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Ultimate Family Adventure: Cornwall and Ireland

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Ultimate Family Adventure: Cornwall and Ireland

13 Days

This fabulous adventure presents you with the opportunity to experience the wonder and charm of Cornwall on the south coast of England before crossing the Irish Sea to the Emerald Isle – from stunning coastlines and sandy beaches, to the history of the Ireland’s capital city and the epic natural beauty of the rugged Wild Atlantic Way.   

 Specially designed with energetic families in mind, there are plenty of unique activities and experiences arranged which are sure to keep every family member entertained. Each day has been carefully crafted; the trip is the perfect balance of activity and learning about the local way of life.  

 

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HOLIDAY ITINERARY



Day One: Arrival in Newquay, Cornwall

Day Two: Cornish Coastal Adventure Part I

Day Three: Glorious Gardens

Day Four: Cornwall – History and Heritage

Day Five: Cornish Coastal Adventure Part II

Day Six: Country to Country

Day Seven: Dubin – History, Active & Tasty Treats Part I

Day Eight: Dublin – History, Active & Tasty Treats Part II

Day Nine: Across the Country

Day Ten: Country and Coast of Co. Clare

Day Eleven: Adare Activities

Day Twelve: The Grand Finale

Day Thirteen: Homeward Bound

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Day One: Arrival Newquay, Cornwall, England

Occupying the western extremity of England, jutting out between the wild Atlantic Ocean and the calmer waters of the English Channel, Cornwall is without a doubt one of the most enticing regions of the country.

Located at the edge of the pretty port town of St Mawes, check-in to your first hotel which provides glorious views across the water to the headlands of the Roseland Peninsula. Originally a 1940s yachtsman’s club, today the property is owned by Olga Polizzi, daughter of legendary hotelier Lord Forté, who has transformed it into a chic retreat, full of character and frequented by A-list guests.

Let the activities commence as you embark on a sailing trip around Falmouth Bay on the property’s classic yacht, Pinuccia.

 

 

Day Two: A Cornish Coastal Adventure - Part I

The Cornish coast is something of a sprawling adventure playground, with caves, waves and cliffs just waiting to be explored!

Make your way from St Mawes to Falmouth by ferry. This morning, a private instructor will take you coasteering – an adrenaline-fuelled mix of swimming, scrambling, climbing and cliff jumping. If you are feeling brave, you can go for the big jumps, but there is always the option for a relaxing excursion searching for wildlife not easily seen from the beach instead.

Following this excitement, perhaps spend a leisurely afternoon at your hotel.

 

Day Three: Glorious Gardens

Enjoying the warmth of the Gulf Stream, Cornwall is home to a magical collection of lush gardens, the likes of which cannot be found anywhere else in England. Today, visit two highlights: The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Begin at The Eden Project; it is internationally renowned and considered by some to be the eighth wonder of the world. Eden is a global garden housed in enormous tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches. From exotic rainforest to Mediterranean olive groves and nearly two million plants, Eden is a true horticultural masterpiece.

Next, explore the enchanting Lost Gardens of Heligan. Hailed as “the garden restoration of the century” by The Times, they were uncovered in 1990, hidden beneath decades of overgrowth and dilapidation. Today the gardens and estate are a horticultural haven encompassing over 200 acres.

Traverse the world as you discover Maori-carved tree ferns, Italian Gardens and exotic jungle. This magical network of gardens, woodland walks and farmland offers children the chance to immerse themselves in nature. The ‘Jungle’ takes them on a sub-tropical journey through bamboo tunnels and across a Burmese rope bridge (one of the longest rope bridges in Britain), while there are moss-covered giants to discover lurking in the ground…

Day Four: Cornwall History and Heritage

Begin the day with a visit to Poldark Mine, one of Cornwall’s most historic tin mining locations and described as “the jewel in the crown” of the World Heritage site.

Enjoy an underground guided tour here; it is regarded as one of the most historic locations in the annals of Cornish Mining and makes for an interesting visit, providing fascinating insight to the Cornish tin mining industry. Explore the atmospheric labyrinth of levels, caverns, tunnels and shafts that make up this 18th century mine since it was first opened to the public in 1975.

 To follow, visit picturesque Charlestown Harbour. It is an unspoilt Grade II Listed Harbour constructed between 1791 and 1801 by Charles Rashleigh, a local entrepreneur from who the port takes its name. To this day, the port retains much of its Georgian character, and has featured as a filming location for an array of films and television shows, including the BBC’s Poldark.

