Lucky Irish Charms, Ireland
CURATED FAMILY BONDINGS
FAMILY BONDINGS: LUCKY IRISH CHARMS
This is a ThirdHome tailored private family journey (ideal for 2-10 people) and not a commercial group tour. Our customized journeys allow members to set their own travel dates and include their individual personal interests along with specific excursions, dining and regional opportunities that they may wish to experience for the perfectly-personal journey experience. NO keys are required for this journey. Please refer to fees section in property details below.
Experience 7-nights/8-days immersed in The Irish Way. Step into the traditions of this charming country through dancing lessons with the locals; going on a Dublin treasure hunt; pottery making and Celtic jewelry designing with local artisans; a farm-fresh cooking demonstration and dinner and entertainment at the internationally acclaimed Ballymaloe Cookery School which sits in the middle of a 100-acre organic farm; bicycle ride along the Lakes of Killarney lakeshore; take a walk with a hawk at Dromoland Castle; observe a sheep dog herding and sheep shearing demonstration with a local farmer; enjoy a finale of Irish dancing and storytelling during a farewell dinner on a working farm.
LUCKY IRISH CHARMS Itinerary in Brief:
DAY 1: Arrive Dublin
Upon arrival transfer from Dublin Airport to your hotel. Enjoy your central location in the heart of the Irish capital steps from St. Stephen’s Green. 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" to 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. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner tonight, where you will jump into Ireland's heartbeat with Celtic music and Irish step dancing lessons!
DAY 2: Dublin
Enjoy breakfast. This morning embark on a treasure hunt and and carriage ride of 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. Continue on your scavenger hunt in the city's very old streets ending 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.
DAY 3: Dublin to County Cork & Blarney Castle
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 the stunning Castlemartyr Resort, it is here you'll spend the next three night immersed into Irish eloquence and culture. Tonight enjoy a private barbecue, featuring an authentic Irish storyteller that will fill you with local lore.
DAY 4: Kinsale
Enjoy a leisurely morning on the grounds of your Irish home-away-from-home castle resort before heading to the Kinsale Pottery and Art Centre for a tour and an artful, hands-on afternoon spent making colorful ceramic pottery. 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 from design to threading, knotting, fitting crimps and finishing all in a workshop that takes place in the converted stables of the home farm for Ballinacurra House, which dates from the late 1700's. You'll have some free time to explore the town of Kinsale prior to returning to your resort for dinner tonight. Evening free to relax.
DAY 5: Free Time & Ballymaloe Cookery School
Have fun today with your family 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, pony rides and falconry. 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, and experience a cooking demonstration by expert chefs. Then roll up your sleeves and show what you've learned when you pair up and cook your own authentically Irish dinner with the kids. After you've enjoyed the fruits of your culinary efforts, the fun continues when an Irish musician performs for your group tonight. Return for a restful night's sleep.
DAY 6: Killarney to Dromoland Castle
Say goodbye to Castlemartyr and continue your Ireland family vacation through scenic lush landscapes to lovely 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 lake shore of the world-famous Lakes of Killarney – among the most beautiful places in Ireland. Say hello to the townsfolk during lunch in the charming village, 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. Evening at your leisure.
DAY 7: The Cliffs of Moher & Irish Farm Day
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. Back on your castle grounds, you'll learn how to take walk with a hawk through a falconry lesson. More fun for all ages awaits when you head to a nearby farm in the Irish countryside for an evening of traditional farewell festivities to remember. Watch skilled sheep dogs herd the farm’s woolly flocks; see a sheep shearing demonstration; feed the lambs; then dig into a hearty, home-cooked Irish dinner. It's the Irish way to say farewell to your family's perfect Ireland vacation adventure!
DAY 8: Journey home
Depart your hotel with a transfer to Shannon Airport from Dromoland Castle. You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight departure (or perhaps consider adding on another night in Shannon if needed).
TO INQUIRE FOR MORE DETAILS & BEGIN PLANNING YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY - please contact:
Liz Bates - Director of Travel & Concierge Services
Single Family Home with 1 level
1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 square feet
1 guest maximum
In lieu of the normal ThirdHome exchange fees, this personally tailored journey is a full-pay travel option and the monetary cost will be quoted to the member based on whatever accommodations are chosen, along with all other itinerary arrangements and inclusions the member requests to be a part of their customized itinerary. This journey does not require a specific number of keys.
Activities of Interest
Places of Interest
- Dublin & Cork
- Killarney & Shannon
- Cliffs of Moher
- Concierge Service