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Capital to Country: An Irish Family Journey

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Capital to Country: An Irish Family Journey

Experience the myths, charm and culture of the Emerald Isle on this specially designed family adventure. The country is brimming with stories and folklore to enchant both young and old alike, and the locals will no doubt delight in telling them! For the adventurous, it is the perfect setting: go surfing, try your hand at falconry and enjoy long hikes.

This exciting week-long trip combines the best of both city and countryside living. The trip gets underway in vibrant Dublin then you will head south into Co. Kerry to encounter some of the country’s most beautiful scenery before your time in Ireland draws to a close in the stunning Co. Clare.



This seven-day Dream Escape programme in Ireland could include the following experiences:

  • Get to grips with Ireland’s emigration legacy with a privately guided tour of a fascinating museum. Learn how Irish emigrants and their descendants shaped the world – you never know, an ancestor may even be discovered!


  • Step on board an amphibious vehicle to see and explore Dublin on land and water. Your Viking guide will keep you entertained as you spot some of the city’s most famous sights along the way!


  • In Killarney, dine with a local family in their home to experience genuine Irish hospitality at its very best and sample some of the country’s traditional cuisine.


  • Experience the exhilaration of surfing with a private lesson in an idyllic setting which will be brought to life with more than a few thrills!


  • With the the highest mountains in Ireland providing a spectacular backdrop, enjoy a private falconry demonstration. Watch your bird showcase its aerial acrobatics before gliding majestically to land on your gloved fist.


  • Take part in activities on the castle estate, including archery, horse riding, golf and clay shooting.
  • Choose from a number of activities in Ireland’s first national park. Whether you want to kayak on one of the three famous lakes, cycle to discover some scenic viewpoints (or abseil off them) experienced guides are on hand to ensure an action-packed day!


  • A privately guided walk with a specialist guide on a unique landscape dotted with prehistoric sites.


  • The sheepdog is an integral part of farming culture in Ireland; enjoy a private demonstration from these impeccably trained dogs, watching them respond to their individual whistles as they work with both cattle and sheep.


During your Irish adventure, stay in three different properties:

In Dublin, stay in an elegant five-star hotel overlooking St Stephen’s Green, a beautiful Victorian park with plenty of space for children to let off steam!

In Killarney, your hotel is set in peaceful private grounds and surrounded by the famous national park from which it takes its name.

Your final accommodation is housed in 16th century castle, offering modern-day luxury with an extraordinary history and old-world charm to match.

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Step through several themed galleries with a private tour guide who will give you a unique insight into the compelling story of how Irish emigrants and their descendants helped to influence and shape the world. Hear stories of triumph and tragedy, great success and even greater loss. Learn how emigration helped shape the destiny of a nation and leave with a deeper understanding of Irish people and culture. The museum is incredibly interactive, making it fun and engaging for every member of the family. Without question, it will provide a great introduction to the people of Ireland.



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.


Enjoy the experience of kayaking on one of the beautiful lakes, accompanied by an experienced guide. Departing from 15th century Ross Castle, your journey will see you discover wooded islands, limestone caves and local history. For an extra special experience, make the trip at sunset.



Experience the exhilaration of surfing with a private lesson on the Dingle Peninsula. This idyllic setting will be brought to life with more than a few thrills!


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.



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 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’.


Located by the three lakes and mountains of the Killarney National Park, Killarney is well known for its excellent shops, restaurants and cosmopolitan appeal. During the summer months, the lively on-street musical entertainment complements the meandering of tourists and locals alike. On bright evenings, one can browse in a bookstore, admire art or savour the delights of homemade ice cream or a finely prepared lobster.


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