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Irish baby b=namesFamilies & Children There’s no doubt about it – the Irish love kids, and Ireland is a wonderfully welcoming place to visit for families with children. Most public places and visitor attractions cater for those children, with changing facilities, children’s menus, high chairs and ramps for strollers. Getting around Republic of IrelandOn the trains: Children under five travel free, while children from five to 15 years old pay half fare. Check out Irish Rail for more information. On the buses: Children under 16 are charged special child rares. One child under three will be free if accompanied by and in the charge of a fare-paying passenger, provided that the child does not occupy a seat to the exclusion of another passenger. Check out Bus Éireann for more information. Where doubt exists as to the eligibility of a child for a reduced fare, it’s the responsibility of the passenger claiming the child fare to produce evidence of age. Northern Ireland Information about family tickets for unlimited travel in Northern Ireland by bus, Metro and rail are available from Translink. Children under 16 pay half fare on all routes. Children’s activities Throughout the summer, there are lots of clubs for kids with special activities from sports to arts and cookery. There’s also an abundance of zoos, wildlife parks, castles, caves, boat rides and much more to do while you’re here, so check out our list of family friendly activities across the island of Ireland.

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An Irish Melody -10 Day Special Irish Escorted Tour - our best Ireland itinerary

GUARANTEED SMALL GROUP GUIDED TOUR OF IRELAND - FAMILY VACATION- THIS BEST OF IRELAND TOUR IS LIMITED TO 15 PERSONS



This very special small group guided tour combines enriching experiences in the heritage towns of Ireland with some extraordinary accommodations at child friendly guest houses, hotels, and inns, and even a stay in a romantic castle in Ireland - a perfect Ireland itinerary. Enjoy the music of magical evenings. Listen to a tale well told, a song well sung, applaud a dance well done. Fun adventures include boat trips, bicycling, horseback riding and traditional music. This is an escorted family vacation with activities for children in Ireland. Join in, take part, you're very welcome.


Thursday DEPART FROM HOME
Your vacation begins the moment you board your flight. Destination: DUBLIN.

Friday - DUBLIN/CASTLE STAY
Arrive by 10AM and join our Dublin tour. Tour Trinity College Library containing the famous Book of Kells. See the Bank of Ireland-Ireland's first Parliament, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Georgian doors of Dublin. Visit the Guinness Brewery, where you will taste the famous stout. We venture to the south Dublin Coast for our elegant stay at the 18th Century Fitzpatrick Castle, overlooking Dublin Bay. It’s a stone’s throw from Dublin by DART train. Welcome dinner. (D)

Saturday - KILDARE/KILKENNY - HORSES AND WITCHES
You travel through Kildare, the horse-breeding area of Ireland. Then, you are off to Kilkenny, closely associated with witchcraft and local crafts. Visit impressive Kilkenny Castle, set on the River Nore. The town is one of the best examples of a medieval town in Ireland. (B)

Sunday - COBH - TITANIC/BLARNEY/KINSALE - SHIPS
This morning, you take the scenic route to Cobh, departure point for many emigrants, and the last port of call for the Titanic. Many of the passengers are buried in the local graveyard. Visit Blarney, with a chance to kiss the Stone.  Kinsale, one of the most historic towns in Cork, has quaint cobbled streets, gourmet restaurants and yachts moored in the harbor. (B)

Monday-GAP OF DUNLOE-HORSE RIDING
Travel to Killarney and visit the Gap of Dunloe by pony and cart. The famed four mile Gap was carved by glaciers, enhanced by the purple mountains. Further along our route, the Dingle Peninsula is one of the natural wonders of Ireland and a wealth of archaeological sites, ancient ogham writing, and some of the finest traditional music, dance and the Irish language. The dramatic mountains sweep down to golden beaches and stark rocks. (B)

Tuesday - DINGLE - DOLPHIN WATCH OR COOKING CLASS
The greens of the hills contrast with the wildness of the scenes to make Dingle an enchanted place, the setting for Ryan’s Daughter. Today’s adventure is a boat trip to discover Fungie, the bottle-nosed dolphin, or take a lesson in baking brown bread for yourself. Optional bike ride this afternoon. At Dingle’s pubs spontaneous music sessions often erupt. The most amazing musicians will treat you to a storm of Irish music. (B)

Wednesday-CLIFFS OF MOHER/GALWAY
Travel along the majestic Cliffs of Moher, soaring an awe-inspiring 700 feet above the breaking sea. Stop in the fishing village of Doolin. It is said that three of the best pubs in Ireland are here. Galway, the cultural capital of the West, is our home for the next two evenings. (B)

Thursday-ARAN ISLANDS EXCURSION -BY BOAT
Travel by steamer to the island of Inisheer, the smallest island. For centuries, Irish speaking fishermen and their families have thrived here, where the famed off-white Aran sweaters originated. These are lands that time has forgotten. (B)

