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Ireland Forever

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 20 - 45 people
Destination(s): Ireland  
Specialty Categories: Family  
Season: June - August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3933 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3990 US Dollar (USD)

Day1 Arrive Dublin for “Ducks,” dancing, dinner and more
Meals D
Your family's Ireland vacation begins: 3:30 PM, Conrad Dublin. A transfer is included from Dublin Airport to the Conrad Dublin hotel, centrally located in the heart of the Irish capital steps from St. Stephen’s Green. With a bustling harbor and a river running through the middle of the city, the best way to explore Dublin is by land and on water! Board our private “DUKW” (like a “duck,” it’s amphibious!) for a sightseeing tour that splashes into the water right from the road so you can get a closer look at all sides of the city, from Viking Dublin to its medieval core and Georgian squares, Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Please join us for a welcome reception and dinner tonight, where we kick your off a week of fun on your Ireland vacation with singing and Irish step dancing lessons!
Lodging Conrad Dublin

Day2 A treasure hunt and ghostly carriage ride in Dublin
Meals B, L
The city of Dublin dates back to the 9th century, when seafaring Vikings founded a settlement here. This morning, you'll hunt for clues to its ancient history – and meet some costumed characters of days past – as you go on a scavenger hunt in the city's very old streets. The rest of the day is free to spend as you please. Irish ghost stories are popular in every corner of the world... and tonght, you'll find out what haunts Dublin when you a horse-drawn carriage tour. It's as if the old gaslight lamps are once again lit...
Lodging Conrad Dublin

Day3 Ride the rails to Cork, Blarney Castle and meet an Irish storyteller at a barbecue
Meals B, D
Continue your Ireland vacation adventure as you travel first class from Dublin on a train bound for the Irish countryside at the southern tip of the Emerald Isle. There, in County Cork, we’ll visit the legendary Blarney Castle, where high up in the battlements await views of green lands... and a chance to lay a kiss upon its famous stone. Be prepared for a backward bend, or two, and a gift – of the gab! After a fitting welcome at Castlemartyr Resort, where you'll spend the next three nights, Irish eloquence of another kind will be yours to enjoy at tonight’s private barbecue, featuring an Irish storyteller.
Lodging Castlemartyr Resort

Day4 Learning the art of making pottery and Celtic jewelry in Kinsale
Meals B, L, D
Enjoy a leisurely morning on the grounds of your Irish home-away-from-home before heading to the Kinsale Pottery and Art Centre for a tour and an artful, hands-on afternoon spent making colorful ceramic pottery and traditional Celtic jewelry. Local artisans show you how to make traditional pottery, helping you hand-build and paint your sculpted piece. You’ll also get to try your hand at Celtic jewelry making using a range of skills covered in today’s class – from design to threading, knotting, fitting crimps and finishing – all in a workshop in the converted stables of the home farm for Ballinacurra House, which dates from the late 1700s. You'll have some free time to explore the town of Kinsale prior to returning to your resort for an à la carte dinner tonight.
Lodging Castlemartyr Resort

Day5 Irish countryside resort fun at Castlemartyr and cooking up a taste of daily life at amazing Ballymaloe
Meals B, L, D
Have fun working up an appetite for a home-cooked Irish dinner tonight by enjoying a variety of outdoor activities at your resort this morning – including golf, hurling, archery*, and pony trap* rides. After lunch, head out to Ballymaloe, the only cookery school in the world located in the middle of its own 100-acre organic farm. Join your culinary hosts for a guided tour of the gardens and the working farm, experience a cooking demonstration by expert chefs... then show what you've learned when you pair up and cook your own Irish dinner! After you've enjoyed the fruits of your culinary efforts, the fun continues when an Irish musician performs for your group tonight.
Lodging Castlemartyr Resort

Day6 Killarney by cart, bicycle and boat, then on to Dromoland Castle
Meals B, L, D
Say goodbye to Castlemartyr and continue your family's Ireland vacation through southwestern landscapes so lovely that they've been attracting visitors like you since Victorian times – and still look as pristine and inviting as they did centuries ago. Killarney and its lakes are two of the region's biggest draws, renowned both for recreational fun and authentic cultural lifestyles. Say hello to the townsfolk during lunch in a local Killarney restaurant, then climb aboard a traditional jaunting cart* for a ride, country style, through Killarney National Park. Next up is a bicycle ride* along the lakeshore, followed by a cruise on Killarney Lake – complete with Irish coffee and hot chocolate. Arrive this evening in Newmarket-on-Fergus; just in case you've never spent the night in a real castle, you will tonight – and tomorrow night too – as we roll out the red carpet for you in Dromoland Castle!
Lodging Dromoland Castle

Day7 The Cliffs of Moher, a walk with a hawk and an Irish farm farewell
Meals B, L, D
Keep your camera at the ready today as you travel to the County Clare coast to visit one of the world’s most photographed natural wonders. Some five miles long, the Cliffs of Moher soar 659 feet over the crashing Atlantic Ocean waves below, providing you with amazing bird’s-eye views of the craggy Irish coast... can't wait to see the pictures! Back on your castle grounds, you'll learn how to take a bird walk – with a hawk*! More fun for all ages awaits when you head to a nearby farm in the Irish countryside for an evening of farewell festivities to remember. Watch skilled dogs herd the farm’s woolly flocks; see a sheep shearing demonstration; feed the lambs; dig into a hearty, home-cooked Irish dinner; tap your feet to Irish music while dancers show you their dance steps, and more. It's the perfect way to end your family's perfect Ireland vacation adventure!
Lodging Dromoland Castle

Day8 Journey home
Meals B
Your family's Bridges Ireland vacation ends: Newmarket-on-Fergus. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included to Shannon Airport from Dromoland Castle. You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.

