Gatter Family Irish Adventure

Saturday 3rd August – Friday 9th August 2024

Number of Travellers: 7
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

Overview

Embark on an extraordinary journey through Ireland, blending iconic cities with off-the-beaten-path locations. From Dublin’s vibrant streets and modern charisma, to Doolin’s picturesque village and the renowned Cliffs of Moher. Dive into the heart of Irish culture, meeting local artisans and historians, touring castles and walking in the green Irish countryside. Packed with history and tradition your days are spent exploring Ireland’s famous and off the beaten track sites of natural, cultural and ancient interest. A world renowned food scene means your evenings are spent dining in style and with the promise of a pub just around the corner, music and laughter are never far away. Your trip to Ireland will surprise and delight you but the people of Ireland will stay with you, long after your journey has taken you home.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Saturday 3rd August - Welcome to Dublin

Arriving in Ireland today, a private transfer will pick you up from the airport and whisk you into the city to your boutique hotel in the city centre. Head out in the afternoon to enjoy a walking tour with a local private guide through this vibrant capital city, with its mix of 1,000 years of architecture from the mediaeval to Georgian to modern. See the Georgian style Merrion Square, lush St. Stephen’s Green and Fitzwilliam Square, as well as O’Connell Street, the site of the ‘1916 Uprising’ that led to Ireland’s independence in 1922. Your guide is also a historian who will bring the city to life with colourful tales of life in the city in times gone by.

Overnight: Dublin | The Davenport
Room Type: 3 King Doubles, 1 Queen Double
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Sunday 4th August - Kilkenny & Cashel Enroute to Killarney

This morning, your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and whisk you away to Kerry – but not before stopping in the vibrant Kilkenny, a stronghold of Ireland’s national sport, hurling. Ireland’s eastern seaboard was Europe’s centre for scholarly learning in the middle ages, as evidenced by the plethora of ancient monasteries, abbeys and churches in this part of the country. Kilkenny’s centre piece is the 11th century castle – a centre for Norman rule that has survived centuries of invasion and turmoil. After a tour of the castle head for lunch before you continue on your journey. Your next stop is the renowned Rock of Cashel, the most impressive cluster of medieval buildings in Ireland. Checking into your hotel in Killarney this evening, your guide will join you for a welcome dinner.

Overnight: Killarney | The Lake Hotel
Room Type: 4 Lake View Double
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 - Monday 5th August - Exploring Killarney National Park

After a leisurely breakfast, head into Killarney National Park – the jewel in the county’s crown. Soak up the beautiful views as you cruise along the lakes in a traditional boat. Be entertained by the history and folklore of the area from a lovable local and his canine friend. Relax in the park with a picnic lunch as you soak up the views and later on visit Ross Castle and hear about the legend of O’Donoghue and his snow-white horse. Return to your charming accommodation this evening, sitting down to a delicious, locally sourced dinner.

Overnight: Killarney | The Lake Hotel
Room Type: 4 Lake Doubles
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Tuesday 6th August - Soda Bread Making on The Dingle Peninsula

Head off this morning to explore the wild and rugged Dingle peninsula, a distilled expression of the best of Ireland. Take a walk on the stunning white sand Inch Beach and admire the breathtaking scenery around you.  Continuing to Dingle, this is Gaeltacht country where the Irish language is still widely spoken as a first language and culture and traditions remain strong. You’ll try your hand at one of these traditions as you learn to bake Irish soda bread while learning the history of Irish food. Your table will never be without a fresh Irish loaf of homemade bread again! Heading back to Killarney this evening, we recommend catching a trad music session in one of the local pubs – if you haven’t already!

Overnight: Killarney | The Lake Hotel
Room Type: 4 Lake View Doubles
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
Walk Details: 4 km / 2 miles

Day 5 - Wednesday 7th August - Bunratty Castle & Doolin

This morning, you will make your way further north to the small village of Doolin. En route, stop in the wonderful and charming Adare, once voted “Ireland’s prettiest village”. Grab some lunch and have a wander before continuing on to visit the iconic Bunratty Castle – one of Ireland’s most historic castles and a viking trading camp in 970. This evening check into your boutique accommodation before strolling around town and perhaps stopping in Gus O Connor’s tavern, well known for their nightly music sessions.

Overnight: Doolin | Doolin Inn
Room Type: 4 Townhouse Executive Doubles
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Thursday 8th August - The Cliffs of Moher

Set sail today with a ferry boat cruise under Ireland’s famed Cliffs of Moher for views most never see. Rising 700 feet from the crashing Atlantic Ocean, the cliffs are home to a myriad of seabirds and aquatic life with views of the stacks, the Aran Islands and O’Brien’s tower all from the safety and comfort of the ferry. This evening at a local distillery, a resident whiskey expert will treat you to an appreciation session and will introduce you to a few of the lesser known Irish whiskeys. Tastings are entirely optional and each of your family can choose to take part in the tasting, as the host will provide a range of soft drinks as well. Your guide will join you tonight for a farewell dinner.

Overnight: Doolin | Doolin Inn
Room Type: 4 Townhouse Executives
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 - Friday 9th August - Return to Dublin

This morning, your guide will take you directly to the airport for your flight home. We do hope your time in Ireland has been memorable and we once again have the opportunity to welcome to our shores.

*Shannon airport is the closest airport for departure, but Dublin is also possible

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day7
  • Most meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 2 to Day 7
  • Ground transportation from Day 2 to Day 7
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically;
  • Private Transfer from Dublin Airport to Hotel
  • Historical Walking Tour of Dublin
  • Entry to Kilkenny Castle
  • Entry to The Rock of Cashel
  • Private Boat Tour on the Lakes of Killarney
  • Private Soda Bread Making Class
  • Entry to Bunratty Castle
  • Cruise along The Cliffs of Moher
  • Private Whiskey Tasting
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
Notes Read More
  • All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking
  • A 20% deposit is required before any accommodation and services will be confirmed
  • This quote is valid for 14 days from the date quoted, after this time pricing may be subject to revision
Pricing Read More

This is NET pricing