Children dream of visiting castles and living with knights and princesses. You can make the family’s dreams come true on an Ireland tour customized for adventure and luxury in five-star locations. Majesty abounds in antique marketplaces and along staggering cliffs, and the past returns to life at a folk-park teaching visitors about blacksmithing, weaving, and cooking in medieval times. Dolphins leap out of the water off the western shores, and the landscape features 9,000 years of cultural history....
Kilkenny – Arrive in Dublin and Travel to Kilkenny for an Introductory Tour
The Ireland of your imaginations comes to life in Kilkenny. Gray limestone ascends from emerald grass, and medieval cobblestone lanes lead to narrow alleys dividing historical buildings. The castle and cathedral decorate the banks of the River Nore. The city brims with artistic activity with artisans crafting traditional bodráns, Irish drums, and artwork dedicated to capturing the countryside. Your family adventure begins with your arrival in Dublin where you pick up the family-friendly rental car at the airport and traverse the gorgeous landscapes between the capital city and the charming borders of Kilkenny.
The kids are immediately swept into the grandeur and storybook ambiance of the medieval quarter. The Victorian opulence of the castle was erected over 12thcentury foundations. The stones shimmer with sliver streaks in the sunlight. The Long Gallery captivates the family with a painted roof portraying Celtic and medieval myths, elegant fireplace carved out of marble, and portraits of the Butler Family decorating the gallery. In the evening, the sounds of Irish jigs and ballads emanate from the traditional pubs and the aroma of stew filters out of the restaurants serving comforting Irish dishes with contemporary twists. The Medieval Mile Museum is located inside 13th-century St. Mary’s Church. The modern museum follows the history of Kilkenny through medieval times, highlighting the 16th and 17th-century ornate tombs carved out of local limestone.
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Kilkenny – Explore the Irish National Heritage Park and Discover Crystals
Cork – Visit Blarney Castle, Ballycotton Bay, and the History of Cork
Cork – Relish a Full-Day Excursion around the Sites and Experiences of Cork
Kerry – Discover Tremendous Villages and Castles on the Ring of Kerry
Kerry – Traverse the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, and Bunratty Folk Park
Dromoland – Travel to Dromoland Castle for an Exciting Day of Expeditions
Dromoland – Depart for Home
- Spend a night in a luxury castle situated on 1,500 acres of woods, plains, and water from a shimmering lake
- Witness the fantastic panorama of the Cliffs of Moher, notable in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as the site Voldemort hid a Horcrux
- Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone and listen to the cultural heritage of County Cork
- Learn about the history of Cobh, where tens of thousands of people fled Ireland during the century-long famine
- Follow in the footsteps of the passengers aboard the infamous ship at the Titanic Visitor Attraction for an immersive and interactive museum experience
- Traverse the heritage trails of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park which has returned medieval cottages, craftspeople, and castle walls to the estate
- Wander amidst the castle ruins of Ballycarbery while exploring the treasures of the Ring of Kerry
- Discover the glistening Crystal Gallery inside Crag Cave
Castles conjure images of royalty and legends with emerald grasses and rugged cliffs. Your 8-day Ireland tour celebrates castles, luxury, and family-friendly thrills. Travel from Dublin to Kilkenny, and Cork to Dromoland Castle on a road-trip through inspiring landscape and captivating history. Search for deer foraging in the woods and dolphins swimming in the Atlantic. Learn archery or ride horses, stroll along crenulated ramparts, and listen to the legends passed down for generations.
The family adventure begins with your arrival at Dublin International Airport. You pick up the rental car and drive to the welcoming city of Kilkenny to walk along the medieval lanes, preserved castle grounds, and into a captivating cathedral. The city embodies the splendors of historic Ireland with exciting stories fit for all ages. Explore County Kilkenny and County Cork to find the Titanic Center, along with the émigré experience connecting visitors to the great Irish famine. Discover nine millennia of history and meet with artisan craftspeople. Kiss the Blarney Stone for the gift of eloquence then duck into Crag Cave to view the fascinating stalactites and stalagmites decorating the smooth ceilings, grounds, and walls.
Traverse the Ring of Kerry, a looped road famous for its ancient ruins and unique landscapes before wandering around the Cliffs of Moher and the limestone features of The Burren. Relax in the tranquil scenery and luxurious charms of Dromoland Castle. Watch falconry, bask in the swimming pool, or cycle along the trails winding around the estate before returning the rental car at Shannon Airport for your flight home. You could extend your family vacation by continuing to England or traveling through medieval France to keep the castles and captivating landscapes in view.
$4,155 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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