Ireland Family Multi-Adventure Tour
Backroads Ireland Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Teens & Kids
Ireland Family Multi-Adventure Tour
Ireland Family Multi-Adventure Tour
Backroads Ireland Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Teens & Kids
Backroads Ireland Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Teens & Kids
Ireland Family Multi-Adventure Tour
Backroads Ireland Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Teens & Kids
Ireland Family Multi-Adventure Tour
Backroads Ireland Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Teens & Kids
Ireland Family Multi-Adventure Tour
Backroads Ireland Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Teens & Kids
Backroads Ireland Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Teens & Kids
Backroads Ireland Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Teens & Kids
Backroads Ireland Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Teens & Kids
Backroads Ireland Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Teens & Kids
Backroads Ireland Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Teens & Kids
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Ireland Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Teens & Kids

Traditional Irish Culture from Cork to Killarney

On two wheels and on foot in Ireland, it's easy to feel connected to your surroundings—and to each other. Gaze at the clouds. Listen to birdsong. Visit Inchigeelagh and Gougane Barra. And giggle as you try to pronounce their names. There's a fortress to explore, a national park to visit, whiskey tasting for adults and Gaelic sports for kids. Ease, simplicity and an unforgettable family vacation. 

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels*

FROM: $4,299 pp dbl occ
($1,100 for sgl occ)

Special Kids Prices
Bike
Walk/Hike
Kayak

Ireland

Start/End Cork

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Bike, hike and paddle through a quintessential Irish landscape—green hills, small farms, quaint cottages and woolly sheep
  • Enjoy a private whiskey tasting with a local expert for adults while the kids play traditional Gaelic sports
  • Unwind with your family during an evening of classic storytelling by a well-known Irish shanachie
  • Revel in fascinating history and lively village culture, including a traditional Irish dance demonstration
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Bike through a quintessentially Irish landscape of emerald-green hills dotted with woolly sheep and classic cottages | Revel in the lilt of Gaelic in Inchigeelagh | In Gougane Barra, spot the 300-year-old church set on a tiny island. 

Seaview House Hotel, Cork, Ireland
Seaview House Hotel
Ballylickey
| *Casual Hotel

Owner Ronan O'Sullivan pampers us at his country house on the shore of Bantry Bay. 

Days 2-3

Enjoy a cup of tea at a historic cottage and traditional farm | Bike past streams and waterfalls in scenic Bonane Valley | A gradual descent leads to magnificent Dromquinna Manor on the peaceful shore of Kenmare Bay | Hop in a sea kayak for a different perspective of the area's spectacular landscape | A festive Irish dance and music demonstration gets feet stomping! | Soak up stunning views of the Glen Inchiquin Valley's glacier-carved mountains and sparkling lakes on a hike over Mount Knockagarrane | The pristine Beara Peninsula—one of Ireland's warmest areas—likely looks today like it did to the ancient Celts | Behold a 4,000-year-old Druid stone circle, one of County Kerry's most impressive | Join a private whiskey tasting with an expert while youngsters indulge in fish-and-chips.

Sheen Falls Lodge, Kerry, Ireland
Sheen Falls Lodge
Kenmare
| Premiere Hotel

Set on a sprawling waterfront estate, this luxurious inn offers stunning views of Kenmare Bay, MacGillycuddy's Reeks and Sheen Falls. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa) 

Days 4-6

A gorgeous cycling route winds through Moll’s Gap | Views of wild Killarney National Park serve as the backdrop to lunch | Families bike through the Blackwater Valley en route to the Gap of Dunloe | This narrow pass cuts through the highest peaks in Ireland | ​Hike through Killarney National Park with views of serene lakes, rushing waterfalls and dense forests | In Killarney, rows of houses sport cheerfully painted façades and ornate plasterwork | Settle in for an evening of classic storytelling with a well-known Irish shanachie | Make your way to 15th-century Ross Castle on foot for a tour of this old tower house.

Killarney Park Hotel, Kerry, Ireland
Killarney Park Hotel
Killarney
| Premiere Hotel

A handsome family-owned hotel, promising and delivering "warmth beyond the smile," in the heart of Killarney. (pool, spa)  

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

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Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Biking
Level 1 | 11 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 25 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 27 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 1 | 13 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 20 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Kayaking
on Kenmare Bay (2 hours) | no min. age
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Day 4
Biking
Level 2 | 20 miles* | 1800 ft. gain
Level 4 | 49 miles | 3400 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles* | 1500 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 100 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

Note: Ireland's landscape is characterized by constant rises and valleys, and the continuously rolling terrain (as well as other conditions such as rain) can make routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Performance Road Bike

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

NEW! Electric-Assist Bike

Our newly redesigned titanium e-bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.

Kids' Bikes

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kid's bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids. On our Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bikes.

Trailer Bike

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who aren't yet ready for bike touring. 

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Air-Conditioning

Sheen Falls Lodge is a Premiere Hotel. While it offers outstanding service and amenities, please note that it is not equipped with air-conditioning and guest rooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.

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