Ireland Forever

Irresistibly Irish, endlessly fun for families.. have a treasure hunt in Dublin... travel by train, jaunting cart and bicycle... make yourself at home in a famous castle where you can walk a hawk... discover what it’s like to live on a farm with sheep, dogs, music, stories and family fun... and make new friends everywhere you go.

Hands-on family fun has everyone’s eyes a-smiling... learn how to Irish Step Dance... explore Dublin by land and water and go on a treasure hunt back in time, from the Viking age to the Middle Ages... ride in First Class aboard a train through emerald landscapes... make pottery, Celtic jewelry and a home-grown Irish dinner... explore scenic Killarney by bicycle... stay in a castle, walk with a hawk, see farm dogs herding sheep... and make new friends everywhere you go.

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Destination & Sightseeing

Irresistibly Irish, endlessly fun for families.. have a treasure hunt in Dublin... travel by train, jaunting cart and bicycle... make yourself at home in a famous castle where you can walk a hawk... discover what it’s like to live on a farm with sheep, dogs, music, stories and family fun... and make new friends everywhere you go.

Hands-on family fun has everyone’s eyes a-smiling... learn how to Irish Step Dance... explore Dublin by land and water and go on a treasure hunt back in time, from the Viking age to the Middle Ages... ride in First Class aboard a train through emerald landscapes... make pottery, Celtic jewelry and a home-grown Irish dinner... explore scenic Killarney by bicycle... stay in a castle, walk with a hawk, see farm dogs herding sheep... and make new friends everywhere you go.



Highlights
A farm-fresh cooking demonstration and dinner with entertainment at the acclaimed Ballymaloe Cookery School, set in a 100-acre organic farm
Irish dancing and storytelling during a farewell dinner on a working farm
All gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides, and drivers
Private sightseeing in Dublin aboard a World War II amphibious vehicle
Step dancing lessons and a treasure hunt
Pottery making and Celtic jewelry design with a local artisan
Bicycle ride along the Lakes of Killarney lakeshore

ITINERARY

Arrive Dublin for a Viking welcome, Irish dancing, dinner and more
Tour 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 city center and the River Liffey running through the middle of it, the best way to explore Dublin is is by land and water! You'll get a great introduction aboard a "Viking Splash Tour"... see all sides of the city while traveling aboard a World War II amphibious vehicle – its medieval core and Georgian squares... Trinity College... St. Patrick’s Cathedral and much more. Please join us for a welcome reception and dinner tonight, where we kick your off a week of fun on your Tauck Bridges Ireland vacation with Celtic music and Irish step dancing lessons!

A treasure hunt in Dublin
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 that ends in Trinity College with a look at the Book of Kells, dating back to the 9th century. Following lunch at a traditional Irish pub in a centuries-old setting, the rest of the day is free to explore as you please.

Ride the rails to County Cork, Blarney Castle and a meeting with an Irish storyteller at a barbecue
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, you’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.

Learning the art of making pottery and Celtic jewelry in Kinsale
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 a free afternoon before dinner tonight.

Resort fun at Castlemartyr and cooking up a taste of daily life at Ballymaloe
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 authentically Irish dinner! After you've enjoyed the fruits of your culinary efforts, the fun continues when an Irish musician performs for your group tonight.

Killarney by bicycle then on to Dromoland Castle
Say goodbye to Castlemartyr and continue your Ireland family vacation through lovely, lush landscapes to Killarney. There's no better way to explore Ireland than by bicycle, and that's just what you'll do today on a bicycle ride along the lakeshore of the world-famous Lakes of Killarney – among the most beautiful places in Ireland. Say hello to the townsfolk during lunch in Killarney, then depart for Newmarket-on-Fergus. Have you ever 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!

The Cliffs of Moher, a walk with a hawk and an Irish farm farewell
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... and more. It's the perfect way to end your family's perfect Ireland vacation adventure!

Journey home
Tour 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.

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