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Irresistibly Irish, one of our favorite family tours of Ireland journeys from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher. Travel by a World War II amphibious vehicle... take a cooking class at a world-famous cooking school... discover the story of the Titanic... learn a bit of Irish step dancing... and immerse in Emerald Isle fun.  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 aboard a train through emerald landscapes... learn the real story of the Titanic... make pottery, Celtic jewelry and a home-grown Irish dinner... explore the wild Atlantic Way and stay seaside... step back centuries at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park... and learn all things Irish during a family trip to Ireland.

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Dublin

    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 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 off a week of fun on your Tauck Bridges Ireland vacation with Celtic music and Irish step dancing lessons!


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    A scavenger 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 at Trinity College. Following lunch at a traditional Irish pub in a centuries-old setting, the rest of the day is free to explore as you please.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  3. Day 3
    Drive to Cork & Visit Cobh

    Continue your Ireland vacation adventure as you travel from Dublin through the Irish countryside to the southern tip of the Emerald Isle. There, in County Cork, you’ll visit the port city of Cobh with a choice of activity; a visit to Fota Island Obstacle course or a visit to the Titanic Experience Cobh and its emigration exhibits. Titanic Experience Cobh is located in the former offices of the White Star Line ticket office, the departure point for many White Star passengers – and your family engages in an interactive journey unlike any other, discovering the story of the ill-fated 1912 ship. 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.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Make Pottery or Celtic Jewelry

    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.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Cook Up a Taste of Daily Life

    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.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    A day in Killarney and on to Limerick

    Say goodbye to Castlemartyr and continue your Ireland family vacation through lovely, lush landscapes. Arrive in one of Western Ireland's most charming towns, Killarney, where you'll have a choice of activities including a carriage ride or a bicycle ride along the lake.* Late afternoon, depart for Limerick City and a two-night stay at The Savoy.


    Meals: Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Giant Cliffs and Bunratty Folk Park

    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! Discover Irish cultural heritage on a visit to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, then join us this evening at the resort for a farewell barbecue overlooking the sea. It's the perfect way to end your family's perfect Ireland vacation adventure!


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Journey home
    Tour ends: Limerick. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included to Shannon Airport from The Savoy. You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.
    Meals: Breakfast
Countries Visited

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Irresistibly Irish, one of our favorite family tours of Ireland journeys from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher. Travel by a World War II amphibious vehicle... take a cooking class at a world-famous cooking school... discover the story of the Titanic... learn a bit of Irish step dancing... and immerse in Emerald Isle fun. 

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 aboard a train through emerald landscapes... learn the real story of the Titanic... make pottery, Celtic jewelry and a home-grown Irish dinner... explore the wild Atlantic Way and stay seaside... step back centuries at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park... and learn all things Irish during a family trip to Ireland.

  • A farm-fresh cooking demonstration and dinner with entertainment at the acclaimed Ballymaloe Cookery School, set in a 100-acre organic farm
  • Private farewell barbecue at a seaside Irish resort
  • Pottery making and Celtic jewelry design in Kinsale with a local artisan
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  • All gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides, and drivers
  • Private sightseeing in Dublin aboard a World War II amphibious vehicle
  • Scavenger treasure hunt in old Dublin from Stephen's Green to Trinity College
  • A visit to the living museum at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park with lunch in the castle
  • Visit Titanic Experience Cobh and emigration exhibits

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Accommodations


The Shelbourne
The Savoy Limerick
Castlemartyr Resort

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many guests are allowed on the Ireland Forever tour? Is it bus travel during the days of travel that are not by train?

Tauck travels with an average group size of 38 to 44 guests. Yes they will travel by motor coach when not traveling by train.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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The Ireland Forever trip was fantastic. I would definitely recommend it. My 12 year old granddaughter and I went and she loved every minute. it was the perfect family trip and choice for her with the Irish dancing, cooking school, farm visit, pottery/jewelry making and Dublin treasure hunt. All so much fun. We learned a lot about Ireland and its history, too. Staying at the beautiful Castlemartyr country estate and Dromoland Castle were outstanding experiences of country Ireland at its best.


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