Friday -WESTPORT - THE RUGGED WEST
Travel to Roundstone, known for making traditional Irish musical instruments. Travel through scenes of tin roofed barns and herds of meandering sheep on your way to County Mayo. Westport is by far the most attractive town in Mayo, with a wide expanse of sea dotted with islands and framed by mountain ranges. (B)

Saturday-WESTPORT/DUBLIN
Visit the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life to glimpse the daily lives in rural old Ireland. Travel across the heart of Ireland to Dublin. Our last night hotel is located at Dublin Airport, so you are free to catch a flight at any time tomorrow. (B)

Sunday - DUBLIN/HOME
We travel home from Dublin, and it comes all too soon. Return home with great memories of the new friends you’ve made. (B)

An Irish Melody Includes:
* Round trip airfare at added cost
* Airport transfers according to our schedule
* Minibus or motorcoach transportation
* Driver/guide throughout
* First class accommodations for 9 nights; room with private bath
* 9 hearty Irish breakfasts (B), 1 castle dinner (D)
* Baggage handling at hotels
* All taxes and service charges
* All sightseeing and entrance fees. Some highlights: Dingle - Bicycle riding, Dolphin watching on Dingle Peninsula
Killarney - Gap of Dunloe by pony and trap or horseriding
Cork - Blarney Castle, Quaint seaport of Kinsale, Cobh Heritage Center
Dublin area - Knowth, Trinity College/Book of Kells, Guinness Storehouse
Mayo - Museum of Country Life, Explore Croagh Patrick
Galway-Connemara, Steamer to the Aran Islands

Your 3* & 4* guesthouses/hotels/B&B's/castles:
Dublin area-Fitzpatricks Castle 1 night
Kilkenny -B&B 1 night
Kinsale - Actons Hotel 1 night
Dingle - B&B 2 nights
Galway - B&B 2 nights
Westport - B&B 1 night
Dublin Airport - Carlton 1 night

You can generally bring a child into a pub at any age. If you are under 14 (18 in Northern Ireland) you cannot normally go into a pub unless the owner applied for a children’s certificate that will allow children under 14 to be taken into a pub by an adult. Children would normally have to leave by 9pm. Most pubs have these licenses, and are gathering spots for the local Irish community, not alcohol-fueled. Pubs are great places for a quick meal or for tea or coffee or sodas.

What our clients say
Just a short note to let you know that the family trip to Ireland was a success with everyone. As a first trip for most of the family, Ireland showed off its splendor and beauty to the fullest. Our driver, John was a virtual historian and took us on many of the back roads to see places we had not included in our itinerary. --- Karen and Tom Hancock


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7-May 17-May 3,854 2,931
21-May 31-May 3,854 2,931
4-Jun 14-Jun 3,871 2,931
11-Jun 21-Jun 3,871 2,931
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2-Jul 12-Jul 4,170 2,931
16-Jul 26-Jul 4,170 2,931
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10-Sep 20-Sep 3,680 2,931
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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT   832  
CHILD REDUCTION 5-11   333  

You can generally bring a child into a pub at any age. If you are under 14 (18 in Northern Ireland) you cannot normally go into a pub unless the owner applied for a children’s certificate that will allow children under 14 to be taken into a pub by an adult. Children would normally have to leave by 9pm. Most pubs have these licenses, and are gathering spots for the local Irish community, not alcohol-fueled. Pubs are great places for a quick meal or for tea or coffee or sodas.

What our clients say
Just a short note to let you know that the family trip to Ireland was a success with everyone. As a first trip for most of the family, Ireland showed off its splendor and beauty to the fullest. Our driver, John was a virtual historian and took us on many of the back roads to see places we had not included in our itinerary. --- Karen and Tom Hancock

WHERE TO GO ON THE FAMILY VACATION? THE BEST FAMILY TRAVEL IN IRELAND
Folk Park

Anyone who has traveled in near home with the kids knows how hard it can be to research the area, plan interesting activities for the family, and at the same time, relax and enjoy your vacation, too. But when you plan your family vacation to Ireland with a travel professional, it can be worry-free. Traveling with a family requires a different type of vacation. I have thought a lot about family travel and specialize in creating departures that account for up to three generations of needs. Ireland comes to mind as stress-free family vacation destinations.

There's no doubt about it - the Irish love children, and you will find lots of child-friendly hotels and activities available in Ireland. The Irish are very family-oriented. Did you know? You can generally bring a child into a pub at any age. Here is the actual law: If you are under 14 (18 in Northern Ireland) you cannot normally go into a pub or other licensed premises where alcohol is sold and consumed during opening hours unless you are the landlord's child or live on the premises. However, a publican can apply for a children's certificate that will allow children under 14 to be taken into a pub by an adult. Children would normally have to leave by 9pm. Most pubs have these licenses, and are gathering spots for the local Irish community, not alcohol-fueled. Pubs are great places for a quick meal or for tea or coffee or sodas.

