Discover Dublin over a long weekend and immerse yourself in both culture and history. From James Joyce to a real pint of Guinness, you will live the Irish experience with expert local guides. It’s a perfect three-day break, packed full of unique moments.
Day 1 - Arrival & Party
Guinness Connoisseur Experience
Guinness is among the world’s most popular beers. But it simply doesn’t taste the same outside Ireland. You need to try it fresh, at the brewery. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s number one tourist attraction. Skip the queue with this Connoisseur Experience. Sample a variety of sumptuous Guinness blends in the exclusive bar while learning about the iconic beer’s recipe and history from expert bar staff. Go behind the scenes with a master brewer to discover more about how Guinness is brewed. With this connoisseur knowledge, select your favorite brew and enjoy a pint or two against an expansive backdrop at the Gravity Bar, before exploring the museum at your own pace. Sláinte!
Jameson Bow Street Distillery Experience
Learn the crafts of distillation and mixology from some of the world’s best. John Jameson opened what would become his world-famous distillery in 1780. Visit this historic building in the heart of Dublin and hone your skills with the Makers and Shakers experience. Get oriented with a private distillery tour and a tasting of Jameson’s array of blends. Overload your senses with rich flavors and even taste whiskey directly from a cask. Move through the distilling process and take your palate further, with vintage whiskeys. Then dig deeper by learning how to blend your own whiskey and craft the perfect cocktail.
The Merrion Hotel Dublin
The Merrion Hotel Dublin occupies four restored townhouses in the city's beating heart. Doormen in top hats open the way to a tastefully decorated interior with such storied artwork that audio headsets are available for a detailed self-guided tour.At the end of each day, you’ll be tempted to forego the city’s many great food options to get your fill of the hotel’s three fantastic restaurants. Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud is the only eatery in Ireland able to boast two Michelin Stars - it’s footsteps away from your room.Quite simply, this is Dublin’s finest hotel, for service, gastronomy, location and experience.
Day 2 - Literary Legends
Dublin Literary Tour
James Joyce. William Butler Yeats. Samuel Beckett. These are only a sample of the rich literary talent to have emanated that have shaped Ireland. Connect with Dublin’s literature and the libations that aid it on this private tour.The Book of Kells is a fantastic literary artifact. A 9th-century illuminated manuscript featuring astounding ornamentation and illustrations, it is kept at Trinity College. Ponder its glory in the same library where Irish literary greats like Oscar Wilde once studied.From Ulysses to Dracula, Dublin boasts an incredibly rich legacy in the literary arts. So rich, in fact, that UNESCO has deemed it a City of Literature. Feel the pulse of the city and explore it with a knowledgeable local guide. Follow in the footsteps of such literary greats as Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Bram Stoker, and Maeve Binchy.Walking between landmarks including Dublin Castle, Trinity College, Central Bank, and St. Stephen’s Green, visit famous writers’ childhood homes and writing spaces, and enjoy a pint in their neighborhood pub!
James Joyce Literary Tour in Dublin
Explore the streets of James Joyce’s Dublin, in the footsteps of Leopold Bloom. You can see the pages unfold as you turn corners and chapters on cobblestone lanes. Recreate scenes from Ulysses and utter immortal phrases. Feel the poetry as you discover places that inspired Joyce’s words. You’ll stop at the James Joyce Centre and explore some of the contradictions and complexities to his work, not least the different versions of Ulysses. Afterward, your local guide will show you to a literary pub for a pint. Round out your Dublin education with a lesson on how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness!
Behind the Curtain Dublin Theatre Experience
From lively wit to bitter tragedy, Irish cultural identity is deeply entwined with its rich theatrical legacy. Dive into the Dublin theatre scene on this exclusive behind-the-curtain experience.Meet with a local stage actor preparing to perform. They’ll share their experience in this exclusive world and regale you with the history that has earned Dublin recognition as a UNESCO City of Literature. Then snag front-row seats for a production. Get absorbed in an old classic or modern satire. Once the curtain falls, discuss the show with your new friend at the cast members’ favorite pub!
Day 3 - Iconic Sights & Departure
Dublin Walking Tour with a Local
Dublin is a colorful city with a complex history. And Dubliners love a good yarn (story). This is a capital where stories whisper from the walls. See these stories come to life on a walking tour guided by a knowledgeable local.Stroll across the green lawns of Trinity College, where prominent Irish thinkers once pored over their studies. Move through the cool gardens of Dublin Castle, a British stronghold erected in 1204.Follow the history of the country's long struggle for independence, punctuated by bullet holes on O’Connell Street. Hear your footfalls ring on cobblestone and follow your nose into a fine pub in the Temple Bar area for a pint of Guinness and a plate of fish and chips.
Dublin Shopping & Design Tour
Tour Dublin’s most fashionable neighborhoods and meet with both renowned and emerging designers. Get a sense of local trends by strolling along bustling city streets with a local fashion expert, who will introduce you to posh shops, humble artisans, and hip boutiques, all the while explaining the history of the local fashion scene.Have stylish gloves fit to your hands. Smell decadent perfumes. Listen as a jeweler explains her systems and standards. Sip champagne and discuss where Dublin style and fashion is headed.