will visit the monastic site of Clonmacnoise which has a big secret that relates to Whiskey.
We will follow that with a Whiskey Walking tour in Athlone, that will also be paired with local chocolate to really dive into one of the most beautiful pairings ever created—whiskey and dark chocolate.
The group will spend the evening in the region and we will enjoy time at the Oldest Pub in Ireland (that soon will be announced as verified to be the Oldest Pub in The World!).
A day to remember!
Thursday, March 19th – Return to Dublin
This morning we make our way to Dublin, taking a direct route that allows you to spend as much time as possible exploring Dublin.
This is a city that it helps to have a little (or a lot) of insider knowledge in. We will give a brief city tour and then let you roam free.
Dublin has too much to offer to try and steer a group through. From Trinity College and the Book of Kells, to Guinness or Jameson, or one of the newer Distilleries, to Museums, Galleries or countless attractions. The choices are endless and that’s before we even start talking beer!
Here are some top attractions to experience:
- Glasnevin Cemetery
- Book of Kells
- Epic Muesuem
- National Museum of Archaeology
- St Patrick’s Cathedral.
- Chester Beatty Library
- GPO Witness History Visitor Center
- Irish Whiskey Muesuem
- 14 Henrietta Street
- Garden of Remembrance
Friday, March 20th – Partial Day in Dublin and Transfers to Airport
Our exclusive St Patrick’s Day experience has come to an end. But with afternoon or early evening flight departures, you might still have a few hours to explore more of Dublin.
Transport will be provided to the airport with plenty of time to take care of departure.
We have priced the land portion at an affordable rate, and have left the round-trip airfare to Dublin up to you. There are economy fares available at very affordable prices from many locations in the U.S.
We really hope you can join us in March of 2020 as we will be in the country for Saint Patrick’s Day – the most Irish of all of the days in the year.
Do you have questions or need more information? Contact our travel partners Independent Ireland directly with any trip questions that you may have.
Do you have specific questions about the details of the trip?
Call Evan of Independent Ireland directly at 207-221-0737
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