If your ancestry is Irish , nothing can be more rewarding than sharing your cultural heritage with your children or grandchildren. Planning a special multi-generation adventure will build on your relationship with your sons and daughters, and their children, with activities that will interest the young and the young at heart. Find out if your family is among the many millions of Irish-Americans whose ancestors emigrated directly from Ireland or via Liverpool to North America during the Great Famine (1845-50)? Did they sail on the trusted Jeanie Johnston, on one of the infamous coffin ships or on one of the several hundred other cargo/passenger vessels that sailed from Ireland before, during or immediately after the potato famine? Your genealogy can be researched for you before you go, if you are sketchy on the facts. Details: http://www.lynotttours.com/i-gen.htm. When you walk into an Irish pub, you will find the place where your grandfather or great grandfather sat around and listened to the local musicians. You are walking through the door of history. You will find a friendly and family atmosphere that you can't create anywhere else. In Ireland, find the pub where the your family name is proudly painted on the outside. But, even if you hail from other parts of the world, your family will enjoy their time in Ireland.

Food in Ireland

But what will you eat? Fortunately, the days when Irish vegetables are cooked for an entire week are long gone. Most people are very impressed at the quality of new Irish cooking. About the only thing that is not readily available is peanut butter. Bring your own. Lynott Tours arranges everything for your family travel packages, so there is nothing for you to do but enjoy yourself.

Here are just some suggestions for your family travel packages in Ireland:

Irish Melody Escorted Tour It is difficult to find a coach tour that will take children, but we take children as young as 5 on this tour, because we have activities for them. Fun adventures include boat trips, bicycling, horseback riding and traditional music. Your children will meet other children on this tour. Sit back, relax, and leave the driving to our driver/guides. Our Irish Melody is a family tour, so we are well accustomed to handling kids and short attention spans. The most you are on the coach is 3 hours, but there is usually a coffee stop or sightseeing stop en route. If you have just six or more persons, Lynott Tours can customize a trip for you, in a minicoach just for your family. Self Drive Ireland Select from B&B's, working farms with animals to entertain the young folks, even a castle stay. Is a hotel with a pool a "must have"? Lynott Tours knows them all. Go wherever you please with a open prepaid voucher program, or we will pre-plan your itinerary for you. Know that the properties where you'll stay have been inspected and are up to your standards, and ours. The choices are endless.

Rent a cottage or a castle in Ireland. When you'd like to be on your own, in a village of 8-10 identical cottages with other vacationers from around the world. Walk to the local store, cook your own meals for that finicky eater, and have your own home away from home for a week or more. Be the lord of the manor, or part of the village life atmosphere. A car is at your disposal, or Lynott Tours can arrange a driver. Great for FAMILY TRAVEL!

Grandparent Travel to Ireland. Do you relish the idea of having your children and their children all together at one time? I got the idea for grandparent travel when I realized just how important a part grandmothers and grandfathers play in so many families. Some are baby-sitters when parents are so busy with their working lives, while others try to keep in touch though from states away, maintaining a unique relationship with their grandchildren. Many grandparents are struggling with the effects of divorced, separated, second marriage, or single parent families I know the special relationship that exists between grandparents and grandchildren. A family trip to Ireland is the answer, with something to delight every member of the family, from school-age children to grandparents. Plan your own, special itinerary with the help of Lynott Tours, or choose from one of our well planned, well tested plans. We can work with any budget, planning memories that will last a lifetime and beyond.

FAMILY BIKE TOURS IN IRELAND FAMILY TOURS On our family tours we have designed an itinerary with the younger traveler in mind (the cycling each day is approximately 18 - 25 miles with two rest days included). We have reduced the mileage to make the tours a little easier on younger legs, but like all our bike trips there are opportunities to stretch your limbs on longer routes each day. Bike hire: Smaller framed bicycles are available for children, it is essential that full details of each childs age and height must be given upon booking

Contact the family travel specialists in Ireland, Lynott Tours 1 (800) 221-2474 or email: ireland@lynotttours.com.



Special Travel Documentation for Children If you travel into or out of the U.S. with children under the age of 18, you should be aware of the following: because of increasing incidents of child abductions in disputed custody cases and because children are at risk as possible victims of child pornography, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) strongly recommends that unless the child is accompanied by both parents, you should have a note from the child's other parent (or, in the case of a child traveling with grandparents, uncles or aunts, sisters or brothers, or friends, a note signed by both parents) stating that the parent(s) not traveling acknowledge that the parent(s), family members, etc. who are traveling into or out of the U.S. with the child have permission to do so. CBP also suggests that this note be notarized. While CBP may not ask to see this documentation, if they do ask, and you do not have it, you may be detained until the circumstances of the child traveling without both parents can be fully assessed. In the unlikely event of a medical emergency, a medical facility will require permission from the child’s parents to provide treatment. Therefore, we strongly suggest that you bring along a letter from both parents authorizing emergency medical treatment for their child.
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