To gain further insight into the area’s maritime past, ‘dive in’ and visit the Charlestown Shipwreck Centre. Here, view the largest private collection of shipwreck and historical artefacts anywhere in Europe, including from RMS Titanic and HMS Victory, as well as one of the largest underwater diving equipment collections in the country. Amazingly, there are more than a quarter of a million shipwrecks around the coasts of Britain!

 

 

Day Five: A Cornish Coastal Adventure Part II

This morning, make your way to Falmouth Marina.

From here, set off aboard a privately chartered luxury skippered cruiser to explore the spectacular Cornish coastline. Your skipper knows the Cornwall coastline like the back of his hand, after many years on the water and will enjoy giving you an exhilarating and enjoyable time exploring some truly stunning creeks and coastline. You may also be lucky enough to spot a variety of wildlife which frequently make appearances, including basking sharks, dolphins, seals and sea birds.

Following your cruise, perhaps visit Pendennis Castle, found just a few minutes’ drive from the marina. It was one of Henry VII’s finest coastal fortresses, defending Cornwall against foreign invasion since Tudor times. Inside, discover the castle’s role in conflicts through to the World Wars of the 20th century, and see the impressive cannons and ‘super guns’ that formed its defence.

 

Day Six: Country to Country

Say goodbye to gorgeous Cornwall and fly from Newquay to Dublin Airport.

Set on Ireland’s east coast, Dublin is an essential stop for any visitor to the Emerald Isle. Today, the city is regarded as one of the liveliest and most atmospheric in Europe.

This afternoon, step aboard an amphibious vehicle which will take you from land to water and back again, exploring the city in a truly unique way. During this fun-filled experience an engaging ‘Viking’ guide will keep you informed and entertained as you traverse the city, taking in many major sights including Trinity College, St Patrick’s Cathedral and, of course, Viking Dublin!

Day Seven: Dublin - History, Active & Tasty Treats Part I

Begin the day with a visit to EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum Dublin. 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.

Next, take the opportunity to stretch your legs and explore the city with an eco-friendly bike tour. Led by a knowledgeable local guide, discover hidden gems and highlight attractions, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Merrion Square and Temple Bar. Your guide will entertain and educate throughout the afternoon, ensuring you have a highly enjoyable tour that will leave you having experienced the city like a true local!

This afternoon immerse yourselves in the heritage of Irish food with a private cookery class. Your hands-on class can be tailored according to your interests and can include Irish staples such as potato cakes and soda bread, as well as more modern interpretations of traditional Irish food.

The class will conclude with the best part of cooking – eating your creations!

 

 

Day Eight: Dublin - History, Active & Tasty Treats II

The historical aspect is a visit to Kilmainham Gaol, the haunting former Country Gaol for Dublin which held some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history, from Charles Stewart Parnell, to the 1916 Rising leaders. The visit, which includes a guided tour and an exhibition, gives both a dramatic and poignant insight into what it was like to have been imprisoned here between 1796 and 1924, the year of it was decommissioned.

Next for the activity! Hurling and Gaelic Football, the two most popular sports in Ireland. This energy-filled hands-on experience will keep the entire family engaged as a private coach provides an introduction to the sports, before you find yourselves holding hurleys (wooden stick) and sprinting across the field! With lots of fun challenges to encourage some friendly competition, it is a great way to spend a couple of hours and a real insight into local culture.

Your introduction to Irish culture continues as a private music teacher shows you how to play the tin whistle and create your own bodhrán – the famous Irish drum – before you learn how to play that too! Now that you’ve ‘mastered’ Irish music, it is time to put your best feet forward for some dancing. A private teacher will provide a light-hearted lesson in traditional Irish dance! To top off the experience, your teachers will then perform a private song and dance show for your entertainment.

The day concludes with a visit to a real-life chocolate factory where you will be guided through the origins of chocolate and see how chocolates are created today. You will then decorate your own chocolate to take away with you.

Day Nine: Across the Country

Travel west into County Kildare. Here, visit the Irish National Stud, the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry.

 A privately guided tour delves into the stud’s history which spans over one-hundred years. A source of national pride, the stud is the home of equine royalty; watch them at close quarters, marvelling at their grace and grandeur before learning of Ireland’s triumphs on the turf in the widely-acclaimed museum.

Continue to Adare Manor. This neo-Gothic Manor House, once the family seat of the Earl of Dunraven, is nothing short of magnificent. Since re-opening in 2017 has attracted widespread acclaim, including winning the prestigious title of ‘Hotel of the Year’ at the Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards 2018

 

 

 

 

Day Ten: The Countryside and Coast of Co. Clare

Depart by helicopter and head over to the west coast of Ireland where you will experience stunning views of the Cliffs of Moher, selected as one of the Signature Experiences of the Wild Atlantic Way.

