If exploring Ireland’s culturally rich cities and historic countryside has always been on your bucket list, you won’t want to pass up an amazing deal available this February through AAA Member Choice Vacations.
You can take advantage of great values on trips to the Emerald Isle on select dates through April 2021, with round-trip airfare starting at just $99 per person.
Whether your interest in Ireland comes from wanting to see the land of your ancestors or a desire to visit one of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes, with plenty of music, beaches, hiking and pubs along the way, now is the time to answer the call.
There are so many reasons why Ireland has seen several consecutive years of record tourism, and with special savings from AAA Member Choice Vacations, you can find out why – and save some serious coin in the process.
Here are a few destinations you’ll likely see during your Ireland vacation, and why you should pick up your phone and call your AAA Travel agent today.
On the east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey, Dublin is Ireland’s capital and largest city. Most tours of this renowned hotbed of arts and entertainment include stops on Grafton Street, the Irish Parliament, the National Museum of Ireland and two prominent churches: the Christ Church Cathedral (which dates to 1028) and St. Patrick’s Cathedral (founded in 1191).
Beer lovers won’t want to miss what is often ranked among the best tourist attractions in Europe: the Guinness Storehouse at St. James’s Gate Brewery. Your tour will start at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass and progress through seven floors of interactive displays and experiences. And of course, it will end with a pint of Guinness in the world-famous rooftop Gravity Bar.
Wild Atlantic Way
This tourism trail on Ireland’s west coast passes through nine counties and three provinces, with 157 discovery points and 1,000 attractions along the way.
Several seaside cliffs along the route offer some of the most Instagram-worthy photo spots you’ll find anywhere in the world, including the 9-mile-long Cliffs of Moher in County Clare (where on a clear day, you might be able to see the famous Aran Islands) and the 2,000-feet-tall Sliabh Liag in County Donegal (some of the tallest seaside cliffs in Europe).
Other stops include Fort Dunree – built into a rocky promontory for defense during the Napoleonic Wars – and numerous castles, beaches and islands a short distance from the Ireland coast.
The city of Galway in western Ireland is home to numerous festivals and events, including the Galway Arts Festival in July and the Galway International Oyster Festival in September. This year, the European Union has designated Galway a European Capital of Culture, which means the city will host special cultural events throughout 2020.
At its core, Galway is a university town, packed with incredible live Irish folk music, historic churches and standout modern Irish restaurants.
Some trips will take you into Northern Ireland – a separate country that is part of the United Kingdom. More than 2,000 murals decorate the streets of the capital city, Belfast, depicting decades of political and religious unrest in the once war-torn city.
Today, the city remains a major port packed with incredible restaurants and pubs.
About an hour north of the city, you can also visit the Giant’s Causeway. Legend states a giant created the natural phenomenon of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns so he could fight another giant.
Tours are also available to see filming locations from the popular television series “Game of Thrones,” including a tour of Old Castle Ward, which stood in for Winterfell Castle. During your tour, you can even dress up in costume – an incredible experience even if you don’t like the way the show ended.
Ireland Vacations from AAA
AAA Member Choice Vacations is offering a variety of trips to Ireland during this special promotion available through President’s Day (Monday, Feb. 17). Packages vary from eight to 15 dates and start at $1,748 per person, air-inclusive. Departures from Boston and New York City are available.
“Irish Splendor” is an eight-day, eight-meal trip where you’ll visit the Cliffs of Moher, tour Dublin, visit Christ Church Cathedral and so much more. You’ll visit historic sights like the Rock of Cashel, the Gap of Dunloe and Blarney Castle, too, where you’ll have the opportunity to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone and acquire the “gift of the gab.”
On the nine-day, 11-meal “Shrines of Ireland” vacation, you’ll tour the 11th-century St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin (with the help of a local guide) and see the Book of Kells, a renowned ninth-century manuscript created by Celtic monks that documents four Gospels of the New Testament (and which has become one of Ireland’s most revered treasures). A 13-day, 17-meal version of this trip is also available, tacking on extra days for travel to Northern Ireland to tour the “Maiden City” of Derry – the only remaining city in Ireland completely surrounded by walls, which stand 12 to 35 feet high for about 1 mile in length around the city limits.
If you want to take full advantage of your Irish excursion and cross some other western European countries off your list at the same time, the 15-day, 20-meal “Exploring Britain & Ireland” trip is for you. You’ll not only enjoy the natural wonders of Ireland (as well as Ireland’s thriving culinary scene with a class at one of Dublin’s most celebrated culinary institutes) but also England, Scotland and Wales. You’ll still get breathtaking views of Ireland, including the spectacular coastal landscapes and seaside villages along the Ring of Kerry in the southwest part of the country, but you’ll also get to visit Stonehenge, London and North Wales, too.
Finally, the 13-day, 17-meal “Shades of Ireland” package includes tours of Dublin, Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry. During this trip, you can even take a tour of historic Killarney on a horse-drawn jaunting car and see Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, home to a popular Medieval museum.
Know you want to visit Ireland, but you aren’t sure exactly which trip is the best for you? Talk to your AAA Travel agent today. They can customize your trip from start to finish, while helping you take advantage of this limited-time only pricing that can make your Ireland vacation dreams come true.