Sunday, October 7, 2012

Our Viking Splash Tour - Dublin October 6th 2012

If you have visited Dublin City anytime since 1999, there is little doubt you will have seen (and heard) the Viking Roars coming from the Yellow Amphibious vehicles dotted around the capital.

These are the transportation of the Honorary "Vikings for a Day" - created by Viking Splash Tours.

Essentially, the tour is a fun, Viking themed tour of Dublin’s main sites on board a World War II DUKW, complete with knowledgable (and extremely witty) Tour Guide - in our case Captain Pat.

Departing Stephens Green, the tour takes approximately 1 Hour 15 minutes and it is a thrill from start to finish. Tours cost €20 for Adults and €10 for Children (3+).The ultimate thrill comes near the end!

Before we left, we were given a brief, comprehensive safety instruction and then the Fun begins in earnest. Everyone, young and old, is encouraged to don their helmets and practice their roar!! We practiced on Dawson Street - roaring at the "Cappuccino Dubliners" sipping their drinks Al Fresco in the autumn sun - it was hilarious watching their reaction as the merry band of "Vikings" let rip!

The tour route takes in sights along the route such as Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Viking Dublin, Medieval Dublin, Georgian Dublin, Government buildings, the Dublin Docklands and much more.

 It was amazing, as Dubliners, the nuggets of information Captain Pat shared, which we didn't know or had forgotten. We were told about the origins of Dubh Linn, the Easter Rising, tales of Molly Malone and Anna Livia.

We were shown some of the highs and lows of the Celtic Tiger and shown the impact it had, and is having on Dublin Today.

As we arrived at Spencer Dock in Dublin’s Docklands, or DUKW was fitted with floats and we were all given life jackets and another safety briefing.

Then - We SPLASHED into the water and took a tour around the Surf Dock - taking in the sights such as Facebook HQ, The Board Gais Theatre and the recording studios of U2.

Back on terra firma we proceeded back towards Stephens Green, via Pearse Street, passing Trinity College, just in time for some more roaring for our tiring band of marauding Vikings.

Our trip had come to an end and as we turned onto the green, the children sighed, knowing we had come to the end of our journey. Anticipating the next question, I told them we would definitely come back and do the tour again, perhaps in the spring.

Truly, a wonderful way to see Dublin - suitable for young and old. If you fancy a couple of hours seeing the sights of Dublin - while role playing a Viking - or just want to have some good old fashioned fun - this tour is definitely for you!! Check it out!

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