With St Patrick’s Day and a bank holiday coming up, it’s a great time to escape and enjoy a mini break or off-peak holiday. I’ve pulled together some last minute ideas to tempt you to make the most of this holiday at home and abroad.
February 12th 2019
The Travel Department
St Patrick’s Day – Travel Department
Enjoy a group tour with Travel Department and let them care of your itinerary so you won’t have to worry about finding your way around the gorgeous cities of Madrid and Vienna.
Departing Fri 15th March 2019
Includes return flights, transfers, 4* B&B accommodation and Madrid city tour
If you are looking for a European city break with beautiful weather, delicious food and loads of culture then look no further than this weekend break to the Spanish capital. With direct flights, accommodation, transfers and an expertly guided tour with our local guides, there has never been a better time to visit this fascinating city.
On your guided tour you will take in some of Madrid’s highlights including the Royal Palace and the Plaza de España. There will also, of course, be plenty of free time to explore and discover Madrid at your own pace before your guided transfer home.Join us and see the very best of what Madrid has to offer on this 3-night weekend break.
- Madrid city tour, starting at the 9th century city walls and passing through the ‘Four Towers’ area of the city. There will be time to walk around and admire the architecture in the ‘Golden Triangle of Art’ before relaxing in one of the squares with a drink
- Leisure time to explore Madrid at your own pace – your guide will be happy to recommend activities of interest such as Museo del Prado, the gardens in Parque del Buen Retiro or Plaza Mayor
Departing Fri 15th March 2019
Includes return flights, transfers, 4* B&B accommodation and Vienna city tour
- Guided tour of Vienna including entrance to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, the summer residence of Empress Sisi as well as some of the most important sights of Vienna including the Hofburg, former Imperial winter residence and scene of the Vienna Congress, and the Ringstrasse, with its magnificent buildings such as the Vienna State Opera House and the Votiv Church, to name but a few
- Leisure time to explore Vienna at your own pace – your guide will be happy to recommend activities of interest such as a trip to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, where you can view works by Raphael, Caravaggio, Brueghel, Bosch and many more celebrated artists
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New York St Patricks Day from€865pp
Return direct flights, All taxes and charges
3 Nights accommodation
Based on 4 adults sharing
Date of departure: 15th March 2019
Our Ref: 645180
New York City Parade is held on Saturday 16th March
The parade can be viewed on 5th Ave between 44th and 79th Street from 11-5pm
This year they expect 250,000 marchers and over 2m spectators
Contact Tour America www.touramerica.ie
DUBLIN: 01 8173535
CORK: 021 2429222
BELFAST: 028 90998494
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If you’d like to get some sunshine and enjoy it on a cruise this terrific price is for March 16th with Cruiseholidays.ie
8 night Arabian nights fly cruise from only €999pp
Includes return flights to Abu Dhabi
1 night hotel pre cruise
7 nights onboard MSC Splendida
Based on 2 sharing an oceanview cabin
Travel Date 16 March 2019
Take a peak at MSC Splendida here
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From its canals to world-famous museums and historical sights, Amsterdam is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. It’s also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city: culture, nightlife, international restaurants, good transport – but is quiet and, largely thanks to its canals, has little road traffic. In Amsterdam, your destination is never far away, but transportation by bike offers the most authentic experience.
Museums are the main tourist attraction in Amsterdam. Everyone knows the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum, but there is much more. Amsterdam has over 50 museums which attract millions of visitors every year. Visit Rembrandt’s home, Anne Frank’s house, enjoy a cool beer in a “brown bar” and, of course, stroll through the infamous Red Light District.
Price includes: Return flights from Dublin, accommodation in the 4* Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre Hotel on a room only basis.
For more information on this offer from Click&Go, visit: http://itaa.ie/2019/02/07/st-patricks-day-in-amsterdam-from-e289pp/
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St Patrick’s Day on the Piste
Topflight, Ireland’s award-winning ski tour operator, offer a range of outstanding group ski holidays combining great ski, fantastic entertainment, energetic nightlife and all-round great craic, all organised by the experts. Topflight’s Group Ski Trips are designed for kindred spirits to get together and get the very best out of their ski holidays together.
Topflight have a knack and outstanding reputation for planning some seriously fun ski trips and having run and organised the now legendary Topflight Today FM Ski Trip for the last 20 years, they certainly have a wealth of experience to draw on. With the overwhelming popularity of past ski trips, Topflight have pulled together a programme to help ensure that no one has to miss out on the fun.
Spend your days on the slopes together, taking on new challenges and soaking up the fun together and in the evenings get ready to enjoy some fantastic entertainment, activities, great food and great drinks! The entertainment programme varies for each trip. Activities include quiz and games nights, mountain feasts, live music events, tobogganing, skidooing, ski races and apres ski parties. Whether you are a smaller group of friends looking for the energetic buzz of a larger group or you’re an individual who just can’t resist the lure of a great group ski holiday, this brand new programme is perfect for you. Alongside the great ski and entertainment programme, all participants will receive a ski essentials goodie bag.
Designed with their customer in mind, Topflight are offering Group Ski Trips across a number of resorts, on a selection of dates during January, February and March 2019 and with a number of accommodation options to choose from.
- Paddy’s on the Piste, Söll, Austria
Bring your St.Patrick’s Day celebrations to the slopes of Söll.
Depart 16th March
– Return Flights
– 20kg Baggage Allowance
– 7 Nights Accommodation
– Topflight’s resort manager service
– Ski essentials goodie bag
– Bar crawl
– Quiz & games night
Prices and accommodation options:3* Ferienhotel Fuchs (Half Board) from €859pps3* Hotel Garni Schönblick (Bed & Breakfast) from €707pps
For further details on the trip see: https://www.topflight.ie/ski-breaks/holidays/ski-guides/group-ski-holidays
- Call reservations Republic of Ireland 01 240 1700 / Northern Ireland 028 9752 1168
- Visit your local travel agent
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Forty Shades of Green, at The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, Co. Limerick
Description: Where else would you love to escape to this St. Patricks Weekend but The Mustard Seed. Stay two nights at The Mustard Seed and enjoy a complimentary welcome of tea and homemade treats, the classic dinner menu on one evening and full Irish breakfast each morning. Combine your stay in the heart of the lush, County Limerick Countryside, surrounded by a pathwork of green landscape with a visit to Limerick City for St. Patricks Day celebrations.
The Mustard Seed, Ballingarry, Co. Limerick. Picture: Alan Place.
Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Festival will include the traditional parade beginning at noon on March 17th with this year’s theme being ‘One Giant Leap’, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s Moon Landing. The 49th Limerick International Band Championship will take place on Monday 18th. Ireland’s only international band competition brings almost 50,000 spectators on to the city streets every year. The parade will start on O’Connell Street (Hartstonge Street junction) at midday before ending with a free concert for the public in Arthur’s Quay Park where the winners will be announced! Marching bands from around Ireland, the USA, Europe and Northern Ireland will join Limerick’s finest to showcase their talents with adrenalin pumping music for all the family to enjoy. On Saturday morning, Limerick famous Milk Market is the perfect venue to soak up the atmosphere and cafe culture while browsing the stands of artisan food and crafts. Or if the city is not for you, stay local, don your hiking boots and work up an appetite by hiking Knockfierna, ‘the Hill of Truth’ which stands 948 feet above sea level and is easily accessible from the house. In 1938 it is reputed that there was even a public appearance of a pair of Leprechauns at the top of the hill!
Valid From: 14.03.2019 To: 20.03.2019
From: €220 per person sharing
For more information please see www.irelandsbluebook.com or contact The Mustard Seed directly on 069 6