From dolphin sightings to stories of pirates, sleeping in castles to family cycling, the array for activities alongside the culture of traditional storytelling of Ireland captures the imagination and interest of all ages. Together you will feel the wind in your hair and discover a country that takes you back to the basic joys of life with an emphasis on family and togetherness. Handcrafted for travel with young children, this luxury tour is all about uninterrupted time together in a country that...
Dublin – Taking it Easy in the Irish Capital
Dublin is a great city to visit with your kids as it is friendly, interesting, and full of secrets and stories to uncover. Dublin is not the biggest of cities either, so you will not feel too overwhelmed. Touch down in the Irish capital, and you will be transferred to a small family-run hotel in the heart of the city. There is a lot to see and do on the streets around the hotel, not least a grand introduction to Irish accents and humor. Many child-friendly restaurants can be found on the streets nearby, and the local food tends to excite most kids as potatoes are ubiquitous to the Irish experience. Over the next few days, you will explore and experience Ireland with local guides, but for today you simply take a stroll and enjoy your first immersive experience in the Emerald Isle.
Dublin – Literary Dublin and Child-Friendly Storytelling
Dublin – Beaches and Wild Deer
County Galway – First Night in a Fairytale Castle
County Galway – Dolphins and Seals and Pirates
County Galway – Drumming Workshop Plus Cycling or Horseback Riding
Cong – Benedictine Monks and Learning to be a Sheep Herder
Cong – Incomparable Landscapes on a Journey Through Ireland
Cong to Shannon – Departure
- Go on a safari looking for dolphins and seals along Ireland’s wondrous Atlantic coast
- Learn about the Vikings in Dublin and how to be a sheepherder in County Galway
- Spend quiet family time on remote, windswept beaches, such as Ballyconneely
- Sleep in two mythical castles as your children live out their imagination as if from a fairytale
- Go cycling and horseback riding across the incomparably green landscapes of rural Ireland
- Spend a day on the island of Inishbofin, where there are tales of forts, pirates and remains from the Bronze Age
- Listen to one of Ireland’s traditional storytellers as they weave a captivating tale enjoyed by children and adults alike
- Explore literary Dublin and follow in the footsteps of Joyce, but also explore some more child-friendly sights in the capital
Ireland brings a lovely balance if you are traveling with children, and there is a variety of things to do and enough to keep different ages interested without being too focused on the kids. Locals are warm and welcoming, the country is small and easy to get around, and while it may appear exotic, Ireland is not a threatening otherworldly destination when you have the eyes of a young child. The cities are small, the landscapes are open, and you are never far from a place where you can be alone as a family. Time together is what this handcrafted vacation is all about. Taking you back to basics, the tour ensures the space and the freedom needed so that your family can come together, away from the stresses of every day and the rest of the world.
Imagine lonely beaches where you can play in the sand and dip your toes in timid Atlantic surf, and think of cycling through green valleys and walking around ruined monasteries. Your days can include picnic hampers and leisurely nights in castles, learning to be a shepherd, and searching for dolphins and seals, and when you do spend time with other people, the Irish add something new to the experience. Listen to storytellers in traditional venues, experience folk music, and dancing, learn to play the drums, and meet people in small villages. By taking it slow and keeping it easy, you will likely meet with Irish families before retiring to the private world of castle accommodation and rural Ireland.
This vacation for families is designed across three distinctive bases. Begin as you spend several nights in Dublin, and then travel to County Galway. Enjoy the next few nights in a legendary Connemara castle before a short ride to Cong, on the border of County Galway and County Clare. Here you will enjoy another castle with your experience including falconry on the lawn as well as a gala dinner. If you are with kids, then the next few nights will be enough to take in the capital city of Dublin, and then the remaining five nights are spent in rural Ireland, where there is a wide choice over what you do and experience. You can escape as a family and life is so much simpler when there is nothing but you and your loved ones.
Tour Dublin the next day with a James Joyce inspired walk followed by a more child-friendly way of discovering the capital, Irish storytelling. Wake the next morning to find out about the Vikings, visit a quiet beach, and walk or cycle through a city park looking for deer. From there, it is just over a three-hour drive across Ireland to County Galway, the only significant amount you will spend in a vehicle, but with this being Ireland, there are some beautiful places to stop on route to your castle. Dolphins and seals and pirates are the focus the following day, with a boat tour and trip to Inishbofin Island. Move next to a day spent at a drumming workshop, and then an afternoon of horseback riding or cycling, or both if you would like.
By now, you will have all settled into the rhythm of the experience. There are activities to enjoy and many things to do, but nothing is rushed in Ireland, and your itinerary will run at your pace. Stories of Benedictine monks and shepherds abound as you switch castles, with hawks and eagles now part of the daily scenery. This part of Ireland is famous for its coastline, and there will be time to visit the legendary cliffs, as well as to step onto the golden beaches with your footprints the only ones seen. As you take a picnic to a viewpoint and feel the wind through your hair, you’ll know that Ireland has provided one of the best feelings in life, just you and your children and not another care in the world.
$4,675 per person (excluding international flights)
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