Nights 1 - 2 : Conrad Dublin - Dublin, Ireland

Conrad Dublin

The Conrad Dublin, located in the heart of “Dublin’s fair City” opposite the gardens of famous St. Stephen’s Green, is a grand place to begin your family’s exploration of “The Emerald Isle.” Your guest room welcomes you with all the comforts of home, like a clock radio with MP3 connection, air conditioning, bathrobes and slippers, cable TV, CD player, minibar, in-room safe and more… even a hair dryer and iron/ironing board. If you’re after some exercise, head to the well-equipped Fitness Center with hi-tech cardiovascular equipment and weights or ask the hotel staff for maps of good jogging routes close by. The hotel’s dining options include contemporary gourmet cuisine at the Alex Restaurant and more casual dining at Alfie’s Bar and Grill, which opens out onto Earlsfort Terrace. The Conrad Dublin is a winner of the prestigious Fáilte Ireland 5-Star Quality Award.

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Nights 3 - 5 : Castlemartyr Resort - Castlemartyr, Ireland

Castlemartyr Resort

Part ancient castle ruins originally built by The Knights Templar in 1210, part 18th-century manor house and part contemporary hotel, this is a totally cool place to spend a few days. The Castlemartyr Resort is set on 220 acres of parkland with its own meandering stream and a tranquil lake, offering wonderful opportunities for outdoor family fun like pony and trap riding, golfing, archery, hurling (an ancient Irish sport) and more, as well as good times inside at the indoor swimming pool. After being greeted by Earl and Countess, the resident Irish setters who would love to go for a walk with you later, you’ll find that your guest room has everything you need to rest and relax after all that fun, such as flat-screen LCD TV with satellite channels, air conditioning, in-room refrigerator with complimentary mineral water, bathrobes and slippers and more. The Knight’s Bar is a good choice for a light, informal meal or snack, or you might enjoy a light lunch or afternoon tea on The Terrace as you look out over the gardens. Don’t forget that Countess and Earl are probably still looking forward to that walk with you!

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Nights 6 - 7 : Dromoland Castle - Newmarket-on-Fergus, Ireland

Dromoland Castle


New for 2013! Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

The readers of Travel + Leisure have named Dromoland Castle one of the top 100 world hotels, and the readers of Condé Nast Traveler have cited it on their Gold List. One of the world’s most famous castle hotels, Dromoland Castle is magnificently steeped in history and tradition. In addition to all the pleasures to be found within the castle, to include the full-service spa and indoor pool, guests can enjoy superb golf, boating, shooting, fishing, tennis, walking and cycling within the extensive grounds of the estate.


Extend Your Trip

Many travelers prefer arriving at their destination a day before their journey begins, or often extend a stay at the end of their trip. As a service, we will make hotel reservations before and after your journey. Contact your Travel Agent to book your hotel.
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Arrive Early: Conrad Dublin - Dublin, Ireland

Conrad Dublin

The Conrad Dublin, located in the heart of “Dublin’s fair City” opposite the gardens of famous St. Stephen’s Green, is a grand place to begin your family’s exploration of “The Emerald Isle.” Your guest room welcomes you with all the comforts of home, like a clock radio with MP3 connection, air conditioning, bathrobes and slippers, cable TV, CD player, minibar, in-room safe and more… even a hair dryer and iron/ironing board. If you’re after some exercise, head to the well-equipped Fitness Center with hi-tech cardiovascular equipment and weights or ask the hotel staff for maps of good jogging routes close by. The hotel’s dining options include contemporary gourmet cuisine at the Alex Restaurant and more casual dining at Alfie’s Bar and Grill, which opens out onto Earlsfort Terrace. The Conrad Dublin is a winner of the prestigious Fáilte Ireland 5-Star Quality Award.

Hotel Room Rates

Double

Single

Triple

June 6 - June 18 $310 $280 $480
June 19 - August 14 $340 $310 $480
August 15 - August 20 $310 $280 $480

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Stay Later: Dromoland Castle - Newmarket-on-Fergus, Ireland

Dromoland Castle

The readers of Travel + Leisure have named Dromoland Castle one of the top 100 world hotels, and the readers of Condé Nast Traveler have cited it on their Gold List. One of the world’s most famous castle hotels, Dromoland Castle is magnificently steeped in history and tradition. In addition to all the pleasures to be found within the castle, to include the full-service spa and indoor pool, guests can enjoy superb golf, boating, shooting, fishing, tennis, walking and cycling within the extensive grounds of the estate.

Hotel Room Rates

Double

Single

Triple

May 14 - September 30 $485 $455 $725

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

prices are based on double occupancy land only and vary on departure dates, no air is included

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