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An Irish Family Adventure

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An Irish Family Adventure

Ten Days

This Irish family adventure gives both parents and children the chance to experience the wonder and charms of the Emerald Isle. With a range of exclusive experiences available, Dream Escape strives to offer something for everyone. Whether that be travelling back in time to discover the Ireland of the past or enjoying outdoor country pursuits in the epic natural beauty of the lush Irish countryside.

Your trip will begin in Ireland’s vibrant capital city, before you travel across the country to see stunning, cinematic scenery that will leave you lost for words.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Your tailor-made programme could include any of the following experiences:

  • Visit a working sheepdog farm on the shores of a lake in beautiful Connemara and enjoy a private demonstration that showcases talents and skills of each dog.

 

  • Peer over the edge of the Cliffs of Moher and take in the unrivalled views across the vast wildness of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

  • Journey by boat to a private 16th century castle hidden away on its own tiny island, which is accessible only by water, and uncover the history of this painstakingly restored fortress. Here you will be treated to a medieval feast of artisan food and drink.

 

  • Spend a morning at the Irish National Stud, the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry. Accompanied by a private guide, watch equine royalty at close quarters and marvel at their power and grace.

 

  • Discover Dublin, the vibrant and thriving heart of the Emerald Isle. See the birthplace of the Irish nation, the historic Trinity College, and the majestic and towering St Patrick’s Cathedral.

 

  • Let children immerse themselves in the magical world of Irish folklore at the National Leprechaun Museum. They will be transported to a leprechaun-sized world in this captivating and interactive experience as they search for the elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

 

  • Wander through the lively and picturesque city of Galway on a foodie walking tour. Stop off around the city and sample the delicacies and treats prepared especially for you.
  • Amuse yourself with a day of country pursuits at one of the finest sporting estates in Ireland. Try your hand at kayaking, fishing or falconry. Or perhaps venture into the woods to go ziplining.

 

  • Explore the Burren in the company of a knowledgeable, local guide and discover this rocky, karst plateau that some say resembles a lunar landscape.

 

  • Meet a professional Sean Nós dancer and be treated to a vibrant performance complete with live traditional Irish music. If you’re feeling inspired, your dancer will be happy to teach you a few moves.

 

  • Experience the age-old tradition of shooting season and meet some gorgeous and impressively trained Irish Labradors to celebrate this piece of sporting heritage. After watching the experts, have a go at handling the dogs yourself.

 

  • Relax in a privately reserved jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park to experience its renowned beauty from a unique perspective.

 

  • Kiss the Blarney Stone – also known as the Stone of Eloquence – and once you do, legend has it that you will never be lost for words again.

 

Dream Escape’s carefully selected accommodation delivers the best in hospitality and service and is perfect for guests of all ranges. Options include a luxurious and stylish hotel in the very heart of Dublin, within walking distance of all the must-see landmarks, and a stunning 18th century castle set in 350 acres of surrounding land.

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THINGS TO DO

IRISH NATIONAL STUD

is the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry. HM, Queen Elizabeth II took a tour here as recently as 2011. Her fascination is understandable, as the farm and its stock were gifted to the Crown in 1917.

SECRET IRELAND EXPERIENCE

Visit a private castle, set on its very own tiny island. Once a ruin, this 16th century building has been beautifully and painstakingly restored. It is now used as a private summer residence and is only accessible via water. In this atmospheric setting, savour a range of artisan food and drinks akin to those of the 16th century. Honey glazed ham, Irish Meade, and if feeling a little braver, Irish Poitin – once illegal Irish vodka made from potatoes. Make sure you head to the roof-top terrace and capture the panoramic scenic views.

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.

BLARNEY CASTLE

Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold steeped in history. Though earlier fortifications were built on the same spot, the current keep was built by the MacCarthy of Muskerry dynasty and dates from 1446. Legend has it that if you hang upside down to kiss the Stone of Eloquence – also known as the Blarney Stone – found at the top of the Tower, you will never again be lost for words.

 

KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK

As you travel on horse-back, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding scenery.

PRIVATE WALKING TOUR OF THE BURREN

The Burren is a karst landscape made up of an extraordinarily rich geological, botanical and archaeological heritage, and is of international significance with parts of the region classed as a National Park. This limestone plateau resembles a lunar landscape; in the spring and summer months, great colour abounds against the stark landscape. It will be brought to life by a local walking guide, sharing both knowledge and passion.

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.

GALWAY

Galway is the official European Region of Gastronomy 2018. The region stretches from green fields and rich farmlands to the unique karst landscape of the Burren and into Galway city, the trout fishing capital of Europe, and along the wild, rugged Atlantic coast. Galway has one of the highest densities of restaurants in Ireland and includes two of the country ‘s Michelin Star restaurants: Aniar and Loam. Galway is a city with a proud seafaring tradition and Galway Bay is one of the most celebrated oyster fisheries, where the native Irish oyster is widely prized as a delicacy in the later months of the year.

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 BURREN

The Burren is truly is a special place full of wonder, beauty and discovery. It is a karst landscape made up of an extraordinarily rich geological, botanical and archaeological heritage with parts of the region classed as a National Park. This limestone plateau resembles a lunar landscape; in the spring and summer months, great colour abounds against the stark landscape. Ruined forts and castles and numerous prehistoric sites dot the landscape; the region has been aptly described as ‘one vast memorial to bygone cultures’.

  • 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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    Sharon Delano, Frosch

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    Thomas Cohen, Client

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    Jill Jergel, Frontiers International Travel

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    Yvonne Malka, Signature Travel Network, April 2018