Travel to Ireland this St. Patrick’s Day

Travel deals in Ireland for St. Patty's Day Photo: Celtic cross on Irish moor

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2013 — Travel with the luck of the Irish to this St. Patrick’s Day.  This year, there are special deals for travelers looking to lift an authentic Irish pint and visit some of Ireland’s most iconic corners, from wind-swept moors to craggy hills to emerald fields.

If the spirit is upon you, it’s not too late to hop a plane and book a trip.  Special deals make a trip to Ireland this month more tempting than ever.

For a quintessential St. Patty’s Day stay, head across the pond to Ireland.  The Lodge at Doonbeg, a five-star resort in County Clare, offers an authentic immersion experience.

With Atlantic views on the magnificent shores of crescent-shaped Doughmore Bay, guests have access to award-winning Greg Norman-designed links course, the White Horses Spa, and two restaurants with cuisine by award-winning Consulting Chef Tom Colicchio.

The “St. Patrick’s Two Night Break” package includes a two-night stay at the hotel and a signature dinner in Darby’s Bar & Restaurant, The Lodge at Doonbeg’s authentic Irish pub. The chef will prepare a traditional Irish dinner menu and greet guests with a complimentary pint of Guinness, Ireland’s signature beer.  For a once-in-a-lifetime experience guests can join the locals for the Doonbeg St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 18th in Doonbeg village. Package starts at $269. 

Experience Ireland three different ways with CW’s Ireland Adventures. The company is known for its history-rich tours, offering guided, self-guided, and biking trips in al corners of the Emerald Isle.

Pedal through two distinct regions, Clare and Galway, past ocean vistas into some of Ireland’s most breathtaking countryside with knowledgeable local guides. (Eight days/seven nights start at $2,798).

Experienced guides, who are well versed in the country’s Celtic history and lore, lead guided walking tours through Connemara and Galway Bay. (Seven days/six nights from $4,198).

Another popular walking tour is Connemara and Killarney.  Guides spend a good deal of time exposing travelers to local Gaelic culture. (Fourteen days/ thirteen nights from $8,148).

The Cork & Kerry self-guided walking tour leads travelers to Ice Age landmarks and medieval sites. Cork & Kerry (Eight days/ seven nights start at $2,248). 



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