Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Special Interest Irish Holiday

15th March 2019
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Celebrate the Emerald Isle in all its glory with a range of inspirational trips from the Specialist Journeys’ family of tour operators.

Here at Andante Travels and also at Brightwater Holidays – our sister company – we are offering range of unique and exciting trips to Ireland, shining a spotlight on different aspects of its culture – from beautiful gardens and historic houses to the annual Opera Festival in Wexford, as well as its fascinating history.

Prehistoric Ireland

Join leading Irish archaeology expert Dr. Kelli Ann Malone this summer on a fascinating journey to Ireland’s past on this 8-day archaeological adventure. Admire 4,500-year-old artefacts at the National Museum in Dublin, take a boat trip to Inis Mór with its sites and monuments, and visit the Hill of Tara, which was once a legendary seat of power in this country. Guests will also visit the UNESCO-listed site of Knowth in the Boyne Valley, the burial chamber at Fourknocks and the delightful city of Galway.

This is an eight day Prehistoric Ireland holiday from £2,199 per person. Price includes flights, 7 nights’ accommodation, most meals including wine with dinner, local travel, the services of an expert guide lecturer and a tour manager and entry into all sites. Departs 23rd June, 2019.

Wexford – The Opera Festival

Join expert Barnaby Rayfield in Wexford to experience its fantastic annual Opera Festival. Along with attending impressive stage performances, guests will be invited to take part in an Irish dancing and music workshop led by local Irish musicians. There will be a special private reception at the beautiful Opera House, an excursion to the oldest working lighthouse in the dramatic coastal area of Hook and the chance to join the Wexford Historical Society for a guided walk of the town, where guests can learn about the significance of the area’s Viking-built harbour.

This is a 5-day tour to Wexford to its annual Opera Festival, from £2,195 per person. Price includes flights, 4 nights’ accommodation, opera tickets, most meals including wine with dinner, local travel, the services of an expert guide lecturer and a tour manager and entry into all sites. Departs 23rd October, 2019.

Historic Houses of Northern Ireland

Be among the first to visit HM the newly restored Queen’s official residence in Northern Ireland – Hillsborough Castle – on this unforgettable 4-day holiday. Currently undergoing a £16m restoration project, this tour will visit the property shortly after it has reopened. Additionally, explore the dazzling gardens and extensive collection of items on display at Mount Stewart, enjoy a specially arranged visit to the historic estate of Benvarden, and discover one of the most important Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland – Carrickfergus Castle.

Brightwater Holidays offers an 8-day Historic Houses of Northern Ireland holiday from £795 per person. Price includes return flights, three nights’ accommodation, some meals, all coaching and house entry and the services of a tour manager. Departs on 10th October, 2019.

Irish Rover

With departures in both May and August, this 8-day holiday led by popular guide Trevor Edwards will take guests from Belfast to Dublin, and from Blarney Castle to the famous Powerscourt Gardens. Highlights include exclusive access to the new private garden of Helen Dillion, a tour of the historic island gardens of Ilnacullin, a visit to the enchanting gardens of Mount Stewart, and time at the historic castle and botanical gardens at Malahide.

Brightwater Holidays offers an 8-day Irish Rover holiday from £1,495 per person. Price includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation, some meals, all coaching and garden entry and the services of a tour manager. Departures on 12th May and 15th August, 2019.

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