For centuries people have arrived in Ireland by sea, so it makes sense you’ve been hankering to take a cruise that drops its anchor in Dublin. After leaving your ship for the day or ending your journey in this alluring city, fortify yourself like a mollycoddled Irish aristocrat from the 18th century at The Merrion. This distinctly urbane Irish hotel, composed of four historic townhouses in the heart of Georgian Dublin, features polished marble halls, gold-rimmed mirrors and Flemish tapestries. It reflects the past while exuding a contemporary mood, a blend of old and new, much like Dublin’s ever-progressive spirit. Begin your tour of the city with The Merrion’s unforgettable Art Afternoon Tea, a sustaining, indulgent experience that showcases the hotel’s world-class 19th- and 20th-century Irish art collection with pastries inspired by their own artwork. (There’s even a Vegan Afternoon Tea option.)
A small, boisterous, historic capital spread along a craggy coastline, Dublin lords above the Liffey River on Ireland’s eastern coast. Charismatic and mysterious, composed of ancient, gray, pitted-stone buildings (as well as contemporary high-rises), it emanates the power of its literary roots, medieval past, Viking layers, Georgian sophistication and profound pub culture in a harmonic mélange. Chic shops, night clubs, restaurants and galleries line cobbled streets, while castle walls hold revered sites. Mountains, meadows and famous gardens lie just outside its borders. Wander parks, such as Stephen’s Green. Peruse St. Patrick’s Cathedral (where Jonathan Swift is buried) and Christ Church Cathedral. Be awed by moody Dublin Castle, and see the ornate Book of Kells at Trinity College. For a grand finale, swig a beer after touring the world-famous Guinness Storehouse. Whiskey lovers will want to take a nip at Jameson Distillery as well.
Befriend a Dubliner when you book a friendly and informative excursion with ToursbyLocals, which matches resident tour guides with travelers. In Dublin, the range of tours includes outings such as an Irish Literature Tour, The Pubs and the Past Tour and the Jewish History of Dublin. The Museum Walking Tour and five-hour (Nearly) All of Dublin Tour are popular options at Dublin-based Dublin Tour Guide, specialists in private walking tours.
Consider cruising to Dublin on Viking Cruises’ 15-day British Isles Explorer jaunt, which goes from Bergen to London, stopping at Dublin on Day 11. Shore excursions include various city walking tours, a local farm visit, Irish jig lessons in a pub, cooking classes in nearby County Wicklow, castle and distillery tours and more.
Red Savannah launched a new series called In the Footsteps of…, which debuts itineraries of well-known figures, the first being Coco Chanel. As Chanel No. 5 celebrates its 102nd anniversary this year, the travel company invites fashion lovers, history enthusiasts and admirers of Coco Chanel to experience the new itinerary, In the Footsteps of Coco Chanel. The experience allows travelers to step into the remarkable life of one of most iconic figures in the fashion world.
The Islands of Tahiti are among the most beautiful and sought-after vacation destinations in the world. The endless images of overwater bungalows with Bora Bora’s majestic peak towering over waters of every shade of blue have an intrinsic pull. But with 118 islands and atolls to explore, there is so much more to this spectacular region of the Pacific.
Mazatlán, Mexico, has long been an attractive home destination for Canadian and American retirees, but, in recent years, young, digital nomads have also discovered the charms of this coastal city, finding inexpensive accommodations, beautiful weather and plenty of bandwidth for working remotely. The laid-back beach scene definitely eases the transition of relocating to Mexico’s West Coast.
Global Traveler Announces the Winners of the 2023 Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Travel Awards
For its third year, Global Traveler awards the airline, cruise line and hotel brand best representing diversity, equity and inclusion within the travel industry. Over the past year Global Traveler analyzed many airlines, cruise lines and hotel brands to determine which companies prove most committed to changing the world through diversity and inclusion.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
The highly anticipated GT Tested Reader Survey has more reason to celebrate in 2024 than ever before. This year marks the 20th anniversary of our GT Tested Reader Survey awards, with many of the winning brands earning milestone accolades for years of dedicated and consistent service.
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Whether it's the people, the craic (fun) or the coasts, travelers always find something to love about the island of Ireland. What fills your heart?
Next summer, Denver, Colorado, becomes home to the country’s first carbon-positive hotel. The 13-story Populus features 265 modern guestrooms, a ground-floor restaurant, café, flexible meeting spaces, and signature rooftop restaurant and bar. Architecture is designed by Studio Gang, with interiors envisioned by Wildman Chalmers Design.