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1050
15 Days
Availability : Through May 2021
Dublin, Ireland
Shannon, Ireland

Discover the very best of the Emerald Isle on this epic fourteen-day tailor-made tour. Explore Ireland’s vibrant cities and relaxing countryside as you delve into the essence of Irish life. A touring-chauffeur will accompany throughout, providing expert local knowledge and taking you off the beaten track.

Experience the country’s rich history and cultural heritage first-hand. Impeccable accommodation will ensure that you depart knowing that you have experienced the best that Ireland has to offer.

 

 

What’s Included
  • Services and VAT at current rate.
  • Accommodation including full breakfast
  • All Experiences and tours as per itinerary

 

Dream Escape’s bespoke programme could include any of the following experiences:

    • Commence your stay with a private tour around the highlights of Ireland’s friendly and lively capital city; Dublin.
    • “A day out of Kerry is a day wasted” – put this maxim to the test as you explore the heart of the county; Killarney and the sprawling acres of its national park.
    • Become the king & queen of your own private castle, a 16th century tower located on an island only accessible by boat.
    • Hop on a plane for the short flight to the largest of the Aran Islands – the ‘Islands of Saints and Scholars’ which are filled with wildlife and ancient historical sites.
    • Taste one of Ireland’s best loved export at the oldest whisky distillery in the country.
    • Enjoy an exclusive VIP performance of Riverdance, an extraordinary spectacle of Irish culture, dance and music.
    • Visit the beating heart of the Irish thoroughbred industry and be treated to a private guided tour.
    • Pass through a hidden door and enter a private Shibeen – an illicit bar that would sell unlicensed alcohol. Dine and drink by candlelight in this authentic setting.
    • Sit down to an exquisite dining experience on your final night made with fruit, herbs and vegetables from the estate’s garden and fresh honey and eggs produced on site.
    • Explore Ireland’s second city, Cork. Climb to the top of the cathedral tower and tour the historic covered market.
    • Take part in the array of activities available at your resort accommodation, from cycling and horse-back riding to fishing and falconry.
    • Walk through the ‘Irish Valley of the Kings’ where some of the sites predate Egypt’s pyramids. See passage tombs, sacred hills, monastic ruins and bloody battlefields.

     

    Dream Escape’s handpicked accommodation choices for this trip include:

    renowned Dublin hotel overlooking the grand square of St Stephen’s Green, an intimate family-owned Georgian mansion, and a hotel where old-world elegance meets modern day luxury.

 

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About Dream Escape

Dream Escape is your Virtuoso on-site providing the ultimate in exclusive and inspirational tailor-made travel experiences to Ireland. Our team of experienced planners have a wealth of connections enabling clients’ insider access to high profile and prestigious events usually off limits to the public.

Sustainability

As a socially-minded company, Dream Escape gives back to the world in many ways. Above all, we believe in giving back to our local communities and supporting charities close to our heart.

Through our contributions, we aim to help protect our environment and create stronger, healthier and more sustainable places for us to live, work and visit. We support this vision via various fund-raising events, charity challenges and volunteering. We actively work with sustainability aware suppliers to deliver more philanthropic inclusive travel programmes.

Every welcome pack that our clients receive is made up of locally sourced products which in turn supports the local economy of each community being visited.

Our tailormade programmes are always mindful and offer many experiences that fully immerse our clients into the local culture and traditions of the destination being visited. Connecting our clients with the local community, nature and the great outdoors is important to both us and our clients.

In 2020, we are embarking on a ‘Plant a Tree’ scheme with the Woodland Trust. For every travel advisor that attends a Dream Escape Educational Trip, we will plant a tree on their behalf. The 1,000-plus woodlands cared for by the Woodland Trust around the UK, absorb many tonnes of carbon each year. Our donations will help protect and add to this extensive carbon store, ensuring it continues to absorb emissions, as well as creating natural havens for wildlife and people.


Itinerary

Day One: Arrive Dublin Airport

On arrival at Dublin Airport, be met by your experienced local chauffeur-guide who will provide a safe and comfortable journey to your accommodation. Your accommodation for four nights is a renowned hotel which overlooks St Stephen’s Green, possibly Europe’s grandest square.

Day Two: Dublin Highlights

The day commences with a private, chauffeur-driven orientation tour, providing a great overview of the vibrant city. Highlights to be seen include: O’Connell Street, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the 18th Century Georgian architecture, St Stephen’s Green Park and Grafton Street.

Day Three: The Boyne Valley

Take a giant step back in time and visit one of the country’s must-sees; the Brú na Bóinne or the Boyne Valley, north of Dublin in Co. Meath – a landscape riddled with passage tombs, sacred hills, monastic ruins and bloody battlefields. Some sites predate Egypt’s pyramids, giving it the moniker, the Irish Valley of the Kings. In recognition of its universal value, the area was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1993.

