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An Exclusive Emerald Isle Christmas

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An Exclusive Emerald Isle Christmas

8 Days

Make the holidays truly special with an exclusive stay on the Emerald Isle. Combine quality time with friends and family with an introduction to the best of Irish culture and tradition.

Stay in luxurious properties as you celebrate in style with all the trimmings provided for you. It’ll be a Christmas to remember and one that will leave you wanting to come back for more.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Dream Escape’s festive programme could be tailored to include any of the following experiences:

  • Enjoy exclusive use of a private chef, car, driver and dedicated service team at your home away from home for the holidays.

 

  • Get a bird’s eye view of the stunning sea and landscapes of County Clare in a helicopter ride above the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren.

 

  • Spend some time in Ireland’s vibrant capital city. Explore the beautiful Georgian streets, walk the Temple Bar and discover the charms and great craic of the locals.

 

  • On Christmas morning, watch as Santa Claus pulls up to your house on horse and carriage. If you’ve been good, he may even come bearing gifts.

 

  • Explore some of the great wonders of the ancient world on an excursion to Brú na Bóinne, or the Boyne Valley, and observe the remarkably preserved remains that populate the area.

 

  • Bring out your inner Robin Hood with a lesson in archery. Whether you’re a new or seasoned bowman, the expert trainers will guide you on a fun and challenging session.
  • A sumptuous and delicious Christmas Day dinner will be served in the comfort of your exclusive use home, before dinner perhaps take a stroll around the beautiful surrounding grounds to work up an appetite.

 

  • See some of the greatest marvels of Irish history – the Book of Kells and the Brian Boru harp – with a private pre-opening tour of Dublin’s preeminent university.

 

  • Keep the whole family entertained with a private swimming pool, spa, gym, and games room at your disposal.

 

  • Watch your favourite festive film in your own private cinema complete, of course, with complimentary popcorn.

 

  • Master the ‘sport of kings’ with a falconry demonstration. Marvel at the speed and grace of the Irish-bred birds of prey as they soar above your heads.

 

Begin your holiday adventure in the finest hotel in Dublin. Its understated listed Georgian exterior gives no indication of the sumptuous, graceful elegance inside.

Then travel to your exclusive use manor house; expect rich plush interiors, numerous crackling fires, and gracious Christmas décor all surrounded by the lush Irish countryside.

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THINGS TO DO

DUBLIN HIGHLIGHTS

The wide boulevard of O’Connell Street, passing the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 Easter Rising and birthplace of the Irish Nation.

TRINITY COLLEGE

Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1, it is home to one of the most impressive libraries in the world, the Book of Kells and the Brian Boru Harp.

FALCONRY

Experience first-hand the art of falconry. Known as the “sport of kings”, this is a wonderful opportunity to see magnificent birds of prey up close. Often including Falcons, Owls, Hawks and Eagles; in full flight, they are spectacular.

PLACES VISITED

DUBLIN

Dublin is steeped in history, with Viking, medieval and Georgian influences all having left their marks. Since the time of the Vikings, Dublin has been the principal gateway to the Emerald Isle. The medieval city, with its intimate knots of small alleys and broad streets south of the river, was developed in Norman times around St Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle, and later came to symbolise British rule in Ireland. The 18th century was the “Age of Elegance”, a time of relative prosperity when the Irish gentry set about remodelling the city into one of elegance, replete with graceful terraces, wrought-iron balconies and fanlight doorways. The city became Ireland’s capital with the establishment of the Republic of Ireland in 1937, and today is regarded as one of the liveliest and most atmospheric in Europe.

THE BOYNE VALLEY

In the “early years”, during the Stone Age, the fertile lands, bathed by the River Boyne meant that the area became rich for settlement, in fact becoming the largest centre of habitation in the country. Much evidence survives from these early years and the area’s pièce de résistance are these passage tombs or graves: Newgrange; here, the tomb passage is perfectly aligned to mark the Winter Solstice – at dawn on the 21st December, a beam of sunlight shines through the 60ft passage, hitting the recess in the burial chamber. By some it is regarded as one of the greatest wonders of the ancient world Knowth – lays claim to having the greatest concentration of Megalithic art in Europe.

CLIFFS OF MOHER

Selected as one of the Signature Experiences of the Wild Atlantic Way, the Cliffs of Moher are a breath-taking Discovery Point. They are the crowning glory of the Co. Clare coastline. Like a viewing platform for prehistoric giants who wish to peer over the edge of Europe, they provide an unrivalled view across the vast boiling wildness of the Atlantic Ocean

THE K CLUB

The K Club is situated in the pastoral landscapes of County Kildare and has two top level golf courses, including Palmer Course that staged the Ryder Cup in 2006; it enjoys wonderful panoramic views of the famous fairways. Golfers pit their skills against the design of the legendary golfer and walk in the footsteps of golfing champions, past and present, many of which have played here over the years.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

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