Tauck Marks St. Patrick’s Day With New Ireland Itinerary For Families

New 8-Day “Ireland Forever” Journey Part of the Tauck Bridges Collection of Family Travel Adventures

NORWALK, CT (March 12, 2013)  Tauck is marking St. Patrick’s Day this week by announcing details of its new “Ireland Forever” itinerary to the Emerald Isle.  The 8-day journey has been designed specifically for families, and is part of the company’s Tauck Bridges collection of family travel adventures.

The addition of the new Tauck Bridges tour in Ireland comes as Tauck is seeing incredible growth in its tours to the region.  “Our itineraries visiting England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland are showing incredible growth this year, with double-digit increases in bookings across the board,” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar.  “Given that popularity, and with Ireland’s amazing culture, history and natural beauty, it was an easy decision to add an Ireland journey to our Bridges portfolio of family trips.”

“Ireland Forever” begins with a two-night stay at the Conrad Dublin in Ireland’s capital city, highlighted by a Dublin city tour on an amphibious “DUKW,” Irish step dancing lessons, and a nighttime horse-drawn carriage tour of the city’s haunted sites.  The itinerary continues with a first-class train ride to County Cork, where Tauck guests will enjoy three nights at the Castlemartyr Resort in the small village of Castlemartyr.  In County Cork, Tauck’s guests will kiss the fabled Blarney Stone, hear tales from an Irish storyteller, and try their hand at crafting pottery and Celtic jewelry.  They’ll also travel to the Ballymaloe Cookery School, where they’ll participate in a cooking demonstration, prepare their own memorable dinner, and enjoy a performance of traditional Irish music.

En route to a two-night stay at Dromoland Castle in County Clare, guests will enjoy lunch in a local Killarney restaurant and explore Killarney National Park in a traditional jaunting cart, during a lakeshore bike ride and on a boat cruise.  Following a visit to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, the journey concludes with a special Irish evening at a local sheep farm.  Here Tauck guests will watch sheep dogs at work, learn about sheep shearing, help feed young lambs, and enjoy a hearty Irish dinner along with traditional music and dance.

Included in Tauck’s tour price (from $3,896 per person, triple occupancy, plus airfare) are all accommodations, all gratuities, airport transfers, all ground transportation, all sightseeing, admission to all attractions, all entertainment, most meals, luggage handling, and much more.  Tauck will offer 2013 departures of “Forever Ireland” in June, July and August.  Those interested may visit their local travel professional, call Tauck at 1 800 468 2825, or go to www.tauck.com.

About Tauck Bridges
Tauck’s portfolio of Bridges family travel adventures is comprised of 17 itineraries in Europe, North America, Latin America and Africa.  The Bridges journeys reflect Tauck’s philosophy of “shared enrichment,” with each trip crafted so family members of all generations can experience the bonding, or “bridges,” that result when the fun and learning provided by travel are enjoyed together.  The approach has been the guiding principle behind Tauck Bridges itineraries since their launch in 2003, and is a marked contrast from cruise ships and all-inclusive resorts emphasizing kids-only facilities and activities.

The Bridges trips are also notable for being virtually all-inclusive, and for the high degree of advance planning and on-site “do-it-all-for-you” service that Tauck provides, leaving families free to relax and get the most out of their time together.  Tauck Bridges journeys welcome travelers age 8 and older, and each is led by an experienced, professionally-trained Tauck Director who handles all day-to-day travel details.


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