9 daysActivity Level
ModerateOur moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.
7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Set off to the Emerald Isle for an exciting family vacation! The Southwest of the country is famous for many things, from the calm and scenic sailing waters rich with marine life, to the rolling green hills of the country side, and your family will experience it all.
Recommended Age: 8+
Travel the Countryside of County Cork
Each day will bring a new adventure and incredible and calming views of the dramatic coastline, cute seaside towns, and rolling green hills that seem to go on forever.
Learn to Sail in Kinsale
Kinsale is famous for its sailing culture and heritage. For centuries, sailors would dock in Kinsale harbor as a place to rest after days out at sea.
Stay in a Castle
Your family will be treated like royalty while staying in a 16th century castle and have fun exploring the old halls and manicured grounds.
Set Sail on a Sea Safari
The small coastal fishing village of Baltimore is quaint and its waters are home to over 20 species of whale and dolphin.
Explore Vast National Parks
Ride bikes through the Gap of Dunloe, hike in the Slieve Mish Mountains, ride horses down rugged pathways, and relax in quintessentially Irish pubs for tea and snacks.
Extension: Spend Time in Dublin
See the Book of Kells, take a Viking Splash Tour, and explore the city of Dublin!
Fly to Ireland
Stay in a Castle
Your home for the next few days is an authentic castle. With a history dating back to the 16th century, Ballyseede Castle has not lost any of its historic or royal charm. Set in the heart of beautifully well-manicured grounds with ivy climbing the outer walls, every day feels like living in a dream. Adorable donkeys and the property manager Mr. Higgins, the Irish Wolfhound, are playful and known to make kids giddy with excitement.
Tea and Scones
Get settled into our very own castle, where tea, scones, and relaxation await us.
Begin your Ireland adventure at Bunratty Castle, a 15th-century tower house that’s the country’s most complete, authentic medieval fortress. Naughty kids beware: We’re visiting the dungeon!
Friends Across Borders: Irish Step Dancing
Meet local Irish children and learn traditional step dancing and words to an Irish song, a fun and exciting insight into the country’s traditional folk culture.
Slieve Mish Mountain Horseback Ride
Explore the Slieve Mish Mountain range on a leisurely horseback ride through the countryside.
Hike the Dingle Peninsula
Hike into Irish history, journeying along the magnificent shores of Ventry Bay toward ancient ruins and beehive huts. We’ll also stop for a “spot of tea” at the Stone Cottage Café.
Cycle in Killarney National Park
Pedal through Killarney National Park along the many pathways that wind past castles, lakes, and ancient forests.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Through the Gap of Dunloe
From the lakeshore, we’ll climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage to ride through the narrow pass of the famous Gap of Dunloe. Disembark at Kate Kearney’s Cottage, a 150-year old quaint pub.
Local Sheep Farm on Kerry Way
Watch as sheep dogs run through the fields and keep the herd of sheep together. The way that the farmers and dogs work as a unit puts precision on display.
Head to the fabled Irish waters to see whales and dolphins up close, one of the most exhilarating experiences a family vacation can offer!
Stop at the tiny, Irish-speaking Island of Cape Clear, rich in cultural heritage including megalithic standing stones, church ruins, and a 14th-century castle.
Sea Kayaking Along the West Cork Coastline
Get an intimate look of the West Cork coastline in a kayak, admiring its plentiful cliffs, coves, and sea birds. Look for edible seaweed—maybe even save some for a nighttime snack.
Introduction to Sailing Option
We’ll enjoy an epic family adventure, hopping on a boat to learn the basics of sailing in one of the most famous harbors in the world.
Archery and Climbing Option
Learn how to handle a bow and arrow with an archery lesson in the Irish countryside, and get an introduction to climbing!
Kinsale Ghost Tour
Walk through the old fishing village and hear tales of the spirits that still roam the streets. Accompanied by local actors, this is street theatre that’s sure to make you jump and giggle while learning a little along the way.
Depart / Arrive home
Dates & Prices
06/29-07/07Adult $5390Teen $5390Child $5190
07/20-07/28Adult $5390Teen $5390Child $5190
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$300 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults
If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.
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All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.
Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.
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GuidesBe accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.
Small GroupsWith a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.
Friends Across Borders
Your child will have a cultural connection like no other by meeting kids the same age from the country you’re traveling by playing games, throwing a Frisbee, kicking a ball around, or just chatting. Ask us about our pen pal program.