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Incredible Ireland

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Incredible Ireland

14 Days

Discover the very best of the Emerald Isle on this epic fourteen-day tailor-made tour. Explore Ireland’s vibrant cities and relaxing countryside as you delve into the essence of Irish life. A touring-chauffeur will accompany throughout, providing expert local knowledge and taking you off the beaten track.

Experience the country’s rich history and cultural heritage first-hand. Impeccable accommodation will ensure that you depart knowing that you have experienced the best that Ireland has to offer.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Dream Escape’s bespoke programme could include any of the following experiences:

  • Commence your stay with a private tour around the highlights of Ireland’s friendly and lively capital city; Dublin.

 

  • “A day out of Kerry is a day wasted” – put this maxim to the test as you explore the heart of the county; Killarney and the sprawling acres of its national park.

 

  • Become the king & queen of your own private castle, a 16th century tower located on an island only accessible by boat.

 

  • Hop on a plane for the short flight to the largest of the Aran Islands – the ‘Islands of Saints and Scholars’ which are filled with wildlife and ancient historical sites.

 

  • Taste one of Ireland’s best loved export at the oldest whisky distillery in the country.

 

  • Enjoy an exclusive VIP performance of Riverdance, an extraordinary spectacle of Irish culture, dance and music.

 

  • Visit the beating heart of the Irish thoroughbred industry and be treated to a private guided tour.
  • Pass through a hidden door and enter a private Shibeen – an illicit bar that would sell unlicensed alcohol. Dine and drink by candlelight in this authentic setting.

 

  • Sit down to an exquisite dining experience on your final night made with fruit, herbs and vegetables from the estate’s garden and fresh honey and eggs produced on site.

 

  • Explore Ireland’s second city, Cork. Climb to the top of the cathedral tower and tour the historic covered market.

 

  • Take part in the array of activities available at your resort accommodation, from cycling and horse-back riding to fishing and falconry.

 

  • Walk through the ‘Irish Valley of the Kings’ where some of the sites predate Egypt’s pyramids. See passage tombs, sacred hills, monastic ruins and bloody battlefields.

 

Dream Escape’s handpicked accommodation choices for this trip include:

A renowned Dublin hotel overlooking the grand square of St Stephen’s Green, an intimate family-owned Georgian mansion, and a hotel where old-world elegance meets modern day luxury.

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HIGHLIGHTS

A visual glimpse of the key things to do and places that will be visited on this exciting itinerary

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HIGHLIGHTS

A visual glimpse of the key things to do and places that will be visited on this exciting itinerary

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THINGS TO DO

DUBLIN DOORS

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

BUNRATTY FOLK PARK

an excellent living reconstruction of the homes and environment of Ireland in the 19th century. Homes range from the poorest one-roomed dwelling to Bunratty House, built in 1804 and a fine example of a Georgian residence for the gentry.

THE ENGLISH MARKET, CORK

has been serving the people of Cork for more than a century. A myriad of artisan and speciality producers have helped develop Cork County into Ireland’s flagship food region. It has a gourmet reputation among the finest in Europe.

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.

ROCK OF CASHEL

Visible for miles is St Patrick’s Rock, also known as Cashel of the Kings. It was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for several hundred years before the Norman invasion.

TULLMORE D.E.W DISTILLERY

This distillery produces the original triple distilled, triple blend whiskey that is famed across the globe for its smoothness and complexity. An expert will lead a tutored tasting of six of the distillery’s finest whiskeys, allowing you to explore the depth of character in each.

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.

CORK

Cork is Ireland’s second largest and southernmost city with a history dating back to the 6th century; Founded on islands in an estuary, waterways circle the city centre crossed by over 20 bridges. Hilly neighbourhoods climb the river banks, stacked with colourful houses. These along with the Georgian architecture give the city a Continental feel. It is a creative and exciting city, renowned for learning, with a world class university and specialist colleges. It has a rich musical traditional and is home to no less than 24 festivals running throughout the year.

KILLARNEY

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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This heritage town is home to thatched roof cottages, Tudor style houses, beautiful gardens and ivy clad medieval churches that flank the river banks, making it the picture perfect place to spend the morning.

  • 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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