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Extreme Ireland - Home of the Irish

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“WSA’s local guide not only showed us the best local places, but he also told us interesting and funny stories about the history and culture of Ireland. We experienced a variety of places, from small pubs with live Irish music to the scenic Cliffs of Moher. I would definitely go on this trip again!”
- Kari G., Tripadvisor

Experience the best Ireland has to offer with a visit to Dublin, Galway and the Cliffs of Moher. You’ll learn to build a proper pint of Guiness, revel in the gorgeous Irish countryside and enjoy TONS of live music in Galway.

Tour Features:

  • Day trip to the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher
  • Skip-the-line entry to Guinness storehouse
  • Two-day excursion to gorgeous Galway
  • 3-5 nights accomodation in top-rated hostels
  • All local group transportation & much more!
  • (St. Paddy's only) ALL features of St. Paddy's Dublin

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  • Dublin
  • Galway
  • Cliffs of Moher

Meet Your Tour Guide:

Andy Steves

Andy has been lucky enough to travel and experience Europe since he was born. He learned a lot from his father and decided to branch off to give the best travel resources and budget trips to everyone in Europe. 

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Our adventure through the Emerald Isle dives into all the highlights you need to experience on a first visit.

Day 0 - Friday: Optional early arrival

Opt into an early arrival and get in any time on Friday before the weekend. Our team will take those who arrive early out on the town, likely hitting up the Irish pub where PS I Love You was filmed along with another spot or two! 


Day 1 - Saturday: Welcome to Dublin & Guinness Storehouse

Your Irish experience kicks off on Saturday morning! Arrive in the morning, and your Irish WSA guide will kick off the weekend with an insider tour of the city, stopping at key sights and favorite food shops along the way. We'll spend the afternoon in the Guinness Storehouse with free time to stay as long as you want and return on your own. Tonight we'll feast at a group dinner with drink specials at one of our favorite Irish restaurants in town. We'll catch a sampling of Dublin's famous 'craic' and live traditional music in the Temple Bar district this evening. 


Day 2 - Sunday: Howth Hike

On Saturday morning, around 10:30am, we'll catch the train out to the coastal town of Howth where you'll have the option to sample some fresh seafood from the market and take an hour long hike out around the Head of Howth. The afternoon is free for shopping and exploring, and we'll meet back at the hostel later that evening for another dinner and night out on the town.


Day 3 - Monday: Time to Head West!

Save some energy to catch the bus out to Galway at a comfortable hour. We'll drop our bags at our hostel, and head out to explore beautiful downtown Galway.  Your local Irish guide will show you around town and we'll have an option for any sort of cuisine you can imagine: fish 'n chips, pizza, Irish burgers, curries and more.  Galway is known for their live music and we'll enjoy a show or two over a pint.


Day 4 - Tuesday: Cliffs of Moher & Aran Islands

Today it's onto the Cliffs of Moher for a breathtaking view of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. At the cliffs you'll enjoy Ireland at its most natural, rugged, panoramic and breathtaking. We'll return with enough time for a rest and to discover new corners of Galway later that night.


Day 5 - Wednesday: Tour Over & Tearful Goodbyes

The official tour wraps up but you're guide will be around to help point you in any direction you may need to go. Buses back to Dublin airport take about 3 hours or you can take a bus to a flight out of Shannon Airport (about 2 hours).


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March 15-18, 4 Days, 3 Nights, From €299

Join us for the insane festivities in Dublin over Paddy's day weekend! For the last SEVEN years, WSA has put on the biggest study abroad party in Dublin for Paddy's day. It's our favorite time of year, and we love showing students the best food, hostel and nightlife in town! Our 100% Irish guides will show you Ireland as it is meant to be seen, plus you'll get a sweet souvenir T-shirt! Here are itineraries for Paddy's 2018:

We'll be jumping into the parade, catching Gaelic Mass at St. Mary's Pro Cathderal with the president in Ireland, staying in an excellent central hostel, and enjoying all the nightlife on offer!

3-Night Accommodation Options March 15-18

10-Bed Dorm: 299 Euro

4-Bed QUAD: 375 Euro

2-Bed TWIN: 499 Euro


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Day 1 - Thursday, March 15th: Welcome to Dublin!

Arrive anytime. Meet at the hostel at 6pm and head out for dinner and drinks on the town :) Late arrivals? No problem either, our city-center hostel is 24 hour security and check in.


Day 2 - Friday, March 16th: Fairies & Guinness

Dive into the city center with your brave Irish guides to explore the capital of Ireland. We'll visit the key sights: Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, Ha' Penny Bridge, Dame Street, Trinity College, St. Stephen's Green and more! We'll keep a quick clip to make our afternoon entry into the Guinness Storehouse. You'll be free to stay as long as you want, and meet back at the hostel for a welcome dinner and party later that evening.


Day 3 - Saturday, March 17th: Paddy's Day!

We include the option to experience St. Patrick's Feast Day High Mass in Irish with the President of the Republic, then we'll stake out front-row spots for the world famous St. Paddy's Day parade!We'll enjoy the parade all day, and coordinate parties that evening.


Day 4 - Sunday, March 18th: Tearful Goodbyes

We'll wrap up the trip Sunday morning and coordinate bus transfer times to the airport throughout the day.



6 Days, 5 Nights, St. Paddy's Dublin + Galway & Cliffs of Moher, 459 Euro

2 Options: March 13-18 or March 15-20

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