Day Four: Dublin at Leisure & Riverdance

Spend the day at leisure and discover the city on your own. In the evening you will enjoy an exclusive VIP perfor- mance of Riverdance – an extraordinary show which fuses Irish and International music and dance. As a VIP you will enjoy early access to theatre to watch on-stage routines, private use of the Riverdance VIP lounge and a special visit backstage after the show to meet the principal dancers.

Day Five: Dublin to Co Cork

Depart Dublin and begin the journey south to Cork. En route, visit the Kildare National Stud and the spectacular Rock of Cashel. Upon arrival in Co Cork, check in to your accommodation for two nights, an intimate family-owned Geor- gian mansion which dates back to around 1720. The property is set in 500 acres of wooded estate that have been considerately developed over the years. On-site activities include salmon and brown trout fishing, dawn chorus walks, autumnal mushroom hunts, a walled kitchen garden, working farm, brandy distillery and cider house.

Day Six: Cork

Enjoy the day in Cork, Ireland’s second largest and southernmost city with a history dating back to the 6th Century. Highlights include a tour of Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, climbing the tower and ringing the bells of of St Anne’s Shandon and a visit to the historic English Market.

Day Seven: Cork to Killarney

This morning travel west to Killarney. As a local author once wrote, “a day out of Kerry is a day wasted”. Killarney is very much at the heart of Kerry and is without a doubt one of the country’s top tourist destinations. Old-world elegance meets modern day luxury is your accommodation for the next two nights. It is perfectly positioned in peaceful private grounds framed by the Killarney National Park.

Day Eight: Killarney Crafts on the Ring of Kerry

This morning travel west to Killarney. As a local author once wrote, “a day out of Kerry is a day wasted”. Killarney is very much at the heart of Kerry and is without a doubt one of the country’s top tourist destinations. Old-world elegance meets modern day luxury is your accommodation for the next two nights. It is perfectly positioned in peaceful private grounds framed by the Killarney National Park.

Day Nine: Castle Stay

Depart Killarney and travel north to Adare, known as one of the prettiest and friendliest villages in all of Ireland –a picture perfect place to spend the morning. Continue onwards with a visit to Bunratty Folk Park, before checking into your accommodation. Tonight you will be staying in a spectacular castle which was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic royalty. Its extraordinary history dates back to the 5th century.

Day Ten: Secret Ireland

Experience a true taste of Ireland in terms of culture, art, history, food, drink and hospitality as you discover hidden Ireland at its best: untouched, undiscovered and truly authentic. Accompanied by a local ‘Secret Ireland’ host, your bespoke experience starts with an exclusive scenic river cruise. Disembark on a ‘secret’ island and be king & queen of your own private castle.

Later, travel to an 18th century Manor House and meet the lady of the Manor, a wonderful character. Sample a wide range of local artisan cheese tastings paired with homemade spiced chutney and an organic apple syrup. Though a hidden door lies a private Shibeen. Originally, these were illicit bars where excisable alcoholic beverages were sold, without a license. Lit only by candlelight, enjoy a tutored whiskey masterclass with some delicious limited edition tastings.

Day Eleven: Co. Connemara & Aran Islands

Experience the sounds, sights and tastes of Connemara and the Aran Islands as your private guide takes you through one of the most natural regions of Ireland on a culinary trail. Taking the Wild Atlantic Way out of Galway, visit some of the best producers, brewers, farmers in the region. Enjoy a short 8-minute flight over to Inis Mór, the largest of the islands although still only 13km long and 3km wide. This is most definitely a taste of Connemara and Aran that will stay with you forever!

Day Twelve: Irish Whiskey Distilleries

Your first visit of the day is to Ireland’s oldest distillery, which dates back to 1757 and no visitwould be complete without a taste of the amber nectar – enjoy tastes of three different Irish whiskies produced in the distillery.

Afterwards, travel to the state-of-the-art Tullamore D.E.W. Distillery in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, where an expert will lead a tutored tasting of six of the distillery’s finest whiskeys, allowing you to explore the depth of character in each. Your visit concludes with exclusive access to the Williams’ Whiskey Gallery, where you can use your new-found knowledge of the craft.

Day Thirteen: Regency Splendour at Leisure

Spend your final day in Ireland at leisure at your accommodation estate. The estate’s stone walls enclose 614 acres of parkland, a lake and ancient woods, delightful garden buildings, follies and grottoes. Highlights include the medieval-style tower (built as a folly in the 1860s), the walled garden with its formal borders and kitchen gardens. Other features not to be missed are the abundant wildlife to be seen on early morning walks and the restored Edwardian rock garden.

On your final evening, enjoy an exquisite dining experience. All of the property’s produce is locally sourced: the gardens provide fruit, herbs, salads and vegetables throughout the year while hens and honeybees are kept on-site to provide fresh eggs and honey.

Day Fourteen: Homeward Bound

Your chauffeur-guide will provide a safe and comfortable journey to Dublin Airport where you will board your outbound flight.


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