They are a breath-taking Discovery Point and 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 wildness of the Atlantic Ocean.

Then travel inland to the Burren, an incredible place which takes its name from the word boireann, meaning ‘rocky land’ in Gaelic. This windswept plateau resembles a lunar landscape and is an otherworldly place to explore.

By special arrangement, enjoy a private visit to a local farm and enjoy a demonstration by the working dogs. Watch them being put their paces with a wide variety of tasks and see them respond to their individual whistles as they work with both cattle and sheep. The working dogs make an invaluable contribution to any farming family. Seeing them in action is a great experience and provides insight to a local way of life. A great experience guaranteed to appeal to all ages!

 

 

Day Eleven: Adare Activities

Spend the day at Adare Manor.

Meet Adare Manor’s professional resident falconer who will introduce you to an array of majestic birds of prey, including owls, eagles, and falcons.

Embark on a Hawk Walk through the woodlands. Your bird will fly from tree to tree above your head before soaring down to re-unite with you. The falcon is the fastest of the flock, as it can soar at an impressive speed of over 200mph!

Next, meet some gorgeous and impressively trained Irish Labradors. This charming activity will allow you to watch the dogs demonstrate their obedience, agility and ability to work as part of a team, before learning how to handle the dogs yourself.

 

 

 

Day Twelve: The Grand Finale

Discover Ireland at its best: untouched, undiscovered and truly authentic. When not accompanied by your chauffeur-guide, your mode of transport is a luxury skippered motor yacht. It will be a day to remember!

 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.

This evening, you will be taken to enjoy a traditional Irish dinner with a local family at their farm house. Experience genuine Irish hospitality as well as live music and entertainment from an Irish singer or dancer.  The perfect finale to your trip to the Emerald Isle.

Day Thirteen: Homeward Bound

Your Irish adventure comes to an end as you depart Ireland from Shannon Airport

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THINGS TO DO

PRIVATE BOAT CHARTER

Set off aboard a privately chartered luxury skippered cruiser to explore the spectacular Cornish coastline. Your skipper knows the Cornwall coastline like the back of his hand, after many years on the water and will enjoy giving you an exhilarating and enjoyable time exploring some truly stunning creeks and coastline. You may also be lucky enough to spot a variety of wildlife which frequently make appearances, including basking sharks, dolphins, seals and sea birds.

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.

EDEN PROJECT

The Eden Project is internationally renowned and considered by some to be the eighth wonder of the world. Eden is a global garden housed in enormous tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches. From exotic rainforest to Mediterranean olive groves and nearly two million plants, Eden is a true horticultural masterpiece.

POLDARK MINE

In 2006, the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape achieved World Heritage Status, recognised by UNESCO as a place of significance with outstanding value to the whole of humanity. Poldark Mine is one of Cornwall’s most historic tin mining locations and described as “the jewel in the crown” of the World Heritage site.

LED KAYAK EXPERIENCE

Enjoy an incredible kayaking experience. Your kayaks are fitted with LED lights, illuminating the water under you and giving a new dimension to travelling over the water! A privately reserved expert instructor will accompany you to ensure a safe and fun time for all! The experience is sure to leave you glowing!

 

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.

PLACES VISITED

CORNWALL

jutting out between the wild Atlantic Ocean and the calmer waters of the English Channel is the county of Cornwall, without a doubt one of the most enticing regions of the country. Miles of magnificently varied coastline dominate this magical corner. There are vast Atlantic-facing strands of golden sand, popular seaside resorts, secluded coves and un-spoilt fishing villages rich in maritime history.  In contrast, there are lush exotic gardens, sustained by the mildest climate to found in the UK, and the wild terrain of the moorland interior, dotted with historic remains.

 

CHARLESTOWN HARBOUR

Charlestown Harbour is an unspoilt Grade II Listed Harbour. It was constructed between 1791 and 1801 by Charles Rashleigh, a local entrepreneur from who the port takes its name. To this day, the port retains much of its Georgian character, and has featured as a filming location for an array of films and television shows, including the BBC’s Poldark and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

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.

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’.

THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY

The waymarked Wild Atlantic Way claims to be the world’s longest defined coastal touring route and the longest island driving route – it stretches for 2,500km along Ireland’s western seaboard. It’s a place where the wild Irish landscape collides with the dramatic Atlantic seascape. From Donegal in the North, to Cork in the South, through regions like Connemara, Galway and Kerry, you’ll find the Ireland you’ve always imagined.

  • 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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