Trafalgar Invites Travellers to Ireland to Celebrate the Nation’s St. Patrick’s Day Festivities
Toronto, ON / ACCESSWIRE / March 4, 2014 / With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, Trafalgar (www.trafalgar.com) the Insider of guided vacations invites travellers to visit the beautiful countryside, indulge in the delicious regional meals and experience the rich culture in Ireland! Celebrating the illustrious holiday doesn’t end after March 17th, Trafalgar travellers can still raise their pints of Guinness year round as Ireland always has plenty to offer. The award-winning travel company offers nine First class itineraries that takes guests deep inside the country with authentic Insider experiences that they can’t get by exploring on their own. Ireland is full of rich experiences and 2013 was a record year for the Emerald Isle as the country welcomed an estimated 8 million overseas visitors.
“People across the globe get together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and now is the perfect time for travellers to head overseas to celebrate in the place where it all started,” says Doug Patterson, President of Trafalgar Canada. “Ireland is a wonderful place to explore and guests who book with Trafalgar will really enjoy the country’s lively culture, festive music and fascinating traditions.”
Trafalgar is also offering extended savings for their Early Payment Discount, now giving travellers 7.5 per cent off the cost of any 2014 Europe and Britain trip if booked and paid in full before March 31, 2014.* Travellers can also save 7.5 per cent on their airfare if booked and paid before March 31, 2014.**
In County Wicklow, en route to Dublin from Limerick, Trafalgar guests get the special treatment on the 8-day Irish Highlights trip by visiting the Glenealy Farmhouse, home to Catherine Fulvio, a celebrated cookbook author and television host. The third generation of Fulvios to inhabit the farmhouse, Catherine and her Sicilian husband run a bed & breakfast out of the main house and have started a renowned cooking school in the old milk parlour. As Catherine shares the family’s history at Gleneary House, guests sit down to a three-course meal prepared by the award-winning cook, consisting of heartwarming carrot and cumin soup, Wicklow beef stew in a stout sauce with mash and vegetables, and slow-baked apple and carrot cake that made from an old Fulvio family recipe.
This 12-day journey takes guests from the North to the South of Ireland where they’ll experience both urban city and ‘emerald,’ countryside. Starting in Dublin, guests board a canal barge for a Welcome Reception complete with food and drinks as they cruise along Dublin’s 200 year old Canal. Heading north to Belfast, Londonderry, Galway and Killarney, guests will enjoy the stunning views from the countryside. In Killarney, travellers are taken back in time with a Be My Guest dinner on a traditional Irish farm where they’ll enjoy tales from the storyteller, listen to wonderful music and indulge in traditional Irish stew and soda bread. The journey ends in Dublin with a Farewell Dinner with their Travel Director and newfound friends where they can reminisce about the wonderful places they saw, delicious food they ate and wonderful memories they made.
With a focus on taking guests to the most picturesque parts of the country, the 9-day Scenic Ireland offers up the perfect opportunity to explore the Irish countryside at a relaxed pace. The trip starts with a few days in lively Dublin, where guests will receive a morning tour with a local guide then enjoy a day of free time to explore the city by themselves with a hop-on-hop-off sightseeing ticket. Next, a visit to Blarney Castle means guests can get the Irish gift of gab as they tilt themselves upside down to kiss the infamous Blarney Stone. At the breathtaking Dingle Peninsula, Europe’s most westerly point, Trafalgar passengers are treated to a special Be My Guest dinner on a beautiful family-owned farm, where they will dine with locals and savour traditional Irish fare. Traveling on to Killaloe on Lough Derg, guests will finish their journey with a Guinness stew and soda bread cooking demonstration, which they’ll get to enjoy afterwards.
Terms and Conditions: * Early Payment Savings of 7.5 per cent is only applicable to trips featured in 2014 Europe & Britain, CostSaver, At Leisure & Family Experiences brochures. Valid on New bookings only, made between January 16-March 31, 2014. Early Payment Discount savings will vary by itinerary and are not valid on all vacations and/or departure dates (blackout dates may apply). A deposit of $200 per person is due within 3 days of reservation, full payment is required by March 31, 2014. Discount can be combined with other brochure discounts where applicable and only applies to vacations featuring the ‘Early Payment Discount’ in the price panel.
**Matching 7.5 per cent savings on flights is based on the Base airfare price (exclusive of air taxes and fuel surcharge). Land and Air must be booked with Trafalgar and valid on new bookings only. Full payment for Air is due by March 31, 2014. Flights must be round-trip departing from a Canadian gateway to Europe, Britain or the Middle East. Open-jaws and Seat Sale fares are permitted but earlier ticketing payment may apply; not applicable to Published Air and One-way itineraries. Flights are non-refundable once paid in full. No name changes are permitted. Air is non commissionable to the Agent.
About Trafalgar: Trafalgar is the world’s leading guided vacation company offering exceptional quality and value itineraries to a range of exciting destinations. With some 67 years of experience and unrivaled local expertise, Trafalgar provides an authentic insider’s view to create truly unique travel experiences in Europe, Britain and Eastern Mediterranean, South Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, China, Mexico, Central and South America, USA and Canada.
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