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Irish Family Adventure

Dublin, Killarney, Galway, Limerick
8 Days
  • Our in country expert says
    A fun packed week awaits for you on this trip exploring the diversity of this beautiful country and discovering the 40 shades of green hidden across the stunning Irish landscapes.

     

    Day
    01
    Dublin
    Your driver will be waiting for you in the Arrivals Hall at Dublin Airport. You will be taken by private car to your city center hotel. Enjoy the remainder of today at leisure after your transatlantic flight. Dublin is literally on your doorstep if you feel like venturing out for a stroll or why not ease yourself into your vacation gently? The hotel spa offers the most relaxing treatments for you to enjoy whilst the children will look forward to splashing around in the pool.

    Day
    02
    Viking Splash - Guinness Storehouse - Airfield Estate
    Begin the day with a splash! Climb aboard your amphibious ‘Duck’ for a unique take on the sights of Dublin. Your Viking guide will show you the sights of the capital by road before taking to the water to see more of this fabulous city, all aboard your WWII bus / boat!
    No trip to Dublin would be complete without a 'taste of the black stuff'! The Guinness Storehouse tells the story of this Irish institution over seven stories of interactive exhibitions and displays - you will have earned your pint when you get to the top and take in the 360 degree view across the city from the Gravity Bar. Head outdoors and down to the farm this afternoon. Established by the Overend family in 1794,  Airfield Estate is a 38 acre working farm & gardens for the whole family to enjoy.

    Day
    03
    Mitchelstown Caves - Muckross Park - Killarney

    After a leisurely breakfast, you will begin the drive across to the west of Ireland. Before you reach your next hotel in Killarney, you will stop off at Mitchelstown Caves. Discovered in 1833, these caves are widely considered to be some of the most spectacular in the country. Visitors can explore almost half a mile of underground caves including three massive caverns with stalagmites, stalactites and huge calcite columns, including one of the highest in Europe standing some 30 feet tall! 

    Muckross Park Hotel & Spa is located in the heart of the stunning Killarney National Park and effortlessly combines traditional Irish hospitality with all of the modern luxurious features that you would expect of a five star hotel. There is a beautiful spa for adults to indulge in whilst the children will love the idea of the complimentary bicycles that all guests have at their disposal to tour the surrounding parkland.


    Day
    04
    The Gap of Dunloe - Lakes of Killarney - Ross Castle
    Look forward to the ultimate Killarney adventure today! A 14 mile voyage across all three of Killarney’s lakes along with a Pony & Trap journey through the famous Black Valley and Gap of Dunloe is what completes this journey through history. The serene, beautiful atmosphere is sure to take your breath away. Are you ready to be blown away by the beauty that Killarney has to offer? It gets even better once you get in the boat!


    Your journey begins at the world renowned Kate Kearney’s cottage at the foothills of Ireland’s highest mountain range. From here
    , you take a 7 mile jaunt on a pony and trap through the Gap of Dunloe where you can view a spectacular glaciated valley. Your pony and trap ride ends at Lord Brandon’s Cottage where you can enjoy a light snack if you choose. After lunch, you change to the traditional open boats. You are then taken through the three Lakes of Killarney passing by Innisfallen Island, Bricin Bridge, Colleen Bawn Rock, Torc Mountain, Old Weir Bridge and The Meetings of The Waters and ending up at the wonderfully restored 15th century Ross Castle. The tour is the perfect way to see the rich and varied vegetation and scenery Killarney has to offer. An unforgettable adventure and the ultimate Killarney experience.





    Day
    05
    Kylemore Abbey - Galway

    Heading north for Galway today. Your driver will take you to one of Ireland’s most iconic attractions, Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden. Originally built in the late 1800’s by Mitchell Henry, a politician and wealthy businessman, Kylemore is now owned and run by the Benedictine community who have been in residence here since 1920. You can join the guides for history talks and tours or spend time in Ireland’s largest walled garden. You might even treat yourself to some chocolates before you leave – handmade by the Benedictine nuns of course!



    Day
    06
    Cliffs of Moher - OBriens Tower - The Burren

    The Burren and Cliffs of Moher region was awarded the UNESCO Global and European Geopark status in 2011. Your driver will take you south from Galway today so that you can experience the scale of the Cliffs first hand. There is an exciting underground visitor center to explore as well as three main viewing platforms out on the Cliffs. O’Brien’s Tower was built in 1835 as a viewing point and you are still able to climb to the top today by way of a spiral staircase.

    Heading back up towards Galway, you will cross The Burren, a strange and beautiful landscape with its beginnings rooted back in the Ice Age. The scenery will be like nothing that you have seen before and is a vivid contrast to the green countryside that you will have seen in other parts of the country.

     

    Remainder of today at leisure to enjoy Galway, now a thriving city but originally a small fishing village. You can enjoy the long winding promenade along the seafront or lose yourself in the labyrinth of cobbled streets, colorful shop fronts and vibrant café culture.



    Day
    07
    Bunratty Folk Park - Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet - Limerick

    Further south onto Limerick today. Once you have checked into your hotel, your driver will take you out to enjoy the day at Bunratty Folk Park, a living history experience where you can be a part of the sights, smells and sounds of Ireland gone by. Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings which make up the ‘village’ as it would have been in the 19thcentury! Costumed characters recreate the traditions and lifestyles throughout the park - you can visit the school, doctor, post office, grocery store and pub to name just a few.

     

    Later in the afternoon, it’s time to take your seats for the Medieval Banquet. Join the Earl of Thomond at his majestic 15thcentury Bunratty Castle for an evening of excellent food, wine and entertainment. A kilted piper will welcome you and invite you to cross the drawbridge into the Castle. Once inside and dinner is served, traditional singers, harpists and fiddlers will entertain – but watch out! There is a scoundrel in your midst who will have his fate decided by the Earl himself!



    Day
    08
    Departure
    Your driver will take you to Shannon Airport for your flight back.
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    • All nights in a first class hotel
    • Entrances to sightseeings and excursions as per the itinerary
    Exclusion
    • Items of personal nature viz. telephone calls, drinks, laundry bills, lunch etc.
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