Seattle was one of three cities that we visited by a delegation made up of 13 companies and five American tour operators to why it’s time for US travelers to not just visit, but to “Jump into Ireland.”

One of the highlights of this hour-long presentation was the new Aer Lingus flights from Seattle which started May 18, 2018. This new Seattle to Dublin flight gives international travelers more choices in how and when they travel and opens up seamless connections to the UK and other European cities.

This new route will operate four times a week and offer both business and economy class.  Round trips start at $259 each way including taxes and charges.

What Ireland Has to Offer – Discover Activities, Attractions, Accommodations, and More

Not sure what Ireland has to offer? The Jump into Ireland website has a wealth of information including places to visit.

Dublin: a breath of fresh air

Plan your visit by checking out Dublin’s nine top attractions. Highlights include the #1 suggestion, a  visit to the Guinness Storehouse where the popular brew’s confident creator took out a 9,000-year lease on the brewery for an annual rent of just $45 back in 1759. I’d say that was investment was well made. We visited in 2008 and sampled many pints, both here and elsewhere around town.

While the Jameson Distillery Bow St. Tour in Dublin didn’t make the list, it was part of our 2008 itinerary and one that we enjoyed immensely. You don’t have to be a whiskey lover to appreciate the history and beauty of the place, but of course, if you are, a tasting is included.

But lest you think that drinking your way through Dublin is the only form of entertainment in the area. There are plenty of free museums, parks, and restaurants to enjoy. You can also check out your roots by visiting  EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. It documents the more than 10 million people who’ve emigrated from Ireland.

Or enjoy some time at the Dublin Zoo which is located in the heart of Dublin city in the beautiful Phoenix Park. This family-friendly attraction is home to more than 400 animals. Beyond just visiting with the animals, the zoo offers daily talks, feeding sessions, and conservation information.

Additional detailed tourist information is available for Belfast: Titanic CityIreland’s Ancient EastExplore Northern Ireland, Wild Atlantic Way,  Derry~Londonderry City and so many more places. Not sure where you want to start? EXPLORE MORE IRELAND is a great place to find out all that this country has to offer.

Dublin, Ireland

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3 Nights for the price of Two the 5-Star Lough Eske Castle in Donegal includes breakfast #JumpintoIreland

Lough Eske Castle in Donegal -Source Jump into Ireland

Ever dreamed of sleeping in a castle? You can do that!  If you book by December 31, 2018, you can book Three nights for the price of TWO at the 5-Star Lough Eske Castle in Donegal. Prices start at $648 per couple for a mid-week stay. Too rich for your pauper paycheck? No worries, choose a guesthouse, hotel, or B&B instead.

Got a golfer in your group? Here are the current Golf travel deals that should please the non-golfers in the group as well.

Learn more at the official  Jump Into Ireland website

I enjoyed the virtual trip back to Ireland and hope to travel there again soon. Have you made the trip across the pond to find out all that Ireland has to offer her visitors?

Tourism businesses that took part in this 2018 ‘Jump into Ireland’ event:
Adams & Butler (Authentic cultural travel experiences personally arranged by Adams & Butler), Ashford Castle and The Lodge at Ashford Castle (stay in country house charm amid the magnificent 350 acre estate of Ashford Castle), Authentic Ireland (offering unique Ireland travel packages, golf tours & all-inclusive vacations), B&B Ireland (offers 700 independently-owned, quality assured Bed and Breakfast homes), Brendan Vacations (specializing European vacation packages and tours including Ireland and Scotland ) , CIE Tours International (provides guided Ireland tours in luxury coaches), Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism (what to see and do and special offers for the area), Harvey’s Point Hotel (an all-suite family-run lakeshore hotel and restaurant in Donegal), Hayfield Family Collection (properties include the Hayfield Manor in Cork as well as the Killarney Royal and Great Southern Killarney hotel), House of Waterford Crystal (home of the most coveted name in crystal – offers a guided factor tour and a retail store), Ireland’s Blue Book (reserve unique accommodations including contry houses, manor homes, castles, historicl hotels, etc.), Railtours Ireland First Class (choose from a wide range of train and rail tours), Sceptre Vacations (select a vacation package or tour to visit any part of Ireland), Specialized Travel Services (specializing in custom and  unique leisure tour experiences), The Dublin Liberties Distillery (whisky crafted in the heart of Dublin’s historic distilling district), The Merrion Hotel (a 5-star hotel in the heart of Dublin), Titanic Belfast (the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience), and Visit Derry (the official tourism site for Derry – what to see and do and where to stay).
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