Majestic folklore, a history of magic, and the majesty of opulent castles will enchant you during your personalized Ireland family-friendly vacation. The emerald greenery spreading across the hills and dales lead to the dramatic cliffs soaring above the fierce Atlantic waters. Legends account for the fascinating scenery on which medieval castles continue to stand. From the bustling cobbled lanes of Dublin to the dramatic turreted towers of Kilkenny, the remains of an ancient abbey to the manicured...
Dublin – Arrive in the Charming City of Dublin with the Day at your Leisure
Dublin is a city of layers depicting traces of a Viking past from the 9th century and the majesty of architectural design form the 18th century. Georgian architecture decorates the cobbled lanes of the city center providing a sophisticated elegance accompanied by the charms of legendary pubs. Your flight lands at Dublin Airport, where your private transfer greets the family upon arrival. Grafton Street buzzes with activity from locals dipping in and out of the boutique shops to buskers performing with classical quartets or traditional fiddles. A flower stall adds touches of colorful petals to the brickwork of the surrounding Georgian facades.
After settling into the comforts of your luxury hotel at the heart of the city, the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the welcoming ambiance of Dublin. Let the magic of Dublin lull you into the greater culture of Ireland inside a historic pub first opened in 1198. The Brazen Head is officially Ireland’s oldest serving the likes of Jonathan Swift and James Joyce during its long and affluent history. The evening turns into one of the enchanting legends and fascinating imagination as the pub fills with the aromas of traditional Irish cuisine. Performers sing rhythmic ballads and storytellers share the mythical tales of fairies, the Children of Lir, and the giant Finn McCool.
Dublin – Visit the National Museum of Archeology and Malahide Castle
Killarney – Delight in a Visit to Kilkenny and Explore the Rock of Cashel
Killarney – Find Ross Castle, Cruise Lake Leane, and Taste Lorge Chocolate
Shannon – Enjoy a Tour Horseback Riding before Visiting Dromoland Castle
Shannon – Bask in the Cultural and Regional Charms on Castle Grounds
Shannon - Discover the Marvels of the Cliffs of Moher and Aillwee Cave
Shannon – Depart for Home
- Hear the immersive legends, myths, and folklore ingrained in the heritage of Ireland inside Dublin’s oldest pub accompanied by songs, music, and cuisine
- Walk along the soaring edges of Ireland’s eastern shoreline at the Cliffs of Moher for an incredible view of islands, mountain ranges, and puffin colonies
- Indulge in sensational chocolate flavors during a private workshop at a celebrated chocolaterie in Killarney, where you make and taste your treats
- Wander the preserved castle grounds of the Rock of Cashel following in the legendary footsteps of St. Patrick
- Visit Innisfallen Island on Lake Leane for a majestic look at the remains of a 7th-century monastery, as well as fabulous views of Ross Castle
- Relish a tranquil horseback ride through Country Kerry and Killarney National Park idyllic panoramas and sensational wildlife viewings
- Delight in the sophisticated charms of Dromoland Castle with an archery lesson and visit to the falconry school located on the opulent estate
- Learn the proper ways to swing a club during a hands-on hurling experience offering insight into the rules and best practices of a 3,000-year-old game
The beauty of the Emerald Isle contains the lulling charms of history, legend, and scenery during your 8-day family-friendly Ireland vacation perfect for children of all ages. The folklore reads like fairytales, and the landscape looks like it stepped out of a storybook. Castles decorate the countryside, and cobbled lanes wind through the villages. Ruins rise out of hidden islands, and four-leaf clovers grow out of jade grass spreading across the fertile valleys. Whether in search of an active vacation to keep the kids engaged or looking for an educational getaway, Ireland provides the best of both worlds with bits of magic strewn along the way.
Your fantastic Ireland vacation begins with your arrival in Dublin, the capital of the Emerald Isle. Spend two days in the exciting cityscape brimming with legends, gorgeous architecture, classic pubs, and layers upon layers of history. Dublin’s personality captures the essence of greater Ireland by blending a community feeling into the shops, homes, and classic university grounds decorating the preserved cobblestone streets. From the archeological artifacts and artwork in the museums to castles bordering the city, essences of the Viking invasion or the sing-song lyrics of a famous legend, Dublin becomes the perfect introduction into the diverse but friendly culture.
Traveling through Kilkenny immerses you in the marvels of the Irish landscape and the captivating architecture of the colorful town. The legendary beauty of the scenery comes to life in the countryside with fertile fields brimming with shamrocks and rising hillock of topped by the Rock of Cashel. Learn the artistry involved in playing the sport of hurling before exploring the fascinating medieval castle once housing the seat of the Kings of Munster. Killarney offers a similar ambiance for visitors, with impressive scenery featuring rolling mountain peaks, shimmering lakes, and dramatic fortresses. Spend time exploring the sensational grounds of 15th century Ross Castle and ride a boat around Lake Leane to reach Innisfallen Island, home to the ruins of an ancient abbey. Relish a chance to sample chocolates in a chocolaterie with a tasting and workshop experience and traverse the breathtaking woodlands on a horseback excursion the entire family can appreciate.
Shannon and the beauty of County Clare are unparalleled in their spectacle. Relish an introduction to the noble life of the county at Dromoland Castle, and ancestral home immersing the family in exciting activities like archery, falconry, or hiking in search of the wildlife thriving on the protected landscape. Delight in visiting an authentic Irish farm for an introduction into sheepherding, crafting the perfect buttery scone, and tasting delicious cheese made on the property. The serene scenery of estates and farmland give way to the exhibition of the coastline at the Cliffs of Moher where the edges of the island plunge into the depths of the Atlantic. The untamed landscape has a thrilling effect at the cliffs and Aillwee Cave, the oldest cave in the country.
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